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First Date: Asu no Yoichi!

My “first date” with a new series, straight from Japan-- everything you need to know to decide whether it's something you'll want to see.

My “first date” with a new series, straight from Japan-- everything you need to know to decide whether it's something you'll want to see.

Asu no Yoichi!
Asu no Yoichi!
Title: Asu no Yoichi

Studio: AIC

Genre: Harem

Ratings (of 5)

Story: ♥♥½

Animation: ♥♥♥

Characters: ♥♥½

OP/ED Themes: ♥♥½



Asu no Yoichi is the tale of a samurai-in-training in modern Japan, Yoichi, who has learned everything he could training with his dad (and a bear and a fox, apparently) in the mountains. His dad sends him down to gain more life experience living in the city, where Yoichi has never been, apparently. So Yoichi heads down to move in with the Ikagura family, which has opened a dojo in the same style that Yoichi's been learning.

Of course, Yoichi's first day goes predictably: he has run-ins with punks, thieves, and lost children, as well as accidentally wreaking a lot of havoc. And of course, a lot of that havoc involves members of the Ikagura family...he lands in the dressing room where one of the four sisters is changing, lands face-first in the lap of another sister, etc.

For all its predictability, the series manages to be decently charming, if not as funny as it would like...probably in large part because none of the characters are too grating. Yoichi, for example, is sort of an idiot-savant, as opposed to just some pervy dope like the leads of Love Hina or Zero no Tsukaima.

The eldest sister (who appears to be the primary love interest thus far, although as the obvious choice I find her rather dull), Ibuki, is a classic responsible type, although she manages to rule her sisters with an iron fist and reference has been made to her martial arts skills. The next sister is Ayame, who will probably be the tsundere...but the thing that makes me not hate her too bad is a) she didn't go insanely over-the-top when she was walked in on and then groped by Yoichi, relatively speaking, and b) her seiyuu isn't high-pitched. Seriously, just going a bit lower and huskier makes a huge difference.


Ibuki's Bow
Ibuki's Bow

The remaining two sisters are the calm, passive manga fanatic Chihaya, and the tiny, cute, ten-year-old Kagome, with whom nothing perverse has

happened yet, which is also kind of nice for once. (I was worried when Yoichi started bumping into all the sisters, since we knew Kagome was supposed to be in the bathroom...)

No, my only real complaint is that the four sisters have increasingly unlikely hairstyles. Ibuki wears an immense white bow that feels completely unnecessary, and is, since it's physically impossible for it to actually be holding any significant amount of hair. Ayame has this weird lock of hair that sort of sticks out around her face and goes up into her bun that is always visible no matter what angle you're looking at, which makes no sense.

Kagome and Yoichi
Kagome and Yoichi

Chihaya's hair is the least bizarre of the three, I suppose...she has two little antennae, long side locks, and short hair in the back. It may also be two colors, or else it's just very badly shaded. Kagome's hair features a giant gold bobble that also probably couldn't be doing anything, but is made to look like it's holding a teeny tiny pigtail, which is longer than the rest of her hair. Seriously, I found this kind of distracting, and I'm not usually one for being picky aobut these things in an anime.

Other than that, though? The show has solid, nice animation, good voice acting (and no voices that grate, period), is fun and a bit goofy without being completely over-the-top. Good for fans of harems, especially ones that involve martial arts-- Ranma ½ fans would probably enjoy this, and devoted watchers of moe harems in general. The only downside, other than impractical hair, is mild predictability.

Pyroon Jan. 10, 2009 at 7:28 p.m.
Yeah, I just watched the first episode, and I have to say it's pretty 'meh.'  None of the characters seem very interesting (their hair has more personality then they do).  I guess it's because I'm not a big fan of harems.  I just watched it because I'm trying out all the new animes this season and had no clue what this was.  Personally, it's a 2/5.
giaon Jan. 10, 2009 at 10:06 p.m.
Pyro: if you want more of a heads-up, check out the winter preview-- it's got info on all of the new series. :)
MackGyveron Jan. 11, 2009 at 11:06 a.m.
Just saw the first episode. LOVE IT!!! Waiting for the next one.
Devillyon Jan. 11, 2009 at 11:10 a.m.
I already read the magna a year ago this was just as likeble but nothing special i do hope there will be some more action in ep 2 ^^
Death_Flameon Jan. 11, 2009 at 11:21 a.m.
It looks okay :/
Agent_Loston Jan. 11, 2009 at 1:08 p.m.
watch t he first show, yep it somewhere in the middle, there nothing special about it.

Once again Anime as show us that Hair can defy the law of physic.
HeeroYuyon Jan. 11, 2009 at 10:24 p.m.
I'm a Clannad style harem fan and even I am getting tired with the new season's lineup... this show is pretty mediocre in almost every respect of the term... Akikan looks ok, but not really any better, and although White Album is nicely done, I'd consider it to be basically another True Tears. Point is, where's all the really good shows that you can't wait to see the next episode of this season!?

All the good shows seem to be from last season or the season before.
MackGyveron Jan. 15, 2009 at 1:47 p.m.
Can anyone recommend me other series similar to this one?
Thanks in advance!

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