One day, Manaka Junpei walks to the roof of his school and encounters a beautiful girl falling down from above him and accidentally exposing her strawberry panties. The embarrassed girl runs away before Junpei can find out whom she is. He wishes to become a filmmaker, and this whole experienced seemed like it would make the perfect scene in a movie. And so he goes on a search for the girl with the strawberry panties in order to reenact it all on film. But he will soon discover that finding that one girl will not be that easy...
First of all, I'll try not to swear too much. So, is'nt it always a sign of quality if an anime makes you have strong feelings about it? I think good animes are the ones that make you relate and be truly interested in the characters, loving some of them, hating some others, and Ichigo 100% certainly succeeds in these things.
Okay, I have seen many echhi/harem animes and they all have their similarities, but never has the protagonist been even nearly as retarded as in Ichigo 100%. Usually ecchi boys have these problems like not being able to decide between girls, or thinking about sex and female parts for 99% of their time only to freak out if a girl gets close to them. They also tend to posess only one argument in a conversation, which is to repeat the girls name over and over: "Ni-ni-nishino-san?". Junpei-kun from Ichigo takes these problems to a whole different level.
The main thing that annoys me in the setting is that all the three girls are shown as truly equal, and you really can't tell which one Junpei likes the most, as his opinions seem to change in split-second mode. In most of the other harem animes I've seen, you can tell the favourite girl of the protagonist even though he can't decide between her and a few others, but in Ichigo 100%, there really is'nt a main girl. Everybody can tell that in Rosario+Vampire, Moka-san is the one Tsukune likes, and the other ones are not nearly as important. But in Ichigo 100%, Junpei's favourite girl seems to always be the one he is not with at the moment.
This leads to a situation where Junpei spends time with all the girls equally and hurts all of their feelings. For example, he first spends some great fan service -time with Kitaouji thinking only about Toujou. Then, leaving Kitaouji behind he meets Toujou only to begin thinking about Nishino, and of course hurting Toujou in the process. And all the time the viewer is wondering: "What the **** is wrong with this guy?".
When Junpei finally ends up saying: "I love you, but I love others too!" and when he cried to his friend saying "I'm so unpopular", I was already carrying my laptop to the nearest industrial shredder. There was about a million situations where I was just staring at the screen of my laptop shouting "Answer her, you f****** retard!", shaking my whole computer in despair or watching with my eyes closed not being able to understand what he does to these girls.
Okay, I've focused way too much on Junpei and his problems, but that's really the main thing I got from this anime. It's like the script writers have intentionally created a character, who you'd only want to beat up if you'd see him. Keitaro from Love Hina is a really good guy, Yukinari from Girls Bravo is okay, but Junpei really is someone I only wanted to hate.
But well, this really is a decent anime. Really. The animation is quite good, most of the characters are cute, especially Toujou, and I like the school club setting, although it's pretty used nowadays. The ending theme is also quite nice. Eurodance and strawberries, what more can you ask?
Overall, if you like to watch harem-anime thinking "I'd be way better a boyfriend for her, her and her", this one's definately for you! If you hate watching popular retards making girls cry, stay far far away from Ichigo 100% ^^
Never thought I'd be writing a review for the Ecchi genre. I'm not really the Ecchi type, although there are times I might watch them. I'm more of an action/supernatural/horror type, so let me say this first before continuing:
If you're a real Ecchi fan, and all you're looking for is Ecchi, you may not find exactly what you're looking for with this series. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of it (probably much more than it sounds), but even for the occassional watcher like myself; it didn't feel like it was the real foundation for this series. It does seem to cater to both guys and gals as its mostly based on relationship. Either gender may actually find appreciation for it. If you're looking for some huge story to open up later like the typical shounen series where there is normally some much bigger plot, you probably will not enjoy this as much, if at all. I think I happened to watch this one at JUST THE RIGHT TIME, as I felt very satisfied with how it went and how it was written.
