OP: 「This is 勇者, but 残念!?」by hisakuni
“The Young Man and the Little Girl Meet”
Other than competing with Danmachi for most ridiculous title length of this season, the core essence of Uchi no Ko (or Uchi no Musume) is about the delights that a young adventurer named Dale (Okamoto Nobuhiko) experiences after adopting and raising an extremely cute demon girl named Latina (Takao Kanon). In unexplained circumstances (largely thanks to the language barrier), her original guardian died while Dale stumbles across her in the forest. Initially reluctant to take her in out of fear for the unknown, he realises how attached the girl is to him and essentially takes over those duties, trying to give her the life of an ordinary girl to the best of his abilities.
Having read the manga adaptation, but admittedly not the original source material, my expectations going into this show were mostly established. So how does this adaptation of Chirolu’s web novel hold out? Maho Films are a completely new anime studio so for me, the onus was on them to prove their worth. Initially, I had my doubts about the director. To be completely honest, their resumé totally sucks. Yet I honestly think they succeeded this time. The animations are well-drawn and smooth, with scenes involving magic and food being particular standouts. They just look so gorgeous. Oh, and Latina looks extremely cute every time she features on the screen! So kudos there to the animation team. The adaptation itself has been faithful, as far as my memory goes. Though only time can tell whether these two quantities can remain consistent over time.
Sorry this has been so short and late! I’ve been on vacation in Holland for these past few days, and that’s given me very little free time to work on posts. But bear with me.
So far, we’ve been told that Dale is one of the top adventurers in the city (although I wouldn’t know why he’d be in the business of killing slimes if he’s that capable). This is mainly to let us that know that even if an issue crops up, Dale will be able to handle things with his substantial prowess and influence. Like doting grandparents, the inn owners have also expressed a soft spot for Latina and look keen to be involved in her upbringing, especially when Dale is too busy adventuring. In short, we can mostly enjoy the fluff without having to worry much. Of course, there will be some struggles and difficulties, as shown with Latina being a demon and Dale lacking some delicacy. But it seems like the inn customers have quickly grown to accept her, while Dale’s rough touch is mostly played off for laughs. Actually, I believe he’s been doing a great job so far and will slowly learn from his mistakes, and some more experience will definitely go a long way. To conclude, this series would likely be perfect if you’re just searching for lots of heartwarming fluff or any kind of cuteness overload.
ED: 「I’m with you」by Kanon Takao