They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Bihada Ichizoku, Ohayou Ninja-tai Gatchaman, Super Milk-chan, and more!
50: Bihada Ichizoku
MAL Score: 5.77
There is a World Beautiful-Skin Competition (WBC) to which the 3 billion women of the world aspire. Carrying on the 300-year legacy of the competition are the twin Bihada sisters, Sara and Saki.
The story was rather other done, the whole “contest fighting” has been repeated many times before and frankly better done in other animes such as “Angelic Layer” for example. The story is also rather predictable, you can easily foresee the end it hardly keeps you in suspense but it had it’s moments so thereforth it gets a 5/10.
I have to admit I’m an art snob, if it’s not drawn well I typically won’t pay it any mind. Art plays a big role in weather I watch an anime or not, and I have to say while the style was rather flamboyent it was subtle and beautiful all the same. The women’s chest weren’t overly emphasised, their bodies slinder yet elegent. Their expressions were enough just to see the emotions behind them but not be overwhelmed by it. Though I will say the whole “blank” eye thing was rather scary at first but you sorta get use to it, I get the feeling that it was meant to portray an extreme emotion like, “jealousy” or “anger”. It hit it’s mark either way. The only thing I wasn’t so keen on was the lips, they were rather overdone, which took away from the art quality abit, but not enough to notice.
Another part of an anime that often attracts my attention and can sometimes be just as important as the art – music. The music it uses to help you get into the mood and make you feel what the characters are feeling. Music is vital to any great anime (can anyone say Princess Mononoke? Joe Hisaishi was brilliant!), either way this was SEVERELY lacking unfortunately. Even the ending was annoying and really “bubbly” to a very sickening point. There was little background music which is all find but sometimes it’s necessary and where there was background music it felt like it was recycled stuff (stuff we’ve all heard before in animes) no originality to the BGM music and the ending was atroious.
They were just too stereotypical, nothing you can really connect with unless of course you’re rich. Otherwise their just sorta bland.
I gotta say it was an easy going anime (extremely short too each eps was like 8mins long) it was easy to watch, but just not as much fun as the animes that keep you in suspense. It was mostly feel-good, if anything else and you do find yourself at times rooting for the main character even though she’s a cliche wrapped in a stereotype.
I was a little generous with the overall, but I gotta admit it is not an anime I would recommend. Yet the art was beautiful, and despite it’s flaws it wasn’t the WORSE i’ve seen but it’s certainly not the best, it was inbetween the two somewhere in limbo. It’s definately the anime of choice if you feel like killing some time without taking a piece of your soul with it. Overall, I’d never watch it again, but if someone wanted to see it with me I probably wouldn’t say no.
Hope you enjoyed this review, and I really hope it was helpful, thank you for reading it!
49: Ohayou Ninja-tai Gatchaman
MAL Score: 5.80
One-minute flash shorts based on Tatsunoko Production’s classic science-fiction hero series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman aired during the NTV’s Zip! television program on mornings.
48: Super Milk-chan
English: Super Milk-Chan
MAL Score: 5.84
Milk-chan is a girl who lives in a house stuck on the side of a building with her two sidekicks: Tetsu-ko, a paranoid robot that looks like a bottle and Hanage, a green blob with a mustache.
Milk is poor and she can’t pay the rent, especially after her attempt to extort a local ant family fails. However, she is saved because the president himself offers her a job (some sort of a secret mission). Milk-chan answers the phone to receive missions from The President by saying something like “Hello, Bank of Hokkaido. Just kidding!”
After getting her mission, Milk-chan and her sidekicks take off aboard the “Milk-6” helicopter to go on her mission. Did I tell you this is a spoof of 1970s spy thrillers or some sort of Bond movies?
ADV did a fabulous job dubbing this anime. They watched the anime, “got” the jokes that only someone native to Japan during the time the anime was aired would get, and “translated” the jokes for a (primary) American audience.
I watched this anime dubbed and highly enjoyed it. I loved the “potty mouthed” characters, giggled at the jokes and basically had a good time with this.
Honestly, if I had to compare this anime to anything, I would compare the style to the crap that is currently coming on Cartoon Network (Adventure time), the “attitude” of the anime… well, I really haven’t found ANYthing like Super Milk-Chan.
The music, is completely forgettable, the art is childish, the sound, eh, the characters are enjoyable, the story… what story? The thing this anime shines for is the jokes… but only if you watch it dubbed. I tried it subbed just for giggles and it was awful.
So Super Milk-Chan is a bizarre comedy of sorts about a 5 year old superhero called Milk (despite the fact she doesn’t appear to have any superpowers), her malfunctioning robot maid Tetsuko (who is often distracted by love) and the near completely pointless Hanage (a pet slug with a mustache).
Each episode follows a pretty exact formula with Milk-Chan receiving a mission from a man who if my sources are correct is definitely the president (and also the funniest character in the show). These missions are often pretty empty and rarely are even acted upon by Milk-Chan. Still so long as the objective is somehow completed then it calls for Sushi or something to celebrate. This is basically all the show is and honestly it’s a strange mix of terrible and brilliant. I could never say this is a good show because there is really no hook, the humor is pretty methodical and slow and there is rarely a punchline to anything. But I get the impression that once your snared you’ll find it hard to escape until you complete the series. It can be quite addictive.
Animation wise the show takes the appearance of a less frantic Japanese styled Ren & Stimpy. Nothing is over animated with fast exaggerated movements but the whole thing certainly has the look of something out of the ordinary.
I watched the series via the ADV dub. Hilary Haag plays Milk-Chan and she sounds like a 5 year old so I guess she nails it but if that will appeal to you or not is a whole other question. Robot maid Tetsuko is played by Monica Rial in this robot sounding could understandably be totally annoying voice. I liked it and think it added to the surreal nature of the show but yeah this could be a total turn off for some. Finally the President is played by Mike MacRae and it’s a perfectly funny performance and his introduction as the President made me laugh everytime.
In Summary the whole show is just this bizarre strange thing you are watching and it’ll really depend on you if that strangeness appeals to you or not. For example there is an infinite time loop that occurs in the first couple of episodes, at first it’s not particularly funny but as it continues for a good minute or two I honestly found it hilarious. It was at that moment that I pulled down the barriers and just let this show take me and from there I enjoyed it.
47: Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R
MAL Score: 5.97
The new “slapstick” story will depict Komugi-chan and her rivals as they juggle their daily lives as students, idols, and magical girls “with laughter and tears.”
Komugi Yoshida is a somewhat clumsy second-year middle-school student whose strong point is her spiritedness. She performs as an idol like Kokona Saionji (her classmate and close friend) and Tsubasa Kisaragi (an idol who dresses in male clothing). However, unlike Kokona whose popularity is skyrocketing and Tsubasa with her charisma in male attire, Komugi’s only gigs are low-end ones like those at the local shopping district. Still, Komugi has her “dream” as she lives her dual lives as a idol and a middle school girl.
One day, a mysterious injured creature named Usa-P appears before Komugi. Komugi gives Usa-P medical treatment, and Usa-P, in consideration of Komugi’s kindness, asks if she wants to be a Legendary Girl who can use magical powers.
Having become a reluctant Legendary Girl, Komugi battles strange masked figures who suddenly appear! As a newly deemed Magical Nurse, she fights still more waves of masked figures. Meanwhile, a Magical Maid, a Magical Sister, and more also appear to make it a three-way battle!? Can Komugi handle the three roles of middle school girl, idol, and Magical Nurse? And, what lies ahead in these battles and her “dream”…?!
I am glad that I watched this.
I would probably recommend this to others.
I have watched this once, subtitled. This is the only season that I’ve watched.
I may watch this again.
—- Positives —-
The characters are pleasantly straightforward.
They all have certain unique personalities – these personalities aren’t simple, but they’re demonstrated rather quickly and beyond that point, there aren’t any surprises. I consider it difficult for a series to maintain interesting characters that don’t change over the course of the series. In order to remain interesting, a series constantly needs to introduce interesting situations and character interactions, since the characters themselves don’t change. This series does those things well.
The characters are all voiced well, even the supporting characters.
Of particular note is Komugi, who is voiced extremely well for her character.
The art is great and the animations are sharp.
Art throughout the series is good, and the style of animations can be pleasantly sharp at times, especially in scenes involving Komugi. The OP demonstrates these two points well.
The 3D scenes are excellent.
There are a few 3D idol performance scenes in this series. They all look really good. The frame-rate is good, the motions are smooth, and the models are high-quality and colorful. The only other series that I’ve seen as of 2016 with equally excellent 3D scenes is Etotama. Having this level of 3D in a series at this point is rare. The only slight negative is that the character motions and clothing reactions seem a little ~too~ smooth at times, but this is vastly preferable to motions being too sharp.
Every episode is interesting.
Assuming that you enjoy the series, each episode is entertaining.
—- Negatives —-
The magical girl aspect doesn’t go too far.
Some of the characters in this series become magical girls. Many scenes revolve around this aspect of the series, but within that magical girl aspect, there isn’t much going on – it’s just there to enhance the non-magical-girl aspects of the series. When they’re magical girls, they have magical creature assistants who prompt them to fight enemies to gather cards. There isn’t any drive during the series to gather these cards – it’s just something that they have to do whenever an enemy appears. Komugi in particular demonstrates a laid-back approach to gathering these cards, and goes as far as to offer one of them to her [supposed-to-be-]rival at one point [EP7]. The enemies aren’t working together and they only ever show up one at a time, and they’re simply defeated.
Opportunity for cancel: Yes. If there was a series-long main enemy or motivation, it would have detracted from the non-magical-girl aspects of the series, which were interesting and done well and wouldn’t have been as good if they had focus taken away. The focus in this series was chosen well, and the magical girl aspect just wasn’t it, as a deliberate choice.
The magical girl transformation sequences could have been a little better.
The transformation sequences were good, but not stellar. The incantations were amusing, though.
Opportunity for cancel: Eventually, yes. There are a few genres that have come to be associated with transformation sequences, and one of those is the magical girl genre. If it weren’t for that expectation level, I wouldn’t have said anything on this point – the transformation sequences are good. It’s just that my expectation level here was high and the scenes were right on the line between being good and being mediocre.
The romance could have been just a tad more developed.
The romance that plays out does so acceptably. There were clues at multiple points in the series, but the clues could have been just a little more symmetrical. We find out a lot about one side but not the other.
Opportunity for cancel: No, but this negative doesn’t impact the series that much.
Story 7/10: I always enjoy a good anime that has the nostalgic feeling of magical girl animes. It cute and fun to watch. It’s great to see how the characters balance their daily lives while battling monsters.
Characters 8/10: All three main characters are students and local idols. Komugi is dressed up as a Nurse after her transformation. Her sidekick is Usa-P. She is kind and quirky. Kokona is dressed up as a Maid. Her sidekick is Tanu-P. Kokona is kind, determined and intelligent, however; she displays a different side of her personality while she is transformed. Tsubasa is dressed up as a Sister (Nun) after her transformation. She wears man’s clothing and her sidekick Neko-P.
Overall enjoyment 7/10: Very similar to magical girl animes (i.e.: Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura and Pretty Cure). They have their great moments. I hope one day that there will more powers and monsters to come. It’s also interesting to see their character development as idols. I hope that they will become even more famous. I thought the anime is okay. Even though it is very similar to almost all of the magical girls we have seen over the years, I really enjoy watching this anime for fun!
This anime is being a blatant magical girl parody from the premise alone but it’s a fun blatant one at that, from a narrator who appears out of nowhere giving us the quick detailed information about the Magical Girl’s attacks, to main cast members being self-aware to the point LA sees Komugi, Kokona and Tsubasa being parodies off other magical girls, from Komugi’s behavior being very similar to Sailor Moon, Kokona taking a page from the current magical girl genre (without the dark and depressing) to Tsubasa being in love with someone a la ”Cardcaptor Sakura” style level of unrequited love.
As a parody of the magical girl genre it’s primarily a comedy with no seriousness (not until the final 2 episodes and even by the end it still keeps to it’s comedic nature and light heartedness) and as a comedy, LA still finds it fun watch, this IS an anime revival of an anime OVA almost 15 years old so LA can take it up with it’s new spin on the magical girl parody genre in mind.
In terms of plot, LA does have a small compliant about this anime, but before LA says, this anime follows a typical “Monster of the Week” where “Magical Nurse, Maid and Sister” all vying to fight the monster by the end of the episode with the running theme reflecting on the monster in some way where either Magical Nurse, Maid or Sister will always do the final blow and collect their card for the episode.
Now Magical Nurse, Maid and Sister do get screentime of their own episodes and since Magical Nurse, Maid and Sister all have dual identities (though it’s really obvious who they are, just the characters don’t) even their ordinary selves get screentime with Komugi’s motivation as a rising idol being the most prominent, except not…the anime seems like it comes to a halt once Tsubasa appears and brings up this unrequited love subplotline and it actually takes centre stage and MANY episodes are dedicated to Tsubasa’s constant talk about her unrequited love. Umm Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R, you do realize that your own show is getting hijacked by Tsubasa?…YOUR NAME IS ON THE GOD DAMN TITLE.
But even then LA really isn’t agitated by this as this anime does focus on it’s main three magical girls with their own episodic episodes and wacky themes to go with it. LA isn’t gonna say that this anime absolutely has it’s priorities straight, but it does keep itself balanced between it’s magical girl, idol and school elements.
In terms of animation done by Tatsunoko Production is just “decent” throughout the board, LA can’t really say much other than LA didn’t really see any lower quality at all throughout and it’s generally consistent, though the 3D CGI idol scenes is baffling but typical.
There is probably one voice actor LA will talk about and that’s the main protagonist’s Kei Tomoe, LA thought Komugi was voiced by ”Yukari Tamura” considering how well she pulled off the cutezy ditzy vocals, the rest voice actors are ok at the very least though the mascot characters can get slightly annoying.
LA did forget to mention that this anime is ripe with A LOT and LA means A LOT of Tatsunoko Productions’ previous anime characters as cameos.
The ending did give us a villain, only for how convulted the three magical girls takes down this villain (as well as the villains motives are also kinda convulted), however all’s well that ends well???, at it’s least it’s a parody in the loosest sense through and through. Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R has A LOT of plotlines to juggle and they keep it balanced and at least they give character development to the three magical girls and sure the anime might go in a tangent about an unrequited love story but nonetheless, as a comedy magical girl parody, it’s in-offensive for the most part to watch and can be funny when it can. This anime has a lot going on but thankfully it doesn’t try to be nothing more than a fun slice of life comedy parody about magical girl idols.
46: Oh! Super Milk-chan
English: The Super Milk-Chan Show
Japanese: OH! スーパーミルクチャン
MAL Score: 5.99
Milk-chan is a drooling, potty-mouthed baby who lives in an apartment with an obsolete robot named Tetsuko, a slug named Hanage, and an uncontrollable pet named Robodog. Whenever the President calls, Milk-chan and the gang rush to the scene to solve any type of problem – whether it’s stopping a money counterfeiter hungry for Belgian waffles or counselling a school of drunk fish. At the same time, they have to avoid a nagging landlord, as they’re six months behind their rent.
Just so I’m not a total bringdown, the art was well done and the production was OK. It just wasn’t funny.
Back in the early 2000s when anime actually still aired on American TV, the Adult Swim program block on Cartoon Network was by far the most succesful in terms of viewer ratings for anime. Other channels like Syfy tried, but weren’t able to really find an audience. Adult Swim for the most part stuck with very generic and safe shonen series like Naruto, Inuyasha, Code Geass, and other shows that they knew had no chance of failing. If you wonder why Adult Swim never went further out on a limb and tried airing less conventional anime like Spice and Wolf or Mushishi. The answer is that they tried…once….with a bizarre title called Super Milk Chan. This show bombed so hard that Adult Swim got even more conservative and although they love to air random American cartoons like Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Tim and Eric, they never again tried with an anime that wasn’t extremely mainstream (at least as much as anime can be mainstream in the US). This is a review of that bomb of bombs (besides Reign the Conquerer, but I already reviewed that putrid piece of shit).
The show is about a preschool aged girl that is a superhero and answers calls from an inept mayor to save the day. She was created in a laboratory by a mad scientist called Dr. Eyepatch. This was the year 1998 and earlier that year an American cartoon called The Powerpuff Girls had become rather popular in Japan. Milk Chan stole the plot of that show, but rather than being a direct parody/spoof, it relied on random pop culture references like Family Guy and bizarre humor that veers between absurdist humor ala Aqua teen and anti-humor ala Tim and Eric. Somewhat understandably, Cartoon Network figured they couldn’t go wrong with a comedy that was a smash hit in Japan, and essentially followed the formula and style of many American cartoons. The problem with this is that pop culture references for country A aren’t funny to country B that doesn’t understand the references. Another problem is that Adult Swim had random American cartoons on Sunday and anime on Saturday, but very few people were fans of both anime and the American shows like Tim and Eric or Aqua Teen. People were usually either a Saturday viewer or a Sunday viewer. This left Milk Chan with a very small target audience of people that both liked anime and extremely random humor, and didn’t mind that 1/2 the jokes were going to be lost on them.
Adult Swim tried salvaging their investment by redubbing the show again to feature American pop culture references, but it didn’t do any better.
The art is intentionally very childish and tries to be humorous, but many viewers complained about the ultra bright color palate saying it hurt their eyes. The music…is very Japanese. That’s about all I have to say about it.
This is NOT a good show by any means. However, it isn’t actually as bad as many on Adult Swim message boards in the early 2000s made it out to be. I at least laughed a few times, which is more than I can say for Panty Stalking and Garterbelt, and that piece of shit actually has fans somehow!!! I think if Milk Chan had been made by Gainax and aired in the US maybe 2 or 3 years later, the Gainax fanboys would have eaten it up. It is funnier and much more cleverly written than Panty and Stalking afterall!
Oh! Super Milk-Chan is the same format as the previous series, we have 5 year old Superhero ‘Milk-Chan’ with no superpowers to speak of, her robotic flatulent maid ‘Tetsuko’, her slightly less pointless this time round pet slug ‘Hanage’ and the never will not bring a grin to my face the man who I’m told is most definitely The ‘President’. Much like before the setup of each episode is the same with some gags from Milk-Chan and Tetsuko in the early going followed by eventually a call from the President with a mission that rarely amounts to anything but so long as the objective is completed it still calls for Sushi or something to celebrate.
It’s fair to say the formula was pretty much copy and pasted over, just everything takes longer to occur and more jokes and oddity’s are thrown inbetween. So while the general structure hasn’t changed some extra elements have been thrown in to help fill the running time, primarily of which is the Landlord gag as he tries to obtain rent from Milk-Chan which now occurs every episode just with a different joke each time to make sure the rent doesn’t get paid for another week. There is also the ongoing family drama of the Ants in the garden which leads to a few good laughs as the father ant suspects his ‘wife’ is having an affair and his paranoia continues to get the best of him and only drive a bigger hole between him and his family. Finally a trip to Dr.Eyepatch’s lab for some item to aid them in their given mission is in each episode and this is normally worth it for the reoccurring mutterings of Tetsuko who dreams of meeting her founder and remains desperately ignorant of the truth, “I Hope He’s Not My Daddy”.
As previously mentioned despite the additions the transition to a longer episode format is not without it’s issues. The major of which is each episode makes 25 minutes feel so much longer than it is as the show hasn’t changed the format at all, instead everything is just paced much slower, each scene lasts longer and the show seldom makes it worthwhile. That is until it does, you see the scenes involving the ‘President’ are still an absolute joy and continued for me to be absolutely hilarious, and the simple fact they ran longer just made them all the more enjoyable. The President is possibly one of the funniest characters in all of Anime and as such having more of him is a huge positive. It’s also worth mentioning that this show likes to employ what are basically catchphrases or repeated gags that occur each time in the show without fail. If it’s not Milk-Chan proclaiming ‘You Dumbass’ then it’s Tetsuko feeling ‘Dreamy’ about the possibility of meeting her creator. It’s the President insisting he is in fact the President just incase we still are understandably not convinced. These running jokes lead to a comfortable experience with each episode that can’t really be overlooked. I found myself looking forward to hanging around with these characters and that is the hook of the series more than anything else. It may take some time and even too much time for some but these characters are charming and funny even if there is a vibe of pointless to anything that is actually happening, so long as that nothingness involves these characters interacting and being them then that ultimately proved enough for me.
The animation has a much more vibrant and cleaner look to it compared to before but is perhaps less daring and interesting as a result. That’s not to say it’s worse as it functions just fine and there is some funny uses of it throughout but it’s much more uniform than the previous series. Episode 1 looks like Episode 12 and for a show like this thats both good and bad. As for the Soundtrack it’s something I don’t remember at all beyond the ear worm like opening and ending themes. I did enjoy the Episode title jingle though.
So much like the last series I think one of the most crucial elements for whether or not you find yourself being suckered into the show is the characters and simply whether you like them or not? Because there is no story and the humor can be hit and miss but I found that much like the first series once I was suckered in by these characters and became entrapped by the show through to it’s end. Oh! Super Milk-Chan is in summary a bad show occasionally bordering on mediocre thanks to some great albeit 1 dimensional characters. To say it’s a hard sell is an understatement but it’s worth a try as I think there is a decent chance these characters will burrow themselves into your heart.
45: Glass no Kamen Desu ga to Z
Japanese: ガラスの仮面ですが と Z
MAL Score: 6.03
A continuation of the previous season under a new director and new name.
MAL Score: 6.04
The anime takes place on the screw-shaped island country of Nejigajima and follows the two “Bokyabots” Hebot and the Yurui Prince Nejiru as they collect different “Bokya Neji” screws. When the Bokyabots wear the Bokya Neji screws on their heads, they’re able to compete in “Bokya Battles,” battles for who can think up and tell the best jokes.
Director Ishihira Shinji was tasked to create an anime based on Bandai’s new toy line, Heybot. With his initial idea of creating a JRPG Esque fantasy setting being scrapped, he came up with the idea of creating a world where he and the rest of the staff can do whatever they want. An anime that plays with the Japanese language in interesting ways with a constant play on words, and a lot of puns. A show filled to the brim with the most insane things they can come up with. But Ishihira wanted something more than just that. He wanted to create a world with no boundaries while having an entirely self-contained story. A story that pushes the boundaries of conventions. And boy did he achieve it. Together with other staff like Tomioka Atsuhiro on series composition, and character designs by Sano Toshihiko, the world of Heybot was brought to life.
What starts as a silly show filled with arbitrary randomness and potty humor develops into a complex world for the viewers to explore. The show follows our 2 main characters Nejiru and Heybot. Nejiru, being the royal prince he is, is a self-centered asshole who only acts for his own self-benefit. It is baffling how unrelatable Nejiru is portrayed, after all this is supposed to be a show for kids. He is an 11-year-old kid obsessed over screws, screws being a prominent theme throughout their world. Alongside Nejiru is Heybot, a cute yellow robot who is Nejiru’s desired partner. Nejiru screws Heybot’s head with screws (take that how you want to) to perform gags in a vocabattle. The premise is relatively simple, but its story is unclear for the first few episodes. Rather, there is almost no overt reference to the ridiculously large-scale events taking place in the first half of the show. Because Heybot keeps its core story hidden behind the obnoxious random humor and absurd pacing.
Ishihira Shinji allowed the writers to do whatever they want with each episode. Creating an atmosphere where it is almost impossible to tell what might happen next. Each episode filled to the brim with inside jokes, obscure references, 4th wall breaking and random imagery. But it is still surprisingly well written and cohesive despite all of this. A Joke from one scene can be recontextualized in another. Or seemingly random imagery can have major significance later. Take for example the oddly prominent farting Macaroni featured throughout the show. In an episode where Heybot goes missing, Nejiru mistakes Macaroni as Heybot and we just brush it off as another stupid joke. But at the end of episode 49, it is revealed, in a 5-second gag, that the Macaroni was an alternative version of Heybot. So that scene from before was to be taken literally, as well as all scenes including Macaroni. I am just barely scratching the surface of the stupidly insane shit this show pulls. Trust me, this stuff is everywhere and not even I have seen everything it has to offer, despite rewatching it. This is how Heybot develops its core story, keeping it entirely hidden behind the random one-liners and imagery. Only once in a while revealing elements in the cut-away scenes scattered throughout the show. While lacking overall continuity, with each episode seemingly “resting” after the next, the show is entirely consistent. I’d argue the show always had continuity, but that’s a discussion for elsewhere. The way Heybot develops its story makes for such an engaging experience as it slowly reveals new pieces to the puzzle, tumbling towards an ending that seems to get crazier the closer it gets.
Another thing this show loves to do is references and parodies of other media. This show is filled to the brim with references, and I mean A LOT. So much so that I do not think someone could find every single reference, and if you can then… cool. Despite being made by Sunrise Studio (under the name of Bandai Pictures) there aren’t many references to their own works. I thought it would be similar to Keroro Gunsou with its Mecha references. Instead, Heybot focuses more on satirizing and playing around with different genres. There is an entire episode parodying Hokuto no Ken that develops into a Shokugeki no Souma type food battle. Or an entire H. P. Lovecraft inspired episode that features a giant octopus as Cthulhu(lol). Even episode 44, a Kimi no Na Wa parody that uses themes and elements from the film to create its own heartbreaking story. Genuinely one of my favorite episodes and it portrays just how well Heybot is in control of itself. Heybot loves to throw around references to other media and add its own twist to them. Being able to spot these references amidst the chaos is fun and adds to the whole experience.
However, Heybot isn’t all about Insane jokes, references, and unconventional story-telling. Heybot tells a simple story about Sunday.
Sunday. Heybot aired every Sunday morning at 7 am on Nagoya TV’s Nichiasa timeslot. It’s quite amusing how a show with this level of insanity had aired every Sunday at 7 am in Japan. The significance of this time slot is huge, as it had previously aired more influential anime such as Gundam and the Brave series. The time slot was well known for having connections to Studio Sunrise. Its roots go back to 1977 with Zambot 3, and a trend of Mecha-themed anime had aired on Saturday Evenings for 20 years. But in 1998, the hour changed from Saturday 5:30 pm to Sunday 7:00 am. With a time so early in the morning, the demographic switched to a younger audience. So, for another 20 years, the time slot had continued, airing shows like Crush Gear Turbo, Battle spirits, and fucking Dinosaur King. But in 2017 it was announced that the anime time slot was to end in September and replaced by a News program in October. So just what was holding the legacy of this 40-year time slot? Yup, Heybot. Episode 50 of Heybot is significant as it marks the final anime to air on Nagoya TV’s Nichiasa timeslot. The episode is not a celebration of the time slot, but a love letter. It doesn’t take time to look back through the 40 years, rather it looks forward to a world past Sunday. It’s time for not only the characters, but the entire time slot to move on. Not to be forgotten but to live on in the minds of the viewers. Celebrated inside their own creations, in their own stories, and in their own worlds. As Chigiru puts it
“C’mon, we’re just moving into worlds beyond Sunday.”
And what a perfect way to end.
Heybot’s meta-narrative perfectly concludes the long influential history of its time slot. But the adventure to get there is an insanely fast-paced show about a funny robot. There is a lot that happens in this show and I’ve only covered about 5% of the shit this show does. But the rest is for you to explore. Heybot is an experience worth having, and there is nothing else quite like it. This is truly one of the greatest Sunday morning shows out there.
Please check out my video review if you’re interested!
Second, HEYBOT! is at times straight up nonsense. OK well its always nonsense, but sometimes the gags are so rapid-fire that they don’t even bother to connect or make sense with anything. Its what I would call “stream of consciousness animation” where it feels like the animators are just doing whatever the fuck they want and slapping it together into an episode that is loosely connected and only held together by hopes and dreams. It feels like the people given key roles on the episode will just be given a summary of the episode plotline and then be sequestered to a locked prison cell where they will make the storyboards for the episodes without any communication with the rest of the team. Then they look at what they have and make some Frankenstein’s Monster of an episode out of it.
HEYBOT! is like the ultimate evolution of anti-humor. Like an anime version of Tim and Eric. Jokes don’t follow any real format. There can be a Die Hard quote in the pre-OP intro and then five minutes later they will finish the joke with Bruce Willis. HEYBOT! is a show for the Twitter memespamming age. Its a show made so that people can watch it on Twitter through me posting images of it on Twitter. Think about stuff like @dril and brain expanding memes – I used to find actual jokes with a setup and punchline funny or movies like Airplane, but now this is what I think is hilarious.
Third – and I think this is most important to its identity – HEYBOT! is a show made for no one but the people making it. HEYBOT! is a kids show, or at least its supposed to be. But it will have a reference from Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. And its not just a simple reference to Street Fighter, its a direct reference to when Akuma comes in on the final stage and kills M. Bison to become the secret final boss. And its like a direct copy of the scene. And he does a Shun Goku Satsu. And the scene after has the not-Akuma doing his exact fighting stance. When HEYBOT! wants to make a reference, HEYBOT! doesn’t half-ass it. Also SUPER STREET FIGHTER 2 TURBO CAME OUT IN 1994.
I can’t really stress how completely out there the references this show throws out can be. Kids wouldn’t know what the hell this is referencing. Hell, sometimes I’m surprised a Japanese person even knows what the fuck something is. Key example – Zardoz.
MAL Score: 6.09
Based on the children’s award winning manga by Kobayashi Yoshinori, serialized in Shogakukan’s CoroCoro Comic.
The plot revolves around a rich kid (referred to as Prince) named Obocchama. He is unique in a way and rides on turtles. Most of the episodes are about his daily life with friends, mainly boy, buppy and sonikuri. His only family is his father who loves Obocchama a lot. Since this is an anime/cartoon kids will like, there is no sort of plot development and is similar to doraemon (In a way that both are for kids).
42: Kaijuu Girls: Ultra Kaijuu Gijinka Keikaku 2nd Season
Japanese: 怪獣娘～ウルトラ怪獣擬人化計画～ 第2期
MAL Score: 6.10
Second Season of Kaijuu Girls: Ultra Kaijuu Gijinka Keikaku. It is receiving a TV broadcast, not just dTV streaming like the previous season.
41: DD Hokuto no Ken
English: DD Fist of the North Star
MAL Score: 6.14
Super-deformed version of Hokuto no Ken, Buronson & Hara Tetsuo’s post-apocalyptic fighting manga.
Note: The “DD” stands for “Design Deformation,” since the characters are only “two-heads-tall.”
40: Akahori Gedou Hour Rabuge
English: Akahori’s Heretical Hour Love Game
MAL Score: 6.17
Akahori Gedou Hour Rabuge is an anime series that combined episodes of two related stories into one broadcast block.
Zettai Seigi Love Pheromone
Yoshizumi Aimi and Sasajima Kaoruko are comic duo, Their dream is to become popular and stand on the Broadway stage.However, their names are not well-known, and they have to do part-time jobs.To make their names popular, they decided to do side job. It is heroines of justice, They will beat villains one after another, but after that, there is nothing but ruins. People are afraid of them and even rumor that they are evil. (Source: ANN)
Soreyuke! Gedou Otometai
The five Hokke sisters lost their parents when they were quite young. Although they are poor, they`re living comfortably because they have a dream, which is to be evil. The Hokke Family has belonged to an evil organization and worked as a combatant. When their father died, he left them a message that asked them to become a villain that he couldn`t become. However they wondered how to become the best villains.
One day, the youngest sister Utano found a jar. They were told not to open it until they we`re 18. It was sealed by a talisman labeled R18. Akuma-ko broke the seal on the jar and a devil appeared. The demon said they had special powers inside of them, when they have the weapons in their hands they would turn into Gedo Otome Tai. (Source: AnimeNfo)
It’s fairly well known by now that I’m a fan of oddball comedies and shows that parody existing stereotypes. Soreyuke! Gedou Otome Tai (or just Gedou Otome Tai), meets both criteria, as does it’s sister show Zettai Seigi Love Pheromone.
The story in Gedou Otome Tai is very straightforward. The five Hokke sisters (from eldest to youngest – Otone, Maika, Yoku, Kanashi and Utano), come from a long line of evil minions. Yes, you heard me, evil minions. On their father’s deathbed they promised him that they would bcome "excellent evil" and, with the help of the imp Akumako, they set out to do just that.
The only problem is that the girls are generally quite nice, kind and caring, so evil doesn’t come naturally to them.
The art and animation in the show are nothing unique. The animation quality is generally good throughout the show (with some noticeable glitches), and the character designs focus on humour rather than realism. The character transformations are clearly a parody of shows like Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew.
The sound and music in the show is again quite reasonable. The OP and ED are okay at best, but the usage can become repetitive over the course of the show. There isn’t any real overall musical theme to this half of Akahori Gedou Hour Rabuge though, so the music can sometimes be inconsistent with the story.
The characters in the show are actually okay, given that this is supposed to be a parody. Although all five sisters and Akumako get virtually no development, they do come across as kind and caring individuals. Their constant attempts to commit evil are actually funnier because they are so clearly not evil in any way.
As I said previously, I actually found that I enjoyed the show as a whole. The characters weren’t overly annoying, and the fact that the entire show consists of one half Love Pheromone and the other Gedou Otome Tai meant there was enough variation during the half hour to keep me interested. To further compound matters both Love Pheromone and Gedou Otome Tai live in the same town, and Kaoruko works at a part time job with Otone Hokke, the eldest sister of Gedou Otome Tai.
The best thing about the show is that it is effectively a role reversal for both Love Pheromone and Gedou Otome Tai. Gedou Otome Tai are attempting to become Excellent Evil and fulfill their father’s dying wish, when in actuality all they achieve is love and peace.
Akahori Gedou Hour Rabuge is a good show to watch if you have half an hour to waste and fancy something odd. The stories of Love Pheromone and Gedou Otome Tai eventually intertwine with each other at the end of the show, which gives it a nice sense of closure, and the fact that it is a parody of the mahou shoujo genre (with a twist) means that many people will actually understand the humour.
Okay, now that you’re done with this half of the review, check out the other half for Zettai Seigi Love Pheromone.
39: Getsumen To Heiki Mina
MAL Score: 6.28
An animated spin-off from the Densha Otoko (Trainman) TV drama.
In the drama, actor Itoh Atsushi plays the otaku Yamada, whose main love in life is the Mina anime, a cutesy busty heroine with floppy rabbit ears and carrots sticking out her rear.
Mina itself is a character homage which triggers back to the Daicon Animation done by GAINAX where a similar nameless bunny girl appeared. Densha Otoko futher featured an opening with scenes which were appearing back in the Daicon Animation.
I think this series is overlooked by many. It’s actually pretty good and entertaining, and has the ability to keep your interest for the whole season because it is somewhat different to other series in the same genre as it.
And also, considering that it’s a spin-off from a TV show, I think it did pretty well :>
OK, we’ve all seen it before: teenaged girl is generally failing at life, but through some strange circumstances she aquires superpowers and turns her life right around. Well, this series has that too, but it’s not quite as dull and drawn out as in other series like it. Firstly, it is 11 episodes long, so there are no stupid and pointless filler episodes.
Basically, because Mina, the lead female, is a news reporter and isn’t a complete cry-baby (think Sailor Moon lol), Getsumen’s story is nicely new and fresh, but also staying similar to what we know. Also, the girls are bunnygirls XD
Standard. Not much shading on the characters, the eyes are usually too small for the face, the backgrounds aren’t really noticeable…. but the transformation sequences are top notch. All the Miinas that get a transformation have really nice ones with a lot of detail in them :> nice colours too, so we don’t all get eye cancer ;3
The OP and ED aren’t like most other songs used in magical girl series. I don’t know how really, but they’re a lot less… cutesy and j-pop, if you get what I mean :S they’re really fantastic and fit in pretty well with the series, which quite a few series have failed to manage.
Mina is kind of standard really. She is hard-working and often over-works herself for the sake of her job; this kind of character is commonly seen in shoujo anime so she doesn’t stand out very much really. However, that kind of character is really needed for this kind of show, so I guess it can’t be helped. Plus, she’s loveable <3
None of the other characters really got any development though… the other Miinas, not including Ootsuki Miina, don’t get any more screen time after their inital appearence. They might pop up like, twice, throughout the series for a couple of seconds, but apart from that the only time you’ll see them again is right at the end of the final episode. That’s all that disappointed me.
