OP: 「Choose Bright!!」 by 茅原実里, 寿美菜子, 矢作紗友里, 日笠陽子 (Chihara Minori, Kotobuki Minako, Yahagi Sayuri, Hikasa Youko)
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「おとなパンツ！の女の子」 (Otona Pantsu! no Onna no Ko)
“The Girl with Adult Panties!”
So I hear shy girls like to choose bright and flashy underwear, or at least that’s what the OP/ED song titles have me believe. “Chu-Bra” -> “Choose Bright”. Yeah, I’m sure that’s what it’s short for… >_>
Anyway, the story here follows middle schooler Hayama Nayu (Chihara Minori), who’s kind and smart, but a bit of a klutz. Being the top student in her class, she’s asked to address all the students during the entrance ceremony for her new school. On her way up to the podium, she stumbles and falls flat on her face, exposing her purple lace panties to a shocked and speechless crowd. As a result, rumors about her being a prostitute run rampant throughout the school, so fellow classmates Shiraishi Haruka (Yahagi Sayuri) and Jinguuji Yako (Kotobuki Minako) taking it upon themselves to find out first-hand. After witnessing an older guy drop off underwear and Nayu ecstatically shopping for new ones, Yako buys into the rumors and the two of them start to avoid her. Still, Haruka is skeptical because of how nice Nayu is to the other girls, who she knows are just taking advantage of her.
When the three of them take a spill down the stairs together, Haruka and Yako find out that Nayu tries out new underwear products for an acquaintance, i.e. her brother-in-law Keigo (Sakurai Takahiro). It turns out everyone started avoiding her at the end of elementary school once they found out she wears such sexy underwear. She ends up becoming friends with Haruka and Yako after clearing up the misunderstanding, but not before getting a lesbian rumor gets started.
Now before we get ahead of ourselves, this first episode wasn’t nearly as much loli-bait as it probably could’ve been. I suspect they’ll dial things up later on however, seeing as this is broadcast on AT-X (and only AT-X). Quite frankly, I found things pretty tame here except for one scene, but it could just be that this stuff doesn’t faze me anymore. To the show’s credit, it does feature some nicely drawn underwear. What’s more noteworthy though is that it was actually fairly funny. The three main girls are played by the aforementioned voice actresses, and while I usually can’t stand Minorin doing her childish high-pitched voice, it’s only mildly annoying here when she happens to scream. In terms of humor, Sayuri playing Haruka with the strange dialect was pretty amusing, but Minako as Yako was hilarious with her reactions.
When I watched the pre-airing stream of this episode last week (and didn’t feel like blogging it), I felt it probably would’ve made more sense to have Minako play Haruka since she’s done the whole dialect bit as Kanon in Umi Monogatari. After hearing her English “Oh no~” outburst as Yako at the end though, I’m so glad they went with this instead. Yako’s reactions to Nayu’s seemingly perverted actions alone got me interested enough to watch a few more, even though I don’t see myself covering this series on a regular basis. I realize that’s not a great reason to continue watching a show, but I found it entertaining. I’m a fan of Minako after learning that she’s capable of so much more than her role as Mugi in K-ON.
I should probably mention that the two female teachers shown in this episode, Mizuno Tamaki and Takatou-sensei, are played by Oohara Sayaka and Asakawa Yuu respectively. Also, Hikasa Youko (Mio in K-ON!) has yet to show up as her character Amahara Kiyono (far right here). The OP/ED themes are actually performed by the three main seiyuus and her, giving us half of the K-ON group again. I got some K-ON vibes when I heard Youko singing in the ending theme, but admittedly found the opening a tad annoying because of the chorus.
Story-wise, problems will likely pick up because of the girl from Nayu’s elementary school who’s out to get her. It’s probably safe to say there won’t be a lot of depth here, but it’s not exactly like they’re striving for it either. If it’s entertaining comedy-wise, I don’t really have a problem with it.
* Chu-Bra!! is simulcasted Mondays on Crunchyroll, though I wonder if anything will be censored on their end later on.
ED: 「Shy Girls」 by 茅原実里, 寿美菜子, 矢作紗友里, 日笠陽子 (Chihara Minori, Kotobuki Minako, Yahagi Sayuri, Hikasa Youko)
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