Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san has had it’s many ups and downs, I am sure that is something we can all agree upon. Many people found this anime somewhat entertaining, while the other half, not so much. Which is easy to understand given the premise is about a person (Nagatoro) and friends teasing, and making sexual jokes towards Hachiouji in order to make him feel uncomfortable. That alone is enough to turn people off, it also doesn’t help that the synopsis doesn’t make the anime all too appealing either:
Every day, Naoto Hachiouji is teased relentlessly by Hayase Nagatoro, a first year student he meets one day in the library while working on his manga. After reading his story and seeing his awkward demeanor, she decides from that moment on to toy with him, even calling him “Senpai” in lieu of using his real name.
At first, Nagatoro’s relentless antics are more bothersome than anything and leave him feeling embarrassed, as he is forced to cater to her whims. However, as they spend more time together, a strange sort of friendship develops between them, and Naoto finds that life with Nagatoro can even be fun. But one thing’s for sure: his days will never be dull again.
I’ve mentioned this many times in my episode blogs for the anime, to me Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san was a mixed bag. There were a few episodes that I liked but there were also many that I didn’t. Although being classified as a Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, this anime (tries to) leans more onto the comedic side. Which was questionable at best. Why? It’s because I didn’t think the comedy was good enough to keep the viewer entertained. The comedy is based around Nagatoro teasing Hachiouji through sexual and perverted jokes. However, having also seen Seitokai Yakuindomo (an anime I consider to be the best at inappropriate jokes), that is the bar I set for any anime that tries to dabble in the inappropriate comedy. With that in mind Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san falls really short. The comedy isn’t just the only failing of the anime there is another major issue I would like to mention.
- Weak Character Selection
You may be someone who thinks otherwise, but to me, I don’t think the pairing of Nagatoro and Hachiouji was a strong enough paring to carry the anime. They are polar opposites of each other. More often than not, Nagatoro was the character carrying anime, she would be the one making the jokes, she would be the lightning rod and the point of interest in any episode. She was the alpha-female. This ultimately worked against the anime because Hachiouji didn’t really support her in providing entertainment, in fact, I found him to be quite boring whenever he reacted. Hachiouji didn’t have much of an impact nor did he offer any value, he kept getting overshadowed by Nagatoro. There were also times when Nagatoro became a little too overwhelming to the point where it felt really cringe. Unfortunately, the same can be said about the supporting cast. I all of Nagatoro’s friend too annoying that it really spoiled whatever enjoyment I did feel watching the episodes.
- Episodes felt bland
As is the case with all anime, you watch because you want to enjoy. You want the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve been entertained, you want the material being animated to be eye-catching. You watch for that draw, that ‘wow’ factor and unfortunately, Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san didn’t have that. There was nothing about the anime that stood out and screamed “This is why you watch”, everything felt rather normal. If you weren’t someone invested in the characters or were someone who found the jokes funny, then without a doubt you would have found each episode extremely hard to watch. There were times when I felt like skipping through the episode but I know it wouldn’t have given the show the proper viewing I thought it deserved. Something else that I think ultimately worked against the anime was that the latter half of each episode was always more entertaining and more eventful than the first half. Considering that I, like many people have a short attention span, if the episode doesn’t grip the viewer within the first 10 minutes, they’re more likely to skip through the episode or not watch. If only it was the other way around, or maybe if the episode carried the same sort of enjoyment I felt during the second half of each episode for the entire twenty-three minutes. Maybe only then would it have been a different story.
What I liked.
Now that I have gotten what I disliked out of the way, I would like to mention briefly the things I did enjoy, albeit very minor things. Both the OP “EASY LOVE” by Sumire Uesaka (上坂 すみれ) and ED “Colorful Canvas (カラフル・キャンバス)” by Nagatoro-san (Sumire Uesaka), Gamo-chan (Mikako Komatsu), Yosshi (Aina Suzuki), Sakura (Shiori Izawa) are really good and catchy. Those who have followed me for a while will know that I outright love it when characters of the anime sing either the OP or ED and that’s the case with the ED song in particular. The more I listened to both songs, the more I loved them. Both songs are very addictive and that’s a shame because the songs were wasted on a series that I do not think was worth of such good OPs and EDs.
Something else I did like about the series that was although the cast itself was very weak, what I did enjoy was how much both Nagatoro and Hachiouji developed. Are they both polar opposites of each other? Yes. I do I think they work well together? No. However seeing them work at both those things throughout the series, seeing them two find some common ground, a level of mutual understanding and appreciation for one another has been very fun. They do not understand each other one often times, however, seeing them work to find a compromise that suits them both is one of great interest because they are polar opposites and because they do not work together; seeing them try to work together despite their major differences is one of the highlights of this show.
Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san is one of those mixed bag anime. 50/50 toss up, let’s see what happens. For me personally there has been a lot more things I disliked than I did like. So with that in mind, I will grade this anime a 6/10, probably a ‘C’ at most. Looking back at this anime, I didn’t find it all too entertaining. There were some moments that brought out a laugh or two, but there weren’t many of them. Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san is one of those adaptations that are better in their original form (Manga) than they are animated and that’s okay. Not all manga do well in their animated forms. I will not be recommending this anime to any of you guys, that’s for sure. If anything I will recommend the manga because I find that to be a lot more entertaining.
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