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Koi to Senkyou to Chocolate First Impressions: Too Much Phallic Imagery, Not Enough Vehicular Homicide (Inushinde’s Take)

For starting with such a bang, Love and Chocolate and Shit’s first episode really degenerated quickly from intriguing vehicular homicide to guys chomping on phallic symbols and trying to figure out how to avoid having their convenient harem disbanded. There’s whiplash, and then there’s going from a well-animated conspiracy to mundane shit that attempts self awareness with the overall level of competence displayed by the likes of Ali Project openings and Mars of Destruction.

The whole thing bears an uncanny resemblance to the archetypical 80’s high school comedy/drama, where school matters have more weight than they would in any real world situation, except somehow taken further to an extreme rarely seen outside of anime. Thus, student council positions are held and obtained through bribery and coercion, there’s a thriving club dedicated to sampling sweets, and the club’s advisor can drink herself into oblivion without getting her ass fired for drinking on the job. While this all sounds like a surefire formula for the greatest thing ever, Love and Chocolate and Shit manages the incredible feat of making the inherent wackiness into some of the most incredibly boring, predictable antics that could possibly be crammed into one anime.

The writing is shoddy across the board, with the vehicular homicide that the show opened with having no direct connectivity to any of the events in the episode, not even a hint of vague relation. So instead of anything remotely resembling excitement, the episode meanders from plot point to plot point with all the enthusiasm and urgency of a depressive on a continuous morphine drip. But if the synopsis of the episode shows how much apathy the crew had in making it, then the generic characters are the inevitable results of self loathing that they had in adapting it. You have the generic male lead (of course), the annoying childhood friend, the well-endowed foil to their constant bickering, the dojikko, the not-so-ambiguously gay male friend, and a cast of other characters almost unique in their overall blandness.

The establishing post-OP scene really sets a high bar for originality, because I bet hardly anybody’s seen anything like it before. I mean I know for a fact that I’ve never seen something in which the childhood friend wakes the bland male protagonist up, before attacking him in a high-strung frenzy for what she perceives as him sleepily trying to score some pre-class nookie; it’s really encouraging how much the series manages to distinguish itself from absolutely fuck all that’s been released in the last 15 years. While I can’t fault anybody terribly hard for a lack of inspiration in an adapted work, nobody even pretends that they wanted to be associated with this.

In short Love and Chocolate and Shit is a far cry from the election-centric anime that we’ve all been waiting for, and unless the various elements somehow tie together into a cohesive whole, it won’t get any better. I mean it’s not like anybody actually expected this to start off well, but it’s still kind of a bummer.

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  1. Fumoffu!!
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Whilst watching this, I lost count of the amount of times I grimaced.

    The one good scene was the random impromptu acting they started in the middle of the street which verged on amusing. They were taking the piss out of themselves, and for a moment I thought “maybe this won’t be so bad”.

    Suffice to say, my hopes were cleanly and efficiently crushed.

    The school setting is absolutely retarded, and I agree with that girl that a club shouldn’t just consume a load of the schools money to make sweets and eat them. It’s not fair. If they were learning how to make them, that’d be different, but it’s just a club of self indulgence.

    In any case, I have very little hope for this. I think this may get a 2 from me when the season is over.

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      It’s one of those things where it does a crappy job of garnering audience sympathy toward anybody but the supposed villains. There’s no reason for any of this to exist, so caring is pretty much impossible.

  2. Matthew
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Is the main character supposed to have some kind of superpower to see people’s personality traits? I couldn’t figure out what was going on with the propeller and the mask that no one else could see.

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      I think that was supposed to be some kind of attempt at foreshadowing, but it did a pretty shoddy job at doing anything of the sort.

  3. Posted July 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Drat, I was hoping you would bring your good friend Rick Santorum to discuss how to win elections.

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      That would do a disservice to the audience to have a losing presidential candidate explain the intricacies and various homoerotic necessities of running for office.

  4. overlyanimated
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    besides the phallic vehicles, at least the male leads wren’t calling each other by cute nicknames while riding on said phallic vehicles, and playing half naked volleyball together.

    Though it isn’t Moe i would make for a funny ep if they did do that.

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know what you’re getting at here, but it would certainly make this episode more interesting.

      • overlyanimated
        Posted July 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

        Its a reference to a very old movie. I would have been surprised if anyone even got the reference.

  5. Posted July 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t be so violently opposed to this show if there wasn’t:

    1) A beer tap in a high-school club room.
    2) An androgynous moppet from R-15.
    3) Okay, I despise the show even if it weren’t for the first two.

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      If it didn’t manage to make all of these incredibly dull, I’d have some kind of grudging respect for it. It’s just excessive boredom all around, and unfortunately no number of beer taps can change that.

  6. Yagami1
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone else have their fingers crossed for a School Days type of ending?

  7. Nuu
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Damn too bad :/ well at least I know what not to watch

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