Fuuma’s LGBT Anime Masterpost

There are a lot of great discussions about the ever-increasing amount of LGBT characters in anime, the roles they play, and what they add to the shows they’re in. I’m not doing any of that right now! Below is a list of every anime that has LGBT+ characters/relationships for your reference, somewhat grouped by general categories. Will be edited/reposted as needed.

These shows include a gay or lesbian romance! (in no particular order)

Sakura Trick – It’s a romance story between two girls who keep making out.

Yuri!!! on Ice – Competitive figure skating sports show with a gay love romance secondary plot.

Love Stage – a case of mistaken gender sparks a question of the main character’s sexuality in this romantic comedy.

Sasameki Koto – A lesbian romance story, but also a comedy about several lesbian high schoolers making a club for lesbians to bond and oogle girls and be gay in. Double gay as most of the main cast is gay.

Sukisho (Suki na Mono wa Suki Dakara Shou ga Nai!!) – a romance mainly but with drama and comedy elements as well. It’s about two boys who fall for each other through memory problems, moves, and multiple personalities.

Junjou Romantica – Two adult men end up living together and fall into a (gay) relationship.

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi – Onodera starts a new job and it’s not what he expected, especially when he realizes his new boss is his first love. They have gay romance

Netsuzou Trap (NTR) – She is a best friend and just playing around, or is she? Two ladies who already have boyfriends discover they’re gay for each other.

From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori) – This takes place in a world where the culture is that everyone is bisexual and same-sex relationships are considered a normal and healthy part of growing up. So all the characters are cannon bisexuals and there are several same-sex relationships.

Aoi Hana (Sweet Blue Flowers) – a coming of age and growing up story about several lesbians in high school.

LOVELESS –  a story about abuse and what it means to become an adult. the main character is in a gay relationship and there are several other gay and lesbian relationships included, most of the non-healthy variety.

Uragiri wa boku o namae o shiteiru (Uraboku) – a dark and angsty fighting show with gay men and their relationships also going on.

Togainu no Chi – Also a dark and angsty fighting show with gay men.

Super Lovers – A man ends up with an adopted brother he’s never met (that he knows) who comes to live with him as a teenager. Gay things ensue.

Princess Princess – a comedy about boys in an all-boys-school who dress up as “princesses” and are then lusted after by the general school body.

07 Ghost – There are many gay things and relationships here. It’s a alternate world fantasy show that’s mostly angsty and plot. The gay is a secondary.

Maria-sama ga Miteiru – A show about girls in an all-girls school who have relationships with each other.

Kyou Kara Maou! – the main character quickly and accidentally gets engaged to another man, and then stays that way for the rest of the series.  There is some gay romance that ensues, though not necessarily canon pairings.

Monochrome Factor – Guy ends up in a fantastic fighting scene and develops a romance with another guy.

Yurikuma Arashi – a plethora of lesbian characters, both human and anthropomorphized bear.

No. 6 – a sci-fi series where the main character also has a gay relationship with another guy.

Revolutionary Girl Utena – the main female leads are in a lesbian-ish relationship (it’s canon in the movie and extras) as well as having a lesbian duelist (Juri) and lots and lots of homoeroticly suggestive male relationships. Plus, it fights the patriarchy!

Maria-Holic – the main character is a lesbian who goes to an all girls school so she can enjoy a gay gay school life, who has to deal with a jerk who is a crossdresser and maybe trans prolly not though. Played for laughs and often mostly for a het male audience, it’s still got a lot of gay going on.

Saki – These Mahjong girls are so gay. Sometimes it is mostly subtext, but also some outright are gay. Is more for a straight audience. The main part of the show is mahjong fights but there is a burgeoning lesbian romance.

Mouretsu Pirates – The plot mostly revolves around the discordance of cute girls running a pirate ship and being girls and how confining gender stereotypes can be. In general is a story about female empowerment and growing up. The importance of deep female relationships is stressed and gay hint hint gets bigger and gayer as the show goes on. Then there is a whole huge arc towards the end where they go to rescue a lesbian friend from being forced to marry a dude because of gender roles and shit, and in then end the lesbians share an adorable kiss of triumph and everyone cheers.

Strawberry Panic – Girls at an all girls school fall in love and have relationships.

