Warning. This anime contains lewdness and dirty jokes bad enough to make you horny. If you can’t stomach all that or fear you will fall into a life of depravity, walk away now while you still can. Otherwise if you are a pervert just like everyone else, stay tuned and be charmed of all the fun and exciting obscenity we will get from Shimoneta To Iu Gainen Ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu Na Sekai! What? That name too long for you to pronounce like as though it is a dirty word? Yeah… Ah yes. How can you make a dirty anime without resorting to over the top cliché fanservice and bordering hentai? This series is your answer. Imagine a nation so clean and pure that no obscene things or acts are allowed. I know. Horror! It is like a horror version to a pervy. Where would all the fun and excitement be when we have society that doesn’t or rather in this case not allowed to spew dirty words, see a bit of Playboy or read your BL manga, what more play an eroge. Freaking boring world, right? Can you imagine the internet free of porn?! What?! No porn on the internet ever?! IT IS INSANE! UNTHINKABLE!!! That is why we have naughty terrorists to break this strict uptight mindset from seemingly pure and upright authorities to open the people’s eyes to the exhilaration of sex and dirty jokes! Oh, come free our restricted minds… And libido!

Episode 1
A group of guys are illegal looking at smut. They are careless to say the forbidden words as the alarm goes off and a group of SWAT people as well as the PMC squad quickly barge in to apprehend them and burn all the porn! As narrated, it has been 10 years since Japan eradicated porn and has become the most pristine public morals in the world. Under the Public Morals and Education Act, people are made to lead wholesome lives as people are made to wear the Peace Maker (PM) terminals around their neck that prevents them from saying indecent words. Tanukichi Okuma is on his way to school when he catches a glimpse of a woman accusing this gorilla guy of molesting her. Tanukichi takes the lady off the train and he finds out she was trying to make a fast buck with the accusation. Not pleased, she then reports Tanukichi of trying to harass her. He is surrounded by the PMC squad when this ‘terrorist’, Blue Tundra starts spouting indecent words and scatters sexy female pictures. Either they run from hearing the indecency or they pick up and admire the picture. She gives the PMC squad the runabout to let Tanukichi escape. He is able to make it to Tokioka Academy, supposedly the most virtuous school in Japan because of his admiration for Anna Nishikinomiya who is the school’s student council president. While admiring a video of her speech, Hyouka Fuwa pops up to ask him about how babies are made! She thinks he knows the answer because he came from a school with the most awful moral ranking. I’m sure he could give her a textbook answer but she believes the truth is something deeper. No pun intended.

He is taken away by Ayame Kajou, the student council vice president to see Anna (that gorilla guy turns out to be the secretary-treasurer, Raiki Gouriki). She offers him to join the student council body to protect the school’s morality. Of course he jumps in but why him? As he is not so morally uptight, it makes him the perfect candidate. As we all know, Blue Tundra is currently running amok with her perverted terrorism. Thing is, they believe she is a student in their academy! The reason they are slow in responding is because they lack any knowledge about perversion. After Tanukichi pledges his loyalty to follow her path, Ayame takes him away to her cafe. She lets loose her hair and glasses and reveals a very much different character. Tanukichi instantly recognizes her when she puts panties on her face. She is Blue Tundra! He wants to report her but she won’t let him. She knows he is the son of that naughty terrorist, Zenjuurou but Tanukichi decides to leave that dirty life after he met Anna. Ayame kidnaps him and wants him to join her organization, SOX. She is able to say indecent words without raising any alarm because of this handphone device that allows her to do so for 3 minutes daily. It was created by her father, Masashi Endou, a politician who was framed for sexually harassing a high school girl. But she knows it was all a lie to frame him as he was one of those who opposed the act. Why? Because daddy is into MILFs!!! If Tanukichi won’t join her, she can make a report that will arrest him for indecency. He can’t take her down with him because she is best friends with Anna and you know what will happen to her reputation if her cover is blown, right?

Next day, Tanukichi gets kidnapped by Fuwa in her lab. She shows him her specimen of flies making out and asking him questions about it. He manages to escape. Though, he hears how misinformed the school is when it comes to the reproduction system. Yeah, it is so silly that it makes you wonder if Japan is that dumb. Ayame tells him this is the morality the school is proud of. She laments no matter the indecent pictures she circulates, they continue to stay misinformed. Tanukichi asks about seeking Fuwa’s help but refuses to seek cooperation from that crazy woman. When Tanukichi mentions about that fly sex, she gets an idea. During the general assembly, Blue Tundra strikes. Students pick up sex female pictures. They are confused. Tanukichi acts as Blue Tundra as diversion to draw the student council out. That is when Ayame shows footage of flies having sex while making erotic sex sounds over the microphone! The students give in to their natural instinct and feel the hot sensation burning inside. Did they all faint from the passion? Tanukichi can’t believe he is doing something to deceive the girl he admires but can’t help it feels good too.

Episode 2
Ayame is happy with the results of the flies ‘combining’ movie although Tanukichi is not too pleased especially Ayame is spewing lots of indecent words. It is a different for Anna and Gouriki. They lament their failure and all Tanukichi can do is keep quiet and feel guilty about it. Gouriki is not pleased with Tanukichi as the son of that terrorist. Anna reveals Gouriki wanted to gather more info on him and reveal his true colours but instead get caught up in that train situation. Tanukichi admits he is Zenjuurou’s son and naturally that guy being a guy is dirty minded. He is one of those against the act. After he was arrested, Tanukichi garnered an infamous reputation as his son and was ostracized. He began to hate everything and his father. But it was at a day-care where he met Anna. Only she accepted him for who he was and that is why he vowed to become a person with a heart as pure as hers. Despite the touching story, SOX operations will still continue. Ayame has Tanukichi head to a secret location in the mountains to collect hidden porn magazines. A narration tells us how Japan burnt all print media on porn as well as the government took successful measure to even block porn on all digital media. Wow. This is much worse than the Great Firewall of China. Ayame’s plan is to place such raunchy pictures from the magazines at strategic places but it made no impact. Further explanation reveals that the PM can track your hand motions. So it means if you are drawing porn and even fapping, the alert will sound! OMG! So freaking hi-tech?! Indeed obscenity is worse than murder. To Tanukichi’s dismay, he spots a raunchy picture in Anna’s office! She thought it was just a harmless picture of a girl licking a mushroom between her boobs! This is how misguided the school is. Once Tanukichi tells what it really is, the picture is immediately burnt. Anna notices Ayame and Tanukichi quite close and teases Ayame. Ayame didn’t like it and wants to tie her up but Gouriki restrains her. Anna thanks Tanukichi that ever since he joined the body, the student council has become a lot cheerful.

Anna’s words give Tanukichi great motivation to stop his foolishness. But Ayame warns him about the passing of another law called H Prohibition Act by Anna’s mom, Sophia. This law mandates that every PM wearer is under full surveillance and recorded. As this will also stop the spread of information on how reproduction works, Ayame fears the next generation will be full of airheads not knowing what real reproduction is about. Well, I think it’s already here. So Ayame plans her next SOX operation of disseminating sex education via health examination. First, Ayame writes a fake note from Blue Tundra to Anna and Gouriki that she will be striking and stealing urine samples. After taking the bait, Tanukichi disguised as Blue Tundra and in that fake falsetto is tasked in teaching a group of students about sexual reproduction via putting up a fake eye examination. He has boys and girls take turns to spell out the answers to the sexual reproductive organs by reading the words he points out on a board. A clever move seeing in this way the PM cannot pick up indecent words of the individual. But that is short-lived since Anna and Gouriki found out about this diversion and returned. Tanukichi makes a run and now knows what Ayame meant when Anna won’t give up when she is serious. She is right hot on his heels. Trapped and hiding at the rooftop, Ayame saves Tanukichi as she turns up as the real Blue Tundra on the opposite building and has seemingly stolen the loot. After they go off to chase her, Tanukichi heaves a sigh of relief and takes off his disguise. Unknowingly somebody saw this…

Episode 3
Anna discuses about the fake urine samples and Blue Tundra’s motive has got something to do with the eye examination chart. Even more baffling when the students were questioned, they said this word “Vagin” (Tanukichi couldn’t finish his lesson when he was forced to flee). During the assembly to award Otome Saotome for a winning entry painting, she tears up the certificate in front of everyone! As Fuwa bugs Tanukichi about those urine samples as reproduction potentials, he is put on a leash and taken away by Saotome. She is going to make him her pet and he will do everything she says or she will blow his cover as Blue Tundra. She saw it… Ayame accidentally enters the room and sees this dominatrix play and runs away screaming. Saotome claims Ayame is her rival in love and needs his help to woo the affections of her beloved. Before she could finish, she is taken away by Gouriki. Later Ayame talks to Tanukichi that she has her eye on Saotome for a while. Her great artistic skills means she is a good porn illustrator and wants Tanukichi to teach her about smut and then get her join SOX. In exchange, Ayame promises to work some magic for him and Anna. He assures his intentions with Anna are pure but Ayame just keep inserting dirty jokes. Ayame then reveals something has been bugging Anna lately. She is being stalked. Her locker is full of creepy letters and pictures. But Ayame wants him to concentrate of Saotome while she handles Anna’s case. Tanukichi thought Ayame was just pretending to be Anna’s best friend and now believes so. Ayame recounts how Anna was there when Ayame was seething she couldn’t talk dirty anymore. It is thanks to Anna that Ayame is able to barely fit into society today. Unfortunately she didn’t learn a thing good from her since her mind is still in the perverted gutter.

Tanukichi talks to Saotome about trying to help her get closer to her love. Saotome suggests saying their love interests at the same time. Tanukichi is distracted by a message so Saotome thought she cheated on him because she said aloud Anna is her love! So she is the stalker?! She threatens to report him so Tanukichi has to reply fast. He can’t say Anna’s name or it will make things more complicated. Instead, he says Ayame’s name. Saotome is happy and will also help him in his love. Everyone will be happy in the end. Considering she knows his identity, why is she helping an enemy of Anna? She notices each time Anna is chasing down Blue Tundra, her face looks happy. It is like they’re playing a game. Anna is jumpy and Gouriki wants to blame Tanukichi as the culprit although Anna believes he would not do such a thing. Later Ayame tells Tanukichi that Gouriki likes Anna, the reason he is protective of her. Ayame tells her plan to catch the stalker. She will cross-dressed as a boy and pretend to date Anna to lure the stalker out. Gouriki would like to volunteer but his size would only scare away the stalker. Tanukichi tells Saotome about this and she too has a plan. Because she will make him dress up as a girl and be the stalker! Sh*t just hit the fan, right? At the park as the duo hide behind the bushes to spy on Anna and Ayame, suddenly Saotome becomes hot in passion. She cannot stop drawing Anna. Looks good. Nothing wrong with it. But why is she not happy? She reveals she has never used anybody as her art model. Everything comes from her imagination. When she first saw Anna, she wanted to capture her on her canvas but always felt something was missing. She thought if she became romantically involved, she would find the answer. She knows her pathetic attempt is a nuisance but she is nothing without her art. Gouriki spots them and can’t believe Tanukichi as a girl. Then the real stalker pops up to attack Ayame. Easily taken care of. But there are more jealous chubby stalkers waiting to unleash their fury! Tanukichi goes into action and in all that helter-skelter, he takes a blow to the head. He falls on top of Anna and their lips met. Tanukichi is embarrassed but collapses from the head wound. Meanwhile Anna is in a daze. This feeling burning inside her… She likes it!

Episode 4
Tanukichi recuperates in hospital as Fuwa sneaks in to bug him from what I understand is about gay sex! Because Gouriki is now closer to Tanukichi to show his appreciation for that stalker incident. Tanukichi laments that Anna has not visited him and believes she is mad over that accidental kiss. Fuwa then explains how Anna has increased her operations in eradicating obscenities at Tokioka like sudden spot checks without warning. Maybe she is mad. Ayame updates Tanukichi that she is teaching Saotome porn and is proceeding well. Although she is hooked, it is not enough for her and she wants someone to act it out for her! When Tanukichi talks to Saotome, she is partly responsible for keeping Anna away because she became her model. However she noticed that Anna had this never-seen-before expression. Yup, she’s definitely mad. Even when Tanukichi returns, Anna avoids him and ironically it is Gouriki who pays attention. Later Tanukichi meets up with Ayame and Saotome for another erotic operation. She believes there is a very huge hidden stash of hardcore porn not found by the PMC squad. Yatsugamori Forest is a private property owned by the late erotica author, Danroku Onigashira. His grandson, Keisuke is now following his footsteps since it is lately discovered grandpa left a will containing this porn stash to him. However info was leaked and the PMC squad wanted to raid his place. He managed to give an excuse to buy time but in 3 weeks, the raid will begin. Until then, surveillance around Yatsugamori is tight. Because SOX lacks the manpower and definitely will be caught if tried to sneak in, what if a group of virgins unknowingly wander into the place and found the porn stash? That’s right. Ayame plans to let the innocent students of Tokioka find the stash for them.

Tanukichi is supposed to hide information about Yatsugamori all over Tokioka but he couldn’t. Apparently he has his own stalker leaving stash of letters and get this, drool! Yikes! Sophia is at Tokioka to advocate the H Prohibition Act. Its highlight includes a new PM device which is definitely a chastity belt. To hasten the passing of the bill, she wants all students to sign and support it this Sunday at 10am. This is bad news to Ayame since that time is when the grace period for Yatsugamori expires. Ayame needs to quickly increase the students’ curiosity towards porn or else this mission would fail so she has Saotome live in Tanukichi’s closet to observe his dirty habits and awaken her inner porn illustrator. Will he? Deep in the night, Tanukichi hears someone coming in. Suddenly he is tied up! That voice… ANNA?! So she is the stalker? Using her panties as his blindfold, she proceeds to strip naked as she plays out her kinky sex fetish over his body! YEOW!!! She gets even more passionate upon knowing about his manhood. Ayame walks in to see this shocking development. Anna didn’t freak out. She is feeling both blissful and shameful as she makes her cool exit. Saotome saw it all and is inspired to draw porn. If she can’t use her hands, she’ll use her mouth! Ironically, Ayame who always make dirty jokes is shocked at the sight of Tanukichi’s manhood. First time seeing the real deal? Anna walks home blissfully, leaving behind a trail of drool… Scary… When she reaches home, she is confronted by Fuwa who wants answers about her extreme cleansing because it seems her lab is cleansed out too. Anna believes strengthening her enforcement will make her love grow stronger. The idea of being the best in everything will have someone notice her and thus somebody will love her. So Fuwa’s flies were sacrificed for her selfish desires? How is that appropriate conduct as she mentioned? Repressing obscenities is appropriate by default. And as they say true love prevails, all actions born from love are fair and just. Therefore the more she preaches this, the more he will love her. I thought she was just an awakened pervert but she’s really crazy…

Episode 5
Tanukichi is in denial and refuses to acknowledge about Anna last night. But Saotome has proof. Here’s her panties she left behind! Living nightmare! He thinks Anna acting normal towards him means she too thinks it is a dream. But when he realizes the cookies she made for him include her nectar of love (the ‘drool’ that comes out from her vagina!!!!!!!!!), that is where it goes downhill. Anna even becomes a yandere, holding a pair of scissors to Ayame’s neck, thinking she is quite close to Tanukichi and why was she there at his place last night? Asking for her advice? Yeah, we’ll go with that. Wow. This girl is scary! For the next few days, Anna becomes Tanukichi’s stalker. She chases him everywhere just to let him taste her love nectar! And when he gives her the slip by going through her legs, another strange sensation as she wants to taste his nectar of love!!! The ‘love’ chase continues… At this rate, the Yatsugamori plan is doomed to fail. Even more so when Sophia and the PMC squad have discovered all the hidden maps and erotic pictures in school. Ayame won’t lose so she and Tanukichi head there themselves. She is going to fight alone but then to their surprise, the entire Tokioka students are here. How? They are being led by Fuwa who has distributed those pictures to them. This means there is nobody at school to sign the petition. When being stopped by the PMC squad at Yatsugamori, Fuwa signals the girls for their next plan. They pleas to the PMC squad that they are on their side to capture the pervy boys. The boys feel betrayed as the PMC squad try to chase and arrest them. But their sacrifice won’t be in vain because it is just a distraction so the girls could go look for the hidden stash. This motivates Ayame to do her part as she dresses up as Blue Tundra. However Anna is here and she is hell bent in capturing Blue Tundra so that Tanukichi will love her more. Ayame suggests the split up since Anna is after her. Also, she feels bad that she forced him into SOX.

Tanukichi is pushed off a cliff as he rolls into a cave. This is where all the hidden hardcore porn is stashed. Hearing Blue Tundra’s scream, Tanukichi is in a dilemma to save her because he can be free from all this if he lets her be. Then he spots a briefcase containing something risqué. Before Anna can unmask Blue Tundra here comes Tanukichi dressed in a weird dominatrix outfit. He claims to be Blue Tundra’s accomplice named, uhm, TBA? Anna will capture both of them but when she gets close to TBA, she becomes confused. Her heart beats faster and could feel the hot passion within burning inside. She thought such feelings are reserved only for Tanukichi. She weakens as she cannot believe that everything about TBA is exactly like Tanukichi (right down to his bulge!). She can’t believe her body reacts to make her spill her love nectar. She escapes by jumping off a cliff! Don’t worry. She’ll survive. With the porn stash found and Fuwa getting lots of ‘combining’ flies, they leave before the PMC squad returns. Tanukichi gets the unlikeliest praise he never want to hear from a person like Ayame: He is the craziest person she has ever met! Despite the operation success, this didn’t dampen Sophia’s plan as Tokioka is one of the many places to sign the petition. She holds a conference to show boxes of signatures from petitions from all over the nation. However everyone is shocked when all the papers turn out to be obscene illustrations! It’s broadcasting live over TV!!! As narrated, SOX switched some of the petition boxes with the drawings and burned the former. Because Sophia showed obscene illustrations on air, she got into trouble and was forced to shelve the H Prohibition Act for now.

Episode 6
Although the guys are turned on by erotic pictures, they still don’t know what to do. That is why Ayame’s next plan is to make sex toys! Well, there aren’t any sex toy stores around, right? Ayame and Saotome will make the toys and yes, Tanukichi will test them! I find it ironic that Ayame mainly wants to make sex toys that will pleasure boys but for girls she is satisfied for them to look at Saotome’s drawings. What about boys and girls doing it for real? She calls it sexual harassment?! With lots of censored dirty words, lots of rebuking from Tanukichi (because the dangerous sex toys might just ruin his ‘little brother’), they finished creating a vibrator. Leaving it as a free ‘health and beauty’ product for others to take, Tanukichi is tasked to seek Fuwa’s help to make a controller for it. She is interested in how the device works but as payment in accepting his job, she wants him to show his ‘hose’ in ‘battle pose’! That is when Anna comes in and sees them together. Her yandere feature kicks in thinking he is cheating on her. He lies his way that he was seeking Fuwa’s advice on a good gift for her. She takes the pill-shaped vibrator and believes this is his present. Thinking it is some kind of charm stone, she’ll treasure it and make it into a pendant. Meanwhile the other vibrator they created broke because of Ayame’s incessant testing. Using it on a radish?

When Anna calls Tanukichi and Ayame for some student council work, Tanukichi accidentally switches on the remote. Anna goes into ecstasy. Oh, the remote is spoiled and can’t be turned off. Ayame gets the wrong idea this is all part of his perverted plan and runs away. With Anna burning with passion, Tanukichi quickly runs away. He hopes Fuwa could help fix it. She can’t do anything as the vibrator is not with her. Oh, the strength dial is functioning properly. Anna is getting more intense… He runs away and bumps into Saotome. He seeks her help but she clearly is giving away his position. Why? Because she wants to see Tanukichi and Anna ‘combine’ for real! With Anna hunting him down furiously, Tanukichi tries to leave school but is caught by Gouriki. He was ordered to bring him back to the office. Darn. Didn’t Gouriki notice something strange about Anna? Like her boobs vibrating like mad?! Nope. Nothing wrong. Sex amateur! Not that Anna is alone with him, she is going to get all steamy and horny. His predicament gets worse as she touches his crotch and her vibrating boobs are now on them too! Any second now… So intense the vibrating that it rips her shirt and bra! Then the vibrator overheats and malfunctions. Safe… Anna feels bad for not taking care of it. The next day she pleads for him to give another one and promises to take care of it. Tanukichi seeks Ayame’s help but she clearly ignores him. He can’t ask for Fuwa’s help since he is already in her debt. Anna gets jealous Tanukichi is paying more attention to Ayame. And when Saotome pops up to just tell them off to ‘combine’, Anna blows her top thinking he has more girls and strangles him! Somebody just kill him…

Episode 7
A SOX copycat strikes, leaving a large montage made out of panties. Kosuri is causing her mischief to the PMC squad by throwing yogurt filled balloons. She even has a group of cross-dressing middle aged men to help with her mischief! This part of Kosuri’s plan in hopes she will meet SOX. Ayame has met with the big 4 naughty terrorism organizations: A Snack On Buttocks, Absolute Territory, Mammalians and Bacon Lettuce Mothers’ Society to share and exchange porn stash. Hey, you should expect weird names from naughty terrorists, right? Thanks to the wide spread of their efforts of porn and Saotome’s increased quality, the understanding of sex has deepened. Ayame gets the wrong idea that Gouriki and Tanukichi are gay because they spend more time together! It doesn’t help when Gouriki is being unknowingly ambiguous with his words. But Tanukichi prefers to spend more time with him because it keeps Anna away. Then there are underwear stealing incidents all over the city. Not only females but males’ underwear too. Also, the messages left at the scene state they were inspired by SOX. So Anna orders higher surveillance around the changing rooms. While Tanukichi watches outside one, here comes Anna to sexually harass him! Pinning him down and biting off his zipper, she wants to feel his manhood! She even spills her love nectar all over his face! Thankfully Tanukichi didn’t get raped as Gouriki returns to report. And Saotome saw all that and made a perfect erotic sketch. Tanukichi goes to see Ayame cornering Fuwa. She believes she is the panty thief but Tanukichi uncovers the thing she is hiding: A BL magazine! Furthermore, it is Tanukichi x Gouriki!!! WTF?! Definitely Ayame and Saotome had a hand in this. They noticed how more girls noted their hearts went tight seeing Tanukichi and Gouriki together and tried their hands at this new fantasy. It was a hit that there are already 10 volumes!!! When a group of panty thieves consisting of boys and girls are caught, a large broadcast is made by this creepy guy. A high level pervert, if you ask me. He is White Climax and leader of the SOX inspired, Moist Throng. Their goal is to oppose the government’s actions by liberating underwear.

Apparently Ayame is not too please having Moist Throng considering themselves as SOX’s allies. Although it makes them bad guys, this doesn’t bother her except for the fact that Moist Throng resorts to petty crimes like stealing underwear whereas SOX just wants to educate the people on sex and talk dirty. Not to say that is noble either. Tanukichi didn’t think deep enough since they are terrorists and it is right they are labelled as bad. But what he fails to understand if that if the people lose their trust in SOX, it will hinder their efforts to spread sex education. Later that night, Tanukichi saves Kosuri who is being chased by the PMC squad. Hiding in an alley, Fuwa happened to be here and thinks he is a lolicon. She is here as she heard this is where she could get that secret BL copy he confiscated! He is forced to let the BL issue slide if she helps them escape. Safely away, when Kosuri knocks out an ally looking for her (and disappointed to find out her true goal), she is going to do the same to Tanukichi. She reveals her purpose of coming here is to join SOX. At first she doesn’t believe him but after showing the erotic drawings in his hand, she does. He brings her to Ayame who is not too impressed for a suspicious girl like her to join. They find out Kosuri is Keisuke’s only daughter. Although he sides with the terrorists, she claims her dad is a wuss as all he does is sucks up to the PMC squad. Ayame is still not convinced so she takes out lots of weapons that she thinks will come in handy to drive away PMC squads. This makes Ayame believe why their ideals are different. Kosuri will do anything but that is what makes her even less trustworthy. Because Ayame seems to hint she has been faking everything since the start. Kosuri explains the weapons are from her dad for self protection as she has a habit of barking up the wrong tree and getting into trouble. Thus she hoped to come here to find SOX and a place to belong. Ayame reluctantly accepts her since Kosuri’s arrest would hamper Keisuke’s support of all naughty terrorists and their existence. All Tanukichi knows is that he has another sick weirdo to deal with.

Episode 8
Tanukichi wakes up to find Kosuri sleeping next to him. That is the least of his problems because Anna has been standing there all night watching them! OH SH*T! YANDERE MODE! He is forced to lie Kosuri is his hidden sister, an illegitimate child of his father. He manages to get Kosuri to act the part. Anna backs down when Kosuri mentions Anna as the girl who is close to onii-chan. Yeah, no need to vanish from Anna’s life… But if Kosuri thinks she can continue hugging onii-chan, Anna’s body moves by herself as you see her carve out the floor around Kosuri’s body and let her fall under! Scary! Then there is this worry that Gouriki might have turned gay since he is here to personally pick up Tanukichi for a student council job. Because they haven’t been spending lots of time together… It only further fuels Saotome’s creativity… Anna introduces her student council members to Oboro Tsukimigusa. She will be here as the disciplinary officer. She is an expert on obscene subjects, the rest observe her in confiscating ordinary objects because they have the potential to become obscene. From tug of war ropes to netball net to even ping pong balls! OMG! Isn’t everything lewd then? When Fuwa bugs Tsukimigusa about the gay manga, she confiscates it. But she returns it when Fuwa describes it is not by changing her words. When Tanukichi confirms it is indeed obscenity, she confiscates it. Fuwa then disagrees and describes how it is not. Again she declassifies it as porn. Man, she is like a robot! No wonder Tanukichi didn’t see her as a threat. Ayame discusses with Tanukichi and Kosuri about their next plan to infiltrate another high moral school, Zoushigaoka Academy to spread their knowledge. But Kosuri goes in alone herself to recon the school so that they will have a better idea of the place.

Fidgety Anna has Tsukimigusa bring boxes of things the latter considered as obscene. She is seeking Tanukichi’s second opinion. Toilet roles? WTF. Not obscene. Anna is relieved because now she can go to toilet in peace and has been holding it ever since. A group of disciplinary members is chasing down a Moist Throng guy. Anna successfully gives him a roundhouse kick and only furthers to increase her discomfort. She quickly introduces the disciplinary squad committee (clones?) she has assembled before running off to answer the call of the nature. Kosuri returns after 3 days and managed to get a detailed blueprint of Zoushigaoka. She has also hid the footage of the flies ‘combining’ in the broadcast system that can be played anytime. Later Tanukichi is shocked that Kosuri starts treating him like a slave. She claims her blueprint has made her useful in SOX and reveals the tactic she used. Zoushigaoka’s student council consists of 3 males and 2 females. She used her little sister charm to seduce the 2 males who are in love with their respective female counterparts. Then she got close to those girls and became best friends and made them realize they are in love with those guys. When they confessed, they never stood a chance because the guys were deeply in love with Kosuri. This made them feel guilty for rejecting their original love. With the awkwardness between them, Kosuri homed in on the 3rd guy and got what she wanted as he is now her puppet. Tanukichi believes she has crossed the line. Ayame will never stoop to cruel methods to hurt others. But Kosuri knows Tanukichi can’t report this to Ayame because he is a wuss. She also thinks he loves Ayame, which makes it hard for him to talk. As added penalty, Kosuri wants him to lick her foot. Ayame is worried with the increased patrol of the disciplinary committee. They are aggressively taking away all materials that are obscene and if this method proves to be effective, other school might adopt it. This is dangerous because if you teach them to identify what is obscene, they will turn into enforcers (currently only PMC squad and teachers do the surveillance). Ayame declares war on the disciplinary committee and also has to deal with Moist Throng before they do something dangerous. She has a plan but it is risky.

Episode 9
Part of SOX’s sex crusade is to use Tanukichi’s underwear as bait?! Apparently something about the musty smell that would attract Moist Throng members. The team is split into 2 with Kosuri and Saotome hiding dirty pictures over the school grounds, Blue Tundra scattering porn magazines throughout school as distraction for the disciplinary committee so that Tanukichi could wait and catch Moist Throng members. Kosuri doesn’t like this plan well as she is not paired with Ayame as she hoped for. The plan goes well and Tanukichi thought he caught a Moist Throng member. But it turns out to be Anna! She got attracted by his underwear’s smell and believes he put it up as her reward for all her hard work. Before Anna could release her love nectar all over his face, he tells her the true goal of displaying his underwear. Disappointed? She refuses to give it back and continues smelling them! Tsukimigusa has only been standing there watching because she was given orders by Anna’s father, Matsukage to prioritize Anna’s orders. Even with all provision explanation, in short, as long Anna does obscenities, her actions will be overlooked but if Tanukichi does any obscenity on her, he will be apprehended. A couple of Moist Thong members steal Tanukichi’s underwear. Anna becomes mad and makes it top priority to chase them down to the end of the Earth! Kosuri is not pleased that Tanukichi has his underwear stolen but Ayame approves of it because it is part of the plan. Because now they can use this to keep Anna preoccupied. Saotome gets an unexpected tickling punishment because she was drawing her lewd pictures during the operation instead of helping Kosuri. How does Ayame know? Kosuri ratted her out. Ayame discusses the next plan to capture Moist Throng members by hiding Saotome’s panties while Blue Tundra causes her usual distraction.

While TBA catches many Moist Throng members in the act, Kosuri approaches Fuwa for help. The latter can tell from her actions that she is trying to use her charm her target. When the lights go out because of the fire alarm, TBA catches another Moist Throng member and proceeds to do his dick stepping move. When the lights come back on, he is shocked to see it is Tsukimigusa and he is a boy!!!!!!!! Apparently Matsukage ordered him to cross-dress as a girl because it makes it easier to investigate male and female areas. Also, if he was a boy and by Anna’s side, he might develop indecent feelings for her. Tanukichi believes he is stripped of his identity and although Tsukimigusa dismisses that he has one, it sounds like a sad take that makes him sound like a robot, accepting whatever role that he will gladly be when asked to. Anna comes in to check and sees the ‘fake Tanukichi’. A showdown is on the cards but TBA throws his underwear for his escape. As good as the original, right? Kosuri brags she was useful to SOX and sought Fuwa’s help to send Moist Throng members. Though, she had intended to have her obstruct the disciplinary committee but since she wouldn’t, Kosuri personally released the sprinklers. So all that was her doing? Kosuri is shocked that Ayame disapproves of her methods. She thought she had worked hard to get her approval. Ayame explains that by contacting Fuwa, she has established a link between SOX and regular students. Whatever actions they do will work against them. She reminds about SOX’s mission is not to destroy the PMC squad, hurt he disciplinary committee nor stop Anna from becoming a mess. Kosuri feels disappointed. Because it looks like SOX is just like her wuss father sucking up to the enemy. But SOX gets an underwear message to meet at the park. They can’t believe they are seeing White Climax in the flesh.

Episode 10
White Climax wants to negotiate but since they have differing views on panty smells and Blue Tundra is not impressed with him using Moist Throng as a front to steal panties for his fetish, the negotiation is off. White Climax vows to destroy this world and drown it in a sea of panties and will endanger himself to punish society. Tanukichi takes a bus to school and meets Gouriki too. It seems the train system is taken out and it is believed to be the work of Moist Throng. Looks like they have become serious. Tanukichi gets a warning call too late from Ayame not to take the bus because Moist Throng members have hijacked 42 of them and he is on one of them. Their goal is to collect all the passengers’ lingerie. White Climax makes his broadcast that they support SOX’s perversion and seek a world where unique panties can be acquired by everyone. Thus bus Fuwa is on, she is not afraid of the hijacker since she can tell the gun is fake from her movements. She is bombarding the hijacker with questions regarding links with panties and pregnancies but the crowd tackles the hijacker. Unwillingly Fuwa becomes a hero although all she wanted was just to ask questions. On the bus Anna is on, she is fidgety because she has been smelling Tanukichi’s underwear for some time. She starts thinking if Tanukichi is avoiding her because she still lacks righteousness. When the hijacker approaches her, she mercilessly beats him up and believes this is what she must do to win his heart just like before. On Tanukichi’s bus, the hijacker collects a bag of Tanukichi’s underwear! He bundled them together like this to stop Anna from stealing and lies about his fetish of smelling them. The last thing he needs to hear is how the hijacker comments him as crazy. But Gouriki accepts Tanukichi’s for who he is. Why? Because he himself is wearing female’s lingerie! OMG! So hideous (and funny) that the hijacker and passengers vomit!!!! OMFG!!! Well, that saved the day.

As Tanukichi and Ayame meet up, they discuss the information that they have on White Climax and they know his identity is Takuma Ichinose. Their plan is to capture him themselves and can’t rely on the PMC to do it because they won’t recklessly risk the lives of the passengers as it is rumoured one of the guns is real. Since 39 buses are still being hijacked, Fuwa is being taken around to identify if the hijacker’s gun is real. So once the real gun is found, the PMC squad will act and that is why SOX must get to White Climax first. How do they find the bus White Climax is on? With Kosuri’s help of finding unique smelling panties, White Climax’s bus follows the bait. When he alights, TBA enters and tries to quickly close the door but White Climax has finished his business and came back on. He knows this was a trap but still had to go for it since they gathered so many panties for him. TBA is not cowed if his gun is real as he knows he can’t shoot because the panties on his head are covered with the smell of another girl. But he can still beat him up. TBA is not amused when White Climax badmouths Blue Tundra. Cue for her to bust in. He claims the panties on her head are clean till she reveals she soaked them in her own smell from last night. She just took them off and wore them. Caught off guard, this allows TBA to pin him down and reveal his gun to be fake. Blue Tundra then discloses the flaw of his delusion that he considers panties worthy if they smell of someone else’s. That is his downfall. Blue Tundra then makes an announcement they have captured White Climax and wants to go somewhere to negotiate with the authorities. Suddenly somebody pushes her out of the bus and she is forced to run. TBA is shocked that Kosuri did this. Looks like she has betrayed SOX and wants to join Moist Throng. She views their organization goal to wage war on this stupid world suits her better.

Episode 11
Kosuri forces TBA off the bus too. With White Climax, their next destination is Zoushigaoka. Tanukichi is hiding from authorities when he bumps into Fuwa who shows him the news. Moist Throng has taken Zoushigaoka hostage and are demanding new clean panties to be delivered to them or they will post pictures of the hostages wearing underwear on their heads. It seems their plan is to have them wear the underwear to imbue their scent and then take them off and farm new ones. Tanukichi contacts Ayame about the developments. But she paints a bleak picture they can’t do anything since Moist Throng has weapons. Furthermore, the lack manpower. This has Tanukichi ponder the truth about his dad’s words that they are powerless especially smart fools who proudly proclaims their righteousness. But Fuwa dismisses it because they get drunk on their own righteousness and will fall into insanity. She gives Anna as an example. She will do anything that is deemed righteous and even kill for justice. Sooner or later she is doomed to fail. This gives Tanukichi an idea for a plan although it is cowardly and risky. Kosuri tells White Climax her plan about escaping Japan and bring back foreigners to help with their cause but he seems to be more interested in frolicking in the used panties. He scoffs off her revolution as wasted labours as nothing would change. Kosuri feels she has been tricked and tries to taser him but gets shocked herself because he is covered with the sweat of the panties and is absorbent. Too wet to be hurt? Huh? I thought water and electricity don’t mix? The authorities want to move in since they have confirmed all guns are fake. But Matsukage wants to wait a little longer and let those terrorists play the devil a little longer. The more they use perversion as a weapon, the more evil they look and this will make their push for H Prohibition Act easier. Saotome contacts Tanukichi and Ayame. Thanks to her surreal drawing, the guards are fooled by the optical illusion of the hostages when they are safely away on another floor. She too has another plan.

While tied up Kosuri regrets her actions, Blue Tundra and TBA crash into Zoushigaoka. White Climax is confident their numbers can defeat them. But here comes Anna with her kung fu fighting. She has brought along her disciplinary committee to fight too. Apparently TBA went to seek Anna’s help to cooperate with SOX with the pretence of getting back Tanukichi’s stolen underwear. So is this why TBA is seen scrubbing his crotch and armpits to hide his smell? You better scrub it clean! As the hostages escape, some Moist Throng members stop them but Saotome throws panties at them. They are just drawings but they can’t help love it since it has got the unique smell. Proof that 2D trumps 3D? White Climax is left and he unleashes his taser dick as his ultimate weapon?! Tsukimigusa and Kosuri (fresh from freeing herself) bump into his dick and make it swollen! TBA hints to hit his other weakness: Nipples! With that, Blue Tundra and Anna flying kick him out the window and into the authorities’ arrest. Anna then goes off to find Tanukichi’s underwear… Blue Tundra then makes her announcement of defeating Moist Throng. She continues by saying she wants to become a dirty joke and explains the concept of considering it as evil is just wrong as well as the excitement and thrill of lewd stuffs. Authorities cannot cut this broadcast since it is being transmitted via Keisuke’s station. Blue Tundra and TBA fly away in their hot air balloon. She thanks him for being the way he is and confesses she likes him. As much as a dirty joke. Is that sarcasm? Tanukichi gets serious in asking who his real self is but she tells him he shouldn’t get the answer for others and find it himself. Now Ayame has a pesky bug on her side. Repented Kosuri has devoted herself to be her slave forever and is sucking up hard to her.

Episode 12
SOX is shocked to receive an invitation from Sophia to Nukumi which was previously a hotspring district. They are not sure if she has discovered their identity. Tanukichi remembers his dad telling him that if he were to go there one day, take this steering wheel. And the girls are hoping it would have something very lewd to do with it. There, SOX is shock to see Gouriki who couldn’t be happier to see Tanukichi. Tanukichi shouldn’t be too happy because Anna is here too! Between the devil and the deep blue sea…Apparently they have got an invitation from Sophia too. They wait for her but she didn’t show up so they decided to take a bath. You know Tanukichi’s chastity is in danger when Anna sends Gouriki on another wild goose chase so she can sneak into the men’s section to exchange love nectar! 69 position?! Thankfully before that could happen, they hear Sophia’s scream and find her body passed out nearby. They find out she has an invitation from Anna but she clearly did not send this. A trap? The perpetrator shows himself. A black version of White Climax? He is Black Base and has a fetish for black lingerie. He is glad all the players have gathered and escapes. Worse, they realize their clothes have been stolen and replaced by only black lingerie. When they finally confront him, he is in possession of the wheel. He claims this is the key to open a treasure trove. Treasure of lewd stuffs? He suggests a duel in the form of strip rock-scissors-paper. The loser will strip a piece until there is no more. Hardly fair since this guy is wearing many pieces of black lingerie. The first to face him is the shy and newly recruit of the disciplinary committee, Binkan. She wins and when he takes off a slab from his chest, she couldn’t take it anymore and runs away. Oh, she quits the committee too. Next is Gouriki. Tanukichi has an idea when he loses and wants Ayame to close her eyes. When he loses and strips, Black Base sees his lingerie beneath and vomits!!! Tanukichi takes this chance to steal back the wheel. Tanukichi and Ayame make a run for it while everyone else hold back Black Base.

As they look around, they stumble upon Fuwa looking for unique insects. She thinks they are looking for a cable car because there is one dilapidated right over there. She helps switch on the power to let the duo ride up the hill. Inside the ruins, they realize the destruction was left behind by the PMC squad. Then they notice a very clean mannequin like as though somebody maintained it ever since. Noticing a screw, it fits the wheel. They turn but have no strength. Saotome and Kosuri arrive in time to help turn it. No, it is not the wind blowing up the Marilyn Monroe look-a-like mannequin’s skirt but a secret chamber that contains lots of other well maintained erotic mannequins. They realize Black Base was behind all this and wanted to show them. He was Zenjuurou’s comrade during the early days and when he saw SOX’s heroism on the news, he remembered his glory days. For now, Ayame suggests they do not do anything to the mannequins since the world isn’t ready for it yet. They will preserve it for future generations. Saotome draws a mural to indicate SOX has left their mark. They report back to Anna that there is nothing lewd and since Tsukimigusa destroyed a decoy believed to be lewd, the treasure’s existence is safe. Tanukichi wonders how long they have to hide it. Ayame believes a world without dirty jokes will not last forever. It will end someday but for now, they must keep fighting.

Viva Dirty Jokes! Viva Sex! Viva Porn!
Good news. I didn’t turn into a pervert when I was watching thing. Because I was already one! HAHAHA!!! Oops. Anyway, I was wondering why the ending was a little weak since the penultimate episode was quite climatic in its own right (no sexual puns intended). But I suppose it is only right because if you end it on a very high climax (again, no sexual puns intended), there might be lots of angry people who are going to wish that that wasn’t the last episode and will be horny hungry for more. So let’s just be grateful that the lukewarm final episode is just to cool things down and to wind things up for this season. Though, I am not sure why Black Base invited other people than SOX in the first place. Why even bother calling Sophia as she was passed out for the entire episode and did nothing and saw nothing.

If you enjoyed this anime, you’ll be laughing so hard that the pervy jokes are secondary by nature. If you dislike it, you’ll be cringing so hard that it would be a miracle if you even finish sitting through the first episode. So Remember meme rule #34. If it exists, there is definitely porn of it. No exceptions. I am not too sure if after watching this anime should make you horny because of the lack of stimulating visuals that you would normally find in an ecchi anime. But if it does make you horny, then I could say that SOX and this anime in particular have done a great job. Heh, in that case they should make a hentai version of this series as a parody. Oh wait. Is there already one?

There are a few concepts which have raised a few boggling questions. Considering the success of the acts that prevent people from doing indecent stuffs, this raises the question of how children especially those from Tokioka will be able to procreate children. We have seen how misguided and misinformed they are regarding breeding. They have become retards in that sense. And if they know nothing about ‘combining’, how will they be able to f*ck and make children seeing that they don’t even know what or how the reproduction system works. Wouldn’t this lead to a very steep decline and if not the extinction of the Japanese population in the next generation? All because Japanese people don’t know how to f*ck!!! Haven’t the authorities thought about this? Besides, have there been any new babies born in the last few years seeing that the law has been enacted for a decade. Because I am assuming the laws are so strict that the PM will just go off even if the couple were to have sex. Unless you tell me you need some sort of consent from the government to f*ck. Besides, isn’t that how that word came about? From medieval times, Fornification Under Consent of the King! If not, should the government be worried about the declining population instead of becoming a moral police?

Then there is the question about the PM devices. No doubt it is still imperfect and has its flaws but just come to think about it for example you can’t even draw a dick without alerting the authorities, what happens if someone were to draw objects in phallic shapes? I am a mushroom seller and I need to draw pictures of mushrooms to sell my products. So can or not? And do you know how many objects in our daily lives resemble closely to the shape of a vagina? Of course you can circumvent this as seen by Saotome using her mouth. I have an easier suggestion to go around this rule: You draw half of the penis first (an incomplete picture), then you doodle something else on another piece of paper before returning and finishing the remaining sketches of the dick. Simple, right? That way, the PM device cannot trace a full penis shape. And as for the new chastity belts, have the government ever thought how everybody is going to answer the call of nature? Don’t tell me that they have to listen to ever request for everyone who wants to take a bathroom break. Imagine the kind of surveillance needed for each and every one! It is insane?! What next? Bathroom squads?

And the biggest mind boggling flaw in the series despite we know it is just a setting for the story? YOU CANNOT EVER CENSOR PORN FROM THE INTERNET!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I would love to see which government of any country playing moral police try to block out porn from the internet like 100%. So I don’t know how amazing Japan did it in this series but they did it. Because they are Japan. So it was a big joke that I laughed so hard and also an insult that this series has its setting that Japan, one of the biggest and most creative producers in the global porn industry to have all its indecent artistic materials banned in any and every way. So I don’t understand why the government really wants to ban indecency so badly and although I believe it is for a good cause, you can see for yourself here how far it has deviated to the point they have become authoritarian dictators.

Despite SOX being labelled and outlawed as a naughty terrorist, the one thing that makes them stand apart from a normal terrorist is the use of violence. Of course this is greatly misused as seen in Moist Throng’s case. But as far as Ayame is concerned, she has her principles to stick to and that is just to educate people about the pleasures of indecent materials. Nothing wrong of using such stuffs for your own pleasure, right? Of course nothing to be said and definitely wrong if it is raping and sexually assaulting others to cause grievance. Everyone including myself has their own personal fetish. But when you start imposing your ideals on others, you are no better than the authorities that are clamping down on these immoral activities. Hence SOX is just being a big mischievous organization who wants to educate people on their basic rights of sex. Sex is a basic right, right? Many of their operations only include hiding and scattering porn works for others to discover and let their inner fetish awake. All they need to do is guide. The rest is up to you.

Depending on your stance and tolerance for dirty jokes and even ecchi themes, the so called dirty talk may sound too much if you are the kind who isn’t fond of such indecent jokes and for those who do, they just sound mild. I am not sure about the BDs, but I can assure you the TV version that I watched, all those words are purposely censored out. But you can guess them from the first or last syllable that they left uncensored. With dirty talk being one of the central themes of the series, this brings about another topic to discuss: Are girls as perverted as boys? Normally as humans, we are all perverted by nature and it doesn’t matter if you are male or female. Because of Ayame’s penchant to talk dirty and almost every damn sentence of hers contains a dirty word, Saotome being a super lewd artist and Anna being a kinky sex crazed lover, it may prompt many how this series is one of those created to target fan boys because you know, horny girls. You don’t really see many of those in real life, right? Is it because these characters are girls that the show seems funny? Now, imagine if all of them are changed into boys. What would be the effect? Not so funny anymore, right? It would be downright creepy and everyone would view them even more so as perverts.

When you talk about the characters, it is hard to say they are likeable or not due to the nature and genre of this series. If I had to describe them, each character is just crazy in their own ways. Because like Ayame, is she the protagonist and hero of the series just because the government are seemingly the antagonist? What about her love to say dirty stuffs which probably is half the comedy for the entire series? But there is one thing that I find odd about her at first. Despite her love to insert dirty words and concepts in her sentences, I somewhat noticed that she isn’t that thrilled when suggested to do the real thing. She is like the epitome of a woman’s logic. You know, they’ll gladly show you their body when wearing a swimsuit but cower in embarrassment and calling you a pervert if you see them in their undies. But think about this. If Ayame is actually sex crazy, she wouldn’t be running around distributing indecent materials and the likes. Wouldn’t she have used all those free time of hers to pleasure herself and at extreme cases, try to flirt or have sex with Tanukichi? Seeing that she doesn’t and there were a few hints that suggested she isn’t too fond of engaging physically, could it be just the case of her love in enjoying talking dirty? It is her version of chilling as are to those puffing cigarettes.

