The "Howard Resort Hotel" is an entertainment destination where people gather from around the world to grab huge fortunes. In the casino is a beautiful female dealer named Rio Rollins, known far and wide as the "Goddess of Victory".
In order to approach closer to her mother, one of history's greatest dealers, she does battle to gather up the legendary cards called "gates". Those who gather all 13 gate cards are presented with the title MVCD (Most Valuable Casino Dealer), proof that they are a top dealer.
Set in a vast resort, an exciting battle begins with rival dealers that'll take your breath away! Throw in some "supreme comedy" and a story that makes you cry when you least expect it, these cute and sexy girls will explode off your screen! With everyone's cheer of "Leave it to Rio!", Lady Luck'll be with you, too!
#1: "Sekai to Issho ni Mawarou yo! (世界と一緒にまわろうよ！)" by Love Roulettes (eps 2-3, 5-6, 8-10) #2: "Sekai to Issho ni Mawarou yo! (Rio Solo Ver.) (世界と一緒にまわろうよ!(リオソロVer.))" by Marina Inoue (ep 4) #3: "Sekai to Issho ni Mawarou yo! (Rina Solo Ver.) (世界と一緒にまわろうよ!(リナソロVer.))" by Chiaki Takahashi (ep 7) #4: "Sekai to Issho ni Mawarou yo! (Mint Solo Ver.) (世界と一緒にまわろうよ！(ミントソロVer.))" by Ayana Taketatsu (ep 11)
One of the things find I generally like about anime is that they almost always have their basis in manga or novels, at least giving it the chance of having a coherent story. Rio: Rainbow Gate! breaks the norm by being based on a pachinko game, and it shows. I didn’t have much in the way of expectations for this series but after a somewhat promising start things started to come apart fairly fast.
Rio's story is, as expected, dreadfully terrible. Our leading character is Rio, a popular dealer and kind of the mascot of the casino she works in, Howard Resort. Apparently she has some kind of power that gives people luck and causes them to win when she’s around. You can understand why the casino patrons would enjoy having her around but I never could for the life of my figure out why the casino owner himself would. The setting in Rainbow Gate is a whimsical and over the top look into the casino world. Nothing in this anime is really meant to be taken seriously and everything, at least early on, revolves around putting Rio into embarrassing outfits and playing ridiculous games. Honestly, if the series had just stuck with this slice of life type formula it might have been tolerable to watch.
Where things start to come apart is when they start implementing the "story". We are introduced to a kind of competition called Gate Battles, were other top dealers from around the world compete in casino games for the ultimate goal of collecting all 13 cards and getting some prize. Our dear Rio conveniently is a Gate holder so she is periodically challenged over the course of the series until the Gates become the sole plot point. This is when the series really starts to lose itself too. For one, the Gate Battles are silly and downright stupid. They have little if anything to do with any actual casino games and they rarely, if ever, require any kind of skill. Additionally there is the introduction of an absolutely ridiculous super power called "Roll Ruler" that some of the competitors use to control the game or the minds of their opponents so they can win. Believe me when I say that it is stupider than I can actually make it sound.
The characters are marginally better than the plot. Like so many of its contemporaries, there is also way to many of them too for the length of this series. Since it's impossible to ever really get to know them it relies on tried and true stereotypes and cliches. Rio herself is a nice, sweet, and likable heroine but she lacks any kind of depth beyond her heavy udders. She is always thinking of others and trying to help people but she’s a silly , one dimensional character. Any personality she does have is can be solely attributed to the performance of her seiyuu, Marina Inoue. The rest of cast, like Rio, is wholly forgettable. So much so that I am not even going to bother talking about any of them.
Overall the show is pretty to look at. The settings, backgrounds, and characters themselves are all appealing and well drawn, for the most part. The art captures the over the top style of the series as well as bringing to life a lot of ridiculous games and making them mildly interesting. Some of the characters, well most to be honest, have ridiculous chest measurements. But it’s hard to hold the artists too accountable for this, since pretty much every anime is like that these days. The ecchi is pretty tame as well and there isn't any real nudity, only implied through convenient foreground obstacles and strategic clothing. So if you’re looking into this anime because you like that kind of thing, then you’re going to be disappointed. The vocal performances and music are pretty solid, if unspectacular.
In the end, Rio: Rainbow Gate! is pretty much your average run of the mill forgettable anime. It’s inoffensive and completely unremarkable and is unlikely to impress anyone nor did it ever really have any chance to be any good. Fans of ecchi anime will also find little to appeal to them as it is overall quite bland and tame in that area as well. The ridiculous plot and silly characters drags this show down to well below average and isn't worth your time or consideration.
This review will be largely based on the first episode and the synopsis given from the other sites.
Story: The first episode doesn't have a deep story. This is a story about Mint who is a granddaughter of a very wealthy, casino-addicted Mr. Clark who decided to abandon his work and spend his vacation or slack off in a famous casino/hotel/amusement park/beach. This famous casino, Howard Casino, employs a very gorgeous lady named Rio Rollins Tachibana who is rumored to bring luck to any players/gamblers. Yup, this might sound absurd but this is the charm of this anime. Its absurdity and stupid humor make the story awesome and great that I watched this first episode 10 times in just a day trying to understand each and every dialogue. The jokes are pretty obvious, but that proposal scene and the last part really made me laugh (or just a half?).
