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Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 3: I Can Feel the Love Comedy Waves


I still maintain that Mashiro feels more like the main character in this show than Kobeni. While I didn’t keep track, I’m fairly certain she had more focus placed on her than Kobeni. Even commentary on Kobeni’s character is given by Mashiro. Not that I have anything against her character: she’s fairly adorable and amusing, but in a show that’s supposed to be about Kobeni suddenly ending up with a fiance and sister-in-law, it seems kind of strange that the sister-in-law would get more of the attention. Well, putting that aside, let’s discuss the episode.

While Mashiro certainly gets a lot of screen time, there are still some other significant occurrences within this episode. For example, we see more interaction between Kobeni and Hakuya than we’ve probably seen thus far. Okay, so it’s only the third episode, but still. From Hakuya’s compliment towards Kobeni’s cooking, to the two grocery shopping together, and even to Hakuya eating something that he would typically hate, there is at least some character building going on. We get a strong sense of Hakuya’s chivalry, as he refuses to let Kobeni shop alone or carry heavy items, and he even throws himself into the throng of crazed shoppers to spare Kobeni the trouble. He may be silent, but he certainly doesn’t seem to be a bad guy.

Much of Mashiro’s time is, of course, spent being a target for Benio’s less-than-natural affections. While Benio is still plain creepy, in retrospect it is humorous to watch the interactions between the two, and especially to see how Mashiro actually managed to tune Benio out. I don’t want to spoil the humor of it, but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it. What’s funny is that, despite the amount of time spent on Mashiro, I don’t really have much to say for her involvement. She’s just amusing to watch.

Then of course there’s Benio who continues to climb the creepy scale. For instance, we see Kobeni wake up at one point, with Benio lying next to her in bed. Then there is the scene where Benio is helping Kobeni hang laundry, which leads her to come across a pair of Mashiro’s underwear. She gets eerily excited and is later shown looking through an underwear catalogue for underwear for Mashiro. Yeah. If there’s anything that might make you reconsider this series, it’s Benio. While some of her antics are amusing, others are just plain creepy (just re-read this paragraph if you need clarification). That’s not to say that she’s completely useless: thanks to her, we now know what happened in the past between Hakuya and Kobeni. This is pretty much how the episode ends, which actually leaves it on a bit of a dark note. Given the generally light-hearted nature of the show, it’s a bit surprising that they would choose such a path, and it makes me interested to see how the next episode will start.

It should also be noted that Kobeni’s nonchalant attitude towards Benio is simply amusing. It’s like it doesn’t even phase her anymore, which seems to frustrate Benio all the more.

In the end, ‘Engaged to the Unidentified’ continues to be an amusing show, and a fairly clean one to boot. Yes, I have some stuff in the N/S/F category below, but I probably could have left most–if not all–of it out. The inclusions are kind of scraping the barrel of, “Well, someone might want to know that” territory. Honestly, viewers are more likely to be offended by Benio than anything I’ve included below… except the stuff that involves Benio.

A Christian Perspective:

Benio remains the one constant here. Her affections for Kobeni and Mashiro are simply unnatural. If she was simply the over-bearing nurturing type, that would be one thing, but her love for them borders on the perverse. One could even argue that her love for Mashiro, at least, blows past that border. I mean, who gets excited over a pair of little girls’ underwear and then goes looking in an underwear catalogue to buy more underwear for said little girl? In America, we have lists for people like that, and you generally keep your children away from their homes.

Okay, okay, so Benio hasn’t actually done anything perverse, but her conduct is just creepy. Maybe I’m just focusing too much on it for the sake of commentary, instead of just sitting back and laughing at the absurdity of it all, but I’m not really sure what they’re going for. Is she simply a fan of cute things, much like Takanashi from Working!! had an attraction to small things, which had him mistaken for a pedophile at times? Or is there something more sinister in Benio’s mind? Maybe she’s just meant to be stupid. I somewhat hesitate to suggest that it’s a homosexual attraction, although they may play that joke with the blonde girl on the student council towards Benio. I’m not really sure.

Actually, I need to retract the first sentence of my previous paragraph. Squealing over Mashiro’s underwear and then proceeding to look through an underwear catalogue with the intention of picking out more underwear for her is kind of perverse. So is sleeping in your little sister’s bed and then getting upset when she has no reaction to it. Okay, Benio may truly be the make-or-break factor in this show for some Christian viewers.

Beyond Benio, you don’t have much to worry about. A couple of zoom-ins on Kobeni’s breasts (she’s well-clothed both times, so you don’t even see so much as cleavage, although I’ll still agree that the zoom-ins weren’t necessary) and a bit of slapstick violence are the only other things worth mentioning.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: a breast joke is made in gym class in regards to Kobeni, with the camera centering on her breasts (though she’s wearing a sweat jacket, so you don’t see anything inappropriate); the camera again focuses on Kobeni’s breasts during a scene in the classroom, which is being narrated by Mashiro (again, you don’t see anything inappropriate, as Kobeni is wearing her uniform); some male students make a comment about Kobeni’s breasts; Benio pulls a pair of Mashiro’s underwear out of the clean laundry basket; Benio is shown looking through an underwear magazine

Violence: a character is smacked in the head repeatedly; a character is hit in the side with a book

Blood/Gore: Blood shoots from a character’s mouth after she is hit with a book

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 2: It’s Not Bad Having A Loli Sister-In-Law


If Kobeni is the female lead in this story, it doesn’t really feel like it. While she had her moments, I definitely feel like Mashiro was the star of this episode. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, as she provides several amusing moments (although I would think it a stretch to call them humorous). Honestly, this is an episode comprised of mostly nothing as far as the plot of the show is concerned. The other side of that, though, is that I don’t particularly care. It was still an enjoyable episode, except for Hakuya’s stick house (RIP).

What we do learn is that Hakuya and Mashiro have information on Kobeni’s forgotten past (although I don’t think this should be overly surprising), and another secret is leaked at the end of the episode. Well, secret to the rest of the cast, not to us. That’s about it for plot advancement. Other than that, there’s a lot of Mashiro, as previously stated. If the whole “cute anime girl acting cute” approach isn’t your thing, then this episode may not be one that you’ll particularly favor.

Maybe ‘relaxing’ would be the best way to describe this one. There really isn’t much tension here (besides Kobeni’s hopes to get the details of her past out of Mashiro), and overall it’s just a laid back episode. Oh, and Benio is still creepy.

A Christian Perspective:

The worst you’ll see here is in the opening shots of the intro song, so you may just want to skip that. Beyond that, there’s the typical Benio stuff (which doesn’t really go beyond comments she makes), and there’s one point where Kobeni’s figure is being discussed, which becomes a discussion about her breasts. Honestly, it’s pretty clean. The only fanservice is, like I said, in the intro, which makes it easily skippable, so unless Benio just creeps you out, or you are uncomfortable with the subject matter of  Kobenis’s, Mashiro’s, and Mayuri’s conversation, there shouldn’t be much to worry about. Oh, and there is a scene where it appears that students are kneeling down to Benio (maybe worshipping her), but I’m not sure if that was meant to be literal or if it was simply a product of Mashiro’s imagination.

Content Guide

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There are definitely some inappropriate images at the beginning of the intro (which was the previous episode’s outro); Kobeni, Mashiro, and Mayura have a conversation about Kobeni’s breasts

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: Mashiro scrapes her knees

Other: There’s a scene where students appear to be worshipping Benio (although this might just be in Mashiro’s mind)

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


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