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Top 10 Harem Anime

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of harem anime. As a consumer of ecchi content, there’s very few shows that can be as good with that type of content as harems. However that’s not the only reason I love those types of shows, as harems tend to be extremely cheesy, over-the-top and honestly, full of life. It’s hard to come across an extremely depressing and sad harem, at least in terms of the entirety of the show. So for me, an anime watcher who prefers the comical, lively kinds of anime, harems fit in perfectly to that mold.

So this week, it’s my Top 10 harem anime!

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Okusama ga Seitokaichou! (My Wife is the Student Council President) is the only non-full episode show on this list, but what it lacks in length, it certainly makes up for it in charm and well…a lot of ecchi. Out of all the shows on this list, this is certainly the one that pushes the limits the furthest. How this show is televised in Japan is incredible to me when the show is literally the tiniest step away from being a hentai anime. But despite its constant pushing of the boundaries, the show goes beyond just that of an over-sexualized show. The characters are all very charming, the comedy is on point at times and the show just does a fantastic job of taking a traditional slice of life anime and turning it on its head, or in this case, completely bare breasts.

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This is actually the first harem anime I watched in full. I’m not even sure how I came across Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (Demon King Daimao) in the first place, but all I know is once I started watching that show, my fate was sealed, I was forever destined to enjoy harems. With a diverse cast of characters, a badass intro song and an over-the-top magical school premise that makes the show feel like what you’d get if you took Harry Potter and turned it into an ecchi anime. And come on, if you’ve watched the show, you know just how amazing Korone is. She makes that show.

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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai) like Okusama at #10 is another one of those shows I’m amazed was aired on television, but then again it’s Japan, so why does anything surprise me anymore? While the show doesn’t go as far in terms of visible nudity and softcore as Okusama, this show is particularly known and in some cases blacklisted by anime fans because of the couple of girls on the show that are VERY underage and are naked or damn near close at times in the show. But if you can get past that, there’s an extremely funny show to be watching. With a cast of characters that go beyond the traditional over-the-top tropes, a constant barrage of jokes, puns and smacks in the face and a disregard for all morality, Haganai ends up being an extremely entertaining show, one that I went through really fast after I started watching it.

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Like Daimao, Shuffle! is an early harem anime that I came across in my early days of watching anime. While Daimao was all comedy, Shuffle! on the other hand mixed that with some extremely serious themes, particularly toward the second half of the show. All the usual harem fodder is there, lots of ecchi, a rainbow hair cast of beautiful girls, but the show also has moments where they pull away the comedy and bring in the heavy doses of serious and downright frightening material. Take Kaede for example, a girl who seems like she’s playing the role of the perfect waifu trope, when out of nowhere she can turn super-yandere because of a mental disorder that began in her childhood. The show does the impossible, being very lively at times but also able to mix in the moments of sadness, depression and downright horror.

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It’s very possible that Rosario + Vampire is at #6 solely on the perfection that is Mizore’s butt in striped panties. I’m half-kidding when I say this. All I can say is if that you’re looking for panty shots galore in an anime, this is the show you want to be watching. Basically a high school for monsters with the MC being the only human there, the show is a constant barrage of over-the-top fights, followed immediately by panties and butts, usually at the same time. Throw a couple of sexy vampires, a witch, a succubus, a snow woman into the cast of characters and you’ve got yourself an entertaining harem anime, one of I’ve gone through and watched a number of times over the years.

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This is a recent addition to my anime library, so it’s very possible this show wins points due to the freshness of it. However, I can’t sell this anime short on its entertainment value and downright near perfection with ecchi content. Oniichan dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! (OniAi) is a show that people will know for teasing an incestual relationship between the MC and his sister, but the show large in part does a good job of identifying that it’s only the girl who’s interested, not to mention it doesn’t matter when they’re three other girls fighting just as hard to gain his affection (and get into his pants) and one lovely redhead in particular REALLY fights hard for it. The show is littered with great comedy, a fantastic cast of girls and some really good ecchi scenes, everything I look for in a harem anime.

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Out of all the shows on this list, Jitsu wa Watashi wa (Actually, I Am) easily has the least amount of ecchi in it, but it makes that up with an incredible amount of charm and adorability. There is no show on this list that I enjoyed more from being cute and adorable than Actually, I Am. With girls like Youko, Nagisa and Mikan, there’s such a pretty cast of girls that are all very interesting, along with their quirks, since like Rosario + Vampire, all the girls in the show are either monsters or have some sort of paranormal quirk to them. The show is chalk full of comedy, has a really nice romantic story to it and does a great job of not having one girl completely overshadow another. It’s a harem anime that anyone can watch, so long as Shiho’s not trying to play the role of sexual tension.

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I’ve said it a few times already here, but I can never stop saying it about this show. When I started watching the simulcast of Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou (Monster Musume), I went in with the full expectation that I was not going to like it, for multiple reasons. I figured that a show with characters of that design would just not interest me at all and while in a way that was still true, there isn’t a girl in that show beyond Smith, the only notable human girl in the entire show that I actually have an attraction to. However, all the girls in the main cast have personalities that make it damn near impossible to not like them. While the show tries its damnedest to be just as sexy as any other harem, it’s not the ecchi that kept me interested, it was the amazing attention to detail and impeccable comedic timing that the show had that really sucked me in. I went into the show thinking it would be dumb, yet I left extremely entertained. And most of all, I tell people about how smart the show was with its characters, like for example I told friends about the task force they had where the four girls were placed perfectly, the ogre as a tank, the doppelganger as a spy, the cyclops as a sniper and the zombie as the charging soldier who takes all the bullets. Someone spent time thinking about this! I was impressed!

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I was suggested this show so many times, I’d read so many posts online about how good the show was. Admittedly, I went into watching Nisekoi with the usual expectations I had of a show getting a lot of praise: not much. Generally speaking when a majority of people like something in terms of anime, it’s less likely to be something I’ll give high marks to. I might still like it, but it won’t be the most amazing thing in the world to me. But Nisekoi ended up being beyond better than I thought it was ever going to be. There’s no show that I enjoyed more in terms of a harem anime for its story and its cast of characters. In a show where you usually gravitate to one girl in particular as the one you want to ship with the MC, I had three that I just couldn’t choose from, Chitoge, Kosaki and Seishirou, all three of them were fantastic characters, I couldn’t bear to see any of the three get rejected. The comedy is so damn good in this anime, when the ecchi hits, it’s done very well and timed perfectly and the opening theme of Season 1 is perhaps one of the best songs I’ve ever listened to (I think I just found my next list…). There’s almost nothing bad I can say about the show, it’s essentially 99.9% perfect.

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But even though Nisekoi is as close to perfect as it is, it just can’t beat my biased opinion of my personal favourite harem anime I’ve ever watched, Infinite Stratos. I look at this show and Nisekoi the same way I look at Final Fantasy X and VI, I know FFVI is the better game, but FFX is still my personal favourite. Infinite Stratos is definitely not a better anime overall than Nisekoi, however there is just so much about Infinite Stratos that hits my personal tastes more than Nisekoi does that I just can’t help but place this show at #1 instead.

Infinite Stratos does something no other harem anime has done for me, it’s created characters that are constantly in my head, they don’t leave my thoughts for very long. Specifically Charlotte, Laura and Houki, they’re three girls that are constantly sticking in my memories as three of the prettiest anime girls I’ve ever seen on-screen. It’s not even like I saw this show early on, this show is about right smack in the middle of my anime history, it’s not something new and it’s not one of my firsts either. That’s just how memorable to show was for me. For me, this is one of the best animated harems I’ve ever watched and manages to go beyond that of just having extremely sexy girls doing extremely sexy things, they’re also capable of having some really well-designed and animated mech fights (not full mechs, like specialized suits) that I also really enjoyed. The show just isn’t about girls in skin-tight suits showing off their butts, they have some really damn good fight scenes too!

But I would be lying if I said the ecchi content wasn’t a large part in why I love the show so much. I think it also helps that there is no anime I’ve watched where the list of girls I left that show loving is larger. Because it’s not just the main cast, it’s almost the entire supporting cast as well. Teachers, students that have less than ten voice lines the entire show, hell even a certain red-haired girl who is the sister of the MC’s best friend and shows up for maybe…three episodes the entire two seasons the show has run for. So many of the characters are beautifully designed and have just enough uniqueness and charm to make themselves memorable. Hell, even the villains are a bit interesting too and I usually don’t attach to female villains much in anime.

So the show has a fantastic set of characters, some fantastic ecchi scenes and some fantastic fight scenes. It’s a show that is impossible for me to ever forget, I still remember a ton of various scenes from the show ranging from Houki and Charlotte fighting over Ichika on a couples waterslide in Season 2 and Laura “lovingly” putting Ichika in a Fujiwara Armbar while naked in Season 1. There’s so many awesome things in this show that I can’t help but love and that’s why it’s my favourite harem anime of all-time!


So thank you very much for checking out this week’s Top 10, I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to leave your favourite harems in the comments below and don’t forget to share this post with all your fellow anime fans!

Anime Spotlight: OniAi

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Most harem anime has a pretty standard formula. Guy ends up in a situation where three or more girls are all into him and are fighting one another to get closer and closer to him, the end goal being that they become his significant other. This will result from many different attempts, whether it’s looking sexy in a swimsuit, constant flirting with him and trying to spend time alone with him so they have the best shot at courting him in the end.

However a lot of harem anime suffers from a few things that I find stupid. For a bunch of girls that are doing everything they can to try and get the main character into their bed, they seem to only want to be seen in their underwear or naked at the “perfect time”, otherwise they freak out. They also seem to have problems dealing with anything physical, even if it’s just a simple two hands on their shoulders kind of situation. While I love harem anime, it’s one of those things that drive me crazy.

So when a show like OniAi comes out and does something completely different from your average run-of-the-mill harem anime, it immediately grabs my attention.

What’s that something, you ask? Oh nothing much…other than how the anime plays the side of these girls legitimately want the main character and will stop at nothing to accomplish their goal.

