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14: Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan
English: Rinshi!! Ekodachan
MAL Score: 5.52
Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan is a fun and dark a 4-koma manga about the real (?) life of the author, a single woman in Tokyo who drifts through relationships and works at various hostess clubs and the like. Lots of commentary on “birds of prey” (moukin), girls who use their cuteness and affect stupidity in order to try to score men (against whom the author is constantly fighting).
The skits themselves do a decent job about establishing and expanding on Ekoda-chan as a character. Each skit tackles the various sides of her down to earth yet longing personality, the modest living situation she is in, and the kinds of hijinks and circumstances her wandering and often nude lifestyle puts her through. While she’s not a character I find especially compelling in some of the less interesting skits, she’s a very relatable and tangible person that’s easy to gravitate towards. These 3-minute shorts do a very good job at making her earnest and likable. Also, for some reason you don’t quite understand why she’s doing certain things like having sex with a guy who doesn’t care about her, the interviews are more than eager to highlight her personality and tell you why. Take that as you will. There isn’t any real narrative cohesion here, as it’s just a disconnected series of snapshots of the character’s life not told in any chronological order. Still, they do their job effectively at presenting our protagonist and that’s all that matters.
The few other characters present here come and go as they please and all really serve to highlight Ekoda-chan anyway, so there’s no need to discuss them here, at least until episode 8. This one episode gives us a snapshot of the life of M-san instead of our main protagonist who has basically taken up all the focus in this anthology. In just this one episode, she shows off this moody and frank personality that seems to have not only some kind of slight baggage with Ekoda-san, but a real friendship with her that is sold perfectly through their chemistry in the last minute of the episode. After episode 5 showed me how much fun the skits could be, I started getting on board with this show, and this served as the second major shake-up in the series that I was blown away by.
Audiovisually, the show is also very vibrant and charming. Not every style is very appealing to me, but most of them are vivid and pleasing to the eyes. The sheer number of ambitious styles allows for fun variety you won’t see anywhere else. For instance, episode 4 attempts to give the human body a sense of luminescence that the director admits would be far too intensive for a 22-minute TV series. Episode 7 makes use of photorealistic yarn in all sorts of creative and visually pleasing ways when combined with its art style. Episodes 1 and 2 might have a rough, crude art style, while episode 3 might imagine the entire cast as a bunch of animals. Industry veterans such as Ryousuke Takahashi (Flag, Gasaraki, Votoms) and Yoshimoto Yonetani (Shokugeki no Souma, Brigadoon, Tiger & Bunny movies) are given complete creative freedom with whatever styles they decide to explore, with episode 5, 7, 8, and 11 being my personal favorites in terms of both its visual art style and animation. We even get skits like that of episode 9 where we go into a first-person perspective. The sky’s the limit here! Not every skit will gel with everyone on a visual level, but it’s nonetheless impressive to see some of these skits and how very much unlike most anime they are. Ascension, Zero-G, and Creators in Pack were listed as the 3 studios involved with this production, and I have to give them credit given that these are practically no-name studios as far as the west is concerned.
The music is also rather relaxing. There are even some pieces in here that served as wonderful background music for when I was working on this review. The tracks that play during the interviews are in a set order for every episode and are nice pieces on their own, while the music that plays during a drawing showcase changes with each episode. The music for the drawing in episode 6 is probably my favorite in the entire show. Jun Abe and Mutou Seiji did a nice job with the music composition for this show. The myriad of ending themes don’t interest me so I won’t make any further comments on them.
It’s a shame that the reception for this anime has been so dismal since frankly, this is one of the more ambitious and admirable titles of the year. I certainly respect this title more than I enjoy it, but that doesn’t mean it has no entertainment value. The skits are vivid and varied, with some of the funnier and crazier ones being especially captivating. It’s nice to see a cavalcade of directors and voice actors plant their own signature fingerprints on this show, discuss the source material, and comment on their experiences of how this all came together. On top of that, the show feels ever evolving, as the stylistic flourishes and risks taken become more ambitious over time. Episodes 5 and 8 were particularly stunning for me. By the time I was ⅔ into this show, I was wondering how the hell I went from trudging through the first 4 episodes to thoroughly enjoying almost every skit that came after and finding myself actively invested in the interviews. For its insights and what I got out of the more interesting skits, this show deserves more respect than it has gotten. If you’re only here for the comedic or more slice of life type skits about a usually naked 24-year-old girl dealing with romantic issues, her wandering lifestyle, and whatever else gets thrown her way, then you might want to stick to those sections exclusively. However, if you care about animation on more than just a consumer level, Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan deserves your time and respect. I just wish someone more recognizable and knowledgeable than this amateur pseudo-critic would shine a light onto it despite how niche its appeal might be.
Also, seriously, how come AniDB is the only anime site that has the composers for this anime listed and even then, only if you look on the anime’s page and not the pages for either composer?
Written and edited by: CodeBlazeFate
Proofread by: Peregrine
In terms of story, there is little to none given the nature of the show but by the end of the series I think the viewer can get a sense of how a narrative involving Ekoda-chan would play out, seeing that there were characters, topics and themes that would repeatedly appear throughout the skits.
As for the art, animation and sound, those are all down to the discretion of the directors and hence the perceived quality of these aspects may change from episode to episode. For me personally, it’s always exciting for me to anticipate how each director would interpret the source material. Overall I think a good job was done with the art and sound.
Where there was a lot of variation with the art and sound, in terms of the character of Ekoda-chan herself, the essense of what composes that character remained more or less the same throughout the series. In this instance that’s a positive since what’s going on from skit to skit would vary it’s nice that there is something for the audience to connect with in the form of the main character.
One thing that has to be mentioned is that although Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan is a short with a duration of 3 minutes, there is an interview portion that goes on for the remaining 20 minutes of the run time. That may be interesting or not to look at depending on the individual and it’s something that I think could be skipped if it doesn’t interest you.
Overall I think Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan was a decent watch although I don’t know it’s something I could easily recommend to someone to check out.
MAL Score: 5.71
At only 12 years old, Takumi Harada is already hailed as a prodigious baseball pitcher. But when his family moves to the backwater town of Nitta, Takumi has no choice but to join his new school’s unskilled baseball team. This development has little effect on the boy, as he believes it is more interesting if this no-name club becomes a powerhouse due to his presence. However, due to his overwhelming talent, Takumi is in need of a catcher able to keep up with his pitches.
His worries are soon put to rest after meeting Gou Nagakura. As his fan and fellow student, Gou is eager to prove that he is not a simple braggart, but rather a player skillful enough to catch Takumi’s pitches. Amid struggling to form a “battery” with Gou, Takumi comes into conflict with his new teammates due to his irreverent personality but grapples to find the true joy of the sport under his grandfather’s guidance.
One thing that I strongly feel a need of getting out before anything else is that this may or may not be the kind of Anime you’d expect or hope it to be. What I mean when I say that is, it’s not the standard hype-inducing kind of sports Anime that focuses most of its matter into the game being played. Battery chooses to use baseball as more of a platform, it’s a medium through which the Anime presents its story. Thus it doesn’t really focus on the game itself very much.
So what is it really about then? Well it’s actually more of a drama and focuses heavily on the interaction between its characters which also makes it rather difficult to say if it really even has much of a ‘story’ per se. It provides a general setting to which like I mentioned before; the characters are what provide most of the material. That being said, quite sadly, it doesn’t manage to carry itself all that well. The kind of situations that are presented to us and the drama that comes along with it feel… well… Pointless. It’s like a struggle that feels like it could’ve been told better but the drama just feels so empty and everything feels so bland that it’s hard to really care much about anything that goes.
It’s quite obvious that a bigger topic is trying to be discussed behind the innocent front of a baseball show but it’s just too bad that the message doesn’t properly come across unless you genuinely make an effort to really reach out for it.
Art and Animation:
The art is rather plain but it’s not dull in any way. The color pallet used adds a soothing feel to the visuals which compliments the overall look of the show quite well. As far as the animation is concerned, it’s rather ordinary. At times the quality of animation does seem to increase where needed, such as during the scenes when a baseball game is being played and there’s a need to showcase the swift movements by the players, but overall the animation stays somewhat chunky for almost the entirety of the show and never actually impresses.
Like most of its other aspects, the soundtrack also has a pleasantly soothing touch to it and as a whole, the musical score is quite nice but unfortunately there’s only a select few tracks in total and even those are hardly used. Most of the show goes by without the use of much music, which wouldn’t be a problem if the show somehow fills in by the use of natural sound effects. Unfortunately with the type of show this is, most of those scenes just feel empty without a soundtrack. There’s not much life to them.
The opening and ending sequences were both really well done. The songs along with the visuals were very nice and did a really good job of setting the tone and atmosphere for the show itself.
Like I mentioned earlier, Battery focuses more on its characters and the interactions between them. For the most part, we’re shown characters that slowly grow as events go by and their growth is presented in an ever so subtle manner that you really begin to appreciate it for what it is, until… when it’s all said and done, there’s no real sense of achievement. You feel like the characters came ways but never really found anything in the end. While there were some things to be had by the end, they all just feel so insignificant that you could hardly even care.
More than often, when it came to the characters, it just felt like the show left you in the dust. At times they even felt lifeless or as if they had no emotions whatsoever. It’s hard to really tell what’s going on in their heads or what exactly their stance is on numerous occasions. Like with other parts of this show, it was just unable to come across properly.
It was quite evident that Battery attempted to tell a deeper story than what was portrayed or perceived, but it’s exactly because of the lackluster presentation that the deeper part of the show was unable to surface properly. An attempt at making a more natural and pleasant kind of atmosphere for the show backfired and ended up making the show really bland and unengaging.
I should also mention that even though the show doesn’t focus on baseball as a game all that much, the parts where the characters are shown playing the baseball matches were possibly some of the most boring moments in the show. An entire match lasts for a few minutes and there’s absolutely no direction as to how it’s played out or what goes on in between the occasional frames with pitches and swings. There’s hardly ever even any sign of emotions by our characters during it all.
Conclusion and Verdict:
While Battery seemed to have a nice start and a fairly good idea, it was unable to carry it all the way till the end. It failed as a sports Anime and didn’t really manage to stand out much as a drama either. With a rather empty plot and difficult characters, it lacked anything for viewers to truly take away.
I wouldn’t really stop anyone from watching the show, but chances are; even if you aren’t turned off by the blandness of the show, you’ll probably just end up bored halfway through anyways.
Baseball is a great sport. It’s the kind of sport that can be modified to fit the capabilities of whatever type of player is playing, something humans of all shapes and sizes can enjoy. However, when comparing it to other sports on TV, in most cases, the action is severely lacking. Summer 2016’s ‘Battery’ takes boring to a whole new level.
Our protagonist, a cocky, arrogant brat who was already good at baseball before the show begins moves into a new town and joins the baseball team. He’s a dick to everyone there, even his partner and brother. People don’t like him at first and go as far as whipping him but they all eventually grow to because he’s good at baseball and had already created enough needless drama. They play a good school. The end.
I told you it contains spoilers right? Jeez, you shouldn’t have started reading if you didn’t want the whole plot explained, iiiidiot.
In all seriousness, Battery has no development whatsoever, and ends exactly where it started. Not ideal, especially for sport anime, but it has been proven to work before. In Battery’s case, it does not. The only thing happening between point A and point B is a bit of baseball and drama created between Harada and friends. But that’s how it’s supposed to be. Boring as it is, Battery is down-to-earth unlike many other anime, and is a refreshing change needed every once and a while. While some people may disagree with me here, I think Battery was a very levelheaded show that was nice to just sit down and watch. For most people. though, it probably won’t be your cup of tea.
The thing that pushed Battery into the realistic zone was this. The animation isn’t very good and, actually, the art isn’t either. That said, it fits the style of anime and achieves exactly what it could within it’s limits. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Seeing as there is barely any sound in Battery anyways, I had to dig deep just to hear it play… and was it worth it? Well… not really. Though they may be pleasant to listen to, the OST, OP and ED are just there because it would be weird if they weren’t. The sound affects don’t help that much, contributing virtually nothing aloft the norm. The voice acting then becomes the major factor in sound, which usually backfires if you rely solely on seiyuu to get into their roles. Battery didn’t have this quandary. The voice acting is great for the main characters and the protagonist’s family, and while lackluster side characters drag it down quite a bit, the vocalization is still amiable.
Just like the voice actors and animation, the characters just feel like an excuse to drive the plot in a way to create as much drama as possible without straying from it’s element of realism. Takumi Harada, our protagonist, is quite the querulous guy. He has an obsession towards baseball and is just a total jerk to anyone and everyone, even his own teammates, only agreeing with them when things go his way. There really is not much more to say that hasn’t already been summed up.
+Realistic art style
+Decent voice acting for the main characters
-No plot or character development
-Baseball is not a good TV sport
-Art and Sound are only sufficient not good
-Main character is annoying
-Side characters are boring
-Other main characters will argue with Takumi, but he eventually wins even if he’s wrong
Battery is a good anime to kick back, relax, and just enjoy. But that’s not the anime most people are looking for, especially in the sports genre. Even if you DID want an anime to kick back and relax to though, there are much better choices than this. Another one bites the dust.
At first, I thought Battery would be another sport anime, following the same path as, almost, every sport story out there, but, all in all, you would still enjoy it.
I was wrong.
While it’s nice seeing something different, and exploring a different side of the sport genre, it doesn’t mean that it would be a masterpiece, that just because it’s different and refreshing it would automatically mean that it will be amazing.
Battery wanted to add all these drama to middle schooler baseball players, it wanted to make it complex: not just kids playing sport for fun and just wanting to win, but it wanted to show the drama ‘behind the scenes’ of a team, and what it takes to form an actual relationship with your teammates. Even though that was the purpose of it all, it, in lack of better words, sucked at it.
From the start to the very end, everything was too dramatic, too out of their middle schooler sense: non of the character grew throughout the serie, actually, they were all really plain and with annoying traits, while it was understanding that some of them were stubborn (since they are still ‘kids’), it got to a level where their behavior didn’t justify their actions. Conflicts, as little as they were, didn’t reach a conclusion even when the last episode ended, the relationship between the characters (mostly Takumi and Gou, aka our MC) stayed the same, even when ‘time already had passed by’, where they didn’t learn from their past mistakes.
It also falls into the same abyss as most shows: a lot of characters, too little development. Not to mention that, whenever they play, it’s not exciting because there’s no attachment to any of the players, there’s no interest in the game since the show didn’t prepare you for it, it doesn’t make you feel hopeful for the MCs team, it doesn’t make you anxious because you want them to win. Of course, the main idea wasn’t the team playing baseball.
You could say that Battery was aiming for something refreshing, but they missed the mark by quite a lot; while it’s nice not wanting to fall into the same old clichés as most sport anime, Battery didn’t know how to play its cards to make it into an interesting and memorable show.
12: Piace: Watashi no Italian
English: Piacevole: My Italian Cooking
MAL Score: 5.87
While on her summer break, Morina Nanase starts a new part-time job as a waitress at Trattoria Festa, an Italian restaurant. Finding the restaurant adorable and coincidentally close to her house, Morina quickly settles into her new profession.
However, her new job comes with several eccentric co-workers and Italian dishes she has never heard of. The restaurant’s typical fare includes a variety of pasta dishes such as penne arrabbiata, rich dessert such as tiramisu, and even caponata. Join Morina in her restaurant adventures as she gets to know her co-workers and serves the best Italian cuisine to her customers with a smile.
