Yahoo! I get the first review... Of this... Anime... Suddenly I feel way less excited.
"My skin melted, my powers disappeared and suddenly I was nothing but a shadow, weaker than the most humble of ghosts."
To get the technical staff out of the way, the anime is a three minute short with lively animation, funny music exploring completely sexual themes. You could say it's Nekoyama's deranged psychotic sister... Or maybe brother. At this point I can't tell.
Well to begin with, we see an insanely cute girl assaulted by 2 Yakuza members, trying to make her pay off the debt her parents had left behind by selling
her body. One even wants to do her on the spot. Pretty ordinary staff for Japan's standards. Until the other Yakuza guy says "Dude, you know that's a guy right?!"
Well, the anime already crushed one of my dreams, that sure didn't take long. As you have it our protagonist is a high-school trap. He is also disturbingly familiar with crossdressing and being sexually harassed.
But suddenly the student council of his school arrives to save the day! Consisting of three girls whose names&stereotypes you won't bother remembering they beat the Yakuza members (again, pretty typical staff for Japan) and rescue the protagonist in order to recruit her as the council's mascot and to have something to harass (oh yeah, all 3 are major perverts). They discover the trap but decide to recruit the protagonist nonetheless, making it (I refuse to call that thing a "he") act as the council's dog, in exchange for paying off its debt. Obviously part of the job is practically fanservicing everyone in school and leaving the "best-of" for the student council. They also make it announce in front of everyone that its gender is male (highly questionable).
So let me make things clear: We have 3 horny high school girls that were looking for yuri harassment, fell for a trap, and then entered an S&M exhibitionist relationship with said trap.
Do you realise on how many levels of f£%$ed up we are here?
The second episode, introducing the rest of the notable cast actually made my soul sink even deeper into despair than the first had.The tired protagonist goes back home where he's greeted by his cute immouto (younger sister) wearing only her bath towel and rubbing herself on him to comfort him. Well, perhaps things aren't as bad as they looked in the sta it's a trap, isn't it?
Apparently crossdressing and looking more feminine than the females is in the family's genes.
Anyway, as the protagonist finds more and more ways to get sexually assaulted by everyone regardless of gender, his little sis... Brother, meets someone who has sworn to replace the current student council and therefore save the protagonist from constant humiliation. The head of the public morals commity... A LOLI! Oh, the most wonderful of sights to behold in an anime where the protagonist is a trap. Whoever has read my previous reviews or knows me irl knows that I have a certain weakness to lolis (as in, I absolutely adore them). And she is exactly as all lolis should be. Slightly tsundere, incredibly cutely shy, absolutely, 180 degrees, washboard-level, completely wallish, flat, with an adorable mini skirt, with the cute striped panties that hide a tiny bu...
SON OF A BITCH!! It wasn't enough was it? You just had to ruin the loli too!
The rest of the episodes are filled with chances for the protagonist to give fanservice to various people, with the ending of the most recent one (ep 4) being truly disturbing.
If you liked Boku no Pico or enjoy watching messed up things try it out.
This is a continuation of the review above, 11 episodes have been released by now. I had thought that the series couldn't get anymore disturbing. Boy was I wrong...
At the end of each episode that passes the viewer will experience... Revelations to the protagonist that he rather enjoys being treated as a female. You could practically say that with the ending of each episode its gender changes more from "undefinable" to "female". And I won't lie, that's disturbing as f"$%. Also disturbing as f£%^ is how it was revealed that the maid of the public morals committee, a busty blonde (maid: my second fetish, ranked right after loliconnesss)... Is a dude with an overstuffed bra... Yes, there was actually another trap... Mere words cannot begin to describe the psychological trauma of having BOTH my dreams crushed so mercilessly. Oh and the protagonist's sister's (...) friend which appeared to be a boy always hiding his face? It's a girl crossdressing as a boy.
One can only raise his hands to the heavens and scream to whatever twisted god allowed the creation of this abomination... "WHAT THE F£%K?"
After watching episode 12: 1)Men who are men are rapists, that's today's lesson. 2)Women who are women are cruel inconsiderate jerks. 3)Men who are women are the only pure people in this world (...yes I find it as rediculous as you do). 4)If you quit the student council WHY ARE YOU STILL CROSSDRESSING?!
If you read my other review before, well nothing much changed, I say pretty much the same stuff, I still feel for how it is, and I still have my similar opinion.
Himegoto, is a gender-bender anime that came out in the Summer 2014, and was one of the 'shorts' anime where it's like a few minutes or so. While watching this anime I couldn't really say I really liked it or enjoyed it a lot, even though I really really like the gender-bender genre. Seeing other animes like Ouran Host Club, Ranma 1/2 (didn't finish), and other ones like that one filler episode of Little
Busters! was great to watch, but not really Himegoto.
The story is about a boy named Hime Arikawa who is forced to join the Student Council and to cross-dress. As he joins he is basically the dog for it, or shall we call, the b*tch for the student council. I mean like basically he was for the entire series, because our guy is pretty submissive. Hime just falls into the student council's hands and they do WHATEVER THEY WANT. MHMM...anyways...
When it comes to the art, I'd say it's pretty normal...nothing great or bad, it's okay I'd say. Like they do make characters cute at those times etc. As for the sound, I actually like the OP and ED, it's not amazing, but it's okay to good.
And as Anime is weird as it is, we all accept how it is.
For me, there's few minor problems towards to show, some in my opinion I did not like and some was okay. Fan-service may be a huge turn off to the audience as most of the fan-service is more towards Hime, who is a guy, and well, you'll see some bulges and undie-shots.....(the feeling where this may be loli, but it's like OH WAIT, IT'S A GUY, SO IT'S TOTALLY FINE)
Also, some people may like submissive character, I'm honestly not the biggest fan, but it's okay....
