Summer 2019 Anime: First Impressions – Part 1

The summer anime season has started, and I finally got a chance to check some of the new series. Here are my first impressions of some of the ones I’ve watched so far. I’m going to split this into a few parts, since I literally have no idea how much I will get to today.

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (ぼくたちは勉強ができない)

So I actually found out about this one (also known as Bokube) from Sakura-con: the Aniplex booth there was handing out promotional stuff to watch on streaming services. Anyways, it’s basically about the main character, Nariyuki Yuiga, who is given an opportunity to receive the school’s special VIP recommendation. This recommendation allows someone to get into an affiliated university without having to take entrance exams, and is given full ride tuition. A student’s dream if you ask me. The only catch is: he has to tutor the school’s two geniuses. How hard can that possibly be?

So after watching a few episodes, I liked it. It is a rom-com harem anime: that much can be said. It did remind me a little bit of last season’s Go-toubun no Hanayome, whose MC was also tutoring others, and also came from a “not so wealthy” family.

I also like the voice actors in this one. Tomita Miyu voices the red haired genius Ogata Rizu , while Shiraishi Haruka voices the blue haired genius Furuhashi Fumino . Shiraishi-san has previously been in voice acting roles, such as Misha from Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!, and Tomita-san has voiced Gabriel from Gabriel Dropout, as well as Riko from Made in Abyss. Osaka Ryota also voices Yuiga in this series, and he has a large portfolio of previous roles. If they are your favourite voice actors, do check this series out.

Animation in this series has been pretty consistent so far. There haven’t been any major mishaps that I’ve seen in some other series. Bless everyone working behind the scenes of this series.

Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (淫らな青ちゃんは勉強ができない)

Big mood ngl.

Continuing on the subject of studying, I found this series to be hilarious. It follows the main character Ao, whose father is an erotic author. She was traumatized when she was little, when she explained how her name came to be, and since then, has vowed to study hard and be independent from her father, sparing no time for boys. Then comes her classmate, Kijima, who confesses his love for her. The series follows her attempts at trying to decline, with various strings being pulled from “behind the scenes”, as well as her impure monologues.

This 10 minute episode series is hilarious, and isn’t something you want to watch when there are kids around. Nonetheless, the random perverted jabs left and right, along with seeing Kijima and Ao’s reactions to each other’s misunderstandings were really funny.

In terms of voice acting, Ao’s voice sounded really familiar. Taking a look at the end credits, it turned out to be Waki Azumi, who voices Katagiri Sanae from the [email protected] Cinderella Girls franchise, among a list of others. I also took a look at Kijima’s VA, who is Terashima Junta. I’m not familiar with his previous roles, but I liked his voice. I’ll keep an eye out for him in other series.

Similar to Bokuben above, the animation is pretty good here too. The characters are pretty cute. Can’t wait for the remaining episodes to air!

Anyways, that’s all from me for now. More to come later.

~Lui

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