「侵略開始!?」 (Shinryaku Kaishi!?)
“The Invasion Starts!?”
Hello, Zanibas here with a quick intro into one of the various weird shows airing this season–Rokujouma no Shinryakusha! Here, we get a comedy-invasion flavor similar to what Shinryaku! Ika Musume provided, with the blend of supernatural factions that the Suzumiya Haruhi universe portrayed. The basic premise is simple–student Satomi Koutarou (Nakamura Yuuichi) must hold his 5000 yen/month apartment at all costs against the supernatural forces that would dare take it. Examples of such are the resident ghost, Higashihongan Sanae (Suzuki Eri), representative of an underground clan Kurano Kiriha (Tazawa Masumi), space princess Theiamillia Gre Fortorthe (Naganawa Maria) with her assistant (Hayami Saori), and magical girl Nijino Yurika (Oomori Nichika). Despite most of their powerful abilities, they cannot hope to stand against the wrath of the landlady, Kasagi Shizuka (Suzaki Aya). In this harem-type anime, will anyone be satisfied with such conflicting interests?
Rokujouma certainly has that Silver Link comedy vibe to it, both in its strengths and weaknesses. It certainly is a crazy premise that leaves you going ‘wtf?’ throughout the episode, making leaps and bounds of logic and assumptions that may leave anyone’s head spinning. In spite of that, there are just enough threads and hints placed throughout the visual background that hint at a much more sensible picture ready to pop out. Of particular interest is perhaps the male protagonist, whose soft yet not pathetic nature shows some capability and potential for future characterization. His reasons for joining a knitting club and being self-reliant are so far an enigma, but should serve as the overarching emotional thread that’ll connect what will be a chaotic story.
On the other hand, there certainly is a good amount of fanservice that aims to please its audience, touching every base from the flat-chested tsundere, the childish spirit, the incompetent moe character, the calm and endowed, and of course the capable yet plain character that serves as the foil to all of these. There certainly is a good amount of fanservice shots to please the eye, in addition to the moderate visual effects that keep the action alive within the show. The animation as a whole is a bit plain–perhaps I’m just wishing for Silver Link to update their art–but it certainly does the job it sets out to do.
As you can probably tell already, my response to the first episode is a moderate one. In theory, the show did nothing wrong, but it just didn’t do enough things spectacularly. In a season where there are amazingly strong offerings in comedy, such as Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Barakamon, and Sabagebu!, any sort of average effort will feel even more so. Although the potential to be a really crazy show certainly exists here, there just wasn’t enough visual ‘oomph’, not enough attitude from the seiyuu, and certainly not enough refreshingly funny jokes to really capitalize on the premise. I’m sure that some people will get a kick out of this for the nature of the harem and its character appeal, but as a comedy show itself, there is much to be desired. There were some good potential jokes here–the mockery of cosplaying mahou shoujos, the ridiculous gold bars, but all the other comedic moments were stale enough to only bring slight amusement to the show.
I sure hope things pick up from here, because I certainly know that Silver Link and Oonuma Shin can certainly do better, with Baka to Test as great evidence of a many-girls-some-guys anime done right.
ED: 「好感Win-Win無条件」 (Koukan Win-Win Mujouken) by ハート♡インベーダー (Heart♡Invader)