Review: Astarotte no Omocha!Posted: June 28, 2011
Anime: Astarotte no Omocha!
Animation Studio: Diomedea
Number of Episodes: 12
Length per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes
Review #2 for the day.
I don’t have any witty messages for beforehand, so lets just get straight to the review.
I thought it was funny when people were first talking badly about the show due to its synopsis. It was obvious nothing sexual was actually going to happen. What surprised me was the show was actually genuinely good. I couldn’t wait for the show to end so I could admonish other bloggers for passing judgement on the show before it could even do anything.
And then the second half aired.
The first half was genuinely a good story about growing up, and how being royalty doesn’t automatically mean you’re happy with your life. It was genuinely sad to see Lotte, a 10-year old girl, have to live with the fact that she hardly ever sees her mother. It was genuine, and was handled pretty damn well. It was genuinely genuine. Have I said genuine enough yet?
Then the staff decided, “Well, the first half was nice, so lets make the second half lolicon-pandering garbage.” Which they did. I guess the one bit of praise I can give is that what they aim to do, they do well. Not that it changes the fact that the second half was lolican-pandering garbage, but hey.
It’s especially disappointing in comparison to the first half. I’m not kidding when I say it was good stuff. Not a masterpiece by any means, but it was handled better than expected, and was done with a maturity I didn’t see coming.
I still feel bad that I can’t call this show a surprise hit. I wanted to give it a good score, too, but half a show being pretty damn good doesn’t make up for the other half being complete trash. I’d recommend watching the first five episodes, and then stopping. You’re not really missing out on much if you continue.
RATING: 7 out of 10.