Judging from the title of the anime and the fact that it’s a shonen, I have some very specific expectations on what I will be watching for this season. Eromanga Sensei seems to be a light-hearted romantic comedy revolving around the awkward relationship between two siblings that discover each other through their work as illustrators and novelists. The aesthetics of the show look adorable and very elegant, and the Episode 1 is pleasant to watch.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 妹と開かずの間
Masamune Izumi lives in his parental home with his step-sister Sagiri. He tries to balance his high school life, his job as a light novel writer and taking care of Sagiri, her being a hikikomori who constantly refuses to leave her room. His novels are being illustrated by the mysterious and perverted Eromanga Sensei that nobody has ever met, and who happens to be –guess who- his sister. Let the awkwardness feast itself in front of your very eyes as social anxiety meets sexual tension and an underlying step-sibling romance.
Masamune lives his life being a slave to his sister: he works hard as a novelist to provide for the two of them since she refuses to leave her room. He cooks for her when she bangs her foot on the floor and she doesn’t even open the door to thank him. He keeps leaving her little notes begging her to show herself, but the only communication he gets is the series of thumps in a request for food.
He finds success in his job and has just started getting recognized, publishing novels signing his first autograph that is being mocked online for his crappy handwriting. Eromanga sensei, his mysterious illustrator, makes fun of him on their own blog. Masamune decides to watch one of Eromanga’s live streams, hoping to find out more about them. As he watches them drawing online, he observes the little note he left to his sister in the background, next to her untouched food… and he realizes he has been working with her the whole time. She forgets her camera on and in an effort to protect her, he loudly bangs on her door and, surprisingly, she opens it to confront him. After an uncomfortable conversation where she obviously denies everything, she kicks him away and closes the door again.
Later on at work, his boss, a sassy publisher that hardly gets any sleep, offers him an illustration of his most successful series, ‘Silverwolf’, that had just ended. Masamune rushes home to thank his sister, and even more surprisingly, she opens the door and invites him in. Her room is the most adorable room in the history of rooms, clean and unexpectedly tidy for the room of a hikikomori. Apparently not being very aware of how to react around people with social anxiety, Masamune engages in behavior that gets him hit in the face quite a lot. After a brief chat and numerous shots of her perfectly shaved and shaped thighs, Sagiri asks him to GTFO.
Themes & Trivia
Hikikomori: In case you have never heard of them before, hikikomori is the Japanese term for people who refuse to leave their room. At all times. There are cases where they even use a bucket as a toilet. A quick google search will prove to you that the fact that Sagiri’s room is super clean is not very realistic…
Light Novel / Shonen Manga: Light-novels, the ones Masamune is writing, are a style of manga targeting to a young-adult sort of demographic, very much like the anime itself. Shonen is directed to the male audience…
Shoujo: …and shoujo to the female one.
The animation is wonderful, and the aesthetics of the show beautiful and tidy, especially manifesting themselves in Sagiri’s room and her fluffy, very unrealistic hair. The subtle humor works well and will leave you with a grin most of the time. Hopefully, this quality will be preserved through the whole show. I’m guessing the close-ups of her butt will be making lots of people happy as well.
Tune in for the next episode and don’t forget to check out the rest of the Spring 2017 Anime Reviews on MANGA.TOKYO! We are also trying to see every first episode of this season’s series, so you don’t have to! Time to make your anime list: