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Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 12: You Understand? I Understand

Review:

Wow, an episode of Engaged to the Unidentified that (almost) went by without Benio being creepy? On top of that, she was actually supportive in a normal big sister way for once. That said, this was kind of a lackluster finale. The “dramatic” moments of it–such as Kobeni being lost and exposing her fear of being left alone–would probably have had more impact had they been teased out throughout the series. As far as I can remember, we’ve never had anything to suggest Kobeni’s fear of being left alone, and her adventure to the mountains begins and ends in this episode. It’s kind of hard to build a bunch of tension for a situation that doesn’t even happen until partway through the episode, especially when you know the situation will resolve by the episode’s end; after all, it is the final episode.

All that said, I still enjoyed it. I really don’t know what it is about this show that I like. I mean, Benio is creepy, and overall there really isn’t anything “special” about this series. At the same time, it succeeded at being cute, especially when Kobeni and Hakuya started to get closer to each other. It was particularly cute to see how Kobeni was able to read Hakuya’s moods when no one else could tell the difference. Maybe it was the characters who made this series something worth watching. Whatever the case, it certainly wasn’t a terrible finale, and despite the more serious bent of the plot line, we still end with a more comedic, light-hearted tone.

I will give the writers credit for the fact that they seem to have brought things full-circle. The events of the past that have seemed to weigh heavy on Kobeni are, essentially, repeated here, except this time with better results. Granted, none of this would have happened had Kobeni stayed put, but I am just drawing a conclusion. It may not be what the writers intended at all.

A Christian Perspective:

There is a flashback in the closing credits to an episode where Kobeni was floating naked (I think it was a dream or something), but her body is pretty much shadowed, so you don’t really see anything. There are also a couple scenes with blood (nothing serious), and Benio makes some weird comments. Mashiro also pretends to fly on a broom like a witch, in case depictions like that are offensive to you. If not, then it’s actually a pretty cute scene.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The flashbacks during the end credits show a scene where Kobeni is naked and floating (I don’t remember which episode it’s from, but just like in that episode you can’t actually see anything inappropriate due to the shadowing or whatever)

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: A character is shown with blood running from her mouth; the ending review shots/flashbacks show a character with blood squirting from her mouth

Other: Benio makes a comment to Kobeni and Mashiro about “keeping each other warm”; Benio is commenting about a little sister swim meet; Benio geeks out over seeing Mashiro act like she’s flying on a brook like a witch; other random Benio stuff

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 11: Enjoying the Handkerchief

Review:

You know, I was kind of bad this week and put off writing a few reviews. Now I’m in a bind of trying to remember exactly what happened in this episode…

Well, I certainly remember enjoying the episode. The issue of why Hakuya wears his hair over his eyes comes up, which does eventually get answered (although the answer may not prove to be that surprising, to be honest). Mashiro also puts herself at risk of being seen using her powers, which might have made for an interesting subplot, but given that next (this, at this point) week will be the conclusion of this show, I doubt we’ll see anything come of it. Of course, Benio is still Benio here, although I don’t remember her doing anything particularly noteworthy this time (although she is volunteering at a kindergarten at one point–nothing offensive happens, it’s just the general bad idea of letting Benio around young children). When Kobeni and Hakuya go out on a “date” with Mashiro the third wheel, Kobeni finally gets her answer as to why he wears his hair the way he does. This, seemingly, causes what is kind of a surprise ending to this episode.

Well, that’s what I have. It’s more of an overview than a review, though, which is what I get for letting my memories of the episode run a bit dry….

A Christian Perspective:

One scene has Benio imagining a bust shot of Kobeni with only her handkerchief as a cover (nothing actually shows, though, as far as I remember), and there is another scene in the preview that shows Mashiro in a bikini and in the bath with conveniently placed soap suds. This is certainly not the worst it could be (especially considering some of the opening shots of the intro), but it’s still more than it honestly needs to be.

