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Maiden Demon Zakuro #01 — Bishie Shopping Network

October 4th, 2010

 

Roses roses everywhere.

Impressions:

This was unbelievably girly, but at least JCStaff is clearly in on the joke. Bishie sparklies and roses abound everywhere along with JCStaff’s signature watercolor/fade effects. You could light a galaxy with the stuff. The overall premise ended up being a hell of a lot more generic than I was expecting though. Lead Bishie is freaked out by all demons except the girls, who he gets along with. Sort of. In a lot of ways, he kind of reminds me as a cross between Watanuki and Ouran’s Tamaki, partially because of the whole premise of pairing every girl off with a bishie from the generic stable o’ bishies. There’s young bishie, stern bishie, blonde bishie, etc. He’s got the bishie look going and knows how to use it, but is also a giant screaming coward who runs to his woman for protection. Zakuro’s easier on the eyes than Doumeki at least.

Production was pretty poor all around. They made lots of cute faces, but it certainly was not ambitious with the animation and absolutely nothing interesting going on with the art style at all. The music, especially the demons’ song was… not so good either. The lack of any decent hook is probably this show’s biggest issue though. The characters are decent, and it’s watchable, but there’s really nothing to get excited about here unless you have a fetish for bishie sparklies and roses. There’s simply nothing here that makes it stand out; nothing particularly unique or interesting to say about it because it doesn’t do anything all that interesting.

It wouldn’t be a bad show to watch on a slow day to just pass the time since it was decently amusing, but… eh. It needs a bit more than what it showed this week.

 

Preview:

 

Demon flashbacks.

Posted in Zakuro | 12 Comments »

12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • sage says:

    Dibs on the twins.

    I still don’t know what they are, but… I’ll take my chances.

    Albedo says:

    your dibs mean nothing.

    sage says:

    Go back to your TG.

  • Phocus says:

    To me, Zakuro looks like a cross between Reimu and Chen.

  • lubczyk says:

    That wasn’t half bad. I found the comedy to be funny.

  • Twirble says:

    I’m going to watch at least a couple more episodes to see if it lives up to the promise of the op; some interesting imagery there.

  • Jack Damn says:

    This wasn’t too bad. It reminded me a lot of Chobits.

  • Way to Bored! says:

    Hey, does anyone know then name to there song the sang when they were “killing” the lighting demon? If you do please let me know. Thanks.

  • Kaisos says:

    Mai Nakahara as a tsundere? Sold.

  • It’s not a huge surprise that the show comes across as “girly”. The original mangaka is a woman, and the director is a woman.

    I like it, though. I’m looking forward to seeing more of it.

    GARbell says:

    Ah, thank you for explaining what I had been wondering all along when watching this. It was sort of hard to figure out at first what the target audience for this show was, because it seems to be hedging its bets both ways with the cast.

    Not extraordinary, but still worth a few more episodes and hope it picks up.

  • Yue says:

    Damn JCStaff for luring me into watching this. I’ll persevere and prove myself that I can survive a bishi~bishi show like this. ~_~