Basara Toujou has a hard life. He is the older step-brother to two demonic sisters, Mio and Maria Naruse, whom he protects from entitled demons looking to claim Mio's power for themselves. On top of that, rising political tension within the demon realm only makes his job more difficult.
When a messenger arrives with summons for Mio to the demon realm, she and her friends go in spite of the danger. Now on the enemy's turf, Basara will have to grow stronger through erotic pleasure in order to do the impossible and protect everyone.
#1: "Over The Testament ver.1" by Metamorphose featuring Yoko Ishida (eps 1-3) #2: "Over The Testament ver.2" by Metamorphose featuring Kaori Oda (eps 4-5) #3: "Over The Testament Ver.3" by Metamorphose featuring Aki Misato (eps 6-7) #4: "Over The Testament Ver.4" by Metamorphose featuring Megumi Ogata (eps 8-9) #5: "Over The Testament Ver.5" by Metamorphose (ep 10)
I really love the anime however the animation, fight scene, plot , & many more are lacking "effort" from the animation studio. This anime is a example of a wasted story not given effort by the animation company. I envy one-punch man for the animation from the studio the created it. Sadly, We can't also blame the animation company because of making the series long story into a short 10-12 episode anime.
Luckily, the opening theme is spectacular. I always anticipated each episode just because of the anime different theme versions.
So 5/5 for music, 2/5 for the sum total of animation and everything!
For the past few years, the idea of "quality entertainment" in anime I've felt has completely changed meaning. Currently, we're in the age where sex sells, and the idea of not having it in some way shape or form is almost a completely ludicrous thought. And so, to bolster that terrible, terrible thought, we have Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst, sequel to the first Sister Testament series, and a piece of crap that is even more of an insult to the series than the sister testament series already was to itself.
Story: The story here is pretty basic. Picking off from the
where the first season ended, Burst continues along the sexual and badass adventures of our main protagonist, Basara, where he sucks bitches and fights monsters. Kinda like what he did in the first season, but this time, in the demon realm, and with a plot that's even more incomprehensible.
Really though, that is it for our story. Aside from the change in setting, Basara and co. are essentially doing the exact same thing that they were doing in the first season, just with more stuff added to it that tries to build up the world, but only really adds in to cause more confusion. There are several major reasons why this second season fails, several very, very big ones.
First of all, we have the main duality of reasons: pacing and information. As a fantasy show, Sister Testament requires quite a bit of info dumping so that we as the audience can understand what kind of world these characters are getting into and therefore, understand their situation or conflict at hand. Problem is, we don't have that. Instead, we get a story that struggles to tell us what the hell is going on, while also trying to move along a story that just makes no sense. They add in a lot of setup for some "dangerous things" to come, and then drop it altogether, (Like that bigass coffin thing.) as well as supposedly important aspects of our main protagonist that feels like a maguffin for the series simply because it's not treated well. Combine those with the tiny, tiny runtime of 10 episodes, and you have yourself a recipe for disaster. And don't even get me started on the politics, because these factions don't have defined lines whatsoever.
And so, with that, you may be asking yourself, what about the thing that people care about? The ecchi? Well, likewise to its season one counterpart, there's no shortage of that. In fact, they go to the extent of having full-on orgies with the girls because Production IMS thought that putting more than what was "needed" was a good idea. They're honestly quite tasteless and just serve to give whoever enjoys this show a stiffy complete with sensual moans, boobs flopping all over the place, and lots and lots of fluid. (Wait for blu-ray release for the full experience.)
In short, I'll be honest here, the show is basically softcore porn with only the skeleton of a story added into it. While the show puts a bit more focus onto the 'story' aspect of the show, nothing about what was going on felt organic or even made any sense as the 10 episode runtime rushed everything to the point of losing several possibly important details behind, and thus losing what little credibility that this series had.
+ Porn (I mean technically, you get a pornographic experience out of this, so that's a plus, I guess.)
- Horrible pacing
- Missing plot points
- Incomprehensible plot
- Forced well...everything
Characters: The characters as well for this series are really quite a treat. Not only do we have our resident harem king and his resident bitches go back into the spotlight, but we have a whole slew of unimportant plot devices added into the mix as well.