These shows include gender bending, non-joke crossdressing, non-binary, or trans characters (this category is intentionally broad because trans representation in anime is murky and complicated)

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko) – One of the best trans representations I’ve ever seen in anime.  It’s a soft story about several children who are entering puberty and questioning what it means to do that. What it means to develop secondary sex characteristics and whether or not they want that. AFAB and AMAB characters go through this together.

Simoun – the story is about What would the world be like if people were all born female and then some became male after puberty, by choice or luck. And war and magic fighting, but there are a lot of lesbian kisses and stories that revolve around GENDER FEELS and gender development. Delves somewhat into the trans experience of having a gender assigned to you that you didn’t chose and how traumatic that can be.

Princess Jellyfish – the plot of this story revolves around the main female lead interacting with a genderqueer character, who is 100% a crossdresser and who can also be interpreted as trans or NB, depending on translations and interpretation.

Sailor Moon – Obviously it’s gender queering it up with Haruka and the Sailor Stars.

Paradise Kiss – Isabella is a trans woman, treated with dignity and respect and ends up happy.

Knights of Sidonia – Non-binary character in the main cast, has ability to become trans.

Rose of Versailles – Oscar, the main character is genderqueer, definitely a crossdresser and arguably a transman, but it is muddled.

Genshiken – there is a trans woman in the second season.

Kino’s Journey – Titular character is non binary.

Tokyo Godfathers – There is a older trans woman in the main cast who gets treated decently.

These shows have LGBT representation in the primary cast. 

Jormungand – Valmet is a lesbian in love with the main female lead, Koko. It’s a side storyline, but it’s still a major part of the main cast and some story arcs.

Sailor Moon – Uranus and Neptune! Also Zoisite and Kunzite!

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – It’s got a lesbian supporting character and the development of her one-sided relationship is important to the show.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid – It is left unclear whether or not Kobayashi is in a platonic or romantic relationship with Tohru, but Tohru is definitely a lesbian and attracted to and pursuing Kobayashi.  An adorable and heartwarming show!

Psycho-Pass – two of the main characters in the second season are in a lesbian relationship. An intense and dark sci-fi show!

Haruchika – One of the two leads is a gay boy.

Fuuka – One of the male band members is openly gay

Yami no Matsuei – The male villain is attracted to other men and there are homoerotic things going on everywhere

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi – Haruhi is cannon Bisexual.

Claymore – There are a lot of lesbian subtexts here. The story in general is about the clashing of feminine stereotypes and yet monstrous nature of the fighter women. Gender roles! Women loving each other!

Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) – Whether Sebastian wants to eat or eat Ciel is left ambiguous but Grell and other repeating characters are explicitly gay.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless – A character confesses love to another lady character early in the show.

These shows have at least plausible deniability (so they’re not quite rep, not quite not LGBT either though) but is LGBT in the subtext, because of press releases or other supplements, etc. This category includes thing that can be considered queerbait or gay-in-the-fanservice-only. 

Madlax, Noin, and El Cazador De La Bruja – The main female leads are in a strong lesbian interpretable but not necessarily outright gay relationship. The story hinges on lady bonding and having a deep connection. Lots of fanservice that is suggestive. This is three different shows but they are all SO SIMILAR that I am clumping them rather than write this three times.

Neon Genesis Evangelion – Shinji is bisexual in the extended universe and some depictions and only assumed heterosexual in the others. One can assume he’s always bisexual and it just doesn’t come up much explicitly.

Attack on Titan – Ymir and Christa are confirmed in a lesbian relationship but only outside the show content itself.

D.N.Angel – Nothing overtly gay, but fanservice signals gay relationships between the main male characters.

Cardcaptor Sakura – The main character’s brother and his best friend appear to be in a gay relationship off screen, but it isn’t explicitly in the show.

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club – There is nothing overtly gay per se, but there is queerbaiting and female-gaze centric fanservice galore.

Sound Euphonium – Another show that queer baits. Nothing is ever explicit but there is a lot of lesbian relationship fanservice/hinting.

Ouran High School Host Club – The characters do a lot of fanservice that is gay suggestive, both for the audience and for other characters in the show.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica – A lot of the relationships between women here can be taken gayer or not at all gay, and there are fanservice things that are gay.

Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) – The main character is seemingly in love with another boy (and therefore hinted bisexual) and there are queerbaiting moments but nothing happens or is confirmed in canon.

Supporting or Minor character or plot is cannon LGBT 

Hunter x Hunter – Trans girl in the supporting cast.

Tiger and Bunny – genderqueer and gay secondary character.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo – Lots of male homoerotic overtones of the Count, plus a secondary trans girl character

Michiko and Hatchin – several genderqueer and gay side characters

LGBT shows I haven’t seen or can’t remember and so can’t classify in above categories

Yuru Yuri – there are lesbians?
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – gay male queerbait?
Kikuhiko – ?
Scum’s Wish – ?
Samurai Flamenco – gay guy?
Mikagura School Suite – has a lesbian?
Monogatari series – Kanbaru?
Gatchaman Crowds – has a tran character?
Love Live – ?
Symphogear – ?
Doukyuusei
This Boy Caught a Merman
This Boy is a Professional Wizard – I know it’s gay but that’s it.
Gakuen Heaven
Dramatical Murder
Riddle Story of Devil
Corpse Party
Gakuen Handsome

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Great sports anime about things you probably didn’t even know were sports!

Do you love a good tournament arc but want to see something other than basketball or soccer? Is there a deep love of training and practice montages inside you? Do you love watching rivalries and play-by-play analysis and deep speculation about the amazing moves of scary antagonists! Sports anime have your number and you love them, but really how many different baseball, basketball and soccer shows can you watch before it gets old? Don’t worry, there are sport-style anime out there for you with all kinds of subject matters! Check out some of the many many amazing sports-style anime about things that aren’t covered in gym class.

Chihayafuru

If I said “I have a great show you HAVE to watch about a good, old-fashioned, slap fight.” you definitely are going to picture something other than what Chihayafuru is about. And yet that’s what this show is! Chihayafuru is about the world of competitive karuta, a game where you rush to slap a poem away from someone else.  In all seriousness! Classic poems are written on cards, and they’re randomly called out.  You score by being the fastest and most accurate to slap the poem cards. Our main character, Chihaya, is in love with this game, and trying to spread that love while climbing the ranks to challenge the sitting #1 player, the Queen. There are gorgeous costumes, bishi moments, good romance subplots, and a cast of all kinds of characters to make you laugh, cry, lust and think. It’s got everything! It’s available to stream right now on Crunchyroll!

Hikaru no Go

From the creators of Death Note and Bakuman comes this story about a boy who gets possessed by a board-game obsessed ancient ghost. For real! The story starts there! Sai, our courtier ghost, loves Go, a game like chess that is both simple and elegant, and yet incredibly complex. Hikaru, our protagonist, has never even played before, but eventually gives in to the demands of his haunting and plays, where he slowly discovers a love and passion for the game.  The show is adorable, just one of the cutests things.  Sai is sweet and caring and nurturing, and watching Hikaru grow as a player, grow into his rival Akira, give you warm fuzzies while also lots of edge-of-your-seat, shocking and thrilling action! One of the bonuses is the show does actually teach you the basics of the game as you watch, with short segments in the end on how to play yourself (warning, playing Go is fun but also Go is REALLY HARD to get good at! >_< ). It’s addictive and wonderful!

Akagi

Most westerners think mahjong is a quiet game where you match tiles, but that’s actually a solitaire version.  It’s like mistaking poker tournaments for computer solitaire because they use cards! And because the suits and hands are bigger in mahjong than with cards, it’s more complicated and got way more hands to win than poker hands.  So think of Akagi as a dark anime where the sport they play is in poker tournaments.  Except not just any tournaments, life-or-death high-stakes mafia tournaments! Because in this show, the titular character Akagi gets caught up in the post-WW2 yakuza, but because he’s such a reckless thrill-seeker, he just keeps doubling down.  But he’s also a genius gambler! Watch him take on all comers! They play for money.  They play for lives.  He literally bets the blood in his veins just for the sick thrill of the game.  (for a lighter, moe, gay anime about playing competitive mahjong try out Saki!)

Food Wars!

