Anime-wise, FALL 2013 was pretty nice. You had your basic TREASURES and TRASH, but, of course, that's to be expected. And, for a change, I decided to follow through with over a half-dozen shows (which explains WHY I haven't posted anything since the End Of Summer Roundup). Like I said, there were TREASURES, and there was TRASH---so, let's start off with the TRASH, shall we:
(or, "Yūsha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shūshoku o Ketsui Shimashita!!", OR "I Couldn't Become I Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job!!"---no, REALLY!!!)
PLOT!!!!! and BACKStory!!!!! (and, NOT the Literary Kind, either!!!) FANSERVICE 101!!!
Which would've been a GOOD THING----provided there was some substance to this bullshit. OK---I followed it simply because it was the LATEST in the "MAOU-YUUSHA" (Demon Babe/King and Hero/Heroine HOOKUPS) trend, which officially began with 2012's "AESTHETICS OF A ROGUE HERO" and was cemented this year with "MAOU MAOU YUUSHA". Again, while "MAOYUU"--and the immediate Spring 2013 follow-up, "OVERLORD AT WORK"--were splendid (and downright fucking genius, if you ask me), "YUUSHIBU" was a total fuck-up. Hey, I'm a sucka for some hot Loli Moe-tans (like Ai Austin and Tsukiko--a.k.a. Jon Stewart's WAIFU!!! HA HA!!!!), but, Moe works best when there's a good ass story behind it. (ASS....BEHIND....oh, shit!!! NOVA--one of the characters in this mish-mash--was the Sexual Harassment Poster Child!!! There was this Sir Patrick Stewart-clone always grabbing her ass!!! HELL---bitch even offered our PROTAGONIST the opportunity to Grab Some....and his pussy-ass declined!!!! No, FOR REAL!!!! Sheeeeeeeeeeeet---I'd tap that round Moe Ass in a heartbeat.....**AHEM!!*** Sorry, where was I?!)
YEA---The Story (or whatever there was of it) concerned our Protagonist, Raul Chaser (SEIYUU: Keisuke Koumoto ), who was one of the many candidates for the Hero Academy...which CLOSED OUT on them because the Demon King was dethroned!!!! HA!!! So, it's back to the "real world" (well, one with magic. dragons, etc.) where Raul gets a job as clerk at LEON Magic--sorta a Magic 'Radio Shack' (nevermind, a'ight!!!). There, he meets Nova--she with the tap-able BOOTY (SEIYUU: Madoka Sowa ), mechanic girl LORE (SEIYUU: Kumi Takaragi ), and the Lady Boss-I'd-Love-To-FaLaLaLaLa With, Seara August (SEIYUU: Maina Shimagata ). One day, a new girl stops by the store looking for work (well, she's all hidden under a ghetto hoodie, but, definitely a girl!!). Her name is Fino Bloodstone (SEIYUU: Azusa Tadokoro ), she just so happens to be the PRINCESS of the Demon World.....who's looking for a job since her DAD has been defeated. Sadly, it's all downhill from there because Raul--who wanted to be the Hero to take out the Demon King--just goes all "Big Brother" over Fino, despite the fact that she secretly LOVES him. And, it's a 'slice-of-life' harem show from there, especially when Raul's RIVAL (and Hot Babe-Who-Works-At-RIVAL Magic 'Best Buy' Store....don't ask!!), Airi Altinate--a.k.a. "All 'A' " (SEIYUU: Kanae Iwasaki ), gets involved. Oh, did I mention it's Boobie-Heaven? With some BACKStory thrown in? And no real story?! Ohhhh-kayyyy.....
On the HENTAI Front, we have---
"NUKI DOKI--The Tsundere Demon And Pervert Angel's Cum-Sucking Battle!!!" (and, NO---I'm NOT making this shit up!!!! Ha Ha!!!)
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh...Yeaaaa!!!!!! (and from the same cast as 2011's "Vampire", too!!!)
Trying to pick up PIXY's mantle (since that company is on "haitus"), PORU has brought this...well....ONE OF MY PEERS described it as "if HIGH SCHOOL DxD and SO, I CAN'T PLAY ECCHI?! were taken to their logical extremes"---and he wasn't that far off the mark. Despite the (pixilated!!) fucking, this is more of a R-19 version of those animes, as opposed to some ultra nasty, truly xXx-rated shit like VIPER GTS. Even 2011's/2012's TENTACLE AND WITCHES was sexier than this.
