Himouto! Umaru-chan Review

Story:
Umaru is the ever popular, much envied, “perfect” girl at school. At home, however, she’s a lazy, self-absorbed gamer otaku with a soda addiction. Her older brother really has his work cut out for him….

Violence:
There’s a lot of slapstick stuff flung around, which includes bloody noses and bruises, but nothing is taken seriously and the “injuries” are gone in the very next scene.

Language:
Besides some sh-ts and such, nothing too bad, actually.

Nudity:
This section is actually pretty clean. There’s one girl that has large breasts, but it’s not capitalized on too much, thankfully. Also, in one episode Umaru jokes about sticking some leeks in her brother’s butt to cure him from a fever. But I honestly don’t feel like it came off as sexual, nor was it meant to. I have a feeling it’s some weird “home remedy” joke over there. Not sure. In any case, it doesn’t last long, but just throwin’ it out there.

Theology/mythology:
Besides the usual going to the shine at New Years, there’s nothing to say here.

Personal impression:
This is one of those shows where I think it’s ok, but nothing at all to write home about. In fact, it’s kinda boring overall. The comedy elements are lukewarm as are the “endearing” scenes. Also, Umaru is supposedly portrayed as cute, but to me she just came off as horribly spoiled to the point of being completely obnoxious. I just felt bad for her brother (but also a hint mad at him for always enabling her).
If this show has any good points, it’d be in the fact that there’s no sick romance going on between siblings, an element I am always weary of in anime these days. Thankfully that was never an issue. However, considering how there’s no character development in this show, it’s largely pointless.
If you like slice-of-life shows, this will be a nice watch. It has some comedy, but it pretty much sticks to a chill feel overall. However, this isn’t a groundbreaking series. It’s quite plain, so don’t expect much.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Comedy, slice of life
Company: Toho
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

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Warning Zone: KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!

The  What:
Kazuma is a shut in. Or was. He kinda got himself killed. And he may or may not have done so in a very embarrassing manner. Regardless, he gets a chance to be reincarnated into a world very much like an RPG. And he’s allowed to take one thing with him. In a fit of spiteful rage, he chooses to bring his reincarnation goddess. Unfortunately for him, she’s kinda an idiot.

The Why:
The violence and language isn’t too bad in this title, but, sadly, there’s the nudity to consider. Where the body types of some of the characters, along with one character’s obsession with being physically assaulted, definitely give lots of fanservice, one entire episode really takes the cake for this section. It’s the second to last episode where very scantily clad, large chested females are shown in a shop that allows men to request extensive erotic dreams. The usual comedy shenanigans ensue and while fine details manage to remain covered, we get very little left to the imagination for both the female and male characters. It’s less fanservice than soft porn, so be VERY warned on that. Honestly, you could probably skip episode 9 altogether if you wanted, but there it is.
Note: One of my reader’s has brought to my attention that episode 9 could arguably contain sexual harassment. Due to the characters and circumstances of said episode, I’d say Haruhi Suzumiya has more harassment than this show, but I won’t deny just how extremely problematic episode 9 is. Seriously.
Other than that, this show isn’t that different from most TV14 shows. It has no real plot and pretty much depends entirely on its parody comedy to get by. On that level, it’s ok. But there are better shows out there. If you don’t want to deal with episode 9, it might be best to just skip this one over.
Then again, if nudity doesn’t bother you, there are a few good moments in this. Especially if all those RPG anime shows tick you off and you have a craving to poke fun at them.

 

Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero Review

MaoyuuStory:
Hero has been fighting to defeat the deadly Demon King for years. When he manages to get inside the castle and face his foe, it is not a king he sees, but a queen! Knowing that her defeat would only bring about civil war, she makes a deal with the human’s Hero for a truce. But a lot of work must be done to ensure it, calming both sides and blending their cultures to stop any and all future war. With both economies dependent upon the war effort, their task will not be easy.

Violence:
While we deal with quite a few fantasy creatures, the violence is still there. Blood from various injuries here and there, but nothing too bad. Pretty typical levels for TV14.

Language:
A few d-mns and sh-ts. Also a few b-words on occasion. Nothing new.

Nudity:
Fanservice often resulting from the heroine’s very large chest are sprinkled throughout the show. That said, it doesn’t really go far beyond that, thankfully.

