Category Archives: love comedy

Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun

Type: Right up my alley

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Synopsis: Do you remember what it was like telling the person you liked that you liked them. The amount of courage that took. The Hulk-sized butterflies in your stomach as you approached them? Then, when you finally get the nerved to talk to them face to face you blurt out the wrong thing and end up getting their autograph. No? Well, it happened to Chiyo Sakura. Instead of getting a date with talk, dark, and handsome, she winds up helping him draw his published manga.

Pros: So this is the kind of anime I gravitate towards. It’s a funny romantic comedy with zero melodrama or mush. Chiyo likes Nozaki, Nozaki has no idea, hilarity ensues. Don’t get me wrong, I like melodrama and mush to a point, big ups to My Love Story!, but I also like goofy romance. And this anime is pretty goofy! Basically, Nozaki is a shojo author who takes any opportunity to think up new stories and characters. His friends help him finish his manga. Chiyo is our protagonist, and she becomes Nozaki’s assistant in the first episode in her heroic quest to win his incredibly dense heart. We also have Mikorin, the wanna-be playboy whose actually really shy and helps with the flowery background you see in shojo. Hori, the exhaspurated president of the drama club whose helps with background. Then there’s Seo, Chiyo’s rude best friend, Kashima, the school’s “prince,” despite being a girl and the bane of Hori’s existance. And finally Wakamatsu, who plays basketball. Its a good group. Oh, there also an editor obsessed with tanuki and another editor who Nozaki worships despite the feeling not being mutual.

Cons: I wish it was longer. That could be a con. I found Hori’s design weird. The blue shirt and tie made him look a lot older than the rest of the cast. And with all this talk of a shojo manga, I wish there had been an ova depicted what Let’s Fall in Love was like. There’s also no real ending, but the ending that is is place is adequate. And as you read above, I didn’t find Wakamatsu all that interesting. But overall, a pretty solid series.

Watch it?: Wish I watched it sooner. (4/5)

MVP: Chiyo

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I just love her Minnie-Mouse bows!

Best Episode: Ep. 11 “Let’s Rice” (umbrellas are hard, man)

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I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying

Type: To be fair, not all husbands quote anime that much (just the cool ones)

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Synopsis: Kaoru’s a straight laced woman. Hajime is an eccentric otoku man. What happens when these two kookie kids get married? Nothing much really. Their a cute couple who do married stuff.

Pros: For one, its short. Every episode is 3 minutes long. You can watch the entire series in a little over an hour. It’s also very funny, since the show packs in a lot of sketches within every 3 minute episode. The source of the humor is the seemingly oddball paring of Kaoru and Hajime. They’re a fully realized couple with individual quirks and worries that work very well as a unit. Kaoru is more of the “normal” one, but also someone who never imagined herself getting married until it happened. Hajime is a comedic otoku, but fully realizes that some of his kirks may be odd to Kaoru. I loved their interactions, as well as the more introspective moments each character had. The show really captured those moments when you think “this, this is the person I’m with?” and those moments when you think “I’m so glad I get to be with this person.”

Cons: The more I think about it, the more I feel that the supporting cast is superfluous. They do allow the characters, mainly Kaoru, the voice her feelings, but this could have been done though a voice over. With 3 minute shows, the show could have easily just focused on Kaoru and Hajime. I’m saying this because the show doesn’t really take advantage of having 2 other couples to explore. I also found it odd that in the second season, the show chooses to ignore a big plot point until the very end. I almost thought the show was simply ignoring it.

Watch it?: A great love-comedy (4/5)

MPV: Kaoru and Hajime

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I also love them in the manga!

