Motto To Love Ru anime review

Motto To Love Ru anime review
A year after Lala came to Earth the story from ToLoveRu continues. Lala is detrminated to make Rito fall for her, and she will put all her effort onto it, even knowing that Rito loves another girl. Rito will have a harder time since Lala's little twin sisters live in the same house, also Mikan, and Celine. They will have a lot of fun and trouble with their other friends from school and many others, with Lala's inventions, Yami's contract to kill Rito and many pending issues from season 1.

When I worked together with Tim on the review for the original, I hadn't really read all that much of the manga yet. I had, however, read enough to know that the prequel anime had a nasty habit of adding things that never happened in the manga, or changing around the characters to the point that they became caricatures of themselves. As irony would have it, that's also the reason why I eventually checked out Motto; I had to know how badly they would screw up this one too, now that they had the character designer of Kanokon on the project. (Or so I thought at first.)

So where does that leave us now? Good question. For the most part, Motto To Love Ru fixes the problem the previous To Love Ru animated series had (save for the final episode of the OAV series): they no longer stretch chapters that take six minutes to read into half-hour episodes. Now the episodes are divided into 3 7-minute chunks that nearly adapt word-by-word the manga. (This also has the unfortunate side effect of cutting certain arcs short, such as the one where Rito turns into a dog, to fit the 7 minute time limit.) With one notable exception, though; uncut nudity!

Heh. You didn't think we would actually going to post pictures of that kind of thing on a family-friendly site, did you? Shame on you.

Oddly enough, though the character designs are done by Yuichi Okua, who also did them in the original T.V. series and the OAVs, somehow they feel..different. All the characters are much taller now, and the cast sees to have gotten *ahem* bigger, too. This was probably what lead to the misunderstanding about Motto having inherited Kanokon's character designer, even though we should have realized one noticeable difference; the characters in Motto To Love-Ru have noses.

Despite our initial fears, one thing is absolutely clear: Motto actually improves on its own anime prequel significantly. Barring the difference in character designs and animation style, the decision to reduce manga arcs to seven minutes in order to fit three of them into each episode actually addressed one of the things we complained about with the original. Instead of being long, drawn-out affairs, each arc now moves by as swiftly as the manga it was based on. The order is completely out of whack, though, so some of them had to be altered slightly to fit in with some of the later events of the manga, like the one where Celine takes on the form of a little girl. (Which is a shame, because she was much funnier as a huge, ramen-slurping plant in Rito's backyard.)

We could also mention the rampant nudity and fanservice, but this is To Love-Ru. Complaining about that would just come off as ridiculous.

The biggest and most appreciated change, however, is that Motto chooses to play its cast more along the manga, as opposed to blowing their characterizations up to eleven. Remember when the original anime changed around Rito and Lala's meeting by adding some lame subplot about how touching a Devilukian woman's breasts is considered a proposal? Or how about Yui, the Rito-hating Neo-Nazi Class Representative? That's kind of what we're getting at; Motto seemingly refuses to hammer this nonsense in until we all look like Pinhead cosplayers.

The character line-up is the same as the first series, for better or worse. There are some new characters, though, like Lala's sisters Momo and Nana, as well as Celine now being a little plant-girl. (The "how" being covered in the manga, but not in the anime.) Unfortunately, all too often the series will focus on its "lesser" characters, like Run, Momo, or that damn principal. And yes, their antics will get old in 5 minutes. (This also accounts for cast member Yami, whose continuous threats and general treatment of Rito is also getting old, though she does at least partially make up for this through her friendship with Mikan.) This is all set-off thankfully with the appearances of the other cast members, including the aforementioned Mikan, who continues being a great little sister, taking the craziness around her and her brother with a leveled head.

Unfortunately, the show ends as abruptly as it starts, and does so by lumping together two short stories that might be considered milestones in the To Love-Ru manga, at least insofar that a lighthearted, generally chaotic harem manga CAN have milestones. This isn't really the anime's fault, as it ends just as abruptly and inconclusively as the original manga. Still, though, it left quite a few people both disgruntled and dissatisfied. Of course, by the time Motto hit the airwaves, the manga sequel had already started, so this might not be the death knell of even the anime. It remains to be seen whether the anime will take up the Darkness banner, given how sexually aggressive it is even compared to the original manga. As for this show...

Better than review, is a Trailer video of: Motto To Love Ru. Watch it now:
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