2 of 2 episodes seen
Let's get this out of the way, it is not intended for all audiences. Some of the weaker willed people cannot handle a NTR story, especially one with the additional lewd plot points in which this one has. It is unfortunate due to the fact that they are missing out on one of the best examples of the genre. Regardless of their whining, the story takes a typical NTR scenario and twists it into something special. It is a story of betrayal, jealousy, and pure unadulterated rage. Carn's complex story makes the viewer question themselves on what is actually the truth and what is actually fake. We see it through the hapless main character who is thrown into a sticky situation where he gets a mysterious DVD in the mail. After opening it up and viewing the contents, he realizes it's his childhood friend and love interest is being violated by faceless old men. As the story progresses and the DVDs become more and more graphic one begins to think that it's too cruel to be true. Follow it up with the main character questioning his own sanity and the cruelty of the acts, one gets the idea that there is something more behind the scenes which they need to decipher themselves. Luckily, the unexpected mastermind behind this unfortunate story reveals herself and her true goals which works its way to the thrilling conclusion in which the viewers question the reality of what they had seen prior. It is an incredible way to play with your mind and I must say that the complexity and depth of this story is unparalleled for the genre.
Sadly, there are some disappointing aspects of the Otome Dori adaption as well. Sadly, some scenes in the second episode were cut short and others from the original h-manga were omitted. This knocks it down slightly due to the fact that it was not a complete adaption and the viewer does not get the same experience that the manga reader does. While the scenes were not completely relevant to the plot, they did add to the despair and overall theme of the story. Another issue is the varying quality of the art. The first episode had relatively high quality art while the second one had multiple scenes with off model quality art which is a strange clash compared to the much more higher quality that you had previously scene. While hentai is not known for its consistency and quality work, it is still nonetheless a valid criticism. However, the pros definitely outweigh the cons in the story overall.
Otome Dori truly does make you question what in your life is real and what is not. Who knows, one day you might be woken up by who's presumably your child and your wife who's expecting your second after a long nightmare. Or maybe that's just another dream? Who knows what is reality and who to trust? Do you trust the Maury show or do you trust your own beliefs. Otome Dori takes the aspect of your inner nightmares and puts them into a story that can happen to anyone. They say dreams are a reflection of your inner most desires. Let's just hope that you don't have such a twisted mind that enjoys such agony and maybe you wont be as unfortunate as our main character in this story. I leave you with a word of caution when fantasizing about things because in the end they might come true. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
When regarding the story, Queen's Blade Rebellion takes a turn from the previous two seasons where it was a fighting tournament and this one changes over to fight the queen who has done away with that said tournament. This sadly means that it is no longer “G Gundam with more tits” and now it has moved onto something else. The story to Rebellion is slightly convoluted due to the fact that it moves rather slowly while introducing the plethora of new characters. Not to mention, a lot of it can be considered extraneous due to the fact that Queen's Blade is a merchandise driven show and you need as many compromising scenes to sell those figures. That being said, the overall main point of the plot is clear and that is to “defeat the tyrant queen” and while the journey to that takes many different paths, the main point of the story is a main focus throughout the series. The attention to the story is something that you rarely see in fanservice driven shows such as this and that's what makes the Queen's Blade franchise unique in this aspect. It might push the envelope on what can actually be shown on TV, but at the same time it goes against the grain and sets itself apart from the masses of mindless fanservice shows. Queen's Blade Rebellion may have a different format and a different story than the first two seasons, but in the end it's still a plot driven show which is rare in this category of show. However, in the end it is still not the enjoyable plot that you had in the first two seasons. The PLOT certainly was improved, but the legitimate plot suffers compared to the second season and reverts back to a similar level of coherence as the first season.
The art and sound of Queen's Blade Rebellion was quite good The fight scenes in it were drastically improved from the first seasons and there seemed to be less off-model shots than before. That being said, I'd suggest watching the Blu Rays regardless since I'm sure they will fix up whatever mishaps were in the show. Other than that, we have a very vibrant color palette which encompasses many different settings and places with well done character designs. It's clear that this is a merchandise driven show because the character designs are certainly paid special attention to since they are moving advertisements for the plethora of figurines available. This is not a bad thing since the character designs are vibrant and interesting which makes the show a much more visual treat. The character models look a little different this time around due to some staff changes but overall, the art in the show is pretty good. When it comes to the sound, it was also quite good. The voice acting is from notable veterans and the OST is fitting. I'm sure it's hard to do a show like this with a straight face and I must applaud the voice acting cast for their performance in this. The OP/ED were acceptable and fit with the setting.