Then there is Tanukichi, your seemingly normal and average main character being dragged into this entire vulgar mess? He finds it reluctant to engage in dirty acts of terrorism but deep down inside he enjoys it. So is Ayame and SOX slowly bringing out the pervert in him? Well, for most of the time that I observed, he is to play the rebuking role to Ayame’s dirty talk. He is the other half of the manzai comedy to censure Ayame’s crazy-screw-loose-in-the-head thoughts. It would really be screwed up if he really ends up being gay with Gouriki! Holy sh*t! Then I think every girl would see this as a happy ending because this gay pairing is so trending right now. Perhaps in an extreme case Tanukichi would be better off so because the girl he once admires now turns out to be a totally different monster.

Speaking of Anna, she is a classic example of still waters run deep and what authoritarian dictators are about. Giving her the benefit of the doubt like the other honour students that she does not know what is lewd and what isn’t, this is what happens when you don’t know what lust is at all. But the ironic thing about her is that as the student council president who has been on Blue Tundra’s tail for a long time, you’d think that she would at least know a thing or two about what is indecent. So when she goes into that kinky addiction to take out her extreme passion on Tanukichi, doesn’t it make her a hypocrite? Like I said, she is blind and oblivious when it comes to love since she has her own version of justice when it comes to love. This is an indication and very similar to what wrong people in higher authorities are like. Everything they do is in their own interest and they justify that as right. Thus when misguided people like Anna is in power, she is no different than the crooked petty thief on the street in this context. And to think that she wants to give him her love nectar is a mild case of omorashi, right?

I expected Anna to have some sort of a different personality and predicted that she would turn out to be a strange pervert in her own ways. At first I thought how lucky if I (and others alike) would have such a kinky real life girlfriend that would love to take out all her indecent fantasies on you. But the more we see Anna getting crazier and dangerous to the point of being yandere, the more I start to rethink that maybe I don’t really want her as my girlfriend or waifu after all. I can only think because Anna is crazily strong and this is what makes her dominantly dangerous unlike us otaku wuss who think we are dominating our submissive 2D girlfriend(s) and getting our way we want with them. Thus seeing the hazardous and threatening side of Anna made us reflect hard if this is what we want. Definitely nope. You don’t own Anna. Anna owns you!

Other characters are as crazy too and in that aspect is what makes them funny and likeable. Like Saotome who can’t stop drawing due to her never ending flow of indecent inspiration. She has levelled up so much that she could draw life-like stuffs that I think the next step for her to master is to start using her feet to draw too! And maybe master the art of shoving up a pencil in a certain hole too!!! Haha! That way, she can draw more illicit stuffs! Then there is Fuwa who seems to be more interested in how breeding works rather than what stimulates others although her ambiguous talk might indicate so. Making it even vaguer is that she has bags under her eyes like as though she stayed up all night pleasuring herself and she always sound tired. No, I don’t think it is her eye shadow makeup. Is it me or do her fly specimens seem to always make out all the time. What kind of flies mate 24/7? I don’t know. Every time we see her cage, the censor is always there. So this must mean that they’re f*cking, right?

Kosuri is perhaps the only female in the series not to have a certain liking for Tanukichi. Well, at least all the main characters ‘like’ Tanukichi in their own ways because he is a nice guy to be ‘used’. Whether it is Ayame as her accomplice, Saotome as her model for gay porn and real life ‘combining’ purposes, Fuwa bugging him for sex related questions (why does she loves popping up from under your legs?), Anna and her misguided deviant love and even Gouriki indicating his gay intentions, Kosuri could have been the little sister trope if not for admiration swinging towards Ayame. Not forgetting Tsukimigusa, perhaps the most boring character ever thanks to his robotic nature. If he is told to like Tanukichi to be part of his ‘harem’, I think he would. But his character is a big indication of what society will be if the authorities brainwash people into mindless droids and unable to think for themselves. A life made much worse without porn. No life at all. Scary.

Art and drawing are pretty much standard. But if you are expecting a lot of fanservice, I think you’d be disappointed. Many of the lewdness are in the form of Ayame’s dirty talk so if you want visual candy, there isn’t many except maybe during White Climax’s panty raiding arc. And the most panty shots you’ll ever see are the panties used covering over SOX’s face. Thus the fanservice in this sense is considered very mild and pales in comparison to what a real ecchi themed anime is like. This means no bare naked tits. Sorry. Of course there are also some censors like White Climax who has his big dick dangling out as his indecent fashion so it is only right for his ‘big bro’ to have a censor covering it. Nobody wants to see it, right? Other censors include the indecent hand gestures Ayame makes and some of the manga illustrations from Saotome that are too risqué to be shown on air. I wonder if they would take this away in the BDs. For extra fanservice, the end card shows very ‘delicious’ and ‘tempting’ illustrations…

I also want to mention that some characters look like other anime characters especially Anna looking a whole lot similar to Dagashi Kashi’s Hotaru. Even their bizarre personality is spookily alike. One is a love crazy deviant and the other is for her sweets. More strange coincidence as Fuwa and To Aru Kagaku No Railgun’s Kiyama both have bags under their eyes and researchers employed by the school. Aren’t Ayame and Seitokai Yakuindomo’s Shino not only strikingly look similar but they are both dirty minded student council presidents too? Too much coincidence! That’s not the end yet because when I first saw Tsukimigusa, I thought Nobume from Gintama got a new casting here. Perhaps the white uniform increases the similarity. And so does their robotic personality. Doesn’t Sophia look like a white haired version of Umineko No Naku Koro Ni’s Beatrice? Even same seiyuu… Doesn’t Saotome look like Matsuri from Mahou Shoujo Taisen and Himi from Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku? Lastly, I thought White Climax took after Rurouni Kenshin’s Shishio because of how the bandages wrapped around their entire body make them look like an evil mummy. Only, White Climax is wrapped with his favourite white panties… Needless to say, Tanukichi looks so generic like your typical main character guy from harem animes that I can’t even think of one right now whom he resembles.

When I first heard the late Miyu Matsuki as Anna, my first thoughts are how unsuitable her voice fits her character Anna. With all due respect, she did not do a bad job voicing her character. Because I am accustomed in hearing her oddball characters like Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu’s Yukari, Kuuko of the Nyaruko series and more famously the lovable Yoshinoya-sensei from Hidamari Sketch series, I find it hard to ‘accept’ that a ‘proper’ character like Anna had her voice. I was expecting someone with more refined voice. But when Anna started to show her crazy and dangerous side, it becomes more evident why Miyu Matsuki was the right person to voice her. Thus in this sense, she is virtually perfect for the role. So kudos and RIP Miyu Matsuki for making Anna such a convincing and dangerously, uhm, dangerous character. This voice acting issue I feel is also the same for Satomi Arai as Saotome. Knowing her repertoire of voicing cranky characters like To Aru Kagaku No Railgun’s Shirai and Naoko from Yuri Seijin Naoko-san, at first I was acting somebody with a loli voice to handle petit Saotome. Thus hearing her voice for this small girl doesn’t feel like it fits the character. Only when Saotome starts going into her erotic craze, it is when I started feeling that perhaps she is the right voice for this erotic illustrator after all.

The only other seiyuus I recognized are Yui Horie as Kosuri, Yui Ogura as Binkan, Sho Hayami as Black Base and yes, Sayaka Ohara in yet another villainess role, Sophia. Well, technically from this series’ point of view, Sophia is an antagonist, right? The rest of the other casts include Shizuka Ishigami as Ayame (Mito in Shokugeki No Souma), Yuusuke Kobayashi as Tanukichi (Sougo in Comet Lucifer), Saori Goto as Fuwa (Bara Suishou in Rozen Maiden Traumend), Kenta Miyake as Gouriki (Klaus in Hayate No Gotoku), Sumire Uesaka as Tsukimigusa (Sanae in Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai), Ken Narita as White Climax (Sesshoumaru in Inu Yasha) and Hajime Iijima as Matsukage (Gakushuu in Ikkitousen series).

To get into the grove of what this series is entirely about, the opening theme, B Chiku Sentai SOX by the members of SOX themselves. If you can’t stand the song with lyrics containing libido and climaxing, I don’t know how much you will squirm when you watch the episode proper. Because their Sexcalibur will definitely slay you down! Other than that, this hero-like theme definitely befits the struggles and crusades of SOX. More lewdness in the ending theme as well. Don’t let the disco theme of Inner Urge by Sumire Uesaka fool you. Besides the naughty lyrics, the colourfully indecent animation and images (including Anna’s sexual harassment over Tanukichi) and the characters doing some sort of weird dance like as though they are praying their tribute to some sex god, if you think you have stomached the entire episode, the ending will make your stomach inside out again. And make you horny?

Overall, this series is actually fun to watch if you can put aside all that lewdness. After all, you know the risks of what you are getting yourself into when you read the synopsis, right? Until then, let us be thankful that porn still exists in many forms and we are free to pleasure ourselves in ways we want. Until we get caught, that is. We’ll still continue to get our sex education from porn all over the internet. I believe that it is our human nature to know about sex and procreating. Therefore you cannot stem it out entirely or else doom will be the human race. There is nothing shameful about talking dirty since it is natural. Of course in today’s world, we have to be extra careful since everything can be offended and in this case sexist. And some go too far like sex shaming, cyber stalking and harassment, sexual assault/abuse, paedophile and rape cases. A faint reminder that the world might just come to this? Nah! Just remember that indecency is not evil. It is art! Long live dirty jokes, sex and porn! Now excuse me while I go relief myself :-). My own battle just begun… :-).

Koukaku No Pandora

September 24, 2016

Initially I was sceptical of whether I should watch Koukaku No Pandora. First of all, it is sci-fi genre and to me that isn’t my cup of tea and one of the early signs to indicate that I should stay away. Of course not all sci-fi series I have seen throughout the years are bad so that’s why I thought of giving it a chance. Then it had me wondering if there is a bit of horror too because I saw the manga illustration cover of a girl breaking out from its rusted mechanical shell. Yikes. It might seem normal to others but I thought it was a little creepy. Even the name of the title sounds ominous. You know, Pandora Box? Then I also read that it had a little ecchi theme in it and suddenly my doubts were blown away and put it on my list to watch. Yeah, I’m the worst… If only world peace can be achieved that easily…

Episode 1
On a cruise ship to Cenancle Island, Uzal Delilah spots an android and since she didn’t respond to her call, she thinks she is from the black market. But Nene Nanakorobi quickly dismisses she is one and is human. Though, she is more of a full body cyborg. What? I’m confused… Nene is ecstatic and loves Uzal’s maid pet, Clarion. To Clarion’s dismay, Uzal gives permission to Nene to mess with her. They introduce themselves and it seems Nene is here to live with her aunt, Takumi Korobase. Uzal changes the question if she had all the money in the world, what would she buy? World peace. You can buy that? Uzal is fascinated with her answer. Once they reach land, they part ways. Halfway through the city, a big explosion occurs. Nene fears for Uzal and Clarion and goes to find them. She sees them fine but is puzzled that they are running towards the source of the explosions. From what I understand, there are disgruntled cosplay subordinates of Uzal doing some sort of rebellion but Uzal laughs it off and accuses them of betraying her in the first place. They want her to hand over the real activation key but Uzal gives Clarion permission to unleash her Pandora Device to smash up some of the attacking robots. Nene is in danger’s way so Uzal orders Clarion to prioritize her safety. She loses an arm but they manage to get away. Hiding in an underground lab, Uzal hopes Nene could help her. She is going to give her temporary authority to use Pandora Device. So stick your hand inside Clarion’s vagina!!! WTF?! Well, at least it seems like it. And you bet Nene is going to feel some sort of fuzzy sensation during this transformation. She is given a gun in which she is surprised she can use it effectively and efficiently after a short installation of the application. After accurately dispatching all the bots, Uzal can tell she is an Adepter.

Uzal narrates the full body cyborg technology still in development in which cyborgs undergo rigorous rehabilitation but since people have trouble adapting to the prosthetics, it will take some time before this technology becomes commonplace. However there are cases where some use or learn their prosthetics better than a real body. These Adepters compensate for the limits of prosthetic technology. Nene is worried she forgot to call her aunt but Uzal assures her not to worry because they are close friends. Nene is then knocked out and when she wakes up, they have finished doing some programming on her. Now the rebels are trying to cut open the thick steel door so Uzal has Nene use Pandora Device again. This time we get to see a magical girl transformation. I don’t know about this outfit but it feels like she is an idol. And what was again about it being a camouflage? When the steel door is completely cut open, the shocking scene of those subordinates crying and begging to Sahar (Uzal) to help them contain rampaging BUER because at this rate it is going to drill straight through the base of the island. Uzal then asks Nene’s wish to buy world peace again. Would she like to buy this island’s peace as a start?

Episode 2
Uzal explains BUER is a drilling machine from her company that is going on a rampage thanks to these incompetent morons. That’s why the city is on the verge of collapse. She is going to send Clarion and Nene to help fix this mess. The way Clarion is sexily fixed back (her arm, that is), Nene is more than enthusiastic to help her out. There is a cooling period after BUER fires each time. That is when they will take advantage of it to shut it down by putting the key on a statue on top of it. The real key is Uzal’s glasses. It is Clarion’s job to get onto BUER but because its defence mechanism is activated, this is where Nene plays her part in using this special weapon that normal humans cannot handle and fire back to protect Clarion. She reaches the top and finds the statue to be some sort of Venus bust of Uzal. I guess it isn’t surprising that while she is hesitating at this atrocious statue, a slab falls on Clarion. Nene is disheartened as she rushes to the scene to pick up those dropped glasses. Before she is zapped, she is taken away in the nick of time by, uhm, egg robots? Gertsecomma (Gert for short) are Clarion’s robot pets. As proof she is alive, she is controlling them. Though, Clarion is being sandwiched and almost crushed inside BUER. When Nene goes back to try and rescue Clarion, she dodges all the defence mechanism attacks. Uzal is stunned she has a capability that could anticipate BUER’s shots and could be more than just an Adepter.

Nene gets her motivation when Clarion personally tells her she is resting all her hopes in Nene for world peace. At the top, the statue is damaged but don’t fear. Because there are more atrocious statues like these! Just pick one and put the glasses on. BUER shuts down but they can’t be celebrating yet since Uzal detects the authorities are coming in fast. She tells Nene to detach BUER’s Central Nervous Unit and retrieve Clarion. So this central unit of BUER is a 5 legged lion?! And pervy?! Did they take inspiration of his design from Bleach’s Kon? Nene now becomes overprotective of Clarion. More accurately like a leech because she just won’t let her go even though she is fine. With water seeping into the lab, the useless subordinates can only whine. Have no fear as Uzal is the only competent one. She made an emergency lift in times like these. As Uzal is last to board, the sound goes off for overweight. WTF?! Even more WTF is how her subordinates laugh at her for being heavy. Then they realize it isn’t funny anymore when Uzal stays behind to sacrifice herself. Uzal then ‘sells’ Clarion to Nene since she can’t offer any world peace to her. Nene is more than happy to take ownership of her. As they ride up the lift, a gloomy mood descends them. Even if they make ironic statements that she cannot die even if you kill her. Worrying about her is the least of their concerns because upon reaching the surface, they are surrounded by SWAT teams.

Episode 3
Nene and Clarion are called out by the officer. Then the rest are arrested! Nene and Clarion head to Takumi’s house and her aunty is a loli???!!! And she is the kind who hates being called an aunt too. Takumi receives a cheeky message left behind by Uzal about how she treats her ‘toys’, the reason she sent Clarion to be her ‘babysitter’. Takumi goes into rage talking about how she had it hard sneaking out Nene from the facility and thus she belongs to her and only her. Although this is also now Nene’s home, Takumi is not happy she has another thing to take care and thinks Uzal just pushed this responsibility to her. As Nene lost her luggage during the terrorist attack, Takumi takes her out shopping. Clarion senses somebody targeting Nene and attacks the perpetrator… A dog? Takumi becomes obsessed in trying to touch Clarion’s ears and even more so when she doesn’t let her. Her ‘bullying’ over Clarion crosses the line so Nene activates her Pandora Device and starts deleting all the hard work data Nene has done. Seems the entire space is just an illusion. Nene then goes down to the central room where Takumi is and slap her for being a bully. Seems Nene knew the entire thing was a simulation from the start. Although this makes Nene more interesting to her, Takumi can’t help cower in fear at how ‘awesome’ she is.

It is reported that the internationally wanted terrorist, Sahar Schehera is confirmed dead during the attacks. His accomplices have been arrested and Uzal is believed to be dead and a state wide funeral is held in her remembrance. As the criminals are being transported to a correctional facility, a bomb explodes at its entrance. Nene and Clarion head out to town for real. Takumi spies on them via her surveillance. She notices a shady character tailing them and corners her with Gerts. At the same time, Takumi detects somebody hacking into her system. Nene?! Another warning that spying on others is wrong. So this shady character turns out to be one of Uzal’s useless subordinates, Bunny. She desperately wants the glasses that activated BUER. Clarion had them all along. There is a cheeky message left by Uzal that she knew this was coming and made Bunny do all the useless stuffs before just handing it over. She then returns to her big boss, Colonel Ian Kurtz who is not pleased with her and the group’s performance. He saved them from the police to keep information from leaking out but their failures have caused him to waste precious time. But since she completed this within the stipulated time, he will not execute her comrades as promised. But it seems the real key could be that lion guy. He claims his giant body is currently resting and will be starting up in normal fashion soon. Takumi believes Uzal actually did complete something and that the terrorist attack and her puppet showing up are all connected.

Episode 4
Takumi wants to dissect BUER but luckily Nene and Clarion put a stop to it. Takumi starts thinking the need to distract Nene because her hacking skills can be quite a pain in the ass. So she creates her favourite RPG game to play but Takumi was soon busted. So Takumi is now under constant surveillance and this gives her the creeps. Actually Nene just enrolled in a school and her homework is to research about the feelings while getting a job being done. Takumi then introduces a few of her businesses in which she can observe. Of course now that the cat is away, the mouse comes out to play. Yup, nobody can stop Takumi from experimenting on BUER now. The duo head to one of Takumi’s industrial companies and once the receptionist realizes she is a VVVIP, all the staffs come to greet her and show her all their technological advances in each of their department. Perhaps everything is too overwhelming for Nene to handle… She thinks this is not perhaps what she wanted. She then notices a nearby charity event and becomes interested in helping out. She observes everyone having a good time when suddenly punks come by to wreck the place. The crowd becomes terrified and Clarion steps in. Of course they try to beat her up but she is stronger than your metal bat. That is when the crowd starts to turn on the punks and beings throwing stuffs at them. These punks are the underlings of Bunny. She wonders why they are taking so long to clear the crowd out and when she sees Nene and Clarion, she makes the wise choice of retreating. So as not to ruin the rest of the day, Nene uses Pandora Device and with Clarion’s help, they cook for the crowd. Meanwhile Kurtz is not fazed with the failure since the inevitable fate of this island will still happen when the time comes. Lastly, Takumi has cornered BUER and will dissect him to her heart’s content. Luckily the duo return in time to give her another good reminder. Despite shaking in fear, Takumi still threatens them. Till Nene hacks and destroys her Gert. Now you be a good girl and keep your hands off BUER and Clarion, okay? Okay.

Episode 5
Takumi shows her Gert production facility although Clarion points out the fundamental layout and design were done by Uzal. Learning their lesson from last time, the duo take BUER with them when they go out. Each time he tries to make a stupid joke, expect a chop from Clarion. They practice juggling at the park and the crowd is enthralled. However Nene doesn’t feel satisfied or doing it right because it is like using Clarion’s power. It feels like cheating. Because everything from Nene was given by someone else. An old lady, Anna was watching their performance and praises how they could do it so well with prosthetics. She has a prosthetic hand but can hardly control it. She gives them a sweet as reward. The city suddenly experiences network outage. This means all services stop running and everything electrical too because Anna’s pacemaker just stopped. The duo then are met with Robert Altman who thinks they are androids but swiftly stands corrected. As he agrees to escort them home, they get to know each other and take a detour helping others in need because it is Robert’s nature to help others. This includes disabling and apprehending a pair of kidnappers. We see Robert having some sort of super speed to take them down. After they part, Nene and Clarion see Anna squirming on the ground. Nene uses Pandora Device to become a paramedic and then chauffeur her to the hospital whereby the power conveniently resumes. Anna learns Nene is a full body cyborg but still thanks her nevertheless. It leaves Nene a little fuzzy since this is the first time somebody praised her. Meanwhile Robert reports to Kurtz who is not impressed he is 42 seconds late! Well, you can’t argue how time is essence in life. He wants to requisite 4 more underwater robots although he already got 6 last week but were lost. Robert agrees to comply without question. Kurtz then reminds him to carry out the order regarding Vulcan Harbour Park. This is all for the sake for world peace.

Episode 6
Nene sees Dr Toto for her check-up. He is impressed with Takumi’s great maintenance, she is in good shape. Despite the city is experiencing another network outage, the hospital has many backups thanks to Takumi. A little girl, Amy Gilliam is also here for her check-up but her stray kitten, Lean followed and wandered into the hospital. As she goes around looking for it, she stumbles upon BUER being locked inside a cabinet (it’s the only way for Clarion to make sure he stays put). He agrees to help Amy find Lean but this little dude can only talk big fancy words. Talk about being useless, right? I might be just coincidence that Lean appears before them before running away again. The duo are reunited with Nene and Clarion. BUER thought he could get Nene’s hug but she is infatuated in hugging cute little Amy. Instead, BUER got his ‘hug’ from Clarion. Thankfully Lean is safe in Anna’s hands. They agree to help look after Lean as Amy goes to her check-up. Unfortunately she trips and rips her dress. She starts crying that she wanted to show Dr Toto the dress and any other dress won’t do. Nene has an idea as she uses Pandora Device (away from Amy’s eyes of course because lesbianism is NSFW) and becomes a tailor to turn the rip in the dress into a frilly fashion statement. Amy the world’s happiest girl. After her check-up, she receives a new and improved right prosthetic leg. Nene and Clarion accompany Amy back to her camp. She lives with her grandma at the park where that charity event was held. To her dismay, everyone is gone. Crying again? But after contacting grandma, it seems the CDF (police) ushered everyone away to another spot. As Nene takes Amy there, she crosses path with Kurtz from the opposite direction. When they pass each other, Kurtz’s invisible bodyguard is about to punch Nene from the back but Clarion blocks it. The bodyguard ignores and resumes following Kurtz while Clarion continues to stare with suspicion.

Episode 7
Takumi is not thrilled that Nene gets light injuries each time she helps out. Thanks to Uzal’s safety design, she hasn’t been seriously injured yet. A mysterious unknown module inside Nene only ticks Takumi off as she is going to solve this mystery once and for all. But she hears Nene and Clarion talking about the former’s transformation scene which is actually just an optical camouflage for her clothes. Say what again? Nene and Clarion go to visit Amy and her grandma’s new settlement home. They also meet Robert there helping out. A group of robbers, Chicken Bros (seriously?) led by Mr Chicken (seriously?) target to kidnap the duo. They believe they must fetch a high price in the black market seeing Clarion’s high efficiency in defending all their attacks. But Nene gets kidnapped and Clarion netted by Mr Chicken’s brother, Fried (wait a minute. Chicken and Fried? As in Fried Chicken?). They have to leave now since the temporary network outage will be gone. This leaves Clarion mad as she chases them down. Takumi is even madder and uses her hacking skills to track their hideout. The gang is already waiting for Clarion and ready to take her down. They fight but she is pinned down by Fried’s cybernetic arms. Because he touched her ‘forbidden zone’ (ears), she goes berserk and cuts his arm off. They start to think she is an illegal AI since it attacked a human without being ordered. Meanwhile Nene wakes up in a storeroom and sees all the inactivated robots. She goes to call Clarion who then abandons the fight just to be by her side. She shows her the robots and wants to help them. Using Pandora Device and her puppeteer ability allows Nene to control all of them to overwhelm the thieves. This has got to be the weirdest orgy party ever, eh? The robbers are left confused and perhaps realized they have messed with something more than they can handle after Nene warns them not to pick on Clarion. CDF later arrests them and thanks to Takumi cleaning up the mess, the news reports the group being busted due to in-fighting.

Episode 8
Janus North, the governor of Cenancle makes his speech for Herme’s department store by offering free goods as apology for the frequent power outages. A reporter tries to usurp the event and interview him about his luxury limo controversy but gets taser by his assistant. Nene and Clarion are also here to shop for equipment and they end up in the same elevator as North and his assistant. North thinks they are high quality androids and perhaps the reason the media always writes on them for the economy’s recession (something about robots stealing your jobs) but corrects himself after Nene introduces themselves as humans. Then another outage occurs. The lift stops working. Worst of all, North needs to go to the toilet! Time to panic? Nene uses Pandora Device to help relief his anxiety by showing him heaven? Is this what you see when you’re high on drugs? Why didn’t Clarion just force open the door in the first place? But that is just the beginning of another problem: The entire building is on fire! Luckily everyone else has evacuated. I don’t know what this Pandora Device they use to escape the flames. How should I put it? Riding inside a big sack on a cart and using ultrasound to guide their way around. Looks funny… All the while, North can only think how amazing technology has become for androids to function as closely as humans. And cute too! As they descend the emergency stairs, Nene sees a lost kid. She wants to save him but Clarion says he is not their responsibility. You know she won’t abandon him, right? And of course Clarion can’t abandon Nene since protecting her life is her top priority. North and his assistant get out safely and they lament Nene and Clarion aren’t with them. While Nene gives her oxygen mask to the boy, Clarion uses her giant sack as parachute as she jumps off the collapsing structure. Don’t worry, a ‘soft landing’ on somebody’s luxury limo… Quickly they hand over the boy to that reporter and she unwittingly becomes a hero. Didn’t even know what happened… Clarion and Nene run away. Robert spots them but Clarion puts her finger on her lips and Robert instantly knows what she meant. He assures North that those girls are safe. When Clarion cannot move on, Takumi’s Gerts come pick them up.

Episode 9
Many hours ago, Kurtz and his team have successfully infiltrated the first defence barrier of BUER’s spherical body. But he senses something amiss so he orders the classified storage units moved out immediately even if it means losing some hard earned data. They managed to do that in time before BUER releases a high energy beam, the one that resulted in that network outage and caused the building to be on fire. Nene and Clarion see Dr Toto to get some patch-up but nothing serious. Clarion has been thinking and she would like to help Nene achieve her world peace. What seems like a normal day with Nene being her happy self. That night, Clarion is seen riding a giant badass mecha infiltrating into a facility. You think the human guards can take on this? Not a chance. Flashback reveals that Clarion went to seek Takumi’s cooperation. Insistent at first, a video of Uzal then pops up to explain the dire situation that is about to happen. This video is playing itself because BUER’s systems has been detected to go on a rampage and will continue to do so until it self-destructs. She hopes Takumi can help contribute to world peace. Takumi knew the American Imperial Army (AIA) has been swarming Uzal’s lab but never paid attention since she didn’t think they could succeed in interfering. With evidence from the building’s destruction that some particle cannon was fired, Takumi agrees to help Clarion. But Clarion’s intention is not to fight the army but to stabilize BUER and in turn protect Nene. However Takumi has one condition and that she cannot kill or deeply injure anybody. Just one is enough for her to lose her right to be with Nene. So we see Clarion carefully ‘dismantling’ the guards. In the next room, guess who is waiting for her? Bunny! Forgotten and ignored… I believe Bunny is still an idiot because she thought her threats were enough to make Clarion back down. Even more so, her robots don’t listen to her and fire all they’ve got. You know how tough Clarion’s mecha is, right? And to end this farce, a rain of missiles at Bunny shuts this b*tch up for good. Suddenly the Gerts are sliced in half. Courtesy from the invisible bodyguard. Kurtz is impressed with Clarion’s abilities and will spare 5 minutes for amusement. Time is precious, you know. Nene wakes up and only finds a note from Clarion telling her not to get involved.

Episode 10
Nene looks for Takumi and is explained Clarion left for an errand that involves company secrets. So don’t worry. However Nene thinks Clarion is mad because of that note. Just when she thought she gets a call from Clarion, it is from Amy inviting her to her newly completed temporary shelter to play. Too bad Nene is spacing out and unable to concentrate, even mistaking Amy for Clarion. She couldn’t even concentrate while saving Lean stuck up a tree. Thankfully she is caught by Robert. It feels like Robert has become her psychologist to analyze what is bugging her and those feelings she has for Clarion. Ultimately it is natural for Nene to worry about her and go help her even if told not to. This gives Robert some sort of personal motivation too. After discussing with North, he returns to address his CDF team about raiding AIA’s base. However this is not an order and just voluntary. I guess everybody vouches for the peace of this island so they all agree to go with him. Meanwhile Clarion still manages to hold her ground over the relentless attacks. She even manages to dismantle his cloaking armour and it turns out he is an android that can even transform. Clarion can still fight on par and could have continued had not for stupid Bunny who thinks she can waltz in and help out during the fast paced action. So fast that you can’t even see what the f*ck is happening. Because Clarion remembers her promise not to have anyone killed, she saves her from being chopped up by android dude but in the process ends up on the receiving end. Nene cleans her room while fantasizing the princely return of Clarion. Then remembers she has forgotten all about BUER and after lets him out. From the way he talks, Nene knew Clarion is out for more than just an errand. She is going to find Clarion and leaves a decoy hologram to fool Takumi (since she is busy trying to monitor Clarion) and heads out.

Episode 11
Nene sneaks into AIA’s base and where did she end up? In a room where macho naked men are changing!!! Screaming like little girls???!!! I hope no one will complain about not being able to get married anymore. She hides in a room filled with inactivated robots. Kurtz is also there too and to think Nene could fool him with her, uhm, robotic act? Well, he orders her to be disposed off. Unknown to him, BUER tags on his back. Now Nene finds herself in the incinerator dump and with her is Bunny. I guess it is time they figure out how useless this trash is, huh? As the floor is opening to burn all unwanted trash, Bunny has Nene dive into the system to stop this process. So this data world is a bit like Pac-man? Just when Bunny resigns to her fate that she is going to die first before her comrades, Nene successfully stops the system. Phew. Just another foot and they’ll be goners. Then Bunny realizes the cables connecting to Nene weren’t connected at all… Oh sh*t… You mean she did that all by herself?! Bunny gives Nene a weapon left behind by Clarion. Before she could say she died, Nene had already wandered off. I’m not sure about this next scene because it involves a battle between Kurtz’s scientists as well as Takumi trying to hack into BUER but the lion guy is fighting back (hijacking one of the scientists) by strengthening all the barriers with Trojans and everything else. Before BUER can fire another particle, they manage to stop it and it is believed BUER is now under their control.

Kurtz then spots Nene wandering around looking for Clarion. He communicates with her and calls her as Sahar’s successor. He explains about BUER’s worth in its charged particle cannon. Whoever controls it, controls the world. Yeah, we all know how rotten and corrupted this world is, right? So what gives Kurtz’s the right to control it via BUER? It doesn’t make sense they can fire a cannon without risking any treaty violation compared to nukes. He wants Nene to join him and using her technology they will create their ideal world. But Nene dismisses all that and says world peace can be achieved with money! Yeah, you can buy world peace! This only pisses off Kurtz. Viewing her as the same as the rest and a waste of time, he is going to let her meet the same fate as he friend. Here is a piece of her arm, the only part left after being disintegrated. Before Nene can be destroyed by the bodyguard, Clarion saves her. Wait. What? I thought she is dead? Apparently not. You trying to troll us? Guess what? The girls ignore Kurtz’s ranting of his ideologies and don’t give a f*ck about what he is saying since they go into their yuri reconciliation mode. You know, how Nene came to love everyone she meets on Cenancle and how much she loves Clarion. As well as she understands why Clarion did all this for her sake and not to get involved. As somebody special to her, she too wants to help her out in anyway. So you done with your touchy reunion? Time to stop talking and get into your Pandora Device gear. Because Kurtz is going to introduce his bodyguard. Behold and fear… Fear! How apt his name. And he is going to show them what it means…

Episode 12
Don’t be fooled yet if Fear is defeated so fast because Kurtz gives Fear the order to go all out and kill them. Meanwhile Kurtz himself goes to The BUER sphere to activate and take control of it. So by the time Nene and Clarion defeat Fear for good, Kurtz against BUER’s advice not to do this goes unheeded, suddenly images of girls’ thighs are broadcasted throughout the world?! WTF???!!! What the f*ck did we just see?! BUER’s little porn collection?! WTF?! BUER becomes saddened that people tried to gang up on him, hack into his system to expose his little happiness. But you don’t know how mad Kurtz is. The effort he put in, the time he has spent. All wasted over this silly porn?! What’s more, BUER said they just scratched the surface and nowhere near his core!!! In BUER’s despair, he is going to decimate the island with his beam. Now pops up Uzal of all times. At least in holographic form to tell them the key to stop BUER. Clarion is the other real key to stop BUER from inside but the catch is that she has to sacrifice herself. Nene instantly puts her foot down this will not do despite Clarion has accepted her fate that this is what she must do. Oh, guess what? Apparently there is another way too but risky. Nene immediately agrees to it but when Clarion objects to it and even disobeys Uzal, Nene says it is okay. WTF. So Clarion can’t do anything dangerous but Nene can? What kind of double standard is this?! So while they race to the centre of the BUER sphere, Kurtz tries to stop them in his mecha but got stuck somewhere. Nene reaches BUER’s core to calm the little lion down. Yeah, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Ironically everyone should! Then a big hug before BUER realizes a big but minimal beam of discharge into the sky.

Robert and his team arrive to arrest Kurtz. Seems he has formed a new organization which is not military and has enough evidence to convict Kurtz behind the terrorist acts. He is also stripped of his military position and is now just a criminal. Clarion is worried Nene didn’t answer her but BUER can grant her final wish and all Clarion want is Nene. Really? I thought she was alive all along. Now everyone has to get out before the place crumbles as the BUER sphere is sinking itself deep into the ocean. Uzal notes all part of the first phase of her secret experiment. Don’t ask… But Uzal thanks Takumi for taking care of Nene and Clarion who are both the true keys to BUER. Kurtz escapes during the collapse. He thinks he sees the real Uzal and I am not sure if the collapsing debris got him. Clarion has somewhat retrieved BUER the lion as they safely reach outside along with Bunny and her comrades. One second late and they would actually have been goners. In the aftermath, peace seemingly returns to Cenancle. Bunny and her comrades are taken in by Takumi but are made to wok their ass off. Robert still helps others in need. Nene and Clarion go out together and Nene hopes Clarion would find what she is looking for. However Clarion says she has already found it and will only tell her if Nene achieves world peace. I think I know what it is…

(Cyborg) Girl Meets (Android) Girl
Okay… I laughed, I cringed and I had my confused moments. But ultimately in the end, this series isn’t one that you should take seriously and one that wouldn’t be in the mainstream or the radars of many anime enthusiasts especially those who are really into the sci-fi genre. You could have spotted the signs like BUER’s design, Takumi’s childish nature despite being an aunty and even how Nene activates Pandora Device via Clarion should give you a clue that you can’t expect this series to be up there with the same level as To Aru Majutsu No Index or even To Aru Kagaku No Railgun.

Although there are a few sci-fi terms throughout the series, the spontaneous (and random) funny moments made this series bearable to watch. At least for yours truly. You know how much I detest in having to learn a lot of sci-fi terms, trying to figure them out and piecing them together and only to find in the end that I have not understood a single thing thus inhibiting my experience to enjoy the most out of a series. So thankfully with the minimal ‘serious’ sci-fi elements, the series is mostly just about the daily friendship and bonding between Nene and Clarion. Sometimes the episodes feel like standalones like the building on fire or visit to the doctor although in actual fact they are not. Because the only threat and antagonist throughout the series seems to be taking his time for his world domination goal. It is like they are teasing us on and off in the initial episodes, showing short clips of his team in trying to unlock and control the giant solid eyeball.

Thus no matter how silly the comical moments may look, at least it softens the impact of not letting my brains go into meltdown by thinking all the confusing terms and plots that could be far worse than seeing Takumi doing all her superb hacking and programming skills in which she makes it look like child’s play. You’ll tend to notice how many of the funny moments feel like the series’ running joke. The most obvious one being everyone in this series tends to call Clarion as Clarin thanks to Nene ‘corrupting’ them by introducing her as so. Each time Clarion clarifies her name herself, nobody listens and continues to call her by her shortened name. I suppose Clarion has had enough in rebuking Nene about her real name and just let her be. So much so right in the end when things seem bleak, Clarion even wants her to call her by that name. Yeah, just for dramatic effect I suppose.

Another obvious one is that unlucky reporter who has become a staple of each episode. She always gets into some sort of dangerous predicament that could kill her (for the first few episodes, I thought it was a joke that she ‘died’ and miraculously came back to life from all those ‘deaths’). She gets passionate about being the best journalist ever and the ultimatum signalling an end to her screen time is that before she could finish saying her name (was it Vlind or something?), she is disrupted by some sort of accident. Well, what doesn’t kill her makes her stronger. I think. Don’t worry. You can count on her to always come back in the next episode even funnier.

I think I also noticed this somewhat reduces the seriousness effect of this series. Clarion for half the time if she is not drawn or animated as her cat-eared maid outfit character, she is mostly seen animated simply as just her outline figure. You know that cat character known as Chiyo’s dad in Azumanga Daioh? Yup. Looks something like that except you don’t even colour it and leave it all white instead. Sometimes it feels the producers are lazy in just drawing her full detailed body and dress but then again, she kinda looks funny in this shape. Oh yeah, I thought she sometimes looked like a ghost.

Last but not least, there is BUER to add and complete to the list of running jokes of the series. This little lion dude as I can see doesn’t really contribute much for a big portion of the series and his only role is to be an idiotic character since he spouts grandeur ‘philosophical’ lines. And when he steps out of line trying to become a pervert, you bet Clarion will be there to crush him to put him in his place. So if you want to shut this dude up, just throw him in a dark box on enclosure and you can bet he will quickly fall into his trauma complaining about the darkness and cramped spaces. Making him even odder is his fifth leg which makes it look ambiguously like a certain erected male anatomy and the one he moves it around is like trying to confirm you have a dirty mind.

Speaking of fanservice, I don’t think I could get used to it. Aside from BUER swinging his fifth leg and making ambiguous poses with it, seeing the only obvious one is the use of Pandora Device in which is a cue for not only a transformation scene but for Clarion to lift up her skirt and allow Nene to have her hand-in-vagina moment. Knowing that Clarion is an android and you can see limb joint lines all over her body, it feels that even if you get to see Clarion fully in the flesh, it is more like looking at a naked mannequin. Also, red pantsu that Clarion always wears is not my thing and doesn’t turn me on… There might be some yuri moments but I can consider them as mild and even less. Heh. Not that I am a yuri expert or lover but I have seen ‘enough’ to believe there are mildly bolder ones.

The action parts are fairly entertaining but if you expected something that is over the top and even flashier in an exaggerated way, you would be better off looking elsewhere. Because Clarion remains the best kickass character of the series considering she is an android programmed with some fighting and offensive skills. Even if Nene transforms via Pandora Device, she doesn’t do much fighting with it later on in the series as she uses it more for cooking, paramedic and even tailoring.

Talking about the character development, unfortunately all the characters do not feel as much even with the big flashing sign that this show is about the yuri relationship between Nene and Clarion. Because mainly I feel that all the characters (and this includes the baddie himself) are either jokers or have child-like personalities. You can already tell from Nene’s airhead character that she is nonchalant and the happy-go-lucky kind. Because for her to even think about using money to buy world peace, you can call her naïve but hey, money solves everything, right? RIGHT?! Despite not being a rich girl herself and for her to come up with this kind of conclusion, it shows the power of money, doesn’t it? Cyborgs too value money! Even Clarion who doesn’t show much emotions, as I said her animated form for half the series makes her feel a lot more comical in those situations and even more so when she plays the rebuking role to BUER who himself is a big little joker.

But if you want a dumb joker, that role goes to Bunny whose every darn appearance will only have you think something funnily bad is going to happen to her. It is amazing this useless subordinate is still alive after so long and her comrades too but in prison. They are like unlucky luckies. Get what I mean? Don’t get me started on Vlind too because you know who she is and what she is for. Then you have Takumi who acts like a child throwing tantrum if she thinks she is superior than you but when she realizes Nene is far more superior, she cowers behind her Gert like a child afraid of her parent. Amy might be one of the few least joker characters but I feel she is there because for the moe loli factor. Why else would she be in this series for? Even minor characters like North and even Mr Chicken feel more comical than anything serious, don’t you agree?

And as I have said that even with Kurtz being the villain looking all that serious and a typical baddie look, he also feels like a joke, spouting his time-is-precious crap and world dominating goal. Yeah, it took him almost an entire season trying to get control of BUER, right? You can’t blame him for being mad that after all this time of wanting to shape the world to his ideals, all he got was somebody’s porn! Truly disappointing! Truly hilarious! Well, at least we know he isn’t into girls’ thighs ;p… I thought he might even go as far as killing himself for all those wasted time. And Robert’s role seems so minimal, that you wonder that everything from his cameo is just to lead up to the final scene of him arresting Kurtz in which he somewhat fails. So how is Robert a joker? His penchant to help everybody in need with a smile. That itself is a joke in a real world because you can’t find such a Good Samaritan anymore. Yeah, blame the world for making me cynical.

I am not sure if Uzal is dead since after stabilizing BUER for the first time, she only appears in videos that are timed to appear when certain circumstances and conditions are met. Even in the final episode it is hinted she is very much alive, it made me wonder if that was all just part of her advanced programming. Yeah, I know she is a super genius but it feels like she is like God in this sense of knowing what will happen. Uh huh. It is like she made provision and predicted almost everything that would likely happen. Perhaps she has more cheeky experiments to carry out and thus the reason she is moving about in the shadows. I am a little confused of her background. Not too sure if she has a double identity because the world projected her as a terrorist that looks like a Che Guevara revolutionist under her Sahar moniker. As there was a movie adapted from the series before the TV series and as usual I have not watched it, I am not sure if this movie is a condensed summary of the entire TV series or a prequel to the story. So I won’t be finding out more about Uzal any time soon or ever since this genius scientist is an ever greater mystery than BUER.

Art and drawing for a sci-fi genre feels acceptable. But somehow I find that some of the young looking female characters to resemble a lot from the mahjong series Saki. As I found out, both series are animated by Studio Gokumi (although they only animate the Achiga-hen and Zenkoku-hen of the Saki series) who also did animate anime with lots of moe like A Channel Kono Naka Ni Hitori Imouto Ga Iru, Kiniro Mosaic and Yuuki Yuuna Wa Yuusha De Aru. Therefore it is without any doubt that I see strange similarities in some of the characters like Clarion whom I thought is a flat chest version of Nodoka! Nene looks like a cross between Saki and Shizuno while Takumi feels more like a livelier version than Arata. And that Vlind girl? A bit like Yuuki, doesn’t she? The only young female character that doesn’t look like a Saki character is Amy. Because when I first looked at her, I thought she was a younger version of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica’s Mami!

The only seiyuu I recognized is Junichi Suwabe as Kurtz. The rest are Sanae Fuku as Nene (Risa Shirakaba in Aikatsu series), Manami Numakura as Clarion (Paula in Nisekoi), Marie Miyake as Takumi (Ringo in Mawaru Penguindrum), Atsuko Tanaka as Uzal (Caster in Fate/Stay Night series), Junpei Morita as BUER (Jason Li in Classroom Crisis), Tetsu Inada as Robert (Gamagoori in Kill La Kill), Maria Nakagawa as Amy (Theia in Rokujouma No Shinryakusha) and Rie Murakawa as Bunny (Hotaru in Non Non Biyori). The thing that attracted my attention and perhaps the only thing that makes the opening theme, Hopeness by ZAQ stand out is the fast and creative finger drilling piano play. Otherwise it would have just been another generic sci-fi song to me so thanks to this seemingly hectic and crazy pace of the piano, it really got my attention there.

As for the ending theme, Lose Control by the duet of Sanae Fuku and Manami Numakura, uhm, how should I put it? The song feels robotic… Uhm, robotic-like sound effects? Sure, it also feels like a theme for the yuri pair but the way it is played out makes it feel quite android-like and weird. It’s like trying to be Miss Monochrome but couldn’t. Also during the ending credits sequence, there will be a short radio show hosted by the duo called Pandoradio in which of course Nene is being the idiot and Clarion the rebuking role. While I don’t particularly note the background music, there was one that stood out like a sore thumb. During the final episode’s climatic sequence, there is this opera lady singing in the background. It just felt so weird…

Overall, a fairly entertaining series but don’t count on it being mainstream. Because the prospect of seeing mild yuri with robot girls might be too much to handle for some even though these girls look and act so human-like. Not the best in story, character development, action and fanservice or even in the sci-fi genre if you have certain hopes and expectations for it. But if you can open your mind just a little and accept the random hilarious (and robot yuri), there is some worth in watching this little entertainment and make you ponder about the possibility of the future of high technology. Yeah, it has got me worrying about the frequent network outages… I’m so scared… Not even all the money in the world could solve this. So buying world peace with money may seem like mission impossible and a pipe dream but at least it is more probable to buy all the ecchi anime, manga and eroge. Oh yeah. Those are world peace material! Or Pandora’s Box to world destruction? I know. That feeling of how much you want the world to just explode when the world sees your porn collection. That is why always remember to hide it well. Deep and dark corners of your folders…

P/S: You know it is world destruction when there are only yuri robots left to make out ;p.

Ooyasan Wa Shishunki

September 23, 2016

All that hassle in owning and renting a house. I’m sure for those who rent, many are faced with the unwanted problematic landlords that come in all forms of quirky personalities. From mean ones to those who just create weird rules, but you know, that is just half of the stories. Yeah, tenants from hell. So imagine having a landlord who is just a little girl! Wait. What? You read that right. At least for Ooyasan Wa Shishunki. A girl who is young enough to be your daughter is actually your landlord. The one who rules over whether you have a place to stay tonight. Don’t worry. This isn’t some sort of dark series but rather a light hearted comedy that lasts only 2 minutes about the daily lives of this landlady and her occupants.

Episode 1
Maeda just moved into his new apartment but who is this cute little girl, Chie Satonaka? Could she be his long lost sister that dad has secretly kept from him? A fiancée from his past life? Dream on! She is the landlord of this building. Dang. But I guess it isn’t all that bad. I mean, how lucky can a tenant get to have a cute middle school girl as their landlord? Or maybe Maeda is just being a typical male pervert. Making Maeda’s life ‘better’ is that his neighbour, Reiko Shirai is a hot woman. Reiko hands Chie a welcoming gift. Chie thinks it is some premium cooking oil she always wanted but never had because it was too expensive. To her dismay, they turn out to be bottles of bath liquids. What’s so bad about that? This apartment doesn’t have any baths. Oh…

Episode 2
If you’re wondering why Chie is always wearing her school uniform all the time, it is because it gives her a peace of mind. Heck, her wardrobe only has these clothes. So basically those are the only clothes that she can wear! Reiko has brought a cute apron for her but she prefers the traditional type that covers her entire body since in that way her uniform won’t get dirty. The girls help Maeda to cook because you know, guys like him are a noob in the kitchen. He must be enjoying his life with 2 girls flanking him as he cook. As he tastes the broth, he starts thinking about the indirect kiss with Chie. Reiko won’t allow that and quickly washes the little plate! Thankfully the food turns out to be good and Maeda is glad he is at the pinnacle of his life.

