Cencoroll is a nifty little specimen. It’s got the indie feel working for it, with most of the work done by a certain Atsuya Uki. It’s still impressive, though. My eye for animation has leveled up in years, and the monster scenes are very smooth and clean. I guess it’s easier to animate transforming blobs with eyes than people? It knocks a bit on the E7/Xam’d monster aesthetic too.
There’s one thing that stands out, too: much of the interaction between Tetsu, Yuki and even antagonist Shuu is awkward. Short, snappy answers are the norm, and nothing really gets revealed about the monsters and electric ahoges. Some people might not like this, but I find it fits for the context of the show, since it’s a rather uncanny, lifelike portrayal of high schoolers who just met each other. Being cranky and uncooperative works perfectly for Tetsu’s annoyed personality, while Yuki is merely a normal girl with abnormally high affinity for blobby things. It’s not like they’ve been seeing each other for years!
Isn’t it refreshing to watch an anime that doesn’t feature characters with warped, extreme personalities? And Yuki is sweet, in her own unsaccharine way.