Piacevole is one of the many short anime that have decided to make up for their limited time by speeding up their show. While in some shows like Teekyu this can work, it utterly fails in Paicevole. Why is it so different for these shows? The answer is content. Teekyu is a comedy series that mainly focuses on jokes and the outlandish antics that their cast does. Thusly the rapid-fire jokes don’t feel out of place and can still seem quite funny, even if too fast. It also works well with the craziness that cast as. It adds to the atmosphere of WTFness that it has as there’s even less time to process just what’s going on, and why. However, Piacevole isn’t like that.
Sure it’s funny, but it’s also romantic, and heartwarming, or at the very least it’s trying to be. One of the key focuses of the work is the bonds at the Italian restaurant and the cuisine that they hold so dearly. There were some moments in the anime where the emotional impact was clearly meant to be there. Even when one could see the result of the raw emotions of the characters the execution failed due to it going way too fast.
In my opinion, certain genres or moods have different natural paces they go at. Comedy, as mentioned before is something that works well at most any pace, but usually tends to go fast. Jokes don’t need that much time to sink in, so they can be done in rapid succession and still work. Action also works well fast-paced. If I want some good action I want it to be fast and hit well, not slow and elongated. But just like there are genres or themes that work better fast there are ones that work better slow. Drama, and heartwarming (in other words feelsy material) is exactly that. The way it works for me is I have a specific timing that I need to really feel the emotions of the characters. If a show goes too fast I’m not able to really contextualize the richness of the scene.
The same thing happens with this shows rushed pace. While I like what she did, I need more time to let it sink in. To see the aftermath of what happened but I was never able to feel it. For something based off of emotions it’s important to let those emotions be felt, and due to Piacevole’s pacing I just can’t. I know that Piacevole is supposed to be a comedy as well but it does seem like it was made with the intent to get one to like the characters and scene as well, which due to its pacing it isn’t able to do. The comedy itself isn’t that funny although it isn’t that terrible either.
The pacing makes it harder to dig into the good parts of the characters I do like. Instead, I’m left more with the joke versions of them which, to be honest, aren’t very interesting. Everything else seems more or less standard. It reminds me of a typical shoujo, and that wouldn’t necessarily be bad, the terrible pacing makes it an inferior version.
Really the whole of the show is about average, it’s not terrible but it’s also not good. However, the pacing makes the show a chore to watch and hurts the more emotional parts of it. For that reason I do not recommend this show.
The story is fastinating. I, myself, love Italian food, and having an anime focused on that is more than I could wish for!
As for the art, it is really cute! Kasuga Reiji did an amazing job with his team. The drawings are so light!
The sound is good. It suits the anime very well.
The characters are fair. I think there should have been made a better job around it, even though Nanase Morina is such a good girl.
As of the enjoyment, I gave it a 6, which means, ‘fair’. It’s a good anime to watch when you’re bored and it is really easy to do so.
Overall rating: 6.
11: Dorei-ku The Animation
Japanese: 奴隷区 The Animation
MAL Score: 5.96
Eager to know why her best friend’s boyfriend dumped her for a man, the headstrong Eiya Arakawa suggests a meeting with them. Gathered together at a café, Yuuga Oota agrees to answer Eiya’s questions only if she can correctly ascertain the relationship of a couple sitting across from them, which she does on her first attempt. Amazed by her astounding intellect and intuition, he invites her to a private meeting where he introduces her to the concept of Slave Control Method, or SCM, a retainer-like device that has the ability to turn people into slaves.
When two SCM users enter a duel, the devices exert a powerful influence on their brains. Once the duel is over, the SCM amplifies the loser’s sense of obligation and forces them to bend to the will of the winner. Wanting desperately to test his own abilities, Yuuga asks Eiya to act as his insurance in the event that he himself becomes a slave. Granted access to 10 million yen, Eiya’s job is to convince Yuuga’s would-be master to free him from his servitude. Though hesitant at first, Yuuga’s words resonate with her personal yearning for something more from her life, and she agrees to his request. However, when a mysterious organization begins rapidly accruing slaves, Eiya becomes entangled in a game far more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.
Story-Very Good 8: since it has its own uniqueness were see the side of the character through their backstory and how the SCM has change their lives from being master to becoming salves due to their own negligence, pride, greed, lust, anger and perversions.
Art- Good 7: Since it doesn’t feature any quintessential, school uniform , but there were some fanservices around here for the hounds to howl for.
Sound-Fair 6: I don’t know, I just rate for the heck of it.
Character- Very good 8: Since the mainchacter Eia Arakawa may have been the one to save the day , she cannot be considered as the protagonist , cu’z each episode put the characters to be the protagonist or the antagonist. At one point Ryuuno is the antagonist were we wanna see getting his ass whooped to the eyepatch girl who from this yandere bitch become a slave from one master to the next. which is good since the main antagonist Sategaya becomes Minato’s salve despite of having the Judgment SCM and then Minato get’s own and then is now a deadman, for what he did.
Enjoyment- Very Good 8: Seeing how good Eia is is what kept me guled to this anime.
Overall- Very Good 8: Well each has their own anime that they like, so to me I like this, it might not be perfect it might have some plot holes in it, but to me it’s ok…So to each his own.
The story is about people engaging in high-stakes games where the loser is psychologically compelled to become the winner’s slave. However, the narrative is too disjointed and forced to deliver on any of the tension or intrigue. Instead, it’s a sea of constantly changing power dynamics, coincidences, and weird sex stuff.
The only way I would honestly recommend this show to someone (based on its own merits, and not on so-bad-it’s-good voyeurism) is if someone is looking for a light BDSM romp. MAL currently doesn’t list this as ecchi, but the master-slave dynamic is definitely taken to its logical conclusion. If that’s your thing, then I’m glad you’ve finally found something to scratch that itch.
Anyways, the story is too all over the place to be anything other than an increasing amount of absurdities that dogpile onto each other like a drunken, disorganized orgy until some sort of climax is reached and everyone heads home without making eye contact. 2/10
The animation is…something else, that’s for sure. Characters are off-model as often as they are on-model. I genuinely couldn’t tell you what some characters’ hairstyles are supposed to be, because the second they start moving, it dissolves into mush. The dog is a particularly fine example of the animation team being incompetent and lazy. Like, most of the time they weren’t even trying. Add in the bland color pallet and awkward facial expressions, and there are no good visuals to be found. 3/10
The soundtrack is passable. It was never standout, but neither was it stand in the way. It’s bare competency stands in stark contrast to the rest of the production. 6/10
The anime’s biggest flaw is its characters. That’s not to say there are no good characters, as a few of them have interesting motives and backgrounds. However, the cast is so crowded that none of them are given enough screen time to really develop. You could have still had a complex, high-stakes game with a lot of players if you cut the cast in half. As it is, you aren’t given enough time to get attached to any of them. Except the dog. The dog is a fucking rockstar (more on him later). 4/10
When all is said and done, there were several occasions that I laughed out loud at the sheer ridiculousness of what was happening onscreen. It has the feel of an old-school anime, with its wacky plot that is going to take itself deadly serious no matter how zany things get. If you bother paying attention, the plot holes are so face-palming delightful. In no particular order, here are some of the gems from this series (SPOILERS):
-If the little shota wanted to free his mother so bad, why didn’t he just trick the head gangster into a battle with the slave device? Like he’s passing the gadgets out like candy to his underlings, even though these things are millions of yen and he’s trying to save up enough money to free his mom.
-We are supposed to believe that this device that can force the loser of a contest to become a slave was originally developed…to help train pets. Yup. If Fido’s having some trouble being housebroken, just challenge him to a contest to make him SUBMIT TO YOUR WILL. Especially since the explanation we are given for how the device controls the wearer is by inflicting them with a crushing since of responsibility. Because we all know our pets are emotionally complex and bound by duty and societal expectations.
-The self-described crazy lady has apparently never heard of Craigslist’s missed connections. The entire reason she’s doing all this is…to reconnect with a one-night stand. You DO know that private eye’s exist, right? That there are other, better ways to track someone down than to wonder around town betting your free-will and collecting slaves.
-THE DOG. THE DOG IS SOMEHOW THE SMARTEST CHARACTER. Like not only is he able to understand humans completely, he grasps the nuance of the situation and the life-or-death battles. And like…no one finds that weird. They all just take it for granted that the you can explain the rules of the game to him and he’ll bark in agreement and go to town. “Hey dog, first person to omnomnom this flatware WINS.” “ARF!” Does this take place in an alternate universe where dogs are super intelligent? Is that why the SCM was designed as a dog-training device?
So when all is said and done, Dorei-ku provided a decent amount of enjoyment (6/10). However, even on the grounds of so-bad-it’s-good, there are better shows out there you could watch if you want to laugh at some bad anime. Additionally, I honestly couldn’t tell you how this show stacks up when it comes to BDSM fan-service, as that’s not my area of expertise. Overall, I’d give this show a 4/10, and tell people to give it a pass.
But that dog, man. That dog is my hero.
LA had a morbid curiosity in watching Dorei-ku The Animation and LA’s curiosity bit LA in the hand if the intro statement is anything to go by. See Dorei-ku The Animation tries to mix in the mind games of Death Note’s Light and L with risque and ecchi consequences for the loser however with what Dorei-ku The Animation tries and fails to do in terms of the mind games is the stakes it implements to the huge cast of characters not only bloat the mind games as a whole but makes the stakes almost WORTHLESS by the end of it all.
Dorei-ku The Animation’s plot is of some “magical braces” where if you duel someone with another kind of the same braces and you win in a game and you mutually agree to it, the loser turns in the slave of the winner being the owner of that slave, as it’s base, it’s fine and somewhat interesting, but the bigger picture on the other hand is a different beast altogether.
See Dorei-ku The Animation is a character-focused anime changing heads almost EVERY episode and though LA doesn’t mind character development because at least we CAN try and get invested in some of these characters, Dorei-ku The Animation’s major flaw in all this is by the simple fact that though we do get their backstory and maybe some character development to how they got into the SCM (Slave Control Method) business in the first place, in terms of the bigger picture, if your NOT one of the main characters like Eiya Arakawa voiced by Hibiku Yamamura and Ryuuou Edogawa voiced by Asuna Tomari by the more serious plotline, the rest of the cast MEANS nothing and hardly develop AT ALL. Let’s not even get the situation where characters just arrive out of nowhere and hijack the plot on MULTIPLE occasions almost like the anime is stalling ever chance it gets and again due to the nature of Dorei-ku The Animation, we get backstories on them too, but it’s kinda the entire “your too late to the party…who the hell are you?” kinda situation and the thing is, one of the actual main villains in this anime was one of the researchers of the SCM and guess what THIS exact things happens to him…a MAJOR VILLAIN gets his own anime hijacked by a LESSER villain…like what the fuck?
Ohh what else?, ohh yeah how this anime seems to break LA’s suspension of disbelief when it comes to not only how coincidental Dorei-ku The Animation is as a whole but how batshit crazy it gets to the point LA can’t believe it. Ohh how about the fact that a freakin’ DOG is part of the SCM situation and though he can only bark, he has a inner monologue!!!…thinks that’s crazy, how about the fact that one of the characters have a split personality…with his deceased mother through the connection of his SCM…like WHAT THE FUCK?!?!!?. There’s suspension of disbelief then there’s LA jumping off it because of how ludicrous this anime gets and NOT in the good way.
Ok back on track, so again because of the anime really doesn’t care about ANY of it’s character besides those with the most importance of the anime which is like 3 or 4 characters including the main villains, LA just feels like the character development that Dorei-ku The Animation goes through with ALL it’s cast members becomes moot once they become slaves and they naturally due to the huge cast of characters they tend to blend in together even to how exotic some of the character act or look and mind you this is TRYING to be a character-focused anime with mind games and Dorei-ku The Animation utterly failing in trying to incorporate it’s characters and utterly ignoring them or doesn’t know what the hell they do with them once they become slaves and them getting traded like Yu-Gi-Oh cards because of the rules of SCM in place.
Sure Eiya and Ryuuou gets development all things considered from Eiya trying to stop the SCM business all together and is probably the ONLY pure character in this anime and Ryuuou having his own motivations in getting money…from people who are in debt as well (good going there dumbass) but because of how bloated the cast is and how little screentime Eiya and Ryuuou really get in this anime, Their development is only surface level and COULD have been better but again Dorei-ku The Animation rather stalled than give Eiya and Ryuuou more development at the very least, this especially how Dorei-ku The Animation doesn’t care about it’s characters once they become slaves and all.
Oh and with the softcore ecchi stuff LA said above, yes Dorei-ku The Animation really likes the fetishizing it’s characters ALOT through it’s entire screentime and this is for both it’s male and female characters which leads to mostly stupidly fanservice moments to utterly fan-disservice at times as to how extreme they take the fetish to. This is TNK, LA was expecting it but still that doesn’t give the excuse of soo much fetishize fanservice it’s become blatantly obvious.
Dorei-ku The Animation’s animation by TNK and Zero-G, well the animation is meh at best…crap at worst. LA isn’t puling any punches as TNK and Zero-G did a horrible job in terms of animation, though Dorei-ku The Animation’s character designs are decent enough the quality of even the simple facial expressions are janky any chance it gets, the backgrounding is meh and the animation just in general is janky at best and this happens throughout the anime, from simple running to facial motions and emotions are all janky as hell. TNK and Zero-G did what they could and all LA can say is…….janky.
Voice acting, well due to the nature of Dorei-ku The Animation itself, well LA just didn’t really care about the voice cast much like it’s characters in general, though the only thing LA will say about the voice cast was that LA thought Ryuuou’s voice actor was Rie Kugimiya NOT Asuna Tomori (they had VERY similar vocal tones thus the confusion). Dorei-ku The Animation’s voice cast much like it’s characters were non-existent and really not much too talk about.
Dorei-ku The Animation just needed to freakin’ breathe and use it’s base concept of the SCM and it’s core and interesting characters of Eiya and Ryuuou and build on them instead on focusing on characters that becomes moot by their introductory episode!. But, Dorei-ku The Animation was still a trainwreck to say the least, from it’s messy and haphazard plot for shock value and TRYING to be complicated when it really wasn’t, characters being worthless even if they get development on their introductory episodes and characters that do have importance gets shoved to the side until the finale, crap animation with a meh voice cast…Dorei-ku The Animation quite honestly deserves LA’s worst anime of Spring 2018.
MAL Score: 6.08
The series revolves around the Mizuki Diving Club (MDC), which is on the verge of closing down after having financial troubles. The club’s new coach persuades the club’s parent company to stay open on one condition: that the club sends one of its members to next year’s Olympics as part of Japan’s Olympic team.
Well, where do we start? I guess from the begining. Dive!! is an anime about, you guess it, diving, but it does little to nothing to get you exited for it. As we all know, at least the ones that have already watched an spocon, you don’t have to like the sport that the series is about, you don’t even have to know about it’s very existance to like the anime itself and that is one of the many things this show does wrong. The anime fails in selling you the sport, they barely explain how the scores work and how the judges judge, and what the difference is between a good and a bad dive, an so on. So, having failed with one of the most important things of this anime genre we naturally proceed to take a look at the next most important thing, the characters. You would think that this is were the anime shines, but you’d be wrong, this is the worst part of the anime. But how? Well, by making them totally generic archetypes or worse, making them less than that. You have the protagonist which… likes to… dive? Yeah you don’t know much about him other than that and the fact that he had his ex-girlfriend taken by his douchebag brother (yeah, you sure like that NTR shit). Ok, but we have a supporting cast right? Of course, we sure have! We have Yoichi which is the talented boy with no other trait, we of course have the underdog Okitsu which at first dislikes diving but… guess he starts to like it further into the series. And theeen we have the rest of the cast which are only there because the world is suposed to be habiteted by other human beings, but in this case you don’t give a fuck. Now that we are done with the “characters” we can analyze this beautiful story. They want to go to the Olyimpics, that’s it. Soooo, what else can i tell you? The artstyle is fine and so is the sound, but at this point you don’t care about that.
