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Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 7 Review

For a show that is supposed to be about soccer, a basketball centered episode was not what I was expecting.

The first half of the episode introduces Mio Odagiri, the freshman star of the girl’s basketball team. There’s just one thing about her: she can’t shoot the ball. In fact, she almost never makes a basket! But her height and ball handling skills do almost all but make up for her lack of shooting skills.

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When she see’s Aoyama shooting during gym class, she quickly becomes interested in learning from him.

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After he inadvertently suggests she should use her height to dunk the ball instead of shooting, she is finally able to score! In celebration, she touches Aoyama on the shoulder. But to everyone’s surprise, he isn’t repulsed or compelled to clean himself off! This sets off chaos in the school, as people begin to mistake this for the two of them dating.

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As you might have guessed, they aren’t actually dating. Instead, Aoyama was just doing all of the physical things (like eating food made by other people, arm wrestling, and high five-ing after a goal) that he isn’t able to do with other people. Which I suppose is actually kind of cute to see Aoyama trying to express himself.

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This episode was fun to watch, and the animation was good as always. But I can’t help but wondering when they are going to stop introducing so many new characters that we will most likely never see again.

As a show about soccer, I’m continuously surprised by the lack of soccer in each episode. But as a slice-of-life about a clean freak, I like it. I’m thinking we won’t see much soccer in the next episode either. So that should be interesting. I’ll try to be more punctual with next week’s post as well. Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Hajimete no Gal Episode 5 Review

The final member of the harem (maybe?) gets their own feature episode. This week it is Nene, Junichi’s disproportionate  childhood friend. At the end of the previous episode, they showed someone getting a complete gyaru makeover, and as it turns out it was Nene!

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Nene gets the gal makeover to try to win Junichi over, since it seems everyone is under the impression that he has a gal fetish. To be honest, she is my least favorite character so far. So I really didn’t care much for her backstory or honestly anything that had to do with her in this episode.

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I feel like the translators for the subtitles took a few creative liberties with this one.

This episode was pretty average for me, as nothing particularly stood out. So I don’t have any insightful things to say about. Though I was a fan of Junichi’s monologue about war, which was accompanied by various artworks depicting war, except the characters from the artworks were replaced with Hajimete no Gal characters. It was a nice added touch, I felt.

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Asking the deep questions in a not-so-deep anime.
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Well, Junichi isn’t Seiya Toudoin, that’s for sure.

I’m hoping the next episode will be more about Yame and Junichi’s relationship, and less about these otherwise irrelevant background characters.

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They ended this episode this way, so it’s only fair I end my review this way.

Aho Girl Episode 6 Review

This episode is the second half to the Summer vacation arc and probably my favorite episode we’ve had so far. Up until this point I didn’t really like Aho Girl, but this episode might have changed things. We’ll see!

This episode opens with the idiot squad at the beach. Yoshiko is, of course, causing trouble. In particular, she buries the Public Morals Chairwoman and then decides to give her sand body a bonus body part.

All this while A-kun is relaxing and just trying to catch some rays. Though while watching I felt that he looked kinda familiar to one of my favorite childhood characters. Do you agree?

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Tom at the Beach Tom and Jerry

This episode was full of quotable moments/perfect screencaps. One in particular was Ryuichi trying to stop Yoshiko’s mother from ruining their trip.

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This has the same motion blur-like effects people have been putting on memes recently. I kinda dig it.

Though the winner of the best quote goes to this next one. I feel like it is even better without context. So you’ll just have to watch the episode to truly enjoy the quote.

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What could she possibly be talking about?

Though my favorite scene of the episode was when A-kun has to dog sit for Yoshiko. While initially upset with the turn of events, it turns out that the dog actually understands A-kun! Not only that, but they have the same taste in movies! It seems A-kun has finally found the one person who can understand him. Though not quite the person he probably had in mind…

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I ship it. I think.

