In a season where literally every show is average, there is one gem that I look forward to each week. Not only is UchiMusume the cutest thing I have ever seen, but it is also the most relatable as well.
The story is pretty much identical to other CGDCT shows (except that there's really only one CG here), in that there is no real story. Some random dude named Dale finds a cute loli demon (literally just a human girl with horns) and decides to adopt her. Everything after that is just Latina acting cute.
At this point, you might be wondering why I gave this show
a 10. What separates this from other moeblob shows? Really, that's quite simple: Latina is the single cutest loli in the history of anime. ....that's it. Next section.
Dale also happens to be the single most relatable character I've ever seen. Indeed, I felt a spiritual connection to him when he shouted "NOT ENOUGH LATINA" after Latina hadn't been on screen for about 8 minutes. Other such outbreaks are ever-present in the show, as Dale's only purpose is to be obsessed with Latina and dramatically over-react whenever they are separated. His voice acting is incredible and really helps capture his character. Listening to Bakugou's VA fawn over a loli is an enlightening experience.
While the animation might be somewhat lacking at times, the art is incredible. I find it difficult to believe that this is the studio's first show, but apparently, it is. The OST and OP/ED are quite unremarkable, but who cares. You're here for the cute loli, not the music.
I wasn't really planning to watch UchiMusume this season, as the name gave me the vibe of your everyday typical isekai trash that we see pretty much every season, but to my surprise, the community actually seemed to like it. So at 1:00 in the morning, I open up kissani-, I mean Crunchyroll, binge-watch all the 8 episodes and let me tell you I couldn't have been more disappointed.
With most of the people that watched this anime having liked it so far, I too tried my best to not be the sour one. Sadly, I couldn't find a single reason to like this series
and give it a score of more than 4. With mediocre main storyline, to badly written characters, from awful character progression or development, as you may call it to lazy art, the only saving graces that didn't make me rate this series any lower are those few and far between wholesome moments that stay true to the core plotline. Let me explain what I mean.
The story is not outright horrendous, but its also not something amazing, being mediocre at best. Basically, an adventure meets a cute little loli in the jungle and takes her in. If it were 2010 this would have been a newer storyline, still mediocre but new. As of 2019, there are few people who have not watched something similar with better characters and execution. Nothing much to talk about here as the writer decided to make this so average, I can't even criticize that. But what I can criticize is the characters. Don't even get me started how badly these characters are written. The mc is your avg op isekai protagonist, but not in an isekai, your female main character is your avg isekai first heroine, the damsel in distress, but in loli form factor and not in an isekai. That's it. The side characters are all some random mobs who just happened to get some screen time.
I probably think the writer was like, "Is our loli lonely? Here you have some friend. Is our protagonist not powerful enough? Here you have some political power. Do you lack character depth? Here you go some character develop- Oh I forgot we don't do that here." I have seen some worse writings but this one does not fare better than them.
The sound acting is actually not that bad. With, of course, Latina being the emphasis. Nothing outstanding but nothing terrible, a simple 5. But oh boy.. the art goes along with the worse of this season. With badly drawn background, to shabby work on the interiors, along with lazy action scenes, I had to force myself to sit through those * episodes. From what I know, the art on the light novel was much much better than the shitshow we have been presented here.
Finally, did I enjoy this? Not one bit. To be honest, UchiMusume was painful to watch. With so much potential out there, someone out there had to go and animate this.
Verdict; Who should watch this and who should not? If you're new into anime and have no baseline at the moment, you could enjoy this anime, or if you're really into lolis being the focus(sarcasm btw) then sure go ahead watch Uchimusume.
But if you're like me, tired of all the recent typical isekai bs and want something good with decent characters. a good story and animated by a studio that actually wants to draw it, I kindly suggest you do not waste your time here.
If it's for my Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord is quite possibly the most adorable show you will ever see and I recommend giving it a watch.
This show offers practically the sweetest little anime girl you will ever witness along with the ever-so caring, yet badass Dale who loves Latina more than anything else in the world. This dynamic is refreshing and pleasant in the way it's presented and allows this anime to earn such a high score.
Not only does the mystery element behind Latina rope you in, but the story is executed in a well-paced manner and gets entertaining in
places you do not expect, surprising you and keeping you on your toes. The story shows potential especially involving the little knowledge we have about the world and the glimpses we get of the workings.
The side characters are enjoyable and contribute to the story very well, the animation is fitting to the series though some errors can be spotted and the music is sweet. The opening and ending are cute, Latina sings the opening and Dale sings the ending. Main characters Latina and Dale have a lovable relationship that makes you want to see them every week. Dale is obsessed with Latina and you can't help but get obsessed too. He's easily such a likeable character, considering how he's the top adventurer in the city but turns into utter mush whenever he sees Latina do basically anything or whenever has to leave her. Poor guy just wants to see his little Latina, his Papa bear side has to be the best thing ever.
Anyways, watch the show. Don't second guess or doubt it, just watch it. It's genuinely entertaining and you'll get a kick out of seeing the living paradox that is Latina doing mundane chores like cleaning and cooking. Dale as a parent is an exact representation of us when we see Latina, let's all just agree to protect Latina at all costs.
So this is a show about a cute daughter and her growing up. Not really a complicated setting to follow, so what could go wrong, right?
