The Harem and Ecchi Genre are two types of anime that go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. There is just something about perverted antics and harem hijinks that just make series work. Yet what happens when you just have a straight harem with no ecchi? Can something like that even succeed? Well in the case of the show we are talking about today, it apparently can. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to watching it, let’s take a dive into last seasons’s The Quintessential Quintuplets after the cut.
Last November I undertook the task of dedicating the entire month to talking about every anime of the series Fate Stay Night called Fatevember. I greatly enjoyed talking about the franchise and I knew I wanted to try my hand at it again, but maybe only on one series.
So I hummed and hawed about it for awhile, until I realized this allowed me to kill two birds with one stone, and then I decided to go bigger, then smaller. Either way, I’m pleased to announce the upcoming blogging project: The Summer of Love with High School DxD
This is going to be a bit of a different character dive than my previous ones, in that this is really a response to a excellent post from Yomu at Umai Yomu Anime Blog who has been doing a wonderful series of posts examining each of the girls from the hit anime of last year: Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. More specifically this post is going to talk about the character of Kaede Azusagawa and provide what, I think at least, is a different viewing of the character from a more meta perspective than from the plot itself.
If you haven’t already, I HIGHLY suggest you check out Yomu’s post on Kaede and all the girls from Bunny Girl Senpai, as they are well thought out looks into the characters from frankly, the best show of the year last year. This post wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for that excellent piece of work.
Anyway, after the cut let’s take a character dive into one of the main girls of Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai: Kaede Azusagawa.
To quote Palpatine from The Phantom Menace: “A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.”
This show just ended a few weeks ago, and already a second season has been green lit. This show, a HAREM anime. That fact alone is quite shocking, because as I’ve said beforehand, the Harem genre is one where anime fans are either ‘in or out’ when it comes to their interest. So to see this show come out of literal nowhere to reach the heights of popularity and get a second season THIS fast, where so often many harem shows are just one and done is frankly a delight. Apparently it has skyrocketed the sales of the manga and this show is right at the TOP of Japan’s popularity charts.
Now I gave this show a shot last season, but dropped it because it didn’t end up being what i hoped it would be: an ecchi comedy. However I’ve dabbled around the series since then, and I think I need to give the show a second look. I’ve have, and always will be a staunch defender of the harem/ecchi genre, and I think I may have not given this show a fair shake just because it wasn’t the sexy romp I wanted it to be. And if we are being honest here, giving a harem anime support like this can only be good for the genre as a whole. This is the first real “home run” it has had since probably High School DxD.
So yeah, great to see that The Quintessential Quintuplets scored one for the boys, and you can expect a re-dive into this series within the next week or two. So let’s bookend this post with a paraphrased Yoda Quote.
Begun…the Waifu Wars have…
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a show that is the ultimate comfort food. Funny, touching and with just a hint of those old Sunday Comic strips, this was a show that amassed a huge fanbase and is now getting a second season. The theme song was fun as well, so the Tune of the Week this week is Aozora No Rhapsody by Fhana!
Welcome to the Re-Dive, where I look back at a series I have previous done a shallow dive on and give it a second look. This may be because my thoughts on it have changed, new series have caused me to have a second look, or I just feel my previous post was donkey piss and I wanted to make a better one. We are starting off today with a look at a series that I believe has gotten undue treatment over the years. After the cut let’s take re-dive into the series In Another World with My Smartphone.
This is a series that I really love, yet I have never talked about (i need to fix that!). The theme song for this show came at a time in my life when I was overseas and for some reason, the beat, lyrics and everything still holds a very fond place in my heart. There is just something so peaceful and fun about this song. The tune of the week this time is the opening theme to Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches: Kuchizuke Diamond by WEAVER