Other than that, there is one scene where a character is lightly hit on the head with a rolled magazine.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Benio imagines a bust shot of Kobeni with only the handkerchief as her cover; the next episode preview shows a shot of Mashiro in a bikini and another of her in the bath (with conveniently placed soap suds)

Violence: A character is lightly hit on the head with a rolled magazine

Blood/Gore: None

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 10: I Looked Up The Term “Time Of Dere”

Review:

Is it wrong that I find yandere Benio to actually be less creepy than “normal” Benio? Well, anyway, we get a mix of the two in this episode, and I really don’t know which side is exposed more. Hopefully we’ll eventually see Benio actually become normal, but somehow I doubt that. Poor Mashiro will probably just end up bearing the brunt of Benio’s attention.

Moving past that, though, there were some pretty good moments in this episode. One of the best (and cutest) was probably Hakuya’s devotion to finding a gift that he could match with Kobeni. It’s nice to see him becoming more “expressive”, or at least getting more screen time. I wonder what this series would be like if it was actually shown through Hakuya’s eyes. At any rate, his scenes still end up being amusing, such as one scene where he refers to Kobeni as “mai waifu”. Hakuya is not the character you would expect that to come from, so it was extra funny (even if it only came from him searching the internet).

On top of that was the scene with what I’ll call “Kobeni’s stare of doom”. I can’t recall seeing Kobeni getting angry in this series, but this episode certainly got close to it, at least. It was definitely enough to scare Benio and Mashiro… maybe that will teach them to spy on the odd couple. Honestly, Kobeni and Hakuya’s relationship really ends up being the most entertaining part of this series, and maybe that’s because it’s not the only focus. Instead of the whole show being focused on their progress, it’s broken up between characters, with sections focused on Suetsugi and Niko, not to mention other characters. I don’t think this series will be worthy of any “season’s best” titles, but the parts of it that I enjoy I really enjoy. It probably would have been better without Benio, or at least without her tendencies. A simple over-protective sister would have worked just as well.

A Christian Perspective:

Leaving aside Benio—because by now we know she’s creepy by Christian, and really any, standards—there are only a few things to be concerned about. In terms of fanservice, there really isn’t any, although there are some weird camera angles. One shot, for example, is focused on Benio’s butt, although she’s wearing a skirt, so you don’t actually see any of her butt or anything fanservicey. Another scene is focused on Suetsugi’s thighs. Again, you don’t see anything fanservicey, but it’s a weird angle. Outside of that, there is one mildly violent scene (a character slams into another) and a few instances where a character has blood coming from her mouth.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There is a scene where the camera is focused on Benio’s butt–she’s wearing a skirt, and there’s nothing particularly sexual about the shot (as in, you don’t actually see her butt or anything), but know that it happens; another weird camera angle where the camera is focused on Suetsugi’s thighs (again, nothing that’s actually sexual is shown); an extended shot of Kobeni nervously shaking her hips while she talks (the camera is far back and not zoomed up on her, but it feels like they keep that shot up for a while)

Violence: A character slams into another character

Blood/Gore: A character has blood running out of her mouth (I think the same character also had a bit of blood spray from her mouth directly before this scene; the same character also has a line of blood running down the corner of her mouth later on, too

Other: A character imagines some sort of energy manifesting around her hand

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 9: How Humiliating, I’m So Embarrassed

Review:

Well, I was hoping to see a whole lotta nope in response to that marriage proposal, but I suppose the end result is still the same. We all know that the love rival never has a chance, yet we’re still entertained by any rollercoaster rides that may come with it. Truly, we see the same trope played out in various ways through different shows, and yet we never seem to tire of it. Well, maybe never isn’t quite accurate, but isn’t the love rival a typical occurrence in romantic comedies (or straight romance shows), and don’t they always lose? Really, though, it feels like Engaged to the Unidentified included a love rival for the sake of fulfilling an obligation rather than actually creating any kind of rivalry. Let’s face it: Hakuya is all about Mashiro, and Konoha just doesn’t get the kind of attention to make her seem like a serious love rival.

