On his high school graduation day, Itsuki's cousin, Mahiru, tells him that she's pregnant. Just then, a gate of light emerges and transports the two into the world of Granvania. In this land, "Impurities" have been causing a disturbance to the Stars, ultimately plunging Granvania into chaos and disorder. And Itsuki, now revealed to be one who is fated to meet with the "Star Maidens", is seen as Granvania's last hope and was thus given the task to produce "Star Children" and combat the "impurities". And unless the task is complete, Itsuki may never be able to return home.
The baby-making JRPG series, Conception, is like bad sex: building up to anything but enjoyment or climax. Call it the “Bob the Build-ups” of anime. The title and the premise—that was conceived by a total creep and birthed as shit—are so telling that it was going be another work of smut, but it goes the extra mile that I’d rather drag my testicles over a mile of glass shards instead of re-watching this dumpster fire of an anime. Can someone please notify Japan that this isn’t going to solve their declining birth rate issues?
How pathetic can you get? A generic protagonist stumbles upon a generic
harem of 13 girls—some whose characters designs are that of little children and one being his cousin—because you know, leaving out the incest factor is so out of the question for these insane creators. And he has to impregnate them all. Why? To save a world that he and his cousin got randomly warped into so they can procreate with the help of 12 other girls to form an army of children to fight the impurities of this realm. Hold up! Why? How? What. The. Actual. F*CK!? It makes zero effort to hide the fact that it’s only selling point is sex, it’s so shameless that it even spams promotions of its website, almost begging its audiences to go there for some A1 ‘bleeding the weasel’ material. And speaking of weasels, there is a racoon-looking panda named Mana, a mascot of the show that not only explains the shitty jokes but also screams a bunch of synonyms for sex without even bothering to be witty about it. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Mana is also a molester because, you know, it’s Japan.
After some exposition on how great first-time sex is and how it only hurts for females—by the most annoying character of the Fall season in Mana—our main protagonist in Itsuki Yuge has to ‘bang’ 12 maidens in addition to his cousin, Mahiru Konatsukiso, so that the world can be saved. “Classmating,” a holy ritual to produce Star Children, is the intersection of the show’s dungeon crawling and social aspects. This means it spends the majority of the time doing it. Conception makes it clear that 'classmating' is not actually copulation—instead, characters are making physical contact as they combine their spiritual energy to birth children. It's the implied and not-so-implied gestures during that ritual that make it far more graphic. Well, that was for the first few episodes but that gets thrown out the window that left viewers in confusion saying, “What happened to the love thing being a holy ritual?” Because now we have threesomes, censor bars over actual penetration. Being tongue-in-cheek about presenting the ecchi-harem-isekai while doing nothing new with them is just obnoxious. If it was about sex being a major plot point then why didn't it just be a hentai show?
It would make sense to go the hentai route instead of blue balling its fanbase with the trashy premise and a football team-sized harem of anime beauties: The cousin, Mahiru. The ‘Wants to bone her Brother’s lookalike’ Reone. The template tsundere, Ruka. The standard Loli’s, Colette and Yuzuha. The tomboy Tarua. The Dancing Farun. The religious dominatrix Arie. The ‘Let me gaze at your crystal’ Liris and Lirie. The teacher Mirei. The shy animal lover Sue. The Stockholm Syndrome Femiruna and the passionate Alfie. All of them designed as big busty bombshells or resembling little children. Conception is not even worth it for the ecchi. Even for those that like to get off to this type of content, you will end up wasting your lube and tissues. The animation is so bad that most ‘sexy’ moments are reduced to stills and badly drawn sequences. You can sum up the visuals and score by comparing it to Itsuki’s premature ejaculation in earlier episodes.
If you’re looking for an anime that hardly makes sense, that every moment is barely distinguishable from the next and has a harem that would be more fitting for a hentai, then watch Goblin Slayer. Conception and ‘My Writer, My Sister’ is having a fist fight in the squared-circle that goes the full 12 rounds, punching the crap out of each other for worst anime of the season, quite possibly, of the year. Who wins? TKO or Split decision? Please let me know. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the creator was sterile.
Damn. Seriously, God damn. Conception, you really made me wonder if there’s a ceiling of just how terrible a show can really be. I should say right off the bat that video game adaptations these days rarely make the break for an audience. But here we are in 2018 and we got a show about pregnancy. That’s right, a show that literally has a plot about pregnant characters and an insufferable protagonist.
