Remember the blonde student council member who occasionally pops up and seems to show contempt when she sees Benio pouring affection onto Mashiro? Well, she finally plays a prominent role in this episode. In all actuality, this episode didn’t feel like it had much of a point until the end. Granted, that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad episode, it just didn’t seem to add to the overall plot of the show (well, what little plot there is). And while Suetsugi was certainly a prominent character this time around, she didn’t completely take center stage. We still saw plenty of Hakuya, Kobeni, Mashiro, and… sigh… Benio.
Speaking of that last one, Benio is back in full creep mode this time around. A few highlights include Benio trying to accompany Mashiro to the bathroom and Benio accusing Mashiro of wanting to keep her (Benio) all to herself when Mashiro comments that Benio should be quarantined. Yeah. Honestly, I can’t say I’m disgusted by Benio’s antics, but I guess you could say I oppose them on principle. While her actions don’t typically result in actual scenes of perversion, her conduct, words, and thoughts are pretty perverse in and of themselves, and I think the show would be better off without her, or at least without her being the way she is, but I’m not a writer for the show, so… Honestly, it could be argued that Suetsugi is just as bad towards Benio, except she keeps it all inside, whereas Benio has no qualms about exposing her twisted desires.
Anyway, one thing that was particularly amusing about this episode was the recurring gag of Kobeni popping up as Suestugi was externally declaring an embarrassing monologue. There’s no particular reason why, it was just amusing. I guess what it comes down to is whether or not you’ve enjoyed the show thus far. If so, then you’ll probably be willing to at least tolerate this episode. Once we get near the end, though, we actually get something that may very well be a plot point. You’ll receive no spoilers from me, but you’ll know what I mean once you watch.
A Christian Perspective:
This episode is guilty of breast jokes. During a flashback, Suetsugi is shown noticing and commenting on Kobeni’s breasts. This is, of course, accompanied by a zoom in shot of Kobeni’s breasts, which the animators felt the need to make bounce. Kobeni is fully clothed in her school uniform during the scene, but that doesn’t really make it any more necessary. In another scene, Benio comments that Suetsugi can’t match Kobeni’s breasts before quickly changing it to something else. Honestly, I don’t get why Kobeni’s breasts are constantly a source for jokes. Kobeni is far from the typical character archetype that you’d expect such jokes to be aimed at. Not that it makes the jokes any more necessary when the character does fit into that archetype, but I really don’t think Kobeni deserves it. That’s just my opinion, though. As for other Christian concerns, simply review my comments on Benio and Suetsugi in the review portion.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: During a flashback of Suetsugi’s, we see her noticing Kobeni’s breasts, complete with a close up and bouncing breasts (Kobeni is clothed); Benio makes a comment about Suetsugi not being able to match Kobeni’s breasts
English: Engaged to the Unidentified
You can watch this series here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/engaged-to-the-unidentified
Kobeni became sick the day after learning about the accident Hakuya didn’t want her to remember at all costs. She always had a weak body, Benio told the siblings so this was halfway expected. Benio wondered that the siblings didn’t tell Kobeni about it themself, but Mashiro said Hakuya didn’t want her to know. Benio feels bad about the accident, like really bad. She blames herself for the whole thing happening.
There’s no question she loves Kobeni the most and that she’s glad that young Kobeni followed her everywhere, but there were times that Benio wants to spend with her friends. She was supposed to look after Kobeni on the day of the accident, but she pushed that job onto her grandpa and went to play with friends. Kobeni overheard her sister saying these things to Mashiro and very weakly said it isn’t her fault before falling to the floor. Kobeni came downstairs even though she was sick to prepare breakfast.
Benio made breakfast and it’s not edible for anything or anyone. It looked like poison to be honest and she also fails to understand how to work a toaster because their bread was burnt black. It’s amazing that a fire didn’t start. I don’t think anyone ate food for the whole duration Kobeni was out sick. While she was out sick, Kobeni was thinking about the accident obviously and how little she still remembers. After she was done thinking about that, she wondered how she should lok at Hakuya now. She feels responsible and she is utterly revolted with herself for forgetting that she injured him.
Hakuya offered to stay home from school to care for his fiance, but Benio would under no condition allow that to happen, saying that she might be okay with them being engaged, but she will have Kobeni remain pure until she is married. Hakuya said, ‘Isn’t that obvious?’ Benio was taken back and thought it mighty suspicious that a teenage boy doesn’t have that on his mind. Mashiro had no idea what they were talking about and Benio wasn’t about to corrupt her so she said that they’re talking about cabbage. Apparently cabbage is good for a stomach ache and Mashiro had another (foundless) reason to worry.
After school Mashiro came to check on Kobeni. She said as she wiped Kobeni of her sweat that Benio was perfectly tolerable today because she was so worried about Kobeni to bother her. I bet somewhere deep inside where she wouldn’t even realize it herself, Mashiro wishes that Kobeni will stay sick forever. Kobeni has an ugly scar on the side of her body that we saw when she removed her shirt for Mashiro to wipe. She never knew where she got the scar from until she learned about the accident yesterday.
It is funny how Kobeni thinks about her fiance when she was sick. He was always seemingly standing at her door with a worried look on his face. Well for him that doesn’t mean much because his face looks the same always, but she knows what expression he’s wearing at any given time now. And she finally figured out that Hakuya is a loyal dog looking after his master. I don’t know if this is a worrisome metaphor, but Hakuya sure looked pleased.
The next day Kobeni recovered and in the living room she was talking to Benio when Hakuya walked in. She was still unsure how she should look him in the eye after learning about how she injured him by reason of the accident. She looked away from him and he took that to mean that she hates him now. He as devastated; there were tears coming to his eyes. I think Hakuya’s and Mashiro’s family are ninjas because of the way Hakuya just teleported out of there instantly and ran away from Kobeni. She followed him immediately after.
Kobeni found Hakuya sitting alone on a park bench depressed and not in the right mind. She apologized; he was apologizing. They were both apologizing and nothing was being said until Kobeni saw the time that they were late for school and yelled to stop the apologizing. She told Hakuya that she is very thankful to him for saving her life; without him she wouldn’t be here now. She is gratefully embarrassed to him and she comes forward that she doesn’t know how she should look at him now. The misunderstanding was cleared up. A mood was created; flags were triggered and many more would have been if they didn’t need to leave for school. Mashiro met them on the way and said she pulled some strings to make first period self study. Benio is allergic to romantic comedies.
Kobeni asked her friend for help because she wants to get closer to Hakuya, but she doesn’t know what he likes. She doesn’t want to ask him herself because that would be too embarrassing, so the friend asked. Hakuya said that he likes Kobeni. It was like a cannon fired; everyone was still for a few seconds until Kobeni exploded, blushing from ear to ear. He didn’t have to say it suddenly like that, she said. But it’s true he likes her, he said. She and he had a one-sided conversation as Kobeni yelled at him to stop making certain expressions while both her friend and Mashiro were left in the dark.
That evening the siblings received a reply from home. Hakuya had extremely fast reflexes to catch an arrow in midair. He read the letter, which said that they’re going to send someone from home to check on things. Just before this, Mashiro was telling Hakuya that they’ll have to tell Kobeni about their family some time, but she feels that they need to be closer so the shock of it doesn’t scare her. I bet they’re a family of ninjas.
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Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
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English: Engaged to the Unidentified
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2014 to Mar 27, 2014
Broadcast: Thursdays at 02:13 (JST)
Producers:Sotsu, DAX Production, TOHO animation, RAY, Ichijinsha
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres:ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
1 indicates a weighted score.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
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Just an ordinary teenager, Kobeni Yonomori receives quite the surprise on her 16th birthday—a fiancé and a sister-in-law she never even knew she had. As a result of an arrangement that her late grandfather made, Hakuya Mitsumine and his younger sister Mashiro have moved from their countryside home to the Yonomori household in order to deepen their relationship with their new family members.
Although the anime follows the manga closely, the final episode is original to the anime.
Characters & Voice Actors
"Dust in her eye? I'm gonna kill it!" - Hakuya Mitsumine.
Over the last few years, Rom-coms have become stale; the violent tsundere, a harem, the childhood friend, unrequited love, all of the shows seem to have these itsy-bitsy things. As such, the comedy becomes stale, they become increasingly dull to watch and you automatically know what is going to come next.
But not with Mikakunin de Shinkoukei.
I repeat, you will not be able to predict what will be coming next in this little anime.
