Category Archives: Harem

Yona of the Dawn

Type: I don’t want to write about this…

Synopsis: Because writing about it means it has to end. And I don’t want it to end! Yona of the Dawn is really good, but it only got 2 seasons! It’s a crime against nature I say! This anime is about a young princess whose father is killed in a coup d’etat by her crush/cousin. On the run, the princess seeks the help of four legendary dragon warriors to take back her home.

Pros: Damn man. I was not expecting this to be this good. The quality of this anime surprise me. When I saw the OP, I thought it was going to be some sort of reverse harem show. But in actuality, its a social-political action drama with good comedy bits and romantic subplots. Where the show shines is in it’s titular character, Yona. At the start of the series, Yona is your stereotypical princess. She is sheltered, naive, a little spoiled, and her biggest worry is whether or not she look nice for her cousin Su-Won. Then Yona witnesses Su-Won kill her father, forcing her to run for her life alongside her bodyguard/childhood friend Huk. Traveling with Huk causes Yona to realize that her kingdom was suffering under her father’s rule, making confront her own responsibilities to her people. Yona’s character growth from a dependent girl to capable young woman was the best element of the story. And the show handles that pacing very well. The anime opens with a confident Yona leading her friends into battle. We as the audience get a taste of who Yona will be, and get to see her become that person. Through a gradual process, we see Yona decide for herself to be more assertive, to train herself, and to expand her viewpoint. The story is basically Yona deciding to embrace her own agency. So many other anime would have just let Yona be protected by Huk, or her other guardians. But the show makes it a point to have Yona argue against that. She loves her friends, but she is determined to stand on her own two feat. Yona wins over her friends not only through her kindness and empathy, but also through her determination and bravery. She doesn’t just earn their loyalty, she earns their respect. Yona is a great character, so if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be devouring the manga now.

Cons: There are two main weaknesses for this anime. First, I don’t think the mystical aspect of the plot was needed. In the story, Yona is suggested to be the reincarnation of the “Crimson King,” the mythical ruler that founded the kingdom and was guarded by four dragon warriors. When Yona escapes capture, it suggested that she find these four dragon warriors to avenge herself. Most of the show is Yona looking for the four dragon warriors (well, three of them. The yellow dragon shows up in the very last episode). While I understand that this was the narrative tool used to form Yona’s harem, I think it complicates things a little. But that’s just me. On the plus side you have a boy for all tastes: protective, devoted, shy, flirty, or pretty. No, the real problem is that this show only covers the beginning arcs of the manga. So all 24 episodes are about getting the crew together, so they never get to fight as a unit like in the intro. The crew is also very Yona-centric, so you never get to hear their opinions about the kingdom itself (outside of Yoon). This is a shame because what the show does really well is depicting the rationale behind the King’s assassination. Yona’s father was a pacifist, and a good enough man to earn Huk’s respect, but by all accounts he was an inept ruler. His passivity caused his people to suffer and earned him little in terms of mourners. Seeing Yona battle with the fact that her father was a good man but a bad king was very interesting, and I wish the other characters could have commented on that as well. Basically, the worst part about this show is that there isn’t more of it…and that all the male characters fall into troupes after their introduction, the OP is weak and strangely ignores Yoon, we spent 3 episodes on Su-Won instead of on the yellow dragon, and OH MY GOD YONA, Huk has been trying to kiss you for 15 episodes now!

Watch it?: Yona is who I want to be when I grow up (4/5)

MVP: Yona

My queen!

Best Episode: Ep.1-6 The Princess Yona Arc (From Sansa Stark season 1 to Sansa Stark season 8).

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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Type: Bakarina

Synopsis: A girls gets reincarnated as the villain of a dating game. This brings up a lot of philosophical questions about destiny and free will. If you already know the outcome, can you change it? Are you even allowed to? Sartre thought so, and one could argue that Catarina’s anxiety and over-planning are a result of that line of thinking. On the other hand, one could also argue that Katarina’s exemplifies a more deterministic view point, wherein the consequences she experiences are all a result of her previous actions. OR, this is just a cute anime about a nice girl accidentally forming a giant harem.

