Anime of Tomorrow
Hiiro no Kakera Ep. 1
Initial impression – deliberately hazy (4/10)
Spring 2012 to summer 2012 (24 episodes) (title literal translation – Scarlet Fragment) (more info)
If an anime can’t make its story clear within the first episode, I worry about the pacing of events to come. Hiiro no Kakera does a decent job setting up some suspense and mystery and I see Tamaki Kasuga headed in a definite direction that is going to be full of challenges. However, not knowing the exact role she is to play in this murky, spirit-infested, backwater village leaves me just as confused as her. Just who is she and why is she so important that she requires high-class secret service hidden among her classmates to keep an eye on her at all times? On that note, the biggest thing I’m relieved to see is that this series does not seem to be the pretty-boy anime that it superficially appeared to be at first glance. The focus is all on Tamaki and while she may be a tad harsh on some of her male guardians, at least she isn’t fawning on them like some weird, reverse harem. I see the potential for something interesting in Hiiro no Kakera, but there’s just not enough substance there to hold my attention.