English: Astarotte's Toy
Synonyms: Lotte no Omocha!
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2011 to Jun 26, 2011
Producers: Diomedea, Kadokawa Shoten, Pony Canyon, DAX Production, The Klock Worx, ASCII Media Works, Astarotte no Omocha! Production Committee
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 6.961 (scored by 17290 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Jun 28, 2011
Have you got all that? Good. Now forget everything I just told you, because this series has -next to nothing to do with any of that-. Sadly, a large sum of people that read the plot synopsis are going to think that this series is all about a ten year old girl sucking down throat yogurt, but that isn't the case. So what should someone going into Astarotte no Omocha! expect out of it?
Well first thing's first, it's still an ecchi series. It's not going to magically cure your phobia of seeing a 10 year old girl in a sexually suggestive scenario or an overly large bosom stuffed into all too restrictive clothing. Though, in a world where the tag "ecchi" is near synonymous with "seemingly random and all-too-frequent upskirts, due to a sudden gust of wind or poor choice of panning camera angles, that only serve to have the protagonist slugged into the stratosphere", Astarotte no Omocha! dares to be different. Most of the H content comes solely from the risque and colourfully abundant array of outfits that the characters squeeze themselves into, and take it from me, the wardrobes of each character in this show are vast and vibrant. In fact, for a series with an ecchi brand there's very little direct fanservice; what that means is that, until episode 9 (obligatory beach episode), the only "fanservice" that's delivered is thinly veiled clips that cater to a specific fetish.
Though, even if the series is speckled with these "fetish-tastic" scenes, all the usual triteness you'd expect from an ecchi anime takes a backseat to story-telling and character development. If you plan to watch Astarotte no Omocha! strictly to see a loli eat a bowl of man chowder, you'll find yourself instead using adjectives like "heart-warming" or "touching"; the end of the series could even squeeze a tear from the coldest of hearts.
I mentioned before that, despite the plot synopsis, this show isn't about Astarotte forming a man-harem to gargle mayonnaise. While that theme serves as a sort of whispered guideline, it's forgettable at best; it's mentioned here and there throughout the series, but beyond episode one it's rarely ever spoken of beyond the occasional badgering of Judith. Instead, this anime is about the young princess Astarotte vainly proclaiming she's capable, and willing, to round up a troupe of men if, and only if, a human is present amongst them and the events that transpire afterward. However, only one male love interest is present, despite the calls for a harem.
Enter Naoya, the human "recruited" by Astarotte's subjects to serve as a member of her harem, and father (yes, you read that right) of Asuha, a spunky young girl around the same age as the princess. Though despite him being conscripted to sleep with Lotte, he never actually slips into her bed, unless it's to tuck her in for the night or offer her a glass of warm milk (of the bovine variety). Their relationship is more akin to a big brother and little sister than anything sexual. He also acts as one of two butlers (being labelled Astarotte's personal "toy" after her phobia of men slowly disipates, but she only mentions that title once or twice instead of constantly lawding it over the protag, unlike some choice JCStaff series) serving at the princess's castle, alongside the maid, Effie, the captain of Astarottes personal guard, Zelda, and the person responsible for dragging Naoya into their world in the first place, Judith.
A handful of other characters are also introduced as the series progresses, all of whom are unique enough to be enjoyable; none of them have especially unique personalities, sure, but they all have such colourful and unique outfits or appearances that you won't have trouble remembering any of them (for one reason or another). I suppose this is also a good time to say that, despite Lotte being voiced by Kugimiya Rie, she is the "good" type of tsundere; she actually acts in a matter befitting a 10 year old girl, of royal descent, who dislikes the male gender (and doesn't spit out an endless stream of "urusai" when angered or embarassed). See; Taiga.
Alongside Kugimiya Rie there's a handful of other well-known voice actors, including Tamura Yukari (as Asuha) and Horie Yui (as Effie) who provide the voices for Furude Rika and Hanyuu, respectively, from the Higurashi series. Satou Rina, known for her work as Misaka Mikoto from Index and Negi Springfield from Negima, plays the part of Naoya, while Saito Chiwa, who voices two of my favourite characters, Rebecca Miyamoto from Pani Poni Dash! and Francesca Lucchini from Strike Witches, performs the role of the rabbit-eared sage, Ingrid. The intro theme is your average J-rock song that's enjoyable but nothing you haven't heard before, while the ending theme is a soft and slow ballad by the artist Azusa, both of which are relatively calm. But the background music is the area where audio truly shines in this series; it plays at the right times, it fits the mood, it's not too loud, theres alot of variety, it's all very pleasent to listen to and it all rounds off this anime into one nice little package.
