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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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Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious

Type: I gotta be careful about this…

Synopsis: Careful. Careful. Careful. Cause this is a show with a funny premise…but it also has obvious animation issues…yet it’s relatively unique…but still falls into cliche troupes. People probably like it cause it’s new…but people also like Chipotle, which is garbage smeared with sh#t. Hmm, I guess I should start at the beginning. That’s probably a safe bet.

Pros: Cautious Hero is an anime based on a light novel about an overly cautious hero summoned to save a fantasy world. It’s a comedy isekai where the gimmick is that the hero is too careful, much to the consternation of the goddess who summoned him. I actually really liked some of the world building in this show. In this universe, gods and goddesses all live in the same realm and are charged with saving worlds through the help of chosen heroes. So basically, the show has a institutionalized isekai system. Worlds are ranked based on difficulty, and then assigned to specific gods and goddesses based on merit. In this story, Rista, who’s honestly the funniest character and carries most of the show, is assigned her first S-Ranked World. She decides to summon Seiya, a human with high Level 1 stats, who would be perfect if he wasn’t “impossibly cautious” and rather rude. Although other characters join in, the best scenes are between Rista and Seiya. Rista’s lusty/exacerbated reactions to Seiya’s over preparedness and paranoid logic are hilarious. You can tell that the directors and animators thought so too, because it seems that most of the time and money went into Rista. While every other character is stuck in a mid-budget anime, Rista seems to have been given a Konosuba/looney tunes amount of movement. Seriously, without these over the top cuts, the show would be incredibly average.

Cons: I called this show average, by which I mean that this show is average. Most episodes break down like so: Seiya and Rista banter, someone is in trouble, Seiya refuses to help, Rista chides him for his apathy, it turns out Seiya was going to help all along, Seiya has trouble with a fight, it turns out Seiya has a secret way to defeat the enemy the entire time so there was not actual danger, Rista comments on how hot Seiya is, and credits. Sticking with the story, I really didn’t like Seiya’s constant popping in and out of the Divine Realm. Seiya getting help from one god is fine, because Rista is inexperienced. Seiya getting trained by the strongest gods in the pantheon felt like cheating. Most of these gods would either fall in love with Seiya or lose to him in battle, or both, which diminished their roles in my eyes. Plus, anytime Seiya was really having trouble, he would just have Rista open a portal to the Divine Real, where time runs slower. It also took time away from Gaeabranda, ya know, the world Seiya was suppose to save. That being said, the first two and last two episode are actually pretty solid. Apart from an OK, not great story, the animation was very inconsistent. Apart from Riasta, the show cut corners left and right. I mean, did you see that outro!? As I stated earlier, this show has an interesting premise, a strong beginning and end, but a lackluster middle.

Watch it?: Give it the 3 episode test (3/5)

MVP: Ristarte, the Goddess of Healing

She saves this anime!

Best Episode: Ep. 1-2 “This Hero Is Too Cautious” (a very funny intro)

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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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Isekai Quartet (Season 2)

Type: Now featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry series!

Synopsis: I mean, now featuring Naofumi from the Rising of the Shield Hero series. Sort of. He stars in the first episode, but then becomes a background character for the rest of the season. This is still the Ains, Subaru, Kazuma, and Tanya show after all. Though, it was funny that a lot of the characters point out that cynical and cranky Naofumi is actually the most heroic and successful protagonist when compared to all the others.

Pros: This is a lot more of the same from the first season. Characters from different Isekai stories are forced to go to high school together. The casts of Konosuba, Overlord, Rezero, and Tanya the Evil are all still the main focus, but main characters of Shield Hero join the supporting cast. Now that introductions have been finished, the story focuses more on typical comedy plots. I’m talking about Test Day, Valentine’s Day, a School Festival, and finally a School Play. The jokes are still funny, so I say watch this season for a laugh and a chuckle.

Cons: I would say that more of the same is a bad thing, but the episodes are so short that they don’t overstay their welcome. My main gripe would be that despite being the new hook for the season, the cast of Shield Hero don’t really do a lot. They’re the main focus of the first episode, but they don’t participate in the main plots of the other episodes like the rest of the cast does. They may be part of a throwaway gag, but they aren’t main players. And although this is very whiny and entitled, I would have liked more characters from different franchises to show up. I know that the Kadokawa Corporation basically has a monopoly on Isekai stories, so why not add Sword Art and No Game No Life already?

