T_T indeed Yukari-chan . . . T_T indeed
I’m really not one to post big negative posts or rants, but sometimes you just can’t help yourself. First, I must apoligize to Hinano for alas, after the first 2 episodes I was hopeful that this show would be fun and not totally blow ass. However, after the third and especially the fourth episode I smashed my head onto my desk hoping that it was just a bad dream and that I would wake up. More on the wonderful world of Gonzo fillers and other rants and musings after the jump.
To be honest they introduced Yukari-chan, the loli witch, similarly to the manga. That really wasn’t so bad, but as a staunch opponent of all things annoying and loli she is my least favorite member of the harem. Hell, they even gave her panty shot time. As a character she really isn’t anything special, genius loli witch girl who is lonely because she is smart and an outcast. The basic summary is this, first everyone teased her growing up because she is smart so she uses witch magic to play tricks on them and becomes even more isolated. However, she falls for Moka right away and walks around school grabbing onto her boobs. Then she pisses off Tsukune but later gets in trouble when jealous guys from her class confront her. Moka goes to defend her and eventually so does Tsukune, and they save her and she falls in love with Tsukune too. Thrilling I know.
Like I said before it wasn’t that the episode was particularly bad or anything, just really bland, like her character. I giggled when her classmates were pissed because they thought she said “desu” a lot to get the attention of the lolicons. Otherwise it was pretty zzzzzzzz throughout. It was to the point where I just couldn’t bring myself to blog the entry due to lack of motivation.
Where do I start? First this is a filler episode where the basic idea is that Tsukune is mopey and they all think he wants to go home. Let me spoil you, lol it turns out he just wanted to send some letters home, it was a misunderstanding. Haha so creative! Anyways, as for the rest of the summary, when Tsukune is off alone he is confronted by a godawful imitation of girl’s defense forces. There’s one for each in his harem, and they are pretty fucking stupid looking. I guess they were trying to be funny and make fun of the defense forces in shows such as Shuffle!, but they failed miserably. I couldn’t even laugh at them, let alone with them. There is such a thing as the art of parody, there are shows this season like Kimiaru and Koharu Biyori that take character and situational stereotypes and cliches and make fun of them. Those shows are hilarious, the writers there actually understand the art of parody. Yet this was the complete opposite, it really had little humor at all.
They also try to be funny with scenes such as having Moka and Tsukune looking lovingly at her saying “Moka-san….Tsukune…..Moka-san…..Tsukune” with pink bubbles all around, and then she comes up and bites his neck. Yeah once again I’m really not laughing, I’m yawning or facepalming. Basically, this was a complete departure from the tone and setup of the manga, one of the most horrid episodes of fillers I have ever watched. Please, employees of Gonzo, for proper creation of a filler episode please see episode 10 of Hayate no Gotoku! or episode 5 of Genshiken 2.
My other major problem with this episode is the mere fact that it was filler, beyond the content. It lies in the fact that the episode count for the show is announced at 13. Warning slight manga spoilers ahead. The problem is after four episodes we have yet to introduce the last member of the harem, Mizore (granted she appears in like chapter 18 or something, but she needs to appear soon for this to work). Also, there has been no discussion of the newspaper club that they all belong to. Couple that with the fact that for this show to be any good they have to get to the Witches Ranch and Outcast Arcs because otherwise it’s just monster of the week business. Once they get past the first chunk of monster of the week chapters the manga gets really really good. However, with this pacing I don’t even see how they are going to get out of silly harem hijinks, panty shots, and one monster per week. That’s fine to a certain degree, but all the meaty, emotional action and drama come after that. Oh, the next episode looks like a filler too, OH BOY. End slight manga spoilers.
So, after all of that I am quite disappointed as to how things are going so far to say the least. They really have emasculated Tsukune, he was pretty GAR and manly in the manga, and now he blushes all over the place and just kinda acts like a sissy most of the time. And they should have picked a better seiyuu, no offense but he sounds pretty girly.
As a result it is unlikely I’m going to continue covering this show unless it makes some miraculous turnaround. It’s kinda funny that none of the blogs I normally frequent is covering this show either, sadly funny actually. After all of that, I will leave you with some screenshots of the new ED. Episode 4′s content does not deserve any screenshots, but sexy vampire Moka definitely does. The animation quality is really well done, you don’t see many fully animated EDs these days, especially ones like this with a lot of action. The content of this show may be horrible but the production values are definitely top notch. Is Code Geass airing yet?