Episode 3
It seems Chie is being stalked by somebody! Reiko can’t stay with her since she has to work. However she doesn’t want Maeda to stay with Chie. Guess what? Chie interprets that this means she will stay in Maeda’s room! A win-win situation for Maeda?! So how does it feel to sleep next to a middle school girl? A sound startles Chie as she hugs Maeda in her reflex. Can you consider this out of his control? Time to turn in to bed although it is still early. Chie wants to hold his hand while sleeping. But after a minute, she falls deep into sleep and slaps his hand off. Next morning, Chie feels safe and assured so she thanks him. Then they discover the stalker outside the door poorly pretending to be a cat, Kengo Sasaki. This guy from her class has a crush on Chie. He questions Maeda’s relationship to her. Chie’s answer? He is like a father figure. Oh, the heartbreak. This has Kengo ask her to be his girlfriend. She declines because she doesn’t want to go out with a guy who follows her all the way home! Rejected! Oh, the heartbreak. Chie then leaves for school as she leaves behind 2 shocked men with broken hearts in her wake… Oh, oh…

Episode 4
Maeda returns home to find Chie cooking for him. In fact, she is acting like his wife. Serving him and even cleaning up. Now he has some explaining to do to Reiko. Chie ambiguously put it that Maeda told her she could drop by anytime to eat with him. I mean, food tastes great with company, right? As for how she got in, she has a spare key. Also, she thought it would be quicker to cook in Maeda’s place instead of carrying the ingredients back to her room. Reiko is devastated the duo are like close roommates. I’m sure she is against this relationship but when they invite her to join them, she quickly reschedules her plans.

Episode 5
When Maeda and Reiko learn Chie doesn’t join any clubs and heads straight home after school, they try to appeal to her about sports and music clubs but are ignored. When the teacher notices Chie is always alone, she gets the wrong idea alone means being bullied. She tries to have lunch with her classmates. They let her join but Chie finds their radiance is so shiny and sparkly. Unlike their decent bento, Chie’s bento is just poor. It makes her depressed. So Chie seeks Reiko’s help to make cute bento although all she knows how to make is onigiri.

Episode 6
Reiko makes character bento for Chie but it looks like a horror character! She shows it to her friends and they are scared at first but come to terms at how amusing it looks. Chie becomes the centre of attention when more friends come to join her for lunch. Chie thanks Reiko for making such a great bento that everyone snacked only on the dried squid. Is that a compliment? With everyone having fun talking about making character bento, Maeda suggests to form a club with her friends. After getting all the necessary approvals, the cooking club is ready to go. But did she have to use that horror character as the advertising poster?

Episode 7
Chie and her cooking club begin cooking their pork soup to commemorate their first day of the club. The friends are impressed seeing how Chie is so adept in using the peeler to cut and the knife to quickly shave or cut. While they may be feeling tired or their hands numb, Chie is still like a work horse! She is not stopping! In the end, the pork soup was worth all the preparations. But since they left the window open, the great aroma attracted other people as they have a great taste of their pork soup. So they’re like a cafeteria now? Chie returns home to tell Maeda and Reiko how they made 220 servings! Yup, definitely not going to make food for the entire school again.

Episode 8
Maeda and co head to the public bath. He wonders why there are suddenly so many old men. Is it because they are here for Reiko and Chie?! As Maeda soaks with those old farts, he wonders why everyone is so silent. Is it because so they can hear the girls eavesdrop?! They blush whenever the girls mention their name. But the old guys soon become jealous when the girls seem to mention and talk about Maeda’s name a lot. At the end of the bath, Chie gives Reiko a good massage. Her sexy moaning gives Maeda a wrong idea. As they leave, while the girls enjoyed theirs, Maeda feels he doesn’t want to go to such baths again.

Episode 9
Chie’s friends see her reading a grocery flyer. But they are wondering if they should tell her she is reading yesterday’s edition. When they do so, it seems Chie knows and the reason being if she looks at today’s flyer, she can’t concentrate in class. They heard rumours of her shopping with a grown man. They paint a handsome picture of him As they ask her, Chie thinks they are talking about Maeda and mentions he is just a tenant (Tanako) but the girls misinterpret that as his name. Because of that, they get the wrong idea of her relationship when Chie explains they live in the same block and eat dinner together sometimes. As they squeal in delight, it makes Chie wonder if having such good rapport between landlord and tenant is unheard of.

Episode 10
Chie’s friends, Mayu Ueno and Yuki Miyamura are at her place to study. Instantly Reiko and Yuki click. Why? Because they have big boobs and they understand how hard it is to have them! Even more shocking, Yuki for her age, her busts are already big and she mentions they are still growing?! So they head to the lingerie store to buy bras. When Yuki tries hers, she realizes she has grown 2 sizes! Luckily Chie and Mayu are glad they are flat chests since they won’t have such problems. At home, Chie tries to put on a hook bra for the first time. Need more practice…

Episode 11
Chie realizes her entire wardrobe is filled with the same school uniform (refer to episode 2 to refresh your memories). Now you know why she wears the same outfit everywhere she goes, right? Feeling out of place, Reiko and Maeda take her shopping for clothes. Well, if the zeroes on the price tag don’t kill her… Since casual clothes aren’t her thing, they look for some kimonos. Yeah, more zeroes… Maeda and Reiko manage to buy her an affordable one. Chie declines to accept at first but seeing how bad they felt, she accepts. She is quite happy with the gift and ends up staring at it all night. Didn’t get to sleep a wink…

Episode 12
Maeda doesn’t think Chie needs a chaperon for the fireworks festival as Reiko wanted. She insists he be her bodyguard. When Chie is seen clumsily running in her yukata, all that cuteness is enough to make him take the job. Chie meets her friends to head there and Maeda is definitely in heaven seeing all the girls in their cute yukata. Because it is crowded, Chie gets bumped into and Maeda saves her. She finds him cool. But I’m not sure if this makes him cooler because he starts directing the crowd traffic while the girls have fun! Talk about overdoing his job and even more. When it is time for the fireworks, Chie meets up with him to thank him for what he has done. He really looked cool. Ever since he moved in, she has nothing but fun. She hopes to come here with him again next year. The best ending a guy could ever have. But not so good ending for Reiko because she is desperately trying to find Chie and take a cute picture of her while her colleague restrains her since they’re supposed to be on duty. All dressed up and no Chie in sight.

Tenancy Due For Review
Well… Even though it wasn’t anything special, at least it wasn’t that disappointing. The very short duration of the series may have influenced my overall sentiments because despite being short in length, series like this are supposed to be fun and in bite-size. But recently there were a handful of short length anime series that were even able to disappoint me (looking at you Pan De Peace and Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu Kara). Therefore this series wasn’t as bad as those aforementioned ones and still had the decency of keeping me entertained.

The plot isn’t anything special and it feels as generic as a simple series can be. Like as mentioned in my opening paragraph, it just deals with the daily antics of the occupants of a certain apartment. With many of the funny moments come bursting in as spontaneous, maybe that is why the entirety of everything this series had wasn’t so bad. The pacing felt a little fast (think Teekyuu but on a slightly slower note) but that is what you get when you have to cram everything in 2 minutes. And that isn’t counting the opening theme which already takes up half a minute there. So yeah, the story isn’t much but at least it was a little funny in an entertaining way.

As for the characters, nothing really too deep. From the synopsis, it gave me the impression that Maeda would be the main character. Because it explains ‘a lot’ about him. Typical adolescent male. Constantly fantasizing about attractive girls. I know it isn’t much but that tells you a lot that he is a pretty normal and ordinary dude. But as far as I see him in this series, he felt just like a secondary character. Despite he is just normal, he is funny, he is nice and mainly friend zone with the only 2 girls around him. Hey, at least he gets to live with 2 attractive ladies. That is not bad, right?

Thus Chie is the main character since well, it is very much hinted in the anime title itself. Duh. Chie’s character could have been anything. It felt like they needed a reason why a loli would be living with a grown man (and a grown woman). I don’t remember if there was any reason why Chie inherited the apartment but isn’t it just odd to let a girl who hasn’t even finished her middle school education? I am not sure if she is the youngest landlady I have ever seen in anime but I have seen a handful of young high school girls having such position (think Mahoraba, Rokujouma No Shinryakusha and Chokotto Sister). I mean, Chie should be living her life as a normal middle school girl (in which she seems to be doing just fine in this anime) instead of having to shoulder such responsibilities regarding property. What the heck is Japan’s welfare system doing?! Thankfully Chie is a cheerful as well as honest-to-goodness girl although at times she can be naïve but that is okay, right? Although she is only a young girl, she already has exceptional skills in cooking and cleaning. It’s her passion, I guess. Sometimes it makes her look like a middle aged woman when she’s applying her skills…

Completing the trio is Reiko and being the prettier face (at least for this apartment) I believe her character doesn’t do much accept to prevent in making Maeda and Chie’s relationship look like some unholy union of an adult and a child. I am unsure if Reiko has a crush on Maeda because despite me trying to pick hints it is very vague and it could be me just thinking too much. Not sure if her jealousy of him being close to Chie is because she has a crush on him or if he doesn’t like Maeda looking like a pedo. Because I believe Reiko has some sort of obsession with Chie. In the sense that if you see a cute kitten and you can’t resist squeezing it to death. Yeah. That. Speaking of romance, what happened to Kengo anyway? Bitten once, twice shy? At least we know with that heart breaking revelation, he stopped stalking outside Chie’s apartment for the rest of the episodes. The other minor characters like Chie’s classmates feel even more like extras. It feels like they are there just to show us that Chie isn’t just a lonely soul back home but she too has friends too in school. At least we get to see her make some.

Making this whole landlord-tenant thingy seem weird is that the trio are the only ones occupying this small apartment. Are there any other occupants around? I don’t know. Personally it makes these people feel, uhm, so lonely? Isn’t it the reason why they prefer each other’s company during meal times and eat with each other? Yeah, they look more like a family unit than anything else. But too bad for Maeda. You can’t consider Chie to be anything more than your landlord or you’ll be treated as a lolicon-cum-pedo and arrested. Oh well, if the trio are so happy together, I suppose they don’t need to add more tenants to ruin it. You know, maybe it isn’t the case of more the merrier but too many cooks spoil the broth. So the trio might be just right for the time being.

Drawing and art feel pretty normal and simple. It is nothing to shout about. Really. Chie is cute and Reiko is a bijin. Can’t complain, can I? At first I thought with the cameo appearances of the characters from Komori-san Wa Kotowarenai in a certain episode, both series were made from the same studio. Nope. This series was done by Seven Arcs (Dog Days, Sekirei, Trinity Seven, Asura Cryin’ and Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha series) while the latter was by Artland (Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn, Senran Kagura, Mushishi and Kenkou Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho). I tried finding out if they were written by the same author. Nope. The only similarity I found was that they were published in the same manga magazine. I’m not too sure if the authors are best friends since this series’ characters also made a cameo in that said series. Exchange programme?

The opening theme is a generic and typical anime pop song, Shining Sky by Every♥ing. The small cast members are Yurika Kubo as Chie (Hanayo in Love Live), Takashi Kondo as Maeda (Hayato in Yahari Ore No Seishun Love Comedy Wa Machigatteiru), Hitomi Nabatame as Reiko (Yukiji in Hayate No Gotoku), Erii Yamazaki as Yuki (Yuu in Pan De Peace) and Ibuki Ueno as Mayu (Hibiki in Re-Kan!).

Overall, this anime is easy to watch and enjoyable. No need for confusing plots to follow, that’s for sure. The characters are amusing in their own right as well as, uhm, heart warming? Well, at least I could agree with that heart warming word (and comedic plot) in the sentence they said about the characters in the synopsis. Even if it isn’t much. Heh. It is like the synopsis itself is already a review for the series. How we’d wish to have a landlady as cute and nice as Chie because we wouldn’t be renting if we had our own places to live in the first place. If property prices didn’t skyrocketed in the first place. But screw life’s logic. Chie is so cute that we’d rather sell our homes and move in and rent a place just to be with her. But then reality also screwed with us because we’d ended up having Yurumates instead…

The Melody Of Oblivion

September 18, 2016

Despite reading a bunch of reviews before trying my hands at The Melody Of Oblivion, despite knowing how all of them painted this series as something less than stellar, disappointing and bad, I was still insistent in watching this. Even my guts told me that the reviewers were right and I shouldn’t disappoint myself to watching this. But I still wanted to watch it. Why? It is one of those moments whereby I crave to hear Mamiko Noto’s voice! And from a retro show. OMFG. What kind of f*cking reason is that?! I don’t know, coming across this series at first and learning that she is the voice of the titular character, wouldn’t that be just awesome? I mean back in those days when she had roles that were main characters compared to these days as she often plays supporting or cameo roles. So without even knowing what the heck is going on (I don’t think the synopsis was even that clear. At least I didn’t really understand it), I jumped into this series with my delusions of hearing the most beautiful voice in the anime world… And then… I realized all that was just an illusion and my enthusiasm came crashing down like a rock… It was too late…

Episode 1
It is narrated there was a huge war between humans and monsters. The monsters won. Time has passed and humans seemed to have forgotten about that melody. Bocca Serenade isn’t exactly a smart kid with high grades. He is going to school to retake an exam as he meets fellow classmate, Eru Sonoda. Along the way, they see old guy Tsunagi fixing his bike. Bocca works part time for him but Eru warns about the school’s notice about working at his dangerous shop. Doing so might turn him into a vagabond. Bocca is doing some archery practice. He strikes the bull’s eye. Not sure why the teacher is not happy so he tells him to shoot through the wall. The arrow broke. The teacher then rants about being one with the bow and don’t be too over-ambitious and all that crap. I think it is just to scorn him and make others laugh at him. I’m not sure what is going on later because Bocca and Eru had a tryst later. They kissed and she’ll give him more after he retakes the exam. Not too sure if he is showing his displeasure by sitting dangerously on the edge as he mentions about his dream to be a warrior and the bow is to destroy monsters. He wonders if he remembers that incident about Kei that nobody talks about now. It was 5 years ago when they were supposed to go for a field trip but he alighted the bus because he forgot something. He never came back. It was reported he had a sudden fever but he was never seen again. Tsunagi said he was sacrificed to monsters. They spot Bocca’s parents coming to school and go spy on them. They are bribing the teacher so he could pass his retake and be promoted. Of course this has to be a secret…

This cool guy, Hol sees the mayor and wants to inspect the ‘package’. There is this young boy in some barrier and Hol wants to spend a little more time with him. Then he strips him. I hope I didn’t sign up for little boys hentai. Bocca is met with this slut annoying girl, Sayoko Tsukinomori who can tell his future. Then she makes him treat him. He shows a picture of that vagabond who is actually a warrior. She wants to know his whereabouts. But she has to run when the police have located her. Bocca realizes his wallet is gone. When Bocca goes to see Tsunagi in his workshop, he is introduced to that vagabond, Kurofune Ballard, a true Melos Warrior who has fought the monsters. He is in his workshop because all warriors need to ride bikes to fight monsters. WTF? Bocca asks why he became a warrior. Kurofune is sad that the people continue to live in oblivion because they have forgotten about the melody. There is this girl whom nobody knows her real name but they call her The Melody Of Oblivion (TMOO). Only warriors can see the vision of the goddess. He could still remember her face clearly. When the sky is suddenly pitch dark, Kurofune senses Hol coming to attack. On his bull bus? Kurofune thought he was lost in some labyrinth and isn’t too happy when he realizes he has devoured another kid. So we see them in some weird bus-bike battle while Bocca felt something resonating within him. This girl appears before him and he could tell she is TMOO.

Episode 2
Bocca and his parents are at the police station. They are paying the officer to let him off the hook. Bocca asks about his Aiba Machine (a futuristic bike) but is told the police have confiscated it. Flashback tells us that Bocca returned to Tsunagi’s workshop and asked about the mark on his arm which is the same as Kurofune. That is when he shows him an Aiba Machine he made for him. He lets Bocca ride and even name it (Elan Vital). Just then, the police surrounded the workshop. Tsunagi needs to escape and leaves Bocca to his own devices. WTF? Before he busts this joint, he tells Bocca to look for TMOO since he could see her (isn’t she behind there now?!). Doing so means humanity still hasn’t lost yet. Bocca will soon go on a very long and faraway journey. Bocca wonders what happened to Kurofune. Yeah, the battle is still raging on! Hol escapes and is now back in the mayor’s office and is requesting for something to eat. The mayor panics since he thought that should be once in 4 years. However Hol points out this kid will do. The mayor is distraught because Eru is his only daughter. Eru is called by the teacher for ‘extra curriculum’ activities. He is going to sacrifice her to Hol. He seems to be bugging Hol for his reward as he explains himself the mayor tasked him to let Eru get away. Instead he did not because he sides with the monsters and wants to join Monster Union. Hol finds him annoying and knocks him out so he could start his party with naked Eru. But before he could do that, he is attacked by Kurofune. I guess the mayor sought his help in time.

Bocca is irked about bumping into Sayoko again. She still has his wallet. But she returns it so that he could treat her again. He knows she is a thief instead of a fortune teller because he saw a wanted poster of her at the police station. Besides, if she can tell the future, why not track this Kurofune guy herself? Well, she says her chains do not always work. Whatever. However they start acting up and guess where it leads them? Yeah, right in the middle of Kurofune and Hol’s battle. Seeing how Eru is in pain, Bocca summons Elan Vital the same way Kurofune does with his. What do you know? It really responded to him. Outnumbered, Hol escapes. Kurofune chides Sayoko for not listening to him and stay put. For he is going to fight monsters. As for Bocca, he must choose what to do now. And when the time to choose comes, he must be resolute. They’ll meet again if he survives. Then he blasts off into the sky. The teacher is still trying to rape Eru? He even admits humans must obey monsters. Bocca is mad at his actions that he powers up his arrow with his mark and demonstrates by destroying the wall! Enough to scare the sh*t out of that coward! That’s it?! Bocca then invites Sayoko to hop on his bike and go after Kurofune because there are lots of questions he wants to ask him. What about Eru? Goodbye cow tits. You have been dumped.

Episode 3
Bocca camps by the roadside. Sayoko doesn’t like this idea and goes off to find herself work so she could stay in a hotel. Bocca asks around for a woman oracle he is looking for. Even if he has found out where she lives, he can’t just get an audience with her without any appointment and turned away. Who the heck he thinks he is? Meanwhile Sayoko is trying to do what she does best: Pickpocket. She targets this rich girl, Kew wandering around and when she is about to go in for the steal, a huge robot chicken wing monster drops down to kill them. Run! But cornered, who is going to save them? Ah yes. Bocca. Just in time. After the monster gets hit by his Melos charged arrow, it quickly escapes, blasting off into the sky like a space rocket. Kew takes them back to the hotel her sister, Keiko runs. She prepares a room for them as gratitude. Kew is also happily reunited with Wakadan, the heir of this hotel and supposedly Kew’s lover? Keiko shows Bocca a place where he could park his bike and tells him that these machines will not defeat the monsters. With the strange events happening, Bocca decides to go visit the oracle again. Meanwhile a group of villagers confront this Medusa girl but they got all turned into stone. Don’t they know better? Strangely, Bocca is now let in to see the oracle. He asks about TMOO and where to find her. It is believed during the war, there was a place all monsters feared: The Melody Theatre. It is said TMOO is confined there. However she doesn’t know where that place is. The oracle warns him to quit being a Melos Warrior because in this town nobody will appreciate him being one. Bocca leaves and thinks about this. He asks other people about children being sacrificed here. They don’t answer and turn him away. And there is this weird cult group of clones chanting viva Monster Union! WTF.

Episode 4
Keiko shows Bocca around town since the monsters don’t target tourists and only children. WTF? So what if I am a tourist kid? He notices a few quirks around town and when he sees stoned people, he really feels something dark is going on behind the background. Sayoko doesn’t want to get involve with this town anymore but Bocca still wants to help since Kew is obviously being target by the monsters. Sayoko corrects him that the robot that attacked Kew isn’t a monster but a machine controlled by Monster Union. Speaking of them, their local agent is no other than Keiko who has received orders from the big boss, Monster-sama to eliminate the Melos Warrior. She gets a courtesy call from fellow comrade, Uribou about her failure to finish the Melos Warrior off and if she needs any help, she’ll be glad to assist. Keiko then remembers her past whereby her father lamented she wasn’t a boy. She was outstanding in every field but because she wasn’t a boy, he could only b*tch about it. She thought she found someone similar in Wakadan but he had his eyes on Kew. When her father’s business was exposed as a fraud, he believes his family is done for and told her ‘useless daughter’ to marry off someone. Bocca meets that Medusa girl. He thinks she might be a monster after realizing a guy down the road turned into stone. There is some talk between Sayoko and Keiko about the latter should live the way she wants but she can’t because she doesn’t know how.

Then there is more flashback on Keiko whereby she can’t take it anymore and at the edge of the cape she wished for the sun never to shine here again. Because of that, the tourists will visit this place and everyone will work under her. Oh, she sacrificed all the children for this wish. Then there is this seemingly rape scene whereby she gets synchronized with the chicken wing monster. Sayoko talks to Bocca that she is worried about Kurofune. Her chains will sometimes react and point in his direction but lately it hasn’t and she fears he is dead. Bocca assures he is still alive and wants to see him. This flimsy excuse is the assurance that made Sayoko stay with him a little longer. Suddenly we see Bocca engage in a fight with the chicken monster. He damages the hull enough to expose Keiko and is shocked to see her. She tells him to go away and not meddle in their affairs because he is an outsider. Don’t use your shallow sense of justice to judge others. Ironically, it is Keiko who flies away? This has Bocca thinking if he is going to cause trouble for the things he is going to do that no one cares. You worried about that now? He sees Kew putting flowers at a torn doll near the beach. It is a grave for all the children who were sacrificed. She has resigned she is next.

Episode 5
Bocca sees the oracle again to ask about Medusa girl’s whereabouts. It’s that ship at the port, right? On his way, he sees Wakadan tied up. He claims the monster is targeting him next and pleads to be saved. As Bocca goes into action, the other people pin him down. It is just a ploy to trap him and throw him in prison. Meanwhile Sayoko bumps into Kew who doesn’t seem all that innocent anymore. She knows her sister is the monster and is no longer targeted. She explains her jealousy on Keiko as the eldest daughter, all the attention was on her and thus as the younger daughter she was treated like a stranger. If Keiko wants to kill her out of jealousy, go ahead. Kill her and she will suffer forever. She knew Keiko loved Wakadan and Kew purposely stole her love away from her. Keiko sees Medusa girl that they have captured Bocca and will personally administer his death. With that, Medusa girl leaves the place. Sayoko uses her lock picking skills to get Bocca out. Because she is bragging and talking so loud, Wakadan locks them back in. When Sayoko mentions Kew knows everything, Wakadan goes crazy. So this guy doesn’t know she knows? Bocca should have thought about this because he summons Elan Vital to bust him out so he could go fight the monster. Keiko is about to kill Kew but here comes Bocca to intervene. As they fight, Bocca finds it hard to ride and shoot at the same time. To show their strong man-machine bond, with Bocca putting all his trust in his bike and Elan Vital giving him a second chance. Bocca nails a direct head shot. Weird things happen. The lighthouse collapses. The sun now rises. The townspeople are doomed as their lifestyle is destroyed. They show their displeasure by throwing stones at Bocca. Keiko begs for forgiveness from Kew but she rips apart the doll. Huh? HUH?! HUUUHH???!!! WTF, I don’t understand it all! Bocca reflects how the oracle was right. He wonders if this is going to be the same in every town. Despite it is hard and unrewarding being a Melos Warrior, he does not regret the path he has taken. He and Sayoko ride to the next town.

Episode 6
The duo are lost at a dam thanks to Sayoko’s chains. As they climb the dam, they see a cute boy but his hand is stuck in the dam to prevent it from leaking. Forever. Then they meet Eichi Hikoyama who is painting a huge mural over the dam. They ask about this Dutch boy so he says everyone in the village knows about this problem and if he lets go of his hand, the dam will flood and destroy the town. However nobody will come to help him because he is most hated. A mechanical mouse startles them so Eichi destroys it with his arrow. Realizing he is a Melos Warrior, Eichi offers to let them stay at his place. But first he will let them meet his employer, Miri Kanaya. They pass through a room filled with people doing calculations of those mechanical mice. They are calculating the sorrow it brings from all over the world as they collect tears from the children of the world and transport them to this dam. Eichi notes these people are more like robots and it makes the Dutch boy more like a human when compared. Eichi sees Miri and she showers him with kisses for his outstanding work on the mural. She is interested in Bocca and values him at a million dollars. He asks about Dutch boy but she says he is a demon as he was born with a horn on his head. After they leave, her butler notes about Eichi being the ‘tax’ but Miri won’t have him sacrificed but make him stay here forever. The butler thinks she decided to dump Eichi for a new lover. A mark of Monster Union is seen on Miri’s body. Eichi loves how close Bocca and Sayoko are despite arguing. He was hoping he and his lover would be the same. He shows them an abandoned house across his place. His fiancée used to live here. Although he loved her, she loved another man and moved out of this valley. As Eichi has employed them to be his assistant, Bocca goes to help him paint but such menial labour isn’t for Sayoko so she tries to leave. As she is about to board a bus, another chick alights. She sees her beautiful sapphire gem and plans on stealing it. Bocca is still bothered about Dutch boy. Despite being told he was a demon, he couldn’t sense he is a monster. A giant mechanical mouse attacks. Bocca fights back. He destroys an arm which scatters into thousands of little mice. He tries to go after it but is surrounded by those mice. Of course he is no match for them but suddenly they retreat. It is that chick as she claims the sound of her bow, Meigen drives the smaller monsters away. Sayoko is busted when Bocca discovers her robbing intention. They wonder if this chick is a Melos Warrior and from around here. But when she sees Bocca’s Melos mark, she draws her bow at him.

Episode 7
Bocca will destroy this valley’s Monster Union agent and knows this is Eichi’s goal too. That chick spared him because she doesn’t see any worth in doing so. Eichi says that chick is Toune. His ex-fiancée. He didn’t expect her to come back and maybe she could be the one to finish this mural. Miri goes to see Bocca and tries to flirt with him. She also tries to buy him for $5 million and wants him to stay here as he can get his desires fulfilled. However the flirting is cut short when she hears a familiar song being played next door. She rushes over and curses the return of that girl. If you thought she dumped Eichi and shouldn’t be bothered about Toune, well, she won’t let Eichi have her. Then there is some talk about her being jealous about them (something about a garden she didn’t have). Back then, the villagers were hunting down that demon kid too. Miri and Toune worked together to try and capture it for a reward before the rest. But in the forest, a red mist shrouded them. Appearing before them is that Medusa girl who wants them to join her. Despite Toune’s advice not to go to her, Miri panicked and went over. That Medusa girl is actually Monster-sama and it is said you either turn into a stone in her gaze or go over to her side. Miri has become her agent and thus this valley is now under her control.

Miri talks with the parrot messenger about getting rid of the Melos Warrior with her charms. But when the parrot mentions about her previous house which is now under the dam, Miri goes crazy screaming like a b*tch. Then she goes to put on her lame dominatrix battle outfit as she reminisces the painful process of becoming a Monster Union agent (especially burning that mark on her). She summons all the mechanical mice to cover her as she becomes the giant robot mouse. Eichi has finished his job and says his goodbye to Dutch boy. However he is unaware that Toune is back. Bocca goes to talk to Toune to find out why she hates Melos Warriors. She says he doesn’t know the art of Meigen. She wants to duel with him. They are to take turns shooting the mechanical mice and the first one to miss loses. At the same time, she explains about Monster Union’s pyramid scheme (same case for Sayoko from Eichi). As many adults want to become an agent for Monster Union, they work hard to bring sorrow to children, thus the mice. The amount of tears collected from hurt children will help decide if you become an agent or not. So when these children of tragedy grow up, they create even greater tragedies. The cruel cycle repeats itself for eternity. Sayoko asks further about Dutch boy. He is Eichi’s rival and stole Toune’s heart from him with his clear blue eyes. When the duel is a draw, Toune suggests facing each other. But that won’t happen since the giant mouse monster is here. Eichi knows he is being targeted. Bocca goes into action and looks like he is the only one surprised to learn Miri is behind this monster and an agent. Miri tries to make Bocca one last offer to become hers: $5.2 million! You really think so?

Episode 8
After Bocca attacks her, she screams and runs away! That was fast. Eichi soon leaves the valley. He wonders if Toune wants to come along. Of course not. She wonders if people who love his painting exist. Of course. Because she came back here. What? I don’t understand. Toune then talks about Meigen by giving a form of your heart. Despite having that technique, she hates Melos Warriors. What? I don’t understand. Then there is this flashback of her after being ditched by Miri in the forest. Wandering around brought her to that demon kid. She continued stalking for days and worried the villagers will find him, hid him in her dad’s wine cellar. Eichi also found out about this. Ever since, Monster Union gain control of this valley and the dam was completed. Toune wanted to destroy it but Dutch boy stopped her as he doesn’t want the people living down the valley to perish. He stuck his hand in the hole. Toune can’t understand why he would protect the people who persecute him. In fact, her mom is dead so she couldn’t care less about them. But when he wonders if he can order him to do so, she couldn’t and ran away. Shortly she left the valley. The parrot is mocking Miri’s failure but gives her direct orders from Monster-sama to kill Bocca. And so we have another rematch. But no matter how much Bocca deals damage to her giant mouse, the little mice will be there to repair. More flashback from Toune as Dutch boy realizes it is harder for him to be kept hidden, he gave Toune his horn. I’m not sure what the f*ck just happened because despite she said she won’t, she ripped it out and ran away!!! WTF?! Now she is back with him at the dam. She sounds like a lover wanting to get back. She gives him back the horn (which is the gem) and after he attests her, she names him Sky Blue and orders him to take out his hand. The dam will be damned soon. Bocca wonders if he needs Meigen to defeat Miri. That is when TMOO whispers into his ear (cheating!) so he calls out to his Meigen, Serenade’s Heart that immobilizes and rusts the robot mouse. A shot is enough to defeat Miri subsequently. Toune then arrives in her Aiba Machine and fires into the mural to destroy the dam. Her Melos mark is on her thigh. That orgasmic face when she powers up her arrow… The water washes away the mural to reveal a hidden painting of Eichi wishing the Melos Warriors good luck. The town is submerged by the dam water and it opens a new path for our heroes to travel. Toune leaves with Bocca and Sayoko. They wonder where she got her Aiba Machine. You got have guessed from that horn. Yup. It’s Sky Blue.

Episode 9
Bocca must be annoyed with Toune’s words about his weak arrow skills so he starts practising. He is about to leave the house of his caretaker but the old dude warns him he still has a chance to turn away from his Melos Warrior life. You think he do that? Bocca heads over to the industrial plant to meet up with Sayoko who just met a girl, Coco reading some poem about death and loneliness. They are then picked up to see the factory manager, Masaru Hashimoto as he explains his factory is the largest and provides all the power in this bay. Recently there are thieves attacking and sabotaging his delivery. So why not call the police? The attacks are done with bare hands. Could it be monsters? Masaru wants to hire Bocca for life to be his security force. But Bocca tells him he has the wrong idea of a Melos Warrior. They don’t care what others think and only fight the good fight in the battles. Masaru tries to convince him about the pay and such. Bocca agrees to guard the next delivery only because he wants to know the thieves’ identity. Word of Bocca becoming the factory’s guard soon spreads to the thieving group that Coco is a part of, Centauro. Hey, isn’t that Tsunagi with them? Masaru takes a liking for Sayoko and treats her well. But he gets scared when her chains start moving. He thought it was a ghost? Bocca faces off with Centauro. He is convinced they are monsters after seeing Kron rip apart the truck with his bare hands. They claim they want to destroy what is inside. Bocca fights the boomerang wielding Hikari but his bow is broken. Don’t worry. Elan Vital’s handle can be used as one! But Nick stops the fight and brings Bocca back to their hideout. Bocca wonders how he knows their name. It is because Saburo Musashino told them all about him. Bocca is surprised that guy is Tsunagi. Centauro wonders why Bocca is working for Monster Union. If you haven’t guessed it now, Masaru is an agent and those trucks are delivering mechanical monster parts. With that, Bocca is worried for Sayoko. Masaru is seen entering some chamber to fix his machine as he tells his locked up first and second wife he has found a third one. Sayoko taking a bath finds the door locked…

Episode 10
Tsunagi explains how he was travelling around and when he came here, he decided to team up with Centauro to take down this factory. The engine of that plant is actually a spaceship, Mithranome. It was supposed to be the ultimate weapon to wipe out monsters but it failed. 31 of the 33 engines have already merged in the satellite orbit in space. Masaru is operating one of them and the other has fallen into the sea in which he intends to salvage. After all the engines merge, they will be able to access the space fortress from Earth. That is why they must stop this from happening as Tsunagi also had a hand in creating an engine. The plan is to sneak in tonight and sink the entire factory. However Bocca is against it because Sayoko is still there (speaking of which, she is chained up and being told the same thing by Masaru who is trying to kiss her only to be interrupted by the parrot. To his shock, he is told Monster-sama is here). But if Bocca goes on a rescue mission, this will jeopardize their surprise attack. Bocca refuses to become a demon this way so they warn him to do as he wish but not stand in their way. Coco suggests splitting up the team and she will go with Bocca. She seems to take a liking for him and teases him by calling him cute. Masaru dreads seeing Monster-sama. Not sure if bowling is giving him a certain trauma… Coco mentions her intention to travel with Bocca to find Melody Theatre after this. She hopes Hikari can come along with her. They face off with Masaru in his ape mecha. Bocca is hesitant to attack because Sayoko is his hostage. Coco then borrows an arrow and powers up with her Melos mark on her cheek (again that orgasmic face when she kisses the arrow…) to fire and free Sayoko. As she falls, Bocca realizes he cannot reach her in time. Hikari transforms into an Aiba Machine to save her. Bocca sees a horn over Hikari’s forehead. Nick and Kron arrive in their Aiba Machine form with Tsunagi. The Aiba Machines go after Masaru and leave the engine destruction to Tsunagi and the rest. Bocca asks about those guys as Aiba Machines so he explains they are from the Unicorn series. Inside the engines contained prohibited development of Aiba Machines with a soul. It was supposed to be suspended as their presence is more dangerous than monsters. However somebody completed the prototypes and Coco found and awakened them inside the sealed engine. As Tsunagi is keying in the self destruct code, Sayoko mentions there are still people in this plant. Those ape men people wearing masks…

Episode 11
Masaru escapes and he fears asking Monster-sama for help. However she has already left but a fellow agent, Global Yamaneko reminds him he is behind schedule and must test the space fortress tonight. Tsunagi remembers the war during the monsters was just a step short of completion. The engine Tsunagi’s team created never activated because Chief V suspended it and this became mankind’s ultimate fall. The person whom Tsunagi revered and respected the most has been labelled as mankind’s traitor and vanished shortly after. They enter a room and see ape men doing harsh labour powering the engine. Masaru explains they are not humans as they cannot possibly survive such working conditions. Therefore they are ape men. Bocca fires a shot at Masaru while Tsunagi hacks the system to free the ape men. After the Aiba Machines destroy the outside plant, they head inside to join Coco. Masaru sets his comical monkey robots to fight them as he escapes. Tsunagi now needs to key in the self destruct code in the control room so Bocca takes him there. The engine must take off and be in the air at a certain altitude for this self destruction to take effect. But setting it at 247 seconds? Gee, why the odd number? Tsunagi thought he is done but he sees a communications log and plays a video of Chief V’s last moments in the lab. Brings back nostalgic memories? I am not too sure in this video about her incomplete explanation why she cannot activate the engine because she knew something about the ape men. Not too sure if Tsunagi is crying because he believed in her or couldn’t believe she is really a traitor. Bocca had to bring him out to escape but Tsunagi can’t stand to lose his love and runs back into the flames. Bocca is forced to escape with the rest and after a safe distance, the engine explodes (Masaru probably fell to his death but it is the sea below, right?). Bocca is sad that he couldn’t save Tsunagi. Coco’s only words of consolation were perhaps it is Tsunagi’s way of living. Sayoko perhaps provided the best consolation to cheer up gloomy Bocca. A peck on his cheek as thanks for saving her. Time to get over it and move on.

Episode 12
Bocca and Sayoko are brought by a boatman, Animoto to a volcanic island where it is believed Kurofune is. After looking around, they find his wrecked Aiba Machine. Asking it about Kurofune, its headlights points towards a spot. It is a hidden tunnel hidden by the tides. There are creepy Egyptian paintings on the cave walls. Then they see Animoto being heckled by Yamaneko about the sacrifices for Monster-sama. It is then Bocca realizes the transport Animoto was bringing is a coffin for sacrifice. He gets out of his hiding and Yamaneko isn’t too pleased that Animoto broke the law by bringing other people here. He gets into his tiger mecha to fight Bocca. He thought his sound wave could paralyze his Aiba Machine. Too bad he was wrong. After Bocca defeats him, he turns his arrow on Animoto about the child sacrifice in the coffin. Animoto claims he had no choice but to do it to survive. Besides, he has resigned to his fate that mankind has lost. When he mentions the labyrinth behind this door and a previous Melos Warrior walked through it and never came out, I guess we can say that guy is Kurofune. I’m not sure what Sayoko’s problem is because now she points her arrow at Bocca. Something about leaving her behind and going into the labyrinth by himself. Yes, Bocca is not Kurofune and is different. So what the f*ck is your problem?! Bocca leaves Elan Vital to protect Sayoko while he enters the labyrinth alone. She gives him her chains as guide. She has even the cheek to ask about his feelings when he is parting with her. Like the dense guy he is, he thinks she is most relieved because spending cramp nights in his tent is like hell. Huh? Bocca no baka! See her sad face? Bocca hears somebody humming and since there is reply, it is confirmed this kid, Solo is that child sacrifice. Bocca slides down the gap to go save him. But when he lands, he finds himself on a bus during a field trip from his school days.

Episode 13
Knowing something is amiss, Bocca breaks out and finds himself back inside the labyrinth. He frees Solo from his coffin and tries to get out of this place. Then they see Kurofune. Bocca is happy to see him but not Kurofune. He is suspicious of Solo because if he is a human offered as sacrifice, why is he spared from the monster effects of this labyrinth? As explained, people will turn to stone or puppets when they see a monster’s true form. But even with this foolproof method, why did they stop it and tried to blend in with humans? Because for every thousands of humans turned to stone, a Melos Warrior is born and that single warrior is enough to wipe out all monsters. Bocca thinks Solo is a Melos Warrior. He finds a mark on his arm but Solo denies it as he has not seen TMOO and cannot use a Melos arrow. Bocca figures his power is not awakened yet. They then see a past of Kurofune being a matador in a fight against Hol. Kurofune defeated him but he escaped into the labyrinth. Because of its space-time distortion, Hol escaped death but he cannot leave this place. But somehow he managed to. That is why Kurofune is here to seal him in. One way is to engage in an eternal fight. A Melos Warrior can live forever here thanks to the distortion. Apparently they see more of Kurofune’s past. He notes all of them are his real selves. Time-space distortion crap again? Then there is a past he saved Sayoko from being a monster’s sacrifice. What made it sadder was the fact her parents chose her as the sacrifice. Because her brother is a Monster Union agent. Kurofune tells Bocca to find a way out with Solo while he finds and fight his mortal enemy Hol. However Bocca wants to switch places because Sayoko is outside waiting for him. Apparently he doesn’t care about her. He only saved her. That’s about it. Goodbye. Solo thinks Bocca has been used by him to fight the monster. Shortly, Hol’s voice is heard, mocking Bocca for being tricked by Kurofune. I don’t know why Bocca is so focused on finding Hol that he didn’t realize Solo has been kidnapped by him! Bocca tries to find a way out but you know why they don’t call this the labyrinth. He enters a room and sees Eru. Or at least something that looks like her. She starts undressing herself and invites him to have sex. However Bocca is gay and turns her down. Really! Eru asks why he would return to danger. His excuse: If he wanted to choose her, he would have stayed back and not go on this adventure. Damn right. Goodbye again, cow tits. Bocca returns to the labyrinth and fumbles his way in the darkness.

Episode 14
Bocca is talking to Kei in a bus before something painful happens to the latter. It is believed this labyrinth is Hol’s stomach and Kei is reliving this nightmare over and over again. Bocca returns to reality and sees only bones on the ground. Hol appears before him. Bocca is not amused that the children have to relive death over and over again. Hol says this is the price to pay for immortality. Bocca is determined to fight him if it means getting trapped here forever. Bocca finds himself in a matador arena against Hol. He finds it strange that Hol is using the same move on Kurofune. Because of that, Bocca defeats him. Hol summons dolls as distraction to escape as Bocca easily dismantles them with his Meigen. It could have been a mine cart chase but Bocca stumbles into Kurofune. They’re still arguing for the other to leave this place and it is their fight to battle Hol. Is this a time to fight each other? Oddly, they shoot arrows at each other and catch it with their bare hand. When they start using their Melos power, Kurofune wins. So he gets to use the cart? Kurofune finds Hol and another fight starts. Again. He wonders how Hol can get out since he shot him with his arrow. Simple. If inside here is a labyrinth, then outside is the true labyrinth! WTF?! Bocca continues to get lost. He then finds himself at the entrance but this might be a mirage since he is seeing events when he left Sayoko to venture in the labyrinth. Then the place gets flooded. He floats up and sees Kurofune’s Aiba Machine sinking down. When he surfaces, Sayoko pulls him up onto Animoto’s boat. He apologizes he failed to get Kurofune out as he is still fighting Hol. But Sayoko cries in his arms that she was worried she was going to lose him too. The island is now missing and it is rumoured to have sunk a long time ago. It is also rumoured that such island could pop up anywhere ever since the monsters came into rule. As Bocca wonders who is Monster King, we shift to a Greek-like island where every darn Greek monster exists like the Minotaur, Talos and Medusa (Monster-sama’s actual name). Monster King turns out to be Solo! He has TMOO in his captive.

Episode 15
Bocca and Sayoko are at a canal investigating a series of children vanished on a ship. When they spot a kid washed up by the side, they realize he is Sky Blue. I know he is a machine but using a tuning fork to test his pulse? But don’t laugh when Bocca uses cables to jump start him back to life! Sky Blue reveals Toune is captured inside the floodgate tower. There is a Monster Union agent, Lucky Thoroughbred who gathers children in his artificial lake behind the tower and makes them race. The losers will be sacrificed to the monster. Toune and Sky Blue cornered him but he had bombs everywhere and not afraid to detonate and kill everybody. Also, he had a machine that incapacitated Aiba Machines and Sky Blue took a direct hit. Sky Blue needs to go rescue Toune but he is still weak. Suddenly they are attacked by… Uhm, Silver Surfer? Female bunny version! She is dropping lots of bombs. In the end she escapes and Bocca gets a little injured. Sayoko questions why Elan Vital couldn’t fly. Bocca has never flown with it and feels it is too dangerous to try during battles. How about now? It won’t work when they’re not fighting. Useless piece of contraption, right? Flying Bunny goes to see Thoroughbred. She believes she knows about his defiance of Monster Union and the scapegoats he used. He isn’t cowed and thinks she is here to report him to get promoted. He demonstrates the ability to blow up anything anywhere anytime because he has placed bombs around the canal and considers this place under his control. So if she is not careful, she’ll get more than just her injured butt. WTF?! He goes to see Toune in his possession and there is no way he will hand him to anybody. He believes if he defeats a Melos Warrior, Child Dragon will recognize his strength and it would be his dreams to place bombs all over the world to control it. Man, that’s scary. Meanwhile, Sayoko is hinting some romance to Bocca. She even wants a kiss! WTF?! Thanks to his density and uninterested looks (I hope he isn’t gay), she gets mad thinking it is because TMOO is watching. Oh you don’t know. She’s just right behind them… Sayoko runs away. I don’t get her. She is the reason why men can never understand women! Sky Blue starts his journey but Hikari stands in his way. I don’t know why they hate each other so much and proceed fighting. Poor Sayoko wanders around and here comes Thoroughbred before her. Guess what? He is her brother.

Episode 16
While looking for Sayoko, Bocca bumps into Coco. Then they bump into the fighting Aiba Machines and stop them. They discuss how many children were kidnapped here perhaps to attract Melos Warriors. Coco wants Sky Blue to stay here with Hikari since there is a machine to incapacitate Aiba Machines. She will signal for help when the time calls for it. Sayoko returns with her brother. He blames her for not playing her part of being sacrificed and put a damper on his promotion. Now that things are proceeding smoothly, he will let all those who belittle him know that he is the luckiest person in the world. Is that a pun? Bocca and Cocoa sneak into a ship. Being the cheeky girl she is, Coco flirts with him inside the crate. Being the shy guy he is, Coco kisses him. She actually did! Oh, TMOO is watching… They bring up the topic of family. Coco doesn’t remember hers since she was kidnapped at a toy store while she was young. Bocca can’t say much about his own since his is pretty normal. But he is sad about Sayoko’s family who tried to sacrifice her. Flashback reveals Shuuma (Thoroughbred) has always been favoured by his parents as he is the chosen one while Sayoko is mistreated and blamed. Even worse, Shuuma asserted his dominance over her. One day Kurofune came to their house since Shuuma made contact with Monster Union but the parents shoo him away. Shortly, the parents treat Sayoko well but her happiness was short-lived as it was a rouse to sacrifice her so that Shuuma can become a Monster Union agent and rule the world. That is when Kurofune rescued her and had Sayoko live with some old female acquaintance. Bunny is looking for something to eat and stumbles upon Bocca and Coco inside the crate. Shhh… She is about to leave them alone but they barge out and attack. Bocca faces Thoroughbred to free his comrades but the latter threatens about the bombs. It is decided they will race. Aiba Machine versus… Trojan horse? Bocca wins at the end. But Thoroughbred holds Sayoko hostage. Coco has also found Toune but Bunny is holding her hostage too. Erm… A carrot to her throat?

