Kazuki has been awaiting 10 years for the day when her neighbours moved back to their old house. She has a crush on Yuuji, whom she considers as her first love but to whom she never managed to express her feelings for him before they moved out. Yuuji often comes over to play with Kazuki, Kazuki's older sister Hatsune and Yuuji's sister Marie when they were kids. Her ideal depiction of Yuuji was soon shattered when he turned out more than she had expected, him acting all ecchi during their reunion. With their parents off in South America, both families must learn to live with each other and rekindle the childhood feelings they shared together. Things get even more crazy as they attend the same school.
Tonagura! is basically an ecchi anime. There are a lot of fanservice and the requisite male character who always finds himself being slapped, kicked, and hit because of his perverted ways.
I like the premise of the story because it deals with a childhood friend and crush who the female character meets again. Trouble is - the person Kazuki remembers from her childhood is not the same as the one she is seeing now. But as the series progresses, you might become annoyed with Kazuki for her continuous (and sometimes unfair) abuse for Yuuji - who is just probably just a little bit more perverted than
boys his age.
One of the more interesting characters who shine in this anime is Kazuki's older sister who is perfect - her evil, sadistic ways notwithstanding. She cosplays a lot - depending on the menu. But my favorite character would have to be the teddy bear gun-toting Marie, the younger sister of Yuuji, who deals out 'divine punishment' whenever her brother gets too perverted (which is most of the time).
It's not really the best out there, but it could get you a few laughs and give you your fill of ecchi-ness if you're looking for one.
This anime being a simple childhood love story, is pretty good. It can be great but it lacks some important things in the creativity department. This is not a "must-watch", but it's also not a "not-watch"
Tonagura starts out well. A girl's fantasy that went wrong and then the funniness begins. It has good comedy, enough to make you laugh sometimes and it has a bit of drama too. Good, satisfactory story.
The art is the main problem here. It wasn't consistently good. Everything looked fine, but just fine and nothing past that. I'm most disappointed by the hairstyles. Most characters don't look very good because of
that. The violence lacks creativity too. The first two punches are funny, then it begins to loose its magic, but it regains a little afterwards. It's a zigzag of improvement and disappointment. Anyway, all is fair. The art isn't that bad. Only some characters and some animation punchlines were made disappointing.
Sounds are okay. Just at the okay limit, nothing to be impressed about and nothing to be depressed about either.
The characters give hope to the show and somehow saves it from completely failing. The main boy, Yuuji, is the one that keeps the show good and funny. Supporting characters, Marie her sister, and Hatsune-neechan are there for backup when Yuuji starts to become boring. The other characters are just for story completion.
Tonagura is enjoyable, but not so much. Watch it incase you run out of comedy titles.
Really, Tonagura! is an anime that requires a certain taste to enjoy. So let me do some people a favor and say, if your here for a plot filled romantic / comedic adventure, then leave now as you won't be amazed. Likewise if you are here for something completely different... then unless you haven't watched any comedic anime before, you might as well leave as well. What Tonagura! does, is scrap the story, and pull together a lovable cast of characters, some simple and not very original, but overall very enjoyable. It then ties it all together with a great many great comedic moments. So
if you think THAT may interest you, then read on dreamer.
Now like I said, the story is simple... and probably came together in the authors mind in about 20 minutes. Childhood friends leave for a long time, and now their reunion is bitter sweet, as the boy is a pervert and the girl is a bit of a Tsundere (gasp). But why did you enter here expecting a plot, if you want a good story go watch Haruhi or something, we'll instead move onto:
Characters. This is the big part of the anime. So you've got your main couple of this romantic comedy, Yuuji Kagura, and Kazuki Arisaka. At first glance, each character seems... meh, alright but nothing special. But when they are together, you start to feel a little differently. There's something profoundly touching and cute about this little couple. Despite kazuki always taking her anger out on Yuuji with her fists... you really do feel that he kind of deserves it. I mean, anyone who comes in a girl changing, and then proceeds to pounce on her deserves a bit of a beating (laughs). And its not all one sided either, a great deal of effort is put into chastising Kazuki for her over the top reactions. What's really most touching about these two is the amount of growth they go through. Each grows, trying to change slightly so that the other will like them a little bit more, and at the same time, try to accept the personality of the other. Its that little warm fuzzy feeling you get in your heart as the two grow, that made me realize what great characterization went into these two, and is one of the reasons why this anime is probably in my top 10.
Of course there are other characters, most notably are the sisters of the main 2. These 2 are probably the most memorable of the series. Kazuki's older sister, Hatsune, a doting, but schemeing older sister who always tries to do the best thing for her younger sister (but usually in a way that will provide the most enjoyment for Hatsune herself XD). And the younger sister of Yuuji, Marie, a tough gun slinging girl, who won't allow for any sexual deviation from her perverted older brother. Both are probably the most "unique" characters of this series and probably provide the most comedy overall. They definitely don't go through quite as much growth as Kazuki and Yuuji, but you love them all the same.
Now with all that being said, it can't be all good news. Really... although you shouldn't expect a deep and fufilling story, it doesn't mean the author couldn't have come up with a little bit more original of a premise. Also, there is an extreme amount of fan service that really didn't need to be there... and might turn a few people off the show. But still, no deal breakers anyway. I will recommend Tonagura! to anyone that wants a few laughs and a heart warming story to lighten a boring afternoon.