Freshman Kaho Nikaidou is from an influential family, and as such, no one has ever said anything even remotely mean to her, for fear of incurring her household's wrath. Wishing to be around people who will not treat her as special because of her background, she leaves home to live at a dormitory for her new school year. Shortly after arriving, Kaho accidentally wanders into traffic and is saved by a tall, handsome stranger. When she asks for his name, he tells her she is weird and walks away. Having finally met the only person to ever say an unkind word to her, Kaho falls head over heels for her savior.
After meeting her rescuer yet again and discovering that his name is Kanade Takahashi, she confesses her love to him. Kanade says he would like for them to be a couple, but that Kaho may not want to date him after she finds out his secret. To her shock, Kaho discovers the startling truth: Kanade is a fifth grader!
Deciding that she can't date a fifth grader, Kaho intends to break up with him. But as she spends more time with Kanade, she begins to care for him even more and continues dating him. Hatsukoi Monster follows Kaho's first steps into love with Kanade, her immature, yet kind, fifth grade boyfriend.
Let’s make one thing clear. If you love penis jokes, gross indecent crushes and a siscon then this series is perfect for you. If you don’t; welcome to the world of common sense.
*PLOT PART COVERS LAST EPISODE SPOILERS*
Hatsukoi Monster was a show that I was looking forward to quite a bit. I’m a sucker for cute girls in plotless romance series (Ore Monogatari, Orange, etc). You see I don’t need a smashing ingenious plot to enjoy something. What I //do// need is a plot that doesn’t ridicule me. And well. That’s where this show went wrong.
While the first few episodes introduce us to our characters
and how they handle each other. (This actually had me rooting for the show and shunning everyone who dared speak negativity of it.) Soon enough some questionable things got introduced. A girl who steals clothing and lives in the same house as the man she stalks. An elder brother with a siscon so bad that he saves her bathwater to drink from. And a butler who gets nosebleeds from his 10 year old master. To say the least this show went for a shocking approach. By episode 6 it’s safe to say that the plot has little to nothing to do with romance anymore and it’s more about how many shocking jokes we can fit into one ep. Personally I don’t find any of these matters to be joked about. Stalking, paedophilia, incest. Haha I’m having a blast. The great resolve of the romance is also something that I missed I think? We get a daydream. A huge out of character confrontation about everything that didn’t make sense about the show (Why Kanade is so tall. Why he only acts childish when the plot calls for it, etc) and after that promises to be together forever that’s it? Also there’s a dog that feels up an underage boy.
Usually I’m a sucker for cute girls. I love moe girls that make me want to protect them. But Kaho is just from another dimension. She’s so dense, yet empty at the same time that after 12 eps I’m not sure what her character is like, minus the fact that she loves Kanade. Kanade himself is this weird crossover between a bishie and a child, which is also all there is to his character. The same goes for most of his friends. They look old, act young. All they do is make penis jokes. There’s a mean dude who doesn’t want Kanade and Kaho to date. There’s a few funky housemates who do have interesting characters yet none of them are ever explored enough to be truly likable. And their relationship to Kanade and Kaho seems to be made of nothing but ‘we live in the same house so we’re friends right?’
I’ll be honest. One of the main reasons that drew me in for this show was the cast. I’m an avid seiyu fan and seeing so many talented ones in one show was what got me hooked. That was also all I did enjoy about the show.
The opening is generic and the ending had me wonder what it had to do with a romance anime. The OST is decent. It reminded me of grade school.
The art is. Decent? I’ve seen worse. I’ve seen better. It’s not striking despite its colour palette. It has it’s good and bad moments. Key moments especially are the generic ‘wow I’m so in love with him’ shots and they’re pretty cute. But they easily get balanced out by laughably bad backgrounders
Like I said in the opening you can probably not enjoy this If you like decent plot. I only finished watching it because I was waiting for it to regain the grace it had in the beginning. I can deal with whimsical, weird plots. But the plot has to be there. This show completely gave up around episode 4 and sailed onwards with nothing but penis jokes and drama that had me laughing more at being expected to believe it than actually enjoying it. Add to that the risky/downright gross subjects brought up and I personally can’t believe this series is supposed to be anything but an insult to the people who spend time on it.
If, on the other hand, you love series that need you to turn your brain off to enjoy it. By all means this is the series for you.
Have you ever thought about what it would be like if all the kids you babysit were hot bishie airheads who made penis jokes and periodically break up with you because of reason's shallower than the kiddie pool at your local country club? No? Good, then you're normal.
The author of Hatsukoi Monster clearly is not.
Exactly what you would expect from a shoujo story, the only difference being that the parts you can't stand (ex. melodrama, breakups, jealousy, stupid comedy) are magnified by a tenfold. Other than a couple laughs due to the absolute ridiculousness of making 5th grade boys look
like college students, and the author's deluded dream of pedophilia becoming legal, the story has absolutely nothing to offer. It will turn away even the biggest fans of the genre.
See, the thin I hate about shows like these is that they usually get very good art and animation, which could have gone to much more deserving series.. Luckily, Hatsukoi Monster wasn't gifted with good art or animation. It's very colorful, and the palette gives it a childish look, which I think they were going for, so that's good. But everything else is subpar at best.
