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Mysterious Girlfriend X
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Just started watching.. WTH! Fascination with spittle stories aside, there is no real "where is this going" threat involved. I feel that I'm going to be completely underwhelmed by seriously overdone anime tropes when the disgusting aspect of the story got me watching in the first place.

I don't mean to sound like I'm gross. Just wanted something better. I do like the old school design, though!
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Zensunni wrote:
That's a classic, right along with the girl asking why, certain male bodily fluids, taste salty, as every guy in the class is all of a sudden very interested in how she knows this... :)

Nowadays, she could just calmly respond, "I've read it online in numerous places".

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But more importantly, there seems to be a more imply of a major supporting character or possible antagonist to their relationship coming up in the form of this girl...

Name: Momoka Imai
Status: Media Idol
Gender: Female
Age: unknown




I wonder what will happen next


Age 17, it said in the episode at some point...



In any case, this was a great episode, though not quite as awesome as episode 8. That is still the high point at this stage of the anime.
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Zensunni wrote:



Oh, I must of missed that part then so I'll recall it again when I watch it on CR.

As for the OVA, it mentions on MAL that it covers the 9th volume. I'm not sure if there's enough time to cover another volume of the manga and if so, will probably be rushed.

I can hope for a season 2 in the future though.
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dogpurse wrote:

Just started watching.. WTH! Fascination with spittle stories aside, there is no real "where is this going" threat involved. I feel that I'm going to be completely underwhelmed by seriously overdone anime tropes when the disgusting aspect of the story got me watching in the first place.

I don't mean to sound like I'm gross. Just wanted something better. I do like the old school design, though!


So how many episodes have you watched? Or did you only watch the first and go eww... and are basing your opinion of the show on one epiosde? Not sure how many anime tropes you are seeing in this show, but theres only about two "over done" tropes in there. Highschool and Romance. Its a very a-typical romance series.
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Must admit I cringed when she asked to see the magazine.

Poor boy has no Danger sense at all.

Still, Mutual possessiveness is probably good for them
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Appreciated the overall color mood scenes in this series. Here's where the anime can outshine manga for illuminating ethereal experience.
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TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

TOO MUCH FANSERVICE


But do you not feel that the fan service is well thought out, and not just "To Love Ryu" Otaku level obviously juvenile mentally offensive? Example, in ep 1 when the wind catches Urabe's skirt and youcatch the quick glimpse of the scissors tucked in her pantu's,,, subtle and tastefully done . The impromptu ice-cream date between Tsubaki and Oka and the way her huge boobs are drawn when she's presenting the ice-cream,,, that also tastefully executed. And the tight though black sweater Urabe wears in ep 8,,, also drawn and animated with a greater sense of style and maturity!


I feel like it's easier to get past fan service for guys. I would be okay with a panty shot every once in a while, but there's just so much of it. And the girl-on-girl action... it's kind of uncomfortable, even though they haven't done anything. And boobs... they're so unrealistically huge. mehh
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I loved episode 9. Episode 8 threw me off guard, and I didn't know where the anime was going. Episode 9 had character development, and it was a cute episode overall.
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I was really liking this show, but that possessiveness in episode 9? Big ick. (Yes, ickier than drool licking).
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stark700 wrote:


Zensunni wrote:



Oh, I must of missed that part then so I'll recall it again when I watch it on CR.

As for the OVA, it mentions on MAL that it covers the 9th volume. I'm not sure if there's enough time to cover another volume of the manga and if so, will probably be rushed.

I can hope for a season 2 in the future though.

I think it is just coming out with volume 9 of the manga, so it is really more of an OAD than an OVA, (like the ones that came out with Oh My Goddess last year) I haven't seen anything that says what content will be in the OVA, just that it will be distributed with a special limited edition of the manga.


TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

I feel like it's easier to get past fan service for guys. I would be okay with a panty shot every once in a while, but there's just so much of it. And the girl-on-girl action... it's kind of uncomfortable, even though they haven't done anything. And boobs... they're so unrealistically huge. mehh

That may be true, since the fan service is usually aimed at guys in the first place. But I would still argue that the fan service here is fairly restrained and usually in service of the plot as well as the fans, especially when you compare it to other shows aimed at the same demographic. Other than the panty scissors, there are no panty shots at all. As for the boob size, I guess I might be desensitized by all of the shows with totally outrageously large boobs on the women, but I don't find them unrealistically huge. I have known many women who had figures similar to Urabe. (Not known in the biblical sense... at least not most of them...) When you compare it to shows like Freezing or High School of the Dead, it's almost hard to even call it eechi, (But it still is... )
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Perhaps it's my fondness of ecchi, romance and that made ep 9 fall absolutely disgustingly flat for me.

