English: Engaged to the Unidentified
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2014 to Mar 27, 2014
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.681 (scored by 33787 users)
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SynopsisKobeni Yonomori is a high school girl who lives with her mother and older sister Benio. Upon turning sixteen, Kobeni is shocked to learn that, due to an arrangement by her late grandfather, she is engaged to a boy named Hakuya Mitsumine who, along with his little sister Mashiro, come to live with Kobeni. As Kobeni spends time adjusting to this new family, she learns there is more to Hakuya and Mashiro than meets the eye.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
Side story: Mikakunin de Shinkoukei: Mite. Are ga Watashitachi no Tomatteiru Ryokan yo.
Other: Mikakunin de Shinkoukei OVA
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I have watched 47 anime shows (completed) and I never really bothered to write reviews. However, Mikakunin de Shinkoukei lit a spark in me. Inspired me to write about it, I suppose.
Nowadays the typical idea for manga is that the characters suddenly meet. I got used to that and honestly, that was what I was expecting. However, in this case it is different. 16 year olds Hakuya and Kobeni find themselves caught in an arranged marriage. It was set up by Kobeni's deceased grandfather. As some shows do: Hakuya moves in with Kobeni. He has a sister named Mashiro who tries to act grown up (despite being ten years old herself) and a crazy sister-in-law named Benio who's more then a little protective of Kobeni and has a little bit of a complex. There's more then what meets the eye for this show. In the beginning it stole my heart when they hit it right off the bat with a romantic moment in episode one. (Under the first ten minutes, too!) I'm a huge fan of fantasy and shows that involve magic. Especially the light-hearted kind. I was highly amused when little Mashiro managed to score herself a spot in high school. I won't say why but I know you can connect the dots. The story had much promise and it turned out well but I felt they rushed it at the end. No "I love you", no visiting your in-law's house. I was hoping for some hilarious situations and maybe even rings for Kobeni and Hakuya. (They are engaged, right?) Besides that, I felt it was amazing and deserved the 9/10 I gave it.
I'm a pretty honest person. So I'll admit that when I noticed Kobeni had a bust, I groaned and looked down at my own chest. The story followed with Kobeni having issues with her body and her allegedly "good child bearing" hips. All in all, they drew the women pretty decently and it made sense. (Though for Kobeni's mom, I felt a little envious of her bust. That's all I'll say.) There's only one boy as Kobeni's father nor Hakuya's is drawn in. Hakuya is drawn (dare I say) a little better then Kobeni. He looks a little older, and he is taller. He looks a little better and to me it seems the animators were a little more diligent. It seemed they tried to fulfil the whole highschooler who's a boy = good looking idea. The backgrounds were stunning (especially trees and some buildings) and even the background characters caught my eye. The animators seemed quite diligent there too. (I've seen animes where the background people are lumps coloured in odd colours. It's great to see that they tried.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the opening and ending. The songs were adorable and light hearted. I just felt that sometimes they could have tried a bit harder. (Fine, I just wanted a "DUH DUH DUH" like in the horror movies for when Benio got shocked.)
I loved each of the characters. From Kobeni's mother to Nadeshiko (Benio's student council friend with the brown hair.) I felt that they were all well developed, all had good attitudes. The only issue I had was how they interacted with one another. Take Mashiro and Konoha (one of Benio's many adoring fans and a student council member) for example. Their fighting was repetitive and really the same. I never really liked their fighting because it never really contributed to the story. Also take Kobeni and Hakuya for an example. Throughout the story I felt the spark but never much to confirm it. Sure, Hakuya did something romantic in the last ten or so minutes of the last episode for Kobeni but that's it. I had hopes for those two because he'd done something sweet in the first so I wanted that to progress. It did emotionally but I'm a fangirl and I need something to squeal about. I loved the story but they never even held hands or kissed. It hurt me a little bit.
As I mentioned before, it was hilarious all the same. Funny moments to moments where I fell over laughing. I loved the show's lightheartedness and I was shocked when I got to the last episode. It had just zoomed past me and left me aching for more. I loved it.
Sure, it had some issues but I did truly enjoy it. No show is perfect and it's great that this one came close.
I hope this was helpful! If you like comedy, a touch of fantasy and romance, this is the show for you!! read more
"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. read more
Love takes on an innocent style. For both Aichi Kocchi and Mikakunin de Shinkoukei, it follows group of friends at school and home as they live life at fullest. Within the centerpiece of their stories involve the concept of love, a concept that becomes complicated through each episode.
There is a lighthearted background with humorous dialogues between the characters. They also follow more of a slice of life format as opposed to a linear story.
Both anime has a soft feeling to it and plus it has a cute romantic feeling to it... But the difference is Acchi Kocchi is like Puppy Love and Mikakukunin is Soft Romance.
"Love is complicated, don't you think?" It follows the main characters who have trouble adjusting themselves on their feelings. They both follow on their similar themes, though the have a unique story that differentiate themselves. Expect some moe moments, funny dialogue and romance.
Mikakunin follows a girl who became confused when she has a soon-to-be-husband standing in front of her, often complicate things. Acchi Kocchi follows a group of friends but focuses on two characters who the girl has trouble expressing herself to the boy, which complicate things.
Opening Theme"Tomadoi→Recipe (とまどい→レシピ)" by Mikakuning! (みかくにんぐッ!) (eps 2-4, 6-12)
Ending Theme#1: "Tomadoi→Recipe (とまどい→レシピ)" by Mikakuning! (みかくにんぐッ!) (ep 1)
#2: "Masshiro World (まっしろわーるど)" by Mikakuning! (みかくにんぐッ!) (eps 2-11)
#3: "16-sai tte iu no wa Tokubetsu na Kanji da (16歳っていうのは特別な感じだ)" by Jun Ichikawa (ep 12)
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