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5: Na Bbeun Sang Sa
MAL Score: 6.16
Bad Boss is a femtai (hentai for women) from South Korean Studio Seo-yeong more, which was filmed by Baek Jong Suk in 2018. The plot takes place in Seoul and tells the story of the vicious life of Son-Kyu, who hides his dark past during the day, and at night turns into a ladies ‘ man. Soon the hero will meet an innocent girl, Kim Min and fall in love with her. However, his dark side will take over and the Son will come up with an insidious plan of revenge to his old friend, who is also in love with Kim Min.
Saw the synopsis and was intrigued.
Anyway upon watching it, the characters have a bit of depth and it was different from the typical hentai/poleuno.
In my opinion this movie is good in many aspects.
As for the characters you will love or hate some of them but it has that content that you don’t see in many Hentai genre animes.
Would recommend this if you want the not so typical hentai/poleuno
Also this is a Korean webtoon,so it doesn’t have an english subtitle.
But overall it was a good movie.
I think the main appeal of this movie would be that it’s hentai with an attractive male lead. And although he’s an absolute asshole, he doesn’t rape anyone and can even be romantic at times (even if it’s for the sake of manipulation). He’s “tortured” and promiscuous, and he seduces women who seem pretty happy to have a fling with him. The bar is really on the floor when it comes to female-oriented sex media, or as Bad Boss calls itself, “femtai”.
The movie is also rather plot-heavy – nearly 2 hours long. The sex scenes are quite minor in comparison to just how much plot is crammed in, actually. It’s just that every part of the plot can be seen from a mile away, to the point I was wishing they’d just drop the pretense and get in bed already.
The first thing I noticed about this movie was the soundtrack. It was so bad I think whoever put it together must have had a laugh. The movie opens on a club scene and the music sounded like royalty free audio for a flash game or something. It doesn’t get any better for the rest of the film. Sometimes characters are crying and the music is just conveying a completely different mood, it’s bizarre.
The quality of the art is so-so. The character designs are fine but the art goes off-model a lot. Faces look pretty janky at times. Having the main guy be pretty and not an ugly bastard or NPC-level bland dude is a HUGE bonus. Because, say it with me… “The bar is on the floor.”
Despite being a hentai, this movie doesn’t show any genitals at all. You’ll see the chest area and some bare bottoms. You’ll see fondling and thrusting. The shots do not go below the belt at the front. I’ll be honest, I wanted to see his dick, ok? God dammit.
The K-drama character cliches are exactly what’s written on the package:
1. Son-Kyu / Kwon Seung-gyu (male protagonist)
Boss with dark past who does mean shit but is ultimately redeemable. You know he’s redeemable because he’s so pretty.
2. Kim Min (male antagonist)
Rival guy who gets fucked over but then whose reactions go overboard so the audience know who the true villain is, thus making the mean boss look good in comparison. The MAL synopsis calls the “innocent girl” Kim Min. It’s wrong.
3. Chae Young-jo (female protagonist)
The young woman the boss and the rival fight over. She is just very innocent and loving and sweet and doesn’t have any agency of her own. She’s essentially a plot device for the two men to duke over. If this weren’t hentai and she was a kitten they were fighting over, the story would amount to the same thing. There are TWO instances of her stepping into traffic without looking and getting saved. Then there’s TWO OTHER instances of her IN the car and nearly getting into an accident. What is this, Final Destination?
She also goes through the typical “nerd makeover” as the movie goes on. She starts off with glasses and frumpy hair, then changes up her appearance to be sexier for Son-Kyu, then eventually gets a completely new haircut, contact lenses, and wardrobe. That’s the extent of “character growth” for our main girl.
4. Baek Hye-mi (female antagonist)
An older woman from the boss’s past who comes back to haunt him. She raped him back when he was young and vulnerable, and has evidence on hand to shame him for it. She threatens to ruin everything he’s been building up. She’s in the femdom scene, has male sex slaves, and is depicted as obsessively insane.