Mikakunin de shinkoukei is REALLY unpredictable. It drops the bomb on huge things like it's no big deal and makes a big deal out of things that are of no importance. Not only that, the way it handles cliches is completely ridiculous. Almost all of the normal cliches are present in Mikakunin de Shinkoukei, just in a different way. It leads you into preparing yourself for the cliches, but the opposite happens instead ( I will refrain from giving an example not to ruin your enjoyment in this series. You will know EXACTLY what I mean when you watch it)
Speaking of enjoyment, the kind Mikakunin de Shinkoukei provides you with is the happy and refreshing kind. Mikakunin de Shinkoukei makes you have fun WITH the characters. It will take the weight of your shoulders and make you happy from watching the everyday life of Benio, Mashiro,Kobeni and Hakuya. You will laugh at their eccenticities of each of the cast members, and I assure you, you will get a lot of laughs out of them.
What about romance? Well, Mikakunin de Shinkoukei has plenty of offer on that matter too. Usually in a romance series, The main couple must overcome misunderstandings, difficulties, rivals, and all those annoying stuff. Mikakunin does none of that.(It will make you think otherwise though) Granted, it doesn't make you go "D'awww" out loud most of the time, but you surely feel fluffy inside from seeing the two innocent teenagers, Hakuya and Kobeni grow closer and closer.
In a Rom-com series, proper and strong characters are a must. How does Mikakunin fare in this area? VERY WELL. Benio and Mashiro are the ones that carry the humor in this series, and they do it very well. Say anything you want if Beino's ridculous sis-con antics don't make you laugh even once. Slap me through the internet if you don't laugh at Mashiro's eccentric actions.
Do the two main characters get overshadowed by those two then? Of course not. Hakuya seems like your average male lead. Dense, stupid, timid. Oh, how wrong you must be. Granted he's dense, but he's a billion times sharper than some *cough* Orimura Ichika *cough* idiots, and that's because he comes from the mountains. And believe me, looks can be deceiving, he's not the gloomy guy he seems to be. How happily he reacts to Kobeni's actions will make you see him in a new light (He sometimes shines when he's happy)
Of course, let's not forget, the main girl, Kobeni Yonomori. The sister of Benio, the sister in law of Mashiro and the bethrothed of Hakuya. It's obvious that this whole show revolves around her. Her role as a straight man to the antics of the rest of the cast works like a charm. And it's really nice to see how she slowly turns "dere dere" towards Hakuya.
The sound department of this anime deserves a mention too. Mashiro's voice acting is really good (even though this is her VA's first role). The same can be said for Benio's voice acting too, she wouldn't be as funny if the voice actor wasn't this good.
The OP and the ED of this anime is addicting. The OP, Tomadoi Recipie, is an upbeat song that will make you want to listen to the first parts again and again (a youtuber made a 10-hour loop of it) And the ED, Mashiro World is one of the cutest EDs of this season.
In short, Mikakunin is a must if you want a decent SOL-Rom-Com. Or rather, don't take my word, take your judgement. Go watch it. See if you like it.
Engaged to the Unidentified generated very little hype coming into its season, being an adaptation of a relatively unheard of manga. So how exactly did it catch my attention when one glance of the line-up for the season had other shows I could of better invest my time with? Was it the cover image of three adorable looking girls in seifuku which called to me? Possibly... Actually, that was most definitely the case. C'mon, let's be honest; what other reason could there be and please don't tell me the synopsis had you brimming with optimism. I'm willing to give anything a chance as long as there's cute girls I can ogle at and I particularly wasn't looking for something to test my wits or to get me on the edge of my seat. Thus Engaged to the Unidentified was quite the inviting choice for somebody who just wanted to loosen up and let the calm sweep them away.
Is this still your generic SoL rom-com you see rolling in every season? For the majority it is. Nothing screams mundane more than the synopsis of this show so as you can imagine, expectations were pretty low at the point of starting. The first few episodes are mostly spent building characters and observing Kobeni after saying farewell to living peacefully as a normal highschool girl when the Mitsumines join the household. For 1/2 of the show, it's standard fare in terms of a SoL rom-com; a large chunk of comedy of the moe kind but a pea sized amount of romance. The latter half is where the show begins to peak when we learn the Mitsumines are far from ordinary folk and the connection with Kobeni linked to a long forgotten accident, leading to the reason behind this engagement. Personally, I thought the new turn of events were weird for this show (not shocking) but even so, it still never strayed far from being a normal SoL rom-com. From what I gathered, it was only a means to advance a stagnating relationship so don't go hoping to have your mind-blown expecting a massive change when you learn of this new revelation. To conclude; a simple premise of girl forced to betroth boy with an innocent yet unusual twist half way that sets the romance into motion.
