Synonyms: Ladies vs. Butlers!, Redei x Bato
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2010 to Mar 23, 2010
Producers: Xebec, Geneon Universal Entertainment, Lantis, AT-X, Media BlastersL, The Klock Worx, ASCII Media Works, BIGLOBE
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.051 (scored by 29245 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Mar 25, 2010
The premise behind Ladies vs. Butlers is simple yet predictable. The main character, Hino Akiharu, attends a school for upper-class ladies that is also dedicated to instructing maids and butlers how to function in high-class society. The story basically details Hino interacting with the various girls at the school and the various ecchi situations he gets himself into. The majority of this series is episodic and, in all honesty, serves nothing more than to introduce the female characters and to show ecchi scenes.
Ladies vs. Butlers includes almost every female archetype found in the harem genre: a tsundere, a childhood friend, a (reverse) trap, lolis, clumsy girls, foreign girls, etc. The harem lead, Akiharu, is also a fairly generic character. While he doesn’t fit the “total loser” persona as many other harem leads do, there is nothing really noteworthy about him. Also, there is hardly any significant character development, but that is to be expected of an anime of this type.
The art is decent and very reminiscent of one of XEBEC’s earlier productions, Kanokon. And while some of the character designs may be slightly off-putting (for example, there is a 19-year-old girl who looks like an elementary school student), this will not detract from overall enjoyment of the anime.
The opening and ending songs are appropriate for this kind of anime but nothing all that memorable, and the voice-acting suited each character’s personality well. The background music is virtually nonexistent, though you will probably be too fixated on all the bouncing breasts, panty shots, and nudity present in this anime to even notice.
While Ladies vs. Butlers does not fail in one particular aspect, its main issue is that it does nothing to stand out from the countless other harem anime out there. It doesn’t deviate from the harem formula at all, and as a result, this anime most likely will not appeal to anyone looking for anything more than fanservice and comedy. However, if you are a diehard harem or ecchi fan, you should give Ladies vs. Butlers a try.
Overall, this was a decent ecchi/harem anime, albeit nothing exceptional or ground-breaking. read more
Jun 16, 2010
Despite this, I still enjoyed this series quite a bit , for two main reasons. The main character, and fact that the non-ecchi related jokes were actually funny.
Story: Didn't really expect anything from the story to begin with, didn't really get anything. The show basically just follows him around as he lives at this school with all these girls. No real plot. He's just sorta there with all these girls, and.... yeah.
Art: The show does look nice, which is definitely a plus. It's not incredibly unique in terms of style, but it's not bad to look at either. It gets the job done for this series just fine. A show based on fanservice should be something fans would want to look at, no?
Sound: Not really anything notable about the sound. The OP was kinda catchy, but that's about it. It wasn't bad, but it never really stuck out during the series.
Character: The show has more character archetypes crammed into it than I've ever seen in any place before, and nobody really develops beyond these roles. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Akuharu. While he's no brilliant character himself, I'd definitely choose him over most of the other male leads you see in ecchi harem. Him not being a spineless loser without any backbone or opinion of any kind was nice change from the usual, and his appearance (red eyes, scar on his eyebrow, and not small/wimpy) felt like someone actually gave it a bit of thought rather than just taking the concept art from another ecchi harem and doing just enough edits to make him not a blatant clone. For the first time, I actually CARED about the male lead. While there's still lots of work to be done in terms of characters, L x B was at least a step in the right direction.
Enjoyment: While there was more than enough fanservice for those who came here looking for it, the show was quite amusing with its more worksafe bits humor(the principal and ninja maid in particular). It was enough to keep me watching the entire way through, although I really would have liked to see more of it in place of the "I tripped and grabbed a boob" gag or the ever present "Some random situation has forced us into a sexually awkward position" bit.
