What I Watched Today: A pair of horny anime

Are we trying to turn Sunday into an unholy day or something?


Gleipnir

All I knew about this show coming in was that the main character can turn into a giant dog. It’s more like a suit, though; in his beast form, there’s a zipper down his back, so his partner can crawl inside him when she needs to. On paper, this premise seemed intriguing. What I didn’t expect, however, was a constant barrage of panty shots. Even when our hero is being attacked, he gets flashed. The most eyebrow-raising moment, however, is when Shuichi saves Clair from a burning building. All of a sudden, he feels this (beastly) compulsion to pull her panties down. Luckily, he stops midway and turns back into his human self with all of its moral limitations. Still, why was her shirt even unbuttoned in the first place? We find out near the end of the episode that Clair was attempting to commit suicide. Surely, there are easier ways to kill yourself than to set a building on fire. But again, why would you need to unbutton your shirt to be burned alive? Well, my best guess at the moment is that this show is just really, really horny.

Eventually, the plot will become clear, but for now, we are mired in a plethora of unanswered questions. What’s with the dude crawling out of a vending machine in the cold opening? Why are people fighting over these coins if they only help you end up losing everything in exchange for power? How come individuals like Shuichi can transform into a beast? Who was Clair trying to contact on the phone and why was she trying to kill herself? Why does Clair spell her name without an ‘E’? Until those questions are answered, I guess here’s some T&A to enjoy? Honestly, I don’t even care about the fanservice all that much. My biggest concern is that this feels like it’s just gonna be another lame battle anime if the OP is anything to go by. A weird sexual drama between a beast and his girlfriend might have be interesting — there’s even an S&M element to their interactions — but if all they’re gonna do is team up and fight other beast-human pairs for these stupid coins, yaaaaaaawn.


Tsugumomo S2

This is another romcom harem anime, but for what it’s worth, it is slightly pervier than its peers. If you watched the first season, then you already know that Kiriha likes to jerk Kazuya off regularly, and of course, he totally never wants one. Uh-huh. You might like this show if you have a preference for sexually-tinged absurdity, and I’m not even talking about the handjobs. At one point in this episode, Kazuya does battle against his childhood friend’s childhood panties. Apparently, it has gotten lonely over the years, so it has been stealing other girls’ panties in order to keep itself company. Yeah. So how does our dork of a hero solve this panty-thieving conundrum? By sacrificing his own underwear for the greater good of society! Then together, his childhood friend’s panties and his underwear float up into the sky while transcendent music plays in the background. The sun even shines down them with moral approval. Finally, we see the two pieces of underwear drift off into outer space where perhaps it’ll make first contact with a very confused alien race. Did this entire sequence make me bust a gut laughing? No. But it might amuse you, so knock yourself out.

I’m mostly just surprised that the animation during the battle scenes are so clean. Look, the animation here isn’t amazing or anything. But this is also a harem trash series, so why does it look so decent? I was watching the latest episode of Ascendance of a Bookworm yesterday, and the animation there was so trash that it killed any desire for me to write about the show. There were just scenes after scenes of nothing but people’s mouths being poorly animated. Everything else was static. It was shockingly bad. Then we have this pervy nonsense that’s… well, it’s okay. And that makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t want to take anything away from Tsugumomo. I’m not that petty. I just wish the animation of Ascendance of a Bookworm was at least okay.

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