- Title: Eromanga-Sensei ( エロマンガ先生 )
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Ecchi
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
- Episodes: 12 – 23min (Completed)
- Date: 9 April 2017 — 25 June 2017
- Source: Light Novel
While caring for what’s left of his family, Masamune earns a living as a published light novel author with one small problem: he’s never actually met his acclaimed illustrator, Eromanga-sensei, infamous for drawing the most lewd erotica. Through an embarrassing chain of events, he learns that his very own little sister was his partner the whole time!
As new characters and challenges appear, Masamune and Sagiri must now face the light novel industry together. Eromanga-Sensei follows the development of their relationship and their struggle to become successful; and as Sagiri slowly grows out of her shell, just how long will she be able to hide her true persona from the rest of the world?
Should I Watch Eromanga-Sensei?
Eromanga sensei was a cute romantic comedy. Despite it’s seemingly worrying themes (underaged children and incest), Japan always manages to weave their way about these situations. So don’t worry! They’re not related by blood of course! So their mutual interest in each other is totally okay! While they’re underaged, they’re still of the same age group with each other, so it’s totally not weird or anything!
Now that we know it’s safe to watch (and safe to openly talk about, right?), I personally think it’s a cute romantic comedy anime that we all should watch. Putting aside those seemingly borderline dangerous themes, I thought that it’s focus on the struggles of young authors and young illustrators were quite fascinating, especially considering my own similar pursuits and dreams. So yes, watch it! It’s safe, I think.
For a show rated only 6.75 / 10 on MyAnimeList, I had a blast watching Eromanga-sensei. The anime was entertaining, with an interesting setting and a fun cast. Personally, I would rate it a high 8 / 10 because it definitely achieved what it set out to do — entertain, and with cute characters.
While the central plot is based on our protagonist relentlessly pursuing his dream as a writer (which struck a chord with me even more), the charm of this show lies with the various interactions that occurs as the protagonist goes about chasing his dream. From the interaction between the protagonist and his imouto, to the interaction with basically everyone else he bumps into, there’s a lot of joy that you get from watching these interactions. Sometimes they’re funny, and at times even awkwardly raunchy, but they’re all still great moments that were cute and entertaining to watch.
Other than the interestingly intermingled relationships explored, we also got to see the hardworking and motivational side of things with characters doing their best to chase after their dreams, as difficult and exhausting as they might be, despite being really young. So it was nice to see these youths deal with adult responsibilities, in their youthful manners. I was even motivated and inspired enough by a few of the characters that I started writing a new project. Gosh, the things anime can do to me…
Taking a look at the characters, Eromanga-sensei is an anime that gives ample character developments to (almost) all its key figures. We got to dig deeper and know more about the backgrounds of characters like Muramasa and Emily, and even the protagonist and his Imouto. By the end of it all, I found myself attached to most of these characters, and would’ve really loved to see more of their interactions. While the show mainly focuses around an incestuous romance (even though they’re not blood related), the anime gave ample moments of relationship building and romance between the other female characters and the protagonist. It was nice to see and experience the various cute and awkward interactions of these characters with the protagonist.
I think the design of Eromanga-sensei in terms of its art and drawing is highly suitable for the type of anime it was (moe?). The characters were drawn to be adorable, matching well with the vibe of the overall show and the interactions at play. They even had voices that matched their looks very well. These all add up to give a very cohesive and uniform identity to the show as being on the cutesy side of things. While we’re on the topic of vibes and atmosphere setting, the opening music and ending theme songs were highly appropriate to this vibe of the show. The opening music had been really effective to get me into the right mood for the show, promising a fun yet relaxed atmosphere, and then after a nice 24min watch, the ending theme song would wonderfully encapsulate the entire episode’s mood with its fun and beautiful melody. I must say I really liked the art, design and music in Eromanga-sensei. They all worked hand in hand to deliver a wonderful piece of anime. Even the anime physics felt fluid and natural.
Overall, I couldn’t find many faults in Eromanga-sensei, other than it’s lacklustre story. Despite it’s convenient and non-elaborate story, I think the show delivered in what it set out to do, and that is to simply entertain. I loved the show for it’s ample romantic interactions and even more ample awkwardly raunchy comedic situations, and that was honestly all I would’ve asked for from a show like this. At the end of the day, the anime is just your simple romantic comedy, but with really cutesy characters. And I must say, Eromanga-sensei is one of the most adorable characters ever designed, and definitely goes way up my list of adorable anime characters. Did you even see her dance in the opening song? I’m guessing you skipped the opening, didn’t you. Hmph.
Did you like the anime? Who was your favourite character? Was the show uncomfortable for you? Or was my review of it completely inaccurate? Let me know! Actually, just say anything at all in the comments. Anything!