Weirdest thing I'd say from the show is how both genders fine him really attractive. Like to the point, GUY WOULD RAPE HIM...LIKE, THEY LIKE, I DON'T CARE, IT'S GOING TO BE DAIJOUBOU, HUEHUEHUEHUEHUE.....
Entertainment wise though, I actually enjoyed many parts rather than getting creeped out. There are many parts that are funny because of the gender bender, which was something I was looking for. :D Also, may be considered spoiler, how you see it....I also liked the unexpected gender benders tho'! xD
Well, I give this anime a 5.5, because nothing much stood out to me, but entertainment was okay-good. If you like the review you can press it was helpful, if you didn't like it or didn't agree you can press it wasn't helpful, but if it wasn't helpful, doo tell me why, I'd like to try to get better at reviewing ^_^
This anime is a catastrophic attempt at humor, and a callous one with rose tinted glasses towards what is veritably a whole slew of sex crimes. Yes, he is apparently a male who does initially to consent to crossdressing to pay off a debt, though it seems the student council gets off to putting him into embarrassing situations, knowing full well the consequences that will entail, which is usually at least a panty shot, if not worst, without his knowledge beforehand or his consent.
For all the episodes I watched, I kept thinking "Where is the punchline?" Then I realize that the situations are the
punchline, and I shook my head and realize that is a bottom of a barrel title that indulges in the same tier of cruelty as Watamote without the deep introspection and characterization of someone like Tomoko. It is just a gag anime who thinks the idea of a man, or a cross dressing man, being harassed and shamed, is a novel idea in itself, and one likely to garner laughs.
Well woop-de-doo, look at how many people think this is a decent anime, or even a progressive one. Ha, seriously? This anime does nothing other than show the student council doing things to Hime that go far beyond reasonable work contracts, even for someone is paid to crossdress (Especially so), and his consent or lack thereof, made obvious by his expressions and pleads episode after episode. The student council are responsible for creating situations that would allow such public displays of embarrassment in the first place, with morally unreasonable and insidious actions that were intended to do so. There is no punchline. I am suppose to find all this funny in nature, like the slapstick of The Three Stooges. No, it is cruel and a backwards trivialization of men or cross dressers in general concerning sexual consent.
I am not opposed to the idea of humor surrounding a serious topic of sexual assaults, but all this anime amounts to is a mix of cringe comedy and sadism. No meta commentary, nothing but the situation itself. It slaps on happy music while Hime is in fact, sexually harassed, assaulted, and at least one point, nearly raped.
Point being that because he is a cross dresser, because he is a man, that I am suppose to take this humorously. Seriously? Can we stop laughing about poop jokes and realize that this problem concerning these demographics, male or crossdresser, are very real, and should be taken with some serious caution?
I mean, if the genders were reversed, would anyone praise it?
If there is anything to praise about the anime, it is the last few episodes, beginning with Hime nearly getting raped, something that the show acknowledges for what it is, for once, while the student council sits by and does nothing, whereas Hime gives them a satisfying "reason you suck speech".
This is the only reasonable part, because it actually paints the student council as vicious voyeurs and Hime as someone who demands respect. Though it is not 2 episodes later that Hime forgives them, and all is happy.
Wait, what? You acknowledges that 18-san and friends were willing to let Hime get raped just so they can film it, yet he forgives them? Freaking forgives them? What the hell?
I am sorry, I need a break. Honestly, if you like this anime, I am not sure I can respect that opinion, but to paint it as a mark of progression for such people is not only to stymie progress, but to contribute to the issue's regression.
Warning this anime has more Dangos than there are in Clannad so you have been warned
Hey everyone it is I MrRecklessPenguin about to do the impossible and try to review Himegoto critically. Well, let's get this penis bulge on the road shall we? Done by studio Asahi Production Directed by Yanase, Takeyuki, script written by the mastermind behind Robot Girls Z.......
Himegoto is the story Hime Arikawa who is a second-year student at Shimoshina High School. One day Booker Dewi-err-i-mean-um Hime is forced to pay a large amount of debt but Hime is saved by the three girls of the student council after
being chased down by horny debt collectors. As payment for this debt, Hime has to spend his high school life dressed as a girl. From there we encounter penis bulges larger than the Eiffel tower and more traps than an Indiana Jones Movie.
Now I do understand this anime isn't serious. In fact based on enjoyment I'd give the anime a 7/10. But lets go on the more critical side and actually analyze this story.
For the most part, Himegoto delivers comedy, not through well thought out jokes though. Himegoto mostly relies on shock value as well as throwing Love Muscles at your face. Don't get me wrong, I love my Main Vein, but they overused the Tallywhacker jokes so much that sometimes the jokes became old and staler than Dominoes Pizza. The show is fun though, don't get me wrong, I couldn't imagine Himegoto with a story, lie how I can't imagine Jay Leno without his chin. But basically if you keep reusing the. Trouser Snake jokes, the quote on quote story and comedy become overused. Also the anime likes to through in traps and when i say traps I mean this anime is basically trap service. Tom and jerry would have a field day in this anime. Every girl you think is a girl is probably a dude so when watching this anime I'd advice you to keep your hand away from your Baloney Pony.
But there is some light to be found within the last 2 episodes, the series builds up with Hime keep on getting inda tortured by the student council and decides he has had enough with them and leaves which brings me to the characters
Hime is the only character that gets a shred of development and in a short anime that's to be expected. He in the last 2 episodes becomes sick of the torturing by the student council to the point where he stands up for himself and says I'm sick of it and I'd rather be treated better. And girls who are watching, please keep in mind, we aren't talking about 50 shades type of torture, no no, that's ummm something I don't want to talk about so I'll adjust the crop around my mouth. The torture includes normal things Japanese students do like taking pictures of him in different sexy outfits, and having him be a part of a beauty show. Anyways, this helps give Hime a special touch rather than just having his One Eyed Monster center of attention all the time because my god, I saw more bulges from him than there are flabs on Honey Boo Boo's belly.
