A year has passed since Tsukune was sent to the Youkai academy. Tsukune has gotten used to life there, or so he thought. As a second year, he and the girls are looked up to by the juniors. On the first day back to school, a sudden encounter with Shuzen Kokoa, takes a turn for the worst. What Adventures or should we say, misadventures await our human, vampire and friends?
"A series with splendid animation and soundtrack but poor storyline."
Many many things have happened in the first season which was loosely based on the manga original, so logically we are expecting the storyline of Capu2 to continue from where season one left off. In fact, many many things do happen in Rosario + Vampire Capu2. They include the very exciting and daring (in the sense that they are pissing off the fans) censored fan service, more censored fan service, and still more annoying censored fan service. In terms of actual Rosario + Vampire story coverage, Capu2 literally got close to none with a few minor exceptions.
Similar to the previous season, Capu2 is also considered episodic (each episode is one mini standalone story). The "monster of the week" which received numerous criticism also returned though this time most of the "monsters" do not have much of an evil intention thus making most battles seem even more ridiculous (pointless) than before.
Unlike the first season which still semi followed the story from the manga, Capu2 is almost purely fillers as evident in episode 6. To wrap it up, Gonzo pretty much taken out all the actions in the story and replaced them with censored fan service (how can it be called fan service if they are censored with a bear?). Obviously fillers unrelated to the actual story tend to make fans unhappy, but from another perspective it can be rather refreshing at times because even manga readers wouldn't know what might come next!
Upon watching this anime, perhaps the first thing you'll notice is the supreme animation quality. Whether you are new to this series, or a fan from the manga original, the artwork in the anime is without a doubt impressive. It should be added that the animation quality throughout the series is very consistent, which certainly means a lot for a show intended for fan servicing.
When compared to the first season, the OP and ED are certainly at the same level in terms of quality, thanks to our beloved Nana. It is plain evident that the OP and ED clips no longer relates to the story (unlike season 1's OP and ED which give hints to certain aspects of the plot), which is actually a good thing for this season since the production crew never had any intention of following the story anyhow. So a good OP and ED that matches their theme (ie. fanservice) would do the trick.
Give Nana Mizuki tons and tons of credit for her amazing job well done for performing the OP and ED as well as being the CV for Moka. As stated in my Rosario + Vampire review, Nana has an amazing ability to sing thus allowing her to win the “Best Musical Performance” award in the first Seiyu Awards.
I was quite surprised when writing this review that there were hardly any character development in this season. Not only are the characters' hidden abilities STILL have yet to be included in the anime, but nothing really changed from the first season's ending (as expected from a filler series). Season one definitely did a better job in this department.
Enjoyment + Final Thought:
The heavy censorship really made the show very not enjoyable for me. If you want to watch the series uncensored, you'll have to wait for the DVD release. Overall, Rosario + Vampire Capu2 served its purpose as a filler and "fanservice" series. Having strong animation quality and great sound track makes up for the lack of story and pretty poor character developments. I recommend this series for people who like good quality animation but if you want story development, you'll be best to skip this.
*Note* The review is based on the broadcast episodes (ie. TV), the DVDs have no impact on the review.read more
The Short Review for the Reader without much time:
Story (3/10): What story?! Well, there was a storyline for the first and last two episodes of this anime, and then 9 episodes of filler. 9 EPISODES OF FILLER IN A 13 EPISODE ANIME. Is this anime so inconsistent that it can't even stick to the plot for over two consecutive episodes?! Hence the low score.
Art (8/10): The art is the best thing about this anime, is is fluid, clean, detailed, and rich in color.
Sound (6/10): The music matches the anime pretty well, ecchi all the way. It's the video with the music that is...interesting.
Characters (6/10): The characters all have flat personalities: they all love the guy, and they are all...lets just say "brave" in public.
Enjoyment (6/10): Eh. Some new developments that were quite interesting. Mostly mumbo jumbo.