WHAT DOES MAKE THIS A KEEPER--despite it being dull in mostly all of it's departments--are the "moonlighting" superstar Seiyuu involved (as in, "Does SHE sound like 'Kugi-Kugi'?" [YES!!!] and "Is SHE 'Belldandy'?!" [YES, again!!!].). Take out the intercourse scenes, and you can sell this as a TV-18 title. SO--why is it BAD?! Well, it's all "been there, done that" and there is a gratuitous demon-hunting babe character thrown in--and FORGOTTEN, just as quickly. OH YEA--pay the DUDE in the picture NO MIND, 'cuz that's what this OAV does to him. Yup, he's "annonymous"---just a PROP!!!. (I swear--if that AIN'T Rie Kugimiya as our Succubus, working under a psuedonym, then I'll eat my HAT---and I AIN'T WEARIN' ONE!!)
MOVING RIGHT ALONG TO THE BEST OF THE BEST :
Well, what did YOU think would earn that title?! So damn good, it needs NO INTRODUCTION!!!
But, for you whiners, it's "FREEZING: VIBRATION". Hell-2-da-yea!!!
First off: YES---to those who wanted to get spoilers from the Light Novel and Manga---the most controversial story arc in the entire series (with all of it's cringeworthiness and creep-factor) was pulled-off and quickly moved for the next arc. I'm talking about "The Siblings Arc". I won't go into detail, but if you EVER wanted to beat the living shit outta someone for doing....THINGS!!!!!!!!....to......Family!!!!!!.....it would be Satellizer El Bridgette's.....brother.....Louis. Hats off for the animators to tackle something we shall call "The Aunt Sadie Thang". ("It" sounds like--and RYHMES with "interest"--a'ight!) That aside, Season 2 of FREEZING was not for the faint of heart. Naturally, the Pandoras would fight one another to see who's the best--in all it's gory clothes-....and GIRL-....shredding glory. But, this season also gave us the (graphic!!!) "breaking" of a major character (hats off to SEIYUU Yuko Kaida for stepping up to the plate as Elizabeth Mably!), and the shocking transformation of a likeable character into the "Monster" she's rumored to be (SEIYUU Marina Inoue's Chiffon Fairchild is N1-2FW: Not 1-2 Fuck With!! REALLY!!!). And, even though MAMIKO NOTO is the STAR of FREEZING, she gingerly stepped aside to allow the rest of the cast to shine---
especially SEIYUU Suzuko Mimori , who impressed THIS REVIEWER as Amelia Evans in this series, and even moreso as MUCIEL FAOLAN in....
Probably one of the most pleasant surprises in the entire Fall 2013 Anime Season.
QUESTION: WHAT IS AN INVASION?! No, really----what consitutes an invasion? Now, that is a damn good question. What does this have to do with something as joyful and delightful as OUTBREAK COMPANY? you'd be surprised (HELL--I WAS!!!). Anyways, it concerns a otaku named Shinichi (SEIYUU: Natsuki Hanae ), whom, after completing an online test, was drafted as an ambassador--of sorts--to The Holy Eldant Empire. That's a country located................ ....... ............sorry, but that's CLASSIFIED.
Anyhow, once there, our fanboy hero automatically breaks bad with the Supreme Loli......uhhh, RULER!!!...of Eldant, Empress Petralka Anne Eldant III (SEIYUU: Mai Fuchigami ), by calling her what she IS (WARNING: Please Do Not Attempt That At Home!!!). Dumbass is spared from execution--just barely!!--and is put in charge of spreading Otaku culture to the native population. Here, besides humans, you have Dragons of varying species and ethnic natures, dawrves and elves. Even Half-Elves, like our beloved Muciel, who is appointed as Shinichi's Maid. Oh yea, Shinichi even has a BITCH* named Elbia (SEIYUU: Sumire Uesaka ), who loves to draw, and is possibly a spy from the rival nation of...... ...... .....that's CLASSIFIED, too.
(*Don't get mad at me for calling Elbia a 'BITCH', you dumbasses: she's a WEREWOLF!! 'kay!!)
Oh yea, the Japanese Special Defense Force is involved--as "peace keepers" (where have we heard THAT before?), with this hotass glasses-wearing babe, Minori (SEIYUU: Maaya Uchida ), as Shinichi's personal bodyguard. Sickass Yoai Fangirl wants to see Shinichi HOOK UP with Petralka's General (and Cousin!!!), Gallius (SEIYUU: Shinichiro Miki)---and so help me if it doesn't come CLOSE a few times!!! (I said it before, so, I'll say it again: Ya'll YAOI FANGIRLS are ALL WRONG!!! HA Ha Ha HA!!!!).
