Spring 2012 First Impressions – Shining Hearts ~The Bread of Happiness~

Great character designs.

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 bread looks tasty, at least.

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~!

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12 Responses to Spring 2012 First Impressions – Shining Hearts ~The Bread of Happiness~

  1. John Sato says:

    What this should have been:
    A dark and gritty psychological thriller in which Rick takes over the country by making the entire place dependent on his drug bread that ony he can make. Gradually, his drug empire expands past his country’s borders and he rules the world. It’d be like Death Note/Code Geass, but in a fantasy setting and with more narcotics.
    Now *that’s* a show I would watch.

  2. moichispa says:

    I couldn’t even finish that ed song… Are you telling that this hasn’t been done by Deen?

  3. Cely_belly says:

    lol The bread is the true star of the show!

  4. Too much bread for my liking, I hope the director and such realise that Shining hearts is more in the action, kinda genre ^^ but I guess Its only the beginning sure it will come.

  5. I’ll focus on the bread and cute girls. This is the only way I’ll come to really enjoy the series. That ending song is perfect for me.

  6. raisuke16 says:

    cute girls,boring storyline…generally, this truly sucks…i totally agree with you but good animation though… 🙂

    • @fkeroge says:

      Well, Tony Taka is well known for doing great character designs. It’s a shame that he never gets recruited for big anime projects…

      I have to disagree with the animation. While the parts where movement is present are smooth, they are few and far between.

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