Doreiku presents viewers with a very cool set-up. What if there was a device that would allow you to play a game with someone and the loser was made to become the winner's slave? There's so many places such a concept could be taken and yet what we find in this anime is that we're just going to tread over the usual vices we've seen before with nothing really new on the table.
If you missed it, the best of the Spring 2018 season reader poll results can be found here. For those who are new to my end of season awards, I'll just remind you that worst of the season is a slightly misleading term given I ask people to vote for a show they didn't drop … Continue reading And Now… The Results of the Worst of Spring Reader’s Poll Are Here!
Having finally enslaved almost everyone in the game, we realise that neither the writers, nor the characters, have really considered the implications of having total control of another human being. Instead, we have hormonal moron who just wants to satisfy whatever impulse comes his way. Not much of a grand scheme really. So apparently getting … Continue reading Doreiku The Animation Episode 12: All Those Slaves And No Ambition
The higher they rise the harder the fall I guess is the message here. Though I am kind of stretching to assume this has any underlying significance other than people still being horrible. After another round of "Look how smart I am" we get yet another shift in the power balance of who owns the … Continue reading Doreiku The Animation Episode 11: This Anime Just Needed More Psycho
I genuinely don't get what the point of the first ten minutes of this episode is supposed to be given we've already seen this story from Julia's view and the Ryuuou's view adds nothing. But that's this show in a nutshell, really. Dumb characters continue to make dumb choices once the story finally gets over … Continue reading Doreiku The Animation Episode 10: Ten Minutes Retell, Ten Minutes Of Confusing Story
I always thought episode 9 seemed like an excellent time to introduce two entirely new characters plus a split personality in an existing character. Makes perfect sense in terms of narrative pacing. So this week we get a flashback to see how Crazy Girl lost her dual to the sleazy scientist guy and it turns … Continue reading Doreiku The Animation Episode 9: Introducing A New Cast of Characters
If the goal is to make Eia look smart, her challenge this week certainly did not work. Doreiku continues to push some fairly poorly thought out character interactions even as it tries to escalate the tension. This episode really had two parts. The first has Ryuuou and his group of slaves looking into an unusual … Continue reading Doreiku The Animation Episode 8: Protagonist Resorts To Singing Own Theme Song
This week Eia takes a break as we see the showdown between Ryuuou and the Crazy Person and their slaves. This week we get to see Julia's story and how she went from being Seiya's girlfriend, to a freeloader, to a slave. What this story tells us is Julia was pretty messed up even before … Continue reading Doreiku The Animation Episode 7: Battle
When Tada Doesn't Fall in Love gave us an episode narrated by Nyanko Big, it fit the tone and style of the show and was just kind of amusing. When this anime puts words in the mouth of a dog the end result is pretty lame. With the first half of this episode a retelling … Continue reading Doreiku The Animation Episode 6: The Dog’s Perspective
Are we supposed to like Eia now because she realised its stupid to play a game that enslaves people? This anime continues to astound with its ongoing lack of logical thought by the characters. Finally, Eia has realised that Ohta is kind of crazy and never really had any intention of letting slaves go. Though … Continue reading Doreiku The Animation Episode 5: Too Late, Eia.