Pros: The title says it all. The protagonist is a nerd that gets reincarnated in the otome game “Fortune Lover.” The gimmick is that she’s reincarnated as the villain, Catarina Claes. Worse, in most of the game’s endings the villain dies at the end. The protagonist would rather that didn’t happen, so she starts planning countermeasures to ensure that she is at least “exiled” instead. It was this aspect of the show that was the most appealing. Catarina, in her own sweet/dense way, creating back up plans on back up plans to make sure she survives are great to watch. For example, Catarina learns to farm in case she is sent away. She starts carrying toy snakes because one of the characters that kills her in the game is afraid of snakes.  She also desperately tries to break off her engagement with the Prince because a love triangle with the game’s real protagonist is what gets her character stabbed. Catarina’s comedic worry over her game character’s fate were the funniest moments of the show. Speaking of which, another funny aspect of the show is the way Catarina forms a harem around herself. Because the real way that Catarina survives the game is by becoming friends with every character. Catarina doesn’t do this for a reason, she just does it because she’s nice. She’s literally the popular girl that doesn’t know she’s popular. A running joke is that Catarina realizes after the fact that she’s changing certain game story events. I know this is cliche, but Catarina genuinely has the power of friendship on her side and that’s what makes the show fun to watch.

Cons: I spoke a lot about Catarina because she’s the best character. In fact, she might be the only character worth while. A problem with this show is that the other characters aren’t as interesting. This is kinda a byproduct of the show’s premise. Each of the characters have to be defined by their relationship with Catarina. This is great at the start when Catarina is winning them over and inadvertently getting the “good ending” in all their routes. But this also becomes boring because all this happens within the first 3 episodes. The show starts off with Catarina as a child, where she meets all the supporting characters as lonely kids. By episode 4 however, the cast is grown up and has been developing their friendships for 7 years. Essentially, all of Catarina’s potential conflicts have been dealt with. In addition, by episode 6 Catarina has also won over the game’s original protagonist, the character that Catarina was suppose to be antagonizing. Basically, the first half of the show is the most interesting because it deals with the main premise of the show, namely someone dealing with becoming the villain in a story. The last half loses a lot of steam because the central conflict is no longer a problem, and the supporting cast just spend the remainder fawning over the protagonist. Catarina’s spunky and congenial nature carry the entire story.

Watch it?: Watch the first 6 episodes, then decide on the rest (3/5)

MVP: Catarina Claes

Let’s admit it, we all love her.

Best Episode: Ep. 01 “I Recalled the Memories of My Past Life…” (Did you know this show inspired a few copy cats? I like this subgenre and hope it grows)

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Date A Live (Season 3)

Type: Loli Witch and Spirit-Punisher

Synopsis: This 2019 entry into the Date A Live franchise–record scratch–this thing was made in 2019!? Why? Who asked for this?? That’s five years after the last season, and the animation still looks the same. I get that light novels adaptations tend to be a predictable market, but really? Out of all the other anime that should get a second season, this gets a third. I’m not even mad at Date A Live. It’s a solid show for what it is. I’m just surprised at some of the series that get multiple seasons.

Pros: Again, this season is not bad. Heck, the reasons I watched it is because I knew it would require low energy, be somewhat entertaining, and predictable. And predictable is nice sometimes. Anyway, this season focuses on two characters: the new spirit Natsumi and Origami. The Natsumi Arc, the whole season in general, is really good at building story tension. The Natsumi Arc revolves around the spirit slowing making the main characters disappear until Shido can win her game. Towards the end of the Natsumi Arc, the show shifts into the Origami Arc. This arc finally has Origami have her “Majin-Vegeta” moment, or the moment when the reformed villain reverts back to an antagonist to accomplish their main goal. What follows is a 6 episode time-travel saga where Shido tries his best to save Origami from herself. This arc was unique in that it’s the longest time the series has ever focused on one specific character. We finally get to see the origins of Origami’s intense hatred for spirits. There’s also a twist in this that worked really well, at least for me. This arc does a good job showcasing all the sides of Origami. Her anger towards spirits, her desperation at achieving her goal, and the lengths she’s willing to go. This is an arc where we see a long time supporting character turn against all her friends, abandon her love interest, and ultimately betray herself for revenge. She literally becomes the worst version of herself. This makes it all the more compelling when the main character tries to save her. Because he’s not trying to save some random spirit of the week, he’s trying to save his friend. (Plus, we get to see Shido work with Kurumi again, and that’s always entertaining).

