Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 1: It’s Important to Start Off on the Right Foot

Review:

Yonomori Kobeni wakes up on her sixteenth birthday not expecting much, and is simply happy to just be turning sixteen. She doesn’t expect to find out that she is apparently engaged, and to an odd one, at that.

Mitsumine Hakuya is a boy who grew up in the mountains, doesn’t say much, and seems to be easily overlooked.

Mitsumine Mashiro is Hakuya’s younger sister, who accompanies her older brother in an attempt to watch out for him.

This, then, is our primary cast, with maybe an honorary mention to Yonomori Benio, Kobeni’s older sister. While the overall premise of the series may not be that unique (at least as far as the ‘member of the opposite sex has come to live in my house’ factor goes), I still found this to be enjoyable. For one, the series has stayed away from some of the typical tropes (at least for now), such as the “Oops, the main male walked in on the main female bathing” joke. In fact, there really isn’t any fanservice to speak of within the episode (though the end credits appear to be a different story). On the other hand, Benio appears to be something of a lolicon, with a fetish for little girls (as evidenced by her obsessing over Mashiro).

Really, this is a pretty typical episode for this type of show. We get to know the basics of the main characters, they spend time together, and we have the inevitable school transfer scene. What makes this series different, I think, is the inclusion of Mashiro. Instead of just having a series of awkward moments between Kobeni and Hakuya, we have an awkward couple with a younger sister as the middle ma-er, woman. In fact, I think we get to know more about Kobeni and Mashiro during this episode than anything, with Hakuya remaining something of a mystery.

So that’s about it, really. Only time will tell if Engaged to the Unidentified will distinguish itself, but honestly I can see myself enjoying it whether it does or not. While I certainly enjoy original concepts, there is a reason that some concepts are done, redone, and then done again.

A Christian Perspective:

The biggest issue with this episode is probably Benio’s creepy obsession first with Kobeni and then with Mashiro. In one scene, for instance, she mentions wanting Mashiro to take a bath with her. You will see her quite obsessed with the fact that Mashiro is ‘a little girl’. Benio also gets a nosebleed at one point when Kobeni compliments her. So, Benio appears to be a lolicon with a sister complex. Beyond that, there is a scene where Kobeni punches Hakuya.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Benio makes some perverted comments, especially about Mashiro (she seems to be a lolicon), although she doesn’t actually do anything; at the beginning of the end credits, some images are flashed by, some of which appear to include shots of a female character in her bra and possible topless shots (though nothing that appeared to be highly descriptive)–I could be wrong here, though, as I didn’t take the time to pause at the pictures and look in detail, but I think I saw things like these

Violence: Kobeni punches Hakuya after he rubs her head

Blood/Gore: Benio has a nosebleed when Kobeni compliments here, she is also shown sitting in a pool of blood afterwards; a line of blood is shown coming from Benio’s mouth

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