Juri KimuraKenjiro TsudaJapanese
Ao-chan Can't Study!
Also known as: Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2019
Director: Keisuke Inoue
Writer: Michiko Yokote
Original creator: Ren Kawahara
Actor: Azumi Waki, Juri Kimura, Junta Terashima, Kenjiro Tsuda, Takashi Kondo, Toshinari Fukamachi, Yusuke Shirai
Keywords: anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 thirteen-minute episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=21814
Website category: Anime 2019
Review date: 25 November 2020
Midara na Ao chan Benkyou Dekinai
Yow. I thought this would be a silly bit of fun, but its comedy put me through the wringer. Good? Yes. Memorable? Yes. Had me in agonies? Yes. Ao-chan's dad is a disgusting, tiny porn-monger and a best-selling author of erotic novels. She doesn't like him. As a result, Ao commutes to a high school as far from him as possible and wants to go to an even more distant university. She hates boys, she never wants to have sex and she's...
...hang on, Kijima's kind of hot, isn't he? What size would his penis be? No no no, don't think such thoughts! Study, study!
Yes, it's funny. Yes, it's good. (Dad at sports day made me laugh.) Heavens above, though, Ao's a pain in the arse. I'd be headbanging, or else pausing the episode to cringe in pain. I can sympathise, but she's a tangled ball of self-contradictions, mad assumptions and doublethink. If she ever calmed down and behaved sensibly, her head would explode.
Takumi's also a bit of a disaster, though. I think his occasional possessiveness is meant to be romantic, but to me it looked creepy. Those two. I realise that youth is a licence to be stupid, but yeesh.
Other characters include dad's editor (clever but needs to spend less time in porn) and Ao's childhood friend, Miyabi (who's trying to get in Takumi's pants). It's not a big cast, but it's the right size for these half-length episodes.
The show is good. I wouldn't say otherwise. It's funny, it's likeable and I'd definitely recommend it. Ao's a memorable character, with her dad-influenced thought processes (to her chagrin) and her infinite capacity for disaster. She'll get weird if she thinks you're a virgin, for instance, and she can't process the concept of male self-restraint. She thinks a perfectly ordinary festival is a den of depravity. She's nice, though, as is Takumi, and I hope they'll be happy together. But yeeeesh.