Netsuzou Trap -NTR- – Anime Preview
Synopsis: 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. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Netsuzou Trap is this season’s Scum’s Wish in the sense that this short-form anime is geared towards delving into an uncomfortable sexually charged situation, where its characters are engaging in questionably moral actions. This first episode is primarily centered on introducing us to the situation, as Hotaru makes sexually unwelcome advances on Yuma. Yuma, despite her disapproving cries, apparently enjoys it, as we learn from her inner monologues. This is all going on behind their boyfriends’ backs. This uncomfortable series of morally bankrupt sexual altercations seems focused on titillating the viewer than anything else.
Linny: This premiere episode plays out exactly like you’d expect based on its synopsis establishing how the two girls are engaged in sexual escapades semi-discreetly. It also makes it abundantly clear that Hotaru is the aggressive one who forces herself onto Yuma repeatedly. While the show does have Yuma musing over enjoying/obsessing over those acts later, it still feels rather questionable. On one hand, there’s a chance that this show could potentially be relatable for girls or anyone struggling with their sexuality as they’re forced to confirm to society’s more outdated norms. However, I cannot completely back a show that promotes such aggressive sexual advances which could fall into sexual assault territory. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the main point of this show turns out to be cheap sexual titillation rather than a meaningful exploration of same sex relationships.
Tom: Delving into the uncomfortable topic of non-standard sexuality our guides are two girls, one sexually dominant, and the other enticed and yet uncomfortable with the actions of her friend. Hotaru is the cute, baby-faced, but sexually mischievous and instigator of the series. Her actions are clearly sexual assault, and borderline rapey in the way she advances on Yuma, but doesn’t listen to the girl’s pleas. While Yuma, some viewers might consider our victim, screams no, or stop at many points during this very episode, her inner thoughts continually remind us that she actually finds some enjoyment in this as she has trouble understanding and accepting these feelings of arousal. It’s here the series offers what little excuse it has for Hotaru’s conduct. It’s unlikely to act as much comfort to those already adverse to watching what amounts to sexual assault, no matter how ‘confused’ the victim may be. And this is to say nothing of the two ‘seemingly’ oblivious boyfriends who are, essentially, being actively cheated on.
Linny: There’s some comedy and amusement to be had through Hotaru’s boyfriend, Fukiwara, who through his monotone voice and listless expressions in the credits seems to be emotionally numb. It’s like he’s well aware that his girlfriend is more interested in getting it on with her female best friend and he’s accepted his fate of just being her socially acceptable companion.
Tom: Netsuzou Trap is a short-form anime best left to the niche audience that wants to explore morally depraved stories focused on the dark side of our sexual natures. While it’s nice to see a lesbian ‘couple’ in anime, a predominantly conservative medium, the depiction here is one born more of a strange and uncomfortable fetish that isn’t for the casual viewer. I may stick with Netsuzou Trap to see how far down the rabbit hole it goes, and to ascertain what its ultimate point really is. But unless you’re interested in a sexually charged tale, straying far from conventional norms, Netsuzou is best left alone.
Linny: My biggest issue with Netsuzou TRap is that unfortunately like a lot of same sex relationships depicted in anime and manga, it immediately delves too close to sexual assault territory. It hasn’t done anything in the first episode to convince me otherwise and the repeated scenes of trying to convince the audience that the forced physical contacts are okay through Yuma’s musing only makes me more annoyed. Netsuzou Trap unfortunately seems doomed to be yet another exploitative show than a meaningful exploration of same sex relationships.
Netsuzou Trap -NTR- is available for streaming via Crunchyroll