Cosplay Complex

OVA (3 eps)
2.847 out of 5 from 1,491 votes
Rank #16,203

Hasegawa Chaco is a bumbling cosplayer in the Oizumi junior high cosplay club. If it weren't for Kosuke Tamiya, the boy she has a crush on, she might not continue to cosplay, as things always seem to go wrong! Lucky for her, she was bestowed with two strange beings, one of which will transform into a costume for her, making her the rising 'ace' of the cosplay club. Now she only has to overcome her bashfulness with Kosuke and win his heart too!

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This series is supposed to be about cosplay. But it only ends up being a shallow ecchi series that aims at otakus who dig costume fetishes. ART SECTION: 6/10 [Fetishes as far as the eye can see.] - The general artwork isn’t anything special. Shapes and colors are of average quality. - There is an awful amount of stale images and SD scenes but all these can be excused as this is a comedy. - There is an awful amount of nude and underwear as well. Much more than in most ecchi series out there. And it is even excused, as the female cast continually changes cloths. The fact that the characters undress all the time in order to wear sensational costumes, makes them look sexy both while being undressed AND while being dressed. So, if you dig boobies and panties, get ready for a whole bunch of those. - All female characters are based on Japanese sexual phantasies. They are part of the fan service as well. We have the clutz one, the lesbian, the cute girl, the pedophile (yikes!), the little plastic miniature (WTF?), the shy one with glasses, the violent one and many, many more.- A note-worthy part in the series is the cosplay itself. All the costumes are a referance to an anime series, so it is a nice game to see how many series you can recognize. Just in case, there is a special video that reveals all the answers. - The series flirts not only with costume fetishes but with sexual fantasies as well. There are several jokes that circle around bondage, homosexuality and pedophilia. Furthermore, in some cases you are really given the impression that the real thing did happen and it is not a joke anymore. If you like this sort of thing, then you will laugh your hearts out. If not, you will be disgusted. SOUND SECTION: 6/10 [Fetish is the name of the game.] Perky voices and wacky music themes is all you will find in here. None are great and yet none sound stupid. A bit better than average. STORY SECTION: 3/10 [I want to become the best cosplayer in the world!] The story is about a team of girls who are training and participating in school cosplay events. They are supposed to love doing it and that they consider it to be a way of life. But with all the fan service going around, it never gets any deeper than having silly girls posing sexually for horny males who photograph them and possibly later on masturbate on the pictures. Seriously! The storywriters try several times to add events that are supposed to make the story sound serious but it all comes down to sleazy fan service. Nothing more. The story is only three episodes long and ends in quite a vague and dry way. Therefore all the romance and training and the emotions are just a front for sexual phantasies. Nothing more. CHARACTER SECTION: 3/10 [The cast is acting based on the manual of clichés.] As I said, the characters are just stereotypes of sexual phantasies. All their personality and behavior is nothing more that clichés such women are supposed to be making. And there is no character development either. A totally fake and flat cast. VALUE SECTION: 1/10 [How much do you want in order to undress for me?] Not rewatchable or even memorable. I prefer to watch the real thing in hardcore hentai than to be implied all the time. And the jokes are not that good the second time around. ENJOYMENT SECTION: 5/10 [-Do you feel the passion of cosplay? –Ah-huh! (looks at her boobies).] Very funny and kinda arousing half the time if you understand the whole cosplay fuss. The silly attempts at presenting a story and the blunt ending are what damage the viewing. VERDICT: 4/10 Who cares about your dramatic past? Just take your cloths off you bimbo! SUGGESTION LIST Genshiken is the best anime for learning about the true image of an otaku.

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