This post contains my thoughts on the RAW version of each episode. I have very minimal knowledge of Japanese, so these posts contain mostly impressions on music, voices, OP/ED, animation, and overall feel of the anime. Take everything with a grain of salt, and enjoy.
Lol. To LOVE-Ru, commonly verbalized as “Trouble”, had impressed me as the kind of show that was destined to lack substance and rely solely on it’s fanservice/ecchi-ness to garner any sort of admiration or viewer base. After watching the first episode…To LOVE-Ru does not disappoint.
Ummm…wow. The OP definitely came on pretty strong. The first couple of shots were nothing less than ecchi, and borderline going beyond that. Despite the brash choice of animation, I found myself humming along with the OP by the time it was over with. Started out a little weak in my opinion, but it picked up quickly and has lodged itself in place as a contender for my Top 5.
The voices for characters seemed fine, and I didn’t even notice the background music. That means that it was either so good that it blended itself seamlessly with the show, or so irrelevant that I didn’t even pay it attention.
I wasn’t very impressed by the ED…it gets pretty energetic though.
The show starts out looking like an old school Gundam or Macross show, the opening pays odd homage to a scene from Star Wars in which the first Death Star is destroyed. The classic art style is probably used to add to this effect. Once the OP kicks in though, the animation quality goes up and remains consistently decent for the remainder of the show. The character design are nothing we haven’t seen before, there are quite a few nice facial expressions, and the explosions also come out well.
So, let’s face it, the show plays it’s fan service quite well, and while it’s more daring than most shows I’ve seen personally, it still manages to be at least somewhat tasteful. I won’t lie, I do like the show better without it. The design of the show reminds me a lot of Hitman: Reborn!, and the pacing (running away from bad guys, ridiculous physical feats, etc) scream Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun. All-in-all, I don’t see it being a show I’m crazy about, but it is one I can enjoy on a day off. To LOVE-Ru has also given me the most “WTF!?” moments so far this season.
Best: The ‘lol swimsuit’ scenes. Classic.
Worst: Wtf was up with that transformation sequence?