Episode 17
Before Coco could attack, Bunny flees. Bocca fires his arrow to free Sayoko. But she is looking at him with those loving eyes like as though her boyfriend saved her. Of course she gets kidnapped again! Thoroughbred receives a personal call from Dragon about his progress. He mentions about his successful plan to ring in the Melos Warriors. If he is successful, he wants to join Operation Silent. Dragon will think about it but asks him about the cannon that incapacitate Aiba Machines. He wants it back but Thoroughbred lies he has not seen it. But if he finds it, he will deliver it back. Dragon of course knows he is lying since he got a report from Bunny. Bocca bumps into Toune and Coco but the Melos Warriors have to give up since Thoroughbred threatens to kill Sayoko. Suddenly that girl sucks up to her brother that she now realizes how wrong she was and believes he is the one. She hopes he would let the Melos Warriors go in that case. But he doesn’t believe a single and proceeds to beat Bocca up and has Sayoko imprisoned. That’s the thing when you let one stupid guard accompany her to her prison. Thoroughbred thought he is that lucky, huh? She easily gets away and when he corners her, Bunny’s carrot takes him out. Truly WTF. Thoroughbred is bragging about his luckiness and the bombs all over the place. Then it hit the Melos Warriors about Sayoko’s hint. They break free from those weak stupid guards and run away. It seems Sayoko stole the remote and will be blowing the place up. Oh heck, just press any button will do. The Melos Warriors summon their Aiba Machines and ride out. The tower explodes but Thoroughbred and his Trojan horse army are on the chase. He goes crazy trying to seek revenge, unleashing waves after waves of missiles. Bocca realizes he is at a disadvantage on the ground. I don’t know how or why and for some reason, Elan Vital then flies for the first time. With this, Bocca is able to destroy that unlucky guy for good. While Toune and Coco are destroying the rest of the Trojan horses, we have Bocca and Sayoko romantically staring into each other before kissing. WTF?!

Episode 18
As Bocca waits at the Tokyo train station, when a captured smuggler passes by him, he whispers to go find Mahoroba. Bocca returns to his tent and it seems Sayoko is in one of her moods. Let me guess. Bocca isn’t romantic enough to her? This woman is so crazy that she even kept count of how many times they kissed! 73 times! 73 TIMES?! Did she blow up that number? When Bocca is going to make 74, she gets mad because she is conscious of the place they are doing. WTF?! That is why men can never understand women! Luckily they didn’t because a private investigator comes looking for Sayoko. She shows him paintings from Eichi. I’m not sure what the talk is about. She is glad to have found Sayoko and gives her cash because she is going to retire from her job soon as she has a family. She wants Sayoko to go home. Bocca continues to wait at the station. A creepy kid pops up telling him about electric sheep. He himself isn’t a Melos Warrior although he wanted to be one but chose to remain a student. He adds he is dead in reality and this station is just some imagination. Recently there have been many Melos Warriors coming by here and all of them got lost on some train that loops around the same place forever. He hopes Bocca won’t share that same fate. Too bad Toune is on it… Sayoko bugs Bocca to stay in a hotel for once. Don’t expect anything hot. Just watching the news… Then as Bocca takes a hot shower pondering if his Melos quest is fruitful, Sayoko barges in full of rage. She is pissed that Bocca might not feel anything if she leaves. She questions what were those 74 times for. Erm, you mean 73 times? If he loves her, he should allow her to travel with him and continue their adventure like normal. Wow. Everybody is talking and nobody listening. We interrupt your argument because Kron comes in to tell them about Mahoroba. Adding to Sayoko’s woes, since their room is a convenient hideout, they’ll stay here. There goes tonight’s special… Kron explains that the second engine was stolen by Monster Union. The first engine wasn’t completely destroyed either. It was secretly transported away underwater. Monster Union plans to destroy Mithranome because it controls all Aiba Machines. Mahoroba is part of Mithranome. It was separated from it and landed somewhere in Tokyo station. It is probably recovered and the odds of it being hidden are high. This is Operation Silent. As they plan to ride up to space, they need to control Mahoroba and they have taken into custody of someone who knows its secret: The Prime Minister?!

Episode 19
They try to interrogate the PM for details of Operation Silent but he calls them fools for being young and not knowing how to keep the peace in this country now. Despite knowing children are still being sacrificed, the PM and his government sided with the monsters as their only way to pave negotiations to maintain society’s existence. Centauro goes to find Mahoroba and leaves Bocca and Sayoko to look after the PM. To the PM, the world is dead ever since his daughter died. It may seem silly to let the world fall into this state for personal reasons but for those who lived through the war, it became the reason of living to them. He recalls his youth when his entire town and family were turned into stones. It was the day he saw terror with his own eyes and noted humans can never win against the monsters. We also see Solo being a Melos Warrior and managed the hunt down Monster King the Second. When he confronted her about people being turned into stones, she says they were originally stone. Plus, the monsters were here originally. So when humans created their own society, they were just separated from the monsters. After he kills her off, TMOO blames him for starting it all. Because without a leader, the monsters will go on a rampage. The previous world will end and a war will start. Casualties will only rise. All because he killed the Monster King. So what will he do to fix this situation? I guess that is how he became Monster King III. But even with the war ended, Solo notes TMOO is still gone. While Coco is trying to flirt with Sky Blue, that creepy kid pops up to try and flirt with her. He got slapped. He returns to his base and it is no surprise he is a Monster Union agent, Electric Sheep. Dragon calls him about Operation Silent. Mahoroba is in their hands but Dragon notices that the PM hasn’t arrived at the scheduled place yet. Coco meets up with the Aiba Machines. When they think they have found Mahoroba, it is actually a trap filled with electric shooting balls. Although the Aiba Machines are okay, Coco gets zapped. The PM tells how her daughter died. More accurately, she was kidnapped at a toy store. Doesn’t this sound familiar? By the time they located the kidnapper’s hideout, it was burnt down but his daughter’s remains were never found. Bocca goes to help when he sees the Aiba Machines in trouble. That is when the PM’s agents come to rescue him. The PM lets Sayoko go and warns her if they continue to fight like Bocca, it is no guarantee a missile wouldn’t be fired from the next country. It is that kind of era now. As the PM makes his escape, Solo hypnotizes one of his agents. He shoots the PM.

Episode 20
The PM is dying and Bocca wants Coco to say where she was first abducted? Well, no big shock from the PM. He reveals Mahoroba is underground but some sheep is sealing it by feeding on its energy. Then there is this problem when Mahoroba starts launching into space. Because it has no capacity to return to Earth again. I guess Coco is volunteering to go so she has Hikari stock up all the junk food for the trip. Eichi talks to Toune on the train. I don’t know how or why but Toune was able to get off and reunites with Sky Blue. The biggest problem is of course Sayoko because she is still moping ever since. Because Bocca seems to have decided into going to space to stop Operation Silent. Because he is a Melos Warrior. But he promises if he ever comes back, he will marry her! Yeah, big words for a guy when the probability of coming back is close to zero! I suppose I understand why Sayoko is still mad and tells him off to just blast off right now and don’t come back. Is she in her period? Dragon is not pleased the PM has died. Since Mahoroba’s system might have been hacked, he wants Sheep to kill all Melos Warriors here. While the Melos Warriors fight a giant sheep monster (they need to defeat it to activate Mahoroba), Sayoko left a letter for Bocca. I’m sure it is about her feelings for him. Yeah, she loves him. Her regrets. She also talks about Tokiko, the woman who looked after her when she ran away from home. She was treated kindly like her own daughter. Later Sayoko found out she is Kurofune’s wife. Somehow Kurofune doesn’t age and thus their vast difference in looks. That’s why she thought she had a chance with Kurofune and left Tokiko. Then she met Bocca and the rest is history. She was happy when he said he will marry her. She hopes they can hold a mock wedding ceremony before he leaves. Well, I wouldn’t wait if I were you because Bocca had time to even reply back! In his letter as expected, he wants to be with her but has to leave this place. Poor Sayoko heartbroken. The Melos Warriors defeat the monster and before they leave the station, Bocca is surprised Sayoko had run all the way just the catch a glimpse of him for one last time. Why the heck do the Melos Warriors salute her when they depart? Then they blast off into space on Mahoroba. Oh Sayoko, you’re the one who is left all alone.

Episode 21
WTF is this Star Wars BGM parody?! Anyway, Dragon along with Uribou and Bunny make plans to infiltrate and destroy Mithranome. It is the same for the Melos Warriors and their Aiba Machines as they plan to protect it. It sounds confusing how they are going to do it so I’m just going to skip it. With Sayoko not around, Coco gets cheeky flirting with Bocca and even gives a cheeky kiss. When Mahoroba is in range, Dragon unleashes wave after wave of missiles to bring it down. Although Mahoroba has no weapons to defend itself, its shield is tough. Though, the constant pounding is draining the barrier fast. While Kron tries to recover the shield rate, Coco suggests the Melos Warriors head out to fight in their Aiba Machines. In space? How? She has this gel, Bio-Concerto that would allow them to fight in space for a limited time when they apply it on their skin. You know what? F*ck logic! I’m just going to accept all this crap. At such a crucial time, Bocca and Toune are conscious about their nakedness? Coco goes out to fight first. Apparently you get a free sexy spacesuit once you reach space. Bocca comes out next after he is doing being embarrassed with his nakedness. Since Uribou is restless about her debut, Dragon sends her out to fight. Coco leaves Bocca to deal with the incoming missiles as she heads back to take a dump?! Since Toune is still scared, Coco goes to convince her but ultimately it is Sky Blue who gave her the motivation to overcome her fear and set out. I don’t know. The way Toune is supposed to whip Sky Blue so that they synchronise feels like some ambiguous sex scene. Once Toune is out in space, it seems Uribou has a score to settle with her. Of course Toune is superior. Dragon then orders Uribou to come back since they will be docking at Mithranome soon. Uribou is not happy since she really wanted to finish off Toune first. The Melos Warriors also return to Mahoroba as they too will be docking soon.

Episode 22
More Star Wars BGM parody… Our heroes must also dock and enter Mithranome because if they attack it from outside, some auto defence system, Vinterlize will treat them as intruders. They’ll be dead meat. Inside as they make their way to the centre, they see a damaged chamber. Damage indicates that the fighting is recent. Sky Blue is attacked by another fellow Unicorn series Aiba Machine before disappearing shortly. Analysis shows he is Monokeros #4 and has been sleeping inside the core until today. He is the one fighting the internal security robots for space since he is unaware of the developments on Earth. Uribou is happily destroying the security robots. When the Melos Warriors finally catch up, both sides begin their clash. Toune fights Uribou, Coco takes on Monokeros and Bocca faces off with Dragon. After Dragon flexes his might, I can’t believe Bocca easily defeats him. But don’t count him out yet. Bocca then joins Nick in the central command room to hack something although it might take some time to activate. There seems to be some bad blood that happened in the past between Toune and Uribou. Uribou is shocked to see Sky Blue here. So she is one of his ex-lovers? Sky Blue, you playboy! She is disgusted to see him as an Aiba Machine and goes crazy. Dragon is ecstatic when he manages to get his hands on this treasure, Pulsator Module, the real goal he is here. With this in hand, he believes he has won. Coco loses sight of Monokeros as he hijacks Vinterlize and detaches it from Mithranome. Now Mithranome can be destroyed from the outside.

Episode 23
The Star Wars BGM parody continues… There is this strange repetition like a broken tape recorder from the characters talking about Vinterlize being hijacked and is going to destroy Mithranome. Monster Union wants that to happen to disable all Aiba Machines but the Melos Warriors won’t let it happen. Time for another space battle. It seems Vinterlize isn’t just aiming to destroy Mithranome but to gun down Mahoroba too. Although the Melos Warriors manage to take out Vinterlize, it won’t be long before it repairs itself. Dragon is adjusting his robot and using the Pulsator Module as his ultimate weapon against the Melos Warriors. It is time for Bunny to make her debut as she sets out in her giant bunny mecha. You thought our heroes had an easy victory over her. But could they have missed and part of their attacks destroyed a cow farm down on Earth?! In between real scenes and karaoke room scenes, our Melos Warriors are in shock as Dragon gloats about his victory and tells them the true goal of Operation Silent: To eliminate the trio. To celebrate Monster Union’s victory, Dragon sings a horrible rendition of the ending theme! So horrible that it is funny! The Monster Union agents continue to attack the Melos Warriors and with Dragon firing his Global Noise Cannon, it renders all the Aiba Machines useless. Dragon even continues with his next song. But this moo ballad has cow girls singing moo? Bocca is screaming and slamming his Elan Vital to move as the attacks get more ferocious. Then with some inner reconciliation with Sayoko or whatsoever, Bocca manages to get things going and fires his arrow. Nick and Kron seem to have managed to restore Mithranome’s system and guarantee it will now run forever. Because everyone except Bocca is on Mahoroba, they tell him he is the only one who can get back to Earth on Elan Vital. Goodbye? Bocca wants to save them but Elan Vital takes him back down as they enter Earth’s atmosphere.

Episode 24
Bocca crashes into the desert. He is picked up by Solo who tells him to quit being a Melos Warrior and TMOO is just an illusion created by Monster King. He brings Bocca to the cow farm whereby they see this beautiful lady, Pee gladly becoming the sacrifice (they termed it as ‘graduate’). Of course Bocca won’t allow that and goes to help her. But inside the barn which contains a bowling alley, all fun and games suddenly become horror when the Monster Union agent throws her into the gutter’s end. Bocca arrives too late but finds himself dodging her bowling balls. Suddenly a weird kid in a horse suit throws Bocca his bow to finish off the agent. From their talk, this pipsqueak is Elan Vital?! No way! Together they descend down the hole. In a place filled with clocks, Bocca finds a coffin in the centre and in it is the real body of TMOO. Solo says she has been dead for a long time. Bocca now understands why Solo didn’t turn into stone in that maze because he is the maze! Solo admits himself as Monster King Solomon III and he sings his songs solo, hence the name. From what I understand, Solo believes Bocca has become stronger than a Melos Warrior and since the other Melos Warriors have been destroyed, Bocca will soon turn into another Monster King and Sayoko his own Melody of Oblivion. A hologram of Sayoko pops up although the real body is nearby laying unconscious. Bocca frees her but Solo warns the real body will not last long. Solo wants Bocca to join and become another Monster King as being one is lonely. They’ll split their rule over the planet. Bocca doesn’t give a damn and takes Sayoko and leave. Solo tries to stop him but is surprisingly stopped by TMOO. As Bocca rides out, Solo then chases him in his own Aiba Machine. When the break through, they both fire at each other but their women take the shot. Sayoko is glad to see Bocca. But because TMOO is just an illusion, the arrow hits Solo. Life seemingly returns to normal for the people like it has always been. Another cycle seems to be repeating itself. A young boy named Kao is berated by the teacher for being a lousy arrow shooter. In place of Hol, a new monster in the form of a flutist kid tries to devour a girl. She runs to Kao for help. His arrow didn’t do much damage but Bocca is here to show him how it is done. Sayoko somehow still lives and travels with Bocca to chase down monsters.

Into Oblivion…
Oh, wait. What? It ended? Phew. I couldn’t be happier. Because it was just getting downright confusing at the closing stages. And even that seemingly rushed last episode revelations and ending feels like it made it all amount to ‘what the heck was it all about’? I don’t get it. Yeah, so the war with monsters go on and Bocca pretty much remains being a Melos Warrior, travelling with his b*tch around so that there won’t be any more lonely nights. Yup, you need a woman around to soften a man after every hard fought battle with monsters. So Solo is just lonely and wants a companion? Is he gay? Yeah, Bocca is left so what choice does he have? Can he just be friends with normal humans? I don’t know if he is really dead or not because otherwise somebody would need to become Monster King IV and the whole damn process of this cruel fate of Melos Warriors versus monsters will repeat itself again. Thank goodness the series ended and I’m out of here. Whatever potential it had or supposed to have, I’m not really that interested anymore.

I have already been warned from the reviews I have read at how just freaking confusing the story is even from the first episode. True. I thought it was just because it is the first or second episode and that more will be revealed to connect the dots once the series goes by. Too bad it didn’t. The more it goes on, the more confused I become. Generally, this entire series is about Melos Warriors trying to fight against the ruling Monster Union and its agents. That is the best I can summarise about this series. Because to see how some of the arcs end, it just confuses the hell out of me. I don’t even want to think about it. Most of them are interconnected and not 100% independent of each other. Even so, with the confusing plot and storyline, it doesn’t really help.

Making it even more confusing are some of the visuals. I believe that even back in 2004 when this series was aired, the producers were perhaps trying to be bold and make something different. Unfortunately instead of scenes in the episodes to be intriguing, it just makes them more confusing than ever. For example that tourist bath house arc. I don’t know the implications about oversized baby clones wearing metal basins alighting a bus and into a bath house. I know they are supposed to imply the infinite tourists to bring in business but I just find it creepy and make no sense. Then there is that Tokyo train arc and I don’t even understand its implication of ever showing the train since Bocca never stepped on it. How the hell Toune got on and off felt just like a waste of time because I don’t understand how it really has to do with that arc itself. And lastly that space and Mithranome arc has got to be the weirdest because of that karaoke scene in one of the episodes and female cow girls out in the field pasteurizing… Huh? I just don’t know what it is supposed to mean. So while such scenes are amusing in their own way but it hardly did any justice to make viewers understand or connect what is supposed to mean.

That is the least of why this series is such a disappointment. Because the characters themselves are as confusing and not as deep as the plot. Because Bocca is just some shallow one dimensional hero. He doesn’t even fully understand about his Melos fate and duty and just feels he needs to go around the world ridding of Monster Union agents just because of what he sees in them destroying the world. That is all you ever need to know about him. Because so, he is the only main Melos Warrior whose Aiba Machine didn’t transform into some handsome hunk. Until the final episode for some reason his Elan Vital decided to just show up in his human form. Even so, he looks so gay. WTF?! He is supposed to find the Melody Theatre but I believe you’ll forget about it seeing we are trying to understand what is happening and that nothing he does makes him closer to TMOO. So was that space deep underground of the Earth’s core the Melody Theatre? Clock dumpsite maybe. Speaking of TMOO, I can’t help feel the irony that when I remember he is supposed to find her, I want to shout out to him that she is just right behind him in ghost form. There she is! There she is! Just turn around, damn it! Even TMOO is feeling so sad about this mediocre series as she can only watch helplessly and make that sad face. Yeah… And then it turns out all to be an illusion! WTF?! Biggest troll ever!!! No wonder nobody has said they have seen or heard her.

Then there is this annoying case of Sayoko. Obviously starting out as an annoying b*tch because you can see through her fake accusations, trying to accuse Bocca of being a pervert while she herself is creating and inviting situations that would lead so. Thank goodness Bocca is dense. And you could also see through her lies that she is in love with Kurofune. All of a sudden, this status quo suddenly disappears and we don’t know when it hit us when Sayoko starts showing interest in Bocca. It is like as though they forgot all that has happened and decide to throw in this cheesy romance to distract us. And before you could take another breath, they become a couple, they kiss. And then he leaves her. Choosing fate over a girl? No wonder Bocca sucks. And just to show that Bocca isn’t the only ‘survivor’ of this wretched fate, Sayoko somehow comes back into this life. I don’t even know how she got captured unless during the space odyssey, Solo was busy capturing her.

I thought Kurofune and Tsunagi like Toune and Coco would become part of Bocca’s group later on but this is me assuming that since they met in the first episode and introduced him to this Melos world, heck, they’ve got to be part of his party, right? After all, they’re all together in a group pic in the opening credits, right? Wrong! They killed of the old geezer in some complicated old flame thingy that I don’t even know what the heck is going on. And just when I thought Kurofune was getting more screen time earlier than expected, he decided to stay back and get lost forever in that labyrinth to chase Hol. It’s like he is in love with that bull monster than his aging wife, right? Yeah, it gave us a reason for Sayoko to stop chasing after this ageless bastard and go after Bocca instead. So he is still forever chasing that bull in the maze, right? Don’t know. Don’t care.

Toune and Coco are hardly any different. To show that Bocca sometimes need help from other Melos Warriors, thus the reason why we have them and their Aiba Machines joining the fight. Their history and past are shallow in addition to being complicated. I’m not sure if complicated is the right word since I really didn’t understand what was going on when explained either. So what Coco was the daughter of Japan’s Prime Minister and kidnapped at a toy store. So what about Toune being somebody’s ex-fiancée and what the heck was her deal in hating Melos Warriors? She seems to be playing one well. She could have been a much better looking person if she smiled more instead of putting on that despair looks. Even their Aiba Machines are as shallow. Sky Blue looks more like a playboy because girls seem to can’t get enough of him and has many girlfriends and Coco has so many Aiba Machines but she just chose to use Hikari and relegate Kron and Nick to whatever brain/analysis/hacking work. Whatever. Because of Coco’s playful nature, she has to be the one who boldly flirts with Bocca but you won’t feel any sort of cat fight tension rising.

Then they decided to ‘kill off’ these Melos Warrior babes and their Aiba Machines by having them stuck on Mithranome. So what will happen to them? Don’t know. Don’t care. I believe they’re stuck with Dragon, Uribou and Bunny too. Bye-bye. They can play catch and tag forever on that space engine. Hey, wait. If Elan Vital got the capacity to go deep down to the Earth’s core, why the f*ck couldn’t he go back up to space to rescue them? They have that Bio-Concerto, right?! Oh, not enough space to fit them all on his sidecar? Then go back down one by one! Oh, there is not enough gel? Where the f*ck did Coco get them and can we just buy more of it? Oh heck, they should just kill off everybody in this series or just let the monsters live.

You think the Melos Warriors are pathetic? Well, equally pathetic are the Monster Union agents. They feel like monsters-for-the-arc and seeing that they are given some sort of animal theme, it is hard not to laugh at them because many of them feel like clowns. After all, many of these agents are just humans siding the monsters so I can see why they fail. Like Uribou who seems to have this penchant of spamming about her debut as well as spamming “Viva!”, Thoroughbred keep claiming how is the luckiest man in the world (till he runs out of it, that is) and Bunny herself is already funnily funny (carrot as weapon?) that you wonder if she is really threatening at all. Eventually all of them will be defeat but some were defeated so fast like Yamaneko, it just felt disappointing. Really. I wonder what happened to Medusa. She felt like she had potential but eventually was she forgotten? And that monster island too. What was that all about? Ah damn it. This series has trolled me for too long.

Another funny thing about these agents is that when they combine with their monster mecha, they yell out, “Just fit ribs!”. At first I thought I misheard Justin Bieber!!! OMG! Even funnier how claws grab the agents by the ribs (thus fitting the ribs nicely) as it makes them look like a human sausage of a hotdog. Really. Even funnier if the agent is female because you’ll see her boobs sticking out. Fanservice? Food for thought: If children are constantly used as sacrifices for monsters, then wouldn’t there be no more children left in the world? Even when adults join the dark side but if humans don’t reproduce themselves, won’t they die out? And this in turn would mean monsters will also go extinct because you know, no children to feed on?

Action wise isn’t really anything to shout about because they recycled the same animation and scenes whenever the Melos Warriors fire their arrow. And they use the same freaking move every time. Like Bocca with his Flash, Toune and her Flush and Coco using her Four Card. I actually don’t see the difference. The Monster Union agents too have their own bizarre attacks but that is also their one and only and the most just another one. That’s it. So expect the same kind of fight each time and its finishing. Melos Warrior powers up his/her arrow on their mark and fires to destroy the menace. I wonder how many arrows they bring and where do they get them? Because it looks like they have infinite supply of them. Can they use anything else other than arrows? Because I thought powering up via their Melos mark is what makes it powerful and effective so it doesn’t necessary have to be an arrow. Unless the rules say so that a powered arrow can only defeat the monster.

I know I have said the Mamiko Noto is the titular character and thus my main reason to watch this mediocre series. But you know what makes it even more disappointing than that? SHE HARDLY HAS ANY VOICE ROLES THROUGHOUT THE SERIES!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS UNBELIEVALBE!!! THIS IS UNFORGIVABLE!!! How the f*ck when you have an important character that is even the name of this series title to not even have a decent voice acting role?! I just don’t understand?! Yeah, I know it is just me but all I ever hear from her throughout the series is the same damn opening narration at the beginning of every arc about humans losing to monsters, blah, blah, blah, and then the melody has been forgotten. Not that I am complaining about hearing her voice but really, this is all that I can expect to hear from her? It seems her ghost stalker appearance makes even more cameo than this voice acting role. It is only somewhere towards one of the later arcs that she actually has different and more lines (that part with Solo becoming Monster King). But that is all about it. So how can I not be so upset?! Oh well, time to get over it and move on. And you’re telling me TMOO is just an illusion that is why she cannot speak? Stop giving BS and trolling me!!!

The only other seiyuu that I recognize is Yukari Tamura as Coco. That cute trademark voice of hers is still there but I’m pretty sure that isn’t the reason why I wanted to watch this series. Oh yeah. I already said that. Sure, there are other veteran seiyuus too but I didn’t really recognize them but just let me list them out here out of protocol. They are Houko Kuwashima as Bocca, Masumi Asano as Sayoko, Sanae Kobayashi as Toune, Souichiro Hoshi as Sky Blue, Issei Miyazaki as Hikari Daisuke Namikawa as Kron, Mitsuru Miyamoto as Kurofune, Showtaro Morikubo as Hol, Ken Yamaguchi as Dragon and Tomo Saeki as Solo. The list of seiyuus is also a long one considering the few arcs and each with different characters. Thus there are a handful of famous seiyuus then lending their voice like Mai Nakahara as Eru, Kana Ueda as Kew and Aya Hisakawa as Miri.

If there is anything redeeming about this series, it would be the opening and ending themes. At least they are pleasant to listen to. Will by Lisa as the opening theme does fit the pace and direction of this series but I believe it is most likely the oldies nostalgia of the series that had me liking it. You know, it seems that I am more inclined to like a song that comes from animes from the 90’s or early 2000’s. But the ending theme is better. Tenohira No Hikari by Minawo is a lovely ballad and has that calming feature to calm my heart and soul down after the atrocities of this series. Okay, so not really but like I said, it is a redeeming and the more likeable aspect for the series. I also tried singing along with it but after Dragon had his horrible stint, I stopped because I can’t help think each time when I try to even hum along, that hilarious scene keeps popping up in my head. The BGM music are also nice to hear. I have sampled a handful of them and the ones with violin pieces aren’t that all bad although the other variations like organ and flute aren’t too shabby either.

Overall, truly disappointing but I don’t regret it since I can check off my list that I have watched another older anime voiced by my favourite seiyuu. Yeah, that makes it even more disappointing, she having not enough lines. Could have been better but it did not and that is why this series has been lost in the labyrinth and oblivion ever since. Is it no wonder why the humans lost over to the humans and never recovered? Not only have they have forgotten and lost the melody, but they forgot the essence and lost it all. The plot, the story, the characters and everything that was. It is a melody that I too don’t want to remember then. Yes and sadly, I’m siding with the monsters. Viva Monster Union!

Have I seen this somewhere before? A group of high school students trying to make a Japanese simulation game together. Not too long ago, we had an otaku wanting to make his dreams of creating the world’s best dating simulation game and recruited the best group of people in their respective field to achieve their dreams. However, Shoujo-tachi Wa Kouya Wo Mezasu isn’t exactly Saenai Heroine No Sodatekata in many ways. Despite sharing the uncanny premise of a group of high school students trying to make a game together, that is where the similarity ends. Obviously the big difference is that this isn’t going to be a harem romance. Yeah. No pervy jokes, no b*tch cat fights. Since when making a bishoujo game is like survival in the wastelands?

Episode 1
Buntarou “Bunta” Hojou looks like the kind of guy who helps out in anything. From his school clubs to a ramen store, he must be leading one busy life. His friends, Yuuka Kobayakawa and Atomu Kai hang out at his place, talk about things. Not that I’m interested anyway. Next day in class, there seems to be an argument between the class president and Teruha Andou AKA Akkina. Something about documents not being properly sorted. Bunta ever the helpful guy goes to diffuse the tension and even volunteers to help out the sorting. Heck, he even invites other volunteers to make the work lighter. After it is done, Bunta is confronted by fellow classmate, Sayuki Kuroda in the toilet. The male’s toilet! She is asking if he is free this weekend. A date? She needs to talk to him. But why not in school. What the f*ck is this proper route she is talking about?! He agrees to meet her at Hyakkejima Sea Paradise. Bunta confides in his friends about this ‘date’ and of course they have their opinions where this may lead to. Bunta and Kuroda meet up with Yuuka and Atomu spying from afar. But nothing eventful happens and it just seems like a pretty normal outing so they leave. At the end of the day, Kuroda has observed his communications skills and passes him that she is good for the job. What job? A job to help Kuroda achieve her lifelong dream? That dream is to create the best bishoujo game. She brings him to a store in Akihabara to show him different priced games determine its quality. That cheap bargain bin contains failed bishoujo games whereas the expensive ones are the more popular games. Kuroda wants Bunta to work with her to create a bishoujo game because she heard he helped wrote a script for a drama club. Although the script was based off another original work, it was only interesting because of his talents as a writer. Kuroda continues to explain the many different paths opening up for a successful bishoujo game. Bunta asks why she wants to make a bishoujo game so badly. Because the world is a wasteland where the innocent will be devoured. Where one cannot survive if they only do it for enjoyment. Only those with burning ambition will be able to contend for their dreams in the harsh wasteland. Erm, so how does that got to do with making a bishoujo game? How is that even a setting for any bishoujo game?

Episode 2
A love letter in Bunta’s locker and a package containing many bishoujo games? They’re from Kuroda alright. It is her intention to let him learn what a bishoujo game is. Since Kuroda is using lots of gaming terms, she reveals it is only natural for her as her brother was a game creator. Her first task for him is to help find other staffs for her project. He brings back typical nerds… And they don’t even do what they claim they can do. When Bunta friends come to visit the clubroom, Yuuka mentions her aspiration to become a seiyuu so Kuroda accepts her for the role. Atomu doesn’t want to be left out so he wants to join to although he doesn’t have any special skills in particular. As Kuroda warns about the length it takes to make a bishoujo game, this makes Atomu go into a rage of fury just thinking about his past failed relationships! Love can go die! Kuroda is most impressed and welcomes him aboard as the assistant director. The coming weekend, Kuroda has them accompany to a doujin game shop to have a feel of what it is like. At the end of the day, Bunta is interested to patron a maid café and to his surprise finds Akkina working there. She hopes he can keep this a secret since the school disallows students to work part time. Bunta pulls an all-nighter in playing some of the recommended games and found some to be quite interesting. His next task is to find a graphic designer for their team because art is very essential in a bishoujo game. Browsing through a bookstore, he notices an artist’s striking drawing. He spent all night looking up the identity of this artist and he found out she is a student in their school! Uguisu Yuuki is ecstatic when she finds a seemingly love letter in her locker. But when she goes to meet the potential admirer, it is actually Kuroda and co. They surround her and look so intimidating asking her questions that Yuuki is reduced to a cowering self! Naturally she becomes scared of them and avoids all sorts of contacts. When Akkina learns about this especially that Yuuki is that famous artist, she goes talk to her and she agrees to check out the club. Akkina has some programming knowledge and offers her part too. But be warned, she is a BL maniac! With the team completed, Kuroda shows them her game proposal.

Episode 3
To further discuss the game in-depth, the gang (minus Akkina) will be having a training camp at some shrine. But they seem to be doing more cleaning than discussing the game. Then there is this boring lecture from Kuroda that has everybody dozing off. They take a break for curry and that is when tardy Akkina arrives. She acts like normal (unrepentant of her lateness) and earns Kuroda’s wrath. This causes a huge tension between them. Fireworks can erupt anytime. That is not all, Bunta notices Yuuka and Atomu depressed since. Bunta then asks about their opinions to get inspiration for his scenario writing. More Kuroda and Akkina arguments because the latter believes it is impossible to have all this workload to be rushed out by November by a bunch of amateurs. Kuroda explains the misconception that they are not doing a full priced game but a low priced one. They are going to base 60% of their success on the art and the remainder by teaming up with a popular game production company to fund and release their game. Sharing the profits will be part of the condition and she has calculated that after deducting all the costs, their net income will be 10 million yen if the sell 8000 copies. They can use this profit to work on their next full priced game. Akkina is still not impressed because from the meeting notes yesterday, they didn’t talk on anything about the project. Kuroda has everyone bring up their opinions. Done? All rejected! Kuroda explains they are not doing this for fun because by doing so, it only means more risks. Akkina disagrees because people should have fun in making games. As they cannot see eye to eye, Akkina leaves. Bunta goes out his way to plead for her to come back and give this project a second chance. So she goes over the script of the bishoujo game about 2 heroines hating each other and trying to kill each other. And then it hit her. It sounds very much like a BL scenario! Although the protagonists are all girls, she can pretend they are all men in her head. She’s in. Later, Kuroda talks to Bunta that she already had Yuuki in mind as their artist. She let Bunta find his own path and is glad he had the ability to find her on his own. She adds she is doing this for her brother. It was a difficult job and he didn’t want the joy of making games to be taken away. That is why she thought fun should always come in second. Yuuka spots them talking and feels even depressed. On the way home, they decide to come up with a name of their team: Rokuhara.

Episode 4
Bunta is having a writer’s block. When Kuroda realizes she forgot to other materials for the backgrounds and music, she needs to base it on Bunta’s scenarios. Guess what? He only wrote 5 lines… She advises him instead of writing a grand story, write a short and contained one. Thanks to that, Bunta is letting his creativity flow! He can’t stop writing! When everyone reads his proud work, they find it normally good. Bunta seems disappointed. Yeah, he expected a lot more. So Kuroda takes him to see another fellow plot writer, Blooter to get some tips. Besides his super lively character, I don’t think you can call any of those as tips. But only one seems to hold true: Even if you are stuck, keep writing. So Bunta puts his head into it and rewrites the plot. This time his team finds it to be really good. That’s more like it. But right after that, another problem crops up. After Yuuki sketches several great arts, it is her turn to be in a slump. She is stubborn and determined to draw more until she collapses. She has been drawing nonstop and forsaking her health. Thus it is decided that the amount of graphics will be reduced and Bunta too will reduce his script to make it simpler and more interesting. Although Yuuki was against it at first, realizing how everyone appreciates her art makes her happy. She recovers and returns to the clubroom. A headshot of a character sketch she drew on the whiteboard now becomes Rokuhara’s symbol. When everyone goes out to get stuffs to celebrate Yuuki’s recovery, they return only to find Kuroda humming a nice tune. Yuuka recorded it and they want to know that cool melody and should use it as their game’s theme song.

Episode 5
Kuroda shows her team the theme song and some beautifully illustrated backgrounds. As the works is progressing, Akkina has completed the first batch and has everyone test play. But Bunta finds something odd. Somebody changed his script. It is no surprise that Akkina did that so Kuroda warns her to stick to her own work because some grammar mistakes or whatever might have been left there intentionally by the scriptwriter. But that is not all Akkina did. If Yuuki had not voiced out to Bunta, nobody would have known that Akkina too had tampered with her artwork. Again Kuroda chides her for this and reminds her if her own work is on schedule. What about their webpage she is supposed to do? Didn’t even start. 0% completed! This sets the duo on a warpath again and before it could blow up, Akkina leaves the club. Again. Of course Bunta can’t let this slide as he still wants Akkina on the team to finish the game. Akkina gets a call from her mom to help out her fisherman family. Initially she refuses but after hearing how her friends are coming to her house, she accepts the job. The friends did come but Akkina is already out to sea. They have to talk to her fast instead of leaving her alone or they will be behind schedule. Bunta looks through Akkina’s family’s webpage and finds a job opening. Yup, he takes up the job to go fishing with them. He has a scary firsthand experience seeing how fishing in the rough sea is done. That stormy weather, the darkness and that wall of waves! FREAKING SCARY! Eventually they get their haul. At the end of it, Bunta talks to Akkina about how everybody wants her back and to finish the game with her. She doesn’t think she can get along with Kuroda but Bunta mentions this is a wasteland so some fighting is alright. Bunta is so tired he falls asleep on her shoulders. She takes a selfie. Next day, Akkina is back and her first task is to fix up the really hideous webpage that Yuuka tried to do. Yeah, she better stick to voice acting.

Episode 6
Beach episode! Fanservice episode! Even the title says it. So we have Bunta making perhaps a wise decision of not saying whose the sexiest swimsuit is. A volleyball game that Kuroda got owned in the face. Kuroda chases Yuuki in hopes of emulating a scene you see in such bishoujo games but nothing comes out of it. She even has the girls splash water but after that violent splashing she is covered with seaweed. Kuroda panics for really when she thinks Yuuka swallowed a watermelon seed because doing so will grow one in your stomach! Yeah, she really believes it. Back in the room as Bunta begins his work, Kuroda comes in to thank him for bringing Akkina back. Also a chance for her to ask his opinion which swimsuit was the best. Is she for real wanting him to put all his lewd fantasy ideas into the game? More fanservice because it is the obligated bath scene. Kuroda’s question asking about big or small boobs backfire since Akkina and Yuuka team up to violate her. While playing fireworks, Akkina apologizes to Kuroda for all the trouble she has caused. But as long as the game gets results, all sins can be forgiven. The guys find themselves sleeping among the girls! How did this happen? Yuuka’s powerful pillow fight did pack a punch. Luckily they slip out without waking up anybody. Next morning, Yuuka and Bunta talk about stuff. But when Kuroda comes over to talk about his script progress, Yuuka becomes jealous. She hits him and runs away. Wait. What? You know it is all back to normal and reality when Kuroda and Akkina start their intense bickering on just about anything. There goes all the fun. Are they going to do this for the entire train trip home?

Episode 7
Just great. Bunta having another writer’s block? And at the crucial scene where the confession takes place? Kuroda is not amused because this would delay the pacing again. I’m sure everybody would be glad to pitch in some ideas but too bad they have got no dating experience before. And no, he is not going to ask Atomu because that guy will only be in rage. So Bunta starts asking others, his old friends and even his teacher (who is actually gay!) and even Blooter himself. Nothing amazing. So if he has no experience, will acting out help? You don’t know if you don’t try. So we see the club members doing outrageous scenes like water gun fights just to end up having a confession scene. Bunta notices Yuuka has been mad recently so as change of pace he suggests to go out on a date. To help with the game, that is. Well, at least it makes her happy. Inside her heart, that is. So we see them on an outing. Nothing too special. Yuuka is having a blast. At the end of the day, she confesses she likes him. As a human. But of course. She adds that he is a boring guy but… Oh, don’t leave us hanging, tell us more. But she promises to tell more once he finishes writing. Bummer… Bunta may be feeling good and motivated but it will be all for nought if there are no results to show for. And I guess he is already too late because Kuroda has already had it. She calls him and is going to initiate a lockdown for him. She’s serious. You’re screwed.

Episode 8
Bunta tries to escape but Kuroda is already at his door! It’s the beginning of the end! Don’t worry. She has also brought the other club members to come stay with him. They’ll be keeping a close supervision on him. Bunta’s mind is of course not on his work. He tries to escape via window but his pals quickly bolt it shut. He tries to call Blooter for help but it seems his friends already anticipated the people he will be calling and make up fake scenarios so they can’t help him. Bunta’s mind is still stuck. Perhaps a little nap will help. A short nap turns into a long nap! OMG! Wasted time! Guess what? All his supervisors fell asleep too! Even Yuuka had fallen asleep under his desk waiting to jump scare them. Yeah, wasted escape chance. They thought they could help revive him by dressing up as maids. Even Atomu! Oh, I’m definitely invigorated! But Kuroda’s ‘words of love’ are only to remind him about the deadline… The more time passes, the more desperate Bunta becomes. No toilet break escape. Because the window is also bolted down. Bunta’s suffering is more apparent. This is when Yuuka stands up to chide everyone about their ‘bullying’. Kuroda dismisses it although she points out that there is no point in doing all this if they don’t produce results. Battling deadlines is what pros do. Bunta revels when he gets his much needed bath break. A few words with Yuuka get him motivated although the bath knocked him out. They fear they may need to change their tactic but Bunta assures he will get it done this time. He works hard on his script till he finishes it. Kuroda takes a peek when he falls asleep on his laptop. Satisfied with his work, she gives him a kiss. Next day as everyone celebrates his completion, Kuroda then drops another bomb. She needs him to write scripts for drama and short novels. And 5 different kinds. To pay for the maid outfits? Oh sh*t… The beginning of the end is far from over… You’re screwed. Again.

Episode 9
With steady progress made, it is time for Yuuka to debut in voice acting. They are at the recording studio and meet all the professionals, including a pro seiyuu, Sayaka Tabe. Everyone is nervous, everyone is impressed, especially Tabe making good her lines. When it is Yuuka’s turn, it is understandable this is her first time and it takes a little longer. However there are many lines she read which are passable but she wants to redo them from the top. Many times. Thus Kuroda has to talk to her to remind that the studio has other appointments and if they overstay, extra sessions will cost more money. Despite Yuuka’s work is good, she thinks it is not good enough and wonders if Kuroda doesn’t care about quality. Kuroda just tells her to finish it in the allotted time. Thankfully she finishes in time. But a few days later, Yuuka has been absent and Kuroda receives a call from the studio that some of the lines are bad. In worst case scenario, they might have to replace Yuuka. Obviously she is undergoing depression. She runs away when Bunta tries to talk to her. So when he finally catches up with that sad girl (almost killed herself trying to cross the tracks when the train is coming!), Yuuka explains why she wanted to do her very best as good enough won’t cut it. Because Bunta and Atomu only believed in her when she wanted to become an actress when her parents didn’t. Yuuka sound even more depress thinking other seiyuus can do a better job to replace her but Bunta asserts he can only see her in that role. They head back to the clubroom and hear Kuroda negotiating with the producers to delay their launch a little. Yuuka feels bad as the cause of the delay. Since Kuroda accepts Yuuka as the only one who can do that character, Yuuka gets motivated to redo her part again. Her recording goes well and before you know it, they will be releasing their demo next week. Bunta is thanking Kai for managing the schedule of the team well. They spot the other girls hiding and spying on them. Yeah, they were hoping for the boys to kiss!!! So sorry to disappoint!

Episode 10
Our Rokuhara members are smiling from ear to ear since they receive positive comments over the internet from their demo release. They notice another game released at the same time from the company, Typhoon. They download and play it only to be blown away at how awesome everything is. But Kuroda believes Rokuhara has done a good job in their own right because Typhoon creates games for fussy and hardcore fans so their target audience is different. Bunta gets a surprised message from the script writer of Typhoon to meet. Mitsuteru Ougi seems like a nice guy. They talk about things and even invite Blooter to come. That guy doesn’t stop talking! Thank God we fast forward till he leaves. At the end of the day, both guys agree to setup and let members from both sides meet. Rokuhara meets Mitsuteru as well as the CEO of typhoon, Taiko Ooiso. Seems like a nice lady but they notice she is trying to recruit some of them into her team. Scouting is uncommon in this ‘wasteland’ but Taiko seems pushy about it. Although Rokuhara don’t really want to join her, she tries to persuade them that she will pay them or even have them join as a sub-brand. She goes too far and annoying that Kuroda is about to splash water onto her. But Bunta beat her to it. This is where she bares her fangs. After all those threats, Taiko suggests a competition between both sides. Kuroda doesn’t want to participate in both sides but Taiko threatens to spread lies and crush them for good. So the winner will be decided on the number of units sold on the first day. If Typhoon wins, Taiko will take Bunta and make him work to the bone as her slave. Later, though Bunta apologizes for getting everyone involved, this only bonds them closer and motivates them to work harder and beat that b*tch. One day, Kuroda is away and surprisingly calls Bunta to ask what kind of souvenirs he wants. The club members get a surprise visit by Iwao, Kuroda’s brother. They chat and he is a pretty nice guy. Everything seems to be looking fine till at the end he bows his head and thanks them all for taking care of his sister. And also he thanks them for going out their way to make a game to clear his debt. Oh dear. The shock of silence is so deafening…

Episode 11
Iwao further explains his company is not producing anything right now because of lack of funds. Distributors and banks refused to lend money. That is why when Kuroda told him they agreed to help out, he was very happy. When Kuroda returns, sh*t just hit the fan. The first to fire the salvo is Akkina. What are they? Slaves to clear her brother’s debt? She is leaving for real this time and not coming back. She can keep all her programming work and not pay her if she doesn’t want to. Slowly the rest too leave because they aren’t very happy with Kuroda keeping this a secret. Even Bunta. Money is not the problem here. If this guy even leaves her, you know Kuroda is really in big sh*t. So we have all our shocked Rokuhara members feeling depressed and deceived. It couldn’t be worse timing when Mitsuteru calls Bunta to tell him Typhoon has completed their game and he is excited to see what they’ve come up in 2 weeks. Bunta, Atomu and Yuuka talk and discuss about things. Then Bunta goes to see Kuroda in the clubroom and she is trying to complete everything herself. In short, Bunta is coming back to help her not because he wants to beat Typhoon or it is fun making a game. He wants to see how far their games can go. And shortly all the other members come back to help and give her a second chance. So you mean Akkina once again lied to us because she came back too? So how does she even things out? She slaps Kuroda! Now they’re even. Everybody gets motivated and work their ass off to meet the deadline. Everything is so tense that the slightest blooper can cause them to have a little heart attack. When they finally finish in time and burn the disc, Yuuki realizes only low resolution quality is included. So they have to fix it and burn it all over again. But not enough time! Kuroda will personally head to the factory. They suggest Kuroda head and wait at the train station first since she has been up all night and won’t have enough energy to make a sprint. So once the discs are burnt, Bunta rushes all the way and makes it right in the nick of time before the train door closes!!! What a close call. They hand over the finished product to the factory. What a hectic day. The tired duo return home and see their friends waiting outside the train station. Everything is going to be alright.

Episode 12
Everyone is nervous as they head into the clubroom. Then they hear Kuroda just off the phone. Their game instantly sold out at 3000 copies and there is repeat order to reprint double that amount! That’s good, right? Wait till you learn that Typhoon sold 4000 copies out too and had repeat orders as well. However their repeat order is only 2000! Do your maths and declare Rokuhara the winner! It is natural that they celebrate at a yakiniku restaurant and to their surprise, Iwao is working there part time as he is their waiter. He apologizes and thanks them that the sales proceeds are enough not only for Rokuhara to start their next game but give Iwao a chance to start moving again. As thanks, he gives them vegetables. Hey, can’t expect much from a part timer’s salary, right? We want meat! Poor Bunta has to eat it all. Later Kuroda discusses about their win and had the period being dragged out longer, they would have lost. Their game was easier to understand unlike Typhoon’s which needed time to digest but it will surely leave a long lasting impression. She drops the bombshell that she wants to dissolve Rokuhara. Her reason is that she wants to put this ‘tragic’ episode behind her and start anew again with them by making a game purely for themselves and not worry about how many units to sell. Bunta and the rest disagree and prefer to do it the current way. Bunta gets a call from Mitsuteru because Taiko is throwing a tantrum and complaining about bowing down to kids as part of the bet. Sore loser. He hopes it could be just him to bow down or another representative so Kuroda negotiates that they owe them a favour instead. Next day, they search on the internet there is a new game, weirdly named and equally with a weird plot taking the top spot. It is done by Blooter and soon that guy becomes a worldwide hit. From anime adaptations to idol groups based on him! Wow! Blooter Fever?! One night, lots of editors keep calling Bunta in search of Blooter. Seems that guy took on too many projects and couldn’t keep up. And thus as fast as it came, the fever quickly dissipated. But for Rokuhara, they continue to do what they do at their own pace.

