This anime is by no means bad. Before watching anything you generally need to set your expectations. For this series you can count on my help. Minor spoilers only, if any.
- "ecchi" is "comedy" for you,
- you aren't expecting to see any actual nudity,
- you're up for a few laughs without getting frustrated at how stupid everything is,
- censorship does not bother you,
- you're a lolicon.
Dont watch if:
- you dislike ecchi themes,
- you're expecting some deeper meaning or "slice of life" situations,
- you liked "absolute duo" or "Maken-Ki 2" (because the plot might be too complex for you)
As with most recent productions, sadly, you can see how the characters become lifeless dolls with only their mouths opening, and if they're not the ones talking they're like stone statues. Can't really cut a lot of points for this, it seems to be the trend now "cheap and quick".
Battle animation is great. Colorful, well drawn and captivating. SFX, if we can call it that, are not CGI (mostly not, anyway) and you can appreciate the detail work (as in walls breaking where stuff hits, and such. Trust me that's a rare thing in this kind of anime).
Girls are drawn nicely as well, I personally loved the "censorship" done by the original creators (as in the chibi-versions of girls covering up bits like a "censored" sign). Did not understand the need for "white fog", but then again it might be something the american side does. It's not very annoying, but often enough you are staring at a completely white screen where things should be. As the original censorship added to the comedy part of the series and was pretty great, I feel the fog part is a slap in the face for grown-up viewers.
Just my 2 cents though.
Overall it stands out, especially if you had the misfortune of seeing "Absolute Duo".
Nothing special. Your typical hero defends demon blah blah....
It's what you expect, it delivers on that. It's not going to have you rewind or watch a previous ep to find that bit you missed or surprise you with twists and turns. It is what it is, simple entertainment where you can set your brain on standby. I did enjoy it, and I really am very picky when it comes to genres like this - I expect to be entertained rather than having boobs/panties shoved in my face.
For all those who need it though, you will have plenty of "accidental slips" and "bathroom coincidences". Didn't spoil it for me.
Decent VA acting. Some fresh voices I haven't heard that much of (male especially) make this a refreshing change. Music is your typical genre stuff, doesn't stand out, and even though I've watched the last available episode 10 minutes ago I cannot remember it. It also does not annoy, so that's a good thing.
Probably the strongest point of this, except for the animation. The female loli-succubus who is as perverted as they come is a good choice for this type of anime. She really makes some of those usually "forced accidents" plausible and is the spark that holds the ecchi close to the actual story. I also like the MC, though he's a generic "baka" type hero - he's not overly annoying. Antagonists (as far as the story progressed) are quite ok too, the first one's relationship with the MC is very interesting (keeping the spoilers to a bare minimum here!).
As I've mentioned in the beginning, you need to know what you want when watching this. It lets you turn the brain off and have some laughs (you think this is common, lately it really isn't) which is what I expected. I was not disappointed. There's no obvious plot holes or superbly annoying characters that just make half of these series completely unenjoyable. It's also not a masterpiece. Decent fun with minimal commitment required - if that's what you're looking for it's right here.
It's your typical standard fare where the supposedly über-powerful demon king dies and his attractive, well-endowed teenage daughter, Mio, needs to be taken care of and protected, which in this case is by a human man, Jin Toujo, and his teenage son, Basara.
Both he and his dad belong to a guild-like group known as the Hero Clan consisting of humans who possess special powers and abilities. Naturally they wear armor in modern times and often find themselves at odds with their demonic adversaries. Mio, being a demon with extraordinary breasts, err, I mean latent powers is either under 24/7 surveillance or being hunted for her breasts, I mean powers! She is obviously hunted for the power potential that lies within her bosom, chest, I mean body! Oh, never mind! Yes, if you haven't figured it out her body is of the fanservice nature with measurements of 90/54/83 (B/W/H). Anyway (cough, cough, clearing the throat), moving on...
Joining the Toujo family is Mio's little sister, Maria, who looks absolutely nothing like Mio. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. Zero percent alike are these two "sisters" of the Naruse family. Why is that? Well...I can't say because then that would be a spoiler, and we certainly can't have any of that, can we? Nope!
Together, along with Basara's childhood friend, Yuki, these four youngsters embark on a perilous journey fraught with chaos from episode to episode of absolute mundane, predictable mediocrity.
For an HD streaming source, the look of the anime is rather soft with some of the colors almost blending into each other. Animation wise there are too many scenes with still imagery, which is disappointing. The best look came when heavy amounts of magic are used to light up the screen. Their contrast is not always the best, but it does draw your extra attention to the screen.
Indirect, unintentional, additional animation critiqing takes place in the next section.
To put it bluntly, both the OP and ED suck! They are bad! They are unmemorable in both sound and accompanying visuals. The horrid OP visuals are brimming near nudity of all the main characters, including the muscular hunk of 2D teenage maleness in Basara (that's for you ladies). For the male audience we get the pleasure of seeing the lovely 2D's of Mio, and the near nude experience of the rest of the Toujo family Scooby Gang, which includes Yuki and the underaged looking little sister, Maria. Personally, even excellent music couldn't save this OP. Luckily, it is bad as well and that makes it very easy to just hit the fast-forward button until it's over and the engaging episode begins.
Now based on what is mentioned, you might be wondering, 'If the OP and ED are that bad then why the average score for the sound?' Let me answer your presumed question, which is rather elementary. The OP and ED account for a maximum of approximately three minutes of each episode, which leaves the remainder of the audio to the background music, character voice acting, and the sound effects. All those elements are average, or even a little better, hence the decent score here.
