Short Anime Review Roundup – Anitore! XX: Hitotsu Yane no Shita de, Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara., and Ten Little Gall Force

Anitore! XX: Hitotsu Yane no Shita de

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Year: 2016
Length: 12 (4 min.) Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Sports
Studio: Rising Force

Synopsis: Sequel of Anitore! EX.

New member Sakura Izumi joins the five idol candidates of the previous season. A second year middle schooler, she often wears a big smile on her face.


Starting off, make no bones about it, this series’ main reason for existing is just for the fanservice. It’s not about exercise, it’s about anime fanboys briefly getting to live out their dreams of having close a relationship with some anime girls. I say fanboy because, even though the viewer is spoken to by the characters as though they’re the protagonist, the girls refer to you as a male, so it’s clear that they know who their target audience is. The only thing that was missing was them calling you onii-chan. 😛

Throughout the season, you’re treated to fourth-wall-breaking comments from the girls, as they demonstrate various exercises. I was immediately reminded of a somewhat similar—and far superior—anime from last year titled Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?, which actually did a good job of not only being informative with its content, but being an entertaining anime as well. That’s a lot more than what I can say about Anitore. I guess you could argue that the exercises here can be somewhat helpful, but that takes up the entirety of each three-and-a-half minute episode. There’s no story at all and no attempt at explaining that these girls are supposed to be idols in training, so you can see what I mean when I say that this only exists for the fanservice.

Since I didn’t watch the previous season, I had no idea who these girls were, and I didn’t care about any of them in the slightest. The anime gave me no reason to do so, and out of everyone, there was only one character that I found even remotely interesting, the chuuni. This was listed as a comedy, but I didn’t find it funny at all, so that’s another strike against it. As for the yuri, there pretty much wasn’t any. The main reason I watched this was because there’s a yuri club on MAL that listed this anime, but I don’t know why they did, because the girls only seem to be more interested in you. Speaking of, the last episode was just them thanking you for your help and for staying by their side (and one girl confesses to having feelings for you), so I might have thrown up in my mouth a little. It seems like I’m just shitting on this anime, but it’s just so not what I like or find entertaining. 😛

Yuri Rating: 0
Total Enjoyment: 2


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Anime Review: Steel Angel Kurumi

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Year: 1999 – 2000
Length: 24 (15-minute) Episodes
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Mecha, Military, Romance
Studio: OLM / Production Reed

Synopsis: During Japan’s Taisho Era (1912-1926), a scientist named Ayanokoji developed the Steel Angel – an artificial humanoid with superhuman physical abilities. While the Imperial Army wanted to use the Steel Angel as a new means of modern warfare, Ayanokoji wanted his creation to be a new step in the future of mankind. Thus, he defied orders from the Army and secretly made the Steel Angel codenamed “Kurumi”. Then one day, a young boy named Nakahito Kagura snuck into Ayanokoji’s house as a dare by his friends and stumbled upon Kurumi’s lifeless body. A sudden attack by the Imperial Army shook the house, causing Kurumi to fall on Nakahito. At that moment, their lips met, and Kurumi woke up from “the kiss that started a miracle”.


STORY

Another anime from the turn of the century, a quick skim of Steel Angel Kurumi‘s synopsis and a glance at a girl in maid uniform were more than enough to let me know that I should probably keep my expectations for the story in check. Turns out, that was a good decision, because this was the quintessential generic anime story that was unoriginal, cliched, and only mildly entertaining.

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Anime Review: Love Tyrant

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Year: 2017
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School, Supernatural
Studio: EMT Squared

Synopsis: When a strange girl named Guri comes knocking at Seiji Aino’s door, he quickly finds himself thrust into a world of romantic troubles. Claiming that she will die if he doesn’t kiss someone within 24 hours, Guri’s pleas of desperation are misunderstood as pleas for love, leading Seiji to kiss the cute stranger that came barging into his house. In actuality, it turns out that this cosplaying cupid is the wielder of a Kiss Note, in which any pairing of names she writes will kiss and become a couple. Guri explains that she misspelt and accidentally wrote Seiji’s name while indulging in her yaoi fantasies, but because she had yet to pair him with anyone, their kiss was meaningless. Even worse, Guri reveals that if Seiji is not coupled with anyone soon, not only will she die, but Seiji will remain a virgin for eternity!

