Gonzo, I'm so sorry. I was wrong, wrong, wrong about you. With this show, you've just proven yourselves quite capable of putting out quality anime with high production values and the substance to match. You too, moe anime. Your calculated blend of multi-faceted, thoughtful characterization and a protagonist we can all identify with is really starting to bud with me. I really think us three need to get together and have a drink, to our happy coexistence in the future. Don't worry, I'm buyin'. It's the least I can do.
Rosario + Vampire is a great, great show from this past season that I just hadn't gotten around to yet. There's so much about this show that's fresh and smart that I hardly know where to begin, but let's start with our hero. Tsukune is a cool guy with a lot going on: it's just that the people around him can't see past his test scores and see the man behind them. Well, let me tell you, that all changes when he enrolls at Youkai Academy: it's like he-- an ordinary young man-- has been transported to a whole other world!
But things really change when he gets hit by a pair of panties on a bike! Oh, man, this part was just so random. I couldn't stop watching it, over and over again. I haven't felt this way since Joe Pesci's head caught fire! And it only gets crazier from there. Get this: Tsukune finds himself in quite a situation when he reaches out blindly and finds his hand on the soft, soft thigh (soft, soft thighs I see) of a mysterious stranger. Spoilers ahead: it looks like she likes it! What a naughty little strumpet! Don't judge her on that, though, it turns out the poor girl's got anemia.
You know what they say about the covers of books, and boy, what a tome this one is. Her name is Moka and she's a vampire. No kiddin'! She kind of gets hungry and sucks Tsukune's blood (aww, it turns out it's her first time!) but after that they're really chill and they start hanging out all the time. They even end up in the same class, which I didn't see coming at all. I mean, of all the people! I sort of get the feeling she's kinda into this guy, if you get my drift. Good on you, Tsukune, you deserve it! But boy, look out when she loses the cross she wears: she gets all kinds of crazy powers, like a superkick move!
Have I mentioned the animation on this show? Gonzo's really mastered the craft of digital animation, and these HD-resolution videos really expose the meticulous detail in every gorgeous frame. I love how sometimes, things will happen offscreen, or simply happen in a single frame. It really leaves a lot to the imagination, and I've got to say, ambiguity is one of Rosario's strong points. So is subtlety, for that matter: upon a fifth or sixth viewing, I'm really noticing a lot of frames that the animators stuck in there when, well, to put it politely, the girls' lady parts find themselves on display. There's even this one part where-- and forgive me for making a clean scene sound so ecchi-- Moka looks like she's getting ready for a bath! I wonder if anyone else noticed?
Unlike most anime, this show only gets progressively better as you go on. If you thought Moka was a handful, wait until you see the mean girl, or the catgirl teacher, or the one who's kind of like Rei Ayanami! Boy howdy! Just between you and me, with all these nice girls who want to be friends with this guy, I'd say he's got life pretty good, if you know what I mean! I wonder if all Japanese girls are like this. It's looking like I need to take a vacation, am I right, guys?
Just kidding! This show was a shoddily made pile, and the only thing about it that didn't drive me into a frothing rage (yes, this show even made looking at tits and ass piss me off) was the inoffensive moe-pop opening. Nobuyuki Hiyama is brilliant as Guy with Tongue, though his talent is certainly wasted here. Why are you people watching this crap? Happy April Fool's, assholes!