Natsuo Fujii is in love with his teacher, Hina. Attempting to forget his feelings towards her, Natsuo goes to a mixer with his classmates where he meets an odd girl named Rui Tachibana. In a strange turn of events, Rui asks Natsuo to sneak out with her and do her a favor. To his surprise, their destination is Rui's house—and her request is for him to have sex with her. There's no love behind the act; she just wants to learn from the experience. Thinking that it might help him forget about Hina, Natsuo hesitantly agrees.
After this unusual encounter Natsuo now faces a new problem. With his father remarrying, he ends up with a new pair of stepsisters; unfortunately, he knows these two girls all too well. He soon finds out his new siblings are none other than Hina and Rui! Now living with both the teacher he loves and the girl with whom he had his "first time," Natsuo finds himself in an unexpected love triangle as he climbs ever closer towards adulthood.
One thing I never really understood about romance anime is why do most of them have to utterly fail at the one thing they set out to do. I’ve seen a plethora of romance anime which start off strong with an interesting setting and a likable cast just to throw them into a dumpster fire and follow the old, clichéd way of progressing the story. Domestic Girlfriend, unfortunately falls into the aforementioned category of romance anime.
The anime starts off pretty good with two high school students having sexual intercourse and then becoming step-siblings. Sounds like the most complicated hentai, right? Much to my
dismay, that wasn’t the case. The first two episodes are handled pretty thoughtfully, and the characters’ actions are meticulously crafted and make sense when you realise the very awkward situation they’ve been put in. But, by episode three the fact that they became step-siblings after fornicating is pretty much forgotten.
Our main trio, Natsuo, Rui and Hina do not really compliment each other well. Interactions between them do not feel candid, instead they feel like forcibly inserted melodrama. Natsuo has a crush on his teacher (Hina) since the beginning of the show but tries to suppress his feelings when they become step-siblings as an intimate relation between them would be immoral; but he puts his brain in abeyance and goes for it anyway. This wouldn’t be an issue if he only tried it once, but he tries it three times and succeeds once and that’s about the only hint of drama I could find in this anime.
This show introduces interesting concepts and forgets that it did such a thing. Rui, as we learn in episode 1, has social problems and doesn’t really wants to make friends and such, but in the later episodes, (by later, I mean after 2 episodes), she has no problem whatsoever asking Natsuo’s friend to let her stay the night at his house. Ergo, it invalidates the only thing we know about her. Natsuo gets no characterisation at all other than he wants to be a novelist and that he’s a “nice guy”. The other characters are not really that well fleshed out which is to be expected as we’re only 4 episodes into the series.
The music is average af, but goddamn that OP is fire.
The animation is pretty good but the character designs are as generic as they get. Also, Natsuo is supposed to be in high school but he looks like he’s in his second year of college. The background art is fantastic though.
Well, this anime has been pretty boring till now and, with the exception of episode 1, I was basically dragging myself through it. Episode 4 was a cringe-fest. Still, hope remains as it hasn’t been completely trash.
Edit 1: Episode 5 brought it ever so closer to trash territory.
Ok, so I watched episodes 6 and 7 and I don't even know if the characters are actually retarded or if they were hit on the head really really hard. Characters starting kissing whenever and wherever they please. If someone says "kiss", they go for it. Even though they are meeting for the second time, they go for the kiss as if they've been dating for months. Melodrama and tension comes out of nowhere. Episode 6 (or was it ep 7, I forgot) has a scene where Hina is masturbating with the door unlocked. WITH THE FREAKING DOOR UNLOCKED. It's like she forgot the first rule of masturbating. I couldn't get past the first 5 minutes of episode 8, one more minute and I would've died of the cringe and wouldn't be writing this.
I really like this "all women are whores and men even worse" take on the romance genre because it's just the most realistic thing that can occur to anyone older than 15. This spiced with some dramatic edgy and lots of sex are basically the best things in life anyway.
Our story starts off with the aftermaths of our main bro losing his virginity to some random girl who basically went "I am so bored I want to bang you" and then they did. Unfortunately this dude is also in love with (or more like lusts for) his teacher because MILFs. Just so happens to be,
some conveniences play out and give us a basis for a romance drama where our main bro ends up living with both of these girl and... WAIT FOR IT.... Becomes sibling with them, and thereafter has to ask lots of tricky questions from himself like raw or not, old or hot, is this really all they got and why not fuck 'em both a lot. I.e. It's a (poetic) love triangle that aims to be realistic (outside its settings that could like never happen ever), offer more "questionable" take on the feelings stuff, and spit on the faces of everyone who was expecting something pure.
The old teacher person is a great character. Her first 3 lines in the series are literally all stating "children are off limits" and then she shows green card for the dude like "make your eyes less innocent and we do it". It's great, really sums up the mind of a woman in heat. The virginity-taking girl on the other hand seems to have something more going on with her character than the teacher who practically can't stop opening up about her bullshit. I.e. old is pushy while the younger girl offers certain level of mystery. I am pretty sure the dude will go with the teacher tho because he is a brick. But nevertheless, his decisions, and how strongly the characters will react to their feelings and more physical stuff is fascinating. I am finding most of it terribly interesting at this point.