So, again, the question comes up: what constitues an invasion?! Is there EVEN one?! And most of all, what's with the presence of the JSDF and the secrecy behind this......country?! And, why Otaku culture?!
Yea---OUTBRAK COMPANY is like that. Well worth your time.
MOVING RIGHT ALONG:
"The YUI-CHAN Show", or more specifically...
Part One: "MISS MONOCHROME"-The Animation
Android Idol/Vocaloid created by--and starring--Yui Horie.
Miss Monochrome dreams of being an Idol, much like HER Idol, Kiku-Chan (SEIYUU: Kikuko Inoue). Each episode is 4 minutes of cute goodness, but there's a underlying story as well. Miss Monochrome and Kiku-chan have a past. Say, where did those joy-riding ALIEN INVADERS come from?! Man, I loved this one (and Yui-chan's "android" voice is a hoot!!!). Yui-chan is involved in a couple other shows this Season, while DOG DAYS 3 is still in production. ONE of these is the Second Half of "The Yui-Chan Show":
Time for some hot KOKOU!!! Think "TORADORA"--but in College.
This is one of the 2 shows I'm reviewing that is a full 2-Cours, and will pick-up with Episode 13 in the first week of January 2014. I've never seen TORADORA (lots of my fellow blog peers are kicking my ass because of that!!!), but if it's ANYTHING like GOLDEN TIME, then I'd love to backtrack.
I'm not gonna delve into this too deeply (mainly because it's still running), but my heartstrings were tugged by SEIYUU Ai Kayano 's portrayal of Nana "Linda" Hayashida, who has secret feelings for the male lead, Banri Tada (SEIYUU: Makoto Furukawa), an amnesiac boy she remembered from high school, as only a friend. ENTER KOKOU KAGA (it's Yui Horie, ya'll!!), a free-spirited, abrasive, hot-n-sexy, ASSHOLE of a babe. No, seriously---Kokou is not a pleasant person to be around, especially in the case of certain people. Still, she takes a liking to Banri, and the feeling is mutual. It's also to the point of obsession, as Kokou doesn't like ANY ONE to come between her and Banri. This takes on a heavier meaning when Banri's inner spirit begins to manifest itself. This is the Banri BEFORE the accident where he lost his memory....the Banri who was in LOVE with Linda. The current Banri slowly begins to realize his feelings for Linda--who, now, begins to slowly reciprocate. But then again, there's Banri's CURRENT girlfriend, and Kokou simply ain't having none of that shit---even to the point of discovering (by accident) and CONFISCATING an old photo of Banri and Linda taken during another time and place. MAN---this is deeeeeeeeeeep!!!! I'm loving it!!!
"STRIKE THE BLOOD"
This show has the BEST DAMN FORMAT of ANY SHOW, ever!!!! That include your basic 13-episode Telenovela!!!
We're talking a 2 Cours series here (which will also pick up at Episode 13 in January 2014), but, instead of leaving us on true cliffhanger, we have 6 story arcs, at 4 episodes each, and we already ran through the first 3 like a breeze. So, when this show returns in January, we will be in the 4th arc. Sweet!!!
First off, STRIKE THE BLOOD is a Vampire Show, in the Buffy/Angel vein. Second, it's a (drumroll, please!!!) HAREM Anime. Not quite a "Tenchi-Style" I-Got-ALL-The-BITCHES!! harem, but a damn good one (and, yes, it's a growing BATTLE HAREM---no Damsel In Distresses here!!). Our Hero Vampire, Kojou Akatsuki (SEIYUU: Hoshoya Yoshimasa) is 'The Fourth Progenator'---as in, the world's strongest vampire---and he has to be kept under "observation" by this cute middle-school hottie named Yukina Himeragi (SEIYUU: Rina Taneda), who happens to be a Sword Shaman for The Lion King Organization--and weilds a huge battle-staff that kinda resembles the battle-shovel of a certain "Grave Keeper". Which is fitting, since the same production company behind THE SUNDAY WITHOUT GOD is behind this. Anyways, Kojou is no wimpy pushover, but at the same token, he's NOT Male Maze, either!!! That's right--our Super Vampire doesn't go after the honeys (although, as a vampire, he SHOULD--right!!). Instead, it's the other way around. Usually, said honey wants to KILL him first (Himeragi is No Exception--although HER REASONS are Jealousy based). All this nonewithstanding, Kojou HAS a chick who really has the hots for him, named Asagi Aiba (SEIYUU: Asami Seto), who also has mad computer skills, but DOESN'T KNOW that Kojou is a Vampire--let alone a super powerful one. THEN, there's Kojou and Asagi's homeroom teacher, a 26-year-old (but probably OLDER, although she LOOKS like a) LOLI, named Natsuki (-chan!!!) Minamiya (SEIYUU: Hisako Kanemoto), a supreme witch who controls the very time/space continium in her vicinity. She also knows MORE than she's letting on. Buffy and Angel, eat your hearts out.
