"Show them your A-O face!" As an innocent child, Ao Horie would unhesitantly proclaim the origins of her name. Now that she is in high school, she is determined to study hard in order to one day escape the influence of her lascivious father, a famous erotic author. However, when the amiable Takumi Kijima confesses to Horie, her mind runs wild with scandalous thoughts.
Moans eager to escape, legs crossing, and a warmth spreading through her body, Horie cannot help but misconstrue Kijima's rather pure motivations. To make things worse, no matter how hard she tries to ward off Kijima, his advances do not stop. Now, if only she could just study!
What is love? I think it's a complicated thing, how can someone not be complacent because of that. Some people have experienced this and teenagers are in this complicated situation.
Is the Japanese anime industry in a crisis? To be honest, I also don't know about this but there are several factors that can prove the truth of that opinion. If from my point of view most Japanese anime has a theme that is so simple. What I mean here is why don't they make a masterpiece with a story full of drama? Forget about that, now the anime world
mostly has a romance comedy theme because the two themes are popular with various groups. One of them is "Midara na Ao Chan Benkyou ga Dekinai" Having an honest comedy romance theme, this anime is perfect, but there are several factors that make this anime even more perfect. The jokes followed by the "ecchi" genre make this anime even better. The excitement and funnyness of this anime from each episode is very interesting why is that? There is no doubt that the three genres have proven how interesting this anime is especially among men.
Focusing on a girl named Ao Horie who lives her daily life just by learning but one day her classmate named Takumi Kijima changed Horie's daily life, which at first only studied now became diverse. In each episode they do things like high school students in general but these things will definitely lead to a misunderstanding. Don't think that this anime is similar to the one outside because if you look at each episode that is displayed it is very interesting and makes you not feel bored.
It doesn't matter how good the storyline is, but it is like a spoon and fork if the storyline is not balanced with good image quality, it will be one-sided (come on, this is an anime). Did the anime industry experience that path? I don't know why such questions are still imagined in my mind but as an audience I honestly do not care about the problem that I am concerned is whether they can still continue the work they are working on on their own? It's not just being abandoned. This time the presentation of the manga, I honestly do not know the ins and outs of this one anime, for some reason I did not find in some websites, but Silver Link made a bold decision because they have adapted a manga that is rarely highlighted to become famous. This studio has done a lot of various anime made famous by him and with the name of the studio maybe their sales also go up. The art here in my opinion is standard and as usual there is nothing special.
When compared to art, maybe this is equally important as a car, if the animation interpreter is a machine then this is the wheel. The voice actors are very good because they try to make sounds that are different from the age they are playing and in my opinion it is an extraordinary thing. But what stands out most in this section is the opening theme of the anime itself, how does the opening theme become an example of an anime. Having an opening theme that is liked by various people is a difficult job but here they get it. It is proven that the songs sung by Edoga Sullivan managed to seize the attention of many anime lovers.
Love? Actually it is a complicated expression of feeling even though the word consists of only two words but it takes a lot of effort to say it. Who should express these words? Is a man? Or girl? I don't think that is an important thing, as long as one of them succeeds in saying these two syllables, I am sure they must understand a word that covers everything. Expecting something after saying these words is of course a natural thing and in my opinion it is a reward for having made a hard effort. This story illustrates this where they expect each other but the hope contains only nonsense but they try to cover up the shortcomings. No wonder having shame and anxiety because their hopes are only nonsense but this is a characteristic of each character. Ao is a girl who is perfectly smart and also beautiful but she has shortcomings in love, while Kijima is also like that even though he is not how smart.
I can feel everything from sadness to happiness here. Overall, this anime has met the criteria that are good even though I also do not know the meaning of the criteria that I meant earlier, but if you have watched until it's finished you will understand the meaning of the word criteria.
Imagine a teenage girl so traumatized by her perverted father that she develops a phobia of men. This girl is brave enough to transform that fear into a positive motivation - to attend an elite college and obtain an independent career where she can support herself in the absence of her family.
But Ao-chan is absolutely not allowed to have that level of agency. Her ambition is instead made secondary to a forced, awkward, unnatural relationship with a popular boy of unreal pureness who is a continual source of anxiety for her. This is to the detriment of her studies that are sacrificed at the
altar of fickle teenage romance. The more she participates in romance, the lower her ambition to establish independence becomes.