When it comes to Queen's Blade, the characters are what make the show for the most part. Their interactions are key to the overall enjoyment of the show. When it comes to the variety of characters, Queen's Blade never disappoints. We have a whole slew of different types of characters ranging from a Ghost Pirate to a Mayan goddess which may or may not have been a copy from Gundam ZZ. Annelotte is a good protagonist and she seems to get more stuff done in Rebellion than Reina did in the first season. Annelotte certainly gets down to business and she is an enjoyable character and interacts well with the other cast. However, there is certainly some degradation of characters compared to the last season. Without going into details spoiling everything, I must say that there many changes to previously loved characters that will make many people upset. Especially the former queen, Aldra. There are other strange character changes which are passed off as “magic” and it just seems that the previous set of characters are nothing like their old selves. It's upsetting to see them in such states and it ruins some of the enjoyment of the show. While we get awesome characters like Siggy and Lilliana, we also have to deal with the dramatic character changes of Mrs. Bushid—err Reina and Aldra. The new characters are enjoyable, but many of your favorites from the last season are a mockery of their previous selves.
When it comes to the overall enjoyment, I can't deny the fact that I did enjoy the show. While many people did complain about some of the changes and the drastically different plot from the previous two seasons, it's still an entertaining show. Whether you're watching it for the plot or the PLOT, you wont be disappointed when it comes to overall enjoyment. If you just sit back and relax and let it flow, you will save yourself quite a bit of trouble from the inevitable plot holes and other issues that the show has. On the other hand, the new characters are enjoyable and fun to watch and it's great to see more Queen's Blade after the long break in between the last TV series. Since this is a sequel and you should have watched the previous two seasons prior to watching this one, you should know what you're in for. If you enjoyed the last two seasons of Queen's Blade, chances are you'll enjoy this one enough to at least finish it. It's not the best installment in the franchise, but at the same time it's not terrible. It does suffer from the "sequel syndrome" where it does feel somewhat less enjoyable compared to the previous show, but it is still an acceptable show and very fun to watch. Regardless of its issues, Queen's Blade Rebellion is both an enjoyable show and an acceptable successor to the previous installments in the franchise. read more
11 of 11 episodes seen
There is always an issue with sequels when it comes to the story. They always seem to never really live up to their predecessors and sadly Nisemonogatari suffers from this issue as well. While the story is both interesting and engaging, it just lacks that overall “wow” factor that Bakemonogatari had. This pattern is especially prevalent in Shaft's other sequels other than maybe Hidamari Sketch but that's probably due to me needing a nutbladder replacement every time I watch another one of those. However, that is not to say that the story is not good. It is actually very good but it just lacks that special feeling that the first series had. When it comes to the actual story, it is a similar format to the first series where Araragi goes around messing with the various females in his life and unraveling mysteries. In Nisemonogatari the focus is on his two younger sisters and their issues though. However, instead of spending a significant amount of time on the mysteries themselves the sequel focuses more on character development and character interaction. I will not say that it's particularly a “bad thing” but the overall pace and tone of the story is definitely different from the first series and I'm not completely sold on those changes. Without spoiling everything, if you enjoyed the setup of Bakemonogatari and you enjoyed the characters of the first series you'll most likely enjoy the sequel. There really isn't much to say on the story just because if you're watching this, you must have watched Bakemonogatari as well so I would just be reiterating the facts that you already know. What I must point out is one of the flaws and distractions that was present in the sequel though.
Nisemonogatari essentially translates into “Falsestory” or “Impostory”. However, it should be translated into “Fanservicestory”. If I were to say Bakemonogatari didn't feature a significant amount of fanservice I would be lying, but they really did go overboard with the sequel. They must have put a significant amount of effort into cramming the most amount of fanservice into this 11 episode series and it definitely shows. From the convenient camera angles to half an episode dedicated to a discussion with Shinobu in the bath to the (in)famous “toothbrush scene” you can definitely see that there was a significant amount of work involved. While the novel includes this as well, it certainly is incredibly distracting to the overall tone and mood of the show. This is one of those cases where the source material does not particularly go over well into the adaption. While the original source material did include a lot of fanservice, Shaft also took it a step further with a multitude of compromising camera angles. That is not unexpected of them since it occurs in nearly every one of their shows, but it only adds to the distraction and makes the overall feeling of the show more low brow than the predecessor. Before you get your jimmies rustled, I am not against fanservice. I enjoy fanservice masterpieces such as Queen's Blade after all. I just feel that the second season's fanservice was a bit excessive and detrimental to this show's overall quality.
