Nozomi YamamotoHitomi NabatameYuka OtsuboYuko Goto
Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?
Episode 1 also reviewed here: Anime 1st episodes 2019: W
Also known as: Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!?
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2019
Director: Hiraku Kaneko, Toshikatsu Tokoro
Writer: Yuki Takabayashi, Yuri Fujimaru
Actor: Hitomi Nabatame, Kazutomi Yamamoto, Nozomi Yamamoto, Ryota Suzuki, Shizuka Ishigami, Sumire Uesaka, Toshiki Masuda, Yuka Otsubo, Yuko Goto, Yusuke Kobayashi
Keywords: anime, boobs
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 x 12 minutes + a 13th OVA
Website category: Anime 2019
Review date: 6 September 2022
Nande Koko ni Sensei ga
That was great! It hasn't got much critical attention, being a sleaze show where even the title sequence is full of boobs and nipples. Well, unless you're watching the censored TV version, of course. (Don't do that. I can't even imagine what that would be like. It would be like eating bread-free bread.)
It's about female high school teachers who keep getting into problematic situations with their students. Every episode has wardrobe malfunctions, rampant nudity and loudly escalating embarrassment. No shame, mind you. The show's gleefully diving into every kind of outrageousness it can think of. It's absurd, yeah, but it's also funny. It's a sex comedy that works. (But with no actual sex until the 13th OVA episode. The boys are doing their best to behave properly, no one's a horndog and it's all surprisingly relatable.)
What's more, it's romantic. There are four student-teacher couples here and they're all going to end up together. The result is one of the funnier and more lovable romantic comedies I've seen in a while, but with absurd nudity.
There are four couples:
1. KANA "DEMON" KOJIMA (Japanese language teacher) & ICHIROU SATOU (student)
I think of these as the vanilla combo. They're playing the premise straight, without frills. Kojima has the reputation of being fiercely strict, but Ichirou keeps seeing, um, another side to her. That's it, more or less, but it's still nice to see their relationship grow. I also laughed at Ichirou's sleazebag mum, who fancies Kojima as a daughter-in-law and approves of everything.
2. MAYU "HOLY MOTHER" MATSUKAZE (art teacher) & RIN SUZUKI (student)
Oh, I loved these two. Matsukaze is tiny, gentle and gets fluffily flustered. Suzuki is huge, scary-looking and determined to be the perfect gentleman. The height gap between them is amusing in itself, but more importantly they're perfect foils for each other. Matsukaze is a generous soul who's tolerant of pretty much anything, which makes her one of the few people at school to see nothing frightening in Suzuki.
He, for his part, is practically Sir Gawain of the Round Table and will be gruffly horrified by all of her unfortunate accidents. Matsukaze always forgives him, but she's adorable and funny when something does fluster her. (This can be something as simple and innocent as sharing Suzuki's umbrella.)
I loved these two as much as Matsukaze and Suzuki. They're childhood friends, with the boisterous "Hika-nee" having grown up teasing, bullying and caring for the small, timid Takashi. She's bigger and stronger than him. She talks filth and will laugh off anything in front of him, even if she's secretly embarrassed. They spend all their time together and she'll cheerfully go to sleep in his bed, because the heater's broken in her room.
This is funny, but what's more it's a new dynamic for the show. Kojima and Matsukaze merely had accidents. Hika-nee, on the other hand, causes her own disasters by being loud, brash and fun-loving. Ep.7, for instance. She asked for that. Afterwards, though, you've got to admire the way she cheerfully tells Takashi not to worry about it.
Even throwaway things made me laugh, e.g. Hika-nee's "are" in ep.8 before falling in the river.
"If I can also get Taka to wet himself!"
4. CHIZURU "ABSOLUTE ZERO" TACHIBANA (school nurse) & KOU TANAKA (student)
No, a school nurse isn't a teacher. In Japanese, though, they're both "sensei". Anyway, Tachibana's the opposite of what you'd expect for this series. She's deadpan about everything. She's incapable of facial expressions and she'll never scream, yell or overreact to comedic nudity.
Does that mean she's a misfit and that her episodes don't work? No, actually. She's great too. Tachibana is a total idiot and the show's biggest loon. She has no common sense. At all. Whatsoever. She wants to befriend people, but doesn't know how and hasn't worked out that her robot-like face isn't helping. She can be unthinkingly rude. She repeatedly gives Tanaka trauma because she's bad at giving her misleading statements enough context.
This show's really good. Seriously, genuinely, honestly. It's romantic and funny, with an engaging cast, although the softcore porn content means that most people won't watch it and it didn't get much critical attention. I like the way all the characters know each other and occasionally meet up. I also love the theme music.
Even the student-teacher romances aren't objectionable, because everyone's being responsible about that. (Besides, it's so over-the-top and outrageous that it's obviously not mapping to real life.) The boys all graduate in ep.12, so the comedy disaster sex in ep.13 is okay.
I hope they make a second season. The original manga's still running, so apparently there are still plenty of couples we haven't met yet.