Yuma and Hotaru have been friends since childhood, so it's only natural that when Yuma is nervous about her new boyfriend, she asks Hotaru for advice. But when Hotaru starts coming onto Yuma for what feels like more than just 'practice,' what does it mean...? With boyfriends in the foreground but a secret, passionate tryst in the background, will Yuma and Hotaru try to forget what happened between them or have they fallen into a trap of true love and betrayal?
Do you want to root for an abusive romance just because it's yuri? Do you want to see non-consensual lewd yuri scenes? Do you want to see people cheating and causing others pain? Do you like watching people so unlikeable that even those with the lowest of self-confidence can point to them and remark, "Well at least I'm not like them." Then NTR is for you.
Not only is NTR filled with terrible people doing terrible things, but it's also a terrible story filled with terrible characters. First off all of these characters besides the main guy are unlikeable. Yuma is at least meh, but
she still does terrible things even though it should be obvious that what she's doing is wrong. Ultimately I view her more as the scapegoat for Hotaru's abuse rather than someone to hate on her own. However, her own "feelings" towards Hotaru are so tacked on and poorly done that it makes it hard to like her even with this knowledge. She's tainted by those around her and what the plot decided to do with her. Especially when she started to turn into a controlling douchebag too. It was as if they thought 2 controlling douchebags weren't enough, they needed to have 3 of them.
Fujiwara and Hotaru are the worst of the lot, and it's hard to imagine characters that are worse than these two. Hotaru is a manipulative and abusive dirtbag. She frequently comes onto Yuma under the guise of helping her. Then she molests her without her consent even as Yuma tells her to stop. The show is clearly trying to go with "Yuma loved her all along so it's ok", and makes this clear as it develops. But no, that is sexual abuse and it is not ok. Furthermore, the way that Hotaru acts is disgusting. She manipulates Yuma into relying on her for everything. She is trying to be her practice, her outlet, the thing that helps her stand. This is a common abuse tactic as it makes it that much harder for the person to get rid of their abuser. She's trying to make it that she is needed, so that she can't be disposed of, and quite frankly it's disgusting. The way that she tried to plant seeds into her mind that she liked it, the way that she takes advantage of her, and the way that she has no respect for relationships or boundaries. I don't even care that much about the cheating, I care about the main ship is one that's based off an abusive relationship.
And no just because Hotaru is being abused by Fujiwara does not make it ok. In fact, it only trivialized it as it feels so phoned in that it's hard to take seriously. It's clear that they're trying to come up with some sort of excuse for one of their leads to be abusive, but it just doesn't work. You can't just magic away something like that, especially with an obviously evil villain. It looks fake, and like it was all set up just to excuse her. Which again I find disgusting.
Even outside of abuse the two girls basically tell each other that they can't-do / shouldn't do the very exact things that they themselves do. I'm not sure why I would want to watch a bunch of controlling douchebags but here is NTR to provide that.
The sad part is the last guy is actually decent and show what someone should be like in a healthy relationship. However, all he gets to show for it is to be cheated on and lied to. I'm so glad that we get to see the only decent person here suffer. Thanks, NTR.
Did I mention the story? First off its crap. It can't decide between echii fanservice or drama and thusly switches between the two without rhyme or reason. As a friend of mine put it, there's too much drama to just enjoy the echii, and too much echii to distract from the drama. Not that the drama is any good, and personally I find it hard to enjoy echii between scumbags. Even worse is the fact that story ends up stalling. For a good half of the show, it decides to go no where with it, and just leave at the same point. Stalling is terrible and for a show that already has so little to say and do like NTR it just makes it worse. Although admittely every minute that they don't progress means that it's every minute farther away from the yuri couple getting together, which is a benefit although a small one. Not to mention it keeps on cycliDo you want to root for an abusive romance just because it's yuri? Do you want to see non-consensual lewd yuri scenes? Do you want to see people cheating and causing others pain? Do you like watching people so unlikeable that even those with the lowest of self-confidence can point to them and remark, "Well at least I'm not like them." Then NTR is for you.
Wait was I somewhere? Sorry about that. But I'm sure you can see how that can be annoying..
Not to mention it keeps on cycling the same plot ideas over and over again as if it's incapable to come up with new ones, which at this point I'm pretty sure is exactly what happened.
The art is also pretty bad, and the production values are all terrible. I never really payed attention to the sound because these immoral douches drowned out any care I had about the other parts of the show. When a show glorfies a couple based off cheating and abuse it's hard to care about any other part of it. Add to that a story that goes no where and some of the least likeable characters imaginable, you have a recipe for one of the worst anime out there, which NTR is.