That said, this episode was a weird mix of drama and comedy. The comedic side of things worked really well, but the dramatic side kind of left me scratching my head. Maybe Konoha’s inclusion was simply to shake Kobeni up and make her realize how she really feels about Hakuya, but I still don’t get the scene where Kobeni started crying. The following scene–where Benio overreacts to the excuse given for Kobeni’s crying, which causes Hakuya to overreact right along–was quite funny, though. It was also amusing to watch Mashiro create more of a predicament for herself in her attempt to ruin Konoha’s interest in Benio. Speaking of Benio: yes, she was still creepy in this episode (though not as much as others), but one must wonder if she’s something of a yandere after she briefly snaps near the end of the episode. It will be interesting to see if they play that up or not.

So yeah, Engaged to the Unidentified continues to be an interesting show for me. On the one hand, I enjoy watching it every week. On the other hand, there isn’t really anything in particular that I would say draws me to it. There’s nothing that really makes me say, “You need to watch this because _____” or “I really like this because ____”. Basically, I like it, and yet I can’t really say why I like it. It seems possible that we might actually start moving towards more romance, given the way this episode ends, though. Maybe. Also, you have to love how the little sister is more observant than the older brother.

A Christian Perspective:

In comparison to previous episode’s, this one was rather mild. There were still scenes with Benio being her old creepy self, such as when she offers to “take responsibility” and then proposes marriage to Mashiro (of course, you know the answer to that), and there was the other obsession of Konoha towards Benio, particularly when Konoha is shown nuzzling a picture of Benio. There weren’t as many stand out moments, though, so I don’t know if they’ve toned down the Benio stuff or if I’m becoming desensitized to it. Hopefully it’s the first one and not the second. Beyond that, there was a scene where the camera is moving down Benio’s body, and it pauses briefly on her breasts. She’s wearing her uniform, and there’s nothing particularly sexualized about the scene, but it still is a camera shot of Benio’s breasts. In the episode preview, Benio also comments that Mashiro has kittens or kitties on her panties. Also, there is one scene with minor violence when one character shoves another one down.

So, while it looks like a lot when typed out above, this episode really was mild in comparison. Benio still is, and probably always will be, the most uncomfortable portion of the show, although Konoha may be a close second. If you’ve been able to stomach Benio up until this point, though, then this episode should be an easy one.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The camera is moving down Benio at one point, and briefly pauses on her breasts (she is clothed); in the preview, Benio pops up and comments that Mashiro has two kittens or kitties (not sure which) on her panties

Violence: A character is knocked to the ground

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Konoha gets giddy over a picture of Benio; Benio offers to “take responsibility” and asks Mashiro to marry her

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 8: Only A Little Sister Can Cure A Scar Left By A Little Sister

Review:

Prepare for the confrontation of the spirit people!…. in the second half, that is. Really, that’s where the plot of this episode mainly lies. The first half is more like a bunch of scenes of Benio being creepy, as well as comments about breasts and butts (primarily Kobeni’s). That’s the majority of what the Nudity/Sex/Fanservice section is about, actually. While these jokes aren’t particularly new to the series (poor Kobeni has been the target of comments for most of the series), it still doesn’t make them any more welcome. I suppose the first half may have some good moments (the only ones coming to mind are Kobeni sharing her taiyaki with Hakuya and Mayu “telling off” Niko), but prepare for a lot of Benio creepiness and jokes at Kobeni’s expense.

The second half actually picks up with the subject matter that starts this episode: the fact that Konoha is the same as Mashiro and Hakuya. This is where we also finally get to see a “confrontation”, if you will, between them. Don’t expect any flashy fights or displays of abilities, though; it doesn’t exactly go that way. It all simply builds up to the end of the episode, where we get a new plot twist thrown in (although don’t be surprised if you at least suspect it before the end–the thought at least crossed my mind). More amusing than anything is seeing Benio’s reaction to Kobeni telling her that something is none of her business, as well as seeing the effect Benio has had on Mashiro and Hakuya.

