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Watching Softenni was not one of my top 12 anime moments of the year, not even close. But why you’re seeing it here for the eighth day is because I gave it a chance, even though I knew it was a bad anime. And you know what, the earth didn’t shatter, the oceans didn’t dry, and the sun didn’t burn out. And Softenni proved me wrong and turned out to be a somewhat decent and enjoyable anime. Read the rest of this entry »
Thinking back to before the season began, I thought Softenni was just gonna be another worthless ecchi anime, probably because the camera couldn’t focus on anything besides everyone’s panties in the PV. Thinking back to the start of the season, I was unimpressed with the anime for its bland comedy and clichéd characters, not to mention the pitiful excuses so that they could add in unnecessary fanservice. I picked it up though, since I thought it would be a challenge to blog this anime for an entire season when I otherwise would’ve dropped it, especially after that uneventful first episode. But the series began to evolve, most noticeably when they had the practice tennis match (episode 6), with more authentic comedy, a decline in pointless fanservice, and an definite shift of focus toward tennis and the characters having fun together. The latter half of Softenni really grew on me once these transformations occurred and I began to enjoy the series as a whole. Now that it’s over and I look back on Softenni, I can say I have no regrets watching and blogging this anime.
So the story behind Softenni, or what I’d like to think was a story, was Asuna and the rest of the soft tennis team aiming to play in the national tournament and eventually end up as national champions. With only one episode left in the anime, it has become obvious the girls will never become champions, let alone play in the tournament. That shouldn’t be surprising, seeing as the manga is still continuing and this is only a 12-episode season, but that’s quite a tease they put on us. Still, it’s a thousand times better, at the very minimum, than making an anime original ending.
With virtually every aspect of Softenni improving weekly, there’s been one characteristic that has remained constantly pleasing from the very beginning. It was an initial quality of the series that helped hook me onto this anime and has yet to disappoint me in any way. The camaraderie in Softenni is one of the more overlooked yet charming attributes of this anime. The girls seem to have perfect chemistry with each other and it really supports everything the anime tries to do.
This may be difficult to believe but there were actual tennis matches in the sixth episode of Softenni. Mind-boggling, I know, but it actually happened. And that’s why it has been the best episode to date. With more tennis matches set for future episodes, the series will certainly improve, at least for me.
Seeing as people are starting to realize that you’re more likely to prevent any irreversible brain damage by not watching Softenni, there has been a sudden decrease in the amount of subs available for those who disregard whatever medical warning is associated with their favorite ecchi/sports animes. Thankfully (for me), none of the topics I write about are associated with the story (haha what story?) or characters or anything that requires subtitles but instead focus on whatever tangents can pad out my weekly posts to around the 700 words so that they are just long enough to discuss a theme and short enough to impede too many ‘tl;dr’ views from people who visit this blog with the sole intention of looking at pictures of Asuna or Kotone (the only 2 characters that matter).
So anyway, onto the episode! (and I’m not all that negative in this post)
It’s just another dismal, overcast day for Nameless XEBEC Animator A. Not only is he getting in arguments with his girlfriend, getting yelled at by his supervisor at work for substandard animation, and running into financial trouble due to his lowly wages, this modest employee is simply losing his motivation for drawing anime. He arrives at the studio before the sun has peaked above the horizon, receives his assignment for the day, and sits at his desk in the same monotonous fashion that he’s been repeating these past few months.