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Amaenaide Yo! Review

w32071atched 11/2016

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2005 to Sep 2005
Studios: Studio Deen

Amaenaideyo is a manga adaption originally by Sogabe Toshinori.

Bronze.

It’s alright. It has its moments when its funny bit for the most point it’s just a standard ecchi show from this period of time. The boy is 16 and is your standard pervert (aka a normal 16-year-old boy) who lives with a bunch of girls as he trains to become a monk. Why? Um. Well, I guess its a family thing? Either way.

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The basic premise of this show is Ikku is a pretty weak monk and as little spiritual power  but when he sees the girls naked he turns into a super-monk and can exercise any demon. I assume because to a horny teenage boy there is no purer feeling that seeing a girl’s breasts.

The situation skits themselves are pretty standard situations for high schoolers to be in, monks in training or not. Still, they are entertaining enough. The ecchi moments are easy to spot. There are no missed opportunities here, if there is a chance, the show will make a point to empathise the girl’s boobs or pantie shots. Some of the girls care more about it than normal and will punish Ikku for making any comments.Or just being there when they are angry. He gets beaten up a lot just for being the man in the group.

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Poor bloke. It’s one of the trends in ecchi anime I’m kind of glad has become less common in recent years. Aka, the ‘pervert’ being beaten up for anything which happens (even when unrelated to him) because he’s a pervert. It’s one thing when he’s actually doing something perverted or making a perverted comment but another when he’s simply in the room when one of the girls is pissed.

I guess these animes were targeted at masochists who dreamt of living in a harem and getting beaten up by the girls. Not really a healthy message to send young boys while I appreciate the fact these women are strong and independent from men. Partly in this anime because they are nuns and have sworn off relationships but meh.

Once thing which did pleasantly surprise me was the ending. For one thing, there was an actual story and plot there in a show that was mostly one show stories. It was impressive given the genre. Even if it was still a fairly ecchi premise in itself.

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Shomin Sample Review

76542lCompleted 10/2016

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct 2015 to Dec 2015
Producers: Sotsu, Contents Seed
Licensors: FUNimation Entertainment
Studios: Silver Link.

Shomin Sample is a light novel adaptation by Takafumi Nanatsuki.

Bronze.

This harem anime is very entertaining and has a slightly different plot to most which I come across. Plus the main character isn’t a complete pervert. He likes girl’s thighs but most of the time it’s not obvious. Even when the other parts are on show, they don’t really evoke more than embarrassment from the Mc during the inevitable ecchi moments.

The basic plot of the anime is, there is an extremely rich school for just girls where no males are allowed. Except people have realised that it doesn’t exactly prepare the girls for after school, so they decide to kidnap a normal foreigner  to help ‘prepare’ them. Only to protect their purity, they pick a ‘raging homosexual who has a muscleman fetish’. Don’t we all love our best friends? XD So Kimito has a suffer through pretending to be gay or be castrated.

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Something which is kind of hard when he is surrounded by beautiful girls who are very naive and innocent. Half the situations which happen are through no fault of his own. But he is well prepared with a collection of muscle-bound videos and other things to show the head maid when she suspects he is not as gay as he ‘claims’.

There are 4 main ‘interests’. Though the loli type in this one, Haruo, is barely acknowledged as more than pretty. Kimito generally treats her the age she acts and looks, like a child. My main issue with her is the face she strips when she’s doing maths, which is pretty often. The anime does a good job of censoring but it’s still a little uncomfortable.

shomin-3The other three are a well-refined blonde, Reiko, a shy but brash and honest red head, Aika, and a slightly violent but cute sword girl, Karin. They all have their own personalities and are pretty oblivious to the world around.

The plot is pretty good. The girls learn about the outside world and antics ensure. The school does have a slightly darker side, however. It is basically a finishing school where parents of boys can find ‘appropriate’ wives for their sons. The finale looked to be built up to be really good and then it happened and it left me feeling a little disappointed.

