Seigi, a martial arts trained middle schooler, often feels driven to protect the weaker people around him. One day, he defends a homeless man against some punks, and the man gives him a strange tattoo on his palm in return. The tattoo is a secret weapon produced in the arms race between America and the Serinistan Kingdom.
Seigi finds himself in over his head when a powerful girl, using the same secret weapon, violently pursues him in order to retrieve it. His skill at martial arts may not be enough to keep him alive, but will he be able to learn how to trigger the power of his tattoo in time?
Genericism is a very interesting thing. Shows we label “generic” are almost always inferior, so it is only natural to wonder why every season, without fail, there is an overabundance of them. One of the most common symptoms of genericism is that you can easily predict more things than should be predicted simply by taking a glance at the synopsis or poster. You might take one look at Taboo Tattoo’s poster and promptly dismiss it as generic, but I’m here to tell you that it is not. It may seem like it, it may start of like it, but no, I assure you, it isn’t;
nay, it is much, much worse than anything you’ve ever dismissed before as “generic”. If you would be oh so kind to indulge me, let me explain to you to the glorious calamity that is Taboo Tattoo.
Taboo Tattoo is the asinine abomination of a show produced when a poorly written, generic sub-par show tries to make fun of itself; it’s like if Sword Art Online tried to be Konosuba. It tries to be self-aware and become a parody of other shounen action anime but relies way too heavily on the tropes and clichés it is trying to subvert—it just feels like it doesn’t know what it wants to be. Now once you top it off with over excessive incessant fan service and wish fulfillment and drastic changes of tone and atmosphere multiple times in an episode, you get the worst show this season. The worst part is, unfortunately, that this show is not bad enough to be considered good.
The show’s beginning is as generic as it can get, seemingly nothing different from anything else you’ve seen before. It’s got your starter pack of shounen action anime tropes
Begins with unexplained fight scene ✓
Beta-male randomly given mysterious power ✓
Said power is the strongest one ✓
MC is the “perfect match, almost like a god-sent” for that said power ✓
Childhood friend (with obvious crush on MC) MC must protect ✓
Evil organization after MC’s power ✓
Killer lolis ✓
Fan-service (massive bouncing boobs, panty shots, low angle shots) ✓
Yuri action ✓
Tentacle groping ✓
But from this bland and overdone setup the show manages to transcend itself above the descriptor of “generic” and enter a new realm of inferiority that is rarely ever reached in the medium. There are an innumerous amount of things that make this show difficult to consider “good” let alone “mediocre”, I’m not even sure where to begin.
The plot progression is unreasonable with oddly placed fight scenes and illogical character motivations. The events that happen are so bland and simple that it’s paradoxically difficult to suspend my belief. The main character, Seigi, really just gets his Taboo Tattoo power after saving Dr. Wiseman (yes, that’s really his name) from getting beaten up by a couple of thugs. How and why was he getting beaten up? Good question, never answered. Why does Seigi defend this man and potentially risk his life? Good question, thinly answered.
The show then proceeds to nonchalantly introduce a country that doesn’t exist in real life, and not once does it ever expand on it in a more meticulous fashion, because who really cares about world building? The Tattoo power is explained using convoluted logic that boils down to “it’s magic” that is so unimaginative in nature that the show would actually have been better off leaving it unexplained. New abilities of that Tattoo power are suddenly introduced with little explanation and things just escalate into ludicrousy of epic proportions.
The wish fulfillment aspect of this show cannot be emphasized enough; everything that happens is some sort of wish fulfillment or the other. Without spoiling anything, there is literally a scene where Touko, or how I like to call her, BigBoobs-chan, goes to meet Seigi, or MC-kun. MC-kun is passed out in his Grandfather’s dojo and BigBoobs-chan sits next to and watches over him. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a pale red blush overtakes BigBoobs-chan’s face as she promptly muses to herself “it is a woman’s shame to ignore a man offering himself!” and proceeds to lean over MC-kun, confining him between both her legs and arms. What BigBoobs-chan (who is a middle schooler, mind you) was trying to accomplish, I can’t for the life of me figure it out. Anyway, naturally, MC-kun wakes up at this time and says “BigBoobs-chan?” another blush, this time maroon red, invades BigBoobs-chan’s face and she, in embarrassment, stops leaning over MC-kun and sits down. But where does she sit down? Of course, it has to be on MC-kun’s groin! Because who really cares anymore? This is just one of the scenes I have mentioned, there are even more titillating and salacious scenes throughout the show as well (token tentacle groping scene included), so if you’re into this kinda thing I’ll just tell you to go for it.
