Full confession: I may’ve watched this on the porch as the neighbors were sitting on their porch below me, trying to enjoy their dinner, over-dubbed fly fucking raining down from above them.
I came away from this one with very mixed feelings. On the one hand, there were some very funny moments, in particular the final scene with the over-protected high schoolers keeling over in a mixture of shock, incomprehension, and sexual arousal at the over-dubbed scene of the flies having sex. I also really, really like Ayame – she reminds me slightly of Medaka from Medaka Box, although she’s a lot more out there and zany than Medaka ever was. She’s got a lot of infectious energy, and watching her prance across roofs in a panty mask and a sheet is fun.
On the other hand, though, Shimoseka doesn’t seem to have any understanding that there is a difference between looking at a “dirty” manga and sexual assault, and that is a pretty massive problem. (It is also, fascinatingly enough, a distinction a lot of religious fundamentalists don’t get, by the way, which in turn informs their sexual ethics such that consent doesn’t figure into the question of what is moral versus immoral. See, for example, the Duggars of [x] and Counting, who have demonstrated that they equate masturbation with molestation. But, I digress!) It is a massive problem because it is, ultimately, a structural problem – any dig at overly zealous media censorship in turn ends up implicitly also being an attempt to mock laws forbidding sexual assault. Yes, teenagers swooning over flies fucking is funny, but you get tripped up and stop laughing when you then wonder if the message is supposed to be that by telling people not to flip women’s skirts, you’re preventing them from understanding basic biological facts. That Ayame’s inspiration is a father who is a pedophile doesn’t really help matters, as it’s clearly meant to demonstrate that laws against having sex with children and laws banning the use of profanity are the same and are both terrible impositions on freedom.
I probably should’ve foreseen this as being an issue with this series, although I am truly disappointed. Shimoseka’s satire isn’t subtle for the most part, but it is funny when seen solely as being about censorship laws. Airless gags about women pretending to have been groped on trains for financial gain break the mood. I’m willing to give it another episode or two, but I’m not feeling terribly hopeful at the moment.
By the way, amusingly enough, the voice actress for the pristine Anna is the woman who voiced Asseylum in Aldnoah.Zero. Why do I suddenly want to read some really smutty wedding night A.Z porn?