It felt like a visual novel.
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is a visual novel adaptation, and this episode did feel like one. Why exactly? Quite bluntly, because it wasn’t that exciting.
Most visual novels are structured this way. It’s slice of life integrated with a darker scheme, an actual plot. This episode felt like the genuine first hour or so of playing a visual novel. It wasn’t exciting, and it wasn’t that engaging; but rather, characters are introduced, and a mood is inflected. Assuming that this a “faithful” adaptation, then the mood should significantly alter later on in the series. But since I’ve never actually read this specific visual novel, It’s pure speculation given the tags [drama and romance; it was mostly comedy in this episode].
Which brings me to my next point of how “good” the imminent drama will be. Whether it’ll actually be actually constructive drama, or melodrama [like Tasogare/C3], I can’t really say. I’d hope for the former, since the first few minutes of this episode was really cool. Ironically, it really reminded me of G-Senjou no Mao [a visual novel]; even though the two visual novels have little in common, it was the ominous beginning followed by school life. In G-Senj, after a hour or two in, the genre shifted; shit became darker, and things became more interactive. I can only hope that Chocolate follows the same, or similar pattern. Rating wise, the visual novel for Chocolate is rated at 7.42 [albeit not entirely accurate given the small test group, I’d assume for it to be somewhat higher given that 8s and 9s are the most common ratings for it].
The soundtrack to this episode was awesome, I really liked the opening and ending themes. The OP with done by Annabel, she did the ED to Another. The song itself wasn’t bad, but it was given to such a subpar show; the somber melancholic song wasn’t given much justice when applied. Another is best remembered as a parody of the horror genre itself [even though it tried so desperately hard to be “serious”]. But the general soundtrack was great too [don’t really want to say “because it felt like a visual novel”, but it really did; can’t exactly explain the feeling, but it’s a good thing].
First Impressions: Concluding Thoughts
I don’t want to say that I have high expectations for this show; I’m usually disappointed. I just really really really hope that I don’t have to do seven episodic entries commentating on slice of life, two praising its drama, and three raging about it. I like visual novel adaptations, albeit they are difficult adaptations. I like the soundtrack, the characters, and the basis so far. I hope it stays that way.