Consisting of a few skits, we start off with the much needed fanservice! The girls are in their undies taking measurements for their cosplay costumes for an upcoming promotion event. Eventually they force Kuroda to get one too. Then the guys who have done separating spoiled samples accidentally walk in to see this rare moment. Lucky pervert. We see Yuuki being recorded and interviewed as part of the promotion. She talks about her specialty in drawing cute girls over the years. When she returns to the store where she works, the owner finds unknown drawings and wants to post them on the internet. Yuuki freaks out and snatches them to burn them. Those pictures of boys and men are her drawings from her earlier years. We see the girls molesting each other’s skin, posing in sexy sitting positions and then posing clad in only an oversized shirt as Akkina narrates her delusional fantasies. When the gay teacher walks in and sees this atrocity, he blames Bunta and Atomu for this perversion and will have them see him at the counselling room. They were just minding their own business analyzing some music and they get blamed? Worse, the girls now blame them for turning around and looking at them. Time to focus a little more on Yuuka. 2 years ago, she leads a very active and eventful life. From quitting her sports club to running around town and doing her solo acting at the playground, life is never dull for her and she wished she had 200 years to go with. She returns to Bunta’s place to hang out with him. Time to end with more fanservice as the girls take a well deserved reward as they relax in the public bath. No bare tits here. They discuss the success of their event like Kuroda’s negotiations in having free cosplay outfits in exchange for giving their selling rights to the store and minimizing their royalties. But she attributes everyone’s hard work for this success. Kuroda has got her hands on some doujin of Akkina’s taste and the latter is now ‘in love’ with her. They meet up with the guys waiting outside. Kuroda’s stomach growls but she won’t admit it. But nevertheless she has booked a spot at the grill house. The celebration continues. Lesson for the day? Nutrition is important for those who go through the wasteland. WTF?!

Wasted In The Wastelands…
Uh… Well… Okay… I guess… I thought I could sample and see a bit of their game at least in its final form but apparently I forgot this isn’t what this anime is about. The wastelands aren’t so kind just to show off their finished product as free samples unless you pay a premium for it or buy the entire game. Hey, that is like DLC and gaming these days, right? I’m so glad at least I’m not seeing this kind of sh*t in this anime that is happening and becoming a trend all over the world. But let’s not get too far off tracked from this anime. So how should I put this anime? Not impressed. Basically a group of high school students getting it together to make a game and then as underdogs beating a bigger and more famous company at it (because the CEO is a b*tch and she deserved to lose). In short, hardly anything memorable for me to remember by the time the next season comes around.

It is hard for me not to draw comparisons of this series with Saenai Heroine No Sodatekata. Even so, I cannot determine if either series is better than the other. Because this series lacks any romance and the fanservice, therefore there are no such cheesy romance-harem elements that would distract you from what the entire plot is. However even so, this is where this show also fails to live up to expectations. The story is nothing unique and if you look at it in its entirety, it could be one big bore fest as it is just about the little obstacles the little game programming club of a high school face. A big majority of the series (or you could say almost the entire series) is about each of the characters having their own problems pertaining to making the game and how the club members help to deal and overcome it while completing their game. Whether it is Yuuki working nonstop and affecting her health, Bunta having writer’s block and Yuuka having the jitters as her first time in a real voice acting job, each of these issues aren’t really that serious enough that would make you want to care or vouch for the characters because you will know at the end, things will always work out. Like how Akkina always comes back despite leaving, right?

Personally, the only thing that came to a surprise to me wasn’t the showdown with Typhoon but rather the dark secret revelation of why Kuroda roped in members to create a game instead. I knew there was a catch as to why Kuroda engaged her fellow high school students that have no real experience in the game industry to create something so good. With all the issues that were happening, it slowly made me forget this little conspiracy of mine. Or maybe I was bored that I didn’t even care at that point. I mean, if you think about it, why would Kuroda hire a bunch of students in her school for a game? I don’t remember what kind of excuse she gave but certainly the members never questioned it because they had always been thinking it might just be a club activity and the benefits of what if their games were to sell successfully.

Bunta was just being a guy who loves to help so he doesn’t ask deeper since Kuroda just told him it was her dream. And when recruited others too, they in turn never ask further and I suppose they too had too many free time on their hands to help her out. So when the truth came out of the bag, I know they have the right to feel angry for being deceived. But wasn’t it their fault in the first place to not find out more instead of jumping into something because it looks good on the outside? Welcome to real life and society. Yup. This is how I think we can connect this wasteland thingy here.

The characters too feel generic and don’t amount to anything memorable. If they had something that is quality to be remembered, it was perhaps the dynamism of how they interacted and worked together as a group. Because as individuals I don’t think they really make an impact. So is this what synergy means? Cooperation of the combined efforts of individuals to produce and end product that is much greater compared to when produced individually? We don’t know how many times Kuroda and Akkina bicker, quarrel, disagree, dispute, argue, squabble and have fall outs so often that it has become the staple of the group. But they still manage to put all that aside and work for the greater good and complete the game.

As said, individually the characters do not make much impact and sometimes I feel they are stereotypes but that can’t be helped because every game has some sort of stereotype character, right? So you have Bunta as your hardworking and friendly guy. One of the few typical main character traits. Kuroda oddly as the other main character is the least favourite in Rokuhara because of her monotonous poker face looks. She feels like a robot lacking any emotions. Because if you compare the rest of Rokuhara members, they have a ‘livelier’ personality like Akkina being the liveliest thanks to her BL fetish, Yuuka being the tomboyish retard and Yuuki the shy girl trope who will make your heart go ~kyun even if you aren’t into this type of girls. And yes, even Atomu in a way is more interesting than Kuroda because of his tendencies to fly into his passionate rage thinking about his failed relationships, even if this happens infrequently. Because he is the secondary guy of the show, it could have been more interesting if we see him express his love for 2D girls after jumping ship from 3D. Kuroda would have been a bit better had she smiled a little more often instead of waiting till the final episode where it feels like the entire pressure is off her shoulders and thus putting aside that gloomy face. Oh well. Who am I to say since I am not in her shoes especially when you’re trying desperately to pull a loved one out from his debts while not telling your friends. Yeah, a poker face needed indeed.

While this series did try at first to give some little insights on the bishoujo game industry, that was just in the initial episodes. Subsequently the rest of the episodes don’t really tell us what it is like to make a game or the process of making it although we can see how hellish it is in keeping up with the deadline but we don’t really feel the tension and adrenaline rush. It felt like it was just luring us in to stay and watch. At first it seemed like Kuroda is like a pro when she explains this wasteland thingy, everything she could possibly know about the dog-eat-dog world in this industry. I felt like she would be interesting in this sense to occasionally give us insights and knowledge about this industry but sadly with the other members having issues cropping up, Kuroda just felt like the ‘autocratic boss of a mini company’ except she doesn’t yell at the top of her voice and fire you.

If you are expecting any sort of romance, please don’t. It just feels like a minor distraction and it fails. Many like myself would love to guess that Bunta as the main character would be the centre of attention but you can hardly call this club a harem either. Because Kuroda is so like a robot and doesn’t show any signs of falling in love with him (that first episode fake date was just so fake it didn’t feel like one), I guess we can strike her name off the list of Bunta’s potential love interest. A kiss for him while he is asleep doesn’t count! Besides, that feels like a gratitude kiss rather than a romantic kiss. Yuuki is so shy that you’d feel bad for approaching her because I’m afraid it might scare her. Like how her first love letter experience traumatized her… Poor girl… Akkina is more interested in BL and with her crude personality, I don’t think this kind of girls would have a high chance. The closest would be Yuuka because of the cliché childhood friend trope too but eventually that fizzles out and you wonder if everything would be better if she just kept it one-sided. Yeah, maybe it was for the better. And what about Atomu? He exists so that he could the possibility of a real BL! Although, Atomu is no gay but you can feel the tendency this series gives off when the guys are together. Yeah, everything is so crazy that it might just happen.

If the show has anything redeeming, well, I would say it would be the artwork. Although it looks like your conventional standard Japanese anime, at least it still looks good enough to put this as a visual novel game. Oh wait. Isn’t the anime series developed from the visual novel game of the same name? Oh well, at least they have nice looking bishoujo girls and guys so it is not all that in the visuals department even if the story stinks. Right? Produced by the studio Project No. 9, a relatively new animation production company who also produced Ro-Kyu-Bu, Momo Kyun Sword, Gunslinger Stratos and Netoge No Yome Wa Onnanoko Ja Nai To Omotta.

Hearing Kana Hanazawa as Yuuka reminded me that I once used to pigeonhole her as a retard character. Yup, that sums up the initial episodes of Yuuka’s character. Yeah, she still has that knack… The other voice I instantly recognized is Satomi Satou as Yuuki. This time her dreamy voice is quite suitable for her character because there is this fragility and feebleness that gave her Yuuki character that persona. For the rest of those that I recognized, they are Akira Ishida as Iwao, Rina Satou as Taiko (b*tch mode?) and Takehito Koyasu as Blooter. The rest of the casts are Haruka Chisuga as Kuroda (Tsugumi in Soul Eater Not!), Seiichirou Yamashita as Bunta (Takahiro in Walkure Romanze), Satomi Akesaka as Akkina (Esdeath in Akame Ga Kill), Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Atomu (Shun in Kimi To Boku) and Souma Saitou as Mitsuteru (Tatsumi in Akame Ga Kill). The opening theme is Wastelanders by Sayaka Sasaki. Perhaps of the genre of this series, it makes me feel that this dramatic and synthesizer effects heavy opener feels like a song for a simulation video game. The ending theme, Sekai Wa Kyou Mo Atarashii by the female quartet of Rokuhara sounds like a generic anime song but nothing really that spectacular.

Overall, this series isn’t exactly a masterpiece although it doesn’t suck that bad. I can consider myself more forgiving because I read a few comments over the internet how this show was a big waste of time. A waste of time in the wasteland? There were missed opportunities that made the series boring. Therefore sometimes I feel the irony that when a game has a bad aspect, be it the story, the controls, the game play, the graphics, the characters or any other department, it affects everything else and when bad reviews go around, it is the end of it. Hence I have this feeling that this series will not likely see the day of another sequel. I know we should all give others a second chance but in this wasteland (which reminds me, Fallout game, anybody?) where only the strong survives and continues to make sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots, the chances of this one are pretty slim. Because this series is already buried under tons of garbage known as animes and devoured by the hideous creatures that roam the wastelands known as hate inciting trolls and narrow minded fan boys as well as the unforgiving environmental hazards in the form of overwhelming moe, fanservice, shonen, shoujo, seinen, slapstick comedy and other types of exposure. Yeah, a pure drama show can’t survive the wasteland by itself throwing away all those tropes.

Do you know what is more absurd than sending hardcore drillers up into space to destroy an asteroid before it hits Earth? Why, send a group of girls to play a crane game and have their beam from every successful game to push away the asteroid! No joke! Serious! I mean, this is actually the premise for Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls! I’m not kidding! For some obscure reasons, a group of idols wannabe have been scouted to drive away impending asteroids on collision course with Earth just by playing crane games!!! Absurd, am I right? Hell, at least it is a hundred times better than training drillers to go into space and detonate the asteroid. You know how much money that will cost? Thank goodness the producers didn’t see that Hollywood disaster movie… I think.

Episode 1
Agent Fox is called by her superior that an asteroid will crash into Earth and destroy life. Their only hope lies with these 3 high school girls. Sure they can save the world? F*ck logic! Just get them! And so, Asuka, Kyouko and Mirai thought they are being scouted by an idol agency. But something sounds fishy when their recruiter has a gorilla avatar. They are then made to wear a funny outfit and their next location is the video arcade. Is this a joke? Keeping their hopes high that they will become top idol, they start practising their (weird) dance. Fox isn’t amused and takes them into a secret room. This crane game is a training simulation that will turn them into top idols.

Episode 2
Fox disguises herself under the name as Saya. She is as sceptical for the girls to save the world as the girls are if she is really a talent agency president. Saya lies that all top idols have one thing in common: They were good in crane games! Enough motivation for the girls to get a move on. Their first training is to grab a gorilla plushie. Failed. Saya shows it how it’s done. They thought she too failed but she manages to get it by slowly sliding it out of the hole. After the girls reflect and ponder her technique, they realize what needs to be done. Trying again, they now know they must not grab the centre but its side so as to move it slightly until it drops. With this task done, some power beam beams away a couple of asteroids! WTF???!!! You mean this is how they’ll save the world???!!!

Episode 3
Now the girls will have to pick up a gorilla plushie in a box. But they are suspicious what the crane game has got to do with being a top idol. Well, if they can’t even handle this well, do you think they will have what it takes to be top idol? That doesn’t make sense but that will do as motivation. Saya guides them to place the hook precisely over the box holes to get a better grip. When they’re done, there is no effect. It seems Mirai ditched her game to call her dad just to buy her a gorilla figure! You can’t be a top idol if you don’t put in the effort! So after the girls successfully clear the game, a couple more asteroids are deflected.

Episode 4
The girls get their pay. Mirai being the rich girl finds it not enough to feed her (ugly) cat. But for Kyouko who is so poor, she finds the amount huge! Kyouko explains her mom died and now she plays that role to take care of her many siblings. Such a touching moment for the girls to rally and become top idols. And also a touching moment as they molest Kyouko?! Saya then shows them how to knock off many prizes in one go. The girls brainstorm and then apply what they have discovered. They shove the hook into the middle of the pile near the hole and knock them off. Saya is impressed and will send those prizes to Kyouko’s family since she can’t get a pay rise. And the day is saved with a couple more asteroids are repelled.

Episode 5
Asuka brings a fish that her fisherman dad brought to her as present to be a top idol. Today’s crane game is to pick up prizes with tags on them. Sounds easy? Nope. During the break. Asuka tells how her dad has always been supportive of her on just about anything. It might sound embarrassing but it proves he is a great dad. He was even happy when she was scouted but Asuka felt otherwise as she didn’t believe she could live up to expectations. After all, when she was young, her dream was to become a fisherman and her dad taught her various fishing techniques. Then it hit her. Different fish use different tactics. So when they apply this in the crane game, they win it using a bit of physics and common sense to fish this one out. Just before they can celebrate, the news flash that there is a huge group of asteroids heading towards Earth.

Episode 6
The girls learn when Mirai was playing a crane game, she was being hit by a guy. However she brushed him off because she won’t date cheap looking guys! Saya heard this and lays down the rules of no dating and love for idols (since it’s their job to save the world). Did something inside her triggered? Because she is taking out her frustrations on the machine when she can’t get a prize with a string. By this time the girls are tired of playing crane games. They want to do real idol stuffs like singing and dancing. Well, they’ll do it one day. Suspicious… When is that? She promises to tell the truth if they win this one. So they manage to do so and as promised, Saya reveals the asteroid danger and how the trio are the only ones who can save the world. Surprise!

Episode 7
The girls can’t believe what they’re hearing. It’s time for Saya to explain a load of BS (which is supposedly the truth in this anime). She is an agent from WSA (World Space Agency) tasked to find people with the ability to save the world. Due to the girl’s wavelength, their desire to become idols, their heart’s purity, each time the girls successfully learn a new skill, WSA confirms several asteroids changing direction. Only they can do this. Thus this training is the thing that brings out their power the most. Mirai is sad she can’t be an idol but if there is no Earth, you can’t be anything! Naturally the girls are dejected and losing motivation. Mirai then walks out on everything. She isn’t doing this sh*t. All she wanted was to become an idol. Kyouko also follows suit. If the world is getting destroyed, she’d rather spend her last moments with her family. What about Asuka? Thinking how they’ve been put into such awkward position by the agency, she’ll try to talk to the girls to come back.

Episode 8
Asuka finds Kyouko playing a crane game. Prizes for her siblings? They realize they love the game. Now the hard part is Mirai. She is going to fly away in her gold helicopter! She calls Saya a liar and her friends traitors for siding with her now. She doesn’t care about Earth. She just wants to be an idol. Well, Mirai isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Her friends first blame Saya for not thinking about their feelings. Then they make her promise she will get trainers for acting, dancing and singing to become top idols. So stop thinking too hard on this and let’s just aim to become idols. And so the trio are a whole again. Now they put their skills to the test of needing to get a prize that is hanging on the ledge without knocking it over. Not sure about this tactic but they knock off the part hanging on the ledge and push it down. Isn’t that the same as knocking it? Anyway their success means more asteroids change its course. Saya apologizes for being insensitive and will arrange to keep her part of the bargain.

Episode 9
Beach episode! After all their hard work I guess the girls deserve some rest and relaxation. Just to make sure the girls know… Saya is funding this trip with her own money! So please Mirai, shut up about your experience of hotspring in Dubai. Also here is Tokiko (the newscaster) who is Saya’s junior in college. She admires her a lot and can’t believe Saya is now working behind the scenes in a talent agency. This gives Saya motivation to make sure the girls become top idols. Then she ushers the girl for their next training at the beach. So are they going to watch the fireworks? Nope. She even brought the crane machines here! You were expecting something else? With the sexy gorilla figure as its prize, they get it out using some gap technique. I’m not interested since sexy gorilla isn’t my thing. With more asteroids averted, Tokiko sees this familiar beam. Saya has an idea to use her.

Episode 10
Tokiko reports this scoop to the world. With the buzz it is creating, the girls are now world famous! How does it feel to bask in the limelight? Saya shows them a crane puzzle but does not show them how it is done. She believes they have enough experience to think on their own. Asuka and Mirai fool around as being famous now is getting into their heads. When Kyouko chides them to take it more serious, they tease her for being serious like a school teacher and even mock her accent. This makes her mad enough to flip the table! But this gave them an idea for their problem. A large crowd and news reporters await the girls outside the video arcade. Hey, why don’t they have their own escort and security into the building?! What if there are crazy stalkers trying to kidnap them?! I don’t know how but they managed to get into the building after the press pester them for comments. Although Saya isn’t around, the girls use their flipping method to show the world that they are the real deal in saving Earth from asteroids. Take that! Everyone, start believing!

Episode 11
The world is cheering for the crane game girls’ success. Meanwhile Saya visits Dark Gorilla, the perpetrator who has been hurling asteroids on Earth. It seems Dark Gorilla’s mission is to protect his species that has been under constant abused on our planet. Despite the crane game girls’ success, he still will not back off. He won’t even grant Saya’s wish to make those girls’ dream of becoming idols come true. He uses his ultimate trump card. The biggest mother asteroid ever! Meanwhile the girls are celebrating a victory when they get a call whom they think is from Saya. However it is Saya’s boss, Earth Gorilla. He tells them Saya has been missing and she probably went to see Dark Gorilla. He shows them the biggest asteroid coming their way. No problem, right? However Earth Gorilla thinks it is impossible as a massive amount of energy is needed. It may cost them their life. This doesn’t dampen the girls since they will continue to do what they have always been doing. They’ll save Earth and bring Saya back. So after using some tactic to pick up heavy prizes, it seems the asteroid’s course isn’t changing…

Episode 12
Finally the crane game girls get their singing stint. Dark Gorilla hijacks the broadcast to announce his intention to take over Earth. Earth Gorilla had to interrupt our girls’ celebration to tell them their power had no effect on the asteroid. Of course there is another way. To push away such huge asteroid, they have to accumulate their powers. This can be done so by applying all the crane game techniques they have learnt together. However it is risky and puts player’s life in danger. The survival rate is only 20%. Hey, at least it’s not 0%. Thankfully the girls are looking forward to the future. They’ll save the Earth and become idols. The more techniques they apply, the more they could feel the strain over their body. Can’t give up now. They muster up all their strength for the final technique and put in all their emotions. Tokiko barges into the building to find Saya but sees the crane girls in action.

Episode 13
Their beam is so powerful that it rips their clothes!!! Don’t worry, we won’t see anything thanks to the beam’s blinding light. Dang. So powerful enough that it breaks up and scatters the asteroid. Earth is saved! But Earth Gorilla sheds a tear over their ‘sacrifice’. Dark Gorilla is still unsatisfied with his loss. He will come up with a new plan and find the secret behind the crane game girls’ power. Saya pleads to send her back but he will not comply. Once he learns the idol thingy that the crane girls are, he becomes more interested and wants idols for his planet. He wants Saya’s help and if she agrees, he will agree to leave Earth alone for now. No choice, she agrees. Apparently our crane game girls are still alive. Yeah, you can’t kill off Earth’s saviour and top idols, right? Tokiko visits them in hospital and she is worried they are being discharged quickly. No rest for an idol? Tokiko says they shouldn’t be in any hurry to become idols since they have already become one from saving the world. The girls are sad that Saya is still missing. But they believe that she will come back. For now they have to go out there and show her they have become top idols.

And I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Hey. WTF is this ending. It doesn’t feel like an end at all. Like as though there is going to be another season… It is kinda odd that Saya and the girls do not reunite at the end and thus end the mother of all separations but instead we have her whisked away to an alien planet to train gorilla idols. Serious. I mean, can you imagine seeing gorillas singing? F*ck, it would be Planet of the Apes parody by then. But as far as this season is concerned, we can all breathe easily and sleep comfortably at night knowing that the hard work of our crane game girls-cum-idols have saved the day once more. Good job girls. Really.

Now, I can’t help poke at how silly everything just is. Yes, it is just freaking silly. Just trying to think about how the mechanics work (just for the fun and sake of it) can only result in my laughing and going WTF. You see, firstly I don’t even fathom how by playing a crane game can shoot out beams. I mean, is the crane game connected to some laser beam? In that case, why not just rigged the damn machine? Just think about it. If the beam only appears once they drop the prize into the hole, what kind of mechanism and trigger does it take to fire the beam? And who sets up the prizes in such a way that allows the girls to practice and hone their skills? If you say those crane machines come from outer space, man they must have dropped thousands to let our girls practice and give Earth a chance to survive. How kind of them. It’s just so freaking illogical.

And why does it have to be a crane game?! I suppose it has got to be the hardest ‘family fun’ games at the carnival. Much harder than the pinball or the traditional shooting or goldfish scooping event. Because we all know how sneaky crane game machines are especially how they could be tampered to ‘cheat’. Extra hard and near to impossible rigid controls plus the short time limit makes the player have to constantly feed their quarters to continue trying or else risk being labelled as uncool and pathetic by their watching girlfriends who need this plushie oh so badly because why the f*ck didn’t they just go buy it at a store. Cheaper? The smell of victory? Well, if you’re good in crane games.

Therefore I have a feeling that this series also tries to teach us the several techniques in playing crane games. Well, it looks simple as shown but you know how tough it is in real life. This should only appeal to hardcore crane game enthusiasts and especially those who are just at beginner level trying to master and perfect their game. Otherwise such techniques aren’t really applicable in anywhere else. No, please don’t say it is the same as handling a construction crane.

So while we ponder at the absurdity of crane games being the sole tool to save the Earth, it is never in question about the crane game girls anyway. Sure, we have a little bit info of their family life like Mirai the rich girl, Kyouko the poor girl and Asuka from the middle income group if you consider her fisherman life isn’t a tough one. Anything deeper than that, feel free to cook up your own fan fiction theory. Good times, bad times but more importantly they stick together with their passion to become top idols. Ah, the power of friendship.

So what is the next step for these girls? They have already achieved their dream as top idols and at the same time become experts in crane games. In no time they might be scouted by other arcade game modes just to save the world. Don’t laugh. It happened before. Remember that arcade obsessed girl, Yamamoto Yoko? Yeah… So good she was in her arcade shooters that she was drafted into the future to fight space terrorists! And don’t forget that Fubuki girl from Arcade Gamer Fubuki. Remember how she used her arcade gamer skills to save the world from an evil organization? And all she got was her Passion Panty! No kidding! So don’t laugh the next time you see different alien invaders invading our planet and our crane girls are called in to stop their advancement by playing arcade games. Oh wait. They did something like that in Pixels, didn’t they?

I don’t know why they pick a gorilla as the antagonist or even the head of WSA but to have some sort of monkey related creature heading the world’s top space agency which is supposed to be under the domain of humans to be completely ridiculous. Yeah, everything doesn’t make sense but you’ll laugh and cringe at how silly everything is. So what is Saya’s connection with the gorillas? Did she sleep with them or something? And Tokiko, she came in late into the series but I figure she is Saya’s substitute now that she is temporarily not around to look after the girls and teach them more crane game techniques. Maybe Saya have taught them all she knows. There is no more she could further teach… Say, how the hell did Saya got kidnapped by Dark Gorilla anyway? Assuming she was taken away in the first place. But if she went to see him on her own will, don’t you think it is kinda dumb that she managed to go there but cannot get back down? It’s like a cat stuck on a tree, know what I’m saying?

The art and drawing is definitely Flash based. Produced by Kyotama, their other work was JK Meshi as you can see characters from the latter series making their cameos albeit just confined to the opening credits animation (though I believe there is one episode whereby there was a very short homage to JK Meshi). So it is a blink or you’ll miss type. One thing I want to point out is that their quality for this series seems to be a lot better and improved compared to JK Meshi which was just horrendous. At least the girls here look decently kawaii and the animation smoother.

One thing nice is the opening theme, Dream Climber by Rico Sasaki. This is quite a catchy rock piece if I must say. The relatively small casts are Sora Tokui Asuka (Niko in Love Live), Rico Sasaki as Kyouko (Michiru Kimura in Omoi No Kakera), Natsuko Hara as Mirai (Reina in JK Meshi), Sarara Yashima as Saya (Kurami in Hacka Doll) and Aina Suzuki as Tokiko (Shiori in Joukamachi No Dandelion).

In conclusion, you are not supposed to be stressed up watching and thinking at all the silly and illogical things that happened throughout the series. You’re supposed to laugh at them. Thank goodness each episode only lasts 4 minutes otherwise any longer and we might go crazy by all the ludicrous cringe worthy elements. Because idols, crane games, asteroids and gorillas, weird combination indeed. Despite all that, it still beats the logic of sending miners up into space anyway. Our girls stay safe and feet grounded on Earth. Literally. Okay, sing along with me now. Take it from the top. I could stay awake just to hear you breathing…

Want to experience a real RPG gaming experience? I mean a real one where you are really inside that world. Your surroundings, the people you interact with are all real. And no, I am not talking about putting on some head gear and diving into a fantasy game. This means this isn’t your Sword Art Online, Log Horizon or Overlord world game style. Not even Hai To Gensou No Grimgar level. Yes people. You come to this world as an adventurer, live as an adventurer for real. Folks, welcome to Kono Subarashii Sekai Ni Shukufuku Wo. Wow. If it sounds so great, how do you sign up for it? Well, there is just one catch: You have to die first to get to this world. Well, at least you can say that there is life after death. But be warned. Despite saying about the adventure and RPG life you get to live in this world, please do not expect it to be like what you expect in those games you play once you start living your new life. Another catch? Well, let’s just say the people around you could be a big factor in determining the direction and quality of your life and destiny…

Episode 1
Kazuma Satou is an otaku on his way home after buying a game. However he sees a girl in danger of being run over by a truck and naturally his instincts have him dive to push her out of harm’s way. Unfortunately he died and is in the afterlife. How does he know? Because this cute goddess chick, Aqua tells him so. Kazuma wants to know if the girl is alright. She is. Relieved that his death was not in vain, wait till he hears how the girl was injured because of his pushing. You see, it wasn’t a truck but a tractor and it was already stopping. So how did Kazuma died? Of shock! OMG! Aqua couldn’t contain her laughter and starts laughing mad at all the absurdity, revealing how everyone from his family and nurses laughed at his embarrassing way of death! OMFG! She gives him a choice to either reincarnate as a baby or go to heaven, which isn’t a good place like he thinks. Because no porn! No sex! I can see why it’s so boring. Rather, she gives him another option to become an adventurer in a world that is being threatened by the Devil King’s army. Not only he’ll get to retain his memories of his world, he gets to bring any one thing of his choice to the new world. Anything. He is concerned about the language and despite there is a guidebook on it, he notices a very big disclaimer… So as he starts thinking what kind of skill he wants to bring over, Aqua pressures him into deciding this quick in addition to mocking his being. So what does he want to bring over? You, Aqua! Then this hot chick angel approves of this and sends them away to the new world. Now the joke is on Aqua. She is panicking so hard that Kazuma is having the last laugh. Not so funny now, huh? Suck it up, b*tch. You’re in for the ride. So in this peaceful town of Axel, Kazuma might regret bringing her because she is so whiny that she just doesn’t shut up! Useless. But as a pro gamer, the first thing to do is to join a guild. Everything seems fine and smooth till they realize there is a registration fee to pay. Broke.

Instead of blaming each other for being useless, Aqua decides to use her goddess status to get funds by… Begging! Unfortunately this old guy doesn’t worship her but a lower ranked goddess named Eris. He gives donates some money anyway but what insults Aqua is that a devotee of an inferior goddess showed pity on her. Yup, he doesn’t believe she is a goddess. As they register, their stats will determine what occupation to be. Kazuma is low on everything except luck. His only choice is a merchant but he is hell bent on being an adventurer. Aqua on the other hand scores high in everything except intelligence and luck. She could be anything except a wizard. She decides to be an arch priest healer. Everyone cheers for her incredible stats and job choice like as though she is a mega star. And I thought she hated coming to this world. So what is their first adventure? Doing hard construction labour?! Oh well. Work hard. Sleep hard. Bathe hard. Eat hard. Drink hard. Rinse and repeat. It sure took a while for Kazuma to realize this isn’t what adventuring is all about. Aqua needs to defeat the Devil King or else she can’t go back. Even more depressing is how this town lacks monsters as they have been exterminated a long time ago, thus no fetch quests. Aqua suggests getting away from here and do a kill quest despite their level is only at one and no proper equipment. Don’t worry. She’s a goddess, remember? This is precisely why Kazuma is worried.

Episode 2
Kazuma must have realized the different working standards and conditions of this world and Japan. Even more annoying is Aqua being lazy. What happened to her kill quest suggestion? Weren’t they supposed to go kill the Devil King? Logically this town is the furthest so the big bad guy isn’t just going to come all the way to slay 2 beginners, right? Their first kill quest is to kill giant frogs. Kazuma is left running for his life while Aqua is just laughing her ass off. She brags about saving him with conditions attached but gets eaten. Kazuma to the rescue. See how she turns into a cry-baby after that. Then she turns into an angry goddess as she is going to take out her frustration by destroying a frog with her God Blow. Here it comes! Nothing happens. Eaten again. Kazuma to the rescue again. To avoid such embarrassing moments, it is suggested they hire more people to their party. So why isn’t anybody joining after the recruitment notice is up? Other than Aqua false advertising herself, who else would be able to join if they only request for advanced adventurers? But there is an arch wizard girl approaching them. From her long grand speech of just about everything, you can tell that Megumin has chuunibyou. Yup, definitely is. You know she is as kooky as Aqua and even gets floored by her empty stomach. Haven’t eaten in 3 days, huh? But they see her high stats and decide to take her on a trial quest.

With Aqua getting eaten by a frog again, it is up to Megumin to strut her stuff. Awesome chant lines. Awesome magic effects. Awesome firepower! Awesome explosion! Then she collapses. Because she exceeded her magic limit and can only use 1 spell per day. Got eaten. This sucks. Now Kazuma has to save both of them. In return they finish their kill quest of defeating 5 giant frogs. On the way back, we discover that despite Megumin’s high stats, she can only use explosion magic because she loves the spell so much and will not learn others! WTF?! While Aqua is taken in by her ‘romantic’ passion, Kazuma is starting to see her as a liability. Even more useless than useless. Better offload her before she gives more trouble. However Megumin won’t let go and pleads to keep her around but he is not going to fall for that. He deduces she must have been kicked out of another party and thus the desperation. Bystanders misinterpret the commotion that Kazuma has done something perverted to the girls (all covered with frog slime…) and is going to abandon them. Megumin uses this to her advantage that she will do any erotic play so as not to be tossed away. To shut her up, he accepts her. Yahoo! Kazuma cashes in on the kill quest and notices he has levelled up. Despite getting 110,000 Eris (the currency), it indicates it was not worth risking their lives for such lowly pay. Taking a look at other job requests are just freaking impossible. Then, a beautiful knight babe approaches him wondering if the recruitment is open. Naturally Kazuma is stunned with her beauty and could she be what the party needs all along? But when Darkness starts to open her mouth and stammer her lines like some desperate nervous chick… Oh… My… God…

Episode 3
Hard breathing… Crazy eyes… This woman is dangerous. He tries to discourage her from joining by listing how useless his party members are but she gets even more encouraged to join. She even goes on to say she is clumsy and her strikes never hit! Kazuma tries to learn a skill. Megumin seems eager to help until she loses interest when he calls her a little girl. Then here comes Darkness. You thought he rejected her, right? He rejects her again. See that orgasmic face? Yup. Masochist. Explains everything. However her friend, Chris who is a thief could be the first decent person Kazuma has met since coming to this world. She agrees to teach him her skill, Steal in which he can, well, steal his enemy’s inventory. After learning the tricks of the skill, time to put it into use. Guess what he stole? Her panties!!! While this sends Chris into crying frenzy, Kazuma is laughing like a maniac like as though he had won. And Darkness hoped it was her… Back at the guild, imagine to Kazuma’s horror when Darkness and Chris worded that panty stealing act so ambiguously and smoothly that it sounded like Kazuma raped her! Then Kazuma shows off what he has learnt. Whose panties he stole this time? Megumin… Since when did he upgrade from an adventurer to a pervert? With Darkness at her limit and insisting she joins his team, the rest take a look at her card and find her high level crusader to be quite useful. Kazuma tries to discourage the newbies to leave by explaining how dangerous the mission is but Darkness being the masochist and Megumin being proud of her whatever magic that could obliterate anything, well, looks like they are here to stay.

Suddenly an emergency quest is broadcasted. All adventures must gather at the gate as something ominous is approaching. The town is going to be attacked by… Flying cabbages?! WTF???!!! It’s harvest time, yeehaw!!! And guess what? 10,000 Erins per cabbage!!! Darkness tries to appeal to Kazuma by fighting them. True to her uselessness, she misses all of them! However she acts as a shield best as she protects the other adventurers while withstanding the cabbages’ barrage. Of course Kazuma knows she is enjoying all this. Even more so when she thinks the men are looking at her with their lustful eyes, the pounding of the cabbages on her erotic body. Well, hard to believe that they are actually admiring her determination to protect them. Make sure you don’t learn the wrong example (that is, don’t be a masochist!). It all ends when Megumin unleashes her diabolical explosion. Boom! In the aftermath, we have a cabbage feast. Who knew such vegetables could be tasty, right? The girls praise each other but Kazuma isn’t impressed. But they also praise his lurking skill by stealing the cabbages’ wings. Darkness gladly introduces herself again and hopes to be more useful in the party as a shield. Being a sacrificial pawn isn’t so bad either. You know why lah. The girls might think highly of their little group with such few high job classes but Kazuma could only see hardships awaiting them in the future… What’s with the pessimism?

Episode 4
While Kazuma learns a water creation skill, Aqua is in one of her foul moods. Remember the reward on those cabbages? Turns out she caught lettuces instead! There is a big difference! Oh dear, look she is coming to Kazuma now. What is she whining now? When she learns Kazuma earned a million Erins, look at how she tries to become good in his books. When all else fails, become a desperate spoilt brat! She wants to borrow some money to repay her tabs. He wouldn’t have given in had she not spewed out something about his erotic habits in the stable… Thinking of going for another kill quest, anything but killing giant frogs! Poor Darkness. You missed all that action… They check out the job requests but there are hardly any. It is said that one of the Devil King’s top leaders has moved in nearby thus all the weaker monsters have gone into hiding. In this period of peace, Kazuma accompanies Megumin to the outskirts of town to practice her explosion magic on an abandoned castle. Somebody needs to carry her after she collapses, right? And she got scolded by the townspeople to practise her explosion somewhere else. Kazuma does this daily routine that he knows her explosions inside out. Kazuma then tells Aqua that they have no chance of defeating the Devil King. I mean, he has low skills and there are no high level adventurers in sight. They’re doomed. And no, he is not falling for her crocodile tears and wants her to teach him her healing technique. She won’t because it is her only reason for existence!

Suddenly another emergency quest for all the adventurers to gather at the gate. Before them is a headless horseman knight! He is one of the top leaders of the Devil King! You’re screwed. He is mad and blowing his top (despite not having a head) over an idiot who keeps blowing up the abandoned castle he is living in every day after moving in! HOLY SH*T!!! He can’t take anymore of this harassment! So who the f*ck keeps blowing his castle up?! Before the crowd suspects the wrong innocent lady, Megumin at least have the conscience to go up front to confront Verdia the Dullahan. Despite sounding grand, unfortunately she makes it worse that she needs to unleash an explosion a day or else she will die! Lies! And Verdia was going to let her off with just a warning. Making matters worse is how she ropes in Aqua and she is more than happy to play along. Verdia then throws a curse at Megumin but Darkness blocks and absorbs it. In a week, she will suffer and die. This is part of Verdia’s plan to play on Megumin’s conscious that it is her fault her friend will die and if she wants the curse lifted, come to his castle. If she can make it that far. But we all know how masochistic Darkness is, right? She thinks this is Verdia’s cruel intention to turn her into some sex slave and do perverted acts on her in his castle. Yeah, she is more than willing to follow him back! Even Verdia is looking scared! Of course Kazuma restrains her. Verdia leaves after giving Megumin the ultimatum. So while Kazuma and Megumin motivate each other they can get through this, suddenly Aqua uses her healing power to remove the curse. Easy as pie. Then everybody else cheers on Aqua like a true hero. So disappointing…

Episode 5
It is already bad enough this fantasy world isn’t to what Kazuma has in mind. That’s the least of his problems because Aqua is once again whiny about being in debt and sick of her shopping district part time job. So why don’t you go get a decent quest that pays? Hmm… There seems to be an easy one, purify a lake with monsters that earns 300,000 Eris. But why does she want Kazuma to come along? Because it takes her half a day to purify and she needs protection during that period of vulnerability. Kazuma has an idea and puts her in an iron cage. Nothing much happening as she sits in the lake… But when monster crocodiles start attacking her cage, she her go into maximum panic mode. Kazuma and co not helping… She looks fine, right? Yeah, now she works twice as hard to purify the lake faster. 7 hours later, the lake is crystal clear and Aqua is saddled in trauma. Uh huh. She doesn’t want to come out of the cage. It is much safer here. Well, at least she gets to keep all the reward to herself. Before you people forget what an ideal fantasy RPG is like, herald Kyouya Mitsurugi who was once a normal high school kid, brought into this world and bestowed upon a cursed sword, Gram by a goddess. He coolly slays a dragon and hopes to defeat the Devil King with it and save the world. Heck, he even has his girls fighting over him! In town, he hears a morbid humming and to his shock sees Aqua being towed back inside a cage. He breaks open the cage and calls for her but apparently her trauma is greater. But when Kazuma reminds her that somebody else recognizes her as a goddess, she reverts back to normal. That was easy. Kyouya remembers she is the goddess who reincarnated him in this world and gave him Gram. But does Aqua remember him? Yeah, she sent so many people back that she might have forgotten some.

When Kyouya learns how Aqua got into this world and even her living conditions, he is being mad and Kazuma. But Kazuma knows better than to be lectured by a guy who is blessed with a better sword. He knows his girls are just sh*tty characters. Kyouya suggests they join his party but Aqua thinks he is a creep, Darkness as a masochist feels like punching him and Megumin wants to explode him. Rejected, right? Not satisfied, Kyouya challenges Kazuma to a duel over Aqua. Instantly Kazuma starts attacking and uses Steal to take his Gram and knock him out. Hey, it’s all fair, right? Not to Kyouya’s harem girls as they call Kazuma a coward. Kazuma then threatens to use his Steal on them and with those erotic finger movements, they are sent running away in tears. It should be a happy ending back at the guild but why is Aqua so mad about? Apparently her reward has been deducted for the cage’s damage. And she didn’t even damage it. Yeah, she is going to give one to Kyouya when she sees him. Speaking of which, here he is looking to challenge Kazuma again because he heard rumours from Chris about his panty stealing skills and covering girls with slime! However he is punched in the face by mad Aqua! Give her money! Did she up the price for the damage compensation? Then she goes on a spending spree… Unbelievable… Kyouya is here to request Gram to be given back to him. Unfortunately Kazuma sold it. This guy’s luck just keeps getting worse, eh? Then an emergency quest to gather especially Kazuma’s party. What is with Verdia now? He is mad that nobody came to his castle! Oh… That.

Episode 6
Apparently someone is still bombing his castle every day! Damn you Megumin! But if every blast leaves her vulnerable, then who is the culprit who helped bring her back? Damn you Aqua!!! Verdia blows his top thinking these people didn’t care about their dead friend. What dead comrade? Oh look. Darkness is alive and well. Aqua zaps him a few times. Although she thinks it is a weak spell but you can definitely tell from Verdia’s screams. Verdia has had it and summons his undead knights to kill everybody. Unfortunately they chase after Aqua. Seeking salvation from a goddess? Aqua runs after Kazuma… He has an idea as he runs near Verdia. He then gives the signal to Megumin to initiate her blast. Boom! Verdia is still standing as he initiates a comeback. Some of the other guys think he is weakened and charge in to slay him. But it would be their undoing because Verdia unleashes a powerful spell like as though he entered bullet time to slaughter them all! Verdia goes after Kazuma but Darkness becomes his shield. As expected, she starts saying ambiguous perverted stuffs, thinking Verdia is chipping her armour away slowly for the ultimate embarrassment. Even worse when she misses a clear strike when he is stationary. How could she miss?! Kazuma tries to buy Darkness some time by splashing water but it just made her all wet and thinking the wrong thing. Kazuma then freezes him and tries to steal his sword but to no avail.

When Verdia goes in for the kill on Darkness, Kazuma starts thinking hard about a Dullahan’s weakness. Then it hit him. His weakness is water. He has all the mages conjure and splash water spells at him as Verdia tries to avoid them all. Instead of bragging, can Aqua at least summon some water to close this case? Sure. She is going to summon some flood class magic. Verdia knows he is in trouble and tries to run but Darkness is holding onto his feet. Then here comes the flood to wipe out everyone, everything… Don’t worry, everybody is still alive. Kazuma then steals his head and has everyone play football with it. In the mean time, Aqua seals Verdia for good. Case closed. Darkness prays to those fallen men but find that they are still alive. Aqua resurrected them. She feels so embarrassed that she wants to die. So this is a different kind of abuse and not to her liking? As expected, everyone parties with the defeat of Verdia. Kazuma is chanted a hero and even better, he gets 300 million Eris as reward! See how money changes people… And all those leeches… Especially Aqua… But then here is the bad news. There is always a catch. Because Aqua’s flood magic destroyed a great portion of the town’s walls, the reparation costs is 340 million Eris! I guess they have to take up more quests to cover the costs. And it is then Kazuma vows he will slay the Devil King in order to escape this good for nothing world. The faster you kill, the faster you get out, right?

Episode 7
Kazuma has every right to complain he needs money. But does Aqua? Because he puts her right in her place after mentioning he needs money to cover the debts she racked up. Or else she can just repay them herself. Now the apologetic goddess she is now, eh? Looking at the board to take on a quest, I guess Kazuma has a say whether to accept it or not because he is definitely rejecting dangerous ones and not willing to get killed. Then he notices this one. Killing snow sprites will net 100,000 Eris each. Of course Kazuma’s guts are telling him something is wrong especially if that masochist eagerly wants to fight such weak and easy creatures. Here they are at the snowy mountains killing cute harmless little balls. They’re snow sprites by the way. Ironically Aqua is doing much better in catching them. After giving Megumin permission to bomb the entire place, now Kazuma will find out the answer as to why adventurers do not take up such easy quest. Because here comes the winter shogun!!! The monster that Darkness has been waiting for! You’re screwed. To appease him, Aqua releases some of the snow sprites and prostrate perfectly. She’s good at this. Kazuma tries to do the same for Darkness but I figure she just loves how she is being held against her will on the ground. Since Kazuma forgot he is still holding his dagger, the winter shogun decapitates him! OMG! Did he really die?!

Apparently yes. Now he is in the afterlife and before him is the goddess Eris. Kazuma is very impressed with her since he is polite unlike certain weirdoes. She is giving him a chance to be reincarnated in Japan and he is happier to get that as he complains about all the misadventures with his party fools. But what’s this? Why is Kazuma crying? Those aren’t tears that he is going back to his home. So he is telling us he missed those idiots and wants to go adventuring with them a little longer?! What’s wrong with you Kazuma?! That is when Aqua’s voice is heard. She has casted a resurrection spell on him and wants him to get his ass back. However Eris mentions about the law that he cannot be revived again since he has reborn once. Aqua then badmouths Eris and you can see the latter close to tears with all those insults. Aqua even gives Kazuma permission to sexually harass her if she persists so Eris is forced to make this an exception and send him back to Aqua’s side. Kazuma is definitely not pleased with the high and might attitude of Aqua. If he could only change goddesses… It is a good thing he feels okay now. Because he wouldn’t want to see how he was decapitated by the winter shogun… Back at the guild, Aqua managed to capture a snow sprite. Kazuma wants to kill it for the reward but Aqua becomes protective of it, laying out her plans and life with this little cute thing. She’s even got a name for it? Kazuma then thinks about Eris. Her kind smile when he was revived and the way she mourned his death. Ah, she could be the heroine he has long waited for to appear. But it is back to reality when his girls order lots of food. The debt just keeps piling up… So why are you regretting not choosing to reincarnate in Japan now? You should have known better…

Episode 8
Winter is very cold. Aqua almost burnt Kazuma’s jersey to the fire. And while they are arguing, the fire goes out. The duo go over to see Wiz who may look human but is actually a lich (ruler of the undead who sends wandering spirits at the graveyard to heaven). Despite her status, she is a kind girl and I don’t know why Aqua has a bone to pick with her. Kazuma narrates how they first met and due to some circumstances (Aqua’s fault I suppose), they took up her job in her stead and ended up letting her go. Maybe that is why Aqua doesn’t like her. When they hear she was one of the leaders of Devil King, Aqua doesn’t hesitate to take the slightest chance to eliminate her. Of course Kazuma hears her out and it seems the Devil King made a deal with her that she would maintain the barrier that protects his castle in exchange for living a quiet life among human territory. But that is all she did and she did not harm others. So as long as her barrier is up, humans can’t invade Devil King’s castle? See how eager Aqua wants to get rid of her? Kazuma doesn’t want to rush in considering their level is not enough to face the big boss. Don’t want to get beheaded again, right? With Kazuma wanting to learn a skill from her, she teaches Drain Touch, a skill that absorbs an opponent’s health and magic and can also be distributed to others. After obtaining that skill, Aqua still wants to slowly kill her… Stop it already… Kazuma and his girls get to live in a mansion that Wiz is a landlord of. But it’s haunted! Of course, ignore Aqua trying to use her magic and see the past haunting (is she really going to mention every one?) and her usual tantrum when her sake bottle is suddenly empty. Because of the latter, she goes on an exorcising spree.