Theology/mythology:
This is the section that will probably make or break this show for you. As you can see from the basic story, this is a world where humans and demons have been fighting for years. As is typical of anime, the traditional ideas of “demon” are pretty much reduced to them being monsters with magic. That said, the human religion, which shows signs of being Catholic like in nature, is dragged around as an excuse for humans to continue their war on demons throughout the show, which some might find insulting. While nothing is explained in extreme detail religion-wise, there are far more over and undertones of it in this show than most anime. If that makes you uncomfortable, this one should be skipped.

Personal impression:
This was actually a really great show. If you liked Spice and Wolf, you’re going to enjoy this title. Despite the fact that outright war is a looming threat the whole way, almost all of this show focuses on political and economic maneuvering to bring about and ensure peace between two factions that have never been so. The ideas are far more mature than most anime ever touch with a ten foot pole and they are handled very well. Also, because this show only has one season, things move along at a very fast pace, so if the slower walk of Spice wasn’t your cup of tea, this might be.
Animation and music were pretty typical overall, yet consistent. The characters themselves are no big surprise either. Yet the shining star of this show is definitely its attention to detail for its plot. If you enjoy more mature takes on take on what it would be like if two kingdoms were always at war, this show will give you want you want. You’ll even find a rather sweet growing relationship between our leads, another aspect that is shared with Spice.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Action, drama
Company: Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Hulu

Assassination Classroom Review

862b1aa3ec3b7e2b7400949c64af56c7Story:
When a strange tentacle monster destroys half the moon and threatens to do the same to the rest of the world within a year, classroom 3E doesn’t think too much about it. They have it hard enough being the lowest ranking students in one of Japan’s most elite private schools. But when their new teacher turns out to be that same tentacle monster, this classroom of misfits put down their pencils and apply themselves to one single goal: kill their teacher before the one year deadline is up!

Violence:
Considering that killing their teacher is the goal for this story, violence shouldn’t come as any surprise. That said, their teacher isn’t human so the violence is pretty tame most of the time. Even so, with other government agents and such popping up here and there, blood and death does come up. There’s even one assassin that doesn’t have… skin on their face. It’s pretty creepy looking and not pleasant to think too much about either. It doesn’t quite pass FMA or Trinity Blood levels, but it is up there with them, so be well warned.

Language:
Pretty average levels for a TV14 show save for one instance: one of 3E’s teachers has a hard to like personality at first and the students give her the nickname of B-tch-sensei. It’s said pretty frequently, so be warned. Outside of that, however, nothing too out of the ordinary.

Nudity:
The before mentioned female teacher often uses her sexual attraction to kill her victims. She’s very blunt with it as well. Also, our tentacle teacher is a huge fan of large chests, something of which is a running gag used against him multiple times.
You don’t have to worry about any outright nudity, but this show isn’t devoid of fanservice either.

Theology/mythology:
Besides a few Buddha references, which aren’t really religious in nature, nothing to note here.

Personal impression:
I didn’t think I would enjoy this show. I had started watching it back when it was first out and, for some reason, stopped. I picked it up once again when a few fans were chatting about it on another site. I’m happy to say that this show defiantly picks up from the first episode. The comedy hits and rarely lets up and we even get enough legit character development to feel for most, if not all, our characters. And we have quite a large cast of them to boot. While a few are rather forgetful, most stick around long enough to give off the feeling that this is a real classroom full of all kinds of students with various problems, goals and dreams. While there are stereotypes here and there, I didn’t find any characters to be annoying or even all that irritating outside of the villain characters, which isn’t a bad thing in my mind.
As far as music and animation, they seemed rather standard overall. I didn’t find that either really stood out too much. That said, there was no indication of the quality jumping all over the map either.
Overall, I really liked this series and even laughed quite a bit. It’s a pretty solid show and I got rather attached to the class as a whole. The ending even left me in tears, a feat few shows ever accomplish. If you don’t mind some violence in your anime, this is a great series to check out. It defiantly earned the hype it received upon its initial release. Especially as this show actually had a solid conclusion, something few anime have anymore.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 47
Languages: Sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Action, comedy
Company: FUNimation
Official streaming: Hulu

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