(originally published on Livejournal 4/9/10)
Anime Review in a Minute:
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What This Is All About: I am going to attempt to watch at least the first episode of every anime show of the new season that is subtitled. The review will be divided into three short sections: “The Elevator Speech”, a quick two-to-three sentence synopsis of the episode; “The Skinny”, my initial reactions, and “The Verdict”, a simple Pass/Fail grade that determines whether to continue to the next episode or not – I’m guessing that between 50-75% off all first episodes will earn a failing grade.
The Elevator Speech: Yamada has just started high school with the goal of single-minded goal of having sex with one hundred men. However, her own paralyzing insecurities and inexperience keep her from even getting to first base. For her first “cherry” conquest, she sets her sights on a hapless boy, who just happens to sit next to her in class. In her attempt to “seduce” him, Yamada finds herself in one ridiculous situation after another, ultimately leading to her extreme embarrassment, his awkwardness, or usually both.
The Skinny: Um, yup. Pretty much what I expected. While I find the whole concept of the story distasteful, I can understand the endless possibilities for comedy potential — But the way they go about it is so ham-fisted and over the top, the show is actually painful to watch. This is nothing more than a series of increasingly unlikely scenarios designed to produce the maximum amount of sexual yuks, pratfalls and panty shots.
The Verdict: – Avoid unless you’re a hopeless thirteen-year-old horndog.