Overall: Ladies versus Butlers is by no means a greatanime, but it definitely preferrable to most of the shows in this genre. Akuharu hinted at something in the way of effort in his design, the art looks very nice, and there's enough not fanservice related humor to actually, well , make someone not as into that as others find some enjoyment out of this, however small that may be. read more
Jun 7, 2010
Hope you guys like it and understand my opinion =) read more
Mar 24, 2010
May 4, 2011
I'd recommend it if you like perverted humor and/or topless anime girls, but if those things turn you off, go elsewhere. 8/10 read more
Jan 6, 2010
However, I digress. The truth is Ladies vs. Butlers is a harem that tries to mash as many cliches(God, I hate that word) of the harem genre into one place, hoping it won't just collapse on itself. And while the whole "Oh crap! I tripped and grabbed your titties" can be good for a laugh once and a while, devoting an entire episode to it may be crossing the line. Especially when we get to the level of "Clumsy maid girl falls onto to guy and rubs her cooch on his face".
In terms of story, it's the usual deal. Guy transfers to a "special" school for butlers, maids, and up and coming "ojou-samas", that has an insanely unbalanced ratio of boys to girls because, how are you gonna have a decent harem, when there aren't 20 girls to every guy. The music is nothing special and, as I said before, the characters are very ordinary. Things may get better over time but, as things look now, that is very unlikely. read more
Apr 4, 2010
A short note: Ladies vs Butlers is one of quite a few XEBEC productions I've seen. And this has the best colour and animation I've seen, This is *strictly* one reason why it is a 7. Compare it with Mahou Sensei Negima to get what I mean. The story is kinda like a dunno-why-girls-jump-at-guy harem that never gets resolved. Watch it for enjoyment.
[Mood: Light for near-all episodes]
[Explained notable pickings:]
Ecchi: Lots of see-thru underwear and naked bodies, dun worry, there's lots of it. Not all episodes though, sometimes a lot sometimes none. [6-7/10]
Enjoyment:Well, to be honest, most of the laughs came with ecchi. There were a few touching moments to boot too, and it is quite well-rounded entertainment, but leaning to ecchi. [8/10]
Harem: Typical. Girls fall in love with same guy cause of soem cheap kindness or a favour done. No resolution done for any girls in harem except the 2 mains. [4/10]
Character varsity: A lot. Like someone mentioned in a review, count how many typical characters you can see in 1st episode and it'll probably exceed *a few*. Not to mention the rest. But... little character development spoils the characters.
Potential wasted: This is one controversial problem. What was the manga like? I dunno. But Asu no Yoichi the anime was great, much better than manga (I put it on hold aft a few chapters, couldn't continue). Cos this anime seems to trap itself in a harem net it couldn't untangle. Girls who fell in love with guy disappeared completely sometimes for a few episodes, then reappear. If it was like something like Princess Lover!, it could have much more potential. [7-8/10]
Here and there. No plot at all. Seems to just show us school life at a Ladies-Maids-Butlers school and have harem thrown in. The ending was a big fluke, and the last episodes seem to culminate in a "trough", the opposite of a climax. Harem was hopelessly unresolved, which was pathetic. Some things were resolved, though, credits to that. Like the rivalry-love fight between he 2 main gal characters.
Btw some episodes seem focused on one character, while some were purposefully ecchi (to the point of being ridiculously funny). Tons of fanservice that derail main mood.
Colour was very good, animation was very smooth, ecchi was expressed very well and so on. Scenery was good too, unlike Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (?), and shades were nicely done.
Only complaint about art is that it does not have a 3D concept and probably some characters seem pretty similar, facial expressions were not significantly memorable.
Didn't really take notice of ED. OP the lyrics were good and tune was catchy. Can't remember much of sound effects and bgm, although I'm quite sure they are not great (or else I should have remembered).
Some characters that get introduced for 1 or more episodes get thrown away pretty often. Character personalities were pretty stable except last few episodes, where a very clumsy girl suddenly becomes strong and very steady (she's the *VERY* clumsy type).
Very little character development in any character, by the end I still wondered what is the main guy's character like. He seemed to be led on by various circumstances and was just using typical responses, so nothing special was noted about him other than the very cliche "kind". Plus his past has a lot of potential, but was not delved into. Wasted.
Ecchi to the point where it becomes funny. Some touching moments and slower parts. Well, to be sure I was "mindlessly" enjoying myself. It was not about plot but I managed to successfully watch all 12 episodes, which is good already :D.
