Anime Review: R-15 Episode 1

Anime Review:
R-15 Episode 1

What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! For more information about me and my reviews, click here for details on what I am reviewing.

Series Premise: R-15 is a weekly televised anime series started that aired between July and September 2011, based on a light novel series of the same name. Taketo is a 15-year-old genius at writing erotic novels, who tries to gain the admiration and acceptance of his classmates despite their negative perceptions about him.

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ep. tl;dr review: Why or why, anime producers, must you disappoint me so?

Spoiler-free Episode Summary: Taketo has been ridiculed and shunned by his classmates for being a genius…at writing erotic fiction. But how he has a chance with a new start at the Inspiration Academy, which exists for no other reason than to encourage and promote high school geniuses of every possible stripe and color. However, it seems that sometimes Taketo cannot control his impulses, lapsing into daydreams and composing the bluest of erotic prose beyond his control. How can he ever be viewed as the world’s greatest writer when he is constantly ending up in the most compromising and perverted situations?

My Impressions: Y’know, when I do my end-of-the-season summary it is going to be damned hard to choose between all the clunkers for the worst show of the season. This one definitely is in the competition.

Let’s start out with the story premise itself, which is enough to make any viewer squirm. But okay, it’s a ridiculous concept, not to be taken seriously, so let’s just roll with it. At it’s heart, it’s just a ecchi-harem-comedy, no different from any of a dozen other ecchi-harem-comedies that have spread their diarrhea on the screen in the past couple of years. Hapless loser-type guy surrounded by all sorts of women finds himself in all sorts of misunderstood and embarrassing scenes — hmmm, where have we heard that one before?

That would be bad enough and worthy of a good, solid thumbs-down. But what makes R-15 so much that extra special is how poorly the show itself is executed. It’s essentially the same stupid gag over and over again in this introductory episode, where the main character gets caught up in his overactive imagination and ends up composing some wondrous filthy prose. Follow that up with a runaway exploding rocket for no good reason whatsoever — not once, but *twice*, because apparently the writers are too lazy to think up something new five minutes apart in the same show.

I actually watched this about two weeks ago, and I am having a hard time remembering much about it, and especially I cannot recall a single redeeming point to the show at all. I’m not a fan of harem-based shows, but I’ve seen one or two that are decent. I’m not a fan of ecchi comedy, but it has its place. Frankly, if you want harems, and you want smutty comedy, there are so many other better (or at the very least tolerable) choices out there. R-15 isn’t worth the effort.

The verdict:

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Sampling of Online Reviews:

  • “Wow this anime is terrible. I mean, I knew it was going to be terrible based on the preview summary for it, but wow did it exceed my expectations (which in this case, isn’t a good thing). Grade: 1/5.” – Moeronpan
  • “I managed to survive the first episode… Barely… I tried so hard SO HARD to find something good here, and it’s only one: the school. The idea of a school where it allows the students to develop their outstanding talent is pretty nice…It’s not that the story is bad (it’s not good, but it’s also not bad for my taste. It’s pretty decent I guess). The characters though…They’re all terrible.” – Metanorn
  • “This show is so stupid. The plot is so lame. A perverted guy finally find and realize what love is all about? A school of genius where a perverted 15 years old write porn novel? There is nothing intelligent in there, It was an insult to anyones intelligence…I absolutely love this show. For the exact reason I said above. This is a ecchi, there is nothing more to it. The only purpose of the show is to be stupidly dumb, erotic and funny.” – Angry Anime Bitches
  • “This is a tough one to judge after one episode, and it could be something you watch for stupid gags and take what you want from viewing it. Surely if you like pantsu-service from as many different archetypes of anime girls, R-15 is the show. To its credit it also has a quirky fun premise. (If not completely filthy.)” – Moe Monster
  • “I do not enjoy R-15 at all. As I predicted, it is made of shit. The animations are bad and the story is trying to be what it’s not. It should just stick with Taketo having porn and lewd thoughts and further develop the comedy (oh the potential comedy!) more instead of making him into a poetic novelist. It’s too fake for my liking. Grade: 5/10.” – Conspicuous Klux
  • “There are no Peabody Awards or Nobel Prizes on the way. It’s gloriously dumb, highly sexualized and not all worth the time of anyone with a sense of decency. But sometimes dumb entertainment can be kind of smart, too, and I think R-15 achieves that.” – Lost in America
  • “R-15 could have been interesting if it wasn’t so lazy. If they had of approached the premise in a more inventive manner and fixed the terrible shiny character designs, then the series could have been lots of fun (sort of if like Tsuchiya from BakaTest had his own spinoff). As it stands its at best completely forgettable and at worst boring.”> – Caraniel’s Ramblings
  • “I’ll be perfectly honest here; unless you are a huge fan of ecchi-heavy pervy comedy anime, this fanservice-laden episode was a complete and utter waste of time. Seriously, you know a comedy series is going to be terrible if the entire episode consists of only one ecchi joke, and then have the same joke (with some minor tweaks) overabused to oblivion throughout the remaining airtime. Grade: 2/10.” – Emory Anime Club
  • “The result is a ton of bad fanservice, bad acting, uninspired animation and character designs, a dull soundtrack and completely one-dimensional characters, but at least it’s trying to be creative. It’s still among the top 5 worst series this season, but I did expect this to be a lot worse, actually. Potential: 15%” – Star Crossed Anime Blog


Thumbs-up for Round One: Busou Shinki: Moon Angel, Blood-C, Mawaru Penguindrum, Kamisama Dolls, No. 6, Dantalian no Shoka, Uta no Prince-sama, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Kamisama no Memochou, Nurarihyon no Mago Season 2, Natsume Yuujinchou Season 3, Usagi Drop

Thumbs-down for Round One: Double J, Morita-san wa Mukuchi, Mayo Chiki, Nyanpire the Animation, Carnival Phantasm, Copihan, Yuruyuri, The Idolmaster, Sacred Seven, Manyuu Hikenchou, Blade, Higurashi no Naku Koko no Kira, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, Twin Angel Twinkle Paradise, Baby Princess 3D: Paradise Love, Rou Kyuu Bu, The World God Only Knows OVA, Sorette Dakara Ne!, Gensou Mangekyou: Memories of Phantasm, Astarotte no Omocha EX, R-15

Coming up next: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Season 2, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai OVA, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes OVA

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3 Responses to Anime Review: R-15 Episode 1

  1. Pingback: Anime Review: Recap of the Summer 2011 (after the 1st episodes) | This Euphoria!

  2. theidolhands says:

    Is it possible that something is such a dominating early adolescent fantasy that it dominates all logic of originality? I’m starting to think American comics are suffering from it as well. Only at least Japan exploits when they exploit, while the US can only do it half-assed, which simply comes across as utter pandering versus “realism” or satisfying erotica. As you say, if a person wants that they can find it and find it better.

    Finally got to watch “Usagi Drop” and enjoyed the anime, thanks to your rec! It made me laugh out loud in parts and that is not common.

  3. Pingback: Anime Review: R-15 OVA | This Euphoria!

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