Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun | Questionable at best.

I will admit, my first impression of Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun was questionable at best.

Fumiya Tomozaki is Japan’s best player in the online game Attack Families, commonly known as “Tackfam.” Despite holding such a revered title, a lack of social skills and amiability causes him to fall short in his everyday high school life. Failing to have any friends, he blames the convoluted mechanics and unfair rules of life, forcing him to give up and proclaim himself a bottom-tier character in this “game.”

After a fateful meeting with another top-tier Tackfam player, Fumiya is shocked to discover the player’s true identity—Aoi Hinami, a popular, smart, and sociable classmate who is the complete opposite of himself. Aoi, surprised at how inept Fumiya is at everything besides Tackfam, decides to assist him in succeeding in what she calls the greatest game of them all. Through the gruesome ordeals of social interactions and relationships, Fumiya begins to advance tiers in the glorious game of life.

Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun, MyAnimeList

I’ll be honest with you here, the first episode was pretty bad. The first encounter between Hinami and Tomozaki is Hinami striking him down and bad mouthing him. Saying how she’s disappointed etc etc, The immediate first thought I had was, “Damn, Hinami is an asshole”. Then you have Tomozaki there taking that abuse, while trying to explain why Hinami while her view of him and his situation is wrong due to her own sense of superiority. You can argue that Tomozaki was playing the victim card there, but hey that’s neither here nor there.

What doesn’t make a whole lot of sense now is that after being berated, Hinami now offers to change Tomozaki’s outlook on life by ‘forcing’ him do to things that he isn’t accustomed to like having conversations with other people. You know, normal high school things. All of which Tomozaki goes along with, which is why it isn’t really being ‘forced’ to do something when you’re going to be doing it anyway because you’ve decided you would. In a way, deep down, Tomozaki wants to be more outgoing and maybe he views Hinami ‘help’ as a means of achieving that.

In a way you can view Hinami as disliking Tomozaki to the point where she feels the need to change who he is as a person and reconstruct him into someone different. Personally, that’s how I view it right now. I know it’s a wrong view to have but I don’t like the vibe Hinami is giving off right now, maybe down the line, the vibes I get will lighten up and all my initial thoughts will be proven wrong in the end.

It could also being one of those instances where Hinami could tell that Tomozaki needed that extra push, to break out of his shell and experience life for what it is, not for what it is not. In large part because Hinami sees a bit of her old self in Tomozaki. Which could also very much be the case.

Anyway, that’s enough of that.

There were a few other things that I didn’t quite like about the first couple of episodes. The most important one being that pairing of Hinami and Tomozaki. They are the worst pair because they’re polar opposites of one another. They sort of remind me of Nagatoro and Hachiouji but like an even worse version. It’s weird but that’s how I view it.

If I end up disliking this anime it’ll be because of the Hinami and Tomozaki pairing, which after three episodes, has indicated to me that they are not a good main character pairing.