Summary (from Crunchyroll): Yuma, a high school second-year, is enjoying every day now that she has her first boyfriend. After she asks for relationship advice from Hotaru, her beautiful long-time friend who has had many boyfriends, Hotaru teases her for her inexperience and playfully does things to her that even her boyfriend doesn’t do. Yuma and Hotaru’s secret relationship continues to escalate, and Yuma finds herself unable to deny how it makes her feel. This school drama tells the story of the interwoven lives of these two girls with boyfriends.
Instead of creating my own summary of NTR, I used Crunchyroll’s description for one reason: I want you guys to know exactly what I knew when I started this series, which is basically nothing. From what Crunchyroll told me, I expected a series where two girls are choosing to cheat on their boyfriends with each other. They could be doing this because they’re afraid of being out in a relatively not LGBTQ+ friendly world. They could just be the type of people to mess around and got more than they bargained for with each other. It could have been a lot of things but instead Netsuzou Trap was just awful.
NTR follows Yuma after she gets her first boyfriend, Takeda. Takeda is a poor soul who must now bear the brunt of a story that uses elements from netorare (check out TV Tropes for a definition). It’s a fetish I had no idea existed before starting this series but really dumbed down is often used to describes stories where a nice guy gets his girl stolen by a horrible guy. So while Takeda attempts to have a relationship with Yuma and Yuma is exploring what it’s like to be in a relationship for the first time, her best friend Hotaru is totally jealous. So jealous in fact that when Yuma goes to her for advice Hotaru kisses her.
But it’s more than just kissing. Hotaru become increasingly more aggressive each time she goes after Yuma, even as Yuma tells her to stop. It is Hotaru’s unflinching aggressive behavior that most disgusted me throughout the show. Hotaru clearly likes Yuma but instead of telling Yuma she decides the best course of action is to fondle her and tease her. I mean when Yuma says, and I quote, “Obviously, I thought you were going to rape me,” it doesn’t look good for this series.
I feel the need to reiterate that I went into this series thinking I was getting two consenting adults. Instead, I got Hotaru, a character who doesn’t grasp communication. And when Yuma finally gets it through Hotaru’s head that jumping her every other moment isn’t good decides it best to just stop talking to her and revert back to a simple ‘friendship.’ Hotaru then puts up this awful barrier and acts like Yuma is an annoyance for realizing she might have feelings for Hotaru.
The fact that Hotaru is so freaking selfish, in a show that is full of selfish characters, to think that she could abuse Yuma for months and then, when Yuma thinks, “Hey, maybe I like-like Hotaru,” wants to deny a relationship because it could be painful, is so infuriating. What did she think she was doing to Yuma all that time? Because I can guarantee the answer was hurting her.
Writing it out like this I honestly think Hotaru is what ruined this show for me. I mean, Yuma is honestly just dumb and doesn’t know how to process her thoughts and emotions, Takeda is a pure soul who doesn’t deserve what’s happening to him, and Hotaru’s boyfriend Fujiwara might be the biggest piece of crap ever but at least he’s entertaining and true to himself the entire time. Yeah, its Hotaru’s fault this show is bad. Huh. What a revelation.
I do want to mention that I’m not trying to bash anyone for liking NTR. The show did have a few good things going for it. I personally found the short runtime to work in their favor, since it gave them the ability to adapt a chapter at a time, and they boosted this effect by maximizing cliffhangers making me want to watch the next episode (no matter how much I disliked it). And really this short format and the added suspense make the show perfect to marathon.
Unlike others, I enjoyed the art style. I’m not going to say it was amazing but if nothing else the yuri moments did look nice. Most though, I enjoyed the way the girls’ lips looked. I liked the way they stood out whereas most shows rarely focus on them at all or ever. If I had one complaint it would be with the facial expressions because characters were often minimally expressive even when they should have been seriously emotional.
So, overall I understand why people enjoy NTR; I just think it sucks.
Recommendation Level: Only Watch If, you are a fan of Yuri anime or extremely dramatic shows.
This is the first review that features my new rating system! To learn more about this system visit click here. I’m hoping this new recommendation level system will be more helpful to my readers, rather than the older numerical based rating system. I’m still working out the kinks in my new style but so far I think it’ll work well.