Lots of things, actually. First things first lets point out the obvious: it looks and sounds simple and bland. Not memorable in any light, good or bad. But things get worse with more importaint stuff, sadly.
The main problem of the show - characters. When you have slice of life, you need characters whom we will follow. And to say that heroes here are bland and generic - is to say nothing. They are so bland that they will go out
of your memory the second you finish this anime: MC, Dale, is slightly irritating with his LATINA IS CUTE, but he does almost nothing (excluding being slightly irritating), Latin - the daughteru of the show - despite being called cute all the time can hardly be qualified to be called one - she is just as plain and boring as everyone else. The rest of the cast is even more generic - here is your set of friends with zero characters, some old friends of Dale who appear a few times and act more like decorations for the main duo, and not like characters. Oh, don't forget that everyone loves Latina for no reason - which is strange, we are told that there are armed conflicts with demons so a bit of xenophobia should be expected, even more so when it is middle ages fantasy world. By the way, little is told about the world itself, a few bits of info is all that you get, though I didn't expect world building from this title.
Enjoyment? Well, I would say this anime is a good watch before you go to bed, to fall asleep faster. It is boring, it is slow, it has nothing to capture your attention - dont waste your time on this mediocrity.
Meaning, a daughter-wife grooming fantasy that appears to be an innocent adoption story, only to blindside the audience with incest later. The purpose of the story is twofold - to provide paedophilic wish-fulfillment and to make the idea of grooming seem acceptable to the general audience (or at least to put it into the Overton window). The “on steroids” part comes from the fact that this series, compared to Usagi Drop, does a much better job doing both those things. Which counts towards its merits, as long as you completely detach yourself from the moral judgement and analyze it clinically (which is
not easy, because this type of story, unlike your average loli hentai, is a legit moral hazard). If you’ve read Nabokov’s Lolita, it’s fascinating how much this story mirrors it while inverting the substance. Humbert is a delusional sicko whose mind warps reality to justify himself - Dale here is a paragon of virtue who only ends up fucking his adopted daugther because “it can’t be helped”. Lolita is a regular unremarkable girl that appears as some sort of sex goddess only in Humbert’s twisted mind - Latina is cuteness/innocence incarnate, except for when she needs to demonstrate enough agency to show that she totally can give an informed consent. Basically, the author of UchiMusume could’ve easily been Humbert - how he would look like without the layer of Nabokov’s introspection exposing his paedophilic delusions to the audience. A lot of the other details like “small age gap,” “she never saw him as a father,” etc are basically checkboxes on the list that the actual real paedophiles use to justify themselves - and they double down as ways to lull the layman audience into thinking this is somehow not grooming at all. Like I said, the show is good at what it does.
Anyway, the part where Dale repeatedly pounds Latina for the purpose of impregnation so hard, she has to use healing magic to survive (I wish I were making this up), happens further in the source material than the anime actually adapts, so why does it matter for the anime itself?
Well, first, like with the other paedophilic anime (e.g. Made in Abyss, UzaMaid), the author’s agenda compromises the integrity of the story. Why is Latina so perfect? To be sexually attractive to pedos. Why does bad shit happen to her at every step? So Dale can swoop in and be her knight in shining armor, plus so his mentality of “protecting” (hiding in the basement) his daughter-wife from the world would look justified. Why Latina’s mental maturity jumps all over the place? See above about agency and informed consent. Why every Dale’s friend and relative unnaturally reacts to an 8 y. o. girl with “jokes” about his cute girlfriend? Why both Dale and Latina are physically repulsed by Helmine - an adult woman that shows interest in Dale? I think you’ll figure this out. If this was a genuine adoption story and not fetish fuel, it would’ve looked very differently.
Second, the fact that the story looks wholesome and not-suspicious at the beginning is false advertisement, or rather a false-flag operation. The wholesomeness lures the audience in, makes them invested in the characters - and then it goes “Psych! You were enjoying pedo pandering all along. What, you’re not a pedo? It’s ok, the age gap is small and she never saw him as a father anyway. Just convince yourself that this type of development is totally normal and acceptable. Then go around preaching it to others.” Thanks, but how about you go fuck yourself, author-san.
A really cute and relaxing show with a nice atmosphere.
Nowadays it seems like every medium to big sized anime with a good rating has a catch to it, be it the plot, the art, the characters or something else, you get the point.
This anime has its own catch - its cuteness.
"Should I watch it?"
The story isn't a complex plot, but rather a quite simple and straight foward idea.
It's mainly slice of life based on a fantasy world which has demons, adventurers, quests, etc.
So far in the anime (until episode 6), everything happens pretty much the same as in the manga,
with slight deviations. Should the anime follow this pattern, the story is well translated from manga to anime, and is above average in terms of quality and originality.
Even if the anime's stated genres are fantasy and slice of life, it also fits well into the demon, magic, mystery and romance (as in romance between parent and child).
There are traces and hints of mystery, but they don't lead to huge plot twists but rather to unknown, interesting and unexpected backstories.
Summarized, the MC, Dale, a somewhat famous and skilled adventurer, finds, in a forest, a girl which belongs to the demon race. She takes the adorable little girl home and becomes her adoptive father. As I'm pretty sure many of us have (or will), Dale got attached to the cute demon and starts living life as a caring father.