Best Episode: The First Season (though the Second Season is also very good)

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Jitsu wa Watashi wa

Type: Apparently “My Monster Secret” in America

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Synopsis: When a boy likes a girl, he usually tries his hardest to show her his affection. This could come in many forms: gifts, small gestures, large gestures, dates, compliments, taking a blood oath to keep her unholy existence a secret. At least, that’s what Asahi “Eromine” Kuromine did when he accidentally found out that his crush is actually a vampire. It was either that, or letting her drop out of school. Blood-sucker or not, a fella can’t let his best gal miss out on an education.

Pros: This anime is based on one of my favorite manga’s. I’ve actually been following Jistu wa Watachi Wa (Actually, I am) for a while now. It has a unique art and humor style that really appeals to me. While it is basically another high school romantic comedy, the gimmick is that all the players are some sort of abnormal person. Shiragami is a vampire. Aizawa is a tiny alien piloting a fake body. Mikan has haunted glasses. Shishido is a gender swapping self proclaimed Pervert. And those are just the one’s in the show! Don’t get me started on the time traveler, angel, and other alien. Each character add a little bit of a twist to the typical rom-com anime recipe. For example, one episode revolves around Aizawa needing help getting back to her human body. And all the episodes with the Principle were awesome and perfectly captured the magic of the manga. It also occasionally uses a song cue for the really romantic scenes, which, while manipulative, works.

Cons: As a fan, I was happy that one of my manga’s got an anime. As an objective observer, I cannot ignore the fact that his is a very generic anime. You can pretty much predict what happens: Boy meets Girl, they bond, more girls are introduced, hijinks, a love triangle develops, misunderstanding, a self-doubt episode, and then the cast goes save the girl. I can’t say for sure that this isn’t how it went down in the manga, but I remember it happening a lot better.  The anime felt rushed, and in the end, nothing was really resolved. For example, a lot of Mikan’s original story is mushed into the anime, and doesn’t really go anywhere. The whole thing just felt a bit off, too mainstream, and failed to capture the real charm of the manga (just look at the intro to see what I mean). It all felt hollow, with inconsistent signs of it’s true greatness, and ultimately a disappointment.

Watch it?: Yes, Shiragami and Asahi eventually get together, and it’s adorable (3/5)

MVP: Akane Komoto

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Always an evil delight

Best Episode: Ep. 8 “Let’s Save the World!” (Now, this is what I’m talking about)

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The Hentai Prince and The Stony Cat

Type: Or simply HenNeko

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Synopsis: DO NOT IMAGE SEARCH FOR THIS

Pros: This show is about a boy and a few girls making wishes to a Cat Statue, and the consequences that follow. With a title like “Hetai Prince,” expect some fan service. The show has a balance between Fan Service, Humor, and light melodrama. The best on-going jokes are: Tsukiko’s stone faced delivery and Tsukushi’s love for the “Younger” Yoto brother. Impressively, the show uses two-episode plot arcs, so a lot of story is packed into 12 episodes. You won’t get anything revolutionary in these stories, but you’ll get some entertaining stories.

Cons: The show has a slow start. It opens with my least favorite arc involving Azusa, an immature blonde classmate with trust issues. But after initial hump, a love triangle (rectangle?) develops between Yoto, Tsukiko, her sister Tsukishi (kinda inderectly), and Azusa. The show doesn’t remake the wheel, and some may find it generic. I found the romantic comedy  in the show really fun. Again, I really loved whenever Tsukiko got jealous, despite her emotionless exterior, and whenever Tsukushi got lovely dovey over “Young” Yoto (despite hating “Older” Yoto, who is the same person). That being said, I wasn’t stoked by Azusa and Tsukishi’s underdeveloped figures, mostly because it just made them seem much younger. We all know what your doing HenNeko. Gross.

Watch it: Just skip the first few episodes (4/5)

MVP: Tsukishi

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Mayonnaise is Justice!

Best Episode: Ep. 6 “Welcome, My Friend” (a good summary of the show)

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Ore Monogatari!!

Type: So Rinko’s totally dead, right?

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Synopsis: This story is about the coolest MF’er in town dating the sweetest cinnamon bun in creation.

