I’m not going to lie, when I first heard about this show I immediately wrote it off because I just knew I wouldn’t like it. Seeing as I’m not as open to “fan service” as some anime fans are, it makes me uncomfortable and it has taken me a long time to separate the “good” from the “bad.” I use quotations because some people’s definition of “good” fan service is different from mine. I’m currently working on a post about fan service so stay tuned.
Anyway lets get into it shall we?
In the near future, monstrous creatures called “phantoms” descend upon the world. Haruhiko Ichijo is a student at Hosea Academy, along with Mai Kawakami, Reina Izumi, and Koito Minase, three girls who fight these creatures. High school life proceeds as normal until a certain incident reveals the truth of their world to them
Episode 1: Age of Phantoms
The creators of this show throw all of this scientific lingo at you in order to tell you that there was this virus that got out and altered human’s perception of reality. Basically, people can now see things (phantoms) that otherwise they couldn’t before because of their own perception of the world has changed. It’s kind of confusing, and I had to watch the episode again in order to somewhat get it. The episode opens with a well-animated action scene, introducing Mai and Haruhiko and their abilities that they use to fight phantoms. Mai is a kick-ass, in-your-face fighter, but her real power is basically feeling herself up so she can determine which element the phantom is associated with so it can be sealed. It’s worth mentioning that she has a massive rack and it gets in the way so they’re moving around as she’s “feeling” for the correct element.
We’re also introduced to Ruru, an adorable little phantom that follows Haruhiko around. She is the comedic relief character, and she’s well suited for the role but that’s about all she’s set up for.
Then there’s Reina, a phantom eater who basically opens her mouth, which becomes HUGE, and she sucks the phantoms in–sealing them. Reina is portrayed as sort of a mousy figure, contradicting her powers.
The episode ends with the trio going to deal with a phantom problem. Phantoms have possessed telephone poles because they used to live in the trees that were used to build them. This is where things get silly. In order to “appease” the phantoms, they have to play limbo. Yeah, that’s not a typo. The game results in Mai being the last one standing for the team.
There’s just one problem: her boobs.
Now I’ll admit, I did laugh at this because I know a few voluptuous girls who deal with their…ladies on a daily basis. And I could just imagine a few of them having the same problem Mai does: her boobs are a liability when playing limbo.
It’s kind of funny, and I did laugh.
Episode 2: Take out the Annoying UFO!
This one, sigh. Okay, this episode was basically setting the show up as a a harem anime. Now I have nothing against harem anime, it’s just not for me. To me, it usually has a lot of tropes and I find the story less than fulfilling.
Anyway, let’s get back to the episode.
We’re introduced to Koito in this episode, another kick ass female who uses sound waves to fight phantoms. She’s mostly a loner, so I’m assuming that she’ll eventually warm up to our trio and it’ll become a quartet. The next assignment that our quirky trio has is at an all-girls dorm. There is a peeping tom phantom.
I’ll say it again: Oye.
So naturally the phantom only appears when the girls get changed.
And naturally the guy “accidentally” sees the girls as they are changing. I just can’t go on, there’s way too many tropes.
Overall, the show is your typical harem anime. The animation is beautiful and I do love the opening song, but animation and music just can’t really get me interested enough to review the whole show. I’ll probably continue to watch it, but expect this to be the last review of the series. As I said before, I don’t really have an issue with harem anime. It’s just so full of your typical tropes that I just don’t really bother with it much.
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