Watch it?: Still a fun time (4/5)

MVP: Ainz

I think the writers just really like having Ainz around

Best Episode: Ep. 1 “Join the Fight! Transfer Student” (You kinda forget the Naofumi is actually a better person than the perv, evil skeleton, loli hitler, and human pin cushion).

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Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense

Type: I was rooting against Maple Tree by the end.

Synopsis: This is a story about a girl named Maple, who starts playing a very unbalanced MMORPG called NewWorld Online. In the game, a rookie player can apparently max out their stats in a few short sessions and bumble their way into frankly broken abilities. This is how Maple, a newcomer to video games in general is able to become the game’s top player.

Pros: This anime’s gimmick the comedic way that Maple gains new abilities. From about episode 1 to episode 8, Maple becomes stronger and stronger by accident. She beats a boss, or does a quest, or opens a chest, and she gains one of a kinds abilities, summons, and armor. The first 1.5 episodes are probably the best parts of the show, as we see Maple use her tank build and luck to get surprise wins. This was also the best part of the show because the story mainly focused on Maple, but we’ll get to that. Seeing the world react to this rookie player getting amazing power ups was very funny. Had the show stuck to a more slice of life adventure starring Maple, it would have been more memorable.

Cons: The show feels very rushed. By episode 2 Maple’s friend Sally starts tagging along, and by Episode 6 Maple forms a guild with 6 other players. We spend 2 episodes with the guild, then a guild event takes up the rest of the season. We hardly get to spend any time with Maple herself before she has to share screen time with other characters. Particularly Sally. It seems that that writer of the show/light novel really liked Sally better. I almost want to say that she gets more attention than the main heroine. You may also notice that every episode has a short montage of adventuring. I think I would have liked the supporting characters more if I had seen them do some adventuring, instead of getting still images. Because as it stands I don’t really believe their comradery. That’s the objective-ish flaws. Subjectively? The show dips in quality as soon as Sally joins. I didn’t like her because she weirdly protective of Maple and aggressive to strangers. She straight up threatened to “kill” Kuromu when he runs into her and Maple. As stated earlier, Sally gets a lot of focus because its easier to write someone with her attitude and character build getting into fights. But if you wanted to make an anime about Sally, then make one about Sally. She already act as more of a guild leader anyway. Also, as more and more characters join the show, Maple seems to become an afterthought. The show becomes more generic as it goes on. Once Maple has someone showing her what to do, the story’s charm is lost. I actually started to root against Maple and her friend by the end of the show. The show tried to frame the story as a rag-tag guild making their mark, but it was really a story about a bunch of high level players with unfair skills fighting other high level guilds.

Watch it: Give it 3 episodes, then make up your mind (3/5)

MVP: The Flame Empress

She deserved that W!

Best Episode: Ep. 1 “Defense and First Battle” (No Sally. No Maple Tree. Just a girl and her first MMO)

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Type: Super Smokin’ Sexy Style

Synopsis: Ya know, the one with the chick with the thighs. I know, I know, that’s not fair to Rika. She’s a well developed character. Well, not “well developed” in that way. Hey! come one, you kn-know what I meant. Lets, ah, get back to the subject at hand. We were talking about thicc thighs right? Oh crap! I shouldn’t have said thicc! Oh crap, I shouldn’t have said thighs! Oh crap! I certainly shouldn’t be contributing to the oversexualization of women in the anime industry by making light of it…it’s too hot today.

