OP: 「あっちでこっちで」 (Acchi de Kocchi de) by つみき（大久保瑠美）、伊御（岡本信彦）、姫（福原香織）、真宵（生天目仁美）、榊（浅沼晋太郎） (Tsumiki (Ookubo Rumi), Io (Okamoto Nobuhiko), Hime (Fukuhara Kaori), Mayoi (Nabatame Hitomi), Sakaki (Asanuma Shintaro))
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「あっち⇔こっち」 (Acchi Kocchi)
“That Way⇔This Way”
After reluctantly picking up Acchi Kocchi after losing a few of my other picks for the season, I’m still amazed at how angry I would have been had I not covered this show. While the preview might have bashed on the show, I absolutely loved the first episode of this quirky slice-of-life. Something about the art style, the jokes, and the ridiculously cute Tsumiki who might be actually be a cat in disguise were more than enough to completely draw me into the story (even though there really wasn’t one).
For me, a slice-of-life without the draw of a strong romantic story needs needs to be funny. And unlike a lot of other recent shows like A-Channel or Kimi to Boku which either took too long to build up the humor or just wasn’t funny at all, this show was hitting home-runs at its first time at bat. If I were to pick a culprit for all this humor, it’d have to be from the combination of Hime (Fukuhara Kaori) and Mayoi (Nabatame Hitomi) — a pair of characters who on their own would probably come off as really annoying but together create some comedic gold. Seeing how the former is the quiet type that’s at times too innocent for their own good and the latter having a pretty strong case of ADD combined with the technical skills of a master electrician they provide a decent amount of humor for everyone to play off on.
But let’s not forget our two lovebirds Io (Okamoto Nobuhiko) and Tsumiki (Ookubo Rumi). While the probability of them ending up together is close to zero since things like that don’t happen in a slice-of-life like this (and because Io doesn’t seem to notice all the lovey-dovey signals Tsumiki sends his way) I enjoy watching all the teasing Tsumiki receives. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my romantic comedies as much as the next guy but when a show stops taking a relationship seriously and opts to keep things one-sided but takes a positive approach about it, I’ll give it a big fat thumbs up if they do it well. Because when it’s done well, it means those sneaky writers can at any moment throw in some super heartwarming situation and it’ll still make our hearts melt all the same!
You also can’t deny how cute Tsumiki is when she goes into nekomimi mode. While I’m normally against the use of something as stereotypical as nekomimi due to its horrible reputation, I for one haven’t seen it used in a while and it was a nice surprise to see very liberal use of it. At the same time, I was a little surprised to see just how much of a closet tsundere she was. Because even though Mayoi may be the usual target of her anger, it’s fun to watch that anger (or jealously?) branch out whenever someone gets too close to her “man”.
That said, I do have one small complaint about Acchi Kocchi. Which in reality isn’t a complaint but more of a personal gripe that I’d like to see if any of you share with me. I personally am getting sick of all these shows breaking each episode down into specific parts based on what’s type of gag they’re going for. For example, Danshi Koukousei was an amazing show that got me laughing all the time but I hated the fact that it felt choppy since it was broken up with long and tedious eye-catches after each and every gag. And while Acchi Kocchi doesn’t execute its breaks in the same way, I am curious about what it would be like to experience it without those little breaks during the episode.
Overall, I think that Acchi Kocchi is going to be a great show. It doesn’t live up to the stereotypes that a show like this garners (I see no moe-blobs!) and instead focuses on all the right things that make it a really good slice-of-life. Things like its humor, its enjoyable characters, and most importantly its liberal use of things like nekomimi and sound effect bubbles make it stick out as a show that’s trying a few different things that so far have made it really enjoyable to watch.
ED: 「手をギュしてね」 (Te wo Gyushitene) by つみき（大久保瑠美） (Tsumiki (Ookubo Rumi))
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