Looking back over my old first impressions posts, I’ve come to learn that they can be very misleading indeed. Crap will always be crap and if I’ve marked a show as being pretty terrible, it generally turns out terrible if I, for some reason or another, decided to go back to it. However when asking about mediocrity or what’s the best of the season, that’s where the lines really start to blur. If anything, I tend to be more accurate with my season previews than first impressions. So keep that in mind, these are knee-jerk reactions.
My Rating System Explained!
A = If you watch anything this season, watch this
B = Very good, sometimes surprisingly so.
C = If you have the time, you should check this out
D = Not my kind of thing, I won’t be watching this
E = Bad. Very bad, ignore this show
F = Frustratingly awful
Ladies vs Butlers
The disconcerting lack of noses. That rather disturbing faceplant scene. That hair that looks like giant alien mutant croissants. Making references to the hair looking like drills while not making a single Gurren Lagann reference. A loli with which its ok to show panty flashes of because she’s really 17. The constant reuse of the same old anime tropes with nothing at all to call its own.
The whole idea of creating a school teaching people which class they belong to. The nipples that long to burst out of their fabric confines and make themselves known to the world. An ‘everything is dull’ start that was done a bizzilion times better by FLCL. Those scenes that are completely obscured by white smoky bars to make you buy the dvd.
Phew, that’s all the faults I can think of for now. In a way this episode was kind of refreshin. It’s nice to know that the anime industry is still capable of churning out crap this unwatchable. It continues to boggle my mind why anyone would watch this stuff when they could just buy real porn that actually shows proper stuff and lets those nipples out of their fabric confines. Stop watching this crap and let those nipples free!
Legend of Koizumi
I don’t get it. Koizumi is all manly and stuff and he whoops on those communist pigs. Yeehaa!!! Yeah, in the course of this 6-7 minute run there wasn’t a single thing that even made me grin on the inside. It acted like it was being funny, oh yes. Full of totally over-reacting faces and such. It never was funny though.
Cobra the Animation
Anyone remember that show Princess Lover from last summer? It had god-awful plotting, the most horrible animation and was steeped in all sorts of things that you would associate with a crap anime. Yet, despite everything, the show wasn’t terrible, thanks to whoever the genius was who wrote the script. That man was an absolute master at his trade and wasted on a show like Princess Lover.
Something slightly similar has happened in Cobra. The animation is godawful, which shocked me originally because I thought it was done by Madhouse (actually it’s done by Magic Bus, whoever the hell they are). Those women must be slightly chilly in their older-women version of Strike witches outfits. But this show has the character of Cobra, who I just couldn’t help loving.
His explanation for his wounds healing quickly was that he eats two bowls of cornflakes everyday. Now there’s a man I can connect with! He reminds me of Johnny Bravo more than anything and he’s wasted in this otherwise disastrous anime. I never ended up finishing Princess Lover so I dare say I won’t finish this anime either, but for now I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
Who exactly is this show aimed at? Let me explain. This is an unusual mix between drowning in panty-flashes and a tale of growing pains for teenage girls. In fact it’s a perfect mix between the two. In that sense I can’t work out if it’s meant to be aimed at paedophiles or pre-teen girls. In fact I’m almost swing towards the latter.
Now since I’ve never been a pre-teen girl myself (never thought I’d have to say that) I can’t say I know the growing pains they experience. Maybe there is actually a lot for these young women to relate to in this show such as the worrying thoughts of transferring to adult underwear and feeling both disgusted and jealous at girls who already have. If this wasn’t anime I’d be certain that this was an educational show.
It’s not actually a terrible show. But it’s certainly not watchable. I guess you either have to be a paedophile, a pre-teen girl or someone who has suddenly decided that their career path shall be in underwear design to actually watch this show. Everyone else, there’s nothing to see here. It’s not bad enough to be worth your time.
In accordance to tradition, the crappier anime air early on so everybody can instantly claim this season is terrible and ignore the good stuff that starts appearing on the 7th and 8th.