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Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai episode 1

I get depressed watching the generic cycle-through-the-clichés eroge adaptations. I get horrified watching a bunch of girls being insufferably nice to each other. I get annoyed watching sexual acts being mentioned and then thinking that constitutes as a joke. But there are two kinds of anime in this world that make me rage. The first is anything by Go Nagai. The second is self-referential otaku crap. Oretachi ni Tsubasa is exactly that, and boy did this show ever piss me off.

This is the ultimate example inward looking self-referential otaku pandering piece of shit that I hate. The jokes (when they’re not mentioning sexual acts and then pretending that counts as a joke) is that the characters are all standard anime stereotypes and pull off standard anime stereotype acts or responses, but they reference the fact that they are pulling these otaku stereotype acts so that means it’s like, soooo funny! Or they pretend the character is going to act one direction that boring old VN style characters go in but then yell the fact that they’re going in a different direction and ho ho ho I’m laughing so hard that I stabbed myself in the eye. Fanservice too. I think it’s meant to be ironic use of fanservice. Here’s panties oh ho ho aren’t we funny because we showed you panties. You’re all pedophiles anyway so here’s some 6-year old girl in black lace panties too. There was censor tape over the crotch region that obscured only a tiny part of the panties, but if you get the DVD release you get that 6-year old camel toe you’ve been dying to fap too. Hurrah!

The show is awful in a general sense too, apart from my personal rage point of self-referential crap. The animation is dreadful. The characters all look the exact same except with different hairstyles. Wait no, I take that back, their hairstyles are pretty much the same too. You would think that I would have at least been able to tell the characters apart by their personalities since they were meant to be lampshading stereotypes, but they all yelled their responses anyway so it made no difference to me in the end. The direction of the show has the focus of a goldfish, giving up halfway through some gags because ooh look another girl with the exact same face, body, outfit, hairstyle and personality has appeared, let’s get a little kid to pull down her panties yay! Best part of the episode was where they stuck the characters in a fantasy setting in the ending song, if only because I would much prefer to watch any sort of generic fantasy anime over this pile of shite.

*deep breath*

OK, I’m done.

And to think there’s still the Go Nagai anime coming up…

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  1. Posted April 6, 2011 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    This thing will probably sell just enough to turn a profit so they can make more…sadly.

    Posted April 6, 2011 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Yuck. I didn’t even watch it and I already feel sick :C

  3. Posted April 6, 2011 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    Beginning of the blogging season is always rough.

    • Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:05 am | Permalink

      Blogging has seasons?

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

        *anime season

        I’d been doing accounting homework for 5 hours and had a doctor’s appointment before that. I was nothing short of fried.

  4. mcm38
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    That’s why I almost never watch romance anime anymore. You should always check wether it’s general rating is high and read at least a few reviews of first episodes. Like I did in here.

    I think good romance anime got extinct.

    • mcm38
      Posted April 6, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      And I found so many good romance manga. None of them gets animated. The producers are losing their touch.

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:21 am | Permalink

        I agree so much! There NEEDS to be more good romance! I can’t get enough of a well crafted romance! But instead they shove crappy eroge in our face. Why?
        By the way, what manga were that? I think I would know most of them since I read more manga than anime, but new stuff ist always good.

      • mcm38
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 9:34 am | Permalink

        Yankee-kun to Megane-Chan
        Dengeki Daisy
        Superior (you may not like it, I did)
        Mysterious Girlfriend
        Medaka Box
        Emma (Bangaihen)
        And no matter how much Scamp doesn’t like it. I still did.
        The World God Only Knows (altough it did get animated)
        Records of a Fallen Vampire (great plot)

        There may be a few more, but these are all I can remember atm.

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink

        But Medaka Box sucked to the point that I dropped it and I don’t drop manga.

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink

        I agree with this. They should just suck it with these eroge adaptations.

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        Since you liked Yankee-kun to Megane-chan and Dengeki Daisy, I would also suggest you
        Ore-sama Teacher
        Yandere Kanojou (Yandere comes from Yankee-dere, she’s actually a Tsundere.)
        Ah, and Otoyomegatari from the same mangaka who made Emma is also really good.
        I think you know Lovely Complex? (Even though that was animated.)
        Thank you! I will check out Superior. The art looks gorgeous, it kinda reminds of Asumiko Nakamuras manga.

