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Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun

Title: Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun aka My Heartfelt Sympathy, Ninomiya-kun
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Company: AIC Spirits
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 4 Oct 2007 – 20 Dec 2007

Synopsis: Ninomiya Shungo is an average high school student – that is until two siblings, Tsukimura Mayu and her brother Mikihiro, come to stay with him and his sister. He soon discovers Mayu is a succubus, yet she suffers from androphobia (fear of men). Their siblings set the two up to help Mayu overcome her problem – through any means necessary. Through awkward situations the two struggle to overcome their shyness, and even harder to avoid upsetting the student council chairman, Hojo Reika. Caught between his feelings and a memory of a girl from his childhood, Shungo can’t help but feel the three of them may have met before.

The Highlights
Animation: Cool coloring and a unique, crisp animation style add to the aesthetic beauty.
Characters: Eccentric… belonging to the extremity of opposing sides of the spectrum.
Story: Far from original, but entertaining nonetheless.

What drew my attention to this title first and foremost was the artwork, with a colorful, crisp style that gave off an air of unique pleasantries. While this eventually turned out to be a run of the mill title, it had enough value to offset the characteristics that pulled it down into mediocrity.

Perhaps it was merely coincidental, but even the coloring scheme fits so fluidly with the artist’s style; it’s an aesthetic treat that flows well with the melodramatic and playful nature of this series. By and large in this genre you find animation and styling that’s far too eccentric, becoming predominate and overpowering the more melancholic scenes. In other words, it’s hard to take a dramatic scene seriously sometimes after the pink-haired, chibi girl just got done fighting a sprite-driven mech. Goshūshō-sama Ninomiya-kun was able satisfactorily amalgamate silly, ecchi moments between the dramatic, romantic storyline, a shortcoming in most other harem anime. Harmonized with a terrific soundtrack, including performances from the two main characters (a reoccurring trend I am noticing from more recent titles), all the elements of this work flow together well.

Although enjoyable, characters leave nothing to the imagination. You have the shy, ordinary girl Tsukimara Mayu, and the stuck up prep who lives the life of luxury, Hojo Reika. Stereotypes of the genre, but nonetheless I couldn’t help but smile seeing them go at it. Even the side characters, such as Ninomiya’s sister, are playful and contribute to the enjoyment of the series. The seiyuu cast talents are nothing extraordinary, save the talents of Sawashiro Miyuki (Digi Charat, Galaxy Angel), who voices Reika.

The fact that the main characters are succubus are what brand this title with its “originality” if you can call it that, but outside of that minor point you’ll find a typical harem of boy meets girl-who-is-from-his-past. While the plot was entertaining, the lack of progression was a bit bothersome. The plot doesn’t begin to really develop until the second half. Given that the series is already only twelves episodes, I felt a lot more could have been done. Furthermore, the ecchi factor is a bit over the top even for my tastes. But overall, if you’re looking for a decent rom-com then give Goshūshō-sama Ninomiya-kun a whirl.

The Rating: 6
6/10

Reviewed by: Godai

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