Say hello to the …ecchi anime of Winter 2011…Now I know what you’re about to say. It’s ecchi so it doesn’t matter. You’d be surprised. It’s got an all-star cast and has an actual plot other than just boobs and ass.
In an island casino called the Howard Resort, Rio Rollins is a popular casino dealer with the ability to bring good luck to gamblers just by walking past them, earning her the nickname “The Goddess of Victory”. Mint Clark, a young child, comes to the Howard Resort with her grandfather and encounters Rio, and the two become the best of friends.
Rio’s life soon changes when it is revealed that she is a “Gate Holder”, a dealer who holds one of the 13 legendary cards called “Gates”, and whoever collects them all will be named “Most Valuable Casino Dealer” (MVCD). To collect all 13 Gates, Rio must take part in special matches called “Gate Battles” with other Gate Holders and gain their Gates to become the most valuable casino dealer in the world.
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What’s not to like in this ecchi title from the Winter 2011 Anime Season. It’s got boobs, actual plot(rare from anything that has an ecchi tag), and super high level Seiyuu. It actually has something to offer other than just fanservice. I liken it to the Sekirei anime in that regard. It’s got boobs in one hand(I mean this metaphorically) and plot in the other. And they both make something at least worth watching.
This anime is also special to my heart along with Manyuu Hikenchou.
Yeah I went on that one solely by the ecchi and it has little to no plot but once you start looking at the bouncing boobs and the swords flying you forget what you’re doing anyway
It’s the first anime where I started to watch anime regularly again since the days of Toonami. Not just the Narutos, the Bleachs, and the One Pieces but just regular seasonal stuff. It’s the stuff that influences my writing(anime in general not ecchi although the hot springs scenes in Thief King Chronicles and Fairy Freedom look like they came right out of an ecchi anime). So I’m thankful for that.
- The Cast. It’s easier to tell you who I haven’t heard of in someway. However I’ll try to tell everyone I know and what anime I know them from at the time the anime aired:
1.Marina Inoue from Sekirei(this is two years before the Date A Live anime came out)
2.Ayana Taketatsu(same thing two years before Date A Live)
3.Aya Uchida(Before I knew Love Live)
4.Minori Chihara(The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. This is way before I became a huge fan of hers. In fact, I didn’t know she was in this anime until I started rewatching it for the Full Series Review)
5.Sayaka Ohara from Sekirei(this was before Fairy Tail and a lot of stuff I watch with her in it.)
6.Kikuko Inoue from Ah My Goddess(She’s in so much stuff I’ve seen lately but Ah My Goddess was the first time I heard her)
7.Kazuhiko Inoue from Naruto(This is the first time I heard him where he was Kakashi from Naruto)
- The Plot. Like I said you’d be surprised that this anime has an actual plot. It’s not a super deep anime but it has its plot and its good points
- The Finale Arc(Every episode after Episode 9)
Side Note: I just noticed this while doing the review. There are a lot of Inoues in the anime, Marina Inoue, Kikuko Inoue, and Kazuhiko Inoue. Maybe they’re all related…hahaha. No they aren’t. Inoue is one of the most common last names in the Japanese language. It’s like the Smith of last names over there.
- The plot, while existing, it’s really all that deep but then again were you really expecting something deep from an ecchi anime?
I can’t really think of much other stuff that really sucked on this anime. I’m kinda blocked by nostalgia because this anime is quite precious to me. If you can think of something leave it in the comments below
Now after the greatness and tiring experience that was the Love Live Season 2 Full Season Review, I’m going to review this anime based on the arcs and not episode by episode. Why? I try to have a bit of a life outside being an anime blogger and writing something about each episode would take all month.
So there are four arcs in this anime in my opinion. They are the Introduction Arc(Episodes 1-4), the Sky Resort Arc(Episodes 5-8), The Restoration of Confidence Arc(Episodes 9-10), and the Finale Arc(Episodes 11-13). So I’ll be talking about the arcs in general rather that episodes.
