Yofukashi no Uta – The Outerhaven
A sleepless man wandering around at night sounded like a pretty good premise that could lead to some interesting plot points. In addition, I have heard some rumors about how good the first episode of Yofukashi no Uta (Call of the Night) was so I decided to check it out. Now that I’ve seen the first episode, was it as good as everyone made it?
Synopsis of the first episode
Kou has insomnia. He sneaks out of the house to wander around the city. For the first time in his life, he feels free, but he is still a little paranoid about being caught. After looking up advice on how to sleep, he sees a bunch of suggestions involving alcohol. So he goes to a vending machine to buy someone when he is caught by a mysterious girl.
The girl correctly guesses that he cannot sleep and lures him back to his apartment where she shares her futon with him; However, Kou has no intentions of going to bed. He fakes it, and that’s when the girl sees the opportunity. She leans in and bites his neck, revealing that she is a vampire. Kou wakes up and asks her questions … and then asks why he’s not a vampire now.
She explains that she is not interested in creating offspring, but it can happen if he falls in love with her. Kou does not buy it completely, but after walking around, talking and being kicked off the roof of a building, he is convinced that this is life for him! He swears he will fall in love with her so she can turn him into a vampire!
MAY BE – Although I do not doubt that the first episode was good, it was just average good for me. There was nothing that blew off my socks and made me want to see more. That, and plus, I’m not really interested in vampire stories. Another thing that struck me a bit was the art style. I’m not a fan of what Nazuna (our vampire girl) looks like. Just something about her face is not comfortable to look at.
In addition, the landscape can not decide whether it will be dark or painted with all the colors of the rainbow. I understand that the program is trying to create a mood, but the first episode was quite slow and uninteresting.
So why do I not give this a NO and move on? Because it does not seem like a typical vampire story. There is a certain unique element to it, and it has the chance to become something special. I want to give it a few more episodes before I really judge, but I want to say that if the show continues at the same pace without anything interesting happening, I may end up dropping it. However, I hope the program can prove me wrong.
The reason I say that is when you look at what was set up … you only have one child who wants to be a vampire and a girl who is not interested in producing offspring. So it’s painfully obvious that these are going to be the two who go on random adventures while trying to force these two to become a couple to satisfy the end goal. Either it will happen and Kou gets his wish, or it will be for nothing since he has a revelation and ends up back on a regular sleep plan.
There’s really not much room for a more grandiose finale with this show, and there’s just so much you can do in between in this situation to keep the viewer’s attention. So I’ll have to wait and see how this turns out.