OP: 「HELP!! -Hell side-」 by 竹達彩奈 (Taketatsu Ayana)
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“Down Hill First Love!”
As expected of the likes of XEBEC, the studio that has brought us such timeless classics as To LOVE-Ru, Kanokon, and Ladies versus Butlers!, we’re presented with another series of the suspect persuasion. With that said, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before watching this. As the title suggests, this anime’s premise is based on the concept of masochism, and a heavy case of it at that. Our protagonist, Sado Taro (Fukuyama Jun) is helplessly turned-on from being abused by women, going into a state of pure ecstasy from being dominated. Of course, this trait would be meaningless if we didn’t have our resident sadist to compliment Taro’s disorder, Isurugi Mio (Taketatsu Ayana). With this formula, so begins our journey down the analysis of how a teenage masochistic boy’s mind works.
This episode certainly hit home that this anime will explore all types of niche fetishes, from Taro’s extreme masochism to his friend Hayama Tatsukichi (Satou Rina), who likes to cross dress and finds pleasure in people telling him how pretty he looks as a girl. My first thought was “holy hell what am I watching” but I must admit I found myself being strangely entertained by the fetishes as the episode went on. The many faces that Mio makes are great, going from a seemingly polite ojou-sama to a foul mouthed Yakuza-type character in a span of seconds. Strangely enough, despite her domineering personality, she seems to genuinely find happiness in helping to solve people’s problems. That in itself can be seen as a type of fetish, “Ultra Tsundere” you could say.
What’s really interesting though is that the main characters are not the only ones with fatal flaws, as it appears nearly every character that appeared this episode had some type of weird problem. Taro’s mother and sister, Sado Tomoko (Ohara Sayaka) and Sado Shizuka (Asumi Kana) appear to be a soncon (don’t see that too often) and a brocon, Taro’s school nurse, Onigawara Michiru (Tanaka Rie) appearing to be a sadist herself, and Taro’s classmate Yuno Arashiko (Hayami Saori) either having a fear of men or just seriously hating Taro’s guts to the point that she’ll nearly murder him for touching her. With a cast of characters this fucked up, I can only imagine what kind of sick games and antics we’ll be exposed to during the course of this anime.
The biggest thing going for this show is probably it’s cast of seiyuus, which is surprisingly an all-star team. I hope I’m not the only one who face faltered when they found out freaking Fukuyama Jun is voicing Taro. I certainly wasn’t expecting the voice of Lelouch and Kimihiro to be leading in this anime, but nonetheless it’s definitely a pleasant surprise. It’s also nice to see Satou Rina (MIKOTO-CHWAN) and Hayami Saori leading alongside Jun. Saori will be pretty busy this season, also doing the voices of Agemaki Wako of STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto, Ikaros of Sora no Otoshimono, and Azuki Miho of Bakuman, two of which are also leading roles. And of course I can’t forget Tanaka Rie who is always nice to see even though she’s not in a leading role for this series. Yes, the seiyuu casting of this show is definitely nothing to shake a stick at.
Overall, it appears this show will definitely not be for everybody, or even most people (as if that weren’t obvious enough). The interesting thing about this show thus far is that it’s not what you would really call an “ecchi show”. Despite being animated with the moe-blob art style XEBEC is known for using with it’s more fanservice oriented shows, this pilot had very little in the way of nude girls. However, with the crazy characters and twenty different types of fetishes, this show may be even more of a turn off for ecchi fanservice haters than ecchi fanservice itself. I’ll continue to blog this show as I found the abuse and character flaws to be fairly entertaining, and I just can’t pass up the seiyuu team, but this is definitely not for the more closed-minded anime watcher. As I said before, the strong seiyuu line-up in this show is probably it’s biggest surprise and one of the biggest reasons to watch it, at least if you’re a seiyuu junky.
ED: 「More-more LOVERS!!」 by 麻生夏子 (Asou Natsuko)
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The kicking leg… not really a good way to start the series, I think.
DISLOCATION KICK HO!
