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Ichigo 100% - Jump Festa 2004 Review

by: sothis
April 9, 2005

story 1/10

Ichigo 100% - Jump Festa 2004 screenshot Sometimes, I think the creators of certain anime series must be fourteen year old boys with raging hormones. Other times, I think they must be 35 year old virgins. Whatever the case, this theory of mine is seemingly proven with something like Ichigo 100%, which easily falls to new levels of crappiness in the realm of anime.

The story revolves around Junpei, and how many women can possibly not only want him, but show him their panties. Err, wait... that’s not really the story, but it sure as hell seems like the point! The loose "story" is related to Junpei and his gang filming a movie out in the countryside. But seriously folks, let’s not kid ourselves... the real story is created by men who cannot possibly get laid, who want to live out their own fantasy of every woman in the world wanting to grab your dick and show off their goods. Sorry anime creators; every time you walk into a room, there isn’t going to be a woman conveniently lying on the ground showing off her ass in panties. You won’t be running around outside in the rain with a girl (who wants you, of course), only to have to take shelter in an abandoned building where you will both strip naked and rub against each other for warmth. After that, love interest number 26 (who also wants you, of course) won’t bust in and be jealous because love interest 15 is all over you. Random women don’t show up naked in your bed. You are not a stud.

I wish these points could be understood in the anime creator realm, but unfortunately it’s not and thus, we keep getting shit like this in the process. Seriously, what was the point of this OVA? And for god’s sake, why is it getting rated a 7 or 8 in most other anime databases? This fact specifically baffles me. It seems like everyone I’ve talked to, even people who *love* ecchi, think this is total garbage. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of ecchi, but I still don’t automatically rate something down if it falls in that vein. Ichigo 100%, unlike some other series out there, is just completely useless except for the (bad) panty shots. There’s no plot, it’s just 25 minutes of watching this guy find naked women everywhere like it’s a fucking easter egg hunt. Even more ridiculous is that rather than trying to come across as what it is – a stupid hormonal look at women wanting the same guy – it tries to throw in sentimental and touching emotions about one relationship in particular. This just makes the entire thing seem even more like a joke.

I could ramble on about how useless the plot is for hours, so I’ll just stop now. Needless to say, even if you like ecchi, odds are this will come across as totally useless for you (unless you badly, badly need jack off material). Additionally, I’d like to offer a free prescription of Risperdal to anyone who actually votes this OVA a 7 or 8, since so far, I haven’t run across anyone who would do so, even ecchi lovers. Seek professional help, seriously.

animation 7/10

If there ever was an award for camera angles for panty shots, Ichigo 100% OVA would probably win it. Admittedly, the panty shots are all conveniently angled to look good (if you find that sort of thing appealing), but literally that’s the bulk of the animation. We see lots of flustered faces, skin, and panties, but there’s little to the OVA besides that. Characters look a little weird, and the females all look too manly for me with their designs (especially Nishino). Then there’s one of the male characters who seriously looks like he had two little smokies implanted where his lips should have been. That or he got stung by a bee, causing his lips to swell up past the size of my fingers.

I will admit that the colors were dark and vibrant, and one scene in particular (the field with the fireflies at the end) was impressive. Backgrounds appeared to be made out of watercolors, with plenty of detail. The animation was decent in general.

sound 5/10

Nothing exciting on this front. Generic pop type beats were prevalent throughout some of the OVA, but definitely were nothing special or memorable. If you like dating sim type music, that’s what you’ll find throughout Ichigo 100%. Most of the time, however, music is absent and replaced with ambient sounds such as the rain falling or noises of the forest. I really don’t think the music was high up on the priority list of the people making this OVA, since they were too busy concocting any possible way to throw in more panty shots. Voice actors seemed fine.

characters 2/10

I’ve never understood the appeal of something whose entire point is to show 10 girls all lusting after the same guy, but then again, I’m not a guy. I don’t mind this so much when there’s an actual plot or some sort of comedy. Unfortunately in this OVA’s case, it literally is the ENTIRE point. In addition, we know zero about any of the characters (unless you’ve seen the made-afterwards TV series or have read the manga), know zero about why they actually like this oafish guy Junpei, or why they even end up in certain situations. Why is blue haired girl #2 in Junpei’s bed when he gets up? Why didn’t Junpei and Toujo just run back to where their friends were, as they clearly weren’t too far away (since Nishino obviously found them), instead of conveniently choosing to go into an abandoned building and rub all over each other on accident? I felt nothing for any of the characters, and they were underdeveloped in all cases.

overall 1.5/10

Ichigo 100% OVA is easily one of the most useless things I’ve ever seen. Before you jump all over me and claim I’m rating it this low because of the ecchi-factor, think again. There was no plot. There was no character development. There was nothing endearing about the ecchi, even comedy-wise, that would have made it anything more than useless. Watch this only if you like panty shots at interesting angles. Not for the genre, plot, characters, or anything else. Be forewarned, and keep in mind it’s a steaming pile of feces.

Anime Info

  • TV Special (1 ep)
  • 2004

Waking from a nightmare involving his beautiful female friends, Junpei only finds his day is about to get much, much worse. With the film club’s script finally being ready, the group travel to a cabin in the forest to make their movie. As he’s easily distracted from his scripted lines, Junpei is ordered to go meet Aya at the train station – but a freak thunderstorm forces the young couple to take shelter in an abandoned house. They’re soaking wet, and the only solution is to remove all of their clothing and wait for the rain to stop. Can Junpei keep his cool and his boxers on, especially as all the panty-clad Aya wants is to huddle closer to stay warm?

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sothis

My fav genres include sci fi and horror, but you'll find a lot of obscure reviews from me too, given I watch a ton to add to the database. My new reviews are written a lot better than my old ones, so when in doubt, sort by date! ^_^ Enjoy, and I welcome any and all feedback.

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TheOmega avatar TheOmega
Aug 26, 2012

There lies many fundamental problems with the anime adaptation in general. The first being that its based off of the manga, The second being that its genre is harem. This just ended up causing the anime itself to be unable to fully retell the plot line of the manga and just ended up picking out short stories instead. I do agree that the MC is probably debated as one of the worst in any series. Just remember that the theme of the OVA must be based off the original anime, so the plot choice is extremely limited. In any case, just due to that fact, I would give it a 6, (just cuz im bias and love the manga). Realisticly, IMO it should get maybe a 4 or 5 based on the circumstances. I dont believe 1.5/10 served it justice. 

PS: I like the review explanations, keep up the good work!

thomiozo avatar thomiozo
Dec 27, 2010

i understand your complaints to these series, but you must not forget that the story deviates from a harem themed anime which probally explains the millions of girls. seccondly, please mind your language as you are corrupting my childlike eighteen-year-old soul.(just kidding)

other than that, solid review. 2 thumps up!

KiraRin avatar KiraRin
Oct 5, 2009

I think you were waaaaaaaaaay to generous with this. It was completely pointless drivel...

H.

PhantomPhreek avatar PhantomPhreek
Sep 4, 2009

All through the anime I was obliged to withstand my urge to stangle Junpei for his limitless indecisiveness and pervertedness, he was certainly the worst protagonist I've seen in some time. Although taking the whole anime part as a whole (NOT THE OVAs) I pretty much thought it wasnt the worst I've seen, but it certainly wasn't the best either. So in my opinion a rating of around 3 or 4 would have done justice to the writers.

Ryuuk avatar Ryuuk
Sep 2, 2009

/rant

In my opinion (And I thought that Ichigo 100% was rather decent/good) the OVA was utter crap, but aren't you abit vulgar and rancourous? Oh well, standing ovations for enduring the OVA.

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