The art in this anime is a bit above average.
While some scenes seem to lack in expressiveness, most are really cute. Even so, the occasional numb-feeling and poor scenes made my scoring for this category go lower.
Then again, while some scenes are not so great, others are the cutest I've seen in years, and I mean it.
The design and drawing of most scenes are not too complex. In fact, they're rather simple. But there's no connection between complexity and quality. Sure, some scenes feel rushed and maybe stiff, but most of the time these bads are overwhelmed by the goods - cuteness and atmosphere.
The art is pretty much average, with some not-so-nice stiff scenes every now and then; most scenes however are just simply too good and cute to let this scoring of the art go any lower.
I usually pay attention to sound in movies and anime. But while watching this anime, something rather unusual happened - I didn't really notice the sound. That's a good thing. Sound isn't made to attract your attention, but rather to help and build the desired atmosphere.
The music is well placed and fits the scenes properly. Usually you know the music is good when it doesn't stand out too much, and when it does it's because it's good. Other times, when music stands out it's because it's bad and out of place. In this anime, it's the former. Although only 5 episodes have been released, the music did catch my attention for being really good and really well placed a few times.
The sound effects are nothing to complain about. I'm honestly really happy they aren't overused or exaggerated.
The voice acting, however, is a different story. While Latina's voice (the demon girl) is really good and really, and I repeat, REALLY good (for real, it's so damn cute), Dale's voice is sometimes lacking. His voice, occasionally, sounds numb, stiff, rushed and, overall, just plainly bad. Fortunately, these occurrences are rare, and Latina's sweet and lovely voice is more than enough to compensate.
One word: adorable.
I don't really know how to explain my feelings for the characters in this anime, as I'm not used to actually ENJOYING cuteness. Most anime which want to make a character very cute fail, but this one doesn't. I'm honestly amazed. I'm not the type of person who watches slice of life, and neither am I the type of person to find things cute, in general. Heck, I hate kids. But this anime has did it for me - it managed to make me really enjoy a slice of life anime, it managed to create a character that I adore a lot and it managed to make me go head over heels over a cute kid. Amazing.
But, as with all things in life, there is a bad(-ish) side to the characters as well - they aren't really that well built, apart from Latina. Dale seems like it has a really boring backstory, with nothing too interesting apart from him being skilled; the other characters don't have much of a backstory. But, since this is a slice of life, I understand that.
This section gets a 9 - the characters are good and Latina is just amazing.
It's amazing how just 5 episodes of a random anime I've picked up managed to raise my mood and make me desperately want the next episode to air.
Considering that I don't usually watch slice of life, that I'm not usually impressed by cuteness and that I'm definitely not a kid-loving type of person, it's really amazing how this anime, in just 5 episodes, managed to amaze me.
I really enjoy it, and it's really relaxing. That's pretty much what I have to say on my enjoyment. It's a 10 for this one.
It's an unique experience, something I haven't seen before, and I'm really glad that I've picked it up. It's extremely relaxing, charming and cute.
Young adventurer meets small demon girl in woods after said girls father died. Result? Most wholesome anime of summer season of 2019. From first moments of first episode you can tell its going to be something special and rest of season kept getting better and better.
Dont expect much action, but plenty of great and wholesome moments. I do like it doesnt shy away from darker side as well from time to time, yet it manages to do it so that it doesnt ruin shows tone. And it actually does manage to paint out larger picture of world as well. Essentially, i'd say viewers point
of view and knowledge of said world is quite similar to Latina's (the little demon girl), of course with few advantages, such as seeing her guardian Dale (the adventurer) at work. So worldbuilding is actually better than it might first appear and is very well done
This is where this show truly shines. Pretty much every character is fleshed out and even one-off characters (which there are remarkably few of) have something, anything that gives them some level of depth. And of course main cast grows a lot. This shows truly how much care is put into this.
Voice actors also put effort in what they do and it shows.
Art & animation:
Art is just beautiful and animation is on most part good as well. The world of this anime is colorful and vibrant, yet it also pulls of darker tones such as rain or forest at night off superbly as well. It really makes it all feel alive.
Only complaint about this show is, however, in here as combat animation doesnt hold up for the rest and there can be bit too much "talking heads" bits (nowhere near the level of death note though), but it doesnt take away from this show
Overall: if you want to feel good, definite reccommendation.
Latina is ~uwu~ massively full-on cute and innocent as both a child and young girl, but the anime is so NOT my taste, even as a fan of the Iyashikei (relax and feel good) genre plus some SoL fantasy realism, which like many others, is slowly and constantly being overrun by more emerging isekai stories, both good and bad. If you like it, then good for you, but it is hits and misses after one another for me.
In any case, the SUPER long name (what's up with long LN names) that is UchiMusume, tells the set-up (there's no story) of Dale Reki, an adventurer with
a seemingly nice personality, and (like Kirito in terms of power and recognition) a well-versed one whom more often than not is looked upon as the "role model"...that is until his usual shenanigans beholded the sight of a young loli demon girl in a forest, known as Latina. And as with every budding family, she is abandoned by her family due to the complexity of Demon Lords residing within the human landscape, and her presence there is meant for humans to kill her. Heck, she even has a mark of a criminal, so that is saying something truly perplexing. So as with any kind young adult thinking, 18-year-old Dale must uphold the responsibility to custodially adopt Latina in the extremely safest way possible as a growing parent/father, even as the other people residing in his hometown is aware that Demon Lords are on the loose (even though there is such a timeskip of some sort before Latina ever showed up), that Latina could ANYTIME become the next target.