I’ll keep watching for while just because of the trap.
yet another trash anime for mentaly chalanged people yay
Different strokes for different people. Good to see maturity has reached you by insulting viewers who may enjoy something you may not.
gnomtastic, your comments are always troll-like in nature and you’ve probably noticed that I’ve already been deleting a lot of them. However, I don’t want to moderate all your comments completely, so please keep that in mind before posting something that’s trying to draw attention.
Well I do agree sorta… Japan has been coming out with a lot of ecchi fanservice animes with very shallow plots recently. I think they need more pure comedies, romance, or epic stuffs… like Sengoku Basara, it doesn’t really have that coherent of a plot but its epicness is over 9000. Angel Beats recently brought us another Jun Maeda tearjerker, and Code Geass had an absolutely epic plot.
^ I agree with Suppa Tenko. While I still may watch this for a dose of comedy, I’m just ultimately killing time, hoping for another “epic” to come out.
i’m just gonna sit here and laugh at the irony of you calling anyone else “mentally challenged” when you can’t even spell it yourself.
Never judge the book by its cover. Just read or watch it first on what will happen
Well, judging a show, only based on a plot summary and one chapter is rather shallow itself. I’ve heard opinions about people who are reading the light novels, and seems to get deeper at some point. i think anime based on light novel’s plot seems to be much more interesting and profund, like kara no kyoukai, ookami-san, durarara, even oreimo.
Ive been watching anime for 14 years and i just base every anime on neon genesis evangelion,cowboy bebop,texhnolyze and such an anime doesnt have to be as awesome as those but atleast it has to be good enough that doesnt dumb down the people who watch them for example Sora no Otoshimono Forte just think as a human being for a second and realize how stupid that anime is a guy wakes up with a boner and has to hide it from a next door girl and then an angel shoots rockets at his junk.Jesus where can i find anime that doesnt suck isnt gay and has a tastefull amaunt fanservice any sugestion is welcome thank you.
dude, LIGHTEN UP. no, not every anime is gonna be a masterpiece but it can still be FUN. i don’t know how you could possibly have found 14 years’ worth of anime to watch when you’re expecting everything to be NGE or cowboy bebop. sora no otoshimono isn’t intended to be smart or dramatic, just silly and fun, which it is. unclench a little and try to enjoy anime for once.
I’ve been watching anime for something like ten years, and watch anime of different kinds. Each time I feel that an anime should be ranked 2-3 of 10, I consider this a clear indicator that this anime is not for me, and of course I will never consider ranking it then.
As for Suppa Tenko, I think that your view doesn’t solve the problem. For instance, I enjoy Sengoku Basara the least, and couldn’t hold to watch more than 10 minutes of the show no matter how far Omni did recommend it. Does it mean that Sengoku Basara is just thrash? Don’t think so.
P.S. Same goes for K-ON!! criticizers/haters.
Well… he’s kinda right, isn’t he? Tons of useless ecchi anime for guys that can’t get a girlfriend, so all they have left is ecchi anime… I understand perfectly well, that men like it, but… I don’t really see a good reason to blog about such series, and lol, according to the schedule, you’re going to blog about all the ecchi series (exception is Tegami Bachi). I don’t see what is there to blog about in the first place… a new pair of panties? A new pair boobs? Another “onee-chan” trying to sleep with her onii-chan? xD
But then again, it’s your blog, so you could say “don’t read it if you don’t like it”. I’m not trying to offend anyone or anything like that, just stating my opinion^^
But I think that lots of series that you quit blogging about are much more worthy than ecchi series.
@vladrin: I also couldn’t watch Sengoku Basara, just not my cup of tea, but I agree that it doesn’t mean it’s trash. In fact, I think it’s very good, but it just didn’t go well with me. But I have yet to see ecchi series with a GOOD plot and not some guy/girl in their puberty
I hope that Yosuga no Sora will be atleast half good because in the pv it seems that there are no hyper stupid characters that could ruin the drama in the anime.
