The Hentai Genre is either embraced by anime fans, or ignored completely. Both are frankly fine in my view. Wherever you stand on it though, it remains a part of the industry, and therefore it should, when it can be, discussed like all other pieces of work.
Which brings me to this little series, well over a decade old now but for many remains a cornerstone of the entire genre. Some have even called it the “Dragon Ball”of the Hentai genre. So after the cut let’s take a (NSFW) look at the 2001-2003 hentai OVA series: Bible Black.
((THERE WILL BE SOME VERY NSFW IMAGES UP AHEAD. PLEASE READ WITH DISCRETION. I AM NOT FUCKING AROUND. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED))
I normally wait until my three episode check-in to give you my thoughts, but every now and then something comes along that just can’t wait for it. I have never dropped a series harder than I dropped this one. I can’t even find the words to describe it, so enjoy a slew of Jontron clips that accurately sum up my feelings, beginning to end, of my views of the show Wise Man’s Grandchildafter the cut.
Before we get into this, I want to talk briefly about the Isekai Genre.
We are living in the golden age (or not) of the Isekai genre’s influence on Anime. Simply put, “Another World” stories are the hot new item that anime and manga are chasing. While the industry is big enough and has more than enough stories that aren’t Isekai, its stranglehold on it is unavoidable, and with that comes the backlash.
Now I like Isekai, and there have been some wonderful shows that have come out of it. ReZerois an isekai that pretty much got me back into anime. However, I’ve come around to the view that overall, the Isekai genre is wasting its potential. For a subsect of fiction that is pretty much a blank cheque to tell any kind of story they want, authors and showrunners seem more content in recycling the same plot over and over again. How many times can you tell the “guy gets killed and transported to another world where he reigns as the god-king?” story before it gets stale? Better yet, how many subpar versions of those stories can people stomach before they just get turned off by it all? Last years Reincarnated as a Slime and this year Rising of the Shield Hero are both solid good isekai stories, but how many passed or dismissed them because they are just sick of the same generic plots, that (while done better than most) both of those stories use?
There is nothing wrong with Isekai as a story concept, but I fear that creators are burning through audience patience and goodwill by serving us more of the same generic stories and they won’t be willing to give real good shows a chance. Case in point, let’s take a shallow dive into KonoSuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! after the cut.