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

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Hinako Note Review

hinakoStory:
Girl who has a hard time interacting with others moves to a big city to become an actress and ends up living in a strange dorm with strange girls and maybe comedy comes from this but mostly it’s just an excuse to tick off all the moe boxes anime seems to demand these days.

Violence:
Slap stick only over here. If you see blood, it’s only for comedy and never graphic.

Language:
Maybe some sh-ts here or there, but rarely and overall this sector is pretty clean.

Nudity:
This is where it goes downhill from a nearly All Ages rating and lands squarely in the YA sector. Most of the time this show’s art keeps the characters in either chibi form or a very generic style prime to be more cute than sexy. However, randomly, and at least once but often more per episode, the art swings right into heavy ecchi territory (if you aren’t familiar with that term, it’s essentially “soft porn”). We don’t see bare details, but it’s obviously sexual and yes it will give you genre whiplash.

Theology/mythology:
Aside from some usual shenanigans concerning school ghost rumors and going to shrines, not much here. No discussions or deep theories on life. This show is shallow and does nothing to hide that.

Personal impression:
I played this show whenever I was doing the dishes. That probably tells you everything you need to know, but I’ll elaborate a tad just in case.
This show isn’t horrid. It has a few chuckle worthy moments here and there. But generally it’s boring. The characters are all stereotypes watered down to keep them as moe as possible at all times. No true conflict ever occurs. No character development ever occurs (the show’s lead even admits that in the final episodes).
This is a filler show. It does nothing well, but also isn’t insulting enough to warrant a drop from the get go. Unless, ya know, you’re bored. And you probably are.
The art and voices aren’t jarring though, so it’s decent background. Especially as you can trust nothing will really change in the moments you have to change the drain or put a cup away and miss a few minutes as a result. Nope. There will be no change.
This is a show I’m sure moe addicts would love, but for the rest of us, background noise is about all I’d recommend this one for.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Slice of life, comedy
Company: Passione
Production: Kadokawa Pictures
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? Review

worldendStory:
William is a human in a world that pretty much hates him. Luckily he manages to land a job watching over a “weapons” warehouse for the military. But the weapons are nothing like he expected…

Violence:
The blood doesn’t kick in until the mid to last part of this series, so be well warned on it being rather high. I got more than a few instances of Trinity Blood levels with this show. If blood freaks you out, go ahead and skip this. Because once the action starts, it’s not something you can skip through…

Language:
Nothing super bad. Mostly d-mns and sh-ts here and there.

Nudity:
As seems to be a requirement for most shows with an unholy large (haha) female cast, we get some bath scenes and uncomfortable innuendo between the male lead and tons of very underage girls because anime. The worst are the “massage” scenes. Yeah, they’re just as despicable as you can imagine. No actual details shown, mind you. But, let’s face it, such technicalities don’t really make these scenes any less creepy.

Theology/mythology:
Ok, we got fairy things, which are called “leprechauns” because THAT makes sense, the idea that souls are reborn as other things, that people magically became evil beasts over time and are destroying the earth… yeah. It’s very convoluted and as usual nothing is really explained in detail. Although in this case I wish it had been…

Personal impression:
Ok, Japan, we get it. You like titles longer than Rapunzel’s hair. But would it kill you to at least have them match the tone of the show? Please?
Usually when I run into anime with titles like this, it ends up at the bottom of my watch list. And for good reason. These shows are often birthed from light novels. Boring light novels counting on their horridly long titles to draw people in because the plots are about as deep as female pant pockets (spoiler alert! We often don’t GET pant pockets and when we do they hold maybe one penny. Tightly). But once I got around to actually giving this show a go, I was shocked to hear traditional Irish music pop out of my speakers only a few minutes in. Fast forward to now and, well, this was a pretty shocking show for me. I honestly expected the absolute worst and this anime… wasn’t.
Now the next line of business: was it good? Well, yes and no. The tone and end messages of this show were surprisingly mature and well done. Even the direction and visuals were decent throughout. To be honest, only the Irish music on the soundtrack was memorable, but it was VERY memorable and quite impactful in how it was used. That said, there was a huge issue that bugged me the entire show which makes me hesitate to recommend this title.
The creepy harem vibes.
Yep, they couldn’t just keep a good story and decent characters going they just HAD to have the not-super-remarkable-but-can-do -everything-and-has-all-the-world-experience-hero-that-ALL-the-ladies-want cliche. And in the case of this show, I found this aspect particularly cringey as the lead is an adult (and actually far older than that, we find later) and the love interest? Yeah, she’s about 16 or so. Yeah. It’s creepy. Now, granted this has unfortunately become a standard in anime. The whole innocent girl falls for guy simply because he gives her so many “firsts” is a huge cliche not just in Japan, come to think of it, but also here in the US and… wait… does the heroine actually SAY she loves him because he is her “first” or… Oh. Oh she does. Oh lord the show even admits it….
Yeah. That was painful. Really, really painful. And I found that aspect to distract badly from the tragedy that was the ending. Which is a huge loss of potential as they didn’t HAVE to go the shallow “I love senpai!” route for me to care about a character’s potential death. Her being a “big sister” to the other fairies, the story of her watching as her own older sisters left and never returned, the reveal of another sister losing her identity, but pretending she’s ok for the mental health of those around her, ALL of those things are heartbreaking and would have painted enough of a sad picture for me to root for the heroine. She doesn’t HAVE to be waifu to matter. And the more she was forced into that role, the more disconnected with the show I became.
So… was it good? No. It was ok for fantasy. Decent, even. But I can’t call this good. I just can’t. Not when entire episodes were dedicated to her becoming the perfect housewife. It was just too much cringe for me.
But, hey, if you can overlook that? This is a great fantasy show. The world building alone is pretty solid. Just don’t look too close at the romance stuff. Like, at all. It’s not pretty.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, drama, action
Company: Kadokawa pictures
Production: Satelight / C2C
Official streaming: Crunchyroll