I wasn’t planning on reviewing two seasonal anime for Winter 2019, but after watching the PV of Domestic Girlfriend and finding it was a josei, my cravings for the romance genre could not resist in picking it up. A boy in love with his teacher has sex with a random girl to get over his unrequited love. Things go against his plans when both girls join his family. Oh my god, this is going to be a hot mess!
Japanese Original Title: ここであたしと、してくんない？
High schooler Natsuo harbors feelings for his teacher Hina Tachibana. Knowing this unrequited love can go nowhere, Natsuo goes on a matchmaking date with friends, meeting Rui with whom he has an one night stand to try to get over his unrequited love. By pure coincidence, Natsuo’s father remarries and his new stepmother’s daughters are Rui and Hina. Everything just became more complicated.
Do It With Me: Rui may be an unsociable butterfly but she certainly wasn’t shy in asking Natsuo to sleep with her.
Complex Love Triangle: I was waiting for the moment all three characters meet. Natsuo’s reaction was hysterical. It’s in this moment things just became beyond complex and this series going to be a hot mess, I can tell you right now.
Puberty: I didn’t think I’d stand for Natsuo as the protagonist for the whole watch. First, his character design makes him look like a girl. However, this innocence about him feels natural, especially his confusion about the current situation and his dealings with puberty. These changed my mind about this character and I can’t wait to see how he deals with everything.
Themes and Trivia
Opening Theme: Domestic Girlfriend‘s opening theme ‘Kawaki wo Ameku’ by Minami surprised me as it starts very slow and then the piano beat picks up halfway through. Everything just becomes fast, and I really liked it. Everything feels very melodramatic which ties in with the series atmosphere, with its complex plot part.
Domestic Girlfriend’s first episode was not trash. This series has potential to be actually good, though I’m not sold on anything yet. I was worried that Natsuo as the main protagonist would be naive and just let everything fall into his lap. If you know what I mean. However, he is just a confused guy who goes through puberty and nothing is sugar-coated. Puberty is anything but easy and in his current situation, it’s going to be more complex. I just want to see how the series handles this complex love triangle.
I can see why this series might not attract a lot of attention this winter season. But it’s josei and I don’t see a lot popping up on the seasonal radar a lot. Plus, when it comes to the romance genre, this is the trash and I like to dive into once in a while.
Puberty At Its Most Complex
Domestic Girlfriend is going to be complex. How will poor Natsuo handle all the beauty around him 24/7? Let me know in the comments below if you’re feeling the same this series will be a hot mess!
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