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Ichiban Ushiro No Daimao episode 1

Demon King something-or-other is one of these Harry Potter esque school life magical anime, reminiscent of Negima and so on. The lead character is mildly interesting, the animation is pretty clean cut and the music is surprisingly non-sucky. But it has that one thing that I’ve come to detest in anime: Pointless upskirt shots, and lots of them.

I mean, look at that. I don’t mind it when they have an imaginary flashforward to Demon King ripping off the clothes of beautiful women. I don’t see any problem with sexualising a scene with extra bonus shots when a girl is trying to seduce a guy. Nor do I even mind shower scenes or the like. Heck, I’m not that pushed if you have panty shots because a girl is leaping through the air with a skirt on. In fact, that’s almost preferable because you will naturally show off your underwear if you’re riding around on a Ride Back like Ogata Rin, otherwise you get bizarre anti-grav skirts like Kuniko in Shangri-La. But just showing a panty shot for the hell of things like this pisses me off. It’s the height of bloody laziness. Nothing needs to be happening, they just felt like showing you her ass.

I usually say that the first anime I watched weekly was Spice and Wolf in the Winter of 2008. That’s not actually true. The first anime I tried watching as it came out in Japan was that pile of crap called Rosario to Vampire. That’s like your first anime, the one you are meant to have loads of nostalgia for, your gateway drug, was actually the second anime you watched at the first was actually Futakoi. I have a lot of ill-feeling towards Rosario to Vampire because of that. You’ve ruined perfect story-telling properties of my anime fandom while simultaneously sucking horribly. Oh, and providing lots of ass shots for the sake of showing ass shots. She didn’t even need to move. You just get a nice helpful dosing of ass.

The censorship pirate-eye is strong in this one.

The actual anime itself isn’t exactly terrible. But fuck it, I’m not in the mood to sit through pointless lazy ass shots. Give me B Gata H Kei over this any day. At least she has a bloody excuse for ripping off her top.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted April 4, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    The manga for Rosario Vampire was so much better then the anime, though it’s still a harem story no matter you look at it.

    Well, I’ll know not to bother with this one! I usually don’t notice random panty shots, but the look pretty hard to miss in this.

  2. Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t seen a first episode so cheaply animated since Il Teatrino, and that was wretched. I don’t really want to tell you to check it out again because it sure ain’t worth it, but there were so many still pans, background characters never moved, and other obvious animation shortcuts I was aghast this tripe made it out the studio door.

    I don’t want to go back and comment on every other of your 1st impression posts, but I’ll just say I’ve had nearly opposite reactions to yours on every show up until this one. I liked Heroman, skeptical about Angel Beats, think B Kata H Kei is unwatchable, and will give generic shoujo (Kaichou no Maid-sama) a chance.

    Just a difference of expectations?

  3. Scamp
    Posted April 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    @Janette

    Never, ever reccomend me a manga that has an anime adaptation already. I have never preffered a manga to an anime in my life

    @kadian1364

    That’s surprising but not entirely unexpected. I kinda predicted that this season would have a wide spread with no all-encompasing hit. I thought Angel Beats had potential for everyone to love it but so many people seem displeased by the first episode. I don’t think it’s expectations either. While they can skew my opinion slightly, they won’t alter it wildly either.

  4. Posted April 8, 2010 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Well, I wouldn’t recommend it, as it’s a guilty pleasure of mine rather then a masterpiece. I guess I was trying to voice that I agree the anime is crap, but I didn’t want to say the whole thing as crap. I don’t really recommend manga so much, as I don’t read much myself. I don’t like scanlations.

  5. Raenachankisstwinlov
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    i saw it and it was awesome like x#

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