OP: 「純粋なフジュンブツ」 (Junsuina Fujunbutsu) by StylipS
「おっぱいを究めろ／夢見るお仕事／パンツウォーズ／音砂みはりの休日」 (Oppai wo Kiwamero/Yumemiru Oshigoto/Pantsuu Oozu/Otosuna Mihari no Kyuujitsu)
“Perfecting Breasts/Dream Job/Panty Wars/Otsuna Mihari’s Day Off”
Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to is made for one audience, and one audience only: those who love their ecchi comedy and all the meta-musings one can have about the subject. Just as Nourin last semester reflected on the appeal of hidden panties (or rather, the possibility of none), Mangaka-san focuses in on the thought processes that go into drawing ecchi scenes and their plotlines, all while having its own comedic storyline to accompany it. Those who love the blending of laughter with breasts will find a happy paradise within this show, but as for everyone else…
To be clear out of the gate: this isn’t a badly made show. Not in the slightest. For the audience it wishes to capture, it does its job well. The animation and facial proportions are cleanly drawn, save for the occasional slip-up. The comedic timing and the flow of the skits give the show energy and never a time to rest. Production wise, the show is excellent, but the enjoyability factor relies completely on whether the viewer will find the characters and their dynamics enjoyable to watch.
The first step in making a conclusion towards that end is to evaluate the male protagonist, an ecchi mangaka, Aito Yuuki (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu). His social ineptness and disregard for tact are ridiculously thick, even compared to the standard scale of clueless protagonists. Whether that’s an enjoyable thing to watch is entirely based on the viewer. Take for example the instance when Yuuki is examining bras for the sake of research, going as far to purchase 100k yen worth of them (after groping the ones on the mannequins). In fact, his attention to detail allows him to point out that his editor–Otosuna Mihari (Noto Arisa)–has a breast size of AA, which shocks the surrounding female presence in the store. If you find this kind of social faux pas something hilarious and laugh out loud, then you’re set.
The next step would be then to see how the female characters are character-wise, and see what kind of character interactions they create within the show. Take for example the same scene mentioned above. Mihari, being the ‘angry loli’ arch-type she is, guts Yuuki in broad daylight, hoping to wipe any memories he has of her chest size. It’s all fun to see idiots get beat up, but whether that’s your style of continual comedy is another thing entirely. Another character, Ashisu Sahoto (Hayami Saori) plays as a better straight to Yuuki as her assistant. She’s cool, collected, but still calls out Yuuki on his wild shenanigans, though she’s shown to have some compromise with Yuuki in order to get a better product published.
However, what largely defines how these characters interact is fairly straightforward. Yuuki does something stupid, and the female characters reprimand him for his actions, often in a violent or harsh way, though sometimes such violence temporarily gives way to moments of kindness before returning back to more violence. It’s a formula that’s pretty standard of gag comedies of this type, set in a mangaka setting that’s been explored before in shows like Mangirl!.
If you enjoy this kind of straight-group slapstick towards the comedy-individual, packaged in a meta-ecchi setting, then you’re set to explore this show this season. Otherwise, if anything I’ve mentioned above turns you off, then this may be the show to pass on this season. While the three episode rule largely applies to judging many shows, this one I feel can be easily judged right here and now. That’s not a bad thing–the show is very direct about its intentions from the start, and what it sets out to do it does with productive quality–but honestly the interactions between the characters is a make-or-break decision right out of the gate.
ED: 「Spica.」 by StylipS