In conclusion Dive!! is a bad anime, don’t waste your time watching it unless you want to stack another anime to your list 😉
People also compare it to Free! which really isn’t the thing here, yes both of them are about shirtless men in swimming pools, but Free had more focus on the relationship between each and every member while Dive!! was focusing on every individual’s struggles with themselves. if I had to compare it to an anime I would compare it to March comes in like a lion, due to it following the main character and his struggles to reach the top. Some of you might attack me with “March comes in like a lion was a better anime” and I have to agree, however considering that March comes in like a lion is a 2 seasons anime with approximately 50 episodes makes the show have more depth.
– Not enough energy / adrenaline
– No explaination of scoring / scores
– Hardy any explaination of techniques + why they are difficult
– Lack of development of rival oragnizations
BUT I Dive isn’t a sports anime. It is a character-driven story about the coming-of-age of our main characters – and it does this very well. Instead of a focus on one main character, the show introduces, and heavily develops multiple characters, showing them experience new things together and alone, growing as teenagers. It is a brilliant coming-of-age story with unique, no cliché characters, using competitive diving as a prop for development. I see it quite similar to Yuri on Ice. It is not about a sport, it is about the characters playing the sport. If you come in expecting a sports anime, you will be disappointed. If you come in expecting a great cast of characters, good story and decent art, you will love the show.
Story: A super interesting take on the less glamorous side of high level competitive sports – discussing issues like fairness and touches on using connections to get unfair advantages in the selection process (in this case, the Olympics). Ending… 🙁
Characters: 10/10. Unique, uncliched characters, each of which is grounded in reality. It honestly feels like the characters are real, with real motivations, setbacks, emotions, and logic. I never feel that any character chooses to do something completely unreasonable, and I never feel the show uses any ridiculous coincidences to push their development. Instead, the show focuses on the coming of age of the cast and it is such a wonderful story.
Art and Sound: Eh. Decent art, although sometimes quality drops / some CG that looks slightly out of place. Music is nothing special, although shout-out to the voice actors, I think they did an absolutely amazing job of conveying the characters’ emotions and general feel.
Overall, I went into the show expecting a competitive diving sports anime and was sorely disappointed. Instead, I found a criminally under-watched story about the growth of a brilliant cast of unique characters that really made this show the hidden gem of the summer 2017 season. I would give it an 7/10, but I would 10/10 recommend giving it a shot!
9: One Room Second Season
Japanese: One Room セカンドシーズン
MAL Score: 6.10
Second season of One Room.
(One Room 2nd Season: a VR Experience)
About this ‘VR’ Anime:
In ‘VR’ One Room 2nd Season, you can experience various scenarios, each spanning four episodes long, with three beautiful girls: Yui Hanasaka, Minori Nanahashi, and Mashiro Amatsuki. Become the boyfriend of Yui Hanasaka and further develop your relationship, maybe something more will happen. Or become a student/bathhouse assistant and work together with Minori Nanahashi to save her grandfather’s bathhouse. Or become colleagues with Mashiro Amatsuki and help her increase her livelihood and confidence. Three moving stories, one protagonist, and whole host of emotions.
– Yui Hanasaka, your neighbor in the previous season, had just gotten into the same university as you and upon finishing the entrance ceremony, she confesses to you. You feel ecstatic and accept her confession, making you her boyfriend. And now, you’ll spent your first summer together at the beach. During these summer days will you succeed in advancing your relationship, or will you fail? Watch and find out how it ends.
–Minori Nanahashi is a 17-year-old high school student, who manages her grandfather’s bathhouse, the Nanahashi Yu. She is a cheery and lively girl, who appreciates her historical district and her family’s bathhouse. You, on the other hand, are a student and a bathhouse assistant, working, cleaning, and studying your days away. You, also, treat Minori like a younger sister, but that may change as the situation at Nanahashi Yu becomes more desperate. Can you save the Nanahashi Yu from falling into ruins, and can your relationship with Minori progress beyond the “younger sister and older brother” status? Only time can tell.
– Mashiro Amatsuki is a 21-year-old college student, who was a former rhythmic gymnastics, until she received a major injury, causing her to retire from the sport. She appears to have a shy and reserved personality, but, at times, will be outgoing. You, on one particular night, took a photo of her as she was performing a gymnastic pose. She caught you taking a photo and calls you a pervert, and later, a stalker as you notice her returning home from job hunting and, again, when she discovers that you live in the same apartment as her. From there, you spent nights talking, cooking, and coaching her. You notice her disheartened state, and make it your objective to help her develop her confidences and get a job. Will you succeed in helping her find her dream career, and can you close the distance with one another? Stay tuned and find out.
Accompanying these scenarios are the improved visuals, such as the gorgeous and cute character designs with some detailed background designs, and decent animations. Each scenario has a calm and relaxing background music with different character ending songs.
So, what are you waiting for? Get ‘VR’ One Room 2nd Season now!
If you did make a purchase, thank you for buying VR One Room 2nd Season, and we hope you enjoy your time with all three lovely girls: Yui Hanasaka, Minori Nanahashi, and Mashiro Amatsuki!
Title: One Room 2nd Season
Genre: Slice of Life, Romance
Aired: Jul 10, 2018
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Notice: Requires a virtual reality headset. See the VR Support section for more info.
– HTC Vive
– Oculus Rift
– Windows Mixed Reality
– Tracked Motion Controllers
– Keyboard / Mouse
– Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
– OS: Windows7 / 8.1 / 10 64bit
– Processor: Intel Core i5 4590
– Memory: 4 GB RAM
– Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 or GTX 1060 or better/ AMD R9 290 or better
– DirectX: Version 11
– Storage: 4 GB available space
– Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
One Room is the second wave in Japan’s 3D women related propaganda and promoting anime. The first wave offered us a series called Oshiete! Galko-chan (Please tell me, galgo-chan) which focused on implementing 3D related biological factors onto anime girls among other things. These could vary from periods and periodic pains to personal passions related to more “dude-like” hobbies to promote common interests among different genders. The second wave gives us One Room, series which promotes dating and encourages its viewers to get engaged to a real woman ASAP. All of this in the name of getting the Japan youth and young adult males once again interested in real women and casting a positive effect on Japan’s birth rate which is the nro 1 reason why these series are even made.
But let me ask you, the government of Japan: What type of a casual noob do you take me for? I fall in love with new animu waifus on a daily basis, sometimes even on an episodic speed. I have no time for relationships or long term commitment. “Girlfriend simulator.” I don’t want that. Who wants that? Why would anyone want that? I get tired of women in a week. Two tops. Sometimes in a day. Often few seconds after they open their mouth. This anime is blasphemy towards everything I hold sacred and dear. There is no way any genuine weeb could appreciate such thing — let alone change his mind. Awful. Just awful.
Let’s face it, no one needed this season or the first season. Memeing about how this is the most perfect thing in existence was fun for approximately 3 seconds, much like the anime. Otherwise this is just depressing.
The art is great at least. I really like the 1st person camera (this is a 1st person anime, if not clear yet), especially the scenes where I was checking out anime girls tits and butts are a form of honesty. The biggest problem is that there is no hentai series available that does this thing so all this really is is a wasted idea. Really wish I’d have gotten some. Otherwise the production values are awe and visually pleasing.
One Room does offer very realistic picture of how relationships work, but it is all give and no get. It tries to promote women, yet shows how much effort it all requires. The main romance development goes pretty much like this:
Girl: wanna hang out?
Girl: wanna go the bath house with me
me: well, maybe this once
Girl: can you help me to study?
me: ugh… again.. i guess.. this pretty cliche tho
Girl *rings the door bell*
me: God fucking damnit, woman! How much attention do you need!? Give me some room!
Her unrequited love for me is real pain to deal with. Real pain. Yet, no sexy time occurred so I literally couldn’t change my mind. She deserves someone who loves her back. By her deserving, I mean I deserve someone to take her away. It’s mean, but it’s necessary. This anime is quite immersive as I found myself trying to turn her down several times, but she just won’t give up. So persistent and annoying. Less talk, more naked. That’s how you win man’s heart. If this is truly the best Japan can do to promote 3D, then a failure is what we have at hand.
The girls are kinda nice otherwise. By nice, I mean it’s great how each girl has approximately 6 minutes of screen time because they all end up turning boring already within it. Little sister the best girl, btw, because she gave me a back massage. Back massages are nice. Don’t ask to get, ask to give. That’s how you get them points. *smart girl* She will go to places.
I highly appreciate the other recent 1st person anime, Iya na Kao sare nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai or “I Want You To Make a Disgusted Face and Show Me Your Underwear” in English. The title pretty much sums it up. Genuine take on human desires and lust, few minutes was enough to show how people just want to bang. I fail to see any reasons to appreciate One Room. Unless 3rd season delivers some lewd, in which case this is actually the best anime I have ever seen. As it is now, starting to date some girl you have known for 6 minutes is not exactly my thing. I guess someone has fetishes like that, but mine aren’t this boring, and therefore I proceed give this anime a one because I already have a room. *with the voice of videogamedunkey* I will be remembered for my wits.
Story-Very Good 8: Since studio Zero-G did come up with something that involves us audience.
Art- fair 6: None of any lewd fanservices just a couple of suggestive images that weren’t enough to constitute any lusty desires.
Sound- Good 7: The VA’s may have delivered us some sweet tone of the character’s monologue which is good, but when it comes to the last arc, I kinda feel hurt being called a Pervert…..oh , that was for us audience.
Character-Good 7: I may want to give this an 8, but having a mild tsundere around was a tiny turn off, but then again , it not bad.
Enjoyment-Good 7: Well, it was worth enjoying, in some ways, but I rather not go to any details.
Overall-Very Good 8: Kudos to studio Zero-G and producer Smiral Animation.
8: The iDOLM@STER SideM: Wake Atte Mini!
English: THE IDOLM@STER SideM Wakeatte Mini!
Japanese: アイドルマスター SideM 理由あってMini!
MAL Score: 6.22
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The iDOLM@STER SideM: Wake Atte Mini! is pretty much the aforementioned chibi version of the other iDOLM@STER parent stories chibi shorts but with SideM characters this time.
And because SideM’s parent story only focused a fair few groups (Dramatic Stars, Beit, W and HighxJoker) but The iDOLM@STER SideM: Wake Atte Mini! takes it even further and brings in a bigger cast and gives them some screentime and as such groups like Cafe Parade, S.E.M, Sai, Frame, Shinsoku Ikkon and Altessimo to name a few.
With many of the episodes spanning 3 minutes a piece where we see SideM characters do their daily idol stuff and bringing in the aforementioned larger cast and sometimes making them to focus of the episode.
The animation done by Zero-G has the typical chibi character designs throughout the board and very much is the same aesthetics as the Cinderella Girls Gekijou’s Gathering and Lespirit animation right down to the the songs as well.
Voice work was pretty good and with such a huge cast of characters LA would be here all day if LA said each one in detail, MVP, well then Fumihiko Tachiki who voiced Saito Takashi the President of 315 Pro as he has PASSION and the cadence to prove it.
All in all this is a pretty decent anime short looking at the daily lives of the SideM characters much like Cinderella Girls did with Gekijou, all in good fun comedy shorts and if your a fan of SideM well then these comedy shorts are a definite watch as not only do they expand and give characters that were only given cameos from their parent anime, this anime short gives them more screentime and heck even give them a focused episode, 3 minute sure but still. The iDOLM@STER SideM: Wake Atte Mini! is decent all around and a pleasant experience be it if you are a fan of SideM or not and quite easy to watch at 40 minutes or less to watch the entire anime short.
7: One Room Third Season
Japanese: One Room サードシーズン
MAL Score: 6.44
Third season of One Room.
After the first two seasons, “One Room” is finally back with a third season. The principle is simple, you ARE the MC and see everything from the POV. You see familiar girls again or meet new cute girls. Each scene is short (about 4 minutes), but very nicely designed.
You’ll start your journey with the new girl Akira. She is a lovely blonde girl who takes care of the flowers and is therefore a member of the gardening club. Because of her, you decide to join this club and help her with all the work. Regardless of whether it is already late in the evening or even on school holidays, you value the time together with her.
Your little imouto Momohara is back! You definitely want to support her wherever you can. With her great effort she has earned only the very best. It would be nice if she would accompany you through everyday life soon.
With Minori another girl you met before entered our little room. She has already conquered your hearts before and there is nothing that makes you happier than being together forever. Experience all the beautiful things together and have fun, your dream has come true.
With Saya you get to know a cute “onee-chan”. Starting as neighbors only, she got a permanent place in your hearts very quick. Without her, life wouldn’t be that good, she helps you everywhere she can. There is no doubt that you want to make her an integral part of your life. Fortunately, she has the same opinion and you two will become a sweet couple.
With her, your journey into the “One Room” experience began. She is THE girl that you will surely remember the most: Yui Hanasaka. You finally decide to make the next step. You want more that she is just your girlfriend. Life and the good days with her have only just began!
Everyone who is already familiar with the two previous seasons of “One Room” will directly love the style here as well. The environment is beautiful, the scenes are designed in an interesting way and most importantly: the girls are so lovely and cute!
We see the same scheme as in previous seasons again. Every girl has their unique ending song. The music and lyrics also fit perfectly, it’s just great to hear their singing at the end of each short episode.
As someone who already loved the first season, I was extremely happy when the third season was announced. As a VR fan, I have a lot of fun looking at everything from the POV perspective. There is no question that this series is very special. After the first episode in the first season, everyone knows for themselves whether this is something for them in general already. You cannot except a whole story or plot here but the cute- and happiness is the special magic that makes you happy.
I can only say for myself that I really enjoyed it. To end the third season with the same girl as the whole journey started is just lovely.
I would love to see a fourth season with our current or new girls, both are fine!
This is a very unique show that uses a POV perspective for the main character thus making the view the protagonist. After two whole seasons, I think this has been one of my favorite ones. I really enjoyed the first arch of the show and how well it developed its characters compared to previous girls.
The art is always one step above average and it should be since the episodes are only a few minutes long.
The sound choices were not distracting and pleasing to listen to when they were the focus.
There was a surprising amount of character development for a short show.
I enjoy these episodes because they are unique.
Overall I would give this season an 8. No other show does something like this and perceivers in developing this genre.
Kotokawa Akira: The opening arc brings us back in time to our school days, with fellow gardening club member Akira. A blonde girl with an accent, Akira struggles at making friends due to her parents occupations moving them all around the country. The time we share with Akira growing carrots and being stuck in school during a storm together might just lead to a blossoming relationship. Watch to find out ofc
Momohara Natsuki: The lolicons were well happy with this, imouto returns after being absent during the second season. You return to your family home briefly for a catch up with your imouto, who is the same as ever. The episode ends with her discussing the possibility of moving in with you in Tokyo in 1 years time, so mayyybe see you in s4 for that one.
