OP: 「恋する☆ひよこ」 (Koisuru☆Hiyoko) by Katakiri Rekka
「生徒会長の嫁ぎ先」 (Seito Kaichou no Totsugi-saki)
“The Student Council President’s Married-into Family”
A lot flirty, a good bit ecchi … and yet, the short format makes even this simple story seem simultaneously rushed and lethargic, denying us the time it takes to properly enjoy the antics. At least for this first episode.
Going from manga to anime, this is an odd situation. Everything about the first manga chapter was here, including Ui’s nipples, so I can’t say it was adapted badly, at least at a blow-by-blow level. Yet, the charm I felt in the manga is missing. Part of it is how everything is just a little too fast. It felt like they were telling us that Izumi (Okitsu Kazuyuki) is a stick-in-the-mud tsundere, Ui (Taketatsu Ayana) is a beautiful eccentric. They were hitting the right points, but not letting us feel them.
Yet the episode also felt lethargic, mostly thanks to the animation. Or perhaps it was the pacing, or the soundtrack … something in the production made it feel slow, where studio Seven’s Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me always felt quick and peppy. There’s also the fact that the manga art is cuter than this adaptation, but it’s within striking range, so that doesn’t bother me. If that were the only thing I could complain about, I’d be happy enough.
Flirty & Ecchi
I wondered in the preview whether they would full-on show nipplies and everything. Confession: I didn’t really wonder that. This airs on AT-X, so it was all but certain to go for full nudity when necessary, and lo and behold, it did. Yet they didn’t stay on it long enough! I felt like that was a perfect time to ramp up awkwardness in Izumi, but he was only given a few seconds. ‘Tis a shame.
To Watch, Or Not To Watch?
So far, our “Moderately Low” expectation level is hitting about right. For a romcom ecchi short, it’s not bad, though it’s punching below average, given its source. It’s not bad, certainly, and I’ll probably watch it because sometimes, you just have eight minutes, and it’s nice to pack a little anime in. For that, it’s fun enough. Also, bewbs.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – They brought the silly, the flirty, & the ecchi, but it’s all just a little too rushed & lethargic #anime_okusama 01
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