Netsuzou Trap at a Glance


Sugoi. What a thriller. Wow.

Soooooo the cheating show, the yuri cheating show. Not something I’d intended to watch, exactly, but the new season had started and I was staring down the barrel of the licensing nightmare gun instead of being able to watch good (or “good”) anime, and, well, it was *right* there, so, here we are. The tale of a hapless high school girl and her serial sexual assailant, and their boyfriends who exist solely to make it more forbidden and to torment our lead with guilt more. Except it’s supposed to be a romance. Ho hum.

What got me was that this opening episode wasn’t merely bad in the ways in which I expected it to be (“best friend” Hotaru is extremely creepy), but it was dead dull to boot. It more or less consisted of Hotaru molesting doofy Yuma interspersed with Yuma vacantly wondering what it could possibly mean?! and the most exciting double-date ever. I found myself checking the clock, which is a bit impressive when you consider that the whole thing only ran about nine minutes.

I’ll admit that I’m not seeing what the draw is here. Hotaru’s a creep, Yuma’s a dolt, and the boys are nonentities. I realize I’m not the audience for it in the first place, but I can often at least see what the appeal is for folks. Citrus (which is getting an anime later this year) has a similar premise, and while I bailed after the second volume since I found the predatory relationship dynamic there likewise off-putting, it at least wasn’t boring.

By the way, I did check out the first chapter of the manga, and this adaptation is a fair bit less salacious in terms of visual. I know, how terribly disappointing! Whatever shall one do without softcore porn images of high school anime girls?! But it does go with the overall lack of inspiration to the production.

Anyway, if you’re a yuri fan, I think the time you could spend watching this is much better spent pestering for a Kase-san TV series.

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