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
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.
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.
~~~~~~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.
I'd like to set record straight and give you an honest review. The series, as a whole, first and second season are based, rather LIGHTLY, on the Manga of the same name. Keep that in mind.
Rosario+Vampire is a show that FEEDS off of fan service, harem stereotypes, and it's own unique sense of humor within it's story. Don't expect anything more than that. Take this anime as it is and you have a pretty decent show to watch and pass the time by.
The story isn't like the manga. Not even anime adaptations are anything like the "book" it seems. Rosario+Vampire's story is chopped up
into pieces for the most part, and each episode is it's own slice of life for Tsukune and the gang. Repetition...often. Less than the first season though. Only in the last few episodes does a real epic story that runs smoothly begin to come together. Lots of fan service, lots of laughs because of how the harem is put together etc. don't expect much more and enjoy it for what it is.
Gonzo, as usual has done a fantastic job animating the show. It's very smooth, and nice to look at (no I'm not talking about the fan service). I've seen better, but Gonzo does a good job at keeping it consistently decent.
Like I said, Harem, Ecchi, whatever you want to call it, the soundtrack to this show fits it very well. The ever now famous "Churu Churu Paya Paya," is a masterpiece score for some scenes in this anime, along with other songs that really pull the show together and make it's comedy valid. Add that up with amazing OP and ED songs for BOTH seasons by Nana Mizuki, and you have yourself a good anime soundtrack.
You have Tsukune, the wimpy lead with a huge heart, you have your moe in Moka, you have your...Tsundere?...I suppose in Inner Moka. Kurumu is your typical flirt, Mizore is the all out stalker, Yukari is your loli, add in some adult themes and BAM generic anime harem right? WRONG. Though I rate it low for extreme lack of character development, the characters take on their own personas for the anime. BECAUSE it's set in a unique monster environment, each character has certain special traits about them. Given they are emphasized more on in the manga, but the anime at least gives you the basics. I can't say I've seen many other ecchis with a Vampire, Succubus, Snow-Woman, and Witchling all after one guy. Tsukune however stands out among the bunch, though he seems like a below average student with good intentions, there's more to him. He genuinely cares for the others, all as friends, and wants to be able to protect them. This is shown frequently in the series that though he is powerless, he's willing to fight, no matter what the cost. Which does lead to some interesting situations.
I laughed...I laughed. It IS enjoyable for what it is. A harem anime with your typical stereotypes played on well, with your BIG twist of them being monsters, and Tsukune being human. Decent bit of action to sate that hunger, and watching Tsukune progress ever so slightly as a character was cool. Don't come expecting anything more than laughs, fan service, and a few decent romantic/admirable scenes.
Good anime. Not the best, not terrible. They advertised as an ecchi, they sold an ecchi to the public. You view it as anything else and you'll hate it....but then that'd be your own fault. If you need to pass some time by, and you like the genre, give it a look. One of the best harem animes in a while, here's hoping for a 3rd season with more story and character development than we've seen!