Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san | Episode 4 and 5 Review
Episode Four and Five Thoughts
With each passing episode, the more this anime reminds me of Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai. In large part because of the main characters in both anime, they’re openly perverted and make all the dirty jokes and innuendoes. There should be a crossover between Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san and Shimoseka, I’d definitely watch that.
Anyway, moving onto what I thought about episode four. The one thing I find a little entertaining is that, in this universe, the first years (Nagatoro and friends) all seem to be on the same level of perverted. Which to me that’s really weird to the point that it’s a little entertaining. Comparatively speaking, episode four felt a lot more scaled back in terms of all the dirty jokes and moments that’s usually within one episode. In fact, it episode four felt a lot more genuine because of how the episode ended. Something I’ve noticed is that whenever there is a scene where a character is drawing, there has always been something very peaceful and calming about it. That was something I felt when Hachiouji was drawing Nagatoro while she slept, personally, I thought it was a nice moment. It was a very calm and peaceful moment in an anime that is far from those two words. While I do not think it did much in terms of character development, you can definitely notice and feel the appreciation Nagatoro had for the drawing Hachiouji did of her. That was probably my favourite part of episode four, that’s for sure. B
Oddly enough, episode five was a lot more toned down than episode four was. Which was weird but oddly satisfying. You can definitely tell though that we’re in the character building phase, the phase where Hachiouji is slowly starting to appreciate having Nagatoro come and bother him everyday. Although he still definitely finds it annoying, he’s definitely not fighting it as much as he used to in the opening few episodes. The same can be said for Nagatoro, as she’s starting to appreciate all the smaller stuff Hachiouji does, like making sure she was cover by a blanket while she slept in the Art club room, and making sure she stayed hydrated.
In a way it sort of feels these two episodes were made to make up for the unnecessarily cringe and over-the-top moments of the first few episodes. Episodes five serves as the complete opposite but of what the of the anime is about, but it also fits at the same time. Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san is an anime of extremes, you experience both sides of the spectrum, the crazy perverted side but also the friendship building side. There is no in between, especially since each episode is split into two parts. One moment you’re cringing, the next moment you’re chuckling, the next you’re smiling; then the cycle repeats.
I’ve taken quite the liking forwards the anime, I like weird anime and to me this is one very weird anime. I like that. However, I could do with a little less highly perverted moments, which is why I liked episodes four and five a lot more because it was massively toned down. B+
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