And as such, taking care of a young child is NO CHILD'S PLAY. To the majority of us who have handled kids before, Dale is the character to relate to, as Latina is moeblob (and I mean for real). And since he is voiced by the same VA who did MHA's Bakugo, his constant screaming and whining at the early stages may come across as a hindrance, but that's due to how young kids at the ages between 3 to 6 are (that Latina falls under from the get-go) and how they enact the world around them with overwhelming sweetness, adding onto their innocent faces and (good) heart-breaking tenderful kindness. It's definitely not hard to see someone as capable as Dale become a worrywart for Latina, even though she is growing up to be a star that lights up his mundane life, and to the other townsfolk who frequent his staying place, the bar tavern where there are many uncles who drink heartily after a long day's work. Plus, how can you NOT squeal at Latina where she's already working at a young, tender age and calm the hearts of both men and women? That's child labour I'm calling out to! Plus, I really commend Latina's VA Takao Kanon, being Maou-sama, Retry!'s Ram/Rem ripoff MC girl Aku also, that means both MC leading roles in the same season, WOW. *claps*
But hey, for both Kenneth and Rita who serves as Dale's caretakers, noticing a bigger issue warrants more considerable action to duty, and hiding the fact that they know that Latina is both a demon girl, but at the same time, the little, budding child who has just gotten used to learning the ways of the world. Be it hunting; visiting parents and her ancestors with Dale, going to school and talking to classmates, learning how to cook and bake food with great caretakers Kenneth and Rita, Latina is mastered them with time to spare and keeping that innocence and immeasurable amounts of kindness, like how many children ought to act in this day and age. And it's nice that overtime, Dale (or rather the Bakugo inside of him) learns to cut his excessive obsession down as Latina ages, while acknowledging that as she learns to cope with the seemingly outside stuff that may or may not be favourable to her, both of them cast the same journey (as to reference: the footprints in the sand), that's honestly when the anime got a tad better at its episodic story structure. Furthermore, answering more about Latina's origins, while that may be the main crux of the show, it felt like canon at times, but I will say that when it needs to focus on any aspect of the world-building around the characters, full attention from start to finish. That, I give a clap.
And what's up with new studios trying to break the bank with their premiere shows. Maho Film, yet ANOTHER new firm that is established in May 2018, marks this as their very first foray into anime production, and all I can say is that the production staff there, as much as they are newcomers and amateurs into the anime industry, they certainly did a very good job establishing a foothold for many new and small studios that are to come in the future (to tackle the industry-wide problem that is quantity over quality and with decent pay to staff in the footsteps of KyoAni). That's not to say that they made some occasional blunders though, as the art is somewhat lacking (same colour palette for both back and foreground, which shouldn't be a nitpick but it did for me) and the animation a bit stiff at times, but overall nothing overbearing to the points of complaint. In fact, it all looks good to the eye. Certainly, an all-rounded good job for a young, budding start.
The OST is once again decent. Not much to say about both the OP and ED which comes across as average-sounding, but with the comfy and soothing atmosphere spreaded all around, I can't say that I liked or disliked it, but rather, gives off a sense of non-existent tension that absolutely nothing could ever discourse the relationship between Dale and Latina, in their journeys of wilderness and growth.
It's great to have such shows like this garner some attention as we don't get a lot of Iyashikei anime nowadays, and I can bet that UchiMusume will be some fan favourites, just focusing on Latina, and Latina alone. Most impressively, the whole world is her oyster. As mentioned, if you like such parent-bonding shows like this, go ahead and watch, I can guarantee it will be a good one, but you'd have to sacrifice your sense of hearing at first (no pun intended) to get to the goodness of it all that is the young loli demon girl oozing as much love as she could all day long.
In a stacked season full of quality series(currently watching 6 in addition to my plan to watch list and light novels), this bad boy stands head and shoulders above the rest. Not only is Latina genuinely the cutest thing known to man(move over senko), but the series is genuinely a great ride and serves as a great de-stresser. Based on the light novel of the same name, Uchi is about young(18 young!) adventurer Dale and his adopted daughter Latina as they go through this thing called life and navigate all of its hurdles. The series does add a lot more actual
plot later down the line in the light novels, but so far in the anime, it's served as a great window into the daily challenges and struggles of a single parent. I can genuinely not recommend this series enough.
Art is top notch, sound is great with a really nice soundtrack, characters are all really soundly written and have unique and distinguishable personalities. Basically, everyone serves a purpose. Enjoyment is of course an easy 10, I have not had this much fun watching something and just bubbled up with joy in a long time. I don't have kids yet, but I really feel that parental/fatherly instinct when I watch and read this series and I think that is a testament to great writing. Anytime you can make someone like me who's normally pretty selfish and in no rush to have kids want to have kids ASAP, you're doing something right. If you have a free slot on Fridays, I know it's a packed season with a lot of series, but I really suggest getting into this. It will be a great way to end your week.
