The Sadist's Room Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai

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12-11-2015, 10:04 PM (This post was last modified: 12-11-2015, 10:11 PM by Kiss of Death.)
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Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai


As new seasons surface, more and more anime titles try and strive for originality. Apart from the cliched harem series, random slice of life titles or continuations of old series, sometimes we get a chance to see something special. That is the case with Shimoneta. Shortly after its success as a manga, it debuted on TV screens not too long ago. What is so special about this title? Well... the action is set in Japan, but not the one we know. It's the Japan, where all sorts of perverse acts have been prohibited. Which doesn't seem a lot like Japan, does it? How did it happen... nobody really knows. Long story short, Japan is counter-perversy. As with any rule, there are bound be people disagreeing with the law, so something of a similar caliber goes on in this anime. By watching it, you're pretty much tuning into a story about people fighting for underwear's freedom. Literally.

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I don't really need to tell you what exactly happened so that Japan is in the state it is - the narration before each episode will do it for me. So much that those exact words will be engraved in your head for a long time. Like a week or so. So, skipping the backstories - in this Japan, that George Orwell could gladly call his home, lives Tanukichi Okuma, a student aspiring to become as strict about the law as can be, just so he can get closer to Nishikinomiya Anna, the girl he adores. On the way to the goal, however, he got mixed up in public terrorism - involving not explosions, but throwing pants around - and by a series of unfortunate events (really good book series, by the by) he ends up helping the terrorist, known as Blue Snow, establish and put in action an organisation called SOX. Yes, SOX, because Ayame Kajou (Blue Snow's real identity, not really a spoiler) thought it would be fun to censor 'SEX' with an O.

To be honest, I'm not even sure what to write anymore. This series is tricky, and I can't really say one thing without revealing half the plot to people who might want to watch it. I'll just safely state that if you want to watch it, give four first episodes a go, since the start is really slow and offputting. From that point onward, you're pretty much on your own - you will either like it or hate it, and treat it accordingly. You see, the very idea for this anime wasn't half bad. In a ton of unoriginal, cliche titles, having something that calls for your attention and makes you stay for the ideas introduced is a godsend - a seemingly priceless gem to find, however, is often full of scratches, specks and flaws... and sometimes turns out not to be what it initially looks like.

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You see, about three years ago I was first introduced to the anime so weird, I thought it can't really work out. A series so twisted it made me wonder why it wasn't banned for the very idea of it. And as I watched it, I grown more and more skeptical about it, yet it never failed to deliver, until the very end. Seitokai Yakuindomo, because that's its name, was an anime that didn't really beg for attention. It simply existed on the sidelines, buried within all the junk around, waiting to be unearthed. The premise wasn't so grand, either - it simply wanted to use as many contextual jokes, sexual references and other kinky stuff as it could... without actually stepping into neither ecchi or hentai genre. For me, it was a true masterpiece - it provided me with the ease of watching, the relief I deserved and the true tears of laughter. Seeing Shimoneta, I instinctively hoped it would achieve at least a part of what I experienced back then, and to my surprise, it did. Too bad, however, that this part was rather miniscule.

From the first episode until the very end, the sexual jokes are the main topic of the series - having a greater, 'noble' goal in mind, it was unavoidable to sneak a few pervy lines here and there, but the amount the creators went with was clearly uncalled for. After a while, this type of humor got really old and if anything, irritated me instead of making me laugh as intended. I admit, some of the scenes were pretty fresh, funny and overall indulging (like, for instance, the early encounters with Anna and her whole metamorphosis), and it just kept adding up for a positive mood each episode, but the flaws were undeniably there - just not enough to call them a killjoy. And I'd be damned if using a penis head hairstyle didn't make me giggle. In short - the jokes get old quickly, but don't really mean that the show is going down the shitter instantly.

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In the end, I find it really hard to judge this title. It doesn't compare quite well to anything else I've watched, since it introduces a brand new area of expertise and an old arsenal of jokes made fresh. Despite having a few setbacks and adding up problems, I enjoyed the show, even if the ending left me numb for a couple of hours. It's still a title that wanted to be original and succeeded, never really aspiring to reach for higher trophies. It's still an achievement, but is it really that great? I will let you decide for yourself.

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Judgement: ALICE IN THE PENISLAND

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12-12-2015, 04:59 AM
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Tbh, I really disliked this anime. For me, around 90% of the characters were more annoying that anything else. The humor isn't my thing at all, also it made me chuckle a few times. And the thing that ticked me off most about it, was the fact that it still tries to make you believe that it's a democracy, while the whole background story is that every sexual thing got banned, like what, 10 to 15 years earlier? And most of the population has in that amount of time forgotten what some of those things even are? My ass. The setting just doesn't make any sense to me.

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12-12-2015, 06:33 AM
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I LOVED this anime! The only thing I didn't like was its abrupt ending. I assume there was only so far they could go with the story due to the manga being ongoing, so I'll let it slide. BUT yeah... it was GREAT! The artist chick who's always got something phallic in her mouth was my favorite character. Although I can't forget about the leader of SOX, the creepily cute science chick, the phalic-shaped haired qt, the yandere of my dreams, or the blissful ignorance of that big dude. (Forgive me for not remembering names here) Even the main character reminded me of Kyon from Haruhi with hi "how did i end up in this situation" sarcastic attitude was great! I was watching a much, much darker anime at the same time as this, so I appreciated the humor to lift my spirits. Also the jokes in this anime were great becasue they were delivered so on point. The really got some mileage out of some old material with their fresh twists and perfect timing!

I highly reccomend this show! It's kind of fast paced when it gets going, so a binge session might not be the best way to properly take it all in, but an episode or 3 at a time will serve viewers well!

Final Verdict: Semen Jokes out of 10
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12-12-2015, 07:25 AM
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Nice work on the review (as always) nana! Never before have I been so intrigued by an anime.

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12-15-2015, 07:05 PM
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Torrenting for this series should finish by tomorrow morning, and I should be able to give it a watch by then.

Is it wrong that I like this series solely for the doujins incoming soon?

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12-20-2015, 01:01 AM
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Tomorrow I need to put something in this thread. Just a reminder for me.