C3: CubexCursedxCurious Episode 1
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Series Premise: C3 (C to the third power): Cube x Cursed x Curious is a weekly anime television series starting in October 2011, based on a light novel series by Hazuki Minase. One day Haruaki receives a special delivery of a large cube in the mail, which is soon revealed to actually be a “cursed tool” named Fear, who just happens to be in the form of a small teenaged girl. Somehow, Haruaki must protect her from those who wish to destroy her.
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Spoiler-free set-up: Haruaki Yachi is your normal high school student but with one talent: he seems to be immune to curses. One day, his traveling father sends him a large, black cube. That night, Haruaki discovers the cube has transformed into a silver-haired teenage girl named Fear Cubrick. He soon learns that she is actually a “cursed tool” who has been exposed to so much hatred that the curses have taken human form. Haruaki’s father sent Fear to him in hopes that he would be able to removing the curse. But first of all, he must learn to live with Fear, who doesn’t seem to understand how to live in the human world, causing all sorts of problems for him.
My Impressions: I feel like I’ve seen this type of show a million times already. There’s nothing new here, it simply borrows from all of the ecchi comedy shows from the past several years and regurgitates it all into one hot blue-haired mess on the screen.
In particular, I was immediately reminded of both Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (for the storytelling tone and style) and Dragon Crisis (for the basic plot), two shows that debuted earlier in 2011. I watched a few episodes of both series, but they were not *quite* good enough for me to finish the series, just a shade below what I consider watchable. And now this show comes along, seems like a bastardized hybrid between the two, with Baka to Test artistic stylizations added on for good measure, plus a heapin’ helping of panty shots that would satisfy any Forever Alone otaku. (Seriously – at times it seemed like this show was nothing more than a vehicle to put as many panty shots as possible of underaged girls.)
Well, at least the main lead is not a wimpy-ass coward, so plus one point for that. But minus another dozen points for Fear herself, who is one of the most water-headed idiotic girls on the planet, a whirlwind of destruction and stupidity. Yeah, I get that she’s not human and all, but that doesn’t make her cleaning debacle any less brain-draining. Subtract more points for the large-breasted childhood friend Konoha (once again, plucked right out of the Anime Stock Character Handbook), and hints in the next episode of another tsundere-style character, and we have the makings of Y.A.H.S. (Yet Another Harem Series).
*sigh*. I’m too old for this shit.
In the final analysis, there’s nothing I can glean from this first episode that would want me to watch anything more. It’s all the same old crap from the same crappy shows that I disliked before, rewarmed over in a new package and a shiny pearlescent blue bow on top. If I didn’t like subpar underage-panties-and-boobs-harem-comedy-crap like this before, I’m not going to start liking it now.
Honestly, I think I would be more interested in watching the silly cleaning show with the cats (see above) that Fear saw on the television set rather than watch another episode of C-cubed.
- Preview trailer on Youtube.
- Info resources:
- If you like this, you might also like: Is This a Zombie? or Dragon Crisis.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “The ecchi elements can be easily ignored because you’ll be indulging yourself in Fear’s attempts of settling in the new place while trying to help out in the house. Not only that, the characters are likable and just from a bit of character interactions, you would already know so much about the people, the cast and the town itself.” – Sekijitsu
- “I guess I was just expecting something more outlandish based on the buzz, and what we got was a mildly pleasant and fairly conventional nascent romcom that looked a lot better than average.” – Lost in America
- “Pantyshots. Lots and lots of pantyshots. They might have gone close to the 3-digit mark. Much more generic loli harem and Shana clone than I was expecting. They also wasted absolutely no time on the pervert and cow tits nicknames. Grade: 7/10” – Astrialite
- “There’s a word to describe what i’m feeling right now. What is it…Oh, yeah. Bored. It’s a standard high school battle anime except with characters who are clearly re-mentally challenged.” – Meeping Anime Blog
- “This show is on speed, coke, lsd, and any other illegal substances you can think of. Hell, I bet this show has even done Charlie Sheen, and it’s not even available. What I mean by all this is that everything moves at a 500 mph pace, and the first episode could have honestly been split into 2 or more episodes if they were thinking straight.” – Notaku Blog
- “Honestly, plot does not seem like it will be a strong point to this series. As a comedy, though, it seems C3 might actually hold some potential, especially for those that enjoyed series like Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. Grade: 4.5/10.” – Emory Anime Club
- “There were a ton of cliches, a ton of boob jokes, and the voice acting was… annoying, the character designs were bland. If it wasn’t for the mental condition of the female lead (or at least, that is the only explanation I can think of for her stupidity), this was just like any other harem show out there. Potential: 20%.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “C3 was interesting enough to make me want to continue, and Fear being ever so moe certainly helps. This first episode is definitely not with out issues, as it felt rushed early on. By the time the episode began to pace itself better, it was pretty entertaining.” – The Otaku Gamer
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR THE FALL 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Un-Go, Chibi Devi, Working Season 2, Bakuman Season 2, Mirai Nikki
Thumbs-down for Round One: Morita-san wa Mukuchi Season 2, Kimi to Boku, C3: CubexCursedxCurious
Coming up next: Shinryaku Ika Musume Season 2, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Ben-To, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Chihayafuru, Phi-Brain, Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing, Fate Zero, Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Shakugan no Shana III, Hunter x Hunter, Mashiro-iro Symphony, Tamayura Hitotose, Persona 4, Maken-ki, Cross Fight Bedaman, Digimon Xros Wars II