It's hard being the older step brother to a pair of demonic sisters. It's even harder having to defend them from the power hungry denizens of the demonic underworld. Such is the life of Basara Toujou; and he's done a pretty decent job of managing it so far.
Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst directly follows the events of the previous season, with Basara and his sisters Mio and Maria Naruse attempting to enjoy a somewhat normal life. The best laid plans of demons and men oft go awry however, and Basara, Mio, and their friends begin to face a number of new threats.
As if the situation couldn't get complicated enough, Maria's older sister Rukia shows up, insisting that Basara and the Naruse sisters must come to the realm of demons.
#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 couple of years, the Anime industries trapped in some genres called “Ecchi and Harem”. Various people began to analyze whether it’s a negative impact or a positive impact. Well, in fact, this case still depends on the viewpoint of an individual whether it will bring positive perspective or negative perspective. Nevertheless, the both perspective wasn’t false at all. But in some cases, those above-mentioned genres could bring some heavy damage to the quality of the anime if not used properly. One of those cases are the arrival of the 2nd installment of Shinmai Maou no Testament series a.k.a. Shinmai Maou no Testament
Burst. Following the conclusion of the 1st season, Burst continues half of the 2nd season who takes place in the demon realm, a world that many anime typically take place in. Toujo Basara and his harem members began their journey to investigate the new threat they had.
First, we talked about the individual element of the story. The commercial use it’s still there, for an ecchi series, this show was quite appealing if you watch the BD version. But for the censored version, it depends on your taste.
And this is where my review becomes serious. The main problem for the 2nd season is a number of episodes, with just 10 episodes there is not much time to describe every single explanation to the world building, this causes an adverse impact on the comprehension of the watcher who gets nothing from the story because there is no single hint. Plus to makes things get worse, the events of the story appear randomly. It is similar as you throw a dice in a gambling games and then resigned because the dice wasn't helped you to get what you wanted.
For the pacing, in the early going, we have a relatively slow pacing but it constantly rise up it pace at the ending. So basically, we have an imbalance pacing in these 10 episodes which brings the story feel forced and brings a negative effect to the ending. The climax itself is cannot be described as a climax because there is no intense in the climax, the ‘main villain’ got easily beaten in just about 10 minutes of the final episode without ‘ANY’ intense feeling at all.
I should say that the animation is not different; it is 100% similar like the previous seasons and still meets the standards. As for the sound settings, it’s just decent and never really catches my attention.
If you expect something like ‘character development’ then maybe you should forget it because this show is not presenting anything like that. It is similar 100% as the 1st season; we have nothing in the character development, nothing in the motive of the antagonist, and plot devices supporting characters. They just keep recycling their mistakes without any learnings from it; it is purely a failure indeed.
The enjoyment of the series can be described as a see-saw and it depends on one individual taste, for the fans of ecchi genres ‘maybe’ you will find out that this anime is appealing your desire. But if you’re looking for major developments then I suggest you forget this series. It is merely made for just commercial usage, no more or less.
Story: Dreadful 3.
Art: Very Good 8.
Sound: Poor 3.
Character: Fair 6.
Enjoyment: Good 7.
Overall: Dreadful 2.
Now that the season 2 is over, what can I say about it? Well it was trash, as to what a lot of commentators have said from the episode 10 forum, cu'z according to them it was rushed and I agree........cu'z it was rushed, given that this sequel only runs for just 10 ep, then again when you have an anime that has simulated porn as its main climax, then this sequel should just be left ti run for just 10 episodes. Let's not forget that
porn has two classifications, there the simulated porn where we were made to think that the stars are having sex except that they're just acting out that they're having sex and there is the hard core, where the stars are actually having sex and are pretending to enjoy it. Of course hard core has other sub classifications, like milf, lesbian and you know the rest. Ok, so for the story (up), is basically combines as what you might call sex and violence, ok, so its genre is ecchi, comedy, magic , action and fantasy, but, those where just icing on the cake, the real thing was more on the sex and violence, were it has orgy, severing and decapitation were written all over this anime/ manga's plot as a whole and sad to say, this is where the story plot relies, so this really makes this sequel very Dreadful indeed and where the change of location and setting doesn't compensate for this sequel's story. Art, so far this sequel's art (up), given that just like it's parent anime this sequel still relies on the fanservice to sell, just wait for the uncensored version to come out, and when it does, you perves out there better get you hand lotion and tissue ready to play your joysticks and it's gonna be Very Good for you for guys indeed. Sound (up), I gave this category a 3 since none of the characters sounded like teens......well, more like grown ups like Mio's seiyuu Ayaka Asai, who sounded like a milf in her 30's than a 16 or 17 year old, Basara's seiyuu Yuuchi Nakamura already is too old to even be voicing teen age boys, there is of course Maria who was suppose to sound like a 14 year old at time would sound like a grown up thanks to some slip up of her seiyuu, Kaori Fukahara, I could go on and on. Character (up) since there has been some development, I guess that this category should be Fair enough, because of the romance development between Basara and Mio, but this sequel has also compensated it lack of plot spice by adding 2 new harem members namely Kurumi and Zest, but then again they're nothing more than just eye candy and erotic teasers, still there is a development and it's all good from there. Enjoyment (up) ok even though, the girls eroticism doesn't suggest any sexual action being done by Basara, it somehow doesn't feel that way, in fact one would feel that Basara and the girls are having an orgy to the point that them perves would wanna pull out their little friend and play with it while watching it and that's for them is the only GOOD thing that they can come close to having an orgy ...DREAM ON GUYS! Overall (up) this sequel is just damn Dreadful, the only thing that kept me from giving this sequel a 1 was because to the romance development between MIo and Basara and the change of setting. So as soon as the uncensored version comes out them perve's joysticks comes out and they're gonna play it till they cum out.
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.