The everyday life of Nakano, a salaryman working for an exploitative company, is suddenly intruded upon by the fox, Senko-san (800-year-old little girl). Whether it be cooking, cleaning, or special service(?)... she'll heal his exhaustion with her tender "care."
[Krunchyman peers around his room to see if anyone is watching him]
I-is this acceptable? It’s flat out adorable. But it’s so…(vulgar).
Meddlesome Kitsune Senko-san is the hit comedy that won’t quit with its adorable wit. Nakano is an overworked, stressed out wage-slave, who carries dark energy from all the burdens he bears. Senko-san, an eight-hundred-year-old fox goddess, notices the detrimental effects of Nakano’s onerous lifestyle and decides to perform chores to allow him to relax. Thus, alleviating Nakano’s stress levels. This sounds simple enough, but is there a concealed message behind all this cuteness?
Yes, yes there is.
Truth be told, Japan is in the midst of a population imbalance. Fewer and fewer young adults are getting married nowadays. According to an article in JapanToday, marriage rates have declined for five straight years, leading to the lowest marriage rates since the end of World War II. As a result, the country's birth rate is down, reducing the population as a whole. But what relevance does this information have with Meddlesome Kitsune Senko-san, you ask?….. Propaganda!
Studio Doga Kobo is accentuating the benefits of a ‘housewife’ to a generation of sexually inexperienced young-adults (i.e men). Furthermore, with the impending sex robot boom, the prevailing opinion is that men, and women alike, will eschew themselves from the rigors of a normal relationship in preference for unlimited sex. Sex, which does not result in procreation. Hence the aim is to highlight the advantages of martial life, by showing men how ‘easy’ their lives could be. In addition, petting Senko-san’s tail or ears are subtle hints of copulation. A bit of information that may fly over the head of the adolescent audience, but smacks 20-30 year-olds in the face. The message being: if you work hard and earn a respectable income, she’ll reward you in more ways than one. The reinforcement of gender norms in a gender-equal society can be viewed as a bit sexist, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Despite its overt plea for Japanese males to get married for the sake of population stability, Meddlesome Kitsune Senko-san has a charming atmosphere. Nakano is extremely relatable in an age where most adults live for their job. Barley having enough time to properly sleep, eat a home cooked meal, or enjoy themselves. While the pro-marriage push is evident, there is a theme of avoiding a sequestered, companionless life that can lead to psychological consequences (namely being depression).
So enjoy life. Meet new friends. Abstain from getting caught up in the “rate race.” And meet a cute girl/guy who you can share your life with.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Her tail, her ears, why is she so overly FLUFFY.
Basically, this show is amazingly cute, happy, and just overall lovely.
I don't know exactly how someone could create such a masterpiece of a character (Senko), but it's really lovely and great to watch!
The Senko character is in my opinion (and as stated by many others) probably the best waifu this season, and I agree with that completely.
The show itself presents itself as being very cute, lovely and generally wholesome, which to be honest couldn't be more perfect! The show is both cute, snug and generally just gave ME at least a feeling of content
I usually wouldn't get from just watching any anime. "Senko" the fox is from the first episode shown as having quite a significance to the show itself and shows herself as being very cheery, happy and all-loving.
I could easily say it has some similarities to shows such as "Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon" which that too gives off a very generally snug feeling and a general feel of comedy, which THIS show does as well! From the first encounter a lot of comedy can be seen which I won't be mentioning specifically as to not spoil anything from the show itself.
The series revolves around this idea of peoples well-being (in a negative term) can be given off to others close to oneself just because you are feeling bad yourself, the anime studio animating this made it very easy to understand quick by using black clouds as a way to show anger, negativity and generally when someone is close to their breaking point.
The art is great, the sound is great, the character is great, and my enjoyment of it was GREAT! the only thing that could maybe be seen as being a little bit more lackluster is the story which to be honest isn't bad but it isn't anything special either.
Therefore I'll give
This show has been able to outdo itself episode after episode and is slowly making it's way into my top anime list. I'll rate it a 8.2/10, mainly because I've only seen 3 episodes so far but I really would never be able to say that this show is bad, it's brilliant, it's great, I really urge you guys to go and check it out and that's about it for this review!
