Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero review (Nudity, NSFW)

Anime Reporter tries to find the words to describe Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, the anime series based on Tetsuto Uesu’s light novel series.

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The series is based in a world that has become used to dimensional barriers opening up and summoning away young people to magical worlds, typically becoming heroes and adventurers before returning to their own world, assuming that they want to. Or that they survive. Akatsuki Ousawa (voiced by Nobuhiko Okamato in Japanese and Eric Vale in English) is one such youth and the series starts with him returning home as a victorious champion after ridding the world of Alayzard of the evil being known only as the Dark Lord. Back in the real world, Akatsuki has to enrol in Babel, a school for the more dimensionally-realigned citizens who could use some training and study in any newfound abilities they may have acquired.

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Sound pretty good so far?

Wait. There are a few more details you need to know about.

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Akatsuki hasn’t returned alone. He’s brought with him the incredibly busty daughter of the man he just killed and is kindly helping her adjust to life in his world.

 

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While taking any given opportunity to grab her breasts or watch her shower. As if all of that wasn’t already incredibly creepy, Myuu (voiced by Yoko Hikasa in Japanese and Felecia Angelle in English), the large-breasted, recently orphaned kidnap victim is posing as Akatsuki’s amnesiac sister while she adjusts to life at Babel. There, she and Akatsuki make some friends and a couple of enemies as they work their way through a militarised version of Hogwarts.

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Again, this may still sound like a pretty cool series, with a slightly perverted slant, but there is so much more to say.

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The first big problem that this show encounters is Akatsuki, who is clearly supposed to be the suave, unshakeable love-child of Batman and James Bond. No foe is too big, no attack is too fast and nothing escapes his watchful gaze. Akatsuki handles all enemies and situations with ease and we’re really never given more of a reason for his amazing skill than him just being amazing. He’s a little unique in Babel as he is the only person with no magical skills at all. Instead, he spent his time in the other world studying Renkankei-kikou, controlling his chi flow and the flow of those around him. So, while everyone around him wields unshakable magic powers, he is only capable of…

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No, wait, never mind. Apparently his energy manipulation is the only thing which is actually ever useful. It seems like every enemy is somehow magic-proof, meaning that he is regularly the man to save the day, which he typically does with a smile and a one-liner to Myuu which  amounts roughly to “You’ve done pretty well, but I’m here now and I’m a man so you just sit down for a little while.” Did I mention that his energy manipulation allows him to remove women’s underwear without them noticing? That happens a lot.

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A lot.

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There are going to be some spoilers here, but, if you care at all about plot or the events of a series, then Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is almost certainly not for you, so feel free to read either way.

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Akatsuki apparently turns out to be the exception to just about every norm within the school, from being so overwhelmingly powerful that he needs eight “Arms Devices” to summon his uniquely giant sword to being the only person capable of taming a sentient, electrified dune buggy of sorts. The series and all of its characters seem devoted to the idea that Akatsuki is an amazing, one in a billion, true-blue hero, whereas he’s actually a total jackass. His hunches and guesses are never wrong and he is never in the dark on what’s happening. It gets old very very quickly for the main character to be constantly grinning at every new plot twist and explaining it to the confused women watching him in awe. That’s another thing: Despite being a complete pervert and an arrogant ass, apparently all girls want him and all men want to be him.

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In one of the episodes, the entirety of which is about Myuu buying bras (seriously, the entire episode- no funny side plots, no five-minute flashbacks. Just about Myuu bouncing and jiggling and posing ridiculously), Akatsuki helps Myuu put on her bra and explains that he knows more about putting on bras than the four women in the changing room with him (don’t ask why four women and one man are in one changing room in a lingerie store), because he… because… because this teenage boy apparently used to be the bouncer of a high-end brothel.

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And the girls needed his help putting on their bras sometimes.

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And sometimes, they would apparently enjoy his touching them a “little too much”. (Actually part of Akatsuki’s apparent back story)

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Really, it never ends. The entire series is devoted to saying “Hey Akatsuki, you’re super cool and women love you and you’re super awesome at sex and also you’re smart and a cool fighter and you could beat up a shark if you wanted.” That’s really about the level of sophistication we’re talking about here. It’s all just giant boobs, the constant removal of women’s underwear and Akatsuki generally just being Superman.

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Fan service exists. There are plenty of shows and series which use nudity and giant breasts just because they can. Some of these shows can be quite good and these typically either try to ignore the fact that their women have giant, bowling-ball breasts, like Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere or they can at least make fun of themselves and have a sense of humour about the ridiculousness of their own fan service, like High School DxD or High School of the Dead. Unfortunately, Aesthetica tries to paint Akatsuki as an insightful and intelligent character who just also happens to casually spy on girls naked, use his energy manipulation to make their breasts bigger or just remove their clothes and this is essentially glorifying a blatant sex-offender. What’s worse is that nobody in the series has a major problem with Akatsuki, treating him as a slightly obnoxious show-off, even when the breasts he’s groping belong to the girl they believe is his sister.

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The premise of Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero started off with what felt like a cool, fantasy adventure but it quickly turns into such a blatant attempt to live through the ultra-male lead character that the whole plot begins to feel pretty pathetic by the end.

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There are many more problems with this series and its characters from Akatsuki’s very phallic giant-sword (an actual quote when Akatsuki first uses his sword: “Time to stop fooling around, Akatsuki. Just stick it in!”) to the fact that no female character is immune to whatever he’s using instead of charm, even the daughter of the man he murdered, because damn it, Akatsuki’s just so perfect. Even the lesbian girl with Akatsuki’s group of friends can’t help but notice what a swell guy he is, though she does share his appreciation for boobs.

