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roriconfan

  • Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Joined Dec 22, 2011
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Back in the 90’s there was this OVA anime titled Bastard!! It had a dude with the power of the devil wasting hoards of monsters, blowing up mountains and seducing every girl he meets, all accompanied with just the right amount of drama and humor to make the whole deal not grow tired fast. I liked that show despite the fact it was brain-dead entertainment. And after all these years this anime comes along to somewhat remind me of that oldie. And what a generic piece of trash it is! The lead has the ultimate power and is just a wimp and all the girls around him have clothes made of paper and are frowning him despite his evil destiny. Not because being the bad boy is sexy but because the effort needed to be seduced is around three seconds.

Anyways, the excuse of a story is that the generic lead male wants to become a priest but this fate gizmo tells him that he is to become the demon lord in the future. That means all the sexy girls in the world are after him, for some reason or another. One wants to kill him, another wants to protect him, another wants to study him, another wants to abuse his power. Well whatever, the result is always the same, they frowning all over him usually without clothes or with their pantsu all over his face. And of course he is too much of a wimp to do something about it.

I will admit he lead male is not a complete eunuch, as he behaves a bit more mature and his reactions to sexy girls are not completely wimpy. He also doesn’t wear glasses, is not a plamo or videogame fan and likes to wear a trendy suit. All that are basic bad-ass material and if the show was a bit more serious about it, they could have made a decent GAR character out of him. I mean, he is kinda like the lead in Detroit Metal City where he is forced to follow a role opposite to the one he wished for. And yes, both are treated as Demon Lords even if they don’t want to. The thing is, that show was a lot funnier because it was based less on fan service and more on over-the-top situations where the lead is pressed to turn to his dark side for aid. But not here, he doesn’t like it, he doesn’t use it much, and even when he does it is only to cheap-win a battle with zero effort and leave us looking down on a girl with its clothes torn. That is neither smart nor funny after a few times; he remains as nothing but a blunt guy surrounded by chicks. In fact, the chicks matter more than he does.

Now let’s talk about the girls of the show, which for once more are usually treated without respect, as the animators do their best to expose their underwear at the slightest chance. Expected in such a show but they could at least offer something more than just that. Like, you know, character depth? Nothing of that exists; they all have generic date-sim blunt personalities. Thank you very much; I don’t care about them. Not only that, but they hardly seem to have a uniform with the setting in general. They are all random girls with random powers! One is a samurai, another is a robot, another is a witch… All that with zero attempt to explain them existing in the same time, in the same place. I mean, Toaru Majutsu no Index had this rather complicating excuse around magic coexisting with science. Haruhi had a good excuse for time-travelers, espers and aliens to be there (poor one but it did). This anime doesn’t try to excuse anything; it is throwing everything in at once and becomes nothing but downright random sleazy entertainment around ecchi stereotypes.

One would of course wonder why it is so bad to be just random sleazy entertainment around ecchi stereotypes. Well, there is no value in here. You have no reason to rewatch it or remember it in the longrun if it doesn’t offer anything more than the obvious. Furthermore, not even its guilty pleasure is that good as it’s fairly average and commonplace in other similar shows. So ok, it fairs in the bolder ecchis out there and the trolling cooldere robot girl was an eyesore, but still nothing we haven’t seen or will see again.

To be frank, there is a story going on in here, and the finale has an actual major showdown going, something about God and a different dimension and people changing to something else. Well, whatever, it all plays out too light and random and it practically resets the plot to not be truly conclusive, so it is just another generic harem show with some mediocre shounen action and a trolling cooldere robot girl.

And you can forget about at least enjoying the visual and acoustic parts as well because they are quite average in all, with simple coloring and forgettable music pieces. Even the battles end up being half as exciting as they could be, despite the occationally interesting choreography. Helps a lot to forget the show even faster; which in this case it is for the best. A throw away anime and not recommended.

And now for some excused scorings.

ART SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2


SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3


STORY SECTION: 3/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 1/2, Complexity 0/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2


CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Presence 2/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 0/2, Development 1/2, Catharsis 0/2


VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4


ENJOYMENT SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 0/3, Characters 2/4


VERDICT: 3.5/10


SUGGESTION LIST
Bastard!!
Detroit Metal City

3/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
4/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

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