It is problematic that this anime presents Ao as a character who must change herself to accept that men are a necessary component to happiness as a teenager. As if a boyfriend is something that she needs to obtain in order to be whole, when in reality nothing was really missing to begin with. She just wasn’t ready for a relationship at her age, and that’s fine. But according to this anime that is not fine. So instead of an empowering message about achieving independency away from men, and perhaps were are privy to the moment she finds a partner who respects her independency, we’re subjected to misunderstandings about phallic instruments, awkward sexual tension, extreme anxiety and hyper-erroticism that is skewed towards the male gaze.
Some of the greatest romantic narratives feature partners who are equally prepared for a relationship and have as much to lose or gain as the other party does. There is then a mutual level of understanding between them and they grow through their experiences with each other. But in this narrative Ao is very clearly the one changing the most as a result of her relationship, undeniably for the worse, while stale male kun is for the best. He gets to date the super sexy socially awkward virgin girl who only shows her fun side to him. She is sacrificing her academic career to the extent of failing every single subject while stale male kun is shown to have no such decline.
Perhaps I would be somewhat willing to forgive this push for Ao to sacrifice her studies if the anime were entirely satirical of romantic pitfalls and never took itself seriously. I am not an unfun curmudgeon who doesn't appreciate humor - for some episodes that were entirely silly and focused on secondary characters (such as the sardonic best friend Miyabi) I was able to forget how offensive the premise was and chuckle at the absurd situations the characters found themselves in. But when the tenor switched to being dramatic, or the comedy was at the expense of a teenage girl who wants to be free of her family, is when I was reminded of the gross reality that Ao is actually being pushed by her degenerate father to hook up with an unknown boy before she’s emotionally or mentally prepared for it at the sacrifice of her future outlook. Not cute. Not funny. Very fucked up.
Bless the poor souls of those with unfortunate names ever to be bestowed upon them. KimYe named their first daughter North West. Chief Keef named his son “Sno FilmOn Dot Com Cozart” which seems to match his pen game. Hell, what were Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf drinking when they named their son Pilot Inspektor? But when it comes to names that scar children for life, the heroine of Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (Ao-chan Can’t Study) gets the flawless victory.
Adapted by Ren Kawahara’s manga of the same name, the story follows the misadventures of the titular protagonist who just wants to study
in peace without her father and classmates bothering her. With its raunchy comedy and use of tropes, it’s really on the absurd side of things. The synopsis of Ao-chan will certainly raise some eyebrows. Especially the part about the reasoning behind Ao’s parents giving her that name. The first episode brought out the seasoned anime-viewer within me, ready to tackle whatever raunchy, over-sexualized characters the series was going to throw my way. The show delivered its cringe-worthy comedy as expected, making some uncomfortable jokes and visual gags. The innuendos and tropes were so overwhelmingly ridiculous that it is difficult to take it seriously. Fortunately, that does work to the anime’s advantage. When taken as a parody of other raunchy anime, it mostly delivers. The comedy has its moments but it’s pretty one note.
Ao gets into embarrassing situations due to her overactive imagination and lack of dating experience as Takumi Kijima (the other MC) attempts to get to know her—whose approach is rather genuine and sincere. But because the scenarios she generates in her head or encounters in real life can get rather ridiculous, they manage to produce some amusing moments. I found is a bit fun to see her take Takumi’s advances and paint them in a far more erotic light that he ever intended. I guess the point is to keep fans of raunchy comedy on their toes, wondering what ridiculous situation the main protagonists are going to get into next. There is a charm to this series thanks to Ao’s defiant yet naive personality and the romance between her and Takumi, which is very awkward, but honest as well. And while the fan service the series indulges is definitely focused on being titillating, it is also focused on furthering the comedic misunderstandings between Ao and Kijima.
Furthermore, it begins to get a bit too risqué (the bad kind) and this is what I personally found to be the biggest let down—the misunderstandings really start to add up and take you out of the show. It gets to the point where it becomes annoying. There’s no denying that Ao-chan can be cliche and contrived. Besides the oh, so predictable fan service, not all the jokes land and a lot of gags overstay their welcome. It is another high school romantic comedy that reuses tropes like love triangles, pervy old men, and innocent, conservative girls who don’t grasp the underlying innuendos in their speech. If there is one take it presents to the audience is its somewhat self-aware commentary on smut. Even so, the simple concept works. It’s not meant to be anything substantial, but I do wish the characters had a bit more credibility because it really tests your suspension of disbelief. While Takumi isn’t exactly innocent, I found him to be a wholesome character who definitely helps to tone things down a bit. If only the risque didn't overwhelm the comedy—personally, I like it when it's equal so one doesn't overwhelm the other.
