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"Can’t Take My Eyes Off" Latest "Combat Butler" Series

If there is one thing I can always count on, it’s big laughs from Kenjiro Hata’s creation Hayate the Combat Butler. Starting off as a hilarious manga, it spawned two equally-funny anime series and a good (but not great) movie that followed the misadventures of the debt-ridden butler Hayate, the young Nagi, and the wise young Maria. This past October a new series began airing entitled Hayate the Combat Butler!: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, which instead of following the manga has an entirely original story created by Hata with elements that didn’t make it into the manga.

**WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**

In a scene straight out of The Hangover the show begins in Las Vegas, where Nagi is all alone in a broken-down car and her butler nowhere to be found. After screaming at a cactus and hurting herself in a comedic trifecta it’s revealed that Hayate is no longer her butler. How it happens is not yet explained, as the show then flashes back to a couple weeks before the event in Nevada. Maria receives a call from America, with news of Nagi’s late father’s belongings being discovered in Vegas. Nagi at first doesn’t seem to care much about going to collect her dad’s things, until a young girl named Ruri appears to her and Hayate claiming to be her little sister.

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What (I Think) You Should Watch This Anime Season- Pt. 3 (of 3)

OK, OK! I have to admit that there were a few more animus on Crunchyroll that were streaming, but I really didn’t want to bother with them. Still, for anyone who’s reading this, I figured that you shouldn’t be deprived of such wonderful animations The Must Watch List My Little Monster   This show is […]

ESH Podcast Episode # 315:The Way You Say The Animus Makes It Sound Like a Cute Little Plushy

Likable "Pet Girl" Filled With Heart And Smart Humor

With a name like The Pet Girl of Sakurasou it can be forgiven if someone were to think it would be a dark fan-servicy title that would lead you to be more disgusted than entertained. Fortunately it’s anything but. Based on the romantic comedy light-novel series by Hajime Kamoshida Pet Girl follows male student Sorata Kanda, a […]

Episode CLVI: Side Effects May Include Motion Sickness

Take some Dramamine, because it’s time for another episode with the Bastards!

This week King Baby Duck and Blueonic talk about the gripes of having swarms of tourists around the Salem area, and wonder if and when they’ll start getting used to having movies being made around the area. KBD reviews the first episode of Hayate the Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, and discusses its non-canon elements that make it different from the other anime seasons. The recent film End of Watch is talked about, and Blueonic goes gun crazy with the beta for Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Finally the recent HD remasters of Sonic Adventure 2, Jet Set Radio, and NiGHTS into dreams… are looked at, and Blueonic explains why that spiky blue hedgehog is making him literally feel ill.

Buckle up your seatbelt, because you don’t wanna fall off during the loop-de-loop! It’s Episode 156: Side Effects May Include Motion Sickness!

"Madoka" Casts Twisted Spell On Magical Girl Genre

One quick look at Shaft’s anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and you might find yourself shrugging at the idea of another magical girl fantasy anime. Those who don’t stick around, however, will be missing out on one of the most original and intriguing anime series to come out in years.

**WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**

Puella, at first, appears to have a straightforward plotline. Madoka and her friend Sayaka discover a familiar named Kyubey, who promises the two one wish in exchange to become magical girls. In order to become magical girls a Soul Gem is created, which can be powered up and kept bright using the Grief Seeds found after a Puella Magi defeats a witch. Homura, another magical girl, warns the two to not make a pact with Kyubey, as the the wish made might not be worth the risk of being a Puella Magi. The risks, as it turns out, are way out of the ordinary ones seen in most Mahou Shojo anime.

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"Kids" Brings All That Jazz

The mere utterance of Shinichiro Watanabe in the anime world will send hundreds of thousands of otaku to their nearest TV set or computer to watch his next work. The Quentin Tarantino of animation Watanabe is a man with a trademark style and a patented branding of badassery. When word got out that Watanabe was to reunite with his Cowboy Bebop cohort Yoko Kanno in a new series the sound of buzzing transformed itself into a roar of anticipation. This past spring the show made its premiere in Japan and on Crunchyroll: Kids on the Slope.

**WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**

Taking place in the mid-1960s Kids on the Slope follows three friends as their bond grows through their love of jazz, along with the hardships of their pasts finding similar groundings. New student Kaoru comes across two classmates named Sentaro and Ritsuko, whom have been friends since childhood. After being saved by Sentaro Kaoru is invited by Ritsuko to check out her father’s record shop, where he discovers the magic of jazz.

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ESH Podcast Episode # 291: It’s All About Me.

Here is our ever-famous Mother’s Day episode. ESHMom has been an important part of ESH since it’s conception– both times! The sistahs like to honor their mother the best way they know how: by putting on blast, calling her out on shit, and putting all that on display for the whole internet to experience. They […]

Set Sail With Some Anime "Space Pirates"

Any anime that allows itself to be dubbed Bodacious Space Pirates in English would easily be scrutinized; after all, no one has used the word “bodacious” since Bill & Ted went on their last rockin’ adventure in the 90s. The title will be forgiven, though, as this new anime series based on Yuuichi Sasamoto’s light novel series has plenty to like.

Taking place in the not-so-distant future Bodacious Space Pirates follows young Marika Kato, who recently discovers that her mother and recently-deceased father were legal space pirates. Upon the father’s death it has been revealed that his next of kin is to take his place as captain of the ship Bentenmaru. Worried that she might not be for the part Marika finds herself surrounded by those who knew her father well, as well as those who wish to either protect or harm her. One of those who wishes to keep her safe is Chiaki, a mysterious transfer student who has a sweet tooth for chocolate parfaits and explosives.

