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Posted 8/16/13
I personally disagree with the not-so-disguised jab at Teekyuu and similar shows. I think while this anime IS good, it doesn't compare. Good article nonetheless.
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Honestly, I love Ai Mai Mi and even Teekyu, their rapid pace and non-stop gags are in a league of their own, I just wanted to emphasize that Senyu wasn't exactly in the same vein, or at least, I thought so! Glad you liked the article : )
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I personally gave up on gag anime since trying to watch Kill me Baby. Perhaps it comes from the realization that modern anime is veering towards a direction of highly censored and content-limited production. The trade off, however, has been a steady rise in anime movie productions that don't have as stringent regulations gunning down their throats. Still, I can't help but look at most of these shows as rehashed permutations of pretty much predictable Japanese humor.
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Posted 8/19/13 , edited 8/19/13
I think watching Kill Me Baby would make anyone feel depressed, really. Still, I feel I know what you're saying. I'm starting to get fed up with the "all-girls school slice of life comedies" genre lately :x

Senyu doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel, but it's a nice, fancy wheel with gold rims and sparkles. I'm always up with classic anime gags when they're well presented.
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Written by Dai_Loli

“Horror of horrors! A giant, ominous hole has appeared in the world and demons are popping out of it like popcorn, evil popcorn! The Demon King Rchimedes must have broken out of his dimensional rift prison, where the ancient hero Creasion sealed him a thousand years ago! 'Quick!', orders the king to the hero heeding the call of duty, 'As the descendant of Creasion, you must set out to defeat Rchimedes once more! I will have one of my Royal Guards assist you on this journey, now go forth and find the Demon King, you will recognize him when you see a mark looking like an inverted question mark on his body!'

Determined and proud, our valiant hero marches on to- … Yes? What is it? I'm trying to narrate here... They couldn't find who the true descendant was so they sent out 75 potential heroes just in case? Well, I guess it would be kind of hard to single one out after a thousand years... Now then, let's resume.

*Ahem* Ready to face death itself, our intrepid hero #45, Alba, battles the hordes of- … What now? Yeah. Hm-hmm. What? He gets stabbed by his own Royal Guard escort in the second episode and lands in prison for sexually harassing a little girl? … And that little girl the Demon King's granddaughter?! I mean, are you seri-... She accidentally unleashed the demon horde by making popcorn in a monster summoning pot... Okay that's it, this script is ridiculous. I'm out of here.”

*Sounds of footsteps, a door slamming shut and a car driving away, followed by awkward silence*

- - -

… Okay, so, we've lost our narrator. I think someone should have told him Senyu is a hilarious satire of classic RPG tropes and doesn't take itself seriously for a single second. Not that it has any second to spare since the entirety of the first season is about the length of two regular anime episodes!

It all revolves around Alba, our feeble protagonist, barely capable of defeating a slime, whose sole redeeming quality is to be an outstanding 'straight man' character. He is constantly belittled and insulted, but at least his mom is proud of him and has watched the first episode of season 2. Voiced by Hiro Shimono (his most resembling roles probably being the two main male characters of Baka to Test and The World God Only Knows), he absolutely shines with some of the most heartfelt retorts you've ever heard.

And who wouldn't want to scream his lungs out if they were stuck questing with Senyu's cast? Ros, the kick ass Royal Guard tasked to follow Alba around, actively goes out of his way to be of as little use as possible, scoff at Alba's struggles and wounds (which he has usually willingly caused) and generally be a sarcastic asshole. How about Rudolf? The aging Royal Guard who won't bother lifting a finger unless the person to save is an underage girl? The narrator itself is no slouch either, often outright insulting Alba, breaking the 4th wall and quickly becoming very lazy with his beginning of episode recap duties!

With only 4 minutes per episode, Senyu's jokes keep on coming at a relentless pace. However, unlike other short animes that have been sprouting lately, Senyu doesn't go the “let's speed up the characters' voices, be as random as possible and try to break the world record for amount of jokes told a minute” route and instead focuses on landing its gags with stellar timing, priceless facial expressions and punchy voice acting. You'll laugh more often in the course of the first season of Senyu than you would in whole seasons of some lesser full-length comedy shows.

Although Senyu's pace is definitely fast, the amount of things that actually happen is amusingly low, with half of the first season spent in a prison cell! With the cast now aware of the King's plot to reawaken the Demon King and then seal him again just so he could look good, they're all trying to go back to the castle in their own way, be it by finding parts for the princess's broken armor at the Mechanical City or by warping there and inadvertently getting lost in a dimensional rift. Things aren't simple as they seem, however, as the demons helping the King's plan have an ulterior motive.

So uhm, while we wait for our narrator to return, care to give Senyu a shot? Just an hour of your time and you'll be all caught up already, that and poor Alba needs some moral support!
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