Our look at the manga series ParallelParadise continues! It’s been a while since we’ve returned to this series, but I finally got my hands on the next part of the series. As always I can never be less surprised that I can purchase this series both A) in a bookstore, and B) with an official English translation. That’s never going to be something that doesn’t shock me. Either way, plenty to get to, so after the cut let’s dive into the fourth volume of Parallel Paradise!
(NSFW images up ahead. Please read with discretion)
Our look at the manga series Parallel Paradise continues! The next volume is hot off the presses, and I wasted no time getting my hands on it. The fact alone that I can purchase this series from a bookstore is still amazing, but that’s a topic for another day. Regardless, we have some stuff to get into, so join me after the cut as we dive into the third volume of Parallel Paradise!
(NSFW images up ahead. Please read with discretion.)
I mean that. Out of every piece of literature, out of everything that I have read and watched never, in my wildest dreams, did I think this would happen. When I saw the news that this series, would be getting an official English release, and that I could purchase it in a fucking bookstore, I thought I was getting pranked. A series that has been a part of this blog, and my headspace for two years now. My first collaboration post, and quite frankly, one of the best ecchi manga to ever exist.
After the cut, let’s take a dive into the OFFICAL English release volumes 1 and 2 of Parallel Paradise.
This is a NSFW series. Please read with discretion.
Another week has come! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me. The place where, like density of Catarina’s brain. I ignore the obvious signals to give you my thoughts and views on everything involving anime and the fandom. I took last week off from blogging, and it was great. But now I’m back, refreshed and ready to get into it. Join me after the cut as I dish out another eight opinions on pretty much anything.
We took last week off, but now we are back in the saddle. Welcome to Don’t @ Me where, like my bewilderment at the idea that people think Sword Art Onlineis ‘the worst anime ever’, I log into this world to give you my hot-takes and from the hip opinions on everything related to Anime, Manga and the like. Plenty to talk about this time around, so grab your waifus, and let’s get to it!
I was lucky enough to sit down with one of the bloggers and have a conversation on one such series: Parallel Paradise. I’ve already put down my own thoughts on the series beforehand, but it was great to talk shop with a fellow blogger about what works, what doesn’t, and what is an excellent additon to the Ecchi genre.
After watching a shit ton of harem and ecchi animes over the past year and a half, I think I have a good idea on what makes certain shows work, and other shows fail, and it’s quite simple. Harem and Ecchi are at their best when they combine good fanservice, with strong storytelling. You cannot have one without the other and enjoy the level of success and fan reception that several shows have had.
Honestly, it is because we live in the age of the internet, where some of the raunchiest and sexiest porn and adult content is a few google clicks away. If you want your dose of fanservice or just straight up porn, then you are more than sated thanks to the internet. With most ecchi harem comedies often taking a light touch compared to what else there is, there is little need for viewers to stick with a show that just has fanservice and nothing else. Once has an ecchi show has delivered “the goods” or you’ve watched enough shows to get used to said “goods’ appearing in your anime, it doesn’t do much to keep a viewer coming back. What does keep people coming back to those shows however is the characters and stories.
High School DxDmay have found initial success with it’s no holds barred embrace of the titty but did that alone carry it to four whole seasons? No, it was the great characters, amazing music, and solid storytelling that led the series to strength after strength. Did How NOT to Summon a Demon Lordbecome last years unexpected hit simply because of its well done ecchi? Perhaps, but it was also its good characterization, spot on humor, and mirror-shine polish of its isekai story that carried it through. Shows like Shomin Sample, Majikoi, Shimoneta, and Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple all found success BECAUSE they remembered they also had to tell a story and didn’t slack off in that department.
This is why so many other ecchi/harem shows often fail to maintain viewer interest. This year’s Senran Kagura was just BORING when it had to just depend on its weak characters and run of the mill plotline. Another World with my Smartphone didn’t even have any real fanservice to offset its abysmal female cast and Master of Ragnaroksucked even more. And yes it is probably the main reason why just watching a complication of all the fanservice scenes in Shinmai Maou No Testament is better than having to subject yourself to its worthless story and main characters. Shows like these never put the effort into having both story AND fanservice, and they all suffered for it.
I say all of this because a few weeks ago I came across a manga series that reminded me how much ecchi/harem shows can work when you put in enough effort for the story. So after the cut let’s take a shallow dive into Lynn Okamoto’s Parallel Paradise.
(NSFW IMAGES RIGHT UP AHEAD, PLEASE READ WITH DISCRETION)