Review: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, Episode 1: Just Imagine

Review:

Kuzunari Usa is beginning his new life in high school living “on his own”, as his parents have moved away on business. The quotations should tell you that there’s a catch, and the answer is in the title of the show: Usa’s new home is a hostel, which means he will actually be living with other people. The show, of course, brings a colorful cast: Shiro, a perverted masochist and Usa’s roommate; Ritsu, the quiet bookworm and object of Usa’s affection; Sumiko, the quirky old woman who runs the hostel; and Mayumi, an office woman with seemingly no luck when it comes to relationships (who also likes to get drunk). There is still another member of the hostel whom we have yet to meet.

Content wise, this one’s a bit edgy. On the one hand, it is certainly a lot cleaner than what you might expect, given the concept. A show like this certainly sets itself up for gratuitous fanservice, which is mostly avoids. The N/S/F/ category below is more comments on cleavage than anything else, I think. On the other hand, though, the jokes can get a bit perverse, which you may have surmised from some of the character descriptions above.

Story wise, I don’t think it could really be called original. Usa wants to start his life over and find a girlfriend, with Ritsu matching the profile of his ideal girl. His involvement with the hostel, of course, guarantees that this won’t happen. Of course, Usa is painted as a “typical” teenage boy. He’s not super perverse like some anime protagonists, but at the same time he’s not innocent and pure, either. So no, I wouldn’t exactly call the premise “unique” by any stretch of the imagination. With all of that said, though, there is something about these characters that makes me want to see where all of this goes. It certainly wasn’t an unenjoyable watch, although part of me wonders if I, as a Christian, should be avoiding it for the dirty jokes, if nothing else. At the same time, though, I don’t necessarily feel like the show has been set up to center around perversion and dirty jokes, at least not yet. I suppose I can give it another episode or two before making a judgment call.

A Christian Perspective:

Surprisingly, this show is not as dirty as it possibly could have been. It certainly seems like the kind of show that would be rife with fanservice, but the vast majority of fanservice that I commented on was cleavage (and most–if not all–of that was from Mayumi). Now, dirty jokes, on the other hand, are more prevalent, although I don’t think I would go so far as to label this a dirty show, at least not yet. Should Christians watch this one? Well, on that I’m not entirely sure yet. I’ll give the show more of a chance, but at the very least if it gets worse I’ll be dropping it. I may drop it even if the jokes begin to make me uncomfortable.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h*ll”, 2 “d**n”, 3 “a**”, 1 “t**s”, 1 “G*d”

Alcohol/Drug Use: Mayumi is drunk; the end credits show what may be a can of beer flying and spraying

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Intro shows a girl in a cleavage-revealing top 1:17 – 1:21; a character is having a fantasy about a woman in a state of undress–you can see part of her underwear as well as part of her bra (including cleavage) while she poses seductively 14:11 – 14:19; a female character is shown from behind, and what looks like the top of her butt crack is visible from the top of her pants (Usa also comments on her breasts) 15:55 – 15:57; brief flash of cleavage 16:54; a character is shown in a cleavage revealing shirt 16:59 – 17:03 and further through the episode; a close up shot of cleavage 18:27 – 18:28; Mayumi is shown fondling her breasts (with clothes on) and stating that she’ll let Usa fondle them 22:03 – 22:07; Mayumi is shown in tops that reveal varying levels of cleavage throughout the closing credits, and also in a cleavage showing top during the episode preview; the closing credits show another female character clinging to Mayumi, though what this is supposed to suggest is up for debate at this point

Violence: A character is hit in the back of the head with a rolled up magazine/newspaper/something; a character is hit in a comedic fashion; a character is elbowed in the face; a character is punched in the face

Blood/Gore: A little blood is seen flying from a character’s nose; a spray of blood is seen after a character is punched in the face

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