The content of this piece was written during a viewing of the first episode of Rosario + Vampire, on December 4, 2011. Edits have been made for spelling and grammar, but the rest is completely untouched, and un-edited from its original format.
4:31 PM: Good evening readers, and welcome to a Sunday Showblog.
4:31 PM: Today, we’ll be covering the supernatural school comedy Rosario + Vampire.
4:31 PM: I’m not sure about what to expect, and the verdict seems to be split among viewers, so we may be in for a fun experience.
4:31 PM: Let me rephrase – YOU may be in for a fun experience.
4:31 PM: Anyway, before we begin, let’s get the essentials out of the way first.
4:32 PM: Directed by Takayuki Inagaki (Desert Punk, Ex-Driver)
4:32 PM: Music by Kouhei Tanaka (Dirty Pair OVA, Sakura Taisen) & Shiroh Hamaguchi (Ah! My Goddess TV, One Piece)
4:32 PM: Character designs by Mariko Fujita (Galaxy Angel, R-15)
4:32 PM: Animated by Gonzo (Magikano, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Last Exile)
4:32 PM: Closing Theme: COSMIC LOVE by Nana Mizuki
4:32 PM: Now, let’s get started!
4:33 PM: We open to sakura petals falling, and some girl riding her bike across the landscape.
4:34 PM: Typical “small town” scenes I guess, as a kid groans over a “new student info” packet.
4:34 PM: His name? Tsukune Aono – and apparently, he’s a bit of a loser.
4:35 PM: Cut to a title card – and we see a graduation ceremony… someone talking about dealing with an all-boys’ school
4:36 PM: Looks like Aono flunked his entrance exams. Again, loser.
4:36 PM: Oh boy… his mom and dad look younger than he is. I know what kind of show this is already!
4:37 PM: His dad’s apparently a raging drunk that stole a high school admission form that a priest dropped… and his mom? Clueless.
4:37 PM: …is this supposed to be funny?
4:37 PM: I think it is, but it’s just… bad.
4:37 PM: Anyway, back to today, or something – as he’s going to “Yokai Academy”
4:38 PM: “That’s one scary-ass school” – the bus driver’s a fun one, I see.
4:38 PM: And Aono’s friend is calling about the school, only to be cut off.
4:39 PM: And we have a scarecrow… looks like they’re in hell.
4:39 PM: Hah – bus driver has soulless black eyes – shit’s gonna get real… maybe
4:39 PM: Aono has no cell reception – GEE I WONDER WHY
4:39 PM: …Now he’s walking through graveyards, and he’s… lost.
4:40 PM: He hears a noise – I’m predicting cute girl on a bike or something
4:40 PM: Nope – weird-ass hamster bat thing. #wtf
4:40 PM: THERE’S the girl on the bike.
4:40 PM: And the requisite panty shot.
4:41 PM: …and the horny moan from her as Aono inadvertently puts his hand on her thigh.
4:41 PM: “Not enough blood…” and she’s the vampire, I’m guessing.
4:41 PM: …WTF – He’s grabbing for her crotch?
4:42 PM: But that’s CLEARLY not his intention as he’s now panickedly saying… Suuuure it’s not. :V
4:42 PM: And now he has a nosebleed,while the girl’s going into lala land and WHAT THE FUCK HE’S SMELLING HER GODDAMN HAIR
4:43 PM: “I CAN”T HELP IT CUZ I’M A VAMPIRE! -CHOMP-” … god, this is horribly written
4:43 PM: Sorry, it’s just horrible
4:43 PM: And Aono had his blood sucked… all he has now is a hicky
4:44 PM: Surprise! She’s a first-year student, too!
4:44 PM: And she thinks he’s cute… or something
4:44 PM: He still doesn’t get it and – she got him into a sex-pin. Again, I am not making this shit up.
4:44 PM: “Wanna be friends?!” – seriously, the way these two act, it’s more like “friends with benefits”… #whatthechrist
4:45 PM: Girl has a name – Moka Akashiya
4:45 PM: And the school? Haunted mansion, natch
4:46 PM: Oh god… it’s reverse Twilight… and it’s JUST AS BAD!
4:46 PM: Yokai Academy = monster school.. who are trying to live WITH humans
4:47 PM: Rule # 1 – Always remain in human form
4:47 PM: Rule 2 – Never reveal monster identity to other students
4:47 PM: or humans, sorry
4:47 PM: And Aono’s seated next to Gene Simmons Jr., apparently
4:48 PM: “You won’t see any humans here :3” …WHAT A TWIST!