This episode had some much better jokes and comedy than the previous episodes, I thought. Which really shouldn’t have taken six episodes for a comedy to actually make me laugh, but maybe I’m just picky.

Aho Girl has been slightly redeemed, now it is up to the latter half of the season to finish strong. If it can, then I think this will definitely be a show to watch for comedy lovers.

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 6 Review

The high school manga author Ozaki-kun is the character in focus this time, as Aoyama and his soccer related shenanigans take the back seat.

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The name and description of Ozaki sounds eerily familiar to a Nozaki-kun, a personal favorite of mine from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun.

He is looking for inspiration for a new character in his manga, and it seems Aoyama is just the person for the job.

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Ozaki-kun’s manga’s main character and chibi Aoyama.

However, Ozaki sees Aoyama a bit differently then everyone else. Instead of a soft-spoken and somewhat shy clean freak who is skilled at soccer, Ozaki sees Aoyama as a tyrant forcing people to clean the path in front of him, forces people to cheer for him at soccer games, and (the worst of all) hates dogs! And thus, the evil blue wizard was born.

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Aoyama if he was an evil wizard. But to be honest it also looks like he could be confused for a fantasy pimp.

The story itself this episode was pretty comical, if a little random. I have honestly no idea where each episode is going to go next. So at least I’m always in for a surprise!

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I noticed today while watching Aoyama-kun that the three stooges from Hajimete no Gal look a lot like Aoyama’s teammates from the former show.
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See the resemblance? 
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I feel like this could’ve been subtitled a little bit better.

All in all not a bad episode, but I could have done without it. It’s existence kind of confused, since we hardly learned anything about Aoyama, except maybe what he’d look like if he were an evil wizard. It looks like next week’s episode may be about basketball? So I’m honestly not sure where we are going, but I think that just adds to the fun!

 

Hajimete no Gal Episode 4 Review

In every harem it seems, each character involved in the harem gets an episode of exposition to flesh out their character. This time it is the seemingly quiet and soft-spoken class representative, Yui Kashii.

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The consensus on r/anime is that she is”best girl,” but I don’t know about that.

But of course, her personality on the outside differs greatly from what she truly is. Coined a “serious gal” by Junichi’s four-eyed friend, Kashii is actually an online gal cam girl-esque streamer by night who makes sure to not let anyone know of her gal personality. She also believes the world revolves around her, and becomes quite the pain in the neck if things don’t go her way.

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The “perv friend” discovering Kashii’s online gal stream.

Kashii also views Junichi as her dog who should only be loyal to her, and views his relationship with Yame as something interfering with his loyalty.

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Doggy Junichi.

This episode toned down the lewd and raunchiness a bit (though it wasn’t completely absent), which was rather refreshing. The comedy was on point in this episode as well. But man, with each episode that passes, Junichi’s friends get crazier and crazier.

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This is the kind of picture I’d pay to have painted and hung up in my house. It’s so pseudo dramatic that it’s silly.

The lolicon friend in particular made a joke that may or may not have suggested luring children with a “free candy” van.

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They also seem to be testing Junichi’s loyalty and love for Yame, which I suppose can count as progress in their relationship.

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Kashii’s heated confession of love (and a master-dog relationship) to Junichi.

One of the better episodes so far, but still no Yame and Junichi centered episodes since the karaoke episode. And based on the next episode’s preview, it looks like we might have to wait a bit longer for one. So until then, I’ll be eagerly awaiting some Yame x Junichi progress.

Aho Girl Episode 5 Review

Summer vacation is here in Aho Girl, and it happens to coincide with Japanese school’s Summer vacations as well. But what will our weird delinquents do for their break?

I’ve honestly been pretty bored with Aho Girl up to this point, so luckily this episode was a decent change of pace.

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A good morning kiss is probably not how A-kun wants to spend his first day of vacation.

Yoshiko, A-kun and his sister go to the movies for their first day the break away from their studies (though I suppose for Yoshiko, everyday is a break from studying). But, not surprisingly, Yoshiko is a movie talker! The worst kind of person!

