I’ve seen a lot of strange and weird anime. Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! is definitely up there.
College student Miyako Hoshino is quite shy around other people. She mostly spends her time in her room making cosplay outfits. When her fifth-grade sister Hinata brings her classmate Hana Shirosaki home, Miyako instantly becomes captivated with Hana’s cuteness.
Miyako tries to do various things, ranging from making Hana wear cosplay dresses to giving her sweets. This gives Hana a bad impression of her at first, but Miyako will do anything to grow closer to the angel who has descended before her.
While this sure is one weird anime, it was vaguely entertaining because of how strange it really was. We have Miyako who, in every way imaginable is a NEET. She’s someone who enjoys making cosplay outfits but never wears them herself. Miyako also falls for Hana Shirosaki (who by the way, is an elementary student). That in itself is pretty weird, but you know what’s even more strange? That in exchange for sweets Hana will wear whatever cosplay outfit Miyako makes. Like what?
Then we have Noa Himesaka who cannot stand other people being cuter than her, Hana Shirosaki who is obsessed with sweets (surprisingly normal), Hinata Hoshino the little sister who is a little too clingy and finally you have Kouko Matsumoto who is essentially Miyako’s stalker. If you want to talk about a strange collection of personalities then Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! definitely takes the cake for sure.
Does the strangeness of the anime hamper it in any way? Yes and no. There have been moments where I found myself wincing at how weird everything has been. There have definitely been moments where I was like “What am I watching?” or “Now this is some weird stuff”. But then on the flip side, there have been times where the strangeness of the anime has led to some pretty entertaining and funny moments. So in that respect, it sort of balances itself out.
The more I watched, the faster I accepted the fact that Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! is just one weird show. By the time episode six came rolling around, I found myself saying “Ah this has gotten pretty normal”. This has to do with the fact that if we were to put the weirdness aside, Wataten is a slice of life. Once you’ve seen it a couple times, you’ll already know everything there is to know about the show. Episodic with several arcs stitched together to create an 23 minute episode.
Even then the SoL side of things is pretty average I would say. There were some entertaining moments, but it felt as though you’re watching just to watch — if you know what I mean. Wataten is also genred as a comedy, but that’s probably the weakest point of the show. I don’t know if the comedic moments went right over my head or I just didn’t find them funny. But I don’t remember seeing a truly funny moment. Sure there were times when I smiled, but other than that, there was much else.
Could Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! have turned out any differently? I don’t think so. I would say the majority of the show, it’s comedy and all its SoL bits are based off just how weird the premise of the show is. Like even now, I don’t know what to really make of this anime. Was it worth watching? Probably not no. Will I be recommending it to anyone? Not any time soon. Overall, I’d say that Wataten was an okay anime. Nothing more, nothing less.