So, let's start with the main cast. (Because I am not analyzing these asshats one by one again.) Like before, we have the main characters of the series; Basara, Mio, Maria, Yuki, and a new edition that we met back in season 1, Kurumi. Like before, they all are pretty much the same kind of people as you'd expect them to be coming into season 2. Basara is our resident badass who wants to protect his 'family' (aka, his girls.), Mio is the main female who oddly enough is more willing to go into her sex slave role (when did that happen, exactly?), and Maria and Yuki are pretty much the same, etc, etc.
So, what's to gripe about these guys? Well, they're just not interesting. All of them fall into a category of trope in one way or another and nothing about them feels natural. Their motivations all feel fake and forced upon, and for the most part, nothing has really changed. Well, that's aside from the inseki acceptance, but that was gonna happen anyway.
As for the side characters, many, if not all are extremely underdeveloped. A lot of the show takes place in the demon realm and adds in this whole new layer of people and characters that should've made the series seem so much better, even adding in some of the old ones from season 1 like Maria's mom, Basara's dad, or even my personal favorite, Lars. But even with this new setting and this new chance at redemption, the show doesn't even try to get you to fully understand who these new people are, because all of them are just plot devices that either get offed early, or get offed later. Either way, they get offed without really any reason. Seriously, we have some 'villain' who just sit in the shadows and get killed without much happening to them.
One of my biggest complaints comes with the character Leohardt, the 'new demon lord' for the demon world. Leo as a character was made to be the central 'villain' to this season and the reason for the main characters to even come into the demon realm. But throughout the series, through the show's lack of any sort of explanation, his reasoning for doing anything just doesn't exist or is just forced upon him like the development for everyone else. He, like everyone else gets shafted to the extent that it makes no reason why he even does anything anymore.
- Bland characters
- New characters are just as bad
- Confusing traits and/or forced, uneven development
Art: Art for Sister Testament is relatively the same as it was in season 1 in terms of quality and appearance. Like before, I will sing as much praise as I can for it because the show is pretty standard for anime these days, just going the extra mile for the way that the magic and the character designs are for some of the characters. Cause honestly though, some of these designs are pretty nice.
And for ecchi, well, you know what to expect if you've seen this series before. If you don't know what I'm talking about, well, picture this. One guy, surrounded by five girls, two of which are extremely busty, three who are average in bust, all playing with each other (using various other outside things as well), with boobs flopping all over the place, and fluid EVERYWHERE. (I swear only half of it is sweat.) And that's just about your average ecchi scene in Sister testament. And bear in mind, this is how these characters get stronger. :P
+ Decent artwork
+/- Ecchi, hardcore ecchi (This all depends on your view of ecchi.)
Sound: As for the sound, the tracks that they use this time aren't really all that noteworthy. Contrary to the OP in the first season made by Sweet Arms, these bundle of tracks really aren't that great or memorable.
Personal Enjoyment: Alright, now time for my opinion. What do I think of this show? Well, if it wasn't clear enough before, this show is shit. I've noticed a trend in the past few years that any time a series gets a season 2 with only 10 episodes, the quality is going to drop. This happened with DAL II, Hitsugi no Chaika, Prillya, and now, Sister Testament. The reason for this is because of its tiny runtime only being able to squeeze so much, eventually losing out on a large amount of detail because they don't have an extra 40-60 minutes to help develop the story more like a normal anime runtime does. And so, now onto my real thoughts.
Did I like this show?
Oh HELL no. HELL no. This show is an abomination and an insult to any shred of dignity this series had left simply because it just lacked any kind of substance. Anything that they made was hollow in terms of explanation and tried to make up for it with boobs, boobs, and more boobs which of course, didn't help this show's case at all.
What didn't I like about this show?
Everything, basically. None of the new supposedly important characters got any attention, the 10 episode runtime doomed this series from the start, and the soundtrack is really average at best. If anything, this show's only saving grace would be its artwork, but it's not stellar either, so it doesn't really save all that much.
Would I recommend this show?
Yea-no. In fact, I would go as far to say that the entire Shinmai Testament series is a complete waste of time. It's a series devoted to pandering to a certain audience and provides a less than mediocre story to fill up the 'empty space' between all of the ecchi moments. Cause if nothing else, that's the only reason to watch this show in the first place. So, if you're in the need for some fapping material, go ahead; it's all it's good for. If you want some quality entertainment or just general entertainment period, I would suggest looking elsewhere.