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Duct tape should be the punishment for those who talk during movies.

What is a slice of life anime without a beach trip? And what is a beach trip with out obligatory swimsuit shopping?

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Recently the more characters that are in a scene, the better. I have a hard time enjoying the exchanges between characters when it’s just two of them together, but when the whole aho squad is together, it is actually enjoyable to watch.

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Counter attack by Yoshiko’s mother during the battle for A-kun!

I was slowly losing interest in Aho Girl up to this point, but I think they’ve saved it a bit with this episode. It seems like the Summer vacation arc is going to be a two-parter as well, so hopefully next week is just like this episode was. If the beach trip half is even better, it may just save this show for me.

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 5 Review

Aoyama-kun goes back to soccer themed content this week. This time, they play their second match in the high school tournament. While it should be an easy win for Fujimi, skeletons from Tsukamoto’s (the glasses wearing, ball-off-butt bouncing player) past come back to haunt him.

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Fujimi’s three stooges.

Tsukamoto is now known as the officer in charge of boosting the team’s morale with his and the other two stooges’ shenanigans. But in middle school, Tsukamoto was bullied by the team captain. Because of that, he froze up whenever he was playing against him. Now Fujimi plays Tsukamoto’s bully’s team, and Tsukamoto once again freezes up.

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Tsukamoto now, and as a middle school student.

But this is Aoyama-kun’s show, after all. So we can’t forget about him. He overhears people during halftime explaining Tsukamoto’s situation, and devises a plan to have Tsukamoto score and bring back his confidence.

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Aoyama sets up Tsukamoto for his patented butt-shot!

This episode takes a more serious tone, with bullying and all that. So if you were looking for strictly comedy like in the previous episode, you won’t find it here. This is also another one of the not Aoyama centered episodes. I think they are trying to build up the background of the other players on the team right now, while things are still early.

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There are numerous soccer paparazzi at a high school game, for some reason. That seems a little creepy if you ask me.

The animation and OST of each episode continue to impress. I’m not used to watching sports anime, so maybe it’s just that. But it feels like Aoyama-kun has some pretty stellar scenes. The game winning goal, as well as the subsequent play leading up to it, come to mind first. The hype-up music that also plays during these scenes is also really nice to hear. This OST may be one I have to add to my workout playlist. If I ever decide to work out, that is.

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As the weeks go on, more and more are converted to the Aoyama fan club!

Based on my predictions, I am gonna guess that next week will take a break from soccer and lean more towards the comedy aspect of things. Those are my favorite episodes, so I am very ready for that!

Hajimete no Gal Episode 3 Review

Now that they’ve established the main character’s relationship, we are starting to delve into the side characters’ purpose. This episode we learn more about the oddly shaped and overly spray-tanned gyaru Ranko.

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Apparently everyone can sniff out people’s virginity in this show. Add that to the list of useless super powers.

Ranko is Yame’s childhood friend from elementary school. Junichi gets well acquainted with Ranko right off the bat. If you catch my drift. Fortunately, she seems to just be teasing Junichi and “testing” him and his loyalty to Yame. After this, Yame suggests that the three of them all hang out together on their next day off. And so begins a montage of typical date activities!

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I always get excited when there are bowling scenes in anime. Even if just for a few seconds!

Also I’d like to point out that Junichi was wearing a shirt with cherries on it during the date.”Cherry boy” is a euphemism for virgin in a lot of anime (Kosuda from Yamada’s First Time comes to mind as someone always called a “cherry boy”). So I think Hajimete no Gal is trying to tell us something about Junichi.

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The cherry boy’s admirable words.

This episode seems to have brought out some actual plot into the mix. There was a scene where some hoodlums were incessantly hitting on Yame, and Junichi tries to stand up to them. While failing, it seems to show that he actually has some non-lusty feelings for her. So maybe this is actually the 2017 version of Yamada’s First Time after all? The rom-com shenanigans and lack of actual sexual activity seems to suggest that. Which is honestly fine by me.

