Ayaka SuwaTatsuhisa SuzukiWataru HatanoJapanese
My Sweet Tyrant
Episode 1 also reviewed here: Anime 1st episodes 2018: M
Also known as: Akkun to Kanojo
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2018
Director: Shin Katagai
Writer: Yuka Yamada
Original creator: Waka Kakitsubata
Actor: Arisa Kori, Ayaka Suwa, Hikaru Kayo, Keisuke Ueda, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Wataru Hatano
Keywords: anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 25 three-minute episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=20553
Website category: Anime 2018
Review date: 25 March 2019
Akkun to Kanojo
It's about a hostile, abusive stalker who's in love with a girl, but can't come out and say it. Instead he's constantly calling her "ugly", "stupid", etc. as she laughs it off and puts up with everything he does.
This is a comedy and it's funny and lovely.
You don't believe me, do you?
The main couple are Akkun Kagari (the boyfriend) and Non Katagiri (the girlfriend). Akkun's funny because he's so pathetic. He's the worst kind of abrasively brusque git, but he thinks Non is an angel, he worships everything she does and his bedroom is a stalker shrine. Watching him does things to your brain. At first, you'll think Non must be mentally deficient for not dumping him. Then, over time, you'll come to know him as she does and you'll start agreeing with her. His rudeness is idiot-speak for "I think you're a goddess, let me worship you". Ironically, we learn in later episodes that he'd love to be able to converse normally, for instance wishing for that at New Year. Every so often he'll accidentally show his affection and then have a reaction that lasts for days.
She's like his minder. She watches over this poor, barely functional apology for a human being and finds him cute and adorable, as if he were a cardboard box of puppies. (It's because she understands him, by the way. She's not delusional, although she clearly got her very peculiar tastes from her parents. She thinks zombies are cute too and enjoys horror movies.) Meanwhile Akkun's the classical anime cliche of a tsundere, except male.
They're fun. They're obviously made for each other and there's no way they'd ever let themselves be separated. However there are also two more couples, to: (a) counterpoint the show's themes, and (b) provide more jokes.
Chiho is Akkun's sister and Matsuo is his best friend. Chiho drools over Non and openly competes with her brother for her. (The idea's absurd, though, and she doesn't stand a chance. Non's entirely Akkun-centric and hasn't even noticed that Chiho's anything but friendly.)
Matsuo meanwhile is a nerd who keeps inviting himself around to lie on the floor and play dating simulation games. He calls one of those 2D girls his girlfriend. Chiho is unrelentingly hostile to this loser and keeps telling him to die... but, to her annoyance, he's also good-looking enough to make her friends squeal and ask if he's Chiho's boyfriend. On the face of it, this is a lot like the Akkun-Non relationship. Non-stop abuse by a Kagari sibling! The difference is that Chiho's rudeness isn't a cover for Matsuo-worship, but equally they spend a ton of time together and you start viewing them as a couple anyway. By the end, you'll just be waiting for Chiho to get over herself and kiss him. (It doesn't happen, but you'd be holding a sweepstake on how long they'd last until they did.)
This is what happens when a girl decides that she's in an Akkun situation, in defiance of all reality. Irie is lovely, unstoppably positive and deranged. She thinks Kubomaru-sensei's in love with her because he'll greet her in front of school (to scold her for being late), keeps her behind after everyone else has gone home (for make-up lessons after she's failed her tests yet again), etc. Kubomaru roughly understands what's going on, since Irie won't shut up about it, but he's a bit baffled because he keeps telling her she's wrong and she keeps hearing different messages in her head.
Once the supporting cast got into things, I became terribly fond of this show. It's charming. You're cheering for Chiho-Matsuo and Irie-Kubomaru to get together and you don't mind that this would be the romantic equivalent of anti-gravity. They provide an uncertainty factor you don't get from Akkun and Non, who'll clearly be together for ever. With the supporting couples, though, will they or won't they? Will Chiho realise that her attempts at bullying the lamb-like Matsuo are instead making him proud and happy? (This can be very funny.) Will Kubomaru submit to non-stop pressure? That said, though, the Akkun-Non stability doesn't make their relationship static. Akkun's trying to move forwards. He wants to be nice to the girl he loves. You only glimpse it occasionally, but he's making genuine efforts in his cloth-eared way.
As for Non, she might look like the ultimate Teflon Girl, but there are two words that get to her. (She's also endearingly cute, by the way.)
Wholeheartedly recommended. I'm hoping they make a Season 2.