The young succubus princess Astarotte Ygvar hates men. She hates them so much, in fact, that she goes out of her way to surround herself with women, and ends up with quite a collection of ladies with quirky personalities. Unfortunately, her duties as a succubus require her to form a harem of men to replenish her magic.
Astarotte lives a fairly carefree life, until the World Tree opens a path into another realm and swallows up one of her companions. Luckily, Astarotte's friend returns unharmed, along with a handsome surprise. Naoya Touhara is a man, and a human one at that. He's perfect for becoming Astarotte's first male companion, if she can get over her hatred of men and accept him into her life.
Naoya decides to stay in Astarotte's world and help her on her journey into adulthood, under one condition: he wants to bring his daughter Asuha with him.
Astarotte no Omocha! (or "Astarotte's Toy!" in English), is a harem, ecchi, comedy series that follows the escapades of Astarotte Ygvar, a ten year old succubus princess who is under the conviction of forming a man-harem, in order to guzzle "man juice" so as to preserve her youth and beauty. With the clear direction established, the series becomes a collection of episodic antics involving young , tsundere Astarotte and her boy-toys, all aiming towards the token "hunk of the week" and a hearty showering of baby butter to top it [and her] all off.
Have you got all that? Good. Now forget everything I just told
you, because this series has -next to nothing to do with any of that-. Sadly, a large sum of people that read the plot synopsis are going to think that this series is all about a ten year old girl sucking down throat yogurt, but that isn't the case. So what should someone going into Astarotte no Omocha! expect out of it?
Well first thing's first, it's still an ecchi series. It's not going to magically cure your phobia of seeing a 10 year old girl in a sexually suggestive scenario or an overly large bosom stuffed into all too restrictive clothing. Though, in a world where the tag "ecchi" is near synonymous with "seemingly random and all-too-frequent upskirts, due to a sudden gust of wind or poor choice of panning camera angles, that only serve to have the protagonist slugged into the stratosphere", Astarotte no Omocha! dares to be different. Most of the H content comes solely from the risque and colourfully abundant array of outfits that the characters squeeze themselves into, and take it from me, the wardrobes of each character in this show are vast and vibrant. In fact, for a series with an ecchi brand there's very little direct fanservice; what that means is that, until episode 9 (obligatory beach episode), the only "fanservice" that's delivered is thinly veiled clips that cater to a specific fetish.
Though, even if the series is speckled with these "fetish-tastic" scenes, all the usual triteness you'd expect from an ecchi anime takes a backseat to story-telling and character development. If you plan to watch Astarotte no Omocha! strictly to see a loli eat a bowl of man chowder, you'll find yourself instead using adjectives like "heart-warming" or "touching"; the end of the series could even squeeze a tear from the coldest of hearts.
I mentioned before that, despite the plot synopsis, this show isn't about Astarotte forming a man-harem to gargle mayonnaise. While that theme serves as a sort of whispered guideline, it's forgettable at best; it's mentioned here and there throughout the series, but beyond episode one it's rarely ever spoken of beyond the occasional badgering of Judith. Instead, this anime is about the young princess Astarotte vainly proclaiming she's capable, and willing, to round up a troupe of men if, and only if, a human is present amongst them and the events that transpire afterward. However, only one male love interest is present, despite the calls for a harem.
Enter Naoya, the human "recruited" by Astarotte's subjects to serve as a member of her harem, and father (yes, you read that right) of Asuha, a spunky young girl around the same age as the princess. Though despite him being conscripted to sleep with Lotte, he never actually slips into her bed, unless it's to tuck her in for the night or offer her a glass of warm milk (of the bovine variety). Their relationship is more akin to a big brother and little sister than anything sexual. He also acts as one of two butlers (being labelled Astarotte's personal "toy" after her phobia of men slowly disipates, but she only mentions that title once or twice instead of constantly lawding it over the protag, unlike some choice JCStaff series) serving at the princess's castle, alongside the maid, Effie, the captain of Astarottes personal guard, Zelda, and the person responsible for dragging Naoya into their world in the first place, Judith.
A handful of other characters are also introduced as the series progresses, all of whom are unique enough to be enjoyable; none of them have especially unique personalities, sure, but they all have such colourful and unique outfits or appearances that you won't have trouble remembering any of them (for one reason or another). I suppose this is also a good time to say that, despite Lotte being voiced by Kugimiya Rie, she is the "good" type of tsundere; she actually acts in a matter befitting a 10 year old girl, of royal descent, who dislikes the male gender (and doesn't spit out an endless stream of "urusai" when angered or embarassed). See; Taiga.
