Posted by psgels on 26 September 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews

Contrary to popular belief, Mitsudomoe is not first and foremost a fanservice series. Sure, it’s full of panty jokes, but at its core it really remains a comedy series. Still, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its mind completely drowned in the gutter.

Remember back when you were around ten years old, and how everyone kept making the most immature and tasteless jokes they could think of? Well, that’s this series: 13 episodes of toilet-jokes and innuendo at the level of ten-year-olds. The thing is that the delivery in this series so good that despite the subject material, it had me laughing out lout in every episode, aside from perhaps the first two.

This series especially loves making use of the way that in the Japanese language, you can often omit huge parts of a sentence if it’s clear about the context you’re talking in. It comes up with all kinds of scenarios to get the best out of this little quirk that’s unique to the Japanese language. Apart from that, it also loves toying with the chemistry between the different characters. The jokes it tells are just wrong at times, but I really couldn’t help but laugh. The jokes here range from utterly stupid to surprisingly witty, and they’re often surprisingly creative.

The big problem with this series is that it doesn’t have enough material for 13 episodes. Every episode is divided into about four or five short sketches, and every episode has at least one sketch that is just repeating the same jokes that were already used before. Especially the boob jokes and the Gachi Rangers get milked out too much, which really has me worried about the recently announced second season: when the first season is already struggling to fill 13 episodes, then there is no way that the second season will be as funny as the first one.

This series does need to take a bit of time to really find its niche. The first two episodes miss the mark completely: they try way too hard, are completely disgusting and will probably turn off many potential viewers. After that though, it becomes a pretty hilarious comedy series with a top-notch delivery. The reused jokes will probably become a huge turn-off in the second season, but this first season still has enough original content and jokes that are actually developed throughout the series, rather than merely copied and pasted.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Hilarious whenever it isn’t repeating jokes; it really has excellent delivery and comedic timing.
Characters: 8/10 – Their mind is completely in the gutter, but they’ve got a good chemistry.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Bridge is completely new, but they’ve done a pretty good job here with the animation.
Setting: 7/10 – Nothing special, and doesn’t really make use of it.

B Gata H Kei

4 Responses

  1. Avatar Shippoyasha says:

    To me, this show was definitely the surprise hit of the season bar none. There’s a few other solid ones, but this show everybody thought was garbage or they didn’t like the first few eps and dropped it. I thought it was hilarious from the first ep to the last, though the snot/urine jokes were a bit extreme I must admit.

    Also, a solid indicator of things to come if Bridge keeps up such high quality of animation. Nothing in this show came across outright as bad animation.

  2. Avatar Solaris says:

    >Especially the boob jokes and the Gachi Rangers get milked out too much
    This is the keypoint. Over repeated stupid jokes, at least not tastless as in Seitokai Yakuindomo.
    After the scene the teacher showed *it* to everybody, i feared this anime would definitely fall in the abyss of really really bas taste. Fortunately it turned out differently so that the dull teacher char was easily left off completely. We were lucky this time, but yet this anime didn’t deserve such an high rating.

  3. Avatar Tim says:

    For me this series started out very strong with that hilarious first episode (Futaba’s musical chairs FFA and the naming of “Nipples”).

    Unfortunately, the series lost me in a big way with ep 2, with the urine and snot jokes that just went from funny to sickeningly gross. It wasn’t until about episode 5 for me where I started enjoy the series again, as the characters and jokes were more fleshed out.

    Though for me, it won’t be the Gachi Rangers for me that might break the camels back, but Futaba’s incredible strength and stupidity. You can only use plain dumb as a brick stupidity for the lead into the punchline so much, before it just gets tiring.

  4. Avatar Alt says:

    I personally thought this was the best show of the season. I totally dont rate it as fanservice at all. Sure its a one trick pony with the “misunderstanding” jokes. But every episode still had a theme. I thought it was cute and fun, and knew how to look at itself in a mirror and give a good chuckle.

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