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.
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...
It’s quite an achievement to stumble across something so unfathomably bad that you struggle to find the right words to sum up how awful it can be. The okatu-pandering, aimless and empty Shinmai Maou no Testament fits the bill and is the latest offering to leave me speechless for the wrong reasons. It’s a self-insert power fantasy featuring a sad excuse for a cast, the bulk of which whose sole purpose is attempting to procreate with a main character who has the charisma of beige wallpaper. Perhaps the most laughably bad aspect of Testament is that there is an attempt to weave a plot into
the show, because the sole purpose of the events that take place is to force characters into cringe-inducing sexual acts with each other. It’s repulsive. Not a skerrick of Testament is memorable and not one facet of it gives it any redeeming qualities. It is an example of the dregs of what the anime industry has to offer.
Shinmai Maou no Testament follows the story of Basara who has two “step-sisters” (you be the judge of that), Mio and Maria, move into his house. When Basara’s father departs overseas it leaves the three alone in the house and who knows what wacky adventures our trio will get up to! There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the new arrivals and Basara gets caught up in a world of boobs, magic, swords, boobs, heroes, demons and more boobs quicker than you can say “Oh god why did I start watching this train wreck?”. There is honestly little more that can actually be said for the story. Seriously. That synopsis I gave you might actually be myself overselling the complexity of it. Some opposing force shows up against our characters but there’s little to ever worry about because you know that fanservice is number one on the agenda – not story – meaning there is no way the ‘writers’ (a term I’d use loosely) would risk doing anything to put a dint in the harem.
I have no sense of what the characters are even fighting for. There’s some ham-fisted backstory plus a generic ‘redemption’ driving force for our main character. Apparently we’re supposed to empathise with a group of people we know practically nothing about. That’ll work, for sure.
The solution to every complication is predictable. Literally every female character in the show is eye candy and nothing more. Any attempt at the storyline in becoming more ‘serious’ is instantly cancelled out by a laughable plot point that leaves every female character degraded and at the mercy of our MC’s libido. All Shinmai Maou no Testament does is act as a lowest-of-the-low sexual fantasy that positions men as an all-conquering force, who without women cannot function or find their own sense of direction. It’s demeaning and insulting. Many anime have been guilty of such a thing in the past but this show has found a way to kick it up to a new level.
Speaking of those female characters, they’re all there to fulfil a particular fetish that exists in the audience. Hair colours, statue, breast size, personality traits – all of which feel cookie cutter and like you’ve seen them 57 times before. The fact that there’s not an inch of depth to them only makes this laziness in their design all the more prominent. Make sure you include the infallible MC to really sell how much effort you put into making something of merit!
I did not have a single positive experience upon viewing Shinmai Maou no Testament.
The story reminded me of High School DxD, i felt it has a feeling to it. in this story there are Demons and Heroes that fight eachother, heroes to erradicate demons and demons enslave humanity, this is where Basara meets a girl in normal circumstances where they are going to be brothers in-law but later on is discovered that this was a lie because she is the Demon Princess and is going to have his memory erased by his other new little ''sister'' Maria who is a Succubus, but turns out to be that Basara has his own secret...
Art & Animation
I liked a lot the
art style, really detailed, the color, the bewbs etc.
It has a great voice acting, great OP, great backround music.
They were very well developed, we go deep on their backstories, i liked Yuki since i saw her, just like Mio and tought Maria was a funny pervert succubus and i liked how the MC Basara is not a wuss in those situations (if you know what i mean) like other MCs and Takigawa was very interesting.
I really liked this anime, i enjoyed it, i would have enjoyed it more if there wasn't censorship, but yeah i wasn't bored with this.
(This has been adapted from my blog/reddit thread. Spoilers ahead!)
The Testament of Sister New Devil seems like a rather generic anime. And for the most part, it is: there is no shortage of magic, nakedness, and harems within it. But it at least attempts to play with the theme of protection. Which is funny when you think about it; in an anime whose strongest aspect is the very “ecchi” it thrives on, you’d think that “protection” would be the furthest idea from its mind. Regardless, this is what the show hones in on. Protecting the things you love, especially those people dearest to you, is
something that we all do whether we know it or not. And while this one tries its best to flaunt this motif, the majority is mediocrity that suppresses any sense of worth it may have.
Testament pits Basara Toujou as the male lead. One day, he obtains two new “relatives,” Mio Naruse and Maria Naruse. As events pile up and paths cross, it’s revealed that Mio holds the greatest demonic power within her, Maria is her succubus servant, and Basara is an exiled man of the Hero Clan.
If Testament does anything correctly, it is in the “ecchi” service that it provides. While nearly all of it is censored, what is shown and what can be inferred is some of the greatest to grace the medium. The show refuses to hold back; it never shows full-blown genitalia but it gets rather close to crossing that line, making the anime nearly pornographic in its presentation. Not just kissing but make-out sessions; not just showing breasts but fervently fondling them; and not just holding hands but hip grinding, butt squeezing, and even orgasms. Testament revels in the sex that permeates the show, going so far as to make one of its key plot points follow down this path. This plot point of course being the “master-servant” pacts that cause a disobedient servant to undergo immense pleasure. And then, in order to strengthen said pact, going through with these perverted actions “deepens” the relationship, making both people come out for the better. Literal and figurative hot shower scenes, body-on-food eating, a succubus whose proportions grow; the diversity of the “ecchi” scenes and the originality of many of them easily demonstrate its overall execution in the genre it itself made a pact with.
As talked about in the introduction, Testament’s prominent – and only – theme is the idea of protection. Or more specifically, protecting the ones you love. Many of the characters have this sense of righteousness about them: Yuki wishes to protect Basara, Maria wishes to protect her mother, and Basara wishes to protect everyone. Surprisingly, the show here as well showcases quite the range in relation to its theme. Protecting someone sometimes means doing what has to be done as opposed to what is the right thing to do. Maria’s betrayal to save her mother is an easy example. It may also involve a sense of self-lost protection; Basara, through his actions, protects those around him but makes others incapable of returning the favor. The structure of the series follows essentially three separate arcs, each focusing on one of the main girls and their reason for protecting. The developments therein always lead to the same outcome – Basara adding one more woman to his ever-growing harem – and the actual exploration of the theme isn’t expansive – the morality mentioned previously isn’t discussed nor is there ever any “bad” conclusions – but Testament is at least consistent in its thematic presence from start to finish.