Alongside Kugimiya Rie there's a handful of other well-known voice actors, including Tamura Yukari (as Asuha) and Horie Yui (as Effie) who provide the voices for Furude Rika and Hanyuu, respectively, from the Higurashi series. Satou Rina, known for her work as Misaka Mikoto from Index and Negi Springfield from Negima, plays the part of Naoya, while Saito Chiwa, who voices two of my favourite characters, Rebecca Miyamoto from Pani Poni Dash! and Francesca Lucchini from Strike Witches, performs the role of the rabbit-eared sage, Ingrid. The intro theme is your average J-rock song that's enjoyable but nothing you haven't heard before, while the ending theme is a soft and slow ballad by the artist Azusa, both of which are relatively calm. But the background music is the area where audio truly shines in this series; it plays at the right times, it fits the mood, it's not too loud, theres alot of variety, it's all very pleasent to listen to and it all rounds off this anime into one nice little package.
All in all, Astarotte no Omocha! is a show everyone should try at least once. Even if ecchi isn't something you enjoy, it's easy to look past that and see how many good things this anime has going for it. A refreshing new spin on the ecchi genre that goes above and beyond what one would expect despite being labelled with such a misleading synopsis, a story that's quirky most of the time and lovable the rest, with a cast of interesting characters, excellent voice acting and music, a budding romantic relationship and a vast repertoire of fetish coverage, all in one.
Sadly, if you're looking for an anime to sate your bukake fetish, you're going to have to look elsewhere.
I don't know what made me watch this show. I really shouldn't have. I could think of a hundred much better ways of spending 288 minutes of my life (at least one of which would be thinking of 99 other ways), other than watching this awful pedophilia-themed snore-inducing train wreck of a show. Some spoilers to follow, should you care.
You see that summary up at the top of the page? That's the entire plot. There is no development at all besides what is in that paragraph. Naoya, the 23 year old guy who looks like he's about 14 and is voiced by a girl,
is taken from his world to be employed as a member of a 10-year old girl's harem so that she can drink his sperm every day. She hates men and is Rie Kugimiya. They pretend to have a plot near the end where the portal to the monster world is trying to erase Naoya and his daughter, so it starts with them losing their voices, but it seems by the very next episode the creators forgot that the characters were supposed to not be able to hear one another and just went ahead with it anyhow. So if you're not watching for the plot, it's gotta be something else, right?
It's not that bad. If you're a pedophile. Every 5 minutes or so you get some sort of phallic imagery alongside the underaged characters. Nothing else really stands out. It's just dull and unimpressive. So if you're not watching for the art, it's gotta be something else, right?
Rie Kugimiya can die in a fire. I really, really hate her voice. A few times in this show I actually just muted and watched it silent for a while because her screams make me that angry. That, and every character has a high, squeaky voice. The OP/ED are forgettable and uninspired, and the only voice I liked was that of the mosquito in the last episode. Unless you're watching for the assorted squeaks of Japan you could otherwise find in a bale of laboratory mice, it's gotta be for something else, right?
Here's where my real beef with the show stands. You find out eventually that Naoya was actually taken to the land of monsters years ago (11 years to be exact), when he was 12, and while he was 12, impregnated the queen, the result of which is his daughter Asuha. I'm not sure if they ever address it directly, but that makes her step-sisters with the princess Astarotte. But then they go to the same school later, and sit together in the same class. That makes them the same age, or at most 9 months apart which would mean more likely than not they would belong in separate classes. Therefore we can only conclude they were born at the same time, suggesting fraternal twins (clearly not identical, one is blonde and the other is blue). In the two characters biographies, it's written that Asuha is the older sister and Astarotte is the younger, but both are 10 years old. Therefore... Naoya must also be Astarotte's father. Which puts a pretty interest twist on things when he is taken back into the land of monsters to provide a faucet for her succubus necessities. By episode 12, he even says to her that he's fallen in love with her. He KNOWS that she's at the most distant, his step-daughter. And yet he's there for that very purpose anyhow. What is WRONG with you, Japan?
I found many other better things to do while watching this show.
I would have given this show a 1, but I don't feel any show can ever match the only show I've ever given a 1 - Shingetsutan Tsukihime. That is, I would have given it at 1, if a Tsukihime anime even existed. So unless you've already made your list of a hundred things you could do with 288 minutes that would be better than watching this show and are looking for something further to do, stick away from this miserable, steaming, heap of crap.
THIS CONTAINS A LOT OF SPOILERS SO YOU CAN READ WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO IF YOU DECIDE TO WATCH IT OR NOT AND FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO READ A REVIEW WITH SPOILERS AND SKIP 4 HOURS OF MEDIOCRITY IN 2 MINUTES...
I really was enjoying this anime for the idea it has from the episodes 1 to 6 with the fatherly love that may seem is there, but i was dissapointed half way through because things are not like that, wanting to put together a 10 year old girl with a 23 year old guy, but to make the things less uncomfortable in their eyes
they made the main dude Naoya look like a 15 y/o boy and to top that he was ''raped'' (as seen in the OVA) by Lotte's mother the queen Marcelida when he was a kid and they had a baby named Asuha, who in fact is Lotte's elder half sister.