Albertina II is part of the student council is actually a manga artist and is legitimately a girl with an actual vagina. She's ummm, interesting to say the least, to say the most she is more self conscious of her flat chest than Jennifer Lawrence is with her money tits.
Unko is another ACTUAL girl from this show and is a part of the student council. She's just very energetic and fun like how Susan Boyle is in bed. She's just a fun excited character, that's all.
18-Kin...Yeah, that's umm her actual name. She's the one who always starts Hime's torture and is well in short a pretty schemish character. All I can say is she's one of the bustiest of the show so she equals out the boob to Salami ratio in this show.
Kaguya is Hime's sibling. Guess what, she's actually a he...Yeah, big shocker. He is nice to see onscreen and adds to the comedy, literally I laughed way too hard when he was introduced so i had to applaud the anime for that.
And there is Oda who is....Also...A..Trap. You know this anime could've been a Saw film and there wouldn't be a difference, traps and torture, yeah seems about right.
So the characters were fun but just 2 dimensional, nothing real about them.
The Art for the show is cute but a little rough around the edges for it's character models. They sure do love to draw them bulges though. They drew more bulges on here than there were flaws in George Bush's Presidency. The animation is very choppy though and inst that great. But for a short like this it gets the job don
As for the Ost, haha what ost? The music in the show at points sound like something I'd hear in Mario. The soundtrack isn't special at all, it fits but it's pretty bad and not memorable at all. you're better off listening to Captain Underpants Pizza Party than this.
So All and all I enjoyed Himegoto a lot, it knew what it wanted to be and it delivered. But as a critic i must say this show has more problems than the Kardashian family.
But what I can say is the comedy was pretty funny and it had me laughing
So giving the story a 3
Characters a 2.5
Art/Animation a 3.75
The OST a 2
Himegoto gets a score of 2.8 without enjoyment and with my enjoyment of a 7 gets a score of 3.65 for a reccomendation of watch it for Man Meat.
Himegoto is a short anime with 13 episodes, 4 minutes each and most of it deals with male trap fanservice and jokes that are mostly about cross-dressing.
Himegoto begins with the main character, Hime, in a quite bad situation, when the three girls of his school's student counsil come to his rescue! But it's not going to be that simple. In return for their helping him, he has to become the counsil's ''dog''. And that's were the story ends and the trap fanservice begins!
Apart from the protagonist, Hime, the other 3 important characters are the three girls of the student counsil, 18-kin, Unko and
Albertina II (yeah, those seem to be their actual names), who do nothing, but continiuously put the protagonist into embarrassing situations.
The rest of the cast doesn't really matter, since they are all male traps (with one exception of a female trap!) who are just there for awkward fanservice as well.
Even though this anime is just a short and is meant to be taken as a comedy, the fact that so many of the students have cross-dressing issues makes me wonder: Are there no parents around? What about teachers? Someone? Anyone? No...? SOMEBODY, PLEASE, HELP THEM!
The art of Himegoto is the kind of art that suits a short anime like that. It is simple and with nothing really special. There are also plenty of pretty panty shots, yayyyno....
The music is just ok, I guess, not much was expected from shorts anyway.
I can't really say that I got any enjoyment while I was watching this, even when the scenes weren't kind of appalling. You might only enjoy this if you really like watching traps or something.
Anyway, you may find this review a bit harsh, but I guess it's a matter of opinion. You know, whether you find the whole ''traps everywhere'' concept intresting and funny or not.
You can give it a try if you have some free time and want to watch something short that doesn't require much focus and thinking and see for yourselves if it was enjoyable, or not. Although I would recommend you to not even bother checking it out.
For an anime with 4 minute episodes, it is safe to assume that reading reviews for Himegoto will not result in anything much being ruined except maybe the punchline of a few jokes.
Himegoto is currently airing, but at episode 11 I can confidently say I have a feel for the series. Our main character Arikawa Hime is chased by debt collectors and is about to be sold off into the sex industry, before the rest of the main cast come to his rescue. These 3 are part of the student council, and are hugely rich. They decide to pay his way out of debt
(from the kindness of their heart) and take him in as the school council's dog.
This is about as far as the plot goes so far. The rest of the series is basically the day-to-day life of a school full of crossdressers and/or perverts. It's by no means realistic, so if you want an idea of life in Japanese schooling please do not watch this anime! It is however a fun and interesting look at life in a school that is run by a team of perverted high schoolers.
The characters themselves are very well established considering there are only 4 minute episodes. Each one is visually very unique, and their personalities are all individual. The wants and aspirations of each character is consistent and their speaking patterns are also consistent.
The art style is simple and pleasant, with interesting and varied backdrops which do not swallow the characters with their colouring or line work. The characters themselves are animated very well, with a lot of movement and the effects of physics being displayed in simple ways like uniform creases or hair bounce. It is wonderfully composed and a delight to look at.
The humor itself could be described as shock humor I suppose, with the random spontaneous nature of scenes and punch lines that smack you in the face by coming far out of left field, but it is genuinely amusing to watch. It is packed full of interesting characters that work well together in comedic situations. It will make you laugh, but can not be equated to humor like Nichijou which is much more intentional and feels very different.
It is not hentai, but does have a lot of trap exposure in the chest area. Technically SFW, but a lot of scenes would not impress your boss if he was looking over your shoulder on your average work day. This show is definitely for older audiences, at least 18 for most countries. That being said, it has not yet got any on-screen sex scenes, nor does it have many intense sexual harassment being shown. It is sometimes implied, however, or even threatened by characters to one another.