Cons: First, the Natsumi Arc feels a little short. I mean, compared to the other arcs in the series this is relatively normal length, but the Origami Arc consumes a lot of the subsequent episodes. This makes Natsumi feel more like a tag along than a new supporting character. The Natsumi Arc is also used to make a lot of Loli jokes, which I was not a fan of. I should also point out the Nastumi now makes the show have 3 underage girls to ogle. So….yeah. Second, while I praised the Origami Arc for it’s character work, I do have to criticize it for it’s use of time travel. Half the arc has Shido go back in time to help Origami, and then other half has Shido interact in an alternate timeline. This is where the show gets confusing, because Shido basically dies in the past, but is still alive in this new timeline, and despite changing the past all the other story arcs seemed to have happened the same way. The only major difference that the show explores is that the characters never met Origami until the events of the new timeline. And everyone, including Shido, go back to business as usual after effectively becoming time refugees. I say this as someone how loves time travel fiction; unless your narrative conceit is specifically about time travel, be very, very, very cautious about using time travel because once you use that device, you can never take it back. From now on, no matter what happens in the show, in the back of my find I’m ganna be asking “why don’t they just go back in time then?

Watch it: Probably the best arc of the entire series (4/5)

MVP: Origami

I hate you!

Best Episode: “Demon King of Descending Darkness” (p.s. We get a cameo from the the mysterious “Phantom” this season. Turns out, also a teenage girl).

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Date A Live (Season 2)

Type: TWINS (but for like 4 episodes)

Synopsis: In a world were the story forgot about the horrible space quakes destroy cities and ruin families, one man is going to high school with pretty girls. This man is Shido Itsuka, who’s basically the government’s gigalo. His mission? To seduce teenage super-beings and seal their power by making-out. This time, he has to deal with totally hot and totally down twins and a rich and busty bi-sexual idol. Life is just hard sometimes…

Pros: It’s been a minute, and this show did not do a good job jogging my memory. It took a while to remember that this show is about Shido, a high school boy with the unique ability to seal the spirit powers of inter-dimensional female warriors. The season has two main story arcs. The first arc deals with the storm twins, sisters that are in the middle of a heated rivalry. The comedic twist? The girls decide to resolve their rivalry through a seduction contest, with Shido acting as the meat to this fan service sandwich (often literally). The primary amount of fan service comes from this arc. The second arc deal with Diva, an idol with an intense hatred of men and love or women. This leads Shido to dress as a girl for the majority of the arc in an attempt to get closer to Diva, with hilarious results. If you ever wanted to see hot lesbian action, I suggest looking into the various adult websites found online, researching lesbian literature (shout-out to Melissa Brayden), or supporting your local sex workers. Cause this arc is mainly about seeing Shido act like a girl. The season ends in a quais-third arc where Kurumi (the big bad from last season) helps/flirts with Shido to stop Diva and rescue Toka. This was fun as I forgot how fun Kurumi was as a villain. All together, the season is funny, but not a home run.

Cons: This has second season syndrome, which is most often associated with light novel adaptations. You really need to remember who most of these characters are, even the minor supporting cast. As two seasons, the story already has a lot of characters to juggle, especially the military personnel. For a show about Shido and the spirit girls, there are a lot of members of AST, DEM, Ratatoskr we are expected to know and care about. What you have to remember is that this is not a show about Shido living in a house full of super-powered babes. This is a show about Shido being caught in the middle of a three-way military power struggle over the control of Spirit Beings entering our world. That’s what show and author are more interested in. This means that after their initial arc, the spirit beings become side-characters, except for possibly Toka, since she’s Shido’s main love interest and the most powerful spirit in the story. Apart from that, the fan service in the first arc might be a little much, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen twins being used to this extent outside of…research. The second arc was fine, though dovetailing it’s ending with a Toka rescue mission was a little abrupt. Diva herself was a good antagonist in her own right that could have closed off the season.

Watch it?: Sexy twins and a power hungry idol. I can thing of worse stories (4/5).

MVP: Diva (Miku Izayoi)

For a minute, I actually did not know how they are going to stop her.

Best Episode: Ep.03 “Two Wishes” and Ep. 08″The Promise to Keep” (One for ridiculous fan service, and the other for good story beats).

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How Not To Summon a Demon Lord

Type: Helpful PSA or Lewd Cartoon?