All in all, Astarotte no Omocha! is a show everyone should try at least once. Even if ecchi isn't something you enjoy, it's easy to look past that and see how many good things this anime has going for it. A refreshing new spin on the ecchi genre that goes above and beyond what one would expect despite being labelled with such a misleading synopsis, a story that's quirky most of the time and lovable the rest, with a cast of interesting characters, excellent voice acting and music, a budding romantic relationship and a vast repertoire of fetish coverage, all in one.
Sadly, if you're looking for an anime to sate your bukake fetish, you're going to have to look elsewhere. read more
Apr 19, 2011
Astarotte no Omocha! isn't an Ecchi Loli anime. It is a Medieval Fantasy RomCom that just so happens to have Lolis in it. Oh yeah, did I mention there are viking elements in it? Yes this anime has Yggdrasil, uses Nordic mythos names and also mentions other realms of Yggdrasil, there certainly was some research involved in this anime and I comment that.
Plot: The main plot may turn people off, a loli succubus that has to gather a male harem. Well in truth this anime has no real plot, per say. It is the type of anime that will have plot from episodes 10-12. There is actually only one male in the 'harem' and he acts more of like a onii-chan figure, but i'll come to that later. Overall, the plot is nothing special at the moment but don't really expect one, even if it is following the manga pretty well. 7/10
Characters: Here at the moment I am only going to address Lotte as Naoya hasn't really been talked about yet.
Lotte is your typical Rie Tsundere character in every way. Just lolified instead of flat-chested. She is dependent on her servants, can't really do anything with help from the supporting cast and Naoya. She takes the role of a Princess forced with duties that she doesn't want as she hates men due to seeing what Sigmund Freud and other mind-examiners (sorry forgot how to spell the word..psycia...something) call a "Primal Scene". Overrall, she is only here to be angry, sad, and a loli. 6/10 (no that isn't bad a 6 means Fair, like as an an ok)
Art: If you read my Dog days review you know I love fantasy scenes. No problems here. The Animation is ok but I personally watch the anime just for the backgrounds, I don't have to look at the characters really, well-drawn as they are in their own way. 8/10
Sound: no problems with the Acting. The OP and ED are forgettable as you will just stare at the art. 6/10
Enjoyment: I'm a fan of the manga and the anime follows the manga so far, i'm just watching a slightly edited and animated version of the manga. 8/10
Astarotte no Omocha! will be watched by lolicons, as this is the loli anime of the season. But, if you aren't a loli (like moi) I advise you to watch it while you have some spare time in-between watching Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi and Hanasaku Iroha (well, that is what I'm doing) as it is a nice tale and worth some notice. read more
Jun 28, 2011
Characters: Average to poor. Typical stuff you'd find in other animes like the big boobed girl, the little girl who's older than she looks that's very very very little, your moe characters, the tsundere, etc. Yeah pretty much average, typical (some times boring characters). I didn't really find any character interesting at all.
Story: Average to poor. Story? I think that the majority of the series was used to show up new characters that really didn't do much for protagonists. Sometimes it moves slow, some times fast and some times at a different pace, geez can we get a decent pace, that way I'm not wondering "hey where the heck did that guy go that was introduced in so and so episode? Oh well."
Art: Pretty average. I didn't particularly like it. It was just too colorful and simple. Almost no detail to anything other than the reused backgrounds every once in a while.
Sound: Easily forgettable. I don't even know how the opening theme starts, to show you just how forgettable it is. I kind of remember the ending theme, but it's also, easily forgettable. Also that piano piece they played in the anime was/is reused throughout the anime over and over and over and over again. Pretty annoying.