Testament’s art is a testament to boringness. While the protection theme was inching towards the generic field, it’s here where the anime begins to fully find itself in. Many of the locations visited are typical, tried, and tired: a school classroom here, a dark forest there; the anime, despite having all of these characters from various backgrounds, never provides the audience with a look at anything even remotely interesting. And while the “ecchi” moments are top-tier, most of them are sadly censored. Not so much that it is impossible to discern what is occurring behind the miniature caricatures they use to hide it, but enough to make you frustrated that all of the goodness is being kept just out of reach.
The character designs fair a bit better in comparison to the art style that surrounds them. Sticking to its sexy roots, the women are often clad in such a way as to make their signature assets that much more appealing to look at. Mio’s black-and-white school outfit with long, red hair helps to magnify her breasts that much further. Yuki’s skirt is just short enough to reveal her butt when needed. And adult Maria’s garb is black-and-pink – a sultry combo – that doesn’t leave much room for the imagination. Basara’s design – cuts and scars across his entire body – provides him with the physical evidence needed to demonstrate just how much he is willing to protect those he loves.
When looking at the show’s actual animation, it’s a tougher call. The anime can bring its game during certain action sequences, and especially so during the “ecchi” material. But since these are usually seen about once or twice per episode, the majority of what the anime offers in terms of movement is average.
When it comes to Testament’s cast, many don’t see a huge amount of development. Basara is far and away the weakest character and isn’t an interesting person in the slightest. He’s the super strong, super nice, and super gung-ho guy who exists as nothing more than the leader of the harem. He’s the same from start to finish, seeing only minimal investigation in the form of a small flashback. Meaning, while he exemplifies the theme that the anime focuses on, his actual character suffers through monotony and severe lack of development. The majority of the cast is treated the same way; that is, as not really changing over the course of the season despite having their own “arcs.” Part of the problem is due to the segmentation of the season itself and due to their overall powers. The characters being a trained succubus, a renowned sword fighter, a daughter of the Devil, and a man who is capable of reversing any attack against him are unfortunately written into the corner of “no improvement” rather early on. However, all is not completely lost on the girls, for Basara does aide each of them in becoming a better person.
Maria is a mommy’s girl; she is conflicted given the position she was forced to take, and attempts to do everything on her own. But Basara proves that sometimes, it is necessary to rely on others, because it just isn’t possible for us to do everything by our lonesome. Yuki fights the demons due to her Hero Clan status, but she isn’t blind. She’s honorable, following her own heart when dealing with the situations she faces instead of mindlessly following the “rules” set around her. This thinking was directly inspired by Basara who, as her role model, does the same; fights for what is right as opposed for what is “correct.” And Mio starts off pretty dependent, leveraging other people’s good-will to get her through the day, but still refrains from connecting with anyone too seriously due to her own dark past and familial loss. So through Maria’s guidance, Yuki’s friendship, and Basara’s love, she realizes that she doesn’t have to be alone. In essence, she “opens up” to those around her, becoming closer to those who had been close to her the entire time.
While the show doesn’t put too much thought into nearly all of its characters, it still manages to inject a bit of direction when looking at each of their move-sets. In essence, their outward actions symbolize their inner person. Maria uses hand-to-hand combat because she’s very hands on in her dealings with people as a succubus. Instead of fists, Yuki uses a sword that mirrors her personality: sharp, direct, yet extremely elegant. Mio’s fiery magic is easy to see; it reflects not just the immense power she has within her, but also the passion she has for her closest friends. And Basara’s “Banishing Shift,” his ultimate move, defines who he is deep down. That is, his ability to completely give back any move thrown his way matches how much he gives back to others through his constant need to protect the ones around him. The rest of the cast can be looked at in a similar fashion, demonstrating that the anime can appeal not only to our hormones but to our brains, too.
Testament’s weakest component is arguably the sound that makes up nearly all that it does. The opening theme isn’t so much grating on the ears as it is just painfully boring. And it knows this; it tries to make it more enticing by adding in faux-nakedness here and there, but the visuals aren’t enough to distract the audience from having to listen to the generic beat and overdone guitar playing. The ending theme is even worse, containing a lot of singing, choirs, and drums that all mash together in such a way that nothing seems to be working. In other words, it’s at this point that the anime’s inability to focus on what it does well – the “ecchi” and sexiness – begins to easily show.
Much of the original soundtrack contains pieces that are mired in heavy use of “powerful” instruments and group singing, in order to give everything a grandiose feel. It could even be said that the direction of the music is meant to sound “church-like,” given that the anime is entitled after portions of the Bible. At the same time, many of the tracks contain guitars, saxophones, and other, ambient instrumental effects that heighten “the mood” and therefore the sense of sexuality that permeates the anime during most scenarios. There are sad piano pieces for the melancholic times, flute arrangements for the laidback ones, and mysterious string tracks that fill those unknown moments. Unfortunately, like the OP and ED it finds itself between, nothing within the OST is memorable, let alone impactful, making much of what it sets out to do go unappreciated and therefore ends up unappealing.
And in order to round it all out, the voice acting for the show is average at best. There are no special shout-outs to be had.
This one is all about the “ecchi” content. Being a fan of such material myself, it was definitely a pleasant surprise when the show decided to go as far as they were going with nearly all of its offerings. It was nice to witness not just the daringness of the show but also the uniqueness of the content, contrasting hard with the rest of the generic aspects of the anime. I’m a big fan of Mio, adult Maria, and especially Yuki, so watching them on-screen being lewd every now and again was never a sight for sore eyes.
But while such promiscuity is very well-done, I never found myself to like anything else. The action sequences are a lot of explosions here and there, the emotional events never moved me, and while it tries to be comedic at times, it isn’t that funny, with maybe an elicited laugh at very specific moments. A large portion of the anime are long stretches where these kinds of developments occur, and when they were going on, I really just wanted it to back to doing what it did best – employing Yuki and the other girls in the “ecchi” antics.
While The Testament of Sister New Devil finds itself muddied by mediocrity, not everything within is entirely lost. The sexual content is executed nicely, its theme remains relevant both with the narrative and the development of the characters, and the designs of the girls are enticing to see. But it’s all dragged down by a less-than-stellar main male lead, an uninspired art style, and lackluster music that, when all combined, concocts a show that is simply run-of-the-mill.
