That Rap Though…
High School Fleet was one of those shows that I didn’t expect much out of. Having recently finished Girls Und Panzer at the time, I thought I’d just take a look at this show as it aired back in Spring 2016. However, by the end of episode 1 I was intrigued enough to keep going. The show throttled the line between overly silly and genuinely interesting for most of its 12 episode run. Unfortunately, the show fell flat by the end and was pretty disappointing.
On the surface this looks to be another, “cute girls doing cute things” show, just on boats. That’s totally fine with me. However, all of a sudden the plot takes a pretty major twist in episode one by becoming this tense mystery show with seemingly dire stakes. Sounds pretty good, right? At first, absolutely!
The problem with the show was with its story, as it was really engaging for about half of its run but ran out of steam quickly after. Once the big mystery was solved, the story really didn’t have anything to offer. Well that’s not quite true, the episode where the girls hold a festival was probably my favorite episode in the entire series. It was funny and the rap was hands down the best.
Production IMS did a great job with the animation especially the CG battle scenes. They never looked really ugly or distracting which is fantastic. Character designs were also a plus in my book too. No real complaints there.
In the end, I wouldn’t really recommend this show to anybody. It had its moments and wasn’t terrible but it was nothing special either. If you are a big fan of the guy who directed Girls Und Panzer you might want to check this out, but most are better off passing altogether.
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