      • mcm38
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

        I actualy only read Medaka, because of Zenkichi. Just added cause it got romance in it and some may like it.

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

        Ah, but I would say that Psyren is more an action/mystery manga than romance, even though we have three official pairingsand one almost official pairing. You could interpret how you want it, but It still think that Hiryuu and Tatsuo are gay. I totally want a Psyren anime… NOW! Come on, it’s a really good shonen, and the plot is good too.

      • mcm38
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

        o.O Yaoi fan? I tought Tatsuoo and Hiryuu cared for each other as best friends. Psyren is an action manga, but seeing how there is also a mutual love interest growing between pairs, I tought it could also be called a romance manga.

        Btw, tx for the recommendations, I think I especially will like that Yandere. If it’s got a nice Tsundere main char.

  5. illumi
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Thanks for letting me know. Now I’ll watch it to kill time and make my self suffer. Just like how I did watching Dragon Crisis, Infinite Stratos and Rio Rainbow Gate(BEST SERIES OUT OF THE SEASON)

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Fuck yeah Rainbow Gate!

  6. Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Well, there will also be Sex Ed for Old Otaku, Abnormal Sex Ed Seminar by the Rio director, a Bridge to moar Pantyshots and the EXTREME new Yu-Gi-Oh anime. I still think some of those could be worse than this.

    • Posted April 6, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Hen Zemi might be good though. . . the rest should just suck it. I’m already dreading the 30- year old virgin series.

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

        The Hen Zemi OVA’s were brilliant, but the director for the TV Series changed. Now it’s the director of Rio: Rainbow Gate. WEEP.

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

        It might be brilliant in a different way…

  7. AkatsukigirlTy
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Nice to know that my 13 year old sister is watching this inappropriate cliched crap…
    Thank goodness I chose Steins;Gate!

  8. Morridin
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Oh well, there’s always a few series that just go for selling sex. It just means there’s less series you have to waste your time on :)

  9. alexvoda
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I was going to tell you not to be so harsh on self-referential otaku anime, but then I remembered Otaku no Video didn’t impress you in any way and a quick visit to mal.net revealed Genshiken and welcome to the NHK doesn’t score that high in your book.

    Oh well, guess you really hate self-referential anime.
    Of course it doesn’t help when everything else about this anime is crap too.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      Woah woah woah wait just a minute here.

      First, you have the total wrong idea as to what I mean when I say self-referential. That is tumblr meme humour in anime form. This is what anime does, this is what anime fans recognise so we will say what they recognise and pass this off as a joke. Referencing themselves, you get what I mean? That’s not what Genshiken nor Welcome to the NHK is doing.

      Also, I did like Otaku no Video and Welcome to the NHK. I gave them both 7/10 on MAL. I love Genshiken. I gave it 8/10. In what sort of fucked up world does an 8/10 constitute a bad score? I don’t want to live in that sort of world

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink

        What about Zettai Karen Children?

      • alexvoda
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

        I was referring to the comments in the tags column rather than the score itself.
        In that case, sorry, my bad, I misunderstood..
        I find it difficult to rate anime on a scale(1-10, of course higher is better but I don’t really get the fine increments) and prefer to use a more simple thumbs up/thumbs down/neutral scheme. Therefore I kinda ignore scores.

        What you mean is more of a cliche shout out rather than being meta. Or am I misunderstanding something again.

  10. Posted April 6, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    It’s a shame because the VN itself looks okay. At least with the whole split personality protagonist. Protagonist with a personality.

  11. Anonymous
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    You can’t hate Go Nagai. You’re not allowed to. Sure, I’m not a fan of his work either, but to hate it is just silly. Sillier than a Go Nagai plot!

    Why did you even bother watching this episode? It wastes space on your blog, now we’ll have to click through to the next page sooner if we want to read older blog posts!

    • luffyluffy
      Posted April 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      He’s a masochist

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Why I watched it: Because I watch everything. Also you never know

      Why I wrote about it: Because ranting is fun :)

      • mcm38
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

        He wanted us to hear badmouthing the same anime, just like he himself did.

      • Anonymous
        Posted April 8, 2011 at 12:55 am | Permalink

        I cannot argue that. I too love ranting. Hell, I basically blog on your blog once in a while. So I will accept defeat regarding the posting of this… thing.

        HOWEVER, by saying you watch (the first episode of) EVERYTHING I am now waiting for posts for the Beyblade/Hamtaro/Yu-Gi-Oh/whatever-kids-show that starts this season.

      • Scamp
        Posted April 8, 2011 at 12:59 am | Permalink

        Well, when I say ‘everything’…


        …fuck, you got me there…

        Give me a break man! I said I’d watch the Precure franchise, that’s gotta be at least a start into the slightly more kiddy shows. Baby steps, baby steps

      • Anonymous
        Posted April 8, 2011 at 1:35 am | Permalink

        Bear the cross you built yourself! Eh, just kidding.

        Writing first impressions of most shows is already a nice feat, and as long as those include the notable new shows I’m perfectly fine with it. You got me to watch Fireball and (get off my lazy ass and) check out more shows myself. Arguably Toriko and Fireball are kiddy shows first and foremost so you’ve got that are covered already.

        I couldn’t care less about you having watched the Precure shows. I will never bother with it.

    • Posted April 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      Wasn’t Dororon Enma-kun one of his “better” ones. I use better very loosely here, obviously he’s got some shit under his belt (Abashiri Ikka, Hannape Bazooka, Heisei Gakuen)

      On a side note, has anyone seen Brain Base’s previous Kikoushi Enma adapation? What did you think?

      • Scamp
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        The original Dororon was made back in the 70’s so it wasn’t made by Brains Base at all

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

        Oh my bad, perhaps I should have said “demon prince enma” instead, that supposed grimdark sequel to the original 70s enma kun.

        It was a 2007 OVA by Brain’s Base, if I’m not mistaken, based off Go Nagai’s 2006 manga “Kikoushi Enma.” At least thats what MAL tells me.

      • Scamp
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

        huh, you’re right, they did make one. Wonder why I’ve never heard of this before?

        *shrug* it’s still Go Nagai so eeewwww

  12. luffyluffy
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    So Scamp, you live in England right? Which means you’re in a different timezone, right?

    I can’t believe I didn’t realize this earlier. I mean it’s not like I don’t have scores of British friends. I promise not to rage at my computer when you don’t answer me when I post in the morning and check after school :D

    • Strabo
      Posted April 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      Ireland, not England.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        Whoops, sorry.

        I just remembered from your tsundere cooking post that you said you were in England, that’s all.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

      My university term in on a month break now so I am indeed back in Ireland again.

      Also replying to comments, I do get rather a lot of them, often with me having very little to say in reply, with limited time* in which to answer them as well as write new posts. Write new posts > replying comments

      *he says, despite the fact he’s back from university yet with no job to fill his time. Need to sort out my damn life…

      • Posted April 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

        Heh, you’re not the only one who needs to sort out their damn life. Hang in there, kay~

      • mcm38
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

        Can’t be more right.

  13. Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I think I smell something… It’s the smell of a new anime being freshly burned. If theres anything I can’t stand it’s lazy character design and lazy humor.

  14. Anonymous
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    “*shrug* it’s still Go Nagai so eeewwww”
    Kikoushi Enma is directed by Kanbe (the same one who directed Elfen Lied) and the OVA has absolutely nothing to do with the manga except the same characters. The story is different.

    Although I wonder what’s the disgust for Go Nagai? He’s one of the most influential mangakas in the industry. Abashiri Family, Hanappe Bazooka, Heisei Gakuen are just his fanservice stuff, and not representative of his whole array of works (500+ manga titles). I can’t see why people would even hate him, considering those ovas were only based on his mangas and directed by some other people. Hating Go Nagai is like hating Osamu Tezuka. He pioneered so many stuff in the 70s for the manga industry you just can’t hate him.

    For his achievements, his Harenchi Gakuen manga in the late 60s was really popular among the youth but controversial among the PTA because of how naughty it was especially for the time it was made. He’s a reason why manga isn’t made just for kids today.

    In the 70s, he popularized the mecha genre with Mazinger Z, being the first series to actually have a human piloting a robot inside of it, as opposed to Tetsujin, which was only remote controlled. The anime was so popular that its ratings peaked at 30.4 % during one of the episode run. One of the sequels to it called Grendizer was so popular in France in the 80s that it had a 100% ratings on tv. I won’t go into the details on how popular Mazinger Z was. It even has its own life-size statue in Spain.