The sort of audience this anime would most likely appeal to are those who have few boundaries, and no problems with "trap" characters being put into awkward situations or appearing in scenes with heavy sexual overtones. There are a lot of people who will refuse to watch Himegoto as it can appear to cross many boundaries, especially in the Western World. However, if all you want from an anime is an enjoyable, even sexy short show to watch inbetween study sessions or anime marathons, Himegoto is the anime for you.
It has already been subtitled by many groups, and I highly recommend supporting the official release when it finishes airing.
[This has been my first review written for this website, please be kind if there is anything I need to fix!]
Every dude in this show is a girl, every girl is a dude. The whole show is a trap, this curious predicament really makes a man wonder, are traps really gay? is it really so wrong to be attracted to a drawing of a girl that happens to have a bulge between its legs where in reality there should be none? these are questions a man must ask himself, as he watches a show such as Himegoto. Sir William Smith once said "It appears, in fact, from this, as well as from the extant fragments, that the first book of the work contained a general
account of the origin and arrangement of the universe. The second book appears to have been an exposition of the nature of numbers, which in the Pythagorean theory are the essence and source of all things." this perfectly arranged bundle of words with no meaning, perfectly encapsulates my feelings toward the show, a bundle of things thrown together for laughs, with no real meaning towards them. There is nothing original here, and yet i cannot look away, like a trainwreck is persists my mind and penis, as i sit here confused wondering whether its really ok for me to fap to this or not. According to legend, Pythagoras' followers threw the man who discovered irrational numbers off the boat, as it really made no sense in their day and age. Similarily, i want to throw myself off a boat, for taking so much time out of my free time to write this, when really it doesn't matter in the slightest. I did ironically enjoy it though, no not the boat thing, i cant swim. I meant the show, irony is the spice of life they say, now you may be wondering who out there actually says this, well i do, silly face, and therefore everyone else will as well, because my word is law. Ironically i dont actually believe any of what i just wrote and neither should you. Watch the show for all i care, but if a member of the student counsil tries to dress YOU in girly clothes against your will, you say no, and get the heck out of there, cause that is No Good.
The only thing more disgusting than this animation is that there's someone who actually created this. It's horrendous in every sense, completely implausible and unrelatable to anyone, and exploitive material for the most depraved minds. I hated the fact that I went into this blind, and I also am having complete second guesses about my personal rule that "I must finish what I start."
The 'story' doesn't have any other purpose than to excite the viewer in the most disgusting of ways, and it doesn't matter that they replaced a female with a male for the majority of these 'action shots.' This sort of exploitive material
is disgusting regardless of who is at the helm. It's 100% gender neutral, at this point. I feel terribly sorry for the animation team that would rather create something worthwhile and the musician who had to create an OST for a work with no inherent value.
My critique on the story is so tangential because there is no story, and nothing matters at all. The end of this work is a punch in the face with existentialism and I cannot recommend it to anyone. You don't even have to read the rest of this review. Just avoid this anime like the plague.
The animation is fairly good, and I appreciate the fact that, despite it being a 3-minute per episode production, backgrounds were somewhat varied, even if it was a boring school setting just like every other work out there.
Nothing felt disproportionate, and while we get some ridiculous phallic physics, everything else seems to move rather naturally. Also, characters look unique and expressions are, while abused like the plague, somewhat varied.
One of the voice actors sounded like their voice was thrown through a modulator. However, I think that was me just perceiving it wrong. Everyone else was fairly good.
OST was hackneyed but, I mean, it works.
Nobody is realistic, everyone follows tropes. In other words, nothing original and nothing interesting. You won't get anything special out of these guys. Their types are boring and predictable.
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As, I've finish watching this omake............I'm guessing that what animes were called that only runs for a maximum of 4 mins, ok, I just gonna get straight to the point, so here are my ratings for this omake:
Warning, contains slight spoilers.
Story: Himegoto or Secret Princess is a gender bender and the first one I've watched, I'd probably say that it was quite unique, when the story plot focuses on a girly boy who was left with a mountain of debt by his no good parents and has to be the student councils's dog since they're the ones who had settled it, now it
maybe a kinda of Cinderella thingy, except in this case the guy went from the frying pan to the fire kinda of a problem That he has to dress as a girl, that to me was something that I find funny.
Overall: Well, such uniqueness did delivered this anime well, since at first I may have been annoyed by the Guy's pussyness and yet got lodes of laugh as get's himself to a lot of awkward situation that his masters (Student council members) put on him, but, for this anime to be called "Himegoto" or Secret Princess doesn't really jive with this omake, and if I were the original creator, Norio Tsukudani, I'd probably title it " Okama de Sentokai" or the cross-dresser in the student council.
Art: Ok, so I kinda like that Hime Arikawa is a crossdresser and so as most of the public morals as cute, but I also want to see Hime wearing a boy's uniform, fortunately it never happen, in fact he should be wearing a boy's school uniform in episode 12, let's not for get that he quit the student council in that episode, for that I hereby declared this anime's art as poor, co'z I'm disappointed to not see his manly side.
Very Good 8.
Sound: I like the seiyuu who did Hime, 18kin, Unko and Kaguya's voice, what I really love was the opening song, so the score is for the opening song.
Hime Arikawa, may seemly be annoying for being a pussy, frankly there were time that I would like to hit him on the head, but it was his girly side that has balanced out my annoyance for him, so it was one of the raeson why the character category deserve a 4.
Now for the student council like 18kin, Unko and Albertina II, they my biggest annoyance which is one reason why I can't give this character category a high score. Basically them putting Hime in such appalling situation was pretty much unbecoming of a student council, also for the two members of the student council to be 18, I guess I can't never understnd why this anime director Yūji Yanase have to portray them as 18 years of age, I don't about you, but shouldn't high-school student of that age be gradates already? I'm thinking that anime director Yūji Yanase may have been a repeat student. Eh whatever, even so, them student council did add up to the comedy genre of this omake, which is another reason why this category should be "Decent " enough.