Pros: SSSS. Gridman is an anime adaptation of the 1990’s tokusatsu show, Gridman the Hyper Agent.  As such, this anime utilizes a lot of elements from the old “Giant Hero” shows. You have a human doing poses in order to transform into a giant hero. Every episode ends with the hero fighting a kaiju wrecking the city. And your ultimate bad guy is some nebulous embodiment of evil. Also, sometimes you get to see the hero use awesome accessories that are usually sold separately. These elements are well executed, but the show really shines in it’s human interactions. The show has four main characters: Yuta (Gridman), Sho, Rikka, and Akane. Each have their own views and feelings towards Gridman and the Kaiju that appear. Sho’s overenthusiastic reaction belies a his feelings of inadequacy. You get the sense that without all this, he wouldn’t have a lot going on personally. On the flip side, Rikka’s apprehension to getting too involved with the “Gridman Alliance,” despite her many connections to it, showcases a desire for normalcy. I should also mention that Rikka probably has the best scenes with each character, especially with Sho and Akane. Akane, the antagonist, is probably the most interesting to watch, as the show slowly starts focusing more and more on her motivations and desires, all which reveal a deep seated loneliness. Meanwhile, Yuta is Yuta. A good, but not great protagonist. Things get super interesting early on, when our protagonists and antagonist learn about each other, as every conversation they have with each other turns into a very tense situation. Speaking of which, the show does a very good job with atmosphere, utilizing shadows whenever the humans are speaking, casting the world in an almost melancholy haze whenever Gridman isn’t around. Overall, you can just tell that a lot of effort and attention went into this show.

Cons: Right off the bat, the tokusatsu endings may turn you off. They are mostly authentic, which could seem a little silly and even childish to some viewers. Especially when Gridman’s action figure accessories join the fight. That being said, I don’t think that the Neon Genesis Junior High Students were all that necessary, and didn’t do much outside of add in some lore. I also wasn’t a fan of Anti, though I understand that his use as rival character fufilled a tokusatsu troupe. Finally, I don’t feel like Akane’s final story beat was earned. It was a little rushed, and I think her story line would have benefited from maybe one more episode (P.s. I think that Ep.04-05 are notably weak episodes, as one is just for jealousy and the other was just for fan service).

Watch it?: A very well made show about giant monsters (5/5)

MVP: Akane

There are a lot of theological questions to explore here.

Best Episode: Ep.09 “Dream” (What if a god was your friend, but also kinda depressed?)

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A Centaur’s Life

Type: Who is this for?

Synopsis: For reals, who is the target demographic? At first, I thought it was for the Monster Musume crown. You know, perverts. Then I saw the first five minutes and I thought, OK, this is for lesbians. Yuri bait, got it. But then we get a lot of scenes with little girls and I thought, loli lovers? You know, criminal perverts. Then a bunch of discrimination stories and historical allegories where thrown at me, and I just gave up. I don’t know who this is for, I just know it’s pretty good.

Pros: A Centaur’s Life is a pretty good anime. While I can’t pin point it’s exact audience, can say that this is a dramatic comedy in the slide-of-life genre. Despite the animal-people, it’s pretty down to Earth and mellow. The closest match in terms of tone is Hinamatsuri. So there are funny-ish moments, but they are interspersed with cute moments and dramatic moments. Most episodes revolve around two or three segments centered around different characters. These can me as mundane as studying for a test, or as goofy as the girl’s checking each other’s privates to see if they are normal looking (which is a real segment that happens). This brings me to something you need to know before watching: some of these segments veer into very opposite directions. This is what I meant when I said that the target demographic and audience is difficult to identify. One segments could be about teaching an underclassmen not to take archery so seriously, but the next episode has a straight up holocaust story. The tone of the show ebbs and flows from silly to gloomy, depending on the story. This is actually pretty well summarized by the intro, which has silly moments, fan service moments, sad moments, and odd moments. So if you want a realistic down to earth show, that’s also swarming with anime-people, this is your show (p.s the English dub is really well acted).

