Acchi Kocchi – 12 (END)
「甘い宝石⇔チョコバーリトゥード」 (Amai Houseki to Choko Baari Toudo)
“Sweet Gem ⇔ Chocolate Vale Tudo “
After an entire season of watching Acchi Kocchi’s antics, I’m actually quite sad that it’s come to an end. And even though there wasn’t any type of closure as the series came to a close, I can accept what we were given.
Overall, I don’t think anyone could have asked for a better final episode. With the beginning of the episode kicking things off with Valentine’s Day for the second time, things started off great as memories from the last Valentine’s Day episode began flooding in. Besides remembering Mayoi’s interesting frog chocolate while she was vigorously whipping that batter of hers, it was nice to see just the girls get some of the spotlight without either Io or Sakaki getting in the mix since it’s not very often we get to see someone like Hime really get a chance to express what’s on her mind.
While the humor was clearly shining through, I was a little disappointed how the show decided to end things with Io and Tsumiki. After last week’s little hint at what could happen, I thought that there were a lot of prime opportunities this week for the episode to make all of our wishes come true. Because after watching the first half of the episode end with something like this, I felt terribly depressed after watching the final half end with something like this!
I know, I know. The premise of this show never speaks about two people getting into a relationship with each other. But I’m sure that if you asked anyone who’s watched this show what they really want — I’m willing to be that most of them would respond with something along the lines of “Io and Tsumiki really deserve to get into a relationship with each other!” But seeing how this show isn’t a romantic comedy and really a comedic slice-of-life, you have to give credit where credit is due. Because I think it’s been quite a while since I’ve watched a really fun and engaging slice-of-life that just happens to have all these cutesy moments that enhance the viewing experience.
Seeing how most slice-of-life shows end up having pretty generic characters that tend to follow some sort of stereotype, you usually have to hope that whatever the writers have planned manages to accentuate the quirks of each character. In Acchi Kocchi’s case I believe that it was a smash hit in terms of keeping things fresh every single week. Unlike other shows that come to mind (A-Channel I’m looking at you!) I don’t think I’ve ever had the problem of sitting through an episode and thinking that it was boring. Sure there are times when the show tends to follow the same patterns but when it happens something different or out of the ordinary also tends to happen which give each gag that extra bit of oomph to make them standout from one another. Which is why I thought it was brilliant how Acchi Kocchi had two main sources of comedic relief — Mayoi and Sakaki. Instead of one character being the main source of jokes, which tends to get boring about halfway through the season; their use of two characters not only increased the number of unique jokes but when we don’t know who’s going to start a joke it just makes them that much funnier!
Overall, this show has been one of my favorites of the season. While it may not have some of the flashy scenes that some of the bigger action shows had or the storyline of something like Clannad had, I truly believe that with its quirky characters and interesting plot (if you could even call it that) Acchi Kocchi has become one of my new favorite shows. While I’m going to miss my daily dose of Tsumiki and friends, I’m glad that this series had a good run. Now, if only they would announce a second season…