In this sequel, a girl named Kazusano Kazuki join up with the 6 girls and Ikko. With Kazuki around, Ikko will find himself in more embarassing situations with these priestesses-in-training.
I’ve decided that instead of writing two reviews for both series I am going to talk about both in this review, with the most focus on the Katsu!! sequel, as it is the better of the two, though only marginally. Now before you fanboys out there who loved this show get all worked up I have a couple comments to make before I get to the meat of my opinions. This show is pretty much pure echii, and I don’t mind echii, that’s not the reason this show is getting low marks. If the only thing you want is to see cute
girls in various states of undress then this is probably your show but I think if you really looked at yourself honestly you too would admit this show is very ordinary and below average.
The story is pretty simple and uncomplicated. Spirits appear which forces a girl to take her clothes off or either have them taken off for her or ripped off... rinse... repeat next episode with a different girl. It’s still pretty funny in a lot of places and I did laugh a bit, but it gets boring after a while. The first season sets up a lot of things that happen in the 2nd series. And the plot does get more detailed and interesting however it fails to live up to what you expected in the end. I don’t want to give away and details on it but let’s just say it feels like it’s going to be this big ending and it turns out to be kind of a dud. Of course for me the big peeve is the relationship between Ikkou and Chitose. It’s pretty much implied that they like each other, more on Chitose's side as she pines for him and gets jealous almost the entire series but as usual in these kind of series we are left without any resolution in the end and things are pretty much exactly the same as they were in the beginning.
The characters are simplistic and boring. They follow the standard stereotypes and pretty much add nothing of interest to distinguish them from any other series out there. Your pretty much assured to find a girl in the group you like whether its moe, tsunderes, lolis, or manly types. Ikkou is your standard wussy useless male nosebleeder. The cast is fairly small which is one thing the show has working for it; it allows you plenty of screen time with the important characters. The development is small for all of them, all the girls have episodes involving them and explaining their special power and mastering their power however the ending arc doesn’t really make much use of this. Ikkou gets a little better at not being such a pervert and not awakening every time he sees a boob but again like the girls and their powers this doesn’t seem like it makes much difference in the end either.
Animation and music wise this series is pretty strong. I love the character designs, the girls are all very adorable and well drawn and... healthy looking. Ikkou despite being a wimp at least looks like a man. The acting is good and the girls all have voices that match their personalities. All the music is great and it’s very catchy.
"Improved ecchi sequel to an Buddhism-ecchi series"
Just like its predecessor, Buddhism is still the key factor in Amaenaide yo!! Katsu!!. As stated from my previous review on the prequel, having knowledge about Buddhism will be of great help in understanding the story. The anime clarifies many issues that surfaced in Amaenaide yo! (ie. who were those suspicious looking monks, why does Ikkou have such tremendous power, and who was the monk eating ice cream with Jotoku baa etc.). Of course it is absolutely recommended to finish Amaenaide yo! before watching the sequel!
Similar to the first season, Amaenaide yo!! Katsu!! is also very episodic. Thus one
can literally jump around watching the episodes in different orders and still won't be confused with the overall storyline (not recommended though). However, unlike the random day-to-day events from the first season, this time the show focus on how the girls harness and master their powers while at the same time aid Ikkou to better understand his unique talent. The overall story gets a bit more complicated than the first season as to be expect due to uncovering the mysteries from before, but it still remains easy to comprehend nonetheless.
The animation quality is similar to the previous season. For those who are familiar with the producer, Studio DEEN (products include:
Fate/stay night, Rurouni Kenshin,
Vampire Knight, and the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series) has a pretty good reputation for its high level animation quality.
Many types of ecchi scenes made their way to the screen in this sequel (there's even one involving DOGS o.0). Most of these scenes does not really contribute much to the story, but as weird as it may sound, some of these ecchi scenes does help act as stepping stones for the character developments.
Beside a slightly better OP and ED, everything else is pretty much a recycle of the previous season (ie. not bad). There were no changes to the voice actors role as well so everything should be pretty standard for those who have already seen the first season (which everyone should do before watching Katsu!!)
The addition of the uber "kawaii" Kazuki Kazusano to Amaenaide yo!! Katsu!! really made this sequel much more interesting to watch as a whole. Voiced by Asami Sanada, Kazuki, the antagonist of the show, really brought the ecchiness to a whole new level (not quite the level of Kanokon, but quite close).
Additionally, the original casts also have further character developments (which was extremely lacking in the previous season). Many of their secret pasts have been revealed along with their reasons to becoming a nun/monk. While there are still plenty of room for improvement in this department, overall I feel the production crew have done a much better job for this season.
Seeing how the manga is still publishing, there is quite a high chance that someday we will be hearing more from this series. For a one season anime (two if you count Amaenaide yo!), the show is entertaining enough to make you "marathon" the anime in one go. If you like ecchi anime then you would not want to miss this! Mata joudo!
This review will encompass both seasons of Amaenaide yo.
The first season was verging on a waste of my time. I had just gotten off of watching Clannad After Story and wanted an anime that didn't require much thought or an anime that dished out deep emotional drama. I came to rest on Amaenaide yo. Pleasing to my eye with its ecchi, harem, and romance aspect, but also appealing was the fact that it had a second season. With most animes that I watch, ones with sequels (I'm referring to the first season now) tend to score higher because I know the show isn't "complete"
yet and things that are left unresolved tend to be resolved within the second. This is where the deficiencies in, not only season one, but season two start to become all too apparent. I'll get to that a little later. However the first season of Amaenaide yo gets a "4" from me for these reasons:
- No character development
- No plot development
- Episodic storyline
- Annoying/uninteresting characters
- Reused/unfunny jokes
- The "ecchi" was nicely integrated
- I was at first iffy on the animation style, but I ended up loving it
On to the second season: Amaenaide yo!! Katsu!!
This one is so much better than the first. Adding a backstory to every relevant character (not Chitose or Ikkou, though...?) was a nice touch to the anime; the story also got better and deeper; Ikkou's powers were transformed from a solely perverted side, to an actual plot revolving around his powers that was relevant to the storyline; the introduction of Kazuki as a person who not only served as "competition" for Chitose, but, one could tell, had malicious intent with regards to Ikkou added another layer of interest to the anime.
That being said, I watched this story, like all others that I watch, for the romantic aspect. And this season did a much better job playing to that front than the first. The jealousy etched on Chitose's face was funny and satisfying whenever Kazuki made a move for Ikkou, more romantic moments, etc. I use the word satisfying because it expels all doubt about her liking or not liking Ikkou. And, being an anime-watcher that likes resolutions to romantic animes, I thought the show was headed in the right direction... right up until the very last episode.
The anime was looking so promising, then it inexplicably reverted back to season one's ways - like nothing they had previously gone through had happened. They ended the season with season one-like antics that I'm sure this anime had long since waved goodbye to. Unfortunately, this left a bitter taste in my mouth (as well as other things). However, do not throw this anime away, into the garbage pile all because you saw the first season. If you're a person that enjoys ecchi, some romance, a harem aspect (only in the second season!), some good storytelling elements thrown in, and someone that doesn't mind an ending that isn't terribly satisfying, I would definitely recommend you watch this anime.
After watching both seasons, I am still baffled by the fact that the main protagonist put up with the girls, who are unreasonable, violent and extremely selfish. But then again, who cares, it's a harem anime, and most of the harem protagonists are dumb. Let's move on.
The work is average in the sense that it fulfills the criteria of being a harem anime, although their jokes are not funny and the character development-wait a minute, there wasn't character development. If you are looking for an interesting series with sense and storyline, this is not where you should be looking.