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Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is a series of twelve episodes of bouncing breasts which pretends to have a story attached to it. Some will undoubtedly enjoy it, but many will find that shiny anime boobs are not a substitute for a decent story, and there are quite a few series that have both.

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Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is available on DVD and Bluray in the UK and Ireland from Manga UK from 16th June 2014. For more information, check out the Manga UK Twitter page and the Manga UK Facebook page.

Plot:                 3

Characters:      1.5

Originality:      1.5

Action:             7

Entertainment: 3

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32% Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel– Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is a poor attempt at a generic story with a character that feels like raw, unfiltered wish-fulfilment. There are better things to watch. 

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8 comments on “Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero review (Nudity, NSFW)
  1. wilingwriter says:

    I’ve never heard of this anime but after reading this review, well let’s say thanks for the warning.

    • No problem 🙂 I always try to give a fair and balanced review and to watch everything objectively. This show was hard to take seriously as anything other than wish fulfillment.

  2. Yeah, if you want a watchable fanservice show Highschool DxD is a better bet. I didn’t hate the show as much as you did, but I wasn’t thrilled by it either due to the overpowered hero and rubbish ending.

    • I definitely agree. Highschool DxD was just as blatant as Aesthetica, but it had a sense of humour about itself and it created a funny series with a surprisingly interesting plot. Aesthetica was just “boobs boobs boobs generic fantasy tropes boobs boobs lesbian boobs”, It never sold itself on anything other than an apparently charming, roguish hero (actually very bland protagonist) who was , as you say, overpowered to ridiculous levels, never needing any help or even to try very hard. Attempts at characterisation were half hearted monologues by the protagonist, explaining why he was actually very noble and caring but with none of his actions reflecting it. I try to look beyond the fanservice when reviewing a series. Highschool Dxd had charm on the other side of its gratuitous nudity. Aesthetica had a brick wall on the other side. Nothing behind the curtain.

  3. Joshua says:

    I think your failing to see the potential this show actually had yes its overly perverted but since the show is based off of a set of light novels the story elements in the show would be expanded upon there is so much more to this than what your saying the show could be mysterious at times like when it mentioned his dead sister and why akatsuki hates his father the president wanting his powers for him self the conflict the other world has with the demon king subordinates I think you have a pretty biased review

    • Hi Joshua, thanks for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts. I hope you know that I wasn’t dismissive of this series solely for being “overly perverted”. I mentioned that there are other series which make this work for them and are actually very clever and humorous about it. My problem with the series is that the main character is unlikable, arrogant and never struggles with any problem, which makes the entire show feel like it’s patting this character on the back. The main character is a glorified sexual-predator whose personality and abilities were created with no apparent thought of subtlety or redeeming qualities. This would actually be fine with me, if every other character didn’t still just treat him like a hot headed shonen protagonist instead of the thug he is. Every plot point exists to tell us that this character is a badass or extremely powerful or sexually proficient. The only moments which suggest that he has a heart are the things he says while creepily watching Myuu sleep. Everything he says then about caring for her or having the best of intentions is completely overshadowed by his failure to act like a human being. If anything, that moment seems like a very delusional person trying to reassure himself. Again, that could work, if the series ever showed itself to be in on the joke, instead of constantly thrusting its protagonist forward to be worshipped.
      I didn’t want to get overly into the plot to reveal the demon king’s subordinates or Akatsuki’s sister partly because I felt that I had already provided some spoilers in my review and didn’t want to give more, but also because, with the anime at its current length, none of these things develop into real storylines, with the exception of one which becomes more important towards the very end, which I definitely didn’t want to give away. I also didn’t think that these elements offered as much of a reflection of the show as the elements I mentioned.
      I’m sorry that you don’t like my review and I acknowledge that, as one person, this is only my opinion. I have to say, however, that I make a lot of effort to review everything on this site without giving more weight to my own genre preferences. That’s why I was able to give High School DxD and High School of the Dead much higher marks than this series, because while they were also undeniably fanservice, they delivered fun, humorous characters, interesting plots and action that wasn’t entirely predictable.
      I wanted to see the potential of this show. I actually tried very hard to like it, but it was ultimately bland, predictable tripe which felt more like the lonely (masturbatory) fantasies of a young boy called Akatsuki than an actual series. All this time later, Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is the worst series I’ve reviewed, lacking in substance, character development, humour, surprise, interesting action, plot and originality. The show’s obsession with breasts was one of the most minor of its offences as a piece of storytelling. I’m sorry you have such a problem with my opinion on the matter, but, as you can see, I stand by my words.

  4. Reynarnd says:

    Somethin tells me you’re one of those really nice guys who doesn’t understand why girls like assholes. Frankly I was tired of seeing heros who were weak clueless nerds who had girls falling all over them for nothing. This anime is refreshing in the way the akatsuki isn’t a little bitch about women. Other animes give guys the wrong impression. Women like confidence and arrogance. And I that way the show is a lot more realistic than most anime.

    • That’s interesting, but you don’t exactly have me pegged at all.
      I get why someone might find it refreshing to see a series like this, but I think there’s a really good reason why most series don’t follow a template like it. I felt like the whole series was an attempt to showcase how cool the character is as if it was written by the character himself. It felt like wish fulfillment. I have no problem with a character being a badass, or an asshole, or a womanizer. There are plenty of great series with protagonists who are colossal macho dicks. My problem with this series is that it offered absolutely nothing besides a dick of a protagonist and just stood back as if that was enough to make it a good series.
      I think 50% of the population is a little bit more diverse than “women like arrogance and confidence”, but thanks for the unsolicited advice. It doesn’t exactly fit my experiences, but whatever works for you, dude.

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