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In OniAi, all bets are off. The girls aren’t just using their cuteness to try and court the main character, Akito, they’re going all-out into gaining his affection. In the average harem anime, the girls while saying they’ll do anything for the MC, they don’t follow through. In OniAi, with arguably the exception of Ginbe (who’s a little more proper and has a sense of honour and pride), the main girls of the show have zero problem stripping themselves down completely if it means keeping his attention, they have zero problem not just haphazardly going up to him and being subtle about their love for him, because that would be embarrassing, right? No, these girls will go straight up to him, tell him they like him and want not to just kiss him or hold hands with him, no no no, they want it all.

And that’s what really got me into OniAi, the simple fact that these girls were mature enough to know what they wanted and were not going to become the cliche harem anime girl who wanted the MC in every possible way, but the second they caught him staring at their breasts they’d blush up a storm and kick him into the stratosphere.

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You have Anastasia, who is clearly perverted in every conceivable way and it goes as far as the only way she gets slightly embarrassed is when she has to walk around with a skirt on but no panties underneath because she can’t find a pair (why she also couldn’t find pants, that’s another story) to wear and has to worry about wind outside as well. Her emotionless demeanor adds onto things, making it pretty clear that almost nothing will phase her, you pretty much assume that if it’s in her room and she is allowed to do so, she’s stripping and jumping Akito the first chance she gets. Otherwise, she’ll go as far as she can in public without nudity being involved, for the most part.

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Granted, you have Akiko who for most of the anime tows the creepy incest line, wanting to sleep with him every chance she can get, Akito barely repelling her offense. Thank god (I have to spoil this because otherwise you’ll think I’m supporting an incest anime) at the end of the series it’s revealed that they’re not actually blood-related and Akito keeps this fact a secret, because he knows the only thing stopping Akiko from breaking into his room and ripping his clothes off is that while she wants him in every possible way, she believes deep down that they are blood-related and that Akito doesn’t want anything sexual to go on between them because of that. So because she believes that, while she tries her best to have Akito make the first move so in her mind it makes what she thinks is an incestual, in the end she’ll back off when it’s apparent he’s not budging.

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And then there’s Arashi, quite possibly now my favourite harem anime girl of all-time. I still love girls like Charlotte (Infinite Stratos) and Asa Shigure (Shuffle!), but Arashi goes out of her way to not just push herself to the forefront of OniAi, but pushes herself so far to the forefront of all harem anime in general that it’s impossible to forget about her. For me she already checks several boxes, she has fiery red hair, wears an eye patch, has a perfect body type, is actually really smart and is very independent. Without the show’s constant sexual content, Arashi is still already a fantastic female character. But it’s how she really transcends the average female harem character that really grabs my attention.

While it’s unclear if Akito is actually in love with any of the girls, it’s very clear that there is an attraction to them, Arashi being no exception. She senses this and since the feeling is mutual, the switch has now been turned on and her quest to get those pants off and jump his bones begins. Arashi is also bi-sexual, so whether you’re male or female, if she wants you in bed, she won’t stop until she accomplishes that. She’s pretty much a sexual predator, just without the connotation of it being child-related. If she wants to fuck you, she’ll use every trick in the book to make it happen. So instead of the usual “Omigosh! You saw me in my underwear! Eeek!” reactions from female characters in harem anime, if you dare to walk into her room, don’t be surprised if she tries to lock you in and toss her robe off right away.

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The anime doesn’t hide its hand like most harems try to do. Harem anime may have sexual content, but it’s just in the odd ecchi scene where a girl is showering, undressing, the usual fodder. In OniAi, they don’t shy away from sex and the lustful desire of the act. Arashi pretty much wants to have sex every hour of the day, whether it’s Akito or not makes no difference to her. Akiko spends every waking moment of each day trying to sucker who she thinks is her blood-related brother into making the first move on her, so the incest line suddenly becomes acceptable in her mind, so you know she dreams of nothing more than riding Akito all night long. Anastasia would love nothing more than to have Akito in her bed, caressing every inch of her body, so long as it’s on her terms. Ginbe while you’re to assume she wants all this as well, her main objective is for Akito to truly see her as a woman, as when they were kids, he thought she was a boy the entire time. Either way, as soon as he shows to her that he is attracted to her feminine figure, she’s jumping him. Hell, even Akito’s boss as a writer, Kaoruko, it’s hinted that even she’s into him a little bit (partially cause she believes he’s a siscon and a lolicon and is trying to bring him back to liking girls his age or a little older) and tries to court him a couple of times. And yes, I’m completely ignoring Arisa, because she’s 12 and honestly, other than her uncanny nature of stripping naked overnight when she sleeps, she’s not actually sexually interested in Akito, she just loves him as an actual brother, her mind just gets tainted while living under the same roof as three extremely perverted girls in Arashi, Akiko and Anastasia.

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So for those who like watching anime with a flare for the sexual innuendo, this is a fantastic anime for that. I know it partially ruins it to reveal that Akito and Akiko are not actually related, but believe me, if they did not reveal this fact, I would not be talking about this show at all. I’d certainly not want it out in the open that I got super into an anime where incest was its main theme. But for what the anime (by the end) actually is, it’s a harem anime that unlike most, doesn’t shy away from the idea of sex and affection based on physical attraction. While Ginbe and Akiko do like Akito for who he is, it’s arguable that Arashi and Anastasia simply like him because they think he’s attracted and want to fuck him.

Sometimes that’s all we need to want to have sex with someone, we are superficial after all.

Anime Spotlight: Nisekoi

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I love harem anime, it’s one of, if not my favourite genre of anime. I find that in harem anime, the insanity dial is usually turned up the highest, the comedy at times is at its best and I don’t have a problem with sexuality and innuendo, so it works for me. Normally too with harem anime, it’s sexy and raunchy as fuck, takes shows like Highschool DxD, Freezing or even my personal favourite, Infinite Stratos.

But in the case of Nisekoi, while there is a tiny bit of ecchi in the show, Nisekoi actually becomes one of my favourite all-time harem anime shows by just being really funny, really well-written and really sweet to watch.

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The concept of the show is fantastic as well. Raku owns a locket with a keyhole, he has not opened it and cannot remember who holds the key, other than that it’s a girl that he made essentially a promise to marry when he was a little kid. And as the show progresses, without spoiling too much, it’s not as simple as there just being one girl with the key to his locket.

What I like immediately about the show is that unlike most harem anime main characters, Raku actually knows in the back of his mind from Episode 1 which girl he’s in love with, regardless of the fact he doesn’t know at the time who has the key to his locket. How often in harem anime does that main character have someone they’re in love with at all, let alone right from the very start? Not that many. And not only that, but he actually tries to pursue that relationship, albeit constantly interrupted.

Secondly, the majority of female characters in the show for the majority of the show aren’t even into him. Kosaki certainly is from the start, but every other female character starts off indifferent to Raku or straight up doesn’t like him. Take Seishirou, who I did a Character Spotlight yesterday on, she wants Raku dead when they first meet. Seriously, she tries to straight up kill him! But after learning that while yes, he is the son of a Yakuza leader, he’s not trying to take Chitoge who’s the daughter of a mafia boss and force her into a relationship, rather the two of them are being forced into a relationship, she actually calms the fuck down and begins to half-ass like him and even fall for him, even though she doesn’t admit it.

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And that’s another thing that makes this show interesting, it’s not just Raku’s journey to find the girl who has the key to his locket, he has multiple relationships going on, whether he wants them or not. He’s after Kosaki, the girl he’s fallen for in his class, but because his father, who’s a Yakuza leader made a deal with a mafia boss to end a turf war between both sides by having their children marry each other, Raku now has to deal with Chitoge and they hate each other from the very start. So not only does he have to try and act like he loves this girl he hates, he has to struggle with the fact that he still wants to be with Kosaki, yet he has to advertise to everyone including her that he’s already taken and will be marrying Chitoge. It’s such a complicated, yet seamlessly told story that the anime employs in its first season especially.

Once you add in other characters like Seishirou and Ruri, the anime takes on a fantastic personality, ridden with slapstick humour, ridiculous situations and yet a really interesting love story between one boy and a few girls who over time grow to fall for him as well. And while the anime hasn’t finished and the manga has (which depresses me that I was spoiled on who he ends up with), the two seasons so far, that is if the show will finish the story in anime form as well, they’ve been fantastic. They’ve been super funny and super sweet, able to hit both sides of the spectrum whether you like to laugh your ass off or be lovestruck by the various relationships slowly forming before your very eyes.

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If you’re into romantic comedies and don’t mind the harem genre added into it, this is a perfect show to watch. It’s not too heavy on the ecchi content either, there’s not a myriad of panty shots to turn you off, there’s not jiggling breasts or excess nudity, none of that jazz that while I don’t have an issue with, it’s a deal breaker for others. This show is pure and simple, a romantic comedy and a damn good one at that!

Character Spotlight: Seishirou Tsugumi

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I don’t know how the core audiences in Japan are when it comes to anime and the various cliches and plot devices that are used in various shows. But I feel like if there’s any cliche in anime that I don’t understand how it gets drawn up like it will totally fool people, it’s female characters that are first introduced as a “boy”. They’re dressed like a boy, they “act” like a boy, they “talk” like a boy and they “look” like a…okay, no. Anime, I don’t know how dumb you think your audience is, but in my case specifically, I haven’t fallen for this once. I can call these cliche characters a mile away.

Not that it matters too much, because I love those girls. I always have. And recently, I got exposed to one of my new favourites, Seishirou Tsugumi from Nisekoi.

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Pretty boy? Check. That’s the first giveaway for a female character in a male disguise. Feminine voice? Check. That’s the biggest giveaway, something I don’t get why anime doesn’t try and have a masculine voice in the early going at the very least put me off the trail.

In the early going, Seishirou comes to us as a hitman from the Bee Hive Gang, the mafia that Chitoge is the next in line to be the head of. “He” is overly protective of Chitoge, as “he” promised Chitoge that “he” would protect her and is under orders to do so, the belief that main character Raku has Chitoge forced into a relationship with him.

But as all romantic comedy harems go in anime, when there’s a boy challenging the main character, there’s only one possible outcome…

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Turns out to be not only a girl, but a girl with the largest breasts on the show? Ding ding ding! All the checks! Upon the shocking revelation that Seishirou is actually a woman, this is when the show is at its best. I actually believe that the addition of Marika and even Paula and Haru overdid it when the idea of Chitoge vs Kosaki was already in full swing. Having Seishirou into the mix at least had one person (without a key) on the outside looking in, so there was that extra piece in there. Not only that, but Seishirou finished the triangle of characters, Kosaki the sweet, shy girl, Chitoge the violent tsundere and Seishirou as the secret tomboy. For me, that’s all I could ever want from a harem anime.