The Introduction Arc
So this arc of course introduces Rio(voiced by Marina Inoue) as well as all her co-workers on the Howard Resort. Mint Clark(voiced by Ayana Taketatsu), the secondary female protagonist, goes on holiday with her grandpa and ends up meeting Rio. Howard, the owner of the resort, asks Rio to take care of Mint during her stay. While walking back to her room, they get attack by Orlin Dunhill’s goons but Rio’s apparently got some Tohka’s fighting skills because she owns them all while wearing a super short maid outfit! The next day Rio beats him in poker with a pair of two, the weakest hand in poker.
Rio also trains a new recruit named Anya Helsing but she’s extremely clumsy. However she points out that Rio owns a Gate Card and explains all the stuff about Gates. Later the Gate Holder Elvis arrives at the casino to challenge Rio but loses.
Howard acquires the old Misery Castle as a part of the Resort but now Rio has to contend with the ghost of Misery(voiced by Eri Kitamura) who has possessed her friends Elle and Ille Adams(both voiced by Aya Uchida). Misery challenges Rio to a game of odds vs. evens. However Misery loses when she accidentally hits a super spicy chicken wing(I’m not making this stuff up) delivered by Rio’s childhood friend, Rina Tachibana.
Rina reveals that she’ll be working at the Howard Resort from now on. Rio takes the day off to show her around the island but their day is cut short by Bull Hard(not making this up) challenges Rio to a game vending machine lotto. Still not making this up! After he gets owned, Howard forces Rio and Rina to play a game of clay pigeon shooting where you lose clothes if you miss. However the match ends in a draw.
The Sky Resort Arc
Howard sends Rio, Rina, and Anya to work at Sky Resort casino at the top of the mountain on the island. Once they get there, they meet the Resort’s head dealer Linda who’s revealed to be a robot. Turns out that the actual resort flies in the air but before they really get serious a young boy reprograms Linda to challenge Rio to a Gate Battle on the Sky Resort’s water slide. Linda is defeated and Rio wins but not before Cartia Goltschimidt approached Howard with an offer for another Gate Battle.
During this arc, Rio battles against Jack, Queen, and King in quick succession because Cartia has hacked the Sky Resort’s mainframe and will not allow it to land until Rio is defeated. However Rio managed to defeat them all but is unable to defeat the final opponent, Rina, who is revealed to be a traitor. She hates Rio because Rio’s mother cheated with Rina’s father, forcing Rina’s mother to fall into a coma. This also shows that both girls are half sisters.
Restoration of Confidence Arc
Now Rio has been defeated Cartia takes control over Howard Resort and turns it into Goltschmidt Kingdom. Upon her defeat by Rina, Rio feels as if she’s let everyone down. However both Elvis and Orlin come around to try and cheer up her with a game. However Misery possesses Rosa and explains that Jack manipulated the game so that Rio would win.
Rio gets a call from Cartia for a job as a general manager but refuses, telling Rina she’ll return to defeat her. While walking out Rio’s trapped in a Roll Ruler. She battles against this person known as Joker and managed to win their Gate. Once she escapes it’s revealed that Dana the fortune teller is also Gate Holder of the 8 card. Rio battles against her as well winning her gate and restoring her confidence in herself.
Rio gathers together all her friends and mounts an assault on the Goltschmidt Kingdom, aiming to win enough slots to buy back the Resort.
The Finale Arc
Rio and her friends enter Goltschmidt Kingdom and starts winning big at all the games. However the next day both their winnings and Mint’s bear Choco are missing. Then they get challenged by Yang-Yang and An-An, the keepers of the 10 Gate, to a game of explosive Concentration. Rio and company manage to win only for Rina to arrive and challenge Rio to a Gate Battle for all the gates
After the terms are announced Rio and friends leave the resort to rest up before the battle. After they return the battle is announced to be a 15 game poker match. After taking the first two matches with her Roll Ruler, Rina starts aggressively dominating the match with 14 wins to Rio’s 0. However Rio immediately makes up the difference. And with the final match on the line, Rio wins and becomes one with the gates.
However Cartia and her goons try to use the gates for their power but not before Risa and Rina’s father come around and arrest them for crimes against basically casinos. Go figure. Rio uses her Ulimate Roll Ruler to spread good luck all over the world and life returns to normal until two mysterious figure appear on the roof of the Howard Resort.
So at least back in 2011, with the end showing those two new characters everyone was wondering if they’re was going to be a new season of Rio: Rainbow Gate. However it’s now 2014 and Rio: Rainbow Gate doesn’t have the restrictions that adapdation has since it’s based solely an a character. So if it hasn’t come out by now, it probably isn’t.
