If there was ever a studio that has the feel of “generic” attached to it, it would be ZEXCS. Their shows generally have about the same look – middling animation, slightly washed-out color scheme, very, well, generic style. They tend to have supernatural elements and fairly gratuitous fanservice, usually school-themed. Occasionally they transcend themselves and come out with something of genuine quality like Wagaya no Oiniri-sama – a show with a nice look and genuine sweetness to it – but mostly it’s shows liked like one. ItsuTen seems to fit right in the same slot that nearly every other ZEXCS show does, and the premiere didn’t hold much interest for me.
Based on a LN series (and later manga) by Kagami Takaya, Itsu-Ten has a little bit of Kore wa Zombie in the story of a high school boy who dies after having been hit by a truck. Due to a contract he initiated with a girl vampire, Himaea, as a child, Taito gets another go-around. The hitch is that he’s her servant for all eternity.
It’s all here – the childhood friend (Haruka), the brooding and handsome rival and supernatural powerhouse (Gekkou Kurenai), the endless and not very artful panty shots. I was pretty bored through most of it, to be honest. I’m sure the story gets more interesting as the supernatural and comedy elements become more forward in the mix, but in a busy and pretty solid season as this one I just don’t have the time to stick around without a bigger potential payoff as a reward.