Ohh, that one? I also hope that it won’t be too bad… Though the art style looks..err.. how do I put it.. anyway, all the series with such art style are no good… I hope it won’t turn into another “White album” or “Amagami” .___.
You have mental issues troll. If you don’t like and probably you not gonna to watch it simple move on and stop insulting people who like it idiot.
Haha, I’d watch this and shriek with laughter if only there wasn’t uber-masochism voiced by FUKUYAMA JUN in a lead role. I… cringe. Let’s just leave it at that.
Try freaking out when you realized that Jun was voicing Grell in Kuroshitsuji (1 & 2).
After hearing that, this is nothing.
With all the abuse of male perverts in anime, I’m honestly expecting some sort of “horny men’s rights” movement to spring-up in the near future.
But seriously… can’t ecchi series try something new? I think most people are (or should be) past the point where a pervy guy getting randomly abused is funny. :p
I loved the episode for all its quirks and different and yet comedic approach to fetishes. There’s definitely a lot going and with all the possible avenues opening up with each character, it may be the wild ride I’m looking for this season. Hayami-san and Taketatsu-san being part of the cast are mostly what pulled me to watch this series. I’ve honestly started watching without expecting this much entertainment.
Suzuku is right tho, it may not be to everyone’s taste.
Kind of weird that I find nothing wrong with brocon, but I felt a little weird with the mom thing (not that I dislike it, in fact I’m looking forward to it).
I loved it. I hope they continue with the lighthearted stuff and don’t bring rape or almost rape victims in the mix like a certain anime from the last season.
Isn’t Yuno the one that hit him in the flashback?
I didn’t notice Yuno had such big breasts until I saw the ed sequence…
Guess who’s my favorite heroine now?
I didn’t expect much from this since XEBEC’s last production, Ladies versus Butlers, left a sour taste in my mouth, but I couldn’t stop myself from helplessly laughing from all of Mio’s and Sado’s quirks. While it may not be a series everyone can bear watching, I found the first episode to be utterly hilarious, and I plan on watching more of this.
Btw, if you could handle Seitokai Yakuin Domo, I’m pretty sure you can survive the kinkyness coming from this.
Pretty much what I was thinking. Mind you, this is a more physical series than SYD.
Haha, you should be able to watch ANYTHING after going through a whole season of SYD’s verbal onslaught. Doesn’t even need to be physical to harden you to deranged anime. :p
Hahaha. You know, SYD was like getting slapped and then wondering what happened until you get the following slaps and finally realizing “Oh right, I’m watching it”. This could be in the same ball park as well and that’s interesting to me. Suzuku, the physicality is an added bonus. 😉
You’ve got a point there.. Though SYD set my standards for ecchi anime pretty high. And after watching P&S, the entertainment value of this show wasn’t up to par. But I think I’ll keep watching it. I love the artwork and.. well.. the artwork is nice! Eheheh.. ^^;
IF WE CAN SURVIVE A VIBRATING DILDO IN THE OP/FINALE FOR SYD, WE CAN SURVIVE THIS.
I get the feeling this show will feature alot of fetish material aside from masochism,cross-dressing,complexes and the like.Mind you that the last name of the protagonist is “Sado” which kinda sound like it came from sado-masochism.
Divine actually brought that up to me too, nice pun usage.
“As expected of the likes of XEBEC, the studio that has brought us such timeless classics as To LOVE-Ru, Kanokon, and Ladies versus Butlers!”
oh god i lol’d
lol. I LIKE THIS!! LOVE MASOCHISM..and WOOT! AZU-NYAN IS HERE..WOW! JUNFUKU too!nwei, i find mio looking a bit like taiga..XDD
My thoughts exactly. Azu-nyan ftw. Now for the wagers…
How many episodes until they exploit Taketatsu Ayana’s “Nyaa” THIS series?
I say before episode 3, they’ll have something to do with furries/catgirls.
I meant BY, not before. Sorry.
