First Impressions – Ebiten

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Yeah, this definitely isn’t going to be for everyone…

Ebiten was my summer candidate for the series whose premise was so head-on-desk stupid that it might just work. Everything about this series is very odd, including its journey to our screens. It’s a web-only series, and for quite some time no one was subbing it in English until a group known primarily for hentai decided to pick it up. I was hesitant to include any caps at all given how LQ the encode is, but until BDs come out this is all we’re going to get, so my apologies for any eye injuries caused by viewing them.

Was it worth the wait? Well… This is fairly lowbrow stuff, I won’t deny – and this is definitely not looking like this season’s R-15. But I did find myself laughing a few times, and Ebiten has the merit of not being an ultra-safe, generic formula show like so many this summer. It also benefits from art and character designs by Inugami Kira, who also works on Seitokai no Ichizon. This is definitely now as smart or funny as SnI so far, by a long shot, but I do love Inugami-san’s style.

So just WTF is Ebiten? I’m still not sure I know myself. In the original it’s a story of a boy named Nouya Itsuki (Ise Mariya) who intends to join his school’s astronomy club (天文部) but instead ends up joining the fujoshi club (天悶部). Fujoshi are quite the theme this week, aren’t they? In the anime, however, the premiere skips right over any mention of his maleness and has him in (presumably) trap mode from the beginning. The premiere itself is mostly devoted to a preposterous “test” the club’s sadistic Todayama Kyouko (Asumi Kana) subjects Nouya to – that is, when she’s not stripping hardcore BL fan Kanamori (Nishi Asuka) to various forms of stripping, humiliation and bondage. As for the test itself, it’s a full-on parody of Saint Seiya through a fujoshi lens.

I certainly wouldn’t blame anyone who disliked this – I almost did myself. But as I said I did laugh a few times at the sheer randomness of it, and the total lack of explanation for any of the weirdness that was happening was strangely effective as a comedic device. I give Ebiten points for strangeness – I may end up hating it myself, but it’s singularity makes it interesting enough to watch for a couple more episodes, assuming we keep seeing subs.

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5 comments

  1. T

    Hmm, not really digging the art style in this one.

  2. Bear in mind, this is an extremely LQ release. If you liked SnI in terms of actual art style, you should be fine with this. If not, it's going to be a problem.

  3. x

    I'm a Saint Seiya fan, still crying tears for this.
    With Omega and this, I'm really happy for the love SS is getting this summer.

  4. I

    I like SnI art but more than that I liked the humor and of course Sugisaki. He was the sort of male lead I like best in comedies and the lack of a similar presence in Ebiten makes it a lot less enjoyable.

    A boke is only funny with a tsukkomi. That no one seems to play the voice of reason and random fanserivce just distracts and the craziness is more ridiculous than entertaining, I'll probably give it just an episode more in hope of improvement.

    Watched Oda Nobuna, stupidly dismissed it as another Hyakku Samurai Girls and didn't give it a try. Damn was I wrong and glad for it. I get what Stilts on RC means about enjoying shows you have low expectations for.

  5. S

    Yeah, didn't like it. Though I might read your next episode review.

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