Clean Freak Aoyama-Kun Series Review – It’s a Gag Anime About a Germaphobe Soccer Player: What Do You Really Expect?

Overview:

Aoyama is a brilliant soccer player who also happens to be a germaphobe. When he starts highschool he defies expectations by going to a school that isn’t particularly strong at soccer and there continues to go about his daily life.

Review:

The whole way through the Summer 2017 anime season I kept this show on my watch list. At times that was more to see if I could finish a show that was built around a really basic gag that Aoyama didn’t like to get dirty and everyone around him was clearly crazy. At other times though, this show did manage to make a decent point or be amusing. I think for me, what saved this show from the endless list of comedy shows I have dropped in a heartbeat was that I didn’t hate the main character.

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Comedy anime have a really terrible tendency to make their lead characters truly insufferable to watch. They whine, they are usually loud or run about flailing their arms, they talk a lot, and usually have some fairly repugnant personality traits. Okay, I don’t like comedy so I’m fairly harsh on these characters. Aoyama isn’t like that because the main character, other than his one quirk of cleaning things, is pretty stoic. The idiocy and energy come from the rest of the cast and they are fortunately diluted by being side characters and not appearing all the time.

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That isn’t to say there weren’t those episodes that made me roll my eyes and want to stop watching. Episode 11 (the second last episode) was genuinely painful to get through. And why was it so bad? Because Aoyama barely appeared in it and we were forced to endure the side characters taking the lead on the episode and they were really annoying.

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Basically that’s all for this review. Either you will find the basic set up amusing and enjoy the way the idea of difference and tolerance is discussed through the various over the top set-ups, and occasional cool moments in the last five minutes of soccer games, or you will find the screaming girls chanting for Aoyama sickening to the core and flee the viewing. That said, there are some really good social commentary moments to be found beneath the comedy, though that really isn’t enough to off-set some of the sillier moments the show delivers or the fact that the characters I enjoyed the most seemed to be the ones who were quickly shuffled to the sidelines and the more irritating characters ate up more and more screen time.

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The music works but isn’t exceptional. The visuals similarly do their job but aren’t really particularly good or bad. Though occasionally I wish they hadn’t gone for the simplistic expression on Aoyama’s face because the white eye thing is really kind of creepy. There were a few jokes I could have happily lived without and to be honest this has zero rewatch value because there’s nothing you would have missed the first time and the jokes will not get funnier with retelling.

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Still, I made it to the end. I had a bit of fun with it. If you didn’t check it out at all it may be worth an episode, though likely this is one that will quickly be forgotten.


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Clean Freak Aoyama-Kun Episodes 4 + 5: They’re Multiplying

Review Episode 4:

With the exception of one ball being used as a projectile weapon inside a game world, there was absolutely zero soccer involved in this episode. Instead we mostly follow the internal thoughts of a guy named Narita who apparently is also a clean freak but has chosen to try to conceal the fact and keep things around him clean through subterfuge.

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Not sure exactly what the point of this episode was other than showing the contrast of how people in the class treat Aoyama when they know he’s a clean freak compared to the almost daily trauma they inflict on the guy they don’t know about. And the random cooking competition mid-episode was just that: totally random.

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Despite everything going on, Aoyama remains his usual self although we do get a glimpse of what he might be like in a world without germs in the few instances we see his virtual avatar inside the game. Again, not sure what the point is but it wasn’t exactly unpleasant to watch either.

Review Episode 5:

Well, we’re back to playing soccer and now one of the idiots on the team gets a focus. Apparently he was bullied in middle school and… you know, his story’s kind of boring and I never really did care about his character before this episode and nothing during the episode really turned that around.

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There’s a whole message about teams winning or losing together and then there’s a power of friendship thing going on. Basically, wrap up any feel good message and drop it into the story with a few cheap jokes (though I didn’t mind when the guy randomly turned into a cat in the toilet and destroyed the toilet paper roll).

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I will point out that Aoyama’s fans remain as annoying as ever and to be honest I don’t know how he puts up with that on a daily basis. But at least we will never forget the title character’s name.

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This one is wearing a little thin for me at this point.


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