Recently, after my review of Oreimo, (check it out here) I went straight into one of this season’s new animes – Eromanga Sensei.
Synopsis From My Anime List
The “new sibling romantic comedy” revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune’s little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn’t left her room for an entire year. She even forces her brother to make and bring her meals when she stomps the floor. Masamune wants his sister to leave her room, because the two of them are each other’s only family. Masamune’s novel illustrator, pen name “Eromanga,” draws extremely perverted drawings, and is very reliable. Masamune had never met his illustrator, and figured he was just a disgusting, perverted otaku. However, the truth is revealed… that his “Eromanga-sensei” is his own younger sister! To add to the chaos that erupts between the siblings, a beautiful, female, best-selling shoujo manga creator becomes their rival!
Before watching, I didn’t know that the author of Oreimo, Tsukasa Fushimi, also wrote the light-novels that Eromanga Sensei is adapted from. I suppose, this is no surprise, the content and themes being as similar as they are.
The first thing I noticed in comparison to Oreimo, was the quality of the art and animation. I suppose being released some years later, this is to be expected. But also, being that A-1 Pictures (They did S2 of Oreimo) headed the production, the quality is expected to be consistently great. (Unlike…ahh…hmm….cough...Clockwork Planet…) Though, maybe comparing the two of them like that is an injustice, when considering the different styles and the divisiveness surrounding Oreimo. Because, Eromanga’s art pops from the frame, with its slightly pastel, yet wide-ranging visuals; striking and yet non-invasive.
Also, Cherry Blossom! Sakura! Whatever you call it!
The premise itself, at first glance, from the first episode, appears great. I’m unsure how it will plan out, if close to Oreimo at all. In some respects, that would be promising, and others… not so much. I’m already endeared towards the characters – at least the few we have so far met. The MC, Masamune seems charismatic and likeable. And, the voice-acting work is top-notch. The moment when he thought Sagri was about to reveal herself to her streaming audience, had me cracking up. If this tonality carries throughout the series, I might find myself slowly falling in love with what Eromanga has to offer. It is one of those animes that simply provide seamless entertainment, one to watch after a long day, one to wind down to. I like that, the thoughtless pleasure of it.
I think – of the season so far – Eromanga Sensei has been the one to tickle my fancy the most appropriately. I look forward to the coming episodes. Hopefully the narrative keeps up with all else that shines. And, be sure to stick around for the full review/analysis that will come after Eromanga is completed.
What do you peeps think of Eromanga Sensei, is it promising?
Thanks for reading, as always!
-Chris (Follow me on Twitter, and consider supporting Peach’s Almanac on Patreon!)