Kenka Bancho Otome -Girl Beats Boys- Review

kaStory:
Hinako was an orphan until she runs into her look alike on the street and gets “adopted” by his gangster family and roped into posing as him and joining an all boys school notorious for thugs and violence. Now she must beat each grade’s lead boss to gain control of the school and keep up appearances for her “long lost twin.”

Violence:
Despite how much fighting goes on, actual blood is kept low to nill. It’s mostly bruising from punches. Nothing graphic.

Language:
This is the worst the show gets, though it’s still tame overall. Some sh-ts and d-mns, but not that often. Then again, this entire show is super short so it’s not like there’s much time for it anyway.

Nudity:
Aside from a plot point where one character takes off his shirt to prove he’s a guy, nothing to put here.

Theology/mythology:
This section couldn’t be more empty if it tried.

Personal impression:
This wasn’t bad, actually. Not good, mind you. Though I feel as if the length worked against this show the most in that regard. See, with a set up like this, I was thinking we’d end up with some weird Ouran High School knock off. We actually… don’t? And that actually worked out better, I think. The lead’s main drive is having friends and family. She’s been alone all her life and that’s honestly all she wants. Romance doesn’t occur at all. Which is good. But also odd. The show seems to drop in and out of romantic tones at random, despite the lead not only being oblivious, but also not desiring any romantic connections at all. It makes for a show that feels confused. Like it can’t decide if it’s a traditional reverse harem, or an oddly strong female lead action show promo. Just a promo. The “plot” is far too weak to call this anything else.
Again, I actually kinda like the set up. The lead wants something most people can strongly identify with and would go a long way towards showing female and male non-sexual relationships, which tend to be lacking in media in general no matter what side of the Pacific ocean you live on. Plus the fight scenes are actually decently animated, especially those involving the lead, who is a very good fighter. You can tell most of the budget went solely to those scenes. It’s nice to see genuine action from a lead, especially a female one, done in a grounded fashion and with no sexualized undertones.
Sadly the short time of each episode, and the focus wavering between friendship focus and a forced romance angle, hurt this show pretty bad. I enjoyed it now and again, but overall this show is far too short to accomplish much at all. Which is a shame. The basic idea isn’t bad. But it needs to be fully committed to and needs time to build up. Two things which just aren’t going to happen considering this is based off an otome game and it seems to have gotten only a skeleton budget.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12 (8 min each)
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: action, otome
Studio: n/a
Company: EMON
Official streaming: crunchyroll

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Strike the Blood Review

strike-the-blood-5563Story:
Akatsuki Kojo seems like the last guy on earth to be a vampire. But not only is he undead, he’s also one of the most powerful of his kind. Even so, the young girl who is sent to observe him isn’t easily convinced that Kojo isn’t a threat to others despite his lack of motivation for anything besides living day to day…

Violence:
Pretty high. People are stabbed and limps are sliced off pretty often. Most creatures can regenerate and/or survive so actual death doesn’t occur too much. Still, if blood isn’t your thing, probably best to stay away from this. Or really any vampire show, come to think of it.

Language:
Not too bad considering how many fight scenes there are. We have d-mn being the most common. With a b-word sprinkled here or there. Nothing too repetitive or frequent though. Standard TV14 fare.

Nudity:
This section is just as gratuitous as the violence. Yes, this is a harem show and yes, that should tell you everything you need to know. To elaborate, we have more than a few scenes using the ol’ light flare from no where hiding X rated stuff so they can still show this anime in a prime time slot and get more ad revenue in Japan/not tick off too many of their sponsors -thing.
Hey, I said I’d be more fair and give nudity the same passes I sometimes give violence, but still. The amount of “fanservice” in this show is beyond ridiculous. It’s enraging.

Theology/mythology:
Vampires are a thing. Demons are a thing. Even angels and God are used as plot points. Do they at all resemble their western or middle eastern versions? Nope. Religion has nothing to do with this show other than to give another name to some new super powered creature. That’s it. Even when one character goes on and on about being “close to God,” it’s less religion than it is a show trying desperately to make a point while having its head shoved so fair up the female leads’ skirts as to not matter in the slightest.

Personal impression:
If you couldn’t already tell: I hated this show. Deeply. But I fully realize some people like shows like this. I can’t tell you why any more than I can explain why some people enjoy reading Catcher in the Rye, which I also hated with a passion. Some people just like characters without growth? Plots that might have gone somewhere if the point wasn’t just getting a huge group of girls naked every couple minutes? I don’t know. I really don’t.
If you like fanservice and character arcs make you gag, go for it. You’ll probably like this. Otherwise you’ll likely be in the same boat as me and see this show as a slow moving tug boat full of garbage. It’s moving and someone is paying for it to run, but its sole purpose in life is to move trash from point A to point B. It has no other purpose.

Oh yeah and the animation is consistent though typical and the music is forgettable.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 24
Languages: sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, action
Studio: Silver Link, Connect
Company: Showgate
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

SERVAMP Review

servamp_page_imageStory:
Mahiru was taken in at a young age by his uncle when no one else would. Since then he has tried to keep life “simple” by throwing himself at any issue, as he believes solving problems quickly is more efficient than waiting around. But when he sees an abandoned black cat in an alley and takes it in, he may have made a mistake. It isn’t a cat at all, but a vampire!

Violence:
Decently high. Characters are sliced and shot at and cut pretty often. Or bitten. This isn’t Twilight. The vampires in this show are pretty violent. If it had gotten much worse I would have had to WZ it. As it is, it’s often stylized, which helps. Still. Blood is shown pretty often, be warned.

Language:
Another possible issue for some. The b-word is used semi-frequently as the fights are pretty consistent. D-mn and sh-t are pretty common too. Not quite at the level of some shows here in the US, but it’s definitely a YA title.

Nudity:
This is a surprising section as we really don’t have much here to note. One vampire takes after the sin “lust” and tries to strip a bunch, but, in a twist, this character is male, not female so it never gets worse than what you’d see at a beach. There are two female characters seen off and on in the background and we don’t really get much of any fanservice shots of them. Mostly they are forgotten. And even the male characters don’t fall into fanservice much either. Interesting, considering the set up.

Theology/mythology:
Vampires, the dead rising and being able to transform between human and animal forms, all exist in this show. The questions about if it’s ok to kill or keep those alive after they have naturally died, also come up. If any of those things bug you, skip this show. It’s not easy to avoid these bits considering it’s pretty much the whole show.

Personal impression:
I actually found this somewhat enjoyable. It’s not winning any awards, but it was… ok. The action was decent and so was the lead. He had strong morals and, though he struggled in how to keep them for awhile, he eventually finds his footing and doesn’t sacrifice who he is to end the fighting.
It was nice. We even get character development! The music is mediocre (aside from the sick metal opening) and the visuals are pretty standard, but both remain consistent, unlike the ins and outs of how the vampire servant laws work and what “subclasses” are, which seem to have been made up along the way, sadly.
Still, it was a decent vampire show (though they could have been just mutants instead of vampires as the classic vampire issues don’t really make many appearances). It didn’t rely on sex appeal and had a rather likable lead. If you would like to see an action series that has some good messages on friendship and a decent cast, you might wanna give this a go. Or at least look up and enjoy the metal opener. We need more of those. Freedom from pop!

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub, dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, action
Studio: Brain’s Base/Platinum Vision
Company: FUNimation
Official streaming: Crunchyroll