You know, I like sex, but probably not as much as these guys.
Defunct cultures throughout the aeons have tried to make sense of our purpose in the macro. Why are we here? Why do we love? What is the nature of sin? When ruminating on these questions, I can’t help but think, what kind of footnote will anime leave in the Akashic records? I think I’ve finally found my answer.
“Ishuzoku Reviewers” is PEAK culture.
If you’ve been a part of this community for a respectable amount of time, it’s no secret that anime has a skeevy underbelly that your average bear isn’t quick
to embrace. But for those of us who have, we can recognize the more scientific appeal of the ecchi. I’m always open to watching the latest ecchi anime, not only for research purposes but because it’s interesting to see just how much further this medium can sink into the depths of depravity.
Ishuzoku doesn't exactly move the needle much farther in regards to what I’ve seen come out of the more extreme entries in this genre. Don’t get me wrong, Ishuzoku has a thick oily film on its surface left by a cheeky porno-stached mangaka duo, as all good ecchi should have. However, despite the overtly lascivious draw of its concept and unabashedly lurid presentation, Ishuzoku is actually not without a sense of purpose or self-awareness.
It flourishes in this strange dichotomy, a plane of existence that teeters between both the politically incorrect and all-encompassing, and it does so with a confounding lack of effort. It indiscriminately acknowledges that people of all shapes and sizes walk the earth and in some form desire copulation. As crazy as it might sound, or as drunk as I might be, this show kind of embraces inclusivity. It’s a stupid show, without a doubt, but it’s stupid in a way that can get you to think critically in ways you may not expect.
I try to keep my political reservations in check when I consume media, I mean, there are such awful things going on in the world right now that a trio of fantasy characters going around having fantasy sex is pretty damn quaint in my book. Not to diminish the perversity of this show, it is very much so what it advertises itself as. Hell, this is pretty on-brand for what people associate with when it comes to the more fetishistic side of anime. For anyone who on principle dislike ecchi anime, the inherent absurdity of this show’s concept just might be enough of a distraction to the ALMOST pornographic content being portrayed on screen, otherwise, expect an unfettered onslaught of smut, ecchi-fans.
Another aspect of Ishuzoku that I feel isn’t being addressed in favor of its surface elements is just how gleefully it takes the piss out of review culture. I’m not quite as dedicated or as skilled at writing reviews as most of my peers regularly clocking in their hours on this site, clearly, but I’ve been around. You’ve heard the phrase “different strokes for different folks”, never has that been more aptly applied to anything than with Ishuzoku, and I mean that in a very literal sense. It does such an excellent job of characterizing just how flippantly people will form their opinions and does so with such a sophomoric irreverence that I can’t help but laugh at the deliberate self-seriousness of these characters getting their rocks off. This is serious business to them, and that’s patently ridiculous, but I’m here typing a review for a friggin cartoon about this shit and for the outside looking in that’s probably just as ridiculous. It’s kind of a big fat middle-finger to the pedantic snobbery of people who critique entertainment mediums as serious art-forms, and I say that as someone who’s no stranger to that.
The real...uhh…“meat” of Ishuzoku’s content comes in the form of the reviews themselves. Stunk, Zel, and Crim all have very different reviewing styles cleverly illustrated by the limitations of their species. As innocuous of a detail as it may seem, the simplicity of having a human struggle to efficiently have sex with something a fraction of his size because he’s too well equipped or the dwarf feeling smothered by the ponderous weight of something more than ten times his size shows me that the writer on top of being a huge pervert is also a bit of a pragmatist.
Technically speaking, I can’t say that Passione has wiped the slate clean, still, I genuinely enjoy the art-design of this show. The character designs are varied and unique and the world feels surprisingly lived-in which can be the crux for a lot of fantasy anime with middling visuals. The music also isn’t really anything spectacular (not that I expected it to be) although the opening theme is fun and anthemic.