Surprisingly, the art is very attractive. The animations for each character are smooth and slick and fits very well with the show's direction. It isn't short of cute or funny moments that would send you on a GIF making binge. Extremely pleasant to the eye and has a certain charm about it that causes you to break into a wide smile. Nothing to really complain but nothing to really highlight as being revolutionary or rousing though. With the atmosphere of what the show was going for, keeping it light and cute was the right direction.
A mostly unknown cast of seiyuu but fulfilled each of their roles nicely. Personally, i'm not too picky when it comes to this so I wasn't dejected when peeking at the list. However, I was very surprised to see this was a first time role for Mashiro's seiyuu who did a standout performance you wouldn't anticipate. The OP and ED are very upbeat and catchy; I don't think I ever skipped past them before or after an episode yet felt it was a little dishonest because whilst watching this show, I noticed there was a startling lack of BG music which is very rare for this genre. I'm not usually somebody who pays close attention to it but having noticed myself, it may disappoint other people who do care. I do think this may of been a choice of direction rather than negligence as it emphasised the down to earth nature of this anime.
A generic story can be carried by a strong cast of characters. In this case, i'm not sure which department wins. There was nothing wrong with them; more like there was nothing special about them that would convince me to add them onto my favourite characters list. Kobeni, the main female of the story, is indeed pretty, considerate and candidate for perfect waifu but wasn't strong enough to really shine above the others and felt somewhat muted. Hakuya, the main male (and the only one) of the story, I even forget existed in the first half of the show. However, both are as meek as eachother so there is a balance in the relationship that I enjoyed. Mashiro, the impulsive and immature chibi (likely will have the most fans), and Benio, the severe siscon honour student, provide most of the comedy and steal the show. Altogether, a charming but unoriginal cast which could of been better if the central leads held a stronger presence.
Now for the main question; is it enjoyable? If you're a big fan of this genre then certainly yes. If you aren't then you'll most definitely feel that time was wasted. Engaged to the Unidentified does not offer anything new or exciting but still delivers well for its kind. One complaint i'm sure many people have voiced is the pacing. For the first half, almost nothing happens in regards to advancing the story. Confusing it for a cute girls doing cute things anime wouldn't be confound at all. As for the romance, it hints here and there as the show progresses and doesn't really blossom until very late. It's cute, awkward and pure but it won't get your heart racing. People who have seen plenty of SoL will be accustomed to the turtle like pacing but those who are romance veterans that delight in more passionate relationships will probably find themselves bored stiff.
Engaged to the Unidentified is a very solid series. If you're not looking for anything serious and just want to chill out to something cute (did I forget to mention that?) and dainty then absolutely give this a try. Compared to other shows of this type, there wasn't much about it that stood out apart from the twist half way but that couldn't save this series from being just a regular SoL rom-com.
It seems that ‘16’ is a magic number for most girls, as in a special moment where something must happen that makes their Birthday to be unforgettable. Most times anyways, it’s just any normal day for people. But in this show, that’s not exactly the case when Kobeni Yonomori finds out that she is to be engaged with her arranged fiance Hakuya Mitsumine. As a little bonus, Hakuya also brings his younger sister Mashiro to spice up the family.
The concept no doubt comes firsthand as being cliché. We have the golden trio of the show that plays on the norms of the normal, popular, and cute girl. Then, there’s the main male protagonist Hakuya with an apathetic outlook on life. Taken for granted, Mikakunin de Shinkoukei (Engaged to the Unidentified) comes off as a show that isn’t particular outstanding judging from its outer shell. Yet, the story itself is crafted with a clever way of delivery. In retrospect, it’s a romantic comedy with a simple premise involving an arranged marriage. There’s certain degrees of development between the characters as we learn about their true origins. By their origins, it’s noticeable to point out that some aren’t actually humans. More importantly however is how they fit into society and demonstrates human behavior.
