The romantic comedy follows the everyday life of an extremely tsundere (initially aloof and abrasive, but later kind-hearted) boy named Atsuhiro "Akkun" Kagari and his girlfriend Non "Nontan" Katagiri. Akkun's behavior is harsh toward Nontan with verbal abuse and neglect, but he actually is head-over-heels for her and habitually acts like a stalker by tailing her or eavesdropping. Nontan is oblivious to Akkun's stalker ways, and thinks his actions are cute.
When it comes to Japan's obsession with trying to make things 'cute', nothing is out of bounds in the realm of possibility. In an effort to make even the simple story of an idealized high school romance quirky and comedic, I think it's clear that sometimes things get taken too far even if it's for laughs.
Akkun to Kanojo or 'Akkun and his girlfriend' grants us a 2 cours of 3 minute episodes, each episode functioning like a 4-koma series where we're treated to Atsuhiro, or Akkun, playing a male tsundere to his girlfriend whenever she comes to spend time together or suggest something for them
The main draw of this series comes primarily from his reactions where he shoots down his girlfriend Non's suggestions a la verbal abuse (literally calling her trash, ugly, what have you), before going to the other room and acting all deredere and obsessive in secret because in reality, he sees her as an angel that's graced this plagued earth and should be protected at all costs. He just can't physically show any affection towards her while she's around because...reasons. This persists throughout the entire runtime, and thank god it's only 3 minutes per episode because being subjected to this schtick for longer would be slogging the experience.
In fact, I feel like any of the other 'couples' featured in the show: Atsuhiro's sister x his arguably creepy best friend, and the teacher with X face snake girl would be an even better story to tell because even though they stick to the status quo just like any other 4-koma, they actually seem like they could get somewhere, and they do actually make inches of progress. Whereas on the other hand, our main couple doesn't do jack and it's actually more unsettling to watch especially considering our main protagonist records the voice and has an entire room filled with pictures of his girlfriend on the walls and ceiling. Which is NOT cute in the slightest.
Personally I don't think even by anime short standards that this is anything worth watching. It feels like Japan is just trying to make whatever kind of quirky relationship they can cute, when it's visually a very unhealthy and somewhat abusive relationship intended to be played for laughs. Definitely not an hour and a half well spent.
No, No,No,Non,No,Non, Dang!!!!!! I can't believe that there were only two who made a review of this short anime,welp can't blame the others if they don't feel like making a review of a creepy guy Akkun who pretends to be an asshole towards a sweet dere dere girl like No, no,no,non,no,non Non Katagari who can be considered as wifu material for Akkun if only he's nice, but then again such romance was good though the story was a knock off from Momokuri and Aho Girl so basically the story plot was mediocre. On the art category, well Konagi is what can we call as the
quintessential Zettai Ryoki , with the boobs , while Non was the quintessential panty hose and Kagari Chio well she the quintessential loli around here given that she is in middle school, but seriously, I just don't have much to comment about this anime's illustration, since one won't be seeing any panchira or any lewd fanservices around here. The sound, yes I kinda like the opening theme of this anime and the seiyuu who did Akkun's voice Suzuki Tatsuhisa whose voice matches perfectly with the character and the one who voices Non , Ayaka Suwa whose voice was just too sweet to be use on the character. Which puts us to the other category, them characters, ok we have Kagari, Atsuhiro who is one part asshole, one part chauvinist, one part nice guy and one part crazy all put together like a machine with alotta ill-fitted parts , one part of me wants to punch him in his face one part of me like his nice guy attitude, his sister Chiho is also like him except that she isn't crazy and in fact she is the real tsundere here , and I like the way how she treats Matsuo Masago since he is this nuisance who drops by to hang out and play games, but then again I kinda like him for being able to read Chiho's vibe that he likes her and that she only pretends to hate him.......now on to Irie, Konagi and the teacher Takumi Kubomura, well I guess we can say that they were the unique, since we have this young girl who is a stalker and the teacher whom somehow likes to be stalk, the again it was nice that the teacher does like Irie, since it isn't always that a cute younger girl approaches an older guy like the teacher. so I guess that characters of this anime did bring something good on the table so overall this anime maybe 4 mins long (which includes the opening), but it was well enjoyable. So, my ratings:
Story-Mediocre 5: Since it was a knock off of MomoKuri and Aho Girl, I wanna banana.
Art- fair 6: It has the usual quintessentials., nut since there weren't anything lewd here, such score should be enough.
Sound-Good 7: That's for the opening theme and for the voices of Akkun and Non.
Character- Good 7: I did ended with Akkun finally being man enough to express his feeling for non, but I still wanna punch him in the face for all those verbal assault he did for Non.
Enjoyment- Good 7: It was funny, it was romantic, but for the most part I despise Akkun for hiding his feeling towards Non by being an asshole.
Overall-Good 7: Not bad for studio Yumeta Company to come up with this short anime, but I still wanna punch Akkun in his face.
It's one of the anime you wish it had longer episodes.
Most of the times you watch tsundere girls, but what about a tsundere boy?
The mangaka and the animation company made every scene unique and beautiful, unraveling the emotions of a couple with a deep and not superficial relationship.
For those who are not fond of relationships, there are other character ships that are quite funny, but romantic.
The characters develop with a modes pace, and the story has a relatively static progress.
It's interesting how people dream about future
desires with other people, and that makes them happy and motivates them to evolve and get better. So, I'd say it was more than a shallow romantic comedy, but a glimpse of a warm and sweet long-term relationship.
So I don't really have an affinity for shorts (I didn't really like Love is Like a Cocktail), but I don't outright hate them either. I think telling a comprehensive story in such a short frame of time is really difficult. Which is why I was blown away by how well these shorts tied in and developed over the course of the season. While only about 3 minutes long, the story centers around 3 different couples in a similar circle of friends.
Since it's a short, I don't want to go into too much detail about the roles and development, as it honestly would only take
you about an hour to binge them all. The romance was pretty well established, and the comedy was competent enough that I consistently chuckled at each situation. Honestly this small show was the highlight of my Spring and Summer seasons. Characters connections deepen and improve over the course of the story, which highlights that the world is a bit dynamic rather than just a static joke that goes on way too long. Story and character are the two main parts of this short, but the art style isn't bad either. The biggest shame is that I could find nowhere that had a translated and uploaded manga online.
Akkun to Kanojo is a very short, brisk, and fun show that's sure to appease those looking for a good romcom feel without the investment in multiple seasons trying to wade through a harem hoping that "best girl" isn't "first girl". Give this show a go, and I hope it comes around for season 3 so I can see Chiho and Matsuo's relationship develop even further.
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