In their teenage years, few things can hurt people more than the heartaches that come with unrequited love. Such is the case for Natsuo Fujii, who has found himself entranced by his school's ever-cheerful teacher Hina. Deflated by this unreachable desire, Natsuo humors his friends and attends a mixer. There he meets Rui, a girl whose lack of excitement rivals that of himself. After bonding over their mutual awkwardness, Rui takes Natsuo to her house and asks him to have sex with her, hoping that the experience will stop her friends from treating her like a clueless child. With his hopeless feelings towards Hina still on his mind, Natsuo hesitantly agrees.
Equally unfulfilled by their "first times," the two decide to part ways as strangers. However, before he even has a chance to process this experience, Natsuo's father drops a major bombshell: he is getting remarried, and his new wife Tsukiko Tachibana is coming over now to meet Natsuo. As if that was not enough of a shock, her daughters—and, in turn, Natsuo's new sisters—are Hina and Rui Tachibana, the woman he's in love with and the girl with whom he shared his first night. Now, Natsuo must come to terms with the feelings he has for his step-siblings as his eyes open to a darker side of love.
***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS AND FILTHY LANGUAGE FOR A FILTHY ANIME***
Welcome aboard Domestic Dumpsterfire, the train to hell… Along the way we’ll see plenty of incest, degeneracy, forced drama, braindead characters, and the main reason why this show so popular, sex scenes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Ladies and gentlemen, I implore you, now is the time to grab a shovel and join me in burying this failed abortion of an anime for good.
Once upon a time, there was a dumb sack of potatoes named Natsuo. Fittingly, his name sounds like nut-sack because that is his defining character trait. His sex addiction rivals the protagonist
of "School Days" and it gets him into so much trouble with his harem of needy waifus. His harem includes:
1. Rui, a girl who he had sex with randomly to forget his crush, but now she’s his step sister!!!
2. Hina, his teacher who he has a crush on, and now she is also his step sister!!!
3. Momo, a depressed girl with big boobs who the writers forget about right after she’s introduced!
4. And an annoying green haired girl who is so forgettable I can’t even remember her name!!
Wow!!! What a positively electric cast full of chemistry! As for the story… What story?! The main conflict really only involves Natsuo, Rui, and Hina, making a pseudo-incestuous love triangle. The only entertaining parts of the show are when giant melodrama bombs are dropped on us, shaking up the stale romantic tension. The first arc features Hina in an affair with some random guy, then Natsuo butting his head into her business by sexually assaulting her, she sexually assaults him in return. What an emotional roller coaster... This petty conflict only causes more problems, but at least it gives the writers something to do. They try to raise the dramatic stakes throughout the show. The problem is, with a plot this hamfisted they have to use plot contrivances and inconsistent character motivations to build artificial tension.
Whenever a conflict becomes too stupid or boring the show shifts to a new one. At times it is wrought with over the top melodrama to the point that it becomes self-parody. And with a premise this stupid, the only way for it to work is if the characters are even more stupid, and the plot only progresses with contrivances. For the majority of the show, we’re treated to insultingly dull slice-of-life crap. The ‘comedy’ is just a gap between one melodramatic hentai subplot to the next. Girls compete for Natsuo’s attention, and he is as indecisive as a blank-slate dating-sim protagonist so he gives them all time. Very little time is spent trying to resolve his love for his teacher, and their scenes together are the most toxic, and unhealthy in the entire show. His one believable moment of introspection is at the start of the show when he resolves to forget his love and have sex with a Rui. Even though it is a bad decision, he accepts it in the heat of the moment. The mistake was a realistic one, but I expected the show to develop Natsuo from this as he learned better ways to overcome unrequited love. Instead, he just continues to make the same mistakes. No one in this show ever learns anything. They’re all infuriatingly brainless, I swear to god the entire cast has three brain cells in total and they’re all struggling to understand what common sense is.
