Yuri Quickie: VLADLOVE

Originally the plan was to review the show in its entirety once all 12 episodes were made available. That time had come. However, as readers will soon find out there is a reason I changed the post into a Yuri Quickie.

VLADLOVE Cover

So basically the this is a comedy I can best describe as “stupid comedy”. By this I do not mean it is bad, because as everyone on Earth should know by now how much someone enjoys a comedy depends on their sense of humor, but it is random, usually nonsensical, loud, usually slapstick heavy, weird and crazy. Examples of anime that I consider “stupid comedies” are Excel Saga, Pani Poni Dash, Nichijou, Azumanga Daioh and Milky Holmes (especially Season 2, which is the best one imo). There is of course a main story broken up by several side-stories exploring several of the characters but do not expect the main plot to get much emphasis most of the time.

Mitsugu and Mai BarOne minute an ambulance randomly explodes, the next a giant flying creature terrorizes the city with scorching flames of doom and later a poorly choreographed stage play based on a legendary video game franchise. Again, random. Do not get me started on explaining what Episode 9 was. Speaking of Episode 9 one thing that will most likely receive moderate amount of commendation is the presentation. While the character designs are varied and solid everything else commands viewers’ attention. Every episode features one new art style at some point of the episode. Back to the humor. Perhaps this show is editorial or essay fodder. Who knows? I am more impressed that this is one of the few Japanese animated series with 4th wall breaking jokes and media references that does not feature a single Dragonball Z joke but Jackie Chan is mentioned.

VLADLOVE GuyAs much as I enjoyed the “stupidity” and the ladies on the show were are enjoyable regardless of how big or small their roles were, the guys, like this brute here, were a mixed bag. I did not dislike any of them but in all honesty nothing would have been lost were they not part of the cast. At least the show acknowledges the guys aren’t meant to be taken seriously at all.

Mai wants to thank Mitsugu personallyNow for the main reason everyone is here. Yes, there is yuri. Yes, Mitsugu X Mai share nice moments together. Yes, we learn about both girls (mainly Mai) as the story progresses. No, their relationship does not go beyond where they started. What I mean Mitsugu makes clear she likes girls very early and is determined to keep Mai safe from harm as best as she can but throughout the show their relationship does not develop much. Mitsugu is happy to offer herself to Mai but Mai has reasons why she refuses to suck her blood. While we eventually learn what that is it feels like the show has more to tell beyond 12 episodes. Whether we will get a 2nd season or not remains to be seen. Frankly the show wants a 2nd season based on how it ended. Either that or it is intentionally left open ended. Again I do not know.

Basically VLADLOVE’s humor is definitely subjective but should people like what they see then it is worth sticking around for. As for the yuri, it is there but do not expect a conclusion. More like the beginning of something. Whether we will get the rest remains to be seen. I give it a 7/10. Were the yuri stronger it’d got an 8/10.

PS:

Mitsugu and Nurse ChihiroAs a lover of older women Nurse Chihiro ticked all the right boxes. I thank the studio for her creation.

PPS: The first OP is EXCELLENT! One of my fav of 2021.

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18 Responses to Yuri Quickie: VLADLOVE

  1. Chihiro-sensei is as hot as solar flare but can we all agree the same about Jinko and Maki as well?

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  2. Karandi says:

    I couldn’t get into this anime as I found the hunour didn’t land for me.

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  3. chikorita157 says:

    I have to admit that I was looking forward to watching the show and the comedy didn’t disappoint, although few of the episodes are just plain weird. But I agree that the relationship between Mitsugu and Mai is not as developed as I hoped, but it’s not too surprising. Still, it’s a fun show.

    On the bright side, the beach episode didn’t disappoint.

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  4. Koana says:

    The humor is definitely cultural in nature making it a isolating experience but at least it had yuri and protagonist that was actually a lesbian. The show had 10/10 op though and I daresay it’s the one of the best OPs of the year.

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    • OG-Man says:

      The humor, for people who like it, was delightfully kooky for the most part. While the yuri could have been better it was still decent.

      Oh yes. The first OP is excellent. I’ll add that little detail.

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  5. Kotori_Sonoda says:

    The humor is hit or miss. Some of the jokes landed but the others were bizarre. Props for making a Castlevania reference though!

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  6. Somebody says:

    After every episode my only thought was “well that happened”. I did find parts enjoyable and felt the characters were pretty good although sometimes repetitive. At the end of the day however the story (if you can call it that) was not enough to keep me watching. I only kept going since it was stated to be yuri. I guess there were some moments? And I guess the MC was gay? Overall I’d give it a 3/10 but I imagine it would be higher if it’s your type of humor.

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  7. Teagan Blayn Litcott says:

    Probably one of my biggest disappointments for 2021 tbh. I absolutely loved the first 6 episodes, they set up the main two in a Romeo & Juliet kinda situation (their dads being at each others’ throats), gave Mai an interesting ability (changing personality and abilities based on what blood she drinks), setting her and Mitsugi’s situation to be insanely compatible (hell, even marketing the show as “girl-meets-girl”)… only to completely disregard all of that in episodes 7-12, and just do homages to old movies instead. It feels like the director just changed his mind about what direction it would take halfway. The last episode anything but a season finale, giving a bit of backstory on Mai, then ending it all with that. Overall, this show could have been much more based on what they set up in the first few episodes, which is the most frustrating thing about it.

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  8. lnlonelyness says:

    I prefer the 2nd opening just because I found the contrast funny for it being too dramatic (and the melancholic look the girls display in that opening kinda touches me in the right spots lol), but honestly I’m disappointed in the latter half. I love the comedy still, but I feel like it was evident in the latter half that the yuri between Mai and Mitsugi led to nowhere because it was abandoned by the creator, and instead it turned into a fully-fledged vanity project to pay homage to old slapstick comedy anime (and the references they happen to use). Sticking with the Mai x Mitsugi yuri for a bit would’ve made more sense since not only should they get more character development and have a climax of their connection in the later stages, but also because it was the primary intent of the creator in the first place, but the balance fell off.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Unless we somehow get a 2nd season it will feel like a missed opportunity and be seen as “bait” by some when in reality the main draw of the show was put in the back burner for no good reason.

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  9. I quite literally have the exact same thoughts as you on this show. The first half was great. The second half…missed a few marks. Episode 9 was quite frankly the most boring episode for me. I really wished they’d have stuck with the development of their relationship, but sadly they didn’t. I got a few good laughs at least.

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