There’s a joke these days about light novel adaptations having ridiculous long names. News flash, there’re not getting any shorter. Translated as “If It’s for my Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord”, the series at first sounded like it would be one big joke of itself. The idea of a demonic girl bonding with a human isn’t something new and many similar light novels tends to love these ideas to death. Fortunately, this show didn’t kill itself.
For starters, this almost feels like a niche show targeting at specific audiences. Some people label it as a ‘fantasy Usagi Drop’ while others sees it more as
a coming of age fantasy adventure, one without chaotic battles. In essence, it mixes together slice of life in a fantasy adventure story. At the heart of the show is the relationship between Dale and Latina, the two protagonists who meets under what seems like a destined encounter.
Dale is what people would call an everyman protagonist who takes on the role of an adventurer. It is however noticeable of how skilled he is and even having a reputation in his world. After meeting a strange devil girl in the woods during one of his missions, he adopts Latina as her guardian. That’s about as simple as it sounds, right? Most people usually designate this type of anime as a textbook example of slice of life. There’s the everyday adventures as characters experiences the mundane elements of life. This anime drops the characters into a fantasy world where there’s a blend between fiction and realism. My first impression of Latina is that she is a lost child who needs someone to guide her. Because of her demonic heritage, some people may misunderstand her as a character. The term ‘demonic’ tends to be a word associated with chaos and evil. However, Latina is the antithesis of this term as she is a kind and gentle girl. As a child, she also display a great deal of maturity compared to normal children. In early episodes, she feels lost but quickly adapts with the new environment around her. Thanks to Dale, she begins to learn more about people and enjoying what it’s like to be alive.
Like I mentioned before, this anime defines the importance of an emotional relationship. Its commitments comes with Dale’s personality and how he truly wants to help Latina understand the world. In his role, Dale acts as a parental guardian and treats Latina like his daughter. The two grows incredibly fond of each other to the point where Dale thinks about Latina all the time while away on missions. Needless to say, Latina also misses him when he’s not around. And if anyone decides to harm Latina, think again. Dale may seem like a gentle person on the outside but if someone dares to hurt Latina, he’s going to show you a side you won’t forget. It’s the type of parenting 101 that comes from parents’ love for their child. The type of bond between a parent and child is special and that’s something we get to see a lot between Dale and Latina.
For all its lighthearted and fluffy storytelling, there’s also moments in the show that can get violent and dark. For instance, Latina is subjected to prejudice because of her demonic heritage. Not everyone accepts Latina for who she is and there are even some characters going as far as to publically humiliate her. In response, Latina tries to show that she can be human and even goes as far as cutting off one of her own horns. The general consensus here is what constitute human behavior. In the case of Latina, she does her best to show as someone who is pure and kind, not like the type of character some perceive to her to be. She even goes far to prove herself with action such as healing an injured boy. At school, she makes new friends such as Chloe, Silvia, and Antony. Luckily for her, Dale’s influence also brings the best out of Latina’s personality. His intervention in one of the episode also shows exactly how much he cares about her.
Yet, it’s understandable that some people may find this anime hard to invest into. It’s rather niche with the way it builds its main characters. If you’ve seen anime such as Usagi Drop and Sweetness & Lightning, there’s a familiar feel with its character relationship. And to address the elephant of the room, there’s definitely a noticeable age difference between the two main leads. The anime adaptation only focuses on their parent/daughter-like relationship but I heard that the light novels goes far deeper into more than that. If you want to know, go look into the light novels.
The first time I’ve saw the promos and key visual, I knew the art style would be a match. Maho Film’s debut makes an impression of being able to make this fantasy world come to life. The lush landscapes and handcrafted architectures has richness with realism. The director may have not made a great impression on his previous projects but this one stands out as a meaningful fantasy slice of life. Character designs are also delicate and made with care, in particular with a character like Latina. The way she is crafted brings out her character’s innocence while Dale dresses as how an adventurer should look. Some episodes also decorates Latina in charming outfits as a way to make her as human as possible.
Rather than being portrayed as a joke or meme, this is one anime I can recommend despite being somewhat of a niche. It blends elements of slice of life with every episode telling a story of its own. The importance of Dale and Latina’s relationship is highlighted as the story progresses. It’s the type of slice of that works in conjunction with its fantasy elements. With 12 episodes, this has an easy pacing that can be enjoyed by almost anyone.
What an absolutely adorable anime this was. The story follows Dale, and a little devil-girl that he rescues from the forest during one of his adventures. I have to say, that Latina is one of the cutest anime characters ever. Watching her grow up and learn things throughout the anime was an absolute joy, and the cast of characters made that journey super enjoyable.
Story: like a lot of slice of life type anime’s, there isn’t a giant overall story. This show just kinda follows the characters daily lives, and the very early years of Latina. Whether it’s just learning to cook, and help out around
the Tavern, or travel to Dales hometown, this show covers not only Latinas growth, but, also Dales, as he takes on the responsibility of being a parent/guardian.
Art: Talk about drawing an absolutely precious anime character. Latina has this grown man saying “aww” a whole lot. All the characters in this show are drawn with heart to be honest. Dale, Kenneth, Rita, her classmates, or the adventurers that frequent the tavern, they all have their own quirks, and are lovable in their own ways.