What wasn't detrimental to the overall quality was the art in this show. Shaft generally has a policy where the TV broadcast looks abysmal but they come up with an absolutely stunning Blu Ray release. In the case of Nisemonogatari, the TV version is excellent and they will be hard pressed to do any incredible changes to the Blu Ray release. The animation was for the most part very fluid and the background scenes were beautiful. They really outdid themselves on this show and it looks great. Likewise, the sound was also excellent in this show. The OST was fitting and the various openings were all great as well. Platinum Disco definitely stole the show this time around, like how Ren'ai Circulation stole the show in Bakemonogatari. I have absolutely no complaints when it comes to the art or sound in Nisemonogatari. Shaft went above and beyond my expectations on making an actually presentable TV anime and the sound continued on par with it's predecessor. Overall I feel that this section is much better than Bakemonogatari since you could only really enjoy it if you watched the Blu Rays due to the sheer amount of fixing they did to it.
As previously mentioned, Nisemonogatari focuses more on characterization over the mystery solving that was most prevalent in its predecessor. We see several new characters such Kaiki who brings up quite a bit of Hitagi's past and Yozuru and Yotsugi who serve as an exorcist combo. We also see Karen and Tsukihi having actual roles in the story as well. Without going into much detail since that would give away the entire show, I must say that the characters are once again a very strong point for the show. There is little character degradation between both shows and there is quite a bit of development as well (some of which I don't particularly like but I guess it can't be helped after all). The new characters are interesting and enjoyable while the old ones are what you knew and loved from before. The voice acting was once again top notch. The cast is filled with veterans that you have heard many times before. The new characters are also voiced by veterans and are fitting for their respective roles. Even Shinobu gets to talk this time around, however instead of Aya Hirano we have Maaya Sakamoto for obvious reasons. The characters are definitely a strong point for the *monogatari series and it continues on quite well in this sequel.
Overall, I must say that I enjoyed this show quite a bit but I was not nearly as impressed with it as I was with Bakemonogatari. Nisemonogatari does well as a sequel since it mostly maintains itself but it just leaves you feeling just a little disappointed. Bakemonogatari is one of my favorite shows due to its interesting dialogue, it's characters, and the overall story of it. Nisemonogatari picks up on much of that but the overall product feels unimpressive compared to Bakemonogatari. I think the issue with this show is that despite being great, it still pales in comparison to Bakemonogatari. The excessive fanservice and some certain “character development” that happened in the last episode really leaves a bad taste in my mouth. That along with some of the previous season's characters getting much less screen time and development also makes me feel somewhat frustrated with this series. I will not say that I am platinum disappointed with this show overall, but I just feel that it is not as good as Bakemonogatari. What is good news is that this particular arc of the story is now over and there are plans to continue this animation project with even more. The Kizumonogatari movie should be coming up soon and a suspicious “to be continued” at the end of the last episode shows that this story is definitely not done with. What I can say is that I am still looking forward to more and I hope that the upcoming projects maintain the overall quality. Surpassing the original will be a difficult feat, but I'm optimistic about the upcoming projects and I can't wait to see more. I just hope to the Space Pope that Shaft doesn't decide to release them as online episodes every 6 months. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
When it comes to story and plot, Maken-Ki!'s is nearly nonexistent. Like every pointless fanservice show, it is in a school setting and we have a wide array of characters ranging in bust sizes, hair colors, and personalities. All of which seem to have come out of a cookie cutter and have little to no characterization. There are also attempts of describing something that is related to elements and fighting styles yet it is never really explained nor does it really matter throughout the show since the majority of the show is focused around putting the girls in situations where they are exposed and the audience sees a nice light beam covering what might be a pantyshot. However, I am not sure due to the fact that Tien's Solar Flares blinded me. While this show does lack in plot, it certainly makes up for it in PLOT. The entire show focuses on breasts and panty shots and makes sure to put them into every scene. I do know that this is also to be expected and it is a mainstay in these types of shows, but when some of them can come out half decent there's not really much of an excuse. Just earlier this year, Freezing was aired which featured at least some sort of main idea while being a low brow fanservice show and ended up being somewhat decent. I did not expect much from this show story wise, but I did not expect something this little out of it. We had various conflicts that made little to no sense and characters that were introduced randomly and pointlessly to move along some sort of plot regarding a school that has students with magic element powers that fight. The story to this show is absolutely atrocious and nearly nonexistent. It is even worse than what you would expect from this type of show.
