"On the technical side..."
Hope Chapman, aka JesuOtaku, is by far the most successful and analytical of the former DesuDesBrigade
, formerly a member of That Guy with the Glasses
She produces a review segment simply entitled "The JesuOtaku Anime Review". Her review approach is very analytical, using a four-star*
rating system. She tries to be as objective as possible and may give high scores to shows that she doesn't personally like. She also produced her "summer project", an audio drama adaptation of Fruits Basket
, every Wednesday throughout summer 2011 (and which can be found here
if you're interested). She is notable for her large amount of shows:
Since joining That Guy with the Glasses
, she gained a great degree of success previously unseen. Despite efforts to keep the DesuDesBrigade
alive, she made the decision to officially leave the Brigade. This news, however, was rather redundant as the Brigade disbanded.
Her videos can be found here
on Blip.tv, here
on That Guy with the Glasses
, and here
. She also has a live stream, here
and she can be found here
on Formspring. Additionally, she has also often appeared on Nash
's long running Radio Dead Air internet radio show, which can be found here
. She set up her own website in December 2012, which has everything she has a major role in, such as crossovers and panels at conventions, here.
For an in-progress list of things JO has reviewed, click here
In January 2013, Hope announced that she'd be part of an adaptation of Katawa Shoujo
, named Katawa Seiyu
being released on YouTube
. The trailer is here.
JO herself has recorded auditions for several characters, which can be listened to here
. She has been cast as the voice of Rin Tezuka
JesuOtaku provides examples of the following tropes:
- Aborted Arc: Has happened twice, as Hope has stated on Formspring that she doesn't do plot arcs in her reviews:
- The first was after the Highschool Of The Dead review, where it seemed like Jesu was going to make other people watch bad anime (like what Sage had done to her), but since then, nothing's happened.
- The second is from To Boldly Flee, the fourth anniversary video for TGWTG- at the end, it's shown that Edward was still in Jesu's mind, but Hope jossed any hopes Edward would be back in her reviews.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: In her in-universe LP of Super Mario 64, she does a first-person, diary-like monologue if Mario was actually an Italian plumber from...well...Italy, felt like he was hallucinating, and eventually became a thrill-seeking, sociopathic, evil-overlord-to-be with a god complex who never "gets some" from Peach.
- Her recent 'Penguin Lottery' can easily point to a more Ax-Crazy side of JO.
- Arch-Enemy: Bennett The Sage, who subjects her to terrible anime in attempts to break her, because...that's not really clear.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: A common thread in her written introductions for each of the villains in her "Top 20 Deliciously Evil Villains".
- Author Appeal: She seems to have a liking to adding emoticons anytime she has to add text on a clip.
- Author Filibuster: She used her FLCL review as an opportunity to go on a rant about how Studio Gainax are complete HACKS when it comes to making Psychological Dramas and that they should stick to over-the-top goofiness and simple morals. She addressed this fact on her Twitter, and stated that the reason she did this was because FLCL was just way too simple for even her to talk about at length.
- Berserk Button:
- In-Universe, Moe, and now also an ecchi comedy about Brother-Sister Incest called Oniichan No Koto Na... ah, screw it. She found it painful just to get through the first minute of the first episode.
- She also seems to have a real and legitimate hatred of people questioning her on why she doesn't care for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. To be fair, this is because people did this incessantly after she made her lukewarm feelings towards it clear. The same is true for the Berserk manga and the episode "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui" from Cowboy Bebop. Also, don't get her started on any recent work done by ADR Director/Scriptwriter Steven Foster.
- Also comes into effect when someone dismisses anime and/or manga as a legitimate art form, like Oancitizen did in their crossover review of The Movie of Revolutionary Girl Utena:
- Brain Bleach:
- Break the Cutie:
- Breakup Breakout: Not quite. Rather than leaving the Brigade after joining up with That Guy with the Glasses, she still tried to be a loyal brigadier, and her new-found popularity did in fact bring in more viewers to the Brigade's site; however, her indecisiveness coupled with her Attention Deficit Creator Disorder caused her to grow increasingly distant from the Brigade, unofficially breaking off from it about a year from its official disbandment.
- Brief Accent Imitation: Takes on a self-admittedly goofy Brooklyn gangster accent for the introduction of her Baccano! review.
- Broke the Rating Scale: JO gave KissXSis a -5/5 and Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! a GTFO.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Sayonara, bye bye!"
- "On the technical side of things..."
