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*
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.
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.
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”.
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