Pros: This is an incredibly endearing love story. It basically follows the relationship between Takeo, a giant of a teenage man, and Rinko Yamato, as very nice girl (who sometimes verges on being too vanilla). The show follows basic romantic-comedy troupes, wherein each of the couple’s romantic milestones are riddled with comedic situations. For example, Yamato’s confession of love happened while Takeo was hiding under the bed. While one may find some these moments cliche and familiar, the show elevates itself by accomplishing two very important tasks. First, it establishes Takeo as a genuinely good person whose abnormal size keeps him from dating girls. Seriously, the guys a teddy bear who happens to be incredibly awesome. Second, it establishes that Rinko is truly attracted to Takeo, both emotionally and physically. The latter was a surprising aspect of the show, as most anime don’t allow “pure” characters like Rinko to find anything about a man sexy. But we do get a few episodes where Rinko finds Takeo’s large frame pretty hot. You know what they say about big hands, shoulders, feet, lips, hearts and all. Unsurprisingly, the main couple make the show way more enjoyable than if would be without them. I’d also like to give big props to Suna for basically getting these two dopes together. The dude puts so much time into their relationship.

Cons: As mentioned above, looking at this show objectively, you will notice classic romance and comedy troupes. Whether it be love rivals, moments of doubt, or simple misunderstanding. However, I am happy to report that the show never resorts to heavy melodrama. Most of the conflict is relatively light, though as you get more into it you’ll notice a serious lack of stakes involved. You never truly feel that Takeo’s and Yamato’s relationship is in any danger. I mean, I’m grateful, because I don’t want any to happen to my OTP, but others might dislike this. I also found most of the supporting cast outside of Takeo and Yamato’s flock of friends boring. I truly did not care about Suna’s Sister’s Stalker/College Friend, or Suna’s Not-Girlfriend, or Yamato’s Weird Boss. Takeo’s would be student was OK, but she disappears after a while. In fact, most new character disappear after a while. Classic Arc-Specific Character Syndrome. And, what’s up with Suna.? Why’s he always hanging around? And what’s with all the catchphrases. I mean, come on!  If I hear one of “Suki da” or “Yokatta” or “Kakkoii” I am going to throw a thesaurus at my computer. Also, I’m not sure if there’s going to be a second season, BUT THERE SHOULD BE. I WANT TO SEE GRANDCHILDREN.

Watch it?: Best Love-Comedy in a While (4/5)

MVP: Takeo Goda

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I want this guy to be my brother, and my friend, and my lover

Best Episode: Ep.4 “My Boyfriend” (Takeo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

Type: A Parallel Universe of a Parallel Universe!

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Synopsis: Alien Robot turned Shy Book Girl turned Scatter Brained Gamer Nagato has a crush on Normal Guy turned Normal Guy turned Normal Guy Kyon. Naturally, Nagato can’t just confess her love, and needs the emotion support of her best friend/alternate reality murderer, Ryoko. They go to the beach, visit hot springs, classic anime high school stuff. Haruhi Suzumiya is here too, but with no godly powers she’s just a bossy teenage girl that every has to listen to. Again, classic high school stuff.

Pros: It’s weird to say, the use of Haruhi characters for  a slice-of-life romantic comedy really works. All the characters are on point, and they translate surprisingly well. Aside from Nagato, every other character is essentially the same. Kyon is still a slightly downtrodden straight man and Haruhi is still as energetic as ever. For the show, however, the continuity is based on the movie The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. So Haruhi and Itsuki go to another school, and Asahina isn’t a part of Kyon and Nagato’s club. For story purposes, Nagato has been turned to a more expressive and cutely-shy girl. But the show still finds a way to have them all hang out. It even touches on the possible romance with Haruhi.  It should also be noted that, as the title implies, Nagato is the protagonist. Thus, characters like Ryoko are promoted to regular supporting characters, while Asahina and the like are slightly demonted. But hey, if you liked these characters, comedy in general, and the fact that ALL OF THE ENGLISH VOICE ACTORS RETURNED, then you’ll dig it.