Eager to escape his fate, Seiji sets his sights on the beautiful and popular Akane Hiyama. But after Akane hears that he kissed Guri, she reveals the obsessive and psychopathic feelings that she holds for the unfortunate boy and proceeds to viciously attack them. In the ensuing confusion, Guri is able to pair Seiji with Akane in the Kiss Note, temporarily saving Seiji from any further bodily harm. But to complicate matters, Guri’s newfound feelings lead her to also pair the two of them with herself. Just when the situation could not get any more convoluted, this new coupling with Guri has turned Seiji and Akane into temporary angels, forcing them into assisting the cupid with her work of pairing humans, lest they be cast into hell. With all semblance of normality snatched from his life, Seiji gets to work at matchmaking with these eccentric girls by his side.


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Anime Review: Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!

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Year: 2009
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-Fi
Studio: Studio Hibari

Synopsis: Meet Plug, an unusual girl from a parallel world. Plug is a “Juuden-chan,” capable of “recharging” people down on their luck, spreading good cheer wherever she goes!


STORY

It only took me a few minutes of the first episode to realize that Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!! was going to have a pretty dumb story, but it was weird and different enough that it always found a way to keep my interest. Seeing “charger girls” take oversized electrical plugs and literally recharge people who are depressed was certainly strange to see, yet the show maintained a playful atmosphere that always kept things enjoyable for me.

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Anime Review: Ichigo Mashimaro

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Year: 2005
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Studio: Daume

Synopsis: “Cute girls doing cute things in cute ways.” Everyday things make up the fabric of life—whether it’s making friends, going to school, trying to make money, or celebrating a holiday. Ichigo Mashimaro is a heartwarming series that follows the daily lives of Itou Chika, her sister Nobue, and her friends Miu, Matsuri, and Ana.


STORY

Let’s not waste any time and dive right into the story, which is exactly what you’d expect from a slice of life anime. That’s to say that there isn’t much of a story. It’s just cute girls doing cute things, and while that won’t get it a good score, the low story score doesn’t mean that this isn’t an entertaining anime.

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Anime Review: Frame Arms Girl

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Year: 2017
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life
Studio: Zexcs/Studio A-CAT

Synopsis: The story begins when Ao opens a package that arrives at her doorstep. Inside the package is Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl: a small robot capable of independent movement. Gourai is a newly-developed prototype: a Frame Arms Girl equipped with an “Artificial Self,” an advanced AI that gives her a personality. Ao is the only one that has activated her. Gourai begins to gather both battle data and emotions, starting a day-to-day life with Ao, who knows nothing about Frame Arms Girls.


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Anime Review: Akikan!

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Year: 2009
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance
Studio: Brain’s Base

Synopsis: Hobbies are often a great way of meeting new people, but how could Kakeru Diachi, who collects rare juice cans, have ever suspected that he’d meet a fascinating new girl when he attempted to DRINK her? Naming her Melon, because she’s got great melon… soda, Kakeru quickly learns that she’s an Akikan—a beautiful girl who’s also a special can created to fight other Akikans in a strange experiment to determine what kind of container is better: steel or aluminum!

Will becoming involved in this ridiculously twisted research project gone amuck complicate Kakeru’s life incredibly? Of course it will, but because Melon’s steel body needs carbon dioxide to breathe, he’s now stuck with her since she’s too CO2 dependent! And when his wealthy, attractive, best childhood friend Najimi gets HER own aluminum Akikan, the trouble really begins!


STORY

This is my 182nd review on YuriReviews, and over that span, I’ve experienced all manner of stupid plots, but Akikan!‘s story still stands out for all the wrong reasons. You can read the synopsis above and tell how stupid this story is, yet a stupid story doesn’t automatically make this a bad anime. Rather, the reasons this is a bad anime include the absurd story, lousy character development, horrible attempts at “romance”, and the equally bad attempts at comedy.
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