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Today's look into the weird world of Japanese culture examines the two-episode anime series Eiken, based on a long-running manga series. You can follow the link above for a plot summary; for our purposes it's enough to say that if Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel of The Man Show did a script for a romantic comedy set in high school and turned it over to a Japanese anime studio, Eiken would probably be the result. Almost all of the main female characters are hideously overendowed - the clip used in the infamous "AMV Hell" music video is a pretty fair sample. The nebbishy protagonist, Densuke, winds up in one awkward situation after another with his hands/face/feet going places he really wishes they wouldn't, especially when those places are on the body of Chiharu, his beloved, or Yuriko, who refers to herself as Densuke's little sister (too, too creepy) while she's literally throwing herself at him - and winding up with his face in her panties. I'm not even going to go into detail regarding the yogurt slide scene or the penultimate cocoanut chocolate sauce hot spring scene; some things are better left to the imagination. One can only wonder what a whole season's worth of this anime would have been like.

All in all, this wasn't as bad as Colorful, which was all about the panty fetish thing and was thus extremely creepy. It was painful to watch in parts on account of the enormous b00bage. (Many of the Eiken club members, especially club president Kirika, looked like they were barely restraining a couple of small blimps and not merely large breasts.) It was funny in the way that Eurotrip and Not Just Another Teen Movie were, so if you thought those were gutbusters you'll probably like Eiken too.



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Feb. 22nd, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
They're just tasteless ecchi... leave them be and your sensibilities will be unhurt. Horny undergrad guys at the anime club don't seem to get enough of this kind of anime though. We'd have outlawed that kind of anime at our club long ago, but then we didn't have a majority. After all, most of the anime fans *are* horny undergrad otakus after all.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
Eiken did have some minimal socially redeeming value...okay, I'm stretching it way out of shape. I don't plan on watching it again; for sure, some volunteer at Anime Detour is going to go home happy because of it, since it's going in the prize bucket.
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