“Lotte’s Toy” was a series that had me on the fence for most of its run. Being a show that catered to the loli-appreciative portion of the animu population right from the start, it was easy to see that this wasn’t a show that was going to please just anybody. Indeed, a lot of people might have been put off by the huge amount of jailbait running around this anime. Still, the show, despite a bit of ups and downs, stayed strong and remained a relatively enjoyable show throughout the twelve weeks in which it aired.
The twelfth and final episode of the series was no exception to that, though there were several instances that had me shift in my chair uncomfortably. The final episode was also a bit stupid in my eyes in that most of the problems outlined in the previous few episodes turned out to be nothing more than red herrings. Read the rest of this entry
God, this will probably one of the quickest posts I’ve ever made. As I’m writing this now, I give it a good ten minutes or so before I’m finished. This is because I want to keep it short. It’s been hell for me for the past few days and the work and commitments just keep on piling up. Still, I’ll try to stay up to date when time allows. On that note, I’m doing pretty well, aren’t I? Read the rest of this entry
Words can’t describe how much I hate Ganta. For one thing, he’s a wimp and can’t stop whining. Then he has the balls (ironic, huh?) to ask why things don’t go his way and why nobody’s kneeling at his feet? As far as story mechanics go, it would be a great place to change the focus the story. Move on to Senji and/or Owl and make the anime center on them. They are far more interesting and I bet you could weave a gripping tale by following their ventures. Do it LA Noire style and I’ll be a happy camper.
I’m almost scared by how much loli they shove into this show and that makes the fact that I’m currently enjoying this more than Deadman Wonderland a pity. It had an interesting premise- but between a horrible main lead, crappy animation, and a snooze-inducing story, there isn’t much to like. And I’m trying to like Deadman Wonderland.
Prince Siguro (Shiguro) and Lady Helga from the neighboring country pay a visit to Queen Mercelida’s court in order to tighten the bonds between the two nations. And with this, Astarotte no Omocha! gains a few new characters that add some variety to the show. By far, however, this week’s star was:
But seriously, what is with anime and Chinese dresses? I get the fact that this week’s episode contained the dress-up scene (Thank god it was short), but is it just a coincidence that every anime that aired this season with a dress scene had a Chinese dress? (Dress-up scene pics after the break). Read the rest of this entry
Is it just me, or does Astarottte no Omocha! have some form of sexual innuendo inserted into almost every scene? It wasn’t just this episode, but this has been happening over the past few weeks. It doesn’t detract from the show. Rather, it just seems… interesting.
Leaving innuendo for now, Naoya races over to the human world in order to pick up Lotte, with a lot of help on the part of Ingrid Sorveig, kuudere sage-supreme. Anyways, Lotte has been staying at Naoya’s place during her stay in the human realm and tries her best to keep Naoya away only to end up beaten. All Naoya has to do is simply walk into the house (it’s his house in the first place).
Once they make up, Naoya kisses Lotte on the forehead much to her surprise, and embarrassment. This gives rise to her magical powers, which transports both of them back to the monster world. Ingrid and Judit take note of this interesting development and ponder about it.
Afterwards, Lotte and Naoya go on a date together to an amusement park in order to commemorate their make-up. Asuha starts pouting when she finds out about this but soon cheers up when Erika, Lotte’s rival and classmate, decides to invite her along. Also, it seems that the toy is starting to get his own harem, instead of the other way around. Oh, the irony.
Astarotte no Omocha! has me torn between two sides. On the one hand, I simply want to drop this show as it’s almost border-line incest, consider Lotte’s and Naoya’s relationship, and it doesn’t have much gravity in its plot. Conversely, I have this part of me that’s telling me to shut up and enjoy the show for what it is. It’s amusing to see the antics that Lotte and the other characters get into and it’s easy on the brain, no huge twists. *cough* Stein’s Gate *cough*.
I guess you could also say that a major theme in this anime is growing up. Lotte’s development as a character as the plot progresses is dramatic. Arguably, she’s the most dynamic character in this anime as nobody else has any fundamental character changes. Queen Mercelida, Lotte’s mother, might have experienced some change, but not on the scale that Lotte has. She’s learned how to open up to people as well as make friends. That’s as good a lesson as any, methinks. Naoya and Asuha? They’re the same as ever, unfortunately.
So far, the part of me that’s telling me to simply sit back and enjoy is winning. There’s fun to be had in watching this series and I’d be a turd to bash on its plot. Speaking of which, this is a very, very, dirty anime. Just look at that orgasmic cat.
No sight of Queen Mercelida this episode, and ain’t that a huge shame. And though there’s no Mercelida goodness for you peeps out there this week, Astarotte no Omocha! is sure to satisfy you with the introduction of a new character. That is, you know, if you’re into lolis and stuff… *cough*
Alright, it’s crunch time for, and excuse my French, moi this week and the following one after that. As such, I’ll get at the bare bones of each episode I review for quite a while. But it’ll be more than enough for you guys, methinks.
I’m saying “d’aw” an awful lot these days, aren’t I? Anyways, the one thing you should take away from this episode is that Lotte is in “danger” due to the fact that her magic power is fading, easy explanation for that. Apparently, the human realm has no magic whatsoever and instead drains it from those fantastical creatures. This is why we have the introduction of the new loli, Ingrid Sorveig Sorgrims. Naoya and Asuha seek her out in order to get Lotte back from the human world, then she tells them only the Queen or Lotte are able to open the gate between the worlds. Eh? What’s the point then?
Methinks it’s a ploy to build up tension in the story so that you’ll come back next week. Yes, that must be it. And isn’t every show trying to achieve that same affect? And goshdarnit, it’s working. I’m waiting to see how Lotte gets back, though I have a feeling that Asuha’s hairpin or the Queen will play a role in opening said gate. Ciao!