Summer 2011 – First Impressions (R-15 & Nekogami Yaoyorozu)
So we’re nearly done with these first impressions as there is just one more show to air that I need to have a look at (and another that I have downloaded but have been avoiding watching). Anyway, today we have a teenage porn writer and a bunch of Touhou rejects………time for R-15 & Nekogami Yaoyorozu.
You know I watched this the other day and I now can’t really remember much about it – a real sign of quality there. I am certain that I was bored stupid though, and the pointless censoring just made the show even worse. I know that censoring it just titillation to make people buy the DVD release, but when it’s so poorly executed (hello dazzling white circles!) it just makes the entire show look poorly made and trashy; if you’re going to censor something, at least put a bit of effort into it. Anyway, the ‘plot’ such as it is, for this show is that this is a school for geniuses (of course), although the definition of genius appears to be a touch loose in some cases. Our uninteresting protagonist is a teen porn writer (because it’s not like most teens aren’t obsessed with sex), which of course means that the show is basically him having uninspired ecchi delusions all over the place. This is the flimsiest of flimsy premises, it’s not like we haven’t seen these exact scenario’s a hundred times before.
Aside from the horrendous censoring, the animation isn’t really great. I think the fault is mostly in the hideous character designs and colour schemes rather than the actual animation quality though. Voice acting is phoned in, music is generic and I honestly can’t remember the OP or ED.
R-15 could have been interesting if it wasn’t so lazy. If they had of approached the premise in a more inventive manner and fixed the terrible shiny character designs, then the series could have been lots of fun (sort of if like Tsuchiya from BakaTest had his own spinoff). As it stands its at best completely forgettable and at worst boring.
I think this whole episode just washed over me, because even though I literally just finished it about an hour ago, all I actually remember is that there was a lot of talking and loads of characters who looked like Touhou rejects…….and thats it. I think the episode was a bit long, this may have worked better with half-length episodes, because there really isn’t all that much premise to go on, and the focus seemed to jump about the place like a hyperactive bunny. I’m not really the best person to judge shows like this, as I really just don’t seem to get the point to them – all the chatter just fails to engage me and I didn’t find any of the characters interesting.
I suppose its well enough animated, there are lots of expressive faces and plenty of variety in character design I suppose; but I still found everything completely meh. I’m just going to pass this off as just not being my thing – I’m sure that it’s a fun show for those who like these shows, but I’m passing.