Every year, an anime comes out that really pushes the boundary between ecchi and hentai. Shows like this include “High School of the Dead”, “High School DxD”, “Ikki Tousen” and “Cat Planet Cuties”, to name a few. This current offering has done a lot to erase that line, sometimes to its detriment. Welcome to “Interspecies Reviewers” (“Ishuzoku Rebyuāzu”).
We are in a typical mediæval world, where adventurers of every caliber and ilk sally forth to do battle. They live in a town that is a collection point and a junction with other communities and supports all kinds of humans and elves and halflings and beastpeople and angels and demons and a digital fortress and whatever else is out there. We focus our attention on the Adventurer team of Stunk, the human (black-haired goofy guy in the center) and Zel the elf (to his right).
One evening, after a busy day of adventuring, they get into an argument as to which race has the better women. Stunk goes with the elven gals, especially his current fave, Elma (on Stunk’s left). You see, the elven ladies always look so young and perky that you don’t know how old they really are. Zel, on the other hand, wouldn’t touch Elma with a ten-foot piker staff. She is over 500 years old and she smells like it (that fine elfin nose of his). He prefers humans, because of the quality of their mana. He does like them older and when I say ‘older’, I don’t mean like 21 or 25 or 29. I’m talking 50, 60, 70? Your grandmother? In fact, his go-to girl is Mitsue (the one in purple at the far right).
They get into an argument and ask a couple of other adventures how they feel about elves vs. humans, but the results of the survey are disappointing at best, as there is no clear winner. (In fact, one of them who gets roped into this mess is that Halfling at table right with the piece of food, Kanchal). The next day, Stunk and Zel save a person from a hideous pig monster in the woods. This is the angel Crimvael, or Crim (upper right). You see, he broke his halo and has lost his angelic powers. The halo will grow back, very slowly, verrrryyyyy sloooooooowwwllllyyyy, and so he joins Stunk and Zel on their mission to determine which species has the best ‘succu-girls’, and post their results.
I am going to get right to the point: despite all the comedic misadventures this trio goes on (plus a ‘guest’ reviewer to even things out), at the end of the day, it is a show about four guys who go a-whoring, taking in the feminine charms of the ladies who populate the red-light district or any place that possesses a brothel or a house of ill-repute or an adult fantasyland. And the show has generated such controversy in Japan that it was dropped from a couple of line-ups.
From the opening credits which show boobs, boobs and more boobs (like those minotaur girls up there) and other body parts, right through the salacious events of the given episode, there are a lot of situations which can make people squirm, starting with Crim. You see, he has these fine looks and you are not certain if he is a hermaphrodite or a futa girl, as s/he possesses both parts, although you only see the guy equipment under the tights. One episode, they go to Lava Land and take advantage of a salamandra (that babe on fire in the lower left). Her body is so physically hot, that she is used as a shichirin and they cook meat on her body. However, when it comes time to cook up some sausages, well………..
NSFW? Are you mad? This is not safe for you at all, locked in your basement, after midnight, with the sound turned off, under the stairwell, with a blanket covering you, your face three inches from the screen. And I would like to see you try and explain the metaphor about the mayonnaise bottle, eh? Good luck with THAT!
As far as binging goes, I give a strong vote against. Part of the trick with fan service is that it is enjoyed in moderation. I feel that if you get all of this flung at you all at once, the interest and potential lusting will fall to one side, as there is no let-up from the torrent, to the point that it comes off a bit Beavis and Butthead in the sniggering “Whoa! Look at the size of those boobies!!!!” attitude.
Now, you can find an uncensored version of this and I say hunt it down, just to avoid the annoying light bars or steam clouds. I mean, you will see unfettered boobies flouncing about and a huge amount of sexual suggestion, but nothing you haven’t seen before, even IN the opening credits.
On a scale of 1 to 10:
Artwork 8 (Such succulent ladies……..)
Plot 6 (Marginal, at best)
Pacing 7 (Works most of the time)
Effectiveness 7 (Gotta do more than chase after the ladies)
Conclusion 7 (It reaches a ‘coupler point’, but hasn’t ended)
Fan Service 8 (A similar show would be “Sekerei”)
Bingeability 4 (Just because you can doesn’t mean you should)
Overall 8 (Deliciously pointless)
And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. Only a four?