Wouldn't you just love to poke in a relationship between two young high-schoolers who have a subtle distance between each other? Of course you would. Tsumiki and Io have this subtle distance that anyone would want to jump in between just to bug them. That's what the other characters are there for. Tsumiki, being a tsundere and all, won't be honest about her feelings toward Io. Io on the other hand is unaware of Tsumiki's feelings, hence the subtle distance between the two. Now, let's watch these two and see what events await them...
Storytelling in a 4-Koma is tricky to pull-off. One may think, with the format being dominated by Comedy, that the primary goal of a 4-Koma is to make the reader laugh. In that respect, Acchi Kocchi enjoys lukewarm success. The series, fails, however, in a pivotal way: it spreads itself too thin.
Acchi Kocchi follows the misadventures of a group of highschool students. Within the halls of their classrooms, the characters get into all sorts of mischief. The tone is warm, although the premise is quite conventional.
The series' weakness is in its lack of focus. Its central romance lacks the progression and tugging-of-heartstrings present
in series like Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko, while its comedy lacks the creative punch of Kill Me Baby. The end result is a series with nice moments suffocated by tired humor.
Art in the series is simplistic, but appropriate for the series. Some standout designs are Tsumiki, the female protagonist with a catlike aesthetic, and Mayoi, her crazy best friend. The stubby characters add a visual flair to the comedy. It doesn't impress, but it complements.
Most of the cast of Acchi Kocchi checks boxes but little else. You have the resident tricksters, the innocent girl, the ojou-sama, and other comedy staples. The characters struggle to distinguish themselves from their crowded archetypes and feel more like props than characters. Some of the later characters feel like straight-up wastes of space, representing a few traits that would be better represented in pre-existing characters.
If there is a selling point to the series, it would be the relationship between Io and Tsumiki. Whenever these two are involved, its as if the series itself gets a second wind. That being said, the series oscillates between teasing romantic progress and throwing out jokes, resulting in inconsistent satisfaction on all fronts.
There was a time when I enjoyed Acchi Kocchi. It was when I just getting into 4-Koma manga. The series successfully skims the surface of 4-Koma-style Romance, Comedy and Drama, making it a good introduction to the format. After reading other, more focused series, however, I found that Acchi Kocchi had lost much of its charm.
Acchi Kocchi provides a comprehensive introduction to the 4-Koma format, but struggles to distinguish itself from its competitors. The end result is a jack-of-all-trades manga that leaves few veterans satisfied.
Here's a subtle way of aptly displaying sexual thoughts of both males and females which is appropriate for all ages: nosebleeds. By the laws of the anime world, no matter how much blood you lose, you can never die due to a nosebleed.