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

Type: TV   (12 episodes)

Vintage: 2018

Category:

» fantasy
Verdict: Reviews @ Archen's Anime Page
Bad
Review:

Conception


Summary: >

Itsuki and his cousin Mihiru are teleported to another world. For them to return, they must vanquish the 12 impurities from within a dungeon. Itsuki can't do this alone, and he must win over the 12 maidens, of which each of them bear a star child related to the constellations which will allow him to overcome the challenges ahead.


Thoughts: >

I'm not sure if it's possible for this kind of show to work, especially not in 12 episodes. Take a pile of weak concepts, then sloppily shovel them together until they for a heap... of something. I have this issue were I feel sorry for an anime I rate very low, then try to look for the good points. In the case of Conception there are multiple fatal blows which cause it to sink so far.

Transported to a fantasy land, then defeat evil thing {X} so they can return. As many times as anime has been through this since the 90s, I'd hope there would be some kind of depth to that, but nope; just do it. In fact it's like this has all been done so often before that everyone goes through the motions. All the maidens (almost) are known, and Itsuki just needs to conquer their hearts. Nothing to say about the maidens themselves, they're the usual anime girl grab bag so everyone can pick their favorite. Each girl has their problem, it works out, then Itsuki.. "gets with them".

Bear with me because it's hard to type and face palm this much. Conception tries it's best to skirt around the weird, tacky and very bad idea that the girls need to birth star children. Conception kind of eludes to what happens on a special bed, then the children basically pop out. This isn't especially sexy, it's more tedious and eats up a lot of time that could be used to develop the story. Not that there's much of a story (and very little development of the world), but stuffing in each girls situation doesn't leave much room for a plot. But somehow this anime inserts 2 fluff episodes where nothing is accomplished. The girl stories start with very bad implementation, but around episode 5, Conception meshes them a little better.

The worst thing about this anime is certainly the mascot bear character who is so damn obnoxious that it nearly sinks the show single handedly. It's supposed to be funny by inserting perverted jokes but I can't say I found it even remotely amusing. I did laugh once while watching this anime so there's that.

At a certain point watching an anime this bad, I think about what I'd do to make it good. I can think of a lot of things to take out which would make it less bad, but I can't think of any way to make it even average. Skip.


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reviewed by archen in 2018