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Summer 2011 – First Impressions (R-15 & Nekogami Yaoyorozu)

July 12, 2011

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.

R-15

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.

Nekogami Yaoyorozu

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.

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  1. July 12, 2011 6:58 pm

    Though I love Horie Yui, I don’t know what to think about Nekogami.

    • July 12, 2011 8:38 pm

      Its not really the most immediately appealing show……Yui Horie doesn’t really make it worth watching.

  2. July 12, 2011 8:03 pm

    Given the staff/studio onboard for R-15 and the rather ludicrous premise, I wasn’t expecting much from it at all. I mean, the director (their name escapes me) hasn’t offered anything particularly noteworthy from my recollection, quite the opposite, while the studio itself has primarily served to assist with, to their credit, some pretty decent anime series. Accordingly, the animation isn’t that bad. Still, this is definitely not something I’d consider watching weekly, but I won’t rule out the odd marathon sometime down the road (probably in a few years when I’m bored out of my teeth and I randomly decide to pluck a mediocre number out of summer season 2011).

    • July 12, 2011 8:40 pm

      You’ll need to be really, really bored…….although it could get better?? Wouldn’t bet on that though!

      • July 12, 2011 9:00 pm

        Yeah, but you know me… I tend to find enjoyment from even the most dastardly of anime. Reflexive of how much I’ve seen over the years, I guess. :P

        • July 12, 2011 9:01 pm

          Hahaha, I’ve found my tolerance levels getting rather low recently rather than better!

  3. July 13, 2011 3:36 am

    R-15 Yep I feel the same way! Pointless censors kills this show and a few others this season, agreed on the character designs they look really lazy lolol. I did laugh when the random rocket appeared and ya caused more chaos for our main character, but I think that’s about it for that show.

    Nekogami- Yes! Very Tonhou indeed the real hardcore fans of that will eat this show up, I watched this late one night and was falling asleep halfway through the episode so I don’t know maybe one more episode to tell how things go.

    • July 14, 2011 11:28 pm

      I think I just rolled my eyes when the ‘genius inventor’ appeared with her ‘bland male lead’ seeking missile!

      While I didn’t watch Nekogami late at night, I still watched it pretty glazed eyed. XD

  4. July 13, 2011 11:27 pm

    R-15 is… bleh. I’ve seen that same show at least seven times before, and it wasn’t good any of those times either.

    Nekogami wasn’t a show that jumped out as bad, at least. It was a bit hard to get into, but some actual thought did go into it, which was nice to see. I don’t think I’ll end up following, but I’ll give it a few more episodes.

    • July 14, 2011 11:30 pm

      Only seven times? You’ve done a good job avoiding the hundreds of incarnations of this show! :lol:

      Nekogami isn’t bad, I just don’t get it – I can see why people would enjoy it, I’m just not one of those people unfortunately (or fortunately; I’ve kept on way too many shows this season)

      • July 18, 2011 1:47 am

        I know! Intuition’s wonderful when it comes to avoiding samey shows.

  5. July 14, 2011 11:00 pm

    I don’t remember whether you wrote a post about manyuu hikenchou or not yet… or are you even watching it :v

    Haven’t watched either of these shows, but the promo art for Nekogami reminded me of that one fox-kid from Inuyasha who was cute as hell. Also, there is no such thing as a Touhou reject. http://i43.tinypic.com/ztxiu1.jpg

    • July 14, 2011 11:31 pm

      I’m holding on to Boob anime until Dantalian no Shoko comes out – putting both into the one post to finish these 1st impressions (haven’t actually watched the Boob anime yet though – its the one I’ve been putting off!).

      LOLOLOLOL @ Touhou tutorial!

      • July 15, 2011 12:32 am

        lol, I think the boob also had beams like R-15, though I’ve watched neither.

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