Story: Good, fantastic “ecchi” elements, and consistent yet unexplored theme
Animation: Fine, boring art style, very nice character designs, average actual animation
Characters: Fine, Basara is bad, Maria, Yuki, and Mio experience some development, and everyone has purposeful abilities
Sound: Bad, lame OP and ED, below average soundtrack, average VA work
Enjoyment: Fine, the “ecchi” is great to watch but nothing else is
WARNING: This review contains spoilers. You have been warned.
Also, this review is a review for the whole series uptill now (Season 1 and OVA + Season 2 and OVA)
Where do I even start with this anime...
Season 1: It's been about a week since I've finished this series, so I don't remember the exact story very well. Here's what I know. Mio's (MC) parents (apparently Demon Lords) abandon her to keep her safe from threats and let their friends(?) raise her. Things go on smoothly until some devil finds out that Mio is being raised by someone else. They find out who and kill them.
Mio is once again left alone, and runs away, but this time with the help of a newly met servant. After that, she meets a guy who knows who she is and agrees to raise her along with Basara (his son). From then on, there's a nude scene in almost every episode. And don't blame me for getting some parts of the story wrong. I'm a guy. How the hell can I concentrate on the story with the show these 'siblings' put on.
OVA 1: Oh boy, shit gets real here. Basara is invited home by his hot teacher. She tries to seduce him, both get into the bath and you know what happens next. "But wait Ryan, I am pretty sure I've heard a story like this before" - You, the reader say. Yes you have. It's the story of every teacher/student porn.
Season 2: 13 episodes in and I thought I knew what to expect from the series in season 2. But they still surprise you. In episode 7, they have a full-fledged orgy before battle. As if the anime wasn't hentai enough already.
OVA 2: OVAs nowadays exist for fanservice. That's all this OVA was. Except that it was extremely close to being a hentai, as was the whole franchise.
The art and animation were pretty mediocre, except in Season 2 and it's OVA. They put little to no effort in animating the Giant Spirits well. And in some scenes in the OVA, Mio's face was distorted.
I dislike many Harem characters, but this series takes the cake. Every harem has girls trying to seduce the guy. But this one.... it has them butt naked trying to do so. The girls were so dense. Everytime they have an orgy, they call it 'getting stronger'... It sounds absolutely pathetic imo.
I guess this was more of a rant than a review. Anyways, the excessive nudity and borderline hentai in this anime makes it one of the worst anime out there. You would be better off watching real hentai.
"I can't abandon a girl when people are after her life just because she's the previous demon lord's daughter. I'm going to protect her! But... Am I allowed to have only one precious thing to me? Must I limit myself to one?"
No, that's not me pretentiously attempting to attach some meaning or something -- Those are a few lines of dialog that summarize Shinmai Maou no Testament. It's all you need to know about the show, as it is about just as much as the show cares to let us know.
So yeah, Shinmai Maou no Testament is another harem whose sole purpose for
existing is to fill out a time-slot. A show that makes you wonder if the people behind the scenes are engaging in copyright wars from making such an uninspired amalgamation of several elements from other shows put together to make the same harem you've seen a dozen times over. It's so lacking in creativity that it uses the "I accidentally walked into you when you're undressed" cliché four or five times. -- said shows that come to mind are: Inuyasha, Bleach, Highschool DxD, and perhaps Tokyo Ghoul for Takigawa, Yahiro and it's EDGE.
"Basacchi". Oh lord, pls no.
Basara is your typical self-righteous "hero" devoid of personality; an indecisive, apologetic asshat, whom let's himself go wild on the girl's tits when he damn well pleases. When his sexuality reaches points where it can be brought under question, he gives in to his urges then he seeks to be comforted by said tits from having gone too far with his manhandling. By the shows end he's only a few notches away from being another despicable Itou, Makoto. If only. If only that would have actually been the case, at least he would have been less forgettable. All the girls in the show line up to feed the ego of whomever uses Basara as their surrogate. They exist just to get their breasts fondled or consistently refer to him as "onii-chan" or "B-baka".
A little too delusional, but not to the point of aggravation.
Most of the ecchi is constricted to a single gimmick — the partner binding spell crap — the rest pretty much revolves around it. The art design is easy on the eyes, yes, but still quite forgettable. And while surely not tame, the ecchi is presented in a very boring fashion. Though it may "look" nice, it still might as well be some dude in an ad testing Tenga products. Or perhaps sadder still, are the junkies who will rush in to buy the blue-rays.
As for the sound or even action? Nothing stands out, everything about this show just screams "routine". ...You might be familiar with a seiyuu who I believe goes by the name of Nomura, Kenji. You know, in bleach, that hot headed bulky bald bitch of a subordinate that follows Ulquiura? Well, Kenji plays that same bulky bald bitch here, same powers and everything, except skin tone. He suddenly appears out of nowhere for a fight and is just as briefly tossed aside so that Basara and galls can go back to breast fondling. *sarcastic cheerful claps* He stacks up a grand total of 5 seconds of screen time. Talk about pointlessly anti-climatic.
Initially tolerable even with the rather harmless tonal shifts, but then it becomes increasingly irritable as the series progresses from schizophrenic harem to obnoxious shounen.
How to easily earn money without putting much story into it:
Step 1) Make your anime with a shit load of ecchi (this anime is borderline hentai) and put harem in there.
Step 2) ??????
Step 3) Profit.
The story isn't that original, mainly because I've seen other successful ecchi anime that have this story. Not only was the story unoriginal, but they also made the anime before Highschool DxD BorN's first episode. Though, a lot of people do enjoy these types of stories (mainly because of the fan-service and harem, duh) and personally I do too, but without too much fan-service. The ecchi was basically borderline-hentai and
overdone. If you want to watch ecchi, you might as well just watch a hentai. The action was actually quite decent, because the main character had a special ability. I do wish that the dad had more screen-time, because he's a total badass. The anime doesn't just start with a massive harem, but it starts to progress throughout the anime.
To me, the art looked like it was illustrated back in 2006 and someone found them in the drawers and decided to make that into an anime in 2015. Though, the animation was quite smooth and one thing that bothered me was how similar Issei and Basara looked a like. Mio looked a bit like Rias, but Mio looks younger. Also, there was one part where they censored a FUCKING TONGUE-KISSING SCENE. What the actual fuck?
