A studio notorious for its terrible animation, but every now and then J.C. Staff is able to pull off a show that makes shows airing in the same season look pale in comparison.
Keep in mind that these are not all the shows made by J.C. Staff. These are the showes I wanted to point out. You may not find all the shows you wished to see.
Two teens are labeled as delinquents and dangerous people. They are being avoided by many and have struggle blending in. Due to a strange turn of events they meet each other and discover the good side they have within them.
Despite the romance element sounding rather cliché-ish, the show places itself as an odd one in the genre. The good odd that is. Toradora tells its story in a quite unorthodox way within the teen romance genre. Teen romance series cope with the problem of a lack of credibility in my opinion. Shounen romance tend to pull the romance into the utopian format. Toradora nonetheless seems utopian, but it manages to create a credible environment for its characters.
It achieves its credibility by combining elements that are familiar in real life. One will not directly fall for the other and the other might like somebody else. Only after some time or even when it is too late you realize you liked the other one better. These are elements that are all too familiar to many and create a realistic setting for our main characters in Toradora.
Another teen romance series with a notably strong first half. Sakurasou no Pet revolved around a group of gifted teenagers that stayed in the same campus. Our main character had no notable traits, so he had to blend in with a remarkable group of people.
The most remarkable of them all was Shiina. A young and talented girl who was an extraordinary artist. Her painting skills were highly praised, but as highly praised her talent was, as lacking was she on the social skills department. The show presented a positive and negative side of being talented. Some may be very talented, but lacking in social interaction. Distancing themselves from others because they are in some way superior to others.
But being superior in something may bring side effects. Where one is highly praised by others, it can also bring hatred or discouragement to others. Sakurasou portrayed a situation where Shiina was a natural phenomenon, but her friend Sorata struggles in reaching his own goals. The difference in natural talent and hard labor is well portrayed.
I dedicated a separate post for this show, but it’s still one of the better J.C. Staff shows in my opinion. Not because of the story, but because of the great setting it provided. Kamisama no Memo presented a lively city where many things happened.
In a large city many dangers lurk in the shadow and Kamisama showed us some of those dangers. The show also made a strong connection with a growing digital infrastructure and the possibilities it creates for certain individuals. When used properly, somebody can achieve great and meaningful things.
Where Kamisama lacked in character and story development, it excelled in creating a credible environment for its characters. For this reason alone, Kamisama is worth the watch.