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[In which I review] New anime, Summer 2011

Jhiday

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(And it reminds me one day I really ought watch Durarara!! so I can see the 'non-gritty' version.)
Wait, what ? Durarara!! is about as gritty as Kamisama no Memochou, if not more. It's an exploration of the seedy underbelly of Ikebukuro, with all that entails (gang wars, immigrant slums, human trafficking...). And we also get the same kind of dark introspective character explorations (I'm looking at you, episode #2 !).

The main difference (besides Durarara!!'s writing being in a different league altogether) is that it's urban fantasy (with several supernatural characters wandering around), while Kamisama no Memochou seems more "realistic".
 

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Wait, what ? Durarara!! is about as gritty as Kamisama no Memochou, if not more. It's an exploration of the seedy underbelly of Ikebukuro, with all that entails (gang wars, immigrant slums, human trafficking...). And we also get the same kind of dark introspective character explorations (I'm looking at you, episode #2 !).
I misquoted the reviewer whom compared it to Durarara!! The actual term was 'less flippant.'

They're showing Durarara!! on Cartoon Network now. I probably ought to look into that.
 

Jhiday

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Manyuu Hikenchou
(12 episodes)

What's it about ?

Ninjas with light-emitting bodies... wait, no, that's just the censorship.

Ninjas who steal breasts from each other (and from the common people). No, seriously, that's the plot. Despite being feudal Japan, they've somehow got access to advanced enough surgery to do that.

Characters

Chifusa Manyuu, second daughter of the breast-stealing Manyuu clan, and Daddy's favourite, is our protagonist. For reasons that aren't quite clear to me, she starts the episode by running away from the village. So OF COURSE she runs into...

Ouka, the poor woman whose breasts were stolen by Daddy Manyuu to give to Chifusa. Before she recognizes our "hero", she nurses her back to health... and in the end she easily forgives Chifusa for no good reason.

Kagefusa Manyuu, Chifusa's older sister, leads the hunt against her (she's a bit bitter about the "Daddy's favourite" part). For added villainy points, she was the one who captured Ouka for the breast-stealing. Not that she needs that, as she spends the whole episode being gratuitously evil while fondling and/or raping anything female in sight. Somehow nearly every shot of her is censored, which suggests she's a walking wardrobe malfunction.

Kaede, Chifusa's sidekick which she abandoned "for her own safety"... Well, if you count "having your breasts stolen by Kagefusa as punishment" as "safety", I guess. Again, despite having every reason to be bitter against our "hero", she eventually rejoins her without resentment.

There's a couple of other characters who get a scene of foreshadowing that leaves me none the wiser about what their deal is. Oh, and Daddy only ever appears in flashback, so I doubt he's still among the living.

Production Values

It's a bit hard to judge, considering that there's heavy censorship in nearly every shot. And we're talking about "big rays of light obscuring half the screen" censorship at best (there are some shots where we only see one person's head against a white background).

Then again, it's very obvious that this is softcore porn, with bondage and on-screen rape every other scene (Kagefusa's usually the one who inflicts it, of course). Even with the censorship, the fanservice level is already through the roof.

Overall Impression

I've had trouble summing up above the full stupidity of the premise. Did I mention that one's social status depends entirely on the size of their breasts ? That Chifusa's inherited a secret scroll with a special sword technique allowing to magically steal someone else's breasts ? (I swear I'm not making this up.) That Chifusa's big objective is to "transmit the Manyuu techniques to the public", whatever that means ? (So it'll be a free-for-all between everyone to steal each other's breasts ? How would that improve the situation ?) It's just astounding how bizarrely inane the plot is.

You might consider watching this for the lulz. This would be a mistake : the plot is an incoherent mess that took me a while to decypher, Kagefusa's RAPE RAPE RAPE behaviour is tremendously unpleasant, and most of the action is rendered impenetrable by the censorship. There's just nothing to enjoy here.

Well done, show, you've managed to be worse than R-15. I knew you had the potential, but that was far worse than my (already low) expectations.
 

Jhiday

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To steal someone else's catchphrase : I watch it so you don't have to.
 

Dawgstar

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Manyuu Hikenchou

Well done, show, you've managed to be worse than R-15. I knew you had the potential, but that was far worse than my (already low) expectations.
To quote a wise man, "Huh." You'd think a fanservice-y ninja show would be along the lines of Battle Girls: Time Paradox, a fanservice-y samurai show. I guess... I guess you'd be wrong. Yikes.
 

Wolfgang von Bek

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Definitely going to be watching
Mawaru Penguindrum: Absolutely beautiful artwork, had me laughing and crying in the same episode and I still have no clue what the plot is.
Kami-sama no Memu-chou: I like the way they wove the seriousness of the case with the absurdity of the cast without damaging ether's appeal.

Giving a few more episodes to Mayo Chiki to see where its going.

still need to watch Usagi Drop and Kamissama Dolls.
 

Jhiday

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Cat God (Nekogami Yaoyorozu)

What's it about ?

Slice of life comedy about mini-gods hanging around on Earth.

Characters

Mayu, our protagonist, a mini-god sent down to Earth 4 years ago because she kept skipping curfew and going out gambling. Dad was mellow enough to let it go, but Mom put her foot down. Anyway, she spends a lot of her time playing videogames.

Yuzu, the poor human woman Mayu is rooming with. (I don't think it's ever explained how that happened.) She's mostly there to suffer and be nice to everybody.

We see quite a few other mini-gods hanging around, but they're all already blurring together in my mind. The plot of the week involves a poverty god wreaking havoc in the city, but the twist is so dumb I'm trying my best to forget about it.

Production Values

Bright and shiny artwork with everyone in super-deformed character designs that make them look like toddlers. Okay for what it is, and thankfully devoid of fanservice.

Overall Impression

Deathly dull and instantly forgettable, if you hadn't guessed from my pitiful attempts at remembering anything about it mere hours after watching it. It's another of those comedies that aren't funny in the least, but it has the good grace of being completely inoffensive, which is better than several shows I've reviewed in this thread. But there's nothing worth watching here.
 
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