See? The ABCs of bland K-drama. This movie just adds a veneer of sex on top.
Son-Kyu the handsome successful charismatic playboy whose trauma turned him into an asshole? Kim Min the rival who seems nice at first then quickly becomes a disgusting piece of shit? Chae Young-Jo the helpless young lady just being yanked around? Baek Hye-mi the older woman who is, of course, a horrible evil bitch? Quintessential K-drama.
I don’t know if there will be subs for this movie anytime soon, if ever, so here’s a plot introduction to get you on track if you’re curious about this movie and don’t speak Korean (because the MAL synopsis is… strangely worded)
Son-Kyu is a manager at a large advertising company called NEONA. He has a secret traumatic past. When he was strapped for cash in his university days, he worked as a host. Look up “host bar” if you’re not familiar with this concept. He was raped by an older woman, Baek Hye-mi, and this gave him PTSD. He deals with his trauma in the present by sleeping around and using women carelessly, but has frequent nightmares of what he had to endure at Baek Hye-mi’s hands. This comes in the form of brief PTSD flashbacks to BDSM scenes where he’s tied up in front of onlookers. These short scenes are not representative of the sex that actually happens in the movie, which is all very vanilla. Now, vanilla might be right up your alley, but I felt like I got a heaping serving of false advertising.
Within the first few minutes of the movie we see Son-Kyu with a ball gag and blindfolded on a table without much context and I thought, “oh shit???? real shit????” But no. Because of those little flashbacks I expected A LOT MORE from Son-Kyu’s shenanigans. I think he sleeps with 4 different women this entire movie, all in VERY vanilla scenes. The only “fun” stuff is the PTSD BDSM flashbacks where he’s being toyed with. I wish there could be HEALTHY depictions of BDSM and men who CHOOSE to take on a submissive role during sex. Again, the bar is on the floor.
Kim Min is a guy from Son-Kyu’s university days that fucked Son-Kyu over morally, financially, you name it. Kim Min starts working under Son-Kyu at NEONA, and Son-Kyu sees his chance for revenge – playing nice until he can spring his trap. His plan? Steal Kim Min’s girl, Chae Young-jo, who also works under him.
The following goes beyond premise and into SPOILER TERRITORY:
Since Son-Kyu’s such a lady’s man, Chae Young-jo falls head over heels for him in no time. Whereas Son-Kyu is just using her as a pawn to get back at Kim Min, Chae Young-jo genuinely cares for him, making gifts for him that he carelessly throws away. Talking lovingly to him on the phone, not knowing that he’s literally getting head from another woman as they speak.
So yeah, Son-Kyu is a fucking asshole, but this is a K-drama, and he is the male lead, and by the power of toxic romance cliches, he will be redeemed god dammit.
Son-Kyu rubs his sexual dominance of Chae Young-jo in Kim Min’s face at every chance. He also ruins Kim Min’s career up by assigning him tasks that he already knows Kim Min will fail at, and then berating him for his failures mercilessly. Kim-Min loses his composure, sexually assaulting Chae Young-jo in an attempt to “reclaim” her, only for Son-Kyu to show up and rescue her, therefore further establishing Son-Kyu as the good guy. Kim Min then assaults Son-Kyu openly in the office, getting himself fired. Son-Kyu performs his coup de grâce by personally delivering Kim Min’s belongings to his house. Kim Min completely loses it and tries to stab Son-Kyu, only for Son-Kyu to trip him and kick him while he’s down.