I loved it. I patiently waited for months between each episode being subbed because I really liked the series; if it had been any other I would have given up and dropped it. You get a really lovely "feel-good" feeling when watching this, and that’s just what I needed at the time ^^ I’ll always accept a second season X3
“The writers must have been on drugs” is a phrase used to describe a show that’s bizarre or incoherent. Of course, drugs have the potential to alter the conscious mind, and many writers have created great stories under the influence. I fear, however, that the writers of Getsumen To Heiki Mina were not taking any vision-creating drugs, but were subject to the constraints and conformity of modern-day anime. And they had no ideas.
The plot, if you can call it that, is an asinine collection of monster-of-the-week bits, where the monsters are actually space rabbits who want to interfere with Earth sporting events.
Yeah, you read that correctly.
The only thing this show has going for it, aside from its seldom-occuring humor, is the kind-of-cool characters and their stories – mostly the main character. However, with the short length of this show, the characters appear – and reveal themselves to be part of the “good team” – in less than a whole episode. Pretty much every female supporting character becomes a rabbit warrior, sometimes by such random means as being thrown into a tomato patch and having the fruit fall into their mouth (which happens to be the catalyst for transformation). Not that we’re expecting realism from this show, anyway.
The worst part of this show is that it’s completely boring. The plot setups are always so farfetched and unnecessarily complicated that the audience’s response will invariably be “gee, I guess the writers didn’t have any good ideas.”
If you’re planning to watch this show because it’s a Densha Otoko spinoff, prepare to be disappointed. Otherwise… well, you can see for yourself.
38: Genji Tsuushin Agedama
MAL Score: 6.29
Agedama is a small boy going to elementary school and having the usual problems for a boy of his age. He is also secretly a superhero-in-training (called “Agedaman”). Along with Wapuro, his floating computer companion, he fights against a criminal organization who can turn humans into monsters of various types.
37: The World of Golden Eggs
Japanese: ザ ワールド オブ ゴールデン エッグス
MAL Score: 6.44
The citizens of Turkey’s Hill model a bizzare American-esque town and engage in non-sequitur behavior.
36: Rokumon Tengai Mon Colle Knights
English: Six Gates Faraway Mon Colle Knights
MAL Score: 6.47
Two mad scientists, Professor Hiiragi and Count Collection, simultaneously manage to open a dream hole to an alternate world where myths are real, the Sixgate world. Professor Hiiragi recruits his daughter Rokuna and her friend Mondo to be the Mon Colle Knights and help him in obtaining six magical items before Count Collection does. These items which can alter the barriers of dimensions when combined, allowing them to be used to either peacefully have the magic of the Sixgate world cross over in the human world, take over the minds of all monsters, or worse, reformat reality.
While this entry only has details based on the Japanese version, it also includes the version aired on Jetix.
Genres: Shounen, Action, Adventure
Background Info: Rokumon Tengai Mon Colle Knights is a kids show. It premiered in the early to mid 2000s worldwide. I first saw this show on TV while it aired on Fox Kids. TVB was broadcasting it worldwide when I went on my childhood overseas vacation back in 2007. I picked up the series again to get a taste of childhood nostalgia. This anime is one of the series that is more enjoyable the younger you are. Children squirm with excitement at battle style monster shows.
Mon Colle stands for monster collecting. Two competing teams utilize anime mecha technology to enter the atmospheres of the magical Mon world. The Mon world is an extra dimensional world where monsters dwell. The monsters can magically morph into cards to be utilized by their human owners. The two protagonists are Rokuna and Mundo. They are collectively known as the Mon Colle Knights, tiny children that can fuse and enhance their powers with the monsters from a foreign world. Their dream is to collect Monster orbs to grant their wish: combining the human world with the monster world. By linking the two worlds, they hope to befriend all the monsters and ignore the potential bad consequences of their wish. This show is targeted to kids. It won’t go very in depth with all the negative consequences that can happen if those two worlds were suddenly interconnected. It also won’t go into depth with any plot holes or unexplained phenomenon since it’s simply a kids show.
The anime is very easy to understand, and simple. It’s a simple shounen kids show with a plethora of magical monsters. Some monsters resemble supernatural creatures like angels, vampires, and mermaids. Other monsters resemble cartoonish animals.
The sequence of events can be very redundant. Several scenes are repeated in every episode such as the fusion scene of the Mon Colle Knights with the monsters, and the mecha lion scene.
There’s not much character development since it’s a stereotypical kids show involving the kids’ adventures and encounters with monsters. The characters retain their personalities, and barely change. Overall, the characters are very generic.
Note: This anime is regarded as a Pokemon rip off because of it’s similarities: the monster themed battles, the villainous trio, the mecha, the silly humor mixed with the shounen battle scenes
The artwork is decent. The character designs have a certain 1990s look. The eyes have white polygons to emphasize certain facial expressions. But the colorful scenery and quality reflect the time period of the early to mid 2000s. Also the highest resolution is 720 pixels. The dimensions fit the standard size of films made for VHS tapes.
Overall, I gave this anime a 6/10 which translates to slightly better than average anime in my rating scale.
What makes this anime so intolerable is that the characters NEVER stop talking and it’s like a machine gun of bad jokes! Seriously, it’s like the animators who created the English dub were under the impression that in every single scene the characters had to be saying something.
For example, in almost every episode they recycle this animation of the Mon Colle Kinght’s jet, The Millennium Eagle, taking off and the animation never changes, but for, some reason, the dialogue changes in each episode and it’s always just a new bad joke.
“Hay guys. Have you ever noticed if you say the word blast-off enough times it sounds like a Russian persons name? Blast-off. Blast-off. Blast-off. Blast-off. Blast-off” SHUT UP!!!!
The story for this anime makes no sense.
The Mon Colle Knight’s goal is they want to collect all six monster items so they can use their magic to combine Earth with the monster world, but my question is: why is that a good thing? Seriously, I fail to understand how combining Earth with the monster world is in anyway a good thing. Shouldn’t that be more something that the “heroes” should be trying to prevent from happening. Are you sure the Mon Colle Knights are the good guys?
Also, what exactly are “monster items”? They never go into any detail about it.
For example, a bag of magic seeds that give you super strength if you eat them is not a monster item, but a pair of magic boots that let you fly is a monster item. Why?
Plus, Rokuna and Mondo have this power that lets them fuse with monsters to battle with them, but it’s never explained where this power comes from. Were they born with it? Did the Professor give it to them?
However, the thing I hate most about this anime’s story is how it feels like it’s on fast forward. The characters all talk fast, everything happens fast, and, like I said, it feels like a machine gun of bad jokes. Mondo and Rokuna may just be sitting in class when a giant vacuum cleaner appears, sucks them up, and the Professor says “We have a new monster item!”.
The animation and monster designs are both decent, but there are some monster designs that just seem lazy. For example, there’s a monster called Bisonator that’s just a giant Bison and a monster called Lambda that’s just a purple sheep.
In other anime like Pokemon and Digimon, they base their monster designs off of real animals as well, but at least in those anime they make their monsters look unique and not like regular animals that are giant or a different color.
All these characters are annoying! They never go through any kind of development and we never learn anything about them. Why does Mondo have a bandage on his forehead? What happened to Rokuna’s mom? Why do Bacch and Gluko work for Prince Eccentro in the first place if he’s so bad at being evil? None of these questions are answered.
The only characters I liked were Gluko and Ms. Loon.
Gluko is one of Prince Eccentro’s sidekicks and there’s this running joke that bad thing always happen to Bacch and Eccentro, but never to Gluko. It was one of the few funny jokes in the show.
Ms. Loon is Rokuna and Mondo’s school teacher and what I like about her there this running joke that she’s desperate for love, but can’t seem to find a boyfriend.
It’s obvious that Mon Colle Knights is just another Pokemon rip-off. I hated everything about this anime and do not watch it.
35: Hare Tokidoki Buta (TV)
English: Tokyo Pig
MAL Score: 6.48
Tokyo Pig is the wacky and crazy story of a young boy named Spencer and his magical pet pig named Sunny. This is the wierd adventures of these two wierdos.
34: DD Hokuto no Ken (2013)
English: DD Fist of the North Star
MAL Score: 6.49
It’s a special project commemorating the 30th anniversary of Hokuto no Ken.
33: Pucca 2
MAL Score: 6.55
The second series of Pucca. The episode numbers continue from 27.
MAL Score: 6.56
Remake of the Yatterman series.
MAL Score: 6.61
Pucca is the young daughter of a Chinese noodle house owner and she is hopelessly in love with the ninja Garu. He tries desperately to avoid Pucca’s advances and usually does not return her affection. This results in many comical situations as Pucca goes to great lengths just to steal a kiss from Garu. Expect to see lots of “funny love” antics involving everything from noodles to deadly ninjas.
Thankfully, Pucca is nothing like that.
Originally created between 2000 and 2004 by the South Korean production studio Vooz Co. as a series of internet flash animation, the show proved to be insanely popular not only in South Korea, but also in Japan and China, and the series gained a dedicated cult following across the world, even going so far as to spawn lines of stationary, greeting cards, keyrings, and a horde of other merchandise. It may even be the case that the franchise is second only to the mighty Sanrio (Hello Kitty), in terms of merchandising revenue.
The tale is a very simple little “romance” about an 11 year old girl called Pucca, who lives with her three uncles in a noodle restaurant. She has a crush on local ninja-in-training Garu, and will do almost anything to give him kisses.
Cue the madness.
Pucca is essentially an episodic tale that has no real plot aside from the lead character trying to express her love for her extremely reluctant beau. Now normally this would be a problem, however this show works surprisingly well with that handicap for one very important reason – the premise is only there to give the comedy something to stand on. The important thing to remember when watching this show is that it never takes itself or the viewer seriously, and this in itself makes a refreshing change as while the series has no real conclusion, the viewer will find themselves wanting more without realising it.
Given that the comedy is the most important aspect of this show, it’s important that it’s done well, and in this respect Pucca really delivers. There’s very little in the way of speech, however the visual comedy is amongst the best in anime, and many gags last only a few seconds before the show moves onto the next one. In truth, one of the reasons I like this show is because there’s a certain “Pythonesque” quality to the humour, and some of the jokes are very clearly aimed at a more “mature” audience.
Unlike the original series, Pucca (2006) was specifically made for TV, and the difference in quality shows in both the sound and the visuals. While I’ve only seen the English dub of the show, the fact that it has very little speech means it is easily transferrable into any language, something which has proven a boon for the franchise as it now airs in numerous countries across the planet. That said, the acting is very well done for the most part, and the spoken comedy is often just as good as the visual slapstick. The effects are actually pretty diverse, and their execution is pretty good for what many people consider to be a “kids show”.
One of the bigger plusses for the show is the music. The theme tune is dangerously simple and catchy, and one viewing will make it stick in your mind for quite a while. The mixture of fast paced guitar music and techno dance tracks also add to the show’s eccentric take on “romance”.
Where Pucca really struts its stuff though, is with the visuals. As I’ve mentioned, much of the comedy is seen rather than heard, and because of this the characters are designed in a particularly “cartoony” manner. This decision works extremely well with the humour, and also allows for a certain freedom with the animation that the series relies on. The show retains the “flash-like” feel of the original series, but has improved in almost every aspect in terms of looks and movement.
As for the characters, well, what can I say? Pucca is adorable, and her antics are sometimes hilarious. Garu is far too serious for his own good, and his attempts to escape Pucca’s affections often lead him into more trouble.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Pucca has a host of characters who take part in the show at one time or another, and almost every single one contributes to the comedy content in some way. From Garu’s arch-enemy Tobe to Master Soo, from Pucca’s best friend Ching to Santa Claus, there isn’t a single wasted character in the whole show. Granted there’s no development, but when the comedy’s this good, who cares?
Now, it’s a fairly well established fact that I love shows that are quirky, oddball, off the wall, or just plain wrong when it comes to comedy, and to be honest, Pucca didn’t disappoint. There’s plenty of laughs on offer here, and the humour is designed to cater for just about anyone who fancie a chuckle. Granted the show may not be on a par with the likes of Gintama et al, but given that each epsiode is only around 7 minutes long, this series is definitely worth checking out if you want something short to brighten your day a little (before you go to work on a Monday morning for example).
Sometimes it’s nice to watch an uncomplicated show that has the simple goal of making you laugh 🙂
30: 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku
English: A Thirty-Year Old’s Health and Physical Education
MAL Score: 6.68
Based on Mitsuba and Ichijinsha’s 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku (Health and Physical Education for 30-Year-Olds) guidebook. The guide is aimed at men in their 30s who have not experienced romance or sex with women yet.
Imagawa Hayao is a 30-year-old virgin bachelor. One day, a cupid descends from heaven with the express purpose of forcing him to graduate from virginity. Thus unfolds a pure love story between a 30-year-old bachelor and a 30-year-old bachelorette.
The series itself is all about learning while spicing it up with a short and calming love story. It tries to show how little by little people try to reach the stairs of adulthood, even in their thirties. It’s certainly fun to explore the very basic knowledge about sex relationships from a different perspective. Nowadays, no one technically cares except for having fun and spurts. Totally like a cat in the heats. However, this series does much more than that and we truly need to appreciate this one piece. The series slowly teaches us a few things at first, before it starts to proceed through a deeper plot, such as how to deal with a real relationship. While some of their jokes tend to be cringe at times, we still see such a lovely yet warm story in the show.
It mainly begins with Hayao Imagawa, who has yet to lose his virginity even though he has already reached thirty. Due to his busy life and anxious attitude when being around women, he can only make it past awkward at best. Worse, he started to use a sex doll as much as he could instead of finding a real girlfriend or wife. Thus, a God of Sexual Love named Daigorou has been sent from heaven to help him lose his virginity. Better watch yourselves. These are not ordinary gods.
The story pace might be slow, but it’s still relaxing and keeps the progress meter running till the very end. Sometimes it gets hectic and chaotic, but it never fails to deliver the right things. In this world, when it comes to romance, there is always someone who is faster, while others may be a bit slower, because we perceive almost everything very differently, even in the same sense. To boot, our emotions are not the same either; to actually connect both people would require much more than a simple spurt of nuts. But in the end, it was still an enjoyable moment to see those lights shine away in this series. As the show manages to mix all kinds of emotions, everything has been fused together into a beautiful one-piece that is worthy of praise.
Art & Animation
The art and animation of the show are very cute. It is far from some flashy, cheap animation. The art is still nicely done, in a proper way, and the animation is in its own league. The OP is truly interesting; I kinda love how pure it is.
Personally speaking, I love every single character in this series. They are not perfect but still play their roles efficiently without any blemishes or flaws. In a sense, we can even relate to their personalities as well. It has become so much fun to see the interaction between our pair of lovebirds. How cute.
30-sai is a show that almost everyone can enjoy and relax while watching. It is not packed with action and blood, but it is still magnificently fun to watch. The jokes, knowledge, and everything else have been put down in one piece that’s more than worth seeing.
Story (5-7/10): Personally, I give it 6
The story is pretty straight forward and simple to understand. a 30-year old man named Hayao Imagawa have been a virgin his entire life and thus have never had sex. Because of his circumstances a God of Sexual Love sent from heaven approaches him where he must help him find the right woman he can lose his virginity to, in order to complete his assignment and return to heaven. Imagawa meets up with different women because of Daigorou, a God of Sex that pretty much interferes with his life (at least according to the main character) until he falls in love with someone aged 30 like himself and a virgin too. And now here begins his journey of true love (sex).
The story is just a normal romance love story that focuses on education to succeed in that topic, whereas the gods is there to bring comedy and guide them by being
Art (6-7/10): Personally, I give it 7
I think the animation is fitting for this anime not too flashy but not so bad to ruin the watching experience. I love the different backgrounds that’s been used when characters interact with one another or is having a monolog. The simple environment that’s been used on different parts in the city may be giving a boring feel to it to some that watches this anime but I think it fits well with the adult genre and let’s not forget that this is an adult educational anime so it must have these kinds of elements or it might lose its edge. I think it’s a good way been portraying when the god teaches for example the main character what he should be focusing on how to treat a woman, it gives you the educational feel.
The thing I don’t like much is that the characters often stay constant but I guess it’s to save budget. I also enjoyed noticing some of it’s use of anime references like Jojo or Dragon Ball Z.
Important note when watching this anime, you should watch it uncensored, the first time I watched it when it aired, it was rather confusing to watch when many pictures and scenes was censored and certain words which made me confused as a result. So, watching it uncensored is the best way to watch it.
Sound (7-8/10): Personally, I give it 8
The OP & ED that’s been used in the anime is very good and can be listened to more than once but it’s not that memorable but fitting for this anime, I personally loved both and I think the Ending credits was really clever showing the main characters appearances from their early childhood to later in their adulthood for each episode where in the end of the song shows how the main characters relationship stands atm.
The OST that’s been used through the anime is very much unique and there are some tracks I really loved listening to which made the anime better to watch. For example, after the scene where Daigorou “God of Sex” approached the Main character naked and got kicked out, returned inside sitting in a throne on his dining table and thus the track plays, I think it’s really good. The background music that’s been played through the anime has been used well in various scenes.
Character (9-10/10): Personally, I give it 10
Although the anime story was average and pretty dull, what made this anime good was its characters and the character development for each character, in my opinion. The main characters that tried finding their soulmates and the gods constantly trying to help but most of the time interfered and made the moments more hilarious than should be. Extremely short summaries with my opinion on why I think they are so made well in the development of the story:
1. Hayao Imagawa: The male main character that is supposed to be the guy that comments while being bashed by the gods, and gets treated badly by the gods, becomes more confident in his abilities and starts taking more chances than in the past where he most of the time failed. I didn’t like his character that much but I enjoyed his growth as a character.
2. Natsu Andou: The female main character, she originally was shy of guys but learns to become a more independent woman. She is what I expected as a female MC and satisfied with her growth.
3. Daigorou: He is my favorite character, he is supposed to be the god of sex who is silver haired, good dressing, handsome and not shy of being nude. His treatment of the male MC made me laugh a lot of times.
4. Macaron: The second god of sex and the little brother to Daigorou, who has to help him getting Imagawa to lose his virginity. He often dresses as a girl, and looks really cute but… He is a guy!
5. Pii-chan: Is one of the female gods of sex that has to help Andou the female main character losing her virginity for similar situation. What I really love about Pii-chan is that she reminds me of Perona from One Piece, her many priceless face expressions makes me laugh hard every time, you can’t hate her.
6. Kuu-chan: Pii-chan’s twin sister is another god of sex who has forgot speaking Japanese so she keeps saying and doing random stuff which is fun to watch.
I really enjoy the presence of each character, it makes this simple love story more fun to watch. The ending is worth the completion if you are in doubt of wanting to continue watching this anime.
Enjoyment (7-8/10): Personally, I give it 8
I really enjoyed this anime a lot and though the story was average which I have seen before the characters made it worth to watch. The animation and the art being used, I enjoyed noticing it a great deal and I loved the music and songs that’s been used for this anime. The characters development made it more enjoyable and the gods presence made it more comedically,
But in all honesty, some that watches this anime might think it’s disturbing or messed up what the gods do and portray like Daigorou dressing up his 8-year old little brother and giving green light to Imagawa to practice sex with, that’s cringed lol.
This review is based on my rating on enjoyment and other specific factors. The first time I watched it I enjoyed it greatly, considering the strange title it has. Later, I rewatched this anime again so I could focus on other factors than the story.
This is my second Review and my first anime TV series Review, because I’m inexperienced I must learn to reduce the length of my reviews. Again, I had a lot of fun writing this review, and I’m open for all kinds of feedback.
Overall Rating 8 – Very Good ^_^
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Okey fine, but the way they present it is just completely over the top. Like the image of 5 soldiers rubbing up and down againts an artillery piece which then fires a white canonball at a humonguous tissue. I’m never going to be able to look at artillery seriously ever again. That horrifying image is now burned in my head for good.
The story is as unbelievably crazy as it can only get. We have a 30 year old virgin dude (that’s not the unbelievable part though) who has no luck with the ladies (that’s also NOT unbelievable but read on). One day a silver haired god of sex comes down with the offer of helping him lose his virginity. Along with him comes his little sexually confused brother. As it turns out the gods will not leave until he loses his virginity.
That’s when total craziness starts. At first the main character is lectured by the gods, what he should do and what he shouldn’t do when around women. Okey, fair enough but then it just gets downright weird… the small god (probably 8 years old) offers himself for practice (WTF). Soon after the second god also offered his… urr backside to the main character. When the main character rejected the offers, the god’s ass[hole] started sucking in everything in the room. At that point I stopped the video, ran to my bathroom and poured all the bleach I could find on my eyes. I then tried to erase that image from my eyes with a nail file. Upon failure, I realised that the only solution would be to set myself on fire… and that attempt also failed.
The series gets even more ridicilous from then on, we have a 100 something year old Virgin King who looks like Nappa from DBZ, a horny Japanese goddess who can only speak French and another 30 year old virgin (this time it’s a woman) who’s also looking forward to lose her virginity with the help of two goddesses.
In other words… I’m at a loss for words. Yes, this show is fucked up.
Apart from the corny story… art is pretty good, sound is nothing special really just your run-of-the-mill anime music.
Enjoyment… hmm, it depends. If you’re the kind of person that enjoys watching gods lavishly show off their naked bottoms and see small boys offer themselfes to 30 year olds then this series is probably for you. However when you’re looking for a more meaningful comedy then by all means stay away from this anime.
I have no idea why I’ve even watched it in the first place.
29: Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy (1996)
English: Magical Project S
MAL Score: 6.72
The carefree Tsunami is next in line to rule over the Magical Kingdom of Juraihelm. But before she is officially crowned as queen, she must restore balance to the universe that has come to favor darkness. To accomplish her goal, Tsunami gives the ordinary Sasami Kawai a magical baton that can transform her into a magical girl. She also appoints the rabbit-like creature Ryou-Ouki to aid Sasami in the battle against evil.
However, Sasami refuses to become a magical girl—not because she is scared, but because she finds it too embarrassing! Meanwhile, the arrogant Ramia is plotting to overthrow Tsunami by enlisting her own magical girl—the eccentric Pixy Misa—to cause chaos and ensure that balance is never restored. As Pixy Misa terrorizes the planet with her Love-Love monsters, Sasami must learn to swallow her pride and accept her role as the universe’s champion of justice, Pretty Sammy.
Story: We basically follow little Sasami (a seemingly ordinary girl) who is destined to take on the identity of a super heroine called "Pretty Sammy." She is chosen by Tsunami, that if Pretty Sammy can do enough good deeds, then Tsunami will become the next Queen of their magical world known as Juraihelm. However there is also a rival candidate that makes her own magical girl called "Pixie Misa," who has the very same goal in mind. Now I know that all this sounds nice, and really it is a good concept for a magical girl story. What brings Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy down so much, is its extremely corny content! It’s a series that definitely doesn’t take itself seriously. Sammy has all your standard magical girl attacks (known as the Codfish bomber, which come in the form of a magical heart style attack) and transformations, they don’t really change throughout the series, but are pretty amusing to watch, so again there actual is a good formula here for the series. The kind of corny content that it suffers from as I mentioned however, are as followed: The monsters (which usually are pretty ridiculous to look at, such as a talking Karaoke Machine and a Cowboy Girl), character origins (such as a boy who turns into a bird) and many of its joke lines (such as Sammy singing a song while they show her briefly pick up a house with her bare hands). However, the one thing that does make this series worth a peek at, are the numerous Tenchi Muyu character cameos! All of the cast that you grew to love, or hate, during the Tenchi series all make an appearance here. With the exception of the new characters from the GPX series, since this spin-off came before that one. Most of the characters don’t really stay long (Tenchi himself only makes a one episode appearance), so the majority staple characters from the series that you get are: Sasami, Ryo-Okhi, Tsunami and Washu–as they are the only real characters that remain from beginning to end. Ayeka does appear later under the name Romeo, to my recollection she was the only one that had her name changed for the series. So anyway, the bulk of the story has Pretty Sammy stopping Pixie Misa from doing harm to other people, which mostly happens by way of a monster being summoned. The more times she stops her, the more points Tsunami gets, which she needs to be queen. So from beginning to near end it revolves around that plot, all the while having over the top humor and jokes. Which can get very repetitive very fast! The storyline also feels very very blodded at times, like they could have snipped this series down to half as long and it wouldn’t have made much difference. Near the end though:
a surprise guest appears that turns out to be the real enemy of the series.
And I do have to go on par to say that it does actually conclude at the end, so if you do decide to give it a chance, it’s nice to know that you will be treated to one at the end.
There isn’t too much as far as offensive material goes, though there is a scene or two where Sasami ends up taking a bath with her dad. It’s done in a innocent way…but is still awkward none the less. So yeah he can be pretty creepy, and honestly–the dude makes me want to retreat into myself sometimes! Is that odd? Ahem…anyway…
Art: The art style from the Tenchi series remains here, so you will recognize all of the cast once they appear. The only odd thing I found is that this series was made around the same time as "Tenchi in Tokyo," yet the color clarity seems to have dropped compared to that one. Not really sure what happened here, its by no means bad–it just fails in comparison to the series that came before it. The character design is indeed the best part though, I mean they are the Tenchi characters after all.
Sound: I really liked the soundtrack, even if it was a bit campy at times. The character voices do sound alright, and you do get a catchy opening theme sung by "Yokoyama, Chisa." Who is the voice of Sasami herself. The ending theme changes twice throughout the series, both are quite enjoyable and varied. (one a soft late night theme, the other a Samba style theme) I think they got the right characters for the right job in each role. Though some (such as Sasami’s dad and the monsters) come off as awfully exaggerated.
Characters: Well they are the Tenchi characters, so you can expect pretty much that, only this time them being a lot more over the top in their personalities. This is especially true with Washu, who seems to be even more of a wacky inventor now. I mean…there is an episode where she dresses up like Santa in order to help Sasami defeat the monster, yet it’s not Christmas…need I say more??? I felt they got Tsunami’s role down perfectly though, she retains her very quiet and mature nature. Sasami acts like she did in the Tenchi series, only now she is much more child-like in her personality. There really is no character development that takes place here, with exception of Sasami and a girl named Misao, they actually do grow closer to one another by the end.
Overall: Pretty Sammy is an interesting title to say the least, it may have simply been a desperate attempt to cash in on the Tenchi series, but I don’t think it is quite as bad as others would see it as. Because it does have a good magical girl formula down here, it just suffers from its corny (and cheesy) approach in story. I recommend it to the hardcore Tenchi fans out there, or to viewers who are will to go in with lower expectations. I would consider sampling an episode or two, you’ll know by then if it’s your cup of tea or not.
Seriously, this show parodies every magical girl trope you can imagine. Sasami Kawai is a normal ten-year-old girl who’s perfectly happy with her life. She has loving parents, a great best friend in shy girl Misao Amano, enjoys school, and is pretty average…however, one day, a strange woman named Tsunami appears in her house, giving her a strange baton and asking her to become a magical girl named Pretty Sammy. Tsunami is a woman from a magical world called Juraihelm, and she is a candidate to become queen, but she is up against two other candidates, Romio and Ramia. As part of the succession rites, Tsunami has to find someone, a kindred spirit, on Earth to give magical powers to so she can restore Juraihelm’s balance. Sasami is in no way happy about this sudden change in her life, and questions why she even has to do this when she’s not even the queen-to-be. Things get complicated when another magical girl, Pixy Misa, keeps getting in her way and sending Love-Love Monsters after her. Seeing as there’s no way out, Sasami has to deal with being a magical girl and all the baggage that comes with it.
For its time, the animations looks quite good. It looks smooth, the characters are well designed most of the time, and it does its job well. The fact that it goes out of its way to make its characters look zany and stupid, especially during the comedic moments in the show, also works for the show’s benefit since this is a parody, and we can’t have a parody without some humor, right? However, I do have some issues with the magical girl outfits that Sammy and Misa are forced to wear. Do their skirts REALLY have to be so ridiclously short and skimpy? And they’re ten years old! Then again, I think the show is trying to make fun of how silly most magical girl outfits were at the time, and the good thing is the show doesn’t make any attempts to use them for fanservice (panty shots, anyone?), so I can give it some plus points for that. The soundtrack isn’t really particularly memorable. The opening theme…is admittedly very badly sung, like the singer is trying waaaaay too hard to sound cutesy and high pitched, and all it does is grate on my ears. But there are some fun BGMs that really get you in the moment when something’s about to happen, and it uses a wide range of music genres like jazz, pop, orchestra, etc.
The characters are arguably a mixed bag. The two main characters, Sasami and Misao, are easily the best characters, as they receive the most development throughout the entire series, and the two are just a joy to watch. I wish I could tell you more about them but to do so would make way for spoilers. Sasami’s parents are very good parents who love their daughter deeply and even when she gets bad grades, they don’t make her feel bad about herself about it and actually spend time with her (Hear that, Sailor Moon?!), even if Sasami’s dad, Ginji, is ridiculously overpowered and knows way more about stuff he shouldn’t than he should. Washu and some of the other adult characters…I don’t really care for. Washu was just overpowered and Mihoshi is a pretty poor excuse of a teacher with a really annoying voice who doesn’t do much of anything, and DEAR GOD I hated those two girls Konoha and Eimi, the former because she’s an annoying little brat who pesters the heck out of one of the boys (the show even points this out), bullies Misao for stupid reasons, and generally causes trouble for everyone, and Eimi is a stuck-up little prick who freaks out over the littlest things, claiming they’re against school rules even when they have nothing to do with school. Every time they opened their mouths I wanted to deck’em! But the worst of them is Tsunami herself: she pretty much does NOTHING throughout the entire series. The whole thing is about her becoming queen of Juraihelm, but she doesn’t even do anything to warrant becoming a queen, makes Sasami do everything for her where she could easily do those things herself had she not been put under the restriction not to leave Juraihelm, and is so dense and ditzy that you wonder if she’s even aware of anything going on around her. You could replace her with another, much better character, and nothing would be lost. She’s pretty much woefully useless, and it really says a lot when the villains are WAY more proactive than she is.
But bad supporting characters isn’t the only major flaw Pretty Sammy has. When I first began watching it, one aspect almost turned me off to the show entirely: The ridiculously over-the-top voice acting! Some of the actresses try way too hard to make their voices go as high pitched as possible, amping them up to completely unlistenable levels, not only coming off as shrill, but ear-rum blastingly annoying. Sasami, Sasami’s mother, Konoha, Eimi, and Mihoshi are the biggest offenders. Sasami’s voice actress, Chisa Yokoyama, is trying WAY TOO HARD to sound cute, and when she shouts her transformation phrase, I always turned the volume lower because it was that annoying. It’s a shame, because the voice she uses for Tsunami is just fine, and she can do better, more natural sounding voices without needing to go so over-the-top. Sasami’s mother also has a thankfully not annoying high pitched voice, but she still sounds like a little girl even when she’s a mom, Konoha and Eimi’s voices are just shrill and annoying, especially when they yell, and Mihoshi…she has the worst voice of all! She sounds like she inhaled way too much helium, and when she cries and yells she comes off as even more shrill, almost to the point where my eardrums almost exploded! It’s especially jarring because her voice actress, Yuko Mizutani, is capable of doing much more mature, natural sounding voices, even more so since this was three years before she got to voice Sora from Digimon, and it really says something when her voice for Sora is MUCH more mature and listenable than Mihoshi’s could ever be!
There were also some concepts and even individual episodes that didn’t make any sense, such as one episode where Sasami and her dad end up in a ninja village and they get into a fight with a Western cowboy faction. There was also one where some kid raises the monsters that Pixy Misa creates even though Pretty Sammy managed to defeat them. Also…Washu is confirmed to be 12 years old yet she’s teaching at an elementary school. How does that many any sense whatsoever? And she can create a gigantic rocket controlled by robotic puppets of herself. I won’t explain the context, as that would give away spoilers. So yeah, not even a parody series is safe from gigantic plot holes and inconsistencies.
Even so, I still really enjoyed this series. It has its flaws, yes, but I found myself invested in almost every episode, even the bad ones. I found most of the jokes and take thats to the genre genuinely funny (especially when the show asks when Sasami’s parents will figure out that their daughter is the magical girl they see saving the world all the time), Sasami and Misao are a joy to watch, the battles were funny yet compelling, and…the final villain, who I won’t name because of spoilers, is one of the best villains ever. (Red from Happiness Charge, you could learn a thing or two from this villain! Seriously!) Not only that, it does both comedy and drama really well, and because we get time to get to know the characters, we actually care about their plights when bad things happen, and when things get serious, boy, do they ever! Plus…this is the ONLY anime that has a school cultural festival that I actually liked AND cared about, and usually those episodes either bore me to death or annoy me with their flaws (As much as I hate to admit it, Go! Princess Pretty Cure is a pretty bad offender with this one). Not an easy feat to accomplish. So yeah, even if it does have major flaws that keep it from being perfect, I still enjoyed it, and given the choice, I’d watch it again! Seriously, as much as I like Sailor Moon, why couldn’t THIS show be the most well known magical girl show of all time?! It doesn’t even have an English dub, and it could really benefit from one if done right!
Not a perfect magical girl show, but a reasonably fun parody and a genuinely fun show to watch if you’re ever bored or want to kill some time. Just jam some ear plugs in if you can’t stand many of the annoying high pitched voices.
28: Sumeba Miyako no Cosmos-sou Suttoko Taisen Dokkoida
English: Dokkoida !
Japanese: 住めば都のコスモス荘 すっとこ大戦ドッコイダー
MAL Score: 6.80
The Galaxy Federation Police (GFP) desperately wants to cover-up its personnel shortage with new mechanized power-suits. Suzuo, 19-years old, desperately needs a job. Tampopo needs an earthling to fit the prototype of her company’s suit and declares Suzuo the perfect candidate! Strong competitors and the wacky A-class criminals fight against our hero in diapers, but they must not recognize each other out of costume or the test results will be a failure- but it’s OK if they all live in the same apartment building to save money, right?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
If you couldn’t tell, this series is a satire of comic book super heroes. You meet a lot of different heroes and villains in this series. This anime is mostly 12 episodes of complete hillarity and craziness.
The artstyle is very cartoony, which fits the series well considering it’s about superheroes. The colors are very bright and bouncy which fits the mood of the series.
The opening is a very fun and bouncy song. I listened to it over and over again after watching this series. The voice acting is great as well. There are many great Vancouver voice actors in this series. Such as, Brad Swaile, Paul Dobson, Ted Cole, and Nicole Bouma. The quality of the sound was great as well, I could hear things clearly and understood everything that was said.
The characters in this series are great too. Even though this is a short series they get enough developement for you to care about them and enjoy your time with them.
I enjoyed this series a lot. There’s good comedy, and despite some of it being sexual, it’s still smart. The characters are fun. The songs are bouncy. And the voice acting is spot-on. I highly recommend Dokkoida?! to anyone looking for a fun comedy series.
It’s just… how do I put this nicely? It was better for younger kids, not that it’s bad. There are really good parts too but its just rather childish. It’s a collaboration of a bunch of different super heroes and super villains all rolled into one and makes fun of every single one of them. I guess a good place to start would be the characters. Suzuo is stupid little boy who gets in way over his head just because of the need for a job. I’m glad in his power suit looks like it has a diaper because he seems to really need it. Almost all the time, he seems to freak out every time they fight. Kosuzu is just a whiny little navi character. I say navi character because all she does is whine and talk to him without doing any fighting.
I hate episode 8 all for the fact they bring Sister Princess into it. They change the name but yet all the designs aren’t even changed!
Now the whole idea feels like a sitcom where villains and heroes live under the same roof and even though they at first think that they know each other, try to pretend that they don’t. And how does the villains have a A grade? I wouldn’t even call them F grade! They are just really bad villains.
The artwork is so so, the characters don’t normally keep their shape. I guess its normal for a comedy show like this but it just feels odd. It’s much like Sgt Frog in how out of control it can be. Why does Suzuo have little pink cheeks when no one else has them? It feels out of place. Oh… and don’t worry, there are magical girl transformations that don’t take 5 minutes. The opening sadly makes it feel more like its supposed to be serious then funny. It doesn’t work right.
The English voices are alright and fit to the comedy of the show rather well. Unfortunately, it was a wall of dialogue that never went any where. They speak a little to fast and just make it hard to understand.
