Ok, I feel that my eyes are actually hurting. Should I be happy that the graphics were not that good?
Ok, unless I suddenly watched an early release first episode that was created by fans (I hardly think that fans are able to make it so fricking queer), I THOUGHT THIS IS supposed to be a straight fanservice anime. Why is there manservice in this anime, and a hell lot for that matter!
I am going to have so much fun for this review.
Kakeru Daichi is a high school student who never had a girlfriend in the last 16 years of his life. After getting cheated of his change on a vending machine, he bought a melon soda can. He bathed after reaching home. As he drank from the melon soda can, a girl wearing magical green clothing appeared from thin air. Assuming that it was all a dream (from his sexually repressed side of not having a hot chick to dig), he started to grope the girl happily while being completely butt naked. When he remarked that he was going to start using his tongue, the girl finally lost her patience and gave him a good smack with a green orb of light.
Hidehiko Otoya (the man) and Airin Tazaki were talking about Kakeru picking up a new soda can. She explained that it was soda magic, and it came about because he drank melon soda. Kakeru was clearly not listening, going on his fantasies and speculated that this was just a dream. Kakeru could not believe her still, so she convinced her by pulling her earring. When that happened, she disappeared back in the melon can. Hidehiko and Airin also came over to Kakeru’s house, and told him that they were government agents. Otoya also noticed that Kakeru was butt naked, and he assumed that Kakeru was flirting with him. Kakeru completely knocked out from the yaoi vibes, and woke up after the two left. He then drank the melon soda, only to find himself kissing the same girl again.
At school, Najimi, Kakeru’s childhood friend, was wondering why Kakeru seemed to be in low spirits. Kakeru asked whether Najimi knew about sexual relations between a man and a woman, and she started to think whether Kakeru wanted to snag her. However, Kakeru was not listening and said that this girl was abnormal and violent. Najime thought Kakeru was talking about her and started crying. Kakeru did not even know what he did, since he was clearly absorbed in his own world. Another random girl Yurika Kochikaze who is the protector of women (and hate men) appeared angrily and threw cards at the “insensitive” Kakeru for bullying Najime to tears.
When he returned home, he realized it was true. He then drank the melon juice through a straw, only for the girl to make some moaning voices. The girl explained that juice was her life, but it was safe as long as he buys new melon juice. Kakeru immediately rushed out to buy two new cans. Kakeru also bought other cans. The girl told Kakeru that he should drink no juice but hers, and threatened to throw his juice collection. Kakeru pulled her tab on her ear, and placed her back into the can. He then threw the can into the cupboard, and ignored her despite her pleas. After returning home from school, he mocked the girl but there was no response.
He drank the melon, only to realize the girl was unconscious. He then gave her a kiss, providing carbon dioxide to revive her. The girl scolded Kakeru because he could have just bought a new can. Despite her anger, she thanked Kakeru for not abandoning her to the trash. Kakeru said that he could not abandon such a cute girl, and he would train her to be a great slave for him. That earned him a tight slap. Eventually, he decided to name her Melon.
I watched this anime expecting juggling boobs and pantie shots. With that said, I was definitely not expecting the manservice to go into overdrive in the first few minutes of this series. I am not sure if this series is meant to be anything but extremely light and brainless fanservice. Do you know those anime series that you watch, you laugh a little and you immediately forget once the next season of anime appears? This is one of those series in my opinion, at least from how it attempts to portray itself in the first episode. That is not that big a problem if you enjoy such shows because you will from the sheer perverted nature of this series.
This series’s clincher line came from Melon-chan. When she said in one of her lines…
You cannot drink any other juice! You can only drink my juice!
I died laughing. Yes, I cannot resist laughing at such an unconscious attempt to make an unintentional perverted joke. Maybe it is intentional but it definitely did not feel like the story was trying to make it a perverted joke. When Melon-chan said it a second time angrily, I was already rolling on the floor laughing my head from the sheer ridiculous dialog between the main character and Melon. This type of dialog is one of many that got my tickle bone jumping. I do realize that such jokes run very thin after two or three times.
There is nothing really special about the characters for the first episode. They are in the “tsundere” (Melon), “Childhood friend (Najimi) and “Occult girl” (Yurika). That said, I do find that Najimi’s strange perverted thoughts were somewhat hilarious and makes her a less stereotypical character than the rest. I must say that Kakeru is probably the typical guy that you have no idea why so many fricking girls want his male member. I applaud the series for openly making Kakeru a total horny guy though. I am sick of the “I like girls but I am going to run away when a girl goes intimate on me.” That is like the most silly and nonsensical approach to romance.
However, this is supposed to be fanservice. I do not think I am allowed to think so deeply into the series. It’s just a series to laugh at. There are enough laughs in the episode for sure, what with the rather obvious sexual innuendos in the 20 minutes. I think there might be some changes here and there for the official release of the first episode on January 3rd, but I do not think that there will be a huge difference at all.
Animation is generally quite poor. I am surprised that there is a lack of facial detail and the proportions of the characters are somewhat off. It is strange because the character illustrations are taken from the person who made Shuffle! I do not understand why it is rather poor. This hardly spells well for a series that is probably focusing more on sexual innuendos and fanservice. Fanservice with poor animation is like watching “5 centimeters per second” on a 320 x 240 resolution. Totally unsatisfying.
The copy I have did not have an OP or ED, so I cannot make any comment on it. Other than that, this feels really like a cheap B-grade porn flick without the naked scenes. I think that fans of fanservice series might like this light series, but anyone who wants to find any resemblance of a plot will likely be disappointed by the lack of depth. I recommend this for anyone who has some free time, enjoys fanservice and likes the delicious variety of girls in this series. Other than that, it is one to avoid.