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Denki-gai no Honya-san – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「齧りかけの林檎」 (Kaijiri Kake no Ringo) by 竹達彩奈 (Taketatsu Ayana)

「ラブ&エロス フォー オール / ナイトメア ビフォア カルナバル」 (Rabu & Erosu Foo Ooru / Naitomea Bifoa Karunabaru)
“Love & Ero For All / Nightmare Before Carnival”

After previewing the show for the Season Preview and having a good idea what this first episode would cover, I can’t believe how much of a positive effect the transition to an anime had on this show. All I know is that I was laughing way more than I should have been.

A Quirky Cast of Lovable Characters

Even though we didn’t see much of the zombie loving Rotten Girl, I was surprised how quickly the show fleshed out a majority of the cast. Not giving any one character too much or too little attention, we got to see all the little quirks that make them so memorable. While I’ll leave it up to you to find out which character is your favorite (Hio, Sensei, and Sommerlier are probably mine), I feel safe in saying that whoever it ends up being, you’ll get more than enough service to satisfy your needs. Because if this first episode is any indication of how the rest of the series is going to be, it looks like everyone’s going to get more than enough time to shine.

Also, if you’re on the fence and not sure if you’re going to enjoy this show and zombies are your thing, there should be a zombie-related thing happening sometime soon. So if that’s your cup of tea, watch more!!

Ero G-Man and Mangakas

For a first episode, I thought this week’s skits were freaking hilarious. Starting with the one I was anticipating the most, I loved seeing Ero G-Man (Government Man) in action. Something about watching a female government worker quickly shuffling through the 18+ aisles of a bookstore was just too funny. Toss in how she’s actually a proud lover of all types of ero and you have such a quality one-off character it’d be a shame if she didn’t come back some time soon. And don’t even get me started with how cute it was to see Hio yell out her love for ero into a packed crowd. Because, come on who wouldn’t love to see that?

On the other hand, I wasn’t expecting to see such a dawww moment between Umi and Sensei. I didn’t remember the skit itself being very memorable in the manga but boy was it awesome in the anime. A combination of shots with Sensei pouting, Hio exerting her power over her, and Umi being a damn good guy made for an amazing skit that had me giggling and fawning over its cuteness.

Overall Impressions and Looking Ahead

After being extra hyped up for this show, I was pleasantly surprised with what we got. While I was a little afraid that some of the charm would be lost from the transition into an anime, it looks like I was afraid over nothing. With a quirky combination of characters that can all stand on their own, I have nothing but praise for this show. Sure it may be a slice-of-life and a lot of people generally associate that genre with some type of synonym for boring, but I think this might be one that breaks slightly from the mold. See you next week!

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「two-Dimension’s Love」 by denk!girls

Preview

October 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm
39 comments »
  • October 2, 2014 at 11:43 pmCybersteel

    http://randomc.net/image/Denki-gai%20no%20Honya-san/Denki-gai%20no%20Honya-san%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2021.jpg
    I lol’d when the Director spoke in his deep voice. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ftw XD

  • October 3, 2014 at 12:09 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    Sensei, Sommerlier, and Ero G-Man ftw! XD

    I was actually caught off-guard for a second with Sensei getting wrapped up (looking like it’d be some quirky comedy) only for her to wake up from it actually being a dream, lol.

    • October 3, 2014 at 5:35 amcutemi2

      both love p0rn

  • October 3, 2014 at 12:20 amDualash

    Important lesson from this episode: Apparently we’re all ero-lovers! *shrugs*

    • October 3, 2014 at 1:53 amewok40k

      We were created/evolved/designed (pick your beliefs!) that way, otherwise humanity would be long extinct!
      BTW, did you know there are actually G-Men in Japan charged with checking if all ero-vids are properly mosaiced-out in certain places (if properly is erm, proper word…). Talk about (wet) dream job…

  • October 3, 2014 at 12:56 amBROOKLYN otaku

    The screen caps alone make me wanna check this out. Looks wacky!