Where's the story? You're looking at it. It's pretty much as the Synopsis says and what the genres indicate; your typical harem (although there's so much more to it). Why a 7, though? This series wasn't created for pure story conception, but is based more on character development and the character and story development compliment each other nicely. As far as I'm concerned, it couldn't have been handled any better, and it was handled rather nicely. It does navigate through the end of Middle School on into High School years, so there is some of that story progression taking place, although a lot of the story advancement is through plot devices; not the kind that leave plotholes, however.
It's not a secret. This series isn't as visually tantalizing as a lot of the others out there, especially with the ones from the same year. A very visually pleasing anime is always a big plus, but the quality here doesn't hurt it, either. It didn't seem like this production was given that big of a budget, and its a real shame because it could have looked a lot nicer. The art and animation that was used does suffice given the fact it's not really ABOUT how good the art, or animation was. Sufficient enough for me.
I found the music to be very.. "fun". This is strange for me, seeing as how I'm not the typical kind of guy to really "like" anime music, although I'm coming around to it. The OP for this is simply awesome. It provides a lot of good memories and tends to help me remember a lot of those great times I had in my school days. The voice actors on this (japanese) were awesome, as well. I didn't once feel that a voice was out of place, and they pulled everything off quite nicely.
Characters/Character Development: 7
This is where the main basis for this series lies: in it's characters. All of the characters are the types you might be able to find in just about any series, but not necessarily in one as fluent in relationships as this series is. The characters fit with this genre-type, most definitely and not one character is the exact same as the other, so there is plenty of diversity and differing interests and personalities. It's very interesting to see how relationships strengthen, or crumble a bit with certain actions throughout this series, as well.
I enjoyed this series a lot. It was worth my time. If anyone has ever found themselves in similar 'situations' that take place in this series, you'll probably appreciate it just as much as I have, if not more. There were many times that I laughed until I drooled (I know it sounds gross, just emphasizing how funny it was). A lot of the comedy was based off embarressing types of occurences, but it certainly wasn't limited to just that. It didn't need some long drawn out story to please me, either. I was grateful for that, but I truly wish there was much, much more to it, or a sequel. That would make my day.
It's a fair rating and it does represent how I enjoyed it, while still being a critic at the same time, however there really isn't anything rather negative to say about it. I think I'll go as far to claim that this series is truly underrated in probably a lot of circles, and this rating certainly doesn't overrate it, either. By the time you get to the end, you'll probably feel a sense of satisfaction coupled with regret for not catching it sooner, and perhaps the urge for more. If you came across this review and decided to give it a try, awesome. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and if not; sorry.
I'd suggest watching this series, but also the other OVAs and such that are paired with this series. Jump Festa 2004 seems to mark the "end" in most respects, although it was produced before the series, itself.
Watch Order 1
Episodes 1-9, Ichigo 100% TV Special 2, Episodes 10-12, Jump Festa 2004, DVD Animation OVAs.
Watch Order 2
Episodes 1-9, Ichigo 100% TV Special 2, Episodes 10-12, DVD Animation OVAs, Jump Festa 2004.
I no longer use the scoring format this site offers and have not for some time. I do not consider a "10" to be in existence and have long since downgraded many of what I've scored to reflect this way of thinking. I have chosen to keep this review slated at an "8", although my list may begin to reflect this change regarding this title specifically in the future. If I ever find some time to heavily edit, or entirely rewrite this review after rewatching this title in its entirety I will do so in order to bring its scoring up to date. It may change based on how I feel about it after seeing it again, or I may feel strongly about it in the same way and keep the score as-is.
I believe I can write something much better, but I still agree with the way this review was written as it presents a direct opinion and straight-forward evaluation while being completely devoid of unnecessary plot outlines, or spoilers. And that was my goal and sole purpose for penning it. Around the time period of 11/12/07 there were very few reviews on this site compared to today and many of them offered a little too much information and had become summaries instead of perspective so I stand by that decision. If something can pull your attention and force you to share how you felt about it, I believe it's our duty to do so.
