「亜人ちゃんは泳ぎたい」 (Demi-chan wa Oyogitai)
“Demi-chan Wants to Swim”
Of all the shows ending this season, I’m probably going to miss Demi-chan the most.
If there’s one show that I could rave and rant about for days, it’d probably be Demi-chan. For a slice-of-life / school-life show, it does so many things so well that I could probably write a thesis on the whole damn thing. But seeing how most people aren’t here to read a thesis (or maybe they are?), let me just jump into some of the things that I absolutely loved about the show.
Starting with the man of the hour, it’d be tough to talk about Demi-chan without first talking about Takahashi Tetsuo who’s casually known as Takahashi-sensei in my posts and just Sensei in the show. As the resident biology teacher who has a degree in the topic, it makes sense that he’d be attracted to the idea of getting to interact and learn about Demi’s. However, that alone would make for a rather boring character and a creepy one at that. Can you imagine this show being as great as it was if Takahashi-sensei was like his friend Souma? Getting back on track, it’s been a pleasure getting to watch Takahashi-sensei grow as both an educator and someone in-between friend and adult for our favorite three girls. Because as most fans of this genre know, things can get somewhat boring rather quickly without something to “stir the pot” every now and then. And trust me, I’m the kind of person who could probably live off of slice-of-life alone but still understands the importance of having a well rounded plot that follows at a bare minimum a sin curve of ups and downs. Which is precisely why I was extremely happy to see that after all of Takahashi-sensei’s success with helping Hikari, Kyouko, and Yuki he ran into some road bumps of his own. Road bumps that were one hundred percent related to the story and were handled by the same people he himself helped in the past — a feat that I applaud the plot and the show runners for handling so damn well. All of which created an amazing character that literally held the entire show together.
That said, a single character alone doesn’t hold a show together and Takahashi-sensei definitely had some assistance from some amazing girls (and Satake). Starting with our main four, there’s no denying that Hikari probably had the biggest impact and screen time comparatively speaking. Taking charge when the situation called for it and pushing forward with whatever she’s planned even if there are things trying to stop it, there was never a dull moment with Hikari on screen. Also, that moment she shared with Takahashi-sensei last week when he was feeling down is probably permanently etched into my memory as one of the most well done emotional scenes I’ve seen, ever. From there we have Kyouko, the “intellectual” one of the group and probably my actual favorite character. Seeing how Takahashi-sensei is a biology teacher and enjoys attacking problems with a science in mind, I’m glad Kyouko gave him the avenue to dive deep into the technical stuff. Having pretty high level conversations that probably wouldn’t have worked with either Hikari or Yuki, it’s nice to watch a show demonstrate that a character is “smart” without having to tell us that they’re “smart”. That and Kyouko is just super cute and adorable and innocent and just hnnnnnnnnnnng. In-between the spectrum lies Yuki, the girl who was introduced “last” but became a really funny character that opened some prime comedic opportunities with that “secret” persona of hers. If anything, she’s probably the closest to a “real life” character with the way she almost breaks the fourth wall by calling things out when she sees it. Last but not least we have Satou-sensei, someone who I wish we saw more of but will take whatever we got. As the Demi with the most everyday issues, I really appreciate the show diving deep in the problems Demis can have by focusing on the Demi with the most when it comes to integrating with society. I’ve talked about Satou-sensei’s troubles quite a bit throughout my posts so I won’t go into those here, but it’s nice to see that besides being our resident succubus she also played the role of someone who Takahashi-sensei could turn to when it may have been inappropriate to discuss with our three girls.
On the side we also had a great cast of side characters that managed to bring their own unique flare to the show. Something that I never really thought about until recently was what was the point of having side characters if they’re just “side” characters? In Demi-chan’s case though, I realized that without these characters, the latter half of the season probably would have felt a lot more flat and possibly quite boring. Also, let me give a shout out to the writers for giving the “evil” Vice Principal such a great introduction and exit from the show. Acting as the unbiased administrator who is simply trying to help everyone in his school get the best experience possible, it’s great to see just how wrong we can about someone based on first appearances as well as how much he helped create the “drama” we needed to keep us on our toes.
Overall, I think Demi-chan had a prime opportunity to do something with the genre by integrating demis into it and I think it completely succeeded in what it tried to do. Anyways, this post has probably gone on for too long so let me end it here with a big thank you to everyone who came for the posts and left great comments week after week.
I’ll see you around the bend one the next season starts. See ya!