Enjoyment : Thought, I may have given this omake's overall a "Good" score, it wasn't really that enjoyable since there were situations that irritates me to see Hime to be this dumb and a pussy, though the anime was funny, my reaction to it is mixed between this omake's comedy and my disappointment for Hime, but seeing him having his first kiss with 18kin that probably was one moment that I should give this category a fair and that the way I enjoy this omake, so should I say more?
Himegoto is an enlightening piece of modern masterpiece that provides insight into the biases of society.
Episode 12 has undoubtedly a few of the most emotional scenes in animation history. The poignancy is unparalleled by any other. Me and a few homies cried for hours before resuming masturbation. No wonder battle-hardened Himegoto fans sneer at the childish themes of "Your Name".
All the way up to the final episode, the student council has been intentionally depicted as an oppressive and corrupt force that exercises their dominance through power and wealth. The characters embody TV (especially anime) cliches that seemingly deem the show as "tasteless". Yet brainless normies
are unable to fathom the intricacies of bland characterization, which absolute draw attention to the ingenious plot line.
While I am not a hardcore feminist, I am still admire the efforts put in by the creators outline the polarity of control that exists between genders. It saddens me that no one else experiences that sharp melancholy. Dongers out for Hime, boys.
The story constantly repeats situations where the gender roles are reversed. However repulsed audiences may be, one cannot judge art through a narrow and confined perspective. If an alien species is observing Earth from afar, they would deem this as the peak of human evolution.
On the outside, Himegoto seems like a show full of fan service, appealing only to fans of trap characters. Yet upon closer investigation, many would find a carefully-crafted critique of authoritarian regimes and gender norms.
Moments such as Episode 12's (again, one of the greatest) molester sequence will go down as animation's most romantic scenes.
Alright, so Himegoto is a gender-bender anime, that detail is something that caught my attention before I even knew about this series given I'd seen images of the protagonist around the web a good bit. Once I'd given this anime a chance, I was mildly amused at the show for...around three episodes, but by the end of it I can't say I enjoyed it all that much given that it kinda played it's gimmick out by the last episode.
Alright, let's look at the plot
Episode 1: the plot starts off with the trap protagonist getting harassed by some guys because his parents supposedly travel all
around building on debt, so with him being their son he is victim to harassment. But after an encounter with the oh-so generous student council, they decide to "protect their student" by paying off his parent's debt, but in turn make him join the student council to be their "toy". After this happens, the show just uses the whole "he has a penis" thing as much as it can. The student council almost forcefully gets him involved in a series of emasculating activities, one in particular being having him put on girl clothing most of the time & others being something that has to have him show off the fact...that he has a penis. And those things happen. For the rest of the show.
There was only one moment in this where it could've taken a small step somewhere, and that was near the end, where Hime is getting upright harassed & almost raped by two dudes and the student council sits there and watches up until the disciplinary committee stops it. At that moment Hime seemed to finally get the message that they were clearly just using him almost entirely for their own sake, but of course to end the show with a happy ending, everyone makes up after they save him from another perv in a park because now they apparently think they were friends the whole time without showing much sign of that, and happy ending. They at least make it look like the student council got the message to stop soloing on Hime and ease off on em in the end, but still, the show had almost no progression.
As for the art & the OST, there isn't anything to say, it's just basic stuff you'd find in your average anime: the art looks just fine and the OSt isn't supposed to have much of a role in this, being a short series of course.
The idea of humor in this show is to put a male in the position that girls in your average anime would or could end up in at some point: panty-shots, wearing skimpy clothing, that kind of stuff, but that felt like that was all this had going for it because nothing but moments of situations of such would occur.
Other than the student council, the others aren't much of a big deal. I mean, you learn that the supporting characters are also entirely a group of traps & they have this little rivalry with the student council, but that's it.
The student council members themselves also don't have much going on other than the fact that they're the only primary characters who are actually the gender they claim to be.
18 is the vice-president, and the one who is the most into the idea of playing with him,
Unko, is kinda just there, even though she is the president
And Albertina, the only one with at least something to go with her character is a popular manga author, but she only got one episode where they explore that.
And that's pretty much it. I don't think this show was particularly interesting, I mean it was a decent little series that maybe some will get a quick chuckle or two out of, but it isn't really something interesting enough for you to care about after you've sat through it all, as I'm sure you'll forget most of what you'd seen in it anyway other than the protagonist. I'd rate this show with maybe a high 5.
A while ago I wrote a review for the series "Shishunki Bitter Change" which acted as a deconstruction of what would happen if two people had their genders unintentionally changed by playing the premise realistically, exploring the psychological ramifications of living in someone's else's body that is not your own and in a completely different gender. It was a good series overall, though some may wonder what this has to do with Himegoto.
In Taoism, there is a symbol known as the "Taijitu." More well-known as the Ying-Yang, it is a symbol of duality. Everything has an opposite which compliments each other. For war, there
is peace. For sadness, there is happiness. For every Shishunki Bitter Change, there is Himegoto, a show that is quite awful and very, very creepy.
The plot premise is simple. His parents had a lot of debt and being the assholes they are, they left the debt on the main character Hime Arikawa. Pursued by loan sharks, he's bailed out by the head of the Student Council. Because somehow the Yakuza pales in comparison to a bunch of high school students, am I right? They are also inexplicably able to pay off the debt, but in exchange for Hime becoming their cosmic plaything by passing off as a girl. And thus begins an exercise in masochism as he is forced into many questionable situations.
Traps as they are called are often played up for comedic purposes. Understandable however. After all, comedy is awkward. Finding out that a beautiful girl is actually male can also be awkward with little prior warning as well, and as such it is a natural fit. Comedy is what Himegoto tries, but it instead aims for masochism and downright abuse by the hands of the Student Council as they force Hime into incredibly exploitative situations in which he's downright abused, objectified, and near-rape scenes. Instead of his predicament being played for drama, it is instead played up for comedic purposes. If you're 21, here is a fun (if you like being drunk that is) drinking game: Take a shot every time you see a panty shot of Hime. You won't survive. And he's not exactly being consenting with this either. That's probably one of the big issues I do have with this whole ordeal.