As he spends time with Chae Young-jo, Son Kyu begins to develop actual feelings beyond just using her. Her endless selfless acts of love finally… gasp…. change him! Can I get an “AH SHIT HERE WE GO AGAIN” for the horrible unhealthy romance tropes?!?!?! Wow!!! He’s about to take on a new path of in life and not be a toxic bastard, but we’re only half way through the drama, babyyyyy
Kim Min is now on his own path of revenge. He digs up dirt on Son Kyu’s past, and finds Baek Hye-mi. Baek Hye-mi is still obsessed with Son Kyu after all these years. She’s willing to get her hands dirty to have him under her thumb again. Kim Min helps her kidnap and drug Son Kyu. She has an entourage of body guards and a sex slave who are all loyal to her, and they corner Son Kyu with no escape. In his desperation, Son Kyu pulls a “YOU’LL NEVER HAVE ME!!!” and stabs himself. Baek Hye-mi panics, then is drugged by her sex slave who was jealous of Son Kyu this whole time. Son Kyu makes his escape, all the while bleeding out from his self-inflicted wound.
Meanwhile, Kim Min has kidnapped Chae Young-jo. He has completely gone over the edge, and wants to prove his love for her by raping her. Son Kyu shows up just in the nick of time to delay him, and the two men fight. Son Kyu is too weak from blood loss, and Chae Young-jo convinces Kim Min to spare him by pretending to offer herself willingly, only to hit Kim Min in the head with a lamp while his guard is down. This is arguably the only “active role” she takes during this whole story. Congratulations.
With Kim Min incapacitated, Chae Young-jo rushes to Son Kyu’s side. Obviously, Kim Min isn’t completely down. He rushes at the couple again. Son Kyu sacrifices himself by pushing Kim Min out the window and the two fall to their supposed deaths.
Sometime later, we see Chae Young-jo visiting a grave. This is revealed to be a total red herring because it turns out it’s just her parents’ grave. She goes to a cafe, where unbeknownst to her, Son Kyu is working. Through flashbacks we see how he got there. He couldn’t face her after all that happened and escaped from his hospital bed to build up a new life. Chae Young-jo doesn’t see him and leaves the cafe. Son Kyu runs after her. The two of them make eye contact across the street. The end.
This movie had so many near misses with traffic accidents I wondered if she was going to run out into the street and nearly get run over again.
My enjoyment of this bad movie is shockingly high because I watched it with a friend and we could not stop laughing. If I watched this wholeheartedly, I would have dropped it only a few minutes in. It is too bland to be a good hentai and too predictable to be a good drama.
The credits were rolling but I was still laughing because I remembered the climatic fight scene. Son Kyu is holding a chain necklace when he gets punched and there’s a slow motion scene where he’s falling back and the loose golden rings of the chain are slowly tumbling through the air. My friend said “Oh my god he’s Sonic” and then we both broke down laughing to the point of tears. We were so tired after this movie that our brains were melting. That scene was surreal.
4: Koisuru Shirokuma
English: Koi Suru Shirokuma
MAL Score: 6.61
A polar bear falls in love with an earless seal, and he wants nothing else except to protect him, even though the seal constantly thinks the bear will eat him.
3: Servamp Movie: Alice in the Garden
Japanese: 劇場版 SERVAMP -Alice in the Garden-
MAL Score: 7.23
The Servamps and their pact-bound “Eves” are finally getting back to their normal lives as they recover from their injuries from the previous battles. However, when it starts snowing in the middle of summer, one of the Eves, Mahiru Shirota, suspects vampiric interference. Concerned by the strange phenomenon, he sets out to gather the group once more to try and solve the mystery; however, they suddenly lose contact with Misono Arisuin, the Eve of the Servamp of Lust.
Servamp Movie: Alice in the Garden delves into the untold past of Misono and his brother Mikuni Arisuin, as well as the many mysteries of the grand Arisuin Mansion.
The only positive thing I can say about it is the animation. It’s actually not that bad. The character designs were unique and each episode was often consistent. The action sequences weren’t terrible, but still a bit uninteresting. I did like it when the style changed like when a Servamp was using its powers or we were inside their minds.