The OST was quite nice, sometimes it made the scene epic or made it more sad (or even more erotic). It fit the scenes nicely and wasn't overused or loud. I actually liked both OP and ED, but the OP more so than the ED. The OP is rock mixed with piano that fit the theme of the anime. The ED has a very calm and happy tune mixed in with rock. The episodes I didn't watch had subs for the ED but I'm sure they were talking about dreams and love (also, the ED animation had titties without nipples. If you're putting titties at the end, then you might as well either censor it or put nipples on it, or else they look like some hybrid alien.)
Toujou Basara, the hero and the protagonist of the story. A very cliche character for a harem anime. If you're a hero and the protagonist, then you're likely to have 5 million chicks sucking you off every minute. Basara is a man who does anything to protect his 'sisters', thus making him a very kind person. As the anime progresses, he gets stronger. '
Naruse Mio, the soon-to-be Demon Lord. Well well well, another cliche character. I've seen a lot of anime where the demon lord and the hero aren't fighting each other. In fact, sometimes they both fall in love with each other. She relies on Maria a lot, thus making her weak, even though she's a Demon Lord. Sometimes, whenever she's enraged, she does use her real strength. She grows much more attached to Basara as the anime progresses. Mio is really fucking useless though.
Naruse Maria, the loli-succubus. Aren't succubus supposed to have the desired body to attract male?? Why does Maria have a childish figure? Maria is a very strong and helpful character, fighting along side Basara to fend off against enemies, whilst protecting Mio. She likes to tease Basara a lot when they're both alone.
Nonaka Yuki, the female hero and the childhood friend of Basara. Yuki is very attached to Basara and has a lot of feelings for him, to the point where she hugs Basara on their reunion. She is ok in combat, at least not making herself useless.
The story was unoriginal and the characters were eh, but I still enjoyed this anime somehow. Even though half the time I was watching this anime there were white lines censoring the sexual activities, it was still ok. I enjoyed the actions scenes quite a bit.
If you're planning on watching this, then please watch to the very last seconds of episode 12. After the ED, it's pretty epic. Would I re-watch this? Well, season 2 has been confirmed and if I like that, then maybe I will.
According to me, this is High School DxD on steroids. Don't get me wrong, I really like High School DxD. But I like this one better. Why, you ask?
Story is okay. It makes more sense to me than the HS DxD one. There are demons, the demon world and the hero clan. The MC is from the hero clan, and his dad has once been known all across the world as the "god of war" and feared like that. And out of the blue, he tells him that he got with a new woman and that she has two daughters and now he has two
sisters. Tell me whatever you want, but that's a more "believable" story than DxD one.
Anyway, the MC is like Issei, but gets way more ass than him. Be warned though that unlike DxD here ---- there is censoring. I hate this anime for that and I've read that others hate it too. For a good reason. That's the one part I feel they made a critical mistake.
There is more action, WAY more ecchi and *cough* bdsm. I loved it.
Way way way more than in DxD. I know, I shouldn't compare the two
but IMO I like both the female lead and the male lead way more than
DxD and they are very similar. I like Mio way more than Rias. That's just me.
The sound is great, the art is great. Hell, just watch it and figure it out.
FYI, there is season 2 coming in october I believe, so fear not there is more coming. Hopefully without censoring, but don't hold your horses.
I recommend it, especially after you watched Highschool DxD.
If I were to guess at first, this show is basically a HighSchool DxD clone. Down to the presentation, character design and, to some extent, the storyline. As such, Shinmai Maou no Testament basically includes devils, a harem for the MC, and the obligatory fan service.
I would be lying if I say that I didn't enjoy the show it its entirety, there were some aspects of the show that were noteworthy at most. But overall, the story is just generic, bland and predictable. The fan-service, though obligatory in this kind of anime, does somewhat annoy me. There are even scenes that's
just borderline hentai! Speaking of which, I can't really blame the producers of the show of the amount of hentai present, since it is an 'indirect' element in the story. There are some decently presented fight scenes, but that alone just can't put this show in good light.
I don't know if it's the author's intentions to base of the show's characters to that of High School DxD, down to their designs. Either way, the characters are flat and are nothing really noteworthy, except for the fact that it's really similar to that of High School DxD's.
AESTHETICS AND AUDIO
The visuals for the show are decent, to say the least. The characters are designed nice and the animation is mostly good. Overall just great.
Same goes for the soundtrack. It complements well into the scenes, but on it's own, it's rather bland if not forgettable. Voice acting is also decent, fitting well into each respective character.
I mention High School DxD numerous times in this review because that's the overall impression I had before and even after I watched Shinmai Maou no Testament, but to the lesser extent after watching since it has some originality. You won't find any serious storyline and interesting characters, but for what it is, Shinmai Maou no Testament is a show that exists to entertain to people for its content. And I even admire it for having planned a second season.
Boobs. That's like the only thing that really POPS in my mind after seeing this anime. So guys... if you like that sorta stuff, then watch it cause trust me you'll be seeing a LOT of it. And if you don't like that kinda stuff, then you're in luck! There are two versions of if online. One is censored and one is uncensored (ep. 1-6, ep. 7-12 as far as I know, still aren't uncensored). Although when you're watching it censored, I hope you like looking at white bars cause that's one of their censoring methods. But anyways, the story. It's really not
all that special. The story starts off slow and once it picks up it sorta just goes nowhere. Much of the story it seems happens in Basara's (main character's house), an area outside near Basara's house, or at school and very rarely does it deviate from those places. Sure occasionally there would be some plot twist that arises like a traitor within the group, but it was never like "omg what is this?!?!" shocking and in the end everything would somehow turn up all peachy. All in all bland and boring.
Well there's nothing wrong here. The fights looked nice, especially with the details that was put on the magic circles when there was magic being used. And honestly the only things that was really needed to sell this anime (boobs) was drawn out well. No real complaints here.
The sound was alright. There's nothing really memorable about the soundtrack, but it wasn't bad. There are sometimes where there are two conversations going on at once and one is overpowering the other so you can't hear it.
Ok. To give you an idea of how original these characters were, let me just tell you that watching Dora would be more enjoyable. Every single thing is so cliche for an ecchi/harem/hentai (borderline) anime. Basara's just another main character that wants to protect everyone he cares about and the three girls that become his "buddies" (wink wink) are in total love with him because of that. And to top it off, every single one of them is as perverted as the last. It's really quite boring watching them.
To be honest, I was so close to dropping this anime. I kept thinking "oh it'll get better", but it never did. The only reason I didn't was because I'm trying to never drop an anime. There were so many times where I just had to roll my eyes because Basara was talking about how he really wanted to protect his family or something cliche like that.