Synopsis: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Pros:  How Not To Summon a Demon Lord is about a shut-in computer nerd that gets sucked into a facsimile of his favorite video game. He was accidentally “summoned” by two cute anime girls that double as his personal slaves and grow to love him both emotionally and sexually. The narrative is all too familiar and does nothing to dispel the stigma of Isekai anime as male power fantasy. In our story, the protagonist is the strongest character in the game, he is basically invincible, and everything he says is re-translated into something intimidating/heroic. But the biggest issue is the anime’s portrayal of women.

The story both infatilizes and sexualizes each female character almost to the point of absurdity. Rem, who by all accounts should be the second most powerful character as she houses a demon lord within her, is literally an svelte cat girl who is obviously meant to invoke someone much younger. Not only does she look young, but she has no way to access her powers, and must rely on the protagonist to remove her power through tactile sexual penetration. Putting aside fiction’s general problem with women with power, Rem has no agency in this story. Her biggest decision was summoning the protagonist. The story also revels in scenes where Rem is in pain, which reveals a lot about the author’s sadomasochistic tastes. Then there’s Shera. Shera is the story’s main source of fan service. Where Rem is underdeveloped, Shera is overdeveloped. She is an adolescents, or immature man’s, ideal woman. Bubbly, large breasted, scantly clad, and abundantly amorous. Shera is the story’s biggest missed opportunity. Her entire story arc centered on her decision to break off the the shackles of her culture’s expectations of her to forge her own path. Although she struggles, oftentimes comically, her desire to become an adventurer instead of becoming a queen to bear hears was admirable. Or, at least it would be, if her actions weren’t negated by the story. Because after Shera shares her convictions with the cast and audience, she is immediately brainwashed and kidnapped by her finance, who is also her brother, who tries to break her by having a monster sexually assault her. She only escapes because the protagonist rescues her, and the story even has the gall to make Shera cry for her brother/rapist.

Is How Not to Summon a Demon Lord a sexist show? Yes. This story demonstrates a very problematic view of male and female roles and dynamics. It shows women as weak, childish, sexy, and often times all three. The ultimate example is Klem. THE most powerful being in the story. The ruler of all demons. Who is really a prepubescent girl who loves cookies, yet still wears next to nothing. Her demon form even has large breast in the design, and the protagonist could still hold her off single highhandedly! I know that here is a tendency to give anime the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the sexualization of women. But the excuses of “it’s a different culture,” or “westerners are too prudish,” were trite a decade ago, and cannot detract from what this show truly is: a power fantasy with clearly unequal social hierarchies and unrealistic and problematic sexual relationships.

Cons: [Exhale]…So yeah.

Watch it?: I mean, it was really easy to watch. It binged it in two days. And the show never pretends to be something else. You know upfront what your getting. But the more I thought about it, the creepier it got. (2/5)

MVP: The voice actors

The stuff they had to act through. God bless ’em.

Best Episode: “The Demon Lord Act” (cat ears).

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In Another World With My Smartphone

Type: Wait, this was made in 2017?!

Synopsis: Jeez, really? Hold up, let me double check…I’ll be damned,  released 2017. I mean, OK? That’s fine I guess. A harem show revolving around a guy trapped in a fantasy world. That’s…man, that’s incredibly lazy.

Pros: This is show is about a Japanese boy who goes into a fantasy world, forms a harem of pretty girls, and gets celebrated for being the biggest and the strongest. Now, this isn’t Sword Art Online or Konosuba, because this protagonist has a cellphone! Hooooorayyyy!!!! Sigh. OK, in actuality, the show kinda a mix of the aforementioned shows. Our hero, Touya, accidentally dies. God, being a straight up kind of dude, reincarnates him into a fantasy world where his cellphone still has access to the internet and never has to recharge. Touya adapts to his new world pretty easily, especially considering all the psychological trauma associated with death, leaving everyone you ever knew behind, discovering that God not only exists, but is neglectful of his people, and that multiverse theory is real. (P.S. On an actual positive, I did like Touya’s use of his cellphone and internet as a resource, and the gag of using the spell “slip” to win every important battle).

