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Asu no Yoichi!

Title: Asu no Yoichi!
Genre: Action
Company: AIC
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 8 Jan 2009 – 26 Mar 2009

Synopsis: Despite living in modern Japan, Karasuma Yoichi has lived an isolated life in the woods, training to be a samurai. One day, he is tasked by his father to find the failing Ikaruga Dojo in the city and help revitalize the school while continuing to hone his own skills. As Yoichi attempts to adjust to modern living, a more nefarious plot that threatens his own survival is revealed.

The Highlights
Characters: Cookie-cutter.
Romance: Never really materializes.
Comedy: Not funny.
Fanservice: Lacking; painful.

Asu no Yoichi! is surprisingly unwatchable. While not an absolutely terrible anime, there’s just simply nothing special about it at all. None of the characters in the show are memorable, the action is boring, the plot is predictable and even the fanservice is disappointing. I have to question the director’s decision to animate this show in the first place; after watching all twelve episodes, I had to ask myself, “So what? Why do I care about any of this?”

And frankly, I couldn’t find an answer. I simply could not bring myself to care about any of the characters in the show. Scripting and plot are definitely to blame for this, as the seiyuu do a pretty good job of attempting to bring out character. Yet, how does one extract personality from a cardboard cutout? The characters are absolutely flat and act in a manner that is insultingly predictable. Yoichi, as the hero of a harem anime, is perverted and clueless; Ibuki, the master of the Dojo, is the stereotypical busty family matriarch… the list goes on and on. The creators put absolutely no thought into the motivations and aspirations of the main cast, and the result is absolute disaster.

Not satisfied with the lack of character development in the main cast, the creators have chosen to present Asu no Yoichi! in “villian of the week” format. This leads to antagonists frequently being replaced, and causes a lack of continuity between each episode. There does exist an overarching meta-plot that drives the series, but its premise is so ludicrous and its resolution so predictable that the series could have done without it.

In addition, the fanservice and the comedy are both flops. Absolutely no decent fanservice occurs throughout the entire show; weak attempts at accidental boob-grabs (as is common in all harem shows) are made, but the results are rather painful to watch and seldomly amusing. Most of the humor in this show falls flat on its face; I found myself groaning in disgust more than laughing.

All in all, this show suffers from only one major (yet damning) problem: poor, poor writing. It’s clear that the writers did not attempt to create any sort of unique character for each member of the cast, and the show suffers accordingly. Couple a cast with as much personality as drying paint with a highly repetitive plot and uninspiring humor… and you have the disaster that is this anime.

The Rating: 3

Reviewed by: Akira

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