Cons: For me, this shows biggest sin it that it’s hard to summarize. Because a lot of stuff happens that explores different facets of it’s world. On the surface, this is show about high school girls. They each have different personalities, different interests, and different lives outside of school that inform their personalities. Hime is beautiful, but also gentle and a little sensitive, which makes sense because she’s a single child, but also kinda funny because she’s a giant centaur. Manami is composed and blunt, which makes sense because she’s been helping raise her four younger sisters, but is ironic because she’s an angel. Quetzalcoatl is just as gentle and sweet as Hime, but that’s in contrast to her snake life appearance. Out of all the characters, Hime and Manami get the most screentime. However, Hime is usually accompanied by her friends Nozomi and Kyouko as they do girl stuff. Manami on the other hand is usually shown taking care of her triplet sisters (The Chi’s) and her toddler sister while her Father tries to make it as an artist. I really liked that the show takes time to explore the character’s home lives, which is usually ignored in slice-of-life high school shows. It helped flesh out each of the main cast. But again, this is just what the show is on the surface. You go a little deeper and you become very aware that the theme of the show is discrimination. In the show, the world has strict anti-discrimination laws enforced by government agencies almost in real time. As the show goes on, you learn little bits and pieces of the world’s history, and how certain races interact with one another. And, to the writing’s credit, we do see little bits of discrimination here and there. From an interracial couple being criticized, to Hime’s friends getting weird looks for attending an all-centaur archery contest, to Quetzalcoatl getting anxious over negative media coverage about her race. And as I mentioned earlier, there is a 7 minute holocaust allegory in Episode 09 (I said the theme was deeper, not subtle). I also really liked this aspect of the show. Again, the show has a lot of different things that it did very well. It’s just that there are a LOT of different thing. So my advice would be to watch the show, but don’t binge it. But honestly, the more I look back on it, the more I like it.

Watch it: Do it one at a time. (5/5)

MVP: Manami

I loved that she told the student committee that “no, I’m not staying here longer that I have to. I have a family to take care of.”

Best Episode: Ep. 06 “Is Being Able to Retrace One’s Past and Ancestors A Reason to Be Happy or Unhappy?”/”Does Getting a Job Doing What You Love Really Bring Happiness?” (This was hard to pick, but I think this covers a lot of what the show is about).

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Skilled Teaser Takagi-san

Type: Also know as “Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san” or horrible bullying

Synopsis: I mean, I know it’s not suppose to come off that way. It’s suppose to be super cute that this middle school girl teases her crush on a daily basis. Even though this has cause the boy to develop feelings of paranoia, anxiety, and obsession. It just doesn’t seem right.

Pros: Troubled feelings aside, this show is kinda cute. The characters are all middle school age, so their first love story told through teasing can be endearing at times. Nishikata’s overthinking is paired nicely with Takagi’s calm demeanor. You kinda get why she likes to tease him. And to be fair, most of the games they play are harmless. And the various quite hints that Takagi likes Nishikata make their segments come off as more aww than mean.

Pros: In fact, my main gripe that kinda soured me on the whole concept was a segment in the library. Takagi offers to help Nishikata study for an important test, only to reveal that everything they studies that afternoon will not be covered on the test. This just seemed more cruel than romantic. Ever since then, I lost interest in the show. There’s funny, and then there’s mean. And that was just mean. Also, this show does sexualize Takagi a little. I mean, sure, having Nishikata stare at her as she sits or leans in is one thing. But having an episode where Takagi literally models swimsuits in front of Nishikata is another. I guess that could also be considered taking teasing a little too far. Plus, Nishikata, learn to read some signals! Damn boy. Has reading all those romance manga taught you nothing?! Aside from that, there are these three side characters that aren’t really interesting or funny. I kinda skipped their scenes with no consequence.

Watch it?: Enjoyable enough. (3/5)

MVP: Nishikata

Neurotic is a word you can use here.

Best Episode: Ep. 2 “Letter/First Day of School/ Seating Arrangements” (a nice collection of everything).

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Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend (1989)

Type: A Penthouse Production

Synopsis: You see, in the late 1900’s pornography was delivered via adult-only magazines. These magazines would feature pictures of nude models alongside life and style articles. Around the 1980’s, some of the larger pornography publishers tried to expand into the burgeoning home video market. To entice potential buyers, Penthouse tried to include a variety of pornographic films, such as animated Japanese erotica. This doesn’t really have anything to do with the anime, I just wanted an excuse to write “pornography” over and over again.

Pros: Legend of the Overfied is basically about two Beast-Men looking for the “Chojin,” a Super-God meant to unite the Beast-Men, Human, and Demon World. Their quest eventually becomes a race to protect their candidate, a pervy high school student. However, their efforts to revive the Chojin proves fatal, as the Chojin must first destroy the three worlds in order to rebuild them in his image. Legend of the Overfied is basically known for three things: sex, violence, and gore. It’s a very typical 80’s OVA, meaning it’s about demons brutalizing humans, with sexy results. I’m trying to make light of it, because “sexy results” really just means a lot of rape scenes. This is one of those anime where you have to ask: Is this a hentai with plot? Story wise, the film is the most cohesive at the start, but spirals as the story goes on.