Nanahashi Minori: We are reunited with another previous cast member for a singular ep, Minori and yourself running the hot springs for a day while her father/grandfather are away. another nice little catch up to show that one room doesn’t forget its cast.
Orisaki Saya: The second new cast member of this instalment, Saya is introduced as a drunk, lonely office worker who wakes up hungover in your bed. This arc takes place back when we are applying for university, so she offers to tutor us. The arc focuses on her help, but also her two large distractions we cant help but notice. This arc was an eye tracker challenge i’m sure we all failed, but she was fun.
Hanasaka Yui: The face of the franchise, the one that opened its first season and concludes its 3rd. Yui returns and is now working, which shows the time difference between S1 of her applying to uni, and S2 being her uni arc. Our relationship with Yui has come far, with her even banging out some super flirty cards for couples. The season concludes with you and Yui being married, and finally leaving your One Room, the room that has seen so much over these few years, this could truly be the conclusion of the franchise.
You: As per, gotta review our development. We are certainly improving, but still oggling like a madness. With a heightened focus on romancing all the girls this season, as opposed to 1 or 2 in the previous instalments, its safe to say we’re a bit of a harem protag. The final ED card of Saya’s arc displays this perfectly, as it would appear (spoilers) we Smashed (but considering Yui exists, we dashed too). The final arc shows we have grown into a proper man, a husband and a father. Big up us one last time.
Art- The art remains great, still easily recognisable as a Kantoku work and Zero-g do well to maintain the consistency of the style typhoon graphics and themselves had previously presented, and having consumed every Zero-G anime (bar idolmaster chibi), its safe to say visually this remains one of their best.
Sound- Again, the same remarks i made in the S1 and S2 reviews could be made here, with the ED songs being largely forgettable (even moreso due to 2 of them only appearing once), but the voice acting was great, with the new voices, especially Saya’s, being made perfect for their characters and is near unrecognisable to some of the voice actors previous works.
Overall- The 3rd instalment of the one room franchise remains true to itself, with a more overt and intense focus on romantic developments, while continuing to elicit bonk behaviour and cringe across the globe. But is this the finale? Natsuki appeared to suggest it is not, but the final ep would serves well as the conclusion of the franchise. Should they make another and continue with this current 5 girl format, I could see one arc for imouto 1 year older (perhaps even meeting our wife Yui), 2 eps being allocated for catching up with Moka from S1 and Mashiro from S2, the next 4 going to a new girl at your place of work and obviously rounding off with Yui, focusing on parenthood and work. However should this be it, i have no regrets, and the franchise capped off with an actually good finale. And finally, the watch order :
1 Akira- 2nd/3rd year of highschool
2 Saya- applying for uni, so end of highschool
3- Minori (S2+S3) job while at uni (she’s a high schooler so this age is the max before you’re self inserting as a nonce)
4- Moka- idk where to put her tbh, but i feel uni age is good
5- Yui (S1)- you’re still at uni, helping Yui enter
6- Yui (S2)- You’ve graduated and work, Yui at uni
7- Imouto (S1+S3)- she visits while you’re a working man, you visit her after
8- Yui (S3)- both workers, married
10- Mashiro- Lavish apartment block not the same as before, must be where us and Yui moved to in s3, so this is the last girl.
You know this was helpful.
6: Nil Admirari no Tenbin
English: Libra of Nil Admirari
Japanese: ニル アドミラリの天秤
MAL Score: 6.63
The Taishou era didn’t end in 15 years, but went on for another 25. In order to protect her waning family, a girl resolves to marry a man she doesn’t even know the name of. However, just before the marriage was to take place, the girl’s younger brother mysteriously committed suicide by self-immolation and was found holding an old book in his hands. Appearing before the bewildered young girl was the “Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau,” more commonly referred to as “Fukurou.” According to these men, there exists “Maremono,” which are books that greatly affect their readers. On top of that, ever since the incident involving the girl’s younger brother, she unwittingly gains the ability to see “Auras” (the sentiments of the Maremono which manifest as bright lights and are usually invisible to humans). It was as though fate were trying to drag the young girl in its flames. And then, even though apprehensive, the girl chooses to venture outside her bird cage. Jealousy, hatred, scorn, compassion, and love. What awaited the girl was the darkness of betrayal that had already begun to bewitchingly inlay the imperial capital. Toyed by and swayed within that darkness, will the young girl finally reach the truth after her struggles, or…?
(Source: MAL News)
I’m an girl who kinda likes gaming and reverse harems, so it’s not a big surprise that I’ve gotten involved in otome-style games in my life. Despite being such a big otaku and otome game fanatic, I have not yet found an anime or manga that really displays the otome aspect in all it’s glory– perhaps I have bad luck, or maybe it’s just that it’s really difficult to put such a strange game format into a cohesive storyline.
I’ve seen a lot of the more popular animes of this genre, including Amnesia, Kamagami No Asobi, Diabolik Lovers, and others. As of now, I can say that this is one of the better anime I’ve seen of the sort. This is mainly because it focuses a little more on the plot aspect than it does on the romance– in fact, there’s barely any romance at all, if you ask me.
Let’s get into it. To begin with, the plot is very simple– it’s about written works that can influence the reader with strong emotions. That’s literally the entire basis. I won’t go into it too much because it’ll ruin a bit of the plot, but all I can say is that I expected a lot more of the plot. At first, I felt as though it was much too tame. There weren’t really many stakes, yet the characters acted like there were. Yes, I understand, people can die– but since such obvious precautions can be taken (issuing all books in print, advising people to buy in print, spreading awareness about the issue, etc.) why wasn’t any of that done? It didn’t make much sense to me, and the ending of it seemed a little rushed and patchworky, like they were trying to make it darker and add as many twists as possible. Perhaps it just wasn’t for me. Either way, I just kinda stuck around for the sake of finishing it; I lost interest in the plot pretty early on.
The art, however, was gorgeous. It has this pastel and blurry-ish quality to it that I really like. It’s very fresh and different. I also liked the character designs, which were very distinct and interesting. Usually they only have a few basic character templates in a lot of animes, like the ‘skinny short dude’, the ‘attractive lithe tall dude’, the ‘flat girl’, and the ‘busty girl’, to say the most part. I was pleased with the fact that while all the guys were attractive, they all had different body types as per their backgrounds and who they were, as well as the few girls too. Nobody was TOO unrealistic (*cough cough* no necks and waists being the same width, thank you *cough*) and the color combinations and backgrounds were also stunning.
As for the sound, I found most of the voice actors to be a little forgettable. There was little expression in a lot of the characters voices, but I think that was also an effect of the way the dialogues were written. Conversely, I found the opening and closing to be very fun. While the animation for the OP had a lot of people confused as to what the show was going to be like, I found it refreshing and cute. As for the closing, I really appreciated some of those sketches of our cute main guys, if you know what I mean. 😀
Overall, I can’t say I enjoyed this too much. To me, it felt kinda like a draft of a show. There’s so much potential here with character development and a deeper plot, but it just wasn’t reached. I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt because it was adapted from a game and the otome genre is a hard genre to please with. Besides, it’s bounds better than any other otome anime I’ve seen thus far.
I would recommend this if you: like the otome genre/reverse harems, like books, like angsty backstories, like ‘special’ heroines, like more plot focus
I would NOT recommend this if you: are here for the romance, like it when all the male characters are constantly trying to win over the heroine, don’t like reading/books
Have a great day everyone!
As usual from a reverse-harem anime,we have boring one-dimensional male characters.This is especially so in this anime as most of the cast cannot even identify cursed tomes,and they cannot even be security men well,making this series pretty painful to watch.It really makes one wonder why the government in this fictional world actually thinks its a good idea to waste taxpayers’ money on the Fukurrou(Department responsible for dealing with cursed tomes),since the organisation is pretty poor.Pretty much,the whole setting of the story is not executed well due to our male cast and their incompetence.
On top of that,75% of this show is just the heroine clearing some sort of side quest,doing absolutely nothing relevant to the plot.This might work in some shows,but when your plot is your biggest selling point and the “side-quest” are boring as heck,it really makes this series really blant and painful to watch.
This is definitely an anime I would recommend a skip,it is just another one of those anime with an interesting premise but terrible execution.
At the heart of it all, Nil Admirari no Tenbin: Teito Genwaku Kitan (or The Scales of Nil Admirari ~The Mysterious Story of Teito~) is a visual novel, otome-game, but don’t let the entire setting fool you that it’s the typical otome style show, because it doesn’t present itself as is, and as a guy, I do appreciate this show becoming something more special at the same time.
If you haven’t known about it yet, Nil Admirari no Tenbin plays a lot of history, replicating the settings of a bygone-era (the Taishou era) where democracy in Japan is just starting to be taken over from old political statuses of power, nobility and the like. And much of it plays out in the characters that are borne out of this situation. Kuze Tsugumi is the equivalent of a family generational noble-class family, that has started to fall from greatness from politics in the country, such as her role to be married that sets off the catalyst for what is about to happen to her own brother, who tried to commit the mysterious suicide that is through cursed tomes, hand-written books that display the affections of the writers it originates from, to suck its victims into the vortex of suicide. And due to such incidents, she is then referred to the Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau (or Fukurou for short), an organization that’s dedicated to finding out the true meanings of the cursed books that cause people to wreak havoc, and with her abilities to see the cursed tomes, sets off at the later point, a pivotal and political shift against powers and humanity.
It is there that she faces the team of boys that are responsible and hold much regard to solving the various cases of the cursed tomes:
Hayato Ozaki, presumably the main hero to the heroine, standing up for justice as the leader of Fukurou. He poses a no-nonsense attitude and will go to lengths to help protect anyone that is in the line of danger.
Akira Kougami, who seems like the mysterious person, but still takes his work very seriously, and will try to draw lines between him and his relationship with the rest of the cast.
Hisui Hoshikawa, the boy with the duo-colored eyes, even though his looks may pass off that he is (presumably) the youngest of the crew, his deal-breaker always lies with reprimanding Hayato for his over-the-top, insane actions that cause the group some discomfort. But other than that, he is the well-mannered person that due to his past complications, has a dislike for women, and his powers come into play as the series progresses.
Shougo Akai, the son of the prime minister, the typical shounen who’s necessity was borne out of politics, whom has the same circumstances of external forces assassinating his father, and is forced to stay at Fukurou for safety, and overtime, comes to mingle well with the group, not by much but bit by bit.
Shizuru Migawa, often the titular player of women, he is an accomplished writer, in which one situation foresees that his books are part of a series of murder-serial killing sprees for the tragedies he has laid out in his books (his books are not cursed tomes). And due to certain complications, he resides in Fukurou to help out the main cast from time to time.
Rui Sagisawa, not part of Fukurou, but one who always chances Kuze by coincidence, and that with the over-arching story of the cursed tomes, has become engaged in a heated battle, but subsequently gave in to the cast’s demands.
Unbeknownst to the main group, a secret organization by the name of Karasu, which exists as the indication of black bird feathers, is out there to retrieve the cursed tomes to override the political statuses of the Taishou government, from the failed assassination of the prime minister (Shougo Akai’s father) to the abduction of Kuze Tsugumi for her powers to help the people behind the whole movement be realized of their dreams, mainly Takashi Shiginuma for his active role in pursuing Kuze to conquer the world to Professor Mozuyama, who is the creator of the false, cursed tomes, to capture more victims to his orthodox experiments.
If for the characters alone, you can pass it off as the generic otome-game features, but with the story setting and storytelling, comes a dimension of history so awfully maintained (just as in real-life) that it sets the course of the situations on hand to a more sinister but typical fashion move that is just jarring, but it works tremendously well here.
The art and animation by studio Zero-G, trying to replicate the Taishou era by using closer-to-history art and consistent animation is a definite plus. When this series first started, I can tell that it was going for the more opaque, historical art choices for explanation and further-setup for the story that is about to be realized, and what it does, it does its job to a T. In the history of otome games I have watched, this is as close as it comes to realizing the entire story setting, and everything meshes as well as it should be.
The music…it’s really something else. I’d expected a visual novel adaptation to have decent, if not mediocre music, but this show just made me throw all expectations out of the window, because this is the highlight of the series, so much so that it’s one of my favorite OSTs of this season and is worth listening to on its own. The music of kradness in the OP and one of Hiro Shimono’s debut songs in the ED just strikes and screams quality unimaginable to the naked ear.
In the end, this may be an otome-game adaptation, but honestly, I’d recommend this insanely obscure series that nobody cares for, even if slightly obliged to a niche audience. Yes, you do need to know a bit of the history which the story stems along, but when all is said and done, it’s a good series to watch, and trust me, the experience after just won’t shake it.
MAL Score: 7.06
In Japanese folklore, a “tsukumogami” is an object that has gained a soul, becoming alive and self-aware. There are two types of tsukumogami: the mature “tsugumomo,” who have developed through long years of harmony with their owners, and the aberrant “amasogi,” premature spirits that are only born to grant the destructive wishes of certain people.
Kazuya Kagami has never gone without his mother’s obi after her death. Be it at home or school, he keeps it safe with him at all times. One day, he nearly loses his life when a wig amasogi attacks him. When all seems to be over, his treasured obi defends him, transforming into a beautiful girl. She introduces herself as Kiriha, a tsugumomo owned by Kazuya’s mother.
With Kiriha’s arrival, Kazuya enters a reality he has never seen before, a world with gods and tsukumogami.
Aside from the generic setting of school and your typical beta male of harems, I dare to say that the “power source” of this anime is quite unique, or at least I haven’t seen overpowered blankets of cleansing as something you could fight with. I don’t know how to refer to the “evil” source of weird things happening around Kazuya. so I’ll refer them as some sort of evil “youkai” or just evil spirits, poltergeist whatever. evil spirits that takes possession over objects, dark feelings, etc etc etc. and it manifests into whatever it possessed and takes control of it. there is an order of “Tsugumomo” users (or cleansers) they fight against evil spirits to cleanse them, also they can fight against other users, using… crystal dicks?
so you will see a 50/50 of Kazuya and her Obi cleansing evil spirits and having ecchi scenes, some of them are EXPLICIT as fuck, and yeah, for a show like this to be even MORE explicit than animes like Highschool DxD or Testament of Devil Sister, at least for me, this is a good thing to do rather than making sex jokes that ends on extreme blushing, but Tsugumomo does it on another level, it might not be shown visually (otherwise this would be a Hentai) yet I’m 100% sure of what I saw on a certain episode
Nothing really special, the Art is okay, there are some good looking action scenes (like the final fight) gladly you will spot some derpy faces in order to make some memes as reactions (I.E Kiriha Bursting of laughter face)
Blue Satanya singing the “Flan Song”, Kazuya being a crybaby, Kazuya having boners, these are some “features” of the sound department (all hail blue Satanya Flan Song)
That aside the Soundtrack is OK, nothing really outstanding, but good enough to sound on fights or comedic scenes
Generic Cast… yes but what does make Kazuya better than your average generic males on this kind of anime? take an example of the asshole Masamune of Eromanga-sensei, they aren’t ashamed of how ero their light novels are, but he can’t fucking decide which girl to choose, and we have Kazuya, who got laid by his entire harem on a explicit way. also he BREAKS the “I won’t use you because I’ll hurt you” or “I’m unable to do something if it ends hurting someone” cliché events that ends on the MC losing a fight.
I also like how this anime goes wild when it comes to ecchi/romance/explicit scenes, like, you won’t get a cliché interruption on something like a kiss (in this case, something more explicit) if you see that “something” happened, it actually happened
I don’t usually enjoy generic anime, but Tsugumomo does something about it, its funny, and when it goes wild, it manages to take me by surprise, specially when it comes to those explicit things I’ve been talking about. also all these stuff of Obi vs evil spirits is quite interesting overall, I’m not saying that this anime innovates something, but it does stuff that others generic anime don’t (like for example why Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry succeeded more than Asterisk)
a good catch if you want some comedy and “dirty time” ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) a wrong catch if you are looking for something different
Story and setting
The main story for Tsugumomo largely takes place within the town of Kamioka and the surrounding areas and takes place in the modern time period. The story follows the life of Kazuya Kagami a normal high school student that one day is confronted with the fact that the obi that he had inherited from his mother had somehow become sentient and thus introducing him to the world of Tsugumomo’s and malison cleansing. The story behind Tsugumomo is essentially a fusion of comedy and action that is derived from both the everyday lives of Kazuya and his duties as a malison cleanser.
The unique nature and setting for this series story means that apart from having a rather unique story and setting it also has many interesting enemy types that are tied with the theme itself. With the enemy’s in this series I liked the fact that in going with the theme they tend to revolve around the target’s inner desires which also affect how powerful they can be. One of the things that are present in each episode that I particularly like is a short introduction of the enemy type that is to be featured in each episode. I thought that these were informative and useful to the viewer.
Kazuya voiced by veteran seiyuu Yuuko Sanpei of Boruto Naruto Next Generations and 3 Gatsu no lion fame is one of the main characters of the series and is the main protagonist of the series. In the beginning of the series Kazuya was an average teenage boy that attends the local high school. In the beginning Kazuya as a person did not have much personality traits that made him really stand out. In the beginning of the series Kazuya’s chief personality traits was that he was honest, understanding and kind hearted but tended to get scared easily. These starting traits of his though weren’t completely removed as the series went on but stayed and were improved upon as the series went on. As the series progresses Kazuya as a person also starts to improve thanks to the challenges that he and Kiriha overcome as well as the results of the bonds that he forms with people that he helped. Because of these improvements Kazuya becomes more dependable as he comes to understand the role that was given to him and more determined to help those that need his help. More importantly because of his new-found determination Kazuya also become much more brave and willing to take a stand against a terrifying opponent and end it there before it can hurt anyone else.
Kazuya’s defining trait is without a doubt his kindness as though his role as a malison cleanser means that he will have to deal with hostile creatures that are born from evil malison such as the various types of Amasogi Kazuya always tries to understand the reason that they were formed from and understand what led to them being formed. This trait of trying to understand the reason behind how they were formed puts him in good stead as though he must deal with them eventually Kazuya at least tries to understand them and determine what the reason behind them was before exorcising them. This trait of trying to understand your foes I felt was nice to see.
The bond that Kazuya shares with his partner Kiriha is without a doubt one of the center pieces of the series. In the beginning of the series we can see that though Kazuya was grateful to Kiriha for saving his life that he didn’t fully trust her and indeed did not really know who she was other than the fact that she had materialized from his mother’s obi. At this point Kazuya often finds himself being abused and taking advantage of by Kiriha who takes advantage of his kind and honest personality. Often Kazuya is forced by Kiriha to serve her by getting things for her. Though their bond started off on a wrong foot as the series progresses however the trust that Kazuya and Kiriha develop with each other starts to manifest more with Kiriha more willing to listen to him. Though still lording over him a result of the trust that the two have built up means that both Kiriha and Kazuya have developed a partnership between the two that shows how much they care for each other. Notably in later parts of the series Kazuya tries to ensure that he doesn’t use Kiriha’s true self in his attacks as this will affect her life.
In overall, I felt that the character of Kazuya was a well-rounded character that was well designed. Though at first, he was a rather average character with few distinguishing characteristics I felt that the character development for him was well done and seeing the character gradually transform from an average Joe to someone that has both conviction in his duties and compassion and understanding that enables him to understand the events that led to a amasogi’s formation. I felt that his seiyuu Yuuko Sanpei really did a great job portraying the character of Kazuya.
Kiriha voiced by veteran seiyuu Naomi Oozora is one of the main characters of the series and is the series main heroine. A veteran Tsugumomo that has lived for a long time Kiriha is the manifestation of Kazuya’s mother’s obi and had previously served her. A feisty and mischievous young woman that’s boastful and has a lot of self-confidence Kiriha has a personality that can be said to be a direct contrast to the one that Kazuya has. In addition to being feisty and mischievous in the beginning of the series Kiriha also had a rather self-centered personality that when combined with her feisty nature really made her hard to deal with for Kazuya as he often become victims of her impulsive nature. However though lazy and slothful when she’s at home when dealing with hostile forces Kiriha adapts a more serious nature that’s more serious, cautious and focused on dealing with the enemy using the best way possible. Similar to Kazuya Kiriha is one that doesn’t like to destroy Amasogi entirely proving that she too detests mindless destruction if it can be avoided.
Kiriha has a number of running gags within the series that help define her character. Firstly, is Kiriha’s love of fooling around with others that comes from her teasing nature. Although not harmful these episodes of fooling around which most often targets Kukuri is a sign of the trust that she has in the people that she teases though this is something that she wouldn’t like to be found out. The other running gag of the series regarding Kiriha is her love of pudding and her desire to have one every day. When she doesn’t for some reason get what she wants Kiriha tends to be more impulsive than usual with a notable exception when she created a song for not getting one.
Kiriha’s bond with her master is one of the main aspects of this series and also serves as a means for her development as a character. In the beginning Kiriha did not really have a high opinion of Kazuya both as a person and as a fighter. As a result, she often treated him harshly and in turn created a sort of master slave relationship that only she believed in. As the series progresses however and as Kiriha sees how determined Kazuya has become in becoming a malison cleanser her attitude towards him changes and she begins not just advising him on the various Amasogi that he must face but also in training him as well. By the end of the series Kiriha’s trust in Kazuya has become strong and that she really respects the strength that he has developed over the series. I felt that Kiriha as a character was a pretty well-designed and that her seiyuu Naomi Oozora really did a great job portraying her.
Kukuri voiced by veteran seiyuu Yurika Kubo of Urara and High school fleet fame is one of the main characters of the series and one of Kazuya and Kiriha’s allies. The goddess that is charged with watching over the area that Kazuya and Kiriha and their allies live in Kukuri is a contrast to Kiriha’s feisty personality in that she is a friendly young woman that however has a tendency of being overly proud of her status as a god. At the same time, she is also rather dutiful and serious about her duties as well. Kukuri’s most prominent trait is no doubt her humble nature as despite her status as a god she never looks down on people and always treat people with respect whether they are fellow gods, humans or Tsugumomo like Kiriha. Kukuri is also very diligent and willing to help in performing small tasks which is also another contrast with Kiriha’s lazy nature. Like Kiriha Kukuri also has a running gag within the series with her being not being taken seriously by others despite her status as a god. This little byplay is most often seen when she’s with Kiriha and is always a funny thing to see.
The character of Kukuri i felt was an interesting character and was perhaps the last image that I had when picturing a god. The byplay between her and Kiriha was funny every time I see it and her humble and diligent nature actually made her pretty cute. I felt that her seiyuu Yurika Kubo really did a great job voicing her. a notable trait of Kukuri is the fact that she speaks in an accent that’s very peculiar and uses words not often seen in conventional Japanese. This serves to make her even more charming though.
Chisato voiced by new seiyuu Noriko Shibasaki is one of the main support characters of the show and one of Kazuya’s allies within the series. A childhood friend of Kazuya’s Chisato is also the class rep for the class that Kazuya is in and as such is often the one that chides him when he’s distracted by something. A cheerful, upbeat and positive person that’s also kind and caring it can be seen quite easily that Chisato cares a great deal about Kazuya. As a result, her first meeting with Kiriha was a nasty shock to her as she now must contend with her for Kazuya’s attention. Despite that as the series progresses their relationship soon turned to respect instead. Though a mere human being when compared to the likes of Kukuri and Kiriha Chisato like her fellow human ally Osamu can assist Kazuya by using their intelligence and reasoning to help determine things that he might have missed. Though only a support character I felt that for her first role Noriko Shibasaki actually did a pretty good job of portraying the character of Chisato and I hope that she will continue to improve her skills and get more roles and establish her career.
Sunao voiced by veteran seiyuu You Taichi is one of the main support characters of the series and is a plot central character for the latter part of the series. A fellow malison cleanser like Kazuya Sunao is a confident, determined and passionate person who unlike Kazuya wanted to become a malison cleanser by choice. Apart from her desire to become a malison cleanser what really sets Sunao apart from Kazuya is how she perceives the Tsugumomo. Unlike Kazuya who sees tsugumomo’s as partners and treats them as such Sunao however sees them as nothing but tools that should only act when she commands them to and not be treated as anything else. In a way, the contest that erupts between the two is as much as a contest of strength and techniques and one that pits their perception and views of Tsugumomo. In a way Sunao really isn’t really a bad guy in truth but they were forced to be on opposing sides because of their vastly different views regarding Tsugumomo and how they should be treated and used. Unlike Kazuya whose role as a malison cleanser was forced on to him Sunao willingly accepted her role as one and as such her abilities as one far outstrips Kazuya’s skills.
Never less seeing Sunao go up against Kazuya and seeing them go straight out against each other was interesting as was seeing the techniques that she used which is very different to how Kazuya usually fights. I felt that Sunao as a character was a well-designed one and introducing a character that was like Kazuya but views Tsugumomo differently was a good move. The clash of both ideology and might between the two I felt was nicely done as it highlighted the strong bond that Kiriha and Kazuya have forged over the battles that they have been through and proves that friendship and trust can beat even people that are more powerful that you are.
Arts and animation
Arts and animation for the series I felt was pretty good. The character designs for the characters I felt were done pretty well and was largely faithful to their counterparts in the manga. The various environments that the cast fight in was also well detailed. The animation for the series I felt was pretty good with the fight scenes between the various types of Amasogi being of high quality. However, I felt that the final dual that took place in the anime had the best animation in its fight scenes though compared to earlier battles.
The music for the series I felt was reasonably good in regard to both the scene music and the opening and ending themes. The combat scenes in particular had some pretty good scene music that changed depending on the battle is going and I felt that this was well designed. The opening theme for the series which in this case was METAMORISER by Band Ja Naimon I felt was pretty catchy and helped convey the comedic side of this series which is helped by the visuals that is shown during the opening song. This is contrasted by the ending theme which is I4U which is sung by veteran singer Michi that seems to convey the bonds and friendships that Kazuya has formed with his friends and allies. Of the two I would say that the ending theme was actually one of my favorites because of the message that it conveyed and the visuals that were used there.
The Voice acting for the series I felt was pretty good with particular praise going to Naomi Oozora and Yurika Kubo who voiced the characters of Kiriha and Kukuri who I felt did a great job portraying their characters and making them stand out. Other seiyuu that I felt also did a great job was Noriko Shibasaki who despite her thin role managed to portray the character of Chisato reasonably well. One seiyuu that really surprised me in this series was You Taichi who voiced the character of Sunao. Though I have heard her voice before most notably in Owari no seraph in which she had a minor support role her performance here I felt was excellent as she managed to portray the character that she had been assigned to here pretty well. Indeed, after Kazuya and Kukuri Sunao is my third favourite character which is largely due to her hard work.
In overall, I felt that Tsugumomo was an interesting anime that’s main advantage was the fact that it had an interesting theme, story, characters, fight scenes and capable voice acting from a young voice cast. The theme of the series which is actually derived from a commonly held belief that states that if you treat an object with care over a period of years that it will eventually gain sentience. This theme itself I felt was pretty interesting and served to only enhance this series and make it more interesting. The overall story of Tsugumomo can be said to be a fusion of a comedy and an action anime and in this I felt that it succeeded as the series itself had plenty of good comedic moments as it has in good fights. The overall story I felt was reasonably interesting and seeing how Kazuya and Kiriha grow in power as they forge a bond that is formed from executing their duties of clearing malison from their area of operations and confront increasingly powerful enemies was really enjoyable. Though the series itself did make use of a villain of the week troupe that is most often seen in tv shows each of the enemy types that was featured in the series apart from having great fight scenes where they were exorcised also features a period where the cast investigates the nature of the enemy which in this case is often a Amasogi and from there determine what was the true reason that caused it to form. This aspect of finding an aberration and then trying to determine the reasons that caused them to form before ultimately fighting them after understanding the reasons for their formation I though was well done and gave the impression that malison cleansers are not just heartless exorcists that only live to exorcise Amasogi without trying to understand the circumstances of their formation.
Of course, without a good cast of characters in the series this anime wouldn’t go far even with a great story but in this I felt that the series also did well in. The main character of Kazuya though a rather average person at the start of the series was developed pretty well as the series went on and seeing him forge a strong bond with the main heroine Kiriha and seeing them both increase in power was something that I liked seeing. Seeing and understanding the motivation for Kazuya’s actions and seeing how determined he is with is line of thinking was also something that I appreciated. Though he obviously didn’t want to take up the mantle of becoming a cleanser at first it was nice to see him eventually grow to like the role and also develop the understanding that Tsugumomo are not merely tools to be used in battle like weapons but are living things that have their own personalities like that of a human and should be treated with the same amount of respect. The character of Sunao though a support character also had a large role within the series and was a pretty interesting character that I felt was well developed and acted. In terms of both personality and skill Sunao served as a contrast to Kazuya in that she treated her Tsugumomo very differently to Kazuya while at the same time both her skills and motivations that she has is vastly different to Kazuya’s. As a result, the struggle between the two was as much as a contest of strength as it was a contest against conflicting beliefs and ideologies which made the struggle between them even more interesting to watch as I was curious to see how it would play out.
Though the main cast I felt was developed and used pretty well in the series I felt that some of the support cast could have been used more. The character of Chisato I felt didn’t really have much of a role in the story and could have been used a bit more. The same could be said of Kazuya’s older sister Kasumi who was played by veteran seiyuu singer Ayana Taketatsu. As a result, I felt that their roles were a waste of their talents and I wished that their characters were more fleshed out. As a fight anime, it was important that the series have excellent fight scenes that make good use of the setting and theme and in this I felt that it succeeded. Each of the fight scenes in the series I felt was well designed and thought out that though of a layout that we have seen in other series before was also unique in just enemy types but also determining what their weaknesses were and how their true desire could be factored into the fight as an advantage. The struggle between Sunao and Kazuya that took place near the end of the series notably had some excellent fight scenes that I particularly enjoyed watching.
(PT-Br) Clichê, clichê, comédia, ecchi, shounen, lutas. Tsugumomo conta a história sobre um garoto que herdou de sua mãe, um tipo de “arma” que se personifica em uma carismática personagem, Kiriha, sério, de longe é a personagem mais interessante, a nossa protagonista, Kazuya, é o tipico personagem de ecchi inocente e ingênuo, mas com um ótimo coração, super gentil e atrapalhado, com obviamente um harém de mulheres atrás dele, e isso é ainda pior no mangá. O que chama atenção aqui, talvez, seja de fato a Kiriha, por ela ser do tipo extrovertida e “safadinha”, vemos a mesma atacar sexualmente o jovem Kazuya ocasionando em várias cenas cômicas, tirando isso ele é só outro anime genérico com uma protagonista chata.