So how would u say That something is a parody In this case The show is Dakkoida is really a parody of its self and Superhero comics, But that’s what Makes it Fun and peppy to watch.
Now on to the story
The story is about a Kid Named suzuo sakurazaki who is a normal human 19 Year old looking for a job in the big city. Well after He saves a cat he gets told by kosuzu sakurazaki That he could were a Belt that for work, And he decides that it is not a good thing So he goes and runs And then gets turned down by every job in town and then decides to take the power suit job and it starts unraveling there.
Now the story is Childish but i would not give this show to anyone who is not 16 or older (I will tell more about this later)
Now this show will not be Visually Pleasing to everyone but to each There own.
Now i Actually Like the kinda art style that this show uses I think it fits with the show Its not like some shows where the art seems Out of plays for the whole show.
So I liked the art You may not but Thats ok.
Now would give the sound higher on the list and its not because of the voice acting witch i will get into the Character section
But the ost and BGM are kinda forgettable I am not saying they are all bad there are a few Good ones but there far and few apart witch Can be a bummer its like some played and u will not even know they played. When they Play sad ost There are two ways u can react sorry for a character or just plan sad since the ost is sad.
Ok that’s enough about sound.
ok I will be going off the english dub for this review for characters
suzuo sakurazaki/Dokkoida is voiced by Brad swaile Who voiced light yagami.
Thats the only notable Role in this Anime that i know outside of this anime
the rest of the cast like
kosuzu sakurazaki (just plain cute)
mogumokkuru (one of the more funny/serious roles)
asaka nogiku ( She is a great role also)
Those are the only characters worth telling you guys about
the rest are great but not as well Compelling.
Now after Playing a Dating sim, getting stomped on and then blown up I give this show a 10 in enjoyment
and the reason is because there where a few eps here and there that i could not stop laughing,where i thought I would die of No air because of the laughter. The few eps actually got serious and each character in my opinion got enough development that by the end if the show u are attached to almost every character so thats why i enjoyed it a lot.
I hope you can enjoy it as much as i did if not more.
27: Hoshi no Kirby
English: Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
MAL Score: 6.80
A diminutive pink creature orbiting in space called “Kirby” crash lands into Dream Land. Once getting acquainted with the citizens who live there in Cappy Town, he begins to defend the town from the monsters that King Dedede, the self-proclaimed ruler of Cappy Town, orders from the evil Nightmare Enterprises.
Yes I did watch the dubbed version of this but I was still kid back then and I get annoyed at subtitles lol.Thinking way back I enjoyed all of the episodes of this show. The funniest is dubbed king dedede,I mean his voice,his accent,It’s just perfect hahahahaha.
If you still watch cartoons or just a Kirby fan and If you want more kiddy innocent stories then I recommend this anime to ya’ll.
(First Review By The Way)
I’ve always really liked the Kirby games, but in most of the games, there isn’t really a story and you don’t really get to know how the characters act, this show has an actual story and characters with personalities!
At first, I was worried that this show would ruin my opinion of the games, but it just provided some explanations for things and made me really like this whole franchise even more than I used to.
This show’s story is mostly just that King Dedede tries to defeat Kirby using the Demon Beasts he orders from Holy Nightmare Co while messing with everyone else. Sometimes Dedede doesn’t do anything, but it still mainly Holy Nightmare’s fault that everyone has problems. There are also the Star Warriors and the Galaxy Soldier Army side ploy which I find really cool and interesting, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
This series is sometimes kind of childish, as it is a kid’s anime. Though it is also sometimes kind of dark, at least in the japanese version. It’s kind of repetitive, but that’s kind of the point. xD
I really like the art for this show, it seems well done in my opinion and everything’s so colorful and there’s so many cute things. They used quite a bit of CE and I think that it’s fine mostly, though in my opinion I think it’s weird how they made Dyna Blade with CE like that, all the time.
The voice actors in this show are great in the Japanese version, though I dislike a majority of the voices in the English version, mainly Tiff’s and Tokkori’s, sorry.
The music is awesome. A lot of it is remixes of songs from the games, too. I’ve always really liked Kirby music, so I can’t say no to that and Macho-san’s song ‘Go Go Heaven’, though it was weird, it was very addicting as well.
They’ve added some new characters in this series, some of them are just temporary, some are side characters, but others are even main characters. Escargon/Escargoon and Customer service, two characters originally from the anime appeared in the game Kirby: Mass Attack.
About the characters though…
There are the Cappies who are the main inhabitants of the village and instead of attacking people and wearing strange mushroom caps and bouncing around like they do in the games, they are somewhat peaceful, civlized people, though they are quite stupid and due to this are manipulated by Dedede often enough in this show.
Kirby is a pink puffball who can copy the abilities of others or of things. He is a Star Warrior. He’s confirmed to be a baby in this show, so he can’t speak except for the made up word ‘Poyo’, but that makes him even more likable, since it is pretty cute. Kirby loves eating and sleeping and playing with his friends. He’s not the smartest, as seen in many episodes and he gets tricked/ridiculed (mostly by King Dedede) very easily. He’s so cute and naive, yet he can fight fiercely whenever needed, often aided by his warp star.
Fumu/Tiff is one of the villagers who is not a Cappy, she is quite compassionate towards others and one of the only smart people in this show and I find myself agreeing with her quite a bit, though sometimes she is kind of naive and gets annoyed easily. She is one of the main characters and usually one of the main reasons why Dedede’s plans fail. She is very protective of Kirby and she loves and cares about him and due to that fact, she can control his warp star and calls for it when he needs it most.
Bun/Tuff is Fumu’s younger brother. He is like Fumu’s opposite, but they still get along well.
King Dedede is an obnoxious, selfish, bratty penguin who always has to get his way. He’s always buying new demon beasts/monsters which he uses to try to defeat Kirby, but always fails and ends up with a huge bill for buying the demon beast without looking at the price. He seems to enjoy bullying Escargon.
Escargon is Dedede’s sidekick/servant who gets beaten up all the time, yet stays with him.
Meta Knight is the mysterious, smart, awesome knight…guy. He’s an experienced Star Warrior who works for King Dedede. He’s pretty strong, but he only ever helps Kirby if he REALLY needs it. Oh yeah and his eyes change color depending on his mood, now tell me that isn’t awesome.
I think I’ve explained enough about the characters, moving on.
I generally enjoyed this show A LOT. I love how all the characters act and it’s funny to see them interact. It shows how different they all are and I guess I really like that, especially when they try to achieve the same goal, like how Fumu takes care of Kirby and always tries to help him in need and encourage him, yet Meta Knight lets Kirby face the harsh reality and rarely steps in to help, Fumu may call him cold, but they both want the same thing, they want Kirby to grow up enough to become a strong warrior so they can defeat Nightmare.
It teaches a lot of great life lessons, yup. Such as…
Don’t kill people’s dads…Don’t waste food…Slavery is bad…umm…
You get the point, I hope. ^^ Sorry if you don’t, I tried.
If you do watch this series, I would recommend watching the Japanese version though. But I couldn’t find maybe 10 of the later episodes with subs, or the movie with subs so that might be a problem for those of us who can’t speak Japanese, unless you can switch to English.
But, seriously the English version changed many things, including bits of some of the characters’ personality and some scenes were deleted and things in general were altered, like instead of there being a Galaxy Soldier Army, all the rebels/army were referred to as Star Warriors, even if they’re not Star Warriors. They got rid of most of the original soundtrack, which was really nice and there were lots of remixes of songs from the games. Also, I found some of the English voices annoying, but that’s my opinion. I’m sure there are some things I’ve missed, these are just examples.
I don’t know what else to say, if it wasn’t clear, I like this show a lot.
The characters are very likable. Tiff and Toff are Kirby’s best friends who will always look out for him. King Dedede is a funny yet foolish villain whose reasons for antagonising Kirby are like that of Lex Luthor’s hatred of Superman. And lastly, Meta Knight, the coolest character in the whole show. He is the dark, quite, mysterious knight who works for the king but will help Kirby whenever he gets the chance.
Art/Animation (8.5/10): The art is modern. The show often uses bright colors to emphasize Cappy Town as a peaceful and happy place. The show was animated with CGI. The CGI was fluid and worked well with the 2D artwork but there were some scenes where the CGI failed to render properly.
Sound/Music (8.5/10): The sound/music were good. All of the sounds were used well and the music was cheery and happy. I also found the theme song to be enjoyable.
Dub or Sub?: Both. The American and Japanese voice actors did a wonderful job at dubbing the show, especially the Japanese voice actors.
Enjoyment/Summary/Overall (7.5/10): In my youth, I enjoyed the show as much as the next kid. The story was easy to follow. The art and sound were bright and cheerful. The characters were lovable. The plot holes and twists were at a minimum.
26: Monkey Punch: Manga Katsudou Daishashin
Japanese: モンキー パンチ 漫画活動大写真
MAL Score: 6.89
A TV series from Monkey Punch with a 1-hour premiere episode. Mankatsu will feature standard “Monkey characters” and ecchi-gags found in all Monkey Punch series.
As a little disclaimer: If you don’t like Ecchi stay away from this. This Anime is filled with very explicit content and full of gags related to this matter.
Regarding the appearance of Lupin the III and his gang: Yes in every episode we have some short gags with Lupin the III and a few cameos in the stories. But all of them are – mute – and only last a few moments. If you are only interested in Lupin III you will be disappointed. The gags mostly are just the gang running away from Zenigata and nothing special.
Mankatsu is a great mix of many funny independent stories with many different characters from Monkey Punch. Every episode of about 50 minutes is composed of 2 independent stories in the length of a normal episode and short gags filling up the rest of the time. There is no story going on over the whole 12 episodes with the exception of a few settings expanding over a few episodes.
The stories are short and fun. It’s very easy going to grasp the many different settings and enjoy them. If you don’t like one setting don’t be discouraged there are many others and you will find your favourite. The stories were kind of predictable but really enjoyable for me.
The art looks quite a lot like the other works of Monkey Punch. It’s alright for an Anime from 2005. The censoring of genitalia is done in a quite funny manner using the standard gender symbols. Beside that nothing is censored.
Decent voice acting and a good sound. As far as I can judge the how Japanese sounds it fitted quite well to the characters. Only the music was repetitive. They shouldn’t have used the same ones this often.
Too much characters to talk about! Nearly all characters were really enjoyable and fitted well in the story. For a good number I wish they had their own series…
I really like the humour from Lupin III so there was no surprise that I enjoyed this. The episodic nature make it a great show to watch one episode at a time when you have some time to spare. No rush with cliffhangers forcing you to marathon the series. Funny stuff compressed in 50 minutes. The only things diminishing my enjoyment was that many jokes were based on wordplays in Japanese which were lost in the translation.
I don’t know if there are English subs for this (at least I didn’t find them). After some searching I finally found a subbed DVD-Version on the French Amazon.
25: Ochamegami Monogatari: Korokoro Pollon
English: Little Pollon
MAL Score: 6.94
Anime about the funny lives of the Greek gods up on Mount Olympus. Polon is the naughty daughter of Apollo. With her little cherub friend Eros, she interferes in various comical ways as she tries to show that she is fit to be a goddess. Her activities often misfire, getting her in trouble with some deity or other and causing chaos for gods and humans. Feeling neglected by her godly parent, she often assists him in his woman-chasing in the hopes of getting a new mommy.
24: Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation
English: Hyperdimension Neptunia
Japanese: 超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ THE ANIMATION
MAL Score: 6.96
After years of fruitless war between the four realms of Gamindustri (Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee and Leanbox) over Share energy, the source of their strength based on how much their people have faith in their goddesses, the four CPUs that rule over them have finally signed a friendship treaty. The treaty bans any attempt at claiming Share energy through military force, in hopes of bringing peace and prosperity to their worlds. Yet, a month after the treaty, Neptune, the CPU Goddess of Planeptune, spends her time goofing off and playing games rather than doing her job, leaving her land’s Shares plummeting.
Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation follows Neptune and her friends’ attempts at raising Shares, while dealing with an external threat that could spell the end of both the Goddesses and Gamindustri itself…
Thinking how this show plays off as your typical moe show with cute girls in suggestive positions, I can understand people passing it off as another generic moe show — not knowing that the Neptunia games themselves are parodying the types of moe archetypes that those kinds of people don’t necessarily grow fond of. The parody that is included in this adaptation are just as charming and lovable in how it portrays the girls as consoles of the past generations of consoles from SEGA to Microsoft. However given how the Neptunia games have endless hours of non-stop comedy in its fun dialogue, understandably the show is limited due to its 13-episode running time. Which points to the show’s main problem: It doesn’t go as far as the games in terms of quality comedy.
Sure it is nice to see the girls in full-animation instead of just slightly animated portraits on-screen in your typical Visual Novel fashion, but sadly it doesn’t come off as anything but underwhelming and average at best. When you try to compare the art to the show and the original game’s art done masterfully and beautifully by Tsunako, it’s not what you would call a fantastic transition. The art in the show can almost be compared to Saturday Morning Cartoon kind of quality where the colors look too bright and hardly has any nice lush drawings like in the games. Calling the art to be “horrendous” or “terrible,” on the other hand, would be a stretch because for what they’re worth, the fighting scenes are done relatively decent and there are some moments where the art indeed does add to the humor.
As any fan of Neptunia can all agree on, every single character is funny and charming to look at and listen to their funny dialogues between one another. Neptune is an absolute joy to listen to as always with her hilarious and sarcastic personality that initially annoyed me at first, but eventually, I grew fond of it after a while. The tsundere princess herself Noire has some great laughs in her hilarious attempts at trying to hide her side. One scene involving her stalker and showing a bunch of pictures of her alone was enough to send me howling on the ground laughing. Our other main CPU Goddesses Blanc and Vert are in-of-themselves great together in how they always argue over such silly things. The side characters, which are the CPU candidates, have equal enough screen-time to bolster some memorable scenes together, though really could they have at least given us more of Rom and Ram? And finally, Plutia and her rather interesting alter-ego once again never fails to be as sadistically hilarious as usual with her perverted antics. You can’t go wrong with Hanazawa mixed with sadomasochism.
With all the gushing about the characters themselves, there is one essential problem in this department. The fact that there are hardly any other characters in the Neptunia universe that either don’t appear or they aren’t shown very often. One of the best characters in the 2nd Neptunia game was NISA, but unfortunately, she is nowhere to be found, not even in a cameo appearance which is quite unfair considering that at least 5pb is shown only twice. The only reason for this would be that they wanted to hold them off for a sequel because they haven’t appeared yet chronologically where the show is adapting, right?
The plot for the show follows nearly every single game that has come out. Except the writers honestly try to put different spins on it by placing characters in various roles that were suited initially for another one, i.e., Neptune doesn’t get transported to a different dimension like in Victory, yet she still falls on Noire amusingly enough, and this time Plutia gets transported into their world instead of the other way around. At this point it’s clear that the writers didn’t want to put their time and effort to fit all 300+ hours combined of all three of the games and wanted just to make one show that isn’t trying to be a point to point adaptation, but instead represent the entire series as a whole in spirit. So with this in mind, a lot of plot points in previous games aren’t shown or bothered with which isn’t too bothersome considering how some of them aren’t needed in the first place. Unfortunately, there are some points in the show where the rushed plots could’ve worked for the better.
What is it that makes the Neptunia series addictive and fun to play and experience? If you ask any of the fans, including myself, it sure isn’t for any of the drama or serious moments in any of the games. Not only did they have the will and power to make a show into anything they want based on the core concept, but they decide to put in their effort in putting two or three episodes devoted to those two aspects I mentioned before. First off, the drama wasn’t very well-handled anyway in the previous games before Victory, which is by far the least serious of the bunch. Second, if you want to put drama into your moe comedy show at least try to put more effort into making believable and somewhat endearing. Granted the episodes that are devoted to this aren’t that many, but it can leave a sour taste in your mouth regardless of the quantity of uninvolved drama that is thrown into you and expects us to be invested in it. Hell, there aren’t that many newly added comedic scenes that haven not been seen before in any games with only a select few that are just somewhat amusing.
All original voice actresses from the games are here and fill in their respective roles with the same amount of chemistry as in the games thankfully. Amai Isumi, once again, never fails to embark into dangerous territory in becoming the next queen of Tsundere voice acting. Rie Tanaka has a perfect amount of charisma whenever she acts as Neptune and succeeds tremendously in fulfilling Neptune as a larger-than-life character. With our two main ladies gotten out-of-the-way, our supporting cast consisting of Yui Horie, Kana Asumi, Rina Satou, Yui Ogura, Kaori Ishihara, Kana Hanazawa, and Eri Kitamura all make for a wonderful ensemble cast. You couldn’t have asked for better casting than all of them combined.
To conclude my thoughts, Neptunia the Animation isn’t a terrible show to sit through. It’s one of the better video game adaptations out there whether or not how much you care a lot for the medium in general. It is not something you would recommend to your friend if he wanted to get into the Neptunia universe firsthand. They’ll most likely think of it as nothing but pure moe pandering at its purest, that is if they aren’t into that whole thing already. It is nothing more than pure fan-service to the people who play the games to see the static portraits come to life before their eyes, even if the result isn’t as mind-blowing as previously expected. If by chance you are a fan like me, you could probably go ahead and give it a try to see what is in store in how it is taken in animation. Other than that, you’re better off just firing off another new game plus my fellow Neptunia brethren.
The anime is based off of the game of the same name that debuted in 2010 as a role-playing game developed by Idea Factory. Apparently, it takes place in the world of Gamindustri where its land is dominated by cute girls who are able to transform into gorgeous young ladies in order to fight off enemies to their homeland. As for the series itself, it is composed of mainly a female cast with all sorts of character designs and personalities.
The series takes place in Gamindustri that is divided by four regions – Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. Apparently, there’s a region goddess that rules its region. There used to be conflicts between each region but lately, they have reached a truce and now settles for peace. Yes, that means goodbye to war and hello to happiness.
The show’s title follows a main female character named Neptune (same name as the planet of the Solar System). She is the goddess of Planeptune. However, at most occasions, we see her as a cute and innocent child that is quite cheerful with her friends. At other times, she is also naïve, clueless, and seems to jump straight into action without thinking. In other words, she’s the type of girl who rushes into action without a plan. (usually) Her transformation as Purple Heart though gives more much more mature appearance both physically and mentally.
That’s just one quarter of the iceberg though.
There’s also the tsundere Noire (Black Heart). Representing a more independent character, she often hide her cute side when people are not watching. And furthermore, she represents perhaps a perfect tsundere with her personality throughout the show. There’s also Blanc as someone whom possesses a short temper with a foul mouth. At many occasions, she seems to only care about what’s going around her but deep down truly does care about her friends. Finally, last but not least is Vert, a guardian of the land Leanbox whom is considered more of a mature lady. She can be seen as calm as well as being polite to many people. As now we have the four Goddeses in check, they are the central characters that makes Gamindustri as what it is today. As they are now at peace, their relationship are much better than what is assumed previously. The slight problem here might be what happened in the past that seems to be omitted from the series altogether. I have not played the games before but it would be nice to get a deeper insight on the planet’s origins and backgrounds. However, the show makes it up with its lighthearted humor and relationships. Among its many characters, there’s a sense of sisterly bond. Despite the fact that many of the characters sometimes gets into fights over pity things, it’s clear that they deeply care for each other at important situations. A clear evidence of this is seen in the aftermath of one of the earlier battles and more so later on against more dangerous adversaries. Although most of the characters are appealing, they lack any sort of progression. The character interactions feels real though but sometimes leaves it off in ways that are too simple.
Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation follows more of a fantasy format so expect fantasy elements like the various creatures involved throughout each episode. Some of them are simple child’s play while other brings more of a threat to the main characters. This can be seen in the earlier episodes when the Goddesses finds themselves in a complicated situation. Everyone tries to be a hero but not everything goes according to plan at first. Sometimes though, they have to rely on the younger generations to get them out of that sticky end. Even though some of these conflicts are presented as dangerous to the characters, there’s also a sense of parody that crosses the line in them. This can be interpreted by the positions the characters gets stuck in with their lascivious figures shown at various camera angles. One other episode involving a ‘torture’ like scene can be viewed as a parody as one of the Goddesses gets a taste of her worst nightmare.
The story involves the main characters but often times follows no direct linear story. There’s some episodes connected together as a form of mini arc but most of them gets resolved rather quickly. Perhaps the pacing is a problem here at only 12 episodes but it often feels like the show is rushing into ideas. These ideas involves the girls doing battle against enemies, having fun, and interacting with one another mostly in a playful manner. After all, war between the regions are over and it’s all peace now.
As the series is dominated by a female cast, there’s that sense of fan service coming in. Even the younger characters gets their own spotlights. These usually comes from the transformation scenes. The transformation sequences are designed and animated as being plastered with fan service. The scenes usually depict the girls torn to their underwear with their bodies glowing as their curves are focused at various camera angles. The aftermath of the transformation presents an outfit with much skin showing in a dangerous way. Of course, shows like Neptunia isn’t the first show to follow these type of style in transformation sequences. Other series such as Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew, and Shugo Chara also follows a similar format in which young girls are destined with a gift. Just be aware though that if you’re coming into the show fresh, get ready to be showered with fan service. It’s not pervasive but can definitely raise some eyebrows.
Surprisingly enough, some of the action scenes are impressive in the beginning. Perhaps this could involve the the threat of a certain antagonist in its earlier stages. However, this doesn’t last too long because what follows later are a more degrading level of what originally was presented. Here I thought villains gets stronger and more dangerous in fantasy shows. Otherwise, the show traces this a bit backwards. The action itself in the show has some intense movements though. It’s clear to see a large gap in power difference between the girls’ regular selves and their transformation versions. The way they fight shows that they are capable of defending themselves and protect what they treasure. Each of them seems to have a different ability that matches their characters. Even the younger characters are capable of displaying their own powers with a dangerous outlook. It tells a story of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. In this case, that story comes true especially when the younger girls plays on the role of heroines themselves.
Being labeled as a parody, expect plenty of comedy. There’s the various cosplays, the humorous dialogues (some of them refer to a more suggestive way of speaking), and other gags. Fourth walls are also sometimes broken here and there. There’s also a feast of moe and cutey moments involving the younger characters. A certain character in the show also has a cute hobby that she tries to hide from others but is discovered later on involving references to other shows such as Steins;Gate and K-On tracing back to the idea of various cosplaying. There’s even a case of food feeding that can be seen as both humorous and also a bit erotic. The ending of almost every episode plays on a parody for a entertaining way of previewing. And as previously mentioned before, prepare for fan service as the series doesn’t omit the beach episode complete with the curves and swimsuits. Overall, expect parody on top of parody like pouring ketchup.
The animation gives off a very fantasy like theme. Gamindustri is designed to look futuristic and is exactly as that with its technology. The beasts and lands are colored with rich visuals and often or not makes it seem like a dream to be there. As this review mentioned before, I wouldn’t mind going into this world and live out such a dream. The character designs are also created to give each character a different outlook of diversity. Furthermore, the characters after transformation presents that mature way in which we can instantly see after going through the sequences. Although everything looks and fits right, the series’ craftsmanship in the art department feels quite generic and not too stable.
If you have headphones, I would only plug them in for battle scenes and more touching moments. Otherwise, the OP song fits too much for a girly tone. Then, there’s the various shutouts throughout some episodes. I find some characters’ voices a bit itchy to the ears with their high pitched voices. Additionally, the OST of the comedy scenes sometimes is looked past with the repetitive comedy itself. However, do enjoy the battle OST though as they give a more intense sequence. The ED song can also raise some eyebrows with its animated scenes.
Ultimately, Neptunia is a show that can attract you in an odd way. What I mean though is in a way that makes you want to forget but sometimes come back to remember what you’ve watched. There are occasions during the show where I hope to forget what I just saw but then later realize how fun it is. However, the repetitive comedy and fan service sometimes becomes a dull to watch. Furthermore, the story itself can turn down some folks if they are into a more concrete written plots. But still, if entertainment is your aim, then give Neptunia a shot. For me, this show is a fun ride; not an entirely memorable ride but had its fun moments. Ah, I would like to buy some ticket to a space rocket to fly to Gamindustri someday. If only….
Studio David had us believing that they were going to do pretty well by this adaption. And in the first few episodes, that’s the impression you get. But from there on, it all goes downhill. It’s unfortunate, but the end product turned out to be a bit of a rushed mess that only captured a fraction of what was so loveable about the games.
The first thing that’s noticeably off about this adaption is the character designs. Tsunako, the original character designer, is practically the master of detailed and attractive moe character designs. These designs don’t translate too well into this anime. The designs just don’t look as good as Tsunako’s. There were even some shots where the characters looked sloppy, uneven, and oddly proportioned. To be fair, it can be difficult to adapt designs from a game into an anime using a completely different character designer. But it isn’t as if it’s impossible. The anime adaptions of Tales of the Abyss and Persona 4 are two in particular that succeeded in looking very close to their original character designs. And AIC did a much better job of adapting Tsunako’s designs in the Date a Live anime.
The animation is not bad, but nothing spectacular. There are some flashy transformation scenes that we’re treated with that are never to be seen in the later episodes. The backgrounds are bright and colorful, fitting with the spirit of the series. The fight scenes are very minimal, not serving as much excitement in terms of action.
Another gripe I had with this adaption is how they portrayed the characters. The girls of Hyperdimension Neptunia are loveable and hilarious. There’s a girl out there for everyone to love: the tsundere, the yandere, the genki girl, the little sister character, the rich girl, and much much more. It’s true, they are typical anime archetypes that we’ve seen time and time again. But what made them fun was the comedic banter and playful interactions between the characters. In the anime, these interactions aren’t always as fun or funny as they were in the game.
Not only that, but Studio David literally shoved two games worth of characters into a twelve episode anime. Yes, over twenty characters had to duke it out for screen time in an incredibly short show. So to remedy this, they gave the most popular characters, Noire, Neptune, and Nepgear the most screentime, while neglecting and sometimes outright ignoring other characters. Fans of the three most popular characters won’t mind at all, but it sucks for those of us who are bigger fans of the other characters.
In the game, the girls may have been typical archetypes but they rocked it and even made fun of it several times. There’s no self-awareness in the anime so they just seem like generic characters, and to make it even worse the anime sometimes wants us to actually take it seriously. What is this sorcery!?
The Neptunia games have always been about jokes, good fun, parody, and humor. But here we go with the melodrama in this anime. Cringeworthy melodrama at that. The Neptunia games have never been about being serious. Even in moments that seemed serious, someone would crack a joke or do something silly to remind us “Hey! This is a parody you know!” The melodramatic moments aren’t handled well, and they stand awkwardly next to whole episodes that involve silly humor and jokes. It’s off putting and it’s just not Neptunia.
Here’s a fun fact: One possible ending in the second game was one that was incredibly shocking, dramatic, way too serious, and a bit disturbing. The fans hated it so much that Compile Heart chose not to include anything like it in the third game. Okay. So it’s been established that the fans don’t like that sort of thing. So what made Studio David think it was a good idea to put seriousness in the anime as well?
My last gripe with this adaption is the overall execution. It’s a mostly original story, only loosely following the events of the second and third game while adding some new scenarios. This gave the story an enormous amount of potential. Unfortunately, as stated above, this story had no flipping clue what it wanted to do with itself. It jumps from serious to silly at the drop of a dime. It can’t decide if it wants to be an action anime or a slice of life anime. Characters are severely neglected to give the three most popular characters screen time. In turn, we get characters who we meet for one or (if they’re lucky) a few episodes and then quickly forget about, such as CFW Trick, Linda, Abnes, and Anonydeath, who were hilarious characters in the game. Their origins don’t resemble what they were in the game; in fact, they are sometimes not even mentioned at all. So they appear then disappear and we aren’t supposed to care or even notice. Good god, I could have directed this anime while drunk.
Now despite my harsh criticisms, I did enjoy this anime a little bit. And it does have some redeeming qualities. The voice acting is as good as it’s ever been, with most of the voice actors reprising their roles from the game. The soundtrack is a mix of original tracks with the splendid music from the game. The transformations, though only appearing a few times in the beginning are flashy and much nicer than the simple transformations they introduced in the second and third game.
There is a small sliver of the Neptunia spirit in the episodes that focus on parody and silliness. The video game references and jokes are still there and although the animation is subpar, it is nice to see your favorite Neptunia characters up and at ‘em. After all, the cutscenes in the games were mostly visual novel-esque scenes.
Overall, this adaption is not good but not terrible either. It’s hard to recommend this to anyone who isn’t already a diehard fan of Neptunia. One who is just being introduced to the series through the anime might not have a positive impression of the series at the end. The second and third games would be an ideal starting place if you’re looking to get in to Hyperdimension Neptunia and experience it in its original, silly, over the top glory. If you’re going to watch the anime first anyway, it’s imperative that you keep an open mind and not write off the entire franchise due to this anime. Studio David really did try, but the end product just wasn’t as good as it could have been.
23: Jungle no Ouja Taa-chan
MAL Score: 7.03
Ta-chan is the king of jungle. He was abandoned in savanna, and has been raised by a chimpanzee, Etekichi. He has a dearest wife, Jane who used to be a top model in New York, but now she looks… Anyway, to protect animals from poachers, Ta-chan is fighting against them with his disciple, Pedro, and a master of Chinese martial arts, Ryo.
This anime is based on the manga with the same title; it begins as a comical parody of Tarzan. The first several episodes are comedies, but the rest of the series consists of (rather) serious episodes.
Tar-chan is an obscure battle Shonen that barely receives any notice within not just the anime community, but even in Japan, with it’s sole appearance outside of it’s own anime/manga being it’s titular protagonist being playable in two Jump crossover games. This lack of popularity would have you thinking this series isn’t that good at all, wouldn’t it? Well, you’d be wrong.
Tar-chan’s plot, like many Jump series, is one that transitions from a comedic series into a battle series with constantly stronger foes. Whilst this would make many shout “Yet another Battle Shonen”, this contains a lot more than the previous sentence would give at face value.
The plot of Tar-chan changes with each arc, though as an entirety, it follows the story of a Tarzan parody known as Tar-chan, a man raised in the African Savannah by a chimp named Eikichi and a Gorilla named Gori-san, as he protects his homeland from Poachers along with his friends the African Tribal warrior Anabebe, the French Karate expert Pedro and the Chinese martial arts Ki master Ryo Shihan. This isn’t the only struggle he faces, with him also maintaining his rocky relationship with his overweight wife Jane, with him constantly pushing the line by looking at other women.
The early episodes have an episodic setup and are used to introduce and flesh out the cast. When the China Arc starts, the series then shifts into an action series focused on 1 on 1 Tournament battles, with Tar-chan and his friends facing Ki using Kung-Fu experts, Cyborgs, Vampires and finally, a clone of Tar-chan. The previous sentence alone shows how much the series constantly changes, with this ability to keep it’s plot fresh being what should keep you wanting to watch it.
The set up of each arc itself is that of a standard Shonen, with the direction each series of battles in the arc shall go through being very straightforward. The series also relied on a lot of resolve power ups for Tar-chan, something unfortunately rampant in most Shonen series. What allows this plot to be good, however, is the drama found in the series. Whilst seeming like a silly series at first glance, it’s in fact one with quite good settings and twists for each arc, with it’s character writing for them being a point I’ll elaborate on now.
Story – 7/10
This is one of the major pros to this series, as whilst many of the characters seem single-minded in their goals, they at least present enough emphasis on this to allow their personality to be fully established. The protagonist, Tar-chan, is in fact one of the most interesting Jump protagonists of the 90s due to him being a manly pacifist. His unique mix of honour, power and kindness is on a level comparable to such revered characters as Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin. The side characters of the series such as Tar-chan’s brothers or the 5 strongest Vampires aren’t too interesting, though they at least have the pro of presenting a good deal of manliness in their actions. Tar-chan’s clone in the final arc, Iron Mask, presents perhaps the best use of character writing in this entire series, with him being a man with the psychology of a child, who’s innocence and morals are twisted by his corrupt “mother”. Many of the other enemies are tragic villains as well, though he was without a doubt the best written.
Characters – 7/10
The sound for the series is OK. Tar-chan’s seiyuu is unfortunately, not a good choice, since he was a DJ with no experience in voice acting, which was critical in ruining some of the more emotional scenes. The other voices are fine, however. As for the soundtrack, it isn’t too outstanding, though many of the tracks, particularly the instrumental renditions of the openings, are diamonds in the ruff. The openings and endings are pretty good too, with the 2nd opening being, in my opinion, one of the most catchy openings of the 90s, on par with any of the heavily praised openings of that decade.
Sound – 7/10
As for the art, this is one of the series flaws. Whilst it does an excellent job in the body proportions of both male and female characters, with great attention to showing muscular physiques, the facial designs are quite poor by comparison.
Art – 5/10
For the reasons I mentioned, ranging from it’s creativity in changing the plot’s settings, the character writing and it being a manly series, I found it to be a fairly enjoyable watch, though it would be a lot better if there were more reliable subs for it. Hopefully, it will get licenced by Discotek or another good official subber of non-mainstream anime.
Enjoyment – 7/10
Overall, Tar-chan is an obscure, yet creative series that deserves far more attention. If you enjoy battle Shonen, high variation in settings or simply series of the MANLY genre, this is one to give consideration to.
So Jungle no Ouja Taa-chan or Jungle King Tar-chan for the English title is an anime that aired in the 90s though the original source material, the manga started publishing in the 80s and got lots of more volumes than the anime only covered with it’s 50 episodes length which to me is a good thing anyways given how awful this anime is but I’m sure my rating for this spoiled it already, yes I did end up hating it and let me explain my reasons as to why.
Basically there is none but I didn’t go into this expecting it anyways, true it starts out very episodic and heavily focused on the comedy aspect of it which they fail miserably at or maybe succeed at if you are 12 years old and like piss/poop jokes with the occasional boner jokes because those are just too funny or maybe it’s just me having no humor these days. Then we got the serious arcs which are basically just tournament arcs which not many anime can pull off even making interesting and again I know this is an older anime but it still failed to even make me remotely interested in them when all that happens are repeat things like Tarzan and his friends always beating up the bad guys and the characters from that arc gets their happy endings and you never see them again as they are quickly forgotten and back to Africa again. Only the first arc was a bit different in the sense that another character from that arc now joined Tarzan’s gang and became a regular but that’s it. Otherwise it’s Africa>new tournament arc>Africa>new tournament arc etc and it’s never anything else so overall there really is no plot to this anime, no overarching nemesis or anything of the like only the tournament arc villains that are just there and they are never a real threat and once their arc is done so are they. I like my plot being good or even there be some at all but there is something I prioritize more than plot and that is what we come to next.
Oh boy… where to even start when there was literally no character I liked in this anime, lets get the annoying ones out of the way before the bland like Jane…and in particular fat Jane because there is a difference as clearly showed in the past when NOT living in Africa she was kind, sexy and a total fit for Tarzan (cover really fooled me, false advertising yo!) but then somehow she got lazy and fat out in Africa in the present? I thought it would be the opposite that living without technology and society would make you work out more for stuff like food, building huts, just trying to survive in general but apparently not in this case. She constantly treats Tarzan like shit and gets jealous on every female introduced with their ALWAYS great bodies too she wishes she still have but never once do the fat joke go away as I thought it would do so if you read this review and that thought cross your mind then yeah, it never goes away and not her irredeemable behavior either. Atleast she got less annoying in the tournament arcs but not by much. And then we got our bland MC Tarzan that just take all this stuff, acts like an idiot all the time and being a pervert that always gets boners whenever he see the newly introduced female in each episodes and again the cover giving me the wrong impression because here I thought he would be sort of stoic badass that protects the jungle but I guess I’ve watched too much Fist of the North Star so maybe that’s my fault for thinking that but still doesn’t make his character any less bland, or maybe he’s annoying too.