Don't have much to say about the production. The character design is okay, the art and animation feel inconsistent at times but I don't really think it matters in a series like this. It doesn't do anything too awful and there are like no way to make something like this appear better with higher production values. The opening song was surprising tho, lots of powerful emotions going on with that singing. Pretty much the best op from this season.
This is definitely a good series because it has pretty girls and it goes all the way. Basically like all those million different light novel series like Bunny Girl Senpai which are about edgy dude who helps women because he is perfect, except our dude does what all of them would've done if the target audience wasn't aged eleven. Everyone in this series is trash so it's pretty clear there is a massive audience who will never like it and, while some of the things I stated perhaps sounded ironic, I am unironically liking this series because these type of Kuzu no Honkai/School Days/Nana storylines are much more honest than most romantic pandering anime. It's good because it feels like your typical real life shit and everyone fucks up something and is miserable. Really enjoy it when people suffer due to their own stupidity.
The anime gods have truly blessed us... A boy has a crush on his teacher; that boy has casual sex with a high school girl; his dad re-marries and he now has new family; his teacher and the girl he fucked are now his sisters... Anime is the greatest creation of all time.
Let's commence with the art style, it's appealing to the eye with decent character models although it does share similarities with other anime of the same genre. The visuals and animation are consistent and maintain a good quality although it never becomes great or outstanding; the art is probably the worst part of
the show and even then, it's not bad at all. The fucking music is brilliant! One of the best opening sequences and ending sequences of the season thus far with a solid VA cast and a complimenting OST! Sound wise this anime hits the nail right on the head! The art gets a 7 but the sound gets a 9!
You read my little synopsis/skit at the beginning of this review; so (just like me) you were expecting a low quality story line that relies on ecchi to keep the viewer invested. However, this is certainly not the case, the show relies heavily on keeping great dramatic tension in this fucked up love triangle, which it succeeds in doing! The plot hasn't blown me away with any major plot twists but it has been consistently intriguing while tackling some mature issues of love, relationships and sex. Furthermore, I really feel as if the MC resembles a lot of people that I know in real life, and this realism makes him more likeable! On top of that, his new sisters are fantastic characters that although they do fit certain archetypes, they are 3 dimensional with problems of their own that you start picking up on as you go through then show! Both the show's plot and characters get an 8/10!
This anime has certainly been a ride; it's been tense and deep, fucked up and funny! But most importantly, surprising! Which is an emotion I love feeling and that is exactly what I received upon watching this. This anime has become one of my favourite anime on Fridays after school to just chill and enjoy watching! I really recommend it and give it an enjoyment rating of 9/10 and overall score of 8/10!
Domestic na Kanojo is a poorly conducted Romance which attempts to integrate dramatic aspects into the show through predictable and unoriginal pathways. The series begins by introducing primary male protagonist Natsuo, instantly is it evident to anyone watching that there is absolutely nothing intriguing about Natsuo's characteristics. He has no hobbies, no close friends, no quirks, and absolutely no other ambition in life other than to slide into bed with his Teacher. Like any other troubled teen who has failed to obtain any recognition from their crush, Natsuo does the next best logical thing, lose your virginity to your crush's biological sister, of course,
that's pure GENIUS!
As for the pros of the series, it has a really good Opening, quite well done in my personal opinions, anyway here are the cons:
My biggest problem with Domestic na Kanojo is the potential the series had, the groundwork was laid out for implementation of original concepts but was completely and utterly tore apart alongside the introduction of generic substances. For example, Rui, the first episode of the show portrayed her as this gloomy and composed little girl who gave off the impression that she didn't care what others perceived of her. Instead, the series decides to chuck this idea out of the window and constructs this shy, socially awkward and introverted little girl who is a loner at school, the male protagonist breaks her out of her shell and helps her make friends. WOW! This is an original concept that has never been done before! To give you an idea how original this concept is, here are some names from the top of my head; Kuronuma Sawako, Tachibana Mei, Furukawa Nagisa, Tachibana Kanade, Tachibana Rikka, Toudou Kirin, the list goes on. This persona is overdone in romance franchise and any attempt to integrate the same concepts can just immediately be rendered as trash.
The series then attempts to drag in several other females into the plot all with the unoriginal, plain and upright boring characteristic. We have the 'girl who has slept with all the guys at school but suddenly takes interest in male protagonist', overdone by the likes of 3D Kanojo. Oh really? she likes the boring male protagonist for his deadass average personality? OH REALLY? It caused jealousy within his love triangle? OH REALLY? The f*cking girl in the library likes him now? OH REALLY? He has to kiss her to help him write a book???? OH REALLY? THIS CAUSED MORE JEALOUSLY AMOUNGST THE LOVE PENTAGON?? Why is the grown ass women allergic to closing the door before touching herself to the though of a married man??
*ahem* To summarise, Domestic na Kanojo is a melodrama that attempts to integrate overdone personas and manfolds of Cliché, in a desperate attempt to leech aspects of past anime series to cluster f*ck predictable elements into a sad sag of sh*t that is it. If you are currently watching the series, I would highly recommend spending your time elsewhere, because the only thing worse than watching Domestic na Kanojo in your spare time is to watch a production attempt to integrated the aspects of Drama into a Harem.