Though Hatsukoi Monster wasn't blessed with good art, it was blessed with some AMAZING voice actors. Not all of them, mind you, and some of the characters' voices are annoying, even the ones that aren't intentionally meant to be annoying. That said, some of the voices help to bring the otherwise flat characters to life, and was probably my favorite part of the show overall. Other than that though? The opening and ending theme are hopelessly bad and the sound effects were no standout.
Oh god. This has to be THE most intolerable character cast I've seen in a while. The only characters that didn't make me want to break my screen were Kanade, Mafuyu, and Gin. Before that though, lets talk designs.
If you had looked up bishie template, colored the hair all the colors of the rainbow with microsoft paint and then told your editor to slap a couple of accessories on each of them, I don't think I would have noticed the difference.
On second thought, that's probably what they did...
Personality-wise, most of them are just recreations from your typical reverse harem/shoujo story, from evil megane to trap boy to sis-complex older brother. And then the rest of them are just fifth graders cracking penis jokes like nobodies business. Though it was funny at first, it just becomes idiotic after the first couple times. And this is coming from a GINTAMA fan! However, I will say that Gin, Kanade, and Mafuyu manage to show a bit of personality, and are at least consistently amusing to view.
+Some good voice acting
+ Some likeable characters
-Filled with tropes amplified to become ever worse
-Not memorable OP/ED, or OST
-Terrible character design
-Most characters are annoying
Hatsukoi Monster is an immature pile of garbage that can only be enjoyed if you are as immature as it's characters and humor. Nothing wrong with that, it's just not for me.
Maybe next time, try falling in love with someone your age.
After watching the first episode I thought this was going to be a pretty good comedy. I even turned some people onto the first episode because I thought the premise was pretty funny and unique. Then it quickly stopped being funny and became a real romance story between a high school girl and an elementary school kid.
After watching the first episode you might assume that the story is going to be big joke watching this girl try to find a way out of her relationship without hurting the guy's feelings, and also try to hide her relationship status from other people so they don't
get the wrong idea. Then it just becomes a story about how this girl is actually legitimately in love with this child. That story is just annoying and weird, and the background characters can be described in the same way.
Even the art in this show is really hit or miss in very obvious ways. Sometimes it looks like standard shojo style, sometimes the perspectives are weird, or the eyes are drawn funny, or something else goes off in an easily visible way.
I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone. Even the first episode, which I thought was decent at the time, is nothing more than a tease for what this series could have been.
Having watched through the entire series, I can honestly say that the title is suiting, for this series is monstrous. There is a lot I have to say about “First Love Monster”, and it’s not exactly what many may be thinking of. While this wasn’t a show I was entirely looking forward to for that season, but the synopsis still caught my interest. Unfortunately, what I ended up getting was twelve episodes of absolute garbage.
Let’s get the story portion out of the way. Reading the summary is what made me want to give it a try, and probably made everyone else not touch it with
a 20-foot pole. Subject matter like this doesn’t faze me that much. However, the thing that bothered me during my time watching it was the execution. It’s supposed to be a “love story” yet it’s everything but that. This doesn’t just pertain to the main plot as pretty much the rest of the show was poorly written. The only praise I can give it is with episode six. This was, without a doubt, the best episode and the reason being is it didn’t deal with the dribble that was the “love story”. Instead, it focused on the grown-bodied characters and how they play out in their school full of regular-sized kids, which I found quite entertaining. Seeing that made me wish the series was played out more like that. It wasn’t even halfway through when I knew there was no chance of redemption. And the only thing I can say about the finale was that it was pure garbage.
What else goes with horrible writing than horrible characters? My guess is, since the main concept is already extreme as it is, all characters must have extreme personalities to balance it out. The problem is there’s no depth to these characters, which, adding their personalities, makes them utterly annoying. Our main heroine has to be one the worst I’ve seen in a while. I can understand it’s her first love and emotions can get mixed up in certain situations, but the reasons behind them are really dumb. Also, the concept of having a grown-looking child isn’t new as it’s been done in the short-form series “Recorder and Randsell” (done way better, in my opinion). There’s not even much to say about the support characters because they’ll just come and go. Everyone is two-dimensional, almost close to being one-dimensional.
It’s at this point where the story and characters are bad enough that I can’t even care about the animation. Still, it’s not at all impressive. There were several episodes where you look at the character models and they look horrendous. I have to bring up episode six again because I believe that was the best animated episode (I don’t know what it is about it). Studio Deen has done some great shows in 2016, so adding this to their history won’t necessarily affect them.
At the beginning of the show’s run, I personally defended it because I was aware that many were going to hate on it due to its premise. As the weeks went by, my defense for it lowered gradually to the point where I couldn’t care less about what anyone would say because this was simply pure garbage. Even when I knew it was bad, I still continued to watch because I was curious to see how far it can go. Now, I honestly regret watching it, and would never put myself through such torture (unless I watch with someone else). From an uninteresting story to almost non-existent characters and atrocious animation, “First Love Monster” is the last romantic comedy I would want to re-watch.