Ever watched an ero-anime without the ero? Welcome to Sengoku Otome ~Momorio Paradox~.
Okay, I’m sure all of you anime watchers know what “Ikkitousen” is. The school girl, ero, and action anime that burned holes in the wallets of otaku worldwide. Anyways, to get to the point, I’m sure that most viewers would have expected the same thing that I had out of Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~ (Otome). Sadly, Otome might not quite live to our expectations…
Enough with the lack of background information! Otome basically tells a tale about a spoiled high school girl who gets “teleported” back in time to the Sengoku Jidai and meets all the famous generals such as Oda Nobunaga and Shingen Takeda. Well, what’s wrong with that? I’ll tell you! Oda Nobunaga and Shingen Takeda weren’t girls! Neither were the rest of the generals that were introduced! I don’t know if it’s just me who took such a negative stance towards this concept of the show, but I have a feel that Japanese history fanatics will be just as clueless as I was. Regardless of what I feel or what history nerds feel, I guess the idea that famous generals becoming girls is supposedly one of the main attraction points of this anime.
Anyways, despite my foreword rant about how bad Otome already is, there were actually some good parts to this show.
The occasional comedy that this show had interjected into some scenes were definitely pleasant as it was used to light up the mood. Although the jokes lacked some originality, it was the usual slapstick humor used to just make the viewers laugh. No harm done there.
For the characters, I thought they were actually quite bland. Not that they weren’t distinct or anything, but they just all seemed quite generic. Basically, none of the characters seemed like one those characters you’d always remember, whether it was because of their ero-ness or coolness. Maybe it is a bit early in the series for me to openly declare Otome’s characters as being boring, but so far in the debut episode, it seems pretty convincing that there will be a dearth of character development, if any at all.
Now, here comes the cake. As you can tell by the first 2 photos I’ve included, you can pretty much infer that Otome is meant to be an ero anime. Wait…did I just say it was meant to be an ero anime? Let me tell you a fact here. I’m a 16-year-old hot-blooded male who is in the midst of puberty, yet I didn’t find Otome one bit ero. Now that’s coming from someone who would usually notice the subtle ero-ness in shows. I guess that pretty much sums up how Otome is already lacking in one of the departments that the producers intended to use as a selling factor. Whether they’ll turn up the ero in the next few episodes or not, but they had better live up to the expectations of the pervy otakus, otherwise the view count for this series will literally plummet.
Aside from the “sex sells” aspect of this show, I actually found Otome’s story line quite interesting. Not that it was peculiarly original, but the fact that they already emphasize the main goal of this series, clearly shows what the characters are aiming for. Definitely a deviation from the usual ero anime where there’s a first few episodes of nonsensical jokes followed by a serious penultimate episode & finale.
In comparison to the rest of the fighter/action/ero anime I’ve seen, the one that actually comes closest to Otome in genre is Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls. Mainly because the girls are the warriors themselves, not “reincarnations” like in Ikkitousen. Compared to the relative success Samurai Girls had, I don’t think Otome will come close, especially if the series will continue on with such mediocrity. Hopefully, Otome can exceed our new lowered expectations and surprise us all!
Although I can’t foresee whether Otome will be a big hit or not, I’m pretty convinced that its reception wouldn’t be the best. Now, since I’ve already rejected to blogging about OreTsuba (with great sorrow), I’m actually going to have to say that I’m going to hold off on the decision whether to keep or drop this series. With only 2 more shows to do first impressions of, I simply can’t afford to reject all the shows that seem only somewhat incompetent. Anyways, if 30-sai proves to be as good as I think it will be, I’ll have to drop Otome, but I’ll still be watching it :D!!!