(This review has been adapted from my blog/reddit thread. Spoilers ahead!)
Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst has an affinity for bathing. That makes sense. An ecchi anime without a bath scene or two is like an anime without animation – it is almost unheard of.
For myself, bathing has never generated any exceptional stories. Save for one.
Growing up, I’ve always liked minty snacks. But, as a young kid, I took it a few steps further. When I bathed, I had this plastic container that I would fill with both water and toothpaste because the toothpaste tasted like mint. And, as the weirdo I was, I ate my
watery-tooth-pasty concoction. Not just once either. Every shower, be it Crest or Aquafresh, I would partake in my makeshift, minty mousse.
The outcome? I would get sick. Many a night I had tears in my eyes and a bucket in my lap as I vomited a mixture of water, toothpaste, and SpaghettiOs. I did not learn my lesson for quite a while, but, suffice it to say, the only toothpaste I “eat” nowadays is by accident when brushing my teeth.
I tell this tale because watching Burst is like eating toothpaste: Its pleasing at first, but the bile aftertaste cannot be avoided.
Burst continues on from the first season. Basara still has his Banishing Shift, Mio cares deeply for her Onii-chan, and Yuki remains as forward as ever. However, there is evil afoot. Evil that this harem has to contend with.
Before diving into the bosom of the anime, some positives deserve to be pointed out. For starters, the anime adds more members to the harem: Yuki’s younger sister Kurumi and Zolgia’s former bodyguard Zest fall for Basara. Expanding the harem in a harem-focused anime is usually not a negative, so it deserves some props.
Burst also deserves props for continuing to make its sexual content purposeful. As with the first season, in order to strengthen the bond between Basara and the girls as well as increase their power, they must take part in lewd activities with each other. Having ecchi material for fun is fine, but having it be important to the narrative makes it that much more of a positive. So, once again, Burst gets props.
Unfortunately, where the anime begins to waver is in the activities themselves. In short, it’s a mixed bag. On the one hand, the sexual scenes more often than not take place in a bath or shower with one-too-many breast-to-back washings, inducing repetition and therefore a lack of creativity. On the other hand, some of the sexual scenes are quite nice. The girls cosplaying and the entire harem going at it at once demonstrate that Burst understands how to do ecchi content right when it wants to.
Past the harem and the ecchi is where one begins to taste the bile. The ten episodes of this season are split up into essentially three different arcs. The first involves the school festival and the ensuing battles. The second involves a trip to the demon realm and the machinations therein. And the third involves a whole lot of fighting. All three are some combination of lame or boring.
In the first arc, a lot goes down. Yuki uses her butt to bump balloons, Basara loses his arm (for a short time), and both gods and vampires are introduced. While the sex scene with Hasegawa-sensei is beyond steamy (and welcome), many of the elements of this arc are not used later. For instance, the vampires and the heroes have no place. Hasegawa-sensei and the god-related information has no involvement. And even something as simple as Lars speaking with Mio and Yuki about killing Basara if they have to does not have such foreshadowing addressed since they never once attempt or even think about killing him – even when he rampages.
In the second arc, even more goes down. Political maneuvering by the moderate faction, the reigning Demon Lord, and the Demon Council make life difficult for Basara and the harem. During this middle stretch, character setup and event setup takes center stage. Massive entities called heroic spirits are introduced as is the catalyst for the rising of their leader Chaos. Basara and the gang get trained for the eventual tournament. And, all the while, sex runs rampant. Simply put, it’s middle of the road material.
In the third and final arc, the most goes down. Almost everybody fights somebody else. Mio crushes a heroic spirit. Maria loses to Lars. Kurumi gets tricked by her adversary – he later gets demolished. (That’s putting it lightly; the dude gets his arms cut off and his body beaten beyond recognition.) Yuki decimates her opponent (the brother of a villain from the first season) with an unseen flurry. Basara squares off against Leohart. And they, with Mio, quarrel with Chaos while everybody else deals with protecting the city.