With characters as bland as the cast of Domestic Girlfriend, we are left with plenty of dead air in between the salacious incest drama. So how do we solve this issue?? FILLER!!! So. Much. Filler. Whether it be random unfunny comedy bits that go on far too long or an entire episode dedicated to a one-off conflict that has ZERO bearing on the show afterward. The parts of the story that are interesting are at best so-bad-it's-good levels of stupidity. There is no part of Domestic Girlfriend that is remotely thought-provoking, it’s substanceless melodrama for the sake of shock value and taboo sex appeal. The only ‘ponderous questions this degenerate piece of crap can muster up are,
“Is it incest if you shove a suppository up your sister's ass?” and
“Is it wrong to fuck your underage student who is also legally your brother?”
Rui and Hina are very thinly characterized, but Hina gets more focus which is a shame considering she is the worse of the two. Rui is very stupid mind you, she doesn’t realize where her stepbrother disappears to every night isn’t to hang out with his friend but get it in with his teacher. Her reasons for throwing herself headlong into sex are understandable though. She wanted to understand when her sister talked down to her for never being ‘held by someone’. Sadly that’s all the depth she really has. When she gets desperate for Natsuo’s attention she kisses him, in a way that suggests love, but then directly after she acts like a kid annoyed with him for picking her older bustier sister.
On the other hand, Hina is more questionable. She was in an affair then leaves it to sort of pursue her brother. She continuously acknowledges how morally bad it is to mess around with him, but continues to do so anyway. She gets punished for being stupid plenty of times, but it’s impossible to pity someone whose downfall is making the same mistakes multiple times. Main character potato man is equally terrible. He has sex because at the start of the show Rui throws herself at him before they even know each other, but then he regrets it because he has a crush on someone else. Great, a blank slate everyman main character. He has about as much personality as the protagonist of “School Days”
None of the side characters have any development at all. Anytime they are on screen they’re wasting space. It’s like the show forgot to develop them and just puts them in generic comedy bits with some weightless drama tossed in here and there. The story is so haphazardly put together that it’s hard to tell what it is actually trying to be about. Momo is braindead. Her whole introduction to Rui was so contrived and stupid, she tries to act nice but with a secret dark side and it’s so obvious what the show is constantly alluding to. She was just some girl who tried to kill herself and wanted to fuck the potato harem protagonist, after that the writers pretty much forgot her.
The same issue effects Miu, the green haired one (I looked up her name). While she never gets romantically involved with Natsuo, she serves as more waifu-bait fodder. Both side hoes get placed into the story by plot contrivances. They come out of nowhere just to shake up the love triangle before it starts to get boring. Neither of them had enough development or non-filler screentime to add any stakes to the plot; the love triangle never becomes the love-pentagon it wanted to be. Miu and Momo are relegated to the literature club scenes only right after their introductory episode, and it's the most pointless blatant filler in the whole show. Whenever the story goes to the literature club it feels like dead air, it makes me pray for the incest shit to come back. Some say this is because of how badly the adaptation was changed, and that it would be better to read the manga. Personally, I wouldn’t want to touch this series again with a ten-foot pole.
The main attraction of this show is pretty clear, the salacious romance and sex scenes. These scenes without a doubt get the most time and attention from the animation team. With a story that was probably ripped straight from hentai, it felt like what little sex was shown was too tame and just teasing to keep you watching and waiting. The kissing, sex, and any other kind of provocative lewd scene come out of absolutely nowhere, seemingly to satisfy a sex-quota rather than to fit with the story. We would see two people casually talking, with the hentai setup already there to make it clear what's going to happen next, but then they'll leave a door open or straight up just do whatever in public then face the very obvious consequences later on. And on the rare occasion, we'll see someone peeping on another person masturbating because cuckolding is so S-E-X-Y. If only the show made it clear right away that these characters are just horny so they’re always going to be boning, but they don’t! It's treated like deep character development and taken so seriously. Natsuo even swears himself to Hina, then in the next scene he’s kissing Rui just because she asked him to… And this all happens with the door left open so that Hina can watch! Why doesn't anyone know how to close a fucking door?!