This unrestrained wish fulfillment naturally leads to an overabundance of fan-service. Now, of course, as present in almost every single anime, there is fan-service. The only reason I am discussing it is because of how abundant it is. Literally, there will be at least a couple dozen fan-service scenes per episode. Yeah, you read that right, per episode. The worst part? It is never limited to solely basic fanservice stuff like panty/butt/cleavage shots of likes, no, it is more like straight up girl on girl action. Of course, there is a difference between “fanservice” and expressing a character’s “sexuality” but nobody behaves like our Yuri-loving princess antagonist, Aryabhata. She will straight up grope her loli companions out of nowhere, randomly getting prepared to sleep with them numerous times throughout the show. Again, if you’re into this kinda thing, I’ll just tell you to go for it.
It is nearly impossible to review the characters because they barely qualify to be called so.
Seigi is just a distressingly bland “I want to be a hero of justice” archetype with zero personality outside that; in short, he is a self-insert. The only development he receives is contrived and at the cost of reducing other characters to plot devices.
Touko is the “I want to be with my childhood friend no matter what!” archetype, and outside of her big boobs, she is nothing but the waifu for the self-insert.
Bluesy Fluesy—I kid you not, that is really her name—is just a trained and skilled soldier trapped in a middle schooler’s body, because this show wouldn’t be complete without an underage female who’s prepubescent panties we will never see enough of.
Blood Blackstone (or BB), the only decently written character in the show (not saying much). Compared to the rest of the cast he’s more complex than a labyrinth and more deep than than BigBoobs-chan’s cleavage. His character backstory is engrossing enough to keep you invested as well (one of the better episodes of the show).
One of the antagonists, Aryabhatta, is a prideful princess who’s also a lesbian and sexually promiscuous, as she readily and regularly gropes her loli companions in good fun.
I suppose I should also mention how this show degrades their female characters, not that many viewers really care, but I feel obligated to mention it.
Hm? What’s that? “What about the other characters?” Nah, these are the only “characters” that are involved in this show. One thing I can compliment the show for is that it isn’t afraid to do stuff other action shounens wouldn’t normally do, like killing of major characters and severely injuring others. Even this is done in a forced way (killing characters in stupid ways) but I have to give credit where credit is due; the removal of certain characters certainly made things a little bit more interesting.
This show is also very ostentatious. Taboo Tattoo tries to explore ideas concerning “justice” and how it is perceived differently depending on position of the person; this leads to the show suddenly humanizing comically evil villains in a very heavy handed approach. The show is never subtle with its themes, moments are contrived in an obtuse manner just to culminate in a preach given by a character on the “delicacy of justice” and how “I won’t stop others from their own justice”. And again, as I mentioned, the show also tries to be satirical and often pokes fun at regular storytelling tropes—so how can it try and have resonant themes about justice? The two just don’t click together.
Literal forced drama, never seen emotional catharsis from characters in a show more contrived than this. Characters that are seemingly unrelated suddenly reveal to be in strong platonic or romantic relationships with one another and expel more cringe inducing lines of dialogue like “you never change” out of nowhere. The jarring tonal shifts in the show are consistently present in here as well, as one moment will be some serious (yet boring) exposition scene and suddenly the music accompaniment changes to slow, sad piano music as one of the characters suddenly talks about how much he/she missed the character.
Drama and problems that arise in the beginning episodes (and are resolved) suddenly come out of nowhere during conversations because the writer doesn’t know how to form real dialogue between characters. “Is it okay if we stay together?” is said multiple times throughout the show, for no reason other than to contrive some unnecessary and predictable drama between characters that achieves nothing. There are no character dynamics whatsoever, every conversation bounces between either exposition or some unfunny joke.
The animation is unremarkable, the character designs are generic and bland, the colour palette is unnecessarily monotonous, the fight choreography is annoyingly inconsistent, yadda yadda yadda. It has its moments with insane CG cinematography where the camera pans around in all sorts of degrees, but those are few and far between.
