「もにょっとした気持ち」 (Monyottoshita Kimochi)
“A Funny, Squirmy Feeling”
Dear reader, please don’t do anything any character in this anime does, ever. Signed: Your Local Police.
Today the Anime World brings you Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!, AKA Wataten!, AKA Winter 2018’s lolicon thing. But I want to quickly assuage your fears! The main protagonist, Hoshino Miyako (Ueda Reina), may be a criminal in training, but she’s not the lewdest thing about this episode! That distinction belongs to the french toast. You know it’s a Doga Kobo series when there’s an unnecessarily luscious cooking scene. Hat tip Mikakunin de Shinkoukei, you are missed.
Is Wataten! funny? Yes, mostly! Though people who protest and say it’s not a lolicon thing aren’t being entirely truthful, so you’re going to have to at least not mind that aspect. To me it’s more unvarnished than, say, Ro-Kyu-Bu!, which was a lolicon thing and a sports thing, whereas a series built entirely around the desires of an older character wanting to get closer to a younger character doesn’t really have that critical and. There’s no Miho-sensei forcing the plot to start, is what I’m saying. But the show improves considerably once the apple of Mya-nee’s eye, Shirosaki Hana (Sashide Maria), realizes that she has to keep Miyako happy to keep getting that sweet, sweet candy sugar, if you know what I mean. That makes her an active participant in the proceedings, rather than a party acted upon, which you know. Good! Or better than the alternative, at least. Lust, meet Gluttony. I’m sure this won’t end badly.
Really, the greatest injustice is that Miyako doesn’t give enough attention to her little sister, Hoshino Hinata (Nagae Rika). Hina is so considerate of her big sister, she just wants her to be happy/to get attention from Miyako! Pay attention to her, you rat bastard! What are you doing jeez. You’re going to break Hinata’s heart one day, when she realizes you’re a lolicon hentai. At least pay attention to her now. Though her sleeping habits are less cute than even Hana’s fashion sense. Do not want feet in the face, no thanks.
Would I suggest this series? I dunno, maybe. If you read the premise and though, “Heh, that could be funny!”, then you’ll probably enjoy it. Director Hiramaki Daisuke and his crew at Doga Kobo executed on the idea well. If you were skeptical of the content, though, you won’t find much to disuade you. So go forth and be happy, friends! Either with Wataten!, or elsewhere. Just don’t take these characters as role models. Literally all of them are doing almost everything wrong, except the mom, who has the right idea. Not because it’s good parenting generally, but it is funny, and because Miyako deserves it more than she realizes. No touchie!
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OP: 「気ままな天使たち」 (Kimama na Tenshitachi) by Wataten☆Five