Uchi no Musume Review Episode 2

Tilt Your Head And Say ‘Aww’

If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Episode 2

This one is definitely going for the super cutesy and doing everything possible to present Latina as the most adorable demon daughter ever. For the most part they are even succeeding even if it is a rather heavy handed attempt at ‘aw’ inducing moments.

For Dale, Kenneth and Rita (the two who run the tavern) there’s a real sense that this is a honeymoon period for taking in a child. Dale in particular is a little besotted by his cute acquisition and it is difficult to tell if he is treating her as a daughter or a particularly clever pet at times. His concern for her wellbeing is genuine even if a little over the top and his fear when he goes missing is one I’m sure most parents could relate to.

What really kind of over does it is Latina herself who seems far too aware for a child her age. While she’s been through a lot, her ongoing consistent efforts at being helpful and obedient are a little too on the nose and while plenty of young children might like to be helpful at times they also get bored and distracted.

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I did really like that the crisis this episode was a very human one that any parent with a child might go through and had nothing to do with Latina being a demon with a broken horn. I’m sure we’ll get some development on that but at the moment the trials of a new parent-child relationship are more than enough drama to fuel the story and it is nice that Uchi no Musume seems to be taking the time to establish this relationship.

Overall, this one may end up being a little too saccharine for my liking but at the moment I’m still finding it pretty cute.

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Uchi no Musume Review Episode 1

An Exceptionally Long Title For An Exceptionally Cute Demon

If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Episode 1

Let’s get that mouthful of a name out of the way and safely establish that I’m never going to write it in full again. Hence forth this is Uchi no Musume or If It’s For my Daughter. There’s a limit to even my willingness to type and that name is too long for common sense.

Yep, you two definitely need a better title.

Anyway, with that out of the way, I’m actually pleased to say that the first anime I selected at random from the many new anime out for Summer turned out to be fairly pleasant viewing. It wasn’t exceptional by any stretch of the imagination but it was a nice, relaxing bit of viewing with a cute kid character that I actually found relatively adorable.

I really liked that the two characters are struggling with a language barrier. Admittedly, she’s learning pretty fast, but it just adds an extra level of cute to their interactions.

Uchi no Musume starts off with Dale, a pretty stock standard fantasy, nice guy adventurer character doing his thing when he encounters a demon child wandering about the forest. Learning soon after, through broken communication with a language barrier between him and the girl, that her father/guardian/something is dead, Dale takes her back to his home city and then proceeds to dote on the little darling as to the owners of the tavern where Dale lives.

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It is a simple enough set up and the potential for tension as you have a human raising a demon child who for reasons unknown was alone in a forest means that despite the cute and relaxed tone and the slice of life label, there’s a possibility of this one keeping my interest (or it may choose to just focus on being cute which if they succeed as they did in this episode I’ll take it anyway).

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Visually it is pretty average. The fantasy world being set up is fairly generic. The opening and ending songs are both cute but nothing special. This one isn’t a must watch but I’m thinking it will be a nice mid-range anime to relax to this season and so far it is a keeper for me.

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Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu Review Episode 12

The End of the Year But Not The Challenge

Hitoribocchi Episode 12

The school year ends and Bocchi has a total of 6 friends, plus a new smart phone. You would call that progress only it is one step forward two steps back as she still can’t befriend Kurai, Kai is still not speaking to her, and when it comes to a second year self-introduction, despite her best efforts and pep-talk, the end result is still throwing up from nerves.

Not that I don’t sympathise with someone whose stomach rebels at the idea of having to speak in front of others. It is one of the more relatable facets of Bocchi’s personality and one that I wish they had spent more time on dealing with. Just making friends doesn’t make that type of social anxiety disappear and seeing her work through her actually issues would have been nice.

As usual we get some classroom silliness, this episode mostly revolving around using their smart phones to photograph and record one another before Kurai takes centre stage and passes out from a fever. I do like how they tie things together in this series as we see the ninja girl dive into crane making in an instant but otherwise this is a pretty standard course for the series.

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It was however a fantastic episode for reaction shots with a lot of great expressions from Bocchi and from the other cast members.

Clearly this story can continue on given we’ve got another two years of middle school for Bocchi but I’ll honestly say that even if it was to get another anime series I wouldn’t watch it. I’m very much done with this set up and these characters and ready to move on. That said, I can appreciate why this one has charmed others this season.

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Senryuu Shoujo Review Episode 12



An Adorable End For An Adorable Show

Senryuu Shoujo Episode 12

A cute and delightful end to a cute and delightful show. Senryuu Shoujo remains an adorable entertainment this season in the most calm and relaxing manner and episode 12 showcased the best of what it had to offer with a flashback of Nanako and Eiji’s meeting. Most definitely too adorable.

His delusions are adorable.

While we certainly don’t see these characters end up together with a confession, seeing how hard Nanako fell for Eiji on first meeting was an equally powerful emotional note to end the series on. Seeing Eiji find his love of Senryu and work to express himself despite being judged by his external appearance was also pretty good. Not so sure about his hippo/cherry blossom poem though. It didn’t quite hit the mark the way he seemed to think so.