We went from a mostly normal story (antics of people with too much money aside) to magic powers and super tech within seconds. Then the confrontation was just a disappointment. After Kimito makes his point, the ‘enemy’ just backs down so easily it’s a little embarrassing. Unfortunately, this was enough to knock it down from a silver to a bronze.

I do not stand for bad endings. If you have made me watch 12 episodes, make the ending a good one!shomin-2

OniAi! Review

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~As Long as There’s Love, It Doesn’t Matter If He Is My Brother, Right?
Watched 10/2016
Type: TV
Seasons: 1
Complete Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Oct 2012 to Dec 2012

Producers: Lantis, Media Factory, AT-X, DAX Production, Cospa
Studios: Silver Link

OniAi! is a Light novel adaptation by Daisuke Suzuki

 

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I didn’t think I’d actually complete this anime given its theme and name. The younger sister loving his brother trope is common on in anime, but having the anime from the girls perspective is not something I have come across before. I don’t watch hentai so maybe it’s more common there?

Either way, OniAi is a surprising entertaining anime. The characters are pretty stereotypical of a harem/ecchi anime and many of the situations are the standard ones but they do mesh together well. With the added twist that people aren’t exactly unaware that Akio’s obsession for her brother isn’t exactly normal. Akio is half aware, living in a weird non-ignorance that she refuses to acknowledge she’s not a normal girl.

The boy had everyone likes, and only boy actually named in the entire show, is Akito. Akito is aware of his sister’s perversion but mostly waves it off. Almost too calm in the face of what he has to put up with from all 3/4 girls and then his boss to add to the mix. His twist is fantastic though.

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The animation is good and there are considerably less sparkles than some of the animes that Silver Link have made. Maybe they clocked on with this one that story is actually more important.

This anime is ecchi and there was plenty of ecchi moments. A few had me wincing but most were in good humour. A few genuinely had me laughing. Thankfully (and showing remarkably good taste) the ecchi moments were never between the brother and sister. Or rather only ever in her imagination and not explicit.

So I give this anime a silver. It’s entertaining and extremely watchable.

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C3 Cube x Cursed x Curious Review

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Type: TV
Seasons: 1
Complete Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Oct 2011 to Dec 2011

Producers: Starchild Records
Studios: Silver Link

C3 Cube x Cursed x Curious is a Light novel adaptation by  Hazuki Minase.

Bronze – Just

Having watched this all the way through I came to two conclusions. They had no idea what they were making when they made this. It’s in their preferred ‘moe’ style and while it’s very colourful and the palette is very pretty, art does not make up for a bad story. Or rather, in this case, extremely bad story telling.

The second conclusion is that they knew they were getting a second season so instead of trying, they just shoved as much as they could into the 13 episodes they had. If ever you wondered what a story looks without the padding, this is it. It’s way too rushed and feels it. There is no time to connect to the characters or believed they form any real connections to each other. There are three story arcs and it really feels like if they had just taken their time and made 26 episodes it would have been considerably better.

The supernatural elements to this story are often explained in the form of an information dump, in a way which is usually boring and occasionally just plain confusing. Too much information at once and just leaves the view wondering if they needed all that information. It’s almost like they did their research without working out just what makes these types of shows likeable. Even the sodding fight scenes are yawn worthy.

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The characters are tropish to the point of looking like carbon copies of other programmes. There is no unique character designs or any real form of characters development in this anime and if there is, it is stuffed into an information dump. Even their basic information is basically stated all in one go and then the rest of the program just treats everything like normal because it’s already known. Basically leaving nothing to be worked out, fleshed out or even made so we can even remotely care about the characters. Hence the bad fight scenes.

The fight scenes are sparkly but with no real to care for the characters or what them to win, they are kind of just sparkles and blood. A considerable amount of blood and gore for the the moe style. I’m assuming the were trying to shock people? I seriously don’t think they knew what they were doing. They just seem to throw effects on everything without care.