In regards to the reviews ive read about netsuzou trap I felt I should do my part and write a review. First of all, the manga and anime are really interesting and well written when it concerns the manga. I believe a good anime/manga like a good movie or tv show when it's well written makes us hate and love and empathize with the characters and Netsuzou TRap did just that.
The main issue facing this anime is that it's easily misunderstood from what I've seen personally.
The story revolves around two girls in love and realising their feelings. The cheating is secondary, if even.
However, most people are focusing on the cheating aspect and how the boys are being taken advantage of. Which is completely false, Takeda is helping Yuma on his own choice and Fujiwara knows what he got himself into. The real issue here is the drama that revolves around the two female characters. How they deal with their feelings, hide their feelings and even, in Hotaru's case, sacrifice herself for the person she loves. I will get to this more in depths next.
For a quick explanation on the characters themselves,
Hotaru is the type to not be forthcoming with how she feels but instead work in the shadows to ensure the safety of the person shes trying to protect. This was evident when she was beaten and being blackmailed by Fujiwara, using the picture he took of Yuma and Hotaru. Most of what she did was also to get Yuma's attention which is understood later in the anime. This doesn't excuse all of her choices but we can empathize to the fact she was scared of this situation but also of her own feelings.
Yuma is the complete opposite she is oblivious to most things in life and struggles with her feelings towards Hotaru and what they mean. But her protective and stubborn personality is exactly what hotaru needs and balance their relationship perfectly.
Takeda is a literal angel, he doesn't hold any grudges against Yuma even after being rejected. He is an admirable person and a good friend to Yuma. "He deserves better" like everyone says, and it's true.
Fujiwara is a piece of shit.
The storytelling and the point of view we get from the characters is great even if its lacks of details like there is in the manga.
To conclude Netsuzou TRap isn't for everyone if youre looking for an anime where the boys are the focus and get their happy ending this isnt the anime for you. However if you want a deep and interesting story about the growth of two girls in love and the process of them accepting it, you should give it a try.
Recommended – No.
Read the Manga – No.
Best Characters – n/a
Worst Characters – Yuma, Hotaru.
The entire plot is spent slowly and painfully watching Yuma realize she kissed a girl and liked it. All the clues/proof you need to understand the situation have been present since ep1, yet Yuma needs the entire season to figure it out. The romantic development is abrupt; rather than being built up slowly/logically, Yuma kisses Hotaru and realizes afterwards she just might love her.
Yuma is your standard romance MC; dense like no tomorrow, she thinks a little harmless French kissing with your bff can be considered normal girl-time activities. She’d
have to have an IQ in the single digits to not realize Hotaru’s love/lust for her. Hotaru herself is inconsistent; she’s very aggressive with Yuma and individualistic, hinting that she’s a strong/dominant person, yet she lets Fujiwara beat her. If she and Fujiwara were just normal friends-with-benefits, that’d make sense and be within her character. Her love for Yuma seems a lot more like uncontrollable lust. Fujiwara I really wanted to like, but he’s a huge misogynist. Surprisingly, he cares a lot about Takeda and is a decent human being when he’s with him, which makes me wonder if he might fare better dating men instead.
ART STYLE ❹/❿
Okay; character designs are passable. Hotaru and Takeda look pretty normal, but Yuma and Fujiwara look like they came from another anime/universe.
A boring yuri anime with weak plot and unlikeable characters. The pacing is slow, the couple is frustrating, and the art is mediocre. This anime heavily recycles romance tropes/plot so it brings nothing new to the table yet still remains a poor example of a romance anime.
You have to meet one of two criteria in order to find some value in this anime
1. Have a fetish for netorare, a phenomenon where the viewer is made to feel intense jealousy over a character cheating on their significant other
2. Are desperate for some sweet sweet yuri action regardless of the surrounding circumstances
If you meet neither this is probably the worst anime of the season by a mile. If you meet one or both it becomes tolerable
NTR has some of the best yuri scenes in recent memory. The girls are extremely attractive, one submissive the other domineering, and the two have great chemistry together
level of netorare is tame compared to the extremes usually found in the genre. Turns out two girls banging each other is less emotionally jarring than cheating with someone of the opposite sex - in most cases a mutual friend. Instead we have a naive girl who got into a relationship not really understanding what it meant to date someone, and being pulled away by her best friend who she's probably loved all along. Her biggest fault here is not telling her boyfriend, Takeda, of what was happening behind his back. Not necessarily her swaying feelings itself.
I found the manga to be unbearable because it doesn't go anywhere but the anime at least tries to offer a somewhat of a conclusive ending. It's the better version of the two for sure.
The MAL score and reviews are correct, this is an incredibly trashy anime pandering to the lowest common denominator of hard dicked miscreants in the anime community, but one mans trash can another mans treasure and there's value to be had here if you meet the targeted audience.