Archive for February, 2011

Ladies Versus Butlers! – Review

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Ladies Versus Butlers!
Ladies Versus Butlers! (れでぃ×ばと!, Redi×Bato!), affectionately known in this blog from here on out as LadyButt, is a crazy harem anime about a teenaged boy named Hino Akiharu. Having lost his parents and not wanting to put a load on his extended family, he comes back to his hometown to learn to be a butler at the Hakureiryō Academy (a private school that teaches both servants/Servant-ed and upper class/Upper-ed students regular schooling and classist schooling, via standard classrooms and teatime serving practice). However, Akiharu is a boy with the luck of Justine, and manages to find himself in all sorts of trouble.

This anime… It’s hard to put into words exactly what this show is like. It’s not like your average harem show (except that the characters don’t get together/have sex, like ALL harem shows – let’s get real here. If you had 20 or more girls all trying to get into your pants, wouldn’t you be a man-whore?), everything in this show is over-the-top. EVERYTHING. They took every single cliche, from every anime in the history of animation, and put it into this show with an exponential of 1 million.

All the girls are disturbed in some way, whether they’re just retarded, naive, or insane/evil. There’s the girl who never seemed to mentally grow past the age of three, who is constantly ripping her clothes off every chance she gets. The mere mention of a bath, the tiniest spill on her dress, and moments later she’s nude and handing a Servant-ed her clothes. I’m constantly yelling at the show, “WTF IS WRONG WITH THAT GIRL?!?” There’s the rich Upper-ed girl, who is very naive and new to the world, but who’s also insanely bitchy with the heart of gold underneath. The cliche clumsy girl, who literally cannot stand on her own two feet for less than five minutes. She is CONSTANTLY falling all over the place, spilling tea all over an Upper-ed, or as is most common in the show, finding some way to suggestively fall onto Akiharu and then try to initiate sex with him. Such as landing with her vagina on his face. And finally, the evil chick, who completely gets off on making people embarrassed.

There’s several more girls, following every cliche imaginable (including a muslim girl and her servant, an ill super-loli, an English otaku, a frightening and most likely gay super-bishounen, and a crossdresser) and yet it doesn’t feel like there’s too much diversity, such as in Ai Yori Aoshi. It’s not being diverse for the sake of it, but is genuinely trying to pull together several different character types to create the most interesting and amusing experience possible.

I don’t think I’ve laughed that sincerely at a show since I first watched Excel Saga.

Yes, there’s not much all that creative in terms of plot, but.. why the fuck are you going to a harem show for a plot? Harem shows aren’t meant to be plot driven, they’re meant to be cockteases and show off fan service. If you’re not here for the fan service or the comedy (which is good old fashioned slapstick, in this show), then you need to find yourself a new show. May I recommend something along the lines of Eureka 7, Darker Than Black, or R.O.D.?

Seikon no Qwaser – Review

Saturday, February 5th, 2011


Includes scenes of gloriously animated breast sucking, milking, a gothloli being eaten out, BDSM, a naughty nun, inverted nipples, crossdressing, and a naked girl in an apron. And so, so many boobs. Never thought I’d see all that in the same list on a TV show.

I debated with myself on whether I should add this title to the hentai section of my blog, or the “clean” side of my blog. For all of a minute. Then I said, “Self – this was aired on TV in Japan, and there isn’t hardcore. It’s going on the front-end.” (Although the version I’m reviewing was not broadcast this way…)

Seikon no Qwaser (聖痕のクェイサー, The Qwaser of Stigmata – which shall be known solely as Qwaser from here in) is a show that I have nearly zero words for. It’s like a hentai, without hardcore sex and with more plot than the average porno. 12 episodes have aired so far, in which the ‘plot’ and characters have only just been established, so I’ll have to wait for the additional 12 (24 episodes have been confirmed so far – 12 have aired/streamed as of writing this) before I get too deep into that. In a nutshell, it’s about alchemists who rejuvenate their powers by drinking soma, or breastmilk, from their virgin partners, or Marias. In the case of the main alchemist, Aleksander/Sasha Nikolavich Hell, his partner is an actual nun, known as Teresa. A nun with huge tits.

Breakdown of the main characters:

  • Sasha – cute emo-ish boy, controller of Steel
  • Mafuyu – Mid-boobied chick who lives with Tomo
  • Tomo – Big boobs
  • Katja – evil lolita bitch, controller of Copper. Keeps a “golem” she calls Mama with her.
  • Hana – Katja’s soma slave
  • Miyuri – Stereotypical rich brat. Her naivety is adorable at times.

The broadcast version was what I would call, a big hot mess. Minutes were cut away from the “Director’s Cut” version; whether it was just plain cut or the scene was swapped so the “action” was out of view. There’s no way anyone could have gotten a good idea of what the show was from the broadcast, and I’m not even sure how anyone could have watched it. There were whole scenes where they cut away to a still shot or a shot from the opening. Thank goodness for streaming/blu-ray releases.  The biggest differences in the episodes is the lack of Katja training her slave, Hana. Here’s a couple side-by-side comparisons between the broadcast and uncut versions (cut on left, uncut on right):

The animation is really high-level (not quite Juuden-chan budget, but still moves – a lot!), and the character designs are very cute. Although I’ve noticed a few similarities to other titles.

This was the biggest one. Not necessarily a plagiarism or a ripoff, but it made me laugh to see Greed blowing gas at people through his… straight jacket?

When I first started watching Qwaser, I had the idea of, “Oh great, another show about big breasts.” I’m not a fan of shows like Gravion or Tenjho Tenge, but thankfully this is nothing like them. (Even if the character designer is the same for Qwaser and Gravion.) I’m really digging what the show has set up so far, and I’m just hoping it’ll go uphill with the next 12 episodes.