Cons: Generic. Generic. Generic. But aside from that, nothing much. It’s a harem show. It’s a Isekai show. If you don’t like either, you won’t like this. It’s the kind of cookie cutter show that belongs in the discount bin at Walmart. That being said, its also a great show for stress. Like, if you just came off an emotional high from a better show, or your anxiety levels are rising due to life, then this show is a great remedy. It’s predictable, the protagonist win with no real effort, and there’s no drama for miles. It’s a shot of vanilla when you need it. And aside from the typical fan service, this show seemed like the kind you would find on TV back in the 2000’s. Which is all the more surprising to discover that this was made in 2017. The cheap animation, the uninspired story, the mary sue protagonist. I’ll tell you this though, the show won’t insult your intelligence as much if you frame all of Touya’s accomplishments as God’s way to making up for his death. Like, what better way to make a teenage boy happy than by giving him a gaggle of adventurer girls that all love him, making him the strongest warrior/magician in the world, and have kings and gods view him with awe. Either that, or get him a new phone.

Watch it: A sedative, but in a good way (2/5)

MVP: Leen

For being the only girl to point out that Touya didn’t technically earn any of his abilities or talents. They were a pity gift.

Best Episode: Ep.5 “Slime Castle, and New Functions” (a running gag that’s paid off)

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Ai Tenchi Muyo!

Type: Sponsored by the city of Takahashi, Okayama

Synopsis: Come visit beautiful Takahashi, Okayama, home to the beautiful Bitchū Matsuyama Castle. Be sure to also visit Raikyū-ji, a Buddhist temple with a historic garden. That’s all I could find on the Wikipedia for Takahashi!

Pros: This anime is also based loosely on the Momotaro, or Peach Boy, legend, and serves as a 20th Anniversary special for the Tenchi Muyo! series. We’ll get to how well the show represents the franchise later. Since Tenchi Muyo! holds a special place in my heart, this entry has been on my list for a while. As luck would have it, it’s got an English dub with all the original actors (except for Ayeka). So for a long time fan like myself, the best part was hearing Petrea Burchard play my girl Ryoko one more time. And the story really is the strongest when the original Tenchi Muyo! cast take part it it. The core characters get updated looks, which are pretty good (though Ryoko and Washi apparently grew a few cup sizes during the franchise break). And while the show says it has 50 new episodes, there’s about 8 minutes each with credits. So it’s really more like 10 regular episodes.

Cons: First of all, the show did a poor job of detailing Takahashi, Okayama natural splendor and charming locals. If I was the city council, I’d ask for my money back. Because all I know about Takahashi right now it that it has all girl’s high school that is severely understaffed, may have buried treasure, and suffers from dimensional breaks. It makes be reconsider my planned stay at one of their numerous and affordable 5-star hotels (free wifi included upon request). As for the show itself, the length of the show makes watching it inconvenient. While the episodes divided up, the story lines aren’t. So 3-4 episodes are really just one big story cut up to bloat the episode count. The plot isn’t all that special: Tenchi becomes a student teacher at an all girl’s school, and sexy misunderstandings happen. Being anime, the teenage girls naturally all hit on their new teacher, making feel all types of uncomfortable. To it’s credit, the show does try to utilize it’s short episodes by mixing in two parallel stories every 3-4 episodes. One parallel story follows Tenchi escorting a young girl in the past, while another shows Tenchi’s home life with the original girls. These serve as nice breaks between stories, though they do make you wonder they can’t be the main plots. Teenage anime boobs is probably the answer, I guess. Things do ramp up towards the end, with all the story elements coming together rather nicely. Except for why the Feudal Japan girls look exactly like the student council. Speaking of which, how are the new female characters? Ai Tenchi Muyo! basically adds a new harem for Tenchi to interact with. And it falls into the typical harem overcrowding problem because of this. Five characters in a harem is fine, moreso is hard to follow. But let’s review anyway: Rui and Yuki are nice comedic foils, Tori is pointless, kinda the same with Hana, Hachiko is fine, Beni is a good stoic addition, and Momo is…Momo. Yeah, Momo’s good girl “let’s all be friends” gimmick was not fun, and doesn’t really mesh well with Tenchi Muyo’s humor. Even Sasami has a playfull side. Plus, Momo’s speech defending the love between a teacher and student was weird. Ultimately, I just don’t know who this anime is for. If it’s for long time fans, then why focus on a new cast. And if it’s for new people, why use Tenchi, Ryoko, or the others in the first place? And easy fix would probably be using a new main lead, like GXP and Geminar did, but it’s a little late for could ofs.

