「ガール・ミーツ・ボーイ」 (Gāru Mītsu Bōi)
“Girl Meets Boy”
On paper, Astarotte no Omocha! sounds like the premise for an oddly detailed hentai, and if you chance upon any of its images, looks like it was targeted towards lolicons. In actuality…
I don’t really know. Based on the first episode, it’s obviously not porn. I haven’t read the manga, nor do I intend to, but I am curious as to how the story will deal with the premise it has given. It doesn’t look like a boobs in your face show, besides that most of the characters are flat anyhow, but nor would I really consider that entertaining in the first place. However, sexual situations wherein comedy may possibly lie (aka adult humor), could very well be entertaining, and this show seems to be heading right in that direction. There’s actually little to none of it so far, and could stay that way for the rest of the series, so it’s hard to tell right now who exactly the series is trying to reel in, but there’s a definite focus on lolis, no doubt.
Brought to you by the same people that did Ika Musume two seasons ago, Astarotte no Omocha! is a great looking show. That’s also one of its positives, the animation, and for me in particular, the character designs. I’m almost never into meganekkos, but Snorrevik Judith (Nabatame Hitomi) somehow captures me. Then again, when the main character, Ygvar Astarotte, isn’t as attractive with a disappointingly same-voice Kugumiya Rie, I’m at a loss for alternatives. As for the other characters, Reginhard Griselda (Fujimura Ayumi) is rather cool because her name was translated as Zelda, big boobed “Elffie” (Mirjasdottir Elfreda – Horie Yui) is not my style, but the tan maid (Cuthfleda – Suzuki Misaki) I could get used to.
So far, this show is all about cognitive dissonance. They happily talk about sucking out the semen from a penis, hopefully you weren’t too innocent/dense to gather that, and inform the viewer that it’s a rite of passage for a succubus. Now, I’m not usually used to cutesy and happiness when seeing succubus used in anime, so this was a bit weird. When you don’t take out the sexual parts about being a succubus (which is ironic, because that’s what they practically embody), especially one as raunchy as mentioned, it’s just odd hearing that come out of cutesy character designs. Then again, this is the “hook” to the show, so I suppose I’m not part of the possible target audience…
Ignoring that, is the show good with a normal critique? Currently, it’s a “not yet.” The “loli-childish-clumsy” humor wasn’t that funny, which is a huge deal because it seems to try so hard at it, and the plot is a “generic” set-up for what feels like a predictable series of following episodes where the shy Astarotte who doesn’t like men tries to deal with her innate need for semen to survive by tsundere-ing it up to the human pulled through a portal, Touhara Naoya (Satou Rina). By portal I mean there’s a human world and a succubus world, and it seems most of the time will be spent in the succubus world, which is one of the cooler things about the show, a fantasy land… which happens to inhabit underage looking girls and one old man (voiced by none other than motherfucking Cho, a boss in my books). As aforementioned, the main draw for me will be Astarotte’s forced sexual relationship with Naoya, which should make up the majority of the humor in the show, or hell, the show itself. There’s a possibility it could start churning out moral lessons using lolis, or go into serious drama, but it’s been done before, and it’s called Kodomo no Jikan. Which this studio also did (Diomedea). What a tweest!
Pros: Good animation | Decent storyline with potential | Char designs are to my liking | Kugimiya Rie being cute with stutters | Chou | Tan maid | Judith | cool fantasy world | (yes separate characters can be an entire reason)
Cons: Can’t let anyone see you watch this without some serious splainin’ to do | Kugimiya Rie being annoying with stutters | May end up mediocre in the plot department | Loli/naive humor wasn’t really funny
But do enlighten me with your varying mature opinions on this mature show. I shall go brew tea, play some rainymood with some jazz, and bust out the monocle.