This show, frankly, sucks.
Animation-wise, this is like Jormungand, only with slightly more actual movements and much less atmospheric tension.
Feast your eyes on the unrelenting montage of static images! This is literally a slideshow of pretty pictures. At least Jormungand found a very nice ruse to hide its incredibly cheap production values through making too much movement unnecessary, which is why you hear a bunch of poor saps saying that it had “great” animation. But this… this is a blatant attempt to spend as little as possible, and it shows. Very much so. Anyone with eyes should be able to notice how cheap Production IG is being with this show. Sorry, but if you actually think that this show has a lot of “animation,” I will need to have a nice, long talk with you, and most likely gouge your eyes out.
It also doesn’t help that the show seems to be the epitome of banality. The male lead Rick is about as interesting as a mossy boulder. The girls, the townspeople – EVERYONE seems to be high off whatever drugs Rick puts in his ~Bread of Happiness~. Worst of all, the introduction is very boring even by crappy JRPG standards, and that’s saying a lot.
The only things that I can praise this show is for its decent music and the great character (and bread) designs. Other than that, Shining Hearts ~Bread of Happiness~ is a candidate to being THE worst first episode of anime I have ever seen in my life, on par with Upotte!! and Shukufuku no Campanella. I feel sorry for Tony Taka. I really do.
Oh yeah, before I forget, let’s all do the ~Bread Dance~!