I have not played the original PSP exclusive game. There’s actually a remaster coming out for the PS4 but that’s not on my bucket list either. 2019 has way too many great games for
me to care about this. But the real question is if you should give a damn about the anime adaptation known as Conception.
In the medical world, conception is pretty much the action of conceiving a child through. Bear in mind that the show is branded with this premise as it’s pretty much the selling concept. The catch now is that Itsuki has to form relationships with “Star Maidens” after being transported into this world known as “Granvania”. The show pretty much dedicates to Itsuki’s quest to produce Star Children in the hope of restoring order. I get it. The premise of the show is absurd and you may be confused on how to approach this. The simple answer is to just let go. I mean, let go of your inner thoughts and watch this with some popcorn. It’s pretty much a show that’s so bad that it has potential to be the worst of the year.
But damn, is it really as abysmal as it sounds? Maybe you should stop judging the cover and watch it with an open mind! I wish. Challenging myself to watch Conception is like taking on the second round of Fear Factor. It tested my mental limits to wonder how much I can watch this without puking. But it wouldn’t be fair to say that Conception is really the worst anime of the year. After all, it may have some potential with its cast of stars? Well, let’s take a look. The main protagonist is Itsuki Yuge, a high school student without a big goal in his life. There’s nothing remarkable about him until we find out his role early in this show. Not to mention, I could say Itsuki is like a puppet. He does the job assigned to him despite feeling conflicted. I should mention that Itsuki is a good person at heart but someone that doesn’t fit with a popular crowd. He’s pretty much just a normal guy with an abnormal task of forming relationships with the Star Maidens. This brings in the question of just how much we should expect his relationships will develop. The easy way to look at this is the plot structure. It has 12 episodes so naturally, common logic dictates that he’d get at least one episode with each girl. Well, not exactly. In some episodes, he tames not one but two! I’m not going to go into details but every episode’s title that has “child” in it should make them sound obvious.
The Star Maidens themselves consists of 12 different girls with each of their distinctive personalities. From whatever the creators had in mind, it seems every girl represents a textbook personality that you’ll recognize. Some like Mahiru is the typical friendly girl next door type. Others like Femiruna display a degree of aristocratic mannerisms because of their social status. We even have a girl with split personality in the form of Liris and Lirie. But I don’t think any of these really traits matter. The real question we should ask ourselves is if we should care about them. Quite frankly, it’s a big fat no. Let’s face it, this show not only has an intolerable plot but also suffers from pacing. The early episodes quickly dives into every character relationships in the most straightforward way possible. There’s no buildup, little emotions, and lack of charisma. Instead, we get Itsuki and his robotic-like dialogues that saturates the series. It gets painfully awkward to watch when we also get a mascot character taking the form of a talking bear. You may initially see as a cute addition to the show but don’t let a character like Mana fool you. Behind that cute flying animal’s appearance is perhaps the most perverted character in the entire series. It seems he tries to get every chance for Itsuki to commit to the Star Maidens in the most ludicrous way as possible. In some episodes, it seems Mana has developed a strange attraction towards Itsuki himself. At that point, I pretty much stopped questioning the logic of the show.
So a question emerges if there’s anything redeemable about Conception at all. Well, I wish. Gonzo is known for some of their more aesthetic works but from this show, you won’t see that. What you get instead is poor animation quality that looks like something from a hentai. I took a look at some footage from the original game and this anime didn’t make the characters look any better. It honestly looked like a show made in the PS2 era with outdated visual quality. And of course, sexual fantasies is all over the place. Expect a lot of scenes in the bedroom as it is part of the “plot”. Can you believe it? Conception has a plot! Normally, I’d make a joke about “watching this for the plot” but by the end of the show, that joke wouldn’t even be half funny.
After watching Conception, I probably also lost a good dozen amount of brain cells. I’m an avid fan of roleplaying games but Conception is pretty much the worst example of being in such a category. It could have been something to satirize the fan service norm or a cleverly crafted parody. What we get instead is an abomination buried by Gonzo and the insufferable character cast. I wish there was something positive to say about this anime honestly. But seriously, if you want to save some brain cells, then stay far away from this atrocity.
Conception is a harem anime where our main swagnator gets a mission to save the world. How does he do this then? By making a baby with every girl he meats, of course!
The story is highly comedic and the writing mainly relies on episodic events where the swag-bro hits on new girl/girls just to commit "love-ritual" or, like a more poetic person would say, " fuck dem bitches."
