Talk about games being called unexpectedly! Hasegawa Subaru joined the basketball club at Nanashiba High, only to have his hopes dashed when the teams' play is suspended after the captain is suspected of having inappropriate feelings for the coach's underage daughter. Blindsided and blocked by bad luck, Subaru expectedly finds an opening for his talent with the hoops when his aunt asks him to take on the task of coaching a young girls' basketball club—a Ro-Kyu-Bu!. But can a superstar wannabe find true satisfaction while playing sixth man to a team of five girls?
This review for Ro-Kyu-Bu! will be based on opinions made after viewing the first episode of the series.
This show is like a cross between a really sugoi (tl note: sugoi means amazing)adaption of Slam Dunk and Kodomo no Jikan. Basically, we have this lolicon who becomes a basketball coach for an elementary school. This team he has to put up with (tl note: enjoy) consists of two perverted DFC goddesses, some dfc who thinks she’s Shaq, a glasses girl who will probably get hit by a train by the end(as they all do), and this overly self conscious big tits girl who belongs on a street corner. So, in short, this lolicon is in hebun.
Throughout the first episode we get a lot of very nice shots of the school girls being seductresses, from them welcoming their coach to their school as what they call “imouto maids” (and calling him onii-chan, iyaaa~n), to playing with each other’s cute, adorable, tiny little chests in the shower, which alone made this show a 10/10. These skillfully inserted service shots contributed to the intricacy of this fine, well written show.
By now you must be asking yourself, “Well, it has some high quality shots of some splendid, delectable young ladies, but is there any sports in this?” The great part is there is! Kind of! This first episode has the coach gauging each of their abilities, from hidoi~ to sugoi~ (big tits girl is ultra hidoi, ducking at passes! mou~ bakabaka!) It shows some basic practising for beginners, and starts off with a suteki basketball game! And with the episode ending with some boys’ basketball thug club confronting the bro tier lolicon coach, you can anticipate many more basketball games in the coming episode, on par with even Slam Dunk’s quality!
So if you love angelic, flat chested goddesses playing ~uguu basketball under the authority of a lolicon, who is totally whipped by a woman who goes ~nyahahaha and is probably his sugar mama, this show is a must see for you!read more
I'm somewhat perplexed by the number of 6's and 7's this anime is receiving. I was initially reluctant to watch this anime because of the score, but I'm glad I committed in the end.
Ro-kyu-bu is a loli/sports anime with a barebones plot and relatively static characters. While some might consider this points to criticize the anime on, I would like to point to the genre of the piece and remind everyone why we are watching this anime. To learn more about basketball? I should hope not. Sports anime is almost always a terrible representation of the actual sport itself. I will smack anyone who dares to say that Prince of Tennis accurately portrays realistic tennis matches and strategies with my Wilson K-Blade Team. Ro-kyu-bu is all about the girls. Loli anime is meant to be plain and simple, focusing more on cute art and high-pitched voice acting to attract fans rather than any depth of content.
For a loli anime, Ro-kyu-bu sets a pretty high standard.
The story revolves around Hasegawa Subaru, a 1st year (sophomore equivalent) high schooler who's also a basketball star. However, the high school basketball team/club gets disbanded because the team captain gets caught in a scandal with some elementary schoolgirls. So, what's the most obvious thing that Subaru can do?
I'm sure the author was aware of what irony is.
The driving force behind the initial plot is the Subaru's refusal of playing basketball once the team was disbanded. Which is stupid. What kind of basketball player gives up basketball just because a school team is disbanded? Out of all the possible motivations that the author could have used, this was quite a poor choice, one that ultimately makes the message of the anime (Don't give up on what you love) weak and frivolous.
The actual plotline with regards to the basketball team is, surprisingly, not bad. The girls don't win every single game they play, and success is compounded with failures. While some episodes introduce filler characters, each episode contributes to the plot or characters substantially.
Regardless, plot is merely secondary to art in a loli anime. Ro-kyu-bu has a unique art style that fits quite nicely with the overall feel of the anime. This art style focuses a lot on the eyes and hair - even Subaru's hair is done quite detailed. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about their faces. Some of the angled scenes in the anime result in awkwardly derpy faces, especially for the protagonist. Besides those rare moments, however, the art remains top-notch and well done.
How in the world did they get such an all-star voice crew? Hanazawa, Ogura, Itou, Iguchi, Hikasa - a seiyuu dream team. Needless to say, the girls sound amazing: Maho with fiery zest, Saki with icy tone, and Hinata with breezy pitch.
The OP and ED are nicely done. Usually, songs that are sung by all the main seiyuus of the anime end up with better quality. The OST of the anime is not particularly amazing, which hinders the perfect 10.
