Animation: Fair
Depth: Weak
Design: Good
Characters: Fair
Story: Fair

Type: TV   (13 episodes)

Vintage: 2017

Category:

Verdict: weak
Review:

Eromanga Sensei


Summary: >

Izumi's sister is a shut in, and it's been a long time since she's come out of her room. While he's a school student, his side job/hobby is writing (sub-par) light novels. They probably wouldn't sell if it weren't for a mysterious artist known as Eromanga Sensei doing attractive illustrations for them. Izumi hasn't met Eromanga Sensei either, but discovers his secluded sister is in fact his novel illustrator.

Things might be changing for the better with Saguri not necessarily coming out of her room much, but increasingly talking to Izumi. After meeting with other light novel authors, Izumi is determined to make his best work yet; this time with his sister as inspiration.


Thoughts: >

This is a cut and dried little sister pandering show, so it's unfair to be very critical when you should know what you're in for. However I still have to rate it based on quality, which isn't very high. If you're into this kind of stuff and have no requirements like an original story, original characters or... originality, then it's probably okay. Mind you it's also still a story in progress. Or perhaps better to say it hasn't ended, since it doesn't progress much.

I found Saguri to be very cute.. at first. Later I became impatient and annoyed with her bratty behavior. Izumi is the usual uninteresting male place holder. A character I did like was "Elf" who is a girl.. that's kind of like an elf. I liked her brash personality and the way she's so full of herself. That's about as developed as characters get. Typical for this show all the girls take an interest in Izumi for no reason, including a purple haired girl existing solely as another "option".

But nothing here was much of a revelation because it's the same stuff you expect to see in anime. I doubted this show would amount to much when I wondered, what is it about? Nothing really. I could name a few directions this show might be moving towards, but nothing I'd call a true story. It's just a pile of anime stuff. Dragging this anime down most are the many many coincidences stuffed into the story. Sometimes coincidences are quirky story feature, but in this case it's clearly because it's incredibly poorly thought out. To the point of eye rolling stupidity.

It has good points too though. The art is clean, and overall production quality is high. While not original in the least, it has plenty of the usual assortment of anime gimmicks which are fun to watch (If you haven't tired of them by now). Also there's an episode titled Buck Naked Mansion and the Fallen Master which is coincidently what I intended to name my next novel, so I have that much in common this anime I guess.

Eromanga sensei is yet another pile of anime stuff. It's okay by that measure, but in competition with many shows offering more, I don't think I'd bother. Still an okay way to kill time if it piques your interest. I'm a little harsh with the rating, but lacking a conclusion makes it a waste of time. In the future with an improved story (which would be a miracle) and conclusion, it might be worth a higher rating.


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reviewed by archen in 2017