SONNY BOY – First Impressions and Opinions

This review contains SPOILERS from the episode. Though, I’ll try to make it as short and spoiler-free as possible.

QUICK SUMMARY : The school drifts through another dimension, and 36 boys and girls are left there, awakening to their supernatural abilities. Amidst the whirlpool of questions that come to mind one after another, survival in a supernatural world begins.

GENRE : Sci-Fi, Superpower, Survival

Sonny Boy is based on an original story written by prominent director Shingo Natsume (One Punch Man). It is being produced by Studio Madhouse, the powerhouse anime studio behind absolute classics such as Hunter x Hunter, Death Note, and No Game No Life. We don’t have a lot of information to go on by, as it’s an anime-original story.

MY OPINIONS ABOUT

PLOT : The plot is inherently weird and off-putting at first, but everything is set up in just the right way to make you uncomfortable yet induce a sense of familiarity. The characters get Isekaid to another dimension. The show establishes quite early on that the characters aren’t going to enjoy their time in this universe, unlike the typical Isekai ones. Self-governing kids heading towards their doom is a concept that I’m surprised not many other anime have done before, that’s enough to make me interested in kids (not a pedo).

CHARACTERS : There are a lot of characters. Thirty-six of them, in fact. In typical anime fashion, our protagonist is probably the least interesting out of all of them. Nagara is the typical silent main character type, and we don’t know much about his personality so far. The token mysterious main girl is Nozomi, and she’s obviously hiding something. The Student Council is also there, running the school however they wish for now with self-made rules. The one named Hoshi is up to something, I can sense that. Overall, good enough.

ANIMATION : The animation is quite striking. The low amount of details and the watercolour like palette sets this anime apart from its peers, but it works well with the story. The animation has interesting perspectives and angles that complement the setting, though most of the episode takes place inside the school. It has Neon Genesis kinda vibes, which is GOOD imo.

THE VERDICT

The first episode of Sonny Boy is unnerving, uncomfortable, and unlike any other anime running right now, and it definitely sets the stage for the rest of the season. It will be interesting to see how the story develops and what actually lies behind these events, as this might evolve into some kind of Battle-Royale survival story, especially since they are now on an island.

RATINGS

Storyline : 8/10

Characters : 7.5/10

Animation : 8/10

Enjoyability : 7.5/10

Overall : 7.7/10

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