4:48 PM: “If any humans enter, they’ll be killed on-sight! :D” WHAT A TWIST! I AM SO SHOCKED! #NotReally
4:48 PM: In comes Moka now,and the class lusts over her… before she rape-tackles Tsukune
4:49 PM: And Eyecatch!
4:49 PM: Analysis time now: This show is garbage
4:49 PM: The character designs aren’t bad, and the actors do a decent enough job… but the show itself is just plain bad.
4:50 PM: Anyway, eyecatch over, back to the show.
4:51 PM: And everyone’s undressing Moka with their eyes as she drags poor Aono through the school.
4:51 PM: And more panty shots
4:51 PM: “You’re so silly! :D” – pushes Aono through wall- #lolwut
4:52 PM: It’s sinking in for Aono, now.
4:52 PM: And Gene’s back – he’s ready to kill Aono and make this show only one episode (Please do! D: ) #NotGonnaHappen
4:53 PM: Ohp – shit just got real. Gene broke the soda machine
4:53 PM: With Aono’s body
4:53 PM: Looks like she’s still clueless about Aono
4:54 PM: “What kinda monster are you, anyway? :V” …the rare, mythical wuss
4:54 PM: “Wait – telling our monster identity is against the rules, right? :O” …yes.
4:55 PM: And it’s showtime – Moka directs attention to her cleavage.
4:55 PM: And Aono freaks out before she corrects him on the rosary
4:56 PM: Which seals her powers.
4:56 PM: “Even if you get scary, you’re the same Moka :V” Excuse me while I groan inwardly
4:56 PM: Apparently, Aono was Moka’s first live victim
4:56 PM: And she wants more now
4:57 PM: …Ohp, time for Aono to run away like a coward
4:57 PM: Alright, to be fair, most people would – freaky school IS freaky after all.
4:57 PM: “This school isn’t for me : (” clearly.
4:58 PM: But Moka stops him
4:58 PM: “You can’t go to a HUMAN school… I HATE HUMANS! ” …WHAT A TWIST
4:58 PM: Blah bah I was alienated blah bah I didn’t belong blah blah you make me feel not alone
4:59 PM: And Aono outs himself
4:59 PM: Moka looks horrified, of course.
4:59 PM: “The last thing I need is a MONSTER for a friend!” …Aono = douchebag.
5:00 PM: Moka’s following, Gene’s apparently been stalking her…
5:00 PM: And true form reveal time – he’s an orc.
5:01 PM: FOR THE HORDE!
5:01 PM: Cut to Moka, who’s covered in a translucent white-ish fluid… I.. really hope that’s saliva
5:02 PM: Wow, orcs look stupid in this.
5:02 PM: And they beat women, apparently… Ohp Aono is here to save the day
5:02 PM: Or just get thrown off a cliff, as Moka jumps down to save him
5:02 PM: “So this is where the bus stop was D:”
5:02 PM: “All I ever wanted was a friend. ” Again, SO predictable D:
5:03 PM: That’s like the tenth staple line in fifteen minutes
5:03 PM: Ohp – Gene’s going to kill our hero.
5:04 PM: Well… wuss playing hero
5:04 PM: And Aono ripped off Moka’s rosary.
5:04 PM: Now for a long, revealing transformation scene a la Sailor Moon… or something!
5:05 PM: …Moka just got ten years older or something
5:05 PM: She’s gonna fuck some shit up.
5:06 PM: And Mr. Orc is now quivering in his boots
5:06 PM: …She kicks high, apparently
5:07 PM: And Aono passes out in her chest… cut to “normal” Moka with Aono in her lap
5:08 PM: “Which of them is the real Moka? :V” …vampire Moka= “kicks ass” and normal Moka = “unassuming classmate type”
5:08 PM: SHOCK! Aono can’t leave because the bus only arrives once a month
5:09 PM: “Didn’t you know? :V” …clearly not
5:09 PM: 180-degree change from “I GOTTA GO D:” to “This might not be bad”
5:09 PM: And we end with Aono getting his blood sucked… again
5:10 PM: Verdict: Again – this sucks.
5:10 PM: It’s predictable to a fault, the jokes are more groan-worthy than funny, and the characters are just 2-D cardboard cutouts.
5:10 PM: In short: Love Hina this ain’t.
5:11 PM: I give them credit for trying something new, but at the same time… it’s just Magikano with freaking monsters.
5:12 PM: Anyway, thanks for joining tonight, and have a great rest of your Sunday!
Thanks to FUNimation for providing a review copy!