Watch it: Skippable, but maybe hunt for the Ryoko scenes (3/5).

MVP: Ryoko

Because she’s always MVP

Best Episode: The Tenchi at Home episodes (a little too dispursed to track down the episode numbers).

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Love Tyrant

Type: It’s amazing how quickly they abandon their original premise.

Synopsis: The show is about a notebook that makes couples, not corpses. No! It’s about three new angels how have to foster love or lose their souls. No! It’s about a generational divide between mothers and daughters. No! It’s about a socipath corrupting a young cupid. No! It’s a harem. Wait! It’s all these things and more!!!

Pros: Love Tyrant is a manga based anime with a bit of a muddled plot. The gist is that the cupid Guri creates a love contract with a boy named Seiji, which eventually includes the yandere Akane and her obsessive sister Yuzu. The humor comes from the mixing of these four very different personalities, with Seiji playing the straight man. The show emphasizes the “comedy” part of love-comedy more so than other shows. It gives Love Tyrant a bit more of a unique taste than it’s fellows in the genre. My particular favorite running joke was the characters forgetting what the premise for the show was (i.e. that they have to make couples or lose their souls). I also liked it when Akane violent rage played off against Guri’s playful personality. In fact, Akane and Guri’s over the top personalities make them some of the strongest characters I’ve seen in any harem. Each of the females main cast have interesting backstories involving a struggle between heaven and hell and a family drama, with Seiji acting as an audience inaugurate whose along for the ride, which is what a good harem show should try to shoot for.

Cons: As stated above, you do forget what the original premise is. It’s not crucial to the show, but still. The only episode that really follows the premise is episode 2, so of course it’s the weakest episode. I highly recommend skipping that episode (it involves a student-teacher relationship, which makes it unfunny and icky). And the show doesn’t really break the love-comedy mold. It just stretches it to add more irreverent humor. Stabbings, parodies, boys-love, the show is just a very funny harem show. Oh! And I forgot to mention one of the best characters in a show of great characters: Shikimi. Shikimi is the primary antagonist of the show, and is so delightfully evil, it’s great! Shikimi is Akane’s cousin, and almost always steals the show with her manipulative personality and sadistic nature. The show makes you feel scared of her, but also strangely attracted. The only real bummer is that the show may not get a second season, which sucks because the next story arc fully introduces and explores Akane, Yuzu, and Guri’s mother.

Watch it: The manga’s great too! (4/5)

MVP: Shikimi

While Akane is best girl, Shikimi can’t not be the best.

Best Episode: Ep.10 “I’m Here to Stay the Night x I’m… Growing Up, Too” (slumber party!)

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My First Girlfriend is a Gal

Type: The nice translation is “fashionable.” Yeah, let’s go with that.

Synopsis: Basically, Junichi Hashiba asks a pretty girl out on a dare from from his loser friends. Plot twist, the girl actually says yes and the two start dating. Being a high school boy, or “pervy virgin” as everyone he cares about calls him, Junichi mainly fantasizes about his girlfriend’s killer body. And while she may dress a certain way that doesn’t mean she acts a certain way, so Junichi better treat that her right, because that Yukana is a nice girl!

Pros: On the surface this show is a fan service innuendo machine. But look deeper and you’ll find a fan service innuendo machine. With class! Did I forget to mention that? Well, maybe not “class,” but with some respect for themes it covers. The obvious theme is “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” which is typical for a show covering Gals, or “Gyaru” for you nerds. In the beginning, Junichi only judges Yukana by her appearance, thinking that’s probably “loose” because she shows a little skin and talks in slang. Someone he fantasizes about having sex with. But throughout the show, his mentality shifts from “this is a chick with a nice ass” to “I really like spending time with Yukana” (forgive the crassness, but that is how the dialogue is delivered). On the flip side, while Yukana is often the focus of fan service given her design, she’s really just a normal anime girl who happens to like fashion and likes to tease her boyfriend about his wandering eye, but still feels shy and insecure when no one’s looking (i.e. the end credits). And of course, I can’t end this section without talking about the amazing English Dub, which may be the FILTHIEST dub I’ve ever heard. My mouth was agape with what the actors where being allowed to say. It was great!

