Running into your new stepsister in the bathroom is not the best way to make a good first impression, which Basara Toujou learns the hard way. When his father suddenly brings home two beautiful girls and introduces them as his new siblings, he has no choice but to accept into his family the Naruse sisters: busty redhead Mio and petite silver-haired Maria.
But when these seemingly normal girls reveal themselves as demons—Mio the former Demon Lord's only daughter and Maria her trusted succubus servant—Basara is forced to reveal himself as a former member of a clan of "Heroes," sworn enemies of the demons. However, having begun to care for his new sisters, Basara instead decides to protect them with his powers and forms a master-servant contract with Mio to keep watch over her.
With the Heroes observing his every move and the constant threat of hostile demons, Basara has to do the impossible to protect his new family members. Moreover, the protector himself is hiding his own dark secret that still haunts him to this day...
In my opinion this show is just bad. Before you dislike my review hear me out on this. I don't think this show is bad because it isn't at all modest or subtle or because the content is made to appeal to " the lowest common denominator", if that were the case I wouldn't have kept watching to begin with. While some may find what I say questionable that's honestly not my problem , but as far as "PROBLEMS" go, there are a lot.
First of all half the show is un-watchable. Half of the show is white bars of light covering
the screen during the more sexual oriented scenes. Sure the light bars are for censoring and I don't necessarily have a problem with that, but it happens so frequently that you wonder why they bothered to add even more scenes that REQUIRE them towards the end of the series. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't like staring at nothing for (sometimes) almost 3 to 5 minutes at a time, with an occasional face or backside appearing in a shot.
Second the animation is just piss poor and sad. I know that this is a fan-service first, story and animation second type deal, but how can anyone get invested into a scene that has little to no detail and cares so little that fulfilling its purpose-- to give the viewer good fan-service--is now apparently too much to ask? Look at other shows like Freezing or High School DxD, which are made for almost exactly the same type of audience, you have to admit those shows look amazing, whether you like them or not. What is present HERE all looks lazy to me.
Third the story is just so messy and all over the place. Most of the story makes little to no sense, due to plot holes or things just never utilized. You may argue that it isn't about the story and to some extent I might agree with you, but the point is the story tries to bring in characters and world building it didn't even need, to somehow try to flesh out the world they don't even do enough to make you care about to begin with.
Let's look at some of the problems that were poorly dealt with within the story as vaguely as possible:
- Okay so there are clans, that are generically called " Hero" " Demon", whatever, already the story shows me it doesn't care.
- Where do they come from?
- Why do they exist?
- Why were they formed?
- Why are they fighting?
- Why is there little to no history on any of this, when this is potentially important knowledge?
- How does the magic in this world work?
- And what about the curse on Mio that helps Basara gain strength, for reasons? For "reasons", you can also be sure that all of that will be hell of useless when plots involved.
So the answer to all of those questions and why those things do or do not exist are "WHO KNOWS?".
Aside from that it's just pet peeves:
Annoying catchphrases? (I.E: " I'll kill you a hundred times") You bet.
Random mood swings from the girls to get the scene more sexual? Can't go without it.
Characters with unexplained purposes or even backgrounds? Of course, this is borderline hentai, who the hell cares about the world we're trying to create? Not us.
Overall, feel free to disagree, but there is so much holding this series back. There are some interesting ideas sprinkled here and there, but not a single one of them were represented properly here. The story is pathetic. The art is horrible. How's the sound?Simply forgettable. Hell I don't even remember a single track, the opening song is an exceptional track however. The characters, much like everything else, aren't even worth mentioning since none of them have any emotional complexity or defined personality to begin with. If you're the type of person who is used to expecting more than the bare minimum when it comes to characters ( though coming into this you really shouldn't in the first place) and not just archetypes scattered all over the place..... .....I don't know what to say, just don't expect a miracle. This is simply put a mediocre show, not offensive, but just not worth anyone's time, not even the most hardcore of ecchi anime fans.
It seems the word “onii-chan” really poisoning the anime industry. And I should warn you that this anime really looks like a piece of two-bit romance novel
Based off the light novel written by Uesu Tetsuto. Shinmai Maou no Testament is the early ecchi anime in 2015.
Somehow the story began at the family restaurant, our protagonist and his father discussed something. The protagonist’s father discussed adopting sister to their family.
And that really happen, the two sisters appear and started to turn this story into a harem setting. Apparently, the little sisters actually have secret identities, a demon king successor & a succubus. Later,
it is discovered that the main character came from a clan named Hero Clan (Yuusha). They created some kind of magic bonds that exactly just like concubines with her master.
