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First Impressions: Summer 2014 – Love Stage!!, Sengoku Basara 3: Judge End and Momo Kyun Sword

July 10, 2014

summerbanNext up today is a strange combination of traps, manly shouting and boobs – Love Stage!!, Sengoku Basara 3: Judge End and Momo Kyun Sword.

Love Stage!!

Word of warning – don’t watch this immediately after Free!, it shares some of the same seiyuu / character names and is all sorts of confusing.  Regarding the actual show – it’s okay I suppose.  Can’t say I’m a huge fan of the cross-dressing premise and hope they enlighten Mr popular idol that the object of his 10 year interest is actually another fella ASAP.  I don’t mind if they keep the cross-dressing in as a means of getting Izumi into show-business, so long as they get rid of that misconception early.  The characters are okay – think the extended family are more entertaining than the rather pathetic main character, but that’s fairly normal for me.  I do think it is incredibly creepy that Mr idol has a picture of Izumi as a child on his phone – he’s been obsessing over a little ‘girl’ who pissed her pants when they met 10 years ago….just something not right there.

In terms of production, yeap, still don’t like the character designs – I don’t really know what it is, but they just look strange, particularly the eyes.  There is some nice creative touches in the backgrounds that are probably cost-cutting exercises, but look pretty cool.  Voice acting is excellent, but won’t be watching this and Free! back-to-back again next week to save my sanity.

Not a brilliant start, but pretty solid – definitely keeping on since we just don’t get many straight-up BL shows these days (loads with pretty obvious undertones though).

Sengoku Basara 3: Judge End

Maybe it’s because it has been a while since the second season aired, or it may be due to the change in studio, but this opening episode just didn’t have the fun-factor I usually associate with Sengoku Basara.  It plays out like a pretty standard action series, and even though it does try to keep in some of the overblown OYAKATA-SAMA! YUKIMURA! shouting and hilarious Masamune Engrish that the show is best known for, overall the show took a more serious approach and left me a bit cold.  And this is really disappointing because I was really looking forward to some ridiculous GAR action and manly shouting.  The shouting is still there thankfully, so maybe the series will pick up the pace in future episodes?

The most noticeable thing is probably the change in animation quality.  Effort is put into the fight scenes, but there isn’t the same exuberant quality Production IG managed to bring to the show – it just doesn’t feel as polished, and there isn’t as much of a stylish touch (ED animation in particular is rather dull).

I will be keeping it on because I do enjoy the characters a lot, but can’t help but feel a touch disappointed.

Momo Kyun Sword

Took me two tries, but I did manage to watch the entire first episode – see the things I do for this blog……or my own weird sense of OCD? Anyway, this is unsurprisingly awful, it isn’t even particularly good as a fanservice series since the boobs are so grossly misshapen that they no longer resemble human anatomy.  Momoka herself is a dim, overpowered bimbo who never stops squawking – I almost feel sorry for her animal sidekicks and painfully normal grandparents.  The plot is a general re-tread of the Momotaru legend so no surprises there – except for the fact Momotaru is now a magical girl with massive boobs.

Production isn’t anything special – peach symbols are everywhere, character & costume designs are pretty awful and the OP & ED are both terrible.

If you have any sense you’ll avoid this show – definitely dropped.

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  1. July 11, 2014 12:15 am

    I agree, the character designs in Love Stage!! do look a little off – like a weird mix of Princess Princess and Amnesia. Still, I really dig the fact that our main seme is neither a cold super-angsty jerk or a creepy molestor… which is pretty unusual for BL. And while I haven’t read the manga, I do know that Mr. Popular Idol is made aware that his love interest is actually a guy quite soon down the track, so that reassures me a bit.

    I also agree that there was a bit of magic missing from the first episode of Judge End – although not so much that it wasn’t still a lot of fun. Points for not wasting time, I guess, because man that episode was fast-paced! But basically, as long as Masamune keeps spouting out his badass Engrish and riding his motorcycle-horse with his arms crossed in front of him at all times, then I’ll still be watching. XD

    • July 11, 2014 11:32 pm

      The seme does seem like a nice cheerful guy – still think it is fecking creepy that he has a picture of a little ‘girl’ he met 10years ago as his phone wallpaper though. Glad they clear up the misunderstanding fairly quickly – otherwise it isn’t really proper BL!

      Pace in 1st ep of Judge End really was breakneck – absolutely no hanging about! I’m with you regarding Masamune – so long as he has plenty of screentime and dialogue I’ll be happy.

  2. July 13, 2014 8:54 pm

    With Love Stage!!, if you mind spoilers don’t read after this sentence, Izumi doesn’t really keep crossdressing, but that commercial is used to boost his popularity for show business related things. He then does stereotypical ‘girly’ commercials, but they’re aware he is a guy shortly after this commercial. (If I remember correctly.)

    • July 16, 2014 9:20 pm

      Just watched the 2nd episode and they’ve already cleared up the crossdressing element – already happier with the show!

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