For the past couple years, the idea of Ecchi has changed dramatically, and what anime is allowed to showcase over the course of their runtime. As the years went on, the idea of what is ecchi and what is hentai has been blurred to the point of almost crossing over into one another. And here, I believe that we have an example of that right here. Here it is, a review of Shinmai Maou no Testament, or The Testament of Sister New Devil, a show that I believe, like many others, could've done better as hentai.
Story (6.11/10): The story of
Sister Testament as I call it, follows the life of a boy named Toujou Basara, a boy who has a father who is remarried, gaining two little stepsisters in the process. However, not is all that it seems, as it is later revealed that the two "sisters" that he now has is the budding demon lord, and a succubus. In addition, Basara is hiding his own secret, hiding the fact that he is from the hero village, a place where they regulate the demons of the world. With the two sides now coming together, what challenges will they face with demons seeking the demon lord's power?
At first glance, sister testament seemed to be a little bit more than what the synopsis led one to believe. The first episode wows you and honestly, surprised me with a complete 180 on the show's comedic feel by putting in an action scene that made me for a moment, rethink the entire series altogether. It was that value of shock factor that really made me think for a moment that this was going to be a good show, and that I was in for one hell of a ride. Quickly though, that idea became less and less prominent as the holes began filling up with regret rather than joy.
While not only a series about action and the conflicts between protecting the new demon lord, Mio, Sister testament proudly shows itself (quite shamelessly might I add) to be an ecchi show in the worst possible way. In the show, there is a technique or plot device known as the "succubus curse", where one person becomes the "master" over the other, allowing the two to become bonded and grow stronger together. This one little detail manages to completely screw over the show plain and simple. Because this plot device exists as the basis for the show, the actual plot for the series I feel becomes jaded more than anything. Basically, the show makes it so that character strength is equal to the intensity and frequency of any kind of sexual act (as pointed out by the show's own characters) which can lead to, well...you get the idea.
The biggest flaw that I felt about this series was just purely about how frequent and how starkingly intense this show's ecchi moments actually were. They were done in such a way that they had to do a Tokyo Ghoul-style censorship involving censor bars that basically blocked so much of the screen that you can't see anything, and above all, made any sense of the actual storyline completely disappear. In this show, it seemed like the perverted moments took priority over anything, and for a show that actually seemed to have a decent plotline and story elements, it just really felt disappointing cause all of that stuff that makes a good anime is put in the trunk. (Not in the backseat, the trunk.) In terms of actual story, the progression was moderately well done. Because of just how often you'll see fanservice, ranging from a casual stripping of the clothes to full-on foreplay, the story won't come as often as one might think, and just isn't fleshed out as well as it should've been.
Overall, sister testament just failed to be any sort of proper story. Because of its way of "getting more powerful", the show showcased sexual foreplay more than anything, making that the first thing anyone thinks of whenever they talk about this show. In fact, I strongly believe that this series could've done better, and should've been a hentai more than anything. In the end, the story suffered a lot from the show's "other half" and would've done better had it not had the amount of fanservice that it did have.
+ Decent story idea
- Story suffered greatly
- Fanservice overpowers the show GREATLY
Characters (5.55/10): The characters in sister testament similar to the story, don't really feel as fleshed out as they possibly could've. Rather, each one of them except a couple few don't get what they should've gotten.
First, we have Toujou Basara, our harem/main protagonist of the series. As a member of the hero clan, Basara has the ability to summon down a weapon that he himself can wield, and uses it to fight the demons if need be. Basara is more or less your standard harem protagonist. While he does get a sort of backstory to explain his overpowered ability (cause every harem protagonist these days is either useless, or OP), Basara follows your cookie cutter troupe of the "nice/good guy." Even though the girls he now lives with deceived him, he, throughout the series, makes a VERY conscious effort to protect them as their older brother. (Even though that idea becomes completely redundant and useless by episode 2.) He gets nervous in ecchi moments, he tries to protect his loved ones, you get the shtick. Moving on.
Naruse Mio is the main female protagonist in this series, aka the tsundere (cause main girl ALWAYS is one)/damsel in distress/one with the big breasts. As the upcoming demon lord who had her throne taken after having to run away when her father was usurped, Mio serves more of the Zelda/princess Peach character of this series because she very often can't fend for herself, relying more on Basara for that job. Since Mio follows the tsundere troupe to a certain degree, there really isn't much to say about her since it's such a stale troupe.
Apart from these two, we have the succubus character, Maria, who is both one of the better characters in the series for having some slight character development, and the ultimate reason why this series went down the drain so fast. (That's cause the curse was suggested and inflicted by her, ergo, it's her fault.) In addition, we also have Yuki, the character who serves as the childhood friend of the MC with a stone cold face, as well as Takamine, the one character who I thought was really the only shining glory in this cast of tired, old troupes regardless of how little he shows up.
In the end though, the cast of characters for Sister testament were more like a troupefest more than anything. Characters aside from the ones I have already mentioned barely get any substantial screentime, so there's not much to mention there. Because of this, aside from Takamine, the characters in this show really aren't anything special aside from being called what they are, troupes.
+ One decent side character
- Tired anime troupes for characters
Art and Sound (6.50/10 and 7.00/10): The art for this series isn't really much to write home about. There really isn't any standout animation for this series aside from maybe the magic casting circles, and the series overall doesn't really have much of an impact art-wise.
What the art does have an impact on is simply how much of the series you can watch. Because this show is so ecchi centered, the show wants to tell you that, a lot, like at least ten minutes per episode. As I have mentioned before, the fanservice in this show is REALLY fanservicy to the point of it actually being sexual foreplay and should be considered hentai more than anything. Yes, my dear readers. This isn't ecchi, this...is hentai. And because of this, the show as of right now blocks any form of watching it because you get censors, flashes of light, and darkened areas that essentially cover up the whole screen, not allowing you to witness of what is going on behind the chibi versions of the characters. Because of this, watching this show can be quite frustrating because half of the time, you won't even get a clear picture as to what is going on.
Sound for me was a sort of solace for this series, as we have Sweet Arms make the opening for this series, which is a track that I feel like was rather good. While the show that it was tied to isn't really all that good, the opening itself is actually a rather good and actually somewhat memorable. Of course, upon mentioning this, the rest of the soundtrack is mediocre at best and really doesn't stand up too much.
