October 11, 2015
Ao is still my favorite character in Yozakura Quartet, but Kotoha is a close second. She's also interesting for a different reason: she effectively is a superhero. Struck by black lightning she has acquired what can only be described as a superpower, which she uses to defend the weak as opportunity arises.
Her Powerspeaker ability is tremendously versatile and potentially extremely dangerous to her enemies, not to mention being very useful in everyday life. Of course, we completely ignore the question of "where is it all coming from?" because that's no fun. Either she's stealing it all from someone, or she's actually creating it; if the former there are sticky ethical issues involved, and if the latter there are even stickier problems with physics.
October 05, 2015
September 24, 2015
Ever notice how the daughters of deceased demon lords all seem to have "big tracts of land"?
And there sure are a lot of them. You could make a viable business just catering to daughters of deceased Demon Lords.
September 21, 2015
September 19, 2015
September 09, 2015
I've been talking about how simple fan service isn't enough for a show to interest me, which is why for instance I stopped watching Bikini Warriors.
But Aika ZERO pretty much is all, and only, fan service. Such story and characterization as there is, is (intentionally) a joke. It's not a comedy, but it isn't really serious either.
Fan Service/Action shows generally have fights and ecchi scenes and tend to keep them segregated. But in Aika ZERO the point of the fight scenes is to provide plentiful opportunities for fan service.
So what's the attraction, besides all the fan service? It's camp. The fan service is so common, and so over the top, that it becomes ludicrous. You begin to wonder, as you're watching, what they could do next that would exceed what's come before -- and they keep doing that.
AND... panties. Lots of panties. Closeups of panties. Zoom shots into panties. Microscope view of panties (almost). There is so much panchira that it becomes funny.
It seems like the director was trying to see how close he could come to doing hentai without crossing the line and requiring censorship. (The only censorship is "Barbie doll anatomy" in a few nude scenes. If the FFN had been any more explicit there would have had to be pixellation.)
Preposterous camera angles. The camera is low and the hemlines are high.
No blood. Lots of gunplay but the guns are loaded with "mercy bullets" (of which there is no such thing) so no one ever gets hurt. Even in the hand-to-hand fights the worst that can happen is people get knocked out. Now in reality some of the moves Aika uses would be fatal, but this is fantasy.
No Men. Well, there's one, and he's a bishie, but he doesn't get involved in the action. And Aika's boss is in it, but he doesn't either.
Aika is the only sane person in the midst of all this madness. She isn't a Mary Sue but she's really good at what she's doing and I can comfortably root for her (and her guns and her panties).
And the show doesn't overstay its welcome. It's only three episodes and that was just right.
The only other show I can think of which approaches the kind of fan service that's in this one is the Strike Witches franchise. The first series was made by Gonzo who had the same general kind of attitude about fan service as Studio Fantasia. However, Gonzo bit the big one (and then came back from the dead, but it ain't the same). So now Studio Fantasia is all we got, except that they aren't healthy and spend nearly all their time doing contract work for other studios. They don't seem to be able to come up with enough money to do their own shows any more. Sad, really.
Anyway, I've got some examples of the fan service NSFW NSFW NSFW below the fold. Including 14 big flash files, so it'll be slow to load.more...
September 02, 2015
One of the interesting things about this picture is that only three of those people are actual natural-born humans, with mothers and fathers: Miura, Teana, and Hayate.
The others? Rein and Agito are unison devices. Agito was built in ancient Belka and stored (and lost) without being activated until she was discovered in an archeological dig about the time of Strikers. Rein was built by the Bureau for Hayate.
Shamal, Signum, and Vita are Wolkenritter, which Hayate gained from the Book of Darkness (and Zafira as well but he's not in the picture).
And Subaru and Nove are cyborgs.
A lot of really nice engineering in the picture!
September 01, 2015
Before the attack:
After the attack (NSFW) below the fold.more...
August 20, 2015
So it's a boiling hot day and the air conditioner is broken. In real Life, you cook. In Anime, all the gorgeous women you work with change into bikinis.
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