4: Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita.
English: Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It
MAL Score: 7.35
It is widely believed that science can provide rational explanations for the countless phenomena of our universe. However, there are many aspects of our existence that science has not yet found a solution to and cannot decipher with numbers. The most notorious of these is the concept of love. While it may seem impossible to apply scientific theory to such an intricate and complex emotion, a daring pair of quick-witted Saitama University scientists aim to take on the challenge.
One day the bold and beautiful Ayame Himuro outwardly declares that she is in love with Shinya Yukimura, her fellow logical and level-headed scientist. Acknowledging his own lack of experience with romance, Yukimura questions what factors constitute love in the first place and whether he is in love with Himuro or not. Both clueless in the dealings of love, the pair begin to conduct detailed experiments on one another to test the human characteristics that indicate love and discern whether they demonstrate these traits towards each other.
As Himuro and Yukimura begin their intimate analysis, can the two scientists successfully apply scientific theory, with the help of their friends, to quantify the feelings they express for one another?
So, yeah. This is just plain funny comedy show. It features a lot of science and other stupid stuff.
The Story: Himuro Ayame and Yukimura Shinya have feelings toward each other but as they are huge science nerds, they don’t believe is the feelings of love since feelings are not real but science is, so they start to analyze the signs of love and other stupid stuff like that. We follow them while they conduct research on love and how to recognize the signs of love. There are a lot of actual science which is nice. Towards the end they need to present their findings on love in front of “hardcore” scientists.
Characters: We have our main couple, Himuro and Yukimura. They are highly hilarious together. The research they do goes from how and where to go to a date, does the oxytocin level rise if they like each other etc. Himuro sometimes feels like a tsundere but she is very open about their relationship. Yukimura is very serious and does everything for science. Of course we are talking about a person who has never touched a woman so some of the test are hard. Of course the man has said some very good one liners. Let’s move to the supporting cast: We haver our legal loli Ibarada Ena who probably plays more games than she should, Kanade Kotonoha is also a scientist who for some reason knows martial arts, my favourite madlad Inukai Kosuke, the man just spends all his time playing dating sims. He also had to make a presentation so he did it on dating sims, and he gained praise for it. Such a madman. and of course Professor Ikeda. He is also smart as heck and he is a fusion between Senku and Machio. He is very smart but when he is angry, he is very fucking scary and buff like a JoJo character.
The ost is fairly good sounding and the opening is very great. The song is very cool and so is the visuals.
If you like science, romcoms and other bullshit like that, then this show is for you. The comedy in my opinion is very funny but comedy is relative so not all people will like this but I recommend you trying this out.
Just like the number of negatives though, there are two things that do make RikeKoi a pretty acceptable experience to watch. The first is the charming cast of characters (besides the Manga-ka girl, obviously) and the other is the actual romantic progression that is decently fleshed out. RikeKoi is a show about scientists, and that is where the comparison to scientists ends. The way our scientist friends are presented is about exactly how you would expect someone who maybe took a few science courses in college and decided to give writing a manga about “science types” a shot. That doesn’t mean to say they are overly obnoxious stereotypes, and a lot of the science tie-ins and references relating to love isn’t shoved down your throat, they are actually quite playful most of the time. The author does in fact have some fascination with science, but it definitely isn’t obsessive Otaku-like. If you were expecting a more accurate depiction of science type people falling in love, you probably would have been stopped at the door judging by how hot all the characters look. The show’s humor mostly relies on the wacky hijinks our main couple get into, they want to prove love can be analytically determined, and that’s the joke, because obviously it can’t. This may sound like it gets stale, but to me the worst part isn’t the style or the continuous set-up of the jokes, it has to be the comedic directing and timing. Of course, some blame also goes to the original creator of the manga. Lets face it, RikeKoi just isn’t very funny, like at all. You will chuckle every now and again, but it’s not even close to being hilarious. You would think that would be a death sentence to a Rom-Com manga adaptation, but in its case surprisingly not. The cast of characters are fine without being funny. They manage to have a good chemistry together, whether it be the main couple Himuro & Yukimura, or Yukimura & Kanade, Ibarada & Kosuke etc. etc. This is mostly because they all have certain archetypes about themselves that work well when clashing with others in the lab. The real main character is easily Himuro, she does a good job containing the joke of the show inside of her character. She’s a devoted scientist, but she can’t shake the feeling that she’s in love. It isn’t like she’s not honest with her feelings, more so she literally just doesn’t know how to process them. Yukimura is all in on the idea he can “prove” whether they are actually in love or not. Kanade is more of the normal emotional thinker, so she can straight man them. Ibarada and Kosuke are a cute little side relationship. This setup managed to be amusing and simple enough for me to want to watch the show to completion. The character design is also very pleasant. One of the best ways to create an engaging couple is to make them look even better when they are next to each other. RikeKoi gets it.
The show was going well… obviously until the end. They introduce a character in the later episodes that is only there to manufacture a conflict. To RikeKoi’s defense, this seems to be a trait in far too many anime, the rush to produce a dramatic ending. As a result, the “drama” is almost always terrible, almost always cringe, and almost always means ultimately nothing in the end. At a certain point, I was so invested in Yukimura and Himuro you could have given me ANY ending that gives a good meaningful push in their romantic relationship, and I would have been sold. I’m sure most people could agree. So why give us the hardest possible ending to sit through? Ahh, it’s just so disappointing.
Final verdict: If you’re interested, go for it. You will be rewarded, but also punished.
Do you love me? Prove it through science! That’s the mind process of two scientists, who are head over heels for one another but can’t prove it. The solution? Perform various experiments until they can scientifically prove that they do in fact love each other. Because smart people don’t understand how feelings work or something.
As a comedy this premise works fine enough. But as a romance it fails miserably. Love is a feeling you have for somebody or something. Not a presentation where you have to explain your reasoning. So having them perform these experiments is pointless and only prevents any romantic development. You’re not so much cheering for them as you are yelling at them to realise their own feelings. It’s the same problem that most anime rom-coms suffer from, and keeps me sighing through most of them. This one was no different.
What about the characters themselves then? I’m convinced that they’re just robots in disguise. On top of not understanding basic human emotions well. They have the same type of work, believe in the same things and look pretty much the same. They are basically the same person. But something most compelling romances do is make the couple different from one another. So when they get together they complement each other, making them stronger together than they are apart. As such I didn’t find their relationship worth being invested in. So even when their relationship started to go places at the very end, I didn’t care much.
As a comedy it works at least better. Although I can’t say the style of comedy was something I found to be audibly laugh inducing. But I can see why others would find this to be funny. It’s the sole reason for why I would recommend this to anyone. Because the romance certainly isn’t and neither is the visuals. They’re bland without a trace of passion and creativity to it in my eyes.
The show failed at bringing anything interesting to the table and the premise ended up being it’s biggest drawback. It’s a very forgettable rom-com that does not deserve your time.
3: Tsugu Tsugumomo
Japanese: 続 つぐもも
MAL Score: 7.47
When “ordinary boy” Kagami Kazuya meets the beautiful tsukumogami Kiriha, his life gets turned upside-down. As a “Taboo Child” who draws the supernatural towards him, he receives orders from the God of the Land, Kukuri, to become an exorcist and defeat these evil forces. And so, he and Kiriha do battle.
To find out information on these supernatural beings, Kazuya and his friends set up a counselor’s club at school. But behind the typical-seeming troubles he hears about, he uncovers a major plot to target Kukuri…
In addition to the sadistic-yet-beautiful tsukumogami Kiriha, the situation draws other girls to Kazuya to join the fray!
Tsugu Tsugumomo leaves off straight where the first season left off and well Kazuya and Kiriha has new enemies and allies to befriend in this season all the while things are brewing with the attempt on Kukuri’s life is at stake. Now before all that seriousness does arrive though, Kiriha and Kazuya for the early parts of this seasons goes go through the usual isolated amasogi spirit cases in Kazuya’s school and even formed the Troubleshooters Club in order to combat these amasogi, some which seems directly a letter of war from the new enemies of this season all the while.
With all being said however the fanservice is still in this season but toned and lessened down compared to the previous season, mainly in LA’s eyes due to the different direction and tone Tsugu is going for thus the toned down fanservice throughout but what fanservice there is, it’s expected cliche fanservice. For LA it was “meh” alright fanservice nonetheless.
So with the serious topic of new enemies after not only Kukuri but Kiriha and Kazuya in comes the Mayoiya arc where the new enemies reside and one of the more interesting things about them as we find out WHY they’re after Kukuri and their desperation and this links to their lore of being tsukogami’s and once they befriend Kiriha and Kazuya by mistake and gets to know their side fo things subtlely for the audience anyways, it does give a good sense that these new enemies aren’t “exactly” villains, more like people desperate to survive, just their methods aren’t exactly the best.
Character-wise, we do get some from Kazuya, FINALLY, though the first season gave him a bit, this season gave him a bit more of a backbone in this regard and pretty much took charge of the Troubleshooters Club as well as other crazy antics the amasogi gave Kazuya trouble with, though it’s also because some revelations have happened that causes Kazuya to take up the stage proper as a character moving forward and just wanting to help people. Kiriha is the same old Kiriha though still a tsun, it’s more like this season tries to nudge the entire romance angle with Kazuya, though the more shounen elements of this season takes precedence and finally Sunao from the finale of the first season gets some proper resolutions with Kotetsu as well as her pretty much getting added to Kazuya’s harem at the same time.
To this end, due to the more serious nature and this season looking into villainous tsukogami in this season, the world building of this season was greatly affected in a good way, giving us a different perspective other than Kiriha and Kotetsu and with how deep the entire Mayoiga arc goes it even delve sin the entire system and lore of the Japanese Gods and what links they have to the tsukogami’s, heck it even questions Kukuri status as a goddess in GLORIOUS fashion.
The animation is the same as it’s first season that of Zero-G and it looked like they stepped up a bit especially with the shounen-like battle scenes and the overall consistency of this season was pretty good all throughout. Zero-G made this second season look rather polished from the first season and it’s animation was pretty consistent, either way, good job Zero-G.
The voice cast is back with a few new additions of the new “villain” tsukogami’s of Arumi voiced by Riho Sugiyama, Akito voiced by Shogo Sakata and Mimane voiced by Mami Uchida. But the MVP for this second season easily goes to Yurika Kubo as Kukuri as she got her time to shine in this second season but also the returning cast like Naomi Oozora as Kiriha and even Yuuko Sanpei as Kazuya got her time to shine with how “shounen” this second season got. Overall, the voice cast like it’s animation was consistent and pretty decent all round with the only exception of Yurika Kubo being the MVP of this second season.
LA said in the previous seasons review of Tsugumomo that it was scattershot with it trying to do everything, well this second season remedied it, with a focused story arc, whilst having a buildup of isolated amasogi incidents to kick things off with. The fanservice was toned down and expected to be for this season with the tone it gave off and in some ways Tsugu Tsugumomo pretty much is going in the way of Negima!…in SOME SENSE, LA will stress, as both are mild to outright ecchi harem anime that turned into a straight on shounen battle harem.
This is definitely a step up from the first season rather scattershot focus and though the villains of this season aren’t necessarily evil thus diminishing the shounen aspect to a certain extent, it however helps that given the insight to the villains of this season gives an interesting dynamic and new point of view of Tsukogami’s thus a MUCH more immersive world building aspect to tsugumomo, something the first season glossed over. Developing characters, world building, decent production, decent but not in your face fanservice, Tsugu Tsugumomo pretty much gave what LA wanted out a focused second season of Tsugumomo and it mostly or expectedly delivered.
The one thing that progressed with Tsugumomo is the story, ever since Season 1’s introduction between the humans and the tsukumogami with Kazuya, Kiriha and the rest of the Troubleshooters Office team of misfits (not to mention the ecchi that kinda is overbearing), Season 2 here ups the ante with more action that’s brought on from more malice that’s built from the last legs of Season 1. More importantly, there is a plot between both humans and their respective tsukumogami, in regards to their treatments and such that triggered some massive implications that could change the forces of nature. Some pretty good content if you’d ask me, and a huge improvement over the first.
Otherwise, pretty much everything’s the same if you’ve watched Season 1 that’s full of the comedic ecchi that always tickles the funny bones, with more characters getting into the action, and overall that makes for a better reception alongside Season 1.
The elephant in the room is that since Tsugumomo was one of studio Zero-G’s first works, the art and visuals have taken a hit though. That’s not to say that it was bad, but given how the manga kinda improved its art overtime, the anime kinda downplayed it by a long shot, that it feels ugly. This has been a fact since Season 1, and Season 2 here is more of the same, but is honestly bearable to watch.
Overall, this is a good sequel for fans of Tsugumomo who wants more content, along with the ever-so-relevant ecchi comedy breaks that never gets old.
New characters are introduced like “Tsukumogami(s) from Mayoiga”.
Art & Animation are definitely good with catchy OP & ED songs.
Most importantly, this season is nothing short on ECCHI with many special & funny moments. KIRIHA is my favorite character in this series.
TSUGUMOMO (both season) is a special Anime to me. Its all the elements like ACTION, ANIMATION, CHARACTERS, COMEDY, ECCHI, SOUND which makes it possible. I didn’t find any dissapointment in watching this.
I have my silly reasons for not giving it 9, but as i said its special to me. It was an entertaining experience for me.
You just have to take my word & watch this season. You might like it.
Thank You 🙂
2: Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.
English: My Roommate is a Cat
MAL Score: 7.74
Subaru Mikazuki is a 23-year-old mystery novel author, major introvert, and an awkwardly shy person. He would much rather stay home to read a book than go outside and interact with others. Further exacerbating this life of solitude, his parents tragically died in an accident many years ago, leaving him alone in the world.
One day, while giving offerings at his parents’ grave, Subaru runs into a small grey and white cat named Haru, which he ends up taking home with him. Subaru, however, has never taken care of anyone else in his life—can he even take care of a cat? Haru is grateful toward Subaru, as he gives her all the food she wants—a luxury for a cat who is used to a rough life on the streets. But she notices that Subaru can’t even seem to take care of himself! Will she be okay with this dunce?
Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a human and a cat who try to foster an understanding with each other.
In fact, my best friend in high school wasn’t even a person: it was a kitten that I adopted from the veterinarian’s office we’d take our older cats to. Daisy was a gorgeous kitten and loyal to a fault, but there was obviously something with her different from most cats. She was very slow, didn’t move around a lot, didn’t eat much, was very small, and altogether had a very sicky appearance despite being in “good health”.
Daisy and I were an absolute perfect match for each other. Both of us highly valued our alone time and didn’t like being bothered by other people. However, I suspect as was in my case, she was also feeling very lonely. Our 3 other cats loved to play together, and she was mainly terrified by them, so she’d always end up hiding in my room. I also hid in my room, reading alone, holing myself in a corner and walling my heart off from the rest of the world.
Daisy and I developed a close bond: she would curl up in my lap or on my desk as I would be reading or playing games, never begging me for attention, but just being there for me. Perhaps she could feel how alone I felt, how fragile and lost I was. She was the absolute perfect pet for a companion.
Unfortunately, midway through high school, she started having seizures. Something was obviously very wrong, the vets couldn’t figure out what it was, and she stopped eating almost altogether after only a few months after her first seizure. It was then she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart: there was nothing they could do to save her, and a few weeks later, her poor huge little heart eventually gave out for good.
