|Kodomo no Jikan is a charming, enjoyable and funny show.||2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.|
Now, Kodomo no Jikan is one of the most controversial animes of our time, so me, being the curious cat that I am decided to see what the fuss was all about since all I knew about it was that it involved a very young girl trying to seduce her teacher and that it was banned from the US, little did I know that it would be one of the funniest and most charming experiences I’ve had with an anime in my life.
Kodomo no Jikan deals with the adventures of Rin Kokonoe and her classmates Usa Mimi and Kagami Kuro, Rin is in love with her teacher Daisuke Aoki and often tries to hit on him by showing him her panties or doing other sexy stuffs. The problem here is that Rin is only 9 years old, and Aoki-Sensei is 23. Rin is also unaware of the fact that Kuro is in love with her, which is why Kuro is jealous of Aoki and often teases him and mocks him due to his lack of sexual experience.
That’s pretty much the story in a nutshell, and while many will believe this to be yet another type of lolicon hentai or whatever, it’s an emotionally charged show, and well yeah it does have its fair share of fan service but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
For starters, Kodomo no Jikan is well aware of the subjects it’s dealing with and it’s not over-the-top, instead it makes plenty of funny situations out of it, even if some of the things it does are not considered morally (or legally) correct, but that’s the fun thing about the show, it may be the pervert inside me talking but I always looked forward to see how Rin would try to hit on Aoki next or what Kuro would do to hurt him either physically (kick in the nuts for example) or mentally (calling him a virgin, naïve, pervert lolicon or even go as far as telling Mimi that he is a masochist).
But there’s more depth to it than you might think (or even more than I was expecting). One thing Kodomo no Jikan does perfectly during its twelve episode run (thirteen if you count the OVA) is balance the comedy with the drama. There are many emotionally scarred characters in the show, such as Reiji Kokonoe (Rin’s guardian and stepfather) and even Rin herself, they both have to deal with the death of Aki, Rin’s mother and Reiji’s wife. Reiji also wrestles with the anger and loneliness of his traumatic childhood while at the same time trying to raise a child on his own; this makes him one of the most complex characters in the show.
The best thing about the show though is its extremely charming, interesting and funny characters. I couldn’t help to laugh at every one of Kuro’s insults and Rin’s antics; and always found myself rooting for Aoki to become better as I felt I was experiencing the same personal growth he was during the show. Another character that I simply love is Hoin Kyoko, one of the teachers in the same school and Aoki’s first friend when he got the job. Kyoko is secretly in love with Aoki, who is apparently too dumb to see the obvious signs, though she’s a bit dumb herself since she always screws every opportunity she has to tell him in really funny ways.
There are two versions of the anime, a censored and an uncensored. I went back to see a few episodes of the censored one after finishing watching the uncensored and wasn’t really impressed with the job they did at censoring it, so if you want a funny series but don’t enjoy all the sexual stuff you might want to look for another one.
Kodomo no Jikan walks a very thin line between hentai and non-hentai, sometimes I felt like perhaps the things done were a bit too much, but as I said, it all adds up to the final product. I wouldn’t recommend this series to everyone, but I sure as hell enjoyed it and now I look forward to see what the upcoming second season will bring.