Coming back yet again for another season, this recent addition to the food porn anime trend also involved competitive cooking, placing it as a tournament style sports/fighting show.  So be prepared to salivate to death over the DELICIOUS DELICIOUS looking food they cook, and laugh at their over-the-top reactions when they try everything, and cheer for your favorites as they fight for culinary supremacy at the top cooking school. There are teams, tournaments, and all the fighting action you lust after.  Plus, there is a lot of fanservice and nudity, of both genders (though there is an obvious gender skew that starts off minor but progressively the gap widens as the show goes on).

Aoharu x Machingun

Through a variety of interesting circumstances (no spoilers :P) our protagonist, a cross-dressing protagonist Hotaru ends up joining a team of people who shoot each other for fun.  Not with bullets obviously, but think of it as an paintball league that actually plays wargames! This show has a lot of appeal in it. Subterfuge! Romance! Gender-bending! War games! Eroticism! Action! Panting heavily as you contemplate your death underneath some bushes! While your enemies take out your teammates!

These are just a few examples of this robust and lovely corner of the anime world! Go and explore and be merry!

 

 

Seraph of the End: A anime that struck me as… just a Remix

I have such mixed reactions when I watched the new show Owari no Serafu/Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. First, what a silly title. Move past that, the art on Hulu and for the show in general contains spoilers (for a couple eps in, but still). Get past that and watch the show, and you’re confronted with a super fast action packed sequence that established the premise and rockets plot off, and YAY for that! I was pretty excited to watch this show but a few minutes into it! And then an interesting and kinda classic gothic vampire world, but with really interesting backgrounds and setting details, but sadly REALLY stock characters. There’s the “we must fight them from within!” kid, the “I rebel against control” kid, and an assortment of adorable young’uns that immediately practically have “FUTURE VICTIMS” written on their foreheads. And as always on TV, fighting from within never works.

This was where I ran into my first, Wait, is this show just going to rehash Code Geass’s main conflict between within/without system main character arguments? Then lots of awful things DID happen, I was like “CALLED IT” but was pleasantly surprised when what was the cliche had some minor shocking and interesting twists and the fight scenes were really well done.

And then some more cliches, then a pointless school things that felt yoinked from Aoi Exorcist but not at all as well done. (It didn’t help there was voice actor similarities). Then exactly the beginning of every story ever happened (seriously, all of them. At least Deadman Wonderland killed-ish him! That had an interesting play on the school-attack-monster trope). Then We’re yanking the conflict from Devilman AND still running around as if being Aoi Excorcist/D.Gray-man versions 2.0…

I wanted to enjoy this show, but it just feels constantly derivative to me. It’ll do something in the details or execution I enjoy, but goes right back to cliches and I’m left disgruntled. Finally, I was like OMG it’s a REMIX! it’s got all of these things yanked right from other things! IT IS SUPER DERIVATIVE! But trying to be just different and interesting enough that people will like it, while still using all the main notes from these other shows.

And frankly, I think that it will be popular and lots of people will super enjoy watching it. Anyone who is super fond of this kind of shounen show is probably going to love it. It’s reminiscent of a lot of big hits that people would love more of, and here it is! More of that thing you enjoyed before! So hey, you like those things, maybe this will be a fun entertainment time for you, yay! Let’s all enjoy it (I’m certainly still watching it as it is released).

But is it good? So far I’m going with no. It’s almost completely unoriginal, and the three setting changes it’s gone through in the first few episodes abandons a lot of the details I think could make it standout and be awesome. It’s sticking so close to tropes it’s insanely predictable, sans minor “Oh he DID get one punch in before going down” ways, and that’s just not the kind of show I think is good. Passable and decent? Oh totally. So am I damning this show with faint praise? Yes. Unless it’s the exact kind of thing you’re into, don’t bother with it. Otherwise, it’s upon Hulu for north America free watching, happy viewings!

P.S. It’s got little in the way of positive or non-status-quo representation. This is not a show with interesting or unique female/gender diversity, racially diverse, ability or neurodiversity. I’m 10 eps in and zilcho, so… yeah. Don’t expect that.

Anime from the Fall 2013 season that I liked/hated

Just the one!

