This is yet another eroge dating sim adaptation featuring our hapless male lead being in a school club where several girls conveniently have varying degrees of romantic interest in him. There's a fair amount of fan service and perverted shenanigans in this title with bath scenes, camera shots of the butts and boobs of the female characters, and Kakei getting in compromising positions with the girls of his pseudo harem. There is a supernatural gimmick mixed in with this involving a mysterious Shepherd that has some interesting elements on paper, but the series doesn't take time to explore this gimmick enough and mostly felt superficially tacked on in an attempt to distinguish it from other dating sim titles. The characters aren't much better off either as a number of them don't get much fleshing out and exist only to add more heads to the show's cast, while it takes time for the series to buildup in exploring those characters you would want to give a hoot about. At least in my case, the character backstories and attempts at development didn't feel compelling enough for me to give a hoot about what happens with them since the series felt a bit disjointed in its attempts to juggle possible romantic developments, the developments of the school club, and the happenings with the Shepherd. Overall, A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd felt mostly forgettable to me since much of what it had to offer didn't do anything to break the mold or offer enough substance for me to care for its story and characters. Unless you're a diehard fan of this particular eroge or like harem anime in general, this show's mostly skippable.
Last updated Thursday, February 14 2019. Created Thursday, February 14 2019.
(Part of one episode watched):
"What's this soft thing in my hand"? the male protagonist asks himself after being knocked off his feet along with a cute girl. Oh, for God's sake, how long does it take an anime nowadays to effectively declare that it is going to follow the same sordid and lazy pathway of half-assed erotic jokes and not much else? For a moment I had thought that this guy's ability to have accurate premonitions of the future might be fashioned into something interesting, but no, that would be too good to be true. Did I really need to sit through any more of this? It quickly became clear that it wasn't going to be funny, so would there be any sort of story to it? I fast-forwarded through the second half, and got a semblance of an idea of what the show would be about: there's some school legend about a mysterious character known as the 'Shepherd', and he's sending people text messages. But the characters spend the episode getting into dumb problems and finding dumb ways out of them, so character development doesn't seem to be in the cards. Since I don't give a damn about them I can't give a damn about what the messages portend, either. When a show patronizes me as thoroughly as this one does, I feel insulted and want nothing to do with it.
Last updated Wednesday, March 25 2015. Created Monday, October 13 2014.