Before I continue on with the good of the season, it's back to the BAD....
...as in, BAD GIRL!!!!!! Yuppppppppppppp, she's baaaaaaaaack!!!!!!
Let's hear it for Trouble Girl, AYA HIRANO!!!
Anyway, BOTTOM ROW--2nd FROM THE RIGHT. Yea, that's what we're talkin' 'bout: NANAEL!!!! It ain't QUEEN'S BLADE without Nanael. That includes:
"QUEEN'S BLADE-VANQUISHED QUEENS" OVA ep. 2--
"HOLY GHOST VIOLATION"
It's Layla and AIRI's turn!!!!! Uhhhnnnn-Hunh!!!
OFFICIALLY, the VANQUISHED QUEENS stories are supposed to be what the TITLE implies: The Bad End of our heroines AFTER the 2nd Season and prior to the 3rd Season. In the first OVA--which, according to the timeline, takes place AFTER Episode 6 of BEAUTIFUL WARRIORS, but just before REBELLION--Tomoe and Nowa were captured and tortured by Dogura and Branwen, with Nowa eventually becoming a Hinamoto Preistess, while Tomoe fell into debauchery---no, seriously!!
HOLY GHOST VIOLATION does not fall into that mode, at all. If anything, this episode is (technically) the Sequel to Episode 5 of BEAUTIFUL WARRIORS---only THIS TIME, Aya Hirano didn't fuck with the script, like she did THAT episode. Doesn't matter though, because this is a silly episode. AND, Nanael sports a new look. Anyways, this epsiode takes place about a few decades AFTER Rebellion, as BOTH Nanael AND Layla are dropckicked outta heaven (the main running joke for these two!) for an "indescretion" caused by a "miracle" from Layla. These 2 stooges crash into a tavern, just as AIRI (Kanae Itou) is about to make a meal out of some bastards who are starting trouble. The bar is owned by a young miss, who also takes care of her kid brother on cutches. Airi gets mushy when she sees this boy, because he reminds her of Rana---
and, a PHOTO of the PARENTS of these two doesn't help matters, either. (Yup, the boy LOOKS just like his DAD---whom AIRI used to KNOW!! We'll leave it at that.)
Well, Airi teams up (reluctantly) with the Heavenly Duo to battle "that indescretion", and is mistaken for a wingless angel, by the boy---who, by then, is miraculously healed.
Great to see Nanael back, and to realize what was only hinted at in REBELLION with Layla, but it was even better to see Airi again...and ANOTHER friend of hers (whom shall remain nameless, but I will say this: SHE wasn't voiced by her Original Seiyuu, due that actresses battle with Autoimmune Syndrome last year---SHE BEAT IT, and is BACK!!!).
OK, TWO MORE:
If there was ever an Anime that had the quality of a classic TOHO Sci-Fi Film, it was THIS ONE!!!!
COPPELION---the first thing you're gonna notice, is the LOOK. And HOW the CHARACTERS are (a)out of place with the backgrounds, and (b)how the color-scheme is purposely 'washed out'. It all added to the sheer eeriness of the post-nuclear meltdown that hit Tokyo in this series. Think Chernyobl!!! It's just that same barren emptiness. Into this desolated, uninhabitable former capitol comes 3 girls (SEIYUUS Haruka Tomatsu, Kana Hanzawa and Satomi Akesaka)----and they aren't wearing ANY protective gear. Genetically engineered "dolls", they were created to withstand nuclear radiation, so as to go into places--like "after Tokyo"--and retrieve human survivors/stragglers. The first 4 episodes were, as far as I'm concerned, a stand-alone work of great science fiction (thus, the TOHO allusion). It only got "campy" during the second section with the arrival of RIVAL "dolls", the Ozu Sisters, played by Yui Horie and Maaya Sakamoto. HERE'S where you Otaku chops also come into play: the CREATORS of the Anime took a pot-shot at Maaya Sakamato, mainly due to the parts she has been known to play (hey, look her up in ANN). By time the 3rd Section rolled around, it started to get a bit serious again...just a bit. Mainly, it was a race to GET OUT of Tokyo before the Fallout Cloud hits that place like a hurricane....only with the Ozu Sisters throwing a monkey wrench into the whole thing. Before the whole story is over, you're gonna get a good feeling in your heart as you learn what it REALLY means to be.......Human.
