Anime Review: Fortune Arterial Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 10/25/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Fortune Arterial Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: Transfer student decides to set down his roots in a new school; And this is how the harem starts.

The Skinny: Kohei Hasekura has transferred from school to school for all of his life, each place without purpose. Tired of the anchorless lifestyle, he decides to choose one school to live out the rest of his high school career, on a distant island where he once briefly lived seven years ago. Upon his arrival, Kohei makes an immediate, unearthly impression on the class vice president, Erika. While orienteering the campus, he also runs into two childhood friends, Kanade and Haruna, and also meets the student advisory council where Erika’s older brother, the class president, plays a prank on him causing him to walk naked into the bathhouse with Erika. When going to a special location to talk things over with Erika, he is sidetracked when hears a noise in the old church, which turns out to be a vampire!

My Thoughts: It’s like they got their hands on a big long checklist of anime cliches, and checked them off one by one when making the first episode. It’s all about introductions, and Kohei quickly meets a bunch of people, including about six of them women, and you can already see the set-up for the “harem anime” storyline developing from here. Based on a “eroge” video game, and the story unfolds as if you’re playing a game, too. It would be nothing more than yet-another-dating-sim-adaptation anime, except for the surprise vampire twist at the very end. Even with that, there’s not enough for me to ‘bite into’ to continue — I fear I might fall to sleep if I continue watching this show.

For more info:

Anime Vice Review:
Wikipedia Entry:
Opening video sequence:

The Verdict: – wake me up when it’s over.

The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, The World God Only Knows, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

Failing grade: MM!, Star Driver, Iron Man

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Bakuman, Yosuga no Sora, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Arakawa Under the Bridge x2, Motto To Love-ru, Shinryaku Ika Musume, Sora No Otoshimono Forte, Tegami Bachi Reverse, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Yumeiro Patisseire Professional, Otome Yokai Zakuro, Kuragehime

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