This post is an entry to the 30 Week Anime Challenge series of posts.
I would like to answer NouCome (Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru) to this particular question, being reminded by mochirochi’s post. It’s one of those harem anime where we meet the protagonist and the usual harem constituents, but all of them were oddballs. Plus, the bizarre premise per se was really interesting that I gave this anime a try… and enjoyed its every bit. The intentional hilarity and the bizarre premise were hilarious that I had almost died several times from laughing too much. No episode was missed! I know, I know. In the end the show doesn’t really make sense, it openly mocks other products, and it’s full of references and suggestive jokes. I won’t recommend this series to anyone new to anime.
But for the sake of answering this challenge and not copy-and-pasting an answer by a comrade, I’ll just give another series which I am ashamed to admit I enjoyed. (I don’t sound reluctant at all. Am I really ashamed to share this secret? Now it won’t be a secret anymore…)
I think this is even worse than NouCome. It’s Yuushibu. (Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita.). Yes, they aired on the same season (Fall 2013). Yes, Yuushibu‘s full title has a period. And, yes, both series’ titles are way toooooo long. A trend within the light novel department, apparently.
I mean, it’s 90% fan service, 10% story, characters, and everything in between. Even if it’s visually alarming most of the time, I think I’ve found something (or some things) in the characters that enabled me to enjoy the anime anyway. It’s got something to do with how the two main characters were interacting with each other.
They were really fun to watch. At least, I genuinely felt that. Fino’s clumsiness and bravado, although not at all a unique combination of characteristics, are more entertaining and not annoying to watch—thanks to Raul’s being the watchful baby-sitter of the Devil Lord’s descendant, quite an irony to his vow of vanquishing all evil and becoming a real hero. But I don’t particularly like to pair them as a romantic couple. They didn’t give off a good chemistry on-screen. It seemed more like a brother-little sister relationship, overcoming their fundamental differences.
It somehow seems like I’m putting too much credit on the anime, but those are just the things that resonated within me. Again, I don’t think everyone will enjoy this series because one might not appreciate (or even see) the goodness beneath the excessive fan service.
I tend to avoid ecchi anime, but seeing that I even enjoyed the two series I mentioned here I might be really fine with watching them, although it’s embarrassing every time. While it’s true that I have gotten used to seeing these shots that initially put me off, I am afraid that the day will come when I will really be able to embrace ecchi anime without feeling a tiny bit of discomfort.