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Togainu no Chi episode 1

All the men look like women. I know this is an often repeated line about bishounen but come on! While the men in Uraboku might have been the biggest load of pansies ever to walk the face of the earth, at least they still sorta resembled men. In Togainu no Chi, there is no ambiguity. These are women. They just happen to have really low voices. Togainu no Chi is actually a yuri anime. Time to watch DFC women duke it out and make vaguely sexual passes at each other.

I’m going to compare Togainu no Chi to Star Driver in their methods of entertainment. Star Driver is totally ridiculous but knows it and clearly doens’t take itself seriously. Togainu no Chi is ridiculous but takes itself totally seriously. Admittedly most of my laughter came from the womanly men. It got to the point that when even the women appeared I found myself thinking “oh look, another extremely girly man” and only discovered the truth when she opened her mouth. The guy at the end with the cape took all the plaudits though. He had sequins on his leather pants for crying out loud!

The animation is the worst I’ve seen since I started watching anime weekly. At least I think it is. I’m going back over all my first impression posts for the past two years to see if I can find something worse. Well, there was Akikan but I never watched that. Cobra was better animated than this. So was Book of Bantorra. So was Asura Cryin’. Yup, worst animation I have seen in the past 2 years. In an anime that’s evidently going to spend a lot of time on fighting, that’s not exactly a good thing.

Togainu no Chi does have something over Star Driver though, and it’s probably the most important aspect too. For all Star Driver’s fancy animation and fabulous everything, Togainu no Chi actually had an interesting story. Street fighter dude gets framed by the police who did it to use him to take down the drug lords in that extremely dangerous part of town. And for all the laughing I do at this shows animation, that scene where he walked through the destroyed city towards his mission with the creepy BGM was really well done. It was like it was lifted straight out of an early 90’s post apocalyptic OVA.

Bonus Round: Picture this guy going KIRABOSHI~♥ without laughing.

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  1. Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if they are going to cover all the 18+ yaoi scenes in this one…

    • Posted October 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      Considering how much of the violence was censored, I don’t think we’re going to see any dudes getting it on. :p

      I liked the episode just fine, but if I watched it for too long, my view of the world would literally be slanted. They sure do love their off-kilter camera angles!

      • Posted October 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

        Damn it. :(
        I had hopes for the “Keisuke turns good again”-route.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      Nope, I’ve heard they’re cutting out the ero scenes. Which is a bit surprising. Do they really think they’re going to draw in extra fans by not putting in the yaoi?

      • Posted October 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        I’m sorry.
        I’m just a bit… irritated. *twitch*

  2. passerby
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    “It got to the point that when even the women appeared I found myself think­ing “oh look, another extremely girly man” and only dis­covered the truth when she opened her mouth.”

    But she opened her mouth before they showed her face.

    …Well, I’m not going to take this post seriously, or I have to think that you have something wrong with your eyes.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

      That’s just a measure of exactly how girly these men looked

  3. Franny
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    This was terrible… About two years ago, I downloaded the game and almost totaled my computer trying to get it to play it (well, I knew you had to make your computer believe it was working from a CD rom and not an illegally-downloaded and English-patched ISO but I didn’t quite know how to do it) and I was actually pretty excited considering the story element was quite cool… But I watched it today and my jaw dropped through the floor. What terrible animation and character design!


    That’s a still from the game of the main character.


    This is a still from the goddamn anime. Made by animation professionals. ;A; Gdi.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      As I said, I genuinely haven’t seen animation this bad in the past two years. You would think they would at least get the character designs right

      • Franny
        Posted October 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, if I were Nitro+Chiral (the studio behind this), I’d be extremely angry about this… Sure it’ll get fan-girls nonetheless but that doesn’t mean you have to make a low-quality product. :<

        Oh and: キラ星!!~

  4. smallish
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    “Togainu no Chi is actu­ally a yuri anime.”

    I wish.

  5. Posted October 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Is “KIRABOSHI~♥” the new equivalent to your whale-wearing-the-hat?

