Monthly Archive for August, 2006

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Figure Review: Summer Festival Rei was Supposed to be Hot <_>

Yukatas are the single most conservatively sexy traditional costume in this world. Then came the modern mini-yukatas, with their hemline high enough for sexy legs to shine and still retaining the ethnic flavour.

Rei is possibly the single most alluring anime female in history.

Money is an invaluable asset we all love to have, and for some, is the single most important measure of success. More money is naturally more win.

So in theory, by combining Rei, a mini-yukata and a low price (which saves money), the end result should be a complete landslide victory that would make even Azuma Kazuma envious.

Where did it all go wrong?

Simple. We got a blue-haired seemingly female character masquerading as our beloved Ayanami. That would be acceptable if not for the added blow of this girl being diagnosed with optical and facial disorders.

So having paid 1500 yen (see? good things rarely come cheap) for what I thought was a Rei in a mini-Yukata doing a bashful pose to protect her modesty, I got a Rei cosplayer all cross-eyed and mouse-faced, sticking her rear out like some cosplay AV actress demanding meat stick. Disgraceful! OK I’m actually pretty happy with everything except the hair and the face.

This Summer Festival Rei is by SEGA and comes in a set along with the abominable Asuka, who I did not buy simply because she is the beast. Look at the promo art! I thought I was getting something like that.

Anyway, this Rei figurine is pretty large at about 18 cm, comes with a grey base that mimicks bricked ground and is tightly screwed (irony) on.

Rei is leaning forward, with her cute, pert little ass sticking out. She has her hands in-between her thighs and holding onto a light blue fan. Something must be hot down there. So far so good, the pose is sexy, the base is secure albeit as good-looking as Nicholas Cage.




A skirt of Najica-proportions

Her white yukata isn’t the most well-painted but thanks to its simplicity, the shoddy paintwork isn’t very apparent from distance. Her brown sash (obi) is tied with a giant bow plus a little foxy white tail like appendage which reminds me a bit of Inukami tails. I sort of like the idea but the crap application makes her yukata look like a China bootleg.

Rei has the matsuri necessity – an ugly mask. Hers is a fox mask and it hangs on the right side of her head through magic. The left side of Rei’s head has her plugsuit accessory thingy.


Lolikitsune?

I tried not to look at the face. It ruins everything. Stick that face on even the finest Bubba creation and no one will go near it for fear of catching something. This Rei-wannabe figure is cross-eyed and even worse, armed with a cranky smile only the likes of Dr West from Demonbane are supposed to make. While the touch of pink blusher on her cheeks is admirable, the effect is similar to making a bullfrog wear an Armani suit.


Don’t look at meee~ it burns.


No tits and a lacklustre upskirt complete the total wreck this figure is.

The saving grace of this figure is the price. At 1500 yen, this is 1/3 the price of an average PVC figurine of this size. It’s also 1/3 the quality though. WIth ample moulding lines, unnatural hair tone and colour, shoddy paintwork and an unattractive base, the coup de grâce is the insanely retarded face. Back to the box you go, imposter Rei!

Canine Deities are Being Mis-Interpreted!

DM and I happened to discuss the merits of Inukami. He was of the opinion that it was utter formulaic harem nonsense, while I think it is godly. And he was proved wrong. And when I got home, I noticed a blog who had a rather indepth post on Inukami. Apparently the writer, having read my rave review of episode 20, had high expectations for the series and was sorely disappointed.

So today, I would like to discuss why exactly Inukami is the best harem I’ve seen this year. The above blogger is right in his critical analysis of the show but he is missing the crux – why exactly would you analyse Inukami, looking for elements of plot, romance and logic in the first place?

Let me just list down the reasons why personally, I find Inukami to be awesome.

The first episode was totally stuffed full of crude and hilarious scenes. Harem is normally a genre which panders to depraved otaku but Inukami in spite of being a harem, had man nipple laser, penis and streaker jokes. The first ep just blew me away. When a series has a strong first episode, even if it’s all downhill from there, you can expect loyal followers. It’s much harder to drop something to it is to pick it up, when it comes to anime series. Just see Coyote Ragtime Show.

