This entire series is like some really surreal soap opera and it is fascinating.

Summary:

Kobeni has just turned 16 years old, and gets more than she bargained for on her birthday when she’s introduced to her new fiancé—and his younger sister.  Already living with an older sister (Benio) and an absent-minded mother, she now has to deal with having Hakuya and his sister Mashiro living together with them.  Apparently Kobeni and Hakuya met as kids, though Kobeni can’t seem to remember anything because she suffered an accident shortly after.  Their engagement was mandated by her grandfather, though Kobeni is unsure how to feel about all this.  For now, it seems she’s just going to go with the flow until things smooth over.

I know a lot of little kids in anime are annoying, but I get the feeling Mashiro is MEANT to be annoying.

Yes, they actually pulled this cliche… with the younger sister too!

My Opinion:

Watching this series was certainly an experience.  Things moved so quickly, and characters reacted so nonchalantly to all this drama that it was almost surreal.  Benio is possibly the only one reacting in any way realistically to the situation, even if her reactions are over-exaggerated.  And then it dawned on me around the half-way point—this is meant to be a parody of anime with awful storylines just like this.

All of the characters are pretty much caricatures of terrible anime stereotypes.  Benio acts like a yamato nadeshiko… in public.  But at home she’s actually revealed to be a terrible human being.  Kobeni’s and Benio’s mother takes the “relaxed parent” trope to the extreme, to the point where she’s basically a pushover.  Mashiro tries to be the “cute little sister” but is in actuality a huge unlikeable brat.  And Hakuya is the blandest of bland male leads.  Kobeni is possibly the only sane person in this anime universe.  In any other anime, I would hate the hell out of these characters, but Mikakunin De Shinkoukei manages to make it work without being annoying.  This is a very “your mileage may vary” type of deal, but once I learned to stop taking this anime seriously, it was actually pretty hilarious.

Even if this is meant to be a parody of bad anime, I do have to wonder how long it’s going to be able to keep it up.  An awful lot of parody anime fall into the trap of becoming what they originally parodied (IE: the Magical Girl Pretty Sammy TV series).  I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

Overall, this was probably the first anime that really piqued my interest out of all the other stuff I’ve reviewed for First Impressions, so that’s saying something.  The animation is average, and the characters are awful—but I mean that in the best way possible.  Still, I did genuinely enjoy watching this, so… who knows?  I might end up reviewing this series for the blog.

Out of five:

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Benio, you are a terrible human being but I can’t help but be fascinated.

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