Deep in the middle of the night as Kazuma wants to go to toilet, he spots a creepy doll across his room! OMFG! SCARY!!! He tries to pretend to sleep but feels something creeping up his body. MORE DOLLS!!! RUN!!! He hides in Aqua’s room but is surprised to see Megumin there. I guess she is also scared of the dolls. And she wanted a partner to go to toilet? Yeah, Aqua must be away exorcising them. Kazuma wants to take a leak at the balcony but Megumin won’t let him. And thus a crazy argument being toilet comrades begins. Then they have to start running when the dolls are seen all over outside the window. Megumin is now in the toilet and bugs Kazuma to sing to assure her he is there. That would be the least of their problems because the dolls are coming! Kazuma breaks open the door to take her and hide in another room. It is amazing Kazuma can hold it in after so long. When things get desperate, Kazuma thinks of using Drain Touch but when he bumps open the door, it knocks out Aqua. They get a special reward after the dolls are exorcised. Kazuma learns why the mansion is haunted with so many ghosts. As there is a graveyard nearby (where they first met Wiz), apparently someone erected a massive barrier as a prank so the spirits had nowhere to go and took refuge in the mansion. Kazuma senses something amiss. You bet it is somewhat Aqua’s fault. Explain! After taking Wiz’s exorcising job, Aqua felt it was a pain to travel to the graveyard all the time so she thought if she took their home away, they would eventually leave. What is Kazuma going to do? They can’t accept the special reward then. Kazuma pays his respects to the nearby grave and his glad to have his own mansion to live in. No more the stable life. Till he hears the girls trying to burn his jersey as firewood…

Episode 9
Aqua thinks she can boss around thinking she has the highest level stats among them. When Kazuma realizes her stats never moved because they are already at their max, he starts having that regret and pitiful look. I suppose he now understands why her intelligence never increased. Kazuma later meets up with a couple of adventurers he got to know, Keith and Dust. They take him to an inn where it is run by succubi. Oh yeah… Kazuma is served by a sexy busty succubus that is so much like hentai material. She guides him in writing down his desires. Oh yeah… After double confirming that there are no laws, regulations, rules whatsoever because it is just a dream, Kazuma is motivated to pen down all his desires for a great dream! The only caution the succubus throws at him is not to drink too much because if he sleeps soundly, they can’t show him any dreams. When he returns home, his girls are throwing a crab and sake feast. Oh dear. It is tempting but Kazuma tries to restrain himself from the revelry. To avoid falling into the trap, he decides to turn in early. But since he can’t sleep, he goes to take a bath. That is when naked Darkness enters. So the dream has started? Bring it on! Of course we know something is wrong when Darkness starts acting very embarrassed and against whatever he is asking her. But he thinks this is part of the request he wrote in for albeit not exactly what he wanted, she’ll just do. With Kazuma acting as the cool boss ordering Darkness to wash his back, the more Darkness flusters. I guess this humiliation doesn’t fall under the masochism category. But if it wasn’t, why didn’t she just walk out? Ah, in some deep recess of her heart, she must be enjoying it, right?

Just when she is going to scrub his back using her boobs, Aqua’s loud voice that she caught an intruder spoils everything. Kazuma just rushes out in a towel to confront the ruckus. It seems Aqua and Megumin have a caught a succubus trying to enter their barrier. That is when Kazuma realizes and connects the dots. Kazuma goes over to protect the succubus. He tells her to run while he fends off the crazy women who each have their own reason to beat up Kazuma at this point. Kazuma acts like a true man, protecting what a man has to protect sometimes. So if it is a fight the girls want, then bring it on! Unfortunately he got beaten up but the succubus escapes. Next morning, Darkness feels awkward with Kazuma though she believes he was being controlled by the succubus and has no memories of what happened. Kazuma has been in this world long enough to know how to play the rules. So he agrees to go with that easy explanation. Darkness mentions about how scary he was last night but it wasn’t a bad experience overall. That is when Kazuma tells her to brush up her common sense because he already placed a sign outside the bath that it was occupied and she still came in. And since she went along, everything that happened subsequently wasn’t his fault in any way. Darkness realizes he clearly remembered everything. Suddenly an emergency broadcast that a mobile fortress, Destroyer is approaching the town.

Episode 10
Like its name implies, anywhere it goes or touches, destruction follows. Kazuma is not so ready to abandon the town yet because he just got his mansion and hell no he is going to look for another one or sleep out in the cold. He can’t anyway. Nobody can. Because all adventurers are tasked to take it down. As they discuss, everybody seems to get this idea Kazuma can take it down. He is the hero, right? And then they can finish it off with a hard hitting magic. You know, like an explosion? Looking at you, Megumin. Everybody’s motivation sky rockets when Wiz arrives to help because they believe she is the most powerful wizard in town. As everyone takes their positions, Kazuma talks to Darkness to not be a hero and stand directly in its path. That is when she reveals her real name: Dustiness Ford Lalatina. The daughter of a rich family. As she considers herself a knight, it is her duty to protect her countrymen. How noble. But we still think she’s a masochistic pervert… Destroyer is in sight and everybody starts getting scared. See how huge that thing is. Aqua makes her first move by unleashing her powerful magic enough to disable its barrier. Now it is Megumin’s turn to hit all she’s got but she is paralyzed with fear. Kazuma insults her love for explosions so this is where she got real and does some real blowing up. Works like a charm. Destroyer collapses right before Darkness’ feet. Don’t need to do anything, right? True to Kazuma’s fear, everyone shouldn’t start celebrating yet because it is sure to trigger some flag. Yup, Destroyer is going to self destruct! Its destructive range is able to obliterate a city. With their new mission to stop its self destruct, Darkness charges straight into it. We all know it is because of her masochistic tendencies in wanting to get caught up in the explosion. But every other guy sees this as encouragement to defend their town. If it’s gone, where would they go? And also something to do with sexy succubus services…

As they search inside Destroyer, they come across a main chamber where a corpse sits. They read his diary that details how he was forced to create this against his will. Then when he was brought the legendary coronatite, Destroyer started moving and destroyed everything in its path. Not that this dude was unhappy about. So he decided to live the rest of his life on it seeing there is no way he could stop it or get off. End of pathetic story. It is believed if they teleport this coronatite away, the self destruction will stop. Wiz is able to do this after sucking some of Kazuma’s power. What? He was thinking she was going to suck something else? However she is unconfident because despite she can teleport it away, it will only be a random place and might destroy a densely populated place. Kazuma assures her he is lucky. After doing so, it is still too early to celebrate. Because the internally stored heat is escaping and is going to explode! So coronatite didn’t have anything to do with it? While Aqua is thinking how obliterating the city would mean being free of her debts, Kazuma suggests Wiz absorbs her power so she can use her explosion magic. Unfortunately if she absorbs from Aqua, she will be purified. Don’t discount Megumin yet. So via Kazuma as the medium, Aqua transfers some of her essence into Megumin, enough for her to use her explosion again. And my, what a big explosion this is! Bigger than the atomic bomb?! An explosive finale? Kazuma narrates his seemingly ordinary daily life after that. Believing his true adventure will finally begin when the knights of the imperial capital summoned him, unfortunately it is not to deliver his compensation. They claim the coronatite that was teleported under his instructed exploded over Overlord Aldarp’s mansion. So he is now a criminal and under arrest? Oh Kazuma, you’re so screwed. I’m sure praying to God now for a world that treats him better isn’t going to help. Maybe next time when he dies?

The gang visits Wiz’s shop. They see Yunyun hiding at a corner and Megumin is not too fond of her. The self-proclaimed rival gets panicky when Megumin ignores her. Yunyun wants to settle their rivalry right now. But what follows next is Megumin abusing her (slapping her boobs?) as she is fed up of her nonsense. They’re not the only ones throwing a ruckus. Darkness as usual wants something to torture as pleasure, Aqua being a whinny customer forcing Wiz to put up good service. What can a guy do to get some peace and quiet around here? Kazuma picks up a choker which is labelled as a popular item but seldom sold. Look at the price tag. Maybe that is why. Reading further that this is wish granting choker, he puts it on. You know it won’t come off now, right? To Wiz’s horror as she explains, it only comes off when the wish is granted. Otherwise the choker gets tighter and he will die in 4 days! It was a popular item with woman as it served as some sort of weight loss device. Feels more like a cursed item, no? Everyone gets worried and blames themselves for getting Kazuma in this situation. Except for Aqua. This makes Kazuma really want to die and not resurrect back to life. How is this bad for Aqua? Remember all the debts she has? Better be nice and do all she can to help him out! And when the girls say they’ll do anything to grant his wish, time to take advantage of the fanservice. That sneaky look… So on the first day, Kazuma uses Wiz as a lap pillow. He has Darkness strip her armour and do exercises so he could watch her boobs bounce. He has the wizards do strip rock-scissors-paper in which Yunyun is always at the losing end. Aqua fears she will also be sexually exploited but was made to do errands like buying bread and alcohol. When Megumin and Yunyun collude to draw their games, Kazuma threatens the next few draws both will strip, Megumin betrays Yunyun and sends the latter into panic mode as she tries to strip the explosion nerd. Day two is more or less the same thing but the girls are in sexy cosplay now.

The fanservice ramps up in the third day as the girls are now washing his body as he watches Darkness wash herself. More errands for Aqua to find a hotspring. Megumin curses his dick to fall off so Kazuma gets cheeky forcing her to scratch the itch there! Aqua finally finds the hotspring source but the water shoots right up into Kazuma’s ass! HOT!!!! By night fall, everyone is worried the choker isn’t coming off. Even more so, Kazuma has no more desires. He did everything he wanted with them! Megumin is most worried as she mentions his death will be problematic to her. She considers him as a special friend since nobody wanted her in their team. The next day, Kazuma is prepared to die! He has lost his will! Serious! He entertained himself in lust and in the end it was all meaningless. The girls are distraught as they hug him! Wow. He must be feeling like a saint now. He apologizes by revealing the truth of all the things he did with them are for boobs. Like how he carried Megumin back from her explosion training just to feel her boobs. Whenever he talked to Wiz or Yunyun, his eyes are always on their boobs. Darkness = boobs. Aqua… Could she be the worst? He can’t see her as a heroine. Oh, he smelled her hair too. Is this an insult? She strangles him to try harder and that is when the choker comes off. Kazuma realizes his real wish was to ask for peace. And now all the girls are going to get their payback. Could you kindly please put the choker back on? All the fanservice better be worth this. Kazuma did die because now he is face to face with Eris. To remind about his shameful act, she advises him not to die in such a ridiculous manner. Remorseful Kazuma even agrees. You can’t argue with that, can you?

God Bless This Cursed Silly World!
OMG! It’s so funny how this anime series has the same number of episodes as my fingers! Why make something so good and end it there! But aha! Don’t fret yet. Because Kazuma and his girls will be given another chance. That’s right. ANOTHER SEASON HAS BEEN GIVEN THE GREENLIGHT!!! I’m so happy! I can’t really wait when the next adventure time comes around. Because you know of the so many developments that bring forth interesting potentials. Like, uhm… Erm… Well, we don’t know who the Devil King is yet and have not seen him. And surely his leaders that adventurers must face first before fighting the final boss, right? So yeah, such interesting potentials make me look forward to the next season. Well, if Kazuma can change his criminal status first. So yes, this series is surprisingly wonderful. It is the funniest RPG themed anime I have seen in recent years. The last was Ixion Saga DT but that was a few years ago. And it felt a long time ago. Many of the jokes are in the form of comebacks and although they are spontaneous, it doesn’t feel boring or get old because of how wacky the situation is.

Making this comedy series even greater are the colourful characters themselves. Everybody is an oddball. Yes, even Kazuma himself. Because he is a diehard otaku gamer. The only reason why he looks normal is because everybody else is an even more lunatic and crazier character than he is. And because Kazuma is more reliable than the rest, thus making his otaku-ness feeling a whole lot less in contributing to how maniacal his character is. And most important of all, with the idiots in his party, Kazuma’s main role seems to be playing the tsukkomi or rebuking role especially to a certain goddess. Ironically otaku guys are deemed useless in society. But because his part has a useless leeching goddess, an explosion maniac and a masochist maniac, Kazuma has to be steadfast in his actions. Otherwise a million 1up lives won’t save him from dying a million times. Yeah. Dying until the resurrection spells don’t work anymore. There is a saying that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. But as in for Kazuma’s case, he can’t even choose his own party members… Sad… Making matters worse, things hardly go his way.

As said, the girls in Kazuma’s reluctant party are the ones that make this entire (mis)adventure a big comical journey. They are the driving force that makes Kazuma both on his feet and close to insanity. They are both the reason why he moves forward and is breaking apart. Like a double edged sword. I was hoping for a few other characters to join his harem but seeing how 3 idiots are already more than he can handle, maybe this isn’t the kind of harem he (and us) would be wishing for. Is it too late to switch party members? But then again, his second death experience tells us he would like to be with them a little longer. So this tells us that he himself is an oddball. You know what they say about birds with the same feathers. It won’t be so bad to see past characters joining Kazuma’s party. After all, everybody here is just unofficial, right? It would be great to have Chris the thief (the one who could boldly flirt with Kazuma), Kyouya the fallen adventurer (the other guy who is supposed to take the fall), Eris (the other goddess and voice of reasoning for the team), Wiz (bully victim), Yunyun (the more wizards the merrier) and even Verdia (so awesome that even dead baddies come back to life to join Kazuma’s group – although he is pretty much dead in the first place) to join Kazuma’s party and it would be one great group going on a great adventure to defeat the Devil King. But then again, with this bunch of characters, we can only see chaos and anarchy wherever they go, whatever they do. Then hilarity ensues… Oh yeah. You got to love this bunch if they ever get together.

Sometimes I feel the incompetent girls in Kazuma’s party are a subtle reflection in multiplayer games. You know, you are a very good player yourself but your teammates just suck! You know what I mean if you play online multiplayer games, right? Not that I have played them myself but I can see that one of the biggest complains and downsides that players hate are incompetent teammates who would only bring you down and do useless things that piss you off. Of course there is the case of you yourself being a dick but that is another story. So in Kazuma’s case, it is clearly a mirror of why missions and quests do not go as well planned because of inept and bungling teammates. And the worst kind are like Aqua, not only a troublemaker but selfish and thinks every move she makes she thinks are the best. The kind whom you will love to hate. With her quick shifting allegiance like shifting sand, it only serves to remind us of such players that are only on your side when the times are good. Then there are those types like Megumin who can only do one set of skill and the rest of the journey is pretty much useless. You know, those kind of players who can only spam one kind of move… And there are those like Darkness, not to say they are masochists, but in the sense would rush into battle head on without thinking whether it is for personal glory or to prove something. Not forgetting too, that player who always misses the crucial or basic shot. Yeah… And yes, there is always one like the Kazuma guy, the only useful and reliable guy who has to do everything himself. See the freaking similarities in real life? Scary, huh?

Just like the characters, everything else also compliments, complements and supplements the comedy. So we have got your magical fights albeit not much but more importantly at least we have explosions! Oh yeah, who doesn’t love explosions in their shows. Thanks Megumin, for all the explosive booms to satisfy our Baysplotions. And not forgetting very few fanservice scenes too. Panty stealing moves, busty succubus for a horny dream and surprisingly a sexy bath scene with Darkness of all people. However Aqua is the only female whom Kazuma won’t do fanservice with. I guess this shows the level of annoyance of this goddess that our pervy Kazuma won’t even resort to. It’s better to get back at her at some other way ;p. But the one thing that I couldn’t bring myself to laugh or find funny is the creepy doll scenes. Yikes! Even if it was supposed to be funny (Kazuma running like mad like as though he has seen a ghost – but of course!), the eerie feel of those dolls was just enough to send shiver down my scaredy cat spines. Those dolls look like a spooky version of the Rozen Maiden dolls. Only I won’t be dreaming about those but having nightmares! Thank goodness it was only for less than half an episode. It makes Verdia’s case looking like a baby. Because Verdia too is an idiot himself or at least got caught up in the idiocy of our main idiots.

Art and drawing are pretty decent. It is nothing to shout about but since you’ll be paying to the nonsensical antics and comical parts, you’ll let the artwork slip by. Despite taking place in a fantasy realm, there aren’t many exaggerated fantasy scenes since the town that our characters are stuck in feels like a backwater medieval town. At least the characters are also colourful in the visual sense and it doesn’t give a gloomy atmosphere (despite the fact that this is supposed to be a comedy series) like say, Hai To Gensou No Grimgar. The magic effects are nicely created for this grandeur and ultimately comical consequences. This series is animated by long time anime veteran, Studio Deen who are famous for the Fate series, Hetalia series, the Higurashi series and a whole load of other animes that could be listed way even before you were born. Well, if you aren’t that old, that is.

Making this series one of the most funniest and pleasant to watch is the voice acting. The best one goes to Sora Amamiya as Aqua (Elizabeth in Nanatsu No Taizai). I just love the way this depraved goddess sounds when she is panicking, desperate, begging, apologetic and acting arrogant. Despite her high octane panicking, it really makes her character funny to watch. There aren’t any dull moments with her whenever you hear her speak in such ways. Okay, not all of the time. But each time she does that, it will always be memorable. A very good job and hats off to Sora Amamiya for making Aqua one of the most beloved and yet ‘despised’ (in a good way) character of the series. It’s like she is having fun and running loose with her character. Coming close to her achievement is Ai Kayano as Darkness (Inori in Guilty Crown). With her character as a masochistic crusader, it is all the more convincing when she goes into such delusions and heavy breathing. Another person who sounds like she is having fun with her character. Kudos to a job well done.

I was first surprised when I at first discovered and find it strange that Jun Fukuyama was voicing Kazuma. It felt strange because no matter how much I think about it, he doesn’t sound like his ‘great’ trademark voice like Lelouch from Code Geass or Koro from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. Was he trying to voice act with some sort of accent? Even so, I kept thinking that was impossible and that Kazuma was voiced by Hiro Himono, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka or even Daisuke Sakaguchi voice type. I thought they listed the cast wrongly and that is when I decided to take a look again to see if I made any mistakes. And sure enough, I did. It was Jun Fukushima who played Kazuma. FUKUSHIMA. Look properly next time. So who is this guy? An unknown for me. His most prolific role was as Soukichi Naruko in Yowamushi Pedal series. It was almost the same for Yui Horie as Wiz. I think something might be wrong with my ears while watching the series. Maybe with all the amusing conversations I hear from Aqua and Darkness, it somehow ‘blunts’ my hearing and voice recognition ability. Yeah… Anyway it wasn’t as bad as Jun Fukushima’s case. Although I didn’t recognize her at first, but slowly and subsequently I started to do so. After all, it might be just me that Yui Horie sounded a little different at first… Too much Miss Monochrome recently has got me off balance. Aki Toyosaki is recognizable as Yunyun since she sounds very close like Yui from K-ON!

For the rest of the amazing casts, they are Rie Takahashi as Megumin (Futaba in Sore Ga Seiyuu), Hiroki Yasumoto as Verdia (Sado in Bleach), Takuya Eguchi as Kyouya (Kon in Ixion Saga DT) and Ayaka Suwa doubling as Chris and Eris (Tokaku in Akuma No Riddle). While the opening theme, Fantastic Dreamer by Machico isn’t that bad, the one that steals the limelight is the ending theme. Chiisana Boukensha by the trio of Sora Amamiya, Rie Takahashi and Ai Kayano is a calming but yet catchy homecoming country-like song. Hearing this piece makes you want to close your eyes and dream of the simple farm life in the countryside. No wars, no monsters to fight, no spirits to seal or purify, no evil bosses to defeat, no taxes to fill (yeah…). Just sit back and relax as the pleasant day goes by… Ah yes, the very simple life indeed.

On a trivial note, the next episode preview at the end feels unique but a bit odd as well. It is because it is in the form of a narrated letter by the characters. Though, I can hardly see how this has anything to do with the next episode but rather their experiences in this world so far. For instance, some previews has Kazuma narrating a written letter back to his family that he is doing fine although life is tough but still bearable, Aqua writing a report with lies because as we know she blames a certain someone while crediting herself as the awesome reason this certain someone has improved, Megumin writing in a poetic way that glorifies her magic and Darkness ironically describing all the noble qualities a knight should have (albeit another irony is that she seems to be emphasizing on staying away from sexual satisfaction…). The other odd part is how this segment is suddenly cut off while the characters are reading those lines halfway. I am not sure if the video is intended to be this way or did I not download them complete for that last bit. For all of the episodes? Hmm…

Overall, this series is a very fun and enjoyable watch. If you like your RPG adventures with lots of comical moments, this one is definitely for you. Certainly this is on the total opposite end of the pole for those who love serious drama and development in their RPG themed series. Say, Hai To Gensou No Grimgar. I’ve been referring this anime quite a few times here now, have I? Not to say that this anime is bad. That series is good as well but it is so different yet under the same genre that it makes both series look like they are totally different altogether. Like 2 sides of the same coin. A gold coin, that is :-). It is a good thing that this series didn’t bomb and even if it did, it is from a whole different context, am I right? :-). I’m glad that the producers have decided to extend this series’ life bar and giving it another life for a second season. A chance for all of us to level up while laughing. More wacky kill quests. More high level fanservice. And yes, more explosions too!

Oshiete! Galko-chan

September 10, 2016

I am sure that each one of us when hit with puberty and going through that ‘awful’ phase, our curiosities about our own bodies and especially of the opposite gender would make us ponder over such issues. Many of us would be too shy and embarrassed to ask such questions. Who do we look for to get our answers? Don’t worry, people. Look no further for Oshiete! Galko-chan is here to answer your curious needs about the female body. Ah yes, which guy wouldn’t be interested to know more about the female body and anatomy. Unless you’re gay… But that is besides the point. This series addresses some (but not all) of those pressing and embarrassing issues that you were too afraid to ask before in fear of being ridiculed, shamed and labelled as a pervert. Myth or fact, this show covers it (but don’t expect it to be comprehensive) in an entertaining way that doesn’t make it look like you are watching some sort of serious documentary. Edutainment? Despite the series mainly discusses about the female body, it isn’t only intended for guys as girls can safely watch this too. If only there were such series back in those days to find out more about the birds and bees…

Episode 1
Galko doesn’t think the size of the boobs can affect one’s areolas. So Otako has her draw 2 circles on the tip of the balloon. When she blows it up, see how the circles enlarge? Galko often comes in late for class. Everyone thinks she is out with a date last night but actually she spent watching the entire 26 episodes of an anime all in one night. Galko thinks boys are dumb when they ask her about her big boobs are so because a guy kept massaging them. But when Otako questions how she even knows that is true, she cannot answer back. Galko reads passionately a paragraph from the literature text. While everyone impressed with her voice acting and the way she reads it makes it very interesting, Otako can only note that the topic has students only memorizing kanji and infer answers from a set of questions so reading passionately doesn’t help at all. Galko suddenly stops reading halfway through. It seems she knows there is a kissing scene coming up. After class she reads the entire story and can’t help feel emotional about it. Does the thickness of eyebrows have an association with pubic hair? With Otako discussing the possible link, Galko excuses herself to the toilet to cut her eyebrows. Since she accidentally cut them all, she decides never to come out till they grow back! Noticing the boys doing kanchou, it reminds Galko she was also a victim of one but rather the bully’s fingers broke and was hospitalized! Isn’t that not the way how kanchou supposed to work? Despite knowing how much her butt will hurt, Galko continues to enjoy her spicy food. It’s because she thinks she is having constipation now and will be fine. True enough next morning, her ass hurts like hell. Otako offers her a cushion and then explains how the membranes in your ass and tongue are the same. Only difference, butts don’t have tasting sensory so it can’t taste sweetness even if you put sugar. And Galko actually tried it out? For the question if girls have hair on their butts, we see them talking about multiple ply toilet paper as well as cheap places having cheap quality products. That is why you can’t recycle using a single ply toilet paper because it gets tangled in your butt hair! Galko is late again as usual for morning class. As the day goes by, Otako notices Galko gets more active. Could it be that she is just not a morning person?

Episode 2
Do virgins only use pads while non-virgins use tampons? The question is whether you want to insert it ‘there’. As Galko is still sleepy in class, Otako suggests doing a headstand after she gets up. Of course that is supposed to be a joke but Galko really did it and she started experiencing nose bleeds. After giving her an energy drink, Galko finds it tasty and drinks more. However this means she has to go to the toilet since the stimulant stimulates her bladder. Otako then explains why women have weaker bladders than men because of their different body structure. Most essentially women have smaller bladders because of the uterus. The next time Galko goes to the toilet, Otako and Ojou time how long she takes to return and then bet whether it was a big or small issue. Now it is the guys’ turn to discuss about girls. What about them? Their coloured panties! Because pure girls like Ojou, they can only imagine she always wears white. Girls like Otako would wear some animal prints and naughtier girls like Galko would wear coloured or flashy panties. They believe why girls wear coloured ones is so that it wouldn’t look easily stained when they show it to guys. Then each of them imagine their interaction with Galko and definitely think she likes them. Galko makes some curry bread. The reason is that if she bought them, she would have to use her own allowance but if she makes them, her father would give her money. Because she used the term ‘papa’, everyone had the wrong idea the kind of father she was having. Otako wonders the need to cook these days as food is so easily available everywhere. Ojou claims she loves cooking but her overprotective parents disallow her to hold a ‘blade’. You mean a chopping knife? As Galko talks how tough it is to make bread, Otako asks about the softness of its dough. She compares them to her boobs and the boys get the wrong idea so embarrassed Galko dismissed it that she was just talking about it in general. Otao sees how Galko’s boobs are pressed against the table. Later he goes to the supermarket to buy dough and knead them so that he could have a feel how boobs are.

Episode 3
Galko just had her tan. Wondering if her nipples are tanned too, Otaku yells out that they are tanned so Galko dismisses them and explains about the pasties she got so they are still pink. Anyhow the guys overheard it… When Ojou walks past the guys, they smell this sweet scent and wonder if she used an expensive soap. Otako might smell like a new textbook but the guys don’t find it too bad. As for Galko, they smell something attractive from her. Could it be the scent of love? When Otao talks about this mecha anime he just watched, the other guys think he is lame. But Galko heard about it and suddenly becomes interested. She also likes that anime and spends time talking to Otao about it. The other guys note how they must watch this anime… Otako decides to play a trick on Galko. She talks about girls with big boobs have inverted nipples. Galko didn’t make that surprised reaction as Otako expects. Was the topic too complicated for her to understand? Then Otako continues to exaggerate about the bad points of having inverted nipples since a mother can’t feed her newborn. Suddenly this makes Galko cry as she gets up and runs away. She is upset that Otako is implying she can’t be a mother. For the next few days, Galko is absent from class. Otako feels bad but maintains her pride. Till Ojou talks to her about hiding her feelings. Just go and apologize to her. Otako is outside Galko’s house and she has armed herself with knowledge about inverted nipples. Yeah, she read the entire encyclopaedia about it so she is an expert on the topic! When Galko doesn’t answer the doorbell or her call, Otako fears the worse. She panics and states the truth about mothers with inverted nipples can still be moms. More importantly she discloses how happy she is to be friends with a pretty and popular girl. She is very sorry for that prank. Turns out Galko was just sick and recuperating. Otako wonders if she can still be her friend. Does she have to ask a question when the answer is so obvious? Galko invites her in for tea then.

Episode 4
Otako praises Ojou’s slim hands. This has Ojou unintentionally praise Galko’s big hands. Galko flusters and proves she does not by putting it against the palm of a guy, Supoo. I wonder if he is going to ever wash that hand of his. When Otako spots a pubic hair on Galko’s shirt, this time she is more careful and thinks if she should tell her as she does not want to make her cry like last time. Unfortunately Galko dug her own grave when she herself says aloud she spotted a pubic hair on her shirt. Of course this catches the class’ attention so she corrects herself that it is armpit hair. Ojou gives Galko a shoulder massage. She is told to mind her loud moaning but when she tries to muffle her moaning, it sounded quite erotic. Ojou also gives Otako a shoulder massage and it makes her make a weird sound. She hits the spot? Then they talk about having bigger boobs means more prone to having shoulder problems. Otao then tests it out by dangling a couple of bottles over his shoulders just for feels. Galko gives sweets as cough drops to her classmates. Otako wonders why she has so many of them. Apparently she got them in exchange for helping her friends with minor stuffs. Galko tells Otako if she ever needs anything, she can ask her. So does she have a pad? Or even a condom?! Yeah, she’s just messing with Galko as usual. Ojou overheard them but got the wrong idea of the ‘rubber’ they are talking about. This means Ojou nonchalantly explains the ‘rubber’ (hair bands) she always carries around just in case as she uses them often. They come in different colours too! Imagine her embarrassment when Otako tells her what they were actually talking about. Otako and Ojou later tease Galko about girls with big boobs have big areolas. Because Ojou has a cousin whose boobs are as big as Galko’s and so are her areolas. Otako exaggerates it to be as big as a tyre making Galko to fluster like mad.

Episode 5
The eternal question if boob size is inversely proportionate to intelligence. Iinchou (class rep) seems to think so and believes Galko must never have thought about it or give any thoughts to anything else. She is surprised when she sees her entering an essay competition on how to eliminate war on Earth! When Galko praises Iinchou’s essay to be something deep and thoughtful, Iinchou thinks Galko have written something even deeper. Charao gives Otao and Supoo a shopping mall quiz that turns out to be a psychological test. They are surprised since it evaluates accurately their personality. Charao then decides to use this test on Galko. But he finds it hard to concentrate when he can’t help look at her delicious parts while she gives her answer. Galko then tells this to her test but eventually she doesn’t have an answer because Charao never told her. When Otako is amazed Galko can pack lunch since she is not a morning person, Galko reveals it is her sister who does it. Flashback reveals Galko promised she would wake up in the morning so that she can watch a late night show. Too bad she is a sleepyhead in the morning and her sister as expected takes care of everything. Otako then asks if sisters borrow stuffs from each other. Galko confirms it since they are similar in size and even borrow her school uniform. Otako flusters and wonders if her sister really borrows her school uniform for that. It took a while for Galko to realize what she is implying. Back home, Galko confronts her sister about this so big sis explains how she uses it in foreplay and takes it off before sex! Well, her boyfriend takes it off. Galko regrets hearing all that.

Episode 6
Otako spots Galko with a new lipstick. Time to mess with her head. Do you know the colour and shape of one’s lips represents a person’s genitals? Galko took the bait and is now more conscious than ever. For the rest of the day she tries to hide her lips while she analyzes the lips of others. So conscious that she is making funny faces now and then. When Otako tells this to Ojou, she commends them for being brave to know what they look like because she herself is too scared to check it out. This only makes Otako fluster. Galko wears a vest despite being hot so that her bra won’t show through her shirt. She gets tricked to inform that she is wearing a bright red bra today since Otako tells it to Ojou. Galko was at the lingerie store but couldn’t find lingerie the store sells now that is her size. It has to be custom made. She bought 3 period panties for a special price. Despite not cute, might as well get something cheap since they might get stained anyway. Ojou then talks how she gets her lingerie measurements via personal designer. Galko wants her to come along the next time she shops for lingerie. The trio meet up. Otako dresses casual, Galko like a slut (at least that is the first thing that comes to our dirty minds) and Ojou in her formal kimono. After shopping for clothes, they go watch a foreign movie. The scene turns into an intimate love making scene. Otako is very conscious about this and wonders how her pals are holding up. Surprisingly they have a serious expression. Could it be that Otako is the only perverted thoughts? Later when they talk about that scene, Galko nonchalantly mentions she too would like to one day passionately make love with someone like that. Otako’s face now turns red like a traffic light.

Episode 7
If you wonder if big boobs float on water, you can thank Galko for confirming that. The friends are at the pool in which Ojou won as a prize from a raffle. Galko wonders if tampons will absorb water and expand inside. Otako assures they are waterproof. Galko tries to tease her as the tampon master but it has no effect. Galko shows her off her shaved armpit. Silky smooth. She realizes she forgot to shave down there since her pants are hard to come off. Ojou notices Galko’s bikini is showing too much skin so Otako reminds her that because of her big boobs, she can only adjust the size with the straps. A young boy named Kuseta gets lost and bumps into Galko. Since he misplaced his wallet, she treats him. Kuseta was actually here with his mom. Because his fellow female classmates tease him as mama’s boy, he got embarrassed and ran off. Speaking of them, here they are to tease him again. Galko wraps herself around Kuseta, making him like a million dollar winner. The bullies got ‘scared’ and back off. Galko hopes Kuseta will reconcile with his mom. He still thinks she is an embarrassment so Galko scolds him he should never feel so about his own mother. In class, Otako is baffled that Ojou is as tanned as Galko since the latter did apply sunscreen. Galko realized too late she took the wrong spray and it was some kind of pheromone spray. This somewhat explains why younger boys tried to hit on Otaku at the pool. I mean, a kid young enough to be her brother is asking her to be his wife?! The tan is also a pain for Galko because now she has sun burn and getting into the bath is a painful affair. Kuseta is dreamy and thinking only about Galko. His bullies feel jealous and order extra milk to make their boobs bigger.

Episode 8
You’re not a guy if you don’t rank the girls in your class who has the biggest boobs. Doesn’t Galko win hands down? Not quite. Because there is Nikuko who is a very fat girl and has monstrous boobs too. Thus the cup size is determined by the difference between over-bust and under-bust instead of overall size. Surprisingly Galko suggests Okako to them too. She is a tall girl and because she is always slouching, the boobs of this occult fanatic don’t really show. With the guys staring at her, she feels she is being watched… By a ghost?! Ojou and Otako notice Galko looking at her nails. She does keep them well maintained but it seems she has also written her shopping list on her wrist?! Galko can cook thanks to some transparent glove. However her sister ‘ruined’ it by telling her something extra about it. You know, some girls prefer to masturbate this way instead of using devices… When Iinchou notices she has a cracked fingernail, Galko will not let this slip by and quickly gives her a manicure treatment. With the guys playing a dumb game of pinpointing the nipple, Otako teases Galko one can find her exact nipple spot if you just hold your earlobes and go straight down… You tried that, didn’t you?! Galko makes a fuss when she realizes her bangs are messy. Bomuo doesn’t understand why she would be so concern with something petty, criticizing if the economy would plunge just because of her hair. But he still notes her big boobs. Next day, he comes to school with his hair quite messy. His mom didn’t say a thing and just smiled. Bomuo feels so embarrassed but that is when Galko comes to the rescue. She fixes up his hair nicely with her accessories and even makes Charao lend his expensive hair gel (or else she’ll reveal an embarrassing secret!). Despite Bomuo noting he doesn’t care about the hairstyle, after school he goes to the shop to buy that hair gel. It’s really expensive. When he comes home expecting his mom to say something, all she ever does is just smile and stare the entire way…

Episode 9
Because Galko is communicating via sign language and this annoys Otako, she purposely misinterprets and says aloud how she dislocated her jaw by training to put a man’s thing in her mouth! There, she finally spoke. Turns out she watched an American show last night and a character had crooked teeth. She was horrified when she see her fixed it via braces. Now Galko is quite concerned and tries to hide them. But next day, she can’t help show them off as she has seen a vampire show last night. When Galko talks to Otako about African Americans in movies, Ojou wants to join in and make some sort of joke. Uh huh. She started talking about colours of tits and vagina. Huh?! Then when they talk about hymen breaking due to horse riding, Ojou flusters and couldn’t come up with anything. I’m not sure about Galko scaring and then apologizing to people. Why is she mad? She found out she gained 200g! Otako is in disbelief because that is considered nothing. In fact you lose that much by peeing. And if she wants to lose weight, start off with those boobs first. But Nikuko interjects that it doesn’t work. She lost weight before but nothing changed and her boobs remained the same ever since. The guys start wondering if her boobs were that big before. Skinny girl with big boobs? There is a manga with a character having a pierced tongue. Galko wants to read it but is scared each time she has to see this character. This has Otako asking if she was scared when she decided to pierce her ears. Galko remembers her sister freaking her out with lies about drills when she first said she wanted to pierce them. When Otako tries to tease Galko of another old wives’ tale about earlobes, it seems Galko already knows it and turns the tables on Otako that she believes in such rumours. Otako then proceeds to tell a horror story how a woman wearing big earring hoops had it caught by a passing van and tore off her… You get the idea… Because of that, Galko becomes scared and tries to protect her ears. Her friends revise their plan and show a picture of Buddha who once pierced them as a prince. Those holes bring wisdom and happiness. The simple minded girl is back to her happy self again.

Episode 10
The boys are complaining when the teacher makes them do laps. But when they see the girls running and how much Galko’s boobs bounce, they start praising running is the best. Is that so? The teacher tells them to run another 10 laps! They continue to observe Galko’s violent jiggling boobs but they are surprised to see Nikuko. In fact, she is faster and because of her good running posture, they stay stable and don’t bounce about. Galko sees Otako and Charao talking and wants in but is shooed away. They discuss about this habit of Galko always wanting to butt into something but can’t handle it subsequently. Otako and Charao continue their talk on hair loss for men that are mostly genetics. Otako mentions about girls liking guys with close cropped hair. Something like Supoo’s. Charao thinks it is grade 3 hairstyle but Supoo dismisses it to be grade 4. Supoo remembers a baseball game he was in. The opposing team’s school was cheering very loudly. But he remembers Galko cheering his name at the top of the voice. It made him happy. Charao notices Galko staring at him. When she takes him away, it is actually to clean his curry stains on his jersey. So that was bugging her so much? Oh, also his zipper is open! Charao notices Galko is wearing a men’s shirt. He starts fantasizing that she must have woken up after having a steamy affair with a man last night. Say, her shirt was spilled with wine? Thus she borrowed his shirt. Thus he keeps wondering who her boyfriend is. Despite going out with his junior girlfriend, his entire thoughts throughout the karaoke session are filled with the mysterious guy Galko was with. At the end of the day, Charao wonders if she still has time because he got some rubber. She flusters and slaps him. When Ojou notices the men’s shirt Galko is wearing, Otako explains about her broader shoulders and big boobs which make them fit better. Charao’s girlfriend couldn’t believe he is such a pervert but Charao sends an apology text and mentions how important she is to him and so she is back to loving him once more.

Episode 11
Otao leaves the infirmary once he feels well. On his way back to class, because the hallway looks so deserted, he finds it unusual. The he spots the girls coming back from swimming class and goes into hiding. Maybe he needs to go back to the infirmary as his anaemia is coming back… A girl watches Galko order her coffee like a pro unlike herself who is flustering. Then she watches her burn her tongue. She continues to observe Galko reading a manga that is written by her favourite author. She watches Galko flusters because it becomes hardcore BL in the middle! Otako didn’t understand when Galko texted her something about the fancy toilet paper in some cafe. Next day, the teacher is talking about different types of toilet papers used by different civilizations throughout the ages so Otako teases Galko how cultured her text was yesterday. The class votes on which movie to watch. Galko suggests a lesser known direct-to-video movie. But because she cannot explain it well (thinking it would be spoilers), her movie garnered the least votes. Ojou cheers her up that they can watch it at her place. Galko is grateful and also suggests having a slumber party. Otako packs her stuffs and some animes to bring over. There is one that is ecchi as she keeps thinking if only she herself would fluster. She brought it anyway. Another dilemma is if she should bring pads. She has this weird thought that Ojou might have a chamber full of different pad collections. She’ll bring hers just in case. The girls had a very fun slumber party. Only shocking part is that while watching the ecchi anime, only Galko started flustering. During the screening of the movie in class, the trio fall asleep. Too much slumber partying?

Episode 12
We go back in time a little when our new students are just a week into their first year. Otako observes how students quickly form into their respective groups. She considers herself an outsider and doesn’t belong into any one of those cliché groups. She prefers being alone. Till Galko tries to talk to her because she is always reading alone. Galko sounded a little bit rude pointing out she is like an otaku. Otako just got up and leave and left a stinging rebuke for her. When the class is at the library, Otako observes Galko mixing in with the rest and believes this is supposed to be the way. Suddenly she feels her biggest period ever is coming. So big that she can’t move as she sits on the floor. Galko happen to walk by and she immediately understood what is going on and takes her to the toilet. She even gives her medicine for her cramps. Otako is grateful but wonders why she didn’t call for the teacher’s help. The teacher is a guy. He is the kind to panic when confronted with such womanly things. They started talking about things and surprisingly enjoy each other’s company. Most important of all, they realize that they shouldn’t behave or live in a way based on how they look or do. So can a gyaru be friends with an otaku? Why not? Otako then teases her as a virgin and this makes Galko fluster. Ojou overheard their conversation and finds it interesting. She wants to join in. Sure. Why not? And that is how the trio become friends. Throughout the term, Galko continues to barely arrive in class before it starts. Otako notes this habit of hers and her reply is that if she comes to class early, it means she can talk more often to her friends, right? A touching moment, something that would fluster Otako but it is ruined because Galko falls back to sleep on her desk. Well, I guess it is the thought that counts.

Tell Me More About Sex, Please?
So now can we move on to proper sex education? I am sure most of us would be very much to learn more on this topic. Hehehe… But this series isn’t exactly porn or close to it but it still makes you wonder if this and other early sex education and awareness would be effective in countering porn is yet to be seen. Anyhow, this is actually a smart and intelligent series in its own right. You’d be surprised to learn a thing a thing or two.

It is tempting trying to label the topics in this series as some sort of cheap fanservice. After all, in today’s world where everyone can be offended by everything, talking about tit colours and pubic hairs sound like another one of those subjects that would raise the ire of politically incorrect people. It is as though such aural fanservice (in place of visual fanservice) is to attract viewers to watch the series. In many ways, this series has tried its best in providing something educational but yet in an entertaining way. Instead of getting really technical and spouting terms that young teens would not understand, the depiction of the normal lives of high school students in their daily affairs seem to be much more realistic and something that all of us can relate to. After all, we adults have gone through that phase before. Unless of course you have been brought up strictly, cut off from the outside world and society, but that is a different story altogether.

Therefore seeing Galko’s busty chest might automatically have many saying that her huge racks are only for fanservice purpose. This is partly true since what other better way to talk about the myths and facts of boobs if they do not stand out in particular (no pun intended). Not to say that flat chests are excluded but there is a higher chance that something visually more obvious and appealing would be ‘easier’ to talk about. At least for guys. Unless you are a petanko fanatic, you don’t often hear guys talk, discuss and compare girls with smaller boobs, right? It is the same argument for the few panty shot and lingerie scenes scattered throughout the series. Because again, what kind of guys aren’t interested in what colour of a girl’s panties, am I right? Unless you’re gay…

I feel tempted to make a handful tit and nipple jokes but I don’t see the POINT of it! Haha! I thought of RACKING up a few boob jokes but I guess such jokes wouldn’t get any SUPPORT! Haha! How do you guys keep ABREAST of things if you don’t talk about these things? Haha! Okay, okay. Enough of it already. Sorry, I just wanted to get it OFF MY CHEST. Hahaha! Alright, better stop. Don’t want you people to make dick jokes in retaliation, TIT for tat. Hahaha! Okay, seriously. No more boob jokes. I promise.

Even if there are many other issues that aren’t addressed (I suppose teen pregnancy falls in a totally different category) or the ones that do so aren’t exactly comprehensive or accurate, at least it creates some sort of awareness that one might have or not knew in the first place. And whether or not you will apply such knowledge somewhere in your life is again another different story. At least you know, right? So mainly it is either people might fluster or feel awkward when they hear such topics (either because they are too pure/innocent or they didn’t see it coming) or you can be like me, no reaction and putting on such a serious monotonous face throughout the series. Yeah, this means I am mature, right? :-).

Besides some of those embarrassing body questions posed here, another great lesson that we can learn is that despite many of the characters here look like some sort of stereotype, they are still human beings. Despite everyone has a different body size and build, some basic bodily functions still work the same. And of course, to never judge a book by its cover. Considering the characters here to look and act like your stereotypes, it is for illustration purpose and supposedly the setting of this series. It is true that we tend to immediately pigeonhole at first sight but once you get to know each other, race, skin colour, religion and even your political beliefs take a back seat. Strength in diversity, no? But I still can never get close into the circle of those hot beautiful chicks in my class… :’(.

Although the characters themselves aren’t much, they are likeable even though all of them can be considered as stereotypes because typically at least you have known one of them to be so in your life, right? It makes them relatable. Despite the fact the characters are also aptly named after their stereotype traits or personalities, it gives you a rough idea and you can pretty much tell what kind of character that individual is. I mean, which high school doesn’t have the character who is the jock? What about the most popular guy in school? There is always that very fat person too, right? And yes, the nerd. Every class has to have one. The only stereotype missing here is the gangster-cum-delinquent type. Hmm… I don’t this was necessary in this kind of anime in the first place. Despite each character having their apt names, it is hinted that they do actually have a real one (as seen in the final episode). But I guess when you’re friends, you tend to call each other by your nicknames.

As for our main trio, ironically you get to more about them during the opening animation credits because in each episode there will be a different narration of what their likes, ambition and their characteristics in addition to the generic narration of their main personality. It will be grinded into your head that Galko is a sharp tongued but good natured popular girl, Otako who often sits at the corner of the class but is ironically somehow friends with Galko and likes to tease her a lot, and finally Ojou an airhead who somehow hangs out with the duo and tries to get closer to them. So don’t miss out on the opening or you will miss such ‘great details’. Come to think of it, it does seem odd that very different people are good friends. Not that there is anything bad about it but how often do you have a trendy popular girl, a frumpy nerd and a rich, strict noble upbringing girl together as best friends?

The art and drawing of the series feel okay. The character designs look generic but this is mainly to cater to their character stereotype. But I somehow feel that the colours are quite vivid and rich. Hmm… How should I explain it? Somehow I feel that they put lots of quality into the colouring and hues of the animation that is why the characters mainly look bright (visually) and lush. Perhaps this is the most richly coloured series I have watched in recent years and the most under the Feel studio’s portfolio of other animes like Locodol, the Da Capo series, Jinsei, Fortune Arterial, Outbreak Company, KissxSis and Dagashi Kashi.

