「キング・オブ・ファーマーズ」 (Kingu Obu Fāmāzu)
“King of Farmers”
Nourin is made of some Grade A stupidity–the finest stupidity to come out this year. I don’t use the term offensively though, since stupidity itself can be hilarious to watch. This show has what attracted me to Baka to Test, but combines that with the cultural quirks of an agricultural university. It’s a weird formula and the stupidity of these characters may be overwhelming for some, yet it does provide a certain appeal for those seeking entertaining and energetic character interactions.
What do we have here: a character who’s fully willing to sniff someone’s panties in front of the owner, a character that is fully willing to give her own panties on the spot to her childhood friend, and a character who has formulated an inspiring yet idiotic philosophy around panties. There is a certain level of suspending disbelief one needs to fully enjoy this show, especially in coming to terms with how sexually open everyone seems to be. It’s unlike Seitokai Yakuindomo where the jokes more focus on wordplay and innuendo–both of them focus on how unorthodox each character is, but Nourin takes it a step further in often acting on its jokes rather than relying on words and props.
Besides the trio’s dynamics, I am actually interested in the direction they’ll take Ringo’s character. She’s already dived into a romantic rivalry with Minori, with possibly the knowledge that Kousaku was the one sending her the vegetables and letters this entire time. Although I was fully expecting her character to be quiet from episode one onwards, her cold bite and silent disapproving glares were unexpected. I’d give those looks too if I had to witness my underwear being contested between individuals of questionable intentions. It’s refreshing to see this kind of character trait makeup for a female romantic lead, as it explicitly rejects the defining traits of our male lead. Look at that face of disgust. The composition of her character now leaves a great deal of potential in unpeeling her character and developing her comfort levels with each character as well. Though Minori and Ringo are at each other’s throats, I’m sure those two will come to a reconciliation just as Himeji and Shimada found a truce in Baka to Test, or god forbid we mention the pact made in Infinite Stratos…
Therefore, while stupid, it’s fun and has potential. Definitely something I’d personally follow for the energy, but may prove a major turn-off for those who like their comedy to follow a bit of sensibility and logic–this show practically has none. If the show keeps up at this pace of delivering energy and continues to develop Ringo as a character, I’ll be a satisfied camper!
ED: 「も・ぎ・た・て♥フルーツガールズ」 (Mogitate ♥ Fruit Girls) by Tamura Yukari and Hanazawa Kana
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