In High School DxD (a harem infamous for copious fanservice) the main character Issei literally wants a harem, and is incredibly perverted. However, he's not exploitive. Rias allows Issei to copiously grope her with her consent, and the same goes for most of the girls in his harem. It wasn't an issue since both parties were fairly comfortable and on board with whatever zany antics Issei wanted to indulge himself in. In Himegoto however, he has no desire to crossdress. Kinda. He's initially on board with him crossdressing so that he can pay off his debt. It goes further when he's also forced into embarassing situations that he is very clearly uncomfortable with, and as such the audience is uncomfortable when the show goes like "Hey, you want to see another panty shot of this guy? No? Too bad! Even if he doesn't like it, he's still cute right?"
I think it would have been interesting if they took the premise seriously. How would the life of a Japanese male teen look like if he continually went to school crossdressing? How would that affect his social life? His relationships? His psychological state? These questions aren't really explored here. I know that the premise is different, but these are still topics that could have been explored. Though even if it would have been explored, it probably wouldn't have mattered considering how everyone else is either a girl, or a guy who crossdresses as a girl.
It's a very cheap series overall. Little substance to it, very creepy and exploitative. Sexual harassment like this is passed off as something arousing. I can't really get the appeal of this show when the cute guy who looks like a girl is treated horribly. I'm not a masochist either. And I doubt even masochists will like this.
Helped me with my intro C++ programming class. I learned about allocating memory on the stack as well as appending nodes to the tails of linked lists. If there were to be a second season I would like them to cover Huffman trees as it is something that I am looking forward to going over in my discrete math classes. Overall I believe every CS major should partake in this 10/10 masterpiece. Seeing the spillage has awoken me.
Helped me with my intro C++ programming class. I learned about allocating memory on the stack as well as appending nodes to the tails of linked lists. If
there were to be a second season I would like them to cover Huffman trees as it is something that I am looking forward to going over in my discrete math classes. Overall I believe every CS major should partake in this 10/10 masterpiece. Seeing the spillage has awoken me.
Helped me with my intro C++ programming class. I learned about allocating memory on the stack as well as appending nodes to the tails of linked lists. If there were to be a second season I would like them to cover Huffman trees as it is something that I am looking forward to going over in my discrete math classes. Overall I believe every CS major should partake in this 10/10 masterpiece. Seeing the spillage has awoken me.
Not too much to say about it. It's sort of one dimensional in that most episodes are basically about hime being exposed or embarassed about being a trap. Still, they are pulled off well enough to be enjoyable. There are other jokes as well, but they're not the main focus; they're more witty one-liner type ones. Also, there's a decent amount of trap fanservice if you're into that. First time I've ever seen panty shots of guy's bulges. I think this anime would get a lower score, but I haven't seen much stuff about traps, so that gives
it some uniqueness. That said, it's not the type of anime you can marathon. Most I've done is 4 episodes.
The series also had hidden potential. Over time, hime goes from being very against the idea of crossdressing to being ambivalent to clearly enjoying it. That could've been explored indepth. 18+ is interested in him so there was romantic potential as well. Almost all of the characters had a lot of potential for being fleshed out. It's a very big shame that it was only 3.5 minutes long and not made into less of a comedic series.
Being 3.5 minutes per episode, it's not a massive investment to try it. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes traps or wants to check out something different.
"There are no women in Yugioh, only men! Sexy men!" This also applies to Himegoto (maybe or maybe not excluding the sexy part...) Basically, everyone is a guy, sorry everyone "IS A TRAP!" (oh my god what an original joke!)
Story: I'll give it a 5.5/10 for story, so like a 6/10. It's not, *bad*, but it isn't exactly good either. More of a so so, I did like the premise when I heard about the not gay story of traps though.
Art: The animation is fluid, but simplistic for the most part. 6/10.
Sound: It's 4 minutes of a sorta comedyish anime, so it doesn't have the
best time demonstrating its soundtrack. 5/10, cause I like the OP and ED songs.
Character: I actually like the like 2 female characters the best, and they aren't really impressed upon much (the characters as a whole). It's closer to every character has a character trait and that defines their existence. 5/10, almost a 6.
Enjoyment: I guess like... a 6/10. It wasn't bad, per say, but it wasn't the best thing out there. It was enjoyable though.
Overall: A 6/10. This show is not bland overall, and can be fun to watch for the most part. It really uses its short episodes to its advantage, as this would wear real thin real fast if it was elongated into a couple full episodes. In the end though, I will say that I did not consider this anime a waste of time.
The quality of the show doesn't matter if you enjoyed it. That's what I believe. Yes, Himegoto lacks any sort of plot and has completely static and forgettable characters. Yes, it contains a lot of "casual" sexual assault throughout the entire series, which obviously isn't right. I very much enjoyed it, however, though that's probably just because I'm a fan of the cross-dressing genre. The OP and ED are super catchy and once you view the series in a more laid-back perspective, I'm sure you'll learn to appreciate this anime more.
(why my pp feel weird??)
So this series heavily focuses on the idea of sexualizing traps and really terrible but laughable comedy. It's not too much but for 4 minutes per episode, i don't see how this series can be any more detailed than short snippets of school life. It's fine i guess, it's not a great story line but it's able to be intresting enough to keep me not too bored especially considering the short length. Great use of terrible comedy. I hated myself for somewhat laughing at some terrible jokes like male students still sexualizing and falling in love
with the "girl" or the student council and their ridiculous idea of keeping "her" as a pet.
