TL;DR: More of the same, but the problems of CGI already seen in first season just seem to get more obvious, combined with poor execution of multiple scenes (20 episodes watched at the time of this review).
- As I am not experienced in reviewing shows, I can't perfectly analyze what the show does wrong or convey my thoughts on the show properly, but I hope the main points come across without being too ambiguous:
This season has been mainly about improving the teamwork of the 7 students within Shrek academy through exercise and tournament fights, as well as meeting more characters. Although the
story itself hasn't been bad, the execution has been.
The show tries to have multiple moments that give the watcher an emotional reaction as well as develop enmities and friendships. Almost all of these scenes, however completely miss the mark. This, combined with the pacing that just feels a bit off doesn't do the show any favors.
Art & Animation :
Due to the increasing amount of actual interactions between characters that are meant to be impactful, the shortcomings are much more clear. The facial expressions are exaggerated and often do not manage to convey emotions even close to the level a 2D animation can, and the execution of multiple scenes seems horrendous.
The fight scenes are still quite clear, but the similarity of them is starting to be a huge turn off for me. Each fight just lacks both visual and emotional impact.
The characters don't seem to have that much life to them, and character development isn't well executed. Emotions don't carry over to the watcher at all, which takes a lot away.
A clear positive however is that they all clearly have distinct personalities: this hasn't changed since the first season.
Although this season I haven't found as much joy in watching Tang San improve and prove his skill to others than in the first season, the show still does manage to be pretty entertaining.
The shortcomings of both the CGI and the execution of each scene ruin the experience as a whole quite a bit. Luckily, the story is still fairly good and there are some good moments which prevent this from being horrendous.