Shame they didn’t do if AFTER I’ve seen this…
What They Say:
In a world where dirty jokes don’t exist, where the mere utterance of a ***** word will thrust you into jail, a hero must rise up as a symbol for all things lewd and rude. The mysterious Blue Snow, proudly wearing panties on her face and armed with naughty images and a foul mouth, will bring the art of dirty jokes back! With her erotic terrorist group, SOX, she will press against the stiff authority of the oppressive Decency Squad and step on their hard and overbearing rules.
Tanukichi Okuma is the son of an imprisoned ero-terrorist. Rather than following in his father’s footsteps, he plans to stay on the track of morality and wholesomeness. Just like his dream girl, Anna Nishikinomiya, he attends Japan’s most moral school. But after an encounter with Blue Snow, his virtuous plans are ****** and he finds himself entangled with SOX. Will the pursuit of smut tarnish what hope he has with the pure Anna, or will he *** around, stimulated by the panty wearing deviant and her filthy mouth?
This is a dual release so for this review as a change of pace will be reviewing the DVD variation. The sound quality has options of 5.1 English Dolby Surround and the Japanese a 2.0 Stereo option. There were no complications of the audio throughout the release and the 5.1 option definitely comes through well with no need to adjust default settings on the audio system I was using. There were no problems with the video synching in with subtitles so definitely acceptable as a DVD release.
Similar with the audio, the video is set in 16:9 – 1.78:1 aspect ratio via NTSC transfer to PAL format – with DVD releases nowadays the effect definitely seems more grainier compared to HD and with me doing a ton of Blu-Ray reviews recently this is a good way to remind you how the times have changed. That said, the animation was great (bit too good/involved considering the material) and with a lot of bright colours and outfits, it still transfers well onto the screen, just little things here and there.
There was no packing for this test release.
The menu is pretty standard, we have no images just a graffiti black splat on a wall showing the logo on the right on a dull grey screen, on the left on said black mark are the choices of Play All, Episodes, Set Up and on disc 2, Extras. Very basic and standard for a DVD release – no freeze on selection and can revert to main menu from both sub-screens and main show easily with a slight delay.
The only extras we have are some trailers for the following shows; Ninja Slayer, High School DxD, Aquarion Logos, The Future Diary, RampoKitan: Game Of Laplace, Attack On Titan Movie Part 2, Blood Blockade Battlefront and Bikini Warriors.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
I would like to thank the show I watched after this on Blu-ray – Snow White With the Red Hair. As I have a lot of reviews to do, I try and do two at a time when I get DVD and Blu-Ray releases separately. And in this case, am very thankful.
Because if I had just watch Shimoneta on its own with any delay to my next review, I may have easily given up hope on recent anime.
O.K, am aware that this show will have its fans – it’s an ecchi show based on a light novel series, which slang translation pretty much means dirty joke. And the initial concept is actually amusing, and if done decent could have done a decent comedy.
However, not only does it realise too much on toilet humour, it pushes the boundaries to uncomfortable levels, with double standards, imagery as close to hentai as you can and scenes where I legit nearly went to the toilet to be sick because the words and images were actually making me ill.
Am aware I’m not its target audience, but this is an honest review, and I can safely say this is one of, if not THE worst series I’ve had to review in 6 years of doing this. But I’ll try and least get some symbolism of plot and story this show has to offer in case you do want to check it out…
As I said, the initial set up is potentially promising. Set in a near future Japan, the government is cracking down on any and all perceived perverted/immoral activity from the way a person speaks to acting in public to distributing lewd material to the point everyone in Japan is wearing Battle Royale collars called Peace Makers – O.K, they don’t blow their heads off but they do monitor everyone so even the slightest slip of the tongue could constitute breaking the law. We get introduced to our main character Tanukichi who enters the most moralistic school in the country…just to get close to an old friend and crush Anna, who is also the daughter of one of the head government officials who created and abides by this law. However, on the way he meets up with the perverted terrorist named Blue Snow, who is pretty much a girl who wears panties on her head as a disguise…
…three guesses where most of the toilet humour comes from. And this is only the beginning…
The girl, Blue Snow, later reveals herself as Ayame, a member of Anna’s student council who wants to free this regime and allow people to say whatever they want and do what they want in a freedom of speech kind of way – with every other line being something perverted thanks to her being able to manipulate the choker with her own tech (just run with it) – Tanukichi is pretty much forced as her comrade but unsurprisingly seems to enjoy it – there is a slight past story with his father being one of the causes of vulgarity which led to the ruling but that is only hinted at…
The story continues with Ayame and Tanukichi basically coming up with schemes whilst Tanukichi is conflicted with his feelings for Anna, and his feelings against this ‘crusade’. Other characters later get involved including the only character I did find passable in the mad yet droll scientist character Fuwa, who wants to know how intercourse works and such but does it in such a stoic and dull manner she is the one character who did crack a laugh out of me, along with talented artist Otome who is seeking inspiration, and the perverted ideas (and later yaoi manga) help her get ‘inspired’ so to speak, but it does lead to pretty much the idea (well main one) of the show which made me hate it. Basically, Tanukichi protects Anna during a plan, which leads to romantic cliché 101, an accidental kiss. Now usually in this situation, it might lead to some scenarios of awkwardness, or Anna wondering if her feelings for him vs. her stance of vulgarity.