130281The main character is incredibly cute and annoying. Her ‘normal’ appearance is that  of a child and her voice matches but when she’s more in her [form I have no clues what to call. Cursed object form maybe?] her voice is mature as an adult. The story will go dark and serious at strange moments and just switches without warning or story clues. She at least has a clear split personality. The others have no excuse for the dramatic switches in personality.

It is a harem/ecchi anime it’s not as ecchi as you would assume. There are a few panty shots and a few breast groping moments but to be honest, most of the episodes are clean and you can almost forget its meant to be an ecchi,to be honest. Until episode 9 where there is basically a tentacles scene and you are shocked back into realisation. Either that or modern anime as just shocked me into not really noticing mild stuff anymore.

Also, the enemy for the first arc of the program is an annoying blonde whose catchphrase is ‘bitch’. Gets extremely annoying. It is the only real curse word in the whole thing and just feels out of place.

The voice acting is fab, most of the issues for the speaking of the characters is down to lazy animating. They can add sparkles all they want to the scenes but it’s not hiding the fact that the studio was extremely lazy at making people’s mouths move when they are talking in this one. The mouths move but that’s it. No real shapes other than ones used for emotions.sparkles

Oh and the music! Half-assed at best. Some attempted made but it’s not edited together very well. The beginning and ends songs are good but when they cut from a fighting scene to the soft and gentle ending music, it’s not very dramatic. Just leaves you feeling unimpressed and unenthused with the editing .I do wonder why the opening chances at ep9? we have 4 episodes of a different opening than the original and it makes no real scene as it wouldn’t have been a new anime season? Unless they just didn’t want to waste one made for if they got a season 2, I guess.

so yeah. Not one I’m likely to go back to again.

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Tayutama: Kiss on my Deity Review

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Completed 2015
Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Apr, 2009 to Jun, 2009

Producers: Media Factory, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Silver Link

Tayutama is a Visual Novel Adaptation developed by Lump of Sugar.

I have so many mixed feelings for this anime. I spent much of it feeling like something was missing. Something magic ingredient which would make me fall in love with these characters and the story, but failed too. Instead I found myself angry and swept away in the drama of the tale. It made me want to cry, made me want to scream. Love is a tale which is strong in this anime. All favours of it. Broken hearts, unrequited love and doomed love. My heart ached so much for some of the characters. This was also another harem which didn’t involve all the girls in love with the male lead but instead having a various a ray of friendships types. There are still a lot of relationship drama though. Drama aside, almost everything else was lacking in some minor way which lowered the anime’s rating to a silver for me.
Tayutama 4Mashiro is local deity. Awakened by an accident, she wishes to make it so her kind, the Tayutai, can coexist with humans peacefully. She ends up living with the male lead and declaring him her wife. Due to a promise he made when she was young, not expecting her to grow to an adult the next day. The relationship between Mashiro and Yuuri is sweet. He will do anything for her and loves her very much. To the point where he can be a real jerk to everyone else around him.
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In particular to his childhood friend who has a massive crush on him. He’s got her firmly friend-zoned though. Arguably she doesn’t tell him but the amount of times she is about to, or she invites him out with the intention of doing so only for Mashiro to get in the way is almost ridiculous. I feel so sorry for her. Especially with evil guy whispering her ears all the time. Trust me there were some episodes where I really hate Yuuri and just want to punch his head in. Everyone ones it. His best friend knows it. Mashiro knows it.

‘Ameri’s just my childhood friend’
‘She is a woman first!’

 – Conversation where Mashiro is trying to get him to understand. Damn right Mashiro! Ameri is a woman first and you, Yuuri are being a inconsiderate jerk!

Especially when he does finally clue in and refuses to acknowledge it. ‘Its not important’. It bloody is! She is your childhood friend. You can’t leave her to wallow in self pity. Something which really comes back to bite him him in the ass when she sides with the bad guy. Or rather he takes advantage of her state. Leaving Mashiro to have to wake Ameri up from her dream world where Mashiro never existed.

