Posts Tagged ‘fan service’
Remember back in May, when they announced an anime for Kore ha Zombie Desu Ka? The first bits of news slipped out of publisher Fujimi Shobo today, announcing the main staff of the upcoming adaptation. There are some decent names on the list, though the number of times I see Seikon no Qwaser in their resumes makes me nervous.
Kanasaki Takaomi (School Rumble 2nd season) heads the list as director, while the main writing team will consist of Uezu Makoto (Katanagatari, School Days), Morita Shigeru (Gundam SEED, Dragonauts), and Machida Touko (Lucky Star). Studio Deen will take care of the animation.
Every time I take a look at this series, it gets more and more suspicious. First it was super-powered zombies and chainsaw-wielding magical girls. Now I see that each of the over-cute characters has under her profile a favored method of killing the main character, while the main page lists each character’s sexy underwear horoscope. This is looking more and more like a train wreck that I need to watch when it comes out, if just for a couple of episodes.
By now, most of you should be familiar with the Japanese practice of gijinka, where various objects and programs are turned into cute girls or prettyboys. It’s pretty standard now, but Choujigen Game Neptune (Superdimensional Game Neptune) has taken this to an all-new high – or low, depending on your perspective on the trend. Choujigen Game Neptune, an upcoming RPG for the PS3, is a collaborative effort between Gust, Nippon Ichi, Compile Heart, and Idea Factory. It stars cutesy anthropomorphizations of all of the companies as they descend into the Game World and try to put an end to the destructive Hardware Wars.
Yes, that’s right: Neptune must team up with Nippon Ichi-chan, Gust-chan, IF-chan, and Compa-chan to save the world. It’s the most self-referential and strange thing I’ve seen since Sega Gaga for the Dreamcast, and it is mind-boggling to think of the thought process that went into the concept of this game. Crossover specials like Street Fighter X Tekken or Capcom vs. SNK are one thing, but it takes a special kind of brain to say “Hey, let’s turn our companies themselves into cute young girls and have them summon our game characters as their attacks!”
I’m a little ashamed to say that I’m tempted to pre-order this.
When I started watching Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells From the Sky early this week, I tried to go in without any prior expectations. The problem was that my sheer hatred for ToLoveRu (Trouble) tainted the “Cute alien descends to earth, hijinks ensue” formula for me. So imagine my surprise when it turned out that not only was the first episode of Asobi ni Ikuyo watchable, but I actually enjoyed it enough to fly right to the second episode.
More thoughts – and a recipe for creating your very own Urusei Yatsura clone – after the jump.
I’m still catching up a bit on last week’s news here, but I should at least mention that the famously pervy To Love-Ru (pronounced “Trouble”) is getting a second anime season soon. The middle school romance/sci-fi manga by Hasemi Saki and Yabuki Kentarou may have been terminated prematurely, but it maintains a strong following thanks to its cute character designs and shameless nudity. Its tendency toward borderline pornography has rewarded it with a second season of steamy underage action; while I’m going to stay far away, there were plenty of people who greeted last week’s announcement with glee.
Appropriately enough, Ootsuki Atsushi has been tabbed to direct the new series, which he should have no problems getting a handle on because of his previous work on the softcore hits Kanokon and Ladies vs. Butlers!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go off and wash my hands a few dozen times after writing this. I’ve never been comfortable with To Love-Ru, from its Urusei Yatsura ripoff themes to its overt sexualization of 13-year-olds.
Well, they can’t all be hits. FUNimation’s weekend announcements at Anime Central only really generated excitement if you like boobs. If you do, hot dog – Sora no Otoshimono and both Rosario x Vampire seasons are coming your way in English next year, courtesy of FUNimation.
The two fan service-crazy shows highlighted a relatively weak crop of licenses from FUNi, including Nitro+ visual novel adaptation Chaos;HEAd, the post-apocalyptic high-school hybrid Koukaku no Regios, sci-fi Rideback, and former Geneon title GUNxSWORD. Most of those titles fall under the “No matter how hard I tried to like them, I just couldn’t” category for me, so I just can’t get excited for this announcement.
It’s kind of a slow news week, so here’s a look at a shameless Japanese game that has sold far more games than it has any right to. No, it’s not Record of Agarest War, though it’s very close, spiritually. It’s Nuga-Cel!, the cosplay SRPG where costumes are power and the character designs are by Kei, best known for designing Hatsune Miku.
Nuga-Cel! is ostensibly short for “Nurture Garment Celebration,” but it’s really a pun on the Japanese verb nugaseru, which means “take it off.” So, in fine pandering tradition, the more damage your characters take, the less clothing they wear. The CGs on the page for the PSP sequel, Motto Nuga-Cel! (“Take off more!”), are full of not-quite-work-save images, so I’ll just link the page and let you discover its dubious pleasures on your own.
Sometimes it amazes me that games like Nuga-Cel! and Record of Agarest War have a place in a market where, if you just go into the basement of the game store, you have plenty of games that don’t bother with the pretense of cleanliness and go all the way through to the other side of the 18+ barrier and probably have better stories anyway.
But who knows what goes on in the heads of Japanese gamers – maybe they just want to see naked characters as designed by the guy who drew the Vocaloids.
Well, this is definitely out of the ordinary: it turns out that the Anime Network isn’t the only outlet for the simulcast of Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao! Crunchyroll announced today that it will also be streaming the high school fantasy/comedy. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is unprecedented, but it’s interesting to see the same show licensed for the same medium by two different companies.