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Ebiten First Impressions: Just What Anime Needed


This is a season chock full of excellent series that transcend the anime medium to become something real. Who Is Imouto?, Campione, Yuru Yuri Two Eighth-Notes, and Dog Days’ are among the most well-regarded series that the summer season has churned into the audience’s collective gaping mouth; but alas, they’re simply not enough to satiate our appetite for quality anime. No, we needed bigger. We needed better. We needed a show that dared to put everything else to shame and denounce the twin evils of originality and effective comedy.

It wasn’t asking a lot, and yet no shows stepped forward. Jinrui ended up being incredibly entertaining with biting satire. Binbougami decided to actually be good and provide Looney Tunes-esque slapstick that anime hasn’t been able to achieve in awhile. But one series dared to be aggressively mediocre. It stood on top of a shoddily-constructed box and screamed at an apathetic world “I’m not different! I’m just like every other shitty fanservice manga adaptation! Look at me with disinterest and immediately forget that I exist!” Campione eat your heart out, there’s an even more insipid show on the block—Ebiten!

Ebiten knows that people would simply expect more of it if it started out as genuinely entertaining, and the last thing that it wants is to be remembered as a decent show. So it starts on a high note by having the characters act like sex-crazed teenagers with the minds of six year olds, and never having them break out of this mentality. But lest you think that it’s just all pointless fanservice, Ebiten also asks the hard questions, ones that have plagued our ancestors since they first stopped trepanning to get rid of headaches. Not only that, it answers all of them with “Saint Seiya parody hahaha! Get it? Because astronomy is vaguely related to Saint Seiya in the same way that slime mold is vaguely related to people!”

Probably best of all, all the jokes segue together with little to no cohesion or logic. Stuff just kind of happens without reasoning, getting progressively nonsensical as it goes on. It’s like riding on a carousel that goes at about three miles an hour, only lasts two minutes, and yet still leaves you nauseous by the end just because it’s so terrible. Ebiten is the rare show that somehow overwhelms with insubstantiality, answering the audience’s questions as to why they’re watching it with the same Saint Seiya punchline. While it’s not the worst thing out there, it’s so insipid that it’d might as well be. Just what this season needed more of!

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  1. Posted July 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    When I was writing my first impressions of it yesterday, I was a bit surprised that no one of you did this before me. I thought even that you didn’t want to, judging by Scamp’s “Arrrgggh get it away from meee!!!” from season preview. And I fully undestood, this is the worst thing this season and one of the worst I have ever watched.

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      I wasn’t going to, but my writing’s been somewhat in a slump lately and I needed something to jumpstart it… no matter how godawful it was. What irritated the most is it seemed to revel in how annoyingly mediocre it was.

  2. Posted July 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Eat your heart out, Yamakan.

  3. PWGCage
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t bothered with this due to the low quality of the rips, nice to know i’m not making a mistake

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      There’s a reason that nobody’s bothering to make the rips decent quality. It’s streaming in decent quality if you’re desperate to see it, but somehow I doubt that you’re willing to go out of your way to do so.

  4. Posted July 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    It basically comes down to this: can you make a show that aggressively says it doesn’t want to be funny? Yeah, that’s Ebiten for you. Kudos for checking it out and writing about it. Now don’t write about it again :D

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 23, 2012 at 6:17 am | Permalink

      I’ll be more than happy to oblige!

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