Sound: The opening gets the job done, it’s cute, for a cute show. I have one gripe with the sound, and that’s Dale. He can be super overbearing, and sometimes annoying. It was something that bothered me a lot early, but I get accustomed to later on, and it didn’t bother me as much at that point. Otherwise, the score is well done, and the voice acting for Latina is 10/10.
Characters: as I talked about in the art segment, I think the character development for everyone was well done. You could see the characters growing based on Latinas presence. Everyone grew up, and everyone grew to love Latina. Dale was one of the more interesting character, just for the fact that, you could see him going through the hardships of parenthood.
What can I say? I loved this. I’ll be sad to see it go. But, I always enjoy having one of these feel good anime’s in my repertoire for a season, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. If you like Slice of Life. For sure give this one a try.
I first heard about this show from Joey the Anime Man when he did is previews of this season's anime and was intrigued with the premise. The idea of single parent slice of life with fantasy elements sounded really good, like mixing Skyrim with Usagi Drop or Sweetness and Lightning. I even bought the manga ahead of the series getting streamed on Cruchyroll.
Boy, was I let down.
After reading the manga, I set a really high bar for the anime, obviously too high. The art is bland and fails to capture the warmth of the original illustrations. The characters seem to be shells of their
literary counterparts and the protagonist Dale is downright irritating. Moments of actual drama or action have so far been handled with awkward, clunky animation. This adaptation feels like a quick money grab for a studio unwilling to invest their time and effort into actually being faithful or producing quality.
I only plan on continuing to watch this series as a study in comparing an anime with its source material. If you are interested in this story, read the manga. It's a better investment and definitely has a warmer, familial atmosphere.
Uchi no Ko no Tame naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamo Shirenai is one of the worst anime's i have ever watched. Lets start with the story, this anime's story line is beyond pathetic and is so slow paced, FIRST EPISODES STORYLINE: Dale Reki, an adventurer finds a demon girl in the woods and decides to adopt her because he feels sorry for her, EVERY ALL OTHER EPISODES STORYLINE: Latina does random crap and looks cute.
-That's pretty much all about the story line.
Next the only thing about this anime that can be considered at least average, the art. The best thing about this
anime is probably its art, by no means am i saying that the art is amazing or even good, all I'm saying is that the only thing i'd rate above a 3/10 in this anime is the art.
Moving on to sound, the sound effects in this anime are probably one of the worst uses of sound in an anime i have ever heard. For example if magic is used by a character there is at least 1-2 second delay before the magic sound effect is played. Also the voice acting is poor, the voice actors fail to express the feelings which are shown by the expressions on characters faces, for example when Dale is exited, the only difference between his normal voice and his exited voice is that his exited voice is a higher pitch, there is no other difference, because of this it becomes hard for viewers to identify the mood a character is in just by listening to the voices of characters.
Next is characters
The characters which are shown in this anime are poorly designed to the point where the protagonists of this anime seem like side characters or even mob characters. Lets go into detail about the two characters which are considered the protagonists of this anime
Latina: This character is probably the most random character in the whole anime, out of nowhere Dale Reki an adventurer finds the demon girl Latina, with no parents alive to call her own Dale decides to adopt her. After she is adopted, she works at a bar where she is adored by older men (paedophiles), during the entirety of the anime Latina's true role in this anime is still unknown, although she is overall a terrible character she still has one redeeming feature; that being the fact that she is cute, if she was not cute this whole anime would probably never exist, the entirety of this anime is based around the fact that she is cute, other than this she is has no good qualities.
Dale Reki: Dale is a high ranking adventurer who is mesmerised by Latina's cuteness, he would do anything for Latina simply because she is a young cute girl, in my opinion Dale is a lolicon. So overall Dale is a strong adventurer who is also a lolicon.
This anime is simply beyond dreadful in every aspect other than art style, the only good thing about this anime is the fact that Latina is cute. In conclusion this anime is poorly made, the story line is pathetic, the character design feels like its made by 3 year olds and the only aspect which can be considered average about this anime is its art. I'm pretty disappointed in this anime...
Honestly I thought the kawaii elements alone would at least give me some motivation to complete the series but alas, it's garbage. So the main appeal for the show is the cuteness of the protagonist, daemon girl of mysterious origins. The story is not terrible but it's slow paced and uninteresting. The characters are so generic you could replace them with any other stereotype.
This show is just so bland I gave up. I will admit though that the demon girl is cute, as plain as she may be.
Even if you don't care about the story and you're here just for the loli, I still can't
I’m going to start this review off with a warning; if you’re going to watch this anime, do NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT, read the light novel or look up spoilers for said light novel before or while you’re watching. If you do, it will probably ruin the experience. I found out about the anime I’m talking about before it started airing, and I was interested in watching it because of how cute and wholesome it seemed. However, the light novel spoilers got to me, but I still wanted to watch this anime, no matter what. With that, I made a deal with myself;
if the anime doesn’t get that far or has an original ending, I will completely skip the light novels. Thus, I went ahead and watched it, and while the aforementioned light novel spoilers hindered my enjoyment, I’m kind of glad I did.
Ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary brethren, here is my review of “Uchi no Ko no Tame Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamo Shirenai.”, known in English as “If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat A Demon Lord”.
