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AKA: アスタロッテのおもちゃ! (Astarotte no Omocha!)
Genre: Fantasy comedy.
Length: Television series, 12 episodes, 24 minutes each
Distributor: Currently available streaming on crunchyroll, even internationally to a certain degree.
Content Rating: 13+ (Fanservice, heavy sexual implications.)
Related Series: N/A
Also Recommended: Hayate no Gotoku, ToraDora, Koihime Musou.
Notes: Based on the manga Lotte no Omocha! by Yui Haga, currently running in ASCII Mediaworks' Dengeki Maoh magazine. The title was changed for the anime apparently due to copyright issues.
Rating: Two StarsTwo Stars
 

Astarotte's Toy

Synopsis

Naoya Tohara is the first addition to the harem created for the sake of Succubus Princess Lotte, who is about to become an adult succubus. For that sake, he's taken to the realm of the magical kingdom of Alfrheim and introduced to the princess.

There is a problem, though: due to Lotte accidentally witnessing an... intimate moment between her mother and one of her harem members, she has developed a huge distaste for men.


Review

But an even bigger problem, I'd say, is that Princess Lotte looks like this:

And why is that a problem? Because the show is not short on implications that the reason Naoya is taken to Alfrheim is so that she can drink his spooge. I really wish I was kidding. Buuuuut this is a show meant for being broadcast on TV, so I was perfectly aware that this was nothing I would be forced to watch directly if I chose to watch it at all. (Which I did, since you're reading this review right now.)

But -- and this needs to be stressed -- if you plan on watching this, I can only hope that your memory is very selective, because there are a couple of facts in this show that needs to be overlooked if you want to escape it without feeling dirtier for it.

First, and most importantly; Lotte is ten years old, and she definitely looks her age, if not even younger. She's another in the long line of prepubescent females played by Rie Kugimiya. She's somewhere along the tsundere mold of Nagi Sanzenin, which is actually appreciated, because it means that while she's somewhat hot-tempered, she's also never violent or abusive, least of all towards the young male lead.

Our male lead in question is 23 years old. He's also the only human to reside in Ygvarland. Hilariously enough, the residents of Ygvarland have a rather... inaccurate view of what a human being really is. (Four legs? Fur all over their bodies? And that's only for starters.) Sensing a way out of her predicament, Lotte proceeds to demand a human male to get her harem started, and I'm sure you can see where this is going.

The male lead, Naoya, also has a daughter. And, conveniently enough; she's the same age as Lotte. "But wait", you might say. "If she's ten, and he's twenty-three, then he must have sired that child when he was twelve." And you'd be correct, which is where your selective memory will come in. As I mentioned earlier, there's a few things that might not sit well with you if you choose not to ignore it, and the demands on your selective memory WILL be challenged, especially in the first episode, and even more so near the end. That's why I want you all to ask yourselves this: can you ignore that? Can you ignore that Naoya is brought to Alfrheim so that Princess Lotte can presumably perform fellatio on him? (And the show definitely wants you to presume this.) Can you ignore the fact that someone also slept with him when he was 12, and then saddled him with a child when he was 15 or 16, to raise all on his own? Can you ignore that the show apparently sees nothing wrong with any of this? If you can, I envy you. Except not really, because I don't particularly WANT to think there's nothing wrong with all of this.

And that's because the first half of the show, when you get past the incredibly awkward first episode, can probably pass as a fairly cute show for those who wants their daily helping of fluff. It's also where it deals with Lotte's nearly ruined relationship with her mother, plus her hate of men. For that shining moment, you can allow yourself to forget what they spent most of the first episode discussing and fool yourself into thinking this is just a light drama with comedy. Not that I found the comedic moments all that funny myself, but in my case, it was more of an opportunity to amuse myself at the show's rampant use of pseudo-Scandinavian names and words. (Like "Hr

When I started this, I was kind of hoping it'd end up better than I thought it would be, but as it turned out, it ended up being more or less what I expected. A shame, really.Stig Høgset

Recommended Audience: Fanservice is fairly regular, though relatively mild, and thankfully centered around the adults -- or at least near-adults. It's the implications, really, that makes this show so hard to... uh, swallow.

As such, it's probably better suited at least teens. (Unless, of course, you don't see the problem in answering your child's question: "Mama, how do you suck someone off?")



Version(s) Viewed: crunchyroll stream, sub only.
Review Status: Full (12/12)
Astarotte's Toy © 2011 Yui Huga / ASCII Media Works / Project Astarotte's Toy / Dengeki Comics
 
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