Takahiro SakuraiM.A.ONao ToyamaChiaki Takahashi
Otona no Bouguya-san II
Episode 1 also reviewed here: Anime 1st episodes 2021: A
Also known as: Armor Shop for Ladies & Gentlemen II
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2021
Writer/director: Jun'ichi Yamamoto
Original creator: Fumi Ayamiya
Actor: Ai Furihata, Azumi Waki, Chiaki Takahashi, Enako, M.A.O, Mark Ishii, Mikako Komatsu, Nao Toyama, Nichika Omori, Takahiro Sakurai, Yumiri Hanamori
Keywords: anime, fantasy
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: Season Two: 12 six-minute episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=21450
Website category: Anime 2021
Review date: 7 November 2022
Otona no Bouguya san
I watched this show's first season in 2018 and thought it was a weak sort of okay. Slightly amusing, occasionally. Could perhaps be called naughty, if you have low standards and don't mind the lack of nudity, or indeed of anything that couldn't be broadcast on TV.
This season's pretty much the same, but with an almost unrelated series tagged on to the end of every episode.
...is about a naughty armour shop in a sword-and-sorcery world. It works like regular armour, but it's sexy! Sort of, ish. This is a harmless anime with an animation budget of tuppence ha'penny, so you'll usually be watching the equivalent of cut-outs standing in front of a background. (This is also a stylistic homage to different video game eras.) They'll break the fourth wall to discuss being unable to show people's naughty bits. (I normally dislike fourth wall breaking, but this show is so throwaway and artificial to begin with that it makes little difference.)
Nothing of importance happens. Someone wears cursed sexy armour in ep.5. There's a nun who's trying to create a wholesome world of modesty in the last few episodes. There's a pointless talking amulet who appears in the first episode, gives the last episode its emotional weight (ahahahaha, not) and says a tag phrase at the end of its sentences.
A girl and a fat fairy blob-thing visit lots of movie worlds. 2001: A Space Odyssey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, kung fu movies, magic samurai, etc. The jokes... actually, can I even call them jokes? That would be generous. The animation is even cheaper than in the main show, with for instance a "kung fu fight" in ep.5 that's just two cut-outs being wiggled at each other. They're not trying to hide it. It's the chosen visual style and deliberately daft.
Blob-thing believes that no one who likes movies can be bad and that good people never lie.
This isn't a good show, obviously. It is, though, inoffensively bland and, in its way, watchable. The episodes are short. There's nothing offensive about it (alas). I don't mind it.