Personally, I’d like to believe that she was just too pure, innocent, and loving for this world that her heart was proportionally sized, and her body wasn’t able to support all of her love. At the time though, I was absolutely devastated. Losing the thing that was closer to me than anything broke me. I was actually alone and I fell apart almost entirely.
What resulted from this, however, wasn’t a similar sad ending for me. From the impact Daisy had on my life, I was able to gather the courage and strength to reach out for help and rejoin the world. Because of Daisy, time unfroze for me, and I began to grow within myself exponentially.
Perhaps this is why My Roommate is a Cat resonates so strongly for me. I see myself in Subaru, who as a child had a very similar experience to mine, and finally grew into a confident, strong young man because of the impact a single kitten had on the path of his life.
Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. is a story told in a unique way I have never before seen. I had always wondered what Daisy would say to me had she been able to speak, but I felt as though we had a bond that was stronger than what could be expressed in words. Through the perspective of Haru, hearing her thoughts and feelings on her relationship with Subaru, I can hypothetically affirm that the feeling I had might have been the case.
At the very beginning, our protagonist Mikazuki Subaru is in a similar state to how I previously described myself, dealing with regrets and loss. Meeting Haru is the start of a journey of self-reflection and self-discovery as he begins to learn how to love himself for who he is and starts to see other people as aspects in his life. Although at first I was frustrated and annoyed with some of his actions, the way the story unfolded piecing together his past and how he ended up where he was began to warm me up to his character, enough so that I became personally invested in his development and found myself rooting for him to pick himself back up and face his fears of society and other people. The development in Subaru throughout the story is what is truly what makes My Roommate is a Cat worth watching.
Meanwhile, our trusty sidekick, Haru, also has a past full of regrets and loss. I never thought I’d ever get to say this, but I honestly can sympathize with a cat after all was said and done. The way Haru devotes herself to protecting Subaru, seeing herself as the strong one and him as the subordinate, plays off the usual tropes whereby pets think of themselves as the real ‘owners’, but My Roommate is a Cat really crafts this in a beautiful fashion. Haru’s unwavering dedication to protecting Subaru isn’t described as just an air of superiority but rather an undying love for him because of the care he provides for her. Ultimately, Haru isn’t just a plot device used to promote Subaru’s growth and development; she, too, has her own development and free will.
Although the art and animation weren’t anything special, Zero-G did an adequate job for the type of show Doukyonin wa Hiza is. For a show where character development is at the forefront, simple animation in this case was a positive because it didn’t overshadow or distract from the main purpose of the show. Meanwhile, the OST was likewise simple but delicately crafted to highlight the emotional moments and stress the theme of hope throughout the entire show. A soundtrack is perfect for me when it touches my heart, and that is what the music here was able to do.
And don’t get me started on the OP and the ED… While the music in both does an excellent job of setting the atmosphere for the show, the direction for the OP is absolutely sublime and accurately symbolizes the entire show all within a minute and thirty seconds. There are so many metaphors in the OP that I could write an entire review just on the OP itself! The beginning of the OP depicts the transition of night to day symbolizing Subaru shrouded in darkness being lit up by the entrance of Haru to his life. It is followed by the shot of Subaru alone looking down, surrounded by piles upon piles of books, symbolizing the wall between him and society, until all the books come crashing down upon him with Haru, falling from the sky onto his lap. Again, I could go on and on about how fitting the direction of the OP is for the show, but I’m sure you could see that for yourself.
This anime for me is one of the most personally impactful and cathartic shows I have ever seen. It deals with themes of loss, loneliness, failure, and recovering back onto your feet in ways so realistic I can place myself directly inside the story. Every episode has emotionally resonated with me, be it happy or sad moments, causing me to tear up on each one from the strength the character’s emotions are being conveyed. If you’re coming into this expecting ‘just another slice-of-life’, you’re sorely mistaken. All of the characters in My Roommate is a Cat undergo realistic development and change for the better, highlighting the hope this world possesses even in your darkest hours.
Regardless of where you are in life, regardless of how alone you feel, how depressed you are, how much you think the world may be against you, My Roommate is a Cat shows that there are people out there that care about you dearly, and there will always be hope. There is and always will be a way up – so never give up!
*edit – changed some things to make myself more anonymous
but its after those unexpected things happen,that you find little discoveries and new encounters.
So once in a while it might not be bad” – Subaru
There are many slice of life genre anime out there, most of them simple and sweet,for a nice enjoyable time.
Then there comes those special kinds of slice of genre,which just capture your heart in the most unique way, and this season
we have one, the beautiful hidden gem called My roommate is a cat.
Sometimes in life, there is someone who will come along and change your life and your perspective on it.
But it doesn’t necessarily mean, it has to be a human, a change can come in different and smallest of forms.
In this case its a sweet little adorable cat named Haru.
The story begins with our MC a 23 year old man named Subaru, who is a writer by profession and has recently in unfortunate
circumstances has lost his parents.A sad but a soon to be what is a beautiful beginning of a beautiful story and relationship
between two amazing characters
After his parents death,Subaru who already was a book lover & a introvert, has started to seclude himself more, alienating himself
from the society and any forms of contact. Be it fate or Gods calling as one day when he is paying homage on his parents grave with some food, enters our 2nd MC
a little curious looking cat lured by the food, and subaru on an unknown instinct decides to take her in.
Then begins this wonderful journey between the human and his pet, which was quite interesting to see because it was something new for a story.
The most amazing thing i found about this anime series it provides us Two POV’s in the daily episode storyline.
One from subaru’s perspective and then from Haru’s perspective. Which was really creative and quite a amazing view from the viewers point to be honest.
Their journey begins from a basic Master and pet relationship, that is shelter and basic food provision.
But slowly you see this amazing change, which mostly initated and caused by Haru.
For example as Subaru, shut himself up in his house with hardly any contact, while working on his novels, hardly used to
pay attention to himself,including his eating habits, he hardly ate anything for himself,but somehow made sure to feed haru and even took some efforts in it.
Surprising right? but the more surprising fact was, while looking at haru Eating,he started eating his meals.
And when we See Haru’s POV,while she is in the house,carefully studying everything around her including subaru.
She always wonders why he doesn’t eat, and in her inner monologue, wants subaru to eat,as her personal belief is Food is important.
This just a showcase of how simple but quite amazing the perspective of animals can be, we sometimes think what our pets or some animals
We see in our daily lives might be like, what they think or why they do certain stuff, the curiosity,simple beliefs,the connection between humans and animals everything is shown in beautiful spectrum.
And this one example was just one of the many beautiful plot scenes of the storyline. There are so many instances and scenes which make you go like just “Wow” and something near to heart which will make you smile and might bring a tear or two to your face.
Not only Haru,the POV’s of other animals and pets which are show in the series, also are really well presented which shows and teaches something every now and then.
Another great thing about this show,they show the struggles of an introvert through our MC.
It also shows that animals can actually be a form of therapy for people who are struggling in daily life
Subaru who exhibits social anxiety, his life was on the verge of a gloomy standstill point until haru came in his life, he slowly starts
understanding the meaning of creating bonds and relationships the people by being with her.
But not only with support form haru,Subaru also display’s his personal weakness, and how difficult it is to overcome it,even that you might not
be able to overcome it most times, but taking the first step is winning halfway and moving on forward is the next step.
That’s how beautifully this concept is presented, that i cant find much words to appreciate it.
Not only the animals,along with Subaru the viewers can get the notion what the anime tries to tell us.
The people present in your life right now, those who care for us, support us and are there for us.We might
not realize their value right now until their gone. Which was mainly shown with flashbacks of Subaru with his parents, when he realizes all those conversations and time he spent with them, how much it actually meant to him, how much he misses them and that painful feeling which remains.
And now he has all these people with him who are supporting him and care for him, how he should reciprocate and regard the value of those people.
All of which he slowly learns and changes himself with his daily life with Haru.
That said the other side characters including the animals are really interesting to watch, as not only they help in the plot with supporting and being a part of
Subaru’s life,but also have good character personality and are a absolute joy to watch too.
That’s the reason i consider these kind of slice of life a great piece of work,not only does it show us heartwarming and light moments,
but keeps giving us the harsh reality checks. A real perfect balance.
Coming to animation, no complaints, infact it really quite adapts to the series.It gives out quite a calm and collected feel.I never seen Zero G’s works before, but its
quite going to be a upcoming studio for sure as they delivered quite well from the plot and story narration, character development and presentation. The consistency of
the animation in each episode.Its quite the delight to your eyes which makes it more attractive to the viewers. Good stuff.
Sound wise, great work again. I would even give it a amazing certificate, as the OST’s are superb,from the heartwarming scenes to the slight dark events, the music just adapts and releases itself
in perfectly.Even during important parts where the characters are having really wholesome but conversations with feelings it really helps with the background music. The OP is my favorite, it has a nice catchy tune,which is uplifting and really heartwarming,i myself cant help but shake my head along with the tunes xD
The ED is a nice calming track, which is perfect for a show like this,just relaxes
you more at the end of each episode.
Overall i just wanna say, if i might be so bold, this show is a masterpiece in its own way.There is not a single episode, that will disappoint you.Each episode with its wholesomeness,bit of feels and sentimental values,mixed with a glaze of nice fun comedy and most importantly Haru’s cute antics will just entice your heart with variety of emotions.
I loved this series, and i consider it to be one of the underrated shows of the season, it deserves more attention and love from viewers and i do hope it does.
If you are looking for a real piece of slice of life, with all the beautiful concepts of life presented in a delightful yet in a meaningful way, and something to relax and de-stress you, make you smile and bring a few tears with feels.
then this is the show for you. Highly recommended.
To begin, I should mention that I’m a big fan of anime that aims to chronicle storytelling between a human and animal. My Roommate is a Cat is about as straightforward as it sounds. We meet novelist Mikazuki Subaru in the beginning as an antisocial person who tends to avoid people. Then, there’s the stray cat Haru who he eventually takes in. Fate has it now that these two are roommates living under the same roof.
Anyone who has seen a decent amount of anime probably should at least be familiar with the usual ‘stray animal gets picked up’ plot. However, there’s not many anime that builds an entire story off of that. My Roommate is a Cat pulls the plug and does so. From the very first episodes, we take a look at the personalities of both characters – Subaru and Haru. As an adult, Subaru is antisocial and not good with people. He can be relatable to a lot of folks in society especially considering his career. He expresses his thoughts, feelings, and ideas through his novels. On the other hand, we meet Haru, the stray cat that gets adopted by Subaru. With a big appetite but a sad background story, she becomes an important part of his life. Despite being a cat, she displays human-like behavior and seems to form a somewhat understanding for them. It’s not always easy for her to understand Subaru so some of episodes results in misunderstandings between the duo. A main selling point of the show is their on-screen character chemistry. It’s incredibly appealing to see how two characters with nothing alike get along. Subaru feels a connection with Haru and even goes out to buy her food. Like most cats, Haru has a big appetite and the show makes a joke out of it with almost every chance it gets. It’s lighthearted humor that works on many occasions as we see exactly how cats behave. They are curious creatures and food means the world to them. Finally, I want to praise the way narratives is used throughout each episode. We see different points of view from both Subaru and Haru’s perspective. It’s creatively structured that gives viewers a great insight of their personalities.
Besides these two characters, we are also introduced to several others that play supporting roles. Subaru’s editor, Atsushi, is known for trying to help Subaru while also getting along with Haru. Nana, the local store clerk, also has a fondness for cats and even has two of her own. Her knowledge of cats also proves to be invaluable for Subaru throughout the show. In the meantime, we also meet Subaru’s childhood friend Hiroto, Nana’s younger brother Yuugo, and even Haru’s brother, Hachi. While most of the lesser minor characters make little impact in the show, they do bring out a good amount of character chemistry between the main cast. As a slice of life story, you really shouldn’t expect a complex story. Because as I said before, the main selling point of the show is the character chemistry. The most prominent is between Subaru and Haru.
Even as a show with such a lighthearted mood, there’s also sadness. Haru’s past is an example of this as she and her siblings had no parents to help them. Subaru’s parents are already dead in the show although it’s shown that they were loving parents. In one particular episode, he even recalls his past after seeing an album of his mother and realizes his mistakes. It’s also quite realistic for the fact that Subaru’s personality is also his biggest flaw. This results in him making mistakes unintentionally that sometimes involves his roommate cat, Haru. For what’s worth, both humans and animals are presented as imperfect in the show. And that’s a reality even in our real world.
There’s not too much to talk about the animation’s quality except that it definitely works. Its slice of life mood has a gentle and serene-like art quality while adapting characters to a realistic degree. The most interesting element would be Haru and to my delight, she is exactly how a curious cat would be portrayed as. I should say that ‘curious’ is a key word here since she’s always wondering around the house. When food is in front of her, she would immediately pounce and jump into a fury of joy. In essence, her character expressions brings in a lot of energy to the show with her playfulness and curiosity. Not to mention, the show loves to make her energetic whenever it has an opportunity.
Looking for a comfortable slice of life show with an easy pacing? My Roommate is a Cat is your answer. With a delicate cast of characters and creative story, anyone can fall in love with this show with no regrets.
1: Grand Blue
English: Grand Blue Dreaming
MAL Score: 8.42
Iori Kitahara moves to the coastal town of Izu for his freshman year at its university, taking residence above Grand Blue, his uncle’s scuba diving shop. Iori has high hopes and dreams about having the ideal college experience, but when he enters the shop he is sucked into the alcoholic activities of the carefree members of the Diving Club who frequent the place. Persuaded by upperclassmen Shinji Tokita and Ryuujirou Kotobuki, Iori reluctantly joins their bizarre party. His cousin Chisa Kotegawa later walks in and catches him in the act, earning Iori her utter disdain.
Based on Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka’s popular comedy manga, Grand Blue follows Iori’s misadventures with his eccentric new friends as he strives to realize his ideal college dream, while also learning how to scuba dive.
Based on the manga written by Kenji Inoue, Grand Blue stands out more as a modern slice of life that adheres to a young adult cultural society. Here, we meet a guy named Iori Kithara who starts his new life as a college student on the Izu Peninsula. His place of residence happens to be a diving shop known as “Grand Blue” and thus where daily life adventure begins. Now, I should say right off the bat that a show like this relies on stereotypical humor with plenty of jokes in between. If you’re not ready for that, just turn back now.
Grand Blue’s storytelling mainly chronicles the daily life adventures of Iori although plenty of other characters are featured aside him. The main cast consists of diving club, also known as the “Peek-a-Boo”. He meets others including his cousin Chisa, Nanaka, Kouhei, Azusa, Toshio, and Kotobuki. Among this group, the male cast seems more like they are in love with drinking more than diving. The first episode immediately sets off the humor with the nakedness and adult jokes from the very start as we meet the core members. That is to say, Iori himself also lacks common sense when he attends his first day at college while being half naked. Judging from just this impression, it should be easy to recognize that the show love to make fun of its characters. It uses stereotypes that makes fun of college life such as young adults drinking and partying. Then, there’s meta-humor that plays on jokes with the nudity. It’s also self-aware being that it never attempts to disguise its humor. Certain characters are very aware of their actions regardless of consequences and this often sets off the wrath of others such as Chisa.
