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A Centaur’s Life – Review

I knew when I clicked on this anime, I was going to regret it. After my run in with Interviews with Monster Girls, I said “Never again!” And yet, Elliot and I were sitting there on a Friday evening… Watching this… Because as soon as I saw a centaur girl on the front, I knew this was going to happen. We were just going to have to watch this.

A Centaur’s Life shows us the everyday life of Hime, a centaur (do I really need to explain this?). Hime does a lot of stuff; she hands out with her friends, she goes to school, she… Does stuff! If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be half human and half horse, this anime is for you bud!

The Good:

Yes, much to your surprise there were things I actually did like about this anime. Namely, I like that I could tell the writer put a lot of thought into the world around their characters. This anime takes place in a sort-of second world setting where it’s the same earth but our population consists of humanoids; half animal peoples, angelic and demonic peoples and even some snakes thrown in there because why not?

This world surely sounds ridiculous, but if you paid attention, you noticed that they put care into how these people would dress, how much they’d need to eat, what their work/school environments looked like and even what sort of cultural practices made sense for their race; i.e. centaurs and archery. It was honestly a very well-thought out world that I could appreciate and admire as a viewer.

The Bad:

I… Yeah… So there were a few things. Namely, this is yet again another monster girl anime that just decided to be even more ridiculous. But besides them jumping on this bandwagon, I really didn’t feel like there was a story. At times, I felt inspired, but other times I felt like the title wasn’t kidding me. I was surprised I wasn’t watching Hime do even more boring tasks like brushing teeth.

I mean, this anime went as so far as to have a literal rendition of WWII and showed us an honest-to-god internment camp. I’m not making this up. That is in this anime. And while there was nothing wrong with this, it just felt so out of place. It showed you that this world was so deep, but we didn’t even get into it that much because people would rather watch this centaur go to gym class like? I don’t? Know? Overall, it just was super anti-climactic and I feel bad because a lot of thought really was put into this world.

Kitty Review:

Yeah I just feel odd after watching this anime, and rather indifferent to it as well. While I can admire where the creator’s were coming from I don’t feel like I gained anything. At the end of the day, it felt like it was just another anime jumping on the monster girls trend, and I’m not about that noise.

Elliot wept.

Do you like monster girls? Is this a trend you want to see grow? Leave a comment and let me know!

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My First Girlfriend is a Gal – Review

I was skeptical with this anime, if I’m being very honest. When I looked at it, I was distracted by attractive anime girls in bright colors. But after officially watching it, I can tell you that I’ve never been more unsure on an anime in my life. There are certainly things about it I detest and other parts I find a little charming. And yet, when it comes down to it, this is still just an anime about getting laid.

My First Girlfriend is a Gal is an anime is about a high school student name Junichi, who is an consistently shamed virgin. After a bet and a push from his misfit friends, he ends up asking out Yame; a gal. Gals, as defined in Japanese culture, are girls/women who are fashion conscious and usually very done up; lots of eyeliner, over-done nails, bleached hair, you name it. While I couldn’t find a definition specifically online, the anime treats gals with the attitude that they may also be very promiscuous.  If you can glean anything from this attitude, you know exactly what Junichi’s intentions are.

The Good:

There were a lot of issues I had with this anime, which I will get to, but it wasn’t all bad. There was a message embedded in the show that I actually both agreed with an appreciated a lot. Yame was a really well thought out character. Both she and her friend Ranko dealt with huge stereotypes. As stated above, gals seem to have this “slut” stereotype thrown on them that make men, including the main character, attracted to them for easy sex.

Spoiler alert, just because women look a certain way does not mean they are interested in sleeping with someone. The overall theme seemed to be Junichi realizing that his girlfriend, abet messing with him, really did like him. Despite being kind of rough on the outside, Yame just wants to go on dates and have fun with her boyfriend. You can tell that when he brings up a stereotype about gals or when she’s confronted with something that bothers her, it really hurts. The fact that she has such a side shows me they really put some thought into her creation. Also, Ranko is in love with her and I just think that’s fantastic ’cause the more gay women there are in anime the better.

The Bad:

I had some serious problems with the humor in this anime. It had a few funny moments, but some of it was just downright wrong. I’ll reveal a few spoilers that really have nothing to do with the story line itself, but are ongoing jokes in the anime. First of all, this guy [Minoru Kobayakawa]. I hate this guy. They have a full on pedophile in this show; no not just a lolicon or something where they just like older women who look like girls, a full on pedophile…

I think most people still find this kind of humor to be… Funny? But it’s not. It made me so uncomfortable anytime he opened his mouth or called high school girls “old hags”. I think this was an attempt at raunchy humor, but I wasn’t at all impressed. Alongside that, the entire anime really did revolve around one guy just trying to get laid. I think the ending was the saving grace where he actually figured out she wasn’t a bad person and just because she looked and acted one way didn’t really mean she’d sleep with him. But again, some of the jokes just felt like a middle-school boy wrote them. I wasn’t super impressed.

Kitty Review:

Me and my wonderful cat/son Elliot were not impressed. I love Yame and how sweet she is as a character, but only admiring about two or three characters out of a whole series just won’t cut it for me. I need more than that. This was a romcom anime that had poor excuses for romance and, overall, poor humor.

Did you like this anime? What would you have changed about it? Leave me a comment!