This last arc reduces the ecchi density, and that’s a problem for this ecchi-centric show, but a bigger problem exists. Namely, too much villain clutter. Before the tourney, Ramsas, Leohart, one of Leohart’s followers named Gald, Lars, and a lesser lackey named Nebra are all antagonists. Then, during and after the tourney, the Demon Council, a helper of the Demon Council named Viscount Admirath, Chaos, and Leohart’s older sister named Riara are added to the mix. But, to make matters even worse, some of the initial antagonists flip sides, making it hard to say who exactly the group is combating let alone what they are combating for.
Still, the outcome of this clutter actually has some merit. Basara killing off a high-ranking, dangerous figure stops the radicals from revolting. The murder of the entire Demon Council (at the hands of Riara) removes a lot of tension in the demon world. And Basara and Mio working with Leohart to stop Chaos and subsequently save the city gives Mio indirect protection from would-be pursuers because, now, wars will die down and a “path to peace,” as Basara’s father Jin puts it, can be traveled.
The final scene of Burst has each of the girls of Basara’s harem throwing themselves at him. Said scene succinctly sums up the anime. The season has a narrative that is not too concerned with delivering a profound message. Instead, all it wanted to do was deliver some sexual goodness with an action-heavy plot on the side.
Yet, on both fronts, it did not hold up all that well.
Much of Burst’s art has no redeeming qualities.
The lighting is not played with, the cinematography does not go beyond the standard, and the backgrounds are plain. In particular, episode eight has shot of the audience from afar, but they all appear to be human. Considering they are in the demon world, and that people of irregular skin colors had been shown moments prior (e.g., green, dark blue, etc.), this mistake was either an oversight or slight laziness. Of course, this observation is nitpicking, but it somewhat indicates the care the art received.
In terms of animation, Burst has a lot of fighting that goes on over the course of the season. “Fighting,” though, may be the wrong word. The fights usually consist of lots of explosions. Lots of explosions. Mio creating a black hole, Ramsus generating gravity magic, and Jin evaporating a section of a forest whilst training his son leave very little room for choreography and, hence, a reduction in actual animation.
But this reduction is done for an obvious reason: the ecchi content. For Burst, it puts as much attention as it can into its sexual scenes. Breasts jiggle, tongues twirl, and bodies dance, creating one libido-driven spectacle after another.
Returning again is the anime’s brand of censoring. When nipples or too much below the waist would have been shown, the anime overlays these naughty bits with cutesy miniatures of the characters. This time around, there are even more variations, like Zest in a maid outfit with spatulas that form an X or a distressed Kurumi that does her best to hide herself. While the censoring is certainly unfortunate – arguably a detriment – having it be a comedy bit as opposed to a total nuisance makes up somewhat for including it.
Also returning are the nice character designs. Symbolism still exists: Mio’s red symbolizes her fiery passion, Yuki’s blue symbolizes her coolness, and so on. The newcomers get the same treatment: Kurumi’s purple symbolizes her sense of respect, and Zest’s yellowish-green symbolizes her happiness and stability. Besides the colors, the girls do not change their outfits all that much, and the outfits they usually wear are not that detailed. Regardless, the girls have pretty faces and ample figures, increasing their attractiveness and thereby improving their ecchi scenes that much more.
The cast of Burst finds a lot of difficulty in being more meaningful than just the sex they so often showcase. And, to some extent, that’s fine. What the girls lack in thematic weight they make up for in fetishes. At least, the harem girls do.
Mio’s all about her breasts, Yuki has her butt, and so on. To put it differently, the girls have a specialization that differentiates them beyond just their personalities. Plus, having such sexual diversity only improves the ecchi content.
Examining the cast beyond their sex-centric traits begins to reveal problems.
Starting with Basara, he arguably ends up as the worst character of the bunch. He acts as a standard, harem lead: ultra-powerful, overly kind, and surrounded by beauties. These traits are fine since the audience is more or less meant to self-insert into his role. It’s more everything else that hurts him.
First, some explanation. This seasons sees Basara struggling to contain his power. Early on, he’s shown to have no control, prompting Jin to train Basara harder. Jin also drops the most important bit of info – Basara has to eliminate his so-called “limiters” if he stands a chance of beating the baddies and reigning in his beastlike power.
