Posted 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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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:27 PM)
    Ghibi’s up would certainly be a different beast altogether.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:08 PM)
    @Ken no, the ghibli one.
  • Kenjeran
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:55 PM)
    @Juno: Up? That Disney-Pixar one?
  • Noel
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:39 PM)
    Hi there. I’m currently interning for a small company in London, and they tasked me with creating a video tribute to Howl’s Moving Castle. I came up with this, and I thought you might like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS-zTTQzgjI Noel
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:23 PM)
    The only time they ever get along seems to be during non-canon alternate universes made for fanservice, official or not.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:21 PM)
    Erm, no. They didn’t “get along” so much as Sayaka at least sympathized nicely with her. At least, until the end, when she basically swore never to sympathize with her again. XDDD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:20 PM)
    Another interesting point is that the character relations are pretty fluid, too. Characters can act differently toward each other in different timelines/potential futures. Rebellion actually solidifies Homura’s consistent feelings toward Mami and also that Sayaka just cannot seem to be on good terms with Homura… but even then, for a while, they got along pretty well until the end. XD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:17 PM)
    Madoka’s characterization seems pretty non-linear and only show up when necessary, so it’s definitely easy to see that they’re “dependent on the plot,” but there’s a ton of stuff there to piece the characters together into something coherent and solid.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Madoka’s characters act pretty confusingly? I never got that. I always felt there actions were pretty logical in the first viewing.
    Though a second viewing of anything can help. Mostly because you know the main story so you can focus on the little details.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:27 AM)
    If anyone wants me to ask any specific questions, let me know. Funny enough, people are saying the same thing I’ve been saying for a long time–that multiple viewings help us understand the characters better. Because a lot of characters DO act pretty confusing at first, but upon a second viewing, after we know more about them, those actions make complete sense. Meaning that Madoka’s characterization is not linear.

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