If you liked the abundance of action scenes, the Tattoo as a superpower, and the whole concept of good vs evil organizations clashing, then I’d point you to Bungou Stray Dogs. It’s far from exceptional by all means but does everything Taboo Tattoo tries to do a bit better, which unfortunately isn’t saying much but overall Bungou Stray Dogs is the better version. If you enjoyed the moments when the show pathetically tried to be satirical, then I’d point you to One Punch Man (but let’s be honest, who hasn’t seen this already).
Taboo Tattoo is very impressive in its own right. It is honestly difficult to write a show that can pierce this untapped sphere of atrocity, not even inexperienced and first time authors can write shows this bad. It feels like the writer of Taboo Tattoo was intentionally trying to create a story that was B-level, schlock entertainment, but like I said in the beginning of the review, this show is just not that bad enough to be considered good. Maybe if it didn’t take itself so seriously, or it was more consistent with its self-awareness and poking fun at action anime tropes, then it would have been a great satirical parody of the shounen genre; but no, unfortunately Taboo Tattoo is just the perfectly well-rounded package of trash.
Taboo tattoo is a kind of show that I have high expectation once,it went well in the beginning.However,things started to go in a wrong direction and finally become a train wreck.
The beginning of Taboo Tattoo is very easy to follow,it started with a rich introduction about the story and also the characters,which is a solid start.
The actions are also impressive too,characters using different skills to fight against enemies.I have no complaint about the actions.Its exciting and fun to watch.
However,things started to turn worse in the later episode.The pace of the story is kinda fast and rough.It feels like the story is rich and full of
elements but at the same time,there's too much to talk about.Therefore,the anime decide to use fast pace and weird transitions in order to do so.However,this may affect the story process and you may miss some of the important information.
Also,because the later episode is mainly fights.Fanservice and comedy elements are misplaced,therefore,the story is lacking of depths and the overall feeling is weird.They had to get away from that and replace them with much more useful content instead of fanservice and comedy.
The worst part of taboo tattoo is the plot is starting to off its original rails,which is totally unacceptable.In later episodes,after characters died,they put back stories about them,main characters are being abandoned afterwards,which the plot seems to be going to nowhere.It seems like Taboo Tattoo just give up in halfway.such a shame.
As expected,the ending ends up in a rush...
Animation art (8/10) (10%)
This anime pays a lot of efforts on battles,you can see that characters use different items (e.g:smoking bombs) during battles with diversified skills and techniques.
Characters also have different decisions because of their personalities and weaknesses during the battle.Therefore,the whole screen of the animation is rich and realistic.
If the quality of the graphics is better,such as:using more colourful visuals,it would be more splendid.
Sound (7/10) (10%) (including music)
This anime also pay a lot of efforts on sound effects during the battle,which contains characters conversions with a lot of details (hitting the wall,injures)
The op seems to fit the theme of the story too.Its filled up rocky-style music.However,if they able to add some more background soundtracks and sound effects inside,it'll be better.
Characters (2/10) (25%)
As I have mentioned,the story has a rich story introduction and the story is well bonded with the characters.
Unfortunately,this is the only best thing for characters development.
Characters is lacking of depths because the whole anime is mainly fighting in the later episode,I hardly feel any kind of emotions when characters are having struggles or tragic events.Maybe because of lacking of back stories,which shows this anime fails to deliver any emotional moments to the audience and affects the overall enjoyment and the characters development.Touko,for example,is just a bunch of fanservice and a mental support girl to Seigi but none of her backstories are told.
Other problem is the character design,the naming of characters is weird.the MC is called Justice or Seigi (Seigi means Justice in Japanese) and the other one is Bluesy Izzy,maybe they want to let us easy to remember the characters name.However,it's still unacceptable because they are too simple.
If you are an action anime fan,this anime Taboo Tattoo should suitable for you because it has a lots of actions.
Otherwise,I wouldn't recommend Taboo Tattoo because plot is going insane afterwards and it's disappointing.
I'm feeling bad for the solid start....Taboo Tattoo really once give me a great impression to me,but sadly it turns it to a train wreck at the end.Its painful to rate this anime with low score honestly...