There is no need for a plot. If the plot of a series is like the meat of a steak, then Inukami is french fries – junk food, easy to eat, but of poor nutrition. The main plot of Inukami appears in the 2nd season. This is not unlike Nadesico, where the first half featured episodic stories and the 2nd part was heavier. Since people are saying there isn’t a plot, I’ll just spoil it for everyone. Not that there’s much of it though – the guy who makes all the magical items, Sekidousai, happens to be the light sabre cop’s ancestor and he wants to make the world into a place where everyone can run around exposing their penis. So the gang has to stop him for some reason. And Keita ends up kissing the elephant lol. But episodes related to the main plot are immensely boring. So fuck the plot. We don’t need plot in episodic slice-of-life harem comedies spiced up with homosexual and fetish jokes.

Think of why Negima is popular. It is utter trash other than the fact that it has 50 harem girls. The usual number for harem is about 5 but Inukami has a pretty high one at 11. A harem show is watchable as long as it has 1 girl the viewer likes. For me, Gokyouya and Youko are hot.


Mature Inukami for the win. DM does not understand the attractiveness of Mature ladies. He thinks Saber is mature LOLOL.

Most harem are formulaic. Girls who are unattached fall in love with random sissy loser who doesn’t want to bonk them. But Inukami is a bit different because it’s like thievery. Kaoru starts with 10 girls while Keita has 1. And Kaoru is the typical bishounen sissy that all real life guys hate with a passion. Keita on the other hand is a big pervert, manifesting all our closet desires. So naturally, we will root for Keita. And as the series goes on and he starts robbing Kaoru of his girls one by one, us viewers feel like we have won as well. Down with the bishounen sissies!

Men are inherently unfaithful and by placing Keita in a 1-1 relationship with Youko right from the start, a pseudo-marriage is set up. So the show basically revolves around how Keita gets affairs. While Youko-Keita love is hot (cos it has elements of beastiality), Keita’s quest for other girls is even more interesting. I find multi-timing men to be rather good entertainment.

Keita does realise at times that the Kaoru Inukami team he is chasing are no different from Youko in being non-human. In spite of this knowledge, his manly desires just run amok. Berserk manly desires are what makes good harem anime. I never understood those generic types that blush and look away when faced with a naked woman.

The ending song by Aice^5, a five member seiyuu team led by the adorable (her voice only) Horie Yui, is an excellent and catchy anime song.


I do find the tail rather attractive actually. Tomohane has two tails too and that is cute.

You know how male friends in anime are normally uninteresting and pretty normal? Not those in Inukami. Keita’s comrades consist of the sickest and funniest people – a bra-wearing muscleman amateur underwear thief, his god-like underwear-stealing master, an invisible peeping-tom, a totally moe-burning otaku who can morph into super-otaku-man and many other members of the dark side. Some of the more straight-laced anime viewers may find these guys repulsive, but for me, the cruder the better.

There’s a secret and dark underground plot as well which has yet to be revealed. But hints of it pop up here and there.

There’s a lot of anti-alpha-male jokes in Inukami, which are obviously aimed at otakus who are oppressed by these alpha types in real life. Actually, everyone will find anti-alpha-male jokes funny. The muscle men dog loving in episode two turned many off but I was really impressed by the crudeness of it.

So from the above reasons, you can deduce the following:

This show does not have true romance. It is more of Keita hunting down and collecting girls. So people who want romantic developments need to look at Bokura ga Ita or something.

This show is not for girls. Squicky-clean type people also need to avert their eyes.

People who are looking for action can also skip this. There is rarely any action beyond stealing underwear and chasing Inukami. Don’t let the OP fool you.

Those looking for blatant fanservice of the Girls Bravo and Tsuyokiss type will be disappointed. The most abundant fanservice is the "haha macho men are gay after all" type of fanservice, which panders to the more "loser" crowd, who love to see these perceived "superior" breed embarrass themselves. The other main type of fanservice is the "I follow my dreams and desire" type. Although in this case, those dreams are rather socially inacceptable ones like peeping, underwear theft, polygamy and otakuism. The brave men in Inukami who follow their dreams are inspirational! Well there is more normal fanservice involving swimsuits, onsen and panties too but these are just spices that enhance the awesome manly fanservice.

Inuyasha fans who see canine similarities between these two series will be sorely disappointed. If Keita was Inuyasha, he’ll bang both Kikyou and Kagome and even that demon slayer girl too.

Most of all, this show is meant to be viewed as 24 minutes of immoral fetish comedy and any further analysis of it amounts to as much use as smacking the buttocks of a dead grizzly bear. This is why it rocks.