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Gokujo. Gokurakuin Joshikou Ryou Monogatari

BASED ON 12 OF 12 EPS WATCHED
26 MAY
2013

=Story 5/10=

Gokujo has almost no story whatsoever. If this fact is bothersome to you, then turn away now, but if you are alright with it, go watch it--it'll take less than 90 minutes--and see whether or not you liked it; it will be well worth it. I know that I personally was happy with my decision to ignore the general misgivings many citizens of the internet seem to have with this show. 

What little story Gokujo contains comes in the form of the introduction of the friends of the main character, Aya, throughout the first several episodes; then, towards the end of the series, Aya experiences a genuine rise and then resolution of emotional tension between her and her friend. 

Story, however, is not the reason to watch this show. 

=Animation 5/10=


There was nothing particularly beautiful about this anime, but, frame by frame, it got the job done and didn't look horrifically ugly or anything doing it. 

=Sound 5/10=

The sound, also, was simultaneously unremarkable and unoffensive. I liked the opening theme song, it was simple and bouncy.

=Characters 7/10=

The characters in this series are flat and static, and all merely there to serve a comedic function. You have the alpha, the butt-monkey, the spiritual, the pervert, the princess, and the complete nobody. It is within their interactions that the merit of this show lies.

=Overall 8/10=

You may wonder why I've given this series an overall score of 8 despite none of the components of this review exceeding or even reaching that value, and the truth is that this is because I genuinely enjoyed watching this series, in more than a "6/10" kind of way. It had a certain je ne sais quois, a certain charm, that kept me in my seat, watching all 12 episodes back-to-back, until the series was over. It's not saying much, considering its running time, but as a matter of fact I will definitely watch it again, especially for the sake of showing it to my friends.

This show is exploitative, campy, ridiculous, loud, vulgar, unabashed, and lewd. If it doesn't leave you bored with its transparently perverted antics, then it will certainly delight you with its bubbly and sheerly bizarre tone. It will make you say, "WHAT?!" and perhaps gently smack your forehead, because it's a bit like a train wreck--not in a "so bad it's good" way, but in a "so weird it's good" way! Sure, it's devoid of anything a critic might be looking for, but the sheer entertainment value in watching the interactions between these girls by far makes up for that fact. 

Thus, 8/10. If you got this far in my review, give the show a shot. It'll help you kill an hour, and certainly make you laugh or at least open your mouth in incredulity XD Go watch Gokujo!

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