When it comes to the supporting cast then they are all over the place like Helen, the first girl introduced that had a crush on Tarzan quickly got forgotten even though technically she was still there at their place in Africa but I guess no one cared anymore once they ditched her always when they took off to the country tournaments took place in never taking her with them, oh well. Ryou and Pedro are just fine, not too much personality to even distinguish between them tbh, both are fighters that just want to learn more and get stronger, nothing wrong with that but not too interesting either and shame you never get much background info on these characters for me to give a shit about them, given how little I did it could have a impact. There is a character I genuinely liked though (is this my first thing I mention I actually liked?!) and that’s Anabebe and his antics, his jokes and rivalry with Tarzan was pretty funny I have to say and there is a point he gets rich and that makes him like an entirely different characters and you just never knew with that guy what he would do next, sadly he got underused a lot more later on as it became more about Tarzan in general but still for me he was my favorite character in this whole mess.
Artstyle & Sound:
What were they even thinking when making these character designs? alright the bodies are fine both for the male & female, they are all respectively either buff or busty and they are all sexy with the exception of Jane which somehow got shorter when she became fat because that’s an anime trope thing I guess… but what is up with those derpy faces? their mouth to nose ratio are so close to each other to it just looks weird with most of them having a huge chin, especially noticeable on all the females, so click on Jane’s character profile pic here on MAL and you’ll notice immediately, every female and some males are like that in this and it really bothered me at the start but then I got used to it later on but still that’s not a very good design and it being old or based on the original source is no excuse, the mouths could be just a little more closer to the chin like come on now. It’s also weird when so many of them just looks the same but with different hairstyle/hair-colors, it’s like they are all the same design with just added accessory on their head. Most of them do look different but there were just some minor characters that looked too much like some of the main cast so it made me confused sometimes but that was fine since it was only the minor characters that showed up in the tournament arcs.
As for sound I’m sure they only really got the composer to make 2-3 different OSTs that gets used throughout the whole anime, also the first theme song gets used a lot in hype moments where Tarzan punch out someone and even though they always repeat I have to say I am a fan of that song and it did actually make those moments more hype even for me that disliked this anime those were still one of the better moments to those dragged out tournament arcs.
So those are my thoughts, wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone and it was 50 episodes long too and the manga cover much more than that and hey maybe that is better paced etc than this garbage but after this I wouldn’t even want to give it a try and it’s barely even translated anyways. Even to people that want their “manly men” fix from the 80/90s like Fist of the North Star, JoJo, Be A Man! Samurai School etc they won’t get it here, trust me.
22: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
English: Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!
MAL Score: 7.03
Mahiro Yasaka is just an ordinary high school student, until one day he is suddenly attacked by a dangerous monster. Just when everything seems to be lost, he is saved by a silver-haired girl named Nyaruko, who claims to be the shape-shifting deity Nyarlathotep from horror author H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, sent by the Space Defense Agency to Earth. She explains to Mahiro that the creature chasing him was an alien called Nightgaunt, who had planned on abducting and selling him as a slave.
After rescuing him from the alien, the Lovecraftian deity falls madly in love with Mahiro and forces herself into his household, much to his chagrin. Moreover, they are soon joined by two others from the fictional universe: Cthuko, a girl obsessed with Nyaruko, and Hasuta, a young boy easily mistaken for a beautiful female. Together, the three eccentric aliens protect Mahiro from the various extraterrestrial dangers that threaten both his and Earth’s well-being, all the while making his life a living hell.
Unfortunately, Haiyore Nyaruko-san is one of the latter.
The anime takes place in a world where deities of the Cthulhu Mythos are secretly wreaking havoc on Earth, often having their horrifying appearance and demeanor replaced by that of a cute teenage girl… or boy. After the titular Nyarlathotep arrives on Earth to save Mahiro from a sudden alien attack, she chooses to stay at his house after deciding that she loves him. This, of course, confuses our dear protagonist and gives precedence to his tsundere behavior.
As the episodes pass more deities begin to work their way into Mahiro’s treasured and so-claimed “normal life”. The first of which is Cthuko, a twintailed and obsessive bisexual incessantly chasing after Nyaruko and her body much like Nyaruko does with Mahiro. Hastur also makes an appearance, a young boy who looks very much like a girl and frequently causes confusion to Mahiro as a result of that. Other characters include Mahiro’s mother, secretely working as a deity hunter, and Ghutatan, another deity in the form of a small girl that joins in on the shenanigans for the final two episodes.
Calling any of these characters interesting would be a gross overstatement.
These are one-dimensional and stereotypical archetypes that do little except fulfilling the audience’s penchant for attractive young girls. Most of the interaction between them revolves around the same repeated jokes and situations, used again and again with not a single care for change. Nyaruko will behave in a forcefully lewd manner towards Mahiro, often involving sudden kisses or talks of marriage, and then he’ll become angry and stab her with a fork. Cthuko will go on to do most of the same towards Nyaruko and she’ll push him away because of her love towards Mahiro. After seeing this interaction repeated for the nth time it becomes incredibly stale and tiring. It really makes evident that there is nothing going for the characters besides their physical appeal, and Xebec frequently exploits that and uses it as its way to catch an audience.
In between all the awful character interaction there’s an abundance of superfluous otaku references. These include dozens upon dozens of titles such as Back to the Future, Ichigo Mashimaro, Ashita no Joe, Denpa Onna, and Haruhi. Now, references to other anime can be amusing and add to the comedic value when they’re implemented well but that’s very far from being the case here. There aren’t just a few thrown in during each individual episode, but rather dozens of times in each, sometimes flipping from one reference to another in the span of about 15 seconds. There’s no transition and little context, they just happen. Repeatedly. What’s most shameful isn’t necessarily how bad or annoying these references can be, but that Xebec has apparently decided that comedy isn’t even relevant as long as you make piles of references towards shows that the audience may have enjoyed.
There’s a point where it becomes funny and then there is a point where it just devolves into frustration and pandering. The occasional anime reference can be quite nice, but in Nyaruko-san it does nothing but infuriate and make watching the series an arduous experience due to their superfluous usage. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is an anime that has about all the comedic sophistication of Hannah Montana and Meet the Spartans.
For an anime that is constantly parodying other series and their tropes, it really makes you wonder when the same cliches and issues are present in the show itself. Harem members suddenly “transfer” into the same classroom as the protagonist, characters decide to neglect their duties to go on a trip to the beach, the protagonist and main heroine (mistakenly) bodyswap with eachother, and people walk in during inopportune moments and misunderstandings follow as a result. There’s a glaring amount of cliches and, sadly, these are mostly important or genuine aspects of the series rather than simple parodies or references. If you’re looking for anything unique or original in that regard then you are most definitely not going to find what you want here.
The only thing to set this series apart from any other bad harem anime is the addition of the Cthulhu Mythos, but even this is mostly made irrelevant by how the story and deities are changed and bastardized from their Lovecraftian counterparts. It’s an element that seems unique and interesting at the start of the series but it quickly fades from prominence in favor of fanservice and otaku references. A pretty unfortunate fact considering the rich amount of content and depth found in the Mythos. Much more value than in this anime, anyway.
Oddly enough, the series is actually bearable during the rare dramatic moments. When the terrible character dynamic is put aside and Mahiro and Nyaruko think about how much they really like eachother, it can actually be somewhat heartwarming and the characters can almost verge on being likable. It’s just unfortunate that these moments can’t even be counted with a full hand.
Another minor positive can be attributed to the art. While the budget is modest and the animation quality is passable at best, the vibrant art style and color palette makes the show a lot more pleasing to look at than most. It’s refreshing to see something that actually contains color when the majority of anime instead rely on dull hues of grey, brown, or blue. That said, you can polish a piece of trash, but it will always remain nothing more than trash.
It’s hard to determine just where this series went wrong. Perhaps the concept of the series was already flawed and doomed to failure, but a large amount of the blame can be shifted towards the studio and their insistence on pandering over quality. For people that are simply looking for a show that they can watch while turning their brains off, this is a poor but not quite terrible choice. For the people who want something more in their entertainment that extends beyond aimless fanservice and otaku exploitation, Haiyore Nyaruko-san is an insulting series with any inherent value or amusing moments being next to nil.
Somehow I think Cthulhu monsters might be less frightening than Haiyore Nyaruko-san.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is the epitome of a plot-less anime, with the absence of “true” romance, conflicts, or any character goals. This makes Nyaruko-san very polar; you either love this kind of random comedy, or hate it. And I happen to love it. It is such a relaxing, fun anime to watch, something you can enjoy without having to focus too hard on picking up the details.
The core of the anime is based around light parody comedy, while throwing in a TON of references. This anime has so many references to video games, TV shows, anime, etc. that you won’t catch them all. And of course, it’s very enjoyable when you do understand one. All of the characters are very likable, allowing viewers to easily become attached to them.
This anime never takes itself seriously, and you shouldn’t either. It has no problem creating plot holes, turning a tense situation into a joke, or breaking the fourth wall. By definition, Nyaruko-san does everything that would make an anime bad; but because it does it purposely, and pulls it off so well while giving you a great laugh, you can’t help but enjoy it.
A mix of To-Love Ru’s supernatural & Lucky Star’s comedy, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san does everything that caters to fans of those anime, while still presenting refreshing ideas. A high recommendation for fans of those genres.
This show is about a young high school boy (I know, I know) named Mahiro Yasaka, he lives an ordinary life until one day he is attacked by a demon and saved by a young alien girl by the name of Nyarlko. Afterwards she confesses her love for him and well we get a stereotypical “hijinks ensues” plot for the rest of the show. The main focus is Mahiro fending off Nyarlko’s constant advances (which as kind of refreshing, it’s usually the other way around) We get introduced to a few entertaining characters, Cthuko, a alien girl who is in love with Nyarlko and constantly tried to keep her apart from Mahiro, even threatening to burn him into ash at one point. Hastur, a trap who is in love with Mahiro and constantly vies for his affection.
The art and sound aren’t necessarily bad, but they’re not anything you’d remember all that much, doubt any of you are on the edge of your seats for the Nyarlko Original Soundtrack, one thing I will say is the opening is stupidly good, check it out on youtube if you have a chance, amazingly addictive.
The characters are the main selling point of the show, the interactions between all of the different characters and the situations they find themselves in are just priceless, but as I said before, this is purely subjective.
Enjoyment is either very high or very low depending on whether you fall into the niche of this particular show. It’s moe, It’s ecchi, it’s comedy, and it’s satire, if these don’t appeal to you then you simply will not like this show.
Overall I give this show an 8 out of 10. It’s a hilarious show with a nice cast of characters that interact with each other in hilarious ways, it might not be for you, the plot might put you off, but give it the old 3 episode rule and you might find another show to add to your list!
21: Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden
English: NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals
Japanese: ナルトSD ロック リーの青春フルパワー忍伝
MAL Score: 7.15
Welcome to the Hidden Leaf Village. The village where Uzumaki Naruto, star of the TV show “Naruto” makes his home. Every day, countless powerful ninjas carry out missions and train to hone their skills. Our main character is one of these powerful ninjas…but it’s not Naruto! It’s the ninja who can’t use ninjutsu, Rock Lee! In spite of his handicap, Lee has big dreams. He works hard every day to perfect his hand-to-hand combat skills and become a splendid ninja! And to achieve his dream, he puts in more effort than anyone else. Under the hot-blooded tutelage of his teacher Guy, he works alongside his teammates Tenten and Neji. Watch the Beautiful Green Beast Rock Lee train, go on missions, and have all sorts of adventures!
Do you like Naruto? Do you like Naruto Shippuden? (pretty much the same thing, but whatever) Because I like both, and this show was the highlight to my Tuesday whenever I got home from school.
The show just finished yesterday, and honestly, I was gonna cry myself a river because I was so sad it was ending.
Lucky for you, as long as you know the characters in Naruto, you can pick up the show in any episode you want and you would still be able to follow what was going on. It has no definite plot line, just a show centered around Team Guy and a bunch of short stories.
The first 5/6 of the show is the best thing ever. Neji cross dresses all the time, which is amazing to watch if you’re a Neji fan and I laughed so hard every time he did because come on, it’s Neji for crying out loud! He used to be so serious about his fate and now where is he? Cross dressing. Yes. Tenten has her fan and delivering punchlines all the time to everything stupid Lee does. I was laughing so hard in the first episode when Lee was doing the stupidest training ever, body weaving around this wooden post and sneaking around in a bridge position. It wasn’t even that funny, but it just made me laugh so hard. You see Naruto and Lee fighting very often over Sakura, and they make the stupidest jokes, meet Akatsuki, Sasuke, Jiraiya, Ichiraku ramen guy, Gaara, the Raikage and, lots of Orochimaru.
Orochimaru appears a lot in the show, with some other stupid plan to destroy Konoha or just Lee and his friends. Of course, they never go as planned as he always fails and Kabuto wondering why Orochimaru had such a stupid idea in the first place. It’s like the bad antagonist that always loses in such an easy manner because the plan wasn’t even going to work in the first place. Orochimaru DOES kind of win a battle once, though. Like I said earlier, only 5/6 of the show was okay, because the producers began having difficulty and just putting in more and more Orochimaru episodes, as you could tell they were running out of ideas. The last few episodes were okay, though.
This show is really good for learning about characters. Characters that pass away or don’t really appear in the main story are still here and I love that they came back to do an episode or two. You really get to know everyone’s personalities, their daily routines, how they react towards each other on a daily basis and relations between each other. This isn’t easily portrayed in the main story because it needs to go along with the plot line and fights and whatnot, so this show was awesome.
I particularly love how easy-going Neji is, I learned Lee is crazy although he trains like a madman, Tenten is really well shown as we never hear anything about her in the main story, other than how she fights (Chuunin exams). Naruto is slightly as crazy as Lee, Sai is being emotionless, clueless and funny as always, Sakura being chased by Naruto and Lee (every still has no idea why and why everyone likes her).
If you wanna hear about Hinata, you learn that Hinata is actually super crazy and she follows Naruto around so much like a creep and a stalker, but you’ll find it hilarious because it’s Hinata! Neji is super infatuated in a father-like situation where he’s always worried about Hinata and how she likes Naruto, and when Neji calls “Hinata-sama!”, you will die by the tone in his voice. Way too funny. Quite a few episodes are centered around Hinata’s love for Naruto and you see their interactions in many episodes, to which Hinata turns bright red and on rare occasions, gets a nosebleed.
Girls, if you like Sasuke, like me, (Sasuke-kun! ^.^) the few episodes near the end have Sasuke in it, posing, as a girl, sexy jutsu, with Neji and Lee. Too funny, laughed so hard, Sasuke being adorable as usual. He appears in the first half of the last episode and really, I just loved the Sasuke screentime. Lee’s team encounters Sasuke’s team Taka in one episode.
So again, if you love Naruto or Naruto Shippuden, this show is a must-watch if you have free time or just wanna watch for a good laugh. I highly recommend it!
The show is basically just a bunch of Naruto-related comedy sketches of Rock Lee going around Konoha with the consistent side cast being TenTen- resident straight man, and Neji – resident cross dresser. There are some cute and heartwarming moments but it’s mostly just for laughs.
The extra time we get to spend with Team Guy is 100% enjoyable and a sorely needed departure from all the ninja war bullshit. 10/10 would recommend.
Also TenTen is 10/10 best girl.
20: Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi
English: Okami-San and Her Seven Companions
MAL Score: 7.20
Tomboy Ryouko Ookami is a fierce boxer and the assigned bruiser of her club. Of course, no normal high school club needs a bruiser, but the Otogi Bank operates more akin to an actual bank. Here, the students can ask for favors from the club as long as they promise to return the favor in the future. Sixteen-year-old Ryoushi Morino is a shy boy, a far cry from the Otogi Bank members. To his biggest surprise, after unsuccessfully confessing to Ryouko, he inadvertently finds himself joining the club!
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi follows the everyday lives of the Otogi Bank members as they tackle favors that range from the mundane to the dangerous. However, since Ryoushi’s sole motivation is to win Ryouko over, she doubts he will be able to have her back in a fight, especially when he can’t even stand having people look at him—much less fight anyone!
Well, not quite.
Directed by Iwasaki Yoshiaki (Gokujou Seitokai, Wagaya no Oinari-sama, Gunbuster, Love Hina), Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi (Ookami-san and her Seven Companions), follows the adventures of Ookami Ryouko and her colleagues from the Otogi Bank as they solve people’s problems, right various wrongs, fight delinquents, and generally act as all round busybodies.
Now where have I heard that before?
The main problem with Ookami-san is that it suffers from the same flaw that almost every novel adaptation has – an inherent lack of detail. That’s not to say that the story doesn’t work as there are plenty of things already in the tale that are interesting enough. The plot, however, is haphazard in its approach, and a number of points never get explained over the course of the series. Because of these two factors, the story never really reaches the level where the viewer can become engrossed, and in all honesty the only reason I finished it was because I was playing “Spot the Fairy Tale”.
As I mentioned before, the franchise plays fast and loose with several well known fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood (complete with wolf and hunter), Momotaro (with dumplings), The Hare and the Tortoise (which was changed to a turtle for some reason), Urashima Tarou, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hansel and Gretel, The Little Match Girl, Puss in Boots, and probably a bunch more. Unfortunately, there’s a side effect to incorporating specific elements of other stories into your own and that’s exactly what happens here.
If one is able to disregard the lack of focus and detail, there’s still the creativity barrier to overcome and it’s here where the everything falls down. While the story may have some interesting aspects, the usage of fairy tales places quite a heavy dampener on innovation and it shows in Ookami-san in many ways, from relationships (Usami Mimi and Ryuuguu Otohime are inclined to hate each for example), to character design.
In all honesty, J.C. Staff have produced a fairly decent looking show for the most part. The animation is generally fluid throughout the series, but there are one or two telltale signs of corner cutting during the fight scenes. The backgrounds and settings are pretty standard fare for anyone familiar with high school anime, and while there are no real feats of originality, there are also very few major flaws. The real problem with the overall look of the show though, is the inherent lack of innovation I mentioned earlier.
This is where it all gets a bit tricky. On the surface the casual viewer may consider the design of certain characters to be quite original, for example Akai Ringo is supposed to be Little Red Riding Hood and this reference is prominent in her clothing throughout the series. Certain other characters follow this design pattern to highlight the fairy tale they are based on, while others are a bit more subtle with their reference. One of the main issues with this approach is that it impacts on the relationships between the characters, and the reason for it may not be obvious at first. Once the viewer understands the reference then everything becomes clear, however Ookami-san only really works on that basis.
One point in the show’s favour is the sound quality, as the effects are fairly well realised and choreographed. Unfortunately the music isn’t up to the same standards. That’s not to say that it’s bad, no, it’s simply that it’s all been done before.
Here’s what I mean. The OP, “Ready, Go!” by May’n is a boppy J-pop track that doesn’t leave any impact whatsoever. The ED, “Akazukin-chan Goyoujin” (Careful Akazukin-chan), by OToGi 8, is a strange mixture of J-pop and chip tunes that is equally forgettable. The rest of the music throughout the series doesn’t really add much to the atmosphere of a given scene, and the proof of this lies in the numerous occasions where no music is used as there is very little difference in terms of impact.
One of the main sound problems with Ookami-san though, is the narration. There are far too many occasions where the viewer will be trying to pay attention to what the characters are saying, only to have it drowned out by Arai Satomi pretending to be an old time storyteller. As for the acting itself, the seiyuu are generally pretty good, with Itou Shizuka and Itou Kanae playing the roles of Ryouko and Ringo with a degree of aplomb (one does have to wonder if the casting was purposeful though). Irino Miyu gives a respectable performance as the sociophobe and prospective beau Morino Ryoushi, especially when he switches between coward and manly mode.
The rest pf the cast deliver some good all round performances but, like the rest of the series, the lack of originality means that they simply can’t sink their teeth into the roles. The prime example of this is the fact that Ryouko is, yet again, quite literally the “sheep in wolf’s clothing”.
Now I will be honest here. I’m tired of the typical tsundere loli character and would personally like to see more variety in that department. Surprisingly, it seems as though Ookami-san has made some efforts to move away from the archetype. There are attempts to justify the persona of each character to a degree, and although the results are a bit of a mixed bag, the fact is that this makes the show more interesting than it would otherwise have been. The series takes great pains to delve into the personal history of its lead characters, and some of the resulting stories are handled rather well.
But that’s all there is to it. Once their stories are told the characters go right back to how they were before, with the only real exceptions being Ryouko and Ryoushi. But that’s not my main gripe where the characters are concerned, no, the real problem here is that there are no reasons or justifications, either in the story or otherwise, for the actions of Hitsujikai Shirou, and the lack of any information leaves the viewer wondering what the hell is going on.
Now, while Ookami-san isn’t a truly great show, it’s not actually that bad on the whole. The series has a number of interesting aspects and relationships, and is entirely watchable as long as you aren’t overly critical about it. Unfortunately there are occasions where there is simply too much going on at once, and the viewer may find themselves going back over certain scenes in order to fully understand what has occurred.
One thing I did like were the cameos from ToraDora! and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun as, while they may not be my favourite shows, it made the anime into something more of a visual game (spot the reference).
It’s strange how many shows these days are adaptations of other media, and it does make one wonder if anime studios have hit a creative wall. Whatever the case may be, Ookami-san is a decent attempt at adapting a novel series, and while it does have its flaws, the show is entertaining enough for at least one viewing. Granted it may not be everyone’s gingerbread house, but those that like school based romantic comedies won’t find themselves too disappointed.
Now can we please find a different character type as I’m tired of of all the tsundere lolis.
Let’s start with this: I really hate the narrator. I feel that shows that uses narration heavily are due to the director’s lack of ability to convey plot and emotions, and that can’t be more true for this show. And I hate Satomi Arai.
There are only a few instances where I can follow the character’s train of thought, though that wasn’t suppose to be hard due to the incredibly simple storyline. The main antagonist is so one-dimensional, it feels like he’s a last minute addition as a plot device. The climax of the story is just… Can you even call it a climax? I don’t even feel the slightest sense of excitement during that. It feels like a cheap way to end the series, and it leaves so many questions but I couldn’t really be bothered any more.
There’s so little material for the main storyline that most of the series focuses on stories of the supporting characters… Which none was really interesting, but at least it’s better than the main plot. I suppose Ryoko’s tsundere personality is suppose to sell, but beyond that trait, her character got no depth at all. Ryoushi’s really irritating as a main character. As a wimp he can’t even go to GAR mode properly… You’d hope he’ll actually grow up by the end of the series, but all he managed is to overwhelm the bad guys with the final blow like a typical Shounen protagonist.
The animation and songs were good. I wont expect any less from J.C staff though… Well… Let’s just leave it at that.
I think the only thing that this show gotta sell of is Ryoko’s tsundere… But come on, really? This is a lame piece of work.
Story Style: Booooooring
19: Masuda Kousuke Gekijou Gag Manga Biyori
Japanese: 増田こうすけ劇場 ギャグマンガ日和
MAL Score: 7.22
Gyagu Manga Biyori is an anime that is about absolutely nothing. It is comprised of 12 short stories (5 minutes long each) that only build up a small amount of plot for each story. The anime feeds off the stupidest things, but is quite humorous.
The art work looks like it was done by an elementary student its so crude. The art is so bad its a comedy in itself. But it does get the point across. Theres nothing much else to say about the art here. Well if there was something that was good about the art was that each skit series had its own art style, to an extent.
Characters are nothing but average joe characters there to be made fun of. Each one has their own special silliness about them. But if you dont really understand japanese humor then you’ll most likely miss the punchline to most of these characters jokes. They talk fast and so you’ll have to understand them fast. But if you do understand you’ll be treated to hilarity.
The sound is almost as appalling as the animation. No music very little sound effects, and so that leaves it all up to the voice actors. They do get many of the jokes across, but their performance isn’t anything outstanding. They wont win any awards here 🙂
All in all for what its worth its comedy served in small bites. If u want a quick laugh then go for it. But if youre expecting this to be like any other anime variety show, be forewarned its nothing you normally see.
Despite its mixed results, Gyagu Manga Biyori deserves plenty of praise for its bold and absurd brand of humor. This series does its share of parodies and relies on some comic standbys, but beyond that, GMB presents situations that are indescribably ridiculous–things that shouldn\’t even be funny, but are for some unknown reason. It is difficult to describe such a rarely-experienced combination of amusement and confusion in simple text (and without spoiling anything), which means that the reader must watch the show to truly appreciate these words. But as stated earlier, when GMB does not have the viewer gasping for air, it will have him or her nodding off. It is amazing how long five minutes can seem when the show tries to be funny and fails.
Nevertheless, Gyagu Manga Biyori is a strong overall effort. The simple character designs, exaggerated voice acting, disturbing opening and ending sequences, and memorable characters are sure to brighten the viewer up. Most importantly, the episodic nature of the series makes it ideal for a quick laugh with no strings attached. Fans of gags and general strangeness are sure to enjoy this.
18: Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai
English: Magical☆Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
MAL Score: 7.25
Satoshi “Sasshi” Imamiya believes his life is in shambles, as only a 12-year-old can. Having lost his card collection, his childish dilemmas worsen when he learns that his childhood friend, Arumi Asahina, will be moving away.
Suddenly, their issues are dashed aside for the surreal, and they find themselves transported away through bizarre worlds of science fiction, magic, and war. Any attempt to escape only catapults them into another alien land. Soon, the two come to a realization: every world is just a reimagining of their hometown. But there are two unfamiliar faces—the voluptuous Mune-mune and the elusive blue-haired Eutus—and they just might be the key to escaping their predicament.
Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai follows Sasshi and Arumi’s comedic exploits as they desperately attempt to return home. However, when the pair unravel a tale spanning generations, they begin to wonder if the cause of their situation is more personal than they thought. Is returning home truly what they desire?
The story pretty much surrounds two really good friends Arumi and Sasshi. Who happen to live in a rundown project area called Abenobashi Shopping District thats on the verge of being replaced with a new develpment complex. Of course noone wants to leave but then, everything just starts to go awry quite fast. This is where the ‘falling down the rabbit hole comes in’ Some seasoned anime watchers will be thinking this is alot like Excel Saga but the only connection will be that they are stuck in wierd (not random) enviroments. Beyond that everything will make sense the more you watch the show. Overall, the show manages to bring comedy, drama, action, fantasy, and even romance in to one nice fun 13 episode package.
When you hear people talk about how important having a good production company is for an anime, Abenobashi would be a perfect example. Gainax and Madhouse are two of the best companies in the businesss and watching this show you’ll see why. Theres so many dfferent handpainted backgrounds, that i lost count at about 100 per episode. And the art themes and backgrounds are very different in every episode which makes this show such a joy to watch. On top of that the comedy gags are just so funny you cant help but laugh out loud. Some comedy shows can get by just by having a poor art and great characters, but if you want to see what a comedy can be like with high qualtiy art, this would be the show. I cant forget to mention that the shows characters all show such a diverse range of emotions (and body parts) that fit perfectly with every situation. They use comedy faces at the right times, drama faces at correct places, all of them are displayed with such timing and style its almost eerily perfect. Its hilarious how they manage to pull off so many anime, movie, and video game gags in such a small amount of time. Also my only gripe is that the cast sometimes talks too fast but thats also for comedy purposes
Another thing with the characters is that the voice cast are just perfect for this show, the two main characters are polar opposites from each other but sometimes on occasion they switch roles which makes them fun to watch. You’ll manage to love and hate both of them in equal amounts. Most of the other characters are so hilariously good that you’ll wish you can get them out of you memory banks. The ugly characters are rife with age spots and the youthful characters are filled with beautfy and sexiness. Speaking of sex theres alot of ecchi sittuations in this show, so if you don’t mind a little skin with your comedy its there, Theres even a large amount of ecchi jokes that most people might find offensive but is still hilarious in their own right.
Usually when somone hears the same sound effects robbed from other places its a bad thing. But in this case, robbing or emulating the same sound effects are perfect for this show and whats makes this anime so top notch. It was so fun trying to spot all the different sound effects and spoofs and place them with their original place. The high quality sound actually carrys on to the songs. The background music cosists usually of big band style music perfect for a comedy pair such as Ayumi and Sasshi. The op song is perfect as its a very up beat fun song excellent to set you in the mood of watching the show. Whereas watching the ending song gives you almost a nostalgic feeling (complete with black and white japanese history slide show) which you should be feeling after watching one episode of Abenobashi with all the fun spoofs and such. I can safely say i’ve seen the op and ed every time and thats usually hard to do.
Overall, the show was paced perfectly, comedy was spot on, sight gags were more than perfect, more than enough media spoofs all throughout the show, and it was all just a generally fun ride throughout. Typically the general public views anime as a cartoon with slapstick comedy, boobs, and alot of screaming (like Akira). Thats a pretty good description of the show in a nutshell. This is one of the show’s that would be perfect to show a new anime viewer. Everyone should watch this show regardless of their preference, because even if it sounds like the same formula (from Excel Saga) it is far from it.
Not a big fan of giving all 9’s and 10’s but that my honest feeling about this show.
The debt this series owes to Excel Saga is obvious and considerable, and wile I love both series, to me this has the edge in my affections. Sasshi and Arumi\’s efforts take them from one genre parody to another week by week, but unlike Excel Saga\’s scattergun "just because I said so" approach, the whole affair has a coherent and moderately serious storyline running through it, tying everything together. That one can maintain a single overarching plot through an RPG world, a kung fu world, a scifi world, a gangster world, a warfare world and so on is impressive enough.
But the fact that you needn\’t follow the plot, if you don\’t want to, is also pretty smart. If you prefer, you can generally ignore the overarching plot and concentrate on the humour, of which there is lots, and it doesn\’t really let up; none of excel\’s recycling here, no "cute animal anime skit number three". The exceptions are a couple of episodes that in fact aren\’t all that funny and are mostly concerned with the overarching plot, a bit of a weakness. Perhaps with a little more polish this element could have been spread across the whole spread of episodes, and as it is, it does require some concentration to fully \’get\’ the plot. No matter, I found myself laughing my ass off most of the time anyhow.
Graphically, Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade has nothing very special about it – but it\’s a rare comedy that dazzles the eyes too. Everything is however perfectly unobjectionable, with character design probably the most impressive aspect. All the supporting cast, the familiar faces from around the Shotengai, appear in a new form for every episode; it\’s easy to take for granted the way they all fit straight in to whatever setting, yet are instantly recogniseable, no small feat in actuality.
There\’s a mostly jazz-flavoured soundtrack, the BGM nothing incredible, generic but pleasing, and far from seeming out of kilter; like character design it is easy to take for granted its modification to fit the setting of each episode. The opening theme is infectiously catchy and great fun, one of my favourites among Hayashibara Megumi\’s many, many happy songs. The ending theme is also one of hers, and is gentle and lovely, the sort of music that makes you think of summer sunshine.
Basically, Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade is one of those rare things that is as complicated as you want it to be. It can be just a parody humour show, or a more complicated tale with serious points to make about urban decline and the loss of community feeling, and also about genre cliches, if you like, on top of simply being funny as hell. You gets more than you pays for, for once.
First when I heard this anime’s name, it made me think of a bunch of cute magical girls with pink hair and super round eyes casting spells and fighting against evil. Something I totally wouldn’t watch. Then I noticed the producer is Gainax, which immidiately made me intrested of the series. So, watched it and I’m happy I did.
Abenobashi tells a story of two childhood friends, Arumi and Sasshi. They live in the peaceful city of Osaka spending time with each other and just hanging around. However, Arumi is going to move to Hokkaido with her family and Sasshi’s pretty shocked when he finds it out. After few strange incidents these kids get sucked in different worlds. Time and period changes every time but the city and the people in it remain, although their settings change. Only Arumi and Sasshi can remember their ‘real’ world, everyone else are living their lives like it has always been the same. Arumi and Sasshi are trying to figure out why they are shuffling these weird paradox-worlds and how they can get back to their original world.
Abenobashi has many movie references from famous American films which is a funny twist when you recognize them. Each episode contains a different world with different set-ups, varying from fairyland to a world of war. Even the art style changes making you really wait for the next episode. It’s a story about life and changes that come along with it.
As I am a big fan of Gainax productions, I really enjoyed this art. It reminds me of FLCL, maybe being a bit more mellow and pastel-colored. Still it has those little details and fast paced movements that makes it super-enjoyable in my eyes. I wish there would be more animes made with this same style.
The atmosphere is mostly created by the art and dialogue/storytelling, so the music mostly stays in the background. The music isn’t that intense but it fits in nicely. Voice actors in the other hand are extremely good choices! None of them made me irritated, they fit really well with their characters. Sometimes it’s really a pain in the ass when you find a good series but the voice actors suck so bad it makes you not even want to watch it at all. Gladly that’s not the case in this one.
The main characters are really good friends with each other. Sasshi’s a good example of a teenage boy who’s still a bit childish with his dreams and behavior, while Arumi is a bit more mature and she easily gets mad by Sasshi’s ‘stupid’ actions. We get a peek of their familiesl and their pasts as well, which makes you understand the main characters and their intensions better. All of the characters are unique persons, they have their own story and goals to reach. In every episode the background-characters positions change, though they still manage to remain their personalities.
If you have watched FLCL and liked it, you totally need to watch this. Abenobashi’s wacky, energetic and humorous. It makes you laugh and smile but some episodes might make you cry and leave you with chills. Because of the jumping from world to world, this anime has a little bit of something to everyone. You should watch it, even if only once.
17: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
English: Nyaruko: Crawling With Love! Second Season
Japanese: 這いよれ！ニャル子さん W
MAL Score: 7.25
Nyaruko still wants Mahiro, as does Hasuta. Kūko wants Nyaruko, but believes both Nyaruko’s and Mahiro’s “first time” belongs to her. Yoriko puts up with all of it and cheerfully runs the house where they all live. Mahiro just wants some sanity. He doesn’t want to be the love toy of a Nyarlathotepan, Cthughan, or a shots-like Hasturan. He may or may not hold out.
Obviously if you are on pair with what the show is about you know you cannot expect a great story, the story here is just supporting all the comedy, light romance, jokes and gags that Haiyore! throws at you. You got the male guy (Mahiro), this time a tsun tsun one… and his adventures with 3 different deitys, based of “The Cthulhu Mythos” based on H. P. Lovecraft universe, so these deitys are supposed to be very ugly and disfigured… but you get 3 cute girls… wait one of them, it is a guy…
Itself the story isnt that bad, it is full of cliches, but still it goes well with the flow of what this anime is about. Story=6/10
For the Art, I m gonna admit it, I LOVE MOE characters!! One of the things I like in anime is to see cute things, it is a charm of japonese culture, this anime breaths of kawoiii madness! The models of the characters are very well done, for being focused on the characters emotions and expressions, they done a very good job at it, I truly love Nyarko cuteness!! If you like moe characters, you will enjoy this alot. For me, it goes as far as to be wanted to be transported to the anime for a couple of minutes, and just pat Nyarko head, and hug her and yell kawoii KAWOII thousands of times (something I would see as a crazy desire normally…), they just nailed it for me!! Art=10/10
OP’s, op’s… I dont like most of them! Garbage, sorry I just dont care for most pop romance japonese weirdo songs outhere!! BUT for some reason, both of the Op’s of the first and second anime of Nyarko I fully watched, FOR ALL of the time, they are that catchy, I dont understand how composers do this, but the songs just feel right when they are played, for how light and generic the plot is, sometimes you may think the sound would just as bad… wrong!! Quality, everything fits right on, for the sad, despair, anxiety, colourful and more happy scenes brought in together, the sound department done a great job with the atmosphere, again specially the OP’s!! I see myself going back and play these again and again without feeling bored. Sound=9/10
Characters, this is what the anime is about, and what will be decisive if either you like this anime or not!! The characters are what defines this anime, they arent that special, you cannot expect amazing character development or gripping plot of them!!
Most of the times they only do crazy and stupid things a human being wouldnt possibly do (a feature of most japonese animes), but this is what makes me love this anime so much, I wanted funny and light-hearted moments, I didnt searched for a reality check, life is hard, and we need to endure it, but for me I sometimes like to have a break of that world!!
Beyond Mahiro with Nyarko at main characters, for supportive roles worth to mention you get Hasuta, “Hastar deity of the wind”, that wants to make babies with the main male character, but he is a guy (this annoys me alot at first, but then you just dont give a thing bout him no more)…
Kuuko “Cthuko deity” is quiet and calm, except when she is close to Nyarko, the one she loves despite being mutual enemy species, and both “girls”!! And then Ta-Damm, Nyarko “Nyaruko, a Nyarlotephian deity”, one of a bright personality, that can pack a punch and kill enemies in very gore ways, she is in love with Mahiro and has to “protect” him of any harm other than herself!! She defines what I like about the series.
