Warning Zone: My First Girlfriend is a Gal

eed7fc69b13becbd1063477f9ddcfc191499793628_largeThe What:
A guy  with no good attributes is surrounded by cute, big chested females. This show is just trash, ok?

The Why:
Crunchyroll REALLY needs to get their tagging system under control. This show opens up with a light flare barely covering the female lead’s underwear. Knew it was bad at that point, but, hey, some shows don’t get worse. Kenchi, for example, manages to rise above its fanservice. But this show wasn’t anywhere near that level. Only a few minutes more and we were introduced to the “little sister” of the lead and her boobs are far bigger than her head and she has a very clear sexual infatuation with her brother. I turned it off. This is soft porn, no way around that. And CR needs to start tagging these shows as such.

 

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Classroom of the Elite Review

classroom-of-the-eliteStory:
Kiyotaka Ayanokoji enrolls in a top school and ends up in class 1-D, the lowest level of all the classes. The school works on a rewards system connected to how much work one puts into both their school work and social standing. In order to reach the top of the school, his class must accumulate an insane amount of points. But that’s difficult when the class at large is so disjointed…

Violence:
There a decent amount of punching and bruising and such going down as one of the classes is extremely physically violent. The blood is kept to a minimum and overall it’s tame for TV14.

Language:
Often only sh-ts and d-mns, but a few rare b-words pop up. Overall, this is another tame section.

Nudity:
This is one of those shows with little issue dragging fanservice around for no good reason at all. Large chested characters and bouncy boobs are here. It’s not as bad as a few other titles, but it’s very much there and a big contributor to my YA rating.

Theology/mythology:
Aside from some mythology stories discussed here and there, God and the supernatural really don’t apply. We actually don’t see much of traditional shrines and such either. So overall, this section is pretty bare.

Personal impression:
This show started out very boring to me, but actually got better by the end. Generally speaking, that is. The art and music are pretty standard stuff and I can’t say the directing was spectacular either, but the characters and plot were decent enough, even if their motivations are a bit too vague for much of the show (the lead male’s motivation turns into a plot point at the end, so I’ll give that one a pass).
This show’s biggest issue? Not enough time/ability to really come to love the leads. They remain pretty stoic and distant for much of the show and even when some things progress and get revealed at the end, it feels like little actually changes.
If you’re sick of highly emotional leads, this might be a refreshing experience for you. But if you want to deeply care for your hero? This show isn’t the type to invoke that kind of emotion.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Drama
Company: Kadokawa Pictures
Production: Lerche
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Warning Zone: 18if

20150316chu_18p002_cs1e1_480xThe What:
Boy has ability to get into the dreams of “witches” and convince them to no be so bad? Plot is loose and goosey for the most part…

The Why:
This series has a few very disturbing violent parts halfway in which kept this in a solid YA rating from me for a good portion of the show. Then episode nine happened, containing full frontal nudity, sex jokes, censored cursing (we all know what they said so the censor is rather useless) and the heavy implication of rape. While few details are shown, it’s enough discomfort to land this either a firm WZ or veeeeeery near it. After thinking it over, I decided to tag this show here to be safe, although I do want it noted that had the extreme violence in early episodes not been there, I might have barely squeezed this into a YA rating instead. Why? Well, considering how many series with female frontal nudity get past the WZ around here, often due to it becoming such a common occurrence that I (and many others) are deadened enough to the nudity to not count it as harsh as it really is, I felt it would be unfair to slam the frontal nudity in this title. But with the combination of the male lead’s “little friend” jokes and the violence? WZ seemed the safest bet.

For the record, had the violence alone been the issue, this show still would have come rather close to a WZ. Not due to the visuals, parse, but more due to how the violence is handled in this show. Vengeance and hate play a big role in the “witches” arcs and it’s very, very dark stuff. I give the creator’s full credit for making hate as rightfully disturbing as it should be, but as a result the violence comes off as… heavier than usual.

All that said, again, it took until episode nine before this show’s true colors were revealed. Having watched so much of this show, I hold a rather firm opinion of it overall.

I dislike this show.

All the witches are women. ALL of them. Their “hero?” A guy. Women never save one another. It’s always the male lead being the savior. And while one episode tried to diverge from this and have the lead learn something from the witch… it still managed to come off condescending as everything was, once again, really all about the male character. And before someone tries to jump down my throat for being a feminist, consider this: all they had to do is add a few male witches. Or, better yet, a female “hero” lead that mentors the witches down too. Bam! No more issues. But as the show currently stands at nine episodes? No. This show, yes, has some interesting and engaging ideas. But I for one could never drink those down past the bitter taste of a very masculine viewpoint. So this show is a strong pass from me. If you like thought provoking stuff, try out a classic like Utena. It’s a classic for very good reason, though I fully admit that the learning curve is a bit sharper for it.