Uchi no Ko (as it shall henceforth be called) follows Dale, a skilled adventurer who one day encounters a little devil girl while on a job in the forest. It’s clear that things have been rough for the girl named Latina; her father and companion has died and left her alone, she is dressed in rags, and she has a broken horn, which, for devils, is the mark of a criminal. Dale, being the kindhearted guy he is, is unable to just leave her to die, so he takes her home and ends up becoming her adoptive father. It’s not long before Dale falls in love with being Latina’s parent, and he goes through the trials and tribulations of raising a child as well as constant heartbreak when his job tears the two apart. Meanwhile, as Latina grows up, she learns about the world around her, as well as herself.
Take Daikichi and Rin from “Usagi Drop”, age Daikichi down, and throw them into a fantasy setting; if you do that, you’d get Uchi no Ko in a nutshell. Just like that anime, it has a really simple slice-of-life story with little conflict. With that said, though, there is an arc in this series that I feel like goes on for too long. Sure, what is shown in this arc is most likely in the light novel (don’t quote me on that), and it captures the process of going to a faraway place accurately; still, I feel like the story arc could have wrapped up in an episode less than how long it went on for. Some of the content of this arc just felt like filler.
As for the characters.... Latina. Okay, moving on! No, seriously, Latina’s the star of the show here. One may think she’s too perfect, but there’s no denying how adorable she is, both inside and out; she also grew as a character, no matter how small her growth was, and I enjoyed seeing that. I also enjoyed Dale’s character; even though he doesn’t really visibly grow as much as a character, he has gotten quite a good number of laughs out of me. As for the other characters.... well, there’s really not much I can say about them. There are quite a few supporting characters who interested me but didn’t get that much screen time, and there were others that I just did not know how to feel about. *coughMayacough* I swear, though, if the supporting characters get most of their development in the light novels that go beyond the anime, I’m going to get mad!
Okay, so the characters aren’t this anime’s strong point, so what is? I’d say the voice acting and music. While the opening and ending themes, which are respectively “I’m with you” and “This is Yuusha, but Zannen?!” (which are each sung by Latina and Dale’s voice actors, Kanon Takao and Nobuhiko Okamoto), aren’t songs I’d replay over and over, they’re both catchy songs that fit the tone of the anime quite well. The voice acting was also pretty good, with a standout performance from Kanon Takao, the voice of Latina; she hasn’t had many roles yet, but with how adorable her voice is and how much it fit Latina, I’d say she has a bright future as a voice actress. I want to say that the animation studio behind this anime, Maho Film, has a bright future, as well; after all, as far as I can tell, this is their first project. Unfortunately, while the art is nice to look at, the animation is not always consistent; still, there’s always room for improvement!
Overall, Uchi no Ko has a number of noticeable flaws, but it’s hard to say that it’s not enjoyable. If you’re in the mood for some father-daughter bonding in a fantasy setting, this may be the anime for you. Yes, it’s all just some very wholesome father-daughter bonding, and nothing more than that.... DON’T LOOK UP THE LIGHT NOVEL SPOILERS.
Short and simple: this serie is perfect. Why? Because Latina is the CUTEST LOLI IN ANIME HISTORY!!... Yep, that's it. Nothing more.
Let's forget about how shallow the worldbuilding is. This is your typical fantasy world with adventurers, magic, mystical criatures and different races when all of those topics were barely touched because of course, you have seen them thousands times before and you don't need to get them introduced in this story. This is all about Latina!! not about... non-Latina things!!. "Hey! But this is a SoL anime, not an adventure one", you still need to develop your world in order to complement characters growth
with their environment, especially when one of them is a demon child (a supposedly hated race) and the other is an adventurer (a supposedly important one). But who needs logic and actual worldbuilding here when you have you cute loli eating desserts and wanting to learn how to cook. Latina is such an ADORABLE SWEETHEART!
Let's forget about how mediocre audiovisual features are. Plain backgrounds, simplistic colour palette, forgettable soundtrack and inconsistent characters design. From facial deformities to shifting heights; I didn't even know if Latina was naturally growing up or chara designer could not decide how old he wanted her to look... But did you see Latina with that bear outfit, she's HELLA CUTE!!
Let's forget about how weak the direction is. This serie suffers from a big plot rushing, even for a SoL anime. One chapter Latina is learning how to talk and the next one she's got an almost full vocabulary. One chapter she is pretty clumsy at serving vessels and the next one she's an expert. One chapter Latina meets some children and the next one they are lifelong friends. You don't have to fully show those trivial things but natural progression is basically non-existent. This is made worse by weak direction where transitions and timeskips are not clear enough. How much time had passed? Just some hours? One day? A weak? Three months!!? We'll never know. But time is a unimportant concept when we have Latina filling up our empty lifes. SO FUCKING KAWAII~!!
Let's forget about how this serie is terrible with mood handling. Comedy and -supposedly- quiet moments are so over-the-top with Dale yelling all the time that end up being the opposite they tried to be. And serious issues like discrimination are so exaggeratedly and superficially portrayed that can't be taken with the correct seriousne- I mean, how dare that stupid bitch to harm Latina like that while doing Kakegurui faces with no subtlety at all!! SHE DESERVES TO FUCKING DIE!!
