Despite that, I’ve come across two shows worth following. Canaan of course, has amazing animation and the type-Moon designs, an all-star cast plus a great opening sequence, which is really half the work done to hook viewers in. The story has barely started, so I’m expecting more exposition soon. It’s good to see Sawashiro Miyuki in a lead role after so long.
The other show, which I’m going to talk more about, is Princess Lover. On first glance it’s the typically retarded harem show featuring high society girls, aka ojou-sama type harem. However, there are two main things which make it good to watch. The first is the nice character designs which are somewhat tempered by the deliciously unrealistic (boo) boobies. There’s a Saber-clone girl who is hastily politically engaged to our main character Teppei. She’s not the main character though, some Princess from a foreign country is. Anyway, the main interest point of the show is that the main character isn’t a butler. From the ambiguous opening scenes and sequence, where it was shown that Teppei was a regular joe who loves swordfighting, it was all leading up to the the show being a butler anime, but throw in a plot twist and hey presto, Teppei is actually the heir to a huge financial corporation when his soba-making parents are murdered. His mom turns out to be the heiress of the Arima group and was killed as part of some plot, which Teppei wants to expose and exact vengeance on the culprits for.
Yeah so it gets a bit shoujo-ish, since this kind of situation normally happens in shoujo series. Pauper-turned-princesses right? Princess Lover will likely feature more Princess-humping than revenge but that’s ok, it’s interesting so far. Main character isn’t a loser, the girls are hot as well. Only problem is censorship, which is really jarring to the visuals. Blackened areas etc to cover the fanservice are very annoying.