Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is a twelve episode anime series that is presently available to buy in the UK courtesy of Manga Entertainment. At the time of writing the two disc DVD set is priced at around seventeen pounds from all good online retailers (and some bad ones too.) The series is based on the light novels penned by Tetsuto Uesu and is one of those shows that are notorious for its copious amounts of fan service. Viewers seeking ginormous animated breasts will be pleased with this release, although be warned that the show’s attempts at humour often fall flat (no pun intended.)
The show’s leading man is Akatsuki Ousawa, a roguish hero who recently saved the kingdom of Alayzard from the machinations of the sinister Demon King. After vanquishing said demonic liege, Akatsuki returns home to our world via an inter-dimensional gate and enrols at Babel Academy – an institution that trains students in the art of magic. Joining Akatsuki in his spell casting studies is Miu Ousawa, who happens to be the teenage daughter of the now deceased Demon King. Apparently, with his final breath, the Demon King asked Akatsuki to look after his little girl, which sounds like a marvellous idea. Give custody of your daughter to your murderer? What could possibly go wrong?
Aesthetica’s dozen episodes consist of brawls with assassins, a fighting tournament, Akatsuki’s conflicts with the student council and a trip to the mall where Miu tries to find undergarments that can contain her voluptuous breasts. As far as anime protagonists go Akatsuki is a bit of a sleaze ball. He regularly uses his superhuman speed to strip girls of their undies and he has no gripes about groping Miu’s boobs, despite being her appointed guardian. Viewers are expected to forgive these perverted antics as when the chips are down Akatsuki does the right thing and helps those in need. Hmmm, I’m not sure that will wash with the judge when he inevitably gets charged with sexual harassment.
Fleshing out the cast list is a triple threat of beauties named Kuzuha, Haruka and Izumi. Kuzuha is a class rep who has been allowed to skip ahead a few grades thanks to her intellect (and because every anime needs underage jailbait to appease the pedos who flock to Japanese cartoons.) Haruka is the vice president of the student council and holds the unfortunate record of having the most panties pilfered at the hands of Akatsuki. Last but not least is Izumi whose sole character trait is being a lesbian. We are first introduced to her in a scene were she is caught sprawled atop a semi-naked girl on the floor of the school gym. Giggity giggity.
My rating for Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is a lowish three stars. I didn’t dislike it enough to score it lower, but in all honesty it is mediocre at best. As I alluded to earlier, the puerile gags are seldom funny and action wise I didn’t find the onscreen battles to be all that exciting (due to the fact that Akatsuki outmatches all of his opponents by a wide margin.) The show’s finale merely sets up a potential second season, which is rather disappointing. For a series that prides itself on eye candy I have to say that the artwork isn’t particularly titillating as the animation lacks polish. If you are a sucker for saucy animation, with a dose of humour and action, I would recommend spending your pennies on something like High School DxD instead.