First Impressions: Futari wa Milky Holmes

Futari wa Milky Holmes

Who are you and what have you done with my Milky Holmes?!

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “Milky Holmes would be much better if they played the premise completely straight,” then 1) we can’t be friends, and 2) this is your show. Completely abandoning the off-the-wall comedy that the previous anime series became known for, this installment introduces two new characters and a world where Milky Holmes is actually competent and famous, arresting tons of phantom thieves with their supernatural powers known as Toys. Apparently the Alternative OVA–which takes much of the same approach–worked out well for them, since there is no trace of the previous season’s style or humor. In all honesty, this shouldn’t be labelled a third season or advertised as such.

Futari wa Milky Holmes

That said, it’s hard for me to judge this series as a separate entity because I was so disappointed. When you go from an evil mastermind trying to steal the world’s fat in the previous season finale to something relatively realistic but with superpowers involved, you’re going to feel some whiplash. It would’ve been one thing if we were following the Milky Holmes gang from the get-go, but instead we follow the two new characters. It seems like they were going for a slice-of-life feel in this first episode, but it’s so boring. I really don’t care about two characters I don’t know wandering around an obvious digital photograph background while they talk about how awesome Milky Holmes is. If you’re going to play this straight, at least follow Milky Holmes while they kick butt.

In the episode’s defense, that does happen towards the end, but by the time we get around to fighting Phantom Thieves, the damage is done. The episode is only twelve minutes long, but it feels far longer because of the bad pacing. If this was intended to win fans of the previous series over, then they could’ve tried harder. When the content is almost the complete opposite of what I was expecting when I opened the video player, the episode has to do a pretty good job to convince me to keep watching it. This episode did not do that; it only made me want my twelve minutes back. Also, while most of the major players from the previous seasons do show up (Genius 4 isn’t nearly as interesting without the slapstick), the Phantom Thieves are a completely new group with no sign of Henriette or the other Gentleman Thieves anywhere. I’m not sure what makes me more upset: that the characters I liked have become boring or that some of my favorites have been written out. While it’s possible that this is a giant troll move and it’ll go back to comedy in the next episode, I’m not banking on it.

Futari wa Milky Holmes

Go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done, Futari wa Milky Holmes.

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3 thoughts on “First Impressions: Futari wa Milky Holmes

  1. I do not fear the sudden Cerebrus Syndrome “illness” that infected Milky Holmes 3 like other Milky Holmes fans are right now as they scream “BETRAYAL”, ala The Spoony One, from the top of their lungs. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MILKY HOLMES 1+2 but I am still willing to give this more serious third season a chance. After all, how bad can a serious Milky Holmes be? While the premiere episode wasn’t impressive, it wasn’t detestable either. The bright side for me is that Kokoro isn’t as loathsome as she used to be.

    • It’s not the premise that I have a problem with so much as that I was completely bored by this episode and saw no reason to continue. Let me know if that feeling was wrong though!

      • It’ll be my burden to bear since other fellow die hard Milky Holmes fans have pretty much dismissed this as a “it never happened” from the start.

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