Overall the bare fundamentals are there but i don't think there's more than that.
The artwork is decently good, somewhat convincing, especially the main character, i somewhat got convinced at times that it's an actual girl for once. As usual the bare fundamentals like drawing a face and making everything looking cutsey and stuff is there however it lacks for shading and certain distinct features that make the art look rather animated. Colours were sort of ok, most of the time ignoring background lighting but maintains a nice accurate colour for the clothing. But it's fine i guess. It's convincing and bearable and i somewhat have a soft spot for cute characters so it scores decently.
Sound was what got me impressed. Or should i say impressed from this series. Most of the audio is fine, maybe the "girls" should have more distinct differentiation from the actual girls. It seems at times that these "girls" have a female voice actress speaking which makes it a bit odd but nonetheless convincing. There is still the lack of space in the audio but it's not a major problem since most anime can barely replicate it anyways. What got me impressed was the existence of an opening and closing song, which for 4 minutes series is kind of surprising for me.
I don't expect much from character development as of now. No 4 minute series has ever convinced me that somehow they can bring characters to that much detail. And this is no exception. There is a lack of distinct character personality with somewhat everyone just has the same idea of sexualizing "her". Most of the personalities are somewhat generic at best but they can sometimes be quite bubbly and fun to watch despite being rather shallow and repetitive. It's not hateful, it's just good. It fairs good compared to other short series but are no match for longer titles.
I got to say. I kind of enjoyed it. It's hell of confusing, making me question myself on my soft spot for traps and cute stuff. It's a fun and enjoyable series despite the terrible storyline and average art and characters. Overall i didn't think it's bad at all, it's rather enjoyable having the question myself.
Analysing a piece of fiction often begins with understanding the author's intentions; specifically, why this piece of work was made. Sometimes this is easy and can be done from the synopsis - for example, Shawshank Redemption is an example of the injustices of the American social system in terms of justice and rehabilitation. Others, it is not so easy, such as is the case for Mawaru Penguindrum or this anime, Himegoto.
Being an anime about a crossdressing girl with heaps of up-skirt dick-shots and short episode runtimes, you roll your eyes and presume the basest of intentions: fetish. You would expect a demographic of trap-fans, right?
However, we see the show through Hime's perspective, and watch them (we will get onto gender identity later) be teased and sexually assaulted on multiple, hard to watch occasions. This unique view vilifies trap-lovers as perverts and rapists, and it must be quite the masochistic viewing for somebody looking for a quick-fix of up-skirt dick.
So, Himegoto is a poor excuse of demographic targeting and is a failure of a show. Perhaps, or perhaps it's something more complex. Satire, describing the extended LGBT issues of society through their flaws.
The wonderful Hourou Musuko shows a transgender girl coming to terms with her gender identity, and the problems with which she faces in society. Himegoto is not much different, though much more subtle in its approach and using the facets of society that condemn Hime's gender identity to describe it.
There are no words, no conversations to determine an answer. Not once do they ask Hime "are you a girl?", because they find out before they ask each time. Only once does Hime say they are a guy, and it's not a convincing act. It's an interesting question to ask at the end of the series. Is Hime a girl? They certainly look like a girl, and enjoy looking like a girl, they sound like a girl and they act like a girl. In fact, not once does Hime even dress like a guy. There is constant affirmation of their penis, but Hime has plenty of opportunities to revert back acting like a guy, such as at home, and doesn't. Perhaps I should sit down and discuss this phenomenon with some LGBT experts, but from my perspective, Hime is a girl.
And what's interesting, is how that affects the co-cast.
The school-council is essentially a group of perverts that treat Hime like a doll, but most notable of all is their leader, 18 (named as such because, well, she's 18). In episode 1, and several times after, 18 mentions and stresses how attractive she finds Hime, but chooses to punish them sexually and emotionally throughout the series. It is quite clear - 18 is a lesbian (the "Gold Star" variety - she describes Hime's penis as "an evil thing down there"), but struggling to cope with what it means; this newfound attraction to somebody she can't identify the gender of. It's not an uncommon thing to see in the 21st century, either - many people are struggling to understand if they can still be attracted to somebody that their outdated, middle school views of biology tell them that they aren't. Not only do we watch 18 struggling with the fruits of her sexuality, we see her punishment affecting Hime and elicits such sympathy.
Conclusively, the two leads of Himegoto are sending a message:
1) You're perverts
2) It's okay to be attracted to people based on how they act. That is who they are, not what's in their pants.
3) If you're judging people by what's in their pants, you're perverts.
These are surprisingly positive messages that many LGBT activists are trying to teach. It's surprising to see it bundled with so much fanservice, but that's because instead of making children's comics it is aiming straight at the source. Let's go straight to the source of people watching trap-shows - that is, heterosexual men, and teach them the LGBT issues by making them feel uncomfortable with their own actions.
It's like Clockwork Orange with sexual fetishes. Then again, I might just be reading into all of this wrong and Himegoto is actually misjudging it's demographic massively and selling them stuff they don't want to see.
(For starters, don't ask why I watched this cause honestly, I cannot give you an answer in any way shape or form.) In every anime season, there's always going to be shows that are grouped up together in terms of expectancy. There will always be the shows that EVERYONE is hyped for, there will also be the shows that may not be as hyped but, still have some sort of audience to watch it, and then there's that entry that just makes you say...WTF? And for the summer season, it was Himegoto, or Secret Princess Hime. Let's begin.
Story (6.06/10): To
be completely honest, there is no story to this. Since this is an anime that consists of four minute shorts, there's not really very much material that will be covered, and therefore not very much actual story that you'll have. The basic "premise" basically revolves around the life of a boy named "Hime" (No, not kidding, his name actually is Princess) who gets some random debt payed by members of the student council. And so, as repayment for saying him from creepy debt collectors, Hime is forced to become part of the student council and cross-dress.
