I can be quite lenient when reviewing stuff (by "stuff" I mean porn), but seriously, colour me impressed. Because I'm impressed. As I say in all my reviews, I'm a chick so sorry if that affects my review on a negative way. You have two separate stories in two different episodes and they aren't related. It's a bit like "First Love" (which is pretty awesome, by the way). The first story is about the relationship between a shy new girl in class and an asshole. He is quite the asshole. He orders her around, teases her and actually ends up cheating on her. Ew. But
then towards the end of the first episode, he sees the errors of his ways and decides not to be a total retard, and treats her right. This leads to a pretty sensual and loved up scene at the end, but lots of the standard hentai stuff near the beginning. Sex on the roof, public masturbation encouraged by the guy and just general porny goodness. The first scene of this episode blew me away (pun not intended) because although it was loving, I also found it to be pretty intense , making me pretty breathless (admittedly) and I enjoyed watching it as a whole even though it sometimes came across as being a bit average and "yeah, yeah, seen that before". Some of the jumpier animations got a little on my nerves sometimes too.
The second episode seems to step up both the animation and the female's character design, and I really enjoyed it. The opening scene, again, was really awesome and the filters they used and the animation quality was pretty awesome. It turns out to be a... no, it's not actually a dream sequence, but it plays out like one, and so the quality drops again when we come back to real life. I feel like this series may have shot itself in the foot a little bit, because both stories open with a really awesome scene that is way above average, and then the rest kind of drags. Well, that's the case of the first episode, but the second episode rectifies this by having more than one imaginary scene of nicer quality sprinkled throughout, so you end up looking forward to them. I loved the setting of the second episode a lot more than the first, because it was (relatively) original and I'd only seen it once before in a hentai. I can't remember which one it was, though, because that was years ago when I first started watching hentai. The whole idea of mutual masturbation via the interwebs intrigued me in this storyline, and seeing it happen was really awesome and quite the turn on. I may or may not have actually done that before. *Hint* I totally did.
Damn, that was a long-ass introduction because I had to review the episodes separately, so now I'll review it as a whole!
Story. Pretty good for the first episode, but it wasn't original and so was a bit boring for me, since I've seen lots of hentai before. It was still pretty well done, though, and I have to give it some credit for that. The story for the second episode was really awesome, and I really got into it. I loved the idea of the technology that allows people to mutually masturbate online and I enjoyed watching it. The whole theme of her getting addicted to it was super interesting as well!
The art is ok, but not outstanding for the time. It's pretty average, but I do give kudos to the character designs because they are overall very beautiful and I thought all of the characters were attractive. I was pleased to see a good-looking boy character as well in the first episode. The opening scene to the first episode was really amazingly animated and the lighting was gorgeous for a hentai, but that just disappointed me because it was like I saw a glimpse of what the first episode could have been, and I had to spend the rest of the episode watching what it actually was- very average in my opinion. Except for the awesome loving scene at the end, that was cool. It's not that I don't like rough hentai or anything- I loved "Bible Black"! I just felt nothing especially awesome in the middle portion. It's like a sandwich of Awesome - Average - Awesome. A bit like "Garden: The Animation" in that respect. Starts off so good that the rest of the episode has a hard time catching up to the standard it set for itself.
The second episode was better animated and I much preferred what the girl looked like. She was super pretty! The imaginary sequences really stood out in both style and animation, and I enjoyed it a lot.
Sound isn't really worth mentioning if I'm honest, although the VA of the second girl was really good.
I much preferred the character of the second girl because she was a little less bland, but I still really liked the first girl because of the change she goes through when she's apart from her boyfriend for a week. You can guess what happens, hentai-eers.
Overall, I think the second episode is definitely worth watching as well as the first scene in the first episode. Everything else is devastatingly average and if you watch a lot of hentai, like me, then you'll be bored by the first episode mostly. I'm giving this a 7 because I feel the first episode was about a 5, but the first scene and second episode pull it up to a 7 because if the whole series had been like those it would have gotten an 8, maybe even 9 it it'd played it's cards right. It feels a bit like wasted potential, but it's very enjoyable nonetheless. Despite all the criticism I'm giving it, I enjoyed it a lot even if it did disappoint at times.
Pure-Hearted Girl Et Cetera is true to it’s name. It’s pure-hearted love (with a little extra spice).
The art style is a mix between ‘cute’ and ‘mature’. The color pallet, designs and animation are all fun and lighthearted. Everything works to get across it’s ‘clean, pure love’ aesthetic. The others works credited the studio, Studio 1st, such as Fuzzy Lips, Mokkai Shiyo and Jewelry the Animation, show that this really is their forte.
The plot matters as much as plot matters in things like romcoms: the dynamic and connection to the characters is what’s important. Both the female and male character’s have cute and unique designs.
girl is a shy new student with glasses, the guy is good-natured, and thinks she looks like she’ll grow up to be the hot mature office lady type that he’s into. It plays into that with some fun scenarios: some school rooftop exhibitionism and playing into the ‘mature office lady’ fetish.
The second, unrelated story isn’t as enjoyable, for me at least, but it isn’t something that will turn you off if you enjoyed the first.
Overall, high recommended to those looking for pure-hearted love (with a little something-something).
Review on my blog: https://trashonthecurb.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/junjou-shoujo-et-cetera-a-porngraphic-adult-anime-review/