Overall: (5/10)read more
Well, so it’s come down to this… “Rosario + Vampire” is an anime show directed by Takayuki Inagaki about, uh, well, gratuitous panty shots and full-blown harem mayhem. The story is straight-forward enough to actually make sense too: Tsukune Aono is your typical high school protagonist who plays the nice guy role way too well. One day, while heading to his mysterious new high school in the middle of what appears to be a dead forest/graveyard, he is run over on a bicycle by Moka Akashiya, a classmate of his. Immediately, these two seem to hit it off, until Tsukune discovers that Moka is actually a vampire and the high school he’s attending consists of nightmarish monsters. Eventually, Tsukune is forced to keep his human identity a secret for fear of his own life, while also attracting the attention of a group of girls all lining up to have sex with him, typical of your harem/ecchi show.
I just want to make this known: “Rosario + Vampire” is a terrible show. In fact, so terrible that I actually found myself really enjoying it at times. There seems to be a very basic formula to each episode too: Tsukune, being the dumbass he is, manages to get involved in some life-threatening conflict with a dangerous student or teacher, and Moka is forced to change into her “badass” vampire form to save the day while the narrator, being a bat with the most annoying voice in anime history, inexplicably totals up the running time each battle took… for reasons I have yet to know… It’s formulaic, yes, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a ton of fun with it. There’s a cheesy undertone throughout that makes it oddly entertaining, and while the nudity is flaunted around this show like clothing is illegal, it adds a kind of quirky vibe to the characters themselves. I shouldn’t go too into detail with the other characters apart from our two protagonists because, well, they’re cardboard cut-outs from other harem anime and are too uninspired to really give a damn.
However, “Rosario + Vampire” has a secret power: it is so facepalm-worthy, that at a point, your brain adjusts to the crude, dry humor and eventually you find yourself laughing a lot. The comedy in this show is hilarious when it wants to be, especially an episode when Tsukune is followed home by the stalking group of girls over summer break, and is introduced to their mother, who witnesses them in *ahem* compromising situations that leads her to believe her son is a sex fiend. It’s actually one of the funniest episodes I’ve watched since that exam episode in “Angel Beats!”. I feel like I shouldn’t dismiss the strengths of the show either, because the last few episodes of the first season are legitimately great, as well as a bulk of episodes in the second season.
As much as I enjoyed most of it, there’s just also too much wrong with “Rosario + Vampire” to fully recommend it. While it does have it’s fair share of comedic genius and suspenseful moments, these are too rare in the show to really call it a saving grace. The chemistry between the “so inoffensive, it hurts” Tsukune and “Lucy from Elfen Lied 2.0” Moka is actually pretty good too, and provides an ongoing gag that never gets tired. But overall, it’s decent fun at best. If you just want to take a break from a serious anime, switch off your brain and let this soak in. Otherwise, watch “Love Hina” if you want great harem…read more
~~~~~~Now as of episode 13~~~~
What the hell happened? I really enjoyed the first season and then all this censorship has left me in despair!
Edit: on episode 6 there is nothing or little censored :)
Editv2:and were back to the censorship, a cheap ploy by Gonzo to save them from Bankruptcy.
edit: Disappointing to say the least, although there was a bit of manga plot in there.
Story: What story? it's a series of unimportant episodes not moving towards anything with the exception of the first 2.
Edit:A bit interesting finally a nice fight but still nothing from the manga
Editv2: We are coming up on the last couple of episode and its still just filler ;(
The art is great in this season too, probably the best of any anime currently out there. Except theres bats everywhere!! I'm gonna go batshit with all this censorship. Severe cockblocking brings this down to a 4.
Edit: Yay they fixed it so i brought it up to an 8 if there is no more cock blocking until the end the art will become a 10.
Editv2: The animation still great, although the fight scenes are a little bland, but still censored.
I like all the voice actors and stuff, there are alot of good songs as well. Like the op and ed songs alot too and there is plenty of character songs and other goodies in there.
Edit: Some more great music
There all the same as the first season. Very little development if any.
Edit: Still little development
Editv2:" " "
Now we all know the only reason anybody picked this up was because there was panties and boobs. Don't kid yourself you pervert, you know its true. It's like saying you read playboy for the articles.
Editv2: its kind of ok if u have nothing to watch
Despite enjoying the first season i felt this was shit. I find it hard to get through an episode and am incredibly disappointed in whoever the hell was responsible for getting this show censored.
Edit: I think they realized they were making a mistake by not sticking with the manga and censoring the show, it's a good thing they fixed that.
Editv2:There is no way they can introduce any more manga plot, and seeing as this is probably the last season that sucks. read more
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