The basic premise of the show really is just putting our main "heroine" Hime into random situations that would seem funny due to the fact that our main character is a boy being forced to be dressed up as a girl or do all sorts of "girl" things like buying female undergarments or cheerleading. Beyond that, there's nothing that you'll REALLY get out of this, as there is no character development, no story progression, and mostly just a bunch of "my penis is confused" moments.
Now, I have to congratulate this show on just how shameless it is in showing what it's about. It's a gender bender that KNOWS it's a gender bender and doesn't hide the fact in any way, shape or form. Does this mean it's a good show? Well, it's entertaining for sure, but I wouldn't consider it beyond just something to waste an hour on. (Since you can actually finish the series in about an hour, although personally, not recommended.)
+ Very confident in telling what the show is
- Nothing that a real anime would have (it's a short, so don't expect much.)
Characters (6.46/10): As for characters, well, you don't really get much information out of them. Aside from Hime, who is the main victim of the show, being forced to cross dress on a daily basis, we have the three student council girls Unko, Albertina, and 18+ (I am not kidding. 18+ is actually the girl's name). And beyond them we have the stereotypical "student Disciplinary committee" which consists of Hime's brother, someone named #1 (seriously, who named these characters?) a maid, and the president of the committee. None of these characters really get any development and are the way they are presented for the whole of the show. It's not bad by any means, but it doesn't make them completely memorable.
There is however a "quirk" of sorts that makes this show reiterate the phrase "My penis is confused". Every character you see except for the three student council girls Albertina, Unko, and 18+, is cross-dressing. (Let that sink in.) Literally, every other character is. Now, while the character personalities themselves didn't make this short memorable, this certain quality did in some sense. (Maybe not in the best sense.)
+/- "Interesting" trait to put on most characters
- Forgettable character personalities
Art and Sound (6.33/10 and 6.34/10): For art, well, the show just looks average. There's nothing really noteworthy that stands out to me in terms of "this looks amazing" and overall, it doesn't really have much of a complicated animation. It's really more of a comedy anime style animation and it does fit the show.
However, the art does sport a little...oddity within it. You know the normal panty shots that you see in a normal ecchi anime? Yeah, now think that with boys. (Sorry for the mental scarring, but this is what this show does.)
And for music, the tracks for the show are nothing special. They're generic and actually somewhat catchy, but they're not tracks I consider to be out of this world and worth a listen to beyond the taste you are given in the anime.
+/- Decent art
+/- Average music
- Scarring ecchi moments
Personal Enjoyment (6.21/10): To be honest, I don't even know what I was thinking when I put this on my list. I guess I thought to myself, hey, this shouldn't be so bad, right? Well, in a sense, I was right. Himegoto is shameless to present itself as what it is, a show about a cross-dressing male. It doesn't shy away from that idea which I actually find quite commendable. However, as a side effect of that, it leads to some very...uncomfortable moments as the positive of the show showing what it actually is no holds barred, is a double-edged sword.
Did I like this show?
To be honest, kinda. Don't get me wrong here, I would NEVER watch this show again, but for a four minute run-time, it did give me a lot to think about and never have a facepalmed so much at my life decisions, ever.
What didn't I like about this show?
Honestly, there really isn't any actual complaints about this show that I have. For a short, there weren't many flaws as it really just wanted to be a short bit of fun and present that to the viewer. Of course it did have moments where it went a bit overboard for my taste, but there really isn't much to say as to why I didn't like this show in the grand scheme of things.
Would I recommend this to anyone?
Well, that's a toughie. If you really want to kill about an hour of your time, and you don't mind whatever horrors await, go ahead and watch this. Himegoto really is just a piece of anime short fluff that stays true to what it was supposed to be in the first place. If you can handle what it presents to you, you may get a laugh or two out of this show. (I certainly did) However, if you want something serious, this thing is a far cry from that. I can't really discredit this show for being what it is because in all fairness, it really does stick with its gender bending schtick for the entire run-time. Overall, if you just want to have a bit of mindless fun, check this show out. (Just make sure you're watching this alone, or other people might pose some questions.)
Oh boy. I....I don't even...I don't even know where to begin with this crap. I don't. I really don't.
Well got to try I guess. Hellos people I am Josh and today I am reviewing the gender-bender anime Himegoto....Yeah.
Story- The story is about a guy who cross dresses who is in debt thanks to his parents. He gets saved by three middle school council members and basically becomes there bitch in exchange for them paying his huge debt.
.............*Takes sip of water*
....What? You thought there more? You thought I go more into detail? Well I hate to break it to you but that is really the only
story in this. The dude has to dress like a girl and become there bitch and do what they say. If you want me say more I guess I can say they are rivaled by some other council full of crossdressers. That's...That is all I got people.
Art- The art is pretty good especially for something this short. It's nice to look at minus the fan services shots, but these shots would be disturbing and uncomfortable no matter what, female or male but it is definetly something I want to un-see
Sound- The sound is alright. Nothing particular horrible but nothing amazing or that good to be honest.
Characters- Yeah I'll cut straight to the point on this one, the characters are forgettable as hell. Basically common tropes you have seen in likely a dozen anime. A majority of the main ones are crossdressers include the MC's little brother. Hell the show highlighted them as traps. Really that not me saying that the anime flat out said it. Then there are like 2 other cross dressers, one dressed as a maid and some chick dressed as a dude. Then you got the 3 council member girls who are about as perverted as you can getting excitement out of his dude crossdressing and him being there bitch.
Enjoyment- I mean I seen worse. It isn't the worst thing I seen. I was more or less bored then I was creeped out watching this but it was still bad to watch from beginning to end.
Overall- I would mostly recommend this series for those that are fans of crossdressing and gender bender stuff I guess. That is obviously the target demographic so if your like me and don't like this stuff, you might not enjoy this at all