Development comes from the foundation of its characters. The character cast is small yet colorful. The core of the show involves Kobeni and her new circumstances as a young girl. She just turned sixteen, which by most law sets the standards for a working girl in society. Yet, her circumstance skips that phase and goes towards marriage, an abrupt event that can change most people’s lives. After all, marriage calls for responsibilities for young women like never before. Yet, Kobeni is able to still continue life thanks to the support of others. One of them is her older sister Benio. Coming off as an elegant lady on the outside, she is viewed as an idol at school. Yet at home, she has a bizarre attraction towards the youngest in the household, Mashiro. Being only nine years old, Mashiro often wants to be noticed and demands others to see her not as a child, but as an authoritative figure. Finally, our main male protagonist Hakuya is the aloof young man without much words but holds some wisdom for the family. There’s an odd degree of mixture with these characters since none of them really are compatible with each other. Yet, they hold the show together in a laudable way with their influence. Despite not even noticing it, their actions leads to results and often bring together episodes of embellishment. This can either be in the way of drama, comedy, or story development. In essence, the characters can be quite easily to get attached to thanks to their diverse personalities. Hell, even the parents make their memorable moments despite their relatively short time on the show.
As the story progresses, we learn more about what happened in the past with clever usage of flashbacks. They give clues with foreshadowing details relating to the main premise of the story. More importantly is how our characters responds to them, especially in the case for Kobeni. Developments takes unusual turns with romance angles and characterization. In fact, we learn more about the characters through their interactions. The story also deals with supernatural elements, another unusual gag used for such a lighthearted story. While lacking the shounen action one might hope for, it makes it up with its energy. Mashiro in particular is like a light bulb that shines with ebullience. Similarly, her interaction with Benio will evoke amusing reactions given their complete opposite characteristics.
Being a romantic comedy, there’s a presence of romance developing. Unfortunately, Hakuya tends to be a character that lacks any exquisite attributes. He’s not the bachelor type or someone people see as a hero or sex idol. Instead, Hakuya is a quiet young man that often keeps words to himself. Yet when the situation calls for it, he is able to enter a conflict and tries to formulate a civil solution to bring peace. Of course, his past is a big point to the story involving him and Kobeni during their childhood. A love triangle also develops in later episodes involving a supporting character that causes trouble. She brings not only drama but some nuisance for the family because of her obsession with Benio, minor feelings for Hakuya, and rivalry with Mashiro. But as far as romance goes, most parts is still lighthearted and somewhat realistic. However at the same time, it’s predictable judging by Kobeni’s interactions with Hakuya. We also get unusual responses from Benio, the oldest sister of the family. She breaks out of her usual comfort zone and displays of annoyance towards their engagement. Hakuya also shows more of his character as he becomes more and more involved with his decisions rather than just being a standard yes man.
Comedy exists throughout the series in a variety of ways. They can come with mixed bags depending on how one perceives its execution. However on most parts, I find the comedy to be cleverly executed. Thanks to our main characters, there’s a fun mood in the show despite the tense premise. Mashiro is the mascot with her attempt to act like an adult despite being a kid. She can yell, wear adorable outfits, has a huge sweet tooth, and can dance melodiously in front of a television. Her fear for Benio is what really brings out the humor of the show. Yet, this can also become drawback for viewers who sees Benio’s tactics to get Mashiro’s attention to be repetitive. It’s hard to not see Benio going full lolicon on Mashiro. Also, fan service is minimal and there’s not much of it with even the absence of a beach or onsen episode. Camera angles aren’t suggestive and neither does skin show for any of the girls except in perhaps the main opening sequences. Rather, the series brings together more of an unusual romance comedy rather than an asinine sweet 16.
Despite the bizarreness of the presentation, there are some parts that can be dull. Hakuya in particular is a character that is hard to get used to or be relatable mostly because of his little presence. The love angle between him and Kobeni can also come off quasi with lack of sensation. Even with development, the duo doesn’t stand out much mostly because of their silent personalities. Most supporting characters only play minor parts with only one girl that makes quite the drama. Additionally, most episodes doesn’t take itself outside the home or school setting. It lacks a degree in diversity as to other locations being explored in their neighborhood. And even so, neither is their home or school distinctive in any way.
There’s also interesting aspects to the artwork style. Characters are designed with cuteness and simplicity. Mashiro in particular is a girl that stands out with her short stature and hair that seems to almost have a life of its own. Kobeni’s innocence is also portrayed well for a young girl that doesn’t go with social conformity such as putting on heavy makeup or spending hours in the bathroom doing their hair. The backgrounds are also aesthetic and comedic scenes adapts itself with clever usage of its visuals.
