There is something endearing about old-school ecchi anime. Most of the time it’s so bad, you just have to see it to believe that something so bad could have been produced, and 1+2 = Paradise is certainly no exception. In fact, the show even has moments in which I rewound certain scenes to catch the utterly depraved hilarity once more.
The sloppily thrown together plot revolves around a young boy, Yuusuke, who suffered a traumatic ordeal as a child at the hands of two mischievous twins. Let’s just say playing “Doctors and Nurses” should never involve a pair of scissors. Now, post puberty, he finds himself face to face with the same girls once more as his gynaecologist father attempts to cure his floozy-phobic son, who he sees as an embarrassment to his profession. Competing for the opportunity to stay with the guy and his father, sisters Rika and Yuka use every method at their disposal to seduce their terrified victim. Employing dirty tactics such as the naked apron technique, the two feel the need to help out with some energetic polishing and vigorous rubbing as they clean the house. Any bizarre cliché you can think of will not compare to the outlandish behaviour unfolding onscreen; from one sister warming Yuusuke’s underpants in her squish mitten, to the other's accidental slip that sees her bound tightly against the protagonist wearing nothing but her delicates, open mouthed disbelief is soon filled to the brim with laughter.
Sadly, the second episode in this short OVA lacks the downright perversion of the first. Introducing a third horny female just kills the comedy love triangle that made the initial thirty minutes so terribly hilarious. Watching four people chase around onscreen, the show descends into a Benny Hill sketch, lacking only a trombone accompaniment. A few more over the top situations find their way into the latter show, such as Yuusuke somehow finding himself wearing a pair of Yuka’s panties whilst she is still inside them, however they just lack the finesse and depravity. It’s sad but true that removing the ecchi from 1+2 = Paradise leaves nothing but a tedious husk that is almost painful to sit through.
Cheap, horrendous and not helped by a VHS rip, the visual quality of 1+2 = Paradise is god-awful. The poor character designs in the first of the two OVAs almost seem like a Da Vinci masterpiece when compared with the bargain bucket, budget slashed cast in the second episode. The once ginger twins become squished faced blonde bimbos, and their rival Barako could probably cut through a tin can with her angular chin. Emotions are comically hammed up, and blank faces of disbelief are quite literally that: warped wax heads where any features have completely melted away. Verging on being awarded a medal for “most boobies shown in sixty minutes”, the comical use of sweater potatoes is pretty dreadful, but something to impress your friends with over a beer-fuelled conversation.
The voice acting, although far from excellent, is actually passable. Yuusuke sounds constantly tortured, and when not moaning sensually, the harlot twins sound reasonably cute. The soundtrack doesn’t fair quite as well, with the closing tune being instantly forgettable, and just five minutes after watching the show, I can’t even remember if there was any incidental music at all...
I’m often curious about the mindset of a writer who seems to think that a woman’s place in the home is to do nothing but pleasure her man. Portraying every girl as a sex crazed maniac, character development is forsaken in the name of showing more booby flesh, or exploiting another panty shot. Yuusuke, although a complete wet flannel, is actually relatively endearing. I usually tire quickly of sappy male protagonists, but his reactions to having a female crotch ground against his mouth never ceases to be funny.
It’s sad but true, my bitchy reviews are car crash entertainment. As soon as my fearsome wrath is unleashed and a bad score is given, readers feel the need to go watch the show and find out for themselves exactly how terrible the victim of my rating actually is. Although not made of the same terrible awesomeness of Lingerie Senshi Papillion Rose, 1+2 = Paradise is definitely in the realms of shows so bad, they’re good.
When Yuusuke awakens from a nightmare in which a demon warns him that women will be his downfall, he discovers that real life isn’t any better! Having a gynaecologist as a father, the poor boy is under pressure to overcome his irrational fear of women, and feisty twin sisters Yuka and Rika are on hand to give a helping hand. Using any method they can think of to seduce the red-faced boy, the racy competition soon heats up as busty Barako bounces onto the scene with an equal determination to seduce Yuusuke. Which of the horny heroines will win his heart, and more importantly, will he survive a non-stop onslaught of naked breasts, panties and bondage?
As a not-so-closet perv, I love watching anything involving panty-shots, handfuls of cleavage and an innuendo fuelled plot. Although most of my reviews will err on the risque, I also love the obscure, the twisted and things that make you think - drop me a line if you want to discuss any of them!