In the end, this is one of those shows that ends up being a mixed bag for me, I think. Sometimes I really look forward to seeing what happens next, and others I’m just kind of watching it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a moment where I truly disliked it, but at the same time I wouldn’t declare it to be anything great or ground breaking, either. A little more focus on Kobeni and Hakuya would be nice, too.

A Christian Perspective:

There are quite a few breast and butt jokes in this one. While there is only one scene with questionable content (Kobeni is shown putting on a pair of jeans, and I’m not quite sure what part of her body is being shown due to how close the camera is), the breast and butt jokes still have the potential to lead one astray. If you hear it enough, you may begin to think about it. If you think about it enough, it could snowball into more. So be aware that those are there. There’s also a scene where Hakuya flashes back to Benio holding a pair of Mashiro’s underwear.

God’s name is taken in vain by Benio, in the form of “Oh my G**”, and there are a couple instances of blood. Overall, this may not be the most Christian-unsafe episode of the show, but if you are not fond of the type of jokes in this episode, then maybe skim or skip the first half.

Language: 1 “Oh, my G**”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Benio inquires as to whether Kobeni’s chest has gotten bigger, and she states the previous month’s measurements (creepy…); Benio thinks Kobeni might be a boy, then comments about the proof, the “two bulges on her chest” (again, creepy…); Kobeni is shown pulling up a pair of pants, and the camera is zoomed in really close, although I couldn’t tell what, exactly, was being shown in terms of flesh (may have just been the back of her thighs, but it could have been her butt); a conversation ensues about Kobeni’s butt being big; comments about Kobeni’s breasts being big; Konoha comments on the size of her own chest and butt; a flashback to Benio holding a pair of Mashiro’s(?) underwear; breast size jokes in the episode preview

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: Blood is shown running from a character’s mouth; a character coughs out blood

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 7: That’s That, This is This

Review:

Remember the blonde student council member who occasionally pops up and seems to show contempt when she sees Benio pouring affection onto Mashiro? Well, she finally plays a prominent role in this episode. In all actuality, this episode didn’t feel like it had much of a point until the end. Granted, that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad episode, it just didn’t seem to add to the overall plot of the show (well, what little plot there is). And while Suetsugi was certainly a prominent character this time around, she didn’t completely take center stage. We still saw plenty of Hakuya, Kobeni, Mashiro, and… sigh… Benio.

Speaking of that last one, Benio is back in full creep mode this time around. A few highlights include Benio trying to accompany Mashiro to the bathroom and Benio accusing Mashiro of wanting to keep her (Benio) all to herself when Mashiro comments that Benio should be quarantined. Yeah. Honestly, I can’t say I’m disgusted by Benio’s antics, but I guess you could say I oppose them on principle. While her actions don’t typically result in actual scenes of perversion, her conduct, words, and thoughts are pretty perverse in and of themselves, and I think the show would be better off without her, or at least without her being the way she is, but I’m not a writer for the show, so… Honestly, it could be argued that Suetsugi is just as bad towards Benio, except she keeps it all inside, whereas Benio has no qualms about exposing her twisted desires.

Anyway, one thing that was particularly amusing about this episode was the recurring gag of Kobeni popping up as Suestugi was externally declaring an embarrassing monologue. There’s no particular reason why, it was just amusing. I guess what it comes down to is whether or not you’ve enjoyed the show thus far. If so, then you’ll probably be willing to at least tolerate this episode. Once we get near the end, though, we actually get something that may very well be a plot point. You’ll receive no spoilers from me, but you’ll know what I mean once you watch.