Crap! after reading the line ‘episode 3’ on your post, I suddenly remembered Seitokai Yakuindomo.
SYD ep 3… bondage AND beastiality… talk about screwed up. But yeah, I’m guessing sometime the next couple episodes they’ll have Ayana Nyaaing. Hell, they did it for KissXsis and Mayoi Neko Overrun, why not here?
Yes, I know they didn’t for Alice in HOTD, but she’s a supporting character there. Starring roles are a different topic. 😛
The Legendary words from Major Ackbar…
It’s a trap!!
I liked this episode as well and was pretty suprised to hear fuk Jun play as the main char. Mio is just one fine loli.
Couldn’t help but laugh at this pic: https://randomc.net/image/MM/MM%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2003.jpg
“As expected of the likes of XEBEC, the studio that has brought us such timeless classics as To LOVE-Ru, Kanokon, and Ladies versus Butlers!”
Do I sense a bit of sarcasm?
I’d like to think it is…but mind you, Suzuku did add:
“we’re presented with another series of the suspect persuasion.”
Mind you, it might just be a classic of the genre. We’ll see as the episodes roll on 😛
It’s just that I haven’t finished any of the anime listed because of their unduly mediocrity. I must say that I do like the art style though.
I like to think it is lelouch getting the crap beat out of him.
Oh, I’m not the only one who was thinking that? :p
At least you are NOT thinking of Takishima Kei?
I LMAO’ed so hard at that! Touché!
The difference with Lelouch is that this character is actually begging some more AND yet, trying to get away from this. Oh, the contradiction! 🙂
Mmm.. his ‘pure ecstasy’ face really creeps me out. :B
Well… Jun did the whole cross dressing character a couple seasons ago in Working!, so it’s only fitting that he now plays a masochist. I also find his voice fits the character ridiculously well.
It’s like SYD finishes and this just steps right in and fills the role, albeit in a different approach.
Definitely looking forward to more, both for the cast and to see what fetishes they’ll toss in here. :p
LoL, If Jun keeps on voicing for weird characters, it will ruin his Lulu’s image when CG3 comes out.
i really hope this show ends up going in the direction of “accept your fetishes,” because there’s no reason for a guy to try and rid himself of something that clearly brings him near-orgasmic amounts of pleasure when there’s a plentiful supply of sadistic cuties willing to kick his ass (not to mention his crush turning out to be a trap).
I thought that girl was koromo from Saki(mahjong) https://randomc.net/image/MM/MM%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2001.jpg
Ah, I love your blog because I could never differentiate one seiyuu from another before. But now I know quite a few. Thanks for that. ^^
And we gotta love a dominatrix Aya-nyan 😀
Oh, by the way, your link to Hayami Saori leads to xxxHOLIC. Might wanna fix that – unless you intended that o_o
I had my reservations about watching this but after reading your review I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. I love it. Interesting trap, Hideyoshi has a rival now!
This show was a lot of fun. And a trap in the first episode!? Wooo.
Is it just me??, i was thinking tatsukichi secret was him being in love with Sado.
I have absolutely no idea why you would say that. Never before has the cross dresser ever had an attraction to the main character. Nor has any other character on any show ever had the hots for the main character.
BTW, I like your username. The V could use some work, though.
well, i was teeling about the impression you get while watching the episode, at some point, i was like wtf, not a gay show, at least, that type of show with some yaoi undertone are not to my likings, but. But, even though, i like this show and seems to get much more interesting after half of its run.
Yay! I’ll watch it because of Fukuyama Jun 😉
Divine,Thank you for the review!
Suzuku’s writing the review for this series, not divine, although I also thought it was Divine when I first read it since their writing style is kinda similar XD
though i haven’t read the novel i did get a read of the manga version i have to say that the anime does not do it justice
i suspect a anime original ending
watch list +1
A pattern (and possibly a formula) I’ve been noticing is the less big chests there are in an ecchi anime, the more character is present, or at least noticable. Although, I’m pretty sure there have been plenty of shows with big chests and lots of character and plenty in the other extreme as well, so don’t quote me on that.
