I would’ve watched this back when I plowed through all the Tenchi stuff a year ago, but a bunch of the CDs had died and it took me a while to find the missing episodes somewhere else. I wish I had gotten it out of the way back then. It was AWFUL. The whole time, I basically kept saying to myself “wtf is this shit?” Seriously, everything was just…there. I had no idea what was going on or why it was there.
Ichigo 100% is one of the most aggressively lazy fanservice series that I’ve seen yet. Let’s compare it with something like He is My Master from last week. He is My Master, as awful as it was, would at least set up situations or reasons to segue into its fanservice. Izumi breaks a vase, so she is forced to become a maid; becoming a maid, of course, requires her to wear a maid uniform. There. Now we have a basis for having the female characters walk around in fetish-wear.
Since I only managed to get about one-third of the way into this one back when it aired, I had a bit of a slog ahead of me this time. There is really only one thing to really say about He Is My Master: it’s strictly worse than Mahoromatic in almost every way. It is less funny (I didn’t even have any scenes where I laughed while cursing at how I could feel my brain cells dying; surprisingly a perverted lolicon otaku alligator is less funny in practice than one would assume), the characters are much more hateable, and it doesn’t even have uncensored nudidity. Why “almost” every way? Two reasons. The first is no Minawa. The second?
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? KYAAAAAAAAAAAAH THEY GET MARRIED AT THE END ｡ﾟ:;｡+ﾟ☆(///ω///)★ﾟ+｡::ﾟ｡:.ﾟ｡
…Oh wait, my bad. They don’t actually get married. At least it provided some useful AMV footage.
We’re getting to the dozen or so titles that I’ll be forced to watch, and at this point most of them are shows that I watched some of on my own and then dropped. In this case, I watched the first season of Mahoromatic but never watched the second because the first was so vile. I had started watching it because I wanted to try to see everything Gainax had made up to that point, and the show started a pretty rough patch followed up with shows like Konomini and Melody of Oblivion. Obviously, I wasn’t missing much by stopping halfway with Mahoromatic.
Like with the picture above, I’m pretty sure that at the few times that I laughed at the show, I was laughing at, rather than with, it. It was wacky and zany, which should be funny, but at the same time I kept thinking how I was losing brain cells in the process rather than actually enjoying what I was watching.
That said, I could probably give the show a little bit more credit if the show went full retard and never threw in the random sci-fi stuff. If I don’t really care about Mahoro as anything but something that makes dinner and says “Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu” over and over again and gets naked a lot, so I’m simply not going to care when her timer runs out. And all those episodes with spaceships and stuff aren’t full of nudidity, so why would I care about those? Oh, and I actively hated Minawa because of how stupid she is. People will rag on “moeblobs” being “retarded” or “dumb”, but usually they’re just a combination of clumsiness and a lack of common sense. Minawa, on the other hand, is simply too dumb to live.
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? I get the feeling that most of the rest of these are going to say “Well, that’s why I didn’t before.”
I kept expecting Justin Sevakis to have written a
what I was forced to produce at Central Park Media this week Buried Garbage column about Himiko-den. It is really, really bad. The best thing that I can say about it is that at least it’s one step above the Mars of Destruction-s and Garzey’s Wing-s of the world; rather than being mind-blowingly incompetent, it’s just shockingly incompetent. Seeing how it came out in 1999, I’d say that the poor show never had a chance in the first place.
I vaguely recall attempting to watch an episode or two of Trigun on Cartoon Network back in the day (and not continuing any further, as you can infer). Looking back now, I can’t remember which ones I saw exactly, but I realize now that they were definitely two of the later episodes. My worst fears were not exactly abated when I saw this at the beginning: