To Love-Ru Review: Not a porno yet

ru526 episodes full of suggestiveness bordering on indecency. Sounds promising. Or is it?

I was familiar with ecchi anime, but To Love-Ru pulled it off to almost make it into an art form. Every possible episode would serve the same purpose, showing girls in suggestive poses or lovable toward the main character. Girls you may want to already abandon this review and let this show slide.

ru1Alien girl LaLa Deviluke crashes into Rito’s bathtub after being chased down, consequently ensuring permanent residence at his place. Finding a place to stay has never been that easy. Little did Rito know he would become LaLa’s fiancĂ©.

Wow. That is some complex stuff going on right there. The creator made sure to add some extra complexity by turning To Love-Ru into a harem show. Luckily the main character has a total phobia for the opposite gender, so rest assured this is not becoming a cheap porno.

With all seriousness, you cannot enter this show with mindset of seeing something grand. This is a regular ecchi anime that takes suggestiveness to a whole other level.

ru2To Love-Ru will appeal to the most basic of instincts and won’t aim to do anything else. The uncensored version features cute girls in full nudity in suggestive and non suggestive scenes. One might ask: why didn’t they make a porno out of this show?

That’s a very good question as the show isn’t hiding its true identity, namely the depiction of sexually arousing imagery. They could’ve made into a fully fledged pornographic series, but perhaps the target market wouldn’t be big enough. I sometimes felt irritated by the shows communication with its audience, as if they figured my brain was already turned off. Which is actually the best way to watch this show to begin with.

ru3The overall look and feel of To Love-Ru isn’t anything to write home about. The show is already a few years old and can feel outdated, but that doesn’t justify sloppiness.

The character designs don’t feel as lively as the artwork in the manga. Next to that, the sound performance was mediocre to below average. This broke down the overall experience of the show.

ru4To Love-Ru takes ecchi to another level. It uses a lot of tropes known in the genre around a plot with little to no imagination. I still believe there is a target market for this show and therefore rate this show a 6 out 10.

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