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While it is a shame the rest of the cast outside of Nanako’s family don’t make an appearance in this final episode, episode 11 gave them a reasonably solid show casing so it was nice to see Senryuu Shoujo narrow in on the main two for its final outing.

I’m genuinely going to miss this little ray of happiness from my weekly line up and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants something cute and short to pass an afternoon.

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Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu Review Episode 11

Money Can’t Solve This Problem

Hitoribocchi Episode 11

It seems weird in the penultimate episode to introduce a new character that within one episode grabs Bocchi’s attention and is befriended but at the same time this episode had a lot of heart so despite the weird timing I can’t really fault it. Hitoribocchi does like its socially awkward characters and the rich girl air-head who is lonely that they introduce certainly fits the mould they’ve been following so far.

The running joke of the episode is that neight Bocchi, nor the rich girl, have anything resembling an understanding of how the world works. We’ve known this from the beginning about Bocchi in terms of her plans to tell people the class was cancelled or similar rather than facing reality. To see another student join her as a partner in crime and misunderstandings is possibly pushing it a bit.

Anyway, in order to avoid changing classes the rich girl decides Bocchi should just buy the school and so gets her a job folding paper cranes. Understandably, the job doesn’t pay much and then the two realise that buying the school is more or less impossible given it isn’t for sale. But, friendship forms through the misadventure and ultimately they all decide to use Bocchi’s limited wages to take a photo together.

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There’s a real sweetness to the overall story here and the photo of friends and the courage the girl gains to message her parents and to tell them how she’s feeling are a solid way to end the episode. As much as Hitoribocchi hasn’t really been for me this season I can really appreciate what this episode aimed to achieve.

Now the question is, what does the final episode do to end the story. I’m assuming they will finish the school year but what will the characters have gained in the process?

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Senryuu Shoujo Review Episode 11

Fireworks and Festivals

Senryuu Shoujo Episode 11

They are very keen on this summer theme and this week we are hitting the festival with a firework display in Senryuu Shoujo. I do have to wonder if these last few episodes haven’t just been Haruhi Suzumiya’s endless eight spread out over more episodes and not repeated. Either that or it feels like the happy days of Higurashi before the slaughter. Or literally any high school anime that has a summer vacation where they all hang out together.

None of that is actually criticism of what Senryuu Shoujo has been doing. More just acknowledging that we aren’t getting anything new. If you are after mind-blowing and original, look elsewhere. Here is the comfortable standard for high school club anime and it is doing it with a reasonable amount of care. Again, not redefining what a summer sequence is or blowing the audience away with any kind of exceptional standard, it is just like an old pair of slippers. They fit and they are warm and comfortable, and that’s all they need to do.

This time we have ditched a lot of the support characters to simply focus on the core of Eiji and Nanako with the third wheel of the club president at the festival. We’ll get a fairly standard montage of festival activities before the real ‘drama’ begins.

This is perhaps the first time the anime has really acknowledged that Nanako not speaking is actually a problem. While she’s waiting for Eiji and the president, some classmates find her and drag her off to see the fireworks with them. Unable, or unwilling, to speak, Nanako gets dragged away. In that situation, stopping to write a poem to express herself is a little difficult, and more importantly she doesn’t actually really try to resist the other girls. She simply goes along.

However, we do get a very pretty reunion, a firework display, and the usual saccharine conclusion to the episode that we’ve come to expect from this series. The one sour note is Eiji’s fierce denial that Nanako and he are together because with one episode to go that kind of shatters any hope that we might get them officially together before the end of the season.

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Senryuu Shoujo Review Episode 10

Ghosts and Fireflies

Senryuu Shoujo Episode 10

We’re sticking with the summer vacation theme this week but here we hit the super cute button as the characters make a plan to go to watch real fireflies. Of course the club president isn’t happy just to let it rest with that and makes alternate plans that involve scaring Nanako and Eiji by creating a ghost tunnel. It is the usual summer break silliness from school characters in a slice of life and yet there’s something just kind of adorable about this episode that makes it work and feel memorable.

Part of this is the great chemistry in the cast. Despite each character being a walking gimmick they each bring something cute to the table and together the group dynamics are just kind of perfect. Art girl continues to be a personal favourite (and I promise I will remember her name by the end of the series, though we are running out of episodes) and the fortune teller girl adds enough cynicis to the mix to take the edge off of the sickly sweet.

However, the real highlight of the episode, as is the case most episodes, is the relationship between Eiji and Nanako. The two are very sweet together and whether it is Nanako admiring the bug Eiji caught, their genuine delight at the plan to look for fireflies, or Eiji’s efforts to protect Nanako in the tunnel, they are just too cute to watch.

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I’m really hoping these two become an officially acknowledged couple by the end of the season because it wouldn’t make a lot of sense not to acknowledge what has become very clear from watching these two. They have a genuine mutual like of one another and they are both sweet people. Now if only they would act on it.

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