Soundtrack has a casual tone with its OST. It’s easy to take notice of the slice of life tone with director Yoshiyuki Fujiwara, previously involved with GJ-Club. Hence, experience some of the lighthearted background music that is coordinated with various scenes. It’s also noticeable that on many occasions, there is no OST playing in the background at all in order to illustrate a sense of realism. Characters’ voice mannerisms fits well on some parts, although Mashiro’s voice can come as both cute yet fluffy at times. Yuri Yoshida voices her character who is a rather fresh face in the VA industry that may take some time to get used to. Otherwise, Hakuya’s voice is hardly outstanding and some of his dialogues come off as monotonous as if he’s reading off some textbook. On the other hand, embrace the OP and ED song for its catchy tone and bouncy sequences.
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei is more of a show for one’s self-indulgence. It will take a little time to get used to but the pleasure of enjoying this show is worth it for its characters. Even the story comes together with unusual gags despite the quasi-like clichés. The show does have some frivolous comedy and moments where it does seem repetitive. Additionally, some characters might also might strike a few nerves with their personification. In fact, to enjoy this show will take patience but in the end will be a fun ride if your mind is up for it.
This is, perhaps, the first slice of life anime series to finish in this winter season. And Dogakobo had, yet again, brought out another good anime for us to watch.
When I watched the first episode of Mikakunin de Shinkoukei, I thought that it would have a great story and I felt that it would be the best romcom anime for the season. But unfortunately, I wasn’t finding that expectation I wanted. Here’s why.
The story revolved around the Yonomori sisters, Kobeni and Benio, and the Mitsumine siblings, Hakuya and Mashiro. Akane, who is the Yonomori sisters’ mom, announced that Kobeni was somewhat engaged to Hakuya by her grandpa during her 16th birthday. Apparently, Kobeni had met Hakuya before during childhood, but it seemed that she forgot who he was.
So why did my expectation failed? It can be summed up in one word, which is “tropes”. They are everywhere in the anime, mainly the story and the characters. It made the story a bit clichéd, and the characters similar to others.
However, it didn’t really matter much, because there are some points in the story which made the story more interesting. Indeed, there is a small surprise that developed it from a few characters. There is also a backstory between Kobeni and Hakuya as well. The romance, although not bringing enough impact to me, is cute. There are times when Kobeni showed her “dere” side sometimes to Hakuya, while there are other times when she wanted Hakuya to stop acting “cutesy-lovely” to her. Eventually, the relationship actually developed.
The ending is a bit satisfactory, as it ended the story where the characters continued to carry out their lives.
The anime has characters with the typical tropes. Benio is a student council president who excels in academics and sports and is adored by many students. Mashiro is a child who acts like a teenager. Hakuya is a quiet guy who is always emotionless. Kobeni has great figures, mentioned by some characters, and is great at housework and cooking. There are other characters, such as Konoha, a member in the student council, who has feelings for Benio, and Shirayuki, mom of the Mitsumine siblings, who looked like a loli.
I feel that there’s isn’t much character development in all except Hakuya and Kobebi, but it is a slice of life anyway. But all these characters are interesting. Some of them showed their emotions well to execute something.
The opening is totally superb. It has a great upbeat and is sung by the seiyuus of the three main girls in the anime. They also sang the ending, which is more relaxed but still enjoyable. The art style is awesome, although not really important at all. The scenery is just spectacular. The character designs have the moe feel, and the facial expressions do exaggerate, all of this to make a great comedy.
Although the story and characters are the anime’s weakest points, I still enjoyed the anime nevertheless. It may not be the best romcom of the season, but it is good enough. Sweet cute romance is enjoyable for me already.
I heard that the anime’s first volume sale was great so far. I hoped that this continues onwards with the other volumes, and maybe we might expect a second season. There are two OVAs, where one of them is already released but not subbed. It’s just typical scenes of the onsen and night-walk.
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The morning after learning about Hakuya, Kobeni ends up with a fever due to her weak body. As Benio informs Mashiro and Hakuya about what she told Kobeni, she blames herself for Kobeni's accident back then, as she had Kobeni take her place alongside Hakuya so she could go and play. The next morning, Kobeni opts to stay at home alone whilst the others go to school, though Mashiro comes back to help her as soon as school ends, where Kobeni shows her the scar she received back then. The next morning, as Kobeni starts feeling a bit better, Hakuya suddenly rushes out of the house when he notices Kobeni struggling to face him properly. Kobeni catches up to him and states that, even though she doesn't remember anything, she owes him her thanks, becoming awed by his smile. Later that night, Mashiro and Hakuya receive a letter from their family, saying they will be sending someone to check up on them.
