Thursday, 6 August 2009

GA - Geijutsuka Art Design Class - Episode 2

After rather a hefty gap, it's finally time to take a look at the second episode of GA - Geijutsuka Art Design Class, although to be honest not all that much has changed from my thoughts on the first instalment really.

Having said that, this episode does seem happier to spend a little more time setting up and handling its scenarios; in particular, it dedicates a big chunk of this episode to a dream "force-fed" to Takane as some kind of "action series meets art school" adventure. Despite that, it's actually some of the more quick-fire, throwaway gags which worked better for me, such as characters voicing over the chickens or people across the school complex with made-up lines, or the 100,001% joke made towards the end of the episode. Not laugh out loud hilarious, but mildly amusing nonetheless.

To be honest, i probably got my biggest kick out of some of more directly art-related sections of the episode, if only because they brought back fond memories of breaking out the pencils for sketching, ending up with a black hand after using soft pencils for too long and then leaning on the drawing, and so on. As a nostalgia trip to my days of GCSE and A-Level art, it was a fun little distraction. However, that still isn't really anything like enough for GA to leapfrog the comic wonders of Hidamari Sketch; indeed, "fun little distraction" is probably the best thought I can muster for this series as it stands.

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