Sometimes the best background music in a scene is none at all, but that saying shouldn’t apply to half of the show. While there are some simplistic piano pieces and ambient effects here and there, the soundtrack is at best repetitive elevator music with the tempo slowed so much it becomes nauseating to listen to. There is one single saving grace in the whole show, the opening. Even in a show as phoned in as this one, the performer Minami delivers one of the best openings of this season.
Diomedea is not exactly known for they’re visual prowess, but this is one series where they seemed to have more budget than usual, well in the first couple of episodes. Character designs struggle to stay on model, looping animation is used constantly to cut corners. The scene transitions are reminiscent of a powerpoint presentation with their rapid fuzzy fade in and out. Each episode ends with a bizarre shot of an underwear model, sometimes it comes directly after the final scene finishes. So we might see Natsuo and Hina tenderly embracing one another, then suddenly SMASH CUT TO NAKED WOMAN!!! It’s bizarre, but the least of the show’s issues.
The background art is barren of visual information and feels like rather than as a stylistic choice this was done out of a lack of care. You can tell a story through showing rather than telling, but Domestic Girlfriend is content with just telling. For example, revealing information about a character through how their home is decorated is a great way of developing their personality without needing heavy-handed dialogue. Visually, it is at best barren of anything interesting to look at, and at worst it’s a hideous hilariously ugly. Across the board, this anime is a clusterfuck of bad ideas and even worse execution.
[Final Score: 2/10]
Great job Diomedea, you have outdone yourself yet again. The moment I read the plot synopsis I knew this would be trash, but my expectations were blown away. Even though I lowered the bar as far down as I could, this anime still exceeded all levels of hot steaming garbage I could expect from a romance. By far, Domestic Dumpsterfire is the worst anime I have watched all season.
Have you ever watched an anime and been annoyed at how slow the relationship between characters develops? Sometimes the furthest characters go throughout an entire season of liking each other is hand holding. Well, not with Domestic na Kanojo!!! The very first scene is two of the main characters having sex, almost making me think for a second that I had accidentally stumbled across a hentai. This anime immediately strives to set itself apart from the crowd. It endeavors to be special and throws all sorts of drama at us in the forms of forbidden incestuous love and depressed characters as if attempting to get
us to be impressed by how far it’s willing to go to be extra dramatic and unique. Though alas, it falls far short of the mark. Honestly, this show is no better than those imouto anime that everyone loves to hate on. Yeah, I said it!
And personally, I’d much rather watch characters take 24+ episodes to get to the hand holding stage of their relationship over this show.
There isn’t really an overarching narrative so much as a collection of short stories. I say this because the flow of the anime is simply atrocious. Characters would go through one event, such as the arc covering heroine Hina’s relationship problems, only for it to be completely forgotten for several episodes in favor of the protagonist dealing with another issue plaguing a different disturbed girl. And the worst part is that none of the characters ever evolved as people throughout these arcs nor do they learn from their mistakes. None of the scenarios were deep or impactful precisely because hardly anything ever amounted from them. They just seemed like halfhearted attempts to create romantic tension between the characters, and for me, it just didn’t work.
But don’t despair, for there is one bright spot amidst all of the mediocrity.
The opening theme song, Kawaki wo Ameku, is so good that it has its own anime entry on this site. And it’s much higher rated than the anime itself. Deservedly so, because the song is amazing! The emotion that the vocalist is able to convey is really special, and is something that, from personal experience in the music industry, is hard to accomplish. So hats off to her. Unfortunately, the rest of the soundtrack is plain, and the anime often decides to play upbeat songs during “emotional” moments that further ruin the authenticity of these scenes. Aside from Hina’s seiyuu, the other voice actors just sound so dull and uninterested. Yes, I get that that’s the point when it comes to Rui, but that doesn’t mean that the other girls have to sound so deadbeat. And Natsuo’s seiyuu isn’t any different, though I guess that perfectly fits with Natsuo’s character.