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Oh how I laughed and cried. This is not the first anime I have watched where the childhood friend loses out but this anime takes it to extremes. As for the other aspects. The fighting evil/defeating the big three was a bit of a disappointment. One stole pants because she wanted to try them on. One was actually two and had a couple argument before attracting themselves to the leads step sister. The other, he did cause problems which ended up in a fight which destroys tokyo tower. Because that wasn’t a trope I hadn’t seen in a while lol. Ending is very sad as well.
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One thing that is different? About this anime is the style. To me its very dated. The eyes are big, the hair is proof and the design is very old. Its cute but their is a 90s/early 00s feeling to this anime which is strange considering it was made in 2009. To me though it does adds to the slowness of the story / reasons against it.  So silver.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Comepleted Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2014 to Sep, 2014
Producers: Genco, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha is a light novel adaptation written by Takehaya and illustrated by Poco.

I think I’ll give this a bronze. It’s not brilliant but I did enjoy watching this. But I think its weak points over ride that. It suffered from a lot lack luster plot points and a couple uncompleted ones. The red superhero team for example, just what happened to them? I spent that either episode going ‘um, what happened to those guys?’. They show up and then nothing is said again about them. Plus it started the ‘fanservice’ episodes way too fast for my opinion. But i guess it is a harem anime, so that’s fine in the grand working of things. Still somehow I don’t see myself remembering much about this anime in a few years.

1280x720-bNg It was refreshing to watch a harem which was actually quite enjoyable and didn’t have characters flashing there boobs every moment of the day. Which was even more relaxing considering most of the characters had a loli look about them. The main character wasn’t a pervert either. Occasionally a little dumb, but Satomi was a nice enough lead. He had a bit more personalty to him than a lot of main characters. He was still your pretty much typical guy but he wasn’t a complete carbon copy. The reason he has 7 girls of various character types around him was actually fairly unusual for once. Not your normal everyone falls in love with a guy anime.

The 7 girls are a little overwhelming though. For both the viewer and the male lead. They all have reasons for wanting the room he lives in. It seems to be a special place in space and time where energy gathers. One girl wants to protect, two what to use it to make weapons to invade, one is a ghost and its her home. Everyone has reasons for being there but before they can cause too much damage, the land lady steps in and makes them agree to do it without force. And so the team end up mostly living together in a small room, playing cards to decide who has the right to win the land. Sufficient to say, this get boring for them pretty early on. Actually winning the room almost becomes an almost forgotten plot point after the first few episodes. The girls settling down to reside in the room together refusing to give up. Yuriko literally living in the closet.

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Of the girls, I like Kiriha the best. A girl who id descented from the earth people who have lived underground for many years and what to invade the surface so they can life there again. She is the most mature of the bunch (In both personalty and bust size) and her story line is my favourite. Partly because its well thought out and I like her how strong she is. Unlike the magical girl who is a whiner. Yurika is nice enough but she does get on my nerves. The ghost is tolerable though has her moments, same with Tulip. Ruth is fine but doesn’t really play much of a main part.

I approve of Satomi’s main interest, his sempai, the lovely Harumi. She is sweet and does like him back. She is also described as being a ‘Yamato nadeshiko’. A new term I have just learned which basically means the personification of the ideal Japanese woman. I’m sure if you are reading this, you know the type, Japanese anime is full of them. Back to their relationship, something which is important in this anime, the guy isn’t in love with the lot of them, but instead is good friends with them all. Though a few have crushes on him. Satomi is hinted to like Harumi the most. They just don’t really know how to go out. Mostly because any adventure inadvertently ends up involving the rest of the cast as well. Amusingly.

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All in all, this is a entertaining take on the Harem genre with no ecchi for once! But it tries to combine too many tropes and plot ideas at once, watering down the entertainment value. Complete with mostly underdeveloped characters and uncompleted plots, I give this a bronze.

