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At first glance, one would think this to be super ecchi-fied series bordering on incest. However....|
Art, Animation & Character Design
Nothing special here. The animation seemed a bit choppy at times but nothing that was really noticable. As for character designs some of the character were cute. I have to admin, Choco was a cute little girl.
At first, the theme song kinda got me listening along. However, after a few episodes it quickly wore off and somewhat got annoying. Aside from that, there's nothing here in terms of music.
Series and Episode Stories
First off, I don't think this was as bad in ecchi-ville as alot of folks have mentioned. In the first couple of episodes, it might seem like it was going to be as such, but it turned out otherwise. Although there were some ecchi moments here and there, I don't think it was overdone nor was it really bothersome. It was actually more "cute" than "dirty". The plot in itself was lacking. There was really nothing to speak of. The whole premise of Choco being delivered as a gift was played out in a matter of a few episodes. As for the episodes, some of them were fun to watch, but others or rather most, were simply fillers that barely had my interest.
Overall, it was barely a watch. Go on to greener pastures.
Last updated Sunday, November 30 2008. Created Sunday, November 30 2008.
A nice story of a childhood Christmas wish and the love of friends and family...|
I wanted to like this one, I really did. It's extremely slow but every episode left me with a grin on my face I couldn't get rid of no matter how hard I tried. I smiled so much that my face ached from the pain.
The only promblem was it was so lively and ecchi in the beginning that it gives off the wrong impression as that is about as high as it gets on comedy and fan-service. The unnecessary nudity was really up in the air. On one hand you have no real fan-service without it and on the other hand it is so strong early on that when it dissapears the viewer might feel cheated on some level (there are better titles if thats what you're looking for anyway). Episode 5 was as high as it got with nudity and fan-service which makes it even worse for me as I had to see it censored (it was a yellow tape that read - CAUTION KEEP OUT - all over the sensitive areas) After 5, it tones down with brief scenes that occurs every few episodes. There are a couple of hard laughs but for me, ep. 4 was the highlight of the series. So as you can see, the anime was over before it really started in terms of the good stuff without the general story. Its a shame really because all that is left are warm feelings and smiles. For 24 eps, is that really enough?!?
Half the series is devoted to one woman (the girl the main lead likes in the first place) just to have her marry someone else and move away with him. The main lead never gets a chance to confess his feelings to her (the letter Choco writes to her is as close as he got though it was way out of line) and ends up helping her face her promblems to try one last time to make it work with her fiance. That is up to ep. 12. After using 6 hours to make me return to square one, I did feel cheated.
The rest of the story had a heavy focus on Choco's friend Yuri-pyon (nickname) and the manager of the apartments. They both had a lot going on. Yuri-pyon learning to be a better person (spoiled rich kid), wearing bras, and having a little unrequited love for a certain boy that is almost a harem story by itself (the writers put way to much focus on her and her little side stories). The manager was the highlight of the second half as she slowly but surely falls in love with the main lead. Her inner thoughts of him and how she really wanted to become part of the family was fun and refreshing to watch and gave me hope for the rest of the series.
The whole "Its written in here" principle Choco uses when she faces real world situations got old real quick. She carried that book around like it was the bible and nobody ever asked her to see just what type of things were in there. Not even the main lead (her BROTHER) asked to see this magic book that has nearly everything in the world on being a good person and an even better sister. That was an obvious defect on the writter's part.
To finish it off they used such a ridiculous method of drama inducing events, it made the series crumble apart even worse then it already has. Usually there is a huge event that will drive the rest of the anime towards the ending episodes, but for this title it was just a stupid accident! He didn’t what his cousin to know he had a fake sister so he said he didn’t have one right in front of her and she fades away!!! What the hell. After that he spends a day searching for her where the rest of the world has forgotten her already, just to pray to God and have her appear right back in his house. That pretty much ends it right there at episode 24. (did they try to make a solid story here or were they just meeting some quota or something)
In the end nobody finds love and they all seem to live happily ever after. (as wierd as it would've been - not even the main lead and Choco get together as it was sort of implied that she liked him more than just as a brother since they had no blood relation - recall the game underwear)
In total - it was CRAP. A 24 episode pile of "heart warming" trash. LOL
Never forget Xenosaga.
Last updated Thursday, December 04 2008. Created Monday, September 01 2008.
13 episodes seen so far. This series can't make up it's mind whether to be a cute heartwarming story of a teenage boy and his Christmas present little sister, or a ecchi harem series with siscon undertones. The Christmas present premise doesn't last much beyond the first couple of episodes, though Chokotto's lack of common sense is relied on for a source of humorous situations throughout. I can't see the series story going towards any discernible conclusion, but the episodes evoke a chuckle once in a while. So far I'd rate it somewhere between a Watch and a Rent.
Last updated Monday, April 09 2007. Created Monday, April 09 2007.
Episode one has been released as a fansub. For a summary of episode 1, see the episode details section.
Last updated Saturday, March 10 2007. Created Wednesday, July 19 2006.
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