- "All in all..."
- "That's not a metaphor."
- Cats Are Mean: One of JO's cats (the calico) isn't very friendly, as seen in the review for Fruits Basket.
- Cheshire Cat Grin / Slasher Smile: Sage looks terrifying at the end of the Koi Kaze review. Seriously, he looks like the cat out of American McGee's Alice.
- It's not as apparent in her reviews, but if you watch her Let's Plays, especially the Star Fox 64 and Super Mario 64 ones, it becomes clear that JO is something of one.
- She also mentions in her Azumanga Daioh review that among her friends, she's known as the Osaka of the group.
- Companion Cube: Her snarktitles. Until they have a brief falling out about their use in the Now and Then, Here and There review, making up afterward. They were not happy when Nash subbed in to review Transformers Animated.
- Cool Big Sis: She lets her little sister make cameos in the live-action intros (BECK and Princess Tutu being notable examples), and off-screen shares some of the more child-friendly anime with her.
- Couch Gag: The Teaser of each episode has JO doing something relating to the subject: For Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, she's dressed as Yoko and making a appropriately Hot-Blooded speech, for Mahoromatic, she acts as a maid but can't keep it up and for Chobits she's installed her mind in a new body.
- Covert Pervert: JO may be very academic and studious, but she might have a dirtier mind then Vix, as seen in "Pocky Spot 22":
"Kyoya, you're not quite dressed for the occasion; you have to take your pants off too!"
"The correct response to this situation would be to grab his shoulders, throw him on the bed and ride him like a stallion!"
- Crossover: The number has been steadily rising since she joined TGWTG. Notable examples include:
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Her "Top 15 Dub Themes", invoked in-universe. Topping the list was, but of course, Pokémon. Nothing specific, just Pokémon.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her "snarktitles" in all of her reviews but Now and Then, Here and There.
- Dear Negative Reader: Released a full-length one over her Twitter sometime around mid/late-2011 in response to the frequent complaints about her aforementioned ADCD. It's now nearly impossible to find due to JO tweeting like a hamster on coffee.
- Despair Event Horizon: Bennett the Sage keeps trying to "break" Jesu by showing her horrible, sick anime. It eventually backfired when she got over it, but he got depressed.
- Does Not Like Guns: Makes it very clear in the Summer 2013 Anime Derby that she dislikes guns when she gives her opinion on how Stella Academy C3 treated the subject.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Her crossover review of Sucker Punch with Film Brain was a pretty severe example of this, as she clobbers him a fair amount for comedy.
- Drinking Game: One for her weekly livestream here.
- Erotic Eating: Subverted in the end credits for the Eiken review.
- Evil Is Cool: Invoked as the main criteria for her "Top 20 Deliciously Evil Villains" list.
- Fingore: Her review of Baccano! got a rating of "three and a half de-fingerings out of four".
- Fake Brit: She makes fun of this trope at the beginning of her Hellsing review.
- Farm Gal
- Fun with Acronyms:
- Priggish Meryl Strife from Trigun. She's— hold on.
- Ditzy Millie Thompson. (DMT)
- Fun with Subtitles: The "snarktitles" that point things out and make witty asides about the action on screen without JO's narration having to go off on tangents. Sometimes they undercut or make fun of her, too. While introducing the review for Now and Then, Here and There, JO gets into a fight with them.
- Gag Boobs: To make fun of the large breasts of one of the main characters in the anime Grenadier, JO stuffed soccer balls up the top of her T-shirt, and as part of the joke, and even balanced a plate of food on them and ate from it. In her last Q&A, Vixen made a Take That to that, by doing the same with her real boobs.
- Gag Nose: In her Phoenix review, she points out a recurring character's bulbous and almost tumorous nose. She even plays the Inception music while zooming the camera in on it to point out how bizarre it is.
- Genki Girl: According to the cast commentary for To Boldly Flee, Hope doesn't walk into a room, she bounces.
- Heroes Love Dogs: She's been shown playing with a roommate's dog, and her love for wolves is part of why she loves Wolfs Rain.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: JO plays this game a few times, more notably in her review of Jyu-Oh-Sei.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: While summarizing Ikki Tousen, JO went through just about every synonym for underwear (and a few breast mentions as well). It underscores that this review is going to be rough.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: YAY-zoo? JEH-soo? She's pronounced it both ways...
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She enjoys letting cats show up (i.e. her roommates' cats) in her videos.
- Let's Play: Star Fox 64, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo64.
