Take a harem show, bring the girls to a hotel to work for a bit and let the costumes flow freely. On and off.
What They Say
The Film Study Club decides to work at a hotel. But something happens that forces the girls to work in outrageous cosplay outfits?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The third OVA of the series, listed as the fourth since the Jump Festa episode counted as the first via Hulu, takes us back a bit closer to the quality level we saw in the Festa episode but not quite. Avoiding school based foolishness by having the gang head out for a Film Study Club trip where they work at a hotel puts them in a new environment, allows them to get paid for it, and to have a bit of fun along the way as well. The gang that we all know ends up heading there with Nishino coming along as well as the couple of odd male friends that Junpei has and even Junpei's cousin. Suffice to say, there are a few people that are hoping for an encounter or two with Junpei since they've got the hots for him.
Strawberry 100% has always had a good level of fanservice about it, since it did start off with Tojo flashing her panties, but it's been relatively tame compared to shows that followed it in the last few years. With the gang working at a hotel, the girls are all dolled up in fetish style uniforms which aren't quite as short as one might expect, but still short enough that they should send a good thrill up a young man's leg. As much of a horny teenage kid as Junpei is, he still doesn't like seeing his friends in this position and tries to make an issue of it, to no avail, as the hotel folks are pretty much looking to utilize these young women to score additional business or just to enjoy the sights themselves. The management and staff side are pretty much your average dirty guys, but they're still relatively tame and don't enter truly creepy territory.
A lot of the episode focuses on the things the guys at the hotel put the girls through and Junpei pushing back against it. There are fun moments to be had, but most of it boils down to putting the girls in compromising positions, forcing Junpei into a bad situation and watching everything play out. The girls are fun in that they do their best to try and make sure Junpei gets out of that situation in which it wasn't his fault, but that just has them wearing even more specific fetish outfits, such as goth-loli maid style uniforms, police woman uniforms and so forth. While it's a rather standard kind of thing for this situation to play out in a lot of anime series of this nature, it gets pretty creepy with how far the guys push it. Bad enough that they get the girls all dressed up and start playing hands on with them, but to make a full on move is just unwelcome.
Strawberry 100% has had a pretty good level of fanservice throughout its main TV series and the previous OVAs, but it goes in a way here that doesn't do the franchise any favors. It definitely speaks more to the creepy fans that many want to disassociate themselves with when it comes to how the hotel staff handles the high school girls here. There is a fair bit of nudging and winking going on as the various girls get closer to Junpei in different ways, and one really good moment for Satsuki and Junpei, but overall it's just a big costume and harassment fetish episode that left me disinterested in it overall.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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