Let's forget about how bland characters are. Latina is fin- I mean, SHE'S PERFECT!! It's good seeing how she grows up and learns, but of course it's not her fault if the world is so black and white when everyone loves her like a kind of godness or hates her like she was the Demon Lord itself. How did I dare to say our beloved Latina is a kind of mary sue, of course not!! Dale is pretty much your average adventure anime MC, but he's kind of an special hero. What kind of "special"? Who knows, that was never clarified even when his influency was notorious. Then what is Dale's function? I guess being just an important person for Latina. How? I guess being a paternal model who doesn't even act as proper one, because most of the time he's just there yelling "NOT ENOUGH LATINA", but I guess that's enough for normal people to find him as "the most relatable character ever".... Oh right, he calmed down a bit during the traveling arc (actually the best part of the serie when some of the issues like the worldbuilding and characters bond were fixed up a bit) and we finally saw him as a proper character out of the Latina thing and with a -wait for it- 5 seconds flashback!! It's a shame that doesn't count as character development (the sooner people realize showing characters pasts is not character development, world will be a better place).
The rest of the cast? They are... ok... I guess. They are not Latina, that's the only important thing here.
Slice of Life anime series and movies mostly took place in modern day Japan. However,this one takes place in fantasy world,the fictional one. I never seen that kind of anime,which was very surprising to me because it's rare to see Slice of Life in non-realistic setting. Now,let's talk about anime's story,art and animation,music,soundtrack,voice acting,my enjoyment and characters.
Let's start with story first. Young adventurer named Dale Reki stumbles upon a young devil girl,feeds her,helps her bury her dead guardian,telling her his name and she told him her name: Latina. Afterwards,story focused on Dale raising Latina is cute way.Latina's development
and many great things that happened to her and their adventures. I can't tell more without giving you spoilers,so i can only tell you this much. Story is very good. 8/10
Art and animation is like watching artworks of your favorite female character. (Waifu) It's well made,even if some character designs are somewhat generic-looking ones and animation is solid enough,nothing bad about it. Both of it are almost great. 8,7/10
Music is very good,somewhat like Usagi Drop's. It's nice to hear that OP song was sang by Latina's voice actress,Kanon Takao,it's so good that i have it on my phone. ED song is good,but not catchy or anything special like OP song. Soundtrack on each episode is played the way it's should in many moments,whether is cute moment with Latina or fight scene. Voice acting is decent,there are some that look familiar to someone,but not to me. All together,that would be 8,5/10
Is anime enjoyable? Yep,it's extremely fun to watch. All those cute things that Latina do,Dale's hilarious overprotective personality and many fun things happening in anime,everything is so enjoyable like hell. 10/10
Characters are well designed and developed in way they could be for this kind of anime. Dale is really fun character when he goes like: 'Latina is so cute!' or like 'Latina,wait for me,i'll be back or something like that,lol. He loves Latina so much that he would kill anyone who dared to harm her,but he is not monster so he got his own restraints and limits. As for our adorable,beautiful and soooooo cute little girl called Latina,she is amazing. She is so cute that i would want to have daughter like her. In every episode,she was so cute that she broke the Cuteness scale! Moe Moe Kyun!¨As for other characters,they are enjoyable ones,for an supporting characters,especially Kenneth,Rita,kids that Latina made friends with and other characters who love Latina so much that they don't wanna let go of her. Characters are not perfect,but they are great enough. 9/10
This anime is absolutely amazing,there is so much to learn,even if it's fantasy anime. This is great show for anyone who like Slice Of Life or Usagi Drop. I didn't had high expectations for an Slice of Life anime in realm of fantasy,but it's executed in the way to surprise the audience. I see nothing too bad in this show that should ruin my enjoyment,so it's gonna be a great anime for almost everyone,except to anime fans with high standards. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Slice Of Life genre and fantasy genre. Sorry if review is short,but like i said,i can't write down without giving you spoilers,so watch this anime and enjoy it!
I really don't understand how UchiMusume is rated in the high 7 at the time of writing this review. The only reason I can think of is that Latina is cute, and that's really all this show is about.
Latina's background is given a slight chance to be interesting but is rarely brought up. Latina and her parents were outcast from their demon country, one of many but the only without a ruler for the time being. that's about as far as that plot goes other than foreshadowing. We're supposed to believe Dale was a cold-blooded demon killer up to the point he met
Latina which turned him into a doting father figure overnight. I get it, she's cute. I was at least interested to the point I wanted to know what happened beyond the show so I looked at spoilers for the LN. I wouldn't do that if I were you.
UchiMusume is the ugliest show I've seen this season. From the bland backgrounds to side characters everything just looks lazily done. Latina is the only focus of the show so that you weebs will buy figures and other merch. The bar patrons, which are in nearly every episode so should look better than random villager in the background, I'm almost sure are taken out of my high school notebook. And I can't draw.
Honestly, the music wasn't that memorable. I skipped the OP almost every episode. I can't even remember the background music. I will give credit to the ED, however. That shit's a banger, shout-out to my boy Nobuhiko Okamoto.
Cute girls are one of my favorite things about anime. But 10 years into this hobby I've learned that I need more substance then just that. And this show only had one! We have limited precious time on this planet and I wouldn't waste it watching this.