So, just how long before one of those pearl-clutching vape-juice huffing "columnists" over at AnimeNewsNetwork conjures a stink-piece on how this show actively champions sex-trafficking and perpetuates a narrative of misogyny in-between sips of Pamplemousse La Croix? Ishuzoku isn’t so much the resuscitation of ecchi that so many of us thought it needed as much as it is the legitimizer that fans of this genre have been waiting for. At just 4 episodes, this is already one of the most impressively written ecchi I’ve ever seen, and even setting aside the fact that it proudly wears its ecchi tag as a badge of honor without pretense, there’s enough there that just makes this a really solid anime. It’s meta, it’s relatable, it’s clever, it has heart, it’s funny, and most importantly it respects the genre it owes everything to.
The story is about 3 buddies going around to have sex everywhere possible with different species of creatures. Such as demons, monsters, elves, angels, ghosts as well as legendary creatures I had never heard of before. They have sex with them so that they know how the experience differs from each creature to another and they review them and publish their reviews in a bar so that people know whether or not it is advised to have sex with these creatures. But in a very exciting and funny way, as hell. Plus they get paid for it! You will see things
about sex you have never seen before, and porn clips you haven't seen in any anime before (except in Hentai, of course). Milk, giant breasts and nipples, gays and lesbians, hybrid creatures that have both sexual organs, different sexual positions, many things that I cannot say in order not to spoil you.
The characters are not at all special, but they are as funny as hell. Just imagine with me 3 buddies reviewing brothels, what will the events be like, the situations and the reactions, you will laugh and get excited like never before. I recommend it to you from here before the end. We have Crimvael who is an angel who meets Stunk and Zel while he's about to be killed by a giant monster but the two save him. Crimvael asks them to stay with them until he is healed so that he can return to heaven and they accept that, but only if he takes them with him when he heals so they can fuck angels. The two tell him what they do, I mean, reviewing bitches, and so he becomes their partner. Zel hates elves, especially the older ones, while Stunk loves them because he is human and thus cannot distinguish whether they are old or not since they do not grow old even if they are 500 years old. The interactions between these three are hilarious especially because each one of them has a different taste in girls so they always argue wich girl is the best.
Music is not such a thing, the soundtrack is not something to remember, but the opening is great. At least I liked it because it set the mood for the episode.
Animation may seem bad to you at first, but when the fan service starts, you just can't get your eyes off it. The worldbuilding is cool and it gives the atmosphere of a fantasy world. the character design is okay and bit ironic sometimes.
To be honest with you, the anime does not focus on any topic that may benefit you in your life or anything like that, it is just a crazy comic and fun story. Perhaps the majority will find it ridiculous, and I understand that because I was one of them. But when thinking about that, I think it is not necessary that the anime should be meaningful and beneficial in order to enjoy it, because pleasure does not come in one way but rather in many different ways, so the fun will not be the same. My advice, just ignore most of the flaws you will notice, ignore the critical side of you, be open and try to enjoy as much as you can.
Overall, this anime is really fun, and unique, I have never really seen any Ecchi anime like this before, and it will probably be the best one that has been produced so far. If you are a fan of this stuff, then run to it now, if you don't have experience with this stuff or don't like them, I advise to stay away from it, but if you want to get into them, this is the best start. So GO!
Disclaimer: This show is one of those special shows that the viewer needs to know what they are getting into and what to expect. I still never understand how people complain about the amount of ecchi scenes in a show that is clearly filled with fan-service ecchi from the get go.
Interspecies Reviewer (or at least the first four episodes) is a joy to watch for any fan of fan service ecchi shows. There are countless times while watching this show that my jaw has dropped because the show took it to places I couldn’t have even comprehended, and it’s amazing, simply amazing. It’s one of
those shows that makes you say “Man... I love Japan.”
The show’s animation and visuals look amazing.
The OP and ED are excellent and I could never imagine skipping either. The OP is especially awesome, and it is probably on my top anime openings of all time.