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It’s no longer just about sex to him. Progress!

While a little raunchy, I am enjoying Hajimete no Gal so far. It seems to be different take on your average rom-com, which is always nice to see. Though I still can’t get over the ginormous breasts on almost all of the girl characters. It is a little (very) over the top, to say the least. But if you don’t let that bother you, I think this can be a good show for those of you craving an ecchi romantic comedy this season.

Aho Girl Episode 4 Review

Episode 4 again has nothing particularly out of the ordinary here, just like the previous episode. Though this time, it seems each character gets their own story block. And with that, their own way to annoy A-kun.

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These children continue to be the wisest characters in the show.

The three children who play with Yoshiko have one of the better scenes from this episode. They are dragged along on another one of Yoshiko’s shenanigans, this time to a department store Power Rangers-esque hero show. (Do they still do those anymore?)

Despite their being a script and no one is actually in danger, Yoshiko decides to take matters into her own hands, and defeat the villian herself.

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My exact quote when someone thanks me at work.

My favorite scene from this episode was the episode’s finale. Yoshiko announces that it is A-kun’s birthday tomorrow and recruits Sayaka and the “Oppai President” to sneak into A-kun’s room and find out what he wants for his birthday. If you couldn’t already tell, the plan goes array pretty quickly. Yoshiko’s stupidity + A-kun’s “anti-Yoshiko” traps + the “Oppai President’s” lust for A-kun = recipe for disaster.

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The three girl’s reconnaissance mission into A-kun’s room.

Aho Girl‘s episodes being short and sweet are probably the main reason I’ve continued watching so far. It’s not to say I’m not enjoying it, but if it were in 30-minute intervals instead of 15, I think I would get sick of it much more quickly. That being said, I’ve mostly enjoyed what I’ve seen, and will continue watching until the end.

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 4 Review

I think I am starting to notice a pattern here with the content of the episodes. It seems like for every 1 soccer episode, there is another completely non-soccer episode. Which is totally okay with me, since these non-soccer episodes are pretty great too!

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Narita, the second keppeki danshi.

This episode features the closeted clean-freak Narita, and contrasts him directly to Aoyama. He thinks that being the closet clean-freak is smarter, allowing him to limit any human interaction altogether. In fact, most of his human interaction comes from an online MMORPG. His guild in this MMO is about to get a new member, who is oddly familiar.

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Aoyama as Aoi Sanmyaku is too darn cute.

Aoyama is discovered by Narita in their online game, but to Narita’s surprise, Aoi Sanmyaku is nothing like Aoyama. Easily embarrassed, quick to high-five others in celebration, and owner of a room that should be featured on an episode of Hoarders, it seems like Aoyama uses this game as an outlet to express how he might truly be if he were not a clean-freak. I particularly enjoyed this glimpse into internet Aoyama, as it offered a chance to see his cute side.

It also seems that the Summer 2017 anime season is the season of food. So far I’ve seen yummy looking food from Isekai Shokudou and Konbini Kareshi, but was not expecting to see it from Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun in this week’s episode. Narita and Aoyama team up to feed their class of hungry savages, and lots of tasty food is the result.

Despite Narita trying to hide his clean-freak behavior, Aoyama sees right through him. This bonding between the two keppeki danshi was truly a sight to see.

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Aoyama offering cleaning supplies is like offering someone your most prized possession.

While there was almost zero soccer, it seems as though each episode has to have at least one scene showing the slightest amount of soccer. In this episode that would be Aoyama’s in game character using his patented Aoyama soccer skills to one-hit-KO the monster.

Aoyama Iron Ball Shot

 

Not quite the sports anime I thought it was going to be, Aoyama-kun is much better of a comedy than I was expecting. So I’d say it is a fair trade. I’d have to recommend it to even people who dislike soccer or sports anime in general, as this is not your normal sports anime. So far it is a must-watch for fans of quirky MCs and overall good comedy.