The production isn’t anything spectacular and is what you would expect from a comedy short that takes place in a school, so nothing worth raving about from studio Silver Link’s adaptation. The sound design is full of silly sound effects to match how ridiculous the situations are. There isn’t much room for the animation to shine, due to the lack of movement, but this doesn’t really hurt the show or experience at all. The OP “WONDERFUL WONDER” by EDOGA-SULLIVAN is a lively upbeat song choice, and I quite liked it. It's catchy. All in all, a pretty standard job by Silver Link. Since most of the comedy comes from misunderstandings, things get really repetitive, although, Ao and Kijima’s relationship does move along and develop, slowly but surely, growing closer together. Ao-Chan’s dad helps keep things lively too, acting as the show’s most risque character, but one who brings an astronomical level of absurdity throughout.
Ultimately Ao-Chan isn’t great, and perhaps speaks to how weak this spring season is on a whole, but a short-form comedy with 12 minutes per episode like this can be a good time waster for some. It’s not really my cup of tea but I can see how it can be enjoyable for others. This is a type of show that requires an odd sense of humor to enjoy. If it had tone down a bit with its raunchiness to match its comedic beats and the number of misunderstandings, I’d give it an extra point but my recommendation is if you’re a fan of this type of comedy and do enjoy a cute romantic plot, then go ahead and give it a try. Alternatively, Seitokai Yakuindomo and Shimoneta have a similar sense of humor and are pretty good series.
In any typical human non-perverted mind that is constantly filled with Ecchi goodness, I can say that this short is a safe bet between the lines of the "Benkyou ga Dekinai" (or "people can't study") and the rom-com subgenre. Because what you see, an Ecchi WILL ALWAYS be Ecchi, whether subtle or nein.
"Hello, I am Ao Horie, as in...'Show ‘em your A-O-face!'"
Imagine such a parent that would give you SUCH obnoxious names, only to ever silence your future life, in school or be at work. That's our female MC's dear Ero of a dad, likely said the most worrisome dad to ever have, Hanasaki Horie,
author of erotic novels (such as Promiscuous Lament, 100 Words of Significance in Bed). And his physical properties (which resemble Inuyasha's Myoga, EVEN similar in terms of pervertedness) give off the high warning senses to stay away from. Alas, Ao herself in the process, develops high evasiveness for the boys in her school, for fear that her father's influence (plus sex) may overpower at any moment.
And in comes the male MC we never thought that would help our female protagonist sort out her issues, while being at her beck and call, he just doesn't give in. Takumi Kijima, Ao's classmate, who harbours a crush on her. Even at the expense of Ao and him being together, and the "sex" hijinks happening to favour him to her, sometimes it's so weird to think at how this doesn't work each and everytime (but the audience all ye knew).
But Kijima was a character whose naiveness I didn't like, to the character that despite Ao's attacks, he respects her space and tries to work out the issues together, if the intention ever comes that he is "man" enough to be called Ao's significant partner. Yes, his character's there for tons of stupidness, but towards the end, his heart for Ao is really justified (with the "Benkyou ga Dekinai" part), and working for their happiness together. NOW that is maturity despite lustfulness and temptations at every nook and cranny (something which most of us have been through at one point).
Plus, having rivals (such as Miyabi) to create some mindless competition is...erm, baseless? Miyabi is like a suporting character that could be easily thrown away, if not for her mindless flirting towards Kijima (of which Horie is definitely NOT a fan of).
Moving forward with the other parts of the short...
Silver Link is a studio of mediocrity standards, with lots of misses and occasional hits, and I can dare say this series falls in the latter (of course, that depends on your tastes). Art and animation doesn't hit where it belongs, but more or less, it gets the job done at the tons of exposition for the central characters, supports and all. But by taking this gamble, I'd say they did a decent job.
Over on the sound department...
Other than the BGMs that "encourage" the sex-intensifying rom-com moments between rivals and partners,
The OP is a head-banger! I thought with this series it's gonna feature some bad music, but this ultimately proved me wrong, and is my OP of the season, dead-set from the outset. A song that sounds catchy with the setting it is provided with. The ED is also good too. Overall, astoundingly good, that can knock someone's feet away.
It pains me (with a smile on my face) to say that this series is really worth your time if you want some simple ecchi-glorified goodness that doesn't trade in with much time spent. Because all it does is more than its demographics of men wanting sex (much less the opposite gender's desire), but it spends time producing situations so intimate and relatable for us to understand. What a show this is, hilarious (save for some puns) and wholehearted, you could find elsewhere with varying qualities, but none so good than this.