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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wannabe the Strongest in the World (Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai)

I don't quit shows often. In fact, I think I have only quit two shows the entire year. Well, I can now add this show to my list of the shows I have quit this year. I tried to give it some breathing room, but five episodes was probably a bit too much time for me. Although I suppose I could watch it through to the end, but I have too many other shows I am trying to watch and it is just time to cut my losses. 

This series takes place in the world of female wrestling and it has a bit of a Rocky feel to it. Based on that summary alone I know it sounds at least sort of interesting. If, like me, you are a sucker for sports-drama movies. It certainly doesn't sound groundbreaking, but it could at least be serviceable, right? I mean, even Rocky IV had its moments, right? Well, the story isn't necessarily what drags this show down, but rather the lack of said story. 

This show is an overabundance on fanservice presented in such a shabby manner that I honestly can't think of any reason why someone would want to watch this. Okay, maybe if you are bored as shit then go for it. But I got Valvrave the Liberator, I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, White Album, My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy, My Little Monster, and old Naruto episodes to watch. 

Compared to those this show is absolute garbage. 

And look, I really am not a prude. I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job has some seriously over-the-top (sometimes gross) fanservice, but that show actually tries a little bit harder and has some actual humor. Wannabe plays things a little too seriously for being the kind of show it is. It's like the writers really want you to think there is no difference between this and The Wrestler or Rocky. And the main character's wrestling ability (or lack thereof) leads her to lose about sixty straight matches... all of them to the Boston Crab. I mean, this chick couldn't beat an opponent not even once (hell, not even by accident) and all of them happened to use the same finishing move? 

This just isn't the type of show that can play the drama card and get away with it. I mean, everyone knows that if you watch it you are doing it for the TNA so why is the story told so straight-faced? Especially when the story is just plain terrible? I mean, she, the main character Hagiwara Sakura, originally decides to become a wrestler to avenge a friend who got beaten by a wrestler. This friend is actually a member of the pop idol group Sweet Diva and Sakura is apart of this group, too. But now Sakura is training to become a real wrestler to prove that idols are not just brainless morons like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones or the guy who okayed Dragonball GT

Or something like that. It's pretty difficult to pay attention to that story. I mean, sometimes it's difficult to read the subtitles because the visuals get in the way. The animation is just so... yeah. 

It's like this show really wants to be hentai. I mean, the first few minutes of the first show feature our main character moaning for an incredibly uncomfortable amount of time. She's stuck in a painful wrestling move, but you don't know that at first. Out of context that moaning can be easily mistaken for something else. And the first few episodes are filled with that. It's loud, too. So be careful of where you watch this and who is in the house with you. 

You see that crotch shot, right? Just above and to the right on my page? Yeah, how could you not. These episodes are filled with that type of thing. The whole, "Yes, she's wrestling for the honor of her idol group... but, hey, here's some cameltoe or some boobs pressed against the mat!" is kinda effective after about two seconds, but it keeps going and going and it just becomes tedious. And ugly. And painful-looking. It wasn't that arousing the first time and it isn't that much better on the twentieth time. 

I mean, I know there's supposed to be a story, but... umm, where is it again? Oh, yeah, it's pinned on the floor moaning like a two dollar whore. 

Takatetsu Ayana, the voice actress of Sakura, gives a convincing performance, I'll give her that. I wonder if she's secretly voiced some hentai under a pseudonym or something. But coming off of the insanely good The World God Only Knows: Goddesses I wouldn't exactly call this a step in the right direction. Here's hoping her next show is a little bit better and has a little more substance. 

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