Because upon the addition of Seishirou into the mix of the harem already being heavily fought between Kosaki and Chitoge, the story had a chance to separate people at random now, instead of it being forced like Raku and Chitoge constantly were in the early going. With Seishirou, her flippant multiple personality breakouts could happen at any moment and pull Chitoge out of there so Kosaki and Raku are alone, or by pulling Raku away from Chitoge, now Seishirou’s alone with Raku. And as the anime shows us, at least in my opinion, those are the best moments.

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The initial scene where Seishirou’s true gender is revealed (in the most shocking fashion *sarcasm*) is really good from the standpoint of being from a minor ecchi harem anime. After a duel where Raku surely would’ve died, he manages to somehow knock Boy Seishirou unconscious by jumping into a pool (that part doesn’t make as much sense, but whatever) that’s conveniently placed not far from a classroom window so no one suffers broken legs. Upon fleeing into the boy’s changeroom with the unconscious Seishirou, Raku decides that undressing the boy is the best option now, so he doesn’t get a cold. Of course, upon taking his pants off and undoing his shirt…something is amiss! To make matters worse, not only has SHE woken up and is about to freak the fuck out, everyone looking for him is about to enter the changeroom so Raku grabs her and they hide in a locker, that must be double the size in terms of width to any locker I’ve ever seen. While in hiding, Seishirou completely removes that badass male attitude she had earlier and goes full-blown embarrassed and humiliated young girl. To cap off the scene, Raku calls her cute and that completely throws off Seishirou, fully completely her transformation into an adorable young lady.

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Anything Seishirou does from that moment onward is incredibly adorable. Regardless of the fact that she tries so hard to get back her tough guy image that she sort of had going in, it’s immediately destroyed any time Raku says anything remotely classified as nice to her. She drops her entire badass attitude and starts blushing madly and denying everything under the sun. The longer the anime goes on too, the more we see of her in a more girlish light, we see her wearing cuter clothes, we see her liking cute things, we see her being herself, the part of herself that she kept hidden for so long because she had to keep her image as the best hitman in the Bee Hive Gang as prevalent as possible. No one was to know that she was a woman, so naturally the main character had to be the one to literally strip her down to her true self.

And I’m more than happy that he did, because it gave me one of my favourite female characters in quite some time.

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Anime Spotlight: Rosario + Vampire

(left to right) Kurumu, Moka, Yukari, Mizore
(left to right) Kurumu, Moka, Yukari, Mizore

I don’t shy away from the fact I enjoy ecchi harem anime shows. As a heterosexual male, it’s hard not to enjoy a smorgasbord of panty shots, swimsuits and ridiculous situations resulting in girls being caught half-dressed. But I do also enjoy the pure comedy of those shows, not to mention the plots and settings of these shows are always absurd and I do love the absurd in the anime.

So it should be no surprise to anyone who’s ever seen Rosario + Vampire that it’s a show right up my alley, given my tastes.

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The plot is absolutely ridiculous, as to be expected from your average ecchi harem anime. Regular average Joe high school boy, Tsukune is well…lease be honest here, he’s a dumbass. He is so fucking stupid that he cannot get into a normal high school because his grades are that shitty. No one will take him, that’s how stupid he is. Yet somehow, his parents enroll him in a private school called Yokai Academy. Now, you’d think the school being named after um…GHOSTS, there’d be a red flag there. But because we need to get the main character into a school, what the fuck, let’s put him into this private school that ends up being a school for monsters. And because we have to make things even more interesting, a lot of these students would be more than happy to take a human’s life.

The first monster he meets is essentially the worst case scenario. He runs into a full-blooded vampire, not only that but one that requires a rosary around her neck to keep her pure vampire form sealed. And when it comes to Moka Akashiya, that leads to the one problem I have with the series, regardless of how much I still enjoy it.

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When the rosary is around Moka’s neck, she becomes extremely insufferable, similar to Miia from Monster Musume as being way too happy, way too lovey-dovey, way too high-pitched and way too bloody annoying. Especially when Tsukune constantly accidentally pulls the charm off her, causing “Inner Moka” to come out and you see just how much more interesting and honestly fun she actually is. In the second season, Inner Moka actually gets time out at school and regardless of how awkward the situation is when she tries to adapt to the high school romance kind of life, she at least has a personality beyond “Omigosh, I’m so in love with you!” and wanting the dumbass MC’s dick every second of the day.

The other characters are also far better than the less interesting Moka. My personal favourite is Mizore, a Yuki-onna (snow woman), who not just because of her striped attire, but she has that reserved, mostly emotionless personality that always seems to work to me when it comes to anime girls, she’s super adorable when she’s being shy. There’s also Kurumu, who’s obviously the sex symbol of the show as a succubus and acts as the constant ice breaker of the show. I could say a lot of things about Yukari that I do like, she is super adorable at times and the comic folly of the show, but I can’t deny how weird it is with the girl being 11 years old and having her underwear flaunted constantly. There are other characters towards the second season that are decent as well, Ruby is plain fucking crazy (and a masochist) and Kokoa is the bratty youngest sister of Moka, adding extra conflict into that season. But realistically, the show is dominated by Mizore, Kurumu and the few minutes every episode you get of the badass Inner Moka.

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Speaking of which, when it comes to the various romantic relationships in the show, it’s Inner Moka and Tsukune’s relationship that has the most realism to it. Annoying pink-haired Moka and Tsukune’s love is an over-the-top mess of a high school romance, every cliche in the book is being thrown at it. At least with the other girls, it’s more just lustful with hints of actual love in them. Clearly Kurumu just wants a hot boy to add to her roster of love slaves as a succubus, but she starts warming up to him as the show goes on, wanting him less as a slave and more as an actual boyfriend. Mizore initially is in love with him after he helps her out, but in the beginning her attitude is to force him into a sexual relationship with her so he can create babies with her. By the end…it hasn’t changed much, in fact she admits if he adds another friend to his harem that wants his dick too, she might actually stab him in response. Yukari’s actually the most curious of them all (not just because she’s 11…ugh…), but she’s the only girl that openly expresses that she swings on both sides of the plate, attracted to both Tsukune and Moka. From those four alone, there quite a lot of interest (and absurdity) with the various potential romances the show offers.

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Lastly, the show as you’ve probably figured out from the start of the article, is absolutely ridden with ecchi content. I’m not sure the anime can go more than five minutes without a panty shot, especially with Mizore who is constantly getting her butt and those striped panties in the dead center of the camera as many times as she can. So obviously a lot of people will be put off by the show’s constantly bashing you over the head with a stick wrapped in panties. Because this kind of content doesn’t bother me though, it’s easy for me to look past it and also enjoy the tons of comedy the show offers, as ridiculous as the premise may be.

So if you can handle an endless sea of underwear (especially when Tsukune as far as I remember never shows his), this show is actually a pretty funny and enjoyable show, regardless of how bad it can be. But it’s the good kind of bad and I love watching good bad shows.

Week #6 – Spring Anime 2016

Week number six is upon us with the Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online
And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online (Ep.5)

Pretty much going to assume that after last week’s ending, Ako’s gonna be running away at some point during this episode. The next day, she wants to play a different game, obviously to get Rusian off the main game so Sette can’t see him. They end up playing a Call of Duty-like game to which it goes exactly like you’d expect, especially when Kyoh tells Ako to think of the enemies as normies. She’s now addicted to that too. Now she’s at school acting like she’s in a war. And then Nanako swings by and asks why they weren’t online yesterday, revealing she is indeed Sette. And she’s hugging his arm too in real life. Sure enough, Ako freaks out and runs off. After that day, Ako doesn’t show up to class again, so Hideki is forced to go into the game to find her and does. She’s gone crazy, trying to use the game’s reincarnation system as the way to change herself in real life, completely lost now. Yui however thinks this might actually be an improvement, as she is in her own weird way trying to change something specific to the game and not both game and life. Akane shares a moment during a walk home with Hideki explaining how Ako has become what she is with him due to the simple fact he’s the only person who’s ever stayed with her and then haphazardly throws her own feelings out there without realizing it till it’s too late. The next day he does something crazy and goes to Ako’s house to clear things up house…HOLY SHIT HER MOTHER’S HOT!!! And she also is playing around with the whole husband thing. So Mom leaves him to go to work (he’s skipping school to do this, it seems), so he goes to her room to see her. Now will she be dressed? He even got a key to her room from her Mom, so you know she’s…almost naked. Likely was and just started dressing. You lucky son of a bitch, Hideki! Then when she says she’s ready, he opens up and she’s completely naked, saying “be gentle”. Oh my god my sides are hurting. After joking with him that he’s drinking urine (because of course that joke had to happen after everything else so far), he actually spends some time with her, tutoring her to help her reincarnate. The guild members are now online, school is over and Nekohime is with them as well. He then suddenly tells the group he plans to quit school along with Ako. I imagine this is in attempt to get Ako to realize how stupid it is for her to do the same thing. Sure enough, he brings all those consequences up with her as well. He also tells Ako she’s the reason he’s found a love for his real life as well, not just the game. They come to an agreement, wherever she chooses to go, he’ll be there with her. It seems she’s now found at least some enjoyment in real life, we’ll have to see how seven more episodes can create conflict here. A wonderful episode this week.

