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Don't You Want Somebody To Love-Ru?by Panadero - August 11, 2013 2:17:26 PM MST
Today we have an update for a series with some of the most physically attractive girls I've seen in anime, which should be no surprise given its startlingly honest focus on fanservice: To Love-Ru, containing the original series and its OAV, its sequel series Motto To Love-Ru, the Darkness OAV, and Darkness TV series (and the upcoming Darkness OAV 2 which isn't out yet). When I started watching the first series, the description I'd have used is 'A super-perverted Urusei Yatsura with an innocent lead instead of a pervert', and that would be pretty accurate. It was a middle-of-the-road fanservice-fest with fun characters but not much beyond that. I took much better to Motto To Love-Ru because I do like most of the characters, so with the intros out of the way, each episode comprised of three separate seven minute stories felt just right. Then Darkness came along and changed everything entirely - the ecchiness and perverted hijinks were cranked up to the point that I'd now describe the series as 'A super-perverted version of itself', but the semblance of an interesting plot arose and the characters I'd grown to enjoy were suddenly given more to do - not to mention how Momo (who I am incredibly enamored with) and Golden Darkness basically steal the show. The extremely liberal nudity is sure to raise the blood pressure of a lot of people, but at its most banal it's harmless, and when it's used for dramatic purposes (like in a number of pretty intense Momo scenes), it actually forwards plot and character development, believe it or not. If the entire franchise was as enjoyable as Darkness was, I'd be able to recommend it more readily, but as it stands there are two pretty distinct To Love-Rus in my mind: a middling by-the-numbers harem comedy, and a more substantial experience that also happens to have harem elements. That's enough talk from me, though - There are now 16 more girls to vote for!