+ Good Opening
+/- Standard animation
- Ecchi. (Normally, I don't complain all that much about fanservice, but this is just simply too much.)
- OST didn't stand up on its own
Personal enjoyment (5.00/10): While I admit that I was wowed in the first 23 minutes of the series, the next 5.5 hours didn't really prove to be anything that I would bother rewatching or care for. As the weeks went on, I was more disappointed in this show than anything because without all of the foreplay, this show actually could've done really well. It had groundwork that it could've used, and a curse that was more of a curse on the show more than anything.
What did I like about this show?
If anything, it would have to be 1. Takamine (cause honestly, he's the only character in this show I give a damn about). And 2. The action sequences. While the animation was standard at best, the action sequences managed to for a moment, forget that you're watching a show that about a guy molesting his stepsisters (wait a second...that sounds familiar.), but rather one that also centers around the idea of action and heroes vs. demons, to some degree.
What didn't I like about this show?
The bland characters and the execution were really some big issues. The story was never fleshed out enough for it to be different than any other hero vs. demon story, and the idea of the damsel in distress was really more of a bore than anything cause it just added another member to the useless female group, a group that we seriously don't need to add more characters into. Above all though, I have to say, like what I've been saying this entire review, the fanservice by far is the worst thing to come out of this series. Not only is it prominent, so prominent that it's both ruined the story and my viewing experience, but because of the way it's presented, you probably won't be able to see it until a blu-ray release.
Would I recommend this show?
Honestly, I feel like this show is a waste of time. Throughout its runtime, there wasn't anything that stood out. The story wasn't made to be interesting enough, the characters were bland to all hell, and there wasn't anything fantastic aesthetic-wise. Because of how strong the fanservice was, there really wasn't much to make note of, thus creating this series' downfall. (I still don't know why they're making a second season. It boggles me.) If you want some hentai-esque material, go ahead and watch this. Make sure to get the DVD uncensored version because if you're watching for ecchi, I can guarantee that you that as of this review, you won't be able to anything but censor bars.
(reposted because I apparently forgot to update my episode count to show as complete. Derp)
TL:DR: Testament of Sister New Devil is ecchi at its most ecchi & not in the least bit ashamed of it. It's the kind of show that validates every criticism & concern non-ecchi fans have of the genre & non-anime fans have about Japanese cartoons in general. But aside from that, it's pretty fun, albeit in a masochistic, I can't believe what I'm watching but I can't look away kind of way. Not to be watched with other people in the room...or within hearing distance.
Boobs. If there is one thing teenage
boys & lonely authors love, it's boobs. Boobs can be big; they can be small; sometimes they're not there at all. But one thing is for sure, where there are women, there are boobs. & where there are boobs, there are good times to be had.
Our story begins with one Basara Toujou. For reasons that don't matter, he is accompanying his father to a restaurant to meet his two new stepsisters, yet only one of them seems to be waiting at the table. Needing to pee, he excuses himself & makes his way to the toilet, where he shockingly encounters a busty red head mid business. As you would expect of someone whose just been walked in on while on the toilet, she makes to scream, & being a male of strong character & morals, he does the reasonable thing of pinning her against the wall to stop her doing so, for fear that they might cause a scene in a public place.
It only gets better from here.
To cut a long story short, said red head is by hilarious coincidence his other new stepsister. Only they're not really his stepsisters, as that was just a story contrived by his father for no reason. In fact, red headed Mio is the daughter of the recently deceased Demon Lord & is on the run from those within the Demon realm who want to capture or kill her for her power. Maria, her loli goth companion, is actually Mio's succubus bodyguard. A rather pointless attempt by them to get rid of Basara reveals him to actually be a Hero, the enemies of Demons (but in that yin yang kind of way where they're more concerned with keeping each others powers in balance than defeating each other) with magic powers of his own. This awkward business out of the way, it's time for the show to get what it's really about, a guy & several girls who all insist on calling him onii-chan while the line between ecchi & hentai gets pushed to its limits.
Yes, Testament is one of those shows that, to put it in a sentence, basically takes the setting, characters & general plot of High school DxD & sets about seeing how far they can push it before the censers tell them to go straight to DVD. The story is your basic angels (heroes) vs demons affair with the main characters caught in the middle while they just try to live normal teenage lives. The characters are barely worth mentioning for anything but their aesthetic qualities. In addition to the main trio, we also have Yuki, Basara's aloof childhood friend who apparently hasn't been talking to him until now but boy is she going to be a third wheel in his & Mio's "romance." Takigawa fills the role of the one other male character who isn't a one episode antagonist or parent. Would it surprise you to know he likes talking about girls? Actually that's selling his character a bit short as he does play a more significant role in the story that most token guy friends do in anime. Oh & I guess there is Basara's aforementioned father, but he makes his excuses to leave his son alone with Mio & Maria in the first episode so we need not mention him again.
But lets face it, we're not here for the characters or indeed the story. We're watching for that other kind of “plot” that hides behind clouds of steam & light beams, & boy does Testament have that in spades. One of the more contrived ideas introduced early on is the master – servant contract Maria convinces Basara & Mio to sign in the second episode. Nominally, the idea is that it will let them know where each other are & help them both get more powerful, but there's a sexy twist. You see, because Maria's a succubus, & because the contract goes a bit wrong & makes Basara the master (they never actually properly agree to the contract, but lets not sweat the small stuff), Mio now finds herself cursed to go like your mum did at fraternity parties whenever she thinks mean thoughts about him. The only prescription for this fever, it turns out, is for Basara to molest her repeatedly. He doesn't want to, of course, but his manly man duties as both a male & her brother (seriously he makes that point about them being family a lot) mean he has no choice but to grope & grapple with her cleavage until the curse is lifted. The first time this happens, we fade to black (with many a “no onii-chan” screamed) only to see Maria cleaning up a puddle on the floor while commenting about how many times Mio came. 10/10 IGN best plot ever.
The show feels like it's constantly trying to one up itself as its ecchi scenes come ever closer to crossing into hentai as the series progresses. Yuki, naturally given this is anime we're talking about, upon learning about the contract between Basara & Mio decides she wants in on that too. So once again poor old Basara has to go through the oh so unhappy job of finding her erogenous zone as well. In case you were expecting it to also be her breasts, more fool you. She's relatively flat chested you see, but she got da booty & that's where the booty be stowed, so to speak. You can imagine how little of that scene was viewable. Weirdly (or not), Yuki signing a contract with Basara is not so much a source of jealously to Mio as it is the start of Mio & Yuki becoming friends, or at least frenemies, I guess due to their both being in bondage together. Porn logic, I guess. & if you were worried the final episode might try to take the high road, fear not. I won't go into details, suffice to say we get hentai's favourite motif: sexual assault that turns into consensual fun times because she totally wants it, really.