Enjoyment/Overall: I give it a mediocre score. It was good for some laughs, maybe some eye candy for you lolicons, but that's about it. An easily forgettable anime if you are more into the story/characters of animes. Do I recommend it? I would say probably not. read more
Jun 27, 2011
You see that summary up at the top of the page? That's the entire plot. There is no development at all besides what is in that paragraph. Naoya, the 23 year old guy who looks like he's about 14 and is voiced by a girl, is taken from his world to be employed as a member of a 10-year old girl's harem so that she can drink his sperm every day. She hates men and is Rie Kugimiya. They pretend to have a plot near the end where the portal to the monster world is trying to erase Naoya and his daughter, so it starts with them losing their voices, but it seems by the very next episode the creators forgot that the characters were supposed to not be able to hear one another and just went ahead with it anyhow. So if you're not watching for the plot, it's gotta be something else, right?
It's not that bad. If you're a pedophile. Every 5 minutes or so you get some sort of phallic imagery alongside the underaged characters. Nothing else really stands out. It's just dull and unimpressive. So if you're not watching for the art, it's gotta be something else, right?
Rie Kugimiya can die in a fire. I really, really hate her voice. A few times in this show I actually just muted and watched it silent for a while because her screams make me that angry. That, and every character has a high, squeaky voice. The OP/ED are forgettable and uninspired, and the only voice I liked was that of the mosquito in the last episode. Unless you're watching for the assorted squeaks of Japan you could otherwise find in a bale of laboratory mice, it's gotta be for something else, right?
Here's where my real beef with the show stands. You find out eventually that Naoya was actually taken to the land of monsters years ago (11 years to be exact), when he was 12, and while he was 12, impregnated the queen, the result of which is his daughter Asuha. I'm not sure if they ever address it directly, but that makes her step-sisters with the princess Astarotte. But then they go to the same school later, and sit together in the same class. That makes them the same age, or at most 9 months apart which would mean more likely than not they would belong in separate classes. Therefore we can only conclude they were born at the same time, suggesting fraternal twins (clearly not identical, one is blonde and the other is blue). In the two characters biographies, it's written that Asuha is the older sister and Astarotte is the younger, but both are 10 years old. Therefore... Naoya must also be Astarotte's father. Which puts a pretty interest twist on things when he is taken back into the land of monsters to provide a faucet for her succubus necessities. By episode 12, he even says to her that he's fallen in love with her. He KNOWS that she's at the most distant, his step-daughter. And yet he's there for that very purpose anyhow. What is WRONG with you, Japan?
I found many other better things to do while watching this show.
I would have given this show a 1, but I don't feel any show can ever match the only show I've ever given a 1 - Shingetsutan Tsukihime. That is, I would have given it at 1, if a Tsukihime anime even existed. So unless you've already made your list of a hundred things you could do with 288 minutes that would be better than watching this show and are looking for something further to do, stick away from this miserable, steaming, heap of crap. read more
Jul 7, 2011
The plot revolves around Princess Astarotte (Lotte) who has turned 10 years old, and as a succubus, has to consume the life seed (semen) of males in order to live. The issue is that Lotte hates men and it is up to our male lead (Naoya) to help change the princess's feelings.
To be clear, I have to point out that no sexual acts take place in this show. While there are some that are hinted at, it is never involving a loli either. While the engine for the plot is questionable at best, the results of it should bring a smile to your face.
Lotte's Toy is almost all about Lotte's interaction with Naoya and how their relationship grows. While a few of the secondary characters have direct effect in this (mainly the queen and Asuha), a lot of the side characters are there just to fill space. All of the characters are pretty average. Your enjoyment of the show will most likely change based on how much you like their interactions and not the characters themselves.
The level of ecchi content varies. In the first few episodes it is pretty tame, but during the middle and later portions (before the final episodes), they might overuse the fan service at expense of the characters. But, as a point of reference, the level of fan service is actually low to moderate. There is plenty of implied things (Asuha does not wear panties and this is pointed out in almost every episode), but it's not really an all out striptease.
If you enjoy touching stories or the interactions of the characters in shows like Shakugan No Shana or Toradora, then you should give Lotte's Toy a try. It's not going to blow you away, but you might be surprised how grown up this seemingly juvenile show can be. read more
Feb 5, 2013
There are no arguments that this is pedophilia, there is ecchi depicting 10 year old girls. That is undeniable. However the ecchi is more to draw in a broader audience (probably would have done better at that without it).
