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Immoral Guild
Also known as: Futoku no Guild
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2022
Director: Takuya Asaoka
Writer: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Actor: Ayano Shibuya, Carin Isobe, Katsumi Fukuhara, Rumi Okubo, Saho Shirasu, Yo Taichi, Yuna Kamakura, Yuyu Shoji
Keywords: anime, fantasy, boobs
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=25426
Website category: Anime 2022
Review date: 9 February 2024
futoku guild
Underneath the dull, slightly repellent fanservice, I quite like this show. The cast are nice. There's some decent humour. I still wouldn't recommend it, though, even to sleazehounds.
It's set in a fantasy universe with the internet, TV, etc. You can film your friends on your mobile phone and then play the footage on your video at home. The show's hero wants to quit adventuring and go to university. You might think this is interesting and distinctive... or, alternatively, you might think it's the lazy direction anime fantasy has been drifting in for a while and dislike it a fair bit. (I'm in the latter camp.)
Our hero (Kikuru) is the main protector of Mebuki Town. It's his job to exterminate monsters and stop them from killing the townsfolk. He's better at this than anyone else... but he doesn't feel he can retire until he's found a successor who can do the job just as well. Fortunately, the Adventurers' Guild has some teammates for him! Naturally, they're all female and doomed to get molested by monsters that feed on their magical energy. 1. Hitamuki is the nicest girl you could ever meet... but she can't fight (despite claiming to be a martial artist) and is effectively just a walking monster lure. She's useful in support roles, though. 2. Maidena is a small, haughty white mage whose role is "healer". 3. Toshikko is a lazy, physically weak black mage whose magic is so powerful that it'll annihilate her enemies and allies alike. She has no stamina, no energy and no motivation, but she's quite fun. 4. Hanabata is helpful, sensible and beautifully polite. She's also stronger than Kikuru and very effective in combat. She'd be perfect if only she didn't have a magic ability that gives her the brain of a drunken toddler and the ability to break your spine.
That's quite an entertaining team. Nothing special, but they bounce off each other reasonably and the show has some decent jokes. ("I used a cookie made by a maiden as an attack item.") Unfortunately, though, this is an ecchi anime and it's determined to create lascivious situations. Ecchi in itself I don't mind. I'll watch all kinds of trash. This, though, got tedious with its monster molestation (i.e. non-consensual) and other situations that don't even try to be realistic. Boobs will bounce even when their owners are standing still. I loathed the guild medical check-up in ep.4, but the sleaze was usually just dull. I lost patience with a show that underneath was okay.
The show can be good. I enjoyed those three clueless girls having a cooking competition in ep.5, which is an anime cliche but they go so over-the-top with it that I laughed a lot. There's a two-parter (eps.7-8) that breaks the show's formula by having a monster that's genuinely lethal instead of just perverted. The running gag of Enome's daughter's misunderstanding is amusing. Hanabata and her servants have character issues and a story, instead of just being joke fodder. Also, importantly, the cast are likeable and work quite well together.
Unfortunately, though, the show's brand of sleaze makes it tedious.