  • October 3, 2014 at 4:16 amoliviaven

    Fu Garu and Kameko are 2 of my favorites, for reasons you’ll understand soon enough, and who doesn’t like sensei?

  • October 3, 2014 at 5:49 ams_w

    I love this manga, and I was really nervous about how it would transition to anime, but it’s all good so far. The start was a teeny bit slow, but it picked up steam soon after that.

    For those who don’t know, the name of the store in the show “Uma no Hone/Horse’s Bone” is a parody of the name a famous anime/manga/doujin chain in Japan called “Tora no Ana/Tiger’s Hole.” Yeah. Not gonna comment on that. XD (But man, Tora no Ana was one of my favorite stores when I lived over there. So many freebies. @_@)

    Character-wise, there’s a lot of dawwwww to go around, especially for the Hio x Sensei lap pillow moment, and for Umi coming back to save Sensei. Favorite character? Ugh! That’s so hard! Kameko is pretty awesome in her own way. So is Sommelier. Kantoku’s teasing of Hio is on another level, and Hio’s reactions are great. Sensei’s dere side is so cute. Gah. It’s like asking me who my favorite character in Working! is.

    Speaking of which, if you like Working!, ServantXService, and similar shows, you should check this out, especially if you like manga.

    • October 3, 2014 at 6:50 pmHanabira.Kage

      I believe the “ana” means “den” in that context, so “tora no ana” = “tiger’s den”.

      The actual word for “tiger’s den” doesn’t actually have a “no” though…

    • October 5, 2014 at 2:54 amkratos

      I agree with Hanabira here, I’ve always considered the ana as a den

  • October 3, 2014 at 6:06 amSetsu

    Sensei is my favorite.

    • October 3, 2014 at 11:53 amBear

      Agree. She made the show IMO.

      Also doesn’t she look a little a certain black cat who was a really good manga artist by the name of Ruri Goku as an adult?

    • October 4, 2014 at 3:34 pmSetsu

      Because she looks like Ruri/Kuroneko so that why I like her so much. But I still like Ruri much.

  • October 3, 2014 at 8:03 amStilts

    Agreed takkun. After your preview and s_w’s comment on the season schedule, I was daring to get a little hyped, which is why I (atypically, for me) jumped on the new episode so quickly. I was pleased with the result. Definitely watching this one :3 Senseiiii!!

    • October 3, 2014 at 1:41 pms_w

      I always get nervous when I hype something, but the source is strong with this show. If the production company likes the material/”gets it,” then I look like a genius. Otherwise… (._.)

      They even did a good job on the art. It’s *really* close to the manga. (The story is *slightly* different here and there, but nothing major.) In this case, it’s a good thing.

      I’ll be happier in 2-3 eps, when I know for sure.

  • October 3, 2014 at 8:13 amFabio

    Sommerlier looks like that guy from Kannagi.

  • October 3, 2014 at 8:53 amSingerOfW

    After visiting Akiba, Toranoana and Comiket for the first time this Summer, this show fills me up with a wonderful kind of nostalgia I’ve never felt before (because I’ve never been there before, duh). And even without that, the characters are too charming to ignore. The jokes are a bit hit and miss, but that’s how most comedies are.

    Anyways, does anyone know how old the heroines are supposed to be? It’s clear that the artist can draw mature women just fine, so it feels a bit jarring to see someone who might’ve come straight out of Ichigo Mashimaro working overtime in an adult comic shop.

    • October 5, 2014 at 5:01 pmKondou

      I attended Comiket 86 as well! Ah…memories of constant rubbing against sweaty shoulders of others…

  • October 3, 2014 at 9:32 amTop Banana

    Really surprised about how good this was, i’m hyped for more.

