Amawa Hibiki is a young man just out of college, with an education to be an athletics teacher. He's been having a hard time finding a job since he graduated, so all his money has gone towards living expenses. When his landlady demands his first payment to live in her living establishment upfront, he heads to the local middle school to get hired as a teacher. However, the principal refuses to hire him without hesitation. She will not hire men as teachers and makes it clear that she hates all men, saying they put no love into their passions and work. Amawa does not give up and with the help of his landlady, he crossdresses as a woman without a second thought, and gets hired, so he can earn money and also prove the principal wrong. Now, he has to keep his real gender a secret, and avoid strange situations, including the affections of his students (from both genders).
It puzzles me why no one had reviewed this yet. Which hyped me up even more to let people know about this anime.
You might be looking at the preview image right now thinking "Ahh... It doesn't look that appealing".
Well, to be honest, I'm not that fond of that drawing style, but don't let it discourage you! You'll get used to it, I promise.
Story and Enjoyment
If you're looking for a 'super developed' plot on how the world suddenly became and apple and how humans must find a way to turn it back, forget it.
This is a very lighthearted Anime, it won't confuse you with its
scientific theories and plot twists that make you go "huh?".
It made me cheer up from "Ahh, why all my anime suddenly feel so boring?" to laughing by the end of the very first episode.
Now, don't get me wrong about the plot twists. They exist! They're quite good at holding the mystery for the right amount of time and unleashing it into a laugher bomb of amusement.
I don't think they exaggerated or forced on either comedy, drama or romance. To me it was well quite balanced.
And I liked the ending too, so yay!
Before watching, just ask yourself if you must you fall in love with every Opening and Ending Theme you see. I usually skip them unless I do, anyway. (And so I did, in I My Me! Strawberry-Eggs). I guess you can figure.
I know some people just skipped the whole review to read about the characters. But if you did, I'm sorry to disappoint you, I won't get into much detail for the fear or ruining the surprise.
They do develop along the series. Those very subtle changes in the characters' personalities really made me fall in love with them.
And, must I say, I had quite a few good surprises as the anime was reaching its end!
Final Thoughts on I My Me! Strawberry-Eggs
As I said, a very lighthearted anime that will probably lift up your mood. It'll make you laugh, and who knows; even might make you cry. It'll amuse and surprise just when you thought it couldn't, and you'll slowly understand what makes it so good.
Story: 5 (Typical funny trap situations)
Art: 3 (I cant forgive uneven fingers and ugly ears)
Sound: 6 (voice actors are pretty good but nothing else)
Character: 6 (cute as hell but still drawn poorly)
Enjoyment: 4 (Traps and perverted old men running gags)
Overall: 24/50 = 4.8 = ~5.0 (A really mediocre SoL comedy)
This is quite a confusing anime since it almost feels like it's trying to pull both male and female audiences using unorthodox means. First off, its a typical ecchi-harem anime and i use the word harem pretty loosely. Because after episode one the main character will be a trap. YES a trap (man dressing up
as a woman). If you don't feel comfortable watching that sort of thing please feel free to drop it. Because you're not missing much. Don't worry, everything will set itself out in episode one. Including the perverted old men trying to sneak ecchi pics of school girls as a running gag. All this stuff is all fine and dandy, but I thought traps usually gear toward a more female or FYG-type audience.
Once the story layout is exposed, it's all downhill from here. Every episode has been done in other school SoL (slice of life) anime. And they're not even done very well in this show. But for what it's worth the girls are pretty cute and moe and it does a fairly decent chemistry between Hibiki and his/her students. You'll also pretty much guess how the ending will be from the start as well. But the path from start to finish, despite it being very cliche with a trap twist, isn't all THAT bad but it fairly decent at best.
Another thing that's lacking in this show is the art quality. Which is kind of important in an ecchi/comedy/SoL/school/drama/romance show. You can tell it has a mediocre style artwork to it with over accentuating character outlines and very VERY simplistic school outfits. Its one of the worst school outfits i have ever seen in ANY show, period. It's a weird tank top/skirt compilation with this HUGE white sailor collar covering their shoulders. I'm pretty sure they're not supposed to be that huge.