Lelouch's dad once said, "Notto disu shitto agen." Well, that's exactly what i was thinking while watching Taboo Tattoo.
Justice! Heroism! Friendship! And middle schoolers!? In a battle to save the world, our middle school justice-loving protagonist conveniently receives the most powerful tattoo. This Tattoo has the power to create black holes and, of course, Seigi uses it for justice and protecting his loved ones... But what actually happens in this story when you put a naive middle schooler and his powerless childhood friend in the middle of a war to save the world...? Well, my friend, people die.
Ah yes, Taboo Tatoo: an anime where the
main protagonists are cliché, enemies are crazy in addition to being cliché, and cliché female characters bombard you with a huge amount of fanservice. Take those elements, add in a dash of "mediocre plot", a pint "stupid protagonists", sprinkle on the "plot conveniences, and then put it in the oven for 12 episodes. VOILA! Oven baked and ready for viewers.
Walking down a street at night you see an old man being harassed. Normally you have several options and would probably choose to either call the police or keep walking, but not if you're our 15 year old cliché martial artist justice-loving protagonist. That's right, you've gotta "save the old guy". Unfortunately, this is where our protagonist goes wrong. That old fart then forces a super rare "Tatoo" upon him that grants him the power to make black holes, and we all know that Tattoos can't be removed easily.
Now it's time to talk about Bluesy Fluesy... Firstly, who the hell named her that? I'm thinking that some douchebag was probably just shitting down on the toilet thinking "Meh, she's American... Whatever, ima just call her fcking Bluesy Fluesy." Anyways, the main character gets his ass kicked by her and becomes wrapped up in a secret world-wide battle to collect the Tattoos from those who misuse them. (Pretty Mediocre of a Premise) The battles often cause people to lose limbs, so I guess you could say it's relatively graphic.
The comedy made me laugh occasionally throughout the anime, that's definitely a plus.
The pacing was... okay... we get a rather slow start that gives you a shounen feeling, but then... SHIT SUDDENLY HITS THE FAN and there's a time leap. From a busty super-sexual royalty girl villain to a loli schrodinger's-cat-like character, this show has it (fanservice) all. Overall, I felt the story itself wasn't really that interesting there's only a few ways these type of stories can go. Train, power up, overcome, maybe fail once or twice, win or lose in the end. There's nothing special here, but the battles were good and there were interesting character relationships.
Overall, I think it's a good enough story that killed my boredom. 7/10
Besides the main character, and massive amounts of cliché archetypes, the characters were actually pretty good... I absolutely loved when the enemy characters got screen time (Arya and BB were the best chars in this series), but you most likely won't be getting any new favorite characters from this anime unless you're a new watcher. Arya, the main villain girl, was the most interesting character in the show with a decent amount of depth behind her character, with reasons that were actually pretty logical. Really didn't enjoy "naive-middle-school-hero" Justice or "this-useless-dumbfuck-wants-to-be-by-him-even-during-life-threatening-danger" childhood friend. Cliché protagonists. Everywhere. 4/10. But--- The villains were an interesting 7/10, so it averages as a 6/10 in my books.
The art was actually pretty good. I genuinely enjoyed watching the fight scenes because of the art.
Fanservice. There's a lot of fanservice. Arya even randomly gropes boobs and engages in lesbian sex. There are also a ton of low-angle shots where you can get a nice view of some Bluesy ass.
Although there's no nudity. Some people argue that it takes away from the anime, others are straight males (jk) but i don't think it really interfered that much. Well-drawn scenes, okay animation, and great special effects so it's good enough to give an 8
As a musician, I'm always listening to an anime's background music. Honestly, I only slightly remember the piano piece and liked the main theme, the rest weren't unique or noticeable. The fighting sounds and music definitely enhanced the exciting moods that they were trying to convey. The sound was okay...
Although I disliked most of the protagonists, thought the entire series was cliche, and not much happened that I didn't expect, I actually did enjoy watching this series. As an action and supernatural anime fan, my expectations were met while watching it. Fanservice was a plus for me, but it may be a minus for you. It helped kill some time for me :).
Overall: I give it a 6 overall. It's a decent recent anime that's good enough to kill some time, but has annoying characters everywhere and takes itself way too seriously. Some of the characters were so stupid that it felt like their deaths felt kind of comedic in nature.
