Rio RainbowGate #01 — Heart of the Cards

January 4th, 2011


It pains me to say, but Xebec, you’re so much better than this.


It’s always comforting to see Xebec go back to doing what they do absolutely worst. I think I would have respected them more if they had ramped up the raunchiness. Then at least, there would be some kind of selling point to this mess. "Hey, look! Boobs!" They even did that halfway though so all you get are the same bouncing breasts and T&A shots that are incidental to almost all of the new shows this seasons anyway. Production was okay for the most part. I’m not sure if I’ve recovered enough yet from last season’s medley of ear piercing atrocities, but the music wasn’t bad and while the episode did have quite a bit of recycled bouncing breasts and swaying hips, they did a relatively job of masking it as well as refraining from too many other obvious cost-cutting measures. It’s nothing impressive at all, mind you, but at least they kept it from being ugly. Then again, maybe that could at least have made it a little more distinct instead of painfully generic looking the whole way through.

Everything else was completely dismal as hell though. Terrible characters, terrible setup, and apparently this whole thing is going to be riding on the heart of the cards gamblers. They’re not even trying to sell the gaming angle here. This is the worst kind too, just bad enough to be boring and lame, but not so bad that it is amusing or distinctive in any way except for the end. The game of draw poker was horrifyingly amusing in its own sick little way. The antagonist threw away an outside draw for a straight flush because he was going to draw four of a kind. And then entered the heart of the cards in search of his… cards. This is some pure Yu-Gi-Oh/Saki level BS right here without a single bit of the flair. Of course, he was shocked when he did in fact, not draw four of a kind. Perhaps next week, they’ll play blackjack and the villain will be surprised by busting after hitting on 20. Pun fully intended.

And the kicker… the kicker on this whole affair… the guy wanted the teddy bear because it’d make him feel better if he stole it. Gah.

So anyway, unless you want to laugh at the horrible last 4 minutes or so, steer far far away from this. It isn’t even Xebec being their usual ‘good’ bad self. That’s counting Kanokon and Ladies vs Butlers as ‘good.’ I’m not even sure what this is going for. There’s not enough T&A for that to be the selling point, nor any actual focus on gaming or gambling so that just leaves… the goddamned bear? Who knows? Better question, who cares?


Peacock tails add thirty pounds apparently.

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11 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Barry Sanders says:

    The best (worst) part is how awful the art is. Almost Umineko bad. Xebec should be ashamed. They’re usually not THIS bad, even if they’re rarely known for their production competency.

  • Mesousa says:

    THIS is bad? I saw it and I thought it was pretty decent.

    The art looks pretty good actually, as well as the animation, and the fanservice wasn’t even that raunchy, either.

    You think this is worse than the s***-spewing crap that is Ladies vs. Butlers?

    Best part is, no male lead to steal screen-time!

  • alex says:

    It was OK and I had my fun with it.
    Sometimes the visuals were bad.
    Loli was great.
    The “battle scene” was a bit strange.
    lol “made in china” :)

  • kobester says:

    Now that’s the Xebec I know!!!
    When they made MM! I said “what?!”
    But then I saw this, I was like “Thank god, they’re back to normal.”

    But those eyes…
    they’re so lifeless.

    It’s like they’ve been hypnotize or in some porn.

  • […] Looks like the team took the dive with me on this one. Worse, I was wayyyyy too kind to it. Just read to the reason he was trying to steal the kid’s teddy bear and try not to […]

  • Anonymous says:

    Fanservice, bouncing boobs, and panties. There is absolutely nothing else here, it was painfully boring.

    And wtf happened at the duel? the guy was obviously on drugs and so was rio, what a shameful way to extend the episode.

    • The Phantom says:

      In that duel the guy seemed to wander on a card graveyard and the girl was naked? and surrounded by numbres and cards? how does that relate to a poker duel is beyond me.

      In other words Xebec had to animate 2 or more minutes to complete the episode and decided to fill it with random crap. I expect more of the same in this show.