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.
Me to myself : Winter 2019, eh? Let’s see what animes are good to watch in this season.
*searching on MAL, finds ANOTHER school anime about teenagers’ romance called Domestic na Kanajo”
Me to myself : Well Well Well, I bet that the Protagonist is another cliché dude who blushes from talking to girls and a heroine that is tsundere or something. Heeh, let’s see how bad and stereotypical this anime is.
*After watching the first minute of the first episode*
Me to myself : Okey, that escalated quickly, I take back every word I said about this anime before. I’m sorry.
Domestic na Kanojo shows me that 2019 may
take a good turn when it comes to romance. Ignoring the traditional route of the naïve unrealistic romance of most of Japanese animes, we here have an anime that emphasis how love can be portrayed during the adolescence and among the youth in the real life.
Teenagers are mostly experience love in terms of “curiosity” or “seeking for the older mature persons”. Most of teenagers in high school try to act cool and mature like adults and don’t love to be called by kids, meanwhile deep inside, they still kids but they deny this thinking they’re old enough to enter the “adult world”. All of the previous themes that I mentioned are already stated in Domestic na Kanojo.
The story in this anime is hella complex. Imagine that you love your hot teacher, and one day you had sex with a random girl. Then, the next day, you find out that your dad will get married, and you’ll have 2 new sisters, one of them is this random girl that you fucked. And the other is, the teacher you love. Ironic, right? Wait does this make it looks like an Incest? Anyways, as it seems, the situation is very complicated to withstand if it happens in real life. Which I really admire, to watch an anime with such a complicated romantic story like this.
Our protagonist Natsuo –thankfully- isn’t ashamed to express his feelings and he’s ready to take the first step. He may be like typical MC so far but it’s okey. However, no one cares about the MC, everyone here cares about “Who’s the best girl”. Currently we are dealing with 2 girls, Hina and Rui which are siblings. One is cute, adorable, and adult. The other is cold, calm and teenager. Both are juxtaposed, anyways, who is the best girl? That differs from one perspective to another, I see that both are interesting in their own way, each of them has unique traits that make her look like a waifu material. On the other hand, there’re some things awful in their character. In addition, it seems that the cast will be extended as we would see many other female heroines too beside Hina and Rui.
Oh I shall also mention the Natsuo’s bestfriend, who gives him advices and help him. Nothing special about him anyways, just focus on girls dude, The anime fans here only care about which girl is the best in “sexual interc-“.. I mean in terms of “personality” of course.
The art style of the characters here is decent, animation and visuals are okey, not splendid or something. The OSTs are fine. In addition, the Opening is perfect, to be honest it’s rare to find a fascinating Opening song in romance animes. The vocals and the video are on spot. The Ending is also cool.
Overall, the anime is a top-tier romantic anime till now if you’re sick from the stupid typical Japanese romance animes, if you want to watch an romance anime that is realistic with no “Romantic and Comedy situations that never happen in real life, only happen in 2D animes”, then I highly recommend this anime to you, if you seek innocent and pure type of love without lust, wrong emotions, jealousy, then, this anime isn’t for you. I honestly hope that the anime remains on its quality till the bitter end and not mess it up.
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.
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!