  • October 3, 2014 at 11:35 amdaikama

    One of a few shows I tried the source material before watching. Overall I’d say a pretty good adaptation though some of the humor didn’t come across as well for me as in the manga, and I could have done without the anime-only stuff/minor changes. In other words, so far for me manga > anime. Not terribly so by any means unlike some recent adaptations, but enough IMO to be noticeable at times. I’m not a big megane fan typically, but Sensei/Master is best girl IMO. 100% shipping Umio x Sensei. Good pairing that.

    Even though we didn’t see much of the zombie loving Rotten Girl…”

    True, though did we see anything regarding the zombie aspect for her character? She just blushes furiously and “overheats” (steam coming out of her head) around 3:30 mark because… no clue. Just happens in the anime. O.o. TBH, I wasn’t all that enthralled by her zombie shtick in the source material (meh), but if you take that away from her character, then what’s left other than Just Another Cute Loli™? Curious if the anime is simply tabling that stuff for now or removing it entirely from her character.

    TL:DR = Humor is always subjective. That being said, personally I liked the manga well enough to the point I’ll probably loosely follow it (i.e. binge read), but I’m not quite sure about the anime adaptation yet. 3 Ep. Rule in effect.

  • October 3, 2014 at 11:51 amP Ko

    Wooo! Kobayashi! Woooo!

    I really enjoyed the first episode. The OP sing feels so out of place for this sort of a series though.

  • October 3, 2014 at 2:24 pmZhinvu

    http://randomc.net/image/Denki-gai%20no%20Honya-san/Denki-gai%20no%20Honya-san%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2042.jpg

    http://randomc.net/image/Denki-gai%20no%20Honya-san/Denki-gai%20no%20Honya-san%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2043.jpg

    So much d’awww at the baby Sensei scene. Sensei and Hiotan definitely my favorites in this show. Looking forward to getting to know the other characters.

  • October 3, 2014 at 5:01 pmmac65

    What a sweet start to a series.
    Kinda reminds me a little of Working or even Servant x Service.

    Looking to see where it’ll go next.

    • October 3, 2014 at 7:02 pmBear

      so far, I like the characters in those two better than most of them here. Sensei being the exception.

      • October 4, 2014 at 8:30 ammac65

        Sensei’s character is developed well in this episode, but I’m
        hopeful the other characters will find their nitch, too, as the
        series progresses. 3 Ep. Rule in effect.

  • October 3, 2014 at 6:17 pmGoukaRyuu

    I didn’t know what to expect going in, but i liked it. Will definitely keep watching.

  • October 3, 2014 at 9:36 pmAndré

    Nice, a new Genshiken.

  • October 4, 2014 at 1:43 amTerrorhunt

  • October 4, 2014 at 5:47 amMiaminights

    Very pleasently surprised by this first episode. Sensei is hillarious

  • October 4, 2014 at 12:28 pmBinary_CPU

    Not as funny as I thought it would be, but I’ll give it the 3 episode rule.

  • October 4, 2014 at 7:19 pmNoZaku

    More generic moeshit.

    • October 5, 2014 at 10:02 pmTakaii

      You need to go outside more.

  • October 5, 2014 at 2:56 amkratos

    This brings me back to Digi Charat

  • October 5, 2014 at 3:30 amRedjuice Fan

    I think the anime kinda lost some of the charms that the manga has. I couldnt get myself to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the manga.

    • October 5, 2014 at 10:04 pmTakaii

      Hopefully the next episodes manage to capture it, ya?

  • October 5, 2014 at 9:24 ammagoiichi

    I love it, must watch.

  • October 8, 2014 at 10:20 pmMax

    I suppose that more characters will be introduced as the anime progresses. If slice-of-life comedy is your cup of tea, then ‘Denkigai no Honya-san’ is an ideal choice on a lazy day. Do read the manga as well, especially if you can’t sit still for the next episode to air. I’m definitely following this series!

  • October 9, 2014 at 9:51 amGermanguy

    Ep 02: Spoilerfree

    I must Admit, this Anime. I need to get used to their kind of Humor. But it looks promising