So we’re at the halfway point of the eight episode run. I can see why it has a short season, apart from the obvious cost of producing an anime, Arknights is still a mobile game adaptation. But it’s more along the lines of Granblue Fantasy or Fate/Grand Order in terms of animation quality and not that weird production of Girls Frontline done by Warner.
My friends still refuse to acknowledge it outside of the cursed gun memes. When the animated comedy shorts are even better, you know you done fucked up.
The meeting with Chief Wei was a bit of a slog in the game but was what, five minutes in the anime. Really not enough to say “Wei the Cunning” to me. But then again, we see more and more of that in the game’s story as we go through the chapter. Who knows, Amiya was just there to ‘seal the deal’ that Kal’tsit had been working on for hours now.
I said it before but Arknights’ writing wasn’t totally the best until you get to some of the event materials and in my opinion, Chapter 9. Chapter 8 was quite blargh. Chapter 7 had its moments but I think what’s going to hurt the anime is just how mediocre the story is in the Reunion arc. It most definitely has to come down on the characters and animation to carry this season and any other season ordered until we get to later chapters.
Anyways, the latter half of the episode we start laying the groundwork for the boss character I’m not too fond of.
If I want to punch Mephisto for, reasons I won’t elaborate because it’s a bit of a story item, Skullshatterer I hate for a different reason. Skullshatterer (the character with the dual rotary grenade launchers) just brings up so many memories of the Che T-Shirt wearing buffoons I’ve met over the years.
Dokutahs probably know where I’m going with this. It’s a bit of a tragic thing, that someone can be so deluded into thinking someone is such a kind soul.
Speaking of tragic things. My friend and I were watching the episode and on voice comms in Discord.
Infected Boy: We’ll hide real good. They won’t find us.
Me: But they just found you.
Infected Girl: But they found us just now.
Cue laughter and needing to pause to get a bit of a breather.
Once again just doing these little short things. Arknights: Prelude to Dawn is really more a quick summary of the game’s story wrapped up in fancy new animations. Granted again, with how Yostar screwed the pooch on the Azur Lane anime, Hypergryph wanting none of that and making an anime studio for their game is just a flex in my honest opinion. They’re a music production company with a mobile game and animation studio.