Episode Score: 5/5

Anne-Happy
Anne-Happy (Ep.5) 

Tiny Ren is freaking adorable! Just realized during the intro we’ve yet to see this blonde haired girl that appears at the very end of the opening. Seems like this episode will be dedicated quite a bit to the Hibiki/Ren relationship, which I don’t mind cause Ren is my favourite currently. Seems they live next to each other and Ren has a ton of cats, birds and more waiting at her window every morning. As per usual, she’s lost on her way to school again without Ren to guide her. She comes across Ruri along the way who’s being creepy with the sign again. I’m sorry, but the girls on wrong, she is super weird. During their conversation though you see the birds starting to group up, which means a certain silver-haired girl is approaching, likely with a cat on her face. Before that, Ruri thanks her for helping them with their homework and Hibiki explains Ren’s popularity with women, Ruri noting she does have that handsome, androgynous look to her. And then the shot changes to Ren sleeping with her top unbuttoned and all I see is one hot girl, no question about that. Apparently though it’s only female animals that are attracted to her as well though, which is curious. They each bashfully claim they don’t have someone they love, before Ruri offers to show her the way to school, but again Hibiki refuses and runs the wrong way away. Then Hibiki runs into Anne next, who’s about to get whacked in an alleyway by a bunch of cats. Anne is also borderline insane with how she’s apparently gone into that alley a thousand times and getting the same result. Next is Botan at home, holy shit how is this girl alive with all the things that happen to her?! Back with Hibiki, she explains the origins for her hatred of Ruri, because she gave her the right directions and she still went the wrong way. 12 minutes in, Ren finally wakes up. The three main girls show up together, Botan wrapping her face up and Anne covered in scratches. Oh dear. Ren also shows up, sleepy and weighed down by various animals. She leaves to find Hibiki who has the picture of the sign Ruri covets. She doesn’t quite understand what’s up and questions it quite a bit. Along the way, she comes across the kindergarten where she and Ren first met. Now I have a slight problem with the kindergarten flashback, I’m pretty sure most kids at that age don’t talk in elegant complete sentences like Hibiki does there. There is a crazy moment though when just because Hibiki gets THE TIP OF HER HAIR caught and they go to cut off JUST THE TIP OF HER HAIR to get her out, she yells at them because she doesn’t want to be the only one with short hair, because she’s losing JUST THE TIP OF HER FUCKING HAIR. So naturally Ren in front of her cuts half the hair off her head into the short hair she has now. What the fuck?! Back in the present, Ren finds Hibiki and she also opts not to use the picture against her. It was a cute episode.

Episode Score: 4/5 

Asterisk War: Season 2
Asterisk War: Season 2 (Ep.6)

Uh…who’s this random girl that’s helping him evade guards? While the intro is going, I’m going to make this statement. If we do not see Ayato’s sister by the end of this season, it will be bullshit. I’m getting tired of waiting. Back to the show, she knows who he is and he gets immediately defensive but she waves him off. A creepy dude shows up with a snake tongue and daggers and prepares to attack the girl, who also knows exactly who he is too. She dodges everything he throws with incredible ease and kicks him so hard he goes flying, yet it looks like she put in little energy. The girl’s pretty as all hell and can kick ass, no complaints here! Her powers are so good, she might be able to detect Flora’s location. She suddenly turns her hair purple and Ayato realizes she’s actually Sylvia, a top ranked fighter and a singer. She uses her song to detect Flora’s general location. He then asks for her number, but to thank her properly later, but of course she blushes and takes it like he’s hitting on her, not that she minds. He is the MC after all, folks! Julis wants to get involved now, but Kirin and Saya agree they should be resting up for the final. At the location, the reporter friend helps them get in by hacking the door which worries the girls as to what else he can do with that level of ability. Now the Shadow Putty Squad shows up to deal with the three of them and the battle begins. Saya gets annoyed and beats them all with a massive shot. It becomes clear though that the two of them are still injured from their semi-final lost as Kirin’s legs are buckling and Saya’s having trouble holding up her massive guns. Just in time, Lester shows up (forgot all about him!) to help them out. Meanwhile, the final is 10 minutes from start, so it’s time to get ready. She thanks him for being her first friend outside of her homeworld and causing her to open up to more people. And with the battle about to go, we’re done. Kinda hate these ending points, they’re so random and not effective. But was still an okay episode.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Bakuon!!
Bakuon!! (Ep.6)

The cliche culture festival is coming up and Onsa wants to do a race for it. It seems like an unfair race with Raimu in the fray, but she’s not there with them at the time. She’s busy with the principal who’s a bit happy, cause she bought a new bike worth about $250,000. Oh my. Raimu’s not happy she can’t ride it though. She can’t tinker with it either. Poor girl. Another flashback shows just how down to earth Raimu really is with bikes, to the point she can pick winners in races just by looking at the bikes. So she bought 35 bikes of different colours. So now the principal’s finally getting her revenge to gloat after spending a ton of money, but Raimu manages to scurry away. Preparing for their big race, they are starting to mod their bikes to make them either perform better or look better. So Hane draws a crazy high speedometer and the girls immediately rip the taped on drawings off their bikes. Onsa alone with Hijiri declares she’s going for looks over performance since her Serow is far under-powered to the others. Then Hijiri tells her that the race has a cash prize as they’re allowing bets. They’ve also figured out how to handicap Raimu. So enthusiastic about winning, Onsa’s dad offers her to use a different bike, but she’s not impressed…until she really revs up the engine and now really likes it. Hane and Raimu meanwhile are modding her Su-Four…with 4x the mirrors and turn signals, because safety first.

…I fucking love this show.

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Big Order (Ep.4)

With all the craziness, the controller of the rock god tells Rin that the UN has launched a nuclear missile on Yamaguchi as well, as if enough isn’t already going on. Or they plan to launch it if Eiji isn’t killed sooner than later. She offers Rin a chance to join her side and kill Eiji, which seems like an easy thing to convince her of, let’s see how this backfires. Iyo also tells Eiji about the missile, so now he’s got that an a birth to deal with. Iyo comes first, taking her to a hospital and now going over the idea of being a father, technically. The real question, is what crazy thing is going to happen when Iyo “gives birth”, because I’m assuming it’s not that simple given the rest of the ridiculousness of this show. Rin keeps talking about how this dark skinned girl is wearing a G-string, which she’s not…unless that’s what Japan thinks they are. And eventually Rin’s had enough of her and decides she’s rather kill her first then resume her mission to kill Eiji. Finally getting through to her on radio, he commands her to kill the girl and we assume she does, except the girl decides to turn them both into stone and has already told the UN to launch the missile at his location. So now Rin has giant stone boobs and Eiji’s really in trouble now. Why do I get the feeling whatever Iyo gives birth to is going to help destroy the missile, because that would be hilarious. One of the Majors arrives to help Rin while rock girl is trying to get the crowd from the city to help her stop Eiji. Turns out the rock god is made from the gravestones of all those who died in the massacre ten years ago, so he hears even the voices of the dead. A nurse shanks him from behind and it looks like all is over. Oh and the Major who came to help Rin is actually a mole. But Eiji’s not done yet, he orders everyone to cooperate with him in order to survive. He takes control of the rock god, pulls the scalpel from his back. He tries to control gravity with his Order but it’s not decreasing the missile fast enough and the rock god catches it. About to drop it, two of the Majors show up and one destroys it in one shot, his wish being to be the strongest. Too bad, they launch another missile. About to plan another catch and punch, the rock god breaks apart and a chunk nearly kills everyone but he stops it, which drives the girl mad trying to figure out why he’s doing this after killing so many. Finally, she helps out, the rock god gaining even more power. Eiji demands anyone with powers to help so someone (is it the same guy who was a traitor?!) brings Rin back through a portal and they all together destroy it. Meanwhile, the leader reveals the traitor’s actually a double agent and they’ve secured their main target, that little girl Rin rescued, apparently her power is the ability to destroy nukes. Well the UN’s fucked now. That was a fantastic episode again this week, man has it gotten really good.

Episode Score: 5/5 

Bungo Stray Dogs
Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.6)

Doppo talks about how his notebook is everything about him, his past, his present and even his future. Very interesting. He walks into the office and everything’s in a looney state, Osamu is all over the place after eating a mushroom, so he’s tripping balls. Atsushi is the poor soul stuck dealing with him. Doppo ignores them so he can finish his paperwork but this is not an event one can ignore. Atsushi is wrapped in a chair and Osamu’s pulling his face around. So he finally slams Osamu to the ground and it’s over, the three of them have to leave anyway to meet an anonymous informant before actually going to the place he tipped them to go to for a mission. His name’s Rokuzou, a cyber criminal, or I thought he was the informant, instead he’s the guy who digs up dirt for them. He identifies the informant as “The Azure Messenger”, an unknown. The cab driver they go with afterwards is also an informant, actually seeing two of the eleven people abducted with the case they’re dealing with. The place they end up at is an abandoned hospital, as if Atsushi needs to be further scared by anything going on since joining the Agency. There’s a lot of fresh footprints there and a woman’s scream. She’s being drowned in a glass cage and they manage to get there just in time. She’s also in her underwear, which Osamu leaves little time pointing out. There’s even more people caged up and they start being gassed. We’re left to assume they died, an attempt to frame the Agency for murders, but saving the girl helps their case. Oh speaking of her, Osamu had her stay the night with him after rescuing her and she’s taken a liking to him. Oh dear, he may have found his double suicide girl. After fighting amongst the three of them, Doppo thinks he figured out who the serial killer is. He takes the cab to a place and reveals he knows the cab driver is actually the killer. Turns out a new group is also behind this, putting him up to it and then the Mafia suddenly strikes the cab, a clear ambush. Akutagawa is among them. Doppo holds his own against him and once the police show up, he retreats. Now at the building where the organs were being taken, an abandoned building blown up in the Azure Flag terrorist attacks, which the two note as a possible connection with the Azure Messenger. Rokuzou’s father was one of the five detectives killed along with the leader of the terrorist group in that building. A laptop is waiting for them, a mission from the Azure Messenger. He’s set up a bomb somewhere and they have until a certain time to get it done. And that’s this week, a rather fun episode.