It is one of those times when I squealed in delight because the first voice that opened the series in the first episode (and also for many other episodes) is no other than Mamiko Noto!!! She might not play a physical character in this series but rather the narrator. I guess it would be a waste if she were to just be the voice of the narrator and thus any onomatopoeia sound effects are also made by her. For a long time I almost forgot that she can still sound this cute and lovely rather than being casted as the older and motherly female characters or characters that need that kind of husky voice these days. Worst of all, characters that could be killed off! Oh yeah. How do you kill off a narrator anyway? All hail Mamiko Noto forever!!!! <3.

Surprisingly for a short anime, there is quite a reasonably long cast list considering the many characters there are in the series despite many of them just making a handful of cameos. While there are identifiable ones like Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Otao, Takahiro Sakurai as Charao , Daisuke Ono as Supoo and Youko Hikasa as Galko’s older sister, some that aren’t so recognizable (at least in my books) are Azumi Waki as Galko (Sanae in The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls), Miyu Tomita as Otako (Yume in Aikatsu Stars), Miyu Takahashi as Ojou (Megumi in Shokugeki No Souma), Ayaka Suwa as Iinchou (Tokaku in Akuma No Riddle), Juri Kimura as Nikuko (Aoi in Shirobako), Yuko Iida as Okako (Mei in Witch Craft Works) and Makoto Furukawa as Bomuo (Saitama in One Punch Man). The opening theme is YPMA Girls by the voices behind Galko, Otako and Ojou. It is one of those generic lively girl group anime pop but it isn’t entirely that bad. At least for this genre.

Overall, this is quite a reasonably good anime and addresses some of those bugging questions that have been burning for your entirely teen life that were never answered. Were you red faced and feeling some sort of inner discomfort after watching the series or did it activated your horny drive instead? This is one of those few animes that take the ecchi and fanservice genre to a different level and don’t make the entire series looking like a generic sleazy, cheap, cheesy fanservice title. It goes to show that you can still make a proper anime under such category and still be as entertaining and perhaps even more so than sitting through an entire boring lecture about the human reproduction system. No, it isn’t dirty. Only your shallow mind is. Knowing such things doesn’t make you a pervert in general.

Otherwise would there be any other way we can get proper education about the birds and the bees? Oh yeah. We can always get our sex education from porn all over the internet, right? Let’s face it. Porn is everywhere! If there is one thing lacking realistically in this series, it is about Galko and her friends finding out about porn on the internet. It would be amusing to see their reactions when they are exposed to free internet porn. Oh yes, porn. The biggest misguided sex education in the world. Then we need more of Galko-chan to tell us and debunk our flawed insights on sex. I hope I didn’t rub this the wrong way :-). Whoops, sorry. Hey, at least it isn’t a boob joke. Almost fell into a booby trap there. Oh, damn it!

Aria The Avvenire

September 9, 2016

Wait a minute. I thought it was over? Too good to let it go? Well, I suppose it was good enough that Aria The Avvenire was produced to celebrate the 10th anniversary since Aria The Animation first broadcasted over the airwaves. Wow. Come to think about it, it has been a long time. Feel so old… Feeling so nostalgic. Ah, I guess that is why this is another reason to bring back up this series for one last time (assuming this would be the last one). Those who have watched the series and loved it would have fond memories of all the miracles, meetings and character bonding the series had to offer. Now we get to relieve it again with its 3 episode specials.

Episode 1
I’m not sure of President Aria’s plan in making friends with seagulls with an equally ugly seagull doll. No wonder he gets pecked! As Ai has been promoted to a Single, she sets out for another practice with Akari. So this sets another flashback as Akari tells to Ai. When Alicia was still active as an Undine, Akari noticed her busy schedule. At this rate she won’t get a moment’s rest. Then she spots Akira outside spying. Seems she is here to give Alicia a present for her faux birthday. Unlike on Man Home (Earth), Aqua (Mars) operates on a year with 24 months. This means everyone has a second ‘fake’ birthday. She doesn’t mind waiting but it seems there is change in the schedule that increases Alicia’s workload. Thus Akari hopes Akira can help her practice during this time. At the end of the day, Akira mentions how pathetic and nostalgic she feels about this. The trio used to be together all the time when they were Singles. When they became Prima, they hardly had time for each other. Times they spent together were precious. She doesn’t want to go back to those days, it is just that she really wants them to get together for today. Then a miracle happens. Alicia is seen rowing in front of them. Making it better is Athena is also in the picture singing. Akira then tosses her present like throwing a baseball. Nice catch. The best present would be their radiant smiles. Ai is encouraged by Akari’s story. She wonders if she could find her own friends like she did and those before her. Of course she can. Because Aqua is the planet of miracles. Even their meeting is a miracle itself.

Episode 2
Ai wants to show Akari a miracle. Flashback to what happened. While Ai and President Aria were rowing their gondola, they spot a mysterious cat shadow in the alley. They think it is Cait Sith and went to go after it. As hard as they follow, it led them to some unknown part of town where they stumble into Azusa B. McLaren of Himeya and Anya Dostoyevskaya of Orange Planet who are looking for the same thing too. They know all about Ai since they researched her since they are curious about the new girl at Aria Company. The trio agree to look for Cait Sith together but to no avail. So as they take a break at plaza, Ai notices the duo are training together so she requests if she could join them. But of course. And that is the miracle that Ai is telling Akari. The miracle of Cait Sith granted her this miraculous meeting. Akari still believes Cait Sith is watching over them. Time for her to tell her experience in meeting Cait Sith for the last time.

When Akari told Aika she couldn’t see Cait Sith anymore, she thinks it is because they are becoming adults so the first step is to stop seeing things they see as children. Then Alice brings them to one of the 7 mysterious of the town. There is an unfortunate stone where everyone avoids stepping. It is believed to bring bad luck. Alice immediately jumps on it and nothing happens. She explains she has been doing this since young. Perhaps it doesn’t work on her. Perhaps this is an experiment to see if it anything would happen to her friends? After Aika and Alice leave for their work, Akari gets curious and steps on it. You know what they say about curiosity and the cat. At first nothing happened but suddenly she drops down into the stone! Then she finds herself free falling from the sky above the town! Also falling with her is Cait Sith. She is happy to see him again and wants to do so in the future. However Cait Sith hints this is the last time they’ll ever see each other. Akari is sad but he points out he will always be in her heart. As long as you remember, right? Akari hopes she will always stay with her in her heart. Cait Sith hugs her as they plunge into the river! I think smashing into the river at this speed is like hitting a brick wall… But when Akari opens her eyes, she is on a gondola with President Aria. In her hand is a pendant from Cait Sith proving she did meet him for one last time. Now Akari shows the pendant to Ai and they believe the lights inside it must be miracles. Akari feels that despite saying goodbye to Cait Sith on that day, she was able to see him again thanks to Ai. Could it be the feelings of love awakened this miracle?

Episode 3
We go back in time to see Alicia putting up a recruitment poster outside. Shortly after, she receives her first applicant. We all know who that is, right? On the phone, Akari was a bundle of nerves. The first time Alicia laid eyes on Akari, she was attracted to her and knew she would be the one. In the present, Ai continues to hang out with Azusa and Anya. They vow to work hard to become a Prima. With the rainy season, they realize the Aqua Alta phenomenon is around the corner. Next morning, Ai is ecstatic to experience her first Aqua Alta as the ankle deep waters flood the area. Akari would love to spend the day with her but it seems Ai has her own plans. Looks like lunch and dinner will be on her own… Ai then meets up with her friends. By noon, Akari receives mail from Ai to meet. It seems the young ones have planned a celebration feast for their seniors. Not only them but the Water Fairies as well. Except Athena couldn’t come. As the celebration goes along, they notice Alicia has fallen asleep. She has been tired from working with the Gondola Association and trying to change things for the better. We see her dream how the association guys visit her numerous times to convince her to join them. At first she declines but their persistence has her curious and interested. Though, she vowed to train someone enough to take over her company. And she wanted to take her time to slowly nurture her. So we have more flashbacks of their time together, the happiness and the sadness of their meeting. When Akari was ready and promoted to a Prima, it was time for Alicia to move on as she can’t stay in the same place forever. Her time that had stopped had begun to move again. Alicia wakes up and tells the rest of her wonderful nostalgic dream. Their discussion turn to Athena whom they lament would have loved to attend this party. Then a miracle happened. They hear her trademark singing. There she is. I guess she could make it after all. What a happy end to the day. Now everyone can look forward to more miracles in the future.

Embarrassing Nostalgia Is Not Allowed!
Sniff, sniff. Yup. It wasn’t anything much except that it played very well on my nostalgia. So well that at times I could feel tears welling up and that squeeze in my heart thinking back about the old scenes (although I have mostly forgotten many of them). This special stays true to its Aria-style of storytelling and doesn’t break the mould. Like I said, it is mostly to play on old fans and viewers’ nostalgia. For newer audiences, they might be bored to death and not understand a thing or what the heck this is all about. But then again, this special was intentionally made with such old audiences in mind.

And yes, it goes without saying that they played again all those cool and easy going BGM soundtracks. From Aqua to Tenki Ame, they are very familiar tracks that would instantly evoke nostalgia for those who heard and love their brand of music (like yours truly). It is nice to hear them once more. Even the opening themes are the familiar Undine, Euphoria and Spirale. Ah yes. More nostalgia at your service. So if you think that the music for all the specials are just rehash of old music, there is a new music for it and that is the ending theme, Piacere by Shiena Nishizawa. Another calm and soothing (read: Beautiful) slow piece that is in line with the Aria songs that you have heard so far. And do I need to mention the awesome backgrounds and scenery? Still breathtaking after all these years.

As for the characters, everyone is the same and kind soul like they are on this planet. Nobody are vicious criminals because if there were, they’d be in the wrong anime! So anyway, this special now gives Ai the focus and introduces a couple of new characters who would no doubt as expected become her friends. I guess there is this trend that Undines have to follow throughout the generations. Uh huh. One budding Undine from each company becomes close friends with each other. We can’t have more than that since Aria Company always and will only have a single apprentice at any given time. For the rest of the Undine veterans, some may feel they lack much screen time but with only 3 episodes to spare and they want to bring the focus to a new generation, I guess I can pretty much forgive that.

Despite the nostalgia hype in this special, there is also a small amount of sadness it brought out. For fans, you would know it is very subtle in Athena’s case. Her seiyuu has passed away many years ago and thus you would notice that her character doesn’t have much appearance and if she does, she does not have lines. Besides, her singing voice (even in the TV series) was done by another singer and the lines you hear in this special are actually taken from the TV series. No new recordings for her. RIP Tomoko Kawakami.

Overall, this series only holds a special place in the hearts of fans who have watched the entire series in the mid-2000’s. Newer generations might not hear of this gem and would just go, “WTF is this piece of boring sh*t” but that is understandable seeing there are too many animes these days and so many just fail to live up to decent expectations. Although there is not much of a story in this special, that is where the miracle of nostalgia starts to weave its magic and work on our senses. That is why even though if the plot offers nothing new and no new direction (despite the constant ‘reminders’ and ‘spamming’ about the wonderful future the characters will have and miracles to meet), the wonderfulness of the TV series of the bygone era was there, still in its effect. It may be so too if they ever make more of such specials in the future. Yes, this is one truly miraculous series that has stand tested throughout time.

Saijaku Muhai No Bahamut

September 4, 2016

Hmm… Too many generic harem animes these days, huh? Okay, why not let us add something to it and make it less generic. How about we add dragons in it? What? What do you mean they already did it in Seikoku No Dragonar?! Okay then. How about we have the characters use exo-skeleton machines as their mechas. Wait. They already did that in Infinite Stratos? Well then. How about the only boy in an academy filled with girls then? Infinite Stratos also covered that? This is going to be tough… In that case, let’s have the protagonist bearing an inferior label or tag that is known to the public. They did this already in Rakudai Kishi No Cavalry? And Kuusen Madoushi Kohousei No Kyoukan? Alright… How about the main character has a different kind of past life? They did something similar in Seiken Tsukai No World Break?! Man, I’m running out of ideas. How about something more general like an academy that teaches its students to fight monsters then? Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei No Kyoukan already included this, you say?

Ah, I know. A setting whereby the characters are sword users and there are elite knights and noble rulers too. What did you say? Seirei Tsukai No Blade Dance already got this sh*t?! And Rakudai Kishi No Cavalry too? Alright then, what about the main character stumbling into one of his future harem girls while changing and seeing her in her undies or naked right in the first episode? THEY ALREADY DONE THIS IN GAKUSEN TOSHI ASTERISK TOO???!!! And in Juuou Mujin No Fafnir?! Seirei Tsukai No Blade Dance too?! And Rakudai Kishi No Cavalry as well???!!! Oh well. What the f*ck! Uh huh. F*ck all that! Why not we just take all of that and mash it up into Saijaku Muhai No Bahamut. I’m sure nobody can tell the difference, right? And while we’re at it, might as well steal borrow the school uniform design from Absolute Duo too. And now for the plot, you’re asking? Hahaha! After going through listing all that harem animes, you tell me you want to know the plot?! Hahaha! HAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!! Oh man, that was sure a good laugh.

Episode 1
5 years ago, a lone Drag Knight overthrow the kingdom of Arcadia after hundreds of years of tyrannical rule. His identity is not known and the people only knew him as Black Hero. Lux Arcadia had the unfortunate fate of dropping down a ceiling while chasing a cat stealing a purse into a woman’s bath. Even more unfortunate that he is over Lisesharte Atismata AKA Lisha and thinking he could calm the situation down by complimenting her, I think he sent the wrong idea about how great her boobs are. Wrong choice of words. That seals it. He is a pervert. He is imprisoned and Krulcifer Einfolk is interested in his Sword Device but Shalice Baltshift and Tillfur Lilmit take him to see the academy’s headmaster, Relie Aingram. She seems to brush off this perverted thingy since she called him here for a job. As explained, Lux is the former prince of the former Arcadia kingdom. Now this academy of the new current empire of Atismata is a school meant to train girls with potentials as Drag Knights. The reason Lux is called here because of the lack of boys since only a few males were left after the coup d’etat. Lisha will not accept him not after what he has done. Relie reminds her he is known as the weakest undefeated. Is that an oxymoron? But Lisha challenges him to a Drag Ride duel and if he loses, he will be sent back to prison. Oh, did she mention that she is the princess of the first queen of Atismasta? Former prince versus current princess. Interesting… Lux gets a reminder by his sister, Airi that they have to be careful in what they do since as former members of the Arcadia kingdom, they are treated as criminals. If he gets into such trouble again, her entire life will not be enough to work and clear his debt. His perverted notoriety even spread to her roommate, Noct Leaflet. Or is she just being sarcastic? Better safe than sorry.

The Drag Ride duel is here. Lisha looks down on his generic Wyvern because her super divine Tiamat is just well, divine. Easy win? Since Lux won’t use his Sword Device, Lisha begins his beat down and unleashes her Tiamat’s special Raiment, gravity. While her Drag Ride temporarily loses control from the power, the arena is suddenly attacked by an Abyss. Cue for mass evacuation and Lux to play the hero to fight it. Or is he just fooling about being the bait so that he could signal Lisha to take it down after creating an opening. Yup, that is it. In the aftermath, Lisha ponders about Lux’s actions. It is the first time a guy tried to protect her. That look on her face… Starting to have feelings? She goes to see how he is doing (just fine) and suddenly before you know it, they have a light chatter and laughing. She now believes in him. Like best friends now? She reveals the duel was because she didn’t want to let him get after not after what he had seen. I suppose it is a sign that he shouldn’t say more but he did. Because he apologizes that he saw everything and it was charming! WTF?! Actually Lisha is not worried about that. She shows the crest of the former empire near her pubic area and thought he had seen this. He is surprised and since she can’t tell him the reason yet (like how Lux can’t tell why he won’t use his Sword Device), he agrees to help keep it a secret. Even more surprise for Lux when she tells him tomorrow he is officially a student of this academy as requested by Relie. Oh yeah, they’re going to be classmates too.

Episode 2
Also in his class is his childhood friend, Philuffy. Ah, I see Lisha is starting to get awfully jealous… The only reason the girls are swarming around Lux is because he is tasked as a handyman who will handle their requests. But Lisha usurps them all because she requests him to be her exclusive caretaker and assistant! Before we get any showdown between Lisha and Philuffy, Krulcifer brings him away on pretence Relie wants to see him. Of course she has a request for him and that is to find the Black Hero whom she has business with. Lux dreams about his brother, Fugil telling him the empire’s cruel experiments will soon reach his childhood friend and the only way left is to kill them all. Lux was reluctant as he wanted to minimize casualties. More hijinks for Lux because he wakes up sleeping with Philuffy! This is her room? Get out before somebody sees you. Too late… And so another earful from Airi about racking up such reputation. But it turns out Philuffy is his roommate as approved by Relie. How? They’re sisters and she wants him to take care of her. Lux sees Lisha fixing his Wyvern. On pretence to get to know each other better, they head out to town. Like a date? When Lux praises Lisha to be a worthy queen, this is when things get melodrama. The mark on her belly was a result of her dad who participated in the coup d’etat. It failed and she was taken hostage. The mark is evidence that she was Arcadia’s prisoner. She wanted so much for him to come save her but he never did. She couldn’t commit suicide and decided to become part of Atismata’s royal family. As the only heir after his father’s death, she became the new kingdom’s princess while hiding this mark. More dreams from Lux when he was saddened that everybody was massacred and Fugil was delighted because had they not die, he would have. Fugil called him naive and thus the weakest and not fit to be king.

The Knight Squadron that Lisha is part of sorties because an Abyss is detected by the ruins. Unfortunately the Abyss hatches more hatchlings and the perpetrator behind it is no other Ragreed Forus, the Knight Squadron chief of Arcadia and his men. His flute enables him to control the Abyss. When Noct returns with her report, Lux feels the need to go help Lisha. Airi is worried he cannot win in his current state. Of course he can. He is the main character! Haha! Ragreed relentlessly attacks Lisha and downs her. Then he rips her lower garb to reveal the mark and humiliate her. He knows because he was the one who stamped it. Before he could finish her off, Lux arrives in time to save her. Just like all heroes do, huh? His words of motivation of wanting to see her as a worthy queen give her hope. He unleashes his Sword Device to summon Bahamut. One look and you can tell this is a super divine Drag Ride. He kicks all the traitors’ ass with super speed and power. So is it safe to say that Lux is the Black Hero? Hardly surprising. Ragreed gets mad over him for being a traitor instead of a hero. Who cares what he thinks because Lux finishes him off. As narrated by Airi, Lux isn’t a hero because he destroyed the kingdom.

Episode 3
A welcome party for Lux? I didn’t know he is that famous and beloved. This is what to expect in a harem genre, right? To make things more interesting, Relie suggests a game. She gives Lux a special form and whoever steals it from him within an hour will have Lux for herself for an entire week! I didn’t know there are so many girls trying to get him to be their slave. I know it is a dream for guys to have girls chase after him but in Lux’s case, he better start hiding. He got tricked by Lisha to hand over it but he tricks her back thanks to her naivety. Lux sure has a penchant to run into such places because he is hiding in the changing room for the Knight Squadron! Not a sound… Krulcifer spots him but doesn’t blow the whistle. Only after her teammates left, she signals him out. Since time is already over, she has him hand over the form. To his dismay, she tricked him because the clock was just slow so Krulcifer wins the game and gets him all for herself. So what will it be? Be her boyfriend! They go to see Relie who shows them the flute she retrieved from Ragreed. She wants them to confirm if it is a key to something before he Knight Squadron starts their investigation. Airi cautions Lux about Krulcifer not because she is a buracon, she feels she is hiding something. Krulcifer explains why she wants him to be her boyfriend. As she is the daughter of the Count of Ymir country, it is only logical that nobles engage and marry each other. A butler from her family will come to check over her status and she would like him to act as her boyfriend till then. Everyone is shock when Krulcifer puts her face close to his and it looks like they are kissing. Actually she is just warning him not to back out of this or she will expose his peeping incident. Got him there by the balls…

I believe Lisha is jealous so she confronts Krulcifer just to brag how close she is to Lux as they have hold hands. Big deal? Wait till she hears about Lux and Philuffy kissed a long time ago… Speaking on the topic of kissing, there Lisha goes flustering… Lux and Krulcifer are out to town on their date with Lisha and Philuffy secretly spying on them. Krulcifer dresses up to purposely stand out from the crowd so as to make everyone believe they are a real item. At the end of the day, they are surrounded by several bandits. You know they are just low level grunts when Lux is able to fend them off and give Krulcifer enough time to summon her Drag Ride, Fafnir whose Raiment is predicting the future so you can bet she owns all of them in no time. When one tries to escape, he is taken down by Altelise Mayclaire. She is Krulcifer’s family butler. At a restaurant (somehow Lisha and Philuffy coming out of their hiding to join them too), Krulcifer tries to introduce Lux as her boyfriend when this arrogant dude, Lord Barzeride Kreutzer interrupts. He claims he is here to see his future wife and guy cannot wait until tomorrow to be introduced. Barzeride tries to play down Lux and that they are both of different class but as far as Krulcifer is concerned, he is still a total stranger to her. So please stop calling her your future wife. Not pleased, Barzeride decides to challenge Lux to a Drag Ride duel. A team battle. Of course if he wins, Krulcifer cannot refuse him even if she is forced into engagement.

Episode 4
Barzeride seems to be making a deal with a shady person who suspiciously looks like Fugil. Can you see Lisha’s relief that Lux isn’t Krulcifer’s real boyfriend and totally understands she is using him just to escape an arranged marriage? Since Lux doesn’t have to go on a fake date with Krulcifer today, instead of having a good rest, that guy is being served by Tillfur, Lisha and Philuffy dressed up as maids. Wow! I don’t mind such service! Switch places with me now! Meanwhile in the royal council of Atismata, they are discussing about a powerful Abyss concealed in the ruins. They want to awaken its powers but isn’t sure if the new empire is strong enough for that. That is when Barzeride’s father suggests tasking his son to investigate the ruins. Relie and her Knight Squadron are in a meeting. She officially hands over the flute to Lux in his care. Lux is baffled Krulcifer is at the meeting as she is a transfer student and doesn’t need to attend. That’s because she will also be joining the squad to investigate the ruins. A little fanservice time when Lux soaks in the bath and to his surprise finds Philuffy there. He notices the absence of a deep scar on her back but of course that dreamy girl is not sure. On the day the Knight Squadron is supposed to go investigate the ruins, they are surprised when Barzeride volunteers to help investigate it. Although none of the ladies are impressed, he assures he will pull no punches and will do his best to defend them. Of course he also makes known that one of them here is his future wife so if she is in danger, naturally he will be there to protect her.

Everyone approaches the ruins. Krulcifer seems to be in a hurry and rushes in. With the Abyss attacking, Barzeride shows off the power of his divine Drag Ride and challenges Lux to see who can take down as many Abyss. Don’t be tempted into this silly challenge, Lux. The Abyss goes berserk and it emits some kind of wave that paralyzes the Drag Rides. Then they see the ruins shining. Lux has a dream whereby Fugil reprimanded him for doing something reckless. Its effect was devastating and that is only Lux using it at normal power. Lux wakes up inside the abyss and only Krulcifer is with him. They head to the altar in the centre as Lux asks why finding the Black Hero is important to her. There is a limit to what Drag Rides can do no matter how reckless the operators can be. However this doesn’t apply to the Black Hero and searching for him she hopes that would be true. At the altar as Lux wonders if he should use the key, it suddenly activates. He hasn’t even done anything yet. That is when Krulcifer reveals she is not a human of this world and a survivor of the ruins.

Episode 5
Inside a chamber, there are lots of capsules. Krulcifer reveals she was born in one of these a long time ago. Yes, she is adopted into the Einfolk family. Her ‘father’ was examining the ruins and found her. He kept her in hopes they would discover a clue to the lost past. Other family members ostracized her. She studied etiquette and Drag Knight in hopes of being accepted but the hate grew when she was given Fafnir. She always hoped whatever she heard was a lie but was convinced she is a survivor of the ruins when it reacted to her. She still has no clue about her past or if she has any allies. Leave it to Lux to calm her down and say soothing words. Then she says it was all just a lie because she wanted to test his reaction since he is so soft hearted. Really? All a lie? Now it is Lux’s turn to tell about his grim past. Don’t worry, they’re not lies. How he was thrown out by his own grandfather. At first he hated everyone who never helped him but soon realized he didn’t want to hate anybody. Those who are important to him and those who would become important, he wants to create a kingdom where his loved ones could live without hate. He has Philuffy to thank for saving him. Their conversation is cut short when Lisha drills them out. Airi reprimands Lux not for failing to find if the flute is the key but he messed up Wyvern again. She gives him drink herbal tea that Krulcifer made. Of course it is to make him sleep so he will not participate in tonight’s duel.

Krulcifer meets Barzeride for the duel. Altelise is sincere in helping Barzeride as per agreed but he puts her to sleep too. The fight begins with Barzeride dominating over Krulcifer. She knows everything from those attackers was set up by him. Even if she knows, Barzeride is confident she can’t change a thing because she is just a tool, a key whom he shall obtain. And yes, he will become her master. Before Krulcifer can fall into despair, here comes Lux to the rescue. I guess he didn’t drink it, huh? After a short bout, Lux can tell Barzeride’s Drag Ride’s Raiment is stealing the power of other Drag Rides that it touches. Barzeride attacks Krulcifer. This is just a decoy so when Lux protects her, he touches him to absorb his power. Needless to say he is faster and more powerful. And because Barzeride is getting cockier and Krulcifer sinking into hopeless regretting mode, this gives Lux the power of the main power to confirm that he is her lover and powers up intensely with his main character determination to defeat Barzeride once and for all. You should see the flabbergasted face on Barzeride moments before his defeat. It was like so unbelievable. Next day, Lux is left to rue what comes next. Because he has saved Krulcifer, he has already proven himself to be her fiancé and thus Altelise and the family head have approved him of so. Lux must have a short memory because he doesn’t remember about saying being her lover last night. Even if he did, it was just at the spur of the moment. Oh, how are you going to take responsibility now? Krulcifer makes a surprise move by kissing him! Thank goodness only Tillfur and Lisha are there to witness this shocking development. Maybe not. Here is another shock: Krulcifer gives Lux another kiss! They can continue with more if he marries her… Time for Lisha to bust in and play moral police.

Episode 6
Lux is cross-dressed as a girl and walking around the academy as Luno! So cute that nobody can guess he is a guy in drag? It all began when Shalice talked to him about Barzeride’s defeat. Because other than him, there is another person who can fare against the greatest Abyss, Ragnarok. That person is Celestia “Celis” Ralgris, one of the 4 great nobles and returning to the capital soon. Oh, did we mention she hates men? You’ve been warned. As there is also a pervert recently spotted on the academy grounds, thus Lux is made to dress up as bait. During his patrol, Luno spots Celis talking to a cat in the bushes! But Luno is attacked by a perpetrator and Celis comes to the rescue. Although the perpetrator gets away, Luno get injured when the culprit throws a knife meant for Celis while escaping. Celis treats Luno and thankfully ‘she’ didn’t have to strip to have her arm bandaged. Meanwhile Barzeride is in prison and thinks this hooded guy has come to rescue him. However he is killed off as he blows his flute to summon Abyss. Next day, there is a big ruckus and Lux is called to Relie’s office. It seems Celis has learnt of the only guy in the academy and for the sake of the academy’s existence, she wants him thrown out. She does not acknowledge him. So what do you do when you can’t settle the argument? You have a duel, right? So if Celis loses to him, Relie hopes she will then see his true strength and acknowledges him.

The Squadron Knights head to an island for training camp. For some reason, Lux also brought his cross-dressing clothes with him. He thinks of giving them back to Shalice but she lets him keep it. Good thing because Celis’ underling, Saniya Lemiste calls Lux as Celis wants to see him. When he enters her chambers, he is shocked to see her naked although Celis is facing away and thought this person is the massager. Good thing he has the clothes. So he slips into it and gives Celis a good massage. To show her gratefulness, Celis wants to take ‘her’ out to town tomorrow. Before Luno could leave, Celis sees the Sword Device and examines it a little although nothing much of it. As Luno exits, Saniya is suspicious of this ‘girl’ and is going to attack her. Thankfully Krulcifer is here to prevent any bloodshed. That ‘girl’ is with her. Krulcifer knows Luno is Lux as she cautions about Saniya as she is trying to create scandals in which Lux will be thrown out of the academy. So before Luno’s big day with Celis tomorrow, we have a little Lux-Philuffy time. If he loses, she will fight Celis for him. Celis and Luno head out to town. I wonder how Luno will deal with the swimsuit shop… Anyway Celis is very happy although she still has her worries about being the leader of the knights. Making Celis happier is Luno’s kind comforting words. As they picnic, Celis reveals something and hopes Luno can keep a secret. Actually… She’s not a man hater!

Episode 7
It seems Ragnarok has hatched from its egg and making its way to a certain island. Celis tells Saniya what she said to Luno about not hating men. She had great teachers who were men but her problem is dealing with younger men and considering her position, she cannot solely rely on them. We take a little detour for a beach fanservice episode. Lux gets branded a perverted for just about anything. When Celis wonders where Luno is, Shalice has already prepared a swimsuit for Lux to wear. Obviously that guy won’t take the bait so while he runs away, accidentally bumps into Celis. Instead of making a fuss, she walks away although you can see her displeasure. Lux remembers additional things Celis told Luno. She needs to apologize to Lux as she learnt her skills from Wade Roadbelt who is no other than Lux’s grandfather, she feels responsible for Wade’s death and wants to make sure his grandson is not exposed to any danger. That is why she can’t afford to lose the duel to him. As Celis and Lux’s battle begin, Shalice and Tillfur confront the perpetrator who is a spy of Heiburg Republic. It is no surprise the person behind that mask is no other than Saniya. And since they’ve exposed her, she is ‘obliged’ to expose more about her goals. It is to destroy the new empire and kill everyone here. She summons her Drag Ride and with the hooded character playing the flute, tentacles start emerging from the ground. So this is Ragnarok? I can see why it is fearsome.

Celis is shocked that Saniya is a traitor. To her dismay, Saniya reveals to Lux that Celis killed Wade. Time to come clean, I guess. Celis explains why she couldn’t tell him about Wade. When she heard about the former empire’s corruption and spoke to Wade, he advised the former empire but they threw him in prison where he died. It resulted in his family being thrown out. Wade’s last words to her were if she was right, that is why she must correct everything in his place. Celis regrets for not telling him. But they are even when Lux takes out his Sword Device and reveals he is Luno. He tells Celis he doesn’t hate her and will respect her in his grandpa’s place. With Bahamut, Lux cuts through Ragnarok till some pearl comes lose. That is when the hooded character grabs it, waiting for this moment. Even revealing herself, she is not Fugil although she looks closely like him, but Hayes. She escapes while hinting about reviving a nightmare that happened here 5 years ago. Lux and Celis reconcile. She accepts him but he makes it more awkward for her telling her to just talk normally to others like how she does to him. Because he is sure other men will find her cute. What are the chances this is the first guy who said this to her? Lux tries to remember hard the evens 5 years ago. He can’t but those unclear snippets looked like something hideous. A giant fish monster pops out from the sea. Relie gathers everyone and will tell them the real purpose of this training camp.

Episode 8
9 years ago when Lux was young, he and other young lads did something wrong. One of them decided to pin the blame on Philuffy. Lux couldn’t let that innocent retard bear their sin so he admitted the guilt instead. In present time, Lux sees Philuffy who is recovering because during Ragnarok’s attack, she collapsed. This giant fish is supposedly a ruin and emerged after they defeated Ragnarok as its gatekeeper. Their job is to investigate it. They split up into teams to investigate different floors. Only Celis is alone because well, she’s the strongest, right? But why doesn’t she look happy? See how she brightens up when Lux offers to team up when they meet halfway. Airi must be a sharp girl to notice all the girls flocking to her brother and even warns him not to do anything funny to her roommate. But Noct is even more sarcastic. She believes Lux won’t because he doesn’t even look at her as a woman! Why doesn’t Lux try to keep his mouth shut because as he tries to dismiss that, he describes some of her body parts that make her beautiful. That line from her collarbone to her chest? WTF?! A more reason for Airi to look at him suspiciously. They find an unconscious body within the ruins. When Krulcifer touches it, it starts up like a computer. Then she goes back to sleep! WTF?! I thought Philuffy was worst. However she doesn’t want to be abandoned and needs her programming fixed. She introduces herself as La Kurushe, the supervisor of these ruins. She is an automaton. She is supposed to have records of the old era. But guess what? Because she slept too much, she forgot about them! Do robots make jokes?! But seriously, due to some accident, her data is temporarily out of service. She will follow their orders in exchange to not be abandoned. She tells them to check to main body and if it is safe, when it connects to the central system, her memories might come back.

Meanwhile the royal council is discussing about the possibility of the escaped prisoner who will bring his own rebels to attack the kingdom. Because their Drag Rides won’t be enough, it is suggested to use the academy students but of course some like Celis’ dad isn’t fond of the idea seeing her daughter getting injured before his eyes. As the investigation continues, they enter a chamber filled with capsules believe to be breeding Abyss. Philuffy starts acting strange. It is a cue something bad will happen. Hayes plays the flute and all hell breaks loose. An Abyss attacks Lux’s group. According to Kurushe, the ruins release 3 Abyss when it is in state of alert. Lux wants Relie to suspend the investigation but she will not seeing that they have already gone in this deep. Philuffy then runs off herself. Lux gives chase. When they enter the central chamber, they are teleported outside. The Abyss continues to attack Lux and when he slams back on land, his memories of the place becomes clearer. Even more so when a hidden room underneath a structure is revealed. It is a place where the former empire did lots of human experiments. Mmm… Bloody… Lux remembers he was here 5 years ago but Philuffy shouldn’t be. He finds Philuffy cowering in a corner but as he goes get her, she starts strangling him. My, what evil eyes you have…

Episode 9
Time for another flashback. When Lux promised to create a country where Philuffy and her family can live freely, she kissed him as a charm. Had not Philuffy collapsed, Lux would have died. But before him now is Hayes and Lux cannot kill her or else Philuffy will also die. Hayes has planted his seed of Ragnarok inside her and her commands are to kill Lux. Because she has been fighting it, the reason why she is suffering and experiencing pains from time to time. Hayes proposes a deal. Philuffy will be spared as long as Lux can open the gate inside the ruins. And if he doesn’t do anything, Philuffy will die in a few days. In a dilemma on what to do, he sees Relie about the memories of this place. She confirms she was experimented here 5 years ago. However Philuffy died! She is alive because she became an Abyss from the experiment. The reason she wanted to enter the ruins is so that she could find its power and save Philuffy. But they’re running out of time. For the first time in years, Fugil contacts Lux. He hints a way to save Philuffy is to break the flute. Philuffy is acting up again. Lux tries to calm her down. She knows about her own status as an Abyss. Lux gets emotional blaming himself as weak and if not for her help that day, he wouldn’t be here to fight. He is sure to save her this time. Everyone gathers before the central system. Thanks to Krulcifer as the key, the gate easily opens. That is when Kurushe recovers most of her memory. And she remembers her mission is to kill them! Hayes is delighted that the fools especially Lux did what was told. With Philuffy by Hayes’ side, she orders monster girl to kill them all. There are even unmanned Drag Rides to take care of them.

Hayes senses something wrong so he tries to blow his flute again but gets destroyed when he takes it out. Seems Airi used her flute to cancel out and overwrite the commands. No matter. Because Hayes brought a spare! This one summons Ragnarok. Version 2.0. Because branches now replace tentacles. Though, still as deadly as tentacles. Plus, it gets stronger the more it gets injured. Everybody gets owned and with Lux not wanting to lose here, he gets Lisha’s ‘permission’ to use Over Limit. Let’s say it is a taxing move that drains his energy. He still gets owned and with Fugil’s words that he is useless ringing in his head, here comes Philuffy to save the day again. With words. She knows better than anyone that Lux is trying to change things even though he is in pain. Therefore she wants Lux to do it for his own sake and wishes and not others. Bahamut transforms into its ultimate version and kicks Ragnarok’s ass. Hayes is left in shock of this impossibility but Fugil tells her it is time for a tactical retreat. Because of this contradicting statement that despite Lux being the weakest, they cannot beat him with all the power ups. Huh? Basically, Bahamut on Over Limit mode = undefeatable. With the ruins crashing back into the sea, can you believe Kurushe is still being a joker because she notes of going back to sleep. Hopefully forever. Philuffy nurses Lux. She has developed some resistance to the flute. So no more falling into that trick anymore. Some nice touching moment together. Let’s not ruin it for them.

Episode 10
Everyone celebrates Lux’s recovery back at the academy. Although Relie was scolded for that incident, they let it slide after she paid a hefty fine. But now the most important event is the Founders Festival. You know what this means, right? Ah, which of the girls will be bold enough to ask Lux out for a date? Don’t take too long, Lisha… Relie ups the ante to have Lux name 3 girls to date to reward them for their efforts. Tough decision… At first it seemed like he picked the safest choice: Airi. Actually she along with Noct, Shalice and Tillfur are just his date guides. Huh? And here I was waiting to call him a siscon… Airi warns him about Assassin’s Blade, the strongest Drag Knight serving the former empire has escaped her prison and is likely targeting him. So please be careful. Lux’s first date is with Celis. The only memorable thing is how he accidentally ended up having his hands on her boobs. The date guides are watching… Next is Krulcifer. Lux gets duped in pretending to kiss her because she kisses him for real. Third kiss? Last is Philuffy. He gets a lap pillow. This time Relie joins the date guides and supporting in the shadows in hopes they’ll get a kiss. Maybe next time, huh? At the end of the day, you think it is over but I wanted to say save the last for best but it isn’t actually. Because Lux meets up with Lisha and she is bitter that she wasn’t named. But to show her maturity, she doesn’t get mad and blames herself for being egoistical. What? She did that? She has a personal request: Be her knight. After she graduates, she’ll be quite busy and needs an attendant. Besides, he is the only one who knows her secret. Don’t worry. He doesn’t need to give an answer now. But she hopes to get an answer by then.

As Lux and Airi discuss about the All Dragon Battle in which she advises Lux to limit his time on the battlefield, Yoruka Kirihime pops up before them. She is Assassin’s Blade. Don’t worry. She is not here to kill him but to serve under him. She will do anything he says. And I mean anything. All he needs to do is just give the command. Airi must have started to notice her brother is being seduced by this woman so he gives his first order to talk about this later and wait till he has time for this. Unsurprisingly she listens. He let his guard down in the bath because here is Yoruka washing his back. His scream alerted the other girls and this only compounds his misery. Guess who gets blamed? Later Lux talks to Yoruka why she is so willing to serve him. He did his research and found she signed a contract with his father and enrolled in the Imperial army. But his father is dead so the contract should be annulled. She explains the body that gave everything to the empire intends to fight until the very last of the empire is destroyed. She asks back how long he intends to deceive those girls because with his power he can easily re-establish his kingdom. She wants him to promise he will destroy this country and take back Arcadia. Of course he won’t. Lux’s harem arrives to fight Yoruka, deeming her dangerous. But of course. Any additional girl into the harem would be dangerous and tip the balance! Despite outnumbering her, Yoruka’s Drag Ride, God’s Night Sword can manipulate theirs. Yoruka doesn’t see the point in continuing this so she tells Lux if he comes along, she will tell him a secret concerning this country’s fate. Yoruka’s escape is thanks to Hayes as part of his plan to destroy this kingdom. Also with Hayes are Ragreed and Saniya.

Episode 11
Lisha reminding Lux about the knight thingy but at the same time she also doesn’t want his answer yet. WTF?! Meanwhile Hayes has successfully activated a ruin and will set her plan in motion. Lux and Airi are called before the royal council. They know a secret group of people containing survivors of the former empire are trying to overthrow their country led by Ragreed will be attacking the capital with 100 Abyss. Therefore they want Lux to be a decoy by destroying the flute that conceals the Abyss’ power before the rebel army comes to attack. Oh, he must also win the All Dragon Battle. Succeed and they will overlook the charges on that island. Much to Airi’s dismay, he accepts it. She is upset not just because he is too considerate but he didn’t tell them about the time limit he can use Bahamut. Well, somebody has got to do the job, right? When Lux sees Yoruka again and asks about her upholding a contract even though the former empire is gone, she tells him it is to keep her promise to her little brother. They are like day and night. While she could kill without hesitation, her brother was kind. He protected his country and even her. Lux resembles a lot like her brother, though he died a very long time ago. It is her loyalty to her brother to carry out the contract. A contract she made with his father that she needs to fulfil by overthrowing the new empire. Since Lux cannot agree to her, she warns him about tomorrow’s tournament. Don’t die before she kills him. So much about loyalty.

The All Dragon Battle begins. I guess it is nothing special that the matches are even summarized. And I’m just going to skip it. Although still in contention, Lux leaves for his decoy mission after his matches. But during that time something terrible happened to Lisha. Her Drag Ride went berserk and almost killed the spectators. We all know it wasn’t her fault but it is her word against the committee. She is thrown in prison until their investigations are concluded. Lux fights off hordes of Abyss as well as Saniya. His success means the Imperial army gets to take down the rebels as expected. Airi tells the other girls what happened to Lux and because of the conditions imposed on him, it makes them harder to aid Lux. They suspect Yoruka having a hand in messing with Lisha’s Drag Ride. Their plan for now is to find Yoruka first and then rescue Lisha. As Lux is resting, he thinks something is amiss from the mission. Before he knows it, the rebel army has demolished the outpost in a surprise ambush. They’re heading for the capital next. No prizes to guess that the All Dragon Battle is suspended. Lux faces off with Ragreed and he knows his rebel army does not consist of former empire survivors but enemy countries targeting Atismata. He is just being used. Ragreed doesn’t believe all that but instead brags about the tyrannical king he will become once he becomes the new emperor. Not on Lux’s watch. Compounding the problem even further is the appearance of a giant ruin called, uhm, Giant. This is the ruin that Hayes is piloting.

Episode 12
Ragreed fights Lux and thought he dismantled his Bahamut. But he senses something is wrong. That isn’t Bahamut. What is it? It is Wyvern dressed up as Bahamut. Gotcha! And with that, the tables are turned on this loser. Lux contacts Airi and finds out what happened to Lisha. Speaking of which, Saniya is going to humiliate her by having he guards strip her to expose that belly mark. Before the pervy guards can do so, Lux crashes in to the rescue. At least the baddies are wise enough to run away instead of fighting him. Lux gives Lisha a great push to help fight alongside him. Philuffy and Krulcifer are holding down Giant while Celis has her fight with Saniya (no prizes to guess who wins here). After bringing down Giant, Hayes is still not out for the count because she has her own divine Drag Ride to deal with them. As she fights, she notices she has only been taking on Lisha. Where the heck is Lux? He is trying to find an entrance into Giant but standing in his way is Yoruka. This time he has a reason to fight her: He wants to save her. I suppose she doesn’t believe it as she still believes in the contract in place of her dead brother. When he asks how her brother died, she reveals it wasn’t at the hands of the empire. When Yoruka was taken away as a subordinate of the empire on condition that his life would be spared, senior officials who abandoned the war due to difference in military power blamed her brother for their own good and decapitated him. It was a humiliating but alas it was their fate. So if he ended his fate as a monarch, then by holding on to the contract with the empire, she will sacrifice herself to this fate. Of course Lux tells her she is totally wrong. He gives an example in Lisha as she continues to fight and resist. In her case, without the conceit of the position of someone being called a princess.

After a few more clashes and Yoruka thinks she has got victory in the bag, Lux makes a comeback with… Words! Uh huh. He is saying something about her ideal which is the same as her brother. That moment of hesitation allows Lux to cut her down. Lux explains his failed attempts to change the country. He wanted to do it himself but for that to happen he had to destroy the Arcadia kingdom. Wait. What? Huh? Anyhow Yoruka realizes she has misunderstood all the while and that Lux has been fighting for Arcadia by himself all along. No kidding, right? Hayes believes she still has the final trump card because she has ordered Giant to fire a devastating blast to destroy the capital when everything has failed. But you know why it won’t happen? At least for once they didn’t let Lux do the honours and save the day as the main character (albeit he is still the main reason why the day is saved). That is because Yoruka betrays Hayes and disables Giant from within. Now it is all down to Lux to finish this b*tch once and for all. Good riddance. On the final night of the festival, Lisha address the crowd as the kingdom’s future queen. She also announces appointing Lux as her personal knight. And a few more words about moving forward for a bright future that don’t matter. During the party, Lux spots Fugil across the hall. Luckily, they just stare at each other. Some kind of psychic warning from both sides? Fugil makes his exit. Time for the series to end in a typical fashion. Because Lisha is once again too slow to ask Lux about deepening their relationship, the other harem girls usurp her. Non-harem girls either tease her or chastise him as the words (Airi, who else?). With Yoruka now joining in too, Lisha gets mad and desperate because he wants Lux to answer right now whom he loves the most. Be careful with your answer. Try not to collapse your harem kingdom, okay?

Saiyaku Mottanai No Harem
Phew. Thank goodness is over. Yup. From the way I sarcastically said that means I am downright casting this series as mediocre. I wasn’t putting up very high or even moderate expectations for it but seeing this doesn’t even get pass the hurdle, I guess it is that bad. I think there are many moments that made me want to raise a question but seeing where everything was going, I have forgotten most of them. Which is pretty a good thing because I don’t want to confuse myself with questions that will not be answered and even if they were, it is because of my own silly theories.

Plot wise, it wasn’t interesting to say the least. I am not sure if they have some sort of pacing problem but let’s start off with that Black Hero thingy which is fast forgotten once you get to know it is Lux behind that armour. And I actually guessed it was him! I wonder if because it was so predictable, they got it out of the way in the early episodes. Then you won’t really hear about it ever again. Over the next few episodes, we are introduced to Lux’s harem and their seemingly problems like Lisha an ex-POW, Krulcifer with her engagement problems (why do they always prefer the main character than some snobbish arrogant rich dude? Oh, right…), Celis with her pride as a noble especially her false reputation as a man hater (which was clearly set straight soon after because it would be awkward for a harem to have a man hater, wouldn’t it?), Philuffy being dead (so she is technically a zombie, right?) and of course with the final arc fighting off against villains who want to overthrow the new kingdom.

If it wasn’t cheesy enough, the lack of romance and harem cat fight made it worse. I know it would be cheesy to put in those but seeing how mediocre everything is, I have to admit I did enjoy no matter how cheesy the tussle over Lux was. It made me wish the series had more scenes like this even if it doesn’t make sense and even if it doesn’t contribute to the overall plot whatsoever. I know, you’re going to say that I would accuse this show of being cheesy had they spam more of this. True. But might as well be something of this sort that I like if this genre is going to be mediocre. Yeah, blame me for being the worst… So having a few seconds of Lux alone with Philuffy’s boobs proximity, Krulcifer stealing quick kisses and even that ‘speed dating’ affair didn’t quite cut it.