However, if anyone can find more instances of this pattern, DO quote me on it BECAUSE I SAW IT FIRST AND HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN THE PATENT AH HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Oh, and post them.
I wouldn’t know what to do if I found out my first crush was my best friend.
Lol What a hilarious 1st episode, from soncon, brocon, sadist teacher and crossdress classmate. Definitely worth watching
The seiyuu cast is a nice surprise, and the Op by Taketatsu Ayana isn’t so bad though I enjoy the ED abit more. Even if Tanaka Rie plays small parts in the series the Blu Ray and DVD set will greatly make up.
I saw somewhere (before reading this) say this had brocon and soncon and was put off. I just can’t stand those amongst others.
But after reading this I decided to give it a go and I enjoyed it. I might have picked it up eventually because that’s usually how I roll; watch the ones I want first then get bored of other daily things so I watch the ones I wasn’t going to.
This is how I come across some of my favourite shows which is surprising and annoying.
I’m glad my post helped you decide to watch it. That’s why I’m doing this after all. 🙂
Taketatsu Ayana sounds a lot like Hirano Aya at some parts. Also character designs remind me of Zero no Tsukaima. Small long-haired tsundere, big-boobs with a bob 😀
This 1st episode was not that good. I liked Kanokon, To Love Ru, and Ladies vs. Butlers but don’t seem to enjoy this series as I did those. Not sure I’m gonna bother watching any more. Of the new series that have aired Bakuman seems to be the best. Letter Bee is good too and so was Sora No Otoshimono but thats a continuation from last year. Iron Man was also a disapointment.
Impressions of first 10 minutes, while I would rank plot 6-7 out of 10, Characters get 10, Character design 10, animation 8-9, and energetic music suitable for it 7. Definitely passu!
Each season I follow 2 to 4 anime shows at max, and rarely comedy. This is the first on the list. It just tells me how much the harsh criticizers of the show were subjective/biased in their review.
I enjoyed watching this first episode. I wasn’t counting on watching it, but I guess I’m gonna keep up with it- at least for a while…..
Meh, it’s okay. I’m mostly just curious what’s going to happen next in this loony bin o.o Also..Jun Fukuyama…8D For these reasons, I’ll keep watching for now~
See, these are the shows I love to see Fukuyama Jun in. His voice fits comedies so much more.
Speaking of which, hurrah for the new ToHeart2 OVAs!
Was on the fence about this one, gonna check it out now. Thanks Suzuku!
You know… It would be nice if Japan’s anime industry made a show where the male lead beats the women up. Just so there can be an “opposite coin” to garbage like this. But then I’ll get all types of insults for even typing what I’ve typed and being honest about it.
Then again, not everybody’s like MARVEL or Stan Lee; coming to Japan to utilize the “powers of anime” for the good of humankind and world entertainment. Making “lower animu” for losers so they can (temporarily) forget about their own problems is what they’re great at doing.
I can’t look at Fukuyama Jun the same way again.
I always wanted to know how the weird parents in anime were created this show seems to answer that question.
Well this automatically became one of my favorites so far =] i even watched it twice XD oh and still got me the second time around.
I missed this in the preview!
wew, another ecchi series stereotype…
seriously, is there any male protagonist in an ecchi-love comedy series whose not “M” with his tsundere partner??
As I said in the post, it’s not really what you would call “ecchi”. Not in the conventional sense of the word anyway.
I think I enjoyed this more than I probably should, but it matters not. So many niche fetishes all in one show will make for some good laughs.
Pretty good, i guess…
Why is this has better animation than break blade?
breakblade is produced by production i.g. X xebec.
really, i don’t get it…
MAN, anime should not show girls kicking a guys balls(treasure), since that could cause testicular cancer..!!! im not kidding, one could die for being kicked there (it pains me to look LOL), and im sure that 90% of the girls if not 99% (excluding doctors) dont know this… O.o, and well the anime its superb, with a SUPERB cast…