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Okusama wa Joshikousei

Title: Okusama wa Joshikousei aka My Wife Is a High School Girl
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Company: Madhouse Studios/avex mode
Format: 13 episodes
Dates: 3 Jul 2005 – 25 Sep 2005

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old high school student Onohara Asami is married to her Physics teacher, Ichimaru Kyosuke. However, to keep the marriage from becoming a scandal that could cost Kyosuke his job, they must keep it a secret. To complicate the relationship, the only way Asami’s father would allow the marriage was if Kyosuke promised to maintain Asami’s virginity until she graduates from high school.

The Highlights
Comedy: Barely chuckle-inducing.
Characters: Flat and stagnant.
Romance: Zero backstory or explanation for a potentially interesting predicament.
Fanservice: Boring and unsatisfactory.

An idea for a good anime: take a potentially controversial and taboo theme and handle it maturely and tactfully. An idea for a bad anime: take a potentially controversial and taboo theme and use it as an excuse for fanservice. There’s not much to say about it. Okusama wa Joshikousei is just a terrible anime.

Never mind how blatantly “fantasy-fulfillment” this anime is for a moment. Even though this might have explained why this title was so difficult to enjoy, “fantasy-fulfillment” just shouldn’t cripple an experience the way it did here. Let’s momentarily consider this for what it tried to be: a light, episodic fanservice comedy, aimed at the lowest common denominator, about a married couple that can’t do the dirty. Even on this level, Okusama wa Joshikousei fails. The fanservice is pedestrian. The comedy is inane and low-brow. The supporting cast is frustrating, and the main couple are as flat and stagnant as their relationship. Now let’s consider what Okusama wa Joshikousei should have been, so I can blast it for failing the absolute basics of Romance/Drama 101. That we come away knowing virtually nothing about the main couple is an absolute sin for a romance story. Kyosuke and Asami are just married… how they got that way, how they met, how they fell in love, how their respective families responded: all the interesting things in a love story are close to never brought up. These are things that would have been particularly nice to know, considering how atypical Kyosuke and Asami are as a married couple. Redeeming that the other potentially interesting plot point in “the secret” is actually dealt with, but even this was clumsily executed. When Kyosuke and Asami aren’t saved by deus ex machina, they’re saved by the supporting cast’s general apathy to their situation. My question: if the characters on screen don’t care, how is the audience supposed to?

The animation is acceptable, saved, if anything, by the fact that the characters don’t exactly do anything that could potentially strain or test the animators’ skills. The character design is little short of dead boring, however. Pedestrian music doesn’t help what little atmosphere there is. Overall, the aesthetics are almost as bad as the rest of this anime.

When an anime is so devoid of depth, what is one to do? Enjoy it on a purely superficial level? Unfortunately, Okusama wa Joshikousei can’t even deliver there, with its inadequate excuse for fanservice and predictable, dreary attempt at comedy. “Do not watch” is the next best answer I can come up with.

The Rating: 2
2/10

Reviewed by: Sorrow-kun

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