Archive

Posts Tagged ‘ecchi’

Maken-Ki! Episodes 1 and 2 – Worst of All Possible Worlds

When I got down to looking over the offerings for this fall season, there were three works in particular that I singled out as pathetic pieces of trash that wouldn’t even be worth one episode to watch through. Those series were C3, Mashiroiro Symphony, and Maken-Ki! As it happens, I was wrong about the first two; neither would qualify as high art, but C3 is far more effective in its drama and Mashiroiro Symphony is far less offensive in content than I was expecting.

By contrast, Maken-ki! was exactly what I was expecting: non-stop, unmitigated perversion. It’s pretty upfront about being as trashy as possible, such that I don’t even know if this review will do justice to how disgusting it is. To do that, I’d need to break my own personal rules about what was acceptable to include as a screen cap.
Read more…

Advertisements

C3: Cube x Cursed x Curious Episodes 1, 2, and 3 – Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

For reasons I might explain in a later post, I made a pledge to myself to cover every series debuting this season, with the exception of obvious kid stuff and Hunter x Hunter. (I’ll let other people have a flame war over whether I just repeated myself.) That did not get me out of reviewing C3, even though it was a show I didn’t even want to waste my time watching. The basic outline sounded suspiciously similar to last season’s The Dark Rabbit has Seven Lives: a contemporary fantasy harem show whose pretensions to horror would be promptly deflated by harem antics and absurd amounts of panty flashing.

I was not wrong about the harem problem, or about the fanservice. Where I was wrong was in thinking that these elements would overwhelm the show, keeping it from succeeding at the darker content inherent in the show’s premise. Because, when C3 decides it does want to be serious, it pulls that off far better than it has any right to.
Read more…

Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls Episodes 1 and 2 – Random Acts of Violence

I made a pledge to myself this season that I would review every single new series starting up this October. I have no doubt I will regret that by the time the month is out, and this show is as good of a place as any to explain why. Ordinarily, I can take a look at a show’s promo material and maybe a trailer or two, and immediately get a feel for which shows I’m just not going to like. Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls (marketed in Japan as Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! or “Love me seriously!!”) is yet another harem game turned into a anime, with a ridiculous cast and equally ridiculous concept—and in this case, a cliched ridiculous concept.

One problem with visual novels, particular harem visual novels with adult content (that is, most of them), is that they never bother investing any energy into side characters, a background setting, or anything other the idealized portrayal of a set of 2D girls to be romanced. Majikoi avoids that problem by going in the opposite direction: It’s so filled with random crap that it’s hard to remember what the show is ostensibly about.
Read more…

Yuru Yuri Episodes 1 and 2 – All I Really Want is Girls

Last season brought us A Channel, a slice-of-life show that was memorable primarily for the various ways it provided quasi-lesbian antics within the confines of the traditional plotless comedy formula. Since in anime (and in many other things) things always progress toward the more subversive and perverse, it was only a matter of time before something came around to top it.

Therefore, I shouldn’t be surprised by Yuru Yuri, which as the title suggests spends a great deal of time laying out enough girl-on-girl affection (or implied affection, or fantasized-by-other-cast-members-affection, etc.) to inspire libraries worth of fan-made porn. This is made all the more creepy by the fact that the entire cast is made up of seventh and eighth graders.
Read more…

Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Episodes 1 and 2 – Half Life

January 24, 2011 1 comment

Animation affords many possibilities not open to live action—most particularly opportunities for violence. Loony Toons proved long ago the comedic potential in having characters blown up, flattened like pancakes, or otherwise creatively mauled. These influences bleed into anime as well, but Kore wa Zombie desu ka? takes this to the logical comedic extreme.

Ayumu Aikawa, the otherwise ordinary Japanese high schooler protagonist, is murdered by a serial killer and brought back to “life” as a zombie by a necromancer he happened to befriend earlier that day. But while his being dead and zombified does make him better at fighting (since he can push his body past the usual limits of human endurance), he could have gotten such abilities in other ways. Rather, it’s so that he can be brutally killed every episode and “live” to talk about it.
Read more…

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (There’s No Way My Little Sister Can Be This Cute) Episodes 11 and 12 – There’s No Way Bear Could Make the Title For this Post any Longer than it Already Is

January 21, 2011 3 comments

I’ve spent almost a year writing about awful fan-service anime, riddled with strange fetishes, confusing, tortured writing, and more badly censored nudity than I care to think about. I did it originally because I wanted to make fun of terrible shows, but it quickly turned into a strangely serious look at otaku and the social factors at play in the making of these derivative, mindless shows.

Oreimo will hopefully be the last show like this I cover. Part of the reason is that I think I’ve already said everything I want to say about otaku culture, and I don’t want to be repetitive in my criticism. There’s nothing worse than a writer with an ax to grind who tries to work his pet peeve into every conceivable topic.

There’s another reason, though: I think that I might be becoming desensitized to this awfulness. I mean, people are pretty good at adapting: if you surround yourself with anything, no matter how twisted or horrible, sooner or later it’s going to seem pleasant and familiar, or at least bearable.
Read more…

Categories: Episode Reviews, Oreimo Tags: , , ,

Yosuga no Sora Episodes 5 through 12 – Someone’s Dark, Twisted Fantasy

January 18, 2011 8 comments

When I last left the anime adaptation of erotic dating game Yosuga no Sora, my interest was at an all-time low. A poorly though out story arc combined with a staggeringly unnecessary and exploitative sex scene all combined to make me lose interest in writing about the show.

But, as you can see, I kept watching the thing, even though the next arc was just more of the same. I kept at because I had a feeling that there would be one moment that would make the whole miserable endeavor worthwhile.

And finally, in the tenth episode, I found that moment.
Read more…