Saturday, April 10, 2010

Anime Show Review: Green Green Part 5

Green Green Part 5: Episode 7-8
Rated 16 and Order
1 ½ Slimes
Copyright Media Blasters 2006

THE CHARACTERS

Yuusuke Takasaki: Our main hero who is constantly being hound by Midori. Unknown to him, he seems to be gathering a lot of fan girls.

Midori Chitose: The female protagonist who is head over heels in love with Yuusuke. She seems to consider her a love guru a bit, even though her advice is completely useless and bad.

Tadatomo Ijuuin, Hikaru Ichiban-Boshi, and Taizo Tenjin: I will be referring to these guys as the pervert squad, since that best describes the 3 of them and their little posse. Hikaru seems a bit normal then the rest, but is completely misguided by bad advice from a book and his two friends.

Futaba Kutsuki: A tomboy who doesn’t like the boys at the school, except for Yuusuke. She is slowly falling in love with him.

Reika Morimura: She is Midori’s roommate and possibly friend/antagonist to Midori? It’s not made clear, but she wants to make sure that Midori and Yuusuke never come together. Hmm… she may be from the future.

LESSONS LEARNED
+ To practice getting a girl at a pool, use a brush!
+ Plan B may not be the best way if Plan A fails.
+ If words fail, use physical contact as the next step to get a woman’s attention.
+ Nurses can be very cruel.
+ Steam is often conveniently placed over certain areas.
+ Cactus like milk.

STUFF TO WATCH FOR
(Time’s According to Green Green Complete Disc 2)
50 min – You know, I am curious. Why the heck would it be a forbidden love anyhow?
51 min – She’s talking to a cactus! I think the heat is getting to her.
55 min – This is not how to win someone over.
59 min – Because that worked so well before didn’t it?
62 min – That isn’t what she meant at all.
63 min – AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
66 min – My thoughts exactly.
68 min – Technically they are.
74 min – I sense we are pausing on this for more than one reason.
81 min – I guess give the guys what they want.
82 min – Even the girls are perverts!
86 min – I didn’t think there was a song for singing about scrubbing yourselves.
88 min – Yes that is a pretty legitimate question. What the hell are they doing!?
92 min – Is this for people with a milk fetish?

THE PLOT

It’s that time again! It’s time to venture forth into the anime weirdness that is the Green Green show. After the lasting outing, we have finally ventured back into average territory instead being on a downward spiral into horridness. Will episodes 7 and 8 be any better or will the show start to drop again? Let’s find out as Part 5 of the review begins!

After the usual stick with the opening monologues and kick ass opening song, episode 7 begins will a class during their P.E. period. Today’s workout is swimming! Midori is constantly hassling Yuusuke while he does some laps, while Futaba watches the two of them from the side. She’s lost in thought and even attempts Hikaru to get her attention don’t seem to faze her as much as usual, which disheartens him.

Later that day after an extremely embarrassing humiliation, Hikaru is really out of it and is crying because he can’t get Futaba to return his feelings. Well maybe if you weren’t such a pervert and didn’t hang out with such a questionable crowd… nah still wouldn’t work. Midori then offers to teach him about to make a girl actually like him, including the other 2 perverts. Oh this isn’t going to work.

Midori’s first lesson is that they should constantly tell the one they love how much they love them over and over again so that the news sinks in enough. Right, because that isn’t creepy at all. He expresses his feelings to her over the school’s intercom and even sings a song, but she just beats him up. I can’t blame since his singing is an insult to music all over.

Since it is a bust, Midori’s next tip is try engaging in physical contact (Not of the sex kind mind you!) if words fail. Tadatomo tries this with the school’s nurse, Chigusa, but that only gets a shot in the ass with a big needle. Midori’s next advice is to give the one they love a present. Taizo tries making rice balls, but they can’t even pass a taste test with the group.

Midori then thinks seems hopeless for these guys, which echoes my thought exactly. She suggests try walking a girl’s shoes (As in, think like a girl and understand what they might want out of a guy), but they so get the wrong idea. They instead try dressing up and becoming girls (Queasy feelings returning). Well, this brings a whole new level of uncomfortable.

Hikaru suddenly gets the courage then to attempt to get Futaba attention, while looking like an uglier version of a drag queen in a nurse’s costume. Of course, she ties him up and begins to kick the crap out of him, but before she can crack his skull open; Yuusuke steps in to protect him while being his own drag (The guys forced dressed him earlier). Damn and it was getting good there for a second!

Yuusuke pleas with to her to understand (Although that is pretty hard to do) and not to beat him up. His pleading and humble statements get through to her and she walks off to ponder things more. Unknown to Yuusuke is that her heart is pounding fast! Could this mean something? We’ll see! The episode ends there, so let’s move onto episode 8!

The episode begins with Reika giving a report about Midori and all her dealings with Yuusuke. She also notes that Futaba is slowly growing more attracted to him. Who is she giving the report to? I have no idea, but from what I can tell, the person has a very deep interest in keeping Midori away from Yuusuke for some reason and hopes that he doesn’t regain his memories of her. Alright! We got some story development here for once!

Reika returns to reality (apparently she was in some sort of out of body experience when giving the report) and finds herself in the hot spring baths with the rest of the female characters. They all talk about the school and what they think of the place so far. Unknown to them is that the pervert squad is in the area, but camouflage. Luckily, they only camouflaged their back, so they can’t see anything.

The girls continue to talk and can’t seem to find any positive things about the school, but Midori then brings up Yuusuke. This sparks some interesting reactions and flashbacks from the girls, especially Futaba and Sanae. Of course Midori is completely unaware of their reactions. Strangely enough, the episode ends there. Apparently, that whole episode was just a recap.

Well it’s really hard to comment on these two episodes really. We didn’t have much in the way of anything happening. Alright, we did have character development for Futaba and even Hikaru. We even added more to the main story with Reika’s mysterious actions. That was pretty much it though sadly.

The voice acting hasn’t really improved at all, the music is still bland, and the recap episode didn’t add much to the story except for some more information on Reika and Midori. Since there wasn’t much advancement, I’m going to have to say that these episodes were a letdown compared to the previous ones. Oh well, we still have 5 more to go, so maybe we’ll get some improvements as we approach the third act.

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