Ai Yori Aoshi Review

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Watched 2009 roughly.

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Apr, 2002 to Sep, 2002
Producers: J.C.Staff, FUNimation Entertainment, Movic, Fuji TV, Pioneer LDC, Cosmic Ray
Ai Yori Aoshi is a manga adaptation originally written by Kou Fumizuki

This anime is not one I remember much to at all, which makes my rating low anyway. I remembered it was about a normal guy who suddenly gets a traditional Japanese wife/fiancée. I didn’t remember they were childhood friends. I also remembered this anime gave me a similar feeling to Chobits/dearS but pretty much nothing else. Oh! Also that he is estranged from his family and thinks this is a set up.

Don’t get me wrong, I properly should re-watch this before reviewing but considering how much I remember of other series I watched at the same time, it doesn’t really give me a good enough incentive to try again. It suggests to me that I didn’t really enjoy this anime, or well, I enjoyed it enough to complete it but not enough to retain much about the story. Give its age and its genre types, its not really the sort of program I would watch now. Maybe in summer I will give it another change but not for the moment.

Sorry any fans of this anime, and I do encourage people to watch it themselves due to my lack of memory but bronze.

Sola Review

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completed 2009

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Apr, 2007 to Jun, 2007

Producers: Diomedea, Nomad, Lantis

Sola was a mixed media project which had a manga as a proluge to the anime. It was written by Naoki Hisaya designs by Naru Nanao.

Sola is your fairly typical 13 episode anime. Its nothing special but is an enjoyable anime to watch. The music is special and the story draws you in. The character designs are fair and the characters themselves have some pretty solid back stories. Including an excellent twist. The story moves at a good pace, though as it has been a while, I only remember enjoying the anime and the basic plot.

Our main boyo is a high school called Yorito Morimiya. Yorito’s main hobby is taking pictures of the sky, and spends much of this time doing so. In annoyance to his friend. Yorito has a sister who is in hospital and as such lives on his own. His sister is a fairly cold individual who gets very possessive when Yorito does things which do not include her. She doesn’t actually approve of him taking pictures of the sky either. Seeing as she spends much of the time with the curtains closed due to having been born sickly. Sola 2

One night, Yorito mets a mysterious young woman who is struggling to get tomato juice out of a venting machine. She disappears before he can learn her name though. The next day they met again and Yorito discovers the girls name is Matsuri Shihou. She lives at a church and the next time we met her she is in the middle of a fight with a man trying to kill her. Matsuri is not human but a ‘Yaka’. A yaka is efficiently a ghost. Someone who has dead but it still there. They are powerful but can’t walk in sunlight. They are formed by sorrow and agony, meaning the are doomed to walk the earth alone. Except Yorito and Matsuri fall in love over the course of the series. Matsuri living at Yorito’s to avoid being killed.

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The story is sweet and has some very touching moments in. I remember really enjoying this anime and it was beautiful. The colour palettes are well chosen. I can’t say the characters are very special but the story itself is well written and has a lot of twists which you don’t expect. So bronze. Its entertaining to watch but has nothing particularly special about it.
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Zero No Tsukaima Review