Strike the Blood – Hilariterrible, bordering on just plain terrible. The premise is OH NOES MR VAMPIRE, DON’T BITE MEEEEEEE (said while presenting neck sexily). And it’s a harem anime pretending to be action, doing neither terribly well but also having some interesting magic things here and there. The characters are trite and archetypal, the setting is poorly constructed and fleshed out, and everything exists just so we can be introduced to yet another hot lady who will become sexually available to the protagonist. Its a fun, stupid watch, but it’s really poor quality.

Anime from the Fall 2013 season that weren’t good

Unbreakable Machine Doll (Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai) – The main female is literally an object, who is obviously obsessed with and constantly offering all sorts of sexualized things to the main lead, who we are supposed to be all like, WHOAH, SO ETHICAL AND AMAZING because he doesn’t want to treat women like objects, instead he is white-knighting them. BARF BARF BARF. It’s straight-up male power fantasy, white-knight-style, and that sexist, unexamined shit can barf barf barf. There is some uncomfortable violence against women by men and the plots vaguely interesting, if completely unoriginal, so the show really faffs off into bleh land.

Walkure Romanze – It’s a show about girls who joust. The main character is your standard-issue-non-entity-talented-but-not-too-talented-male-all-the-ladies-are-slashy-with. I didn’t like the main female, she’s too shrill and whiny and it’s hard to not be annoyed by her, but she tries hard and means well. The rest of the constant fanservice is just… tiresome. And eventually, the lack of unique or original characters or a plot other than School:We’re-in-it killed off any interest I had. To boring to watch.

I Couldn’t Become A Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job (Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita) – Fanservice with the barest plot premise, which barely shows up until a rush at the end. It was kinda fun to watch characters fight with the tedium of actual living, rather than glamor of fighting the devil, but it all revolved around the genitals and breasts of the female characters, and how interesting those were! (hint: they’re not really). It had the potential to be an interesting parody, but it isn’t. As wank material, it’s a solid B if you’re okay with unremarked on female harassment and humiliation, but as an anime to watch and enjoy, a solid D.

Samurai Flamenco – At first, I thought this was an interesting show about a guy’s boyish dreams of being a superhero and how they clashed with reality, and how he was stubbornly trying to get them to fit in despite police, uninterested in perfection people, and the troubles of modern living. It was original and semi-parody and reminded me of Tiger and Bunny, and the characters were equal-opportunity slashy with a strong female lead. But then shit went downhill and downhill FAST into a flaming pile of Just-like-everything-else, totally cliche and uninteresting, inexplicable developments, and the sexual humiliation and physical dis-empowering of the female lead for no other reason than because women:amiright. From maybe an A down to a D show. Hasn’t ended yet, but only expecting poor things.

Non Non Biyori – A snoozefest. I’m not the biggest fan of slice-of-life genre, especially if there isn’t a supernatural factor, and this was just… SO… BORING. Nothing happens, the characters weren’t original or interesting. Unwatchable.

My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy (Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru ) – I was mixed on this at first, because I love any plot line that includes god/gods, since I think that kind of overpowering supernatural force is super interesting. But it just didn’t do enough to counterbalance the constant harassment of women as a joke (sure, it’s embarrassing for him but the problem I had was with the way it was presented to the viewer). I just don’t like to watch that much humiliation and degradation of men, much less that much constant rapey-feeling bothering of and objectification of women. Unwatchable.

Diabolik Lovers: Haunted Dark Bridal – This looked at first like it might be a fun to watch silly anime about too many hot boys, but no. It’s an anime about watching a bunch of boys physically, verbally, and sexually assault a girl. Repeatedly, as if they were practicing for their Abuse 101 midterm, for 80% of the screen time. Completely unwatchable.

Arpeggio of Blue Steel (Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova) – Aliens? are keeping humans out of the seas, and isolating and reversing the effects of globalization. A plot and setting that sounded pretty interesting and like it could go somewhere! But Then they introduce the fact that the male lead is obviously uber-super-special (gag-me-a-cliche) and so a boat, personified as a female prostrates herself before him in all kinds of sexually suggestive ways, constantly talking about how super-special-awesomesauce the male lead is. It’s just too sexist in an infuriating way, and also, really unoriginal characters and pounds of sexist bullshit. Unwatchable.