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Flying Witch
Flying Witch (Ep.5)

The gang’s all together for food, even Akane’s there with them. After eating, she’s out cold on the porch while everyone else is doing their own thing. Makoto’s still unpacking everything at this point, sheesh! Then again she did bring more boxes than an entire family. Chinatsu is watering the plants outside when she sees Chito trying to get outside, slowly squeezing through the door. He’s walking away so Chinatsu follows him, thinking he’s going somewhere cool. So she’s playing super spy trying to follow Chito without attracting attention. Along the way she finds a dog that Chito probably kicked the crap out of and then resumes her search. Cats rule, dogs drool! Along the way, an older woman takes a cherry blossom petal off her head and says she’s lucky because if you catch a petal and keep it, someone you like will like you back. Chito stops at a park where a bunch of kids buried something, so after they leave Chito goes to it, does something and leaves. When Chinatsu goes to it, she falls into a trap and a sign buried there says “Stay away”, so she flees. All this has gone on and Makoto’s still unpacking and Akane’s still out cold. While washing her hands, she loses the blossom petal. Makoto goes for a walk and now Chito is her own personal GPS, the Chito GPS for short. Perfect! So she asks him to pick somewhere so he’s gonna show her somewhere cool. We’re to assume he’s taking her to that park again, like Chinatsu before. He pisses off the dog again except it gets free and chases them for a bit. But it’s back to the journey to the park. Along the way, Nao walks to where they are as Makoto is watching Chito hilariously try to catch some butterflies. They have a small walk and chat while Nao’s on a delivery. The woman they deliver to immediately recognizes her as a witch which catches her off guard. Now that I think about it, she might be the same woman who told Chinatsu about the petal charm. Chito’s got one more cool place to show so Nao joins them on this one. Turns out in that trap was a time capsule the kids left behind. Chito’s mad they don’t take the cookies from it. AKANE’S STILL OUT, HAHAHAHA!!! The show ends with Chito leaping onto the couch and cutely falling asleep next to a napping Chinatsu. A cute episode, nothing special but this show is perfect as it is.

Episode Score: 4/5

Hai-Furi
Haifuri (Ep.5)

A boys’ school is about to go help the Musashi, likely where we’ll finally see the true villain of the series, we are about at the halfway point after all here. And right off the bat, we’re at a swimsuit episode to start. Akeno (I think that’s who it was) tries to join them, but isn’t even wearing a swimsuit, so of course she tries to go in with just her underwear on but Mashiro puts a stop to that. It’s also weird how some characters have the default school swimsuit on and some have their own personal ones. Doesn’t even seem like it’s down to who’s the main characters and who isn’t, it’s completely at random. The Marine safety folks are still questioning Shima and she has no recollection as to her motives for snapping like that. Meanwhile, they’re also questioning the instructor from the first episode who is convinced it’s mutiny, but also shares a similar inability to remember her reasons. That hamster thing is carrying something crazy here, must’ve been on their ship too. Back on the Harekaze it looks like Wilhelmina is about to get pranked while Shima’s finally allowed to walk out on the ship again. Akeno talks with Rin for a moment while she’s lamenting over her cowardice, but Akeno comforts her. Meanwhile the doctor on the ship is dealing with the hamster and her electronics start to mess around. The boys’ school meanwhile approaches the Musashi and they fire immediately at the boys’ ships. They make the tough choice to fire on them and try to cripple the ship without harming the students aboard, but fail and we’re left for the time being to think it’s only getting worse. Turns out the prank on Wilhelmina was actually a welcoming party, cake and all. We also learn her Japanese came from watching gangster movies, which is hilarious. But it’s time to get serious as they hear a message from HQ about the school ships getting attacked by the Musashi and they have to go investigate, because that’ll go over well. When they show up, it’s chaos. Akeno demands to get over there herself, wanting to help Moka, but Mashiro puts a stop to that, telling her she needs to protect her home first. But she leaves anyway, telling Rin to keep the Harekaze out of the ship’s range. Mashiro annoyed, tells Rin to do so, but circle around rather than retreat so they can pick up Akeno if she makes it back. They got shot at anyway, but Shima manages to aim their own shots at the shells fired at them, amazing! And then Akeno crashes into rocks along the way when getting distracted by seeing Moka in a window. You stupid girl. Things are getting started now, but dumb logic is going on during this so far.

EDIT: I re-watched this episode without live writing this and I actually hate the episode even more. The episode was a whole lot of nothing, regardless of the Musashi’s betrayal. I think I just rated this episode higher because I’m at the point of keeping everything, but after some extra thought on it, this show needs to be put back on notice again as it’s not offering enough for me. Make or break next week!

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE!***

Hundred
Hundred (Ep.6)

With Hayato fighting the Savage alone and not even with his suit on, Sakura looks on with the rest of the passengers that were on that bus. Because of this he his far less mobile and powerful, so he’s barely hanging in there. So Sakura suddenly joins in the fray, but can’t attack, instead she plays a more defensive role. Eventually, he’s able to overpower it and defeat it. Oh, there’s another just to keep you on your toes and so Sakura can take a hit. Fritz and Reitia, the two sparring partners show up to help out, as well as Emilia…and immediately gets in between him and Sakura. However, this Savage can regenerate, making it much harder this time around. During the battle, Hayato takes a hard shot and when he gets another chance to finish the job, he’s suddenly attacked by one of those guys in Savage-looking armor. Eventually, they kill the Savage, the one girl repeatedly stabbing the now dead Savage, licking its blood. Clearly they’re all already infected and possibly junkies of it. They split off, fighting Emilia and Hayato and eventually leave, taking the Savage’s cores with them. They mention the name Vitaly, who I remember as that evil scientist experimenting on kids like Sakura. So it’s clear without them mentioning it that Sakura was not the only survivor of that project. Back with Claire and company, they call these kids Hunters, essentially Savage poachers. Why? Because the cores are almost 100% similar to variable stones. So someone’s illegally manufacturing Hundred stones out of them. Meanwhile, Emilia’s in trouble for bringing in Fritz and Reitia into battle without permission, but because they held their own, they’ll likely be the next to be brought onto the team. Sakura once again calls Hayato out for a chat late at night and tells how she’s actually been using the fact she’s a Variant to her advantage as her singing literally reaches to the hearts of all the infected humans out there. Clearly the Savage reacting to her voice has done this to her, but Hayato snaps her out of it, reminding her that even when they were children he liked her singing voice and so he calms her down. Sakura confesses she’s falling even more in love with him now and so they have sex on the beach in the moonlight. Yeah, like the MC ever gets laid in anime! So the forever virgin MC watches on as Sakura performs her concert in front of everyone. Seriously though…it looks like she’s wearing a thong under her see-through skirt when she performs! I know it’s an entire suit, but come on! And for the first time she sings the song between her and her mother for the first time to everyone, which Karen remembers from when they were kids. I’m going to give the animators hell for this scene though, at no point do we see Sakura actually sing, her mouth is wide open the entire time. Very lazy. To end the show we see everyone together with Sakura, Karen getting to meet her idol, autographs and all. Her handler though is talking to Charlotte and asks her about her voice, whatever it is we don’t know, but Charlotte says she’s looking into it. Presumably, Sakura’s voice could be weakening, perhaps the infection is changing her? Of course Sakura leaves by giving him a kiss on the cheek which drives Emilia and Claire off the wall…and then she’s in Hayato’s bed the next morning. Of course Claire finds this out and then Emilia. And now the triangle has become a square, or a diamond, whichever you prefer. A fun episode again, but I gotta knock it down a peg for being a bit lazier than normal this week.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

KIZNAIVER
KIZNAIVER (Ep.5)

Oh dear are we going to get a swimsuit episode and a bath scene this week? Also I have to note the title of this week’s episode: “Wahoo, It’s a Training Camp! Let’s Step in Deer Poop and Have Pillow Fights! Go, Go!”………….I love this show. The group is split in half for cooking and the other for baths? Well at this moment they’re chopping firewood. Turns out those two bullies were put together to test out the team more, giving them the idea to try and kill Tenga so the seven of them are really forced to work together. BATH TIME! But Maki’s not interested as to be expected. Nico’s happy though, more so cause she realizes she’s not the smallest one. Whoa, we got a good view of Noriko’s hips and waist there. This scene has made me appreciate Nico so much more since she’s not covered in crazy random coloured outfits. But that scene alone just added both her and Noriko onto the top 10 sexy girls list for the Q2 post. Wow! Really shows how good the art direction is too. Maki’s alone being haunted by something, perhaps she did actually kill someone. Afterwards, Katsuhira meets alone with Noriko and she’s wearing some funky pajamas. Of course Chidori finds them and a really bad angle makes it look like something bad’s happening so jealousy kicks in and she runs away. She’s completely run off on her own out into the forest. Maki and Yuta are also alone during this and share a brief lovely moment together, but nothing special. Though she does ask him point blank if he likes her chest. Then she suddenly starts teasing him, offering to show him her chest. What weird thing is about to happen? He tries to shrug it off, then she goes mad and takes him down, positive he’s not a virgin. But the green-haired teacher suddenly shows up to interrupt things. Meanwhile the bullies are getting in those mascot costumes, the one not that interested in this, the other hellbent on killing Tenga. The bloodthirsty one leaves while the other comes across Chidori on her own still. The two teachers are officially introduced as members of the Kizuna group by Noriko, so more connections are being made with how deep this experiment goes. A new mission starts called “Test of Bravery” and it appears like a horror movie is about to start, chainsaws and machetes a’plenty. They have to find Chidori now, or die trying. A graveyard is where they end up, gravestones of their families appearing and now the animation really starts to shine here, man it looks good. Turns out all the mascots without weapons are weak as shit and they take advantage of this. Nico destroys the bloodthirsty bully while Hajime sends Katsuhira out alone (for obvious reasons) to find Chidori while they deal with the group. The other bully is the one who looked like he was attacking Chidori, but really just didn’t want to be alone in the forest. Around this point, Chidori freaks out and it appears it’s not just pain some of them share. Some share feelings, specifically Katsuhira and Chidori, though they all feel it, but I imagine Katushira is getting the brunt of it. She starts talking about him with Noriko just as Katsuhira shows up. And then he demands his money back, finally realizing how badly it hurt Chidori and not just himself. They all leave together, him carrying Chidori as she hurt her ankle during the commotion. Noriko notes that this went beyond their expectations and that “there’s a chance they’ll make it”, whatever the means. A great episode, man that was heartfelt. And holy shit the girls this week!

Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***

SPACE PATROL LULUCO
Space Patrol Luluco (Ep.6)

So using the third of her Dad’s brain, Over Justice gets him to function again while the rest of his body is on the pirate ship next to her hot Mom. So there’s a secret lair in the closet of their apartment and there’s a rocket ship in there. Dad’s no longer being normal and it time to get back the city! So their solution to carry out justice? Crash into the side of Mom’s ship and not really do much. Mom’s not impressed at all and now someone bought the city so it’s all packed up and ready to go. So Midori uses all the Blackhole apps she has and shoplifts the ship and the boxed city together. And so they’re drawn into another black hole in response and end up somewhere completely away from Earth. This is confusing! Like…more than usual!!! But it’s still entertaining.

