Oh, great, another show about a school with a bunch of supernatural stuff going on, taken over by the surly high-school-aged daughter of the crazy founder.
…is what I was thinking, but wow does this show have a heck of a start. The first episode is spectacular: A quirky, brilliantly-timed sense of humor, huge animation budget, a pile of nods to movies from The Exorcist to Porco Rosso to Terminator 2 (heck, the whole thing seems to be something of a 12 Monkeys homage), time travel, Nostradamus, unintentionally undead parents, a huge, hilarious action sequence, a touch of human drama, and a funky, piano-heavy soundtrack.
The razor-sharp blend of way-funky humor—both offhanded, concept stuff and sight gags—and horror/sci-fi standbys reminds me a bit of the Evil Dead series, of all things, which is to say potentially all kinds of awesome. The second two episodes are rather lower-key than the spectacular opener—they seem to be setting up the premise and developing the characters as people some—but still have some funky stuff, and the comic timing is near-perfect. Plus, the characterization even seems to be decent.
It’d be too much to ask for it to keep up the first-episode momentum all the way through, but if it manages to stay even half as good it’ll still be a memorable show. Definitely looking forward to more of this one.