Galilei Donna – The descendants of Galileo (the mom is really into that fact), three daughters leads to inexplicable things in an inexplicable world that is mean to them for no apparent reason. I feel like I was supposed to be intrigued or that it was a mystery for them to solve, but when the flying fish mecha showed up I decided that it was just inexplicable and uninteresting. Three lead ladies was maybe interesting and different, but it wasn’t.

Miss Monochrome: The Animation – Short, mildly amusing comedy about robots. Meh.

Kill La Kill – I was all excited to see this, hoping it would be well done and interesting seeing as it’s an action show where both the protagonist and the big bad are strong women. No, it is trite, completely unoriginal, uninteresting, and filled with rape jokes, threatening to rape ladies because they are in mildly vulnerable positions, and sexually humiliating women as fanservice. This show can fuck off and die.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous

Yay! This is my second favorite anime for this season (also available to watch for free on Crunchyroll for viewers in the US), mostly just because I think it’s the most interesting use of a ghost in a while. I admit, my ghost-story standards are not that great, as I have long standing arguments with my significant other and best friends about the merits/demerits of Ghost Dad (BRILLIANCE AND YAYS!).

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A lady! Who is interesting and different looking!

Those things aside, I do enjoy a drama, I enjoy a love story, and I enjoy a paranormal story. That’s what this is!  I won’t go into too many details so as to not spoil a good porch scene in the first episode. But I like the main character, he’s cute and manly and I like that combination. I like the girl-love-interest, because she seems reasonable, isn’t very girly, and is loved anyway (yay, a diversity of women!). And it’s fun, though also sometimes sad. And really, I feel like it’s more original, and therefore interesting, than many other animes that I could be watching instead. I could point out specific plot turns/twists but I won’t spoil them! Check it out, yay!
If I had to say something bad about it, that would be that I really have trouble BELIEVING that there is not going to be a happy ending, that things just won’t end up well, and that takes a bit out of the tension of, OMG, am I dying? Am I going to suicide? etc. that happens. Also, I think it spends a little too much time in Lala land, and I think that the fairy tale could be worked in better, or at least more… I dunno, contribute to the overall ambiance and plot of an episode? (I’m comparing to Princess Tutu and it’s falling short).

Finally! A Decent Show This Season!

I found one I found one! a fun good show that I’m actually enjoying! It’s Kokoro Connect.

The premise? These five people, all in a meaningless club suddenly find themselves body-swapping for no apparent reason. They don’t believe it till it happens to most everyone, and then they are confronted with the mysterious source of their predicament. IS it malicious? I won’t spoil, but it is SCARY AS HELL by ep. 5, that is fo sho. And creepy creepy! They go about, forced to become rather intimately involved in each other’s lives, and human interactions! feelings! Characterization! Yay! Lighthearted humor mixed with deep questions about what makes a person a person!

The art and animation is one of my least favorite styles (the same as K-ON and Tamayura), and so I’m not sure I can complement or not it. But since it’s not an action show the directing and movement is pretty unnoticeable to me – neither bad nor interesting or spectacular. Just, fine.

So yay! A good show that has promise! Without needing to be qualified or reservations held back on it! Looking forward to see where this goes, and I will be pissed if it peters out meaninglessly.

 

Humanity Has Declined?

So I’m now checking out the first five episodes Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita (Humanity Has Declined). As you can see immediately, it’s a bright, pastel, big-eyed atr and animation style meant to make everything look sparkly and cute, and frankly, the fun discrepancy between a dystopian future rendered like that is a decently interesting hook for this show.

The actual show is a little cracked out ans foolish. I don’t like the portrayal of women very much, but mostly because the on-screen in the first episode are incompetent airheads. The main character is okay, but she’s kinda low key and in charge, and only because she is a nice, sweet person does she seem to be able to get along with the fairies. Also, no props for being a good lady diplomat when it is to sweet-toothed tiny fairy creatures.

Further episodes make it apparent that the show is a probably going to be mostly silliness with some tongue in cheek parody and meta thinking about the entertainment genres, as well as some possible political/sociological commentary not so well hidden in there.

Overall, I can potentially dig it, but it’s a bit too nonsensical and foolish for me to really enjoy it much. It’s running a C average so far in entertainment grades.

 

Campione – thoughts on the first few episodes

So I’ve checked out Campione, a new anime running in 2012. And several things.

