When an extraterrestrial organism known as "Savage" attacks mankind, the only technology capable of combating the enemy is a weapon known as “Hundred.” A survivor of a Savage attack, Hayato Kisaragi is a teenager boasting the highest compatibility level with the aforementioned technology and as a result, is invited to master his skills at Little Garden, a prestigious military academy aboard a battleship.
Over the course of his intense training for the battle ahead, he immediately attracts the interest of multiple female peers and gets drawn into a number of incidents as he tries to fight against the creatures that now inhabit Earth and threaten its safety.
"They call it Hundred because you've seen this show hundreds of times already." I don't remember the name of the original user who said this but I do like that part in your review.
If I had to say what Hundred's weakness is, its that the show lacks any uniqueness to help it stand out more from the rest of the magic school battle anime out there. It appears as if there is a really bad cycle in Japan right now where so many.. school/harem/sci-fi anime are taking over and in my opinion not too many of them are doing so well. I mean we've had asterisk wars, chivalry of a failed knight and many more similar every season and each title just leaves me with mixed feelings. Now the story is simple, straight-forward yet lacks uniqueness which I believe is something that is absolutely vital in every anime & manga. Hundred is literally copy & pasted meaning if you have watched at least 2 or three titles similar to this then you can already predict the upcoming events and the relationships between characters. In addition to that, prediction the plot along with the events that are going to take place for certain episodes is sort of like a walk in the park. Now I'm not really trying to criticize Jun Misaki because other authors obviously have this idea too. They want use the re-occurring themes found in other authors work and make their own unique novel based upon those theme. That's perfectly fine however it hurts both the story and the plot in many ways because it is all too common. This is exactly why I brought up the "bad cycle" theory. If I didn't watch shows like these when they aired for a while and just got into hundred then perhaps I could've felt that the story was refreshing however, this simply was not the case. There were no exciting story developments and plot development felt weak. Most importantly though it was pretty hard for me to get excited and engaged with such meritocracy. Overall I just was not impressed with the stories presentation nor plot because it's been done too many times to the point where I really wanted to drop it.
The art & animation is actually really great. The flow of the fighting and action scenes were amazing to me. Although I could've done without the talking through most of the battles, I was, for the most part impressed seeing the duels between characters like Claire, Hayato, Emile etc. The character designs were pretty good however I still prefer the illustrations done in the light novel by Nekosuke Ōkuma over designs made by the producers at Production IMS.
Sound was pretty decent for the most part. I didn't care for the soundtracks background music nor the opening and intro songs. I did like the sound effects I think those were pretty good. The singing done in the show , sort of like pre-game musical performances were annoying. It's like they tried to add Idols to the already unnecessarily convoluted show. I don't really have too much to say about the seiyuu's involved in the show. I think their performances were pretty good. They each delivered some pretty solid lines. Overall I was okay with the sound department not too many complaints nor praise to give it.
Characters are so forgettable that I'll probably never even remember them. Hayato Kisaragi is literally copy and pasted from every other show liked this. the childhood friend romance is overplayed. The girls start to fall for generic MC kun. Fan service, fan service, Production IMS should have at least taken the time to make the fan service look good. I would love to delve more into the characters department however, because I've finished my review, I probably don't want to go back watch the show again and then edit my review again to add more details. This is simply because I feel like my review based on the characters would be more like a rant rather than an actual review. My impressions of the characters overall is that they simply needed more work to distinguish themselves from others.
My enjoyment for the series pretty low. I felt like this was a title I really should have dropped however, my goal is to see every show through regardless of how "bad" or "Awful" it is. Personally I do feel like if this show didn't rely mostly on overused plot, story and characters found in similar titles then it really could have been better. compared to chivalry of a failed knight I liked it better because even though the titles shared somewhat similar stories, failed knight, even asterisk wars, remained unique, had likable characters, and a better story introduction along with finishes. I felt like there was a lack of effort put into the creation of the Hundred anime. It was sort of like the director said "alright team, we are producing a new show, go watch every show with similar story, plot, and characters and copy it asap." However! However, they forgot about crucial part "making hundred unique." If I asked anyone whose scene this show "Hey do you remember hundred" I am roughly 92.5% sure they wouldn't remember it. Hundred fails to leave me with a memorable impression of it. Overall I wouldn't recommend hundred to anyone. I feel like there is too many imperfections to this series. Hundred is about 70% avoidable, I'd say there is a one in a "Hundred" chance of me watching this again.. I wanted to walk a Hundred miles away from my computer while watching this... okay, that last one didn't work but you get the point.. I didn't like hundred.. read more
The last time I made a “review” of this, it was more like a first impressions… but this time, I’m going to make a full, spoiler free review of the show!
This show is another one of those battle action harem shows that we see every season at this point. It’s been touted as an “Infinite Stratos” clone. I personally haven’t seen Infinite Stratos so I won’t hold that against this show. Let’s see what this show has to offer.
It’s hard to talk about the story of this show. Not because it’s a difficult story to wrap your head around, but because it takes a back seat to literally everything else in this show. Beach episode? More important! Idol performance? 3 times more important! We got 3 of them! Harem ecchi scenes? Again, more important.
Here’s what little plot there is. Hayato transfers to a new school where he apparently scored the highest score on the school’s entrance exam in the history of that school. Because he tries to prevent a couple of students from getting expelled, he gets stuck battling the student council president of this school.
She’s the most experienced fighter at this school there’s no way she can los- Oh she lost. The main character is that mc that is overpowered mc that we see in so many shows nowadays, but at least in this show, there are formidable foes and there seems to be a little tension. It just gets stuck so far behind the fanservice of this show that it loses its purpose.
Speaking of the fanservice, it’s bland and overused. There are only a couple things this show does differently in terms of fanservice, and even then it’s just kind of me. The only thing enjoyed with the fanservice was in episode 10. I’m not going to say what happened, but I will give this show the fact that it was a little creative.
Moving on from there, the show doesn’t have a clear antagonist. Every time there’s a conflict, it ends within one or 2 episodes. The only reason it takes more time is because of the slice of life fanservice. The main “conflict” is between the school’s fighters and Savages. Savages are these mechanized robots that came from who knows where and just cause havoc.
These high school students are the ones who fight these monsters instead of adults. This show makes me question a few things. How do they have the money to fight these savages? Where did savages come from? How are there more always coming? Who’s making these savages? Why are they allowing high schoolers to fight?
It doesn’t answer a lot of questions and that leads to wondering if they thought anything through. The show also presents a lot of ideas about its premise. Great! Possible themes that could be made for some semblance of a message to come out of this show. Too bad those ideas don’t really go anywhere. They just get thrown at you and then sit there and rot.
The ending actually DOESN'T leave me wanting more and left me feeling like this was ACTUALLY A COMPLETE STORY! This is something I can't say about many of the other shows like this. The one problem with the ending is that it ends a little TOO well with no consequences. That being said, it's better than a lot of other shows of the light novel genre.
The one way I can describe this show, from how I experienced it is that it’s so bad it’s good. It’s one of those sit back and turn your brain off kind of shows. If it tried to do more differently, I could go back and enjoy turning my brain off when watching this show, but I can’t. I laugh at this show’s attempts at being serious because it can’t keep a mood or tension.
It goes from serious to fanservice to comedic all within 2 minutes of an episode. It’s poorly executed and there’s nothing more to say about the story.
The characters in this show are bland and forgettable. Most of them fall into archetypes and others just don’t have any purpose. The main character is the dense mc self-insert. The scientist is the loli of the series.
The only character to have any actual development is the student council president. This was actually surprising because she started off as the tsundere of the series, then turned into not a tsundere and a member of Hayato’s harem.
The character interactions range from forgettable to cringy. That’s because there’s so much bad writing in this series. Characters state the obvious, there are info dumps even though characters should know what’s going on, and the villains are one dimensional.
The show tries to show off the how the villains are the product of their environment, but it’s so poorly executed and only meant to redeem them that I just don’t care.
These characters are meant for this kind of series and this kind of series alone. You aren’t supposed to take them seriously and you’re just supposed to watch. This show clearly has a target audience, and I’m not part of it.
Music, Art, and Animation (2/10)
For an anime, I expect animation. For this anime, I got scenes of up to 3 minutes in an episode with just still frames and nothing more. How am I supposed to say this show has good animation when it uses an excess amount of still frames, establishing shots, and reuses animation? There are scenes from the show used in the OP and they don’t look impressive.
The art style is also generic and bland with nothing of note. The transformation segments are, just like any other show with transformation segments, reused. There’s little to movement a lot of the times and the lips don’t even get close to syncing up with the animation.
Production IMS must have saw the light novel, threw it in the animation room, and said “you have 2 months to make this even though it should take longer! Go!” This was the result.
Character designs are lazy and forgettable. They look so similar to characters from other shows that I can’t tell them apart at points. I sometimes wonder if this is a bad knockoff anime to some other anime. The amount of fanservice with the character designs alone is annoying.
The music also ranges from forgettable to annoying. Much of the OST gets on my nerves at times because it doesn’t fit the mood or it ruins the mood of the moment. One track of note is the OP, but there are still better OP’s from this season alone. I’m personally just a sucker for shows having 2 singers singing back and forth.
The audio design also doesn’t sound good as, sometimes, I heard the echo from the recording room that the voice actors were performing in. It doesn’t sound good and got on my nerves. One performance was hilarious and annoying at the same time, and once you see it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
There are 4 ED’s in this show and none of them really stand out. When they switch, I’m just like “Ok” and skip it. Some voices don’t fit the design of the character and others do. The action scenes don’t look very good, for the most part and I don’t get hyped up when one starts.