Episode Score: 3.5/5 

Anime Spotlight: Outbreak Company

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Before I started my weekly anime rituals for this blog, I would often find myself just scanning through Crunchyroll’s library for a new anime to watch, seeing if I found anything conceptually that grabbed my attention. During one of these fateful nights, I came across the synopsis for the show Outbreak Company:

“Shinichi’s mission is to bring “otaku culture” to this new world in order to facilitate effective commerce between the two worlds. As an expert in anime, light novels, manga, and dating sims, Shinichi is revered and admired in the new world, and an unexpectedly fulfilling real life awaits him!”

Wait, what?! A young man whose experience is in anime, manga, visual novels, all that jazz…and he’s the one to bridge the gap between our world and a fantasy world? Yeah, I’m definitely interested in seeing where this one goes!

And I wasn’t disappointed…

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The concept is exactly as it’s told. Shinichi, a young otaku male finds himself being pulled out of his little bubble by the government and military to become essentially an ambassador for the entire world and to introduce the world to their culture…which is apparently all about anime, manga, etc. The concept is as ridiculous as it sounds, the majority of the anime is him literally teaching kids and adults about the wonders of shonen, moe, harems and in Minori’s case, teaching all the girls the perfection and beauty that is BL or Boy Love. It’s pure entertainment watching elves, dwarves and other folks in the fantasy world stare at a cute loli magical girl like it’s a fucking history textbook!

Some would classify the show as a harem due to the four major female characters that are around Shinichi constantly, but I don’t quite agree with that moniker due to the simple fact the usual clichés of harem anime aren’t as prevalent, there aren’t tons of walk-in while girls are changing sequences and while there is a swimsuit episode, there isn’t a whole lot of shower scenes, panty shots, breast grabbing or any others of the usual things you’ll find in harem anime. While it’s implied that Shinichi and Myucel have a sort of connection together, the other girls aren’t exactly going after him romantically, I feel they just want his attention because he’s become such a revered and polarizing figure in that world.

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In terms of the characters, it’s relatively standard for a show that features five main characters, only one of them male. Shinichi is your typical MC, just there to soak in everything and allow everything to happen as it may. Minori’s your stereotypical tough girl from the military who happens to be super hot, has giant breasts and has a secret soft side, as well as a major addiction to yaoi. Myucel is the elegant, pretty, soft-spoken elf girl who isn’t very forward and blushes 99% of the time. Petralka is the tiny bratty Princess who demands to be treated more important than everyone else. And Elbia is the free-spirited dog girl who ends up being a major ice breaker constantly throughout the show. She’s also the one with the tendency to not wear pants often.

In terms of the story, there isn’t much of one beyond the tiny twist towards the end that you’d have to be completely not paying attention to not figure out. The show spends the majority of its time revelling in the absurdity that is a bunch of fantasy race men and women being taught not through traditional means, but through anime and manga. It’s meant to be pure comedy and doesn’t hide it one bit. You’re watching this for two things: to smile and to look at pretty boys and girls, nothing more.

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Outbreak Company like a lot of shows I watch is not meant to be one taken seriously. There’s not a crazy involving story, there aren’t huge character arcs, hell there isn’t even much in terms of action sequences. It’s pretty much just a plop yourself on the couch smile-fest that has pretty girls and sometimes pretty boys for you to stare at.

And when it comes to anime, can we really ask for much more than that? I kind of prefer shows that aren’t super demanding of my attention. I want something I can mindlessly watch and not be required to remember a ton of information. And Outbreak Company does that for me.

Now I just wait and hope a world like this opens up. I’ll happily be a Canadian representative! Send the elf girls my way! =D

Week #4 – Spring Anime 2016

Week number four is upon us with the Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online
And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online (Ep.3)

So Rusian is talking with Nekohime for the first time since that fateful day. Part of me wants to believe that she’s actually a girl in real life and lied about it to have the easiest way to drop Hideki down. I feel like if she was his teacher, it’d be hilarious. Ako’s still pretty much being herself, to the point Yui (the teacher) pulls him aside and asks him about it, though noting it’s probably good for her, given she doesn’t seem to have many friends at school. At the club now, they share a funny moment where Ako refuses to equip good gear because she wears stuff that’s cute only. She also shows just how useless she actually is in-game. Afterwards they’re alone together talking about more married life stuff and Hideki notes he’s actually starting to get used to being called Rusian in real life. But as the days go on, Ako’s actually getting worse going between reality and in-game. Kyoh notes the club will also be shut down soon if they don’t get an advisor. He sees Nekohime again and asks his/her advice and notes he/she has heard a similar story recently, which only confirms my suspicions that she may actually be Yui. When he tries to talk to Ako, she gets all crazy wife on him. Later in-game she discovers who he’s been talking to and jealousy starts. Then things turn suddenly, missing school to me with a man she knows from the game and is starting to distinguish game from reality, but something’s clearly wrong. They figure out when and where and Hideki still believes it’s none of his business, but Akane gives him shit, asking him if he actually likes Ako in real life as well, which catches him off guard, but admits it and runs off. I WAS RIGHT!!! Nekohime is Yui! Now Hideki’s really messed up in the head, realizing he proposed to his teacher. Ako goes to attack her with a staff and Yui clotheslines her, hilarious. So she becomes the club’s advisor after the incident and has one condition, everyone has to attend school as much as possible, since Ako skips a lot, which she grumbles and accepts. Another entertaining episode this week!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Anne-Happy
Anne-Happy (Ep.3) 

So the redhead’s problem is that she constantly runs into stuff…like everyone other second. I’m going to love her. And then white hair just attracts armies of cats. Still a massive smile on my face when the intro plays, it’s not going to stop happening, the animation is too good. They’re to play a fun game of dice, which Botan notes no injuries can happen…which they will. And Anne says no explosions will happen…which somehow they will now. Oh dear the gym turned into an underground lair. Also redhead is named Hibiki and white hair is Ren. Oh dear, it’s a life-sized board game. Ruri wants none of it, so the teacher offers they play Russian Roulette instead. Dafuq?!!! Hibiki claims she’ll win this board game and Run gives her a good smack for her idiocy. They’re split into teams, Anne/Botan/Ruri and they fail miserably from the start. Hibiki’s back for more over-confidence while Ren keeps her in check again, rolling a six for her team with Hibiki…and she goes to wrong way, leaving the arena. The two of them get a chance to automatically win the game…my shouting the name of the person they love. Are they going to lose this challenge, just because Ren doesn’t raise her voice ever? They fail and get dropped through the floor. Botan of course drops the dice their next turn and breaks her feet. Now we await explosions. They have a cosplay challenge which forces Ruri to dress up like a sexy bunny girl, oh dear. Botan’s a squid and Anne gets nothing. The other two get a chance too for cosplay and reveals in her head her affection for Ren, wanting to be in a sexy bunny suit too since Ren loves rabbits. Oh my, Ren looks gorgeous in her white tiger outfit, while Hibiki’s in a giant bear suit. So everyone else finished by this point, the five of them failing miserably, to the point they change the game so it’ll end. So during transport, Ren catches Hibiki princess-style, sending her into blushing surprise, before she gets dropped for being too heavy. I LOL’d pretty hard at that point. They have three events, first the bread race. Anne gets the one piece of bread with wasabi in it. The second is a Lady and the Tramp-style chocolate stick eating game. Ruri’s embarassed about doing this with Anne, while Hibiki’s lovestruck with Ren, but the stick breaks before they touch lips. The final game is a single quiz question. It’s the shout the name of your love again. And when Ruri thinks she has to reveal her secret, but Anne does it for her…and fails cause it wasn’t a person’s name. They finish last. Their prize…extra homework. Suckers! This episode again was hilarious!

Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***

Asterisk War: Season 2
Asterisk War: Season 2 (Ep.4)

So what has “awakened” within Ayato? Julis has to take the both of them on while he searches for something. Perhaps he’s figured out a way to counteract his weakened state after his five minute time limit. Too bad, she gets bondage wrapped by a ton of talismans and they start to take her out piece by piece without her able to defend herself. The announcers note this is absolute cruelty by Shenyun. Ayato finally finds what he’s looking for though within himself, a key so to speak that unlocks the chains, perhaps breaking them forever. He finally gets back into the fight, freeing Julis, though notes he only got himself to the second level, not completely breaking the chains. He says he can now go probably an hour, which is more than enough. He uses a technique to sense everything around him and slowly starts destroying the talismans to get to Shenyun, who’s about to get fucked up for nearly stripping Julis with all those attacks. Shenhua tries to sneak on him but loses her badge in the process. After deflecting Shenyun’s biggest attack possible, he finishes the job by knocking the jackass unconscious, rather than destroying his badge. Claudia’s there to say hello, flirting as usual and pissing Julis off…as usual. Kirin and Saya are preparing for their inevitable defeat against the two robotic opponents from Arlequin. They’re approached by the two puppetmasters before the battle, talking a little trash as to be expected. In the battle, they get the one-minute period as well to attack them before they even try once. Kirin actually manages to break the “male” robot’s defenses, the first person to do so. It’s to the point the robot actually breaks its one-minute rule and attacks before it’s up. And now that episode ends as the battle truly begins, Saya also landing a shot. Oh and that fat fuck has clearly caputred Flora during this battle as well.

