More firsts: B Hata H Kei, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

B Gata H Kei is all about Yamada, high school freshman who is trying to live her dream, to lose her virginity and have 100 sex friends. This is the point where I nearly turned it off.

It goes as you would expect, with Yamada making her first choice in a guy, Takashi, who conveniently sits next to her in class. There is quite a bit of fanservice and, to my surprise, a few chuckles. But only a few. What humor comes from Yamada, who wants to be deflowered but has no experience in coming on to men, and poor Takashi, who is completely bewildered by the mixed signals she inadvertently gives him.

What’s more, it’s clear that, in spite of her intentions, Yamada just isn’t ready for sex. At one point Takashi thinks it might be okay to kiss her, and he gets … excited—and Yamata freaks out at the sight. This dynamic keeps the episode, and hopefully the series, from being totally useless. I’ll watch another episode of B Gata H Kei and decide then.

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou is a mixed bag. There’s a heavy start where a woman leaves her baby at a church muttering about his future. Then we meet Sai, all grown up, a nice lad off to a magic academy. He makes a friendly bond with a girl named Hattori. It gives off a Harry Potter odor, which is not dispelled when this show’s equivalent of the Sorting Hat tells him his future occupation.

From here it devolves into something resembling Ladies vs. Butlers, with Sai desperately trying to placate everyone and saying the wrong things. Further attempts to make everyone happy just make it worse, and soon he’s running away from one woman and running into another. And his friend Hattori now wants to kill him.

The thing is, he starts manifesting some unnatural powers every time he’s threatened. And they play up the fact that being on the side of the demons is a Very Bad Thing, no matter what his noble intentions are. It’s a strange mix of slapstick, fanservice and gothy horror theatrics. Trying to figure out which would come next made me keep watching, but I don’t know how long I’ll stay with the series.

Oh, one more thing. Did anyone else notice Celty’s head in the closing credits?

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