Posted by psgels on 30 December 2009 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Ladies Versus Butlers

Short Synopsis: Our lead character assaults every cute girl in his school. By accident. On his first day of transfer.
Look. Here’s why I at least gave Chu Bra 20% of potential: it was creative. While it disturbed me, I admit that it made me laugh. It was wrong on so many levels, but at least the creators went with such a crazy idea. Ladies versus Butlers however, has nothing. In fact, it just broke a record of how many cliches and stereotypes you can stuff into one single episode! There is the tsundere princess who immediately falls in love with the lead character as soon as he gropes her, the evil childhood friend, the clumsy maid, walking into someone changing her clothes… blegh, forget it. If I were to summon all of the overused cliches in this episode I’d end up with ten paragraphs, Never once does this show use anything of its own. Everything is just ripped off from a ton of other and often better harem shows. The characters were never able to be something original because the creators kept hanging to these one-sided stereotypes. I love how the creators are trying to make the lead character look smart, simply by making the rest of the cast incredibly stupid. And believe me, the other characters have to be incredibly dumbed down in order to make this guy look good.
Potential: 0%

Yanyan Machiko

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is a sheep with kansai-ben accent.
From the creators of Usavich… what happened? Usavich was a fun and brainless action comedy, but this episode was nothing but a girly sheep who kept talking about shaving. And of course I can understand that the creators wanted some variety and that they wanted to try something different… but this episode just wasn’t funny. I didn’t understand any of the jokes, and they all felt way too random and nonsensical to me. In a bad way. The episode was only two and a half minutes long, and I still had to force myself through it.
Potential: 0%

Chu Bra

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is obsessed with underwear – no, that’s not me making fun of this series, that’s really the premise.
I’m really at a loss for words here… This anime is the product of deranged minds, there’s no other way. I knew that there were going to be lots of fanservice series this season, but a show about a panty-obsessed middle schooler was just beyond what I could have feared. The fanservice genre lately has had this trend where they seem to overtrump each other in terms of awkwardness. As much as I’m disturbed by this episode however, I do admit that it was creative, and much better than just another one of those cheesy harems. It’s an incredibly silly show, but I guess that that’s where its charms come from. The direction is weak, though. There are lots of cliches like tripping and falling and the symbolism was just stupid and uninspired in a bad way. And really, how long are the creators going to keep up this premise without repeating themselves?
OP: Very annoying and obnoxious J-pop.
ED: Decent enough J-rock.
Potential: 20%

10 Responses

  1. Sapphire says:

    20% potential? That’s a lot. Series like this contaminate the whole anime concept. It’s sad to see that they keep making anime for retards.

  2. m says:

    The pickings are slim this season. Perfect opportunity to import some novels and learn some new kanji. Or to make a montage of every utterance of hime-sama in Dance in the Vampire Bund to see if it makes up a full episode. Whichever sounds less painful.

  3. mds says:

    If you’re already disturbed by Chu-bra,then wait until Hanamaru Kindergarden & Seikon no Qwaser come to air…

  4. Meep says:

    The bear in Yanyan Machiko…looks like a pedobear. Eeeek! T_T Run awaaaay! -runs-

    Hehe..well these two anime surly don’t look good as you say. Though I have my eye on a couple new anime to come, so I’m eager for your first impression on those. :3

  5. Firechick says:

    I should probably warn you: STAY AWAY FROM CHU-BRA!!! Make the endless fan-service stop for once! Bring in more awesome manga-to-anime adaptions for once (like Kitchen Princess, With The Light, Cantarella, Koko ni iru yo, and all the other awesome manga that deserve to have an anime!!)!!!

  6. KG says:

    I just gotta ask where do the japanese get all their ideas from?

  7. foamer says:

    re: ladies v butlers: it was funny when every other girl he meets on the way, they all faint, its like they’ve never seen a guy before lol ..most definitely will be skipping this one but i am morbidly curious about chu bra though o_O

  8. taka says:

    I agree with foamer. Pretty much the only thing remotely not terrible about the first episode of ladies vs. butlers was how all the girls swooned as soon as they saw him. Like he freaking fainting goats. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fainting_goats

  9. On Chu-Bra

    People are going to laugh at me for this, but I am sort of looking forward to seeing Chu-Bra! I have nothing against an over-the-top fan-service show as such, as long as it is done in a campy/fun way (ie Najaka-Blitz Tactics). The premise of this show is so over the top, I think this show has a good chance of being brilliantly funny, or least, an epic fail while attempting to be brilliant.

    Ladies Versus Butlers on the other hand…….

  10. Fragata says:

    I’m on episode 8 of Ladies vs Butlers and sincerely disagree with this statement, the anime is pretty cool, well designed (especially the drill), fun and of course quite fanservice xD

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 04:33 AM)
    Regarding making a living off Patreon: more power to them. If there is really such a demand for hentai and whatnot, then makes sense for people to supply that need. Only regret is that I haven’t came up with a scheme to make life easier for myslef.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 04:30 AM)
    @Kaiser: despite me liking Tue genre and the cast, I couldn’t get into Inherent Vice. I’m not really familiar with Pynchon either, so that could be it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 04:29 AM)
    @SuperMario: have you browsed the Pentamerone fairytales? They are absurdly brutal in some cases. Not giving much away, but I actually preferred this to the knight in shining armor cliche. Times were tough for women in the 15th century, it’d be doing them a disservice to sugercoat that fact.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 02:30 AM)
    @Bam: Meant to ask you, are you a fan of Thomas Pynchon’s work?
    I re-watched Inherent vice today which was based on a book by him, complex noir thing, made more sense on second viewing and was pretty funny. Figured you’d be into it given its stoner fiction origins.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 02:23 AM)
    Some people literally do live off patreon though on drawing hentai art though as their sole income.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 02:18 AM)
    @Bam: I know that film by name but I will be watching it either now or tomorrow.
  • SuperMario
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 02:10 AM)
    Matteo Garrone directed Gomorrah (2008), Reality (2011) which all were screened at Cannes, as well as this one. I liked Tale of Tales well enough, the only thing that I don’t like about the film is the treatment of women. They paid their prices just because of their lust.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 01:30 AM)
    I ran into the weirdest movie last night: an English speaking French-British-Italian movie called Tale of Tales. Loosely based on the Pentamerone series of folklore, it was a pretty dark yet vibrant-looking collection of fairytales, slimly connected by a main plot. I don’t know much about this director Matteo Garrone, but he has a unique style.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 01:25 AM)
    @K-off: I think Patreon recipients mostly fail during the first year. Just as with Kickstarter, you only hear of a very few that result in anything worthwhile; and pointing at 2-3 successes in an ocean of failures doesn’t really imply effectiveness.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 01:21 AM)
    @Kaiser: Kaufman and Hoffman were a match made in heaven; also weird that they rhyme with each other.
    The only Kaufman match-up that might get close would be him and Spike Jonze working on a Nicholas Cage flick. That man is really a mystery to me.

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