Directors: Shin Oonuma
Animation Production: Silver Link
Music: Ryosuke Nakanishi
Genres: Comedy, Supernatural, Slice of Life, Harem
Seasons: Summer 2014
Final say: SIPPABLE OVER A STREAM
To say the least, Rokujyouma is an exercise of one’s identification within the loosely defined anime fandom. Its skin-deep homage to a curry pot of anime conventions; from mecha-piloting alien princesses, magical girls to sickly but elegant senpais who couldn’t help but fall in love with the good-natured kohai, can be certainly viewed as an insult by the less forgiving crowds.
And yet, we have characters like Yurika, who somehow managed to stand out amongst the noise in how she’s treated as part of the narrative. Beside the original author’s evident obsession with constantly writing her into abysmal situations and circumstances, and setting her as the butt of all jokes, Yurika’s magical girl dynamic with the rest of the cohort is a surprisingly coherent treatment of what it means to be a hero.
And the general cohort chemistry of the huge main cast is to be admired too, as by the end of the last episode, a lovable and concrete family unit has formed.
Flourishes like this are enough to convince me that supposedly fast-food-entertainment LN adaptations like this are definitely not ‘beneath my intelligence’, that they have plenty of enjoyment value (and God forbid: some intrigue as well).
Recommendations: Alternative Titles
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
A decidedly less interesting entry into the romantic comedy basket, but its general pleasant tone and muted drama makes it an easy watch.
The characters are not alien, but they might as well be. Lively character animation married with a familiar grouping of cute girls and colour-coded quirks makes Sansha Sanyou a functional slice of life entry.