The art and sound of Maken-Ki! is unremarkable. Takeda Hiromitsu's designs were altered quite a bit for the anime and due to the nature of the show and the TV stations it was airing on, more than half of it was censored. Other than the having half of the show being covered in either white light beams or fog, the rest of the art is relatively poor. The backgrounds are plain and simple and there are some various character models which are absolutely ridiculous as well. It also features many vibrant colors which don't necessarily help it along. The character designs are typical of a fanservice show since many of the female characters in it have breasts that are larger than their heads but none of them really stood out for me. It is also a shame since fanservice shows can feature relatively interesting art, Samurai Girls which aired last year had interesting character design which was further accented by creative censorship that featured ink blots on the screen. Maken-Ki! Takes a step back towards the generic side by having unremarkable character designs in the anime form and features the dreaded light ray censorship that nobody likes. Maybe I'll take a look at the Blu Rays when they come out but my overall opinion on the art is poor. As for the music, my opinion does not differ. It had a generic OP, generic ED, and the OST was also unremarkable and easily forgotten. The voice actors did a decent job on their roles but it was also nothing special which just makes the show seem even more subpar, even for this genre.
When it comes to characters, we have our usual ones for the most part. We have our busty childhood friend, a tsundere flat chested girl with twin tails, and a delicious brown girl. Where this show differs from many of these other shows is the main character. Most of these shows feature a generic and wimpy self insert main character. But our bespectacled and perverted orange haired main character in this show takes it a step further and somehow comes off as being even worse than usual. On top of being a pervert and a pathetic coward, he puts on a righteous facade where he claims that women shouldn't fight and then ends up getting himself beat up by the various opponents that occur in the show. He must have taken a lesson from everyone's favorite dense orange haired main character from Fate/Stay Night. Our main character also has some sort of special ability which of course makes him overpowered when the time comes as well which is just another typical character trait in this type of show. The cast of girls in the show are generic and not particularly notable in any way. They are just there to get into embarrassing situations where they are exposed for the audience to see their goods. The characters in this show are not particularly terrible, other than the main character of course so I can't really complain that much about it. It's just that the main character really drags down the rest of it in this aspect of the show.
I definitely did not enjoy Maken-Ki!. It had a few moments that were funny because of how over the top they were, but the majority of it was pretty terrible. Terrible even for a fanservice show. There's not really much to praise about this show and I could go on and on regarding its flaws. I know that these fanservice shows are relatively popular (especially since they are consistently made and purposely censored so that people buy the Blu Rays), but Maken-Ki! is not one of the better ones. I would not recommend watching this show even if you do enjoy watching pointless fanservice shows. This one is certainly not one of the worthwhile ones. Some might argue that it's the spiritual successor to Fate/Stay Night due to our dopey main character who wants to fight in place of trained women fighters. But, character and VA jokes aside, we have the true successor being translated and will be done sometime in the next 25 years which everyone can look forward to. I do not think Maken-Ki! was worthwhile and I must say that overall this show gets a 2/10 which correlates to “Horrible” on the scale that MAL uses. What makes this even more depressing is that it was licensed by Funimation for release in the United States. I'm guessing it will probably sell well due to the amount of PLOT and that's a shame since it doesn't deserve that, but that's just how these things work out. That being said, Maken-Ki! is definitely not a buy. I would not recommend watching this show or buying this show, there are many other superior options out there for your wacky fanservice and harem antics. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
First off, the story to Break Blade isn’t too foreign to any other mecha anime. Our champion falls into a mobile suit; he does some heroics with it, and then gets caught up in some sort of war. This setting has been redone countless times and while not being highly original it fits the overall plot very well. The background of the story is a simple case of other countries invading each other for resources. The resource in question is quartz which runs everything in this particular world and is magically moved by “sorcerers”. We have two nations, Krisna and Athens which are heading to war. If this was completely cookie cutter, the champion selected to save the nation would be an angsty teen who is handed the latest and greatest mobile suit. However, in the case of Break Blade our champion is 25 year old Rygart Arrow who happens to be some sort defective person who cannot use magic called an “un-sorcerer” which makes him nearly completely useless in this particular world. He is asked by the king of Krisna who he happened to go to college with and the queen who had some romantic tension with Rygart in the past. He fights another classmate who’s on the Athens side and the story revolves around the struggles of Krisna fighting off the advancing Athenian armies with mobile suits (golems as they’re called in this series). In particular, Rygart’s mobile suit is an ancient relic which only he can pilot due to his lack of magic power and of course it happens to be stronger than any of the modern day ones. Like I said before, the story itself is not particularly outstanding or different but it does feature adult characters and a very interesting world that runs on quartz. I would have to say, the most lacking part of this particular series is the story. It features a somewhat realistic approach to fighting in mobile suits due to the vulnerability of them and their labored movements, but on the other hand it is definitely cliché and rehashed from nearly every other mecha series out there. It’s certainly not groundbreaking by any means but it was pretty entertaining, I say the story part of this series a 7/10 due to the clichés and lack of plot depth that is presented.