Now I want you to take a look at the genres, what's the demographic? That's right seinen, for young adults. That means that there are going to be some mature themes in here. However the mature theme is not pedophilia, but fatherhood. It has a setup of pedophilia but quickly shows the true meaning. The protagonist becomes the first man in the 10 year old lead female's harem. But in reality he becomes her babysitter and father figure.
Think about it from girl's perspective. This is the first man in her harem which she knows what that is and what that means as a succubus, and on top of that she despises men and she's only 10 years old. When the first man in her harem turns out to be someone like a loving father figure it is very easy to understand her developing feelings for him. It is not creepy pedophilia but cute childhood innocence. She is confused on her feeling but because of his position as a member of her harem she thinks it's romantic love, not family love.
If that can't convince you that this show is not just some creepy pedo-thon I'll save you some reading, don't watch it.
For those of you open minded folks, I'll continue the review.
The story is almost nonexistent once it get's into the main part. Not because it's poorly written but because it is about the characters day to day lives. And there is no plot in life. I will say that it gets a bit weaker later on but it's still good.
The characters are great, all of them are well created and have purpose. And they all cater to the theme of fatherhood and the trials and tribulations of it. All except the cow woman. You'll see if you watch it.
The art is normally not something I mention because every anime has good art these days so long as they don't have a weird art style so what's the point? Well in this show the art does a very nice job to cater to the atmosphere. It feels like a fantasy world of sunshine and happiness which is a good thing as it does a good job of helping the story feel more grounded and believable. Plus it just makes me feel happy.
Overall this show is great, it's one of those series that are gems that some will never see because they can't get past the mature themes. It's also one of those shows where watching the ecchi is the work you have to put in for the payoff of the story. But it does so at a very bearable level. Watch it with an open mind and you might find the same enjoyment I did. read more
Jun 27, 2011
Allow me to describe the story to you. Please be warned that I am not joking at anything that follows; this REALLY is the story. The setting is a magic land based on the Nordic mythology. It doesn’t look like a place full of brute Vikings and scary frost giants; it just borrows the names and basic functions of the Yggdrasil, the world tree which connects all different realms. In fact, it look more like a fairy tale with four leaf flowers endlessly falling from the sky on top a land filled with animal featured cosplayers. Meaning, it looks like a virtual brothel for otakus. In this land, the princess of the land is Astarotte, a 10 year old rich spoiled tsundere loli succubus. Since she is a succubus, she reaches an age where she needs male life seed to survive. And by life seed, I mean semen… Seriously; I am not making this up; the loli princess needs to suck semen in order to survive from the age of 10. For this reason her assistant hires a young boy from our world to be transported there and be her butler. Meaning, her sex toy and regular semen provider. Said boy is 23 years old and already is the father of a 10 year old girl who loves to run around without pantsu. Her mother is actually the same as the succubus’, meaning the boy impregnated her mother when he was 12 and now came to “do” her too.
And if you expect some really sick incestuous lolicon hentai from all this I’m afraid you will be disappointed; the plot “sucks” harder that the loli. Everything that follows is just plain old random gag and slapstick romcom, usually centering on the words “milk” and “suck”. Well, you can imagine what type of jokes they are… The last two episodes attempt to provide a sort of crisis and resolution with the worlds being in peril because of the sudden interaction of the realms; a thing which I feel was ripped off from Ah! My Goddess. Yet the resolution is the usual open ended finale where nothing much has changed. In fact, nothing did since episode 1.
So there you have it, an incestuous lolicon hentai premise that heads nowhere, with its cast being caricatures defined by their erotic fetishes. If you are willing to be content with that instead of reading some ACTUAL lolicon manga, then be my guest and fire away (your life seed). As I said it is far bolder than the other two anime and has Rie Kugimiya voicing a tsundere loli; what else is there to expect? I am rather surprised its score is lower that the other two since it is far closer to what we expect from such shows. I guess the rehash of such stories got boring and Kugimiya-based anime are now pitted against Toradora, the best romcom she has been in so far (she voices Taiga there).