Directors: Yoshiyuki Fujiwara
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo
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Transcription: "Nanigoto mo Saisho ga Kanjin desu" (Japanese: 何事も最初が肝心です)
Transcription: "Rori Kojūtome tte no mo Warukunai wa" (Japanese: ロリ小姑ってのも悪くないわ)
Transcription: "Rabukome no Hadō o Kanjiru" (Japanese: ラブコメの波動を感じる)
Transcription: "Are wa Tada no Hentai desu" (Japanese: あれはただのへんたいです)
Transcription: "Kore ga Keisanpu dato" (Japanese: これが経産婦だと)
Transcription: "Sō da, Kojūto de Umeyō" (Japanese: そうだ、小姑でうめよう)
Transcription: "Sore wa Sore, Kore wa Kore" (Japanese: それはそれ、これはこれ)
Transcription: "Imōto no Kanashimi o Iyasu no wa, Imōto" (Japanese: 妹の悲しみをいやすのは、妹)
Transcription: "Kutsujoku desu, Hazukashime o Ukemashita" (Japanese: くつじょくです、はずかしめをうけました)
Transcription: "Dere-ki to Iu Tango o Shirabetara" (Japanese: デレ期という単語を調べたら)
Transcription: "Hankachi o Tanoshinderu no yo" (Japanese: ハンカチを楽しんでるのよ)
Transcription: "Wakatteru? Wakatteru" (Japanese: わかってる? わかってる)
Wow, an episode of Engaged to the Unidentified that (almost) went by without Benio being creepy? On top of that, she was actually supportive in a normal big sister way for once. That said, this was kind of a lackluster finale. The “dramatic” moments of it–such as Kobeni being lost and exposing her fear of being left alone–would probably have had more impact had they been teased out throughout the series. As far as I can remember, we’ve never had anything to suggest Kobeni’s fear of being left alone, and her adventure to the mountains begins and ends in this episode. It’s kind of hard to build a bunch of tension for a situation that doesn’t even happen until partway through the episode, especially when you know the situation will resolve by the episode’s end; after all, it is the final episode.
All that said, I still enjoyed it. I really don’t know what it is about this show that I like. I mean, Benio is creepy, and overall there really isn’t anything “special” about this series. At the same time, it succeeded at being cute, especially when Kobeni and Hakuya started to get closer to each other. It was particularly cute to see how Kobeni was able to read Hakuya’s moods when no one else could tell the difference. Maybe it was the characters who made this series something worth watching. Whatever the case, it certainly wasn’t a terrible finale, and despite the more serious bent of the plot line, we still end with a more comedic, light-hearted tone.
I will give the writers credit for the fact that they seem to have brought things full-circle. The events of the past that have seemed to weigh heavy on Kobeni are, essentially, repeated here, except this time with better results. Granted, none of this would have happened had Kobeni stayed put, but I am just drawing a conclusion. It may not be what the writers intended at all.
A Christian Perspective:
There is a flashback in the closing credits to an episode where Kobeni was floating naked (I think it was a dream or something), but her body is pretty much shadowed, so you don’t really see anything. There are also a couple scenes with blood (nothing serious), and Benio makes some weird comments. Mashiro also pretends to fly on a broom like a witch, in case depictions like that are offensive to you. If not, then it’s actually a pretty cute scene.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The flashbacks during the end credits show a scene where Kobeni is naked and floating (I don’t remember which episode it’s from, but just like in that episode you can’t actually see anything inappropriate due to the shadowing or whatever)
Blood/Gore: A character is shown with blood running from her mouth; the ending review shots/flashbacks show a character with blood squirting from her mouth
Other: Benio makes a comment to Kobeni and Mashiro about “keeping each other warm”; Benio is commenting about a little sister swim meet; Benio geeks out over seeing Mashiro act like she’s flying on a brook like a witch; other random Benio stuff
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Framed by tangled hair, I saw a face, like an ordinary face, but there was something elusive in it, not green eyes, not sharp cheekbones, not a. Thin nose with a hump, no, rather a sly squint and a smile on his lips. - Maybe I don't want to. - she repeated, - maybe I want to look into your eyes, and by the way you have beautiful eyes, and dress, forcing your friend in pants to suffer even.