Our protagonist Natsuo is one of the most generic yes men in all of anime. People complain about isekai and harem anime heroes being boring constantly, but at least they can say no from time to time, particularly when anything sexual is involved. This dude just does whatever he’s told with like one exception when he decided not to kiss one of the girls once. *clap clap* And when the anime tries to show that he regrets some of his more immoral decisions, he just goes ahead and repeats them anyway, proving that his growth as a character is still at 0%. Natsou’s incredible blandness and stagnancy is simply astounding. I honestly much prefer his glasses wearing chubby buddy. Like, by a lot.
The heroines aren’t much better. By all appearances, Rui is a character that I should have enjoyed. I like both her personality and design, but she unfortunately suffers from being a poorly written character. Her awkwardness, which was her main trait, was completely thrown out the window after a few episodes, and she just doesn’t do much of anything important in the show. You could honestly write her out of the story and replace the sex scene with her with one of the other girls and nothing would change. The only female character who is actually important to the broken narrative is Rui’s sister Hina, who is the definition of a hot mess. Seriously, Hina has a lot of problems, and I’m sure she was written this way to be an interesting and layered character thanks to her flaws. But like everything else, it just doesn’t work. Why? Because she has no merits. Everything she does is immoral, and like everyone else, she never learns from her mistakes and any remorse she’s shown feeling is completely invalidated by her just repeating the same exact mistakes over and over again. Flawed characters who aren’t set up to be antagonists and don’t even receive a shred of redemption or personality just don’t work, and Hina is a prime example of this.
There are other girls in the show, but they do absolutely nothing for the anime. I guess they’re simply there for some more love drama and harem-esque themes down the line in the manga. But from the anime alone, they contribute nothing to the story. They look cute though, so that has to count for something, right?
My biggest issue with this anime was that I didn’t enjoy watching it. I was pondering what word could perfectly describe my feelings towards Domestic na Kanojo, and the first that came to mind was “cringey”. I was just so uncomfortable while watching it. Now you might be thinking, but isn’t that the point of the anime? Isn’t it designed to cover discomforting material? While that’s true, the reason why I cringed wasn’t because of the material itself, but of how poorly it was all executed in the anime. Characters weren’t deep, just stupid. They never learned from their mistakes and would just make bizarre choices that would often completely go against their established characters. And the scenarios they found themselves in never felt impactful. They were just random spikes of drama that would never actually go anywhere. Shows are meant to be fun to watch, yet with this one…I just couldn’t get into it.
Now excuse me as I go and watch OreImo, Eromanga-sensei, and KissXSis, which all do a far better job with the brother x sister relationship thingy than this one. I'm OBVIOUSLY a man of culture after all, so you can definitely trust my judgement.
Fate is a funny thing. Some may believe in it while others pass it off as a superstition. When someone like Natsuo decided to have sex with a girl named Rui, and later became his step sister, is that fate too? It’s too bad since this high school boy has been in love with a teacher named Hina Tachibana and his life got even more complicated when she is his step sibling too. What the hell is wrong with this world?
From the way I see it, Domestic Kanojo (also known as Domestic Girlfriend) subscribes to a complicated romance story that feeds off of its drama.
The first episode immediately makes us realize that Natsuo is not ready for a serious relationship. He’s pretty much the typical sensitive type of guy who lacks experience with love. Sure, he may have had a one night stand with Rui but what she wanted back then was purely to know what sex is like. Natsuo didn’t feel committed to the relationship either since he’s in love with Hina. Domestic Kanojo is saturated with drama so you should expect plenty of. The most evident is this complicated love triangle between the two main leads – Natsuo, Hina, and Rui.
The meeting between the first three characters on screen brings out nothing more awkwardness. It almost felt like a moment of social suicide for Natsuo as he realizes the reality of his situation. But hey, everyone loves a secret right? Well, maybe not Rui. In the most direct way possible, she pretends not to know Natsuo and whispers to him to forget about what happened. Despite this, it seems Rui has developed feelings towards him. The show explores a deep degree of puberty for Natsuo and Rui. Being the younger characters, they try to experience what love is. However, the show also makes it unclear who Natsuo is commiteed to on several occasions. In many episodes, I feel like he uses Rui as a replacement for Hina. In respect, Hina also does show feelings towards Natsuo as the show progresses but a big question remains is “will or will they”? However, both sides of Natsuo’s relationship brings about controversy. Hina is at least 7 years older than him. Rui’s relationship with Natsuo would pretty much be designated as incest considering their circumstances. Like I said before, controversy and Domestic Kanojo belongs in the same sentence.