OK, the story somewhat began with a ridiculous idea. The concept of master & servants or harem is no stranger in the world of anime. It is not creative nor unique but very simplistic and full of flaws. Shinmai Maou no Testament offers many things including exclusive battle & desirable fan service, but they even not success 50% in both. They randomly put all the “censored” fan services and unfocused the storyline with that fan services which makes the story nonsense.
The animation quality is decent, the battle scenes is quite dull, but the character not moving so fluidly in the battle. While the sound settings are quite decent too, (talk about scream & cry)
The characters are the worst. They are flat, unmemorable, and undeveloped. We have the main hero with his 3 girls that came from different clans. The characters are just like a failed icon, not much to say, it’s just too flat.
The series enjoyment depends on the audience, if you liked the “harem without story” theme then this anime might full fill your fantasy but if you preferred depth story and well developed characters then you must go. Overall, it’s just a decent story that used for commercial needs.
This is the closest harem to Highschool DxD that I've seen yet. That is a plus in my opinion although everyone seems to either hate or like this series.
The story is rather simplistic but overall interesting to see the relationships between the demons and hero clan. I think there is much more depth to be mined in future seasons.
The OP and ED are very reminiscent of Highschool DxD in both the style of animation and type of music used. The music is good and fits the show.
The characters are underdeveloped which is to be expected for a harem that consists of only
12 episodes. I think more complexity will be added in following seasons especially with the revelations of the last episode which does hint at a greater depth than previously seen.
I enjoyed this series. It's very humorous and entertaining. The anime is heavily censored which is to be expected. I'm sure an uncensored version will be released eventually. If you like Highschool DxD, give it a try.
Story - 6
Art - 7
Sound - 7
Character - 6
Enjoyment - 9
Overall - 8
Shinmai Maou no Testament... man this show was ALL OVER THE PLACE
One minute I'm watching and it feels like a pretty darn good action anime...which then falls apart into a mediocre "comedy" ecchi harem that borderlines hentai...
So basically the story is...
Basara is moving into his new home with his newly adopted sisters Mio and Maria. Basara is told by his father to protect his "sisters" because they are now family. All seems well until all 3 "siblings" discover that none of them are who they appear to be. Basara and his father are actually exiles from the "Hero Clan" and are natural born
fighters whose mission is to stop and destroy evil demons. Meanwhile Mio is actually the daughter of the former Demon Lord, and Maria is a succubus who is protecting her. Basara decides to keep his promise with his father and protect his "sisters", which being that Mio is a demon lord's daughter, means that many other powerful demons are trying to get a hold of her.
...Oh! and Maria has Mio and Basara perform a master-servant contract that backfires causing Mio to become Basara's servant, who if she ever disobeys will be overcome with lustful desires until such time that he sexually pleasures her and calms her down...yeah... I know...
Animation and sound quality aside...which were fine by the way, I thought. Definitely the least of my problems with this show.
My issue with Testament is it just couldn't seem to decide what it wanted to be. Now there is no problem with mixing ecchi harem comedy with action... but the thing is Testament just did it so poorly, or rather I should say didn't mix them at all. They are almost like two completely separate entities to the same show... I mean here you have an awesome set up to a plot with an actually really great male MC. As a matter of fact I thought character wise he was so good I felt bad that he was wasted in this show. Then you add the concept of Maria being a playful succubus obviously calls out the ecchi in this (if you don't know what a succubus is it's a demon whose powers revolve completely around sex)... but to the extent that it does so and it's reasoning behind it is just completely unjustified. It just seems really out of place...
Not to mention I feel it is extremely necessary to warn you that when an ecchi...or really ill say soft-core hentai scene takes place... be prepared for over half of your screen to be beamed with white or have a ridiculous picture covering up half the screen distracting you completely from whatever was supposed to be happening. Now DON'T BE ALARMED! that's not your computer screwing up, it's just the animation company's idea of "censoring". Now I don't know if they did that on purpose for "humor"... but it was definitely annoying.
In terms of enjoyment I would have to split it into two different categories.
As an action anime, honestly I loved it. I'd give it a 8/10. It had really cool fight scenes with high intensity that really drew me in.
However as a ecchi comedy I'd say It was mediocre. 6/10 maybe. I thought all that stuff only took away from the story itself and just distracted me from what was important.
Would I recommend this show? Maybe... depends on what you're looking for. Action? Yes if you can deal with the poor comedy and ecchi parts in between.
Ecchi Harem? I mean... honestly no, simply because you won't be able to enjoy it because of the ridiculous censors...