The girl variety is great (there is like 10+ of them) and all of them naturally fall for the bro-nator because he is such a hero. There is a girl with split-personality who is adorable, tanned
cat-girl who is ridiculously sexy, and a cousin person too because how can man call himself a Man if he can't even make relatives suck his cock. Some other girls are pretty okay too, others less interesting.
The character design is rather unique and also varies greatly and most girls are more of the pure, comfy side since the series is more comedic than pushy fanservice. There is practically no ecchi which is great because that only shows how much harder it is for the mc to get these girls worship him and achieve his goals.
Production was okay. Girls did good job with their voice acting, blushy blushes were inserted to make the most crucial moments extra happy, etc. Smart decisions.
Enjoyment-wise, I found this series to be quite funny and cute. I honestly don't get what most people were expecting. In my opinion, series such as these should be judged based to what they aim to do, and as a harem series, this most definitely achieved everything it wanted to.
Do you remember Spike Chunsoft, the same company that brought us the beloved Danganronpa and Mystery Dungeon series? Well...they also made this series, and left it in glorious Japan, where Nippons loved the hell outta it and got a sequel (released globally). And...to both shock and amazement, it actually was well-received!
And, now we turn the clock to the series that is the well-trashy anime adaptation by Gonzo of the first game...
The story from what I can tell is unchanged from the game itself: the player (or in this case, Visitor Itsuki Yuge) has to flirt with the 12 constellational girls (erm
I mean, maidens, sorry...) in order to "give birth" to Star Children, which in turn, Itsuki takes them to seemingly random dungeons to fight evil beings known as "Impurities" to save the world of Granvania. Here's where the controversial divided opinion starts. Despite the Itsuki X constellational maidens set-up, they don't necessarily need sex in order to give birth, but "pour energy" (or the "Love Ritual") into these maidens so that their Star Children matches the powers that each maiden have to aid Itsuki in his quest. And...based on that aforementioned setup, it looks and feels like a censored hentai in almost every way (Heck, why NOT make this a hentai in the first place, that would be better!) Maybe it the "It's NOT an eroge" baby-making pitch that made people think otherwise, and in this unfortunate case, in the hands of School Days director Keitaro Motonaga and the people over at Gonzo. And...it's a trashy masterpiece in its own right that can be best matched up to the glory that is School Days itself.
I really don't give two Fs about the characters as well. For one, Itsuki Yuge the Visitor himself, not only was he being summoned to fight against the Impurities as the last hope for Granvania, but dragging along his cousin Mahiru, who seemed to be "pregnant" with his Star Child, and all the way through, he was there just for the sole mission of process-eliminating Impurities so that Granvania can be prosperous again. Otherwise, he's just bland, unlikeable and a sore thumb to look at. Same goes for the 12 constellational maidens, throughout the series we get some backstory about their lives, and it's for that reason that they exist to help Itsuki on the "give birth" side of things. (Spoilers) Not to mention that Alfie, being the extra maiden (literally "extra"), that was when the entire show took a nosedive for the worst. I'd appreciate her sense of literally being the caregiver for the Star Children, nurturing their growth so that Itsuki can utilize their powers to fend of evilwarts, but anything else than that, it's a direct rejection. Easily the most annoying is Mana the perverted sub-jestic raccoon whom is always acting for Itsuki's naughty and weird antics that it becomes a chore to listen to it everytime in relation to Itsuki. But thank God it's the final boss, and so to speak, defeating it is mission accomplished.
And...not to mention the almost drab looking art and animation. I know that Gonzo isn't one of the studios to count on for quality anime, but it at least presented a good chunk of art that's resemblance to the game aestethics itself. I have no idea how it comapres to the game, so for those who have played the game, judge and compare with your own eyes. Animation is very minimal for the most part, as it just involves some fighting action, mostly lustful love-sex moments and Mana's direct-indirect love-guru movements over and over in repeat.
And oh God the music. I've gotta say that the music really just subverts expectations of the show itself. Nano's OP is just as great, although her new song "Star light, Star bright" is a departure from her usual reprtiore of songs, she has indicated that this song is for the light happy moments, so good for her, it still is one to remember. Same goes with well established VA-cum-musician Manani Numakura with the ED as well. If there's an area of good impressions, it will always be the music, and it doesn't disappoint.
In the end, how I wished this was an eroge to begin with, when you have enough evidence of "giving birth", endless amount of flirting and whatnot, if it was designed that way it would have been a moderate success, just with more censoring. Alas, what we got was a series that had given its base up since the beginning, and as a result, created one of the most trashiest anime of the year. Stay far away from this one if you desire hentai levels of enjoyment, or not anime in general.