The production values are not great in overall since the animation is jerky and heavy on SD characters and simplistic backgrounds. Heck, even the world tree looks like a crude 3D cone with a dry scalp that flakes all the time. And the characters are all drawn simplistically moe and sexy with outfits from some nekomimi maid café. But who cares if the fan service is good; right? There are lots of nude scenes, as well as pantsu and nopan ones, most cleverly censored with passing by items. That is almost a talent! As for the soundtrack it is full of silly songs I have already forgotten, and voice acting is expectably high pitched voices, since Japanese people believe squeaking squirrels are sexy. Heck, even the main male is voiced by a girl.
In all, I liked the bold humor and disliked the absence of EVERYTHING ELSE. There of course no value in this anime, the characters are just ephemeral fapping material, the story goes nowhere and the production values are cheap. But hell, chances are you only care about the first thing I said; so be my guest and allow yourselves to be entertained by a 10 year old “suck”ubus. You can also allow the anime industry to “milk” your wallet or just look for a torrent with lots of “seeders”.
And enough with the puns; overall this is not a good anime… read more
Apr 12, 2011
If you suki kawaii little tsundere lolis who hontoni kirai men, and get off on the idea that she has to construct a male harem, as well as consume the love juices from said male harem, in order to keep her pure, virgin, maiden like appearance and good health, then this show is definitely for you! On top of these excellent points about the main girl, we also are introduced to a rather stimulating bath scene with many various attractive women bathing together in an open bath, I think the rice pickers call that an onsen? wakarimasen lol
As for the other characters of this show, I only am attracted to my perfect maiden flat chested blond loli, so I don’t have much details to report yet. Though from what I can tell, that guard “Zelda” is probably a closet yuri lolicon who wants to violate the loli hime-sama in more ways than even myself. So she’s definitely the second best character of the show. If you suki women who are in to little girls, that’s another good reason to watch this show.
As for the male counterparts, well let us be honest, if you are watching this show or have any interest in this show, chances are character development and plot and male characters are not anything you have interest in to begin with, so let us just say the main male is a sod who is a total bro and totally wants this little girl to feast on his Sauzfryma for scientific and medical benefits to the blond loli.
So, to sum it up; if you suki blond tsundere loli, lesbian lolicon women, and bro lolicon men who are going to violate little girls for their own good, this show is a definite must-see for the spring season! read more
Jul 27, 2011
However, when Naoya finally arrives in the world of demons in episode two the story changes completely. Hired to be her harem member, Naoya becomes a father like figure to the young princess. As Lotte deals with making friends, meeting her busy mother, and anything else that could happen to a 10 year old girl Naoya is there to help. Now I will admit that just because it is completely different than what it appears to be at first glance, that doesn't mean that everything is perfect. The story does not grab you attention very well, and there's a lot of ups and downs. The heartwarming moments that I loved about this show were great, but sometimes the lead up to that moment just was not as good.
When Naoya moves in he brings his daughter Asusa. This energetic kid is very outgoing and quickly becomes friends with the princess. She is always there to help the princess. Of course, Asuha and Lotte are 10 and Naoya is 23 which places any real controversy on her birth when he was 13. This amounts to all the backstory in the show, as there isn't much to learn about many of the characters. However, they interact quite well and have a lot of personality.
I usually like shows that are labeled for pedo's. Why? Well, generally the plot has to be much better, and deals with the maturing of kids rather than an illicit relationship with them. This is the category Astarotte no Omocha falls into. While not amazing in the story department, the show is still enjoyable and meaningful. Don't be afraid to try this show, as there is only a little ecchi and you will see why there will never be an relationship, or who might get Naoya, by episode 4.
Thank you for reading my review, and I hope it was helpful in some way to you. Questions and remarks welcome!
Mar 11, 2012
To my eyes, its a romance anime and about learning to trust and understand caring and possibly a parent-to-child relationship. Similar to Clannad had with family value. I recommend this anime highly. its short and gives laughs. And if you need assistants for anime understandings either check up with me (I have had 20 years of experience of studying anime's meanings and such0 and/or read the manga too. Its lolicon with several ecchi jokes and references but its not too harsh and over the top. I think its a good anime. read more
Oct 19, 2012
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Feb 6, 2012
The characters and story aren't that well developed and I just wanted to finish watching this one as fast as possible just to get rid of it from my life.