    And of course there’s Getter Robo, the first combining mecha series that he co-authored with Ken Ishikawa, which had a big influence on the production of Gurren Lagann. The director is a fan of it.

    During the same time, he created Devilman and while the tv series by Toei was aimed at kids, the manga was a seinen and quite popular among adults. Even Anno admitted that Evangelion was been influenced by Devilman.

    He wasn’t done, after that he created Cutie Honey, arguably the first magical girl show that was specifically tailored to boys. The mahou shoujo genre really boomed thanks to that. Where do you think stuff like Sailor Moon got its inspirations from?

    And of course, we got Dororon Enma-kun from 1973, the original show was by Toei and had a rating of 25% on japanese tv when it first aired.

    Also, Go Nagai isn’t a masochist. There’s a reason for this amount of gore in his works, especially in his 1972 Devilman manga.

    Just a read quote from him in an interview in Egypt:
    “I was particularly saddened when I found out that in many countries I was considered to be an author who loves to depict battles and destruction just for the fun of it. The reason why I depict the effects of war in my comics is because I strongly believe that a person should learn from childhood how war can be destructive and how much people and societies may suffer from it, just the same way I learned it from the stories of adults around me when I was a little child. If we raise a child telling him only the nice and happy things of life, he will be unable to cope with all the hardships he will inevitably meet in his adulthood; if he doesn’t know the devastating effects of violence and repression, he could cause incredible damage and suffering to the people around him.

    I guess this is one of the reasons why Japanese people, who have been raised for the last 60 years reading comics that some people abroad have labeled as hyper-violent, chose not to be involved in war after 1945 and have stated in their very constitution that they renounce war, as opposed to a country like the US, which has strong censorship against violence in animation and programs for children, but has been at war for most of its recent history.”

    Outside of the english speaking world, many Go Nagai tv series have been the childhood of plenty during the 70s and 80s, especially in the middle east, Italy, Spain, France and obviously Japan.

    Yeah I know I wrote a lot, but I just want to say that Go Nagai does indeed receive a lot of hate, especially for the his ovas that were brought into the english speaking world like Hanappe Bazooka which he didn’t even write, only illustrated. (Kazuko Koike was the one)

    The problem is that his ovas aren’t really good in comparison to his mangas, and are also usually based on his rather obscure stuff, and the other problem is that they usually cover a very small part of the original manga. The violence jack ovas are crass, and one of them is even directed by Itano but the original manga is surprisingly decent.

    Go Nagai is currently among the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize nominating committee and a character design professor at the Osaka university. So yeah, you don’t need to like his works, but hating him is very wrong, considering that he was among the first to stand up against the tokyo bill last year and even gave a speech about it with other fellow mangakas.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 7, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      I know all that. Well, not all that, but I know about his massive influence and importance in the world of anime and manga. Which is part of the reason why I dislike the guy even more. Why the fuck did so many people love something as dumb as Mazinger? Or Cutey Honey? urrggh

      I’m also basing this off a rather few pieces of his I’ve seen, them being Cutey Honey, Mazinger Z, Mazinkaizer and lol Hannape Bazooka, but I they all felt similar. They were all incredibly dumb to an extraordinary degree. So yeah, I know the guys influence is second only to that man Tezuka himself, but that’s done absolutely nothing to endear me to the guys legacy.

      • Posted April 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

        Because they was nothing better on TV at the time when that stuff was coming out. I mean, it was considered the best thing on, and I’ve seen more “typical” stuff from the time period then I’ll ever admit. We…have it really good these days. Our crap doesn’t even compare to that crap. Most of it has been forgotten by the internet, and can only be found on obscure VHS with bad dubs or subs.

        It’s kinda odd how many of the things that were considered superb, such as Harlock, aren’t really thought that great now–described the people that pick it up as B-Grade Sci-Fi faire, and it’s fun, but for all the hype…

        Ugh Cutey Honey. Just cause it’s influential and did something innovative doesn’t change the fact that nowadays, it sucks. Rayearth did the same thing, I have a soft spot for it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck.

      • Anonymous
        Posted April 8, 2011 at 1:25 am | Permalink

        It was a combination of new ideas in a young medium that only recently came to the masses. The 70s were 40 years ago. That’s 40 years of industry experience and improvement. Just look at old (non-silent) films, the acting in a lot of them is atrocious compared to these days.