I also learned by viewing other sites synopsis that Rio is competing with other dealers to collect all 13 "Gates" cards in order to gain the title "MVCD" or Most Valuable Card Dealer. This is not just your ordinary gambling, ecchi slice-of-life anime. This anime has a plot!!!!
Graphics: Nice boing here and there. The art looks good and the body proportion of each character is perfect, except for the large mouth of Mr. Howard. The fanservice is not that dirty but I could say its a bit mild but quite memorable that I couldn't get it off my mind. And Rio reminds me of Bazett and Mint reminds me of Kanon. The only flaw on this part is that sometimes the face of the character gets funny or weird. I still give this criteria a high grade because Mint is cute, lol.
Sound: I'm really amused with Rio's "Have a lucky day". The BGM give you a Vegas vibe and I noticed that there are lots of BGM's used just in this episode. Mint's voice is cute but sometime I get tired of hearing it but Rio's voice is just as awesome as her body. She sound like a mature, elegant woman like Sakuya (Touhou). The ED song is cute and reminds me of Ika Musume's OP song, maybe they are sung by the same singer? Lots of fanservice (and furries) in the ED theme but the song makes me hyper. Maybe because there is a hypnotizing pitch in it?
Character: Rio is so awesome I want her to become my older sister. I expect that she have many followers or fans that cult would be formed sooner or later (or maybe there is?). Rio's character is so embellished and she is really patronized by lots of other characters. But she is just mysterious as she is famous. Seiyuu casts are great, but I really didn't care about that. Mint is pretty smart for a child and some minor characters are pretty unique (I'm talking about Dunhild and Mr Howard.)
This anime is quite good and I plan to add this on my watchlist. For those who are dissapointed with the first episode, don't give up on it. Just watch 2 or more episodes and I guarantee that you might like it. (Really)
Ignore all the haters, this Anime is VERY GOOD and may even become GREAT!
I have to be honest, episode 1 is pretty boring and it doesn't give a good impression of what the story is all about. Episode 2 and 3 will make the story more clear and from that point onward it's only getting better and better.
Still, if you don't like fan-service, this is not the Anime for you.
Give it some time.
The Animation is pretty neat if I may say so.
Good, nothing remarkably great about it.
With so many characters there should at leas be one character you'd like.
There are still 2 more episodes to go, how will it end, we have to wait and see. Then again it is expected that the protagonist Rio will be on top. So without further adieu, how do I rate this? Here's how.
Story- a dreadful number 2.
Well, the story is so simple that the genre described really did much live up, well the ecchi part is co'z every chica in the anime wore very kinky outfits and the ecchi is on the perverted owner of Howard Casino Resort, the comedy is too simple and comedy aspect here is on the fumbling Hellising Aya and the black hombre in a kimono. More is focus on the game genre which always involves the heroine Rio who is regarded as the goddess of luck and her quest (actually it was her perverted boss, Tom Howard who get's her into a lot of messy situations) to become the Most Valuable Card Dealer in the casino industry.
Art- a good number 7.
No need to explain since I'm a man who likes sexy bitches.
Sound - a good number 7.
No need to say something, except I like the opening theme.
Character- a good number 7.
Since the characters in this anime are mostly chicas and the setting is in a Las Vegas style casino resort, it's a perfect combination since gambling and gorgeous women go together. Here our heroine Rio epitomizes the gambling mantra "LADY LUCK," since she is the goddess of luck who happens to work as a card dealer in a casino resort which is owned by her perverted, extreme risk taker and overconfident boss Tom Howard, this tanned, fat and cigar smoking slob, knows how to put up a good show (and it always involves the heroine, Rio in awkward outfits), when he sees a situation worth sensationalizing, he's a good fiend of Mint Clark's grandfather who also happens to be a philanthropist and a skilled gambler, however Mint's role is more of a nuisance than anything else, since as a kid she's shouldn't not be even allowed to be anywhere near a casino....maybe in a arcade would for the kid. As for the 3 bunnies: Abbot Tiffany, Elle Adams and Illie Adams, they really go well in the casino setting not just as cocktail waitresses but as crowd teasers because of their playboy like attire, and as for the Hollywood actress working for Mr. Howard, Rosa Canyon, her role fits the typical Mamasan/ Matire'd as would be found in any casino resort. On the other hand there is the antagonist Goltshmit Cartia, who epitomizes the typical gambling cheat with the attitude of a loan shark and her protege/ nice Rina who is a poster girl for a "Lady Scorned"she hated Rio because according to her aunt Cartia, her father left her dying mother for Rio's mom. So a with such characters in there proper role places why should this part deserve a 7?
Enjoyment - a good number 7.
Ok, so I admit that I'm just after the fan service, but since this anime has a little bit of mystery in it and that involves knowing as to who's Cartia's accomplice is, it just worth giving it a benefit of a doubt.
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