In the mood for another sports anime after watching Haikyuu, I considered checking out Yuri on Ice. There was just one problem: it seemed a little too gay, even for a sports anime in the year 2016. So I checked out the rugby anime All Out instead.
I haven’t seen Yuri on Ice, and I’ve still only seen three episodes of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. Even giving them the benefit of the doubt, there’s no way either could be as gay as All Out. My knowledge of rugby is fairly limited, but after watching All Out, I’ve learned that it’s about 15 men who’re always blushing, clutching their bosoms, eating sweets, and otherwise carrying themselves the way Japanese schoolgirls wish they could.
The one thing that makes this anime unique is the coach. In most sports anime, the coach is off at the bar while the players come up with their own techniques and training methods inspired by the animals they saw on the way home. The coach in All Out is the star of the show. He single-handedly turns this team around.
As with most sports anime, the first season is largely dedicated to team-building and character backgrounds. This was average at best. All Out’s preferred method of developing conflicts is to gratuitously demonize the antagonists as sleazy pieces of shit, only to completely walk it back when the conflict is over. It’s lazy writing that desensitizes the viewer to later conflicts.
Final Grade: +
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