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.
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.