Episode Score: 4/5

Bakuon!!
Bakuon!! (Ep.4)

Booooooo, boring school swimsuits! They actually somehow manage to make Rin look less sexy too. The girls plan to take a trip somewhere farther away for the summer break, my money’s on Hokkaido because an all-girl cast, why not go to the place most Western folk know for beaches and hot springs? And Rin brings Hokkaido up immediately, yup I got it! After being really bad girls by going out and eating ramen at midnight, the girls head for the ferry to take them…except they’re late. Raimu jumps onto the ship and Hijiri crashes into the water when her butler tries to do the same. So the three of them left decide to make the long ass ride themselves, calling it their own version of the Cannonball Run. Onsa and Rin leave Hane behind as they’re racing and she’s miserable, tired, sore and whatever else. Along the way, she runs into Bike Jesus (that’s the best I can do) and they travel together momentarily until they get to a gas station, both pretty much out of gas. Then we get some great Photoshop work, I mean some solid Bike Christian artwork. We see Raimu crying through her helmet for a moment before Hane’s back on the road. She then wakes up in Aomori where they need to be, she also got there before Rin and Onsa somehow. Making it to Hokkaido, Hijiri is airlifted to where they are and some Ducati enthusiasts are not happy to see it defiled with a sidecar. Resting for the night, their shower doesn’t work so they plan to go to a hot spring the following morning. Onsa also looks really cute in those shorts she goes to bed in. They also left Raimu behind the whole time but she makes it there and strips and leaps in, but of course the helmet remains, how dare you think she’d be so perverted! Also…Rin’s got a Suzuki brand on her butt from a crazy accident as a kid. And even though she’s in her thirties, Raimu has a teenager’s body somehow too. Only in anime. Another fun episode as usual from this show!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Big Order
Big Order (Ep.2)

So Rin now has the curse upon her that will keep her from being able to attack Eiji or Sena. She immediately tries anyway and can pick up her sword and swing, but she’ll always stop just before striking him. She breaks down and Eiji actually tries to comfort her and then makes a massive mistake, saying the words “I’ll marry you” and his power activates on this. He tries to adjust it, but it’s too late, Eddie (I’m going to call this demon that cause it looks exactly like the Iron Maiden mascot) already puts it through. Fran, the guy commanding Rin uses his powers which are time control it would seem and captures the both of them. He’s in a cell Hannibal Lecter style when Rin shows up due to the Order on her keeping them from being apart. Though her intentions are all over the place, due to the marriage Order. Parts of her still show up to kill him, but when she’s with him it will constantly change. She takes the ducts to take a ricochet shot at him, figuring she just can’t kill him directly, but that fails too. So keeps trying to put him in danger but only ends up killing herself over and over and having to be revived. Hey, an iron maiden trap! Yay! It appears as well her Revival Order isn’t limited to just herself, raising a ton of dead flowers. It makes it pretty obvious that he will die at some point and she will revive him because she wants to be the one to kill him, no one else. She brings back up their marriage Order and…I think she squeezed on his balls…owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! We get a little more background on Eiji and Sena’s relationship, particularly that they aren’t related by blood. Then things get explained weirdly, so I’ll try to sum it up. He only went to the hospital to get away from the house, but his wish destroyed everything he had planned, saying everyone else messed it all up, that he only had to keep acting as Sena’s brother for six more months and then Sena would be dead. After that, he wouldn’t care what happened to him. So…does he actually love Sena? Does he feel a sense of guilt around her? Like…the fuck is going on here?! Too late to really explain it, as guards find the two of them. He and Fran play a game of chicken with grenades before a man leaps into action with a peace Order, stopping everything…and then a ton of weirdos appear. Huh? This was a test?! The ten of them are the highest ranking officers in the group, Fran is an unknown at this point. Apparently they intended no harm on him at all and intend to bring him into the new world he accidentally created, as a new sort of United Nations took of Japan after the Great Destruction. They also reveal they are on his side and no one else’s, declaring war on the rest of the world and making Eiji their King. They finally reveal they told the rest of the world he was the one to cause the Great Destruction, which could actually mean he never did anything to begin with. So it’s like he’s siding with the villains, but not by choice. Wow this episode has some balls to it with its storytelling so far. This continues to be a very curious show.

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Bungo Stray Dogs
Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.4)

Atsushi after having nightmares of the battle with Akutagawa, he wakes up and sees Doppo sitting beside him. Someone the incest duo are both alive and okay…WHY THE FUCK IS THE DOCTOR STRIPPING?!!! Doppo’s trying to keep him cool, but it’s clear the Mafia now being all over them because of Atsushi is clearly worrying him to the nth degree. It’s also apparently the idiot can’t see without his glasses on. We see another man from the Mafia appear and brutally killing a man and then commanding his men to kill everyone else there. They’re referred to as the Black Lizard, a spec ops level of goons in the Port Mafia. Just the thought of them frightens Atsushi to no end. So he calls up the blonde woman from last week and tells her he’s quitting the agency and running on his own, clearly trying to save the agency and putting the burden all on his shoulders. She calls for the Black Lizard. Atsushi now leaves the agency, Doppo confused as to what’s going on. We haven’t even seen Osamu yet so you know he’s going to suddenly appear at any point now. More members of the Black Lizard are introduced and get testy with each other, but the old man from earlier clearly is so powerful, they’re even scared of him. Turns out the Black Lizard’s target isn’t Atsushi though, it’s the agency. She wants them eradicated so they can’t interfere even if he truly has distanced himself from them. They barge right in, Osamu on the first floor as we see, while they begin their attack on the fourth. Atsushi continues to walk away from everything before hearing the gunshots, apparently not that far from the building. He fears the worst…except THE AGENCY DEALT WITH EVERYONE EASILY!!! Even the old man. Apparently to Doppo the worst case scenario was him being picked to make all the apologies around the neighboourhood, as this is nowhere near the first raid they’ve been subjected to. Osamu wasn’t even involved in this, it was literally Doppo, the farmer boy, the doctor and some other guy. The agency is scary, man…it makes you wonder who the real threat is when Atsushi held his own against Akutagawa and Osamu has yet to even show what he’s capable of. This is a curious show to say the least.

Episode Score: 4/5

Cerberus
Cerberus (Ep.4) ***ON NOTICE***

Oh hello there Sharisharuu, how are you doing? Taking a bath? That’s cool. Hey, you mind if I invite a giant tentacle monster to the party? That’s great! But before we can see the results, we’re back with Hiiro and company as the young Prince continues to be more and more unlikable as he continues to get more snobby. Saraato doesn’t seem to mind though as she keeps following him anyway. Though finally leaving him alone, Erin appears and it seems the two of them know each other. The two of them go to a healing spring, which looks suspiciously like the one Sharisharuu is in and it is, though she notes she has no interest in other girls. Shame. But Erin still stands out as being drop dead gorgeous. Also, where is the monster I brought her?! Hiiro’s still training with Giruu by the way, being annoyed that he can’t fight the end boss yet before even being able to defeat a slime. Saraato back at the spring almost slips in that she’s hanging around with Hiiro, which of course attracts Sharisharuu’s attention. Also, the tiny girl’s got nice legs, I gotta say! During the training, Hiiro appears to somehow get better, to the point Giruu has to protect himself and accidentally slashes Hiiro, now needing to take him to the healing springs. How coincidental. He admits that he only got that aggressive knowing there was a spring nearby. So while Sharisharuu is ready to strike, Erin is trying to stall her as much as she can. Hearing Hiiro’s voice finally, Sharisharuu sends the tentacle monster SHE STOLE FROM ME on the boys…instead it grabs Saraato instead and then it “tentacles” Sharisharuu and throws her away Team Rocket style. Giruu makes quick work of the monster and Saraato is safe…until Tomitte reminds him the situation they’re in. Back in town, the group is to leave finally and the kids are not happy to see them go, except Tomitte demands they take him with them…and they don’t even fight it, well the other kids do but the main group doesn’t. Why? He’s just a kid, what does Tomitte do for the group? As far as I know, nothing. But Erin’s joining them as well, she offers her sexiness…oh and Nambuuko’s location, so I guess that’s something. And yeah…I’m done with this one too. A lot like Endride, this show looks fantastic has a great design in terms of their characters, but a poor plot and uninteresting main characters is forcing me to drop a show with one of the more prettier girls of the season. I may just be getting more critical this season over the Winter season, or maybe this season truly has a lot more bad than good.

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***DROPPED***

Flying Witch
Flying Witch (Ep.3)

We start in the desert with who I hope is that white-haired woman in the picture, I want to see what her personality is like. Makoto wants to start learning more horticultural stuff as a witch so she’s gotta do a ton of work in the fields to prepare some farmland for planting vegetables. Then during this, she decides she wants to catch a pheasant for some reason and fails miserably, tiring herself out. So Chito takes a turn and fails too. Hilarious. With the work all done, they gotta wait two weeks for the soil to be good, so that’s the end of this half. So the second half Chinatsu’s gotta get scared by another friend of Makoto, like the Harbinger last episode. Returning home, Mokoto get surprised by the Siamese cat, Kenny…which takes her a minute to realize what’s going on. And there’s the white-haired lady, Makoto’s sister Akane. She’s a very talented witch, currently living as a nomad. So Chito let it slip that Makoto hasn’t used any magic at all since moving out. She’s not upset about it, but tells Makoto that she ought to cast spells once in a while just so her power doesn’t weaken. So she teaches her an easy spell she can learn and practice to keep her skills up, being able to summon a wild crow. So you wonder what Makoto will summon when she messes up. A massive murder of crows show up instead, because she used her own hair, witch hair being far more powerful, as Akane used Chinatsu’s hair for the spell. So then Akane leaves for the time being, teleporting. That was a cute little episode.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Hai-Furi
Haifuri (Ep.3)

We see Mashiro’s mother being de-briefed on how if this problem with her daughter’s ship isn’t resolved within the school, the entire program will be classified as a mutiny. Long story short, adults are stupid. The repairs continue on the Harekaze and it’s perfect for the story they can only receive messages but not transmit any. Misaki’s in a whole ‘nother world after the call from Moka. They intercept another message from a safety board telling all ports not to allow them to stop at any port and to sink them if they resist. So their only option is to return to the school. Seems this time a submarine is approaching and they’re all in slightly embarrassing clothes or carrying stuffed animals from waking up in the middle of the night. So of course it attacks them with torpedoes. I forgot about blondie from last week, she gets woken up by two more torpedoes approaching and she’s pissed! So she commands them hard!!! They finally locate the submarine and fire on it. So they’re in further trouble now, attacking another different school’s ships. Finally talking with the German, she says her ship has also mutinied from their own group. The get a school-wide message saying all ships return to port, which means all of them except the Harekaze, not that they know this yet. German girl’s name is ridiculously long, so they’re calling her “Mi”. And Mashiro’s room is the only one with a spare bed, so the jig is up on the stuffed animals. Another decent episode, but I really want some explanation to come in now, three episodes of this unknown crap is starting to get annoying.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Hundred
Hundred (Ep.4)