One thing this show does have going for itself is definitely the school girl characters. They're all cute and moe in their own way. And you actually feel sorry for some of their slice of life situations. It still doesn't help the fact that this show is very mediocre and and a lot of times just wrong (in 'funny' ways of course). Its obvious this show is drawing a male audience with all the ecchi, but at the same time its pulling a female audience by how a man has to adjust himself to a women's lifestyle. If that sounds like something you want to see give it a shot. But if you don't like mediocrity in your story or art work stay far away from this one. There are a lot of better ones out there.
Okay I hate to admit this and I really hate to admit this because I'm a guy but this was a damn good series story wise, if it was redrawn and remade I sure as hell would enjoy it about a thousand times more as I'm sure most people will think as well. So without any further ado let us review.
Story- Like I said the story in this was great, the ending was a real heart jerker, and the laughs I enjoyed were pretty genuine. The only thing that prevented it from getting a ten was some lack of substance and how short the series
Art- Okay yeah this series definitely lost points with me here mostly because everything was not well drawn. I understand that this series is kind of old but I have to draw a line somewhere.
Sound- Okay I liked the voice actors in japanese and the voices really did match the characters; in terms of sound effects they did a decent job there too so yay good job.
Character- Well for the important characters yes there was some development but there were sometimes where I just felt uneasy as to what a character was like...what I mean to say is either the character was as easy to read as a book or about as readable as Latin is speakable
Enjoyment- I liked this series a lot it wasn't my first experience watching an anime that was at least roughly based around school life but it was definitely one of my more enjoyable experiences; it actually makes me expect great things from school life based animes unlike some series which will remain un-named cough cough super gals cough cough.
Overall- If you like a heart warming kind of story and enjoy a little bit of drama here and there I suggest this series if not I'm not sure why else you would pick it up unless the aspect of a man cross dressing to get a job as a teacher is just your thing...
I started watching I My Me! Strawberry Eggs four years ago. It was one of my first forays into anime tinged with yuri and crossdressing, both elements that have become more popular in the years since. Now revisiting and finishing it, I feel a very strong appreciation for a show that tackles rarely handled topics such as reverse sexism and above all, what really matters when you fall in love with someone.
Admittedly, Strawberry Eggs fails spectacularly as a comedy. The jokes are stale, the timing is terrible, and the visual gags are just lame. Its only existence in comedy seems to be to keep the
series light-hearted, because when it dives into drama, it tends to dive deep. No surprise given the premise involves a man who crossdresses to teach at a school that only allows women to teach falling in love with one of his female students. Barriers invoking melodrama include age, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as the negative stereotypes that men typically have to bear. These issues are handled quite delicately while both the teacher and his students, both operating under entirely wholesome premises, attempt to understand each other in an environment that breeds discrimination on unwholesome assumptions. The way these issues are tackled and resolved are Strawberry Eggs's true strength and with great fortune, is what it blossoms toward, especially in its incredibly impressive final stretch.
The characters are also a mixed breed. No one really stands out besides Hibiki and Kuzuha, but everyone is a well-rounded character and no one is entirely a cliche. The characters, despite their lack of discernible personalities, never come across as fake... well, except the apartment patrons. They're a joke and have no real puprose or need for existence within the series.
The art is decent, not necessarily pretty but certainly not ugly. I suppose "tolerable" would be the right word which is coincidentally (or not) appropriate for this series given its message.
The voice work is impressive and passionate, especially Yuki Masuda as the female voice of Hibiki. However, the BGM and OP/ED accompaniments are beyond bland.
In short, though looking rather uninspired and bland, Strawberry Eggs ultimately blossoms into something strong, thoughtful, and sincere. A real treat for series of this nature that proves in many ways that looks are not only deceiving, but also not what really matters.
Overall, I give I My Me! Strawberry Eggs a 7 out of 10.
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