[Ecchi Summer 2016] Like Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid? Watch This!

eyecatch-ltwt Ecchi Summer 2016
As the blistering heat of the dog days of summer comes to a close, we here at Honey’s Anime would like to recount on some of the most interesting ecchi anime out there for this season. The problem is ecchi fans haven’t been introduced to a particularly strong lineup of anime during 2016. This should pick up in the coming seasons but until then we would like to highlight two current ecchi anime of the summer that should get some attention. If you enjoyed the overabundance of fanservice that Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid offered then we highly recommend continuing to read on. With that being said, let’s all take a look at two ecchi anime that have brought sizzle to this summer.

About Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct. 2015 - Dec. 2015

Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid is a flashy ecchi anime about a naïve 16-year-old girl named Mamori Tokonome, who is kidnapped during gym class and finds herself stranded on a foreign island of Mermaid. Fortunately for Mamori she’s not alone on the island as an enigmatic blonde-haired female brings out Mamori’s Exter transformation abilities from a passionate kiss. With the power of arousal on their side, they look to thwart any potential threat that may rear its ugly head. The powerful duo hopes that their intimate embrace will be enough to survive on the scandalous island of Mermaid.

Liked Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid? Watch Ange Vierge!

  • Episodes: ?
  • Aired: Jul. 2016 - Ongoing

In the isolated Seiran Island in the Pacific, there is an academy built for these so-called “Progress” girls that had their mysterious “Exceed” powers awakened in them. This was a result of “Hairou” portals spontaneously opening and leaving its mark on the world's. This is where the story of the card game takes form when the events of five worlds get fused together for one interesting concept. It becomes a battle for the ages as girls from different worlds figure out a way to adapt to their surroundings.

3 Major similarities between Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid & Ange Vierge

1. Strong Yuri Elements Throughout

Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid established a large fan base from the use of heavy fanservice. The often times passionate yuri scenes from the main characters Mirei and Mamori left very little to the imagination but presented an overall penetrating impression on the minds of their viewers. In similar fashion, Ange Vierge delivers a large cast of females that brings an abundance of yuri that should please said enthusiasts.

From rubbing against each other to kissing, it delivers some of the elements you come to expect in a yuri. It’s not just the protagonists in each series who get more than a little friendly, but the antagonists bring together a well-concocted blend of female-on-female goodness. The scene with Sofina and Almaria should bring up the temperature.

Strong Yuri Elements Throughout - Ange Vierge capture Ep. 4

2. Heated Action

Throughout the lust-filled island of Mermaid, we see many confrontations between strangers. Mamori generally finds herself at the frontline of the intense action. Wherever she goes danger seems to follow her, but luckily for her, she has Mirei watching over her. The combined efforts of the two tend to outmatch their enemies. In Ange Vierge we’re treated to a battle sequence instantly, giving the viewers a taste of things to come. The duels in both anime bring a ton of female on female battles that lead to a display of impressive weaponry between rivals. It’s fair to say that the action takes a back seat to the fanservice but they do go hand-in-hand in both series.

Heated Action - Valkyrie Drive Mermaid capture Ep. 1

3. Unfamiliar Territory

Mamori gets dropped into uncharted territory after she gets kidnapped during her gym class. The exotic island of Mermaid wouldn’t have been her first destination even if she knew it existed, but ultimately she didn’t have a say in the matter. She quickly finds company and help from a variety of people, most notably Mirei. When the "Hairou" portals suddenly open in Ange Vierge it fuses together the five worlds in what feels like a “what if” scenario. The powerhouses from the green, white, black, red and blue appear in what seems like a battle for the universe. For better or for worse the world's protagonists have to combine their efforts to take down the enemies from said worlds in an all out combat.


Liked Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid? Watch Masou Gakuen HxH (Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul. 2016 - Ongoing

Kizuna Hida was summoned by his sister to transfer over to a strategic defense school. Many of the students use their HHG (Heart Hybrid Gear) abilities to protect their land from invaders from other worlds, who seek out HHG for themselves. Kizuna just so happens to be one of the students to have his own HHG; however, he was never deemed useful until his sister dropped a brilliant idea onto him. That idea spawned into a plan and it came to fruition when she suggested he use his high eros ability to power-up and replenish the strongest of the defense force, most notably three well-endowed females. How does he do that? Well…. By taking advantage of erotic situations and rubbing the girl's “hot spots.”

3 Major similarities between Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid & Masou Gakuen HxH (Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia)

1. Sexuality is Power

Let’s be honest, the core of Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid is the fanservice, without that it wouldn’t feel the same. That said fanservice isn’t used completely to stimulate those who are interested in boob grabbing and kissing. There is a method to its madness and that’s the use of sexual arousal to elicit a power-up from Mamori and Mirei. The same can be said about Masou Gakuen HxH. Kizuna doesn’t just molest his core group of females just for his pleasure; he does so because it’s used to make Aine, Hayuru and Yurishia, more powerful. There’s plenty of fondling and rubbing of body parts in Masou Gakuen HxH to shake a stick at. If using ecchi to advance the story is your thing, this would be a great reason to watch this anime.

Sexuality is Power - Masou Gakuen HxH capture Ep. 6

2. Well-Endowed Blonde Females

If large-breasted blonde females are your weakness, consider this reason to be hitting the jackpot. One of Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid’s main characters fit that description wonderfully. In addition to Mirei, we were also treated to Rayne Hasum. They were both sexy and strong girls who took a stranglehold of the screen every scene they were in. It’s easy to understand why you would fall in love with them. Not to be outdone, however, Masou Gakuen HxH offers up a scintillating, overly busty (if that’s possible) female by the name of Yurishia Farandole. She too is the main character from her respected anime and is very easy to accept as a powerful yet endearing individual. She’s voluptuous and very kind. She will go above and beyond to save Kizuna when dealt with adversity.

Well-Endowed Blonde Females - Valkyrie Drive Mermaid capture Ep. 2

3. Creating Bonds Beyond Concupiscence

What makes a great friendship? Is it the willingness to do anything for a friend? Perhaps not breaking their trust? Or better yet how about being there when they need it most? They all ring true and are great examples of Mirei and Mamori. Every time one of them finds themselves in danger the other is quickly there to stand in for them. The bond between Kizuna and the three gorgeous ladies that he’s instructed to maintain a healthy kinship with is strong and exciting. It’s a little rocky at first but it doesn’t take them too long to warm up to him.

These four realize that there’s much more to their subsequent relationship than the lustful experiences needed to preserve their Heart Hybrid Gear. As the series goes on it showcases the ups and downs of all four of them, but ultimately Kizuna and the gang would do anything to make sure they all live healthy lives.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! That should give everyone a chance to delve into some of the summer’s hottest ecchi anime. If you haven’t seen either Masou Gakuen HxH or Ange Vierge, consider this to be your foot through the door. For the viewers who you have been watching these anime, are you able to point out some other similarities? If so, we would love to hear them in the comments section below!

Kain

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Author: Kain

Howdy! I hail from “The Great White North” known as Canada. My hobbies include writing, video games and sports. I consider myself to be a hybrid-nerd. When I am not writing, you can find me watching anime and enjoying all facets of horror. I have a serious devotion to the Dead or Alive series and Final Fantasy IV. Oh, I would love to travel to Japan one day!

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