Mahiro as some very annoying moments (tsundere male… I love tsundere females, being a male one feels weird at first), but Kuuko and Nyarko… they “fights”, and dialogue between them and other characters, all the jokes and references, and the romance between this harem, THIS SHINES!! Like I said soo crazy, stupid and not logical, that I just laughed and laughed throught the whole show, most of the people might not agree, and for them this might not be a good mix, but for me, it was just what I was looking for, enjoyment!! Truly stupid and illogical at that, but it made me almost maratoon this whole series (something impossible being myself in college exams “happy-fun-mode-time”, YEAH ME!!…). Characters&Enjoyment=10/10
Overall I have to give it a 9, I gave the first season a 8, this one was more enjoyable, I already knew almost all of the cast, I enjoyed season 1, and I wanted more of that crazyness comedy satire stuff, so when I started watching Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W, I got large doses of that!! And in the end, I have felt realized from what I wanted to get from Nyaruko-san W anime.
Most people wont agree with my review about this, I agree it isnt a anime for everybody, but for what it is about, its premise, for me, it was a dazzling gleam!! I wont forget these characters, they made laugh alot and have a good time, and Nyarko, one of the most illogical, delusional characters I ever saw on a harem… I m her fan, VERY proudly!!
Everything has a place to be, a moment to belong to, either amazing, gripping, complex, perfectly logical stories, or crazy stupid madness fun comedies!! Both, and has of now, “Miss” Nyaruko “Nyarlotephian deity”, have a place to belong in my heart and soul!! With great expectations I wait and hope for a third season to come!! xD
Do you want more stupidity in your life?
Do you have any sanity points left?
Do you think Lovecraft would be better with a lot more Kamen Rider and Space CQC?
Sit your ass down and turn off your brain, just not too much, because you will need it for all the references.
If you liked Nyaralthotep S1, this is just more of the same absurd jokes and premises. After all, who doesn’t want, no NEED, more video game and Cthulhu mythos in their life?
Don’t expect any big reveals, revelations, or character progression–everyone’s pretty much the same and the stupid adventures are just as stupid.
If I can find any criticism, is that Mahiro (the protagonist/love interest) has given up the straight man act this season, which was one of the funniest parts of S1, but also understandable if you hang out with abominations all day. There are also too many callbacks to S1 so it feels like a rehash of the same premise and story lines.
Also Kuko is less rapey–not sure if that’s a bad thing, tho.
I will finish by adding:
While the fact that this is a Harem still slightly annoy’s me it’s not that bad when compared to other shows with them. Harems are always annoying cause there will always be one character you like more over the others and want them to be with the MC. While i don’t want Cthuko to be with the MC ( Witch has started to happen and is annoying) I do want her to be with Nyaruko. They in my opinion make the best couple of them all.
The MC while not as annoying as the 1st season doesn’t mean he isn’t as annoying. There just isn’t much likable about him. He tends to be overly rude to the girls of the show and you start to question his sexuality. Especially sense the trap is the only person in this harem he doesn’t assault when the trap is try to sexually advance on him.
The trap seems to have gotten a smaller role in the first couple episodes of the 2nd season. It’s nice but still the fact remains the trap is in this.
Nyaruko i still feel is just the best character all around. She has more of a personality than the MC. The MC’s personality comprises of Being an Asshole,Annoying and always assaulting people that have any affection towards him ( Except the trap) I honestly imagine the show with Nyaruko as the MC being about her just going around doing random crap and not caring about any humans seeing her. While also having the MC in the group of friends. I also see a harem with her being the main star a lot more attracting than this. Nyaruko and Cthuko would be the main love interest cause they both have the best chemistry.
Something new that bugs me is the constant use of how all the people in the universe are weak against forks. The joke gets old after the first couple times in the first season.
Cthuko herself actually got more backstory and is probably the 2nd best character design there is right behind Nyaruko.
I still think that the first season should’ve ended with the MC and Nyaruko bodies being swapped. I still think this would have lead to more comedic stuff down the road even if it only lasted a couple more episodes.
Something else that has bugged me is how week the two eldritch deities can be especially Nyaruko that is a pretty famous one. Hell, I wish they would just talk more about her being a deity known for making people going mad and other shit.
This also has a really touching confession in it by Nyaruko. Probably one of the best i’v seen sense Rem from Re:Zero
Overall story is still fun to watch and enjoy .
English: Pop Team Epic
MAL Score: 7.28
Poputepipikku turns absurdist comedy up to eleven with its pop culture references and surreal hilarity. With two bonafide high school girl protagonists—the short and exceptionally quick to anger Popuko, and the tall and unshakably calm Pipimi—they throw genres against the wall and don’t wait to see what sticks. Parody is interlaced with drama, action, crudeness, and the show’s overarching goal—to become a real anime.
[Alternative Title – Memes, References, and High Quality Shitpost: the anime]
*Part 1 of Review*
(For those curious about this series, read this review):
Story? Who needs a story. Can’t have a story, if you never had one. It’s just random shit happening on screen because that’s how Pop Team Epic rolls. The series features a variety of humor, ranging from black comedy (i.e. gallows humor – my favorite type of humor) to surreal humor to anti-humor, and to meta-jokes and parodies.
The series features many pop culture references, such as: Earth, Wind & Fire, Pokémon, Hoshiiro Girldrop, Kimi no Na wa, Chrono Trigger, Kemono Friends, My Neighbour Totoro, Metal Gear Solid 3 time paradox, Top Gun, Initial D, Hellshake Yano, YouTube subscribe, Undertale, Donkey Kong, the Shawshank Redemption, etc.
I love how each episode has one long skit, such as sports anime (shogi/racing), science-fiction, murder-mystery, music, haunted house horror, romances, music documentary, etc, and manages to turn it into a parody. Loved every moment of it!
Especially, the entire Hellshake Yano sequence, in Episode 7; it was amazing and outstanding, considering everything was told through art sketches and the actors actually performing it on live camera. Glorious stuff!
Other original skits include: Bob Epic Team shorts with the main character’s face and body being distorted as hell, Japon Mignon shorts, live action actors and actresses, Pop Team Cooking shorts, POP TEAM 8-BIT, Pop Team Dance, etc. Every single skits was amazing, and well told and executed. I laugh at every single joke, reference, and parody, they displayed on the screen.
Each episode contains two similar-looking 12-minute segments that feature different voice actors and other small changes to the skits. I think this idea is extremely unique and makes the anime stand out more compared to other anime series.
It may be a strange, bizarre, and even crazy, but this series allows numerous animators and content creators to have their creations shown on every medium, such as internet or television. It allows creativity to flow and flourish without any restrictions. And finally, it’s not afraid to do what it wants to do. It just does it, and rolls with it!
Solid animations. Some of the skits come from the original comic strips, however the majority of them are original animations. The animators make use of a variety types of animations, such as fully 3D animations, CGI, 2D animations, live-action, stop-motion, and idiosyncratic animation from the AC-bu.
For example, Kamikaze Douga is the primary animation studio that does 3D animation as well as the Hoshiiro Girldrop shorts; Space Neko Company does the 2D animations and “Pop Team Story” shorts, i.e. the shorts that reference from the original comic; AC-bu does the idiosyncratic animations for “Bob Epic Team” short; UchuPeople produces stop-motion animation for “Pop Team Dance” shorts.
The animation may be bizarre, especially the idiosyncratic animations (i.e. distorted characters, background objects, and even strange fast-paced animations), it may be realistic (i.e. live-action, or the stop motion animations), or it may be crazy, but who cares, this is Pop Team Epic, where the crazy becomes even crazier.
Excellent character models. Seeing Popuko and Pipimi being drawn in a variety of styles is interesting and dynamic.
Excellent voice acting. The anime incorporates many voice actors and actresses to voice both Popuko and Pipimi. The voice actors for Popuko includes: Masashi Ebara, Yūji Mitsuya, Aoi Yūki, Toshio Furukawa, Yōko Hikasa, Tesshō Genda, Nana Mizuki, Hozumi Gōda, etc. The voice actors/actresses for Pipimi includes Hōchū Ōtsuka, Noriko Hidaka, Ayana Taketatsu, Shigeru Chiba, Mamiko Noto, Banjō Ginga, etc. Then, we have french actor/actress, such as Fanny Bloc and Christine Bellier. I believe having many voice actors/actress changes thing up and makes it exciting, fun, and enjoyable.
Every voice actor/actresses fits their roles and makes everything funnier. The male voice actors make everything twice as funny, especially when they sing songs and create exaggerated sound effects.
Excellent opening song (i.e. “Pop Team Epic”) by Sumire Uesaka, so good you get to hear it twice. Also, the first episode’s opening song, titled “Twinkling Star” by Yui Ogura, Inori Minase, and Sumire Uesaka was also really good. The kick-ass opening sets the tone for the rest of the series. Excellent background music sets the mood, atmosphere, and tone for the characters and reactions to specific situations, whether it’s comedy, mystery, drama, etc. The song, “Let’s Pop Together” is an excellent parody of “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Excellent characters that are funny and entertaining to watch. Background stories, character development, and even goals and motivations be damned; you know why you are watching this, and it’s not for “great character development or background stories”. It’s to watch two characters, Popuko and Pipimi, do crazy skits and perform hilarious jokes. I just love how Popuko and Pipimi are able to bounce jokes after jokes off each other.
I smiled and laughed during every single episode. It doesn’t matter what other people say, just watch for shits and giggles.
Pop Team Epic is one of greatest show I ever watched in 2018.
Change my mind.
*Part 2 of Review*
(For those on-the-fence about this show, please enjoy these lovely lyrics):
“Let’s Pop Together” by Pop Team Epic (Episode 4)
[A parody of “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire]
We are pop team dance dance go
For the fans and for the haters alike
Dance dance go dance dance go
For the fans and for the haters alike
You haters will become fans eventually
Let’s pop together, oh oh
Let’s all live in harmony
Let’s pop together, all night
We love our fans
Because they put food on our table
We don’t care about haters
They’re ridiculous, pathetic, not worth it at all
The new manga volume is on sale now, you can buy it online
What a waste of money!
You won’t buy it?
Are you insane?
We don’t care, piss off
Yay, the anime version is airing!
Don’t bother me, I won’t watch it
What, you’re not watching it?
Are you stupid?
How can you say this?
How long are you going to fight this hater battle?
You haters will become fans eventually
Let’s pop together, oh oh
Let’s all live in harmony
Let’s pop together, all night
It has come to my attention that Pop Team Epic is excruciatingly misunderstood.
Pop Team Epic
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Does Pop Team Epic actually try to be comedy 🤣 god 🙏 ? Well yes, but actually yes. However, one could look at Pop team Epic as more than just some gag anime. It is a way of life. The a(pog)ee (who tf makes these words) of being the most based anime known to man. I really can’t explain with words of the centre of everything Pop Team Epic tries to convey to the viewer. But I will try to do so with this review, not only with words alone, I will try to deliver the feeling you get via this review. The ascendance of Pop Team Epic knows no limits. Look at today’s mainstream anime, shitty isekai here, overhyped shounen anime there, bruh Crunchyroll Originals moment, other things no one asked for. But Pop Team Epic is more than that. It is on a platform of its own. Imagine the first episode of NGNL, you know, that one time Sora and Shiro were 2gud4dez nubz that they rekt them in like 2 seconds lmao. That is where Pop Team Epic stands in the animanga culture. And honestly, I have quite never seen anything as supreme as Pop Team Epic. Apart from my simping on Madoka Magica. Pop Team Epic is hands down the best thing this ｂ ｒ ｕ ｈ medium has to give.
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Story? Lmao. There is none. It is just shits and giggles here, there, everywhere. What I will say is that the larger segments, the ones by Space Cat Company, does provide for some top quality shorts. A wide variety of just random, though creative things slapped together to make for some interesting shorts. And you can probably tell that I am running out of things to say, because it mostly comes under enjoyment lmao.
bruh de vizual lukin lit, very variety all around and vry good. dey uze rl and animu. very creativity honestly, anime nowadays sticking to unbased and 🤢🤢. But Pop Team Epic no hold back, they will use everything from drawings that looked like they came out of The Amazing World of Gumball fanfics, to the beautiful comsic-like humans that bring a fallacious vision of one looking into one of Leonardo da Vinci’s works.
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Ears side of things, ngl, didn’t remember any sound lmao, that is in terms of OST, if there was one to begin with, I have no clue. The main sounds did not disappoint, oh no siree, the super catchy OP and parody of Hoshiiro Girldrop sounds. Not to mention the based song that is “Let’s Pop Together”, literally has some of the best lyrics I have heard seen since just when I watched it. Bruh, why isn’t all anime like this, smh.
Une petite chose que je voulais ajouter, c’est que l’anime permet à une variété vide de personnes d’en profiter, de Français personnes, aux mêmes, aux fans d’anime. Pourquoi c’est en Français. Je n’en ai aucune idée. Je ne peux que demander la déité derrière Pop Team Epic que de chercher une telle réponse. Merci à Collins traducteur pour cette tranlastion.
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In addition to the multiple languages that the anime uses. It also has some very clever ways to bring out enjoyment. The first thing being parody. Undertale, Super Mario Kart, using Wikipedia as a source, Jojo references, and YouTubers when they tell you to SMASH THE LIKE BUTTON FOR MORE, and reaction videos. Pop Team Epic never seems to run out of this to, well, things to take the piss out of, kinda like South Park but maybe not as outrageous. And it does it so casually as well. It again enforces how much the anime literally does not give one about the internet opinions of someone who happens to pass by the show. It just what it needs to do, and no one will stop it.
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Another thing to say about the enjoyment is that the anime already knows its position in life. So many times has it referred to itself as the “shitty manga” saying things like “why did this get an anime”. Using my reddit r/funny knowledge it is clear that they are just parodying the unepic haters so much so that it just makes for more good content to add onto the gags the show already had going from the start. Who would have thought that the juxtaposition of using the haters mindset made for a good piece of farming jokes out of.
And well, the last pillar of enjoyment I have to go on about with Pop Team Epic is just the sheer amount of absurd moments that literally don’t add anything to the plot that doesn’t even exist. Kinda like Family Guy’s cutaways but it does it better. Way better. One moment they are taking the piss out of haters, the next is just some surreal humour that breaks all sense of logic. As well as this, there is the greatness of parodying the romance genre. Not sure why they chose romance but they did. And it goes a little like
Pop Team Epic, Cooking!
Recipe to make a good romance parody!
1. Idol girl wants to be an idol
2. Male MC suddenly comes across idol wannabe
3. Dumb encounters!
4. Getting to know each other
5. This review got unfunny long ago, but I don’t care!
7. The End (and repeat for more money)
But fr. The nonsense moments are just some of the most bizarre but well put together shitposts I have seen in a long while. More anime needs to take a page from Pop Team Epic’s book. All in all. It is clear that everything was focused around the enjoyment part rather than trying to make very deep psychological story is very deep. Outstanding move.
Overall – 💯
I don’t know why it suddenly came to mind to write a review like this but it did. Straying away from the general MAL format of writing a review is just kinda what Pop Team Epic acts like within the anime medium as an anime, just felt that this was the best way to bring that around with words and layout. It goes to limits no one is willing to take, even if very serious people will watch this. Everything I said is actually my opinion. No cap. This is unironically one of the best things I have seen. Being that eccentric person isn’t always a bad thing. 10/10.
For anyone wondering, it took 1h 42m 7s to write this from after the first sentence to the overall score. And I have no intention to properly proofread this review.
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I’ll try to be brief with this review, cause even with just reviews, it’s hard to really input anything decent about this series.
STORY: Story? Plot? HAHA, what plot? What story? In pretty much every decent to great series, you need to have some sort of story or settings implemented. Pop Team Epic had none of the sort…to me, at least, it is basically the Japanese version of Robot Chicken, but much worse. The parodies, skits, references, whatever the joke may be…that’s ALL there really is to this series. Oh yeah, about the Hoshiro Girldrop tease and then the hi-jacking, it IS funny, I’ll admit, but for the most part, it’s just one cringy joke after another, and honestly, that kind of stuff can get bland after a while. When people tell me this series is very philosophical, I think it’s more so of how it gets you thinking philosophically as to why this series is one of the most absurd things you’d have ever watched.
ART: I don’t really have much to say about the art other than the fact it’s the kind of art (excluding some parts) that you’d see in anime specials/shorts or in those wacky-looking Western cartoons. The chibi looks and all that for the two main characters, though…doesn’t make them look any good whatsoever. I guess it’s sorta okayish, but barely anyone is really gonna praise it or even be attentive to it, anyway.
SOUND: Well, not much to say about it. I will admit that some of the ending themes were done pretty well, but for the most part, whatever soundtracks are featured will depend on the respective joke or parody, and even then are very subpar and mediocre at best.
CHARACTERS: So the main characters here: a yellow haired shortie that gets easily triggered (sometimes for no reason) and a blue haired lanky quiet girl. Popuko and Pipimi are just really there with their rather contrasting personalities to set up each joke and play it out in the most absurd and ridiculous of fashions. Knowing that, I don’t see how one can really like them as a character in general. The only way one would be able to like any of them is for the fact that they are at least the perfect fit, in terms of their personality, to make the jokes as outrageous as possible.
As for character development…considering what this “series” is, there is none, and none needed. The supporting cast? Really depends on what the joke/parody/reference/gag is, honestly. The only truly recurring members are the ones that are part of the Hoshiro Girldrop skit, that’s about it.
ENJOYMENT: Now here’s the part I really want to try to make clear. My level of enjoyment is usually mid-ground, but it purely depends on the jokes with each different episode. I do want to point out early that each episode is really just two copies of the same stuff placed together in the same 30 min timeframe…so it’s more like 12-15 of just ridiculousness followed by another 12-15 minutes of the exact same damn thing…it’s as if the staff thinks we can’t get enough of it, for pete sakes.
I personally couldn’t find myself really entertained after the first episode…in fact, the jokes eventually felt dry and bland, or just straight up cringe that doesn’t turn out funny to me. Honestly, I’d get more kick out of watching classic Western/American cartoons or live TV shows where they have a similar sort of format, but a better display of hilarity and jokes. In short, enjoyment level for this series REALLY depends on how funny or stupid the comedy is, and for me, it’s middle-ground.
OVERALL: Beware, as this series can be a mentally exhausting experience. Honestly, this is a kind of series that people would only support for the lols (OR LOL attempts). Even the artist contributions don’t even really have much worth for it at all. Even Futurama, Family Guy, and American Dad actually had much better examples of random (though mostly inappropriate) comedy.
As one who has suffered them and survived to tell the tale, I advise one with their sanity still intact to just avoid this like a god damn plague….however, if that you’re THAT bored to where you’re only entertained by ridiculousness and absurdity, I guess this series may fit your bill, but even then, you may eventually find it boring if the jokes don’t rub you the right way. Granted, at least it’s not something like Ousama Game, Boku no Pico, School Days, or Mars of Destruction.
And on that note, my rant of this “series” is done.
MAL Score: 7.32
Once upon a time, the demon lord Rchimedes spread terror throughout the world, until he was eventually sealed away by the legendary hero Creasion. Since then, a thousand years have passed peacefully. However, a mysterious hole has opened up between the demon and human spheres, and countless demons have surged into the human realm once more. Coming to the conclusion that Rchimedes would soon return to wreak havoc, a human king summons the possible descendants of the legendary hero—all 75 of them. Unfortunately, after so long, it was too difficult to pinpoint his true descendants.
Among the lionhearted prospects is the amateur adventurer Alba Frühling. His skills may not be top-notch, but he is accompanied by the talented soldier Ross, who helps the young hero whenever he is in a pinch…or at least, he is supposed to. Though undoubtedly a skilled warrior, Ross is actually both sarcastic and sadistic, and hence revels in Alba’s suffering.
Senyuu. is a comedic adventure following the unlikely duo as they struggle in their endeavor to defeat the demon lord, meeting various eccentrics along the way.
The story is in a setting like old school rpgs but with a few funny twists. It goes something like long time ago the demon king Rchimedes was defeated and sealed by Hero Creation, but suddenly one day a huge hole appeared in the world and all kinds of demons started coming out of it. So naturally the king decides that the demon king has returned and tries to send the hero’s descendant to fight him. and there comes the first funny twist as one thousand years had passed he found 75 candidates and sends them all and declares whoever defeats the demon lord will be deemed the “true hero” and will receive vast riches. This show particularly follows the hero Alba & soldier Ross in their quest to be the true heroes where they meets many funny characters and the writer also throws in various slapstick humor while also parodying various other typical Shounen anime/manga.
Overall the story is somewhat original and I enjoyed the humor very much so it gets 8 out of 10 from me.
While the art is anything spectacular but I really enjoyed how the animation and art was used to convey humor and how they complemented the overall nature of the ridiculous humor of the show. And on a small note, I also quite enjoyed the varying opening sequences used.
This gets 7 out of 10.
While Alba is a typical Shounen character I really liked his comments/complains against various actions of the other characters and even the narrator. Ross is character with a very unique sense of humor which is quite enjoyable in a slapstick nature really. Other characters like the little girl and innocent demon lord; the elderly loli lover; the masochistic cat are very funny and unique. the rest are somewhat generic but still compliments the overall nature of the show nicely.
This is another strong aspect and gets 8 out of 10.
The in-show music what not that noticeable at all and I was not impressed at all. The opening and ending theme is done by JAM Project which sadly I didn’t find neither appropriate nor enjoyable. In short to me this is by far the weakest aspect of this anime and gets 5 out of 10.
For me who is relatively new at shorts actually this was really a unique experience to say the least, although there are a few faults like a bad overall music & a cliffhanger ending that was quite unexpected I would gladly watch the second season. I would recommend this to anyone who likes shorts or parody shows or to people who likes to have some good laughs occasionally with no string attached for bigger storyline or whatnot.
Overall Score –
7 out of 10.
If you like knights, demonlords, old perverts and constant slapstick satirical comedy then this is for you. Don’t miss this wonderful series. It’s not like you don’t have time for it!
Each epsiode is 5 minutes long, with enough chuckles to fill a chucklebox. Everything about the anime(art, sounds, characters) are all at good at best, but where this anime stands out is through its quick and witty humor.
‘Senyuu’ follows the story of a king sending soldiers to fight demons, but is focused on bits of interactions between characters, which is brilliant because they are able to divulge on the fast-paced funny and interesting jokes and parodies while also having something to tie it to.
If you get tired of the shouting matches of the Big 3 Animoos, or the twists and turns of the more complicated animes (which is saying pretty much everything else because a blank canvas can be at times more complex than ‘Naruto’ or ‘One Piece’), I would totally recommend you turn on Senyuu; open a bag of snacks and pop a drink, and go for the wonderful short ride of Senyuu..desu.
14: Osomatsu-san 3rd Season
Japanese: おそ松さん 第3期
MAL Score: 7.32
Third season of Osomatsu-san.
Not bad per-say, just underwhelming. It honestly doesn’t feel like I’ve watched another season of Osomatsu San. It was just so.. bland. I miss the weird bullshit from season 1. Not to say there was a complete lack of weird bullshit, but it felt cut back. I’ll blame the Riceballs for that. I respected the staff for trying something new, so I tried to approach them with an open mind. However, all they did in the end was steal screen time from other side characters. I found myself missing Chibita and Iyami a lot. And Homura, who never even made an appearance (still pissed about that.) Looking back, my favorite episodes, like Mt. Takeo and Cosplaymatsu, were episodes where the Riceballs barely showed up, if at all. Also, maybe I’m nitpicking, but all of the Matsus felt slightly OOC the entire season. Just a little, though, not enough to really bug me.
So now that I’m done bitching, let’s talk about the upsides. Most of the skits, exluding the Riceballs, were decent. They made me chuckle and that’s all I can really ask for at the end of the day. I also really liked how Nyaa-Chan was developed this season. And, all flaws considered, I still anxiously waited every Monday for the next episode.
Anyways, art and sound are as good as ever (OPs still slap) so not much to say there.
So, was season 3 worth the wait? Eh. Am I gonna stick around for season 4? Absolutely, but that’s because I’m already in too deep in Matsu Hell to escape at this point.
I personally have quite favourable view towards the AI Twins. They installed new dynamics in the first half, and during the second they provide plots that cannot be delivered by other characters.
The other development which I enjoy very much is about Nyaa Hashinoto, which developed not only herself but also Totoko and arguably Osomatsu.
Even if it might not be as good as Season 1 it is definitely more enjoyable than Season 2. I don’t think those negative reviews below represent the mainstream view on this season.
I honestly think that the 3rd season has something special.
If you are reading this then you probably watched the first two seasons (otherwise you are wasting your time :)) and I have to say ss3 is my favourite of the three so far. I’d say it’s even better than the previous two.
Oso is a comedy with some degree of social commentary but it can be emotional too. For example, ss1 ep24 and ss2 last episodes. Ep 24, in particular, made me think that Osomatsu-san is going to end in a serious tone but it somehow managed to pull out a comedic ending.
Ss3 first episodes feature some significantly serious subjects while simultaneously make you laugh at the same time. Ep 4 and 5 made a strong impression that ss3 is going to be more serious. Usually, Osomatsu-san doesn’t have a serious tone until later episodes. Ss3 clearly shows that this is probably going to be the final season.
Osomatsu-san is one of my favourite series so far (I’ve been watching this since ss1 was airing) and I sincerely hope that ss3 can the grand finale with something profound. I honestly think that ss3 have great potential.
13: Isekai Quartet 2
English: Isekai Quartet 2
MAL Score: 7.37
Despite completing all the tasks given to them, Ainz Ooal Gown, Tanya Degurechaff, Kazuma Satou, Subaru Natsuki, and the other members of Class 2 are surprised to find out that their role as students is far from over. With no means of returning home, the class of eccentric personalities is still mysteriously stuck in the unfamiliar world. Although, as they are becoming quite fond of each other, spending more time together does not sound that bad.
With the unexpected arrival of new transfer students, the comedic antics of our beloved characters continue to grow. Thus, their bizarre yet nonchalant school life continues.
Isekai Quartet 2 continues where the first season leaves off from where we get a new member to join their class being….Chomosuke..you know the cat from KonoSuba. Yeah as a little bait and switch, the cast of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari are actually in another homeroom than them but they occasionally make cameos more or less, so in a ways, Isekai Quartet’s title still seems aligned to it.
Now the Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari cast mostly Naofumi gets the homages to the series he’s in while Raphtalia and Filo interacts alot more often with the core 4 cast at that too. The only problem LA sees is that because of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari cast’s bit part in this season their screentime is rather slim, you know even though their suppose to be the new cast members in all this but nonetheless good cameos all in all and another defense is that a cast filled with FIVE anime casts together and all of them trying to get equal screentime was a tightrope and a half to pull off, so LA could see why Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari got the bit part cameos more than not, still wished Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari cast got more screentime though.
Now Isekai Quartet 2 is back to their usual hijinks and cross-referencing animes with the huge amount of cast members and from that Isekai Quartet 2 pulls more from ReZero, KonoSuba, Overlord and Youjo Senki’s minor cast, the biggest one being Betelgeuse from ReZero and he’s mostly in the Valentines episode because…AI!.
Even with some of these small to large changes, the comedy is still up to par thankfully due to the huge roster of characters it can pull comedy from as well as referencing and alluding to animes at the same time and again seeing more cross anime character interactions is awesome to say the least.
The animation once again by Studio PuYUKAI and really once again it’s the same animation style and consistency as the first season sooo not much to speak of there, good job really from Studio PuYUKAI.
The voice cast is even bigger now but incomes even more voice actors doing MULTIPLE voice roles, with once again Rie Takahashi as Megumin and Emilia, Yuusuke Kobayashi as Subaru and Warren Grantz, Yumi Uchiyama as Puck and Mare and now Asami Seto as Raphtalia and CZ Delta from Overlord. Due to this, amazing voice cast what else?
Though the Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari cast do get some form of cameo appearance is a few episodes, the BIGGEST cameo surprise was that small cameo of SEIYA and RISTARTE FROM Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tsueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru in Episode 11 which again was the biggest surprise in terms of cameos.
The finale shows off the the majority if not ALL the core cast all in the limelight which was great and all the while nudging to anime allusion tied to the characters that Isekai Quartet knows has been doing for 2 seasons. Overall a great finale for this season even if the result leaves it as the status quo (as it were).
Isekai Quartet 2 is all the more the same as the first season, bringing in allusions and references to the anime that the characters are in and massively blends them up in increasingly wacky ways. If your a fan of all these isekai’s and wants to see them interact, then Isekai Quartet 2nd Season is a no brainer to watch, let alone this season hinting at what the greater goal of this “world” is about, all the while MOSTLY giving us comedic hijinks with these 4 now 5 isekai casts mingling with one another being the biggest draw factor to this season (though the first season did this too).
With that surprise Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tsueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru cameo, wonder who else might be in Isekai Quartet?…Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken cast for Isekai Quartet 3 maybe?.
Sit back relax, pray to god, whisper “Ains-sama,” cast EXPLOSION while returning from death as I present to you the anime review of Isekai Quartet season two. Lets begin shall we?
Note: the format of this review will be different than my usual reviews as I’ll simply be going over what’s new and briefly go over what stayed the same.
That being said, let’s quickly over what stayed the same; which is the animation and ost. If you were not a fan of the art-style from season one, then this won’t change your mind as it has pretty much stayed the same as it was. Same goes with the ost as it really hasn’t changed as well and is still some of the songs from the shows on display. So if you were a fan of both from season one, then I’m sure it will please you.
Now onto the rest. Season 2 picks up right where we left off with Roswaal introducing the new transfer students, which turned out to be Naofumi, Raphtalia and Filo from Rising of the Shield Hero. They get introduced to the rest of our cast who are now accustomed to school and they continue on with school life.
Again, the plot is very basic because it’s relying on the established characters to make the entertainment and put them in different scenarios; which still works. The scenario’s range from working part time jobs to playing a simple game of dodgeball to maintain the chemistry between our characters. Since they are more chummy now after getting used to one another, their interactions feel more natural. BUT, this affects one of the main charms about Isekai Quartet. One of the main reasons why season one worked was because of us predicting how these characters would interact with one another and watching it in action. Season two lacks this and now is relying on pure chemistry with each other to make it work. And while it does work, it doesn’t have the same draw factor. This season had to rely on the cast of Shield Hero to fill that void. In short though, it was very lacklustre.
The inclusion of the main cast of Shield Hero felt like nothing more than this season’s gimmick because, outside of episode one, they merely make cameos the majority of the time. They don’t really add much to the show as a whole and their chemistry with the rest of the cast was disappointing. Look, I get it, it’s a Quartet, but you would think that they would have a more significant role. But instead, they are merely forced into positions just to make their cameos.
Then there is the new opening and ending sequence. The opening, “Isekai Showtime” is less catchy than the season one opening and aims to be more stylish as a showcase. It once again shows off the main cast as they literally sing in a quartet as a performance, whereas the first opening was just confusion about the characters’ surroundings. Do I think this opening is better than season one? Well they are about the same in terms of enjoyment, even though they are slightly different. Same goes with the ED as it basically uses the same formula from season one’s ED. “Ponkotsu! Isekai Theater,” is sung this time by the actual best girls of their respective series Shalltear, Megumin, Rem and Viktoriya. It’s another quartet sing-along used in season one with 8-bit pixel designs of the characters. Again, it’s about the same in terms of enjoyment but not as endearing as season one.
And that last sentence really carries throughout the show. What Isekai Quartet is is a novelty and the thing is that novelties tend to wear off and it has started to take in effect for me. While I still enjoyed season two and had plenty of good jokes and comedic moments; with my favourites being how Kazuma wants to get chocolate from girls and the Wall of Jericho reference, it didn’t have the same impact as it did in season one. By the end, the novelty of these Isekai franchises living in the same world had worn off and now I just want more of their respective series. As much as I like seeing Ains and company on the screen interacting with these other Isekai characters, all it does is make me wish Madhouse would make season four of Overlord already. Same goes with Youjo Senki due to the movie leaving us on another cliffhanger. The inclusion of Shield Hero didn’t shake things up as much as I hoped and while it wasn’t the only Isekai franchise to make an appearance, it was the main draw and it honestly failed in my opinion.
I may seem negative when it comes to season two but I did enjoy my time as the formula did not change and the character interactions are still the main highlight, it’s just the formula is now starting to wear down on me. The novelty is wearing off. When we get season three, I hope we get more screen-time of other Isekai characters that can really shake things up. But for now, I will take what I can get.
My Personal Enjoyment: 7/10
Overall score: 6.3/10 Recommendation: Consider it
The first season of Isekai Quartet was easily one of the funniest series of 2019. It takes real talent to unite so many isekai series in one anime and what is important, the anime is something that makes sense and is that funny. The second season, however, focuses on even more characters and the humor that is used in the series is always spot on.
This is almost on Carnival Phantasm level, which is also an amazing parody, by the way. Anyways, while I do overhype Isekai Quartet, I would not recommend you to watch it, if you liked none of the series that are featured in this anime; do not waste your time, you will not enjoy the humor. If you are a fan, however, enjoy the series, as well as season 3 hype train.
12: Isekai Quartet
MAL Score: 7.42
It is a normal day; everyone from deranged military girl Tanya Degurechaff and 16-year-old isekai protagonist Satou Kazuma to expansionist overlord Ainz Ooal Gown and demon sisters Rem and Ram go on with their daily lives. Suddenly, a conspicuous red button begging to be pressed appears before them. Overcome by curiosity, the otherworldly characters push the button, sending them to an unfamiliar world.
With no way of escaping, the characters must lead a normal school life and make acquaintances with the others. One thing is certain: the classroom full of fan-favorite eccentric personalities never gets boring!
Without a shadow of a doubt, Isekai Quartet is based on characters from isekai shows. The character roster consists of the cast from KonoSuba, Overlord, Youjo Senki, and Re:Zero. Collectively, they are united as a quartet of characters in a school life setting where all sorts of shenanigans blooms. As someone who is familiar with all of those established franchises, I do recommend watching them before stepping foot into this. Character personalities carries over and in general, I do believe you can get a better experience if you knew who the characters are. But for popcorn entertainment sakes, you can also just dive right into this little gem.
Even as a crossover, Isekai Quartet stands out as a show of its own. The episodes contains skit stories that are half length. Its main purpose is to humor with the immense amount of comedy that aims to draw our attention. If someone told me this whole idea sounded absurd, I might have agreed at first. That is, I tasted what Isekai Quartet really is and it’s pretty damn delicious. That’s thanks to the drama within that showcases this like a Saturday morning cartoon. To start off, we have several foil characters which translates into some rather noticeable character drama segments. There’s Tanya and Ainz who were once a salaryman in the real world. These two are portrayed as powerful entities that others seems to fear in from their perspective shows. In Isekai Quartet, there’s a rivalry that develops between the two based on some rather absurd reasons. KonoSuba’s Kazuma and Re:Zero’s Subaru came from fantasy worlds as the two manages to establish themselves in their own ways. However, it is easily noticeable how different both characters are. Kazuma is portrayed more as a butt monkey while Subaru evolved as a dark fantasy hero. When you put all four of these protagonists together in the same show, hell breaks loose. I’m talking about the over the top comedy type of hell of course.
With the school setting, the creators aimed to bring as many as possible segments as possible. From school rules to a class talent show, there’s many opportunities for comedy. (yes, there is the infamous “beach episode” too before you ask) Anyone who is familiar with these franchises will also quickly recognize how much their personalities carry over. Make no mistake, every character remains who they are from their respective shows. This includes Overlord’s core characters such as Albedo, Shalltear, and Demiurge. KonoSuba has its own class clowns like Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness. Re:Zero’s Emilia, Rem, Ram, and Beatrice are no strangers when they sit in class. And who can forget Youjo Senki’s adorable Visha? Bringing this legion of isekai characters also means a clash of personalities. Just like at school, there are class leaders and rules. The show establishes the rules early on and as each episode progresses, it becomes more and more evident how some characters can’t follow them. The class talent shows also displays a clash of egos. At the end of the day, the audience is the real winner as the anime accomplishes its job of glorfying popcorn entertainment. In a sense, this is a deconstruction of isekai. Character behaviors are observed in the some of the most outrageous ways possible. KonoSuba’s cast is the guiltiest of this with Kazuma’s antics, Megumin’s explosive personality, and Darkness’ perverted fantasies. However, others such as Albedo, Shaltear, and Beatrice also act on actions that speaks louder than words. My only slight disappointment is how much Tanya has to carry her own franchise in this crossover. Honestly, she is probably the most credible member from Youjo Senki. Even someone like Visha feels like she’s the invisible kid in class if you don’t pay too much attention. Similarly, most of the supporting characters from these perspective franchises is overshadowed by the main cast.