Final Verdict (2/10)
This show is a mess. It really is. It’s a hodgepodge of every cliché story line ever and it doesn’t do anything new. There are ideas presented that don’t go anywhere and conflicts that don’t have buildup. It’s a show out there for people who like this kind of show and that’s it. That’s why I give this show a 2/10 on a critical level.
It does a couple things right, but it’s so shrouded under the bad that I had to really dig to get the positives out of this show. On an enjoyment level, I give this a 1/10 from the show itself and a 5/10 from how much fun I had making fun of it while watching. If you want a so bad it’s good show, this is your show.
If you want a better harem show, just watch Monster Musume!read more
Personally, I enjoyed this anime. It was nothing special, but I never expected it to rise above my expectations for a harem anime. I have always found guilty pleasure in watching "magic battle school" type anime, even though they are all so similar. If you enjoy watching school-battle harem anime, than you will enjoy watching Hundred.
If you hate watching the same tropes recycled season after season that this genre of anime uses, then take this one off your watch list and find something you will enjoy to watch instead (unless you are a masochist). Seriously. Too often have I seen negative reviews from people expecting way more out of a harem anime than the genre ever promised to deliver.
Hundred is tagged as both "school" and "harem" in MAL, and these tags should let you know exactly what you are gonna see if you decide to watch. Because when you see the tags "school" and "harem" and read the description, you should know exactly what story will be unfolding. For those who are unaware, this is what happens EVERY time:
1. MC-kun, a boy with a tragic back story, gets admitted to an exclusive academy for people skilled in one of the following:
D. other supernatural or quasi-scientific abilities
2. MC-kun will be extremely skilled and powerful when it comes to his "special" abilities, though he might not be fully aware of his own power or how he became such a special snowflake.
3. Beautiful women he encounters will become romantically and sexually attracted to MC-kun (though he probably won't notice), and the harem that forms around him will have 3 or more archetypes from this list:
A. Tsundere (often blond)
C. Friendly but not-so-smart airhead
D. Sexy transfer student
E. Overly attached imouto (often with a brocon)
F. Girl who has to dress like a boy
G. Top of class girl who gets beaten by MC-kun
H. Childhood friend
4. Various problems will arise during the season as his harem competes for MC-kuns affections, and he will be 100% oblivious to the cause of the tensions. However, the girls will resolve these tensions and decide to compete peacefully as rivals with phrases such as "I won't lose".
5. MC-kuns abilities will develop over the season and at the end he will tap into his power to overcome insurmountable odds, aided of course by his harem of beautiful ladies, and the power of friendship.
That is basically the formula. EVERY SINGLE TIME. Hundred is no exception. So if you are ready to jump into another school based harem adventure with MC-kun, then you should definitely watch hundred and enjoy the ride, knowing it will be a slightly different path through very familiar territory.
The artwork is good, but not great. The soundtrack is acceptable, nothing special there. The characters are the same ones I would expect given the genre. However I still found this to be an enjoyable experience for what it is and would recommend to any fan of the genre.
If you are tired of the same old tropes and archetypes and don't find them enjoyable to watch, skip this one and watch something that you will really enjoy.
TL;DR - Watch Hundred if you are a fan or newcomer to the Action+School+Harem genre. You will enjoy it. If you hate the genre, this will not win you over, so watch something you may actually like instead.read more
There's not much of a story. It's basically about the characters protecting the ship.
The art was okay, but I couldn't help but notice the glaring errors in the animation. Sometimes it was stilted and lazy. For example, there are times when someone is in 1 position in 1 frame, then they cut to someone right next to them, and then they cut to the person next to them in another position entirely. It's as if sometimes, they didn't want to put in the work of the character doing fluid animation or doing something in one frame. This is especially noticeable in the last few episodes.
The music was good, especially the opening, but I didn't really like how they changed the ending song almost every episode. I think they should've just stuck to 1 song, especially since the series is only 12 episodes long.
The characters are okay. Yes, most of them are cliché, but I didn't hate them. My favorite character was definitely Hayato. He wasn't your average harem anime character whose a pussy, afraid of girls, and dense. Most of the time when he was alone with a girl, he was confident and knew what to do or say. And my favorite thing about him was that he actually chose a girl.
I enjoyed the action and romantic scenes and there was a lot of kissing, but I can't ignore the times where they used harem/ecchi clichés that made me go *facepalm*.
Final score: 6/10
It's not good, but it's not bad either. The thing that kept this series from being good was the clichés. Otherwise, when the series did things that were good, it was GOOD. I mean REALLY GOOD. I'm giving them a pass on the lack of character backstory since the ending gave an indication that there might be a season 2. I think it'll be a hit or miss for people on whether or not they like the series. I would like for it to have a season 2 because the potential is there; It's just a matter of whether or not they capitalize on it.