Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Loliest Basketball! (Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS review)

Opening Songs
OP 1 - Get Goal! (Ro-Kyu-Bu!)

Ending Songs
ED 1 - Rolling! Rolling! (Ro-Kyu-Bu!)

Genre: Comedy

Episodes: 12

So you guys all know how this rolls. By "How this rolls", I mean by how "Ro-Kyu-Bu!" works as an anime. Its genre is just comedy, but I mean, its a lot more than that, of course. Lets see, its all about lolis, lolis, and of course, more lolis. Lolis everywhere god damnit! The only sexy girl is Subaru's childhood friend Aoi! ...Back on topic. "Ro-Kyu-Bu!" was another one of those animes which I NEVER expected to get a second season. Well, there must have been a boatload of lolicons who love the anime, because the support it received has netted it a pretty standard second season. That said, I do believe the second season is a step up from the first season, because things were definetely quite a bit more interesting this time round. Just saying though, even do I may like "Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS" that little bit more, I still don't find myself all too hyped up about sports animes.

Ta-da! Loli circle power activate!

Like "Shoot" from season 1, "Get Goal" is stupidly catchy, and I love it, just as much as "Shoot", maybe even more depending on the circumstances. Once again, the artists for both opening and ending themes is Ro-Kyu-Bu, the group consisting of all 5 seiyuus of the 5 girls. "Get Goal!" is awesome, but not so much "Rolling! Rolling!", which is the ending theme. In my opinion it is leagues better than season 1's ending, but still not to the levels of the two opening themes. It just sounds like your everyday high school romance comedy anime ending theme now.

Rating: 7.5/10

I can't say I didn't enjoy this second season, for quite a few reasons. I felt that season 2's plot felt a lot more focused onto Subaru, rather than just having all the time in the world for our 5 main heroines (which is probably the main point of the show, so I can't really complain). We see more about his past and how things started to go wrong around him, in which then everything in season 1 made sense. The reason how he got back his invigoration to teach and play basketball, it was interesting (and Suga was a character that the anime REALLY needed. Somebody really mean, skillful and cocky). To top that off we have more characters than before, in which all of them were pretty interesting on their own, except for kagetsu, Hinata's sister. They even dedicated an episode to Aoi, pretty much one of the only sexually appealing characters in the show! There's a lot more of course, but I won't go too in depth (too bad Subaru's dad got only a little bit of showtime).

Look out for dem 5th graders!

As a sequel, the "Ro-Kyu-Bu!SS" takes place immediately after the events of season 1, and it gets off to a pretty quirky start. Subaru has spent his time teaching the girls how to play basketball, and they've all been improving of course, especially Tomoka, whom he looks out for specifically. She continues to go to Subaru's house for morning practice daily, and their relationship with each other keeps growing stronger. However, things start to change up when Subaru's dad comes back from Hawai, and he brings back a girl with her, named Mimi. Mimi seems to be decently good at basketball, as recommended by Subaru's dad. Then suddenly, 5th graders all around started to team up and form their own team to beat the current girl's basketball team, and these 5th graders all have grudges against the current team in their own way. So, how are things going to turn out? You can probably guess already.

So this concludes the saga of the loli basket ball players. I doubt that its going to continue anymore, because it got a pretty decisive and somewhat emotionally impactful ending. It worked out for the best, and I thought that they concluded the series well, with a short glimpse about the past that started it all. That's all for the lolis, though I do think a few OVA episodes here and there can be possible. We'll see about that, but for now, that's all she wrote for Subaru and his 5 "daughters" (come on, they can practically be his daughters at this point).