Although it had some good ideas and animation, “Servamp” is still pretty boring with nothing to it. If I may be completely honest, the only thing that I truly got out of the show was the opening theme. It’s one of the styles of music that I love, but what got me was how unexpected it was. I had known beforehand that this was based on a shoujo manga, so this opening surprised the hell out of me. Knowing there are major differences in the manga, I may give that a shot someday. Otherwise, I don’t plan on revisiting the anime
The story was alright, though not particularly very elaborate and the suspense was next to nothing. It was mostly about the things Lily, Misono’s father and the servants were keeping from him (his whole past basically). Everything else revolves around it. 5/10
The art was the same from the original anime. The effects were nothing really impressive, but it wasn’t bad either. 7/10
The sound was good, I liked the ending. 8/10
We got to see pretty much of Lily’s and Misono’s Father’s characters, and also of Misono’s (but we knew his character from before too so it’s not that relevant). I particularly liked Lily, I thought his character was interesting. 7/10
Enjoyment 8/10, and overall 7/10. As a Servamp fan I enjoyed it, but if you’re not a fan of the original anime (or at least enjoyed it) then I don’t think there’s any reason for you to watch this, since it’s basically the same dynamic and all that shit.
2: Hakuouki Movie 1: Kyoto Ranbu
English: Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ Wild Dance of Kyoto
Japanese: 劇場版 薄桜鬼 第一章 京都乱舞
MAL Score: 7.64
Chizuru Yukimura has come to Kyoto looking for her father, a doctor who has gone missing. While there, she witnesses a fight between an Oni and the Shinsengumi. Taking her into custody, the Shinsengumi debates on what to do with Chizuru, when they discover that she is the daughter of the doctor for whom they are also looking. The Shinsengumi then take Chizuru along on their search after the missing doctor, from adventure to adventure.
As a brief summary, our story start when our heroine, Chizuru Yukimura, decide to go out and looking for her father, which had disappeared. As things go, she discover in the worst way that the streets hide more strange things that she have imagined: bloody creatures, ready to take her blood, as well as a group of young, good looking and mysterious men that protect the peace on the streets. She’s saved, but what’s the cost? Now she knows too much, and it’s taken as a “hostage” by the famous Shinsengumi.
Here we discover that those men are surrounded by mysteries, and with a long war extending around the country. We have then 3 different stories: the Shinsengumi, fighting for their country (based on the original story of Japan); the furies, the mysterious bloody creatures that have a direct connection with Shinsengumi; and Chizuru, who’s going to discover lot of things about her past and who she really is.
The characters are very unique, especially the guys from Shinsengumi. They have very distinct personalities and for me it was impossible to hate any of them, even having my favorite. The villains are also very nice, it just feel they always go away in the most important part of the fights, but they still play their roles; I absolutely love Kazama and I loved how in the movie they showed his demon form not just in the end, it made him seems more interesting as a villain during the story than in the first anime. Chizuru is a thing for me, I don’t like heroines from reverse harens because they’re weak and stupid, and that’s exactly what Chizuru is, she’s just useless in all the stuff that happen around Shinsengumi imo, still, there’s a very specific part in the movie where I loved her, it’s an event that didn’t appear in the TV serie and it’s amazing, when you see, you’ll definitely remember of this part here, ’cause it’s where Chizuru shines in this movie. And well, secondary characters are also enjoyable, although they don’t have much screen time here, since the movie is way more focused on the Shinsengumi.
The animation is simply gorgeous. Studio Deen made an amazing work in this movie, everything seems so well made, a thing that didn’t happen in the anime, where the animation is poor, without details and even the characters eyes seems without life; in the movie no, their hair and eyes are always shining, and I love it. Also the sceneries are beautifully done, the cherry blossoms and the moon, even a scene where it’s shown a river it’s perfectly done. I like to reinforce because Deen isn’t one of my favorite studios, especially because they don’t have quality in their animation, but they put all their effort to make this movie, it definitely seems something very expensive and well detailed.