Outside of the main cast, I confess to say the other characters are far less appealing. For instance, Momo is introduced as the nice and friendly ‘girl next door’ type. It doesn’t take long for her to show interest in Natsuo but the show dumps her without much development whatsoever. Natsuo’s friend Alex is introduced later with a goofy personality who manages to make no impact in the story whatsover. The manga expands more on his character but the anime adaptation treats him like a butt monkey. Perhaps the more important supporting cast includes Shuu, a married man who had engaged in an affair with Hina. There’s a plot that involves Natsuo and Rui trying to get Hina to break off their relationship yet she seems reluctant. Indeed, this show has adultery and isn’t shy to express it. The storytelling themes reminds me of modern day telenovela where romance always seems to have consequences.
But hey, Domestic Kanojo could make a break for experimenting with love right? After all, the first episode included Natsuo and Rui in a sexual one night stand to experience what it be like. The sad truth is that neither seems satisfied and didn’t grow up from their experience at all. As someone who have read the manga, this 12-episode adaptation can’t even manage to capture the magic of their intimiate scenes. It’s hard to get emotionally invested into any of the main characters when you see how many mistakes they make. While I can say this is relatable to real life relationships, the anime indulges in too much drama. Every episode seems to add drama on top of drama for the sake of….drama. Anyone who is familiar with character relationships in similar dramas can easily see how flawed the characters are. To me, this was nothing less than a guilty pleasure that occasionally bought out some unintentional humor from time to time. By the time I reached the final episodes, I can say it’s pretty much a laughable drama with too many mistakes to fix.
Diomeda is a questionable studio to be honest. Even some of their work in recent years (Sky Wizards Academy, Unlimited Fafnir, Fuuka) reminds me of production quality similar to the mid 2000s. You’re not going to find high level visuals or realistic animation here. Instead, you’re going to get fan service shoved down your throat in the form of panty shots, boobs, and in some cases, nudity. (yes, there’s an actual uncensored version out there) The manga isn’t shy with its sexualized content either. But for all its flaws, I give credit due for the incredible opening song (Kawaki wo Ameku) performed by Minami. It’s one of the most well decorated theme songs for a drama anime I've seen in recent years. The melancholy, stylish piano choreography, and character emotion in this song is phenomenal. Similarly, I also give praise for the performance of the two main female leads – Rui and Hina. Despite being flawed characters, their voices expressions reflects their personalities and emotions rather well.
Watching Domestic Kanojo wasn’t an easy experience for me even as a manga reader. There are several episodes that made me want to tear my hair out. Relationships in this show is expressed through drama added on top of drama with weak direction. It isn’t one of those fairy tale romances with a happily ever after. No. This is more like a telenovela that’s suited for live action than anime with too much stupidity. Except, it is an actual anime...
(I didn't read the manga so I can't compare manga and anime side-by-side).
Will you do it with me, here? - random passing girl, age 16.
After this awful experience, I have to confirm my theory: don't follow friends' recommendations. I didn't want to watch Domestic na Kanojo, but some guys were saying Wow! It was E-P-I-C, watch it! - and I had time to waste - so in the end I decided to watch it and... what can I say? It was horrible.
The premise is quite dumb, because Domestic Girlfriend talks about a random girl called Rui who asks a TOTALLY RANDOM boy she
meets, called Natsuo, to have sex... well... okay? He accepts. And Natsuo is in love with his teacher, Hina. Okay. Then, we get to know that Natsuo's father is remarrying. Natsuo's new stepmother is Hina and Rui's mother. Wow! What a coincidence! You may think: "This is just the original premise. It'll probably get better later, don't worry!". But you're wrong. Domestic na Kanojo's plot is ENTIRELY BUILT on coincidences. Let's talk about coincidences in anime.
