Only groping girls
can save the world.
Alright, here we have an ecchi harem comedy anime title so clearly not my usual fare. That isn’t to say I haven’t watched this sort of anime given back before streaming access was a thing I would watch whatever I could get my hands on, however when given the choice I tend to avoid these stories. Largely because it is really hard to buy into the various premises that would allow for a flock of girls to all be desperate to throw their clothes off for a single guy who is either only interested in one of the girls or not apparently interested in any of them.
Genre bias aside, I did make it to the end of this first episode and there was only one scene that really made me wonder if I was going to continue or not. Unfortunately, that scene came during an end of episode battle where the girl, in order to get a power-up strips her clothes off and has the guy grope her chest while she kisses him. Love apparently unlocks a girls’ true power (or at least a Valkyrie) and apparently being groped counts as being loved.
From a logical standpoint, I’m just not sure that any monster is going to wait around why you strip off in the middle of a fight. Though this is hardly the first anime to take the path of the girl needing the guy to grope them for a power-up mid-battle.
So this anime has nine different girls who on the instructions of their ‘father’ have invaded the main character’s home (naturally he lives alone without parents) and are now more or less throwing themselves at him. But it is in order to save the world so it is fine. In the first episode we’ve been given a brief glimpse of their various personalities and types, had the main guy slapped unfairly as well as a trip and fall into a girls crotch, so the usual harem antics though this one is labelled as an ecchi and while the first episode was relatively tame outside of the fight scene, I somehow suspect they are going to push this side of things as the story progresses. How far they push it will definitely have an impact on how much more of this I actually watch.
For positives, I actually don’t mind the main character so far. He’s very tall and intimidating to look at but inside he’s actually pretty timid. The misunderstandings at school are exaggerated to the point of ridiculous as are the general reactions of passersby, but all and all he has so far been decent enough as a lead.
The basic conflict of the girls fighting the akuma also works and at least it isn’t as though people are completely oblivious to the danger going on around them even if the girls are trying to keep it under wraps. What makes this less compelling is that the characters all still go off to high school and play at being students when it largely seems totally unnecessary to their mission and to the story. I guess I’ll see how episode two goes though I’m not sure how long this one is going to stick.
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Images from: Val x Love. Dir. T Naoya. Hoods Entertainment. 2019.