While I was dissapointed that the loli tsundere was voiced by Rie Kugumiya because I wanted something different, it turns out that it’s not all too bad. At least during the first episode the material won over me and I found myself having quite a laugh and enjoying it. I’ve read and greatly enjoyed the first two volumes of the light novel this is based on, so I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
While I’m not a big fan of sloppy whore characters like this in general (think the two women who live with Yuuto in Nogizaka Haruka) the family dynamics at work here are seemingly complex. From the first episode we gather that she works at some sort of bar late nights and relies on Ryuuji to do all the cooking and cleaning. Also, he refers to his mother by her first name and it is suggested that his father is dead, a man whom he greatly dislikes.
You know you have OCD when the fact that he took out the trash and didn’t wash his hands was bothering you for 5 minutes.
I think they did a decent job of making him look somewhat scary, at least in comparison to the rest of the males in the show. The way his face and especially eyes are drawn it at least signals the watcher that his features are intended to look intimidating. The most hilarious result of this is the fact that his teacher is terrified of him.
I’m usually a big Hocchan fan but I’m really not sure this is the right casting choice. She’s using her Manabi peppy and energetic voice, and when reading the novels I didn’t get that kind of vibe from Minori. At least, not to that extent. However, she only has a couple of lines so it remains to be seen how it plays out.
Holy shit that is one ugly bird
One of the more amusing personality traits one could have is the unquenchable urge to clean. For a male lead Ryuuji isn’t particularly bad so far, he’s shown some interesting traits and doesn’t merely let himself get the crap beat out of him constantly. The show is going to earn a lot of comparisons of the Ryuuji/Taiga pair with Saito/Louise and Yuuji/Shana for obvious reasons, but lets hope JCStaff can make the characters have their own unique flavors.
I’m cautiously looking forward to this, because I love the novels but lately JCStaff adaptations of novels have been less than stellar for me. I’m looking forward to how they handle the other characters, especially Ami. Eri Kitamura is voicing her, whose voice I really like (her singing is amazing), and I hope she can pull off a rather complicated character well. Hopefully JCStaff stays away from too many fillers and gets through a good chunk of the source material. There’s definitely a lot of good stuff available for them to use, and I hope they do a solid job so we can get a second season.