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Junpei goes to the school roof to catch a nice glimpse of the nice scenery, and is indeed greeted by the nice scene of a cute girl falling with her strawberry panties in full view. Who is this mystery girl? Apparently she dropped something, but it couldn't be... it belongs to the plain-looking bookworm Aya Toujou. This introduction pretty much describes the majority of Ichigo 100%. It is 100% about judging people and actually not having to act; why would you when girls land in Junpei's lap left and right?
Ichigo was an extremely ecchi show for its time, though by now it comes across as only "standard" ecchi. Honestly after watching many works in this genre, this is not one of the stronger ones, it is most memorable for its unique BGM and songs more so than any plot or character.
The animation is fair for its time but quite blurry and antiquated by modern standards. Colors and are still nice but don't expect the level of detail you'd see in a current work. The characters are drawn fairly nicely, and Toujou shows that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Really, all f the girls are way too nice looking for a douche like our protagonist.
There isn't much action here, though there is a fair amount of ecchi fan service; the protagonist does have a panty fetish.
As mentioned above, the show has a very unique vocal BGM and and a nice OP and technoish(?) ED. I didn't really think that the ED fit the series very well but it sure is catchyl. Some people may recognize the high pitched whine of the male lead as Shin Asuka from Gundam Seed Destiny. Yep... same noise... The VA cast in general is very strong and does a good job.
There was definitely room for improvement here. Girls seem to just pop into the male lead's life continuously through the series and essentially "court" him in their own ways to no avail. There are some nice developments here but they failed to capitalize on these (mostly held back by the lead male). The series just feels like it isn't making any progress. And the whole movie/theater club thing has been way over-used.
Don't expect much of a conclusion to this harem as the guy is indefinitely indecisive. And the only thing worse than having a harem show where the guy chooses someone I didn't want is a show where the guy chickens out. I hoped the OVA would fix this but see that review for more details there.
The main male is pathetic, he epitomizes the hopelessly nice harem lead that all girls should avoid like the plague.The girls here didn't get the message and are somehow attracted to his thick-headed, not-that-good-looking persona. For a while, I thought we were going to have a Nice Boats ending.
The girls on the other hand are well developed and well played. They are all unique and all express themselves to Junpei, but he doesn't do them justice. What a pity... I won't go into details on the gals as they're perhaps among the few things that are worth discovering here.
There are moments of humor in this but not enough to put a serious comedy tag on it. There is likewise occasional tension but nothing terribly excitable. Despite my like of strawberries, I'd have to say this is a show to pass on due to a lackluster story and a lame lead. read more
I may sound perverted. but i am actually a echi-Romance anime fan :) I've watched Ichigo 100% over 3 times now :) and i've enjoyed almost every moment of it :), i love the story, characters and the art.
The story is very normal, in real life as Junpei is in his last year of middle school, he confesses to a girl, oh then he goes to high school, he's habit is movies... etc etc... seemingly normal to me... its just the way ALL THOSE GIRLS KEEPS ON FALLING IN LOVE WITH JUNPEI!!! HE IS A PERVERTED-MINDED GUY!!! oh sry for that :) i jsut wanted to say it ^.^
The art is mostly echi and strawberry panted. and errm more echiness :) lol its somehow funny and fun to watch this anime :) the sound just helps :)
I love the characters in Ichigo 100%, we'll i'm a Nishino fan AND i am satisfied with the ending girl he goes with in the manga. BUT... the ending is wearid and i didn't want it to end. :( Satsuki's another wonderful character with a great body and personality. I am not a Aya-fan like most people are. but i think Aya is best suited to Junpei... There are also many other characters that comes now and then to get involved with things. it somehow makes us boys think. ''i wish this could happen to me in real life'' ^.^ lol
I love this anime overall, and its a geart anime that i enjoyed very much :) especially the echiness -.^ hehehehehehhehe