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It’s really, really hard to get non-awkward caps of a show like this

University student Asumi takes on a job as a housekeeper to earn some money. The family he will be working for turns out to consist of a single father, Naruse, and his adorable young son Ichika. From their first meeting, Asumi finds Naruse attractive.

While cleaning Naruse’s room, Asumi finds an adult video. Naruse admits that he watches them and was even in the middle of watching one when Asumi arrived. For some reason, Asumi responds to this by….doing awkward things with Naruse despite Naruse’s protests. Then, he wonders if he’s going to get fired for this.

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I’m pretty sure this is the only facial expression Naruse knows how to make

The censored version of this episode clocks in at 3 minutes and 30 seconds. The censored version is nearly double that in length. And that tells you pretty much all you need to know about Papa datte, Shitai.

Basically, it’s one of those shows where a paper-thin “plot” provides an excuse for lots and lots of awkward sex scenes to happen, probably at a once an episode frequency. The fact that it’s basically an excuse for sex is honestly kind of a bummer, because “single father raising small child with the help of housekeeper” would actually make a pretty great plot, regardless of the genders/orientations of those involved. Also, Ichika is pretty darn cute, even though he only got about thirty seconds of screen time, and there was an uncomfortably long shot of him in the bath with his father. To add insult to injury, the show’s OP/ED/whichever you call it when it’s a short features a slideshow of adorable still images of Naruse, Asumi and Ichika doing fun things together. It’s like it’s taunting me with the show we could have had if it weren’t just porn.

Also, the animation is…if not entirely terrible, very “old-school”. It reminds me of the way that early 2000s boys-love shows were animated – feminine men who blush in every other shot, giant hands and all. (It’s 2019, animators. Really? I thought we were done with yaoi hands by now…)

And I’m just…I don’t even want to talk about the other element that felt “dated” and “old-school” to me, which was Naruse repeatedly saying “No” and “I don’t want this” during the encounter and Asumi refusing to listen and continuing anyway. NO MEANS NO. CONSENT. IS. IMPORTANT. ALWAYS. PLEASE LEARN THIS, ANIME WRITERS, ESPECIALLY BL WRITERS.

If you want to watch two reasonably attractive men engage in a variety of sexual activities without having to worry much about keeping up with a “story” of any kind, Papa datte, Shitai is probably the show for you this season. It’s porn with very few frills. Other than that, there’s pretty much no need to watch this show for any reason.

Out of 5 Dios:

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because Ichika being adorable was not enough to erase the dated animation, icky consent issues and utter lack of a plot.

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I’m sorry you’re stuck in this crap, Ichika