Enter Ninomiya-kun – not your typical harem lead, as we find out from the get go that he’s better at kickin’ bear ass than Ikuto, has a crazy/hot onee-san who dresses like the chick from The Third, and is somehow the target of abuse from every other student at his school.
When I say abuse, much of it is in forms most of us could only dream of (or watch anime for…) – for starters, a group of girls have him tied up in the classroom and flash their panties at him, just cuz they like seeing his troubled face. Girl, I’ll show you any face you wanna see for treatment like that.
But no, Ninomiya is above all that schoolgirl stuff, so he dislocates his shoulder (!) and escapes. Then dives out the fifth story window, only to be attacked by members of every sports club, but apparently he’s tighter than all of them, cuz he schools them all. Anyways, he finally falls in some pit, but none of that matters cuz an army helicopter lands on the school grounds, dropping off a pink-haired F-cup chick wearing a frilly white dress, who promptly falls out of the helicopter, right on Ninomiya’s face.
See, with harem anime, everything is pretty similar up to this point. However, it’s also been ample time to realize that the animation isn’t so great, the voice acting doesn’t sound quite right, and there’s been very poor scene to scene flow so far. Most of the time I chalk this up to first episode weaknesses and hope it gets better later on, but the problems with this episode so far are systematic issues that indicate a problem with the show itself, and not the particular episode. Furthermore, we usually don’t see harem shows with spotty episodes until the third episode or so – this is the first 5 or 6 minutes of the first episode!
Anyways, apparently the impact of a perfectly formed tush on his face (is she a natural pink-head? He might be able to tell us), and not the 5 story fall, nor the dislocated shoulder, was enough to knock him unconscious, so we get some dreamstate flashback scene where chibi Ninomiya is gazing over chibi hot pink haired chick. Once again, this is nothing new and nothing objectionable, but the timing in which it was presented just felt odd. If shows like Mushishi and Seirei no Moribito are masters of storytelling, this one is all the way on the other end of the spectrum, sitting somewhere between… I dunno, Tonagura, and uh… Kono Aozora. Well, no, that’s being unfair to those shows, which are clearly superior.
He wakes up and sees this crazy sexual girl sleeping next to him… tries to cop a feel and decides not to (sigh). The chick wakes up and…
You know what, this is stupid. Here’s the abridged version: hot girl needs protection from Ninomiya because every man in the world wants to bang her. Even if she wasn’t emitting some crazy sex aura. Never mind that she’s wearing an incredible white dress and looks dumber and hornier than the chick from Girls Bravo and the one from Maburaho combined. Which, depending on what kind of show you’re looking for, is either a great thing, or a buzzkill. Well, it’s probably a good thing anyways. She’s really hot. And has nice ankles. Anyways, he takes her home, cuz apparently that’s the only safe place (smooth), and starts… cooking. She starts getting all guilty seeing the guy in the kitchen and offers to help…
At this point, the show can take one of two directions. She could either be some ace cook, which would raise her worthiness as an anime female back to acceptable levels, or she could be totally useless and clumsy in all facets of life except in looking hot, which she doesn’t even need to work out.
Ah, shame. Guess we can’t take her seriously, as she succeeds in instantly screwing up the sink (how the f*** do you mess up a sink???) and floods the entire kitchen. But really, can you stay mad at her… especially considering her nice white dress is now soaked (knowing, of course, that girls like this wear lacey pink panties to show off, and don’t wear bras just in case they ever got soaked).
Afterwards, Ninomiya almost molests her unconscious body again, his sister catches it on tape, then pink haired bimbo goes to take a bath, which we viewers are privy to. Naturally, she slips while getting out, causing Ninomiya to run in…
Yea, you’ve seen it before.
Spoiler-free summary and thoughts in a nutshell:
Super slick Ninomiya-kun is assigned to protect mega cutie who emits more sex pheromones than a drunk Japanese schoolgirl. Had its moments, but terrible animation, unconvincing voice acting, and a lack of overall flow make this show an utter failure. But then again, that’s like bagging on a kid with down syndrome trying to play tennis – at least he’s trying and having fun…
If you can look past its glaring weaknesses in production quality, it’s a pretty interesting show that provides some laughs and plentttyyy of fanservice.
How’s that for disappointment? Here I was thinking this show could take over the harem load from Nagasarete, and maybe the comedy load from Seto no Hanayome, but I was sorely mistaken. Brought to us by studio “AIC Spirits,” the guys responsible for such hits as Girls Bravo, Tenbatsu Angel Rabbie, and Burn-Up Scramble (what?), they seem to have tried to cut costs and take the low road in pushing this show out. Quite simply, they have cut and pasted scenes and situations from other generic harems, gave Miharu a boob job and more transparent clothes, all while throwing less animation production dollars at it. It’s cheap, in every sense of the word.
Sure, the show is likely to get more interesting as more characters show up, and the premise still seems halfway interesting (as soon as we find out what it is). However, as I mentioned above, the problems with this show are not the fixable kind – they are intrinsic weaknesses with the production in general. Not a single aspect of this show, whether it be animation, the script, the voice acting, nor the general direction seem to be average, with most things below well below average. Which isn’t to bag on the otherwise decent seiyuu cast – the pink haired bimbo is voiced by Kadowaki Mai, who did Enomoto in Haruhi (the girl who hired the SOS-dan to look for her loser computer club boyfriend), Hiyokokko in Tokimeki (the piyo piyo bird), and Chika in Kyou no 5-2, among others. Well, ok, maybe she’s not that popular. Melissa Mao is the Ninomiya onee-san, and uh, well, it’s not important. Most of the seiyuu are experienced but have never had any major roles, kinda like the rest of this show, and it really does show.
But anyways, if you’re just after some fanservice, this is some good eye candy. Unless a miracle happens next week and AIC turns in a KyoAni level production, this one isn’t getting blogged.