Cons: This is a T and A show. I’m sorry. I mean Tits and Ass show. Had a brain fart for a minute. The show depicts various sexual acts for at least the first 5 episodes. Most of them are Junichi dreaming about the day Yukana invites him to Pound Town, but two are specifically two other girls trying to hump Jinuchi to their own purposes. I can confidently say that this show is not safe for work, not safe for school, and I’m starting to wonder if I was even old enough to watch this. And while not actual coitus is achieved, if your not a fan of sex comedies, then don’t even bother. I should mention that this show is based on a manga, that I happen to follow, and some things are out of order. The first five episodes basically rearrange things to get the other 3 girls introduced, so it feels rushed. The last five episodes are all the characters doing stuff, which was fun, but felt filler-y. The other characters are fine, but this is the Junichi and Yukana show (except for Minoru, whose a pedophile and his lust for little girls made me uncomfortable). The show is only 10 episodes, but the only one I didn’t like but understood it’s necessity is episode 9. The penultimate episodes addresses Junichi’s insecurities about dating Yukana when her former friend from middle school, who happens to be a cute boy, takes her out for a reunion. Junichi thinks that this qualifies as Yukana cheating on him because he’s A) a teenage boy, B) in his first relationship, and C) and he’s fairly insecure about himself. Of course, the problem is all in his head, Yukana’s not the type of person who would cheat on him, and he learns to trust Yukana and their relationship more. I mean, the show does out the other boy as a creep to sorta justify Junichi, but the emotional growth still has it’s merits. It’s a solid episode, I just don’t like melodrama. Apart from that, it’s never really explained why Yukana likes Junichi, or why she said yes in the first place. But hey, he did ask, and sometimes that’s enough.

Watch it?: For the dub. And for the heart. And I guess for the pervy stuff, for you pervs out there. (4/5)

MVP: Junichi and Yukana

I’m rooting for ’em

Best Episode: Ep.7 “My First Job” (pervy, but strangely honest of sexual harassment in the workplace).

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Student Council’s Discretion Lv.2

Type: Student Council Anime Lv. 2 (really)

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Synopsis: There’s this school that decides on who will rule their student body based on popularity. So naturally everyone in student government is a pretty girl. One seat is open to the person with the highest grades, allowing a pervy dude a seat at the table. Last season, it was revealed that the pervy dude secretly does all the council’s work to allow the girls to goof off. This was done to repay them for helping him out of his depression during his freshman year. Now, all the girls all leaving him, but he has 10 more episodes to help them contribute absolutely nothing to the student body.

Pros: Fun fact, this season actually premiered in 2012, the first year of this very review site. But since it was coming out weekly during that time, I decided to hold off watching it until it was finished. Ah…better late than never? The anime is 10 episodes ( well, it’s really 9 episodes and 1 prequel). The plot is that the student council, or at least all the female members, are leaving. Two are graduating, and two are moving. This puts the protagonist Ken in an awkward position. As revealed in season 1, the only reason he joined the student council was to make sure the girls had fun. His whole “harem master” character is just an act based on the only archetype in fiction who supposedly makes all the girls around him happy (it’s later revealed that he’s actually quite popular in school). It’s dumb, but endearing, and put a lot of his actions in a different perspective. The show itself is still funny, full of parody and references. The emotional arc is the impending student council separation, but it’s never overdone. Each of the girls get a private moment with Ken to tie up loose ends. We even learn about the people involved in Ken’s “cheating” scandal during middle school, which kinda makes you question what exactly was meant by “cheating.” Overall, a good send off for a show that’s a lot more clever than you’d think.

Cons: The show has the classic harem problem of too many girls, too little time. The show has the 4 main female protagonists, but it also has a bunch of supporting characters that take up a lot of time. I may have thought that Ken’s moments with the student council was short and sweet, but other may view it as throwaway and anticlimactic. Speaking of Ken, we get to meet his former love interests, his step-sister Ringo and childhood friend Asuka. They were the girls that Ken “two-timed,” but they describe it so vaguely that I would have liked a proper flashback to their relationship. I know he feels that he broke their hearts, but it’s two years later and they seem pretty happy about it. And finally, I kinda would have liked to see whose going to replace the student council and keep Ken company. But I guess that’s a whole other story.

Watch it?: Yes. It’s so fun watching people waste time (4/5)

MVP: Ken Sugisaki

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It’s all a scam! He’s not that pervy!

Best Episode: Ep.3 “The student council gets a job” (world president!?)

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