As for the art, it is absolutely stunning. Production IG and Xebec did a fantastic job on animating this series. There is a great amount of detail that is put into everything from the mobile suits to the backgrounds. What adds the icing to the cake is the minimal use of CGI in this series. The animation is fluid and there is a wide array of scenic background scenes which also look excellent. I would have to say, the art is definitely one of the strong parts of this series. It looks great by today’s standards and is definitely not cheaply done. I say that the art of this particular series is a 10/10 just because of the amount of detail that was put into it. It truly does look stunning, especially when watched in 1080p.
Another strong point of this series is the sound. We have a stunning opening done by KOKIA and the music is composed by Hirano Yoshihisa who also worked on Death Note and Ouran is well done and fits the overall mood of the series. As for voice acting, we have an all star cast. It features Hoshi Souichirou (Kira Yamato and Sanada Yukimura) as Rygart, Saito Chiwa (Senjougahara Hitagi and Akemi Homura) as Queen Sigyn, Nakamura Yuuichi (Okazaki Tomoya and Graham Aker) as King Hodr, Kamya Hiroshi (Araragi Koyomi and Matou Shinji) as Zess voicing the main cast of the series. The wide array of other characters are filled out with “the voice of 2011” Hanazawa Kana, Inoue Marina, Shiraishi Minoru, and many more. The veteran cast of voice actors only adds to the appeal and makes the overall setting much better. The sound of this series is definitely another one of its strong points. I say that the sound gets a 10/10 as well just because of the stunning voice acting cast that this series features. The great music added on top of it is just a very welcome bonus.
The characters for this are pretty decent albeit somewhat cliché. There are many different characters of this series and they seem to fall into an expected manner. We have Rygart, who despite his more mature age is a stereotypical mecha anime protagonist. He is angsty, he loves to go off on his own, and of course pilots an overpowered mobile suit. He fits right into the groove of most other mecha protagonists and while this isn’t particularly a bad thing, his actions can be easily read by an experienced viewer. There is also King Hodr who is a king who doesn’t really enjoy his job and asks his old college buddy Rygart to come fight for his kingdom in his time of need. Hodr isn’t the most inept of kings, but he’s not very good and his wife isn’t much better. Queen Sigyn is a strange woman who wanted to be with Rygart back in the day and got herself locked into a political marriage with Hodr. They sleep in separate rooms and she doesn’t even wear her wedding ring which just shows the sham of this particular marriage. She’s too obsessed with science and books to care particularly about Hodr and is shown to still have obvious feelings for Rygart despite being married off. She’s not a particularly bad character and I can’t blame her since she’s in a lousy situation like Hodr is but she isn’t very good either. Zess is another friend of Rygart and the royal couple. They were also college friends but Zess went back to Athens and now is a soldier for the other side. He fits the rival role pretty well and his actions show that war is a terrible thing that can tear apart friendships. He has to fight against his old friends and lead armies against his friend’s kingdom. There are also more minor characters like Girge who fits the crazy but good pilot role, Narvi who fits the tough girl role, Cleo who fits the “moeblob” role and so on. The characters aren’t particularly outstanding or different but it is enjoyable to watch them interact. The character portion of this show gets a 7/10.
As for enjoyment, I’d have to say I enjoyed this series very much. It may have had been filled with clichés and the story might be generic but I really looked forward to each movie. The mobile suit fights were very entertaining and the character interactions were good as well. There was a fair amount of angst and pointless yelling but that’s just another thing that comes with a typical mecha show so it doesn’t really detract from the overall enjoyment of the show. On the other hand, some of the plot devices that built Rygart’s character were somewhat forced. The particular scene with the widow was reused heavily and I got the idea that it was depressing and one of the tragedies of war but it was definitely overdone. Despite that bit of nagging angst and reused plot devices I still say that it was an incredibly enjoyable series. It had many moments that had me on the edge of my seat and some pretty well done drama. For a rating, I say that the enjoyment section of this gets a 9/10. It wasn’t perfect but it was pretty damn good.
