Episode title: The Boy Who Was Called Pig’s Foot
As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him “Piggy” due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance.
With slice of life romantic-esque type comedies, I never anticipate too much in the way of plot. Because of this, I’m watching Masamune with an open mind regarding the level of narrative depth. With that said, the story is primarily common in anime: tsundere characters who were once childhood friends turned rivals — not exactly an original plot. As expected, the first episode explained a bit of back story and begun developing the cast of characters. I thought this, along with the detailed animation, was well done.
From the start of the episode, viewers are privy to a bit of male fanservice, with Masamune flexing his arms in the mirror, and showing off his defined torso, after his shower. A welcomed plot distraction meant to increase thirsty girls viewership tenfold (psst… it’s working) This episode also gave rise to an awesome new insult, referring to someone as a ‘pigs foot.’ Finally, there is a Kirito-like moment (ala Sword Art Online) where Masamune comes to the rescue. I wasn’t sure whether to respond with an eye roll or a warm, fuzzy “awww….” (I chose the latter). So, yes… looking forward to next weeks episode and how everything will play out.
-Glimpse of main characters’ backstories.
-Typical romantic comedy fodder
-Potential Gary Stu main protagonist
This show has a fairly simple premise that the first episode wasted no time in reaffirming. Doing this as a comedy was the right way to go because it would be rather sad otherwise. Vanity is key theme here, which the show will likely give some lesson on later. The main characters are pretty awful people. I did like that they gave the girl some embarrassing flaw, yet showed that she’s craftier than Makabe-kun assumed. It could be interesting, but I have a pretty good idea where this is going already.
Animation is really nice. They even animated the dust really well when Masamune was looking into the storage room (some specks visible in the shot above). I thought it was Kyoto Animation until I saw “Silver Link” about 80 times in the ED. The OP is decent and voice acting is pretty good so far, but why is Kousei Arima playing a vindictive vain jerk?
-Possibly idolizes vanity
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