Married Couple Swap
Also known as: Fuufu Koukan: Modorenai Yoru
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2023
Director: Makoto Sokuza
Writer: Eeyo Kurosaki
Original creator: Pater Mitsuru
Actor: Amu Mochiri, Cinnamon Yatsuhashi, Tapioca Kuroi, Yu Asagi
Keywords: anime, hentai, boobs
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 8 six-minute episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=26456
Website category: Anime 2023
Review date: 24 January 2024
fuufuu koukan
It's another low-budget TV hentai with questionable production values and a sex scene per episode. It's also, though, surprisingly good.
Two couples visit a traditional Japanese inn (a ryokan) together. These heroes and anti-heroes are:
They love each other and they're trying for a baby. They didn't come here planning to cheat at all, even though Kanade's aware that their sex life is unexciting. She's accepted that Reiji's a bit of a humourless stick-in-the-mud who's not much good with women.
Bloody hell. Kousuke is charming, smooth-tongued and probably good at almost anything Reiji can't do. He certainly has far more sex than him. Sometimes it's even with his own wife. Asuka knows about this and in ep.1 will get drunk and yell at him about it in front of their friends, before glomping on to Reiji and announcing that she'll be sleeping with him tonight instead. Kanade can take Kousuke. Asuka certainly doesn't want him.
What's more, Asuka and Reiji are old friends. She calls him "senpai" and we see a flashback of her slapping him on the back like the girls from Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro or Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!. In short, she's always fancied him. She'd sooner be with him than Kousuke.
As for Kousuke, he's the kind of borderline rapist who'll take sexual advantage of someone when they're drunk, then smile on discovering that he's just endangered her marriage. I hated him like poison. He's capable of benevolence, in his way, but he's still the kind of person who's turned on by his wife committing infidelity while he's doing exactly the same. (At the same time. On two sides of the same wall.)
It's a genuinely interesting story. I had no idea where things would end up. Would the marriages remain intact and would everyone return to their original spouse? (Almost certainly what Reiji and Kanade would have chosen, but clearly not Asuka's preference.) Would they swap, yielding a final arrangement of Kousuke-Kanade and Reiji-Asuka? (Kousuke's certainly better at educating Kanade sexually than Reiji is.) Would Reiji end up with both Kanade and Asuka (various ways of making this work, some better than others) while Kousuke was left divorced and alone (or for preference kneecapped)? Might one or more of the marriages simply break up entirely, leaving two or even four of the characters with no partner at all?
Any of those might easily have happened. I could see indications pointing at more than one of them. I wouldn't dream of spoiling which one finally happens, but I wouldn't call it a happy ending for everyone.
It's still hentai, of course. We know its purpose and that there will be a sex scene every week, unless you're watching the cut-down TV episodes. The art looks cheap. Nonetheless, this is the kind of story that will reward close attention (e.g. Kanade's micro-hesitation in ep.1 after "you two get on well together") and it'll encourage you to speculate about the characters' true motivations. Kanade's actions don't line up with the person she seems to be, for instance. (As well as voting to stay longer, as noticed by the other characters, any natural reaction to Kousuke entering the onsen while she's in it would have been far stronger, i.e. either immediately leaving herself or booting him out with no questions asked.) One episode goes back and shows us the flip side of events we've already seen, but from other people's viewpoints.
It's good. Worth a look.