I wasn’t originally planning to do a post on this series, but the reactions to it were amusing enough that I figured I might as well give it a watch. It’s certainly one of the weirdest series of the season, about a kid named Amakusa Kanade (Toyongaa Toshiyuki) who – at least in his own mind – has the “Absolute Multiple-choice” power – he’s constantly presented with a series of choices (most of which involve his humiliation) from which he must select “1” or “2” or experience extreme pain.
There does come a point where a premise – even a LN premise – can become so utterly stupid that as long as the author acknowledges it, a series can be amusing. And NouKome gets there at times, though the premiere is wildly uneven. The best part for me was the intro sequence, starting from the time Kanade finds the “Superb Pervert” mag to the musical montage of choices throughout history (which was very clever). Once the series got to his school I found it a lot less amusing, but on balance I did laugh more than I would have expected going in, enough to buy me into the pot for at least one more round. NouKome is gleefully stupid and ecchi, and the fact that it’s honest about that gives it a chance to be an amusing distraction.
Walkure Romanze – 01
There are really only two reasons I watched this one. First, I’m in the process of watching NHK no Youkoso (which has been in my backlog for years) and it shares the same director, Yamamoto Yusuke. And second, I saw this series referred to as “the worst anime in history” and I figured I had to see for myself.
In truth I kind of wish Walkure Romanze had really been that bad, because that would have made it more of an event. It’s bad, mind you – hard to believe it’s the same director as NHK – but it isn’t exactly horrendous, more just forgettable. And I have to admit the stuff with Sakura the horse (a mare, no less) having a thing for ripping off girls’ skirts made me laugh. This is just unpretentiously lowbrow fanservice under the guise of a jousting (yes, in CGI, though I actually thought it was better than what we saw in Ars Nova or Unbreakable Machine Doll) school full of pretty girls – at least it doesn’t have any aspirations to be something else. And how many series show a high school girl wearing kuropan? Walkure earns a few points for that.