It's hard for me to really explain what watching Testament is like. The best I can come up with is that it's a bit like reading The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs from South Park. The ecchi scenes are so...well ecchi & so creepy that it's impossible to watch without audibly groaning in discomfort. Yet watch I do, cursing myself for it but doing it all the same. It isn't erotic in any sense, although I think it's supposed to be & I might think it was if I was 14 & hadn't discovered internet porn yet. The censorship is pretty heavy, as you'd expect, & pretty in your face about it, especially after the first few episodes when they introduce chibi versions of the characters to cover up the goods. Some people may find that annoying but personally I actually prefer that kind of censorship. It's funny to me when the makers pretty much cock-block the audience with a “buy the Blu-Rays, perverts” chibi stamp. It's not like you don't know what breasts drawn by someone whose never seen a real pair look like, anyway.
Of course you don't just want to know what the show has, but how it looks. Well the art itself is pretty good, if nothing beyond standard. I have seen others comment on characters going off model at times but tbh I've not really noticed it yet. What I have noticed is that the overall animation quality is pretty poor. Jerky movements, apparent jumps between key frames with no in betweens, reused footage & other little things occur with enough frequency to make me question the editorial skills or resources of whoever was in charge of proofing everything. It stands out in particular when compared to the opening animation, which is surprisingly well made, with smooth character movements & a rare sight of characters slowly rotating without looking jerky or weird as their perspective changes. It is perhaps unfair to compare an opening credits sequence with the show as a whole, but the difference in quality between them is noticeable.
So there you have it. Thus far (& I don't expect anything to change) Testament is an ecchi for the sake of ecchi high school fantasy with no real redeeming qualities beyond cheap titillation & attempts to push the boundaries between what is & isn't allowed on TV. That it's the most popular new show of the winter season according to Crunchy Roll doesn't fill me with confidence of the anime fandom, but then again shows like this have been bizarrely popular since at least the 90s, so it's not like its anything new. It doesn't try anything new but it also doesn't ask its audience to think with anything but their genitals, which makes it pretty easy viewing if you can switch your brain off enough to get past the really creepy when you think about it context to a lot of the ecchi stuff going on. There's much better ecchi shows out there, but you could do worse than watch this one.
Shinmai Maou no Testament is definitely an interesting series. Evidently, a range of inconsistent reviews render it to the category of "you either hate it or love it".
The overall story is simplistic at best. The character development offers nothing unique; a hot red-head is presented as the primary love interest, a long lost childhood friend is introduced almost immediately after, former enemies develop feelings for the main character, and so on. Most of these clichés are now well-established fragments of the harem genre.
The battle scenes are not exactly terrible, nonetheless they offer nothing special. The overall animation and sound quality are also quite ordinary
and not memorable.
Well then, it begs the question; why is an average, mediocre series rather interesting? Bluntly speaking, the sexuality in this series is beyond over the top – make no mistake, if you happen to be watching the uncensored version, the ecchi and fan service scenes turn into borderline hentai. I found myself questioning whether I was watching an ecchi/comedy or hentai on numerous occasions. Further, the show takes itself very seriously into catering the “step-sister” fetish. By the 3rd episode, I realised it was a guarantee that a serious scene will be followed by “onii-chan I need you touch me” scene.
And this reviewer feels the poor juxtaposition of such two scenes is the downfall of Shinmai Maou no Testament. The willingness to push into hentai boundaries leaves little in the comedy to be desired. The attempt to connect the sexuality into the story is rushed and poorly executed. Granted, the story is neither thought-provoking nor original, however at least the comedy could have been much better appreciated overall if the show didn’t emphasize the “I must pleasure my sisters” element so seriously.
Nevertheless, much of the series is entertaining enough for harem/fantasy fans. If you can tolerate borderline hentai, I would encourage you to check out at least the first 3 episodes and see the interesting juxtapositioning for yourself.
For what it’s worth, here’s a summary:
DO WATCH IF:
- Enjoy watching a likeable MC slowly acquire a harem
- Enjoy demon – fantasy settings that are not gloomy but rather comedic
- Interested to see an ecchi series pushing the borders into hentai
This anime is very similar to Highschool DxD. My review might be biased because I loved Highschool DxD, but this anime fulfill my beliefs. As a Junior in High School, I can tell you that this anime is the best. The main characters are really well developed and viewers get to see each characters background. The second season to this anime fulfills that even further. The battle scenes aren't that bad, and the music isn't half bad. I liked the animation quality because I found it to be fluid. The story is similar to DxD and the Enjoyment is definitely there. Overall, to me this
Shinmai Maou no Testament - or the Testament of SIster New Devil is another one of this season's battle harems. With focus on powers, ecchi and girls, this is the typical classic harem, just better. Definitely recommended for everyone who likes a good story.
Surprisingly, this is one of the stronger parts of this show. While many harems tend to have a very brainless story, the plot is just secondary and mostly disappoints. However Shinmaoi Maou manages to introduce quite a lot of interesting plot twists and introduce mysterious characters masterfully, while still keeping faith to the usual harem tropes. It also set a good
basis for the second season. Sadly, the big picture of the storyline remains predictable and a tad generic.
While mainly used to animate boobs and censor unwanted body ares, I was pleasantly surprised by the art style. Especially the MC and his father had some badass looking scars and overall style. The enemys and monsters aswell were quite an improvement from certain other shows who decide to simply not animate those. Ecchi is all censored, but imagination is the best artstyle amirite?
With fitting male voices, good battle music and really good OP, this department also did their work. I didnt quite like the battle effects and the exaggerated moaning, it mostly felt unnecessary and out of place.
What? A harem gets 9 in character? Yes, its true. For the first time ever, we have a quite intelligent and not just plain dense MC who annoys the hell out of us, he actually takes the initiative and gets to town himself. THe girls of course are simpler, but more independant and powerful than what you'd actually expect.
Yes,I love harems. But this show has so many good things. We finally see some damn villain die, we see an MC that does dirty things with his harems and we get the feeling of a more natural approach to the whole ecchi theme. Of course, in the censored version we get to miss a lot of the interesting things - if you know what I mean - but as soon as the blu-ray is released this will turn to the better side.
