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Rio – Rainbow Gate!

January 5, 2011

One of the first new series to air this new anime winter season, “Rio Rainbow Gate!” is an anime that spawned Tecmo’s pachinko game character, often illustrated by artist Koutaro (こうたろPixiv).

Considering Koutaro’s art of the shapely Rio is quite appealing, decided to check out this series as I was curious how they would build an entire show around her.

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While the first episode of “Rio – Rainbow Gate!”was entertaining, don’t think I will keep watching this series as frankly I am unsure of what this series is trying to be, it seems to struggle with its identity.

The many fanservice scenes focusing on Rio’s busty bosom and buxom tush adorned shapely body would indicate it is an ecchi series. Yet, the casino poker or other game show downs, complete with mental imagery scenes and Rio’s tremendous powers, might suggest it is akin to shows like “Saki”.

The friendship between Mint and Rio, with Rio looking after her in a role similar to that of a maid complete with facing off kidnappers reminded me of “Hayate No Gotoku!”.
Seems like this series is either an amalgam of elements from so many genres, it may risk lacking a core identity if Rio’s character alone cannot carry the show.

Wasn’t very impressed by the animation quality delivered by Xebec in this first episode. While the colorful casino and resort island settings may distract the eye and give off an impression of a lavishly, well animated show, the character animation and scene renderings are never really good and sometimes even mediocre.

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The few alternatively rendered mental image scenes during Rio and Queen Killer’s poker game were nice but not enough to elevate the rest of the episode. Also do lament how Rio herself is animated, in the transition from illustration to animated character something in her facial features was lost and her smile sometimes comes off as a sneer.

What was most interesting about the series to me was Inoue Marina’s voice work as Rio, you may remember her from roles as Natsuru in “Kämpfer”, Kana in “Minami-ke” or Matsurika in “Maria†Holic” .

Of course Mint being voiced by Taketatsu Ayana who also did Azusa in “K-ON!” is quite appealing, as well as Chihira Minori voicing Dana, whom you of course know as Yuki from “The Melancholy Of Suzumiya Haruhi”.

Whether this will be enough to sway me to keep watching is uncertain though.
Am curious to see what the other new series this season will be like, hopefully they’ll be better!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2011 9:39 pm

    I found myself laughing quite a few times while watching Rio. The bad circled around to being amusing to me. I don’t think I’d intentionally watch another episode though, but if it ever was on TV and flipping channels I might stop and watch for a little. Parts were so dumb that I had to laugh.

  2. January 5, 2011 11:03 pm

    I have mixed feeling with this. It’s different, but as you said I’m not sure what it’s trying to be. It almost has a “weekly monster” type of feel to it, although rather than monsters it’s gambling opponents. The overdramatic “game” moments remind me of Saki but I was much less interested. I’ll give it a few more episodes, maybe even finish it, but I won’t be surprised if it gets dropped and forgotten at this rate.

  3. rborg42 permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:45 pm

    This series looks somewhat interesting…will have to watch at least 2-3 more episodes to see what is is really supposed to be if anything else but the usual injection of fanservice with no real plot type anime or the fact it’ll be focusing on Rio’s breasts and butt every single ep.

  4. January 6, 2011 11:02 am

    The winter season is already upon us… So soon. I’m not sure if I’ll be picking this up either. Seems kind of like a typical fan service anime. If the casino gambling stuff is interesting enough, I might pick it up. And if it is like Saki, then I probably will watch it.

  5. January 6, 2011 8:25 pm

    @super rats
    Can relate to that, first episode was not as good or inviting as I’d hoped it would be.
    @Persocom
    Wonder if I too shouldn’t check out a few more episodes of it before making up my mind, but somehow do feel it will be all be pretty much like this opening episode.
    @rborg42
    Let’s face it, Rio’s bouncy bosom is the real star of the show followed closely by her tush. Couldn’t omit including a screencap of her boobielicious assets.
    @Yi
    Definitely did not generate that much of a buzz or chemistry during the casino game scenes. Rio’s got nothing on Faye Valentine! (See ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ from “Cowboy Bebop”)

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