The Bentenmaru’s Helmsman Kane McDougal finds himself in the position of being both Marika’s homeroom teacher and advisor for her yacht club. It is in her club where she finds her natural knack for battling off cyber attacks on their ship the Odette II, and after a test run of the ship with her club members she discovers that within her is the urge to sail amongst the many stars. One question still remains: will Marika have what it takes to be captain of the Bentenmaru, or will she soon find herself walking the plank?

Surprisingly, for a show with a plethora of female characters, there is practically no fan-service to be found; a nice change of pace considering all the moé series that have suffocated the anime industry these past few years. What we are treated with is a nice coming-of-age tale about a young lady destined for a life of adventure. All the characters are likable, as the only guy who seems to be around Kane isn’t a pervert and the tsundere character Chiaki easily shows her sweet side when given something tasty. The cel-shaded animation is run-of-the-mill, but it’s quite colorful when it needs to be; the CGI ships are beautiful, looking like something from the latest Mass Effect game.

The strongest component in Bodacious Space Pirates has to be its score, created by production brand Elements Garden. It sounds as if the company did its homework, using classic Celtic music for the calmer areas of the series and strong orchestrations for the more intense scenes. Its opening theme, humorously titled “Bodacious Space Symphony’s Movement VII: Infinite Love,” has the voice actresses singing the stereotypical stuff about love and wishes that you find in just about every anime about girls, only this time it has Marty Friedman to do the guitar part in it. (Yes, that Marty Friedman!) The voice acting’s pretty good, though it’s what you’d expect for a series about anime space pirate girls.

All in all, after watching the first three episodes, Bodacious Space Pirates is turning out to be more fun to watch than I imagined it would be. The characters are believable, the animation’s pretty good, and the music fits well with what’s going on onscreen. It probably won’t bump One Piece off the top of your Favorite Pirate Anime list, but there is smooth sailing for those looking for some good space pirate adventure time. Now to wait for someone to turn I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space into a cartoon…

Story: 8.5/10
Animation: 8.5/10
Seiyuu (voice actors/actresses): 7.5/10
Script: 8/10
Final Grade: 8/10

Bodacious Space Pirates can be viewed on Crunchyroll.

Funny Cat Girl "Bombshells" Tries Not To Be A Dud

If there’s one thing anime tends to never run out of, it’s cat girls. From Moonphase and Soul Eater to Outlaw Star and even the old Sonic The Hedgehog movie there is always at least one cat girl character to bring about the fan service. In 2010 an anime series premiered by the name of Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky, which will be released by FUNimation this year under the title Cat Planet Cuties. Does it bring anything new to the “nekomimi” world, or is it just another shameful attempt to cash in on another harem boobfest?

Cat Planet Cuties follows a young man named Kakazu, who one day runs into a girl named Elis wearing cat ears and a tail. At first Kakazu thinks she’s cosplaying, but soon he finds out that Elis is an alien from the planet Catian, and is on a mission to learn the ways of Earth for her planet. Meanwhile Kakazu’s two close friends Aoi and Manabi have kept a secret from him: they both work for different areas of the government (Aoi with the Immigration Bureau of Japan, Manabi the CIA), and at first are ordered to capture Elis. However after careful consideration (and the fact that both Aoi and Manabi have crushes on Kakazu) the two decide to go against their factions and help Elis out with her ordeals.

Like most alien-based anime series, it is a give-in that the alien protagonist that has the spotlight shown on them will more or less be oblivious to the goings-on of their new areas, and will just about every time misinterpret just about everything imaginable. Elis is no exception to this rule, who takes clothing advice from the porn magazines Kakazu hides underneath his bed and has no understanding of common sense laws throughout Japan. Sometimes the humor works, but other times it seems to be fan-service for the sake of fan-service. One example of a hit-or-miss sequence comes from Aoi and Manabi trying to rescue one of Elis’s robots (known as Assist-A-Roids) literally as soon as they get out of the shower, ending with Kakazu being beaten up for pointing out their lack of clothing outside. Perhaps you have to be in the right mood to watch it, but I found their expressions hilarious.

One big issue I have with the show is that all signs point to it being yet another harem anime. It’s not that I don’t like harem series (they’re the reason why I got into anime comedy), but there’s just so many uninspired ones that don’t take the proper steps to be original. I’m not sure where Bombshells From The Sky will be taking its love square, but from what I’ve seen so far I can only expect a bit of blandness in the romance department. (So long as it doesn’t end the same way Motto To-Love-Ru did, I’ll be okay with just about any storyline twist.) I also noticed a drop in the visual quality of the series starting in Episode Six, though what I saw lasted just a couple seconds. The show’s action sequences are pretty-well drawn, though, so you won’t be disappointed when the guns come blazing and swords start clashing.

When I was told about Cat Planet Cuties, they had said to expect humor in the same vein as Excel Saga. Unfortunately that’s not what I discovered here. Sure, the series has its funny moments, but it doesn’t reach the insane levels that Nabeshin was able to climb up to. Nevertheless I will be curious to see how FUNimation dubs this series, and if they plan to make any changes in the dialogue area to make it funnier. For what it’s worth, Bombshells From The Sky is pretty entertaining, but only to a point. It’s nowhere near a letdown like most of the recent harem anime comedies, but I’m hoping that they up the ante a bit in the originality factors in later episodes (especially in the running gag department).

** ½ (out of five)

You can watch Cat Planet Cuties on Crunchyroll before it’s released by FUNimation this year.