A shower and it’s not Emilia or Claire?! BLASPHEMY–oh…well she’s not too bad. Oh, that’s Sakura. She’s looking for a bodyguard for the next show since the last one was cancelled due to the Savage attack. Gee, I wonder who it could possibly be…? *GASP* COULD IT POSSIBLY BE THE MAIN CHARACTER, HAYATO SO THEY CAN ADD A THIRD GIRL INTO THE HAREM FOR HIS PENIS LOVE?! Speaking of Hayato, he and Emilia, I mean Emile are training with other classmates and he’s starting to control his virus ability better. The tiny girl he was fighting is drop dead gorgeous by the way, I’d put her right up there with Emilia and Claire. Speaking of Claire, she calls up Hayato and tells him the foreshadowed good news, he’s got another girl to be close to! Sakura indeed wants him. He tells Karen the good news and she freaks about it. She freaks out even more when he tells her he pulled strings to get her a ticket. She warns him that her tarot cards tell him to watch out for water (why?) and women (it’s a harem, he has zero control over this one). And speaking of such, Emilia went with him and they totally shared a bed together. But no time, the new girl needs her turn! And she wastes no time, already wanting him to call her by her first name…AND GET MARRIED TO HER?!!! She’s confused why the main character of a harem anime isn’t 100% on board with her hitting on him like this, poor girl…she knows so little. She’s planned this whole marraige thing out, down to every single detail. So he plays along? But it actually works and throws her off her game, not prepared apparently for him to react so well? So she showers again, as if we haven’t gotten enough of her long hair covering her butt. And then she asks him to bring something to her and of course she has to peek out the door, trip and fall over and reveal herself to Hayato. Well…Karen did say women AND water. Her assistant’s name is Souffle. Another poor girl. Uh…why is a pop star essentially wearing nothing for a show…oh…that’s her Hundred outfit before transforming. So she uses her powers on stage. And then Charlotte just happens to show up like a fucking ninja to explain Sakura’s Hundred. Seriously though Sakura, could you have picked a worse colour for your outfit, I get the pink, but the almost skin colour that takes up most of the uniform? Claire calls him up, likely jealous again that he’s on a first name basis with Sakura already and asks him to come to her summer home the next day. He’s back at the hotel or wherever he’s staying and goes into the public bath…and Emilia’s there waiting, but while she’s nervous, she’s not passing up this opportunity. She’s also jealous about the “Sakura” name thing. She demands he stop calling her Emile and now Emilia…and also look at her scar on her chest, doing a terrible job at hiding her boobs and I really hope that steam covered her bottom half, cause I’m pretty sure she was above water there. He asks her to come with him to the islands when he has free time. So BOOB PRESS TO BACK!!! And then she gets mad because he happens to look directly at her boobs (again, I might add after she essentially showed them off) while underwater in the bath that suddenly went from a tub to a pool with how deep it was. We then see a trio of users who kill a Savage and are clearly evil. My bet, they’re all carrying that virus as well. Another interesting episode, clearly not enough showers and baths though. I mean come on, there were only three instances! What is this, PG-13?! Come on!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

KIZNAIVER
KIZNAIVER (Ep.3)

Oh Maki did never kill someone. Come on, anime! Stop doing that! Noriko tells them all they just have to survive the summer season together and then the Kiznaivers will be disbanded. Katsuhira is lamenting on what Chidori confessed to him, while we discover he and Hajime are now living under the same roof together. What I hope would happen does happen, they start randomly feeling pain during the day and don’t always know who or why. Also Chidori and Katsuhira live right next to each other, so of course Hajime finds this amazing. Alone for a moment, Chidori tells Katsuhira that the love was past tense and once again he tries to just pass it off so neither of them have the worry about it. They deduce it was Tsuguhito although it turns out it was none of them at all. A number shows up for who gets hurt, so there’s a 7th. My guess, it’s Noriko, but then again we learn real quick it’s this new dude. They do a smarter test by having Nico slightly punch Katsuhira so they feel the least amount of pain and can see if anyone else feels it. They note one person missing from their class, who hasn’t shown up at all, named Yoshiharu. They learn he’s had many short-term hospital stays, everyone having different ideas as to what’s been happening to him. They eventually discover him and he runs off. All the girls are super attracted to him, especially Nico as they’re chasing him. They keep hurting each other to find him. Katsuhira manages to get to him on his own. So to convince him, Katsuhira leaps off a tall height just to show their convictions to him. He’s a bloody mess, but alive. Oh…and Yoshiharu is a masochist, because of course he is. I love this show.

Episode Score: 5/5 

SPACE PATROL LULUCO
SPACE PATROL LULUCO (Ep.4)

Luluco’s clearly fawning over Nova, but notes his attention is never on her, which makes her sad. Of course when a moment’s about to happen, the alarm goes off. Also Midori is with them now. They now have to destroy a meteorite about to crash into Earth, so I’m now waiting for the Aerosmith to start playing. Seems Midori also likes Nova a bit too. Midori’s transformation is what causes the ship to launch, leaving the two of them, then Nova blasts Luluco off on her own. She gets stuck on the meteor, so she transforms (reluctantly until Nova tells her to come back and makes her feel guilty). Oh and apparently her mother saves her, looking like a villain, a pirate. She was in the meteorite. I stopped trying to ask these questions. She’s hot though! Once again, ridiculous and awesome this week!

Episode Score: 5/5

SUPER LOVERS
SUPER LOVERS (Ep.4) ***ON NOTICE***

No show has been able to get off the “On Notice” board so far and this is the last one of the week, how will it fare?

So Ren’s graduated apparently, already a bad start, I hate how this show just jumps through time here. Haru’s also moving out of the apartment finally, the four brothers moving into a home together. Oh dear, you can already imagine how awkward that’s going to get. They finally tell how Ren decided to go back to Japan and apparently the “new rice season” was all it took. Meeting with the landlord, Ren discovers there’s a raccoon dog living under the stairs, which is code for “THIS DOG WILL BE THEIR PET!!!”, because anime isn’t always good at hiding things. Ren notes back at home that Aki and Shima are probably really upset with him now living with them full-time. Haru also sneaks another kiss and gets a kick for it. At the new home, Haru mentions he plans to quit the host job and open a store of his own, what it is, I do not know. Ren is also not enjoying the move much, getting lonely again. Mikiko suggests he get a dog, but Haru knows that means a wolf. Ren also wants to work, but Haru notes that his personality and his lack of ability is going to make things very difficult. He’s also still treating Ren like a child which is really annoying, regardless of his reasons. Seeing the landlord again, he broke his leg and Ren found him lying on the ground. Sure enough, it’s time for him to take the dog, as was obvious. He also is given the keys to the place and asked to clean it up, there’s a job for him. Aki goes to pick up Ren and they have a decent conversation about many things, including how both Aki and Shima are just like Haru, having trouble with women. Turns out the raccoon dog is a Pomeranian. Ah well, not like it matters, the show ends and I’m dropping it as well, the On Notice undefeated streak continues. The show had a fantastic opening and then suffered a thousand cuts. The timeline jumps constantly, all four brothers are annoying in their own way and the story (whatever it is) is all over the place. The fact it’s a boy love anime has nothing to do with it, after all I really enjoyed the first episode. But it brought out all its tricks in the first episode and that was it, it had nothing else in the tank. That sucks, I thought this would’ve been a sleeper hit for me after Week 1.

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***

[NSFW] Character Spotlight: Korone

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I’m not sure how many androids are ever going to be on this list, I can’t think of many. Generally speaking, most android characters in anime are devoid of a personality, so no matter how good they might look, there’s just no life to them.

But oddly enough in the harem anime Demon King Daimao, Korone makes quite the case against that, albeit using very cheap tactics…that always work.

VERY cheap tactics
VERY cheap tactics

Korone is an android sent by the government to watch over Akuto after he’s outed by the show’s equivalent to the Harry Potter sorting hat as the next Demon King. At first it’s just a 24/7 observation job, which yes means she stays in his room at night, often sleeping in the closet of the room. Although after some time, things begin to change with her.

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She begins to tease Akuto as much as possible, tons of innuendo, dressing up to attract him, often being either naked or damn near close. At first it looks more like she’s messing with him, but over time we begin to wonder if perhaps she has developed a level of attraction of her own towards him. This gets suggested a little more when the government actually tells her to seduce him in order to get more out of him, as they feel the way he reacts with the other girls of the show is because of his “perverted” nature more than anything else. And when she’s told this, she does actually look a little sad being given such an order. Even as an android, she does have a personality and feelings that are just not as prevalent as in normal human beings.

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As a female character, stripping away her android-built blank personality, she’s as cute as can be. I love smaller girls, so her tiny, petite frame is perfect. She’s also not given the cliché super bust like other girls in the show like Etou and Junko. She’s all butt, which you’ll find zero complaints about me, given her choice in clothes as well. There’s also that little bit of added sexiness in her lack of personality, I’m not sure how to exactly explain it, but I find that characters who are initially perceived as very dull and have that monotone voice, when you get them in more compromising positions, it comes off even better than when the overly flirty girl gets into the same predicament. It’s likely just due to the fact that you don’t expect to see a girl like Korone in that situation, but you’d totally see Etou in that position. So when it happens to Korone, it’s even better because it’s showing that person in a light you didn’t expect for the first time.

But who cares about all this psychological mumbo-jumbo, we all know exactly why Korone is hot as hell. Dat ass.

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There are very few shows out there that I think come close to drawing butts like Demon King Daimao and Korone’s is the standalone favourite for me. It could also just be the striped panties, cause I’ll admit I’m a sucker for them, but I’m also pretty sure it’s the art quality as well. A lot of shows have come close, but I don’t think there’s a better butt in anime than Korone’s in those green-striped panties she wears.

I could ramble on and on about Korone, but honestly the majority of what keeps me interested in her is that blank android personality being given so much comedic and sexually infused life. Yes, she’s a badass too, but that’s not a part of why I love her so much. She’s a girl who shouldn’t be all that adorable, but she is. She’s a girl who shouldn’t be that funny, but she is. And most of all, she’s a girl who shouldn’t have such a nice butt, oh wait she’s an android, that shit was built to perfection. Never mind.

Just don’t ask her to play the little sister character. Please, for the love of god don’t do it!

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