Jin essentially tells Basara that these limiters are personal battles, conscious and subconscious wars that Basara has to win to overcome. But Basara does not do any waging. In fact, he almost cheats, taking some (alluringly heart-shaped) drugs to overcome the limiters placed on him and, subsequently, his power. It feels entirely like a copout – rather than progressing as a person, he just pops some pills to save the day. He continues to prove his own lack of development when he is unable to stop himself from rampaging once again near the end of the season.
Cue Mio. A lot of Mio’s character revolved around Basara. If she was compatible with him. Placing trust in him. Whether or not she could protect him when he needed it most. In this way, a lot of her actions have him in mind: debasing herself to enhance the Master-Servant pact, going berserk herself when she believes Basara has perished, and believing in him when he asks her to.
Mio has conflicts of a more personal nature. Going back to the demon realm creates feelings of trepidation and uncertainty, feelings that she does her best to confront. But, in a nice bit of writing on Burst’s part, this conflict ties back to her relationship with Basara. Instead of going at it all alone – like the Mio of last season may have done – she leans on him and, to some extent, her other friends.
The peak of Mio’s character happens at the trough of Basara’s. As Basara rampages, still unable to control himself, Mio does what Basara has always done for her: She rushes to help him. Granted the whole wading through his mind is a bit too magical for the anime, but it lets Mio return the favor by being there for Basara. The sexual nature of this encounter may seem out of place, but, when ecchi is so common and their relationships are literally strengthened through sex, it makes perfect sense in context. And so Mio, rather surprisingly, becomes the best character Burst has to offer.
A few other characters are worth talking about: Yuki, Maria, Lars, Kurumi, and Zest.
Yuki’s handled strangely. Throughout a sizeable portion of the season, Yuki has nightmares of losing her friends and huge concerns for Basara. Essentially, she worries about losing those close to her – similar to what happened in the past. But neither of her problems are confronted. She fails in protecting Kurumi and Maria, and, even more strangely, she never says a single word to Basara about her worries. To be fair, Kurumi gives a small piece of encouragement to Yuki, but it is not nearly enough to compensate for how poorly her character unfolds.
The anime also tries to make Maria into a more meaningful character. Her older sister Rukia demonstrates just how immature Maria tends to be, but a lack of interaction between the two of them – be it conversation or even just battling side-by-side at length – fails to make this parallel purposeful. The parallel of Maria and Rukia with Yuki and Kurumi also goes nowhere besides quick shots of all of them battling together in the finale.
Then, during the tournament, Lars chides Maria for trying to use her unlocked power, claiming that her trying to wield such power without first controlling it is futile. His words ring true when she loses the fight.
This idea both works and doesn’t. It works because it ties in with her immaturity and has parallelism with Basara’s own struggles. It does not work because her unlocked power was never used or called into question beforehand, and she neither uses nor reflects on her power afterward, making Lars’s words feel empty.
As for Lars himself, he ends up a bit better character-wise. Largely because he sits in a morally ambiguous spot – his allegiance coincides with his own personal desires. For him, that’s revenge against those that hurt him and his friends oh so long ago. At the same time, he has moments of humanity, advising Maria and helping Basara and warning both Mio and Yuki. That is, he focuses on aiding himself while also aiding those around him. Usually in whatever way best suits him.
That explains his mask: His motivations remain hidden behind a veil of ambiguity. Unfortunately, this depth is as deep as Lars’s character goes. He does not get the chance to (directly) exact that revenge, and he does not have a large enough presence within the anime to greatly affect the characters and the outcomes.
Kurumi and Zest are last. Besides being the newest additions to the harem, they represent the concept of acceptance. Kurumi is naïve and Zest has never really had people who cared about her for her. Despite this, Basara, Mio, and the others (especially Maria in Kurumi’s case) accept them into their circle, providing them with the camaraderie and friendship they have always sought. Their characters do not get much more than this, but it was nice to see them get something.
Overall, it’s hard to say how strong the cast is. Mio sits at the top, Basara’s at the bottom, and everyone else is in-between. But the balance tips more towards Basara’s end than it does Mio’s, sexual specializations or no.