Firstly, The premise is about Gods and so that immediately sounds yay! And there are a bunch of old gods running around being havoc-wreckers.  Cool! And action and fighting and henshins! Fun! But then the sexism strikes like a club to the face, and repeatedly bangs into you as the show goes on. I am pretty borderline that even though there are a lot of things in the story I’m having fun with and want to enjoy, the fact that it’s a male power fantasy – and therefore MUST include women who are SO devoted to you for some inexplicable reason and sexy sexy sexy sex sex is what all women who matter are for, etc. Bleh. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the smexy. I FUCKING ADORED B Gata H Kei, and if this was Yay smexy and fighting gods I’d be like Whoah yeah! But no. This is the uncomfortable and offensive kind of “Oh look. More sexism.” Not even the “oh snap, that’s a little sexist, yeah?” or “Dude, there’s an asshole whose sexist but everyone hates him so it’s not so bad.” Nope. This is the kind of show that I can’t recommend without a disclaimer.

Second, what’s up with the trending MAGIC SPIT? I mean, I enjoyed Nazo no Kanojo X a good bit, though the squick out factor of spit took a long time for me to push to the side, but this show is like, no no! This spit can also give information and other things that traditionally would be transferred via a mind-meld, but no. LIP MELD SPIT TO SPIT KNOWLEDGE! I’m not happy about this zeitgeist.

Final criticism, it’s inexplicable IF you don’t make a lot of genre-based assumptions. Maybe it will start explaining things better, but… I’m not really expecting much from this show. It’s like High School DxD with a slightly more interesting premise and a better budget but not as well put together and written as High School of the Dead. Which lacked any kind of meaning or plot, so I’m in no way praising when I say that.

Beginning Review: Chibi Devi

So the premise of this anime is that a sad, lonely, picked-on 14 year old girl is sad and lonely.  Then she wakes up with a baby in her bed. She is flustered and OMG-ing, but then she puts the baby in a Godzilla-esque ADORABLE costume, goes out and then he lays some vengeful smack down on the pair of bitches that were picking on her.

End ep. 1. I know, right? So it’s a comedy, kinda gag filled and silly.  You know, lighthearted and foolish.  I think it’s pretty funny.  The episodes are really short, 5 minutes each, including the short and hilariously non-verbose opening theme song.  You meet more characters and wacky fire-breathing baby adventures ensue. Personally, I think it’s pretty funny.  The pace is fast fast, which is good for a comedy, and it has to be with such a short episode.

Fair warning – There is a lot of this kind of shot in this show.

The art is SO VERY reminiscent of Daa! Daa! Daa! that I don’t know what to do with myself (other than watch that old ass fun alien baby show again). Overall, the art and animation are not good, but they’re not pull-your-hair-out bad either.  There are definitely moments of *twitching* for me though. Just don’t expect much.  It’s a silly comedy.

Overall, I am enjoying this show as a fun fluffy comedy.  It’s a quick laugh or two and it’s worth the five minutes each episode.  Is it brilliant?  No.  Is it amazing? No.  Will it go down in history? I dunno yet.  But it’s fun and that’s what entertainment is for, yes? Being entertained.

That said, there is something really creeping me out about shy lonely girl’s problems being solved by having a baby.  In real life, having a baby to solve sadness and loneliness is a very bad thing to do, and it is not healthy for babies, but people do it a lot.  Granted, I doubt they’re 14-year-olds, but I have met people who have done this and I have seen a lot of media depictions of this idea and it bothers me.  No good at all, please erase it from the collective culture. Or at least show that it’s actually really bad, and that postpartum depression kills. Being depressed pre-partum is bad too.  But we’ll see how this show plays out, and hope for the best.

Also, If you’re desirous of more baby-antic entertainment, you should watch Beelzebub.  This is also about a demonic baby that shows up and causes antics, but is so very, very shounen (whereas chibi devi is shoujo).  It’s fun to compare and contrast, and Beelzebub is hilarious! I love it.

And check out the classic and wonderful Daa! Daa! Daa! This is a shoujo comedy from forever ago about an alien baby.  So premises similar, so far the antics are kinda similar, and Daa! Daa! Daa! is nostalgic good times for me. Plus, there is a truck load of both shows (30+ Beelzebub and nearly 80 Daa!).