It's never explained why Asuha was sent to the human world (just implyig it was for her own safety) and Lotte is never aware of this, she till the end will never know that the guy she's in love with is kind of his step father nor that he slept with her mother and sure will never know that Asuha is her half sister, because Marcelida requested Naoya not to tell this to anyone (and i was looking if in the manga the reason was explained, but is not) and that bothered me, i felt that Marcelida was careless towards Asuha, who she didn't see for like 7 years and didn't show affection, that really bothered me even more, they wanted to make us see that she wasn't a bad slut mom with the last episode's scene, they didn't even talked to each other technically, they were speaking but because of the tree magic thing, they didn't heard what they were saying to each other and it was a pointless scene, it was dissapointing to see that they just talked in the fifth episode after finally the three of them were reunited (in slut mom's eyes was a special moment), they just said some words but never talked directly and slutty just flies away from them.
There are some plot holes like, how is it that Naoya had a lot of magic, being human? (you see this in the OVA, the conversation between the Bat and Marcelida about Naoya having a lot of magic so she can use it to go back to her world) is never explained, and is important because if he didn't had magic, Marcelida wouldn't have f***ed him and would never come back to where she belongs and never had a child and thus the main story of the anime not existing or the fact that she sent Asuha to the human world because she was in danger is Bulls**t because Asuha and Lotte were 3 y/o so they would remember being sisters, if Lotte remembered seeing her mom sleeping with a guy when she was 4, why didn't they remember they were sisters and spend time together? and why wouldn't Marcelida hide Lotte too, why just Asuha? why? to keep being a slut sucking and fu**ing her harem of d**ks?.
Marcelida and Naoya are the ones to blame for the love Lotte feels for Naoya, for not telling the truth to her, Naoya knowing all of this is worse tho. Mediocre.
Art & Sound
I think these two things are the best from the anime, the art style was average, the landscape and the characters were drawn ok. The VA was average, Kugimiya is here as a meh tsundere, the backrgound music was also average, the OP and the ED were just meh. Overall both were average.
The characters were mediocre. -Lotte reminded me of Louise from Zero no tsukaima because of how annoying they can be half the time (and obviously because Kugimiya does both VA) minus the violence towards the protagonist but the hatred towards men because her mother made a promise that they were going to rest in the same room that night but she saw a man from Marcelida's harem entering the room when she was headed to enter and saw her mom sucking him and she felt betrayed and traumatized by that.
-Asuha is cheerful, but i don't know why she doesn't ask herself why her mother did those things, she never asked herself, why she sent her to the human world, why Marcelida wants to hide the fact that she's her child and why she doesn't seem interested on her, that's bull...
-Naoya was the toy of Lotte but felt more like a butler, he is the only guy in her harem, and the only one she needs apparently and as stated before he and Marcelida are the ones to blame for not telling the truth to Lotte about everything, maybe she wouldn't fall in love with Naoya but is not her fault, she didn't know she fell for her (blood/step?) father, the one that her mother banged, the one who knew all of that was him and still found out that he loves her, even tho he's 13 years older, that's fucked up and Marcelida too, knowing that she fu**ed him, she will let her daughter be with him, that's even worse. The support characters were meh, overall was mediocre.
Well i just enjoyed parts of the episodes 1 to 6 and some things from the last two, i would have really enjoyed this if it wasn't for the bad story with Marcelida and Naoya being the ''adults'' that did nothing good to their kids, like how they were related all four of them, the plot holes, everything that was a let down, and i think the age difference wasn't what bothered me the most, but how all of them were related but one of them will never know. It was a mediocre enjoyment.
Astarotte no Omocha! is pretty much what I call "filler anime of the season." In other words, an anime you will find easy to forget and probably never watch again.
Characters: Average to poor. Typical stuff you'd find in other animes like the big boobed girl, the little girl who's older than she looks that's very very very little, your moe characters, the tsundere, etc. Yeah pretty much average, typical (some times boring characters). I didn't really find any character interesting at all.
Story: Average to poor. Story? I think that the majority of the series was used to show up new characters that really didn't
do much for protagonists. Sometimes it moves slow, some times fast and some times at a different pace, geez can we get a decent pace, that way I'm not wondering "hey where the heck did that guy go that was introduced in so and so episode? Oh well."
Art: Pretty average. I didn't particularly like it. It was just too colorful and simple. Almost no detail to anything other than the reused backgrounds every once in a while.
Sound: Easily forgettable. I don't even know how the opening theme starts, to show you just how forgettable it is. I kind of remember the ending theme, but it's also, easily forgettable. Also that piano piece they played in the anime was/is reused throughout the anime over and over and over and over again. Pretty annoying.
Enjoyment/Overall: I give it a mediocre score. It was good for some laughs, maybe some eye candy for you lolicons, but that's about it. An easily forgettable anime if you are more into the story/characters of animes. Do I recommend it? I would say probably not.
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