Cons: If your the kind of person that doesn’t like it when a show like Haruhi Suzumiya has a sillier spin-off, then you’re not going to like this. This isn’t a third season of the original series, and it’s ok to be bummed about that if that’s your prerogative. That being said, there is a story arc between Ep.10-13 that might appeal to Haruhi purists.

Watch it?: I approve of this Spin-Off, and would like too see more (4/5)

MVP: The Comedy

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I’m still laughing!

Best Episode: Ep.3 “Haruhi Suzumiya!!” (Even when it’s not her show, Haruhi is great!)

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D-Frag!

Type: disk fragmentation?

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Synopsis: When school started, three girls and one teacher decided to start a vaguely defined “game club” to slack off and not do much. But then, a few of their enemies (because high school, lol) tried to get their club shut down. After the desperately exhaustive search of a brief afternoon, the girls managed to blackmail the first slightly nice guy they encounter to join. Now it’s mostly up to him to keep the Club he never wanted to join afloat.

Pros: Really funny, great parody, killer side-characters. The anime is the type of comedy show that has random and unimportant side characters show up from time to time, and it works every time. My personal favorites are the son and father team that can read ki for some reason. Aside from this, the key comedy comes from Kenji having outrageous straight-man reactions to the girls’ eccentricities. For example, each have a chosen element, like the electricity elemental, who uses a taser. The plot, as described, is about various forces trying to close down the club, mostly because of feelings, and not the actual reason that the club does nothing and is a complete waste of resources. Though, it is a great scam.

Cons: Even though this isn’t technically a harem, quite a few of the girls do fall in love with Kenji. The main triangle is between little Roka and big boobed Takao. Takao is unsurprisingly the subject of the only pervy jokes in the show. Kinda lazy. Aside from that, I wish it was longer. I want more.

Watch it?: I’m hunting down the manga as we speak (4/5)
MPV: The Scramble for Porn Mags in Space Table-Top Game
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How do you play, exactly?
Best episode: Ep.5 “What?! Your Little Sister Makes Your Lunches?!”  (high stakes RPG!)
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Kamisama Kiss

Type: God kisses

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Synopsis: Nanami was a high school student in Japan, till her father left her family in horrible debt, in one of those crushing scenes. What was she to do, where was she to go, she was out on her fanny. So she she crashed on the park but a stranger saw more. She had style, she had flair, the was there, that’s how she became the Land God!

Pros: It’s so shojo. I love it. The hero has those big ol’ eyes and colorful bubbles that show up when she feels happy. Or sad. Or slightly hungry. And the boys are all cute. Every single one of them. Even the hobo that turns Nanami into the Land God in the first place. As you can imagine, the story eventually evolves into a love story, where the hero pines for the fox spirit, which surprisingly happens halfway through.

Cons: It’s so shojo, I hate it. The colorful bubbles in particular were out of control. The hero felt the warm fuzzy socks every five seconds. It was one of those “oh, he said bless you after I sneezed, he must be the kindest man in existence.” I liked this anime, but I liked it when it focused on the funny. But instead, I’d say this is 75% romance, 15% comedy. I prefer when those numbers are reversed.

Watch it?: This Shojo had mojo (3/5) 

MPV: The Land God
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Why did he do this anyway?

Best episode: Ep.1  “Nanami becomes a Land God” (yep, lets just let all strangers kiss our foreheads)
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Ultra Maniac

Type: No one’s really a Maniac in this

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Synopsis: A middle school students makes friends with a Magical Girl, which leads to a lot of wacky misadventures. There’s the time they turned their pets into humans, the time a potion made everything bigger, and the time the girls turned into 20 year olds to go clubbing and their parents were totally cool with it. There’s also the main story involving five Holy Stones that determine the next princess of the Magical Kingdom, but I was mainly in it for the blushing and sparkling eyes.