Honestly, a quite funny and well done show who's also suited for a non-harem lover. While this may not apply to everyone, I'd suggest waiting for the uncensored version - like with Highschool DXD, while its pointless, it somehow just makes it better.
The next season is gonna start in october, so I'd suggest everyone to have watched it until then - with an appearant high budget and big fandom, we can only expect that the second season is even better!
Gods I don't know why I watched this anime as long as I did... I probably would've dropped it so SO much earlier if it weren't for the amount of censoring that was in it... The problem is that with anime like No Game No Life (which is still fairly ecchi without going over the top... might be a bit of a stretch to say) and this being the same rating on here (R+ Mild Nudity), I was going in expecting not to have the shock that I actually got...
Then I realised how f***ed up this anime actually was around episode six or seven... I'm
one of those people who impulse skip certain moments to forget that they ever happened, so it took me a while to realise how many moments I was impulse skipping before I went 'okay, this is over the top."
The story starts out with a premise that tries to be unique, but, when I look back on it, it really was quite f***ed up to begin with. Extremely awkward moment where the two main characters meet (And like Leonard from the Big Bang Theory when meeting Sheldon for the first time, this should have been my first warning to how the anime would go.)
I will admit that the story was interesting. A runaway demon lord, a hero exiled from his village, some people on both sides who don't want them to live in peace... Sounds familiar, but the execution was done poorly. There is a different anime that has a similar plot that is much more interesting. The main detraction from the story has to do with the fact that one of the main characters is a succubus who puts the two characters in this awkward bond that doesn't let any moment in the anime stay normal for more than three minutes...
The character designs and art, not much I can say about it. Generic, but not terrible. Music a bit less than good. Once again, the awkward scenes really detract from the rest.
Characters are interesting in my opinion, except for those awkward moments that really detract a lot of value from the characters... and little miss succubus who just grates on my nerves... Hero who was exiled from his hometown after unleashing an epic power who is trying to be normal. Demon lord who is trying to be normal. Succubus who is trying to f*** up both their lives. A childhood friend who wants to help them but has a code of honour to uphold... In any other situation, I would like 3/4 of these characters... the third one being the one I'd hate under any circumstances.
My Enjoyment with the anime was a it awkward. As I mentioned before, I unconsciously skip past any scene to any scene that is either an awesome fight scene or some scene with some slight comedy... Then after the episode I would remember there were those scenes and I would suddenly hate myself for enjoying the other parts of the anime... It was weird...
In all honesty, I think there is a good concept in this anime, but the huge amount of ecchi really brings down the quality of this anime. As I've said, there were moments that would've shined had it not been for the unnecessary amount of ecchi throughout this show. Sure, there are those weird people out there who would enjoy this sort of stuff, but the rest of you, I would say that this anime is not worth watching.
A lot of people havent enjoyed this anime, the score is honesty much lower then I think it should be. People have their own reasons for not liking it, but if I had to say what one big reason for why people didnt like it, it would be the DAMN CENSORSHIP OVERLOAD.
I actually started watching this series when it aired, I watched the first episode then immediately gave it a 4 and dropped it.
Because the censorship was so ridiculous I couldnt take this anime seriously, the censors ruin any mood that is built up.
But then the uncensored version was released, and so I gave it
another try and was not disappointed.
Its fine, protagonist protects girl from baddies. Honestly not much, pretty generic but done right.
The characters look good, the backrounds are solid, but nothing overly eye popping. Except for, you know, "Those" scenes. Animation in "those" scenes very smooth. The fight animations are well, what you would expect, theres nothing top notch but still good.
The OP and ED are okay, nothing special, after seeing it once I would then proceed to skip them in other episodes.
The ost however, fits the mood in whatever is happening.
A silly scene, a catchy upbeat theme.
An intense scene, a badass serious theme
Here we go, the VA's are top notch.
Mio's squeals are refreshing, its not the usual "Kyaa" it actually sounds like a woman screaming.
Basara's voice definitely fits, a nice manly voice which changes to the situation. I know his VA as characters who are silly, so it was surprising how well it fit in the serious scenes.
Another I would like to mention is Takigawa's voice, his VA I never would think would suit him but I was wrong as he thoroughly pulled it off. I underestimated his abilities as he did a beautiful job doing him.
Basara is a great harem protagonist. When compared to others such as Rito (To-Love-Ru) or Issei (High School DxD), this guys in a league of his own.
He acts just as a normal man would when a hot chick comes on to him.
He has self control but also a realistic breaking point.
And one great thing about him is he's not one of those characters who would defeat a really trashy enemy and not kill him. Like "Oh yeah, im not gonna kill you so you can come back and cause more trouble that could potentially harm someone important to me"
Basara gets stuff done.
Im not going to review all the girls but I will say that none of them are unlikable.
Usually in a harem, there will always be one girl that annoys the hell out of me, but not here. Every girl here is great in her own way.
I enjoyed it a lot. To the action packed scenes to their daily lives theres not a dull moment. The last episode didnt end badly either like some other series im thinking of.
With censorship: 4
Without censorship: 8
I really like this show as far as Demon Lord/Hero stuff goes. It's given more time to actually develop the setting than something such as Maouyuusha or Devil is a Part Timer.
That being said, a lot of the time it has the luxury of having is wasted on ecchi scenes. (I managed to find and watch the uncensored version, by the way). I don't have an issue with there being such lewd content in a cartoon like this but I really think it got in the way sometimes. There are just so many examples of contrived excuses for the main character and the girls
around them to start groping each other, and once more I learned later that they are actually technically having sex if you read the light novel or manga version. Instead of saving these for tender or emotional moments the story just likes to throw them literally in the middle of something else happening to divert from the plot. The Master/Slave pacts created by the succubus character is an acceptable, if not very weak way of explaining this stuff all happening at certain moments but everywhere else the relations just seem very hamfisted and forced, even for an ecchi harem. It's not like an ecchi harem has to be bad by default either, Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar managed to do it pretty well and wasn't even as lewd.
So for my rating of this I've chosen to basically ignore most of the ecchi stuff because that's all just in the way of the plot, which is far more interesting. The story isn't the most cerebral you could find in a young adult cartoon, but I did enjoy the development it got and it's not half bad. I would recommend watching it just for that, and if there's a character you like to see getting groped that's nice too.