Isekai Quartet ended up being an anime that I didn’t know I wanted. When it got first announced, I thought this would’ve ended up being a big fat joke to further alienate the isekai fan base. It seemed like a big risk considering how much controversy their franchises became for certain audiences. But after watching this show to finish, I’ve seen the light. Be prepared to be enlightened.
This chibi crossover spinoff basically takes all the main characters from these various franchises and sends them to another world… again… where they meet each other in a seemingly ordinary human school and are forced to become students. Of course what the anime is actually about is simply putting all these loveable characters together just to see what the hell happens, and that is really the charm point of it all. Just seeing the crossover interactions play out is something any fan of these series should have a great deal of fun watching. After all, character relations such as Tanya’s hatred for deities like Aqua and in turn Aqua’s animosity towards the undead such as Ainz is unavoidably going to lead to a great deal of interesting confrontation.
It’s a simple show by design but it definitely works. The only real problem with it is that there are so many characters involved and potential interactions that would have been fun to explore, but with only 9-minute episodes (excluding OP and ED duration) we only ever get a quite limited amount of exposure to a large portion of Isekai Quartet’s character cast. There are so many things I would have liked to see the show touch upon that never ended up happening simply because it ran out of time. But nevertheless it is still a great spinoff which I would highly recommend any fans of the related series to watch. It may be short but it’s exceptionally sweet.
As a word of caution, I have not seen KonoSuba, Overlord, Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, or The Saga of Tanya the Evil.–Thus, my perspective is drastically different than a consumer who has seen these Kadokawa Corporation productions. With that said, however, Isekai Quartet is bottom of the barrel entertainment. Perpetuating the stereotype of puerile-based Japanese comedy.
As a word of caution, Isekai Quartet is a perplexing show. I understand it’s a comedy/parody of the Isekai genre, but the abysmal execution leaves me questioning the effort of the so-called ‘writers.’ Let’s be honest: this show emulates the writing complexity of Donald Trump’s various tweets. The jokes, if we graciously endow them as such (which we won’t), are reminiscent of those dreadful joke books that your grandfather would read to you as a child to ‘validate’ his ‘hipness.’ Dry, boring, derivative humor.
Not even one episode managed to tickle my ‘funny bone.’ The talent show was talentless. The beach planning episode was coarse — also, it was a real beaaa-itch! And field day was fieldiculous.
Ordinarily, chibi-esque animation (exaggerated versions that exemplify the characters ‘cuteness’) are reserved for intermittent moments of slapstick comedy to juxtapose an otherwise solemn situation. But when the kawaii aesthetic is the predominant art style, it becomes a sensory overload of ‘cuteness’ that diminishes the prospect of laughter. Furthermore, the plot convenience of a magical button whisking everyone away is just a lazy excuse to gather the audience’s ‘favorite’ characters in one location.
As a word of caution, crossover shows purely exist for super-fans to lose their shit as their favorite characters interact with one another. The writers often rely on this dynamic to carry the show forward, without offering any substantive character or plot progressions to occur. And when twelve, ten minute episodes orient around this concept, it becomes excruciating to watch. But…that’s just my word of caution.
11: Genshiken Nidaime
English: Genshiken Second Season
Japanese: げんしけん 二代目
MAL Score: 7.45
Another college semester begins and the returning members of Genshiken attempt to recruit new club members. Three new members join the club, attracted by Ogiue’s BL drawings. She welcomes the new members but fears the club will become a “fujoshi” haven for yaoi fans and is getting a bit too far removed from its original purpose.
Coming after two full seasons, Genshiken: Nidaime might seem confusing or out of place. The characters’ voices have changed. Nearly everyone from the main series has graduated and moved on with their lives. The identity of the anime club has shifted from a male-dominated space to a fujoshi-dominated one, pushing major characters into minor (sometimes non-existent) roles. Still, Nidaime is the same old Genshiken that we’ve come to enjoy. It may have a new coat of paint, and sure, a few extra screws loose, but everything that was great about the original Genshiken remains– and more still. Change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing.
The story of Nidaime follows Ogiue (now club president) and the horde of freshmen who (perhaps inadvertently) find themselves pulled into the Genshiken club. Most notable of whom is Hato, a male BL fan who… well, cross-dresses as a woman. Almost too convincingly, as he seems to have no problem pulling off a female voice.
Assuming you aren’t a fan of effeminate males or BL, this will inevitably set off warning signals in your mind. Has Genshiken now turned into an anime for yaoi fangirls? Not exactly. Whereas the previous seasons focused almost entirely on the moe and yuri fandom, Nidaime merely flips that around and shows us the otaku subculture from the female perspective. Very, very rarely do we see that in anime. It quickly becomes apparent that, hey, males and females aren’t all that different when it comes to enjoying nerdy hobbies. Even if you have zero interest in understanding the BL fandom, Nidaime’s characters are still cute enough to appease both sides of the audience. Male viewers have just as much to enjoy here.
That aside, Hato’s character is written with a surprising amount of maturity. He could very easily have been a vehicle for pandering, but he is not. There is a genuine reason for why he cross-dresses in the company of female otaku. Hato’s friendship with Madarame also proves an interesting view on sexuality, as god knows how many anime would start and end his characterisation at “jk lol, he actually has a penis”.
Speaking of Madarame, anyone who enjoyed him in the previous seasons (I’m sure there’s more than a few) will find much to like in Nidaime. There is no shortage of him here. Sure, while Madarame’s scenes may lack the usual craziness of his character, there is instead a much greater satisfaction in learning that he is an ordinary person like anyone else. He finally finds closure to his feelings for Kasukabe, and while Genshiken’s strong point has surely never been its drama, the scene where Madarame finally confesses to her is easily the most powerful moment in the entire series. The drama works well here because it is not overused. It knows its place.
The only real issue with the characterisation is that while Hato, Madarame, and Ogiue receive plenty of focus, the rest of the cast (both new and old) are relegated to the background. Sue, Yoshitake, and Yajima are just along for the ride, occasionally adding to the conversation or having a funny moment here and there. Most importantly, what the heck’s going on with Sasahara’s new job as a manga editor? We never got to see what happened with him after the end of the second season. I suppose this is for the better, though, since splitting 13 episodes between a massive cast of characters would undoubtedly lead to nasty results. As for Coochie, well… you know what to expect from him.
Nidaime perfectly captures the otaku subculture that it is rooted in. Rather than parody it like Lucky Star or critique it like OreImo, Genshiken seeks instead to provide a realistic portrayal of the otaku lifestyle. Because the characters are adults capable of doing their own thing (unlike the billions of high school anime), we get a detailed look at cosplay, conventions, and even what it is like to sell ero-manga at Comiket. I have never had any interest in interacting with anime fans outside of the internet, but Genshiken has me thinking that it might not be such a bad idea after all. For the most part, anyway.
The visual quality is surely nothing that will blow your mind, but it is well above the average anime. The character designs look a bit more ‘modern’ now, though whether that is a downgrade or not depends entirely on personal preference. The added colour is also a nice change as I always found the previous seasons to be visually bland.
More impressive is the audio. The opening and ending songs are stellar, effectively conveying the light-hearted atmosphere of the series and continually bringing a smile each time they played. The biggest issue that people will have with Nidaime is the change in seiyuu, but after a few episodes it ceases to be noticeable. I actually thought that Ogiue’s seiyuu was the same as before because it fit her character so well.
Genshiken Nidaime is a joy to watch from start to finish. Rather than be complacent as “just another Genshiken season”, Nidaime takes the series a step further by realising the full potential of the setting. There is a sense of maturity to the dialogue and characterisation that so few anime have managed to accomplish. It is truly the anime industry’s strongest portrayal of the otaku subculture, and a damn good show in its own right.
Hey, Japan, can we have more anime like Genshiken?
For most fans of anime or manga, we might all once experienced a moment when we went through a phase where we couldn’t stop watching/reading a piece of work from a franchise until we get that feeling of, “ah, now that was a masterpiece….”. I know I have and those moments feels great especially for something we’ve enjoyed. However, it may also feel a bit painful as well. Then again, there’s always a better series out there in the future that comes by. (most times anyways) Why am I saying this? Well, that’s because I’ve enjoyed the previous seasons of Genshiken and never thought the day another season would be adapted. Then, a news came in the month of January of 2013. Genshiken gets another adaptation. From there, I thought, “Thank you wishing stone, thank you”.
Genshiken Nidaime is a new season adapted from the manga of the same name written by Shimoku Kio. There’s a few important points to take notice here though. Even though the series is titled as such, it is imperative to watch the previous seasons and from my perspectives the OVAs as well. The reason being that is because some of the main characters from the previous seasons all make their debuts but plays more of a minor role. Therefore, to get a satisfying experience, I recommend watching the previous seasons in order.
For a brief refreshment, the show Genshiken is an abbreviation of a club’s name – Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyūkai. As for the club itself, it consists of a group of young college students that embraces the otaku culture and its lifestyle. As such, prepare to experience references from other franchise (anime/manga/video games) thrown at your face every episode. These can include popular anime from both the past and present times such as Madoka, School Days, Squid Girl, Bakemonogatari, and the list goes so on. The show constantly portrays the otaku culture as a fun way of lifestyle presented in a comedy manner. This is especially true involving the characters’ cast of this series.
This season follows a set of characters that offers a different type of enjoyment for viewers. Chika Ogiue now plays a sort of leader role in her position at the club. In fact, she even manages to recruit new members with her artistical skills. These new characters offer a fun new outlook on the show especially in the comedy department. It’s no surprise though that the new characters seems to have some trouble adjusting to the club at first. In fact, one particular character is a cross-dresser that seems to have trouble getting in and out of his clothing. At many variances, it plays on the gender bender trope with humorous results along with compromising situations. However despite this, the clubs’ members continues to bring forth entertainment and offers great promise.
For returning characters, there are some noticeable ones such as Susanna Hopins and Marunobu Madarame. In particular, Susanna takes the role of the cosplay girl portraying as various characters from other popular series. For fans unfamiliar with her, Susanna is the type of girl who is antisocial but comes with a great fascination in yaoi. The way she blurts out various anime and manga references is also hilariously amusing. Marunobu’s return to the show is also quite refreshing as there’s not much change to his character. He is still in love with a particular girl from the previous series but at the same time offers to help out a new crossdressing member of the club. Other characters from the show also makes their cameos from here and there to progresses through the slice of life style of Genshiken.
The new club members might be a bit difficult to get used to at first. Even for some people, the gender bender theme plays on the new member of the club, Kenjirou Hato. Nicknamed as the “mysterious beauty”, Hato embraces on a feminine side by putting on a wig, speaking in a feminine voice, and attends the club meetings as a ‘girl’. This spells out some awkward moments and confusion at first. Even later on, his interactions with Madarabe creates tension. It doesn’t also help by the fact that Hato is fan of BL and this brings forth even more complexity in their relationship. Along with our cross-dresser, there’s also a fujoshi and a somewhat antisocial girl introduced to the club. All three members brings a new and natural experience to Genshiken as we witness their daily lives and experience the way of an otaku.
Because Genshiken plays on the otaku culture, there’s plenty of activities related to it beyond just cosplaying and referencing. In this season, the club also work on their own to present to the world their own pieces of work. These comes in the form of BL manga and doujinshi. With the new three members in check, they all offer their talent in building their dreams. These dreams takes them to places such as the Comic Festival, a large anime/manga convention. They each possesses their own skills whether it’s background imagery, page cleanup, or getting by deadlines.
The comedy of the show is generally tolerable although sometimes feels a bit repetitive. The heavy doses of BL vibes can feel like a loop at times since it’s played out a bit more than what I expected it to be. Furthermore, there’s the character interactions that offers various forms of entertainment. In one way, most of the character seems to get along well. On the other hand, there are times when we scratch our heads and may ask ‘what just happened?’ For me though, Genshiken’s character interactions focuses more on reality. It portrays it as a slice of life anime and succeeds in presenting the otaku culture. Viewers gets the chance to feel as if themselves are there with the club. The way the members work around the club to perfect their art also shows how dedicated they are. The pieces of comedy connects together even with a touch of supernatural to it with a floating spirit in particular episodes. If comedy is what you’re looking for, then Genshiken will not be a painful experience. However, it can be somewhat painful to witness a few of the characters’ interactions to sudden situations or scenes in the show. It becomes a bit cliched and predictable along with its awkwardness. Trust me, if you’re a guy, then it might even be more awkward.
The artwork of this season also remains not only consistent but also realistic. The simple club room is presented exactly as the way it should be with the background anime/manga images. The merchandise that appears here and there also fun to take notice. Along with that, character designs gives a refreshing appeal to how an otaku is dressed such as Madarame’s glasses, Susanna’s various cosplaying outfits, or Kuchiki’s body proportions. Even Susanna’s American friends gives off their refreshing feelings of being foreigners accompanied with their English accents.
Unfortunately, soundtrack is perhaps one of the lesser focus of Genshiken. There’s not much strength in the OST as most of the soundtrack remains generally the same and hardly noticeable. The OP song “Genshi, Joshi wa, Taiyou Datta.” by Sumire Uesaka is perhaps the only catchy tone with its J-Pop like rhythms accompanied by its montage plays. However, if we talk about voice acting, then there’s definitely some to take notice of. In particular, Kazutomi Yamamoto gets praise for her double portrayal in voice acting because of the gender bender involving her character. Voicing a character with a dual personality is not easy but she pulls it off marvelously. Naomi Ohzora’s voice for Susanna can also be noticeable for someone who plays a girl that is not sociable towards others. The accents of the foreign characters seems more out of place though and can be more taken in as comedy although not too impressive on any scale.
The Genshiken franchise is the ultimate portrayal of the otaku culture. It’s a place where we get to see the lifestyle of otaku in various ways. The cosplaying and references brings forth both an entertaining and refreshing appeal to fans. It might also bring back some nostalgia as well for fans of the original series. There’s a lack of highlights though in some of the main characters from the previous seasons so be aware of that. I don’t take this as a backlash though because it gives chances for our new characters to shine that offers potential. That potential and execution carried out might give you a different impression. However, it’s not just this series that impressed me. It’s the way of Genshiken. Otaku isn’t just a culture for the kids in this show, it’s a way of life.
HERE WE GO!!
Genshiken Nidaime is full of bullshit. Genshiken actually was supposed to be some slice of life show which revolves around all the adult Otakus’ lives. And season 1 & 2 did a pretty good job at it. It was fun and interesting and very good. But then comes Genshiken Nidaime, which is all about FUDANSHI. Yes you read it right. Nidaime has so much BL, yaoi and fudanshi in it that it makes me wonder why doesn’t it has a Josei or Shoujo tag.
All the club memebers in this season are girls full of BL crap and as typical fudanshi does, they freaking ship every freaking male character in the show. To make the matters worse, we have Kenjiro Hato as one of the main characters, who is a boy who loves to cross dress as a girl and eventually develop feelings for Maderama. So, a bunch of episodes are from Hato’s perspective and are about how he feels for Maderama.
There were couple of moments in this show which really made sense and I think I don’t need to say that those were definitely with the old characters. Apart from those, this show has nothing going for it. Its a full on Fujoshi fest for Yaoi fangirls.
Until you are big on yaoi, I won’t recommend you to watch this, specially if you are a male. This show is a nightmare for most of the Male Otaku community.
I don’t usually write reviews but I made an exception for Nidaime, because after watching it, I feel like I have been robbed of my good memories that I had from the previous 2 seasons.
Genshiken Nidaime is not like the Genshiken you know. This is a Yaoi freak fest with a lot of Fujoshi. Please don’t watch it if you are a Genshiken fan.
10: Senyuu. 2
MAL Score: 7.46
When a hole opened up in the world and monsters flooded out, humanity prepared for the demon lord Rukimedes’ rise once again. However, even the gravity of this situation cannot impede the antics of straight man hero Alba Frühling and sadist soldier Ross.
Ross, trapped within a plane between two worlds due to Januar Ein’s magic, encounters the demon lord taking a nap and looking far too comfortable in his confinement. Simultaneously, Alba, once again in prison, has been sidelined in favor of his eccentric companion’s hijinks.
Although separated, Ross and Alba continue their attempts to prevent the demon lord’s resurgence, but unbeknownst to them, a ghost from Ross’ past may just threaten their quest’s success.
[THERE MIGHT BE SPOILERS FOR THE WEB MANGA but they were supposed to be in the anime so they’re pretty minor]
STORY – 9/10
It was enjoyable. Yes, it focused more on LE PLOT, but meh, it was still pretty funny. They adapted the web comic pretty well and actually added its own fun nuances and references, like the bit that mimics and parodies JJBA. One thing I’m not pleased with is the fact that the anime cut out an entire part that should have been present in episodes 24-26. I’ll get to that in the character part.
ART – 8/10
From what I know, the budget here was sliiiiiightly lower, but it’s still good. It’s colorful like the original, I wish it wasn’t so saturated, because it was a bit much at times. It fit though, so I’m not complaining.
CHARACTER – 8/10
The characters are a delight. I’d give this a full ten if they didn’t cut out two characters. One’s not so important but the other one IS, and it sucks. If they’re ever planning on adapting volume 2, they’re going to have to go back and animate that part. [SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD, VAGUE BUT MIGHT WANT TO SKIP THE REST OF THIS PARAGRAPH]
I’m talking about Neun (more commonly spelled as Noin bc of fan error) September and August. The latter, as I said, isn’t as important but Neun takes center stage in the very beginning of volume 2. His introduction, I’d say, is FAIRLY IMPORTANT. This is also a very biased part of the review, lol. He’s my favorite, so I’m pretty butthurt.
Enjoyment – 10/10
Overall, Senyuu may be short, but it’s worth every second. It’s a well adapted anime that is hilarious and easily recognizable, and it’s fun to read the source material afterwards. Definitely recommend.
It still follows the hero Alba in his epic(?) journey for peace, but this time he is estranged from the Royal soldier Ross as the initial group gets separated. And the eventually has to face many new obstacles and villains to finally be reunited. What this season does is focus on the story a bit more occasionally sacrificing the gag anime like humor, specially the stuff like mocking other animes bit was almost absent from this season. And at times I had to ask the same question as the narrator does, “Where are all the jokes?” In the end it still had its funny and really enjoyable moments and turns out quite fun for its short duration, but it does lack in this regard compared to the last season, so gets 7 out of 10.
While Alba, Ruki, Rudlof, Hime and the masochistic cat are really as fun as ever, some other old characters like Ross really went in a sad direction as they almost lost their defining characteristics due to the plot line. Among the new characters Samejima was really awesome with his manly man attitude, but the rest of the new ones really lack the flavor or uniqueness of the old ones, so this was also a step back. It gets 6.5 out of 10 for the disappointments.
The change in art to convey the humor was almost like the first season, although it really was noticeable less this season due to the focus shifting from the wacky humor a bit. Sadly the varying opening sequences which I liked quite a lot from the last season is missing and that fact was quite sad. It gets 6 out of 10.
The show received the most improvement in this regard which was quite odd actually. While the in-show was not anything special, the opening “Canary” by Granrodeo was very good and the ending punky and wacky “QUESTERS!” by Alba (Hiro Shimono) was really something that the show really needed as music from the start (just check-out the lyrics if you don’t believe). This gets 8 out of 10.
This season was definitely a step back from the last one, and specially the cliffhanger ending really was quite annoying as there is no news of a 3rd season anywhere and even the mangas are not completely translated. But the whole season was a very short watch, still had some amazingly funny moments and was never quite boring despite its lacking.
Overall Score –
6.5 out of 10.
We were left off in that horrible cliff hanger in Senyuu and now we go right back on to the story!
Senyuu 2 given us with a more serious plot and tone then the first one and even contains death that the narrator himself can’t contain his surprise and fear.
No seriously though, it is still a comedy and should be taken as a comedy with 15 seconds of serious time that is ruined by their golden comedy.
In Senyuu we were left off with Alba still in prison with our Cinderella of love, Rudolph. The castle head maid, Ares. The princess, Hime and the blonde one, FoyFoy. While Ross was transported into a dimensional rift where Rchimedes, the first demon king, was sealed using Januar’s power with Ruki, our cutie demon. Michelajul, a masochistic cat. The over 100 year old witch, Februar Zwei and Januar himself with surprising guest, a hot headed red haired shounen hero.
This is the story of how Alba and Ross are separated and how they try to get to each other again but was forced to face the harsh reality of a plot twist.
I am making this a lot serious than it really is and I really shouldn’t because it is a freaking comedy.
A lot better than the first one, they are still what they are but Alba and Ross are not together in this so we were able to see their reaction to other characters and yes, we are given some character development here.
Pretty, clean, crisp as always
Once again like in my last review, go to youtube and search for Senyuu 2 opening if you haven’t seen it because it is hilarious, especially if you already watched the whole series. Exaggerated anime scenes with really awesome music. An ending with the voice of our hero, Alba. Also because it is a lot more serious, their soundtrack improved a little bit.
Hilarious and easy to watch because of its short length. Worth trying to watch.
9: Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel Saga
English: Excel Saga
Japanese: へっぽこ実験アニメーション エクセル サーガ
MAL Score: 7.50
It’s hard to take over the world, and the enigmatic Il Palazzo, head of the ACROSS organization, knows this, so he aims to start small by conquering the city of Fukuoka. Two young officers, the Excel and her partner Hyatt, are tasked with executing this plan, but standing in their way are the City Security workers, a group consisting of three (mostly) normal guys, a very severe girl, and some robots. Regardless of simplicity, Excel and Hyatt always manage to screw up their missions, which usually result in death and lots of destruction.
Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel?Saga chronicles the elaborate troubles that the ACROSS officers get themselves into, as Excel and Hyatt never fail to do their jobs improperly.
Excel Saga actually not only tells the story of Excel and her escapades, but it is actually three different story lines going at once.
We have the tale of Excel, Pedro, and The Neighbors that work for the city.
With that said, the story is not easily reviewable but here goes.
Well to tell the truth, there really is no story (aside from trying to take over the city) until the last few episodes when random twists of fate bring all three story lines together (dont worry that didn’t ruin anything)
Each episode of Excel saga is meant to be a parody of different genre, for instance, there is a sci-fi episode, a fantasy episode, a "power rangers/sailor moon" type one, etc etc. Throughout the course of these episodes, stranger and stranger things start happening and its always entertaining, sometimes funny, sometimes WTF.
The episodes that dont so much focus on Excel have no plot either, and are more of the "daily life" type anime episodes.
As for the art, the animation is top notch. Everything is well colored, choreographed, and presented. They make use of a wide array of animation styles for the various episodes and characters which is a plus.
The sound……i dont even know. This is one of the reasons you love it or hate it. Excel talks extremely fast about the most random things and she can get to be very annoying, or very entertaining. And you may think that "oh she can’t talk like this the whole time" but you are wrong, almost the entire time she is running that jaw of hers. Dub or sub, she sounds the same, i dont have a recommendation, pick whichever you normally watch.
Aside from the vocal tracks, the music is quite entertaining. The character themes and sound effects play a big role to help emphasize scenes and actions.
As for enjoyment, I personally found the show very entertaining although at times i did want excel to just STFU but it was worth it in the end to watch it. Dont watch this for any kind of epic plot because you will be disappointed, but if you want highly entertaining, high energy and comical times, check this show out.
The story mainly follows 2 main characters as they’re “trying to take over the world” for a company called ACROSS, i forgot what the acronym stood for. The two girls, Excel and Hyatt, all work under a man called Ilpalazzo. The great thing about the two main characters is that they’re complete polar opposites of each other. Excel, is your typical over eccentric and stupidly ignorant girl, and Hyatt, is very under eccentric and is actually pretty smart. Its funny in a sense that they are Literally different from each other. They’re not the only characters in the show tho. There are at least a good dozen characters that keep reappearing but always displayed in different situations.
Art and Sound
The art and animation is typical pre-2000 style artwork. Its all kind of lame in my opinion, but they do show their artistic variety in how they have to draw drastically different environments with every episode. The music is forgettable, although you’ll laugh at the ED a few times it gets annoying after the 3-4th time listening to it. The op is a little catchy and its a nice touch to have hyatt cough during her singing.
The best part of the anime is the line execution or the script. The use of the word “Shock” and the running joke of her eating her dog among all the other hundreds of jokes makes this show stand out so much. The simplistic lines flow very well with the simple artwork and characters. They even go far as copying characters from from digi charat, to fist of the northstar, to shinesman (you’ll think its power rangers but its really a spoof off of Shinesman), really show the voice range and artistic range albeit a little simple.
This show does have its high points but its also with its downsides. If you’re really into anime comedy, then this would be a good pickup, but even if you’re not into the comedy genre it still would not be bad to pickup and watch since there is the possibility of you seeing one of your favorite “classic” anime or genre get spoofed. You’ll see jokes coming from lolicon to androids, to poverty jokes, you’ll see a little of everything here. It’s definitely a different style of comedy and Nabeshin’s comedy style transfers very well to his other work, Nerima Daikon Brothers. This anime is not for most people but you’ll enjoy the ending
Manga/Anime: Excel Saga was originally an manga created by Rikdo Koshi. It began running in Young King OURS in the April 1997 issue, and is still running at this point in time, at. Viz has licensed it Stateside, and the sixteenth volume (and the latest volume to be compiled over in Japan) was released on September 11th, 2007.
The anime version was produced by JC Staff (best known for Revolutionary Girl Utena and Honey and Clover), and directed by Shinichi Watanabe (well-known for Nerima Daikon Brothers and Tenchi Muyo! GXP). It ran on TV from October 7th, 1999 to March 30th, 2000. It has been licensed by ADV Stateside, and the sixth and final volume was released April 8th, 2003.
Story: …Story? What story? xD
Basic plot follows ACROSS’ (leader Ilpalazzo and lackeys Excel and Hyatt) attempts to take over the world.
And really, that’s about it. Because each and every episode can be taken as a self-contained standalone (except for the last ones), and there’s almost no continuity, except in the characters, and one or two basic plot elements.
You see, this anime is a parody of every single genre/major show in the history of evah. Sports anime? Done. Youth drama? Done. Gundam? Done. Dragonball? Done. End of the world? …You get the idea. They even do an episode just to see how far they can violate TV censorship rules.
It’s got some good gags. But it’s not satire material. It’s still pretty well done, though.
Art: There’s not a lot to be said here, because it all depends on what they decide to mock each episode. xD But whatever they choose to mock, they do it well.
Music: The lyrics to the OP are hilarious, and the fact that they’re sung so horribly out of tune is the only reason the OP stands out. The ED stands out for the fact that it’s just a dog barking/woofing/howling, with a translator translating them into a human language for us.
The background music, as always, depends on what they’re trying to mock each episode. But as with the art style and story, it’s done well. I’ve still got some random themes bouncing around in my head…
Seiyuu: The big thing for this one is that they got Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon’s seiyuu) to do this, so when they do magical girl parodies, it’s even more hilarious, because in a way, she’s mocking herself (they even do some very specific mockings of Sailor Moon herself). xD They do this with several other seiyuu. Also, Ilpalazzo’s seiyuu is Hotohori’s seiyuu (from Fushigi Yuugi) and Touga Kiryuu’s seiyuu (Revolutionary Girl Utena), and his seiyuu is right up there with Joji Nakata for me. So, overall, WIN.
Length: I cannot think of a single genre or major show that they did not mock (and any ones that do come to mind are only because they were released after this). Plus, it starts to drag a little at the end. So, yeah, just right.
Overall: A pretty decent parody gag anime with awesome seiyuu and music.
Also, HAIL ILPALAZZO!!
Overall: 42/50; 84% (B)
8: Osomatsu-san 2nd Season
English: Mr. Osomatsu 2
Japanese: おそ松さん 第2期
MAL Score: 7.60
Second season of Osomatsu-san.
Act 1: You tell a great joke, people laugh, profit
Act 2: You tell the same joke, some people laugh, some people don’t, profit
Act 3: You tell the same joke again, very few laugh, the rest doesn’t
Act 4: You still tell the same joke, No one laughs.
There are many comedy anime that destroys itself by overusing jokes, and this second season is no exception.
If you have watched the first season, then you might now what is this about, Sextuplets making comic gags while they suck at life (neets). While most of the comic gags on this second season are new, not all of them are funny, and those that are funny gets old pretty fast because it tends to be overused in the same episode. Story: 4/10
Art and Sound are probably the best things of this show,Their Openings and Endings are pretty colorful and well done. There are some episodes that completely change the setting which leads to the very best episode of this second season: Episode 18. This episode features Iyami as a good for nothing bum who is hated by almost everyone on town, but one day he meets a little blind girl who is selling flowers on the street. This episode is beautiful in many ways, it starts out with a smooth monochrome palette. This feature alone holds a lot of meanings for this story, the soundtrack is a really great addition to the story, as it holds what this episode wants to express. Later on, the color palette comes in with a colorful world with a very emotional soundtrack that might end with a smile on your face as tears starts falling down. This were the point where I thought that this second season wasn’t a mistake at all. Art: 7/10 | Sound: 8/10
The cast is almost the same as the first season with the addition of odd fellows that are introduced later on, if the sketch demands it, the characters might not follow their usual behavior, but other than that, the characters end up being the same as how they were in season 1. Characters: 6/10
Enjoyment 6/10: Even if this anime suffers from overusing jokes and unfunny jokes, there are still moments on this season 2 that are memorable (Ep 18 is an example of that).
To start with, the move from two or more “scenarios” per episode to episode-length “scenarios” feels like a misstep. With season one, sketches never became too tedious (outside of fan-least-favorites like F6) because of the fact that they were not the length of the entire episode. When a sketch ended, it felt like it was because the premise has been exhausted and the show can now move on to something else.
By having entire episodes dedicated to one sketch, some flaws that were in the writing previously become much more evident, and things become a lot more tedious. It wasn’t until season 2 that I realized that whenever a joke was made about one Matsuno, a similar joke had to be made about every other brother before the show could move on. If this happened before, it became very obvious now, and if I didn’t think a joke was funny once, it certainly wouldn’t become funny after hearing it five more times.
Even episodes with more than one sketch had a similar feeling of tediousness, that the joke was simply going on way longer than it needed to go. The sketch involving Choromatsu and Ichimatsu had a promising premise, but at some point the one joke that the sketch, that they are uncomfortable being alone around each other, was just being repeated over and over again by the end. Maybe this aspect of the show has always been here, but if that’s the case then it only got worst.
Another complaint I have is that the show at times feels like it is resting on its laurels when it comes to episode scenarios compared to season one. It often relies on interaction between the brothers to be enough for a sketch, when season one offered a lot more than that. Season one utilized the side characters very well, especially Chibita, and in this season, while he still is a great character, side characters were relegated to being vehicles for more inter-Matsuno banter and one-liners. There was no “Iyami’s Counterattack” this season, no “The Karamatsu Incident”, no “Jyushimatsu Festival”.
If there’s one thing the show does right, is that it actually manages to provide some good characterization for the sextuplets. For one thing, Karamatsu has actually become more self-assured in terms of not becoming the punching bag for the other five, often being allowed to get in his own insults and comments. But we also see his insecurity towards needing to do everything for his brothers in order to feel validation. Osomatsu is also given some much needed depth in the second to last episode, an aspect of his character that has been hinted at before but never completely explored until then, and the episode right after doesn’t immediately erase all of it! These characters are very easy to turn into vapid stereotypes of their actual personalities, and there are instances where that does feel like the case, but more often than not they are consistently written with care, or at least as much care an irreverent sketch comedy show could have.
That’s what keeps the show watchable for me: it still cares. Episodes like “Iyami in the Wind” and the two final episodes show that despite how flippant, bitter, and absurd the show is at times, there is something very genuine at the center of it, keeping the tradition of the 1988 series alive (and perhaps the writing of the original manga as well, although I have not read any of it so I cannot say for sure). Maybe the writing quality has been worsening, but I can tell that no one has given up, which gives me hope that if there is a third season, perhaps the writing staff could fix their flaws and create something as good as what I remember season one being.
Based off an original manga and anime by creator Fujio Akatsuka, you will find yourself laughing and squirming in your seat enjoying this show! There is a plot, and even as subtle as it is behind the hilarious and craziness that is this show. But the fun is enjoying each episode for what it is! (Each episode is usually radically different then the one before.)
Overall the experience was amazing from Season 1 to the end of Season 2 and hope to see some future episodes!
MAL Score: 7.65
Kanji Sasahara is an introverted college freshman just looking for a place to fit in. One day, he happens to stumble upon the club known as the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture—otherwise known as Genshiken—that serves to bring the full spectrum of otaku culture together. His first visit to the club, however, does not end well as Sasahara’s pride is crushed by his senior, Harunobu Madarame, and he leaves the meeting in full denial of his otaku nature. However, after befriending club member Makoto Kousaka, who turns out to be a hardcore otaku despite his looks, Sasahara becomes more involved with club activities which include obsessing over their favorite anime, reading doujinshi, and attending conventions. There, he meets other interesting people like Kousaka’s vehemently non-otaku girlfriend Saki Kasukabe, who strives to turn her boyfriend into a “normal guy.”
While Saki struggles to understand otaku culture and her boyfriend’s love for it, Sasahara finds himself enjoying his time at Genshiken, gradually shedding any denial he once had about being an otaku and immersing himself in an otaku lifestyle.
Genshiken, adapted from the manga by Kio Shimoku, is about a college club for otaku who never quite grew out of the doujinshi, cosplay, and resin-kit building phase of their lives, and how the members of the club find support and acceptance in the eyes and hearts of each other when the rest of the world labels them as, in the words of one of the characters, "failed human beings". Reoccurring themes throughout the anime are the ritualistic attendance of a Tokyo-based doujinshi convention, Comi-Fes, hanging out aimlessly in the club room discussing the latest installment of Kujibiki Unbalance (a fictitious anime series that often acts as the catalyst for many of the series’ early events) and dealing with real life vs. otakudom.
The story of Genshiken, much like the relationships between the characters, starts off uncertain and it may seem to the uninformed viewer at times stuck in second gear. But as the characters begin to mingle and expose their personalities more and more, so too does the storyline of Genshiken grow in cohesiveness and also direction. Fans of the slice of life genre will not be daunted by the slow beginning, and will find themselves hooked by the third or fourth episode, as the storyline picks up the pace and wastes no time with the pestilent fluff that is the downfall of many mainstream series today. In a lot of ways, Genshiken reminds me of Azumanga Daioh in that as the series begins, you’re indoctrinated into a newly formed circle of friends, almost like a silent observer, but you feel like you’re there because of the strong storytelling and realism; by the end, as characters move on with their lives, you feel that profound sense of sadness that one feels leaving their friends behind from high school or college as the next phase of life’s journey awaits them.
Artistically, Genshiken is on the mark. Tsutomu Mizushima, who adapted the series from Shimoku’s manga, was true to form in favoring a mute, more realistic color palette and style of artwork. The background artwork is never shunned and scarcely ever will a frame or series of frames be blatantly recycled. Viewers might be puzzled, however, as toward the end of the series there seems to be some sort of shift in both coloration and style.
The sound effects of Genshiken are average, but the voice acting might as well be deemed stellar. Clearly, the brightest and most illustrious of Japan’s voice talent was assembled for this job. In a series like Genshiken, where bells and whistles and intense action sequences or gratuitous nudity or fan service can’t distract you from poor voice acting, the seiyuu chosen from each role is a critical choice. Each voice actor fits their role flawlessly, especially the character of Harunobu Madarame (voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama), a high-strung, ultra-hardcore otaku and fetishist.