For the main female cast, it consists of a colorful group with a diverse range of personalities. The most level-headed person in the show is Chisa who takes many things in life seriously. She also loves diving and geniuely enjoys the feelings of being in the azure ocean. She’s like the anti-Peek-a-boo member in the show as she can’t tolerate being embarrassed. Because of this, there’s often a clash between her and Iori as the two gets into compromising positions. The end result is often Iori taking the blow and Chisa face palming herself. However, it’s also noticeable that she does care about Iori especially during brief flashbacks before them. Often times, I guess you could say that she misses her childhood with him and reliving those moments brings a peace in her mind. Then, we have Nanaka who seems to play the role of an older sister type for the main cast although at the same time, she also has an unhealthy infatuation towards Chisa. It’s the type of humor that makes fun of siblings but in a sarcastic way. Azusa is the senior student who behaves much more like the guys in the show. Her bisexuality is hinted at many times and often makes sexual jokes at others, especially Iori. Last but not least is Aina, a freshman who is much shyer compared to the others. She does go by another persona early in the series so watching her sometimes may remind you just how different her two personalities are.
Between the guys, a main selling point in the show is the character chemistry. Regardless whether you like it or not, there’s an abundance amount of humor when the guys interact with each other and it often comes off as absurd humor. The most prominent is between Iori and Kouhei. They are often observant but says things that may be interpreted in the wrong way. They often get into trouble with the women in the show too given their actions that disregards common sense. The two also gets into many bickering moments. Early in the series, the series also makes fun of the guys with porn jokes. And let’s not forget about the drinking. Pretty every male character in the series loves to drink whether it’s alcohol, beer, vodka, wine, or whiskey. As you may expect from action that results in consequences, the guys behave like drunks while stripping naked and causing questionable scenes. The series pokes fun at this type of adult humor by covering their private body parts with black censored circles. It’s the type of self-aware humor that you’ll witness quite often.
So now what? Is this series just a giant ball of meaningless humor? Or is it something more deceptive that people misunderstands? To me, Grand Blue stands out as a show that deals with adult gimmicks and stereotypes but makes it into a humorous flick. It seems like a popcorn entertainment and you’re not wrong if it feels like the story went nowhere in the end. However, the shows knows how it operates and inserts every joke with a clear intention. The guys in the series acts bold and behaves in ways that wild college students do. The girls are slightly mild but it doesn’t detract them from getting into the party on occasions. There’s a lot of running gags with the drinking jokes, nakedness, and misunderstandings. It’s what the series uses to sell its humor. If you’re in it for actual diving, there are some moments too with info dumps. Don’t expect this like a relaxing slice of life as it’s far too hyperactive to be considered as such though. Watch this for the pure entertainment and forget common logic. That way, you’ll grow to love Grand Blue.
Zero-G has honestly been an unimpressive studio. Their lineup consists of shows that I hardly see anyone talks about these days (Battery, Dorei-kun the Animation, Dive!!). Their production quality is hardly stellar either. Thankfully, they managed to step up to the plate and capture the magic for this show. It deserved a glorious quality and got treated such way with the beach setting, aquatic ocean, and sunny atmosphere. Character designs also feels real with the cast looking like they are college students (although Aina sometimes makes me question this) Fan service is literally in every episode but they take the extreme during party scenes and drinking segments. Finally, I love the way characters reacts that pushes the envelope to the extreme. Iori and Kouhei are prime examples of this while others such as Chisa and Nanaka also have their own moments. Expressions of shock, anger, and confusion is shown right to your face in ridiculous ways. Thanks to the talented voice cast, it brings the best out of those moments. The OP song also adapts a playful feel to showcase the themes of the show. The ED theme song makes fun of pop culture such as karaoke that’s so fun to sing along with.
As a fan of the manga, I think Grand Blue established itself as a self-aware humorous showstopper. Taking the risk of glorifying its humor made this show look like a joke at first glance. However, once you get sucked into Grand Blue’s themes, you’ll find love with this show. From the adult humor to the numerous character gags, it’s an anime that plays with itself. It’s a Summer sensation.
Newsflash: This ain’t it chief.
To be honest, this season as a whole has been remarkably unremarkable given the obvious trends that take place in the anime community. Although it may not be so surprising given that the season prior was coined by many as ‘The Greatest Season of Anime’, even the most popular shows airing currently have made little more than a murmur throughout their runtime. Attack on Titan, Overlord, the “final” season of Gintama, all well-known series that have all fallen silent amongst the public. But when it comes to new series airing, Grand Blue had to have been a main attraction; based on one of the most popular manga serialized today that features Shinji Takamatsu as director – the same director for successful comedies School Rumble and Daily Lives of High School Boys. Yet… something’s seriously off about this show, and since it seems to have slapped the tactfulness out of me, I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: This show fucking blows.
I was planning to say something along the lines of “Let’s dive into this”, but whilst being the most cliché cringe-inducing pun I could have possibly made, there’s not very much at all to “dive” into here. Grand Blue follows 20-year-old Iori Kitahara who has moved to his uncle’s seaside town for college, where he is almost immediately roped into joining a male-dominated diving club. But if you thought this show was about diving, it’s a trap! Instead the club activities more or less revolve around drinking, stripping and getting hammered. Essentially, it is a comedy anime focused on the college life so a basic plot such as this is harmless so long as the comedy hits its mark. However, that simply is not the case. Instead Grand Blue comes off as an American frat house flick turned into a gag anime, except with nearly all the effort sucked out.
Now I understand that comedy in general is heavily subjective so what personally may not land well with me could very well come off as a massive hit to someone else. Nevertheless, I have so many issues with how the show handles humour. One of the first instances of this come from the running joke where every other character tries tricking Iori into getting drunk. Conceptually, this does not strike me as humorous, but the ridiculous ways this is tried alongside dysmorphic character faces utilized certainly add to the punchline and made me laugh the first few times. But a cardinal problem with Grand Blue is that a joke which becomes par runs the risk of growing dull, and while using different scenarios can keep things fresh, Grand Blue instead decides to drive them into the ground as fast as possible. Sure, the joke earned a few chuckles the first couple times, but then they use it once more, and again, and again… and again. Numerous times the overabundance of these quips was akin to beating a dead horse, and if at that point it does not feel overdone then I just do not know what to say. Clearly Grand Blue is a comedy show that lends itself to multiple running gags throughout the 12 episodes, but the way they are used is what inevitably ceases the series to deliver the same results each time on viewers like myself.
Another issue with the comedy presented here more often than not is the timing. Timing is obviously a key factor for basically any form of comedy, especially with the kind of jokes Grand Blue exploits that rely heavily on the punchline. Yet here poor timing is so apparent that it comes off almost amateurish by the staff. Maybe this is a limitation when adapting the source material. I have not read the manga, but due to anime being… animated, it limits the way one can interpret a scene compared to a series of still pictures; the anime ends up much more restricting on the imagination. The punchlines themselves are also somewhat confusing at first if you had high expectations of Grand Blue without having read the manga. The series seems to treat comedy at a fairly lowbrow level where majority of the time punchlines were aimed between the more innocent characters being coerced or embarrassed by other club members. Sure, lowbrow humour can be funny and even I find it hilarious sometimes, but considering this is also a light-hearted comedy, makes Grand Blue’s task of making someone like myself laugh incredulously difficult. What also works in their disfavour are the more heartfelt moments mainly centred around Iori gaining appreciation for diving as a whole. These moments COULD have been useful as far as getting better invested in his character, except there is one serious problem: he has no character. You should not expect much in the way of development or characterization presented as there are only a handful of character worth remembering just to remember the plot meanwhile everyone else, despite their own “plot” are flat as a pancake. Again, due to Grand Blue being primarily comedy, there is barely any expectations as far as the narrative or characters go, yet the show continues to spread itself thin that I, as a viewer, am left with barely anything to truly grasp onto. Maybe I’m just an old fag.
Perhaps the key problem I have with Grand Blue is not with the comedy or even the characters, but the subject matter. There has been an increasing amount of anime set in higher education as of late, each with their own take on a core aspect of college life. But before Grand Blue I had never been exposed to one that focuses primarily on the parts where the main characters get blasted off one’s face, and after watching this, it really does makes sense why. As a student myself I can tell you with assurance that there is not much fun getting shit-faced and even then, it does not last long. To those reading this that have experienced a hangover probably understand this most and, perhaps more importantly, the after-effects. Headaches, drowsiness, poor concentration and nausea are just a mere few of the symptoms that coincidentally are also felt when watching these moments every week. One of the most common appraisals about Grand Blue is how relatable the show is. I’m sorry but the main aspects that are relatable to real life here are not things that I would be celebrating as much and like those who have had poor hangovers, is something I would rather forget about. Although when it comes to alcohol in Grand Blue, there is nothing more depressing than seeing each episode open with a disclaimer about legal alcohol usage. Now, they were probably necessary to even have the series airing in the first place but way to present the exact opposite of comedy at the beginning of each episode. Of course nothing is mentioned about the nudity seemingly ever-present here; I see Japan has their priorities straight here.
Speaking of; yes, I am a straight cis-male. I’m not ashamed. I have no interest in the male nudity displayed in Grand Blue, but holy hell do they have the least creative way of censoring dicks. As aforementioned I have not read the manga, so I do not know how scenes were drawn but it is such a lazy way of going about it, though it does match the effort that arguably went to the overall visuals of Grand Blue. It looks absolutely lacklustre. Below average animation for practically every scene. Poor designs, even for the male supporting cast (no homo). This is not a series to watch for its technical appeal, because there practically is none. However, I find this fact to somehow work in its favour as far as the entertainment goes. Seeing comedic scenes with laughable animation effects certainly has a charm to it; perhaps a “so bad it’s good” quality, but not enough to warrant slogging through it all. Even fanservice for the male demographic was at a minimum. As far as the sound, both the soundtrack and voice acting are very forgettable. The opening and endings, whilst memorable, I personally found cringeworthy. Never will I not skip either if they ever happen to come up on a playlist. Just listen to these lyrics:
♫♫ Be passionate my friend
Shine bright with the sun
Dive into the blue sky
And let summer take it all ♫♫
And that is all there is to say about Grand Blue. It’s clear that not many people will agree with my statements as it appears to be a strong fan-favourite of whatever is left of the community still interested in seasonal anime. If you like it then I’m glad you enjoyed it, but there’s probably better comedies this season. Watch them; I thought this sucked. Grand Blue was the equivalent of a grand disaster in my eyes and stands a reminder that “in every age, in every place, the taste of weeaboos remain the same.” I guess I’m just not a fan of watching something akin to what the Fairy Tail guild would be like when knocked off their rocker. Anyways thank you to everyone who read my review. Be sure to leave a helpful if you liked-hell even if you disliked I’ll still take a helpful! Leave a comment for what I should review next. 99% unlikely to actually do it but who knows. Au revoir.
Hello everyone , this is my review of funniest show of this season and one of the best gag comedy i had ever seen in anime ..
so Lets begin
Imagine what you expect when you going to college, we develop a lot of preconceptions about what it would be like i mean New places, new friends, maybe a new girlfriend. Go to some parties, maybe find somewhere I felt like I could really fit in and all that wonderful dreamy thought. Well our main protagonist Imagination is no different than an average student who just entering the college.
After graduating high school, Iori moves to Izu, on the coast, to go to college for mechanical engineering. “I’ll put all my effort into having the best college life possible!” he vows. “I’m going to meet cute girls, fall in love, and enjoy the pinnacle of youth with good friends!”
He moves in with his uncle and, more importantly, his two beautiful cousins: motherly, long-haired Nanaka and tomboyish, short-haired Chisa. All of them work at the uncle’s dive shop, the Grand Blue; unfortunately, so do Tokita and Kotobuki, macho dive bums who pressure Iori into joining the diving club even though he can’t swim. Alas, Iori soon finds himself roped into their social circle, partying with a bunch of goofy jocks who just want to get naked and play all-male drinking games. Will Iori get to enjoy a cool campus life? Will he find love? Will the diving club ever actually get in the water?
Well thats for the introduction part which sounds like an average college based anime
or IS IT!, so let examine in our further review.
Most of the time we see gag anime fail to deliver a proper story line and mostly involved in delivering some random funny events and scenes.
Well Grand Blue is kind of done a decent job in constructing a story line. Sure we can say that its not a story based anime .However, Grand Blue does deserve credit in the sense that it doesn’t completely devolve into comedy, as most events take place in a ocean setting, staying true to the foundation that it lay down. The Episodes are also loosely tied together, meaning that there is some degree of continuation. But in all we can say that its main purpose is to make audience laugh.
Art, Animation and sound:(9/10)
Art is beautiful considering how they have utilize the beauty of locations including underwater and seasore and present it in a beautiful and artistic way. Animation is great, studio done a decent job in adapting manga considering manga artstyle is already top class we sure expect in the hands of a decent studio anime is pleasant to watch.
There are some part i like to focus on which Grand Blue done a tremendous job that is adapting face expression with the scenes. Grand Blue Dreaming is a stunning treasure trove of reaction faces. With influences from hot-blooded fighting anime, horror movie framing, and direct references to other franchises, like this Great Teacher Onizuka and that Evil sarcastic Face which taken from Attack on Titans.
OP and ending is pleasant and beautiful as well as some underwater scenes are eyecatching.
It also done a great job in sound department including beautiful opening and ending sound. There are no characters who unnecessarily shouting everywhere and trying to make audience laugh .Voice actors done excellent job in providing tone which goes exceptionally well with the scene
Characters are unique and excellent and each have there own funnier side perfectly well fitted for such gags Anime.
We can see from absolute scumbags to a hot and weird otaku , from a shy tomboyish waifu material girl who has its own sadist side to a lewd Onee san including Airheads and some trouble some senpais.
Grand Blue has all to offer what is necessary for a gag anime, characters range from lovable bastards like club senpai Tokki and Bukki to absolute scumbags, with Iori somewhere in the middle. He has a veneer of respectability that gets shattered the moment he takes a sip of beer. Also our fellow dorks like good-looking but skeevy anime fan Kohei (“Why isn’t there a club full of beautiful high school girls to be my harem?”)
The female character are more kind of average than you might expect from this particular strain of comedy, with the exception of Nanaka, who is pretty one note with the unpredictable and Lewd Azusa. Chisa and Aina for me is kind of okay serving as a balance in between all these crazy characters.
So Whats Lacking:
Well if you see the Manga, its clearly one of the best comedy manga ever made. For anime i feel it kind of fail to adapt the proper pacing of the Anime and how to give Focus on some particular scene. We can see same kind of thing with some famous anime like Food Wars (after 1st season) and Tokyo Ghoul. On some scenes and some part of the story it feel bit rushed which makes viewers who already familiar with manga kind of disappointed. Other than that i dont find anything which are lacklustre in the Anime.
The other element that might not work for everyone is all the nudity and fanservice. The most explicit nudity actually comes from the boys in the club, who tend to strip when they get drunk.
The women, however, in their skintight wetsuits, bikinis, or the occasional glimpse of underwear, are clearly supposed to be titillating.
Well i can say that its not for everyone who dont feel comfortable in such thing like nudity and drinkin
Grand Blue is fundamentally a frat house farce in the vein of something like American Pie or The Hangover in anime version. Its comedy definitely has lot of consistency when it comes to make people laugh. If you want a show who you can watch with your friends with enjoyment and laugh this show deliver all the things you needed.
Funny events timing is impeccable, making great use of situations, and even manages to make repeating the same punchline funnier the second time.
Overall its pretty good and satisfying show and definitely one of the best gag anime ever made also the funniest one but again you’ll have to really love booze jokes, funny faces, and gags about guys being caught naked with little censorship marks obscuring their junk.
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