This review covers both seasons of the show; I’m too bored to write two different ones about something that is practically the same. It also contains some profanity so better not read it if you are not used to it. But then again, if you are a good kid what are you doing reading a review about a harem? Naughty, naughty!
Anime such as this are so formulaic, repetitive and predictable to the point you know what they will be about by just reading the categories. It’s as if there is an Echidna out there (the mother of all monsters one, not that rodent) which gives birth to these shows with very similar traits, no matter who the father is. I am willing to place some harems above some others. Ah My Goddess and Love Hina were amongst the first, still pure and untainted by the ridiculousness of all those which plagiarized them later on, with far less quality and badly thought out settings. Well, hello, check out the name and the character attributes and then tell me it ain’t Ah My Goddess with a Love Hina lead. Watching them and their successors clearly shows how much the genre degenerated from romantic comedy with erotic innuendoes to pure fapping material without a shred of humor or taste.
Yes, I used the “T” word, indirectly calling all those who like such disgraces idiots. Well, excuse me for making a point here which goes beyond their egocentric selves and shows a sub market of wasted potential that diminishes the anime industry instead of flourishing it. But more on that later. Let’s first nerdraeg at the different sections of this dreadful thing which some did the mistake of making and others followed on by buying.
The story. Oh Sweet Mother of Jesus, the thing which this genre never cared about. Most comedies are the same as well but harems seem to not even bother TRYING to have anything other than a premise. In this case, the excuse for the endless fappingness is eastern monks. The setting is the same like in most others of this kind, a fail of a male specimen is surrounded by various super hot chicks, who have a really hard time staying dressed, covering their privates, or bumping on his crotch as if it is an ultra powerful electromagnet. Yeah, that sounds familiar; if it didn’t it wouldn’t be called soft porn disguised as comedy, aka harem. It’s as if all these shows need to do is have this setting and any random clothes to set apart the casts from other shows. Which is double as lameness, as down to it these shows use clothes not to define personalities but only to define fetishes. Maids, sisters, nuns, in this case priestesses. Plus, they finally aim to remove said clothes to provide even further cocktease, leaving the viewer staring at breast sizes and not people with a personality.
So anyway, the excuse here is that dork being sent to get close with Buddha and being accompanied by chicks who help him trigger his hidden potential. How? By making him horny! WTF? A priest getting better at holy magic by being tainted by lustfulness? What does that mean, that a psychotic killer who performs a mass (not the murder type) at some church will be ten times as crazy? What bullshit is this?
Crappy premise aside, the actual story is as usual almost entirely fillers. The first episode is there to tell you the basics and the final episode at each season to suppose provide closure, which is open and useless as the premise itself. The rest is nothing but excuses for having girls being exposed. So if I am to give the story a score that would be 3 episodes out of a full season having some specs of them, basically 1/7th of the total duration, meaning barely 1.5 out of 10, which out of sheer generosity will hype up a whole quarter. There you go, a hyped score of 2.
Then we move to the cast, Oh God Almighty, the section which is equally looked upon as the story. The lead is the usual fail for life arsewhole who is incapable of even looking at a girl without having a nosebleed or not be beaten to a pulp by some neurotic bitch every 5 minutes. It was funny the first time in Love Hina, but now it is nothing but lame. Seriously, we are supposed to identify to this ding-dong, who is good at nothing. Seriously? What kind of people would like such an archetype? … Yeah, I just called all sexually deprived teenagers who like harems ding-dongs, didn’t I? It’s not my fault they like this shit; they chose it. Instead of going for a macho on steroids kicking ass or an everyday youth trying to make a living, they prefer a eunuch. Who is being weird and overcritical here? Why is this ridiculous archetype busting our balls for the past 30 years? What kind of sexually depressed minds do these Japs have for keeping this comatose idiot alive? Let it die already and grow a pair!
But wait, I know what some will say. The lead is not supposed to be identified with you. He is supposed to be as blunt as possible so you can attribute him all you personality while watching. Well too bad he has a face and talks and prevents me from doing that!
Or that he is such a fail of a man just to prevent the story from becoming hardcore porn. WELL WHY NOT? How much frustration can a man stand before his weenie falls off from depravity? This isn’t even healthy for Pete’s sake.
Wait, I know, he doesn’t matter at all. He is not even there. The girls are the real protagonists. You don’t watch harems for the lead character (who is failed for life) but so you can drool all over the girls. I mean if you are not gay, why not? Why not stare at those bitches who have a problem staying dressed and who express their love with a 2 ton hammer? Kisses are for d*cks, let’s just kick the sh*t out of the poor guy. He deserves it after all… Hey wait a second, if he deserves it then why do these bimbos are always in love with him? Why do they fight over him when they hit him all the time and call him a pervert? Makes no sense.
Supposed he has a good heart which is overshadowing his inability to touch a girl without screaming as one. Well excuse me for saying that real life girls want their guy to be forceful, rich and manly; not this crap. And I know it is also supposed to be wish fulfillment; the loser getting all the girls, which again is made for us to identify with that.
Aha! Once again I called anyone liking that a loser! What a meanie I am!
Anyways, at least we have personalities to notice here besides boobs and underwear. Each girl has its own unique psychology, goals in life, reasons to aspire her… YEAH RIGHT! HAREM GIRLS WITH DEPTH; NICE ONE HAHAHA!
They are solely defined by their breast size and the color of their underwear. Their clothes are not made to give them personality; they are there as a fetish for the fans of this dreadfulness to like. And if they change clothes, they are now different people because they are part of a DIFFERENT FETISH! Well, being undressed it seems is the middle point were they are just sexy for being fapiulous.
So these characters (of which in this excuse of a story are some generic eastern monks in some generic temple) are nothing you wouldn’t expect. They don’t really develop and you have no reason to remember, besides the nice boners you got out of them. Heck, change their clothes and they can fit in most other harems as replacements.
So yeah, I will give them the score they deserve alright. A nice fat bottomed ace.
But you know what? As lame as these shows are, they can have a good animation and a brilliant soundtrack. Nothing holds them from doing that. I mean Love Hina and Ah My Goddess had a wonderful artwork and a music score. Remember the magic world of the gods and their divine music? Naru’s singing at the concert? So why not having the same in this one as well?
BEATS ME; IT’S JUST AVERAGE! If it weren’t for the constant worm view of the camera angle just so we can see pantsu without even a reason, the animation is not attractive in the least. And you can watch this in mute for all I care; the dialogues are retarded and there isn’t much of a plot so to distract you from the main theme of this show; which is fapping excuses.
You know what is funny? If you are caught watching porn, they will just say you are sexually active and at worse case scenario scold you a few minutes. But if they catch you fapping to 2D THERE IS NO SALVATION FOR YOU (unless the one who catches you is of your level of … taste). Why bother with these anyway? Don’t we have free porn sites? Don’t we have thousands of HCGs if we want to jiggle a bit without filling entire DVDs with useless lukewarm jokes? Why bother with this fail of anime category when we have hentais? Or SHAFT comedies, which have something smart to tell? Hell, why not go for the real thing?
By the way, I have nothing against romatic comedies and fan service. There are many good shows I have already mentioned were some nude is welcomed. But having nothing else BUT excuses for nude, repeating in the same way every time, in a hundred anime, with no objective in-story, no messages or symbolisms to make you wonder a bit, well excuse me, this is getting boring fast. This piece of a tard doesn’t even try to be different, it is a clone of the set-in-stone formula. Doesn’t worth it! Keep away! Try something else, preferably not harem.