Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun Review

clean-freak-aoyama-kunStory:
Aoyama-kun is a extremely talented soccer player. And a germaphobe. A huge germaphobe. More than a few shenanigans occur due to this…

Violence:
Primarily slapstick stuff that heals instantly, but we do get a bit of blood shown. Mostly bloody noses. Also, one character threatens violence on others with a nail encrusted baseball bat when her patience levels are breached. When she does use it, it is kept to slapstick material, though.

Language:
Pretty tame here. We get sh-t and d-mns and that’s really it. Not super common, but there.

Nudity:
Aside from the typical trope of one girl being jealous of another’s chest size, nothing here to report.

Theology/mythology:
The “god of soccer” is a running gag in this show and we occasionally see temples and such. No religion is actually discussed, however.

Personal impression:
Back when I first tested this series out, my initial thoughts were that I wanted it to keep from being too serious and after having seen the show in its entirety, I’m a bit torn on if that was the best thing or not. It turns out the show did pull off some nicer serious scenes but generally avoided them. Which would have been fine if they hadn’t attempted to go hyper serious in the last episode. Even though, once again, it turned into a joke, because that level of serious hadn’t been done before in the show, I was able to call it as a fake out right away. This made over half the last episode pretty hard to watch.
Despite that, overall the show was pretty decent. It even had an amazing character in it that may be my top female lead this year: Gotou. Seriously she’s the best part of this show. Her violent side would normally annoy me if not for the fact that the only times it comes out are actually for legit reasons, like friends being threatened or when someone is being ridiculous far past her patience limit (which is actually pretty high). This keeps her from being a dreaded tsundere, but also keeps her from the typical shy-girl-next-door mode too. It’s actually a good balance for a comedy like this.
All that said, I didn’t exactly look forward to uploads on this title that much. It was fun enough to watch, and did have some funny moments, but overall this was just a typical comedy. Maybe a bit better than the average, but nothing I would consider amazing either. A solid comedy, you might say. I think if you’ve been craving some laughs and a show that never has much on the line, this is a good one.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Comedy, sports
Production: Hibari
Company: Pony Canyon Inc
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

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The Royal Tutor Review

Oushitsu_Kyoushi_Haine.jpgStory:
Professor Heine is sent to the palace to tutor the king’s four good-for-nothing sons and make them ready for the throne in the event that their eldest brother can not take it himself. Gaining their respect and trust might prove a bit difficult…

Violence:
There are a few episodes where someone is threatened or injured, but only one instance where a serious injury (a gunshot wound) is featured. The blood is visual but not for too long and it’s the only instance of it so this section shouldn’t prove too much for a slightly younger audience. Even so, I wouldn’t rate it a straight PG either…

Language:
This sector wasn’t an issue at all really. A few sh-ts, but that’s it and it’s not common.

Nudity:
Besides a few leading comments from a playboy character, nothing here to report.

Theology/mythology:
Nothing here to note.

Personal impression:
This was an enjoyable, relaxed show for me this season. The drama always got resolved and the characters are pretty consistent. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the lack of outside relationships the princes had. They have interactions with their tutor and father and some of the palace staff and that’s it. Would have been nice to see them branch out more, but that never occurs. Even when one of the princes is in the “outside world” a lot with his part time job…
The art and music are fine, though nothing spectacular. Just like the show. Not bad, kinda nice, actually, but nothing groundbreaking. No fist pumping or “heck yeah” scenes here, but I did thoroughly enjoy watching it as it was airing. Overall this was a solid watch (especially as no creepy teacher-student relationship undertones ever show up). Definitely one of the better shows of the Winter/Spring 2017 lineup.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Comedy, drama
Production: Bridge
Company: TV Tokyo
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

La Corda d’Oro ~primo passo~ Review

lacordaStory:
So there’s this fairy that owes a human for saving its life so it decides to repay him generations later when the guy is dead and buried and doesn’t care anymore so it gives a random girl the ability to play the violin with no prior training and thus enter the school wide competition because reasons. Yeah, it’s just an excuse to surround our heroine with hot guys.

Violence:
Pretty low here. Aside from a character getting a few cuts on her hand from broken glass, you’re in the clear here.

Language:
Nothing too heavy here. Usually only a d-mn or two. I don’t readily recall anything worse, nor anything too frequent.

Nudity:
Another thing we’re spared. I honestly have nothing to note in this section.

Theology/mythology:
There’s a fairy in this. And a magic violin. If that bugs you, this show ain’t your cup o’ tea.

Personal impression:
For a romance title, this show certainly isn’t horrible. It even has a few elements of our lead character addressing her own issues with her friends, something we don’t always get in these kind of shows. We also get a decent amount of legitimate character development, the kind that aids the lead and has little to do with the male cast.
That said the music is subpar overall (all the classical music is nice, but that’s not really something this show can take credit for) and so is the art.
Again, this is a decent romance show. It’s not as good as shows like Ouran or My LOVE Story, but if you’re craving a reverse harem show without the usual flimsy leads, this one is… fine.
But that fairy is pretty obnoxious, gotta say… I just can’t stand these cute-for-cute’s-sake characters anymore. I’m too dead inside.

Personal rating: 10+

Episode: 28 (includes season one and two)
Languages: sub
Official rating: PG
Genre: Romance, fantasy, drama
Production: Yumeta Company
Company: Aniplex/Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Crunchyroll