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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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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