The background songs and the music for this movie are ok. I’m not a fan of the sound for the anime but it’s really enjoyable, and it fits for the scenes; in the movie, things aren’t different, very similar background songs that fit with the fight scenes and all that old Japan atmosphere.
Overall, this movie was amazing. Even without following lot of events from the original visual novel, I really liked to see a “new route” being created once more for this story, but also some scenes we didn’t have in the previous TV serie. I guarantee this new retelling of the Hakuouki series is amazing! I dare to say is more enjoyable than the TV one, may be because of the new animation, may be because it’s more focused on the main guys, or even because the main character got more attention this time, it’s perfect in many ways! So if you enjoyed the anime, you’ll probably enjoy the movie too.
Why didn’t I enjoy this movie and why wouldn’t I recommend it?
This movie seems to have skipped many important passages. We move from a plot to another without understanding the link between the two stories.
The characters have no characterization and the evolution of their personality is very badly shown and poorly explained. There is no interaction between the characters, they are together because the writer said so.
The main character, Chizuru, isn’t very appreciable. She is weak, useless and always serves the reverse harem. She has no personality (= she is sweet and kind, meh) and only wishes to find her missing father. Nothing interesting about this character. Hijikata has an interesting design but we don’t have much information as well. He seems to enjoy Chizuru but the development of their romance is blurred.
As for the other characters, they are useless or incoherent. They don’t have enough screentime so they can be developed. They appear as “extras” that have no real motivation except to protect the Shinsengumi. They don’t respect the samurai code because they don’t hesitate to take the “weird” potion to heal their wounds. They are only there to enthrall the spectators who will make ships between male characters. (They are handsome men so I guess…)
The animation is probably the best part of this film because it’s flawless. The action scenes are particularly well-worked and intense. The dark atmosphere is very well represented thanks to the use of pleasant dull colors. The chara design of the characters seem a bit shoujo but I liked it.
Concerning the soundtrack, nothing exceptional. The seiyuus did a great job as usual even though I am not fond of Chizuru’s voice but it’s completely subjective. It’s certainly not unpleasant.
Personally I don’t recommend this movie. It had great potential but the whole is underexploited. Maybe I’ll try the original series to compare both but for now I’m not very motivated ~
1: Hakuouki Movie 2: Shikon Soukyuu
English: Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky
Japanese: 劇場版 薄桜鬼 第二章 士魂蒼穹
MAL Score: 7.74
Second part of two Hakuouki movies.
The movie already starts in the middle of a battle, with a little time-skip from the last scene of the first movie. We started discovering stuff about the furies, and then the focus goes back to the Shinsengumi, which from what we can see from the beginning of the movie, it’s already in crisis, in its declining phase.
Here in this movie we have two main focuses: the conclusion of the war, leaded by the main guys of the Shinsengumi, and the Chizuru’s story, which is a mix of the onis and furies story with her own love story.
As the movie goes, we’re shown lots of battles – epic battles I must say –, all focused on the Shinsengumi guys, they’re a mix of sadness, pride and what I think the movie expressed very well, the way of the samurai. So this movie diverges from the first one in these battles; the first movie was more focused in introducing characters and preparing the story, and the second one finished showing more the feelings of the characters and their personalities, together with the whole plot, which in the beginning seems that would take a tragic ending, but end up taking an interesting romantic way.
As I said above in the brief summary of this review, the story is very much focused in the decline of the Shinsengumi forces in the war. The characters are all already in the limit but they keep fighting for what they believe, and again, it’s shown in many ways during the movie how they respect and follow the way of the samurai – some in pure way of the concept, and others in the way they believe is right –. Chizuru again also have an important role in the story, trying to unite the Shinsengumi somehow, even during the crisis, and it’s by doing this that she’ll discover her true feelings for Shinsengumi and for the one she loved all the way.
