If you have extreme opinions about Tonikawa: Over the Moon For You, I suggest you do not read this review; it may make you angry.
I will fully admit I am not the target audience of this anime. Even though it made me want to die, I finished it so you don't have to.
One cold winter night, a high school student named Nasa gets hit by a truck. Lucky for him, a girl intervenes and saves his life. It's love at first sight. He instantly confesses his love for her. The girl, Tsukasa, agrees to become his girlfriend, but only if they get married
first because of unknown reasons. You will quickly find that she does not act like a normal human being. Nasa agrees to her terms, but then she mysteriously disappears into the night.
For the next two years, he obsesses over Tsukasa. He desperately tries to track down the one girl who gave him a breadcrumb of affection. It's immediately clear Nasa has never touched a woman who isn't his mom. He literally dropped out of high school to search for her. It wasn't until he turned 18 that she showed up at his door ready to get married, and they lived happily ever after... except not quite. To say they rushed into things would be stating the obvious, but that's the appeal. It's not your average rom-com because they're married! Except, it is.
It takes more than awkward encounters between two love-struck kids to make a funny romantic comedy. Real jokes and clever visual gags would help. And a story would help. Throughout the show, the newlyweds go on dates and do mundane activities. They passionately love each other at first sight, so their relationship doesn't progress aside from escalating physical contact. If you think that description was unbelievably tedious and lacking in anything remotely resembling originality, imagine sitting there and watching it all play out throughout its seemingly endless 12 episodes. Even if the visuals weren't subpar and amateur, the tedious writing would still weigh it down. This show is not cute, it's not wholesome, it's not funny, and it is rather dull. It is a halfhearted, undercooked anime production, and to no one's surprise, Crunchyroll funded it.
Tsukasa is what would happen if Reddit engineered the perfect anime wife. She's like Nasa's maid… with benefits. She cooks, cleans, compliments him, and does whatever he wants with no complaints. She is incapable of making decisions in her relationship with Nasa. Which I'm sure is a turn on for a lot of people. In the first episode, Nasa holds Tsukasa's hand a little too tight and says a lot of creepy shit. She gets uncomfortable and speaks up. Nasa calls her an "All-I-can-grab" and says, "Marriage is awesome." Tsukasa is concerned, then she tacitly accepts his advances to appease him. Throughout the show, Nasa makes a majority of the choices, even if it makes her uncomfortable—such as constantly taking pictures when she asks him not to.
In traditional relationships, men wear the pants. Their opinions on everything relating to the home and marriage are decisive. That's why there's no conflict in their relationship. The few times Tsukasa voices her own opinion is for Nasa's sake, such as saving him money. When Nasa proposes moving to a bigger apartment, Tsukasa disagrees because she wants to be close to him. Her decision isn't for her sake, it is to show how much she loves him. Tsukasa never stands up to Nasa, despite showing that she disagrees with him. I wouldn't be surprised if she were secretly an alien planning to eat his pea-sized brain.
Their relationship has more in common with a child playing with a doll rather than an actual marriage. Nasa does everything you shouldn't do in a relationship, just short of jumping Tsukasa. Oh wait, he does that too. His way of showing affection seems only to entail creeping on his wife. When she leaves her dirty laundry out in the open, he sniffs it like a pervert. When she feels uncomfortable and asks him not to look at her, he takes a photo. While she is asleep, he ponders whether to grope or kiss her. Multiple times. This isn't wholesome. When they go clothes shopping, she picks out a Summer outfit, and Nasa says, "I think it might be a little revealing. The idea of another guy seeing so much of you is kinda…" Implying that he can't let any man look at her sexually because she is HIS wife. Like a form of property. Would you want to be in a relationship with someone this creepy and controlling?
In most prefectures in Japan, it is illegal for a person under 20 to get married without a parent's (or witness's) approval. Tsukasa is a 16-year-old girl who gets married to Nasa, who is 18. Although it is bizarre that they would get married without even knowing each other, it is more concerning that Tsukasa's parents never approve of their marriage. In her own words, "If push comes to shove, you get a random passerby to vouch for you." And that's what she does, by getting her grandmother to sign it off-screen. Tsukasa's illogical decision, and Nasa's ambivalence to it, should strike any fully functioning person as bizarre. Everyone seems to have ignored that the show began with a massive plot contrivance. Their marriage is technically illegal. It would get annulled if they were exposed. Ther questionable marriage is never addressed by anyone, except for Tsukasa's lunatic sister. Her sister is an annoying, raving lunatic. She stalks Tsukasa and shouts all the time. Whenever she was onscreen I immediately wanted to turn off the show. Still, she's a frightening character because she is the only one to reject their questionable marriage, yet her concerns are not supposed to be taken seriously. She is only in the show to deflect potential criticism and provide comic relief by hysterically screaming. Hilarious.
On the plus side, Nasa and Tsukasa have no reason to argue because they both, or more accurately, Tsukasa, knows her place. He loves her because she does whatever he wants. She takes care of him like a mother. If you mistake her for a robot, I wouldn't blame you. After all, that's why Nasa loves her so much. He practically says so himself, "If you asked me what I love about you, Tsukasa, I'd have any number of answers. There's the real way you pay attention to me. Which makes me happier than I can describe when you compliment me." He's the kind of guy who doesn't want a mutual relationship; he needs a mother to baby him. I understand why you'd love someone because they love you; that's how families work. But he is hilariously unaware of the fact that their relationship is one-sided. I swear sometimes watching them interact is like entering a portal to Feudist Japan. The saddest part is, I can't even hate Tsukasa. I feel bad for her. She must be dead inside because anyone with half a brain would know this guy's a creep.
Nasa is your typical Nice Guy archetype. Although calling him a guy would be overly generous. He is a child, both physically and mentally, and he just so happens to be married. Whenever he interacts with his wife, he blushes and stumbles over his words like a cringey middle schooler in love for the first time. Sometimes it's nostalgic. Most of us had an awkward first love, but this guy is 18 and married, yet he has the maturity of a 12-year-old. Some people will find this cute; looking at the rating, I would say too many. This show appeals to people because it's "wholesomeness," but it's like 4chan's idea of wholesomeness. Maybe you'll see value in this show that I didn't, but if you noticed any of the flaws I mentioned, don't watch it because it'll make you cringe so hard you'll want to die. Well folks, it has been a rough one. I dare say you've earned a song.
To the tune of Neil Young's — "A Man Needs a Maid"
♫♫♫ Nasa's life is changing in so many ways
He moved out of his home, and he doesn't have a mom anymore
All he's got is his loneliness these days
He's looked for the perfect girl knocking on every door
He's been thinking that all he needs is a maid
All he needs is a nice woman who'll stay
Just someone to keep his house clean
Fix his meals and go away...
All Nasa needs is a maid ♫♫♫
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Synonyms: Generally Cute, Fly Me to the Moon
English: TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You
German: TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You
Spanish: Tonikawa: Over the Moon For You
French: TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2020 to Dec 19, 2020
Premiered: Fall 2020
Broadcast: Saturdays at 01:05 (JST)
Producers: Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Warner Bros. Japan, KlockWorx, Shogakukan, Crunchyroll SC Anime Fund
Studios: Seven Arcs
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Score: 7.911 (scored by 358859358,859 users)
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