The opening track of Burst is, at first listen, nothing special. Some nice singing accompanied by a rock-n-roll and orchestral composition make the song both cool and lofty. On second and third listens, however, the song changes. Becomes different for two reasons.
One, the vocalist changes. Rather than sticking to one singer, the track switches the singer multiple times creating multiple versions of the piece. Two, some of these versions include sound-effects. As the song plays, one can hear Yuki slicing at a heroic spirit or Maria landing with immeasurable force on a roof. Technically these sound-effects get in the way of the OP, but they, however slightly, make the track somewhat special.
The ending track does change up its visuals but not the actual music itself. This track as well combines the rock-n-roll and orchestral compositions, making it sound a lot like the OP. The major difference here is that the ED likes its background choir. It’s a painfully average piece that barely deserves to be deemed an ED.
The rest of the original soundtrack is likewise par for the course. Burst includes hard battle tracks for the numerous fights it contains. It includes ominous tracks for the dramatic times and softer tracks for the melancholy ones. And it includes grandiose tracks for those steamier moments. Nothing extraordinary, nothing awful. Just a whole lot of passable.
The only section that performs well is the voice acting. Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Yuki, Yuu Asakawa as Hasegawa-sensei, and Seiko Yoshida as Zest (with shout-outs to the other voice actresses) not only have voices befitting their roles – cool, mature, and subservient respectively – but also their screaming in the streets and moaning in the sheets is duly appreciated.
I cannot deny that the only reason I decided to watch the sequel was for the ecchi content therein.
And, for the most part, I liked the sexual scenes quite a bit no matter how repetitive they could be at times. Though there were two big issues: everything not ecchi and the character density.
It says a lot that whenever the anime was attempting to push action or drama that I just wanted them to get back to showing off Mio and the others half-naked. The vampire kid in the first arc was lame, I did not care for Leohart and the politics, and the tournament with its heroic spirits made me yawn. Luckily the tournament had the cat-girl announcer in the skimpy outfit (yet another fetish added to the anime’s list) to give me something worth watching.
The second problem was the character density. By “character density,” I simply mean the proportion of the character’s on-screen time to the overall season. This includes ecchi content, too. I am partial to Yuki, Hasegawa-sensei, and Zest, but they have some of the lowest character density. Hasegawa-sensei only appears in the first three episodes with just a single ecchi scene of her own. Same goes for Zest but in the middle of the season.
Yuki, however, is the most disappointing. She’s around, but she does a lot more fighting and worrying than interacting. Worse still, all of that fighting and worrying cuts into the amount of ecchi content she gets – nothing short of a shame.
Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst does not so much burst as it does fizzle. Almost everything, from the story to the music to the entertainment, has issues that the anime has difficulty correcting. On second thought, eating toothpaste may not be all that horrible of an alternative.
Story: Bad, the harem expands and the ecchi is purposeful, but repetition in the sexual scenes and a shoddy plot create a subpar narrative
Animation: Fine, bad artistic direction, okay actual animation, funny censoring, and nice character designs
Characters: Bad, the girls specialize in fetishes, but, with the exception of Mio, the cast has too many problems or are simply not relevant enough
Sound: Fine, okay OP, bad ED, okay OST, good VA performances
Enjoyment: Bad, while the ecchi content was appealing, the action and drama, as well as a lack of Yuki, Hasegawa-sensei, and Zest, was not
To me when it comes to a sequel, at the time the show makes or breaks the show. To be precise what I mean, a prequel series may need something to redeem itself to become at least something for the liking of others, however when a show breaks, it becomes something not a worth while. To keep in mind also this review is coming from a person that actually didn't liked the first season, and due to some certain personal stuff going around with someone else regarding on this show, I gave this another chance in order to regain the show as a whole. But
well, unfortunately, this is where I say it just worsens in a way.