I mentioned static characters in the introduction. Besides Subaru, every character in the anime is static and fits quite neatly into stereotypical and preassigned roles. Maho is the loud prankster, Airi is the clumsy well-endowed, Saki is the glasses girl, etc. Natsuhi is the boy rival of Tomoka (meaning they will inevitably be paired together in some way shape or form), Aoi will be tsundere until S2E13, and Miho-sensei joins the ranks of multitudes of teachers who act and look just like students.
Character molds are not a completely negative thing. After all, dynamic characters take more time and effort to prepare, and are likely to be misinterpreted or distracting. However, it would be a nice touch to make at least one of the girls a dynamic character.
On a whole, this anime is freaking cute. And genius. That "small forward" segment has got to be one of the greatest scenes in all of loli anime. I honestly enjoyed watching the characters interact with each other in their various ways, their various personalities and characters complementing each other.
Ro-kyu-bu is not supposed to be some great action story like SAO or have deep philosophical insight like Ergo Proxy or be filled with heartwrenching scenes like After Story or all of the above (Angel Beats). In fact, none of the anime I just mentioned comes even close to Ro-kyu-bu in terms of pure loli goodness. Whether you are a full-blown lolicon or just an average anime watcher, Ro-kyu-bu will satisfy your cute needs for quite a long time. At least until season 2 comes out.read more
The only two reviews on this show are overall ratings of 10 and 0, claiming it's good loli show and other saying it's a crappy loli show and not worth the time.
The show is indeed loli, though I think they present it in a cute and at the same time seductive way, *spoiler* as soon as he opens the gym door he's greeted by loli maids which then turn to imouto maids with their overall goal of this greeting is to making their new coach love them (I won't reveal why, but if you actually paid attention to the show you'd figure it out and actually find enjoyment in it)
Their wasn't a whole lot of loli jokes, though 6th grader with what looks like double D sized tits...... too over the top. The whole first episode is basically him getting an assessment of the girls, rating their skills, interacting with them like a real coach would with a kind of dramatic ending to the episode with the girls worrying and the coach confronted by little boys who are trying to act tough.
Because this is the first episode and basing this off the synopsis the story should be overall pretty good, it's got an interesting plot, and him getting tricked into being the coach was very funny.
The art of the show is very nice, very clean colors, great animation, very detailed work and just overall very good artwork.
I don't pay attention to openings and endings though the opening is very catch, kind of a techno mix in it with some pop and was very nice. The ending sound is kinda cutesy and face paced.
The characters of the show work very well together and you will enjoy them and their personalities, I have a problem with Airi and giving her double D sized tits.... But all the other ones have very strong personalities and you will find them enjoyable for loli characters. She is really the reason why I gave the characters a 7 just because it's a very overused thing to do in a loli anime and it makes haters hate ever more.
Overall, I quite enjoyed the first episode, it went by in no time for me and I think it is going to be a very good summer anime, something cutesy, loli, funny and kinda slice of life anime, something you'd watch when you just want to see something with a little extra "umph" in it that you will enjoy.read more
When lolis and basketball are combined, the result isn't as bad as one might expect. Although it's far from great Ro-Kyu-Bu is a charming series.
If you are looking an anime that is heavily focused on basketball then you are looking in the wrong place. Basketball is simply the activity which brings everyone together. However the series does lack a solid plot because the focus is on the characters themselves making it feel like a slice of life some of the time. The series is character driven and the majority of this anime is spent developing the characters, which is okay but it makes it hard to comment on a plot that's hardly there. Nevertheless how each character develops combined with the "practice" and games are fun to watch.
The art is good but it isn't anything spectacular, the characters designs, the backgrounds and animations are all decent. But there is nothing really special.
The sound is solid. The opening and ending are really catchy and they really fit the anime. The voice actors did a great job too, they all fit the personality of the character they were playing.
The characters is where the series excelled. The variety of personalities work well together and you can feel the bond that the characters have and develop with each other. Each character undergoes a significant amount of development and by the end each character has overcome something that has been holding them down. The series is driven by these characters if you took out any character the series just wouldn't be the same.
Ro-Kyu-Bu is very lighthearted which could make for a very fun watch. It is not a bad way to pass the time but it's not something everyone can enjoy. Some people aren't just into this kind of thing and sometimes the series does get a bit corny.
Ro-Kyu-Bu is a pretty entertaining series (if you are into this kind of anime). It's not a must watch but if you are bored, watching this isn't a bad way to pass the time. Also this series just shows how lolis+basketball does not equal disaster.read more
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