There are cute coincidences, like "boy accidentally meets girl" and they don't take themselves too seriously. There can be Deus Ex Machina in an event. But this anime is a constant succession of coincidences and Deus Ex Machina! There were points in which Domestic Girlfriends could end! No. The plot forcedly goes forward, episode after episode.
Examples during the series
- Natsuo's new stepsisters are Hina and Rui.
- Hina sees Natsuo and Rui while kissing.
- Rui sees Natsuo and Hina while doing things.
- Natsuo sees Hina while mast-
Got it? This series should be taken itself seriously. But it's not, because it's not believable. It has more fantasy scenes than an isekai anime. And that's bad. But HEY! BD/DVDs will have explicit scenes! More actual PLOT!
The art is actually pretty good. Not the best ever, but it's fine, not bad like some shows this season (mmmmh... Date a Live III is that you?) - so we can say art is one of the best aspects this show has got. The OP is really good. The greatest this season for sure. Too bad it's wasted on a series like Domestic na Kanojo... The ED is quite good too.
I don't get why a sad music was played when Hina was mast----
I HATE THEM! I HATE THEM ALL! Except Rui, maybe
Thinking: "A character who does bad things is not automatically a bad character" is right. But Domestic Girlfriend's characters are awful.
Natsuo is a dumbass. He accepts to have sex with Rui while he's in love with Hina-sensei. Then he tries to kiss Hina while she's sleeping the same day he gets to know that Hina and Rui will be his stepsisters. Seems right, yeah! Then he's sad for Kashiwabara Momo's story so he hangs out and does things with her, too. He says romantic sentences to Hina and then he kisses Rui. Then he constantly lies to Rui because he wants to go to Hina's house. Then he does explicit things with Hina, too! WHAT. THE HECK. IS. THIS. Are you joking? His characterisation? Mmh... let me think... I don't know, he's just an unfaithful boy. He likes to write books and tales about his love for Hina-sensei... okay.
Another thing pisses me off: when a girl sees him while cheating, he asks the girl who saw him betraying her: "why r u saddd, why are u angryyyy" - WHAT THE HECK.
Then we have HINA SENSEI. The woman Natsuo fell in love with. She has a relationship with a married man. Some days after she left him, she's interested to Natsuo again. Wow! It's right! When she sees Natsuo and Rui while kissing she is immediately HEARTBROKEN and she decides to move to a new house. BUT... she wants to f- with Natsuo, still! Hey! You've seen YOUR SISTER kissing him last day and then you betray her! What's wrong with you! You heartless monster! I hate her and Natsuo a lot.
In episode 11 she says: "Natsuo our relationship should end-", then, in like T-W-O seconds, she completely CHANGES idea. WHAAAAAA-
We have Rui. The only girl on the right side, probably Sure, asking a stranger to have sex for knowledge isn't normal, but at least she is kinda faithful to Natsuo and she doesn't betray him/go with other guys. She didn't know Natsuo was in love with Hina-sensei, so she didn't betray her sister's confidence while kissing Natsuo by purpose. Natsuo did.
We have Momo, a girl who hung out with billions of guys and she's infamous for it. Ok. Natsuo was sad so he decided to have sex with her lol. EVERYTHING IS FINE.
Minor characters Natsuo, Hina and Rui's parents! Wow! They don't know their children are constantly cheating!
Fumiya! Natsuo's friend he doesn't care about because Natsuo is too busy on CHEATING.
Masaki Kobayashi! A dude who works of a caffé.
Ashihara Miu! The president of the Literature Club! We don't know much about her, but Natsuo will probably cheat another time, I guess.
Other useless characters.
Domestic na Kanojo was painful to watch. It's one of the worst anime I've watched so far. I don't know if I'll read the manga, but this 12 episode-based series was enough for me... I continued it just because I wanted to laugh.