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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.