Coming to the sequel of the Testament series, expecting to be expected, to see the runtime of the show being 10 episodes, I personally felt like the runtime was not enough to hold onto its quality of the show, even if the first season is bad. To say the least the runtime didn't hold onto the quality of the show, in fact, it worsens throughout the episodes, because of course, due to the runtime, it doesn't give too much explanations to its characters and neither does the world. In all honesty the story just becomes as a pile of mess of puzzle pieces where you can't even know what to even understand it from. It's a total definition of a train wreck where you basically only see an ecchi with a story. In all honestly I just think the show needed more to an extension to explain somethings out, even the final was at least satisfying, it was not nice at all in my personal opinion. The pacing in itself is also horrible, as I said, it felt very fast and the most things I see in this anime series would be basically more boobs and asses than before. Because of course season 1 had it, but it also had somethings that kept to my interest in a way to have a spark that it can turn out to be better. To be honest I just don't get it, for me personally the show is a mixture of a story telling and soft core porn in a nutshell. It's basically that, it's soft core hentai series, where you just basically go and have a fap fap fap moment. The first season was basically bad, but it had some moments where it actually made me interested, but the second season just completely butchers what it could actually offer, and instead we get a big messed up knot.
As for the characters, I really can't say much do I? They're just your stereotypical bland characters in my eyes. Yes they can be fun, I can see why people like them a lot, however these characters are extremely bland and they barely get any development. The new girls getting introduced just become as useless to my eyes, of course that's just how I look at things towards the anime series. One thing's for sure, these characters are just cookie cutters but enjoyable depending on your taste on archetypes or if you want a mix of girls with big boobs and small boobs, tsunderes or anything. The only thing these girls are used are on the level of ecchi in a new level. I mean, hell, if you don't get what I mean, go check for yourself what I mean by the new level.
One question to keep in mind is if I like even one or so characters if they are bland. Well, yeah I do. I like Nonaka Kurumi which she's in my personal eye adorable and I also like Maria. Basara? Yeah in a way I do. It's not saying much.
In the overall way the characters are just bland, but can be enjoyable depending on your taste on girls and archetypes. Think about it and keep that in mind.
Now for the art and animation? Let's be honest, the art is standard and decent enough, not much of a redeeming factor into the show but it still kept its budget in a way, somehow. Character designs still being the same with only a few ones being nice and at least adorable. And yes, I said adorable, don't ask me. Now for the animation, is nice and alright also, although the potential of the animation was wasted if you get what I mean from that factor.
Music, for the original soundtrack that just goes for my personal point. I like the soundtrack however for me it's not memorable or the slightest listened out of the anime series, that just depends for me technically. Sound department can be describe as... well, good in a way. I will just say that, if you watched the prequel and the sequel by the time you read this review, you would get my point why I'm saying this for.
For the Opening and Ending of the second season, I personally prefer the Ending song more than the Opening song, and here is the reason why I'm saying this for. The Opening song depending on the taste of others, in my opinion it was actually catchy but soon afterwards it just became boring. The other one can be considered decently done and I still like to listen to it. Overall I think you would have an idea of which Opening I prefer in the overall series, and yes its Opening 1. I find that more memorable and catchy, and composition being well done.
Overall Veredict over the show:
Enjoyment: I guess to say I have mix feelings with the show when it comes to my personal enjoyment. I will be honest, I personally enjoyed some parts of it and at the same time I did not. I think ecchi is a hit or miss for me because yes, I like ecchi towards an extension
Out of My Enjoyment: The show in my personal opinion would be considered as a train wreck and a lost of opportunity to become something more to offer on the table, rather than having a small runtime and wasting the potential it actually had to become something worth while or having the same quality of the previous season to stand up in a way. It epically went to a thirsty series where its just a waste and when people complain about other ecchi series, I really want to ask which are the more wasteful and worse than the others. Because trust me I have seen the many and there are others way better than this even with its cliche stuff.
I'm not saying this is the worst I have ever seen, but its just wasteful. Unless you just want to have a pass along series just for the sake of either your self indulgence or just you want to see something to get towards dose of fap material.
If you have seen the first season, and want to watch the second season, this all depends on you.
- If you want to watch the second season just for ecchi instead of the story, then go for it. You might find something to your liking
- If you want to watch the second season but you're having a mindset that it will get better, I think you need to watch something else. This show has nothing to go forward towards when it comes to the story.
-If you have not seen the franchise, if you want just to have a fun time for yourself or just to have some sort of nice ecchi series, you can watch this.
-If you have not seen the franchise but you want a story worth while, then you're going to waste 22 episodes of it if you happen to go onto this instead of watching something more decently.