Hero defeats bad guy. Good triumphs over evil. The end. Or, at least that's how it usually goes. But what happens after the hero goes home? Our hero, Akatsuki Ousawa, is about to find out that sometimes the greatest adventure starts once happily ever after ends.
How refreshing. After slapping the Demon King's shit around and stealing his daughter, our beloved hero Akatsuki returns from fantasy-land as an overpowered motherfucker. He rides lightning-charged motorcycles, gets bitches, makes em' piss, and crushes others using only his testosterone. A refreshing character and premise indeed, but does refreshing exempt the rest of the show from being mediocre?
'Tis a rare thing, my Pappy once said, to find a show with enough courage to stray from your average cut and paste framework. So the protagonist goes in and comes out with the belligerent demon armies dry humping the ground he walks on... then what? We see that protagonist use his new found badassery to engage in shennanigans like putting assholes in their place, or stealing girls underwear? Sign me the fuck up. And while this is surely present in Hagure, behind the scenes there stirs a new disturbance just begging the hero to be brought back into the whole "We are the secret organization. You don't even meet our standards. Wahahaha." trope. "But Selsica!" You argue "It didn't reach that point in the anime, and we'll probably never get a second season!" Ahhh how right you are, but that brings up another point. Good stories have an ending, a conclusion that ties together the relationships, plot, and ultimately, the world of the series, leaving you with a feeling of bubbling warmth. Not the kind of bubbling warmth you find after eating a week old bean burrito either. In conclusion, interesting premise, bad execution.
Good character designs make shows more enjoyable. Beautiful animation makes shows more enjoyable. This is a fact. Akatsuki looks buff, powerful, and ready to rip a dinosaur in half and piss on its face. But then, so do the girls (minus a loli). I loved the damn show, but it could have been much nicer to watch. Anime is a visual medium, so love should be put into making the visuals decent. Oh, and this show has ecchi up the ass. I can see the studio in their planning stage: "How much of this shit can we put in before it's considered a hentai?" "Well son, we'll cross that bridge when it comes."
Fitting, yet unmemorable.
First, the obvious reason to watch the show. Akatsuki. A good protagonist drives the plot, he is not swept along by it. And Akatsuki drives the plot through motherfucking 6-inch walls of steel. However, good protagonists are also developed, which is a tad hard to do when the development stage of the story is confined to past-tense conversations between the fantasy worlds denizens. That aside, Akatsuki has been one of the better protagonists this season. In fact he's SO powerful you can't help but feel the enemies aren't really much of a challenge, or in his friends case, much help. He overshadows the others by a large margin, adding some predictability to the show.
TL;DR... Uhhh, I mean Overall
Despite my criticisms, I enjoyed Hagure Yuusha immensely. You like a good ol' fashioned shonen? Pick this up. Your hand feelin' a little antsy after that break up? Pick this up. You tired of pussy MC's? Pick this show right the hell up, because alphas are a rare commodity nowadays. The show is decent for what it is, but it isn't going to go breaking any records any time soon. read more
Have you gotten pissed at those wimpy leads that always hesitate before doing anything?
Have you gotten annoyed at the fricken insane power ups and power of friendship crap?
If the answer is yes, this anime is the perfect break for you.
There hasn't been much of a storyline yet except there is foreshadowing for great things to come.
It's ok. Pretty nice but not my favorite.
The main character stands out like a star. The chosen hero, who gained powers in another demension. Sounds cheesy. He's way overpowered but instead of being scared of it, he uses it. He is a pervert but it does not change the fact that he is kind to those around him and is not a complete clueless idiot.
For me, each episode was packed of fun and excitement awaiting for what would happen next. Doubt everyone is like me but I'm sure some of you will appreciate it.
This anime is for those shounen lovers who enjoy watching kick ass and stupid ecchi comedy. As long as you don't expect too much, you'll probably enjoy it.read more
Hagure Yuusha no Estetica, or The Aesthetics of Gary Stu as it's pronounced in English is anything but good.
We are introduced to a main character that for once, isn't your stereotypical shy guy and has the balls to back up what ever is thrown at him. That may start off as promising, but it loses its charm by the 2nd episode. When a character is overpowered at introduction, there's not much direction you can lead the story. So where does the series head to? Tits. I'm starting to think the anime industry's answer to budget restraints is always going to lead straight to female breasts, as it sure ain't going to the script writers.
Hagure starts off where most stories end. Hero beats demon king, goes home and everyone lives happily ever after. Well it's supposed to. What the series entails is of what happens after all that's been done with supposed hero. To be honest with you, my first impressions episode 1 was a sign of promise as it's rarely told through anime or any forms of medium that I know of(bar sequels), yet unfortunately it fails miserably as each episode goes by.
We are derailed from the minimal plot the series offers and instead are provided with 75% of the anime showing how awesome the main character is supposed to be(and I say this derogatively), and the remainder of each and every episode on how the heroine is shy about her breast(whilst having little clothing on). They 'try' to show some character development with the supporting cast, but it never comes to fruition due to the MC upstaging each and every one of them whenever he gets a chance to.
The art and animation for the series is mediocre and the music feels like something from a cheap JRPG.
All in all, Hagure is a time waster and is best viewed when you really are left with nothing better to watch or plainly just bored. It does not need you to put your thinking caps on and if anything, would be best served as fodder for AMV enthusiasts.read more
The most important thing to mention to people before they begin watching this anime is that there is no season 2 and that the anime stops very abruptly at episode 12. (At the time my thoughts were "OMFG did the anime really just drop dead somewhere in the middle/beginning of the story?") Luckily there is some of the translated light novel on baka-tsuki if you like reading.
The second most important thing is that it is certainly an ecchi anime. There were so many bras, panties and breasts that I'm amazed it's not hentai.
I initially thought that it was solely a parody show making fun stories that start with a hero being summoned to another world (it also included the stereotypical Demon Lord too). Beyond that parody the premise seemed interesting and the story might have been able to develop further, but everything was thrown to hell after the anime's untimely demise at episode 12. I'm still bitter and in a partial state of shock having had the anime end in the middle of nowhere.
The art can be divided into three different types.
Scene 1: Underwear, Girls trying to hide their naked bodies, Akatsuki(MC) doing lewd sh*t
Scene 2: Glowing magic circles for casting spells
Scene 3: Akatsuki punching things or whacking things with his hefty Demonlordsword
After listening to the soundtrack the music was pretty well done. The quality was consistent throughout the entire show. My favourite song was Kichiku Panic from the beach episode. I recommend listening to a few songs from the soundtrack on youtube. Usually, anime beach episodes are a sin against all people with functioning brains, but it was probably the best beach episode I have seen.
The characters are rather mediocre except for Ousawa Akatsuki (Protagonist) who managed to dazzle me with his outrageous testosterone infused muscles, friendliness, kindness, and diabolical ecchiness. If Akatsuki wasn't such a nice guy at heart and rippling with composed bold style I would condemn him to hell for his crimes against defenseless girls. He isn't the retarded silly type of pervert that is the norm for ecchi shows. He's some kind of frightening, diabolical, ecchi, domination machine that girls can't escape from.
The females are just typical weakly manufactured harem girls that didn't get enough development because the anime ended so suddenly.
The males all received less character development and are very shallow/static.
Enjoyment is the ultimatum I suppose. The enjoyment that I take away with me after having completed 12 episodes are the following few things
(1) An interesting premise to think about
(2) A few decent small battles and action scenes
(3) A new perspective on ecchi protagonists and some laughs
The anime did leave me wanting more, but there is no more. There probably never will be. RIP Hagure Anime