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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.

aoyama has found someone he can touch

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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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!

we went a little too far hajimete no gal
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!

 

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!

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.

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 3 Review

Episode three takes us back into actual soccer for a bit, but not without a nice ten or so minutes of comedy.  Which as you might have figured, is my favorite part of this show so far.

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The comedy scene features our soccer squad at a family restaurant taking shelter from the rain. While originally a nice and calm dinner, things quickly take a turn for the silly when my favorite six-pack wielding character Takechi comes in and challengers Aoyama’s gourmand teammate to see who can eat the entire menu first.

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He eats that much with abs like those? I’m jealous.

This contest ends with Aoyama’s foodie teammate surviving the final dessert, and bringing home the gold. The entire scene, though, ends in wonderful fashion. It’s as if the show acknowledges that it hasn’t actually been about soccer for an episode and a half now, and makes sure to call that to attention.

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But all good things must come to an end. So they returned to actual soccer shenanigans by the second half of the episode. And it somehow ends up with Aoyama being locked in the opposing team’s locker room, being held captive by that team’s captain’s girlfriend. This sabotage was meant to make sure Fujimi (Aoyama’s team) loses without their star player.

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Things looked pretty grim, with Fujimi being down 2-0 with only 15 minutes left in the game. But fortunately, everyone’s favorite stalker Gotou Moka came to rescue Aoyama.

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After he is rescued, Aoyama makes sure to put the cheating team in their place. He puts his team up 5-2 in just 15 minutes, scoring himself a hat trick (3 goals in one game) in the process.

The animation never ceases to impress me, with each goal looking truly beautiful. So even though I am not a huge fan of the actual soccer scenes, they are definitely enjoyable to watch.

If you were disappointed in the lack of soccer in the last episode, then this one is definitely for you. While the comedy was more restrained this time around, I still really enjoyed episode three, and I’m looking forward to next week.

 

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 2 Review

Two episodes in and I think I can safely say I am very happy with Aoyama-kun! This episode was more about Aoyama’s stalker Moka Gotou, and her history with Aoyama, as well as a hilarious half-episode story about Aoyama’s “magic” towel.

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Aoyama-kun in elementary school.

At the start of the episode, we get more narration from Aoyama’s borderline stalker, whose name is finally revealed, Moka Gotou. It is revealed that they met in elementary school, where Aoyama was attempting to play with a cat. However, he wouldn’t touch it because, well… quite frankly because he’s an idiot. But more to the point, because he is a clean freak. So to combat this, Moka makes him a cat stuffed animal, so he could play with the animal he likes without fear of germs.

that cat has a weird face

This part of the episode was alright, but more importantly, it moved the story along into bringing Moka onto the team as their assistant/manager and closer to Aoyama-kun.

Aoyamas magic towel

Later in the episode, one of Aoyama’s teammates gets a whiff of Aoyama’s towels, and described it as giving off a “sweet, elegant aroma!! Outrageous.” He even went as far as to tweet about it, getting all of his other teammates and nearly everyone else in school curious about the magic towel.

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This little arc made me laugh a lot more than I was ready for, which was pleasantly surprising. My favorite part has to be when Aoyama is fleeing the numerous pursuers trying to steal his towel, and unnecessarily starts dribbling a soccer ball in the process.

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I nearly lost it at this scene.

I think I liked this episode so much, because it has almost zero actual soccer and instead is mostly comedy/fleshing out characters’ backgrounds. I feel like I would get bored very quickly of a show that is 100% sports. Which at this point, I highly doubt it will be. Anyways, I’m really happy with how the comedy and sports have been divided up in the show, and how they also aren’t mutually exclusive. If you haven’t watched an episode yet because you were unsure as to how it would be, I think you should definitely give it a go!

 

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.

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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.

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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!