Overall it is somewhat hard to rate this show. It has many rehashed ideas and clichés but on the other hand it has a great setting with a likeable cast and great music. I would say that overall Break Blade gets an 8.5 but since MAL doesn’t offer half points in their rating system I’ll just bump it up to a 9 due to the fact that it was very entertaining and it was coupled with great visuals and sound. It’s not the most original mecha show out there, but it certainly does a good job at portraying a less flashy and gritty war which is something that is missing from many mecha shows. Break Blade was a treat to watch and I’d suggest anyone who enjoys the mecha genre or anyone who just enjoys watching an interesting story to give it a try for themselves.
2 of 4 episodes seen
The OVA series first starts off like most other hentai, it features a self insert protagonist who somehow gets himself mixed up with another classmate and then suddenly they start having sex. However, in this one they go into great detail when it comes to the diagrams and terms. Throughout their "sexcapades" you see some of the best diagrams of the sexual reproduction organs and their functionings outside of a medical book. If you are struggling in your biology class and need to remember the diagrams this is what you should be watching instead of reading your boring textbook. If this existed back when I was taking biology I could have gotten an A in that class without even studying, that's how good the diagrams are in this series. However, there are some flaws in this biology laden OVA. There is definitely some other anatomy that is not up to realistic human standards, take the second OVA features a heroine who should be dead of a broken back due to her breast size. There is also the issue of the various girls saying "Please fill up my uterus", that is definitely taking the highway to the danger zone. The only outcome that can come out of that is becoming a star on MTV's Teen Mom which is definitely not a good thing. One would think that such a biology driven series would also show the benefits of safe sex but in this case it does not and even glorifies it when the various self insert characters claim they'll "Take responsibility" which means if they follow their MTV counterparts they'll sit around and play Call of Duty or work on their Camaro.
Overall this series gets a 6. It was a great and educational series which I suggest to anyone who's interested in biology or wishes to know more about human bodily functions. Yet, at the same time it glorifies lewd behavior which is not a part of your biology class and can be very distracting from the educational material which is presented in it. If they did a better job with making it a tool to educate people with this could be one of the best series of all times, however they added too much smut to it and turned it from an educational masterpiece to a pornographic mess. I hope that one day we can get an actual series that focuses on the biology and not the smut, but until then HHH Triple Ecchi is the best series to watch if you need help with your biology homework and you don't mind trudging through some unnecessary pornographic material. read more
2 of 2 episodes seen
To begin, the story seems to revolve around a true alpha male who deserves to live on the Jersey shore more than I do. First off, I never watched the main series cause I heard it was bad and since I try my best to watch only good shows like Elfen Lied and Air I never got around to watching this. From what I gather from the OVA is that Mr. Alpha Male here is engaged to some fancy blonde slut and she doesn't want to put out or something along those lines. Anyways, since he's alpha as fuck he just starts going to town on her and turns her into a sex crazed slave who just wants to get defiled by Mr. Alpha here whenever he wants it. With the poor storyline that this OVA had I have to give it a 6. It was boosted up because Mr. Alpha made his "fiance" pee all over the library which reminds me of when I was a kid some kid used a library book as toilet paper cause he thought it was funny.
The art and sound is pretty good...I watching porn to classical music...it makes me feel fancy and that I'm not being a sinful man in the lord's eyes.
As for character and enjoyment I have to say I would have enjoyed it much more if it featured a beta male like myself. Seeing an alpha male go to town on a girl and turn her into a sex crazed maniac who will do anything he wants makes me feel depressed. If he was morbidly obese and in a power chair or some random idiot I would have found it better..but with an alpha male leading the pack I couldn't enjoy it as much as I could have. Him being so alpha was disheartening and the "oh u fancy" slut was too fancy for my tastes. I like my women plain and boring with unibrows and hairy armpits. Her bitchy attitude about "oh goddd you made me a dirty woman" and "you're disgusting for making a lady incontinent" made me feel even more pathetic and the crushing reality of being a beta male set in. I saw that frog telling me "You will never make a lady incontinent" and then the tears started flowing.