I’m a tough critic, so my numbers may be skewed from what you’re used to reading. But truth be told, Genshiken deserves a 9 when it comes to characters. Very rarely do you come across characters in an anime with real problems, real vices, and real dilemmas. Genshiken characters are not stock, folks. They’re you. They’re your friends. And you’ll get attached to them so much that it hurts. It is purely the characters that drive Genshiken, an echo of a world all to familiar to the series’ sympathetic viewers.
You’ll doubtlessly get a lot of enjoyment out of Genshiken, and each time you watch it, you’ll learn something new, not only about the show, but about culture and the world you live in. Henceforth, the replay-ability of Genshiken is pretty high up there. Overall, it’s a great show and worth forking over money for that pretty DVD boxed set your friends will envy.
The story begins in Tokyo University, where a very small club of shy and discouraged people waste their day watching anime, playing hentai games, reading manga, and building Gundam models. The main character is Sassahara, and he’s like everyone else in the club. But unlike the others, he’s always nervous and still has a long way to becoming a true otaku like his other clubroommates. Through out the show, Sassahara learns more and more of what it means to be an otaku.
Meanwhile the story also shifts between other group members, like Madarame. Madarame is pretty much the head hanco of the club. He’s an expert on anime and hentai (and prefers hentai over the real deal). He’s very nervous of women, and has some what and attraction to the club’s anti-anime girl, Saki.
Saki falls in love with one of her old childhood friends, Kosaka, which happens to be an advid anime gamer. Saki likes the fact that Kosaka is a hunky dream boat, what she hates about him is his addiction to video games and anime. She tries everything she can to make Kosaka give up his interest, even put some of the other club members down. Eventually Saki becomes a member of the group and then we notice signs of her slowly getting into Cosplay.
The story is very good. I also did some research on this anime as well, and this version I saw was a renewed version of one that they made after the Gundam hype. This anime bases itself on the advertisement of another anime called,Kubjuki Unbalanced (sorry if I spelt it wrong). The previous one revolved around Gundam and many other famous anime’s of the late 70’s through the early 80’s.
All in all, this is an anime worth seeing over and over again (even the theme song is kinda addictive). This is one you shouldn’t pass up. So if you are an Otaku and want everyone around you to understand you better, just say “watch Genshiken”.
The first question on your mind might be the same one that was on mine when I first heard about Genshiken; so I think it might be appropriate to answer it right away. What exactly is a genshiken? Genshiken is an abbreviation. This anime revolves around a university club called [GEN]dai [SHI]kaku Bunka [KEN]kyūkai which translates to “The society for the study of modern visual culture”. The club was, as it is explained in the anime, originally formed ten years prior in order to bridge the gap between anime, manga, and video games. However, with the blending of these three originally separated sectors in the recent years, Genshiken has somewhat lost its purpose and is therefore a very inactive club in the beginning of the series.
Genshiken is a comedic slice-of-life parody that revolves around the daily activities of the members of the club. Genshiken doesn’t really have a story with a set beginning, middle and an end. It is an episodic series that sets out to examine what it means to be an otaku in its entirety. The series touches on virtually every subject, issue and area of interest you can think of with regards to the otaku culture. It delves into Cosplay (costume role-play), Plamos (plastic models), Eroge (erotic games), Dōjinshi (fan-made manga that often contains erotic content), “otaku merchandise” (posters, limited edition items…), Akihabara (aka Akiba), anime and manga conventions, fashion, women, money and more. The only area that I can think of that the show doesn’t really touch on too much is with regards to hikikomoris or shut-ins (although they are mentioned and hinted at a few times throughout the series).
Genshiken is often compared to the Welcome to the N.H.K. manga and anime series. There are defiantly similarities but there are also some noteworthy differences. Welcome to the N.H.K. is about the very serious social issue (… or psychological disorder if you will) of hikikomoris and the continual increase of this problem. Welcome to the N.H.K attempts to examine this serious issue using bits of parody and comedy in order to better relate to the viewers, but all the while it never forgets the seriousness and severity of the problem. Genshiken on the other hand is more than anything a comedy. The show never gets too serious (… possibly a bit in the last one or two episodes of the series; but not really). Both shows do examine the otaku culture but unlike Welcome to the N.H.K which concentrates mostly one particular sector (hikikomori), Genshiken looks at the entire otaku culture. You may think of these two shows as complements to each other. Welcome to the N.H.K. fills in the hole that Genshiken leaves by not examining the hikikomori too deeply.
This anime, as you can probably imagine, is full of references to many anime, manga, and video game titles. The writers have tried to avoid using the real names of the titles and events in question in many cases (I assume to avoid lawsuits), but the references are obvious. You can expect to see and hear things such as Gungal (Gundam) and Comifes (based on Comiket which is the largest anime and manga convention in existence). There are also several references to titles that don’t actually exist such as Kujibiki Unbalance which is a fictitious anime series that is displayed throughout the series (Although, Kujibiki Unbalance actually does exist now as a spinoff result of the Genshiken series).
The characters are probably the best part of the Genshiken anime series. The characters each have their own unique personalities, hobbies and interests, and it is through these differences that the series manages to touch on every aspect of the otaku culture. Let’s examine some of these characters:
+ Kousaka Makoto: Kousaka is like a creature from another planet. On the outside, he seems to be almost every woman’s dream guy. He is good-looking, full of confidence, smart, friendly and on top of that he has a great fashion sense. However, the inside is another story. He is a complete otaku (probably more than any other character on the show) and he appears to be hopelessly clueless. If my memory serves correctly, he is at one point rightly referred to as “a race of his own” or something of that effect.
+ Kasukabe Saki: Kasukabe is a great addition to the cast mainly because she is not an otaku. She only appears at the Genshiken doorsteps because she is attracted to Kousaka. Her only desire in the beginning is to stop Kousaka from being an otaku (an impossible task) and she believes she needs to destroy Genshiken to achieve this goal. She is loud, outgoing and violent and hates everything otaku. However, she turns out to have good heart and eventually start to soften up a bit after some time at Genshiken.
+ Madarame Harunobu: Madarame is what you would typically picture when you hear the word otaku. He has the voice, the look, and the demeanor. As he himself says at one point, he is from “planet otaku”. He is also very non-confrontational and that makes him even more fun to watch.
+ Ohno Kanako: Ohno is a Cosplay manic with a cute face and a nice figure. When she is introduced into the story, she has just returned from studying abroad and has been somewhat out of touch with the otaku culture and cosplaying. However, it doesn’t take her long at all to get back into the groove. Most conversations with her somehow end up related to her cosplaying or her trying to make someone else cosplay. Her passion is only fueled when she meets Tanaka Souichiro who loves making cosplay customs, at Genshiken.
+ Manabu Kuchiki: Kuchiki or as he likes to be called, Kuchi, is by far my favorite character in the series. He is only a supporting character but for me, he induced more laughter than all of the other characters combined. Think of the most over the top anime character you have ever seen and assign a number to how over the top that character actually is. Now take the number to the power of fifty and you will have a general idea of how over the top Kuchiki actually is. He overreacts to just about everything and says things others would only think of but never actually say. One of my favorite quotes from the series is one that Kuchiki says about himself which roughly translates to: “when it comes to going ballistic, I’ve never lost to anyone!”
+ Ogiue Chika: Ogiue is introduced into the series in the three-episode OVA and sticks around for the remainder of the series. She fits perfectly into the Tsundere character archetype. Much to her dismay, she has a serious fetish for yaoi manga (boys’ love / homoerotic manga usually created by females). She is very self-conscious and her interest in yaoi makes her embarrassed enough to hate herself and by a process of transference every other otaku on the planet. Much like Saki, she also starts to loosen up a bit after spending some time at Genshiken.
+ Sasahara Kanji: Genshiken doesn’t really have any characters that can be called THE main character. But if one had to be picked, it would be Sasahara. Now you may be wondering why I am mentioning the main character last. The reason is simple. I found him to be the dullest of all of the characters in the series. He is the boring good-for-nothing harem male lead character that strayed from the yellow brick road and found himself in a non-harem anime. His only redeeming quality, as is common with male harem leads, is that he is nice. That pretty well sums up Sasahara Kanji.
There are other characters in the show that I would like to talk about, but the character section of this review is already more than large enough so I will be skipping the rest.
There is not too much to say about the art and animations in Genshiken. The art and animations are not great, but they are definitely more than acceptable. The style and quality of both can be compared very closely to that of Welcome to the N.H.K.
The voice acting is done pretty well and the characters match their voices in every case. My personal favorites are the voices of Manabu Kuchiki performed by Ishida Akira, and Mitsunori Kugayama performed by Nomura Kenji which I think are done quite brilliantly.
The music is one of the strong points of Genshiken. I love all of the opening and ending songs. Soft and mellow songs were chosen for the ending themes and more upbeat songs for the openings. The lyrics are great and the visuals are fantastic. I was especially impressed with the season 2 OP that contained Gundam lookalikes alongside a song that could very well have been used for a Gundam series.
In sum, Genshiken is a great parody slice-of-life anime that never takes itself too seriously. It will make you laugh and it will even educate you a bit at the same time by giving you great insight into the otaku culture. While full of fun and laughs, the non-story of Genshiken also has a moral theme. That theme is acceptance. Many unique and fascinating characters are introduced throughout the series and despite their differences they befriend each other and all manage to find some common ground. This anime belongs on your must-watch list.
6: Binbougami ga!
English: Good Luck Girl!
MAL Score: 7.70
Ichiko Sakura lives life on easy mode. Blessed with good fortune, she has everything she has ever wanted, including beauty, intelligence, and wealth. Momiji Binboda is a goddess of poverty. In stark contrast to Ichiko, she is cursed with misfortune, such as a perpetual cast on her arm, a flat chest, and a box under a bridge for a home.
Their lives collide when Momiji lives up to her title and delivers some unfortunate news to Ichiko: her large amount of luck is due to her subconsciously draining the luck from those around her! Momiji has been tasked with stealing back Ichiko’s fortune before she leaves everyone without enough luck to even survive. But Ichiko, with the help of the wandering monk Bobby Statice, manages to fight off the poverty goddess. This defeat forces the goddess to enlist reinforcements in the form of Kumagai, her teddy bear familiar, and the masochistic dog god, Momoo Inugami.
Insanity ensues as Ichiko’s quiet life is replaced with daily battles for her fortune. To survive the chaos, Ichiko will need all the luck she can get in Binbougami ga!!
Here’s a review based on my opinions after completing the anime.
Binbougami ga! is not only known for its humour, it also teaches the viewers a lesson in life about sharing, respecting and caring for others rather than being selfish; only thinking about ourselves. It also displays how anything is possible if we look beyond what’s there. For example, Ichiko, the well known beauty queen of the class who’s perfect at everything, totally self-centred, pretty much you can describe her as a “snob”. Well let me say, even she can change into a more caring person with the help of Momiji, the goddess of misfortune and others.
The art in Binbougami ga! is nice, although it’s not the best I ever seen, however it can range from simple artwork to really nice ones. However I would want Momiji and Ranmaru to actually wear the school’s uniform throughout the anime when they’re at school. I mean wouldn’t the school not allow students breaking the dress code rule? Having Ranmaru wear a blue outfit and sandals can quite make her stand out especially when she has bright pink hair and the binds wrapped around her chest. Although Momiji for the most of the time is wearing a uniform, but it’s nothing close to the school’s. Despite that, judging from the character designs, it’s still nice and you can see everyone’s characteristics.
The music and sound effects are pretty good but I would say sometimes, the voice acting may over-exaggerate a bit yet it still brings out the goods of this anime. I was really surprised when I heard Hanazawa Kana (voice of Ichiko) change her voice tone in this. Let’s just say all of the Seiyū are amazing with the change of tone, expression, range and emotions of the voice. Great work guys!!
The characters are just spectacular as viewers can see both the main character’s two sided personality. For Ichiko, she may be called the beauty queen among the male classmates, but when you see the other side of her she can be a snob. On the other hand, Momiji can be really lazy but she gives out good advices to the viewers and of course, to our Ichiko. When you put these two together, they make the perfect pair and can create many memorable humorous acts. Although as I mentioned before that sometimes they tend to over-exaggerate, anyhow it brings out the joy of laughter to everyone.
I really enjoyed watching Binbougami ga!. I laughed throughout every episode and I wondered to myself “how did they come up with that idea? that’s awesome!”. I just can’t get enough of this with only 13 episodes, I hope for a second season to be on its way soon.
To be honest, at first I was reluctant to watch this however after completing the whole thing, I must say that Binbougami ga! has become one of my personal favourite anime. It is an excellent anime to watch when you want to relax especially having great big laughs in almost every episode.
So if you’re looking for a worth to watch anime, Binbougami ga! is the right choice for you. It is just marvelous.
Sakura Ichiko is blessed with great fortune, far more than a regular human possesses. In fact, she unconsciously steals fortune from the people around her, ensuring her own good luck. In order to maintain the balance betwixt fortune & misfortune, the Gods of misfortune send Binboda Momiji to Earth. Her mission, drain Ichiko’s fortune and prevent her stealing anyone else’s. This quickly results in various schemes and shenanigans as Ichiko tries to protect her own interests and the battle between the lucky girl and the Goddess of misfortune is joined.
The biggest issue with the series is that a good portion of the humour isn’t just trite and predictable, but it’s flimsy at the best of times. We get the stereotypical perverted monk/master/priest that’s oh so generic and played out. We also get the masochistic gag character who just wants to be hit by pretty girls. The only twist to him is that he’s a dog God in this. We also get the fan-service jokes, which basically operate under the assumption that shameless fan-service isn’t shameless fan-service if it acknowledges that it’s shameless fan-service. We also get references used as jokes. This series courageously acknowledges that such series as Dragonball, Doraemon & Lupin exist. Because those are just such obscure series that the audience might have forgotten them. All without making any kind of humorous statements about them that might elevate those references to parody.
That being said, the series does have its funny moments. A lot of the competitive stuff with Ichiko & Momiji works pretty nicely, when they leave out the monk and the dog God or hurriedly toss them to the refuse bin where they belong. The series is at its best when it blurs the boundaries of Ichiko & Momiji’s relationship. Those moments where they seem more friendly and less like actual enemies. There are also some good comedic moments with Ranmaru. The more emotional scenes involving the three of them do work quite nicely at times. Aside from that, though, the more serious scenes tend to be just bland.
The characters vary quite a bit. There are some like Ichiko, Momiji & Ranmaru who are decent enough for the sake of a comedy. Then there are characters like Bobby, Momoo & the trio of girls who really hate Sakura who exist solely for one repeated, unfunny joke or to add cheap, completely unnecessary drama. Which is also the primary reason that the scenes with the three main ladies are the best in the series.
The biggest problem with the art is that it’s overly fond of fan-service. Or it would be, except that it magically doesn’t count because the series acknowledges it. Does that line of non-reasoning actually work on anyone? On the positive side, there are some good visual gags here and there and some nice visuals for some of the altercations between Ichiko & Momiji. The negative and those few positives aside, the artwork is passable. Not good, but not bad either.
The acting isn’t badly done. The biggest problem with it is that there’s a lot of exaggerated yelling. They got some skilled actresses for the leads: Uchiyama Yumi, Hanazawa Kana & Tomatsu Haruka have all given some strong performances before, but this isn’t one of the better ones for any of them. Although, in all fairness, it isn’t a bad one either. Their performances here are just kind of okay overall. There are times when they really work and there are times where they don’t. The worst performances come from Shimono Hiro & Kawahara Yoshihisa. Not because they’re bad actors but because their characters are incessantly obnoxious. The music is another aspect that greatly varies. Some of it is quite nice, I actually really liked the opening theme. Other parts of it are kind of annoying and not well done.
There are some points where Momiji and Ichiko not only seem friendly, but seem to be attracted to one another. Particularly towards the end of the series. Ranmaru also gets some female admirers, but they treat her like she’s a boy so it barely counts.
Binbougami Ga is one of those series that’s highly mixed. Every positive aspect of it is balanced out by something negative. It’s not a bad series, nor is it a good one. All in all, it’s pretty mediocre. My final rating is going to be a 5/10. Next week I’ll be looking at Kuuchuu Buranko. Until then, have a fabulous time.
You know, seeing the previews of this show a few months ago, I wasn’t the biggest fan of it.
Then again, as I said in the last review, comedy is a subjective art form and this especially goes into anime. For me, it’s like comedic shows like Sgt. Frog, Panty and Stocking w/ Garterbelt, Squid Girl, & Kill La Kill does better with me than the likes of Baka to Test, Love Hina, B Gata H Kei and Nisekoi. You can say some of them are the same but no…..they’re not.
I can see myself liking it but then again, it does have the annoying eechi show feel to it and I have been getting annoyed with those type of shows and the fact most of them may not be my thing.
Pretty, busty rich girl Sakura Ichiko has been blessed with an inordinate amount of good fortune, so much so that she’s actually sucking the fortune from those around her. To correct that massive imbalance, Momiji, a God of Misfortune, has come to Earth to “treat” Sakura—only Sakura isn’t so willing to cooperate. As part of an ongoing effort to remedy the problem, Momiji starts living with Sakura.
So……..that comedy thing of mine? Yeah, I saw myself laughing at a few moments in the show that are genuine but most of the time when they were referencing other anime (DBZ, One Piece, Lupin, etc.) or go overblown with the eechi/boob jokes, that is when I groan at that (I would say more but SPOILERS). I mean, it just felt very lazy writing like these are last minute jokes someone just came up with and decided to stick in there. There is also the heart of the show being that good luck and happiness comes from within and not from the material things although it does feel weak as it goes along and while it’s decent, some of the aforementioned comedy interrupt those moments and makes it seem very out of place and awkward. I can like kookiness in an anime and I think the show tries to have it both ways but sadly some of the time, I didn’t feel as invested in the story as much…….nor the characters as much either.
Ichiko Sakura is the most typical Mary Sue character in the show. She’s adored by all of the guys in schools but loathed by all of the girls but leads a very lonely life even though she has about every material thing in her grasp…..oh, did I mention she got boobs? Hell, her nickname on the show is Tit-chiko and thankfully that didn’t get used as much…..at least from what I heard. I can’t say she progressed but it didn’t felt like de-characterization and I did like the banter between her and Momiji and them getting at each other’s throats. In short for the other characters, Bobby the perverted monk and Momo’o the S&M dog god, whose both character traits gets worn out very early in the show. Keita is pretty much the straight man in the series and the rest of the family are decent as well, just not as interesting and I did like Ranmaru in the show as well as she’s one of the few characters that doesn’t annoy me as much. Also, should I give a fuck about Nadeshiko?
No? Yes? I heard in the manga, she’s more vital in there but this isn’t about the manga, it’s the anime version I’m reviewing and I say…….yeah, I don’t give a fuck about her at all.
The animation and artwork is okay, it is more of the typical art style that most anime people are used to. Then again, this is much up to Sunrise’s alley as them doing gag comedy isn’t new to them. After all, like I said, Sgt. Frog is one of my favorite anime comedies and they are responsible for that as well and they do succeed with what they’re doing, although I still do get mostly annoyed with it, too.
Musically, my thoughts on that is meh as well. The opening theme for the show is alright, I like the first 8-bit parts of it and other than that, it’s merely okay. Ending theme is also fine as is the rest of the score.
The FUNimation dub does help me get through the series as it goes along. I did like the performances of Brina Palencia & Colleen Clinkenbeard as Ichiko & Momiji, respectively as they do deliver the best performances of the dub. Patrick Seitz & Todd Haberkorn are pretty type-casted in the show (Seitz being the black guy although he’s damn good at it and Haberkorn playing the one guy with the nasally whiny voice), that’s not to say that were bad in it, that’s the opposite of that as they played their roles very well. Also, I did like Martha Harms as Ranmaru, a VA that I haven’t recognized in FUNi dubs in the past that could become more noticeable in the future.
FINAL VERDICT: The show does have its charms and I have thought of some moments in there to be funny and have some heart but it does tend to lose that quickly when some of the humor gets tired. It’s stupid and silly in both the right ways…..and the wrong ways, too. I will say that it is worth a watch but this is more of a stream it rather than buy right away. Just dip your toe in the world of Good Luck Girl first before owning any DVD and/or Blu-ray.
5: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
English: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
MAL Score: 7.72
The “Anarchy Sisters,” Panty and Stocking, have been kicked out of Heaven for, to put it mildly, misbehaving. Led by a priest named Garterbelt, these angels must buy their way back by exterminating ghosts in Daten City. But this task requires unconventional weapons for these unorthodox angels—they transform their lingerie into weapons to dispatch the spirits. Unfortunately, neither of them take their duties seriously, as they rather spend their time in pursuit of other “hobbies”: Panty prefers to sleep with anything that walks, and Stocking favors stuffing her face with sweets than hunting ghosts.
Follow these two unruly angels as they battle ghosts, an overflow of bodily fluids, and their own tendency to get side-tracked in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
To put it plainly, the entire point of this show is to take the illusions otaku have surrounded themselves with for the last 10 years and annihilate them through a wanton, infinite assault of sex and Western style. This show is not Sora ga Otoshimaru Hime Desu Beats! or whatever the hell it is you people watch nowadays. This is about a gun-toting whore and her diabetic goth friend slashing and shooting giant monsters literally comprised of shit, armies of dead sperm soldiers and their especially polite and well-mannered rivals, and when they’re not doing something like that they’re getting into some other shenanigans which may or may not involve parodying Transformers. Oh yeah, they’re Angels or something under the command of Black Dynamite and have Gir as their sidekick and have to collect coins by killing monsters to get back into Heaven. But honestly, who cares? There are panties in this show that turn into guns and it’s funny as fuck.
Behind all this exquisite and sophisticated comedy is probably one of the most feminist morals ever, another thing that separates P&S from your average animu. Through the entire series, the female main characters do what they want, when they want, how they want while the male lead is useless, flaky and gets captured a lot. This motif boils down to “It’s okay to be a bitch. Live free and if you screw up have a man clean up after you.” As you can see, this show’s driving message has all the modesty of its main duo. It’s fantastic.
Also, that token Gainax ending. It’s there and as wonderful as ever.
It’s entirely episodic like a US cartoon, but with an overarching point. There are actually 26 episodes, but they’re all 12 minutes long. Each episode is two episodes. That’s right, this show has a 2x Quality Multiplier.
This show oozes with style that has pretty much never been tried before in the Eastern world. Think Dead Leaves (if you haven’t seen this, take 40 minutes away from that time vampire Korean MMO I’m sure you have minimized in the corner and watch it. Dubbed only. It’ll be the best thing you’ll see all month) meets Power Puff Girls. The art and animation quality are as incredible as they are unique, using a potent blend of patented hand-drawn Imaishi scribbles, CGI and actual, real-life explosions at the end of each battle. The comic-styled on-screen sound effects from Dead Leaves also make a return here in full force, and they make the whole thing such a cool and unique experience. Another, minor thing I like is that the girls change clothes every episode, a subtle but welcomed touch that more cartoons should employ.
Oh yeah, it should be noted that this isn’t an “ecchi comedy” (Those aren’t funny or even passable as entertainment. If you came here looking for one of those and are now reading this review with a twisted expression of shock on your face, it should be noted that I personally and sincerely hate you and several things that look like you). Yes, there are more sex jokes than I’ve ever seen in a 12 minute cartoon segment, but the girls themselves are not fappable. That’s the point. If something along the lines of “UNFAPPABLE ANIME GIRLS?! WHAT IS THIS” just escaped the blubber of your face, this isn’t the show for you. In fact, most shows and animation in general isn’t for you. As said in the previous section, this show was designed to be the antithesis of every ecchi moe series that has ruined anime in the last decade.
The punchline is that there are often scenes where Panty and Stocking become similar to standard, over-proportioned anime women to cocktease otaku, and there are people here who’re actually going “i don’t get it, why wasnt the whole show like that?”. Jesus christ
This won’t be hard. We have /eight/ main characters in the show.
PANTY: She loves sex and violence. Her panties turn into a gun named Backlace. In episode 1, she banged four or five guys. I love Panty.
STOCKING: She loves sweets and goth frills, not to mention looking down on her sister’s bad habits. “Serves you right! I hope you shit out all your organs! Hahaha!” Also her stockings turn into katanas and she has a bondage fetish. I love Stocking.
GARTERBELT: A large, angry, black afropriest who tries his hardest to make the derelict angels do their jobs. Dude is awesome and intense. Also, a pedophile.
CHUCK: literally Gir
BRIEF: The nerd who follows Panty around, the anime everyfan that the show makes fun of.
SCANTY & KNEESOCKS w/ FASTENER: Creating a beautiful parallel to our lustful and gluttonous heavenly duo(along with terabytes of more fan art), these two demonic siblings are just grand and add a much-needed team of villains for P&S to unknowingly beat each episode.
OH LORD THAT SOUNDTRACK:
Upon beginning this show, I got five seconds in. I hit stop. I hit play.
Yes, my brain said, the theme song is, in fact, electrorock “PANTY STOCKING, PANTY PANTY STOCKING YEOW!!”
As expected from a Gainax original series, this soundtrack is godlike and like Gurren Lagann’s, it’s extremely varied. The ED alone makes the whole thing worth getting.
The OST is out now btw. It’s missing a few good tracks so gainax can release another one later for more $$$ or something though. Still, it’s just swell.
Gainax is trollan’ weaboos hardcore while simultaneously resurrecting the entire medium with Imaishi’s bare, tired hands. If you like style, great music and actual humor then you’ll probably like this a lot. Oh yeah, and it’s easily a contender for Anime of the Year, right next to Rainbow, DRRR and Sym-Bionic Titan.
Truly a work of art, the only setback is that it isn’t dubbed, and due to crunchyroll’s indescribable faggotry, it won’t be for a while. I have a strong feeling, that with a patented Funi gag dub(WHICH IS COMING IN 2012 OH MY GOD), this show’s quality will burst into dimensions the human mind can’t even acknowledge.
(editor’s note 2013: the dub is great)
The main argument as to why Panty & Stocking is a masterpiece are all embellished ways of saying “funny,” “it’s a parody,” and “cool art.” Some people go as far as to say that Panty & Stocking is actually genius scripting – a juxtaposition between today’s current moe anime standard and hardcore “American pop culture.” I’ve even come across the explanation that Panty & Stocking is “a new level of anime,” one that doesn’t require intricate or meaningful plot, characters, or story – essentially an anime that thrives on emotion and it’s acute sense of humor.
That my friends, is complete bullshit.
Panty & Stocking is an anime that relies on swears, penis jokes, and violence as its selling point. Now many anime have capitalized on at least one of these points before and have succeeded (Detroit Metal City, Seitokai Yakuindono, and Baccano! in respective order). So Panty & Stocking tried to do all three simultaneously. I found this not only moronic, but offensive. Never before have I actually been ashamed of watching anime. I am a male, and I have even strapped myself to a chair and watched such titles as Boku no Pico, Bible Black, the Ghost Stories dub, and a high amount of other borderline disturbing anime and media with radical content and ideas and not ever have I felt what I felt when watching Panty & Stocking.
I felt stupid.
What do I mean by that? I mean that Panty & Stocking insulted my intelligence and grouped me in the level of humor that one would find in such riveting pieces of American glory like “Family Guy” and “Superjail.” I personally watch anime because I view it as a medium that has great qualities that other media culture could learn from. I openly started Panty & Stocking with hopes that it would verily mock the troupes one could find in American media in a way that had not been done before. What I received was a trashbin of repetitive storylines combined with zero-dimensional characters that did nothing but yell about phallus’s and excrement. The attempt on grasping American culture (even today’s pop culture, which is what I believe Panty & Stocking wanted to poke fun at) disgusted me. Not once did I find the use of references to famous American films appropriate. Not only did the references have nothing to do with the episodes at hand, I felt that Panty & Stocking tried to take such references and use them as a tool of manipulation trying to coax viewers into thinking that Panty & Stocking was legitimately a smart piece of composition. I can easily see where people would be misled, that is with the art looking similar to various cartoons in America, Panty & Stocking must be a parody! Not at all. In fact, Powerpuff Girls had a stronger plot to begin with, and to even group this anime together with that cartoon would be slander to Craig McCracken. The animation may be new to Japan, but it has been seen before in cartoons, and it’s been seen better so all exclamations like “The art is weird so it’s good!” and “Different art just isn’t appreciated!” are false. Gainax, one of the most acclaimed and profitable animation studios in Japan, truly abused the art style to boot. Watching only a few episodes you can see where corners were cut (which is extremely noticeable in episodes 10, 11, and 12.) A recap in a thirteen episode anime, should never be necessary. How is it that anime such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Monster, and Glass Mask, spanning over fifty episodes each never used a single recap episode in its main series, yet Gainax has the balls to put one in a thirteen episode /comedy/ series? Truly outrageous.
The characters in Panty & Stocking might as well have been pieces of shit or drivels of snot. Oh I must have forgotten. They are pieces of shit and drivels of snot. Nearly every antagonist, save the demon sisters whom I will touch upon in a moment, makes the characters from Mars of Destruction look creative. They exist solely to be discarded, and even worse, to swallow precious moments of your time away. The demon sisters who are introduced halfway through the series actually shined a beam of light down onto this hellhole of a production, but only briefly. They were first brought into play standing for everything that Panty and Stocking opposed and after their episode had ended, I hoped for more episodes similar to theirs to occur. But what do I get? A conflict that builds between the antagonists and protagonists for one episode, and then the demon sisters regress into Team Rocket. Never again are the demon sisters relevant as antagonists and most of the proceeding episodes are focused on them releasing some sort of monster and then failing as they fly into the sky. Now the supporting characters might as well be called the crippling characters, because that is really all they do to the overall story. Garterbelt does nothing but hinder the story and abuse the stereotypical “all priests are gay child molesters.” If this was meant to be a way to confront the issue in the Vatican, it failed, and if it was meant to be a funny comment on the church’s political standpoint, then well, it failed again. Garterbelt assumes the role of mentor to Panty & Stocking but ultimately ends up being a total eyesore and teaches the protagonists nil. And then there’s Chuck who is likened by many to Gir from the Invader Zim series. The main difference between the two is that Gir was actually funny. I really don’t think I have to go into much detail on Chuck’s character design because all he says is Chuck and is then squashed by a larger object. He plays absolutely no role at any point in the series, but there exists an episode in which he is the focus. After watching this episode I was very much tempted to sign up for lessons in Japanese so I could write angry letters to the writer in his native language begging him to quit his career in animation and move onto a medium that won’t suffer from his obvious mental deficiency. Then is the character named Brief, who portrays the cliched disgusting otaku with no merits other than his apparently large penis. His atrocious character design is only overshadowed by Panty’s single trait – how much of a gigantic unlovable disease infested whore she is. Both her and Stocking are obvious fodder for prepubescent virgin teenagers attracted to the sheer idea of sex. I would even go as far as saying that if this anime did not contain explicit transformation scenes in which characters remove their undergarments it would be nowhere near as acclaimed as it is. That is to say, the fanbase consists of perverts striving to find some deeper meaning in their anime which they try to defend by explaining that if you don’t like it, then you must have a poor sense of humor or need to “loosen up.” Compare Panty & Stocking to Mitsudomoe – both anime including large amounts of sexual content used as jokes – Mitsudomoe has characters that possess qualities beyond “she likes sweets” and “a huge bitch” though. Panty & Stocking can’t actually even compete with Mitsudomoe on a scale larger than sex jokes, because the characters and story are so disabled that it merely strives to fill the void with even more moments of mediocrity. I don’t find Panty & Stocking unfunny because it doesn’t suit my humor, I find it unfunny because there is no humor to begin with.
Then there’s the canon discontinuation. Anyone who tries to makes sense of the abominable ending or any one of the episodes all together deserves to have themselves locked into a sanitarium. Another reviewer describes the two eleven minute episodes per episode as a “times two multiplier” but I would I disagree and say that it’s actually a divided by two denominator. The split episodes merely reflect the inconsistency and the lack of coherency that Panty & Stocking exclusively has. One moment the entire cast is zombified, the next everyone is on the beach being sexually violated by sea monsters. Not ever will the story amount to anything beyond not having one.
The sound in Panty & Stocking, I will cede, is very good. The ending song, performed by Lisa, is wonderful and regrettably has very little to do with the anime. In the ending sequence a scene that appears to be a vague backstory on both Panty & Stocking exists, and alas once more, Gainax turned their noses away from such a sweet smelling idea. Even cartoons for the youngest of children have stories explaining the origination of their characters. Dora the Explorer had more character development than Panty & Stocking. Beyond the ending are numerous in episode tracks, whilist very enjoyable, I felt that many of them were overplayed and often unfitting (I can recall about four episodes ending with the song that includes the lyrics “Clap your hands.”) The opening is closest thing to piece of satirical work – the song is a shout-out to all cartoons which only repeat the characters name over and over again.
Now if you’ve actually read this far, I believe you’ve come to the conclusion that I hate Panty & Stocking. If you thought anything but that, then you’re wrong, because I detest Panty & Stocking more than a Red Sox fan from Boston hates the Yankees. It is an insult to the medium of anime almost as much as is when someone says “You like anime? Then you must love anime porn,” and I will end this review saying Panty & Stocking does nothing but encourage statements like that. It gives a foul name to anime, for it lacks the fineness that geniuses like Tezuka and Kon worked themselves to death to bring us. When it comes to Panty & Stocking, I am disturbed with anime being associated with it.
And for people who may find this review too serious and that I must not have “understood the point” of this show I would like to say that I did not miss the point. You just made up a point yourself, because this anime lacks one.
It is a not a sophisticated series.
As an anime in general, its selling point is not a deep and compelling story with fleshed out characters, exploring various philosophical issues in order to deliver a good message.
As a comedy anime, its humor is not very classy. Its laughs are not derived from insider knowledge (well, most of them) or sublime writing.
So what exactly is the appeal of this anime, you ask?
In Gainax’s own words, “vulgar and indecent jokes”.
This is usually not a good selling point for anything, because honestly potty humor is very rarely an effective form of comedy. It is quite possible you will not find this series appealing even if you legitimately give it a try. That’s fine.
However if you’re anything like me, you’ll find the result is surprisingly entertaining and one of Gainax’s best (if strangest) shows.
The refuge in vulgarity works fantastically, and the numerous references to western animation/movies, slick animation, awesome music, zany characters, and blatant abuse of engrish makes for a very fun experience; if you’ve ever played Conker’s Bad Fur Day, it’s very similar. it’s honestly one of the most entertaining anime I have seen in a long time. In typical Gainax fashion, the ending will involve you tearing your hair out.
This is a very love or hate series; either you will find it fun as hell or you’ll hate it and find it a disgusting waste of animation cells. I’d at least give it a try, but you should know what to expect before you watch it.
4: Genshiken 2
English: Genshiken 2
MAL Score: 7.76
The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, otherwise known as Genshiken, is now under the charge of a more confident Sasahara. Things have changed in between semesters, and the otaku club now has a new otaku-hating member named Ogiue. Sasahara’s initial goal of starting a doujin circle and selling those fan-made magazines at the next Comic Festival becomes a reality, but reality is a cruel master… who apparently crossplays. Afterward, the club is abuzz with talk about Tanaka and Ohno’s relationship, which takes a hesitant step forward.
(Source: Media Blasters)
The story begins when Sasahara takes his new presidency of the Genshiken club to the next level, by entering the club into a Comi-fest Dojinshi retail. Now he teams up with a new member, Ogire, to make some awesome manga. Meanwhile, Madarame is having a difficult time leaving the sanctaty of college, Ohno and Tanaka are getting closer then ever, Kasakabe is starting to understand Kousaka’s Otaku lifestlye, plus Kugayama is starting to learn to standup for himself and speak out. Alot goes around until Sasahara decides to leave Ohno as president in order to become a Manga editor, and admit his true feelings to Ogire.
Yes, alot has changed with the Genshiken crew. For those who read this should agree that this Anime shares alot of what most of us go through everyday while living in this Anime loving world of ours. I believe if you watch this Anime from the first season to this new one, you’ll say to yourself "yea. I love being an otaku".
All in all the story was solid and kept in touch with the first season. The character development is great. And the comedic attude is right where it should be. Now, you just have to watch it.