- Mood Whiplash: Directly after reviewing Fruits Basket, JO reviewed Now and Then, Here and There, an anime she considered too depressing to even make fun of.
- Motor Mouth: Gets into this mode occasionally.
- Multicolored Hair: Once sported black hair with red highlights. Generally nowadays has red hair with either a brighter shade of red or blonde in her hair.
- Naked People Are Funny: In the Witchblade review, as she has no clean laundry and a job interview:
JesuOtaku: By God, if I can't make a good impression, I might as well make a lasting one!
- Noodle Implements: She kept interrupting Nash's intro to his "Top Classic Doctor" review to ask him for yarn, raw meat, rebar and really sturdy bricks.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
- Pet Peeve Trope: Forced drama, Moe pandering, Ecchi, "Exactly like the Japanese version" dubs, shoddy endings, Gorn, and flat-out wasting the potential of your premise.
- Pokémon Speak: Points out Nyu's tendency to do this in Elfen Lied.
- Precision F-Strike: Happens in the beginning review of Fullmetal Alchemist when JesuOtaku is talking to people over her monitor about what anime to review for her 50th review. Sage shows up.
Sage: Hi there.
Jesu: FUCK! *changes channel quickly*
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: In the opening to Samurai Champloo review and her first line of the Digimon retrospective. The snarktitles are not impressed.
Aow! It's August!
- Readings Blew Up the Scale: JO's "Metafiction meter" blows up at least twice during her review of Digimon Tamers.
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: The Mahoromatic review starts with her playing a maid, before she gives it up and complains "I'm in a dress. I'm wearing make-up. I hate all of you."
- Running Gag:
- Her gripes about GONZO and their varying production values.
- The silly voices she uses for characters in her playthrough of Path of Radiance.
- From her livestream, Boyd being blamed when something crashes or doesn't work properly on the stream, and the people in the chat shouting "NAIL!" whenever Soren, who has the voice of Super Kami Guru, appears. It has gotten to the point where JO tells them early on to get it out of their system.
- Say My Name: JO at the end of the Koi Kaze review, upon realizing who sent her Master of Martial Hearts.
- Secret Test of Character: The end of the Highschool of the Dead seems to imply that Sage was using this anime, and possibly the other horrible anime he suggested, to this effect.
- Shoo Out the Clowns:
- JO forwent her usual "Snark Text" subtitles during her Now and Then, Here and There review for fear of damning her eternal soul by making fun of something so depressing.
- Except in one short instance: Lampshading the intentional Mood Whiplash (From the director of Fruits Basket, everybody!).
- The Smart Girl: For the DesuDesBrigade.
- Something Else Also Rises: In JO's review for Chobits, she gave it X "Good Mornings" with appropriate gestures.
JO: Sorry...I squeed.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders:
- From the Cowboy Bebop review, she has this reaction almost every time Faye Valentine's on screen:
"Wow. It's times like this I wish I could whistle. You could stop traffic with a body like that."
- Tomboy: From the way she dresses to the shows she likes, JO is pretty masculine. She makes it crystal clear in the start of her Mahoromatic review that dolling herself up is not a hobby of hers.
- Top Ten List: Top X Lists, mostly. Top 20 Villains, Top 15 Dubbed Anime Themes, Top 15 Stupidest Izzyisms, Top 15 Nerd Jokes in It must have been our imagination.
- Wall Bang: Does this before reviewing Eiken.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Invoked: When commenting on the scenes that didn't get edited out of the Toonami showing of Outlaw Star, she snarks "Toonami: Women abuse...for kids! :D"
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Kyle- who, it should be noted, was reviewing Melancholia and thus had already crossed the Despair Event Horizon and was in a Heroic Blue Screen of Death- when he points out how any crossovers with JO would mostly involve Kyle as the Butt Monkey because he doesn't like Anime as much as JO.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Asked this via snarktitles in regards to Baccano!'s Jacuzzi Splot. ("No really, WHAT were his parents on?")
- Your Makeup Is Running: Manages to cause her mascara to run while crying over Tai's Unlucky Childhood Friend status with Sora in the Digimon: The Movie review, despite not wearing any to begin with.
- Your Mom: In the snark text captions of her Outlaw Star review, when comparing the plot structure to a round robin story-telling game:
"I went to the store and saw..."
"Your mom! OOH!"
"Come on, Brad, can we get through ONE ROUND!?"
"That's what your MOM said last night! OOH!"