Judging by the cover promo on Hulu, I assumed this was going to be a sports anime with just a touch of the supernatural. That reaper’s scythe looks enough like a hockey stick, right? One could very easily assume that the “H” in the title does, in fact, refer to that game of pucks and skates.
Instead, I watched what felt like a censored and abbreviated cut of a hentai. It’s an entertaining and amusing bowdlerized hentai, of course - - but I’m still left wondering why they’ve only taking it halfway.
I mean, look… the various conspicuous black-out bands running over the girl’s naughty bits aren’t even the point of discussion here. I’m sure the network or the licensor, or whomever it was that received material that was a little too hot to handle, probably had to hastily find a way to make this at least somewhat presentable through this channel.
I’m more befuddled by how the main character is such a raging horndog and he keeps getting put into these textbook porno set-ups that might as well be accompanied by a wa-wa pedal - - and yet the show never actually follows through on them. Among other things (including copious nudity), the show makes a blatant cunnilingus sight gag, names the whole episode after the guy’s silly euphemism for female genitalia and then centers its theme on the merits of being a perv.
At that point, what’s left to be bashful about?
Like I’ve said repeatedly, I’m at a point now where I don’t even know how I’m enjoying a given anime. I have enough distance to appreciate the humor of this show, even if I wouldn’t otherwise ever seek it out. Rest assured, I wouldn’t be going into an anime with a… * AHEM * … specific agenda, but there a plenty of viewers who do. Why cross all these lines, and then leave them with blue balls?
Watch this episode, “Red String of Fate" here and decide for yourself.