In the great words of Alec Guinness from the end of The Bridge on the River Kwai, “What have I done?”

You’d think that after watching one whole season of this junk, one would eventually give up and spend their time on more worthwhile endeavours. However, my common sense is forever broken, and I somehow just found myself at the end of the second season of Rosario + Vampire.

Though, to be fair, this season wasn’t nearly as bad as the first one. For most of season two the writers let loose and just threw together whatever asinine ideas they had together into a script. This actually proved to be quite entertaining; almost on a ToLoveRu level. With the writing as batshit insane as it was, I could tolerate the often times shoddy animation, and the sometimes overbearing censorship. The odd panchira did help.

What really fucked them up was the end. As is typical in these sorts of shows, whenever the 13 episode mark creeps up, the writers scurry to come up with a dramatic ending. I don’t mind this if done well, but in Capu 2 they came up with one of the most shallow endings ever. Of course they try to cover up just how shallow it is with some total BS dialogue, but in the end it’s terribly shallow. I realize it’s rather silly to complain about shallowness in a fanservice show, but they went too low for me.

It’s quite sad that Gonzo fucked this show up, since I typically like fanservice shows. Hell, I buy some of them. I buy the R2 releases of some of them. Where these shows succeed or fail lies entirely in execution, and my standards are low. ToLoveRU, while entirely disposable, is a really fun show that I’d recommend anyone watch at least once. Zero no Tsukaima has a wonderful cast of characters, and the writing along with the production values make it worth buying. Rosario + Vamprie, on the other hand, is just so poorly done that, in the end, it doesn’t even deserve your time. Well, maybe certain episodes in season two are worth watching, but on the whole I can’t recommend this show to anybody. If Gonzo lives to make a season three, I am most certainly skipping.

All that said, this guy was a badass.

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20 Responses to In the great words of Alec Guinness from the end of The Bridge on the River Kwai, “What have I done?”

  1. Marco says:

    You watch it cause you like it, there is no other explanation, I didn’t like it and I never watched it, should be pretty damn easy for you too if you ACTUALLY did “hate” it.

  2. Erious says:

    I managed to sit trough first episode of the first season, but I’m not nearly masochistic enough to watch it all.
    Oh, and:
    >>> Zero no Tsukaima has a wonderful cast of characters, and the writing along with the production values make it worth buying
    I think the Zero no Tsukaima I’ve seen and the Zero no Tsukaima you’ve seen are two different shows.

  3. roast-beefy says:

    >I think the Zero no Tsukaima I’ve seen and the Zero no Tsukaima you’ve seen are two different shows.

    Nah, Wildarms is just a crazy person. One of these days I’m going to figure out why he heaps so much praise on that series.

  4. It has quality boobs

  5. roast-beefy says:

    ‘quality boobs =! good writing’ was more what I was getting at.

  6. The writing is pretty good for a show about boobs.

  7. hisnerdness says:

    After I conquer the world, I’m going to have the production team responsible for Rosario+Vampire – both seasons – brought before me to prostrate themselves on global TV.

  8. Sheentaku says:

    The ending had a really horrible message, Be someone your not to please others.
    I hope Gonzo dies…

  9. harakiri says:

    No entry about Shinbo’s new show Maria+Holic? Did you miss the pre-release on the net?

  10. I saw it– not much to say.

  11. Cobrafire says:

    I think we can all agree that Gonzo royally fucked this up.

    And yes, the bus driver is indeed the solitary badass of the show…..

  12. Marco says:

    >>The writing is pretty good for a show about boobs.

    You don’t lower your standards for any kind of genre, Nocturnal Illusions for Windows 95 is an eroge, the kind that could just have one sex scene after the other with no plot and be ok for just about anybody, but no they actually had compelling character and stories for each of the girls, so why can;t a “show about boobs” have actual decent writing, not just “good writing for a show about boobs” which pretty much means that its **** but you take it because of juvenile fanservice.

  13. Yeah, so? It’s entertaining, and I like the characters.

  14. Marco says:

    so it goes from “Zero no Tsukaima has a wonderful cast of characters, and the writing along with the production values make it worth buying” to “The writing is pretty good for a show about boobs.” to “It’s entertaining, and I like the characters.” so much backpedaling for one day.

  15. Those are both the same thing. I embellish my writing to make it read better, but the show is entertaining, has great characters, and is animated well. I think that makes it worth owning. I don’t see what you’re trying to do other than to stir shit.

  16. Marco says:

    Not trying to do anything really, I just pointed out that you shouldn’t lower your standards because of the silly fanservice genres (which I avoid wit passion for a reason) then I just pointed out the backpedal in a jerk-ish manner sorry :P

  17. My standards are low for everything. I just want to be entertained.

  18. Cobrafire says:

    What’s up with all the ZnT hate? There’s a pretty decent story in there even with all the bewbage.

  19. digitalboy says:

    wait till you find out how awesome macademi turned out to be. It’s very embarassing.

  20. Marco says:

    >>My standards are low for everything. I just want to be entertained.

    Not low enough not to ***** about your own comic :P