Grisaia #01 — Manservice

October 5th, 2014


Have to balance out all the panty shots somehow.


I would be more annoyed with the standard lame VN tour de girls, but frankly, after four minutes of being subjected to the chirpy nasally voice of the teacher, moving on to any other voice would have been like ear ambrosia. What I got instead was multiple pans over the protagonist’s ass, and a maid. And then the panty shots began. As did the weird bullet time of tackling people on couches. I guess I’ll chalk that up to the same line of thought that led to the theatrical black bars for the entire episode and desks that switched back and forth between CGI and not for no explicable reason. There’s certainly a lot of directoral things going on, but I can’t say I felt much of it worked and I think a lot was in there just for the sake of having it. Still beats a pan over a ceiling, I guess.

Since the ‘plot’ was basically “Guy goes on a tour of girl, 4-5 minutes each, all must receive at least one panty shot” it was a pretty boring affair. The protagonist was a bit above average, mainly for maintaining his poise and some dry wit, but too much of the comedy still relied on being screamed at by Japanese women. The whole foreshadowing montage at the end over the entire cast was also gratuitous as hell and I suspect mainly there because the rest of the episode was devoid of just about any hint that something might happen at some point, like they’re saying “No, look guys. IEDs, crashing buses, graves, stuff’s gonna happen! For realsies!”   

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8 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Fellow says:

    I was surprised by how nice this looked. I mean it’s not visually *stunning*, but I was expecting bottom of the barrel stuff considering this is the studio behind Infinite Stratos 2.

  • elior1 says:

    what the hell with this girl with the bombs in her room is she crazy?

  • Chipp12 says:

    > but too much of the comedy still relied on being screamed at by Japanese women
    I recall only one woman here screaming too much and she’s not entirely Japanese.

  • Sanjuro says:

    You would normally be right about the screaming woman, but when that woman is Kaori Mizuhashi you would be wrong.
    I liked that episode. It didn’t feel cheap and flat like so many adaptations. I just hope they don’t animate a certain flashback that would surprise even Aroduc, the hater of flashbacks at how boring it would be.

  • ElevatorDreams says:

    They did a fantastic job of adapting this.

  • Haba says:

    It certainly was much better than I expected. But I’m quite worried about their attempt to adapt it _all_ in a single season. Though the ending montage is probably just a red herring.

  • Yue says:

    Well, I thought this is slice of life… but I am sorely mistaken. The guy is quite darn BATMAN intense and then the show proved suspenseful at the end.


  • The Phantom says:

    So those girls are going yandere right? Count me SOO in :D