    • Elysium
      Posted October 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      I read that last line as “whale-wearing hat”. Lol.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      At least there’s more opportunity to use that tag

  6. Posted October 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I quite liked this – but that was pretty predictable XD

  7. Posted October 9, 2010 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    wow, I never thought that they look like women. I actually thought they look like a good looking guys and like I said in my first impression post, they get the character designs right. I’m definitely gonna watch this one.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      He’s wearing lipstick! He has hips! He has sequins on his leather pants!

  8. Posted October 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    The guys are hot….but kind of ugly too.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink


  9. wohdin
    Posted October 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    yeah the first episode looks pretty shite. I think I’m just gonna wait until the visual novel is translated. (Someone is FINALLY making progress on that front, thank the heavenlies.)

    ….Though I don’t want to pass judgement on just one episode, so I’m gonna give it another shot. I honestly wasn’t expecting anything special anyway, considering it is a TV adaptation of a yaoi VN. (At least Junjou had a pretty significant budget to work with.)

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      Thought Kuroshitsuji had pretty awesome animation, although I suppose that was far more of a guaranteed success than this is

  10. Suzie Gemin
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Did A1 use up all their funds for Black Butler 2?
    I’m not going to lie, I have never seen this much QUALITY in the first episode for any anime. TnC can create atmosphere due to the BGM and detailed backgrounds. But it’s going to take some genuinely GOOD animation to make the characters able to be taken seriously.

    Why couldn’t it have been Madhouse…this subject matter and visual effects (blood splatters, color inversion) are their forte.

    The preview’s animation doesn’t reassure me about it improving. :/ It really is a pity, since this is like the ‘Phantom of Inferno’ of yaoi games. There’s no other VN stronger suited to an action-based adaptation like this is.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      I’ve seen more QUALITY before, but they’ve all been for anime over 10 years old. They made up for it slighty with the music, but I don’t think there’s any excuse for animation that bad.

      Have Madhouse done BL before? They probably have, it seems like something they’d be more than willing to animate. Although even Deen would have been better than what A-1 just churned out here

      • Suzie Gemin
        Posted October 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

        It’s quite laughable really. I don’t think anyone quite expected this animation after the trailers. It’s practically a dare to keep watching.

        Madhouse made Chaos;Head which was a VN from the same company. But they seem to be more keen on animating Hentai then Yaoi.
        Well Deen did a good job on Fate/Stay Night’s animation when I think about it.
        JC Staff prioritizes character designs and they’ve proven to be friendly to this content.

        It seems like any studio could have executed this better, really. Even the fandoms are ‘watching’ this one for the lulz. Sad thing that the most interesting premise of the season suffers from the most production issues.

      • bc
        Posted October 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

        I haven’t see anything this bad since Zombie-Loan, then again A-1 probably left their more valuable staff working on other things (like Fractale), and while you still have people who worked on things like Toradora and Mushishi, most people that work on it seem to have some “hentai” work under their belt, so you have Kurata Kenichi (倉田憲一 ) as art director, he mainly did hentai and then you have “Picture Magic” who did “Koutetsu Sangokushi”. The only good thing about this production is that they will probably stick to the original story since the supervisor for the script is Kabura Fuchii, this doesn’t say much though. So this is clearly the case of milk-the-cow thing, nothing more, and it has “lazy” written all over it.

  11. Posted October 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I agree that the scene where the lead guy/ girl is walking towards the destroyed city with the creepyass BGM was the most effective out of the whole epi. By a mile. Otherwise, in spite of all the action scenes, it was just too, well, dull. That said, the last 5ish mins with Mr/ Ms badass were pretty interesting, so (though it’s probably more to do with my inherent love of bishies) I’ll probably check out another epi at least.

  12. Kasey
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Late to this post, but seeing the Ep.2 titles which is like an improved Ep.1 title sequence makes me wonder how bad the budget was for the series that they didn’t even have the title completed before the 1st one aired. But disagree, the TNC boys look like men, just fugly ones. Do they not know their audience or not care?

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