February 11, 2018

Killing Bites

I was kinda hoping for "So Bad it's Good" out of this. But no, I'm bouncing hard off the start of episode 3 and they haven't even introduced the third girl yet.

The Setup isn't that atypical. Four ancient Yakuza/Corporations have been settling their differences with bloodsports for ages, and recently thanks to some mad scientist type, they've upgraded their fighters to "Therianthropes" - were-creatures who can transform at will to exhibit enhanced powers. Due to an accident of misfortune, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, our hero/harem center finds himself embroiled in the scheme that will upset the entire apple cart. Not so bad, right?

Oh if only....

So the writers I guess want to appeal to the Otaku crowd, so they make our hero an otaku, although it's not entirely obvious from his apartment what he's a fan of. And he's a college student for once, instead of a high schooler. But our first exposure to him is when he's driving the van for a bunch of "cool" bastards who apparently took advantage of his gullibility, telling him that they were gonna pick up girls and get him laid (for the first time, they make sure to mention), but they didn't mention that in this case "Picking up girls" meant snatching them off the street, dragging them into the van for a bit of the ol' Gang Rape.

Unfortunately for the boys, the girl they grab is a Were-Ratel (Honey Badger), and she don't care. In short order the guys are bloody rags, and our hero is freaking out, and she orders him to drive her to where her first actual deathmatch is.

And thus he becomes embroiled in the whole sordid game. And of course, she has to stay in his apartment. Contestant Number 1 has joined the harem, and he thinks she's cute when she's not threatening to kill him.

Now remember, he's an otaku, but really not much of one. He's even barely handsome. The next day, he's back at class, and Honey Badger for some reason has to go with him. That's when the single most obnoxious geek character I have ever witnessed shows up - his best friend. And things go to contrived shit from there. It becomes obvious that while the writers are perhaps trying to cater to the otaku audience, they absolutely revile them. By episode 2, Player Number 2, a Were Cheetah shows up, mostly because she's stalking Honey Badger and wants to be the one who kills her in her next sanctioned match. And in episode 3, our hero is now hanging out in the college otaku clubroom with two pretty girls, and at least five, lecherous, slobbering, leering creepazoids, led by his hyper-fat, obnoxious "best friend", and the only contrived way to escape this situation is not to just walk out, or callously slaughter the entire manga club, but to make the girls wear costumes.

This is where I stopped.

Now perhaps, once we get past this, it will be less shit, but I doubt it. I might jump ahead to the next episode just to see the Were Bunny show up, but right now all the male characters are all the worst refugees from a guro hentai game animation, and all the women are bitchy killers, and the hero is a blank-slate nobody.

The transformations aren't all that much better either. Their animal characteristics are limited to growing huge clawed arms and legs, tails and ears, and fangs (But the male therianthropes go much further). I suppose that kind of transformation has been done before - see Felicia from Darkstalkers. And it could be worse. The werewolf from Monster Princess (something I reviewed YEARS ago) only grew giant paws.

I miss Liru already.

Posted by: Mauser at 10:21 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Okay, that horrible scene ended almost right after where I stopped.

As is typical in shows that pull rules for things out of their ass, we suddenly learn that this big "Destroyal" battle requires three people on a team, as well as their boss. Now I left out that our hero has aligned with what appears to be the weakest house, and he has one big brute of a guy who is built like a sumo wrestler and is overly polite. The Were Cheetah is in another house, so she's off the table for now.

They need to find a third therianthrope to enter, but they're all refusing. Turns out one of the other houses is scaring them all off. The only one left is a girl who turns into a rabbit, and who is so scared of fighting that she's not aligned with any house, they have no use for her. This doesn't stop the ones who are intimidating all the free agents from attacking though. (Two lizards who shoot blood from their eyes like sniper bullets. There apparently is such a critter.) Amazingly, our heroes prevail, and so the bunny joins them. A triumph?  

Posted by: Mauser at February 11, 2018 09:01 PM (h8yX6)

2 And episode 4 dives right into the Arena Combat angle, with our geek hero hobnobbing with the wealthy and the combatants on a huge luxury liner headed for the uninhabited Philippine island where the battle will take place. Since our hero knows shit about how this event works, they worked out a plan where Honey Badger gives him hand signals (there's a video feed back to the ship which fortunately shows her at the right time) and he gives her the movement orders she requests (the island is gridded).

Forgetting for the moment that SHE is a rookie TOO, somehow she knew how many moves he had with the roll of the dice and where the ideal spot for her to be was.

Has there ever been a show where the rules of an arena have been fully thought of in advance rather than extracted anally as needed?  

Posted by: Mauser at February 13, 2018 09:17 PM (h8yX6)

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 Has there ever been a show where the rules of an arena have been fully thought of in advance rather than extracted anally as needed? 

It's dangerous to ponder such things. Here.  Take this.
http://brickmuppet.mee.nu/images/LiruThubsUpAnimated.gif

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at March 05, 2018 02:20 PM (h8yX6)

4 So Perky!

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how much folks want me tortured, I'm having a hell of a time finding additional episodes. It seems like all the listing sites are becoming more and more fractured, and the reliance on IRC channels to circulate torrent files is really inconvenient for me.  

Posted by: Mauser at March 05, 2018 05:42 PM (h8yX6)

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