Hi hi, finally back to anime reviews. It’s been awhile
I picked this one up just recently, but actually I have been looking for this show for AGES. I saw Mahoro for a long time ago but I didn’t know what that show she is from.
But after finding out, I immediately finished it.
Manga source material. This season has 2 seasons of 12 and 14 episodes with 3 OVA episodes.
The story started off with a goal at first, but as the series progresses, the goal starts to blur.
The fanservice is strong, very strong. It really reminds me of the 2000s era of minimal censorship and excessive amount of sex jokes. If you think Shimoneta is actually something, wait till you watch this.
Fanservice aside, story has been rather episodic, with some form of link with each ep. Pacing is all over the place, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.
Looking at anime sites, I think they are scored a little lower than it’s supposed to be. The comedy is there, the fanservice is blatant but lovely. I don’t know how people think.
But judging from the viewers, they probably didn’t watch anime from the 2000s era where things are a little more buzzier than now. Things are more out of control back then, censorship isn’t really a thing back then as anime aired late at night, so it could be a little more NSFW than usual.
If you think S1 was bad, S2 is just going to get worst. At that point, things look extremely grim as the goal is pretty much gone. It can be good as you can never see the ending coming and how it’s going to end.
Fanservice is pushed up another notch at S2. The show sometimes do have actual combat, so isn’t all that bad.
The OVAs is yeap, more fanservice, but it does link to the main 2 seasons so there is continuity.
This show really needs an endgoal, and highlight on it, so people would want to read the manga when the anime inevitably ends.
If someone makes a surprise sequel that adapts the manga to the end, I would definitely watch it.
Overall, I didn’t really enjoy it, or hated it either. Everything was pretty well-balanced for me. Excessive fanservice countered by excessive comedy.
I watched the Bluray version by the way. Quality wise, it’s decent, but it feels like an upscaled version of the DVD.
Gainax and Shaft collaborated to produce this show, a combi that I didn’t really expect. There is no distinctive style from either of the studios that was showcased here. It’s like they created a unique artstyle just for this show and I like it.
Combat scenes, I must say, it’s considered pretty damn amazing for a 2002 show. The amount of keyframes and fluidity can outperform some of the anime from our current era.
Colours are also pretty damn vivid, but I tend to question their use of certain colours for certain characters and scenes. But they are not too bad.
Character designs is pretty darn solid and they looked extremely consistent at every angle and zoom.
For those who have the DVD who are wondering what’s new on the bluray, nothing much actually. 16:9 aspect ratio that didn’t exactly fit onto your widescreen, resolution looked extremely upscaled, so there is pretty obvious blurriness.
But the OVAs looked like they updated and it looks much clearer and colours fit better too. I wished they could have done this since the beginning.
Otherwise, this combo of studios is actually pretty damn solid, I really love it. I wish Gainax and Shaft can collaborate again, they looked like one of the most promising looking pair now after this show happened.
The soundtrack is pretty okay, just not a fan of the OPs and EDs, but the BGMs were pretty damn fine.
The voice cast list looks pretty damn solid now, but many of the seiyuus were pretty much rookies back then.
Kawasumi Ayako, Takimoto Fujiko, Shimizu Ai, Noda Keiichi, Takada Yumi, Kikuchi Yumi, Mizuno Manabi, Sanada Asami, Ogihara Hideki, Kisaichi Atsushi, Kaneda Tomoko, Kawada Shinji, Koyasu Takehito, Sakamoto Misato.
I really love the cast. Ayako should really voice more of such characters than powerful characters like Saber.
Sanada Asami sounded pretty damn cute too, her versatility is pretty much proven. From Kurumi to a girl who eats a lot, what a twist.
Scores: S1 | S2 | OVA
Story: 8/10 | 7.5/10 | 7/10
Art: 8/10 | 8/10 | 9/10
Music: 7/10 | 7/10 | 7/10
VAs: 8.5/10 | 8.5/10 | 8.5/10
Recommended? Not really, but if you can take the 2000s level of “when people weren’t so sensitive back then so they can do whatever they want” attitude of production, I guess you can give it a try.
But if you can still get offended by certain animes from like now to 3 years back, I think you might want to avoid this one, you will not like it, guaranteed.
That’s all for me today. Next posts will come in a few days. I will be on the gaming review grind for the next few posts so stay tuned!
I will see you guys then!