It does take that route, but in probably the worst kind of way. Anna goes completely psycho for him, to the running joke of her can’t holding her..ahem…’love nectar’ (which of course she a) doesn’t see as being vulgar and in fact is just her pure love being released and b) because she is the strongest character in the show, leads to several scenes of her pretty much trying to sexually assault Tanikuchi, played for comedy when you know if the sexes were the other way round…) in to at least 4 scenes where it is quite explicit (the less said about the apparent iconic cookie scene the better, my reaction was similar to Tanikuchi’s). Add to that some other fetishes included (his scent for example) it can get really uncomfortable…
…and then somehow it gets worse. They bring in aids using Otome’s hentai esque drawings, sabotaging petitions from Anna’s mother, trade with other ‘terrorist’ groups and eventually clash with others. The terrible “White Peak” for example is one of the worst characters in terms of perversions – he basically wears women’s panties, used ones, soaks them in wine (this was the character that nearly made me throw up) whilst the new girl, Kosuri, somehow adds to the annoyance of this crew by being the manipulative bitchy type and quickly switching sides when Ayame’s group seems weak in comparison to White Peaks. Add to that Anna’s yandere side, repeated potty jokes and any attempt of plot stopped due to Ayame doing another joke, it really gets tiresome pretty fast.
They try to add a finale with it with Kosuri switching back to Ayame’s group SOX, facing off against White Peak, even teaming up with Anna as the lesser of two evils as the government tries to get a cull on them, but frankly it just is prolonging the agony. There is a final episode where everyone goes to a resort being tricked by another terrorist but it’s a one-off story which was pointless in a series that is entirely pointless.
You can tell this isn’t an in-depth review because I really was losing focus with a lot of it as I could predict a lot of what was going to happen. The ecchi jokes and characters verge on disgusting and offensive (both Anna and White Peak in particular, Anna for her double standards female on male rape and White Peak for pretty much being a walking vulgar joke) – Ayame and Tanukichi at least aren’t offensive in terms of their characters, but being the protagonists they leave a lot of be desired outside of swear jokes and attempted ‘terrorism’ using fruit flies mating and scientist created vibrators for fun. I’m certain not a prude, and don’t mind fan service – hell, some series are capable of doing it but also getting good story involved (Lords Marksman being a fairly recent one which surprised me in that) – and if you are going the ecchi comedy route, the fact it is a comedy needs to be enforced so you are laughing.
I nearly gave this an E, the first time I’d ever have done that, but it is saved because of there are a few times I did have a chuckle, and it was only with the scenes involving the scientist girl Fuwa – because her manner and what she speaks off actually is funny, and it comes off well because of that. Sadly she is not in it that much and thus those moments are few and far between, and instead we have to deal with Anna attacking the lead and actually ‘squirting’ in his face in one scene.
So yeah, not my cup of tea. If it is, not a problem, but as for me, I return to Snow White and Red Hair and at least thankfully there is some recent anime that still kicks rear.
A review that an honest opinion counts, and am aware this would be popular for a lot of fans. That said, the combination of vulgarity for vulgarity sake, some over the top attempted humour, unremarkable or unlikeable characters in a show that had at least an interesting concept, and some plain moments that made me cringe, make this one of the worst shows I’ve had to sit through from start to finish. Aside from a few moments with Fuwa, this is one of the most pointless shows I’ve had to stomach…and I very nearly lost my stomach…
Episode commentaries, Promotional Videos, Clean Opening & Closing songs.
Content Grade: D-
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: B-
Packaging Grade: N/A
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B
Released By: Anime Limited via Funimation
Release Date: April 24th, 2017
Running Time: 300 minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Playstation 4, Sony Bravia 32 Inc EX4 Television, Aiwa 2 Way Twin Duct Bass Reflex Speaker System.