Quick recap: Basara is Mio and Maria's big (step)brother, correct? If you agree, then would someone please tell me 'why the [email protected]#! does he not only feel up Mio, but does so with his hands directly to her skin in her private, more sensitive places (i.e. her ass, thighs, and breasts)!?' Not only is it obscene, but it's rather disturbing on how nonchalant they all are about it! That's what probably gets me angry the most! Plus, from what I know, it's not OK for a brother to flat out grope his sister, whether they're directly or indirectly related or something in between. Yes, I get that they're in a master-servant pact with Ecchi elements attached to it, but really? It could've been done in the same way, but with better taste. It definitely takes away from the series, even for ecchi.
Naturally, Basara doesn't stop there. In later episodes he decides to get his sticky hands all over his childhood friend, Yuki, which let me say this here and now...thank goodness for her character and Maria's too. Yuki is a definite Stoic character, but with backbone. Maria is just a perverted, mischievous blast of a Succubus character. When the overly done ecchi doesn't take control, both personalities shine and bring a surprisingly fair amount of levity and presence to the anime.
Now let's quickly speak of the friendship between Basara and Yahiro, his male classmate, which Basara surprisingly doesn't try and feel up since he's practically done it to every other character. Just because Yahiro isn't a female shouldn't make a difference to the brutish Basara. Anyway, back to topic. The two classmates don't always see eye-to-eye on things, but their short-lived, but significant alliance comes to a wonderful pique near the end in regards to their ordeal with the powerful demon, Zolgia, who is both the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries' definition of a bonified A-hole! Whatever happens to him, he deserves. He's the kind of demon that gives his kind a bad reputation.
Despite my review and much to my surprise, I actually found myself having some fun watching this, almost as much fun as I had writing this review! However, you have to be willing to look past the ecchi aspects and absurdity of some of the action scenes. If you can, then this anime is mildly entertaining, enough to warrant watching the second season. If you can't get past those things, then you are in for some disappointment in which case I hope you at least enjoyed this review.
Entertainment Score: 6/10
Achievement Score: +3 to Overall
My expectations were Low, and it delivered Slightly Above those expectations.
2️⃣Weighted Average System Score: (9 + 5 + 6 + 15 + 12 + 3 = 50/100)
Age Rating: TV-14+ (Violence, partial nudity, ecchi with more ecchi on top and with a little more ecchi on the side...did I mention ecchi?)
"I can't abandon a girl when people are after her life just because she's the previous demon lord's daughter. I'm going to protect her! But... Am I allowed to have only one precious thing to me? Must I limit myself to one?"
No, that's not me pretentiously attempting to attach some meaning or something -- Those are a few lines of dialog that summarize Shinmai Maou no Testament. It's all you need to know about the show, as it is about just as much as the show cares to let us know.
So yeah, Shinmai Maou no Testament is another harem whose sole purpose for existing is to fill out a time-slot. A show that makes you wonder if the people behind the scenes are engaging in copyright wars from making such an uninspired amalgamation of several elements from other shows put together to make the same harem you've seen a dozen times over. It's so lacking in creativity that it uses the "I accidentally walked into you when you're undressed" cliché four or five times. -- said shows that come to mind are: Inuyasha, Bleach, Highschool DxD, and perhaps Tokyo Ghoul for Takigawa, Yahiro and it's EDGE.
"Basacchi". Oh lord, pls no.
Basara is your typical self-righteous "hero" devoid of personality; an indecisive, apologetic asshat, whom let's himself go wild on the girl's tits when he damn well pleases. When his sexuality reaches points where it can be brought under question, he gives in to his urges then he seeks to be comforted by said tits from having gone too far with his manhandling. By the shows end he's only a few notches away from being another despicable Itou, Makoto. If only. If only that would have actually been the case, at least he would have been less forgettable. All the girls in the show line up to feed the ego of whomever uses Basara as their surrogate. They exist just to get their breasts fondled or consistently refer to him as "onii-chan" or "B-baka".
A little too delusional, but not to the point of aggravation.
Most of the ecchi is constricted to a single gimmick — the partner binding spell crap — the rest pretty much revolves around it. The art design is easy on the eyes, yes, but still quite forgettable. And while surely not tame, the ecchi is presented in a very boring fashion. Though it may "look" nice, it still might as well be some dude in an ad testing Tenga products. Or perhaps sadder still, are the junkies who will rush in to buy the blue-rays.
As for the sound or even action? Nothing stands out, everything about this show just screams "routine". ...You might be familiar with a seiyuu who I believe goes by the name of Nomura, Kenji. You know, in bleach, that hot headed bulky bald bitch of a subordinate that follows Ulquiura? Well, Kenji plays that same bulky bald bitch here, same powers and everything, except skin tone. He suddenly appears out of nowhere for a fight and is just as briefly tossed aside so that Basara and galls can go back to breast fondling. *sarcastic cheerful claps* He stacks up a grand total of 5 seconds of screen time. Talk about pointlessly anti-climatic.
Initially tolerable even with the rather harmless tonal shifts, but then it becomes increasingly irritable as the series progresses from schizophrenic harem to obnoxious shounen. - 4/3/15
I have never seen an anime so unrepentantly sexual and yet so gratuitously censored. I'm pretty sure in one scene they blurred out a kiss deemed too sensual viewers. What's the point? Half this show is obscured by light blurs, steam, yellow censored bands, and stupid cardboard cutouts of the characters. In its present state, this show didn't need to be made, and until it finds it way to DVD or the web uncensored, it certainly doesn't need to be watched.
This is almost same as High School DxD not story wise but the eechi factor. Too much of mature content. Story is not that much strong. Chracters are well made and too much of fan service.