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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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 

Gabriel Dropout Review

dropoutStory:
Gabriel is a perfect straight A student in heaven. Until she goes to earth for her studies on humans and discovers gaming.

Violence:
Slapstick stuff only in here. Some comedic nosebleeds is as graphic as it gets.

Language:
Pretty tame for TV14. Sh-t is the most common, often said by the lead or her “rival.” Can’t recall it getting much worse.

Nudity: 
Considering episode one opened with a joke about our lead’s underwear transporting to class without her (and all the boys praying to it), I expected this show to be far more of a fanservice mess than it actually ended up being. Actually, the worse pantyshots and such occur in the first few episodes. After that it tappers off and… it stops. Which I’m grateful for, but just goes to show that they probably didn’t need it in the first place.
Ah, there is one episode in which one of the big breasted of the cast goes through her day terrified her bra will snap because she’s outgrown it (dear men: we usually know something is getting tight far before it reaches this point, just sayin’). Nothing is shown, but it makes her chest a focus for much of the episode.

Theology/mythology:
Considering the setup, religion is definitely an unavoidable aspect of this show. There are “angels” and “demons” and zero commentary on actual religion. The closest you get to any kind of discourse on such things in a Christmas episode where jokes are made towards the demons about celebrating the birth of Christ and it is countered with “Christmas is more of a commercial holiday in Japan.” Which is funny because it kinda is in the US at this point too. Anyway, that’s as “serious” as it ever gets. Don’t expect any religious realism here. This setup exists for the laughs and not for any other purpose.

Personal impression:
This is one of take it or leave it shows for me. It had a few chuckle-worthy moments, but not enough for me to say it was actually funny. But it was cute and upbeat and had the best coffee shop owner ever, so I’ll give it a pass for how dull it ended up being overall. In fact, some of this show’s run-on gags were the best gags (see coffee shop owner), unlike other comedies this last season *cough*DragonMaid*cough*.
The art and music match the overall result of the show: nothing insulting nor compelling to report. All in all, this show was more of a filler for me to watch between other things. Though, again, it was nice to get that break from hardcore fanservice, given the moe cast and all.
Clearly directed and made by men though, as evidenced by a big breasted girl going through gym in a normal bra versus a sports bra. Seriously guys, we don’t do that. Unless it’s laundry day/we completely forgot. But we typically don’t forget those things. We just don’t.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, comedy
Production: Doga Kobo
Company: Kadokawa Pictures
Official streaming: Crunchyroll