Also something I didn’t think of until this point. As we all know Casinos get a lot of money so much they don’t really need to worry about if a few people hit a jackpot in one day simply because they have so much money. However they jump on the back of cheaters but that’s a different problem right there.
However Rio, who’s Roll Ruler gives good luck and perks up the customer, is inherently bad to a casino. So let me get this straight. The woman that gives good luck to the customer is the most popular dealer around? The woman should be blacklisted and kicked out of the casino world.
Just a little logical fallacy that the anime didn’t even think about that I wanted to point out.
Now I give Rio: Rainbow Gate a 9/10 for good plot, great voice actor, and well done art.
So with that it’s the end of this month’s Full Season Review.
So as you know from the Love Live School Idol Project II Full Season Review, the next one on my list for October is the first season of Sword Art Online!
Now for November, I’m going even further to my roots and reviewing the first Funimation title I ever saw. I’ll be reviewing Suzuka! It’s one of my favorite anime and what got me into Fuuka and all of Seo Kouji’s works.
So until the next Full Season Review,
Hey everyone. It’s Deven here coming with the first of many Fuuka reviews. So these are going to be mass reviews of five chapters at a time. Why not review each week? Because I like my social life and I swamp myself as it is.
Also this seems like a good place to announce that I’ll also be manga reviewing Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail Zero which is a monthly series. I’ll review those every month.
So now that that’s out of the way let’s begin!
Fuuka Chapter 20: Problem Child
So this chapter opens with Yuu talking to Fuuka about the stuff they did over summer break.
They worked as waiters in a beach cafe to pay for instrument to start a band.
Yuu comments that they didn’t do much but work and go to the beach. He also talks about how he nearly drowned which makes Fuuka blush.
In Chapter 13, For A While, while having a day off from their jobs on the beach, Yuu and Fuuka go out on a rubber dolphin. Unfortunately Fuuka falls off and starts to drown and Yuu goes to save her but ends up Fuuka saves him. This ends up being Yuu’s first kiss.
Anyway Fuuka blushes when Yuu mentions the kiss and quickly changes the subject to the fact that they had a good time and made a lot of memories.
Yuu ponders for a minute in his desk why she would avoid the subject like and he wonders the further he falls in love with her the less he understands.
Yep, bro that’s how it works with girls. Also Yuu just said the exact same thing his precedessor and Fuuka’s father Yamato Akitsuki. Then again Seo’s really done the same protagonist about three times in my book but the girls and the drama keep me coming back.
Back to the story, Fuuka, Yuu Mikasa(it’s a guy, you Attack on Titan fans!) set up plans to practice in a studio owned by the Hedgehogs during lunch. They try find a table but this cool girl with shiny black hair is sitting at the table they want. She gets up when they say they want to sit there.
The Hedgehogs are a band that made the song that would later become the theme song for Yamato Akitsuki while he goes to the World Olympics and wins a Silver Medal.
Fuuka, Yuu, Mikasa(it’s a guy, you Attack on Titan fans!), and Nachi head over to the studio and meet Hisashi who tells them his younger sister just got kicked out of a band. They go into the room where she’s playing and find out it’s the exact girl they met during lunch.
Fuuka, almost like Luffy from One Piece, immediately asks her to join their band. When Yuu tries to tell her to slow down, he trips and falls face first into the girl’s boobs and she smacks him with her bass and says yes.
And that ends Chapter 20.
Fuuka Chapter 21: One of Us
So we open the chapter with Yuu learning how to play the bass while Sara, Hisashi’s little sister, watches. It’s also told that she’s a second year while Yuu, Mikasa, and Fuuka are first years.
Yuu with his total ‘I suck and I’m a burden on everyone’ thing thinks that she must think that he’s a total amateur. Normally I have nothing against romance manga heroes ragging on themselves but come on! You are an amateur dude! You’ve literally picked up the bass a grand total of twice! Don’t beat yourself up.
Anyway ironically Sara does say that he’s messing up the part he’s supposed to be playing.
After that Mikasa says that they should call it a night. Fuuka calls out to a leaving Sara and asks if she wants to join them for dinner, celebrating their first practice. She goes and the four of them head out to a restaurant.
