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Hiiro no Kakera episode 1

Future Diary is on a break this week, but who cares about Future Diary anymore ? Not me, oh lawdy me. That show is old news and now smells worse than your mother’s cootch. We’ve got new shiny unsullied anime to watch and be thoroughly disappointed by. So grab your nearest dakimakura and get ready to self-insert into the latest bland ineffectual MC-kun gets surrounded by beautiful members of the opposite sex.

Meet Pototo-chan, so named because replacing her character with a potato on a stick would have exactly the same effect on the story. However unfortunately the potato market for insert characters has never been particularly profitable, so the skin drawn over this ball of inneffectual-ness is that of a generic female, making it easier for girls to project themselves into her. She’s moved to Unspecifiediland where she is infused with a ~magical power~ that means scores of beautiful boys start talking to her for no adequately explored reason. Oh, and the power helps her protect the temple from raging CGI monstrosities or something. How she does this is unclear, considering she’s about as useful in a fight as a rubber duck, but I’m sure the exposition granny will explain this to us at some point. You know how anime like Stand Alone Complex or Un-Go taxes your mind by forcing you to think about complex political policies? Hiiro no Kakera taxes your mind by testing to see if you can stay awake through long dull exposition dumps.

The animation is all a bit of a joke. When it’s not just talking heads, it’s cuts like this. The somersault was animated by someone who had never watched someone complete a somersault in real life but understood the general idea. It’s like he took the outline of the character in Flash and then rotated him a bit. But of course nobody watching this particularly cares about good animation (although good presentation would make exposition dumps less tedious to sit through), they care about pretty character designs! I can’t particularly comment on attractiveness, but I can comment on how effeminate they look. On a scale from 1-10 where 1 is a character from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and 10 is they just look like flat-chested girls, the guys here rank around a 7. Not quite Ouran Host Club levels of effeminate, but hardly brimming with masculinity either.

Hiiro ni Kakero is a reverse harem through and through. They even introduced an enthusiastic wing(wo)man character. The selection of bishies could easily be genderswapped and fit perfectly into regular harem stereotypes. The legal shota. The dozy bookworm. The kind glasses-wearing senpai. We men and women aren’t so different in our fetishes after all.

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  1. RogerMoore
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Not nearly enough toothbrushing for my taste.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

      Toothbrushing is the cancer that is killing the anime industry

      • Posted March 7, 2012 at 1:41 am | Permalink

        Toothbrushing is the cavity that is killing the anime industry.

        The shining enamel that was the pre-toothbrushing world of anime is no more.

    • Posted March 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      what about you speak guys?Wikipedia

  2. Ando
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    That somersault did get a laugh out of me. I even went back and watched it again once I’d finally given up on the show (about two-thirds in).

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    At least I have taste in my men.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

      No, you like men who beat people



      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

        Oh Captain~ <3

  4. Teela
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    well you are wrong, a potato makes for a more interesting main character!!! at least that would get me LOLing more than that terrible animation.

  5. leokiko
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    As expected….it’s crap.

  6. 3242
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    “We men and women aren’t so dif­fer­ent in our fet­ishes after all.”
    How else do you think harem animes sell so well? I bet 1/3 of the buyers of those are female!

    • Someone Else
      Posted March 8, 2012 at 2:15 am | Permalink

      Lesbians? Aw my gawd!

      Anyways I’m not against reverse harem, but I got a bad feeling on this so I just simply didn’t watch. If its going to be as entertaining as Ouran High then I might give it a chance

  7. Erif
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    What would be funny if they introduced another character who ranked a 1 on the “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” scale. Step aside, effeminate males!

    Posted March 17, 2012 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    I just wonder how these mangas were for them to be even considered for an adaptation. I have to surf through loads of shit just to find 1 good thing to watch -_-

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