As generic the characters of this generic harem anime might be, it is sad to say that the characters are pretty forgettable. Nothing about them really stands out. I expected all the cliché stuffs that are expected with this series but this one just didn’t even live up to that threshold. Lux is so typical like a hero kid from a fairytale that toddlers can write better stories for him. Really. I mean, take a look at this guy. Son of a former disposed kingdom. Good kid. Will go as far as to protect the ones he loves. Has latent power. Defeats main antagonist to save the day. And most important of all, he must have beautiful and popular girls flocking to his side. Because he is the main character. Even though he is pretty dense when it comes to flirting and romance. And the only reason why he became Lisha’s personal knight at the end is to compensate for the lack of screen time with her throughout the series. Everyone else did. So why the f*ck was she left out the most? Despite being a knight, that doesn’t mean he is dating her so every other girl still has a darn chance to steal his heart. And I believe Lux has got a few flashbacks pertaining to his life during the former empire which isn’t really pieced together all that well. So I guess we’ll never know about the human experiments and Lux’s overkill/over-9000 power.

Now let us look at his harem. Typical. We’ve got the tsundere, the dreamy and ditzy childhood friend, the socially awkward and proud elite and finally the other elite who is elegant and mature and the boldest of the lot when it comes to flirting with Lux. And now that Yoruka under the guise of being loyal to her new master is part of Lux’s harem, she will be the yandere type. Haha! How do I know if Yoruka is going to be part of Lux’s harem even before the final scene? Just look at the ending credits animation. You would notice his harem girls will be added to that final montage. And if Yoruka is in it, it just proves that she is a possible candidate. Yeah, just like how Date A Live’s Kurumi is, no? And everybody is so nicely dressed up like as though they’re preparing to marry Lux who is also equally well dressed like a gentleman. At least it is safe to say Airi and Noct will not be part of his harem trope as little sister and sister’s best friend. Haha!

What about the rest of the other girls in the academy then? It feels like they are there just to make up for the numbers. Some sort of proof that Lux isn’t a perfect lady killer. Imagine the screen time that needs to be divided if everyone from supporting characters to extra background characters start hounding this guy. Therefore characters like Shalice and Tillfur are there just because they are there and sometimes play cupid and revel in watching the love hopefuls in their pathetic and funny shenanigans. Yeah, I think it is more fun that way. It is the same for Relie except that because this is a school setting, you need to have an adult as the headmaster. Airi isn’t your typical buracon little sister since there is this weariness you can hear in her voice each time she has to gently chastise or remind her brother over the ‘trouble’ he has caused. I know she cares for him but sometimes it just sounds like nagging… And Noct is her sarcastic best friend whenever the time calls for it.

The antagonists are as uninspiring and one dimensional as they are. Nothing much about their background revealed although I think it is to give some sort of mysterious feel. But seeing we know nothing about Hayes on why she decided to destroy the current kingdom and establish a new one for whatever reasons, coupled with the fact that Fugil could be the mastermind and puppet master behind everything and yet we don’t know a f*cking reason why, we just wish they are rid of as fast as possible. From the looks at the end, Fugil still roams free but I am assuming Hayes, Saniya and Ragreed have been captured. Or even better, assume they just died in the onslaught. That’ll be easier. Some like Barzeride feels like he is a much needed low level pawn so that he could be disposed of. I am wondering for certain characters like Kurushe. She often feels like a joke character especially an automaton who has a penchant for going back to sleep. Her appearance sure makes you think why she is around in the first place. Seriously, that double episodes in which she only appeared can actually be done without her. It is like they need to stretch it out a little by putting in an unimportant character.

Because of how mediocre the series already is, not even the fights could sustain my interest. Because we have evil dragon creatures and the heroes have mecha suits, it feels like a waste not to put any sort of action into it. After all, everybody seems to have only a single if not two special attacks from their Drag Ride. Hardly any variety because why spam different moves when you know you’re just going to defeat the enemy shortly. I guess it is better than lasting the entire episode. That is why I suppose they sometimes let us know there is a time limit for Bahamut so Lux won’t spend the entire episode striking down his enemy. If that ever happens, it just makes him feel like an amateur Drag Knight, right? So don’t be surprised if you see fights finishing quickly or not shown at all (All Dragon Battle, anybody interested in seeing that? No? Same here). Besides, do you see any difference between a generic and divine Drag Ride? Looks all the same to me even in performance.

Making it even worse is the paltry fanservice. Sometimes it feels they aren’t interested in putting it up but had to because the genre calls for it. For example, Philuffy’s monster tits make her feel like she just came out from some sort of hentai flick. Sometimes it makes you think if her character is being a retard and lacking the intelligence the other girls have is because if her brains went into her boobs from the human experiment. Really. Another fanservice borderline with hentai is the fact that Lisha’s mark dangerously near her crotch so that we can have some sort of pubic fanservice. You’ll be asking of all places, right? A beach episode, a girls’ changing scene, main character’s hand on boobs scene, a few bath scenes and voila! Your series’ fanservice. But no tentacle rape scenes?

Art and drawing also feel generic. That means to say it is passable as in today’s standards. But nothing that really stands out. Not even the Drag Rides. CGI are used to animate them. No problems with it because in this era of technology, such smoothness in animation is a given and anything lesser than that would earn the ire of anybody who is watching it. As for character designs, it is that time again when I have watched so many animes and the characters start to look pretty similar. I’m too lazy to list them down here because of my fading sentiments of the series but just to let you know what I mean, don’t you think Philuffy looks very much like Karuta from Inu x Boku SS? Only with monster boobs. And Celis like Infinite Stratos’ Cecilia? Did Hayate No Gotoku’s Nagi make a cameo here? As Lisha? Oh, since when did To Aru Majutsu No Index’s Accelerator become less insane and looking tamer as Lux? Wait a minute. I think Lux is Hunter x Hunter’s Killua in disguise!

Surprisingly, the only seiyuu that I recognized was Risa Taneda as Celis. The moment her character opened her mouth, I instantly knew it was her. Because she sounded so familiar like Yukina from Strike The Blood and recently Tamaki from Luck & Logic. The other seiyuu I know but didn’t recognize is Youko Hikasa as Relie. Perhaps one of the few trivial things that set this harem anime apart from its other counterparts is the use of a female seiyuu to voice the main male character. I have noticed that harem genres will usually employ male seiyuus for the role and while it might not be the first, it certainly is rare to cast a female in such a leading role. Therefore hearing Mutsumi Tamura as Lux (Sonya in Kill Me Baby) felt a little different at first in this aspect.

The rest of the casts comprise of Lynn as Lisha (Maya Sabagebu), Yukiyo Fujii as Krulcifer (Latifa in Amagi Brilliant Park), Yurika Kubo as Philuffy (Hanayo in Love Live), Ari Ozawa as Airi (titular character in Wakaba Girl), Rie Takahashi as Noct (Futaba in Sore Ga Seiyuu), Yumi Uchiyama as Shalice (Momiji in Binbougami Ga), Shiori Izawa as Tillfur (Tanpopo in Witch Craft Works), Shizuka Ishigami as Yoruka (Syr in DanMachi), Saori Oonishi as Altelise (Eriri in Saenai Heroine No Sodatekata), Hisako Kanemoto as Hayes (Ika in Shinryaku! Ika Musume – believe me, she sounds nowhere near as cute but different and menacing to the point of unrecognizable), Ryota Ohsaka as Fugil (Haruto in Valvrave The Liberator) and Mao as Saniya (Madoka in Denpa Kyoushi).

The opening is Hiryou No Kishi by True. Sounds like a typical generic rock music. Nothing that attracts my attention anyway. Every time Nano.Ripe sings an anime theme, you bet that I am going to say something about it. It is with mixed feelings when I listened to Lime Tree as the ending theme. Although her unique voice is not as bad when I first heard her many years before (at least her voice still stands out and is immediately identifiable compared to many other artists that ‘sound the same’), I am not sure whether it is that voice of hers that ruined the catchy rock beat of this song or actually enhanced it. If I hear its instrumental version or imagine the song without her voice, it is good (and perhaps better?) but it feels something lacking. That’s why I’m not sure and in a dilemma if her singing adds to the appeal of the tune.

Well, what more can I say. After watching this harem series and with the only fact that I can add it to the expanding list of harem shows I have watched. From Infinite Stratos , Rakudai Kishi No Cavalry, Kuusen Madoushi Kohousei No Kyoukan, Seiken Tsukai No World Break, Seikoku No Dragonar, Juuou Mujin No Fafnir, Absolute Duo, Date A Live and Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (which I have not watched at this point yet), oh yeah, let me name them all again. Everything feels too familiar. More or less the same thing but with a different packaging. It is hard to make something that is of exceptional standards like High School DxD (the first 2 seasons, that is). And yet idiots like me continue to watch such shows seasons in, seasons out. That is why I think there is no need for producers to improve seeing we would fall for it every season. Just like how Apple comes out with a new but generally the same product every year and everybody would still go make a beeline and buy it, no? We harem lovers attracted to harem series are like what the girls in a harem are mysteriously attracted to for that main douchebag. Strangely ironic, isn’t it?

You mean there is more?! I wouldn’t have guessed that there would be a third season but it wouldn’t be called Maji Love 3000% this time. Yeah, that would be over doing it. Instead, we have Uta No Prince-sama Maji Love Revolutions. Yes. The revolution. I guess things will go stale, get stagnant and be the same if you rely on the same ol’ formula. That is why you need revolution to spice things up and bring you to new heights. But for an anime series like this, I am already expecting more or less the same thing even though there were only 2 seasons before this.

Episode 1
Haruka is walking back to Saotome Academy in the middle of the night. A cue for each of the Starish members to get a little romantic with her and refresh our memories of how hot these guys are. Really. Like Otoya’s hug, Natsuki’s princess carry, Cecil kissing her hand, Ren closing up on her face, a waist hug from Sho (part of his acting stint), accidentally touching hands with Masato (to pick up his dropped piano scores) and a shoulder hug from Tokiya. Oh, how romantic… If that wasn’t enough, Haruka too has some sort of encounter with Quartet Night. From Camus riding his white steed into the forest (no sunset, though), some chat with Ai, Ranmaru’s patting of her head (just to pick up a sakura petal) and encouraging words from Reiji. Not forgetting the only other female in this series, Tomo gives Haruka a big girly hug as well as a souvenir as she has returned from Hokkaido after a shoot. If you can get through 2/3 of this episode which is just that, now here comes the supposedly plot of the series. Oh, not forgetting to introduce the teachers as well. The eccentric principal Saotome with his fancy exaggerated grand entrance, the transvestite Ringo and the macho Ryuuya. Saotome announces the international sports festival called Super Star Sports AKA SSS. This year’s host is Japan and they will grace it with an opening ceremony of performance. Quartet Night has been chosen to do that and Saotome wants Haruka to write a song for them. Everybody is darn excited about this, including our Starish guys. Till Cecil brings up this idea: He would like to sing at the next SSS. It makes the rest think. When will it be their turn since SSS is hosted by different nations? It could be an awful long time before it returns to Japan… So everybody runs down to Saotome’s office to bug him about wanting to sing at SSS. Sorry boys. If that is their wish, no can do. Do they understand what it means to enter SSS? REVOLUTION!!! What? I don’t understand!

Episode 2
Well, it seems Saotome has come up with a plan for Starish to revolutionise. He calls it cross-unit groups. So who will be their cross-unit groups? Oops, he hasn’t worked out the details yet. Check back later. Starish and Quartet Night fly off to some beach town for some promotional shoot. Of course our Starish will be paired with a Quartet Night member. Like Otoya and Tokiya with Reiji entertaining kindergarten kids. Reiji is so hot and cool that even young girls start falling for him! Then we have Ren and Masato walking around town with Ranmaru. That’s it?! What the heck is this for? When a street band is playing, Ranmaru joins in and attracts the crowd (and ladies!). If you think that is WTF, wait till you see Camus and Cecil booking an entire restaurant for themselves just to eat cakes for the filming. Of course some customers aren’t pleased with that but thankfully those ladies got charmed by Camus’ apology. So everything is okay? And I really lost it when Sho and Natsuki with Ai trying to find some haunted spot. WTF… Sho is a big scaredy cat… Despite these events give Starish a huge morale boost to impress Saotome, Quartet Night had to play their arrogant villain role to quit dreaming. They are not on par at their level. You want to bet they’ll not give up? Finally Saotome has got their cross-unit groups figured out. He pairs Otoya with Natsuki, Ren and Sho with Cecil, last but not least Tokiya and Masato.

Episode 3
First up on the focus is Otoya and Natsuki. They have received a direct offer from a legendary Broadway director, Gen Isurugi to play in his upcoming rock musical. Of course, Haruka will have to compose the main song. So the plot of the play has 2 princes of opposing personalities have to stop an impending war with their power of music and love. But after the first rehearsal, they got a ‘warning’ from Isurugi to do better next time. Depressed mode… Talking out with the rest to find out their problems, it is mainly because Natsuki and Otoya had to play characters that are opposites of their own natural character. I suppose the best way to learn one is to imitate another? That is what Otoya tries to do while he copies every of Tokiya’s moves. Every. Move. Like the Tokiya we know, he tells him copying won’t do and whatever that solution is, it is Otoya’s job to find it out himself! We’re not going to have the same for Natsuki because Sho is showing macho films of Ryuuya. But he acted out as the wrong prince. At the end of the next rehearsal, another personal note from Isurugi: Don’t overact. Just act naturally like yourself. Eh? What? Another downer… The duo work hard and their confidence boosted by who else but no other than Haruka who has written a song for them based on their ‘colour’ that will draw out their strengths. Therefore, the play is perfect that the duo have become such fabulous princes. Thanks to Haruka’s music too.

Episode 4
Because Haruka writes the song for the film, she gets to watch Ai, Sho and Natsuki act in it. Despite Ai being flawless, he doesn’t understand about emotions at all. Baffling isn’t it? Haruka sees Ai practising in the rain. And then he collapses! He is burning up. After putting him to bed, they see lights flickering in his eyes. That is when Ai reveals he is a robot! OMG! WTF?! We had some magic touch with Cecil and now they’re adding sci-fi?! He is made by Saotome who paid a lot to get his ideal idol created. But there is a bigger problem whether you want to believe Ai is really a robot. And that is the rain is draining his power and at this rate he will not make it. He can switch to low power mode but that would make him start overheating. Oh, the irony. Such sophisticated AI (I have a feeling why he is named so…) with lots of RAM to memorize and learn emotions in which he can’t understand but yet gets power down when exposed to rain. What kind of freaking logic is this?! Anyway, Ai manages to continue putting his best performance but once the director yells cut, he shows signs of wavering. I’m not sure how effective is when Haruka and the duo want to fan him dry. It will take ages! Then there is a talk between Ai and Haruka about emotions in which he thinks he must have made the right decisions since those ‘emotions’ resulted in the right reactions. But he did say the more he learns about it, the more accustomed he becomes to them. Isn’t that like a human being? There is a scene in which Ai dramatically collapses. The director thinks this improvised scene was damn good! But his friends no better. Ai promises this will not happen again but they are really, really, really worried it might be a lot worse next time. And the magical part of their concern somehow has Ai understand what it means. It makes him want to act some more. So here is Ai doing his solo singing for us as he wraps up the last scene of the movie. He finally collapses on Haruka’s lap but there is a big smile on his sleeping face.

Episode 5
Ren, Sho and Cecil will have to do a TV commercial for a Smartphone company. Of course with Haruka writing its theme song, the guys must also help choose its concept. Heck, I thought the phone company was being lazy and just throw all the work to them. So it starts out high with enthusiasm all of them discussing what the phone is supposed to be. Ren vouches for passion (Latin style?), Sho for strength (superhero style?) and Cecil for elegance (Arabian prince style?). But cracks begin to surface when they think their concept is better than the other and cannot compromise. Oh dear. The biggest bust up ever in the series? You can’t blame them for feeling the pressure for doing better after the smashing success of Otoya and Natsuki’s musical. They get a little advice from their friends and they start again their talks. Unfortunately it ended the same way. They’re not giving in. Dead end. When Saotome learns Haruka hasn’t composed a song yet because the trio are still in disagreement, he wonders if they should cancel the project. It wouldn’t be nice to the client if they cancel it last minute, right? And so Haruka is given until tomorrow to come up with a song or else he is calling the project off. So she gets to be put on the heaviest pressure? She goes to talk to the guys individually. They feel bad for worrying her. She doesn’t mind. They vow to work together. Yeah, basically the same thing 3 times over but in a different way. Haruka thinks deep about their connection now and then a spark of inspiration. She texts the guys the song she wrote. They love it. Now we get to see the final product of the Smartphone commercial that has them singing and incorporating all their ideas. Somehow I feel for a Smartphone commercial, the song is just too flashy like it was tailor made for a boy band. And besides, is this song supposed to promote the Smartphone but why do I see prominence given to our hot studs? Now you know why pretty models are always there in promoting gadgets, eh?

Episode 6
The world’s tallest tower is opening soon and you bet it is going to be Shining Tower! Since Camus is to perform on its opening, Haruka as usual must write a song. But that guy as usual is being the cold jerk and tells her only to come to him once she has written one. Cecil can even vouch how cold this bastard is as he lives with him. Despite all the odd requests, he does everything perfectly but yet never does anything earnest. After watching Camus in a programme that has all the fan girls screaming, Haruka requests to watch him work so she can write a song. His first order? Become his ‘slave’! And so Haruka is subject to odd labour especially making his perfect tea. Cecil is not amused and is going to give his piece of mind but when Haruka says it is okay, then everything is okay. Besides, if she accepts it, there is nothing everyone else can do. Haruka continues to be his assistant till she manages to write a song that will bring out the sincerity in him. But he shoots her down just after looking at her score! WTF?! Shell shocked! He also ends her assistance. This is the last straw for Cecil because it is as though he is making fun of Haruka’s music. But Haruka the good girl as always, blames herself instead. While everything seems to go smoothly, suddenly Camus ushers her to Shining Tower! Everything happens so fast that Haruka is probably in shock over the developments. And this guy starts singing Haruka’s song in such a sincere way that he brings everybody to their knees! OMG! I’m not kidding!!! Food for thought: I wonder how Camus knows how to do everything perfectly because if he has rehearsed a single time, I’m sure Haruka would have known since she was always with him. I know he is a genius and can understand things with just a look but you should look at all the choreography, stunts, special effects and exaggeration! Can a mere rehearsal make it so freaking perfect?! Like as though he did everything. So what gives for this? Answering Haruka’s questioning about how he sings in a sincere way, he is always perfect in every way without the need of going that far. But being sincere sometimes isn’t so bad.

Episode 7
Everyone is shocked when they hear Haruka explaining Ranmaru telling her to write an idol song for him instead of rock. He was a bassist in his rock band before they disbanded and he joined this agency. Then Haruka overheard Ranmaru turning down his ex-bandmate for a reunion. The story goes that the outdoor stage is going to be torn down in favour of the SSS stadium so the band wanted to reunite for one last time to play there. He turned him down because he is busy with another job. Haruka asks if he really had to give up his love to be an idol. Well, he can’t handle 2 jobs at a time. Ranmaru is seen training hard. Though it is commendable and professional, the rest feel like he is trying to forget his rock roots. I suppose he trained too hard that he got some ‘trauma’ thinking about his band. Haruka tries to wake him up but he got startled and accidentally grabs her hand. As she keeps bugging if he is fine not turning up for that concert just as a spectator, he tells her he can’t forgive himself. His friend wanted him to play together one last time so bad but he turned him down. He really wanted to go. But with all the work in Quartet Night, he can’t. He never understood things when his band broke up. After joining this agency and meeting everyone, now he understands what is important. He now has a place and won’t make that mistake. He will be an idol and forget his rock and past. Before Quartet Night’s photo shoot, Haruka has written a song for him that is both idol and rock. It is what makes him today. As the photo shoot consists of the members holding their instruments, the moment Ranmaru picks up the bass, he could feel the excitement. After it ends, he grabs Haruka’s hand as they rush to the final concert. Changed his mind, eh? And did he smile? Too bad everybody is already packing up. No matter. Ranmaru gets on stage and starts singing. So awesome that it draws everybody back! OMFG! It’s like they reversed time and the full crowd goes wild over his singing! At least he looks happier.

Episode 8
Otoya and Natsuki won an award for their musical. Ren, Sho and Cecil also won an award for the best advertisement. Now it is down to Masato and Tokiya. They will be performing at Neo Dream Music Festival. In short, the biggest and most famous shows around. The freedom to come up with what they want makes it harder for them so the guys decide to write the lyrics first. They are so perfect in sync that nothing could go wrong, right? Right?! Then this deadlock happened… Reading each other’s lyrics, hmm… Sounds cheesy… Back to the drawing board. Trying to change their thinking styles and even meditating under the waterfall didn’t do much. This deadlock has everyone soon worrying about them and it puts more pressure because as long as they haven’t got the lyrics out, Haruka can’t compose her music. Of course all they can do is to believe in them. Like always. Haruka then motivates them by telling how everyone has been supporting them in the background like cooking for them, etc. A song pops up in Haruka’s head when she looks at them. Then the words just came out naturally from their mouth. Soon they get it going with their lyrics. So during the start of the festival, needless to say that they blew everybody away with their talent. A fist bump for such awesome display from the duo. And Saotome is screaming “Revolution!” with delight.

Episode 9
Otoya and Tokiya help Reiji in a magic show variety. Otoya fails but because it was funny, the audience still had a good time. Haruka is tasked to write a solo song for Reiji but she would like to know him better first before she starts penning. So he takes her on a detour and summarizes his life as a performer during various stints since a young age before becoming part of Quartet Night. Of course they also talk about Starish who is growing and singing song that makes everyone smile. Reiji would also like to sing a song that puts a smile on everyone. Meanwhile Otoya practises his magic before the Starish guys. Still fail… Reiji leaves for a job overseas. He expected his fellow Quartet Night would be sad but you know those stuck up guys, right? No feelings at all… And when he is gone, they realize how quiet everything is. But I don’t think they will go as far as missing him. As Otoya and Tokiya helm the magic show, Reiji ‘usurps’ the show with his live broadcast. He could have stolen the show had he not stopped. At the end of the day, Otoya, Tokiya and Haruka are surprised to see Reiji back. His job went well and that live broadcast was just a pre-recording. So to say he predicted their moves?! Is he a psychic?! He steals the show from the guys again by ‘stealing’ Haruka so that he could let her hear the lyrics of the song. At the end of it, he says he didn’t expect her to find the real him. What does he mean? He confesses he loves her! OMG! After 3 seasons, this is the first guy who has the balls to confess to Haruka! But then he brushes it off as a joke and all is well again. Bummer. I guess that is why Quartet Night doesn’t take him seriously.

Episode 10
With Haruka needing to compose a song for SSS, she is whisked away for a special camp with Quartet Night. You should have seen this coming… As the opening concert will be a big thing, Quartet Night for the first time tries to work together with Haruka with suggestions. Normally they do not interfere with the songwriter and just sing the submitted songs. It goes without saying that with their varied personalities, they have different ideas. It is a surprise that they have worked with each other for so long. With no headway, they take a break with lunch. Can’t think without an empty stomach? That night as Haruka starts composing, she is met and chats personally with all the members of Quartet Night. As expected. Then when she plays her song on the piano, you can bet Quartet Night is going to say how awesome it is and how it fits who they are. Then we hear a demo of them singing to Haruka’s song. It is done. As SSS draws near, the people are being interviewed about it and many feel it is a shame that both Quartet Night and Starish cannot perform there as only a group per agency rule.

Episode 11
With Starish gaining more popularity, the baffling question still remains why won’t Saotome let them perform at SSS. You can tell some serious sh*t is going on when even Reiji himself is not being jovial. Why so serious, Quartet Night? They have returned from the trip but Haruka chose to stay back. They give Starish the CD of their SSS song they co-wrote with Haruka and warn if they don’t buck, they’ll take Haruka away from them. As expected, you can see Starish being blown away after hearing the song. They’re starting to worry now. But they put that behind first and attend an interview which covers their experience during their cross-unit stint. In the end, they always had Haruka to thank for (cue for flashback of personal moments with her in previous seasons). It makes them want to see her. They thought of going to where she is but look, she is just on her way back. Why so surprised to see them, Haruka? Why the heck do you need to say “Welcome back” 7 times? So happy that she is back that they start singing for her. They want to write a song for SSS with her. You don’t say because she already did! Isn’t that why she stayed back? Oh, you don’t have to say her name 7 times either. And you don’t have to praise her 7 times too! Amazed by her work as always, Starish gets straight to work. It is a sign that they work so hard that they just sleep where they stood or sat. So when Ringo comes to wake them up the next morning, everyone agrees to just let Haruka sleep. She’s the one who worked the hardest, right? When Haruka and Starish present their song to Saotome, he looks like he is so undecided that he is shooting beams out from his eyes!!! OMFG!!! Then he kills the mood by saying their revolution isn’t complete yet. That’s like saying no, right?

Episode 12
As expected, Starish explains how hard they have tried so they need to know why. Even Haruka pleads to Saotome but despite all that, he feels something is missing. Quartet Night enters. They have considered Starish good enough to enter and that it would be meaningless to perform without them. So they are giving the green light? Suddenly Saotome becomes ecstatic. Is this the true revolution he is waiting for? There is his passionate explanation about new replacing the old and not only changing themselves but others but I wasn’t listening. Because I was more amused seeing all those explosions, burning flames and light beams from all that!!!!!!! Saotome adds that Starish had already garnered fan mails (the number is still rising as they speak), petition from the web and social media. The only thing left was Quartet Night to stand up to complete the revolution. And with that, Starish is in. Later as Starish tries to thank Quartet Night, the latter of course want them not to get the wrong idea. They’re doing this for themselves. Despite saying there is no point performing without them, it is only so that they can prove why they are much better. It looks like they might be putting up a tough act because at the backstage, they realize how awesome the song Haruka wrote for them. They continue to practice hard. Apparently that wasn’t enough so they call Haruka to rearrange the score again. Not to say that the original one was bad, after hearing Starish’s song, their feelings have changed. They have tried changing the lyrics and dance but nothing that really stands out so they thought they would start with rearranging the song. So as Haruka works with Quartet Night, Starish also work hard in their practice till the day of the opening act of SSS is here. Is it me or do I notice the queue and the crowd consist of mainly women? Quartet Night is chosen to perform first. I can only hear the screaming of the girls’ voice as it drowns out the announcer’s voice when he is introducing them. I know, passionate crowd, right? I wouldn’t even be able to hear their song if they didn’t cut out all that screaming shortly after their performance begins.

Episode 13
Girls screaming. Girls swooning. Girls fainting. So awesome that everybody is blown away! OMG! Cool special effects?! Needless to say, they’re awesome. So this is not revolution but evolution?! Now it is Starish’s turn. Of course the inevitable backstage face off with Quartet Night. We’ve done our best. We’ve levelled up. We’ll go higher. Starish pays a little respect to Haruka about her words that their music will change the world, before they go on stage. And yeah, double high 5 with her. Each. Same thing. Girls screaming so noisy I can’t hear their introductions and initial parts of the song. But if you’re wondering why you aren’t surprised with their hit it is because we have glimpsed it as the ending song of the series. As expected, Starish blows away everybody. Even Quartet Night is surprised at their level and acknowledges them as equals. Before things could end, suddenly somebody returns to steal the limelight! OMG! Look who is back?! It’s Heavens!!! And they’ve brought back more members! 7 of them?! They sing their way into everybody’s hearts! Everything is so exaggerative! How the f*ck did they manage to get that heavenly arc prop on stage?! So awesome that they’re shooting beams at everybody! Shooting blue flames at everybody! Some even blown away by the ‘bomb’!!! OMFG!!! When they end, everybody is so stunned that the silence is deafening! Yeah, I think some judges ‘died’!!! OMFG! Then it is time to introduce themselves. Besides Eiichi, Kira and Nagi from the original line-up, we have newbies Eiji Otori (Light/Kira from Death Note?), Van Kiryuin (Aizen from Bleach?), Yamato Hyuga (Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club?) and Shion Amakusa (Maximilian from Senjou No Valkyria?). They claim the world will be ruled by them. But of course. The crowd is split. Some are chanting Heavens. Some are chanting Quartet Night. Some are chanting Starish. Oh God. Hell on Earth will soon begin. Could this be part of a bigger conspiracy plan by Saotome and Raging?

Same Ol’ Revolution?
Guess what? With that kind of cliff-hanger ending and those 3 inevitable words… Apparently there is going to be a fourth season!!! Obviously. OMG! Does this mean I am obliged to watch it?! Well, if not for nostalgia… And if not because it isn’t complete yet and so I must finish it! Also because now that I know that reverse harem anime especially of the music trope isn’t my cup of tea (that is, this genre is not trending now for me), I am staying away from such genres. Because I haven’t watched animes that are suspiciously similar to this. Say, High School Star Musical AKA Starmyu. Yes, another group of hot guys singing. Or even Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage For 49-. Or even Bakumatsu Rock. I wanted to say that these animes are not as popular as Uta No Prince-sama series and most probably they are but since Shonen Hollywood already had a sequel and Starmyu is going to get one, the force of singing handsome guys is still going strong.

But as far as this season is concerned, the entire third season seems to be close to a bore. Not that I am saying it is bad but there was nothing much to call it any different. That is why the only most exciting part where I sit up and actually take notice is Heavens’ surprising entry at the end. And here I thought even if they did pop up, perhaps it was to congratulate our eventual winners but who am I kidding, right? If you know these guys from last season, they are as arrogant as f*ck. And nothing has changed since except their arrogance level just gone up. For a group that has been missing for the entire season, only to pop up at the end and throw the spanner into the works is just amazing and yet shocking. Out of nowhere to come steal the limelight. Great job guys? Almost pull the rug from under everyone’s feet. So just when I thought the third season will come to a boring predictable end, here they shock us with this cliff-hanger. It is indeed a twist and perhaps the only revolution-cum-evolution that I can attribute to this season.

They call the change in Starish a revolution but personally I don’t see any difference. Maybe because I have always had this in the back of my head that since they are the main characters and that everything no matter how dire the straits (really?) will turn out alright for them. They will always be tops. Fans will always love them. Girls will always scream out their names. They can never get enough of them. Always. That is why when Saotome was screaming revolution and all that crap, I didn’t notice anything so different seeing they won the Utapuri Award last season and that already made them the most awesome of all awesomeness, right? Of course when you take into account their rising popularity on the internet, the people down in the streets and even their closest rivals, maybe this was the revolution that Saotome had intended all along. It is only the final episode that was the most amusing and had me laughing because of the exaggerated effects! Yeah, that one was a real killer. Yeah, those beams can kill! Just like cooking shows have their exaggerated reaction effects, I think this one takes the cake for this genre. Truly epic revolution-cum-evolution then.

The flow of the story remains the same as in previous seasons. Haruka as the only main recurring character in the series because all of the guys need her to conduct their business. And I don’t mean it in an ambiguous way. Please, this is a very pure romance show aimed for pure girls. And because whatever personal issues Starish had in the previous 2 seasons, Quartet Night takes up the other half of the focus. It isn’t all that bad but it does mean the roster is getting bigger and we can’t afford to spend a single episode for a single character. At least for Starish. So while each Quartet Night member will get their own personal time with Haruka, they ‘speed up’ the Starish members by putting 2 or 3 of them in focus for a single episode. Because like I have said, there is nothing more to tell about them so they put random filler-like events, a reason why they need to be with Haruka for that particular episode.

So with Quartet Night having more focus this season, we get to know more about them but nothing that really is revolutionary because from last season despite their cameos, we already know what kind of characters they would be. They hardly change albeit a bit because of, wait for it, Haruka. Yes, this girl is an angel. A miracle. A goddess. Not only is she the academy’s slave to write songs, but she manages to churn out hit after hit! I thought songwriters have their up and down days but this girl somehow can write good hits after another. And you know why I said that she is a slave is because Saotome is like a slave driver, entrusting her to write songs for very important and crucial events. Sure, there are problems but it is so minor that you don’t really see the big pressure on her. Do you not believe me when I say that I have not seen Haruka actually go under pressure? This girl is good. And where the heck are the other songwriters in the academy? Is Haruka so good that she can only be relied on to write good songs? Apparently. Saotome is one lucky bastard to have a girl like her. A golden goose. Speaking of Saotome himself, he is still quirky and all those flashy moves define his eccentricity. Still amusing to watch but it gets tiresome and it makes you wonder if he does all that just to get your attention. After all, nobody pays close attention to a boring strict old guy giving lectures, right? Other recurring characters like Tomo, Ringo and Ryuuya are around just because of the need to. Otherwise they don’t even contribute anything much to this season. I guess this means Natsuki’s dark alter ego, Satsuki didn’t make a single cameo. Yeah, was there a need?

On to Quartet Night themselves, I believe I have also said that nothing much is expected to change of them because they continue to remain the same obnoxious, stuck up, arrogant hotties that we would ever know in this idol world. It is like they’re putting up fake smiles before the camera and fans but behind the backstage, they are like conceited idols who think everyone else should bow at their perfect feet. At least for Camus, Ranmaru and to a certain extent Ai. Reiji could have been one too but I figure somebody needs to be the joker and clown of the group or else it would make the entire group look more spiteful. The only ‘shocking’ thing that I never expected was Ai to be a robot. This explains a lot but I guess when a series is based on a game of the same name, something like this should be expected for an element of surprise. Thus I was hoping to learn that perhaps Reiji was an alien who crashed on Earth, Camus the prince of an alternate world fleeing a war and Ranmaru a fallen angel!!!! OMFG!!! Thank goodness that never happened, right? I thought they forgot all about Heavens. Although I did have a hunch that they will make a cameo return somewhere in the middle (though I didn’t expect it to be at the final scene of the final episode).

The one thing that I had predicted but never came true is the fact that Starish and Quartet Night combine into one big group to perform at SSS. I mean, that is how you are going to satisfy all the fan girls and comply with the rules, right? Then we can name their newly combined group as… Starry Night!!! Oh yes! Think 11 hot men in a group is not big enough? Yeah, think South Korea’s Super Junior… I even had another idea that this group will ultimately combine with Heavens to make it even bigger!!!!! I had a hunch Heavens will make a comeback somehow but what caught me off guard is that I didn’t realize they will come back with more members! If they do combine, what better way to make your group even better by absorbing former rivals. But looks like nobody is combining to make into one super group like AKB48 and instead it has become a 3 corner fight to determine who will become the ultimate idol. And this time I can see how bloody it is going to be considering that the fans themselves have quickly divided into supporting their respective camps. Why can’t they just love them all?

To show important Quartet Night is this season, they sang the first opening theme for the first episode, The Dice Are Cast. You can also sample the awesomeness of their magic in the ending theme for episode 12 during the SSS opening act, Evolution Eve. Of course seeing this is Starish’s series, they cannot be left out entirely as the group sings the main ending theme, Maji Love Revolutions. And in all previous seasons, the main opening theme is also sung by Mamoru Miyano entitled Shine. There are also a bunch of insert songs from the cross-unit groups and solos but none of them and not even this season’s opening and ending themes could match the catchiness and greatness of the trademark song of this series that started it all, Maji Love 1000%. Yes, this is still by far the best song ever from all that I have heard. That is why whenever Haruka is said to have written better and much superior songs than before, I could only note the irony that is so because these latest songs don’t move me as much as Maji Love 1000% did.

Overall, unless you are a hardcore fan of the series and love the reverse harem trope, this season is yet another one of those fixes for you to swoon over your handsome guy. Otherwise, seeing handsome hunks battling out via singing feels a bit odd because you know, where is the machoism? You’re in the wrong anime then. Since the ending caught me off guard, I must mentally prepare myself not to fall into the same trap when the next season comes. This means I am making wild predictions as far as now to where our idols will go so as not to go into that ‘shock’. Therefore I am predicting there isn’t going to be just 3 idol groups but there will be a fourth one entering the fray too! Then a fifth! A sixth! A seventh! An eight! Oh yeah, the boy idol industry is going to be crowded with so many handsome boys jostling for screen time and fans’ attention. Then more rivals in the form of… Girl groups! Battle of the sexes! And at the end, they’ll all just join up into one big group, bigger than your choir and orchestra band combined and sing a song that unites the world. Sniff, sniff. Oh, I love the drama of it all. Hey, something feels wrong. Why do every guy here looks f*cking hot and handsome?! I guess there are some things that don’t need to undergo revolution and evolution anymore.

Wagamama High Spec

September 2, 2016

The story might sound cliché an unoriginal. But I thought a guy who likes this sort of genre should check it out for the umpteenth time. Wagamama High Spec has its main protagonist who draws a risqué manga for a weekly magazine. This secret is only known to his sister and her best friend. But when the student council president discovers this, he is forced to join the body to keep his secret intact although a member opposes his joining. And so he becomes their lap dog to do their whims and wishes just to hide this dark little secret. That’s where all the troubles pile up. Don’t laugh. You don’t know how some guys go the great lengths to hide their porn.

Episode 1
The air-cond is broken. The student council girls are not motivated to finish their work although they have a pile of them. Till Ashe R. Sakuragi suggests they strip since they are all girls. Kaoruko Rokuonji and Mihiro Miyase agree and straightaway give us the much needed fanservice. Toa Narumi tries to sneak away but the rest won’t allow her and start stripping her clothes. Rape scene? As she starts throwing stuffs at them, it hits the air-cond and is now working away. However it starts blowing hot air. They are in a dilemma to run out in their undies and be labelled a pervert for the rest of their lives. How do you unplug an air-cond anyway?

Episode 2
Mihiro wants her friends to come up with ideas for her family restaurant’s menu and the winner gets a platinum ticket for all you can eat for 1 year! That sure motivated them. However Toa comes up with snacks (the restaurant serves western food) and Ashe creates a very large donburi serving that will be hard to finish. Kaoruko creates bitter melon curry but it is too spicy even for Mihiro’s standards to handle. Ironically it became the restaurant’s most popular menu with a long queue waiting outside. Business is indeed booming.

Episode 3
Kaoruko needs inspiration for her manga so she sets up Toa and Mihiro to become her models as she sketches. To motivate them, she’ll give them some legendary potatoes. The duo pose in a kissing position. While Mihiro is very embarrassed, Toa is as cool as a cat. All for the potatoes! Kaoruko needs it to be more realistic as she tells them to kiss! Mihiro flusters but Toa is going ahead with it. All for the potatoes! It is when Ashe walks in on them and misinterprets their unusual love. You’re free to love whoever you want!

Episode 4
Kaoruko has finished her script but the place is now filled with her crumpled papers. It’s a mess! As they slowly clean up, they spot a cockroach! The girls are scared except for Mihiro. She’s cool. But she is also not pleased. Because roaches are the enemies of restaurants! One hit kill! But she warns for every single one of them, there could be 10 more hiding. She becomes a demon instructor to force them to clean up properly. Sir, yes sir! The room is now sparkly clean but little do they know those little ones are hiding in some dark corner…

Episode 5
Ashe reads a scary story. By the time she finishes, it is already evening and everything she sees spooks her. Whether it is the crows outside (Mihiro just feeding them) or a shadowy figure from downstairs (Kaoruko somehow all wet). She runs back to the student council room and thinks she is safe. She thought Toa is doing her programming but after calling her several times and she did not respond, she freaks out upon seeing Toa has no face! After she faints, it is revealed that Toa was blowing a bubble gum and it exploded covering over her entire face.

Episode 6
When Ashe and Mihiro find a scribbled letter, Kaoruko thinks it is a hidden message left behind by Toa’s brother, Kouki. Excited Kaoruko goes to great lengths to play detective and decipher the code via various unorthodox methods. So her deductions of the riddle that is based on Sumerian texts, the orbit of Jupiter and some ancient Japanese text leads her to believe the human race will die in July 2016?! And Kouki was eliminated because he learnt this secret? Sounds like BS, right? When Toa comes in, she could immediately read the scribbles as her brother failed a test and has to take a supplementary test. His writing becomes bad when he is in a hurry. There, your riddle solved. You should go back to detective school, Kaoruko.

Episode 7
Kaoruko is definitely overworking herself by pulling all-nighters to finish her manuscript. She agrees to lie down but can’t seem to fall asleep. Toa recently bought some music that would do the trick. Soon Kaoruko is sleeping like a baby and the others follow suit too. Refreshed Kaoruko completes her work while the rest sleeps like a baby.

Episode 8
A new cleaning robot arrives in the room. Ashe messes with it and it accidentally broke. Feeling the need to fix it up before the rest come back, she disguises herself as the robot made out of cardboards. Yeah, this should fool them… Ashe becomes the best robot ever as she perfectly carries out Kaoruko’s whims and fancies. Then Toa reveals a note that this robot was broken in the first place and was to be recalled. Busted…

Episode 9
Mihiro picked up a stray cat outside school. She knows regulations won’t allow it but she doesn’t know how to use a computer to look for its owners. Thus she leaves the cat in Toa’s care. As the cat stays at her place, it makes a mess out of things, eat her food, do whatever it wants. You know, what a cat ALWAYS do to piss you off. Thank goodness at the end of the day, there is a reply. The cat is handed back to the little girl and she couldn’t be more grateful. I think Toa couldn’t be more relieved.

Episode 10
Kaoruko is fired up to do a movie and upload it on the school website. A week later, this is the result. This movie is a mish-mash of everything. It has supernatural. It has food eating competition. It has espers and ninjas. Action, drama and yuri romance! All you ask for is right here! Kaoruko loves it so much and approves it but the rest definitely aren’t going to release this risqué movie.

Episode 11
After a long absence, it is time for the fanservice to make its return. Ah, the girls in their swimsuits at a spa resort. Ashe shows off from a high diving platform. Unfortunately she loses her bikini top. Not wanting to lose her modesty, they go after it. Why is it always it must float away to hard to reach places? The other girls are washed away by the various waves. When Ashe finally retrieves it, she slides down the giant slide. Good news is that she has her top. Bad news: Now she lost her bottom…

Episode 12
Just when Kouki is about to enter, Mihiro manages to stop him and send him to do more errands. This is part of their plan to throw him a surprise birthday party as they are in the midst of preparations. When he returns, they throw him a surprise as planned.

Mama Mia Low Specs & Expectations
After the first few episodes, I knew it was going to be bad. But I never thought it would even go lower than my lowered expectations. First of all, the main character never appears! That’s right. The most you see is his shadow and even that is in the final episode. Heck, he doesn’t even have a voice! The damning foreshadowing that Kouki will never appear is at the start of each episode. A board that indicates the presence of the student council members in the room. Always you see Kouki’s name being listed as absent for a variety of reasons ranging from reasonable to absurd. Whether he is away for a meeting or an errand to being away on a journey of self discovery or even overslept! Heck, the final episode even had the cheek to list it as being banned from entering! When a main character like that gets shut out in its own series he is supposed to star in, you know it is going to go downhill from then. So did they lie to us in the synopsis? Unless they used the same synopsis for the anime that was supposed to be for the game.

Therefore this short anime series feels like another generic cute girls doing cute things as well as some sort of promotion for its adult visual novel game of the same name which was released around the time this series started airing. Unfortunately the anime itself doesn’t do much to try and appeal if this is what its purpose. If this is the way they are going to make you curious and play the game, wrong way. It turned me off even further. Sure, they threw in a few lingerie and swimsuit fanservice (and a yuri scene to set our pure hearts aflutter…) just to remind us that this is an ecchi anime but those few scenes are as much as we can get out of it. It is just so freaking standard that any anime can simply come up with shameless underwear and swimsuit scenes with a snap of a finger anytime.

Making it even worse is supposedly the next episode preview. The girls in cut-out illustrations are supposed to let us know more about the world of their game in this segment like introducing the characters and stuffs. Sadly, they end up ranting away that I don’t seem to understand a thing about the game. I don’t even know what it is supposed to be about. Sure, the synopsis of the series. It feels that this section is just a waste of time. To make things even worse, halfway through the series it is like as though they have ran out of topics to talk about this series, so they try to talk about another game I believe is under the same developer, KakoTama. Again, adding a couple of new characters to this segment didn’t do any good. They didn’t really explain well about things so I still have no idea what this game is all about and supposed to be. You can bet that I won’t be checking out this game as well.

The characters are as minimal as they can get, focusing on the main quartet females of the series. It is sad that they do so much random stuffs that their characters suffer a lot. If you want to know more about them, their habits, their traits and their personality from watching this series, you’d be disappointed. Yeah, play the game to know more about them… That’s not what I’m asking for. So what can I tell about them just by watching the anime? Uhm… Toa the expressionless girl good at computer programming, Mihiro’s family runs a restaurant, Kaoruko seems to be another secret mangaka and Ashe… Uhm, Ashe… Blonde twintail. Argh! I’m going with the stereotype. Tsundere character?! And an unusual non-Japanese name means she must be a half foreigner too, right?!

Sometimes I want to draw comparisons of this anime with Seitokai No Ichizon simply because both series focuses on a group of student council members, 4 girls and a boy doing nothing and random things. And the guy always gets owned. Unfortunately as we have seen here that Kouki has been taken out of the picture throughout the series so imagine the fun and havoc this guy would have to go through by dealing with these girls. Ah, such a shame. It could end up pretty similar and close to a rip-off to Seitokai No Ichizon but if they did it in the right and funny way, we won’t mind at all. It is just sad that potential is already taken off from the beginning.

The art and drawing are pretty standard. Since it mixes the anime standard as well as the typical visual novel game style, you can very much see the difference. Of course personally I would prefer the anime style since they look much cuter compared to their original counterparts. So forgive them if you find some scenes to be of low quality and plain because this anime is developed by the relatively new AXsiZ whose only other work was a collaboration with Studio Gokumi to produce Koukaku No Pandora.

Voice acting is decent too and nothing to shout about. Must be one of the easiest voice casting ever having only 4 seiyuus for a series that lasts 3.5 minutes. So we have Mariko Honda as Kaoruko (Kurimu in Seitokai No Ichizon), Megu Sakuragawa as Ashe (Tsubasa in Love Live! S2), Chiyo Ousaki as Mihiro (Sara in Da Capo III) and Mai Goto as Toa (Mizuki in ef series). The ending theme is High Spec Days by Haruna Ooshima. It is a shame that this upbeat anime rock shows great potential if it was adapted to a full length anime series. In such a short series with already disappointments in other departments, it just feels like a waste.

Overall, a disappointing short series and the only good thing was it was short enough so that your suffering of “What did I just watch?” wouldn’t prolong any further. Maybe the game would turn out good or not but that itself is another story to tell. So it goes to show that just by putting in cute girls doing cute things and throwing in a few yummy fanservice don’t quite cut it these days. Fans are demanding more and more so this appalling cock teaser isn’t going to do to bring up its reputation. It is as good as never should be made in the first place. Just like your hidden stash of bad porn that will never ever be found. That makes it both a victory and a loss in this case.

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