Jan 9, 2009
Archaeon (All reviews)
Oh no! Here comes another harem parody/comedy based show (with a sci-fi twist). I normally wouldn't write a review for shows like this, but all this mediocre content is beginning to get depressing (still, some people may be entertained by it).

Kemeko DX (or Kemeko Deluxe to give it it's proper title), began life as a manga series by Iwasaki Masazaku, which began serialization in Dengeki Comic Gao! magazine in October 2007, before being transferred to it's sister publication Dengeki Daioh! in February 2008 as the former magazine ceased publication. The anime version was produced by Hal Film Maker, and was directed by Mizushima Tsutomu, who also directed Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan!, Genshiken (1st series and OVA), Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu, and xxxHOLiC (both series and the movie). With a decent director at the helm, I was expecting a little more from this show than something like To-LOVE-Ru, but Kemeko DX failed to deliver the kind of laughs I was hoping for.

The story is, once again, a mish-mash of the standard harem fare. Kobayashi Sanpeita, a teenage boy, reminisces about his first love, a pink haired girl he met ten years previous, when a strange metallic chibi-woman bursts into his room and states that she is his wife. This is Kemeko, a "mech" for want of a better word, and the pilot bears a striking resemblance to the girl Sanpeita fell in love with.

The story then introduces the rest of the cast, which include all the typical harem characters - the childhood friend, the loli sister, the sidekick, the quiet girl, the combative girl, etc, etc. As I said, typical harem fare.

Art and animation for the show could have been done much better than it was. Given Mizushima's pedigree with shows like xxxHOLiC and Genshiken, I was disappointed to find the character designs were generic at best. The scenery is often standard fare, and could well have been taken straight out of any harem anime. The only plus point on the side of the animation is that the fights were sometimes well done, and that there are numerous parodies in the show which can draw a laugh - sometimes.

Sound is, again, generic at best. The OP is decent enough, although the ED can get annoying very fast. The VA's are once again, generic at best. Don't expect any great acting in this show, as it's not meant to be there. Tomatsu Haruka, the VA for M.M. (Kemeko's pilot), seems to be being groomed to take over the tsundere roles from Kugimiya Rie (Shana, Louise, Nagi Sanzenin, etc), especially as the character design for M.M. makes her look like Shana/Louise/Nagi. Strangely enough, Kemeko is actually voiced by Saito Chiwa (it would have been nice to have the one VA dealing with both roles but you can't have everything).

The sound effects are fair at best. They're generally used well, however the lack of overall background effects causes the show to lack a certain degree of "atmosphere".

The main gripe I have with this show is the characters. I'm getting very tired of seeing the same, generic, fill-in-the-blanks style character in this type of show. Sanpeita, for example, is a useless teenager who has to rely on others all the time. Add to this his tendency to lose all higher brain functions when he sees breasts, his indecisive nature, his inability to put two and two together, and his constant and annoying whining and you have the stereotypical harem comedy lead. M.M. is the generic tsundere female lead, complete with revealing outfit. Makihara Izumi is the generic, large breasted childhood friend who has secret feelings for Sanpeita.

Are you beginning to see the trend yet?

There isn't any real character growth in this show, and it may have been forgiven this lack if the show was actually good. However, due to it's mediocre nature the show should have really gone down a different avenue, instead pf trying to copy shows like To-LOVE-Ru, Shakugan no Shana, Zero no Tsukaima, etc, etc.

So, will you enjoy this show? Maybe, if you've had your sense of humour surgically removed, or have had a lobotomy recently. The show does have some humourous moments, however the attempts at humour often tend to pale in comparison to other shows. Instead of comedy on the level of Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu, we have humour that even a hyena would find unfunny.

I don't think that I can, in good conscience (which is a rarity for me), actually recommend this to anyone. It's not a bad show, but it's not a good show either. It's not actually anything, so if you're in the market for mind numbing twaddle that will soften your brains then feel free to watch this. You may even enjoy it (you never know).

Personally though, I prefer my humour to actually be funny.