        People who love those series these days grew up on them and love them (partially) for nostalgia reasons.

    • Posted April 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      Hating work != Personally hating the manga-ka

      Just saying.

      Also, for trying to say Go Nagi is responsible for Mahou Shoujo is somewhat worthy of a slap in the face if violence was at all okay. The God of Manga is responsible for the mahou shoujo genre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Knight

      While Cutie Honey did introduce the transforming magical girl, it’s impossible to say if it is solely responsible for the transforming girl or not. At the exact same time, video games were produced with the same concept. It’s more the explosion of the idea, not that Cutie Honey is responsible.

      • Anonymous
        Posted April 8, 2011 at 1:16 am | Permalink

        [A]rgu­ably the first magical girl show that was spe­cific­ally tailored to boys.

        It’s important to read the whole line and not quit after the word ‘show’. It also starts with the crucial “arguably”. Anonymous never said that Go Nagai was responsible for the magical girl genre, just for a boom in the genre, and an influence in how the genre is today.

      • Posted April 8, 2011 at 3:15 am | Permalink

        One anon is replace with another. This is ridiculous. Make up a name so I can tell ya’ll apart. And my reading comprehension is just fine, as I went on to cover that. It was hard to tell whether the writer was trying to imply, the start or the boom.

        It’s impossible to figure out caused the boom in the genre, but it’s most commonly thought that the popularity of Sally the Witch, which was the first anime. It was popular from the start. But that came from the popularity of the Bewitched dub in Japan.

        I have no idea what’s meant by magical girl aimed at guys and not girls. But that’s not Cutie Honey. It may have hoped to appeal to guys as well…but the manga ran in Ribon, and ran in a timeslot where previous mahou shoujo had run. It was for girls and boys. There’s magical anime aimed at guys and girls. Cutie Honey was the first anime to bring in the transforming girl sequence, but at the same time, it got the inspiration from the show Rainbowman, and there were many video games using the transforming girl, so whether it’s solely responsible is hard to say. Explosion of an idea that can’t be traced back to one source, basically.

        And if I can off as grumpy, it’s more so that at the moment, due to a vision problem, the type of visual focus needed to type out posts hurts.

      • Anonymous
        Posted April 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

        It was hard to tell whether the writer was try­ing to imply, the start or the boom.

        Oh, I found that to be quite clear. He specifically mentioned that the genre boomed because of it.

        I have no idea what’s meant by magical girl aimed at guys and not girls. But that’s not Cutie Honey.

        LOOK AT HER DESIGN. Tight spandex and revealing cuts reminiscent of western superhero women. That’s for titillating effect, like panty/crotch shots these days.
        Then there’s the several themes (like Honey being a cyborg) that are stereotypically considered to be more for male audiences, like romance is seen as to be more for female audiences. We can argue about how utter nonsense that pre-historical thinking is but not here and now.
        Add these things together and you’ll see that it indeed is tailored to draw in a male audience (alongside any female audience that are brought in via the rest of the genre elements). I don’t think Anonymous meant that it was just for males.

        As for the transforming, Anonymous up there didn’t speak about that.

        One anon is replace with another. This is ridicu­lous. Make up a name so I can tell ya’ll apart.

        Never. I shall forever be ‘Anonymous’ here, and ‘Anonymous’ shall forever be us. We shall be part of the internet till the death of death itself. And really I’m too lazy to set up some gravatar nonsense.

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 8, 2011 at 1:11 am | Permalink

      I don’t remember writing this…

      Must’ve been last Tuesday’s booze.

      • Posted April 8, 2011 at 3:16 am | Permalink

        That would a lot. Though. You’re very intellectual on booze. ^_^; Anime geek in me is impressed.

      • Anonymous
        Posted April 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

        I admit defeat. I didn’t write it. Just joking about how there’s another guy using the simple ‘Anonymous’ moniker on here now.

        I do get long-winded (more so than usual) when drunk though. I’m just not sure about the clarity of what I’m saying at that point. I’m sure I could make convincing arguments about how a square triangle is the most natural geometrical shape in the universe.

  15. 3242
    Posted April 30, 2011 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Considering the VN is made by the same company that made the horror that I refferr to as “Shuffle” none of this I find suprising in the least.
    And to think I originally hoped this would be a good anime OTL

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