Number of episodes: 12
Production Studio: TNK
Fansub Release Viewed:
Mystery no-name group
Likelihood of US Release: Low
A bevy of beauties and an arranged marriage between a bodyguard and a girl. Hmm...
Nagase is walking around town on his summer break when he happens upon a cute girl being hassled by a couple of jerks on the street. He tells them to lay off, and because they mistake him for a scary criminal called the “Genokiller,” they leave the girl alone. She asks him his name, but he walks away as her butler picks her up. Nagase has spent his entire summer vacation playing video games, rather than working on his homework assignment, which bothers his sister, who nonetheless seems to be able to predict his every need and cater to them. As he’s staying up late once again the night before he goes back to school, he has an odd dream about the girl he met. The next day in class, there’s a new transfer student — none other than the girl Nagase saved that fateful day, a beauty named Yuuhi. Yuuhi proves immediately popular, but she chooses Nagase out of everyone to escort her around the school on her first day.
After class, Yuuhi learns the truth about the Genokiller rumor from Nagase’s friends, and even though her butler comes to whisk her away soon afterwards, it seems as if their friendship is beginning to blossom. The next day in class, Yuuhi is approached by representatives of just about every school club wanting her to join. But what they’re really interested in finding out is what her relationship is with Nagase, something she denies as perfectly innocent. When he arrives in class, she puts it to him to clear up any misunderstandings, but something in his mind causes him to believe that kissing her is the right option, which he does. In return, she kicks him between the legs and punches him in the face for stealing her first kiss in front of the whole class. With his epic failure behind him, Nagase returns home for the evening. What he doesn’t expect is to have Yuuhi show up on his doorstep with a suitcase, claiming that she’s his fiancée.
I think that whoever created this property must have been working from the all-purpose anime checklist when they brought it to life. Bevy of pretty girls? Check. Completely uninteresting male character? Check. Story constructed to somehow make male introverts feel slightly better about themselves? Check. I could be diplomatic and say that this was a story that just wasn’t aimed at me as an audience, but I don’t like diplomacy. Crap is crap, as far as I'm concerned, and this show has “crap” written all over it. I mean, when even the main character’s sister is portrayed like she might have been one of the love interests in the game, you know you have a real gem.
One major irritation I had was that the show was a complete and utter fake-out. The opening scene had a lot of action and some older characters, making it appear like some sort of military action show. Of course, once the body of the show was revealed, it was immediately apparent that none of the cool stuff was going to play any sort of major role in the main story. Boring. Instead of guns and action, we get predictability and contrived writing. Yay.
And, of course, here comes my obligatory complaint about the stupid character designs. Stupid school uniforms, doe eyes, and completely idiotic hairstyles of every kind abound where the female characters are concerned. Oh, and take special note of all the dumb little hair ornaments all the girls are wearing. I have no idea what some of them were going for, but they all look just goofy. This is to be expected from most eroge adaptations, but I guess I feel like if I keep complaining about it, it means I haven’t succumbed yet.
The final word on this show is that all of these complaints are things that I’ve felt before about other shows of the same genre. I mean, this thing is so tragic that there isn’t even something new and original for me to get irked about, and that’s getting to be kind of sad at this point. At least in eroge, you can click through all the dialog and get right to the juicy parts. With the anime version, you get to watch 12 episodes and they probably don’t even end up having sex in the end, which seems like a complete waste of time to me.
- I truly just can’t think of any, unfortunately
- Stupid, stupid, STUPID character designs
- Boring and undeserving male hero
- The story has been recycled so many times that it’s beginning to smell bad