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.
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.
One 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.
As 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.
Now 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.
As 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.