Hello minna-san! Here’s my first impression on Acchi Kocchi. Hope you enjoy!
Genre(s): Romance, School, Seinen, Comedy
Notable Seiyuu: Ookubo Rumi, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Fuku hara Kaori, Asanuma Shintaro, Minaguchi Yuko, Nabatame Hitomi, Hoono Hiromi, Yonaga Tsubasa, Takemori Natsumi, Iwao Junko
OP: Acchi de Kocchi de by Acchi Kocchi
ED: Te o Gyuushite ne by Rumi Ookubo
Summary: The serious-minded Tsumiki and the pure-hearted Io feel they never want to be parted, and yet they haven’t fallen in love yet. More than friends but not lovers, they develop an awkward quasi-romance while the rest of the gang continues to enjoy teasing the two. (Source: ANN)
Like Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Acchi Kocchi is a comedy, romance series with very little or no story to it. Though even if it is a comedy like Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, it’s definitely not as outrageous. More so, it has a slice-of-life, school-life feel (same as Lucky Star) but instead with romance between our two main characters: Otonashi Io and Tsumiki Miniwa. However, Io and Tsumiki’s friends (Mayoi, Hime and Sakaki) loves teasing Tsumiki’s feelings towards Io who is unaware of such feelings. It’s a really soft and fluffy kind of show and that’s the same for the comedy too with the OST to back it up.
As a side note, I really don’t like the ED. Ookubo Rumi sounded alright in the OP but dreadful in the ED; she just couldn’t reach those notes properly. Leaving that alone, the series relies on short comedy gags which is similar to how Danshi Koukousei displays their comedy. A relaxing comedy which can get quite hilarious at times but as a comedy gag series, there will always be hits and misses. I really adore Tsumiki for her character design and tsundere personality with cat-like features. She’s cute, adorable and her reactions fuel the comedy perspective ever more with Io who plays a brotherly role towards Tsumiki. The rest of the gang helps spice up the comedy and without them; it really would just be a relaxing, romance series… a little bit too relaxing to the point of being boring.
Should you watch it? It’s quite hard to recommend such a slow pacing and fluffy show as that’s all the series has as a strong point. It’s always good to give a series a try so I’ll ask that much for everyone to do. If you love Lucky Star than you’d most likely like Acchi Kocchi too. I for one find this series adorably cute and funny at times, plus it’s a nice series to sit back and relax with and maybe you will love it the same way too.
Till next time minna-san!