Watch it if you are feeling down or something. Dun try watching for a plot or serious anime. I put it on hold before, once. read more
Jan 19, 2010
The characters are as flat as they get. One of the first characters you meet is a tsundere, next is the childhood-friend/tormenter, followed by a shameless perv and a gay who's too full of himself - just to give you a fraction of the archetypes you'll meet in the first two episodes. It's possible they'll change during the series, but my first impression isn't too much. - 3/10
The story is quite absent in those episodes, only a small part is revealed already but what has unfolded already doesn't promise any high-quality story at all. I could be wrong though, I've already met an anime that managed to pull out quite the story while having an (almost) equally senseless beginning. Who knows what Ladies vs Butlers will bring us? For now, I don't think I'm able to give much either. - 4/10
Moving on to the better parts of the series, the art isn't anything special, but does the job it's supposed to do just fine. Considering this still is a comedy, the style is very functional and overall apeasing. This is a score that most likely won't change at all during the broadcast of the show so you can consider it final. - 7/10
What I really do like about this anime is the sound. Not only are the OP and the ED very catchy songs on their own, the background music during the series itself is also very nice. FX'es likewise. The voice acting isn't something outstanding, but still good enough as there aren't any negative remarks from me. Again, this isn't something that is prone to changing during the duration of the series so this is final too. - 8/10
Last - but not least - is the enjoyment. This is the most important part of the show because it's a comedy - obviously - so I took my time deciding on a score. The show is quite funny, even if it's laughing at the excessive use of clichés. Humor is well-timed and sometimes even manages to come from an unexpected corner. I sincerely hope this won't slack off during the series because that'd be a shame. But since it usually only gets better I gave it quite the respectable score. - 8/10
Now, because comedies are supposed to make you laugh and not ponder about amazing character complexity or godlike plot twist, these factors won't be taken into account very much. Because the direct viewing experience is of biggest importance, the other factors - being Art, Sound and most notably Enjoyment - have a much heavier weight on the outcome of the overall score. This way my overall score about this anime was decided on a nice one. - 7/10 read more
Apr 4, 2011
I wish I could write ten pages of analysis around this show but the thing is, that way I would be pretending the show has something worth writing about and I would be lying. It is just aimless excessive fan service and thus I am objectively giving characters and story an ace, since the show is honestly telling us it doesn’t need such useless extra.
I have read many comments about the ending being terrible and how most were disappointed with the show because of that. Guys, seriously, you missed the point entirely; it was the perfect ending for such a show. If you subconsciously expected context, where there was none, the joke is on you. Its target audience doesn’t care at all about that, so why would the anime waste precious airtime on anything other than borderline hentai comedy to begin with? It is an endless parade of overused brain-dead erotic clichés, one after another, all accompanied with the much essential blank lead character who loves his virginity more than he loves to grope girls. Something that he is cursed to be doing every 30 seconds because they all constantly trip or are in need to be silenced by groping. That of course hits that the show attempts to have its own in-laws and subconscious messages over how you are supposed to react if you grope girls and I guess it is a minor negative aspect of the show; it should not even hint it has context. That is what prevented me from giving enjoyment the maximum score.
The production values are fine for such a show. The girls lack noses and some hairstyles may look like huge drills but that is the perfect way to separate one character from another. I mean, since they completely lack personality (and noses), the animators did the right thing to centre on boob sizes, hair colours and loli looks to help us tell apart who is who. What is so bad about that? Plus, they all have retarded squeaky voices, since this way it sounds funnier and it hints they are all underaged lolis. That makes the erotic humour a lot kinkier and funnier and one should not expect anything other than that.
I highly enjoyed the honesty of this anime and I gladly recommend it to all those of you who are displeased with context, character emersion, plots, and generally who don’t like thinking what the hell is going on with the anime while you are touching yourselves. It is really annoying when they try to distract you from your enjoyment like that.
Oh, and of course I forgot anything that happened in this show 10 seconds after I completed it. It may be the perfect method for endless replay value or just total lack of attachment with the show. Your call. read more
Dec 20, 2010
It wasn't bad.. but it wasn't good either,
Pros = Gave a new harem twist to anime
Intresting characters, the tsundere, the childhood friend, the lolicon, etc etc
From the title, you'd assume this was an action title.. heh, action..