After I finished the first movie I was concerned how they were gonna do the second half of the story and the battles, but I was very happy while watching it ’cause the studio did a great job again. They wrote an amazing plot and gave an important mission to each of the remaining characters, none of them were forgotten.
Also in the ending of the movie we get to know the true meaning of the title “Hakuouki”, which is very beautiful considering the whole atmosphere of the final scene.
The characters have much more development than in the first movie, especially in the battles, it’s where we see their true emotions and their pride as samurai.
There are lot of meetings and goodbyes between them and the main character Chizuru, but they all help her somehow. I think different from the TV series, in the movie we get to see – at least if it’s just a foreshadowing –, how the characters loved Chizuru and how they want to protect her.
A character that shined in this movie, for me, was Kazama. As a villain he didn’t get much attention in the TV series, but in the second movie he’s definitely the star. I loved how they portrayed him at the same time being a bad figure and someone who can be lovely and protective.
In general, what I liked the most about the characters in the second movie was how they shown their sentimental side, considering mostly of the characters have become furies at this point, I liked the “I can be a demon but I still have a heart, and this heart will follow the path I believe is right” thing.
Again, I want to applaud Studio Deen for the amazing animation. These movies might be the best of the best the studio have done so far. Like in the first movie, the characters are perfectly animated, as well as the scenery. What called my attention the most in this movie was the animation in the fight scenes, it doesn’t disappoint! If you’re a fan of samurai + fight scenes, this will be your cup of tea.
The OSTs are ok. They aren’t anything special, but they fit with the scenes they’re present. The ending song though is something memorable. The song is very beautiful and the lyrics fit with the whole story of the movie, so after you finished watching you should definitely check them. My only complaint was that the song just played on the credits, and as I watched the last scene I thought it would fit much better if it had started playing in the middle of the last scene, or if at least they had put another song during that scene.
Overall, the second and last movie of the retelling story of Hakuouki was very good. As I mentioned in my review for the first movie, it was more enjoyable than the TV series. It was very nice see two different things happening in an historical anime: the story of the samurais and a love story, and better, the movie portrayed both very well! I would recommend to anyone who likes good fights, good looking guys and a beautiful and romantic ending. If you already watched the TV series, or watched just the first movie, you also should check out this movie as well, it has a different story during the first part and then a very similar ending to the one of the TV series.
Check out to see the conclusion of the Hakuouki story!
bearing that in mind, from what i was able to understand of this film, i would have to say it did not live up to the promise of the first film. whereas in the tv series there was a little too much emphasis on the battles, to the extent that i could not follow who the Shinsengumi was fighting and why, this film went to the other extreme. consequently we don’t see any of the battles that Hijikata underwent. instead we watch Chizuru journey to reconcile with Hijikata, which made much less compelling viewing. another consequence of this change of focus was that the deaths several characters were very rushed, anticlimatic and lacked any emotional impact.
speaking of Chizuru, her character regressed back to helpless damsel who never tries to defend herself, which was very, very disappointing.
kazama was overused, at the expense of the Shinsengumi characters and his devil associates.
the fate of Chizuru and Hijikata made more sense, and was an improvement on the series, given the scene that takes place between them in the forest. and the sword fight between kazama and hijikata was ok, although i have seen better.
the art and sound were good as usual, but ultimately this is a rather disappointing sequel. 5/10
I really liked how the story focused a lot more on Kazuma and Chizuru’s side of things, as well as the little Cameo appearance. The story development is different than TVA version, and you get to hear the truth about Chizuru’s past. Although I disliked how rushed everything was, I feel the story and the ending was much better than TVA’s ending.
Overall I would give this 8/10 because I felt that the character development was a little bit rushed too much, but that was to be expected.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Hakuouki Movie 2: Shikon Soukyuu
2. Hakuouki Movie 1: Kyoto Ranbu
3. Servamp Movie: Alice in the Garden
4. Koisuru Shirokuma
5. Na Bbeun Sang Sa