After seeing not only the ep 8 stepping up of Tsubaki towards Urabe of his affections and her willingness to surrender unto him; ep 9 showed an actual charater regression. Regression in that Urabe felt so moved by Tsubaki's ear licking and passion that she later asked him or rather told him to do it again. But in the sickeningly weak Japanese male style in ep 9 Tsubaki reverts to a snivelling pansy as the boys in his school marvel at how beautiful Urabe actually is when viewing her pics. All the while Tsubaki stands sheepishly infuriated and he later reverts to a even weaker boyfriend/male by buying the Urabe look-a-like idol magazine when he has the real deal in Urabe.

And WHY doesn't he just come out in the open about their relationship????

Like many anime's, the weaker and indesisive male lead charater doesn't deserve the stronger and sexier female charater(s). This is a continued and annoying characteristic of Japanese males that's so easily accepted in the word of otaku.

I'm not currently reading the manga, but in my version at this juncture in the anime one could almost fathom Tsubaki loosing Urabe to a stronger male charater or even to Oka who surely has a confident kinky side and a attraction to Urabe. Although I do see this as being quite remote.

So in closeing, ep 9 gets 2 thumbs down due to Tsubaki being once again a snivelling coward and Urabe having to put him in his place when she scolded him for admirering her look-a-like in the idol magazine .
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I was really liking this show, but that possessiveness in episode 9? Big ick. (Yes, ickier than drool licking).

Personally I liked Urabe's possessiveness with Tsubaki as she reassured him that he has no need for a look-a-like idol in a magazine when he has her totally.

But the way Tsubaki exercised his possessiveness through his insecurity to her by telling her to go back to her awkward hair style was disturbing.

At this point I'm beginning to see more "character" in the supporting cast members that surround Tsubaki rather than the way his charater is currently written as that of a cowardly possessive and indesisive pansy .
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@SpiritBeam716 - Here is another way to look at it:

I feel that both Tsubaki and Urabe were a bit taken aback by the events of Episode 8. Tsubaki because he still perceives himself as crossing a line that he shouldn't have crossed and making Urabe cry. Urabe because, while she truly enjoyed the sensation, she is still extremely shy about physical contact. I think that something like that would be likely to make Tsubaki more timid. He would be afraid that he would lose control again. After all, despite the fact that Urabe told him she didn't mind the sensation, she didn't exactly explain to Tsubaki that she really enjoyed it either, and his pinching her ear at the end still made tears come to her eyes, which is going to be a warning signal to him, regardless of the fact that the tears are really symbolic of ... something else ... if you understand my meaning... If Urabe had initiated a hug or snuggled with him or something, then he might feel that he was OK becoming more aggressive, but the fact remains that he perceives her as being more likely to pull out the panty-scissors if he makes a move as opposed to melting in his arms.

As for the possessiveness, I don't think that Tsubaki is particularly proud of that either, but it is what it is. He felt threatened by the fact that other guys were talking about asking his girl out.

The reason that they are keeping their relationship a secret hasn't actually been clearly stated, but I seem to recall a comment in the manga at some point that suggested it was more Urabe's idea than Tsubaki. (Or at least Tsubaki wondering to himself why they decided to keep it a secret in the first place.)

[BTW, one of the things that MGX is criticized for is reverse sexism. The way Urabe treats Tsubaki, if the genders were reversed, would frequently cross the line and be considered abusive. It suffers from the "It's OK because it is the guy that is the victim" syndrome. The mangaka actually made a set of 4-koma as extras for one of the manga volumes with the genders reversed. It was quite funny, but most of the panels ended with the female Tsubaki running away yelling "Sexual Harassment!" or something like that. In a sense, the possessiveness is another example of this. Possessive guy = creepy and weak, possessive girl = assertive. In many ways, Urabe's inability to open up to others, including Tsubaki, is the biggest stumbling block in the relationship.]

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TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:


SpiritBeam716 wrote:


TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

TOO MUCH FANSERVICE


But do you not feel that the fan service is well thought out, and not just "To Love Ryu" Otaku level obviously juvenile mentally offensive? Example, in ep 1 when the wind catches Urabe's skirt and youcatch the quick glimpse of the scissors tucked in her pantu's,,, subtle and tastefully done . The impromptu ice-cream date between Tsubaki and Oka and the way her huge boobs are drawn when she's presenting the ice-cream,,, that also tastefully executed. And the tight though black sweater Urabe wears in ep 8,,, also drawn and animated with a greater sense of style and maturity!


I feel like it's easier to get past fan service for guys. I would be okay with a panty shot every once in a while, but there's just so much of it. And the girl-on-girl action... it's kind of uncomfortable, even though they haven't done anything. And boobs... they're so unrealistically huge. mehh


Perhaps it is easier for males to watch fan-service , after all, it is primarily a guys fantasy. If things were reversed with more fan-service written and drawn for the benefit of women, then I don't doubt us guys would feel irritated too!
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