Which relates to my next point, the ecchi, yes, the ecchi.
Ecchi anime certainly have comedic value, but I feel that this was way too much ecchi, even for an R+ anime, i was quite shocked.
This is no Ichigo 100% with almost constant panty shots
It's more of a combination of Hanaukyo Maid Team and Ikkitousen (Battle Vixens)
Cleavage and Nudity, now for those who like ecchi i'm sure this would get a full 10
but from me it gets a 7 read more
Sep 26, 2012
My first reaction to watching this was "What the heck did I just get myself into?". That was only the first episode. Over time, it got better, funnier, and a lot more perverted, trust me. As an Anime Expert, I know a good echii show when I see one. It's got everything you could think of; bath houses, hot springs, hotel rooms, closets, beaches, and in an entire school with like 3 guys and 400 girls, you know it'll be interesting to watch.
The story was interesting, normal guy moving to a school to learn how to be a butler, and what really made me think, was when he got every girl in the school to try and kill him after one little mistake: landing on top of a girl. She freaks out, runs off with her chasing him, stumbles on top of another girl, then another, and another... next thing you know it, there are a whole bunch of Amazons coming after him. That made me laugh. They all work it out in the end, but for a while, it looked like the end of the show for him.
Art, what you would find in a normal anime made these days, well done.
Sound, good character voices, matches them fairly well, but now we gotta see how english dubs will fair.
Characters, lovable, annoying, crazy... a variety.
Enjoyment... a solid 6. I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have if they had changed a few things. If you've seen it and agreed with pretty much everything I've said so far, you know what I mean.
Overall, this was just an anime that had crossed my eyes and I had clicked on episode 1-12. Nothing amazingly special, worth watching, but your ending results may vary. read more
Jan 30, 2010
the story about a guy who looks like a bad kid going to a school populated by mostly girl would catch an eye romantic anime fan like me but it fail due to the poor execution.i do say it does get better but only better than the last episode which were not that great to begin with. the art is a matter of personal opinion. the animator try to create a new look for anime characters but to me they failed. since it is mostly the eyes that creep me out. i don't know maybe it because i like the old eye with a white spot in the corner of the eye.
the voice acting was decent and all the voice actor did their best to match their characters. now character which i have to say is the most important in any show. many of the characters are either cliches or dull with the exception of Akiharu and Tomomi who were actually likable characters.
now i did not enjoy this anime because of its horrible start, characters animation, and cliches characters. another thing i did not enjoy was the fan-service in the episode since it show girls naked talking about crap i couldn't read since i was looking at something else.
now this anime i think is made for a person who really likes his ecchi anime but if you really want to watch anime ecchi anime i recommend Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan or to love ru since these are better that watching this.
Feb 5, 2010
In terms of animation, it's not bad. A very fine detailed work of art.
The story is still progressing yet not giving much thus leading to some negative first impressions including episodes that look much of a downhill. In a situation such as Green Green, that story may pick up and give more interest.
The main characters are so far the ones being progressed right now which again may not help the slow pace of the story. But the hilarious antics they are involved in puts up for some humorous delight.
The music is pretty good and the voice acting is very amazing. With people such as Mai Nakahara (Midori Kasugano in Midori Days, Rena in Higurashi) and Ayako Kawasumi (Osaka in Azumanga Daioh, Saber in Fate/Stay Night) as the main characters and other roles filled by more great voice actors such as Rie Kugimiya, Shinji Kawada and Yuko Goto.
This anime is one of those shows that have to give a chance, you never know if it may actually be your one of your favorites. read more
May 8, 2010
Anyway, here are my thoughts:
Story [6/10]: Random guy enters in a school for rich people, get involved in some trouble, there are some fanservice and two girls [or more] fall in love with him. That's an old cliche we are all used to. The only original thing about it is that it's a ladies and maids/butlers school. It seems a little too fantasy, but you get used to it. It's actually quite fun to see how they are teached differently, and there's some mild society critics deep in there. I mean, really deep. The end is predictable. Fair story.
