Living by this principle, the middle schooler Nishikata gets constantly made fun of by his seat neighbor Takagi-san. With his pride shattered to pieces, he vows to turn the tables and get back at her some day. And so, he attempts to tease her day after day, only to find himself victim to Takagi-san's ridicule again sooner than later. Will he be able to make Takagi-san blush from embarrassment even once in the end?
I'll just say this: This series is for pure comedy and enjoyment, but right now it's really outdoing itself in terms of comedy and has such a charm that people really shouldn't find a reason to hate.
I'll keep this as brief as possible:
STORY: As of right now, not much of a story or plot, but that's totally fine, this series' purpose is to present the everyday lives of two very good friends in middle school who play a one-sided game of trying to embarass the other, with Nishikata always getting the short end, which is always VERY funny. It's one great hell of a development
to see if whether or not Nishikata can squeeze out a win for now, and perhaps find out more.
ART: Shin-Ei Animation really doesn't try to do too much with their animation, but damn, the animation here is clean, and depicts Takagi's smug (perhaps the best of all anime smugs by a cute female character) so well. Now granted, some people might not like the art style and design of the characters, but then again, there's stuff like Boku no Hero Academia, Mob Psycho, and Kill Al Kill, and those series did GREAT despite the odd designs they themselves have.
Sound: Not much to say here. It gets a solid grade here simply for fitting the scene during which it is playing. Because of how this series functions, there's 0% chance of this series getting a grandiose soundtrack, but it doesn't need it.
Character: Nishikata is a fun character to watch despite how he usually gets short-ended. Granted, he can be too naive, but at least he's a good person at heart. Then there's Takagi, a smug queen at heart, and a playful personality. She's really the charm that make this series worth watching. Of course, the three other support characters do get their own segment as well.
Enjoyment: It's probably already mentioned above, but seeing Nishikata getting into trouble or played like a fiddle is all worth it for the laughs. And of course there's Takagi's cute expressions...
OVERALL: Just watch and enjoy it as your typical slice of life comedy. If you're not into those kind of series, just don't bother. Trust me, though, if you do decide it to watch it, you won't regret it.
This wont be a long review, just a summary of my current thoughts at episode 4. I will update once the anime ends.
Look, this anime is plenty charming and all but lets face it. Takagi-san is lovable but annoying as shit. I honestly find her rather endearing, but I feel bad for Nishikata and dont feel like their relationship would ever go further than her tormenting him until she ditches him cause hes a wimp, but honestly the comedy is okay until you realize its all based on Nishikata being a punching bag for the show.
Lets be honest you arent watching this anime for
It looks really basic which isnt a bad thing, but I cant give it more than this. its not yona of the dawn, or your lie in april its a basic blandish slice of life with no colors that pop.
music and sound are once again basic, its as much as you shoud expect but nothing extra.
if you are watching this anime and like it its most likely due to the characters. they are fun but they arent as good as other comparable characters in anime. take yuru yuri for example, the relationship between kyoko and akari is a thousand times funnier. And not as sad.
if you like comedic slice of life this is more of the same, watch if you like.
THIS ANIME IS NOT OVER. There is still time for it to become more than a girl pushing around a dopey guy, I dont stop halfway through anime and eagerly await what will happen next in this mediocre yet fun anime.
With Winter 2018 comes a plethora of Slice of Life series. One of them being a war. A war between 2 middle schoolers. Enjoying their youth to the fullest comes the ecstatic interactions between our two main characters, Nishikata and Takagi. In short, the females always win.
That’s basically the whole premise, a girl teasing a boy to no end and his failed attempts at retaliation only fans the flame even more. However, there’s always variety in the way she does her schemes. It’s fun to watch each time and highly enjoyable. As a manga reader, I am glad they were able to present all the
emotions correctly and keep the tone as it should be originally. I appreciate the staff at Shin-Ei Animation for making this anime as fun as possible.
I also enjoy the extra cast with their small screen time. The random but appropriate situations the girls make are just as adorable and fun to watch even when it’s for a short time. Works as a lovely transition to the Main Cast once more.
If you’re having a hard time on a Monday and just can’t seem to get in any sort of mood, watch this anime and it’s sure to bring your spirits up.
The art is more nicer than I expected, especially the eye design. The manga had a super simple drawing for the eye unlike the anime where they added a bit more. I like it since it adds a bit more spice to the characters. I love the background art and the colours used in it. The animation is also great. The facial expressions are super fun to see and the character movements, although small, adds a more human feel to the characters. It’s small details like those that I appreciate in a series.
The soundtrack isn’t too special, but it does its job properly, making the anime sound even funnier was accomplished by the soundtrack and I enjoyed listening to it. Both the OP and ED are indeed super catchy and I never skipped it for its cheerful visuals. I loved how we got both Yuki Kaji and Rie Takahashi to play our mains. That makes it even better for the series.
The crazy antics between the two characters are what makes the interaction so...middle-schooler like. Seems just right when it comes to 2 kids having fun teasing eachother. Although, it’s quite one-sided. Even so, the character chemistry is great and you mostly never get bored watching the dynamics between them.
Overall this is an anime that you wanna watch for fun. Nothing too endearing, but there to help with boredom and to put a smile on your face if it does at all. I loved reading the manga and the anime is just as good as it’s presented. I am satisfied with this adaptation so far.
I wrote this after episode 1 came out, but it still applies across the board.
Now this review is rather unfair because a lot of my personal biases come into play here, so I'll have the first paragraph written from an objective point of view and the second is where I'll let loose everything else.
This is a somewhat refreshing take on the romance anime genre as it stars two kids (Nishikata and Takagi) who are in love with each other but seem to express this love through playing pranks on each other to try and get the other to do something silly and embarrass themselves. The
story is very simplistic and shows several small stories that aren't really linked together in one episode. Due to this being a slice of life, the stories aren't really important. Not to say that they are bad, since each of them are rather charming and there is some emotion within them, but they are not part of a bigger plot. The art style is simple, but I think it suits the anime very well in this case. There aren't any harsh colours and they keep a very light colour palette throughout which I think works great. The sound is atmospheric and and manages to keep the viewer interested and happy whilst not being anything groundbreaking. Finally, the only characters that we have really seen so far is the two main characters. It's only two episodes in so there can't be much (if any at all) character development yet, but I believe they have set the groundworks to make some two interesting main characters. If you are a fan of romantic comedies then this anime is definitely for you. If you like seeing romance anime that have a bunch of moments that make you go "Awwww" or giddy with happiness, then this anime is also for you. Overall, I believe it is best served as a 7.5 out of 10. It isn't quite there yet for an 8, but it has the ability to reach it rather easily.
Now moving onto my subjective opinion: I have no idea what it is that makes me love this anime so much, but the enjoyment I get out of it is absolutely ridiculous. I need to pause once every two minutes or so just so I can admire the sheer adorableness of the relationship between Nishikata and Takagi. This anime has managed to make two pretty bad days turn out to be okay, because when I watch this I just get the constant sensation of happiness from it. It could be that the innocence of the two characters is refreshing and makes me wish I had something like that several years ago, or it could be that this anime has been tailor made for my tastes. I don't know, nor do I care. But what I do know is this: this anime has brought me tears of joy from the amount of enjoyment I had from this. Am I exagerating as to how good this is? Probably. Do I care? Not at all. If you're having a bad day and don't even particularly like romance, I still recommend that you watch this (unless you've just been dumped or rejected).