Warning Zone: Taboo Tattoo

tabooThe What:
So this kid, with no special attributes besides wanting “to be strong” (woooah soooo original), runs into a homeless guy and gets a power. BAM! He’s gotta fight pretty much everyone, even the people he’ll probably work for eventually. But first they must fight. Because reasons.

The Why:
Besides being a bit lack luster in the set up, this show has an uncomfortable amount of not only fanservice, but outright nudity. As usual, Crunchyroll has no idea how to tag anything and thus here we are.
Of course, that alone doesn’t always garner a WZ, but the violence is REALLY high in this one too. Blood gushing everywhere, screams of intense pain, the crunching of bones. Think Charlotte levels, here.
So, basically, if nudity and/or violence aren’t your thing, stay away. Honestly, it was so bad I had to drop this show after only three episodes. CR really needs to get on top of some kind of content tagging system…. I have my limits too.

…Seriously, I have nothing else to add. This show seemed to have nearly nothing going for it. You could say the fight scenes were well choreographed. Maybe the idea of such a strange world order seems cool (nations and alliances seem different in this one). But other that that, this show just doesn’t have much going on to be worth the nudity and violence.

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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.

 

Warning Zone: Charlotte

charlotte_animeThe What:
This hyper violent show follows Yu, a young teen who has the ability to temporarily take over someone else’s body. When a girl named Nao discovers this, he is forced to transfer to her school and comes face to face with others that also have unusual abilities.

The Why: 
Gonna be real here and admit that I’m far more willing to slam a show for having sex and rape than I am to call out violence levels. If you’ve been around for awhile, you’d know that I’m pretty conflicted with this as some shows, such as Trinity Blood, FMA: Brotherhood and the recent Legend of Arslan contain very high amounts of violence yet avoided being WZ-ed. Looking back, perhaps they should have been. Regardless, this show was so hyper violent that I cringe at the fact that it has been left as “Not Rated.” Knowing next to nothing about the show myself, I went into it thinking, at most, the violence would be fairly regular TV14 fare. And, for much of the series (aside from an early flashback of torture) it is. It stays within safe TV14 bounds for over half its run. But as the series drew near its end, the violence sky rocketed. Characters were tortured to the point of loosing all their teeth and fingernails, eyeballs were sliced and then there was the screaming…. It was all quite graphic and disturbing and there was little warning that the show would venture into such an extreme. Especially considering how light over half the series was.
That said, this series was overall rather unique in that the creators clearly didn’t shy away from showing the very ugly (sometimes violent) nature of grief. More than once the MC gets so lost emotionally that he goes pretty psychotic. It’s done well and for that reason is often just as disturbing as the torture scenes. Good writing and directing (as far as the grief goes. The plot itself was a real cop-out there at the end), but a bit too real for me.
I would never recommend this show to anyone due to the level of violence and how unnerving it can be on and off. The end episodes defiantly gave me a bit of anxiety (and were depressing) to watch, so be well warned. Because I certainly wasn’t.