While they eat our five characters talk about what song they’ll do. When Sara is asked to chime she says that the song has a tricky bassline and looks right at Yuu. Everyone else laughs it off while Fuuka, Mikasa, and Nachi leave to do some stuff, leaving Yuu and Sara at the table.
Yuu tries to leave with them but those darn manners prevent him, leaving him in an awkward situation sitting with Sara. Sara keeps her mouth shut and calls for the waitress to give her a sundae. Once it comes in she takes a picture of it and uploads it to Twitter.
Yuu gets an update on his Twitter feed with the same picture that Sara just posted. Yuu sends Yamato(admiral) a message asking if he/she is sitting right in front of him because the situation is odd.
Turns out it is and Sara goes totally red faced and talking about pretty much everything she’s done since she came on screen. You can’t really get it if I explain it. Here you go.
I’ve seen cheerleaders say less…
Anyway she explains the reason that she hasn’t been able to get into a band is that people often misunderstand what she says when she talks so people don’t want to deal with her. Yuu comments while she’s a bit intimidating she’s a nice person at heart.
And with that so ends Chapter 21.
Now there was a quick omake called Chapter 21.5 for Fuuka where it crossed over with a few other romance mangas that are in Weekly Shonen Magazine. It’s not really important. Just a lot of fanservice, a few girl on girl kisses, and a lot of shipping. So I’ll move on.
Fuuka Chapter 22: In the Band
So we come up on Yuu’s sisters asking him to come down for dinner. Maaya(normally I’d spell it as Maya but hey it’s Japan you’d assume this spelling’s right.) gives up and assumes he’s on his phone and Twitter again.
Wrong! He’s practicing his bass. Unfortunately he doesn’t seem to get the hook down right. His fingers start to hurt but he keeps practicing because he doesn’t want to slow down the group tomorrow. Come on man. You know that you don’t want to look back in front of Fuuka. Be real with yourself.
Next Yuu wakes up and goes to practice and meets up with Sara outside the studio. Looks like Sara’s really perked up. She’s smiling and not wearing all black. It’s amazing what a change in clothes can do.
Yuu says that he feels weird carrying around this huge bass while Sara says that it makes him look cool, like a real rock star. They go inside where they meet up with the rest of the group. Fuuka tells them they might not be able to get in because someone else has got the space.
Sara moves to make her brother give them some time but Yuu tells her that it would be impolite to take advantage of Hisashi’s kindness like that. Sara agrees but they still have no where to practice.
Mikasa says they could find another studio but then they’d have to pay and studio time is expensive. Yuu offers that they could use a club room since they have five people but Fuuka shoots that down because there are no more club rooms available at that point.(Trust me. There’s going to be one that magically opens up soon.)
Nachi gets all flustered and says that he knows a place they can get some practice done, his place!
Nachi takes them over to his house where they go into huge shed. Turns out Nachi’s brother used to be a musician and used to practice there with his band. The place is nearly soundproof but they can’t practice at night. Great! They’ve got a place to practice when Hisashi can’t come through.
All the members tease Nachi about the place and they get down to business. They try running straight through it and while they’re doing that Yuu thinks that he’s not cut out for being in a band. That bands are only for the popular people and what not. Those types of thought are rarely good.
However once he starts playing he realizes that the song sounds way better than when he played it by himself. All the instruments are blending together and it makes the one instrument better because it’s working with others.
After they finish Nachi comments that they suck while Mikasa says it was their first time. Nachi says that Yuu was a bit sloppy and still needs some more practice. However it doesn’t get Yuu down. He’s still riding on that thrill!
Fuuka says that while he made a lot of mistakes Yuu looked really cool. Our man Yuu gets all red faced and then Sara ‘accidentally’ smacks him with her guitar. Yeah…accident… Harem has begun!
After that Nachi says that in a few days or weeks they could really get the song down. So Fuuka exclaims to the entire group that they’ll debut at the school festival in two months!
And that ends Chapter 22.
Fuuka Chapter 23: So Glad
So we open up the chapter with Nachi on Yuu’s butt about messing up the bass part of the song. Mikasa chimes in and says it wouldn’t much of a problem if it wasn’t a bass solo. Everyone basically gets on Yuu’s back, saying that he needs to get his part down for the festival comes in two weeks. Fuuka defends him and Yuu tell them he’ll keep practicing.
