Reviews and random thoughts brought about by various movies, series, music, books, travels, social behavior and what not...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Anime: Okusama wa Joshikousei (My Wife is a High School Girl)



Background:
Asami Onohara is a 17-yr old high school student with a secret. Unbeknownst to even her closest friends, she is already married. And her husband is her physics teacher Kyousuke Ichimaru. Even though they are married, they are prohibited from having sex till after Asami's high school graduation, much to her dismay (she wants to do it sooo bad). This was one of the conditions of Asami's father who still doesn't accept the marriage.

Twist:
No plot twist. Its an anime for light viewing.

In a Nutshell:
Its a love story of two individuals who are restrained from being intimate with one another because of the "public eye", on how their relationship is viewed as a taboo both from a social and cultural standpoint.

Afterthought:
A "sort of" dramatic romance story with some comedy sprinkled around to lighten up the deep moments within the series, usually on times that their secret is about to be exposed. Most of the times its the hardships of Asami on restraining herself and keeping all the love that she feels for Ichimaru inside.

Asami is unable to go through the various things a normal high school girl her age would, because she wants to become a wife worthy of her husband. In the other hand, Ichimaru is sometimes troubled on how to act and proceed with their relationship, while fighting off being approached and tempted by a lot of women his age. The series is a rollercoaster of "what da hell" s and "what da fug!!!" as you go along the daily hindrances and grief the couple encounters in their life of living together.

There is no back story on why and how they got married in the first place, unlike "Onegai Teacher", which has the same student-teacher-married-in-secret plot. It really leaves out a lot on how they got into that situation.

And Asami's character design is too voluptuous for a 17 yr old. A 5 foot built with boobs and ass that can rival any women that tempts her man. And the running stint within the series where she always fantasizing of finally having sex with Ichimaru.

Each episode is divided into 2 chapters, and are boring at times, but must be a treat for love sick teeners out there who fantasize of being lovers with their teachers. And its has a very annoying opening theme... I dunno why but it sometimes gets on my nerves.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Anime: Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru


Background:
Love is pretty much ruined for Kidou Eita, an ordinary highschool student when his parents split up with new lovers and left their only son behind. He then steels himself up, concentrates only in studying and refuses to be trapped in the unnecessary ploy called "love".

Twist:
Eita's world is turned into a battlefield when fellow "love-hater" Natsukawa Masuzu, the popular white-skinned, silver haired beauty, blackmails him to be her "fake" boyfriend. As word gets around school about the new couple, various childhood friends that developed and harbored feelings for him for the longest time comes out of the woodwork.

In a Nutshell:
A harem ploy filled with mind-fuck circumstances between Eita and Masuzu that leaves you wondering which is real, which is fake. A dive into various philosophical premises that challenges what it takes to really be in love.
Afterthought:
First off, won't Eita's parents be in jail by now for what they did? If not for his kind-hearted fujoshi-like aunt who took over taking care of him.

Nicely animated, with good character design and development. The theme was a bit heavy at the beginning of the series (due to Masuzu's mind games), but the middle part becomes lighter, with each of the character's background story explored, leaving nothing unresolved.

A very serious theme is inserted into the story near the end of the series as it turns out that Masuzu's made-up life of lies led her to develop bi-polar disorder. Almost appearing that she is "broken" (as Eita puts it).

The recurring plot device used in the story reminds me of the hentai-anime "Otohime", where a young boy gave a promised to marry the 4 fairy princesses who were his childhood friends.