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Winter 2011 – First Impressions (Starry Sky & Rio: Rainbow Gate)

January 5, 2011

So here we go again – the start of another season.  I try to sample at least the first episodes of most things to see how they stand up to my gut reaction at preview stage; sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong – it’s always fun to find out!

We’re kicking off the season with two fanservice shows – Starry Sky (which has its eye on the female demographic), and Rio: Rainbow Gate (which has plenty of shiny boobs for the boys).

Starry Sky

I’ve watched two episodes of this………and its utter tripe! Not even my depraved fangirl side can pretend this is anything other than poorly slapped together pandering – I’m not even sure if the original fans of the otome game this is based on will enjoy this rubbish! Each of the bishies will be getting 2 10min episodes each, however if Capricorn’s two episodes are any indication there will be huge amounts of recycled footage and absolutely no resolution. Starry Sky just seems entirely pointless.

Even on the production front things are pretty poor. I know that DEEN are hardly the best studio, but the can draw bishies – just look at Hakuouki, it was pretty if nothing else! This is just meh, and the seiyuu seem to know it since they sound like they’re phoning in their performance.

Overall its quite disappointing, but since its only 10mins of my time each week I know I’ll watch it all regardless! XD


Rio: Rainbow Gate

Dear god – my pre-season assessment was spot on with this terribad travesty…..just add poorly animated and very, very shiny, to the ‘boobs, gambling, cosplay & fanservice and you have Rio – Rainbow Gate!

Rio has this special skill where she can set foot inside any casino and suddenly everyone in the room starts winning – you have to wonder why she’s allowed to work for a casino if she’s going to cause it to haemorrhage money whenever she tries to do any real work as a dealer! It’s probably for this reason that the perverted casino owner (with the biggest mouth I think I’ve ever seen) keeps Rio away from the tables by making her dress up in various skimpy outfits and wander about the place doing ‘promotion’ for the resort…….Rio isn’t very bright. There was some sort of plot where the villain was a teddy bear collector (although I was more distracted by the fact he sounded like Tatsumi from Shiki) and a very strange poker game where Rio & Mr Villain seemed to think they were in Yu Gi Oh or something…….it was a bizarre episode. Utterly awful, but straying into the ‘so bad its good’ territory at times!

Production values are terrible. Have I mentioned the shininess!? Everything looks like its been coated in a fine layer of baby oil or something! Also the way the camera appears to be glued to either Rio’s boobs or arse is distracting – they don’t even bounce convincingly! Oh then there’s the eyes! The hideous, creepy eyes!! They’ll eat your soul!! Urgh. I didn’t pay much attention to the voice acting (I was too busy dying of laughter at the crappy dialogue and rubbish animation) I suppose it was fine. There was no OP this week, and the ED was even more pure fanservice – the accompanying song made me want to claw my ears off though.

Yeah. Rio – Rainbow Gate was terrible, but I’d kind of urge you to watch it for the lulz, I may even give it another episode depending on what kind of form I’m in next week :laugh:

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2011 3:46 am

    Ooh, baby oil! LOL. I wonder how many people were dying to find out the backstory to the slot machine Rio is based on. My prediction: blueray sales of Rio: Rainbow Gate will outpace The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, and this will spark a “shiny moe” trend that will dominate anime production by mid 2012.

    • January 5, 2011 1:15 pm

      Gah! I can’t imagine how hideous this serious would look on bluray – it looked awful streamed off Crunchyroll!

      Shiny Moe……..Do. Not. Want!

  2. January 5, 2011 5:54 am

    From the looks of it, Rio looks like one of the So bad it’s good/Guilty Pleasure category… Sadly, extremely fanservicy shows aren’t my tastes, but some will like it…

    • January 5, 2011 1:17 pm

      Yeap its definately skirting that line of so bad its good/guilty pleasure – I know I had a lot of fun laughing at this first episode……..not sure if that would be able to make me watch the whole thing though, I’m also not a fan of fanservice shows.

  3. starpowder permalink
    January 5, 2011 8:15 am

    I love Starry Sky for the mind dribble tripe that it is. I think it’s because I’ve been watching a lot of good anime lately that I just have this need to watch something trivial.

    As for Rio… I like the title. That seems to be its only redeemable quality.

    • January 5, 2011 1:19 pm

      Starry Sky really is terrible, but like yourself I’ll end up watching it anyway 😛

      And yeah, the title is probably the best thing about Rio – unless you’re a fan of poorly animated shiny boobs………

  4. January 5, 2011 1:45 pm

    Both… not watching! I am not watching both. Hehehe, that was my review.

  5. January 5, 2011 3:35 pm

    The only reason I’m gonna endure Starry Sky is because of Sugita. Let just see for how long can I put up with the crap.

    As for Rio, I was watching it for the lulz but 5 minutes in, I started raging and by the halfway point, I quit. It’s fucking abysmal.

    • January 5, 2011 9:28 pm

      Yeah I’m still in it for the voice actors too……god I’m shallow XD

      Rio really was awful – but had moments of so bad its good, so I managed the whole episode!

  6. January 6, 2011 1:53 am

    I’m only watching Starry Sky for the voice actors. I can’t wait to watch Aries’ (AKA Yuuichi Nakamura) episodes.

    • January 6, 2011 12:55 pm

      Oh Nakamura is Aries……Aries is my starsign! XD

      • January 7, 2011 3:20 am

        You’re so lucky!

        Soichiro Hoshi is Taurus (my sign), so I’m looking forward to him too. However, I’d have died if Nakamura was Taurus. >_>
        Oh well, Nakamura appeared in ep3, that makes my day.

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