Art [07/10]: Almost nothing to complain about. The art is cute and good, clothes and scenario are really nice. Some hairs are weird [Flamehart's is the most crazy one XD] but you get used to it too [specially because the characters themselves make fun of them]. Sometimes boobs are a bit too big, and faces/feet are a bit weird, but overall it's quite decent, pleasant art.
Sound [10/10]: I absolutely LOVED the songs, they placed the mood really well. OP and ED are great, they have nice beats and good voices! There were some great seiyuus involved in this, so there couldn't go wrong, they made a great job.
Character [08/10]: There's almost no character development. Only Flameheart and Tomomi make some serious breakthrough during the series. But the characters are funny and cute, so I enjoyed them. I tend to like the dark haired girls, but this time I really went for Flameheart, she's cute and her hair is awesomely weird XD go doriruu!!~~ I also fell in love with Ayse and Pina. I'm sure you'll find a least one character that you'll like, they're all very different, funny and interesting.
Enjoyment [08/10]: There was a lot of discussions and posts in Sankaku Complex about the explicit ecchi content of this series. I enjoy ecchi, and I think it was well done. I laughed a lot and was touched by some characters, I enjoyed it. I've seen lots of animes like this, but watched all the episodes, so yay for it 8D I'm really picky.
Overall [08/10]: It's not the first time you see an anime like this, I think it's a "can't go wrong" formula. If you like animes with this genre, go for it, it's a pleasant story. The end of the series is totally expected, but it's part of the old "formula" thing. Ecchi is quite good, it gets to almost every fetish you guys may have. As an ecchi fan, I liked it. So, if you have an afternoon with nothing to do, and want to watch some light, funny and hot anime, get into LadiesxButlers. If you don't like ecchi, or want complexed characters/etc, please don't even bother watching it. read more
Jan 2, 2010
I have been watching anime since the 80's and have enjoyed various types growing up. For the past few years I have really enjoyed comedies.
Ladies versus Bulters! started me off with a pretty good laugh. I must warn you that it is ecchi. So for those who enjoy a good ecchi comedy, then you are in luck. I can not say how much I will like this show until I watch a few episodes. As it stands I enjoyed the first.
Hopefully this will kick off the winter with a handful of good animes. read more
Feb 6, 2010
it's about a highschooler who is Akiharu Hino he transfers to a school a very different one than others.there is two clas of students that given education one of them is upper-ed there the rich girls and a boy(gay i think :D) that given education and the other one is servant-ed there they train how to be a butler or a maid so the main protagonist Akiharu Hino starts to take education there but there is many many hardships awaiting for him like his childhood friend Tomomi Saikyo she is one of a killer and there is Selnia Iori Flameheart she kinda starts to fall in love with Akiharu.it's very fun to watch it's comedy scenes is cool to and it's ecchi it's something i can't tell u guys u must live it :D
story: it's interesting and cool 10
art: very very good 10
sound: good 10
character:all of them are uniqe 10
overall: 10 read more
Mar 28, 2010
As I watched this anime through the very end, I found myself annoyed of how much fanservice appears very, VERY frequently. Too much, that it was unbearable to watch most of the time. I'm not much for fanservice, but those who appreciate it, will be well satisfied. The story is pretty in-and-out, like I mentioned before, it's a love triangle, but some episodes are character intros and more fanservice.
The only good thing, that I would give this a fair score, would be some comedic moments that gave me a smirk or a grin. It's pretty well executed and you'll know once you've watch the first episode.
So, overall, it's a pretty fair anime. Not something I would rewatch, but if you want to watch a new harem this year, I'd put this in your list. read more
Oct 10, 2013
Apr 8, 2013
I think this anime is really funny and this anime is such a feel good. After 4 years I still think I have never laughed so hard and smiled so wide as with this anime. The reason isn't because I'm a pervert, but This just made me so happy
Apr 16, 2011
When you look past its facade of eechi scenes, you will notice a very funny and cute show. Comedy is what makes this show, not many anime I see is funny, with the exception of some scenes, but this show has some great comedical moments which sets it apart from other harem shows. read more