Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 1 Review

The first show to start airing on my “Summer 2017 shows to watch” list is Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun. While not highest on my list of things to watch, I was nevertheless excited to get started watching it.

To start, I don’t have much experience with sports anime. I think The Prince of Tennis is the only sports anime I have really gone out of my way to watch, and even then I haven’t finished it yet. So this is all going to be fairly new to me. So I may think something is just amazing, that is actually pretty common in sports anime. If I do that, please feel free to call me out! Now on to my thoughts of the first episode.

aoyama cleaning soccer balls
What an incredibly time consuming task.

The episode starts off with pretty great and aesthetically pleasing ReLIFE-esque visuals, showing the title character scoring on a free kick. Now I don’t know much about soccer, but I do know that isn’t the easiest thing to do.  They also show the clean-freak attribute of Aoyama right away, with him dodging his teammates’ efforts to hug him to celebrate the game-winning goal. This set the show up to, in my opinion, be more of in the realm of a comedy than any other genre. Which is definitely good for me, since I don’t want a pure sports anime.

I also enjoyed the many non-soccer scenes of the show. For example, immediately following the pretty good OP song, was a good 5-10 minutes of Aoyama’s school life, and his unwinnable battle against dirt. I am rather glad there were a fair amount of non-soccer scenes, since I think too many is the reason I tend to avoid sports anime. I think that they get stale much faster than a slice-of-life, or something along those lines. Plus, those scenes are of course vital to character development.

butt ball man
Butt ball man.

On that note, I was really fond of the comedy thrown into the mix. While I was expecting the clean-freak jokes, I certainly did not expect the random niche character traits of the more minor characters. The two most notable, and right now my favorite, traits were a guy who seems to only make plays with his butt and a guy (Takechi) who finds every opportunity to flash and flex his abs. The latter is especially funny to me, since I remember many boys trying to show off their “abs” in my high school gym classes.

takechi abs
With abs like those, why not?

The last thing that I noticed was the intense music played when Aoyama scored the tying goal against Ab Man Takechi’s team. I’m used to music that matches the mood, sure, but I guess I just wasn’t expecting a song with vocals (that isn’t the anime’s OP or ED) to play. While it is a minor detail, it caught my attention and I definitely liked it. So I’m excited to hear some more dope songs played during changes in momentum.

This was only the first episode, so I’ll keep this review short. But I like what I saw. And assuming the comedy stays as the main driver for the show, I think I’ll like it! I also think it’ll be a good gateway for people like me who are on the fringe about watching sports anime.

Anyways, check back next week for my thoughts on episode 2!


2 thoughts on “Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 1 Review

  1. The only sports anime I have watched so far is Yuri on Ice 😊I’m not really a big fan of sports in general. So usually not in a big hurry to check out Animeseries like these. Still, I enjoyed reading your review. Hope the series will continue to be a fun watch for you 😀

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    1. Thanks, I hope so too! I’m the same way, while I like real life sports, I don’t have a strong desire to watch any sports anime. But the first episode has been fun. When it is fully complete, I’ll let ya know if it is something worth watching.

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