Friday, August 25, 2017

NTR: Netsuzou Trap Episode #08 Anime Review

I'm not leaving here without you.

What They Say:
Yuma, a high school second-year, is enjoying every day now that she has her first boyfriend. After she asks for relationship advice from Hotaru, her beautiful long-time friend who has had many boyfriends, Hotaru teases her for her inexperience and playfully does things to her that even her boyfriend doesn't do. Yuma and Hotaru's secret relationship continues to escalate, and Yuma finds herself unable to deny how it makes her feel. This school drama tells the story of the interwoven lives of these two girls with boyfriends.

The Review:
Content: (Please note that the content portion of the review may contain spoilers)
Okay, so, Hotaru works at a maid cafe now. I know this might be a little too much for some people to handle (Considering just how heavy the plot has gotten thanks to this turn of events), but I can assure you that NTR remains just as dull as ever and that there is nothing to worry about. One thing to note, however, is that Yuma completely disagrees. In fact, she apparently puts working at a maid cafe on the same level as prostitution -- something I'm sure we can all safely disagree with. That being said, it doesn't make much sense when she is persuaded to work there as well for a whopping thirty minutes. In fact, I'm pretty sure this episode only exists because the writers wanted to see what the girls would look like in maid outfits. To be fair, they would look pretty attractive if it weren't for the fact that the actual outfits have more personality than the girls wearing them.

After we get our traditional minute and a half of fan service, we are reminded that Fujiwara is also a character in this show -- a character that [unsurprisingly] agrees that a job like Hotaru's really isn't all that bad. Of course, he then goes on to announce that she's only doing it so she can save up enough money to move out, and we can all imagine just how frustrating it is to live right next door to your best-friend/sex-friend. However, the idea of Hotaru earning enough money to afford a small, one-bedroom apartment off of her part time work at a maid cafe makes almost as much sense as the friendship between our protagonists. At the end of the day, we have another carbon-copy episode of NTR: Yuma figures out something weirdly sexual about Hotaru, Hotaru acts aloof and seduces Yuma, Yuma thinks Hotaru is weird and that there is no possibility that she actually has feelings or anything, and Fujiwara throws out a suspenseful tag line for the end of the episode.

In Summary:
I would have already dropped this show if I didn't like bashing it so much. And really, this isn't me just bashing this series for the sake of it -- this show is just honestly horrible. I don't know how anyone can put up with it. Like, yuri is the greatest thing ever. I'll buy any anime series under the sun if there are girls kissing each other. But having to put up with such nonsensical, forced plot twists and a roster of characters who probably need a diagram in order to tie their shoes is just physically taxing. I said a lot of things in the early stages of this series about how it would greatly benefit from being long-form instead of short-form. Well, now I understand why it's not. I can only imagine how hard it is to put together a full-length series when you don't have a story.

Grade: D

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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