Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

Genre(s): Ecchi, Comedy, School

Age-Appropriateness: 18+ (Constant sexual humor, Language, Sexual Content)

Platforms: Hulu, Funimation

Episodes: 12

TheAwersome Rating: 8.3 / 10 (Obviously not for everyone, but hilarious)

Premise: In a dystopian future, the Japanese government is cracking down on perceived immoral activity and has outlawed not only all lewd material, but even humor and language via mandatory worn devices that track words and hand motions. Tanukichi Okuma enters the country’s leading “public morals school” hoping to reunite with his crush and Student Body President, Anna. However, he finds himself kidnapped and entwined with the perverted terrorist “Blue Snow” who forces him to join her organization “SoX” in creating and distributing “educational” (read: pornographic) material across the city in protest of the regulations.

TheAwersome’s Thoughts: To burst y’all’s bubble right off the bat, NO, this isn’t a hentai. You don’t “see” anything because it’s all (comically) censored. At least depending on which version you’re watching, but in all cases, no genitalia are shown, pixelated or otherwise. That doesn’t make it appropriate for kids in any way though. If you’re wanting to have a kinky/pervy chuckle this show is a gem. I do feel that a great deal of the humor gets lost in translation since a lot of it is puns and language based, but there’s still a great time to be had. It also serves as a good social commentary on what kinds of things should and shouldn’t be censored, rather than just a blanket “ALLOW ALL THE LEWDNESS” message, which I was grateful for. While at the time I really wanted there to be a second season, I’m okay with it now because looking back I see that some of the humor was getting a little sweaty (ha) and there weren’t too many other jokes to tell. Good call on quitting while you’re ahead rather than dragging something out and milking everything you can (glares at J.K. Rowling). Heads up though, there is one scene (episode 6 or something) that gets pretty graphic.

TLDR: A rare, quality sex comedy anime that doesn’t wholly rely on fan-service as the content.

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