The first season was about otaku people and culture. This season also showed a little bit of that, featuring Genshiken’s participation in the Comic-fest and the introduction of two non-japanese otaku, but it’s mainly about the lives of the Genshiken members. It features relationship developments, dream chasing, job hunting, socialization, graduation, and post-graduation. It shows some of reality’s hardships towards these aspects and how the characters overcome them. This has really good stories that give viewers an even better slice of life’s reality.
The art is improved so much in this season. The characters are drawn better, the backgrounds and layouts are excellent and the animation is now high quality. Everything just looks great and so much better than the first season and the OVAs.
The sounds are good like in the first season, and even better because aside from having the same excellent voices, the effects, and soundtracks used are also excellent. The only minus they have here is that the OP and ED songs are indeed nice but they don’t fit the show unlike the ones used in the first season.
The characters were already developed a lot in the first season, and they still continue to develop a lot here. The new characters are also great and the annoying Kuchiki is now tolerable and actually adds more fun to the show with his shameless, straight forward and weird personality. Everyone is now likable except for Haraguchi of course (everyone hates Haraguchi). Not to be hated so much, Haraguchi essentially helps in developing the characters, so it’s really an all good, outstanding cast.
This season is super enjoyable. The comedy was indeed lessened but it’s still there giving some great laughs with added drama and inspirational scenes. There is one problem though that majority of the viewer’s would find troublesome and it’s about an episode where a lot of yaoi scenes coming from Ogiue’s imagination are visualized. It’s not much of a problem though because it doesn’t ruin the show at all and is a big plus for other viewers.
English: Mr. Osomatsu
MAL Score: 7.98
The majority of the Matsuno household is comprised of six identical siblings: self-centered leader Osomatsu, manly Karamatsu, voice of reason Choromatsu, cynical Ichimatsu, hyperactive Juushimatsu, and lovable Todomatsu. Despite each one of them being over the age of 20, they are incredibly lazy and have absolutely no motivation to get a job, choosing to live as NEETs instead. In the rare occurrence that they try to look for employment and are somehow able to land an interview, their unique personalities generally lead to their swift rejection.
From trying to pick up girlfriends to finding the perfect job, the daily activities of the Matsuno brothers are never dull as they go on all sorts of crazy, and often downright bizarre, adventures. Though they desperately search for a way to improve their social standing, it won’t be possible if they can’t survive the various challenges that come with being sextuplets!
For some, Osomatsu-san’s crudeness may be going a step too far. There are frequent jokes about things like enemas, phimosis and masturbation, and the characters will stab each other in the butt or attempt to… yeah, defecate on a table, and on more than one occasion. Those looking for something more mature or refined in their comedy are probably not going to find what they are looking for in Osomatsu-san. It is far more crude than something like Gintama, but not quite as offensive as something like South Park (and without all its racism and antisemitism). Whether or not you will enjoy Osomatsu-san’s irreverent humour is entirely dependent on your tolerance for the above-mentioned things. If enemas and table-pooping don’t immediately scare you off, you’re in for a very fun time with Osomatsu-san.
Iyami, the dumbass, self-proclaimed “Frenchman” (I put quotation marks here as what nation or planet he actually comes from is a mystery), armed with buckteeth and a bowl cut, is probably the highlight of the entire show. An episode will, for example, open with him watching a newscast about brushing your teeth “at least 45 minutes a day”, and he will stare at some grotesque object (the likes of which I can only imagine came from a person’s digestive system) with his misshapen pal Daiyon, screaming and fidgeting into some bad Austin Powers pose as though he is having some sort of aneurysm or seizure. In one of the later episodes, Iyami engages in a martial arts competition with the aforementioned “Sheeei!” pose, and the sextuplets make him unleash his Inner Sheeei by shredding his bank statements and insurance cards from the stands to piss him the hell off. These are just a few examples of how much of a goof, and unbelievably stupid character Iyami is. I am not sure how someone could not laugh their butts off watching him. If he truly was the protagonist of the 1988 series, I can easily understand why.
Hatabou’s episode is another example of the many, many amazing moments in the show, what with all the awful flag puns and Barack Obama appearing out of nowhere, to name a few things. Or how about all the moments when Juushimatsu is just casually sitting in the background, completely unlike his brothers, tongue out and eyes googling around, seeming like he is on the hardest psychedelic drug ever known to humankind. The show is so stupid, and yet hilarious all the same. There will inevitably be a joke every now and then that you find dull or repetitive (I didn’t laugh once during the ‘fish idol’ gags, for example), but the overall win-to-lose ratio with Osomatsu-san’s jokes is quite high. It is like the best moments of Gintama, but much cruder and more neatly compressed. Most comedy anime struggle to be even a fraction of what Osomatsu-san is at its worst.
I think having a certain level of experience with anime and Japanese culture also lends to a greater appreciation for what makes Osomatsu-san so unique, especially when compared to how banal most other comedy anime are. I can easily picture new fans, still going through the big boys like Clannad After Story and Steins;Gate, checking out an episode of Osomatsu-san out of curiosity and wondering what the hell they are even watching. While I don’t think references should play an important role in any anime, the frequent parodies of less-popular shows like Akagi are a good indication that Osomatsu-san is meant to be watched by an audience already well-acquainted with the medium.
There are, surprisingly, quite a few references to western media as well, like the Saw or Captain Underpants ones in the third episode. I had no idea Japan knew or cared about the crap that my generation was reading in primary school. Captain Underpants! I haven’t even thought about that dumb series in a decade.
Osomatsu-san’s art is particularly cartoonish and simplistic, but this simplicity lends more freedom to the outrageous acts and facial expressions that the comedy relies on, and which would not be possible, or at least severely limited, under a more elaborate and distinct art style (i.e. your typical KyoAni anime). My only complaint is that the six brothers look almost exactly the same, with the exception of Jyuushimatsu and his trippin’ googly eyeballs, and Ichimatsu who looks like he is constantly stoned. For the first half of the series, you will likely find yourself relying more on the voices to tell who is who, and so things can get quite chaotic as you’re busy pointing fingers.
If there is one detail that should be criticised, it is that the random bouts of drama can get a bit concerning. These scenes are generally well-executed, but the problem is that they put a damper on what is supposed to be a comedy series. I’m not entirely against the show having a structure more resembling an actual plot, but the reason we’re all watching anime like this is to have a nice, fun time, yeah? It does not feel appropriate here.
While I do not have any experience with the original anime, a bit of research reveals how the entire series is something of a cultural phenomenon in Japan, far more mainstream than I had originally guessed it to be. There’s even black-and-white pictures from the 1960’s of kids enacting Iyami’s pose! It’s neat to find such a successful revival of a historic series. Nothing in the 2015 anime feels old-fashioned, and it perfectly captures the humour and culture of the current generation of twenty-somethings. As far as I am concerned, Japan has a knack for picking excellent anime for their mainstream, if we consider series like Touch, Aikatsu and Osomatsu-san. The west could take lessons from Japan in that regard.
Sure, Osomatsu-san’s brand of humour is not going to be to everyone’s taste, and perhaps it will even be a bit disturbing to those of a more conservative palate. I get it. But if any of what is described above sounds even the slightest bit appealing, I would wholeheartedly recommend giving the series a go, beyond the initial, confusing first episode.
And you know what? Even if it doesn’t sound appealing— I never would have thought I’d enjoy something like this, either— Osomatsu-san serves as a careful, potty-mouthed reminder that great anime can also exist outside of one’s comfort zone. Maybe it won’t be the ‘best’ anime of the year, but I have little doubt it will have been the most fun. A little bit of fun is something we all need in our lives. We get stressed and we feel the need to turn on our electronic devices, relax and enjoy the smaller things life has to offer. Table-pooping is OK with me.
I am perfectly aware this was a reboot targeted towards the Japanese demographic, but as someone who tends to have a rather wide-spectrum of humor, I had a hard time getting behind the comedic aspects at all. Especially with how much the anime forces something funny to happen out of thin air, it becomes a chore to watch. I think this is because everything about this anime is heavily bent on being Japanese on almost every aspect- which is perfectly fine, but it’s obvious this wasn’t made for anyone outside of Japan to understand.
Each 25 minute episode has numerous segments, at first i thought it was actually fun at first but it gradually became annoying and in my opinion very detaching. I ended up skipping some segments as I simply did not enjoy the plot, which was something that also heavily influenced my criticism for this anime. A good portion of the story of each segment felt very stretched out at times or even repetitive as segments beforehand shared a very similar basis/outcome.Once again, I get it- it’s supposed to be funny and random, but it always bothered me how the amount of scenarios the sextuplets were in that it was sort of like they had amnesia of the person they were interacting with. It didn’t feel progressive, or like as if what you were watching was actually accumulative aside from at most reoccurring characters that just end up being thrown in to quite literally fill in the background or maybe show up for a line at most – there just no development that felt like watching it in order was pointless.
Regardless of the massive amount of inconsistency and flawed humor for me, I can’t ignore the obvious dedication and love the people who made this anime put in, you can tell they really wanted to please their fans by tipping their hat towards the classic series and generally enhance for not only the old fans but the newcomers of the series as well. The visuals are simplistic yet very well done (especially with how colorful it is), the sound is excellent, and i really enjoyed the characters, especially the sextuplets.
Now, if there is something that i felt this anime shined in it was actually the serious ,dramatic episodes – there’s about 3 that’s revolved around the main 6 (well from what I remembered) and they were actually the most memorable episodes to me. I know that praising a comedy anime for content that isn’t it’s main focus is kind of unjust but I really felt the need to acknowledge their ability to really tug your heart strings as it depicted moments that had alot of depth to them despite the majority of the anime was a never ending joke in comparison.
If you’ve watched a clip that shows what the anime is like and you get a laugh out of it, then watch it, because that’s exactly the content you’ll be seeing for the majority of the time. If you could barely laugh about it at all and found it sort of obnoxious like I did, I would skip it.
It actually took me a while to get around to watching this show. The art was too Muppet-ish for my tastes, and I didn’t see anything appealing about a gag anime where the main characters all looked the same. I’d never heard of Osomatsu-kun either, so there was really nothing drawing me in. The only reason I started watching was because I heard that the first episode was filled with anime parodies and you could only watch it illegally because the creators didn’t want to get sued. It took me a good few months, but by the end of that first episode, I was hooked.
The best part of the Osomatsu-san story is that there kind of isn’t a story. There are no story arcs, no rising or falling action. They just kind of throw some ridiculous short plot at your face for a few minutes and then move on to something else. This can be a really tricky kind of show to pull off, but the staff managed it so that viewers can be pissing in laughter one minute and ready to cry about a cat wearing glasses the next. (Writing goals.)
The comedy is a wildly out there kind of toilet humor where you don’t really understand what’s going on but you’re laughing out loud regardless. It’s the kind of comedy that western shows like Family Guy and South Park strive for, but can’t pull off as well or as consistently as Osomatsu-san. This show’s like adultswim’s wet dream, seriously.
As I mentioned earlier, Osomatsu-san has a weird Muppet-esque type of art. They look like Garfield and Kermit the frog had a litter of cartoon babies. However, this perfectly suits the show’s overall tone, and when it doesn’t, they aren’t afraid to change it up. They’ll throw in some clean Studio Pierrot animation (with character designs that clearly reference UtaPri), stylistic facial references, and even replace everything with just words. It’s odd, but it really works somehow.
The background music didn’t really stand out to me. I’d notice it on occasion, and when I did it would fit the scene, but I never thought, “wow that’s some real good jammin’ in the background.”
The openings and endings, on the other hand, were great. Both openings had a quirky sort of denpa-meets-folk vibe, while the endings seemed to have disco-pop influences. They’re all incredibly catchy, and stupidly hard to get out of your head (which can be a great thing and a wildly annoying thing).
Ah, the shining beacon of light that made this show the work of art it is. The brothers, who at first glance look like the same person in different shirts, are soon apparent to be clearly cut individuals. After watching a few episodes, you get to the point where you can easily tell them apart at first glance, just by their postures, expressions, and the occasional oh-so-subtle differences in hair.
Characters who seem to just be an embodiment of comedy are delved into and developed to the point where the viewer becomes so emotionally attached that they go to bed thinking, “I hope Ichimatsu gets enough sleep; he always seems so tired…” You think that background character is just gonna be comedic relief? Sorry buddy, you’re about to get wrecked over a bald boy with Naruto whiskers.
No character is simply what they seem to be in this show; everyone has 3d personalities, everyone has different sides to themselves. The character that you thought was a lazy freeloader turns out to have deeply rooted psychological issues, and the one who you thought was just the classic Minnie Mouse style sweetheart will beat you with a fish while insulting your genitals. They’re realistic characters in an incredibly non-realistic world, which is a weird but wonderful contrast that really gets you thinking.
Osomatsu-san will ruin you in the best way possible. You’ll fall in love with a Muppet and question your life, but you will enjoy it. Feel the pain. Love the pain. Laugh over the pain. And someone please give these boys some hugs and counseling dear mother of christ.
Overall: 9/10, would recommend.
2: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
English: KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
MAL Score: 8.14
After dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and recluse Kazuma Satou finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua. She provides the NEET with two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s dream—a real fantasy world! Choosing to start a new life, Kazuma is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorizing villages. But before he goes, he can choose one item of any kind to aid him in his quest, and the future hero selects Aqua. But Kazuma has made a grave mistake—Aqua is completely useless!
Unfortunately, their troubles don’t end here; it turns out that living in such a world is far different from how it plays out in a game. Instead of going on a thrilling adventure, the duo must first work to pay for their living expenses. Indeed, their misfortunes have only just begun!
This review will be rigged with League of Legends references. If you don’t get it, you obviously need to start playing the game right now. And no there’s no spoiler.
Konosuba > DotA 2 *Grabs boobs*.
At a quick glance, Konosuba might be as average as any other RPG harem where the MC is Faker playing against a bunch of Crowns and Kuros, where all he has to do is perform a barrel roll on stage then proceed to win Worlds. Three times.
WRONG. It’s far from that yet it was so good that I would consider this anime to be THE anime of the season. How? (MF support duh)
After 10 episodes directed by Mr. Michael Bay, our party of Bronze V garbage feeders still hasn’t managed to get out of the ghetto ass town made for noobs and losers, let alone destroying the enemy Nexus. Basically, the plot moved SLOWER THAN THE FUCKING CLOCK WHEN I’M AT WORK. At the very least, they did manage to slay a super fed Mordekaiser (but he did nothing wrong ;_;), farm that clueless Tahm Kench over and over and survive a debacle of One-for-all Renekton gank.
30 SECONDS UNTIL MAIN CHARACTERS SPAWN
The art was bright and colorful, reflecting the overall mellow mood. the background and water art were especially beautiful that they gave me eyegasm. The skin, textures and animation is fairly good, but at times they were sloppy like a bunch of chimpanzees were substituted in to take charge of production.
The soundtracks and OP/ED songs were okay, fairly relaxing, mellow which captured the overall silly and light-hearted nature of the series but not that impressive (to me at least). It would’ve been better if the troll music from Random LoL Moments on Youtube were used. On the other hand, the voice acting was superb which greatly contributed to the comedy and overall enjoyment of the series. Kazuma’s “Hai, Kazuma desu”, Aqua’s cries and rants were so hilarious I can’t even.
What made Konosuba highly enjoyable was the team of 5 totally dysfunctional, insufferable trash players and the comedy that resulted from their inability to cooperate, which led to their flaming one another and getting utterly raped by whatever’s going on around them. Konosuba makes fun of the RPG genre and its cliches in general instead of following them, leaving a stronger impression on me, the viewer who’s obviously tired of SAO, Log Horizons and such. Furthermore, no anime would be complete without this most fundamental rule: Cute girls. Konosuba’s cast of girls (and Kazuma) were cute, yes, they’re even highly distinctive and did not fall into apparent tropes that are so overused nowadays, making them relatively fresh.
“Baa…….kaaaa Ta…taaa……taric-kun, it’s not like I wanted to go bot lane with you or anything… Don’t misunderstand” – Tsundere Ezreal.
“I’m sorry Lux-chan, I, Taric, Ezreal-tan’s eternal lover will be the only one allowed to go bot lane with him” *Swings hammer* – *Rainbow splatters* – Yandere Taric
No, no, we don’t need any of that, get outta here.
MAIN CHARACTERS HAVE SPAWNED
– The adc: Satou Kazuma, leader, our hella weak dickwad of an adc compared to Jesus-kun of the RPG world Kirito, but he’s got the brain and he actually fights smart despite his auto-flaming. His cynical and realist attitude separated him from our usual never-give-up nakama-powered MCs, which might as well make him the best MC of the season. He’s the only adc to not dive into the middle of the enemy team, as rare as it sounds. He’s surrounded by idiots and the way he deals with them is uber hilarious, reminds me of how I deal with my own League party. You did not realize that the adc is a melee, and you’re not going to question it. Move on
– The Mid Laner, One Explosion Girl a.k.a Michael Bay’s waifu: She’s basically Ziggs but with only the Ult, thus she’s literally useless after using it, requiring someone to carry her (literally and figuratively) else she’ll feed the enemy team’s Tahm Kench and Mordekaiser. She is, of course, flamed by Kazuma throughout the series. She’s cute, yeah, but she’s not like your average moeblob. She’s got explosive personalities, explosive ambitions and explosive love for explosions. Hue
ENEMY DOUBLE KILL
– The Top Laner, a.k.a MasoLeona: What’s better than a tank? A MASOCHISTIC TANK!!!!!!! She’s tankier than Rammus, Malphite, and Alistar w/ full tank build combined but her aim is worse than mine in the morning trying to piss while blinded by the Satan God Teemo (he’s the real Demon King they have to kill). Needlessly to say, she joyously took all the aggro and flaming like a real M. Scenes where she verbally “abused” the honorable Dullahan were priceless. Poor Dully. If only she could aim her E properly… Who even plays Leona top nowadays? This is like fucking Dyrus trolling every game when he’s streaming after having retired from TSM.
ENEMY TRIPLE KILL
– The Support, Best Girl (sorry Michael Bay fans): Basically your toxic feeder Nami with legs building ap instead of support items while going around trash talking to people and fucking shit up with wataah. She’s super derp, always trying to ragequit, feeds Tahm Kench furiously and is constantly flamed by Kazuma but that’s where the fun comes from. She just needs a hug and I wanna give her a big hug so badly because she was forced to play support by Kazuma, it’s not her fault guys!!!
ENEMY QUADRA KILL
– The Jungler, Wizzlestick (because ap jungler w/ drain, but then again it’s a contradiction because she is… well… thick, while Fiddlestick is… well… a stick): The one who is super fed but only came to gank like twice during the entire anime but who cares? She’s kind and cute af, and she destroys the enemy when it matters most. Unfortunately the support absolutely hates her guts because she’s not playing a meta champ, but this is the only time when not everyone blamed the jungler for their misery. If only she ganked lane more often, she’d be a best girl contender. Let’s be honest that she’s only here because I don’t want to have a team of 4 when implementing League of Legends in my review.
Everyone is 1/10 fed and 9/10 feeder, however due to the circumstances they have to stick together because 4 is always better than 1 (5 if the Jungler actually showed up). This is where Konosuba is most different and in a good way, the characters slowly get stronger, better at teamwork, more sympathetic and understanding of one another over, (still weak in the end), not shitting out powers and eternal bonds of friendship all of a sudden. Nobody gets ult from Level 1 guys…
OUR TURRET HAS BEEN DESTROYED
I could relate to Kazuma so well, being a decent League player who prefers to stick to a group of average feeders and make them better, rather than joining a bunch of diamonds because then victory doesn’t feels like a true accomplishment, and there’s no fun curb-stomping the enemy team all the time. Believe me, I raged hard the night I wrote this review because we played like retards lol.
OUR INHIBITOR HAS BEEN DESTROYED
After successfully defending the base from Super Siege Minion spawned by Warlord’s Banner of Command, our gang must head into the counteroffensive to be brought by season 2. But until then, let’s just say that season 1 was exhilarating to watch. I especially appreciated the silly comedy, the anti-harem and anti-OP MC themes from the series.
Michael Bay would be so proud of Megumin and Konosuba, someone needs to show him this series please.
DEFEAT…. barely avoided.
I’m pretty sure everybody has said this already, but, it really is true. After the extreme success of Sword Art Online the reality to game genre has become an insanely overused trope. Konosuba does have one thing going for it though… Instead of choosing to become ridiculously powerful like almost every other protagonist, this protagonist decides to take the wish granter with him to the ‘subarashi sekai’. I can tell you, I wasn’t expecting that!
The art itself in Konosuba… is bad. Really bad. As in, it looks way too old for 2016 quality. It could have been worse, MUCH worse, but it is by no means impressive. What is impressive however, is the animation, especially in episode 10, with all those explosion scenes. Radiant colors flaring everywhere, shapes of all different sizes, but most importantly, in the episodes with the succibi and in the mansion….. HOLY CRAP DID YOU SEE THOSE JIGGLE PHYSICS?!
Ugh… well, here goes. Konosuba’s sound factor. The opening theme is very catchy. But not the kind of way that makes you want to sing it all the time, the kind that makes you regret ever haring it because you can’t stop singing it. The ending theme as well, is just plain and not something anyone will remember. I did like how some characters got themes to match their personalities, but even then the music was mediocre at best. The voice acting is done decently, but is nothing special. The sound effects were also average.
I’m actually scared to be writing this right now, because the amount of butthurt fanboys is going to be insane. But, here goes… I’ll start off with character design. Unrecognizable. Every. Single. One of ’em. They have the traditional ‘fantasy world’ clothing and design, through and through. As for their personalities: Kazuma is a funny lead that tries to defy the harem cliches. Aqua is funny as well, and memorable for sure, but she is outshined by Darkness, a masochist. Yep. You heard me. A masochist. Hilarious! And of couuuurse, how could I forget fan favorite Megumin! Super cute and always unleashing explosions, what is NOT to love about these characters?!……. They aren’t funny anymore. Usually unique characters being fit into a 10 episode anime like this are praised and loved by all, because there isn’t enough time to realize the flaws in the character. (I’m guilty of this also). That’s not the case with Konosuba. I think it was around episode 7 when I stopped laughing because I had heard the same jokes over and over again. By episode 10, they were straight up annoying.
Konosuba… ok, I’m not even going to say it had potential, because it didn’t. It was doomed to fail from the start. If you consider this anime funny it is definitely something to try, but if not, don’t bother. I would only recommend it to extreme fans of the reality to game genre, and…. well… that’s it. If you enjoy it, good for you! As for me, Konosuba was not my cup of tea.
KonoSuba spews out pure joys and rainbows. With other shows telling great stories or exploring philosophy and other themes, Konosuba ignores all that and focuses on pure entertainment! With genuinely hilarious albeit niche comedy, any flaws this series has are just parodied to still become enjoyable. There’s very little to criticize about this show, because I’m not even sure whether or not all of these “flaws” it has are there on purpose or not.
KonoSuba is the obligatory goofball of its season. It’s so over the top, but it manages to execute its quirkiness in a way that’s super hilarious and lighthearted. Instead of pursuing a serious story, it focuses on slice of life shenanigans that make fun of stereotypes, like character tropes and MMO characteristics. KonoSuba is an amazing anime to just sit down and relax to. Other shows getting on your nerves with their turtle or cheetah pacing? Pop an episode of KonoSuba. Feeling down because you just finished an amazing show, and you have fallen into a showhole? KonoSuba will cheer you up with its refreshing comedy, and it will get you back into an anime watching mood in no time!
– Cast of characters are funny and resemble other awesome characters.
– Parody references of MMO mechanics are creative, funny, and now that you think about it, MMOs make no sense at all!
– For a silly series, the animation and art is gorgeous and the soundtrack is awesome too! The ED especially has a Fairy Tail feel.
– Just pure joy comes out of watching this.
– MY CABBAGES!!!!
– The show is so cliche that it’s anti-cliche.
– There is very little relevant plot.
– Only 10 episodes. Really? Are you kidding?
– Has promises of going somewhere yet never does.
– Since characters are parodies, they don’t have much character of their own and aren’t very unique.
Despite the fact that there is almost no actual story, and that it’s more like a slice of life of a stereotypical MMORPG world, the little events that happen are creative and enjoyable, especially to you hardcore MMORPG gamers out there. Konosuba’s first episode is actually one of the better first episodes in the medium, as it tells you exactly what you’re getting yourself into. The show parodies the mechanics of MMO games to the point of boner inducing laughs, such as highlighting the outrageousness of what MMO skills can do, as well as the randomness and weirdness of MMO events and quests. It also parodies anime by using subtle 4th wall breaks in reaction to what the characters say or do. The show is a parody and the characters know it. Konosuba has this quirk of doing something so stupidly outrageous that you can’t even get mad at it. This show is incredibly self aware of its silliness, and as a result, takes it even higher.
Konosuba has this thing it likes to do, and that’s bring everything full circle for the laughs. And when I say full circle, I mean literally full circle, as in by the end of all the outrageous things happening, the story hasn’t progressed a single step. Even so, there is a sense of a growing bond, perhaps an unhealthy bond but a bond for sure, between the characters, and this is definitely something that progresses throughout the series. Unfortunately, this developing bond leaves the story in the dust. Konosuba is like parkour: it takes the most insane and outrageous route to get to where it wants to go, except it doesn’t go anywhere.
Even silly anime have high budget art and animation, and KonoSuba is proof of that. The animation is actually really gorgeous (for example, the animation of the DNA strands are actually pretty cool!) The characters look like shit but for all the right reasons, Aqua’s design highlights her adorableness and cynical nature. The other characters also have fitting designs for their characteristics, and have some little resemblances to other characters that they could possibly be based off of. However, this is Deen we are talking about, so it never keeps this quality of animation, and it lowers in quality constantly. KonoSuba is one of those shows that actually benefits from its shitty art at times, and the really poorly drawn faces make me laugh that much harder. In fact, I was under the impression that Deen was making fun of their own shitty animation with this series.
The OP is catchy and the ED is amazing. The OST is pretty good, but the main highlight is the Voice Acting. The seiyuus match their characters amazingly, each line being executed with passion and energy. I wouldn’t know for sure, but it sounded like the seiyuus were having a blast. The execution of the punch lines hit home every time. This show is a very loud show, characters are constantly screaming at each other and laughing in distorted ways, and I’m sure it’s tough for the seiyuus’ voices. When it comes to comedy, the jokes are only as funny as how funny it is told, and in this case, it was told well.
This cast is so outrageous, they essentially make the show. Each character parodies a stereotype, and they do it very well. The MC, Kazuma, is the smart but talentless trope who is the only sane one around, and whenever his mindset matches the viewer, which happened a decent amount with me, it made the situations comedy gold. Aqua parodies the dumb but full of potential clumsy character, Megumin is the chuunibyou trope (except not really cause her powers are real) and has a lot of confidence. And of course, Darkness is the obligatory perverted masochist! They take their tropes as far as they can go, and it makes this show that much funnier.
However, gimmicks like these can only go so far. The real value behind these characters are their interactions. These days, character interactions are the base of comedy anime and if the interactions seem unnatural or forced, the jokes can only be so funny. In Konosuba, not only are the interactions very natural and flow well, but they are so god damn unpredictable. Despite the apparently clear cut tropes these characters follow, the interactions end up being stuff you wouldn’t expect. Timing and predictability play as important of a role as the quality of the joke itself, and the cast of Konosuba goes out of their way to execute jokes perfectly.
This show is incredibly refreshing and, most importantly, holds a lot of rewatch value! It’s a good example of a show that is good and feels good.
This show is so fun to watch. If you want a show were you don’t have to think about anything and you can just sit and enjoy whatever is thrown at you, this show’s gotchu! Of course, many watch anime expecting a plot that actually goes somewhere, and Konosuba is definitely not going anywhere, but I implore that you at least give it a shot.
TL;DR: Take out all the flaws of SAO and replace it with comedy, and you get this show!
HERE IS TO A GLORIOUS AND OUTRAGEOUS SEASON 2!!!
1: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
English: KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2
Japanese: この素晴らしい世界に祝福を！ 2
MAL Score: 8.29
When Kazuma Satou died, he was given two choices: pass on to heaven or be revived in a fantasy world. After choosing the new world, the goddess Aqua tasked him with defeating the Demon King, and let him choose any weapon to aid him. Unfortunately, Kazuma chose to bring Aqua herself and has regretted the decision ever since then.
Not only is he stuck with a useless deity turned party archpriest, the pair also has to make enough money for living expenses. To add to their problems, their group continued to grow as more problematic adventurers joined their ranks. Their token spellcaster, Megumin, is an explosion magic specialist who can only cast one spell once per day and refuses to learn anything else. There is also their stalwart crusader, Lalatina “Darkness” Dustiness Ford, a helpless masochist who makes Kazuma look pure in comparison.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 continues to follow Kazuma and the rest of his party through countless more adventures as they struggle to earn money and have to deal with one another’s problematic personalities. However, things rarely go as planned, and they are often sidetracked by their own idiotic tendencies.
Where most other anime in the fantasy genre– Danmachi, Re:Zero and others of its ilk– attempt to be absolutely and relentlessly serious at all times, Konosuba does away with the very notion of seriousness. It exists solely to be laughed at. And sometimes it does a pretty OK job at creating said laughs. It never aims to be a ‘good’ anime (least not in the traditional sense), and criticising it for not being such is kind of missing the point.
It just becomes a bit difficult to keep laughing when they repeat the same jokes for the fifth or fiftieth time.
Darkness is a thundering masochist who mentally orgasms and gets foamy-mouthed whenever she is treated poorly. The first season already made this joke several dozen times, so I get it. Kazuma will threaten her by promising to do unspeakable (!) things to her body, and, the deviant that she is, squirms in delight! No, look, I get it already– I really, truly do. Her mind is so perverted that she will twist a friendly conversation into a suggestion of her being sexually assaulted by monsters and— PLEASE, KONOSUBA. I GET IT. I get it, OK?
For as much of a joke as Konosuba’s characters are, there is only so much comedy they can create by repeating the same punch-line until the ends of time. There are other, more interesting things that can be done with Darkness’ character, surely. If this were pornography then maybe, perhaps, her characterisation would get a pass, but comedy requires considerably more effort than “oh gee golly I am like so horny right now.”
Aqua, as tantalising as her mini-skirt is (and I have spent many a moment admiring her womanly curves), falls into much of the same issues, with her two defining traits being that she is a narcissist with an ego the size of Darkness’ breasts, and a crybaby who falls on her knees and wails at the top of her lungs when she doesn’t get her way. Her gags, almost invariably, follow a pattern of these two traits: she uses her status as a goddess to demand favours and respect, and then breaks her character and cries immediately after. A little bit more involved than Darkness’ ‘gag’, sure, but it is still repeated to the point of nausea.
Kazuma is likely the more interesting of the lot, since he at least exists as more than a vehicle for a single joke. He is not developed by any means– lord, no, he is a complete dunce from beginning to end– but his frequent switching from idiot to straight-man does at least provide some variety to the gags. Kazuma is a jerky little twat, incapable of respect and prone to molesting the opposite sex, and his assertive nature does well to set him apart from all the other spineless protagonists of the genre. His over-reactions to all the ridiculous nonsense around him (often the direct result of Aqua’s or Darkness’ actions) are often still amusing, too, even if ‘dude yells at stuff’ may not exactly be the most artful style of humour. You almost feel bad for the little bugger – I would probably want to off myself in his situation, too.
There’s not a whole lot to say about Megumin, considering she is pretty well non-existent for 90% of what happens in the second season. She’s unquestionably the most sane of the four (though that isn’t saying a whole lot…), and the one least susceptible to repeated gags. While the first season pushed it a bit by making her defective explosion magic and chuunibyou nature a recurring theme, the second season has next to none of it. And that’s a good thing. I just wonder if, cute as she is, she might be a bit too normal the second time around.
Konosuba just never capitalises on what made absurd comedy series like Osomatsu-san and Gintama so clever. There is wonderful opportunity here for it, as one of the only non-serious fantasy anime, to take the piss out of other titles in the genre and properly satirise them. Part of the joke is that the Gang of Stupid are woefully incapable of combat, unable to progress as one typically would in an MMO or fantasy world, and are able only to defeat monsters and enemies through luck and by surprising them with their colossal stupidity, provided they don’t just scream and run away altogether. That’s an amusing reversal of the genre’s tropes. But that’s all there is. There’s no actual “satire”, no parody to be found in Konosuba – it is standard manzai comedy, living, and dying, by its own strengths and weaknesses.
That isn’t to say that Konosuba is without merit, or that watching it can’t still be a fun time. If you enjoyed the first season or just want a short, easygoing anime that doesn’t require much thought or focus, then, hey, it does its job just fine, even if it may at times feel more like a greatest hits compilation. Konosuba is a big, dumb show and it knows it. I just don’t think that being dumb is an excuse for laziness.
One of the strongest points of this series is the characters and their interactions, Kazuma is one of the weird cases where I find the protagonist to be the best character of a comedy anime, he’s just such a lovable troll that has to deal with the weirdos around him, the first of them being Aqua, a cute but useless crybaby that has a godlike talent for performing party tricks. However, outside of that she lacks any other abilities despite being an actual goddess. Most of the time she’s a hindrance to the group but damn she’s great. There is also Megumin, a chuunibyou that wants to see the world explode (and she will be the one doing it, one explosion at a time). Last but not least there’s Darkness, a holy crusader that does her best in the front line, blocking the attacks of the enemies in order to defend her allies… well, that and to enjoy the pleasure of being hit, just masochist things.
While the main cast are great, the side characters are certainly capable of stealing the spotlight. For example, there’s Wiz, who is supposedly on the bad side but is probably the nicest person around, and Yunyun, another crimson mage like Megumin that really needs some love and headpats, poor girl.
The characters are very enjoyable to watch and their wacky, random adventures are always hilarious. Their gags stay fresh and funny due to all the different situations the characters are thrown into.
The RPG-like world adds a lot of variety to the comedy via fantasy elements and characters/monsters. Most series that use this type of setting tell a more serious story but KonoSuba uses it for comedic purposes. It’s a great, well-executed parody of the genre. Even the supposed ‘enemies’ are hilarious characters that add a lot of fun moments to this anime.
Excluding the first episode, that for some motive had a derpier look, the art of this sequel was like in the first season, shining in showing the multiple reactions of the characters with comedic faces that add a lot to the humour of this anime. The music is similar to the first season, with a special mention for the new opening “TOMORROW”. It does a great job of showing what the anime is about, a bunch of weird people having lots of random, fun adventures. It’s so easy to get in the mood for an episode once that opening starts playing.
As someone who really enjoyed KonoSuba, this sequel offers the same great comedy while putting the characters into new different hilarious scenarios. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the first season.
There was little to no story. This anime felt more like a slice of life than an adventure type anime.
The art was a big let down compared to the previous season. It seems they just rushed this out to get some profit quickly. People say it fits the anime, but an anime can have good art while having their characters making retarded faces. I feel like detailed retarded faces would be funnier. I honestly think even fan animations on youtube have better quality.
Nothing really caught my ears during the anime, but I never skipped the opening and ending songs at least.
I don’t think I like any characters and that’s in a bad way. In It’s always in Sunny in Philadelphia, they are all assholes to each other, but I like them as characters. But in this anime, they are all assholes and I don’t like their characters. Darkness in any situation is a pervert and is never serious. This really gets annoying and it was never funny in the first place. Aqua reminds me of an annoying version of Shinpachi from Gintama. All she does is scream and complain. She has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Megumin is an alright character though. Besides from the refusal to learn another trick than explosion to help the group, she’s probably the least annoying. Tbh I kinda like Kazuma as a character. He’s interesting and steers away from the usual cliches. He doesn’t take shit from other characters even if they’re a girl and voices his opinions on things. Like equality and such. Most of the characters are presented as is and they don’t seem to have another side to them that we can learn about.
Although this anime overall was disappointing story wise and comedy wise, It still got a few chuckles out of me, just barely. Nothing major really happened. I don’t mind anime with no story or being episodic, but at least be really really funny like Saiki, Gintama, The Daily Lives of Highschool Boys, Nichijou, etc.
I’m not being a hater towards this anime, I just wanted it to go in a different direction. This had the potential to be one of my favorite comedies, but all the jokes were just sex jokes and they explored nothing more than that.
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1. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
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