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Those Who Hunt Elves II

a.k.a. Elf wo Karu Monotachi II

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Genre: Action/Comedy
Company: Project E2/Media Works
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 10/2/1997 to 12/18/1997

When the spell that will return them home is broken once again, Junpei, Airi, Ritsuko and Celcia are forced to search far and wide for the scattered pieces. Fortunately, they know where they can find them: on the bodies of female elves. Let the stripping commence once again!

summary by Eek

 

Reviewed: 07/28/2004 by
Grade: 46% av-Eek

Highs: A chuckle here and there

Lows: Practically no entertainment value; it still doesn’t end

Absurdity requires a tricky balance that can pay off very well if done correctly, but if misused, it’s simply one more reason why a comedy fails. Those Who Hunt Elves was an anime that frolicked in absurdity; its sequel,Those Who Hunt Elves II, is no different. But in short, this series just failed.

Though I will give Those Who Hunt Elves II this: it does have a few laughs in store. Mind you, there is nothing that’ll have your sides splitting, but the once-in-two-episodes giggle you’ll have will entice you to continue on despite the vast amount of your brain cells killed in the process. Most of the comedy comes in the form of Junpei’s butt-kicking or patronizing of Celcia for looking like a panda.

There’s a serious problem when the ratio of episodes to chuckles is two-to-one. But let’s give Those Who Hunt Elves II the benefit of the doubt and forego important factors like character development and a steady plot; eliminate all “frivolous” aspects and bring this series down to one question: is it entertaining? Not really. The same, stale comedic routine here was used in the first season, but besides that, nothing made me want to eagerly watch the next episode. Even though I understood all of the puns and cultural jokes that were made, this anime was just there. And nothing screams incompetent writers like creating another ending that isn’t conclusive at all.

When I finished watching this anime, I sighed with relief and found that I was glad that it was finally over. Then I realized that I had wasted so much time that could’ve gone towards doing anything else. Take my advice: time is precious, so don’t squander any of it on this joke of an anime.

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