Anime Review: He is My Master

he is my master

Year: 2005
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Slice of Life
Studio: Gaimax / Shaft

Synopsis: Izumi Sawatari and her younger sister, Mitsuki Sawatari, have run away from home and are in need of employment. The only jobs available are as maids in the mansion of 14-year-old millionaire, Yoshitaka Nakabayashi. What seems like simple work is soon revealed to be far more than the girls bargained for when they find Yoshitaka to be an authoritative employer who demands they call him “Master”.


STORY

Let’s start things off by discussing how terrible this title is. He is My Master just sounds like hentai, doesn’t it? The title sounds like it should be an ecchi and misogynistic mess, and it’s probably the biggest reason why I’ve stayed away from this anime for so long. Well, now that I’ve watched it, I can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that while it’s not hentai, it definitely an ecchi and misogynistic mess, and for that reason, this should be a a little shorter than the average anime review.

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Yuri News Update: May 2020

It’ll take a lot more than a pandemic to stop the yuri world from spinning, and this month, we have more proof of that. So sit back, relax, and prepare yourself for another heaping helping of yuri news~


First up, one of the most beloved yuri couples of all-time is making a return. It was announced last month that Kannazuki no Miko creators Kaishaku will be launching a spinoff manga later this month. Somewhere, chimekolover88 is still jumping for joy. 😛

Previous Kannazuki no Miko spinoffs were, uhhh, not so great, but it’s more Chimeko! No matter how mediocre previous entries in the franchise were, KnM fans will still probably eat this new spinoff up, and who would’ve thought that in our greatest time of need, it would be Chimeko that would come to our rescue? Besides, Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora wasn’t bad, so there is precedent for a solid KnM spinoff.


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Let’s Talk About Review Scores

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YuriReviews has been around for more than seven years, and over the course of those seven years, we’ve featured 309 reviews thus far. I myself have been writing reviews for nearly six years, and I’ve written 171 reviews so far.

The point is, we’ve had hundreds of opportunities to put our thoughts and opinions into words, and I think most people who’ve ever written a review will tell you that it’s not easy. For me, one of the things that usually presents a challenge is trying to give a numeric value to my thoughts.

Since the beginning, YuriReviews has used a 10 point scale to critique aspects of our review subjects, but over time, it’s clear to see that we’ve fallen into the trap known as the four point scale. Long story short, the four point scale is how the mid and low ends of the review scale tend to go largely unused, so the overwhelming majority of review scores tend to range from 7 and up. A deep dive into our review scores definitely confirms this.

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Anime Review: Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu

oshibudo

Year: 2020
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Music
Studio: 8bit

Synopsis: A girl is obsessed with her favorite idol, a minor member of a less popular group, enough that she says she’d die to see her play at Budoukan.


STORY

When I think of idol/music anime, I pretty much envision something along the lines of Love Live!. That’s just standard practice by now, but OshiBudo doesn’t quite follow that blueprint. Of course, standard idol anime put all the emphasis on the group and its members, and while this anime gives the idols their time, this one is more about the crazed fans that obsess over their fave.

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Anime Spring Season 2020: First Impressions

2020 spring anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2020 spring anime season that just started~

BNA
Studio: Trigger • Genre: Action, Fantasy, Super Power

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Thanks to Kill la Kill, I’ll almost always be interested when Trigger comes out with a new anime, so it was an easy decision to pick up BNA. Between this and Beaststars, it seems that anthropomorphic animal person anime is in style lately, but unlike Beaststars, this seems to be about the volatile relationship between humans and beastmen. It didn’t take long for violence to flare up between the two sides, with our dear protagonist (and tanuki girl), Michiru, caught in the middle.

Even in the supposed safe haven of Anima City, there’s already some backstabbing and shady dealings going on, and I’m expecting a whole lot more of that in future episodes. Like all Trigger anime, BNA isn’t lacking in style points, and although we only got a glimpse of it in this first episode, I’m expecting the action to be over-the-top and chaotic, just how I like it. Also, I got some Zootopia vibes for a minute, and since I love that movie, I’ll at least keep watching for a bit. That said, I don’t always finish non-yuri shows that I pick up, so BNA has some work to do in order to win me over. The first six episodes of this anime dropped all at once, so I should find out pretty early on if this is worth my time. For old times’ sake, let’s hope that Trigger once again saves anime~


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Yuri News Update: April 2020

Even in the midst of a pandemic, the yuri world never stops, so let’s get on with the news~


magia record mahou shoujo madoka magica

First up, some rather pleasant news for fans of Madoka☆Magica. Right after the presumed final episode of Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden aired, a second season was confirmed, so it sounds like we are (likely) going to get some finality from this spin-off after all.

 
Without getting into spoilers, episode thirteen was pretty insane, yet ending on a cliffhanger like that wasn’t so cool. Practically everyone who’s seen Magia Record will agree that it’s definitely not as great as the main series, but I think it was pretty entertaining nevertheless. As is usually the case in situations like this, we don’t yet know exactly when we’ll be able to continue watching—the tweet supposedly mentions “coming soon”—but we’ll let you know once we have a date~


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Anime Winter Season 2020: Final Thoughts

2020 winter anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts of the 2020 winter anime season that just came to an end~


22/7
Length: 12 Episodes • Genre: Music

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Last year, I watched a Korean horror movie titled White: Melody of Death. It wasn’t great, but I liked how it was different than what you’d normally expect from something featuring idols/pop stars. I mention this because, at this rate, I’m kind of over idol anime. Almost all of them seem really similar, and the whole process feels like it’s just about selling some real-life CDs and merch (who still even uses CDs?!). Anyway, early on in 22/7, “The Wall” was pretty intriguing, and this show seemed different enough to make me hopeful that this wouldn’t be just another idol anime, but while it wasn’t as unique as an idol horror movie, 22/7 still wasn’t your typical idol anime.

The focus here isn’t so much on the music as much as it is on the individual girls themselves. Most of the girls had their own episode (there were eight girls in the group), so we get to see their backstory, learn their motivations, and get to know them much better. It’s a far more effective approach than what you typically see in other idol anime, so I was a lot more emotionally invested in these girls than those of other similar shows. Some of the episodes were better than others, and while some of the drama was kinda predictable, I still enjoyed it more than your typical song and dance. This anime was recommended in the comments, so I was hopeful it would have some yuri, and early on, things were looking promising. Miu and Sakura seemed to have a really close relationship (Miu x Nicole as well), but the show gets away from that, so yuri wasn’t as big as a factor as I was hoping for. Still, I found this a little more enjoyable than something like Love Live!, although I’m not sure that fans of that series or “traditional” idol anime would like this as much as I did.

7/10


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