Cons: Apparently, the film is actually three OVA stitched together, which themselves are based off a manga. The adaptation cut out a lot of the comedy in favor of adding and amplifying the sex and violence. You can tell, because the film really escalates in tone and intensity without much transition. To put it in prospective, you start the film in a japanese high school with a boy peeping on the girl’s dressing room, and you end with a giant demons ushering in the demon apocalypse. The film is both jarring and exhausting. It was also a little unclear about who the protagonist was. Sometimes it was Nagumo, and sometimes it was Jyaku. In addition, because this film was originally three different OVAs, there is no consistent villain, unless you just count “demons” as a main villain. Whatever semblance of a plot that exists is really just a vehicle for the next sex or demon gore scene. All that being said, I watched the English dub and it was both terrible and hilarious.

Watch it?: I would recommend regular pornography.

MVP: The English Dub

“I have your sperm!”

Best Moment: Did I mention the “I have your sperm?” line, because that’s inspired.

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Type: We have to stop Junta from becoming the Mega-Playboy!

Synopsis: That way I can get a nice husband, cute pet, and sweet, sweet home!

Pros: The basic premise for this comedic anime is that the protagonist, Junta, is destined to become the “Mega-Playboy”, inadvertently causing the severe overpopulation of Earth. Ignoring the concept of multiverse theory, the future sends back a “DNA Operator” whose mission is to stop the Junta from becoming the Mega-Playboy. The farce begins when the DNA Operator, Karin, accidentally causes Junta to become the Mega-Playboy. What follows is a fairly tongue and cheek series of misunderstandings, with sexy results. The most interesting part of watching this show was experiencing an early 90’s ecchi love comedy. The main difference was in how the characters each treated each other over romantic events. For instance, Junta was more open with his feelings, telling Karin outright that he liked her over the others girls. Meanwhile, all Karin cared about was getting Junta to fall in love with his childhood friend in order to stymie the Mega-Playboy. If this was made today, Junta would be a shy and indecisive boy, and Karin would have fallen in love with him the moment he expressed any sort of interest in her. It was very interesting to see how narrative conventions changed over time (p.s. The opening was very nice to look at).

Cons: To my surprise, the show have interwoven plot threads throughout its run-time. The main plot involves Karin trying to get Junta and his childhood friend Ami together. A secondary plot involves the various girls that fall for Junta’s “Mega-playboy” form, such as Ami’s friend Kotomi and the popular girl Tomoko. A tertiary plot involves Tomoko’s cheating boyfriend, Ryuji, trying to figure out why Tomoko would go for a guy like Junta. Speaking of which, I thought the way they handled the “Mega-Playboy” was well done. The show never lets you forget that the Mega-Playboy is the problems trying to be solved. While he is used to resolve certain scenes, Karin still tries to get rid of him, and Ami straight up does not like him. There’s a particularly great scene where the Mega-Playboy brushes Ami off to be with another girl, showing us that while dynamic, he is not what Junta should be. What’s I’m trying to say is that the show was a lot better written than I thought it was going to be. That being said, the show suffers from a lot of old troupes. Karin becomes repetitive with her one gag of wanting a husband, pet, and house. Junta’s anti-girl vomiting was not funny, and neither was Tomoko’s anti-boy farting. I liked Ami’s mental block about getting together with Junta, but would have liked an episode with just the two of them interacting. Also, the Ryuji thing. In the show, Ryuji is Junta’s sort of rival, who hates him for having Tomoko’s attention. So when he is presented with powers of his own, shape-shifting, his solution is to try to sexually assault Ami and physically assault Tomoko while looking like Junta. That was gross and uncesssary. Worse yet, the show has the audacity to have Tomoko (and the audience) forgive him after he gets beaten up by Junta in the last episode. F@#$ you tv show. That’s not happening.

Watch it: Better than I thought it would be (3/5)

MVP: Karin

While a little inept, she’s actually a good character.

Best Episode: Ep.03 “On the night of the festival -Ami” (Find a girl that will punch the s#%% out of you for acting stupid. That’s marriage material.)

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