And FINALLY, the SERIES that FOLKS SHOULD'VE BEEN WATCHING, but were skittish about:
(or, "Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!" a.k.a. "Wanna Be The Strongest In The World!!", OR "In JAPAN, Even Our POP STARS Can Kick Your Ass!!")
This is ABOUT Women's Professional Wrestling. DON'T THINK WWE/WWF, or TNA. THINK ALL-JAPAN PRO!!!
YOUTUBE BANNED THE FIRST PREVIEW OF SETSUYA!!!! No, I'm NOT shitting you---they TOOK IT DOWN!!!
All because of Sakura Hagiwara (SEIYUU: Ayana Taketastu) writhing in agony of a Boston Crab from Rio Kanzawa (SEIYUU: Haruka Tomatsu), while her breasts were sweating and heaving as she was giving us the show info. No Nudity--just agonizing screams and heaving chest (OH---and Rio's ASS planted FIRMLY on Sakura's shoulders and pointed at the camera).
That's right: It's all about the screams of pain and some very intimate angles. BUT, do NOT (let me reitterate!!)--Do NOT Expect A PEEP SHOW from SEKATSUYA, because, despite the angles and a couple of shower scenes (literally---only about 3-4 shower/bath scenes throughout the whole series), this show is about wrestling. As in: the HOLDS that can literally CRIPPLE you for LIFE!!! There are authentic Full/Half-Boston Crabs, Indian Deathlocks, Sleeper Holds, Step-Over Toe Holds, Figure Fours, Abdominal Octopus Holds and Full Nelsons all applied in this anime--and the angles (especially those supposedly sexy crotch angles) EMPHASIZE them. In one scene, Sakura is bent back so far that you can see the BEND near the small of her back.
Scary thing is, Sakura doesn't give in and quit. I was expecting wardrobe malfunctions galore, but instead came away from this with a big smile that Studio Arms played it straight (although, they could've been THEMSLEVES--but didn't.).
Now, in the past, I have seen Rumiko Takahashi's MARIS THE CHOJO and Kenichi Sonada's WANNA-BE'S, but those were played for laughs and done in a fantasy situation. SEKASTUYA didn't BULLSHIT you!!! Sakura DID NOT WIN her first 65 MATCHES!!! Let that sink in for a moment. She went out there and got the living shit beat out of her, but she never gave up. How did all this start? All because her Idol Group's manager was looking for a cross-promotional with Women's Pro Wrestling. Just like Idol Singers take pride in what they do, so do wrestlers---and they don't take kindly to anyone belittling their sport. The only thing close to a kayfabe ("reality") "story-line" is during the final arc, when Sakura meets up with the "assassin" from the rival Promotion, Blue Panther. The MATCH wasn't pretty!!! But, in the end, Sakura was given a choice: Wrestling or Idol Singing. Her answer was obvious.
STILL, if you're looking for the real ecchi in SEKASTUYA, wait for the DVD/BD Extras. Yea, it gets silly--a whole world away from the parent series. Think a QUEEN'S BLADE or FREEZING OVA, and you'll get the point.
WHEW!!!!!!! WHOOOOOO-DOGGGIE!!!! That's THAT--until after January!!!
DATE A LIVE 2 begins in April, with The Yamai Sisters to start things off, so I'll be looking for that.
SUPER SONICO.........uhhhhhhhh...I'll THINK about it.
MY SISTER IS UNUSUAL: ghostly possession and Win-cest....hmmmmmm, welll...
SAILOR MOON 2014......hmmmmmmm
Sorry, but FUCK NO!!!! I'm Serious!!!! THIS IS PURE BULLSHIT!!!! And I'm NOT gonna waste my time on it. Plain and M-F-N Simple!!!!
Well, that's about it until January 2014.
So, until NEXT TIME, I'll
SEE YA', THEN !!!