TL;DR - 10/10, 100% worth watching and rewatching, very enjoyable for all types of anime fans, and as an added bonus for anyone who likes Nero Claudius from the Fate Series, Senko says UmU (Different voice actor but still very cute)
Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san is without a doubt one of if not the most wholesome feelgood shows that I can recall over my many years of watching anime, if you enjoyed the Manga then i highly recommend watching the adaptation as well. Senko-san is a perfect watch, or re-watch, for any level of weeb, whether
you are a seasoned pro, or just starting out, it will hold your attention and make you smile, watching this anime is like having your own personal Senko to pamper you.
The pacing of the story is a little faster than in the Manga but that is to be expected with any adaptation, there is too much to fit in and needs to be placed a little sooner, however this does not detract from the value at all, sure there is no overarching plot or journey that the story has but that isn't the subject of the series, Senko-san has what it needs and it performs it well, the entire show is about Nakano being pampered and his daily life with our helpful fox Senko-san. The story and each episode is only designed to be happy and make the audience feel good, and that is exactly what happens, Senko-san is just a wholesome Slice of Life meant to make you smile.
Art and Animation wise the style is very enjoyable, it's true to the manga and fits the bubbly, happy, warm atmosphere of the show. the characters all look distinct and there aren't any fall offs or mistakes, the effects where used are all clean and interesting, and seeing the reactions and movement adds to the feel more than the manga could achieve. during the flash backs the filtering used doesn't detract from what's being watched but is still there enough to be seen and noticed, the detailing is nice and the colour palette is warm and feels fresh, the only thing i would like to see is a tiny bit more detail into the backgrounds but that is just personal preference as they do still look very nice.
Sound in this show is very well done, the effects and voice acting are perfectly placed and add so much to the general feel and atmosphere of the show that in my opinion the manga could never achieve only because of the lack of audio and animation. The VA's of the characters fit well with how they look and their personalities and overall adds a large amount to the finished product. The OP and ED are both fun and entertaining and I cant find a reason to skip either because I enjoy them too much. Effects and sound design play a HUGE role in the feel of a show and with watching Senko-san it feels like they are genuine sounds taken right from context, not someone making them in a studio. One of my favorite examples of the very exceptional voice work would be when Nakano stubbed his toe in the beginning of episode 2 my only thoughts were "I know that feeling" because of how well done the voicing was. Each line is delivered well and fits the expression/tone of the scene.
The characters in Senko-san all feel different and fresh, the art is as it was in the manga and it fits each character's personality very well, the interactions feel clean and fun and with every episode I feel like a good amount of though and time was put into how the scenes should flow and the general direction of the episode, this being credit to the manga and the very well done adaptation. Each character has their own thoughts and motivations, as well with their own likes and dislikes and they all stand out as themselves and not just as a plot device. My only gripe is that the internet makes me look at Senko and picture Holo from Spice and Wolf.
I can't take my attention off of my screen while watching, each time the opening starts my foot starts tapping and I start smiling knowing that I'm in for a good time, as i stated before, this is one of if not the best feelgood manga i have ever read, and the animation and sound only further adds to the feeling.
Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san is without a doubt the happiest and fluffiest anime of this season. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
I'm really enjoying the story and art style of this anime, making it one of my favorite ones this season. It's honestly just so wholesome and pure and makes me wish I would have a helpful fox of my own (even though that's never going to happen and I will most likely die alone). I'm not sure what it is about the art style, but I am genuinely in love with Senko-san. She is just so damn cute and fluffy! (don't you dare lewd her though...
she must be protected)
The sound is also amazing. The OP is without a doubt my favorite one of this season and the ED is also amazing. So far I've listened to the OP a couple hundred times on repeat, and I'm still enjoying it as if I heard it for the first time.
In the end, the characters and story are similar in a way to "Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon", except replace the dragons with Mofu Mofu foxes. But don't get me wrong, it's a complete different experience and is without a doubt not a "Dragon Maid Clone".
Overall, I'm giving Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san a solid 8/10. If you're looking for a nice and happy FeelsGood anime, look no futher as this one is for you. <3