We go over to Yuu’s place and see one of his hot sisters Hibiki, half naked telling him that the bath’s free for him. He ain’t listening because he’s practicing. Now if that wasn’t his sister he’d have my respect. She’s standing around in her panties with just a towel to cover her boobs. Too Heroic!
Hibiki leaves and talks to the other sister about how Yuu is constantly practicing, almost to the point where they’ve got it memorized. Hibiki says he’s pretty good but he holds himself to such high standards. So the others were wrong? He’s good? Come on then! Cut the guy a break. One part is messed up and he sucks. Nope. He’s good in my opinion.
We go to Yuu in the bath thinking over what everyone said that day. He looks at his hands and says that this sucks. His other older sister, Maaya leaves some clothes and a towel out for him. She comments how hard he’s working and how he’s grown from giving up before he even started.
But Yuu beats himself up by saying he’s not even getting any better. Maaya counters by basically saying this. It’s better with a picture!
As she leaves Maaya says that Hibiki and Chitose are rooting for him too. Once Yuu gets out of the tub, he says how impossible that it is. Then he sees some band-aids with both his sisters’ signatures on it for him to do his best.
We flash to the next day during practice and Yuu promises himself that he’ll definitely get the solo today. They start practice and Yuu totally nails it! He gets congrats from everyone. Even some snarky ones from Nachi.
Yuu says that he really likes playing the bass but he felt like he wasn’t making any progress and that he was holding everyone back. He cries because he’s so happy that he finally gets it. Sara looks happy and she’s blushing(I smell harem romance.) Nachi tells him to knock it off or he’s going to make him feel like he made Yuu cry. Mikasa chimes in and says that he did make Yuu cry.
We end the chapter with Yuu realizing that he’s really made progress and he loves being in a band.
And with that we end off Chapter 23. One more to go and this one’s a Color Cover!
Fuuka Chapter 24: Renewing A Promise
We open up with Yuu walking back home, trying keep himself calm about the school festival in two days. Then he sees someone outside acting all suspicious and what not. Get him Yuu! They’re trying to steal your sisters…that wouldn’t really motivate him.
Turns out it’s Koyuki, his old friend. Yuu invites her inside and she explains that she came by to visit but no one was home. She hands Yuu some tickets to her show in Yokohama . Then she apologizes for how she acted the last time they met.
I could tell you but then you’d have no reason to read the manga. Go read the manga! I use Red Hawk Scans personally.
Turns out that she was scared that Yuu was mad at her for what happened and she didn’t message him because of it. Yuu comments that’s the reason why he didn’t send her a message too.
Koyuki jumps up and gets in his face and says that he should have said something. Yuu tries to argue but like a clever man he knows he isn’t going to win an argument with a woman so he apologizes. He knows! Then again he has three sisters so if he doesn’t know how women work then no one in this manga does.
So Koyuki asks if Yuu is coming to her concert and he says yeah and he asks if they’re still friends. Now look at this.
Anyway the topic shifts to Yuu’s concert and Koyuki gets happy over it while Yuu tries to play it off. Koyuki asks if he’s in the band with Fuuka and Yuu says yeah. Now if he just shut up right there, things would be all good. But like his predecessor Yamato Akitsuki he doesn’t shut his mouth and makes her jealous. Difference is that she’s not like Suzuka(she would have yelled at him) she’s more like Honoka(she avoids saying how she feels by saying she has to leave.)
So Yuu walks her out and Koyuki asks for them to renew their promise if they ever make it big they’d play on the same stage together. Yuu agrees and they pinky swear.
So after that we shift to I guess the next morning where Yuu’s sisters run upstairs to his room and get him out of bed to show him something on Twitter.
Yep turns out someone snapped a picture and posted on Twitter.
Note:Twitter is the fastest growing social platform in the world, easily out placing the competition.
They call him stupid for being so reckless with how he was acting.
The chapter ends with how many times the photo had been retweeted.
Wow that’s a lot of retweets. The most I’ve ever gotten is three and that was a good day.
So with this that’s the first of many Fuuka chapter reviews. I can’t wait to do the next one. So until the next one,