But in all seriousness, I wouldn't want to watch disu shitto agen...
I'd probably watch a season two if it came out though~
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While watching anime, have you ever caught yourself saying "oh, this cliché again, I've seen that in so many other shows already''. Well, try gathering as many of them as you can think right now, the worst ones, and put them into an anime. Add lots of violence, sexual content and throw bad jokes in the most awkward way possible. There, you've got Taboo Tattoo!
So, what is Taboo Tattoo about? Its story follows a middle-school boy who, after saving a mysterious stranger, he receives a tattoo, that is actually a powerful weapon, and then he gets involved in a war between two sides. Like,
haven't we already seen this plenty of times? Reusing a certain theme isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you handle it correctly, that is.
In the case of Taboo Tattoo, though, everything has gone wrong. The pacing through the episodes can be rushed and awkward, there are times that you can't even tell what is going on and too many clichés are just thrown into the story, like it is something natural and positive to have no imagination and originality at all.
And how does the show want to compensate for its poor writing? With childish, predictable jokes and ridiculous fan-service. The way they are thrown in here is just completely wrong and it's just done that for the viewer to avert his eyes from the badly written story and dialogue.
The transition between the serious scenes and the scenes with jokes and fan-service is done very abruptly, too, and they ruin the little tension the serious scenes could have caused.
The only thing that the anime really focused on, is the action and almost the whole show is filled with it but, even those scenes weren't as exciting as more episodes passed. In the beginning of the anime, you would think that there is an actual plot and that all the elements of the story would be properly explained. There are times when it kind of tries to do these things but, the rushed pace and explanations of the anime only achieve to make things more complicated and you just end up watching some fighting with not much meaning behind it.
The characters are as dull and insignificant as the story and they all lack depth.
You have your already strong teenage protagonist, Akatsuka Justice, who wants to protect the weak and has a strong sense of justice, as his name says. He is the guy who accidentally receives the most special of all the superpowers, and has a little bit of a dramatic past, that makes him want to become stronger.
There is also the childhood friend, Ichinose Touko, with the big, bouncy chest that secretly has a crush on the main character.
Finally, the one character that might be a little more interesting, is Bluesy Fluesy, but she also falls a victim to the poor writing. She is the cool and strong female protagonist.
The development they are supposed to receive is only based on the deaths of characters you couldn't even bring yourself to care about. That can be a way to develop a character but, what is the point of it when you can't relate to his/her feelings?
The amount of unimportant and forgettable side characters is quite big, too.
The art and animation are better than the other aspects of the show, with greatly choreographed action scenes, although the animation can become a little dull sometimes. Most of the effort regarding the animation, is put in the action scenes while, the rest of the scenes don't look as good as those ones.
The angles from which we watch the show are quite interesting but, they can be weird sometimes. The art style and backgrounds are decent and the colors that are used can create a darker atmosphere but, there are times you would wish for a little more colorful visuals. Just like the transition between the serious scenes and the funny ones is done abruptly, the same goes for the art style and the colors, too. The characters are drawn in chibi form and the colors are vivid in the funny scenes. The rest of the art goes to the fan-service and the ridiculously large chests.
The OP and the ED of the show are a bit generic but, pretty nice. The OP, "Belief" by May'n, fits the action theme of the anime and its visuals are filled with action and almost the whole cast. The ED, "EGOISTIC EMOTION" by the Voice Actresses of Bluesy Fluesy (Mikako Komatsu) & Touko Ichinose (Chika Anzai), is more relaxing to reduce the tension, and just shows pictures of the female characters.
The background music is mostly used well, although it mainly consists of some rather bland beats. The sound effects are fair but, they can be too loud sometimes (so many explosions!) and the voice acting sounds fine.
Can you get enjoyment from an anime with such poor writing, overused story and uninteresting characters? If you like action anime a lot and you don't mind what I mentioned before then you should be fine and enjoy the nicely animated action scenes. Personally, I expected at least a little more from this anime and got extremely dissapointed.
To conclude, Taboo Tattoo is the epitome of cliché, in the worst way possible, with both poorly written story and characters, while desperately trying to appeal to the viewer with bad jokes and unnecessary fan-service. I wouldn't recommend Taboo Tattoo to anyone who wants to, actually, watch a good show.