A Couple of Cuckoos‘ premise is unrealistically wacky in a pleasant “lean into it” kind of way. The cast is likable enough, and it’s a genuinely pretty show. It’s also actually funny in a way that reminds me of Wotakoi and Tonikawa—you’ll hear me reference both of these for my coverage of Shikimori as well—the blend of tropes from that shared genre all combine to make Parent Trap, but in Japanese and with no familial blood between our would-be couple.
I think it’s fair to say that Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie is having a conversation with gender norms: how deep that conversation will go remains to be seen, though I’m going to preemptively lower my own expectations to “it’s probably not going to be subversive” which is alright. I don’t think I subverted a single thing at sixteen: I don’t expect these kids, nor the source material it draws on, to be doing heavy lifting on Japan and its entanglement with binary gender expectations.
Love After World Domination reminds us that heroes loving villains and villains loving heroes will always be pretty good to watch.Love After World Domination – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Do I like Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro? No. Do I hate Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro? No. Do I secretly probably like Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro? Well… I don’t like to be called out like this.Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro! – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist