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MM! episode 1

You have seen this anime before.

MM! is yet another light novel adaptation. You have seen this before. It’s a slightly worse version of Baka to Test while being a slightly better version of Mayoi Neko Overrun. It’s doesn’t flaunt panties in your face like Ladies vs Butlers but aims at more visual humour than Seitokai no Ichizon. The character designs have that same lack of nose that the likes of Kanokon had and the whole aesthetic feels like pretty much everything else we’ve ever seen from late 00’s Xebec. You know what you’re getting into. You know what the humour is going to be like. MM likes to think it’s edgy because it has masochists and cross-dressers, but that’s just yet another leap in the desperate direction to find something to outdo its competition. The lead is still a flat-chested tsundere. The nurse is still a sex bomb. The friend is still a nervous moe girl who hits the main character when he touches her. They still dress up in maid outfits. You have seen this all before.

I’m not going to say I’m sick of seeing these anime. It’s not like I ever enjoyed them anyway. Baka to Test temporarily drew me in with the Shaft aesthetic, which I’m quite partial to, before it became apparent that it had pretty much the exact same set of jokes every single other one of these LN adaptations had and repeated them ad infinitum. The problem is the margin for profit is so low when it comes to LN adaptations that they’re really easy money. Despite what people might tell you about moe selling, these types of anime don’t sell that well. But there’s a hardcore fanbase who will lap the dvd releases up to get the NSFW extras (which MM has already announced it will have) and they’re enough to get them over the profit margin.

Rather strangely, if Baka to Test is anything to go by, LN adaptations have also slowly tried to infiltrate the fujioshi market as well. There was more than one man in this show with his top button of his shirt missing, revealing his curiously hairless chest. A few curls wouldn’t go amiss you know.

In short, moe is the cancer that is killing the industry rawr rawr rawr, but a bit of intelligence in the writing can perk up any series. It’s been a year since Bakemonogatari ended its tv run. Since then there’s been Seitokai no Ichizon, Kampfer, A Nogizaka Haruka sequel, Sacred Blacksmith, Ladies vs Butlers, Baka to Test, Omamori Himari, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimou, Mayoi Neko Overrun, Ookami-san and now MM! in the world of LN adaptations. There has also been Durarara and A Certain Scientific Railgun (which I’m not a fan of but at least attempts to do something a little differently from all those listed above). I guess that is a bit of Sturgeons Law in effect, but all those listed are so similar to each other, you have to wonder when the bubble for these shows is going to burst. There was a time, in the past, when LN adaptations meant Full Metal Panic, Kino’s Journey, Haruhi Suzumiya and Baccano. Now? It means MM!

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12 Comments

  1. Ragnarok
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Is really rally sad indeed, but what is more worrying is not the number of light novel adaptations, but the novel itself.
    If the core of the adaptation is rotten then of course we will get a lot of boring moe moe animations without a good plot.
    I don’t have anything against those who make LN adaptations but against the writers.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      But were LNs always like this and they weren’t being adapted before? If so, then it really is moe killing the industry here. Because moe sells, they’ve been picking up moe wherever they can find it and have realised there’s a whole pile of it in LNs.

      I think what’s actually the case is the moe boom spread into LNs at the same time because the format does well with shallow conversations that go nowhere and cute girls.

      It’s still moe. Fucking moe everywhere

  2. Posted October 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    A mostly on-the-mark rant. At least we’re not yet getting anime adaptations of mobile phone novels. Not yet, anyway. (I guess they’re aimed at a completely different demographic.)

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

      It wasn’t meant to be a rant but it came out that way in the end. Oh well.

      btw phone novels probably aren’t that far away yet. Consider Hetalia being released on mobile phones and Starry Sky following the same format shows that the two are starting to cross borders

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Balls.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted October 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      I need to stop laughing so hard at these jokes.

      • Scamp
        Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

        Yes. Yes you do

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  5. Posted October 5, 2010 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    I had high hopes for this show, but the first episode pretty much sucked. Wasn’t funny. It was pretty much just annoying at every turn. I laughed at one part, but I already forgot what part that was.

  6. Posted October 5, 2010 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    There has always been crappy light novel adaptations. There always will be. If it was going to kill the industry, it would have done so already.

    We will always have moe….but we will always have series that are not moe as well. Heck, I’m not sure why that matters as this didn’t feel moe to me. o.o Back in days, the word ‘moe’ may not have existed, but the characters still did.

    Anywho, is Xebec. Why expect anything else?

    • Posted October 5, 2010 at 1:32 am | Permalink

      Though looking at it, they once did Nadescio. That seems to be the only amazing thing they did. Though Pandora Heart’s was pretty cool.

      What’s really sad is Xebec is the name of an awesome ship. And they took the name for a company of fanservice shows. ;_; Poor boat.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 5, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

      Xebec did Love Hina. I know most people toss that into the same category as everything else they do, but it got me into anime so I will never hold that against them.

      Pandora Hearts was good (and very unloved in the blogosphere) but it would have been better if done by a different studio. Xebec just got their hands on a good manga

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