Lastly, the characters are all lovable and enjoyable as they go on their quest to review the various brothels. The two lead characters are both great and the banter between them is always a treat.
Anime watchers looking at this show need to keep in mind, this show is as borderline into crossing into hentai as possible, and if that does not interest you, simply don’t watch this show. You won’t like it. This show is for me and my fellow degenerates who are fans of the fan service in shows and only focus on the “important stuff”.
If you are the type of person to complain about the amount of ecchi fan service a show has, don’t watch shows that are entirely focused on them. However, if you are someone who is a fan of that sort of stuff, this show will be everything you want and more... much much more
In this next edition of “I can’t believe it’s not hentai,” we have a show that takes a bold new direction while also not being ashamed for what it is, Interspecies reviewers. A new ecchi comedy by studio Passione and is a show for the true men and women of culture. A truly intellectual show that asks some important questions. Questions that can shape the very nature of humanity and bring forth a golden age of wisdom and enlightenment.
Of course, what I’m saying is absolute bo***cks and what we actually have here is probably the most crass/raunchy anime I have ever watched. It really does
have no shame about what it is and has no intention of hiding it. Which is a good thing because it only means you won’t be hiding anything (except a couple of things for obvious reasons) and fully embracing it. That takes guts which studio Passione has plenty with them showcasing everything Interspecies reviewers has to offer so far.
But what is Interspecies reviewers about? Well, it is about our main leads Stunk, Zel and Crim experiencing what every species of girls has to offer...in the brothels that are scattered around the town. From there, our characters go into the brothels, experience what they have to offer and review the experience. That sets the structure for every episode where our characters experience what’s it’s like to have sex with these, “Succugirls” as the show calls them and review it. But it isn’t just the same species reviewing them because our main leads are different species with Stunk being a human, Zel being an elf and Crim being an angel (yes you read that right, an angel having sex in a brothel). So the experience will be different due to the characters being different species as well as different tastes. For example, Stunk might have a better time having sex with an elf due to her sex appeal and experience. But Zel might not like it because he is having sex with an elf that is 500 years old. So there has actually been thought into how experience get reviewed with everyone's different tastes.
Now this show does teeter on the line between being an ecchi series and a full blown hentai with its visuals. If not crossing it. While it doesn’t show full blown nudity that would warrant it becoming a hentai. It does comes damn close. Episode three especially has imagery that would make you go, “Woah, are they really doing this?” Well if you watched the uncensored that is (like a proper person of culture), otherwise you would have to experience a black screen with the words “Please enjoy the scene without the visuals.” It’s impressive though that the staff working on this show managed to do this and push some boundaries while making sure that it is an ecchi anime. Beside from that, the show does look good. It’s colourful and vibrant with the character designs of the Succugirls having plenty of sex appeal to make them desirable. This is definitely important because for an ecchi series, you have to make them cute and sexy and this show definitely does that. Soundtrack wise, there isn’t exactly much but is good to setting a scene with an emphasis on music to know it’s sexy time. Although going back to listen to it, It is surprisingly varied although can be basic in order to maintain a light hearted tone.
So after four episodes, I’m curious see how this show continues on. We have already seen some nutty stuff and apparently, it’s just going to get wilder from here. Of course, that could just leave the show constantly trying to one up itself and failing in the process. But besides that, this show has been by far one of the most entertaining shows this season for me. It’s raunchy as all hell and might turn people off immediately after watching episode one. But I found it really enjoyable and something I can just sit back and enjoy the ride. So if your curious, check this one out. Just make sure you watch the uncensored version and you watch it alone okay?
It is a basic plot and expands on it with each episode.
They lack depth but they are defined enough and their chemistry with one another is great.
Bright, colourful and has plenty of sex appeal. Yep, definitely done good here.
It is basic but it is varied and the opening and ending is fun to watch and listen to watch.
My personal enjoyment: 10/10
Yeah, I’m loving every minute of this show with it being funny and very sexy at the same time.