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.
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.
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.
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!