Owl House definitely feels like a show I should be enjoying right out of the gate like I did Gravity Falls or Amphibia, but this first episode just didn't grab me. All these elements should be up my alley, but are just failing to click with me. I can't even say that the episode was actually bad, per se. It just completely failed to resonate with me. I actually had to sit for a second to think about why, before it hit me. I was because it felt too much like all the bland Japanese isekai shows we get every season.
Now it doesn't have all the dumb harem shit, but in other regards? There's a lack of any mystery, danger, or intrigue. There's no sense that the world we've just entered is something big and exciting; it feels predictable, like something you've seen a million times, because you have. The protagonist feels tailor-made for the audience to project onto rather than relate to, and it doesn't feel like she'll see any real hardship or struggles. She'll have minor "setbacks", but she's the MC, so she'll find a way not only to succeed, but garner praise each time. Hell, this whole witch experience is literally just summer camp for her. Not only can Luz just go home whenever she so chooses, but she can text and call her mom at any time.
I'm going to give it a few more chances, but I'm disappointed so far.