Post by Old Man Dream on Jul 21, 2017 18:21:55 GMT
Scum's Wish focuses on teenagers Hanabi and Mugi making a pact together to form a temporary relationship to satisfy their sexual frustrations from unrequited love until they are able to successfully hook up with their love interests. Outside of our main leads, the series also delves into the personal problems plaguing some of those close to Hanabi and Mugi in regards to intimate relationships and how this affects our two leads.
Scum's Wish sticks out from many romance titles in a number of ways. First, it explores the negative ramifications of unrequited love as seen from the experiences of any teenage character in the series. As seen throughout the series, Hanabi, Mugi, and several other characters are shown to exploit the desires and vulnerabilities of those they start sexual relationships with to satisfy the urges and frustrations they have with lacking the ideal companionship they desire. The characters realize with time how flawed it is to have a relationship that relies purely on sexual interactions, how this could hurt any positive relationships they have with those close to them, and gradually learn to find their own ways to move on from these negative experiences to find a romantic relationship they can form more positive connections with.
The second way that Scum's Wish sticks out is that it doesn't idealize the relationships formed by its characters. The characters are believably flawed in how they cope with not having the relationships they want, whether due to inexperience dealing with such emotions or having the obsessive desire to seek companionship through sex. All relevant characters in the series are focused on to show how they met up with and developed feelings for their love interest, as well as showing the negative toll that their issues have on their mental state when it comes to trying to understanding how romantic relationships are supposed to be more than just sexual relations.
The third way that the series sticks out comes in regards to how it treats its sexual content. Scum's Wish isn't afraid to focus on intimate scenes between its characters as they are important in showing how the characters regard sex in their actions toward those they initiate the act with. While certainly not appropriate to show for younger or more sensitive audiences, the acts are tastefully depicted and do well at showing the flaws of many of its characters with how they regard sexual acts.
This being said, Scum's Wish isn't without its flaws. The series can turn off those who can't connect with the actions and decisions made by these characters that I have taken notice of, as there are points where the characters can come off as repulsive and selfish with how they exploit others to satisfy their carnal desires. Personally, I was not turned off by many of the characters in their behavior, though Noriko's character did grate on my nerves at points with how obnoxious her voice acting came off. The only characters that I did not feel satisfied with in their relationship developments came with Narumi and Akane, as the resolution of the relationship came off a bit forced given the issues that Akane dealt with from being a nymphomaniac.
Still, Scum's Wish made for one of the more interesting titles I had a chance of seeing for 2017 thus far thanks to the psychological focus it offers up on the flaws of its characters with handling unrequited love and understanding how there are more to relationships than just sexual acts. It won't be for everyone given its sexual content and how low a number of the characters can go with their developments. But it still made for one of the more better watches I've gotten out of recent anime titles for the year thus far.
Rating: 8.5 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
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Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
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