Well, here we go again with these first impressions, and this is the wonderful gem that I get to watch.
Plot summary: A Hero intends to slay the Demon King so that he can end the everlasting war between humans and demons. The Demon King, however, convinces our Hero that war can never end so long as systemic issues exist within both sides. She suggest that they team up and find ways to cure these root problems. Somehow, she also has a massive crush on the guy. So anyway, they set off for some idyllic village where she begins her re-education of the pitiful masses, teaching them advanced farming techniques and other stuff that’s not exactly all that exciting to watch.
• A war between humans and demons. An impatient hero who decides to lone wolf it on his ow-… Kirito, is that you?!
• Well, the backgrounds are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they are sharp and detailed, so in these rare moments, you’re led to think you’re watching something with decent production values. At other times, however, they become very muddy, reminiscent of that ‘biblioteca’ anime from way back when.
He would’ve indiscriminately charged and murdered any ol’ demon king, but holy fuck, check out them demon breasts!
• It’s kind of funny. Big, bad warrior can firmly grip his sword against anyone, but when faced with a woman who finds no shame in her assets, our hero’s long, shiny blade goes limp.
• To be completely frank, this is boring with or without the ginormous, bouncing breasts. Once you get past them —
— you still just have two people talking about and not showing how people manipulate war for profit. First, no shit. Second, it’s like when people tell you that the articles in Playboy are really, really good!
• I wish she was smart-ass. If you’re going to give the girl back-breaking boobs, the least you could do is make her witty. But somehow, I don’t think she was joking when she said, “My chastity is the single thing in which I can take pride.” So unfortunately, she’s just yet another character who panders hard — another unwitting heroine who throws herself at the amazingly prudish hero.
• Crop rotation… riveting.
On a side note, it isn’t really the lack of farming knowledge that holds poorer countries back. It’s that even if they could grow their crops, their crops are worth nothing on the market. Subsidized farmers in wealthier nations can set their products at such a low price point that it drives the poorer farmers out of business. But this has nothing to do with the anime, I guess.
• It’s not that I even disagree with what the show is necessarily saying. It’s just neither very interesting nor insightful. Yes, educate and feed the weak so that they will not have to depend on those who wish to exploit them. This alone, however, will not solve the problem. But just when you think the show’s about to get to a salient point that isn’t self-evident, the creators of the anime seemingly lose all confidence: “Aw shit, we better get back to the insipid romance before the audience changes the channel.” As a result, the other half of the “plot” is “Uguu, won’t you sit next to me? *blush*”
• “I belong to you.” “No, I belong to you!” “Your thighs are soft!” “Really? They’re not too fat?”
• “One incapable of determining their own fate is an insect.” All of a sudden, our maid is Ayn Rand.
• Oh god, this is disgusting:
I guess I disagree with what the anime is saying now. I kept expecting our hero to jump in and be the goody two-shoes that he is supposed to be, but he does nothing while the maid spouts her bullshit. I mean, that’s pretty high-and-mighty talk for a goddamn maid. There’s just something very condescending about the anime as a whole, and it revolves around this idea that the masses are really as ignorant as us learned folks have suspected all along. Thank God for the philanthropy of the rich! No, I’m not condemning philanthropy, but it is a bandage for a gaping wound. You can educate as many people as you want, but as long as a system exists in which men can exploit the labor of others, then there will always be an endless supply of the “ignorant” masses to educate.
What gets me is that the girl in the screenshot above has to apologize for her “crimes.” After all, if not for the idea of noblesse oblige, the poor wouldn’t even have turnips to eat! So even though some poor girl and her little sister have been victimized their entire lives, how dare they even ask for what is rightfully theirs as human beings, i.e. food and shelter? Oh right, some people actually think food and shelter aren’t human rights. But by golly, you better not threaten the position of the nobles despite the fact that they likely only reached such cushy positions in society by exploiting this arbitrary concept of nobility. Until you respect them, you’re not even human! That sure gets us around the human rights problem real quick!