So, the other day I watched Emara and I wanted to share some quick thoughts about the first episode.
First I just want to say that I won’t be talking about any possibilities of tracing or copying animation for the opening of the show. It’s only been some whispers but I haven’t found any sources or anything like that and I didn’t notice anything when watching the show itself. If this is something that would bother you or impede you from supporting the show I encourage you to look into it yourself and come to your own conclusion.
I’m a long time fan of the magical girl genre and all of the sub-genres within it, even some of the darker ones. So when I first heard about this show more than…I think it had been almost a year, I was looking forward to it. And after watching it…I think the first episode is okay.
First I will say that I love the music of the opening. It’s bouncy and catchy enough to get me pumped for what’s to come, but it’s not overbearing. I also really like the vocals, I’m not a vocalist, but I could listen to that person sing all day.
I think the animation is great, I don’t know anything about this show’s production but I truly think Eating Star Studios did a really good job. I generally think the movements of the characters are nice and smooth, especially when they’re fighting. The mouth movements on some of the characters look odd and not as smooth, but it’s not horribly distracting. Emara’s fight toward the end of the episode is especially great!
The voice acting is a mixed bag. I like Emara’s VA, Naomie Mercer, isn’t someone I’m familiar with but through her acting (as well as the animation) I get the sense that she’s a spitfire, perhaps a bit cocky and she made it a joy to watch. Dhabian, a character we don’t know much about yet, comes off as kinda flat in the VA department. I’m really sure what it is about Paul Poteet’s acting in this episode but I wasn’t really feeling it. The main villain of this episode’s voice isn’t something I’m a fan of at all, the actor did fine but the inflection and such just really put me off of him. I’m glad Emara kicked his but. All the other VAs were simply okay. I haven’t watched the episode in Arabic yet, though those versions are available so I won’t compare the two.
This leads me to the writing of the episode. Really nothing is explained in this episode, Emara is already a crime fighter it looks like and has a kind of established relationship with Dhabian, maybe not completely positive and open, but an established relationship none the less. As well as it looks like some government types have been trying to keep tabs on Emara as well.
I think this was the right move for the show to make with its eleven-minute length. There’s just not a lot of room for fluff or filler. Everything seems important and it did a good job of getting me interested in where the show will take its mysteries. Only time will tell if the short time length will continue to be a good thing for the show, but for the first episode, it helps the writing keep a nice pace.
All in all the episode was fun, cute, and had some nice action. Though there was nothing that particularly stood out to me this go around it’s certainly gotten me hooked.
The episodes for Emara can be found here: Link