Pros: This is an older anime from a time where animation gags and sitcom-like plots where the norm. The gag where Nina’s mom and dad acted super cutesy together was adorable. Like I said, Nina the Magical Girl’s second rate magic lead her friend Aya into a variety of comedic situations. Aya plays a pretty good straight-man to the ditzy Nina. Its a pretty light love-comedy, complete with the main character that has a crush on a boy that is seemingly very popular (but don’t worry, he likes her back). Their is actually an interesting character twist with the much sought after Kaji-Kun that moves him away from generic love interest territory, at least a little. This isn’t a masterpiece, but it is a pretty fun anime from a decade ago. (P.S. if you want something extra to do, this anime is based on a Manga that I’m pretty sure was targeted at young girls, so keep an eye out for the girl’s clothing. You’ll find them more stylish than usual).

Cons: Again, this is an old anime. If you weren’t a fan of that style of comedy, then move along. Story wise, two main plots compete from attention. The first is Aya’s crush on Kaji and Nina’s well meaning and hilarious attempts to use magic to help her out. This is apparently closer to the Manga the show is based on. The second is Nina’s “secret” quest for the five Holy Stones, which is not as interesting, and sure enough, not at all based on the Manga story. Sadly, the Aya-Kaji arc resolves itself about 5 episode before the finale to focus more on the Holy Stones, which just made Aya’s search for love seem inconsequential. Though in hindsight, her story is literally about the most popular girl in school dating the most popular boy in school. Also, Nina’s catchphrase, “Practice,” totally annoying.

Watch it: Simpler Jokes for Simpler Times (3/5)

MVP: Aya Tateishi

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I just really love her hair

Best Episode: Ep. 18″R&B” (kids pretending to be adults…wait a minute, that’s what being 20 is all about!)

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Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi

Type: It means destiny between people

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Summary: Set two years after the events of season 1, Kaoru and his assortment of female friends have seemingly discovered the secret to eternal youth. Despite living through 730 days, not one of them has aged, grown, or even changed their hair style. In fact, the only evidence of this supposed time jump is Kaoru’s status as a “grad student.”  Are these people stuck in some sort of perpetual time lock, forever doomed to 20 something bodies with smooth skin and great health? Or were the character designers just lazy?

Pros: This season of Aoshi is only twelve episodes, and has much less of the melodrama that hooked me the first time. This season is more of a classic harem show. One episode per girl, a beach trip, a spa trip, and even a haunted house trip. A bit more focus in put on Chika, but that’s probably to make for her late entry in the original. A interesting development happens towards the end of the season when Tina’s status as an culturally Japanese American is explored. Tina is native to the US, but spend most of her life in Japan, making her feel out of place in both nations. I kinda wish this had been the through line for the entire season, if just to distinguish more from its predecessor. Also, I might have forgotten this before, but I like the fact that most of the characters here are college age. It makes their occasional beer fest understandable, and it helps move Kaoru and Aoi’s relationship along.

Cons: Since this season was shorter, a lot less attention was given to Kaoru’s relationship with Taeko and the Miyabi. There more or less relegated to background characters in favor of Chika and Tina. And even when they did show up, it was usually as part of the larger group. This season is a lot more haremy than the last one. Some effort is put into trying to make the season about Kaoru worrying about his future, since he is a grad student and all, but nothing really becomes of it. It was also very weird that after two years, not one of the women in the household looked any older. Or any different for that matter. Are you actually trying to tell me that out of about seven people, six of them being young women, two being high school age, not one of them tried a different hair style? Come on.

Watch it?: Totally skippable, except maybe the last three episodes (3/5)

MVP: Tina Foster

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Hey man, culturally Japanese or whatever, you’ll always have a home here in the States.

Best Episode: Ep. 9 White (they totally did it. right?)

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