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Watched 2008

Type: TV
Season 1
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul, 2006 to Sep, 2006
Season 2
Completed Episodes 12/12
Aired Jul, 2007 to Sep, 2007
Producers: J.C.Staff, Genco,FUNimation Entertainment, Media Factory, Shochiku, Sentai Filmworks, Happinet Pictures
I watched this anime while I was still pretty green to the whole ecchi/harem genre layout. So we have a ‘beautiful’ noble, Lady Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière, who can’t use her magic properly and summons a human from another world to world as a familiar. Aka something to channel her power though. As a side note, she is well known for not being able to use her magic well and was nicknamed “Louise the Zero” by his classmates because of this. Lousie is a spoilt girl who honestly is still high up on my ‘Anime girls I would love to slap’ list. This lady is queen of being a tsudere. I don’t care that her type is tsudere, she’s a bitch who needs taking down a few notches.
As for the poor guy who gets summoned, Saito Hiraga he ends up with an abusive woman for a ‘master’. Because he is a familiar, the proof being the runes on his hand, he is basically treated like an animal by Louise. And like a pervert because he occasionally looks at women’s boobs. You know that thing all young single men do when its practically shoved in front of them. Lousie beats him often and its not always funny. Heck, the only reason he can talk and understand them all is because Lousie miscast a silencing spell, giving him the ability to understand them.
Whats more, turns out it actually a pretty good familiar. The runes on his hand means he some kind of super solider able to use any weapon given to him with a high level of skill.  Including a Jet fighter plane which fell though to that world once. But does he try to stop Lousie beating him? No! Does he fall in love with her? Yes!
Wait what? I have some serious issues with this. When did they fall in love? Saito has opinions over that Louise. I swear its some like of Stockholm syndrome and if it was the other way round this anime would be getting a lot more hate. Why is it suddenly sexy/funny for a flat chest little girl to beat the hell out of some poor bloke who has no chance of getting away? At least most tsudere character’s signant other wasn’t forced into a relationship. (Yes he fell in love, but he had to live with her and such for the series). At the end of season 2, they get married. I didn’t bother going back for season 3.
Now, all being said, I do remember sort of enjoying the anime. Its very beautiful and the characters were cool. I just hate the main girl is all. So Bronze.

Rosario to Vampire Review

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Watched 2010

Type: TV
Seasons: 2
Complete Episodes: 26/26
Aired: Jan, 2008 to Dec, 2008

Producers: Gonzo, FUNimation Entertainment, Happinet Pictures, Atelier Musa

Rosario to Vampire is a manga adaptation, a fairly loose adaptation but one none the less, originally written by Ikeda Akihisa.

What can I say about Rosario to Vampire. It was of the few ecchi anime’s I have ever watched and actually quite enjoyed. There was lots of panty shots and boobs. Boobs have a mind of their own in anime I swear. The ecchi in this anime was not necessarily tasteful but it was funny to watch. I also had the joy of censoring. Which put some funniness in it. The episode in Capu2 when the girls actually have long skirts on is fantastic. Just because a skirt is long doesn’t mean it won’t fly up still.

This is also a harem anime, with all the stereotypical characters. Just in supernatural form. Including loli witch, and ice cold, stoic ice queen and a bi-polar succumb.

The main character is the fairly standard human Tsukune Aono who somehow ends up going to the monster school. Sufficient to say, a lot of people want to eat him up alive. Still in manages to hide his true self for much of the series and chooses to stay at the Youkai school. Why? He has fallen in love with the pink haired Moka Akashiya who has two spilt personalties.

Moka Akashiya is a vampire, but there is a seal on her to stop her going berserk. Her pink haired persona is cute and sweet. Hates humans until she learns the guy she likes is one. Moka is not someone to be messed with because if the seal around her neck is removed (which only a human can do), her alter ego appears. Or maybe it is her actual self, it is hard to tell earlier in the series but as thing progress it becomes more obvious they they are as good as separate entities living in the same body. Vampire Moka has silver hair, red eye and is a bad ass fighter. She is aware of her alter ego and seems fond of her. Even asking Tsukane to be kind to her when they are fighting.

Moka also as a younger sister who appears in Capu2. Namely Kokoa. Kokoa hates normal Moka and Tsukane for being able to bring out the other Moka.  Kokoa loves and admires her older sister and dislike the soft thing which took her place once she was sealed. Kokoa does eventually warm up to Tsukane but it takes a while.

All in all, this anime has a lot of the standard harem cliques in it. And they work. This was a very amusing anime, even if there wasn’t must plot, if any for the vast majority or it. Ignoring keep Tsukane alive/ seduce him. So Silver.

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