Holding Hands Counts As Making Babies? – ‘Conception’ Episode 2 Review

Holding Hands Counts As Making Babies – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Conception’ Episode 2

What’s the show? Conception, Episode 2.

So how’s this episode? Boo.

Huh? Are you trying to “boobs” and made a typo? Why do you always assume that’s all that’s on my mind. Geez! No, I’m booing this anime, it betrayed me and lied to me—this is why I have trust issues!

Uh-huh… so how exactly did this dumb anime about a guy having to have sex with 12 girls betray you? It’s not about sex at all! The one thing unique and interesting about this show was all a lie! The episode resumes just as Itsuki and Mahiru are about to have sex when Reone interrupts them to tell them a ‘star child’ has been born. Turns out all you have to do to have a ‘star child’ in this universe is “absolute trust and some physical closeness” and *yawn*

In the bin!

Wow, you’re certainly being harsh on the show! Harsh yes, because it’s not like there was any benefit to the lie or any motive, it’s just the hook to get people to watch the show. And now I feel silly titling the first episode what I did, because now, I’m lying to my readers (or people who glance at review titles in Google searches) because I bought into this shows deception. Heh, ‘Conception more like Deception’ is what I should have titled this review…

So what does this mean? Are you dropping the show or something? God no. It’s still a harem anime with 12 “love” interests, that in of itself is enough for me to keep watching for a full season. And I still laughed at and enjoyed this episode a decent amount—and seemingly the production values have improved a little? Or maybe I’m just used to it already, either way, even with the central draw of the show being false, this episode was arguably better than the first. Though I was absolutely right about the ‘format’ this series is going to take going forward.

For as much shit I gave this show last episode for being “ugly” this scene was gorgeous.

And what was that again? That each episode will be about a different ‘star maiden’ and Itsuki having to learn about the girl and get emotionally close and earn their trust before getting ‘physically’ close to them. It’s certainly showing its video-game roots, even moreso than the Persona series does and while that’s somewhat unappealing for an adaptation I kind of don’t mind here because the show is almost self-aware of this face. Almost.

She’s even reading the script!

So you’re still happy with this show? My feelings were complicated in the last episode, ranging between thinking it was ‘trash’ to ‘kinda okay’ to ‘loving it’. I think we can add ‘betrayed but buoyant’ to that too. But at the same time the dirty jokes are amped up here so it kind of makes up for the fact that there’s no ~actual~ sex… even if the dirty jokes primarily come from Mana the Tanuki who’s still annoying but far less ‘all up in the camera’ like he was last episode. So yeah… relationship status with this show is definitely “it’s complicated”.

Now this is a Brady Bunch reboot I could get into!

Previous Conception Reviews:

Sexy/Trash/Anime – Episode 1 Review

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Author: Cactus Matt

I love anime and more recently manga too. What else do I need to write here?

5 thoughts on “Holding Hands Counts As Making Babies? – ‘Conception’ Episode 2 Review”

  1. If they’ve backed off on what they *heavily implied* was the hook of the show, then maybe I’ll actually watch this show, then. It also sounds like it avoids the “World God Only Knows” issues of having to make them fall in love with him if they’re all already aware of what’s going on. Plus, I’ve got time because My Sister, My Writer was just too stupid for my brain so I shut it off 8 minutes into the second episode.

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    1. I watched it, and is it just me, or does it seem like they skipped a few parts? Like they introduce everyone (one of those ‘nobody will ever remember all these characters’ introductions), then Ruka gets more time to be tsun, then visit the Star Child, then one visit to Ruka at the orphanage, then “Hey Ruka, let’s make a child”. Like how did they get there? And then, bam! Let’s go to the dungeon and get beat up like a n00b party!

      If they spent all of the time they (in my opinion) waste on Mana’s corny dialogue, they might actually fit some character development in to the show. But instead they just push everything on the viewer (“Go see at the website!”) or just not bother. This really is about the worst, most cynical, and cash-grabby way to adapt a mobage, I think.

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