Prepare yourselves for 26 episodes of crap, because some Japanese manga duo decided to curse us all with To Love-ru (To LOVEる), every damned Thursday at 25:55 on TBS until Fall.
With 8 manga volumes published and ridiculous sales figures, it was perhaps inevitable that To Love-ru would be animated, but oh god, why did I have to be the one to blog it? Let’s all take a moment to hate Omni. … Alright, so from the minds of Hasemi Saki (story; also responsible for Moetan) and Yabuki Kentarou (art; also made Black Cat (which I hated)), here’s another effulgent love comedy featuring boobies, tits, breasts and blurred buttocks. The poor bastard forced to direct it is Kato Takao, whose recent OverDrive I actually enjoyed, and he’s dragging Yamatoya Akatsuki down with him for the wordy words part of the production. This fellow has worked on loads of good shows, but he was also head writer for Buzzer Beater and Ginban Kaleidoscope, so it’s probably a great match in this case.
Plot, eh? Yeah. Well. Let’s see here: Voluptuous alien princess with satanic tail refuses to get married, flees to Earth, teleports naked into high school boy protagonist’s bathtub, and decides to marry him after he fails to fend off her pursuers. Still reading this? There’s also a longtime crush our hero can’t ask out because he’s too much of a wuss, and an irritating robot that morphs into tight outfits for its master – magic girl transformation sequence style.
Animation more or less looks like shit, not because of deformed frames or anything, but because my disgust warps anything this anime can push into my eyes. To be entirely honest, the character design isn’t all bad, and I kind of like boobs, sometimes, if they’re free. The studio behind it is Xebec, and they’re doing Kanokon as well this season. I should probably mention that BS-i starts broadcast of this show in about three weeks, and it might be in widescreen then. There was some music playing throughout the episode, but I didn’t care. I’d like to express my condolences to the voice cast: Tomatsu Haruka (Sumi in Moetan) as Lala, Watanabe Akeno (Viletta in Code Geass) as Rito, and particularly Takehito Koyasu as Dorky Guard Guy. The rest of the cast is fairly impressive as well, and I hope my tears can wash away the stain this show will leave on their CVs.
My highly personal and humble opinion to be taken lightly and possibly ignored: Use this show to introduce your mother to the wonderful world of anime.