It did manage to entertain me somewhat though, but not until like 4 episodes in, until then I just wanted to kill myself. I just think I'm too old for this kind of boring anime.
Aug 14, 2012
First of all, Astarotte no Omocha! is labeled an Ecchi but it truly isn't. There are a few bath scenes and such, however that's pretty much it. Less than five scenes I think and a lot of other anime have that many scenes yet aren't labeled Ecchi. Now... let's start.
Story - 7
The story is actually quite original and unexpectedly odd, however there are many predictable moments as this anime reuses the same boring humour/humor and ideas over and over again, leaving the story boring after a while. Why do I give it a seven? Well, like I said, the story is original. We have the succubus thing in this anime, which isn't actually all that original, right? It's used more in hentai than television anime after all, so many people may not know that this is actually fairly common. I imagine there are quite a few manga out there with succubus stories as well. However, the story isn't entirely about a succubus, rather the succubus thing is just an excuse for our protagonist, Naoya, to enter this other world. So now, we have the "protagonist enters another world" thing going on. Two common ideas, right? Well, it's true those are the main ideas, however there are a few plot twists and unexpected things that happen in this anime, which I can't say for spoilers, which actually make the story fairly original. The story is basic, but unusual, which is good. Unusual is definitely good.
Art - 10
I can't really find many faults with the art, not that I ever can anyway... Good art, though I personally don't find the art all that important anyway...
Sound - 9
I would have given the sound a ten but... some of the OSTs are so god damn quiet that I honestly thought it was something outside. Well, part of it could be that I watch and listen to everything on one volume, but honestly, for those who turn the volume up, it was so quiet that it would probably hurt their ears to listen to the actual voice acting of the characters... Other than that, the sound was quite good. Great voice acting, good-quality music and decent effects... nothing else to complain about.
Character - 7
Well, let's see... the character...
First of all, the character development. We have the usual one girl coming after another routine here and quite normal character development. Well, for the most part. There was quite an odd character development which was rather interesting, I must admit. The way the protagonist just carried on after that particular scene was rather stupid though. Now, the characters themselves...
Our protagonist, Naoya, is a kind, gentle and helpful character, a common type of protagonist in romance anime... however his past is definitely questionable from the start and is ridiculous. I don't even know where to start, so I'll move on. Now we have our main heroine, the princess Lotte... who is just... the typical loli tsundere with the same voice actress who plays only ever other loli tsundere in existence, as well as that one loli who isn't a tsundere from Dragon Crisis!... the character development is generally normal here, along with everyone else and so besides the unexpected part I keep talking about, there's nothing interesting here.
Enjoyment - 5
I'm sorry, I could not enjoy this series a whole lot. The same humour/humor being used over and over was ridiculously boring and it was an excruciating pain to finish the anime because Naoya didn't change after that ridiculous part I have mentioned time and time again. At first, it was enjoyable. Especially for lolicons, this would be great. We have a cute princess, the common short and gentle protagonist so it looked alright. An anime about succubi too, which isn't that common, in fact I've only watched two others that even had succubi in them... which were Rosario + Vampire and Goshuushou Sama Ninomiya-Kun... so I thought this would have been fun. Then, as I progressed into the ridiculous plot, which again, is quite original, I began to become bored. The plot is ridiculous, and it would have been an enjoyable one too, if it weren't for the way this anime feels like something made for kids the age of seven half of the time. Like I've talked about the humour/humor before, it is repeated over and over. However, not only that, but the humour/humor is suited more for children, when the story itself isn't. I mean, we've got our characters talking about blowjobs when the humour/humor itself is only stuff like "our jackass rival for the girl (princess Lotte) fails again and again because he's stupid" and that's just great. If this were a show made FOR seven year old children, WITH a seven year old story.
This is not a bad show, however the humour/humor is terrible (in my opinion) and repetitive. If you don't mind repetitive humour/humor and you don't dislike or hate lolita shows, then this you will probably enjoy this. More than I did at least. I definitely recommend it for those hardcore lolicons. read more