OP: 「miele paradiso」 by Nomizu Iori
「戦略防衛学園-ATARAXIA-」 (Senryaku Bouei Gakuen – ATARAXIA –)
“Strategic Defense Academy Ataraxia”
Lewd. Dats lewd.
Lewd to the MAX
Masou Gakuen HxH is the story of a world all gone to shit because of some attacking aliens or whatever, and the school of youngsters who are going to defeat them. Technically. If we’re being serious, though, this show is about the lewd. All that other junk? An excuse to get jiggly girls in skimpy outfits and have ’em fight ill-defined enemies by taking frequent battle pit-stops to get felt up by the main character.
Understand that I’m not judging. It’s trying to be what it is, and I don’t let other people tell me how I should spend my time, so neither should you. This is firmly in the magical-fantasy-action-harem-ecchi genre, so if’n you want one of those, this show is bringing the PLOT. I felt it was important to get that out of the way first. This show is leeeewd, and it ain’t shy about showing so, censorship aside.
The Critical Details
But in the framework of a magical-fantasy-action-harem-ecchi anime, how is this one looking? Fine. It’s pitching itself entirely on the lewd, and the other elements are doing their best to stay out of the way. Main character and master groper Hida Kizuna (Akabane Kenji) is tolerable if uninteresting, and the girls are all easy to figure out—the mysterious beauty with a foul mouth Chidorigafuchi Aine (Kageyama Akari), the prude who shouts “Harenji!” Himekawa Hayuru (Nagatsuma Juri), and the flirty popular girl Farandole Yurishia (Akasaki Chinatsu). Or maybe she’s the onee-san type, or the ojou-sama type? It’s unclear. Though we’ve only known these characters for a max of 23 minutes so far, which isn’t a lot of time for character building. Mostly the girls are just T&A so far, and the guy is just an audience insert. The real question is whether that’s as far as they’ll go.
As for the other elements, it’s refreshing in a way that they didn’t try to give a reason why the Magitech weapons were attacking, because this early no one gives a shit. From that and the wholehearted embrace of the usual tropes, this episode makes me think that Masou Gakuen HxH is stripping away everything that could distract from the ecchi (stripping away, heh). That includes much of the technobabble, which was present here, but not as overdone as I’ve seen it.
I can appreciate this decision, in a way. This story is trying to do one thing really well (be lewd), and it’s focusing all of its attentions on that so far. My only concern is that the ecchi shows that are truly beloved try to do the plot and the drama and all the rest as well, becase otherwise they’re quickly forgotten. Will Masou Gakuen HxH try to do more as well? Hell if I know. This first episode gives little indication that it will, but it doesn’t rule out the possibility either.
I don’t have any plans to blog this series on a weekly basis. Blogging decisions won’t be finalized for a couple of weeks yet, so things could ostensibly change, but I personally have a couple of shows I’m planning to cover (no points for guessing what they are) and a deficit of free time, so extra pick ups are unlikely. Thanks for reading this post!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – This show is lewd. Super lewd. Mega lewd. LEWD! #masouhh 01
- I hope they don’t go far with this hard work vs talent theme. I don’t hate it by any means, but there are usually only two ways anime approach it: hard work triumphing over talent (Deku, Ikki), or the main character turns out to be talented after all (the classic ordinary high school student). The former can be amazing, but the latter is blatant pandering, and I have a feeing this show might hew closer to the latter.
- I guess normal weapons take out these baddies just fine, even if the magic suits are better.
- If someone tells you to fondle an unconscious girl or you’ll both die, don’t do it. That’s assault, son.
- To anyone who’s still confused, no, this isn’t an alternate version of Hunter X Hunter. The author was just mean with his title. Maybe next time.
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ED: 「ちッ」 (Chi) by Nomizu Iori