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Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi | Episode One Review

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Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi is weird in that the first episode reminded me of a little bit of Servant x Service. In that a lot of the comedy comes as a result of the characters working. In both instances we had the female protagonist being teased constantly by the male protagonist. We also have the supporting staff, who by the looks of things are going to be a little more involved, similar to Servant x Service. Which is something I don’t mind because if they’re able to compliment Futaba Igarashi (female protagonist) and Harumi Takeda (male protagonist). I think Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi could turn out to be a decent comedy.

So what were my thoughts on the first episode? It was alright, The end of the episode was definitely the strongest point. Which is okay, I won’t complain just yet. Something that will immediately stick at out you is that our two characters are two different heights. Takeda is a giant and Igarashi is almost the height of a child, immediately you can already tell that Igarashi’s height will be one of the sticking points in this comedy. Which is something the first episode demonstrates very well, making sure to have Takeda tease his co-worker about her height whenever possible.

The dynamic between the two characters is something I have expected. It’s basically a mentor and student sort of deal, where Takeda teaching Igarashi how to be a proper salesperson. Given how the first episode went, I assume that the two touring around Japan giving their jobs as salespeople will be where the bulk of the character development and relationship building will take place. What I’ve noticed with anime where its characters work in an office, that is where everything will always take place. I assume that’ll also be the case with Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi. Which again isn’t something I mind so long as its properly entertaining.

I can also see this relationship developing into one where Igarashi slowly starts to realize that she has feelings for her senpai. The likelihood of that happening I’d say is 85%, I mean that’s what happens in these types of anime, there are many examples where this is true. I mean Igarashi has already thrown the first pitch asking Takeda “Why can’t I be your wife?” however, she was under the influence. And you know what they say about alcohol, you get to know their true thoughts.

Moving onto everything else, the character design and the overall art direction is rather simplistic and it looks good. It’s appealing to the eyes which is important because if the jokes and humor are well done but the art style isn’t exactly pleasing to the eye. For me, it becomes too distracting because I spend more time complaining (internally) about the art style than I do interpreting the joke or enjoying the humorous moment.

In short, I’m fairly optimistic. Lighthearted humor and funny situations are things that I enjoy and find entertaining. My hope is that Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi has plenty of that.

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