In summary this OVA was not for me. If you are a true alpha male like Randy Savage or Chris Benoit this would be right up your alley. But since I am nothing but a beta male I could not be entertained by such a program that obviously caters to those who go to the gym daily and to the tanning salon 3 times a week...it's not for us people who are plain and generic people who lead plain and generic lives. In conclusion, watching this anime shows the crushing reality that you will be forever alone and will never be an alpha male ;_; read more
Aug 11, 2010Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo: Sanshimai to no DokiDoki... (Anime) add
3 of 3 episodes seen
I have to say the story to this anime was quite good. The struggles of a young man who evacuated from a tragic situation is a good way to start a story and the difficulties he faces while selling ice cream only makes it better. However, it is not without faults..I was expecting a lecture on economics like in Spice and Wolf, however there is not nearly enough economic explanation in this. This anime is for people who know the terms and behaviors of an economist so the story only gets a 7/10 from me because I only took one semester of economics and forgot 99% of it since I slept in that class anyways.
The art is exceptional, it is quite good for a lower budget OVA and the detail is astounding. I have to give it a 9/10 though, because the buildings and backgrounds could have been done a little better but all in all the art was quite good.
The sound was generic yet entertaining. There's not much to say about it..so 6/10
The characters were a highlight of this series. It showed the struggles of Shiki and his coming to terms of his home being destroyed by a volcano and then his rise to the top of the ice cream business quite well. His trio of heroines also were fleshed out quite well and were a great support to his heroic role. I have to give the characters an 8/10 because I was disappointed in the fact that we never got to see more of the girl who was too poor to afford a bathroom and had to relieve herself outside...but such is the tragedy of today's recession.
Overall I enjoyed this series quite a bit. It is a must watch for anyone interested in economics and business running. In these hard times where jobs are scarce and money is short it is great that we get an educational show like this to come around. It is definitely not for beginners in economics though, the terms used are quite advanced and a lot of it should be known by the viewer before watching it. In order to get a more elementary understanding of economics I'd suggest watching Spice and Wolf first then watching this afterwards in order to get a full dose of learning about economics which is a must for succeeding in today's recession plagued world. All in all, this series gets an 8/10 from me..some of it was filler and some of it was a little off the course of economic learning but all in all this is a great way to learn about running a small business and the value of money and I suggest it to all anime viewing business majors and economics majors. read more
3 of 12 episodes seen
That is a tidbit of the description of this summer 2010 anime, Shukufuku no Campanella. Just with that line one may feel a Maury Povich show vibe coming off of this, at least I know I did. However, this show is not about some guy who ran away from town after "knocking some slut up" like they would say on the Maury show..this is something completely different. As a little information about myself, I very very rarely drop shows and I have only dropped a grand total of 5 shows in my whole anime watching history. This show is the 5th show I have dropped and there is a reason for that.
Let's get started shall we? First off the story to this show is nonexistent. You are thrown into a whimsical Final Fantasy mixed with Aria setting with a bunch of random characters that get literally 5 seconds of introduction and walk around and literally do nothing. Now, some may say "plenty of shows are about nothing" and I agree, however..coming from a man who has Lucky Star on his favorites and even has it plastered on his car this show is beyond boring..even for a Lucky Star fan. The first episode was nothing more than just random flashing names of the characters and a few seconds of some "puppet" girl who was born from a meteor. The subsequent episodes did not explain anything and even went on to describe some incredibly bad and poorly scripted "fight scenes" that look like something out of a terrible JRPG that shouldn't have been made. There is literally no explanation on why they fight and the whole idea of "questing" is thrown in completely off guard and randomly. I generally do not judge a book by its cover and watch at least 3 episodes of something before judging it, but in Shukufuku no Campanella's case unless ICP comes down from the sky and makes a miracle this show will not get any better story wise.
As for the art and sound they are incredibly average. The use of pastels and the whimsical setting is a little out of the ordinary in today's anime which is a plus. However, to make up for the lack of story and characters this show would definitely need some stunning scenery porn, yet it does nothing but be incredibly average. The sound is your basic fantasy music and is nothing extraordinary nor is it terrible.
As for the characters, I have to ask "What characters?" This show is seemingly lacking characters...they introduced a whole bunch of them in the first episode yet none of them are recognizable and none of them have any unique traits. It's like watching a bunch of clones with different wigs on interact. The girls in it are your typical ditzy idiots who fall over and have their tits rub up against the clueless male lead, which in this case is brain dead rather than clueless. The only way I could tell the girls apart was their outfits..they all seemingly act the same and are all just blobs with different hats/clothes/hair. As for the male lead, he is even worse than your generic male lead..he doesn't even acknowledge any of the girls and for some reason has literally 5 lines per episode. For a supposed "harem romance/fantasy" show the male lead has to at least interact with the girls...hell, him tripping and falling on their tits or running away from the one girl who wants to marry him would be more entertaining than this guy. He literally has no personality along with no spine. The only good thing about this show was probably the male lead's mom who was a total slutty tease and seemingly was the only character that I can remember after watching the show.
Overall, this series gets a 3. There is so many things wrong with this anime and with the time constraint of 12 episodes, I doubt this can improve to a "worth watching" point. There is barely anything going for this show and what is going for it is the art and music which is average at best. The utter lack of characters mixed with the complete lack of any coherent story made me drop this show which is a very rare thing for me to do. I've sat through plenty of "awful" shows yet it takes a certain show for me to actually drop it. Shukufuku no Campanella is one of those shows that is on a tier where I cannot actually stand watching it. I would definitely not recommend this show to anybody since the fantasy/romance genre has so many other prime subjects to watch while this is just straight up pathetic. Maybe next time I wont be attracted by the description of a show as much as I was for this one. This is definitely not the hilarious drama involving some guy skipping town after knocking up one of the local girls that was hinted at for the description. read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
We start off the story with a young man named Souta Takanashi or more commonly known as Shinra or Lelouch. This young man is looking for a job to support his dysfunctional family filled with eccentric women. He is forced to help put food on the table for his underprivileged family and begins working a restaurant called the Wagnaria (Denny's) and meets a large array of hilarious characters. Takanashi needs to support his family because of the troubles at home. His mother works long hours and his father is dead yet due to his mother being an office lady she doesn't make enough to feed the family. Takanashi must take care of his 4 eccentric sisters by working at the restaurant. His oldest sister, Kazue, despite being a lawyer and in her 30's lives at home after going through a divorce and losing custody of her kids because she got home late and beat them. It's a miracle that she still can practice law and beat her kids but that's Japan's problem. Takanashi also needs to support his depressed siste, Izumi, who's liable to kill herself at any given moment and is too depressed to walk. Despite being nearly 30 she still lives at home and complains about the colorful world and keeps to her dark room. (If I could pick a girl from the show to be my wife, I'd take her..she'd fit my dark and brooding vampiric lifestyle perfectly). On top of that he has to take care of his drunken sister, Kozue, who despite somehow holding down a job spends all of her money on liquor and abortions for all the times she has unprotected sex with various men. To top it all off Takanashi's youngest sister Nazuna is manipulative and a dominatrix despite being in elementary school. As you can see Takanashi's family circumstances are very dark and upsetting which is the undertone for this series. I personally found the darkness and depth of this show to be excellent since I am a dark person myself and I like to sit in a dark corner at Starbucks and drink black coffee.
While at work Takanashi's life is just as hard. He has to deal with a group of mentally unstable and eccentric people that are most likely on drugs (it's just like Denny's here in the US, the one by me was shut down because they were cooking meth in the basement). Takanashi is repeatedly beaten and abused by Mahiru Inami, a self proclaimed "androphobe" but in reality is just tweaking from her lack of meth at work. He also has to deal with the two strongest men in Ikebukuro, Satou and Souma who happen to the cooks. They do nothing but troll him and make fun of him and offer little consideration for Takanashi's home issues. He also has to work with a mentally challenged yet well endowed short girl named Poplar who can't do anything right yet somehow still has a job and a Zange clone who's also mentally challenged named Yamada. To top it off there's the two lesbian crew leaders named Kyouko and Yachiyo who service each other throughout the day. As you can see Takanashi's working life is not much better than his home life and the eccentric and most likely drugged up people he works with don't help his situation.
The character depth and story of this show is very good and it gives off a very dark and deep theme. I like that in a show and I like to watch Takanashi suffer in his daily struggles that are shown in the show and to watch my 2d wife (waifu) Izumi. I give the story and characters an 8/10 because they were dark and depressing. However, there was too much fun in the series and it could have been better if there was more dramatic moments and if there were some tragedies.
The sound and art was good so I give them a 9/10..they could have been drawn in a much darker setting but every Denny's I've been to is very bright to show off the cockroaches anyways.
Overall I rate this show an 8/10..I really enjoyed the characters and their back stories and I really liked how the show related to a dark and foreboding creature like myself. I would definitely watch this on my windows powered laptop at Starbucks and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a dark and depressing show mixed with some comedy for extra enjoyment. I feel this show is the highlight of the spring season and I like the direction Japan is going with these depressing, vampire orientated shows as of late. However, this show was not without flaws..there could have been some gore added to it like with Satou and Souma in the kitchen having accidents and Poplar accidentally impaling herself on a broken glass shard. A little blood in a dark show like this goes a long way and I feel that it needed some sanguine goodness to be a 10/10. read more