A Christian Perspective:

This episode is guilty of breast jokes. During a flashback, Suetsugi is shown noticing and commenting on Kobeni’s breasts. This is, of course, accompanied by a zoom in shot of Kobeni’s breasts, which the animators felt the need to make bounce. Kobeni is fully clothed in her school uniform during the scene, but that doesn’t really make it any more necessary. In another scene, Benio comments that Suetsugi can’t match Kobeni’s breasts before quickly changing it to something else. Honestly, I don’t get why Kobeni’s breasts are constantly a source for jokes. Kobeni is far from the typical character archetype that you’d expect such jokes to be aimed at. Not that it makes the jokes any more necessary when the character does fit into that archetype, but I really don’t think Kobeni deserves it. That’s just my opinion, though. As for other Christian concerns, simply review my comments on Benio and Suetsugi in the review portion.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: During a flashback of Suetsugi’s, we see her noticing Kobeni’s breasts, complete with a close up and bouncing breasts (Kobeni is clothed); Benio makes a comment about Suetsugi not being able to match Kobeni’s breasts

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: None

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 6: I Know! I’ll Fill It with a Sister-in-Law

Review:

Well, I’m only about a week late getting to this episode. It was kind of an interesting approach: a Valentine’s Day episode that doesn’t actually start out focused on the day. In fact, we are first faced with Kobeni’s (understandable) interest in Hakuya and Mashiro’s “other” forms. The fact that it’s almost Valentine’s Day doesn’t even come up until about eight minutes into the episode. This actually works out quite well: they aired the episode the week of Valentine’s Day, which at least makes it timely, but if they would have simply jumped into the subject without at least commenting on the previous episode’s revelations then it would have been a bit disjointed. As it is, they managed to tie in a Valentine’s episode without completely destroying the continuity. Bravo.

Admittedly, though, the episode does play out a lot like a stereotypical Valentine’s episode. Girl likes guy, girl makes chocolate for guy, girl has a hard time giving chocolate to guy, guy thinks girl hates him as a result. You know that old formula. For some reason, though, it doesn’t feel stale. In all honesty, the stereotypical approach didn’t hit me until I was writing this review. Maybe it’s because Hakuya is so dense that it takes overhearing another conversation for him to even draw his (wrong) conclusion. Maybe it’s because all of the typical stuff is broken up by Mashiro and Benio’s antics. Or, maybe, it’s because Kobeni isn’t treated like a brainless, love struck heroine, but rather as someone who is a bit confused. We actually get a very touching scene between her and Benio where Kobeni seeks advice about what to do in regards to marrying Hakuya. It doesn’t last long, of course, because… well, Benio.

As you’ve probably guessed, yes, Benio is still herself in this episode. I don’t recall her doing anything overly creepy, but her comments are still there, as is her little sister complex. She does refer to Kobeni (and later Mashiro) as “mai waifu”, but at this point are we even shocked by Benio’s creepiness? It’s kind of expected at this point, and it does get a bit old. Perhaps we’ll see some development in her character, though. That would actually be quite the surprising plot development.
Also note worthy is the fact that this episode had a much stronger focus on Kobeni. While I have nothing against Mashiro, Kobeni is supposed to be the main character by my estimation, so it’s nice to actually see her more in the spotlight.

A Christian Perspective:

Content wise, this week was clean. As always, Benio remains the divisive factor. Of course, if you’re creeped out by her then you’ve probably stopped watching this show long ago. I don’t particularly care for some of her antics, although at times she can be amusing. I think a good break down is that when she’s just doing absurd things/being an overly-attached sister, it can be amusing. When her affections/actions are bordering on yuri/lolicon motivations, then it’s over the line and disturbing. Or maybe that’s just me. I could easily take this series sans-Benio and be completely fine. I think she detracts from the show more than she adds to it, anyway.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: None

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 5: This Woman Has Given Birth?

Review:

There’s something weird about the Mitsumine household… but you’ve probably figured that out by now, and we find out just what that is in this episode. No, I won’t spoil it for you.

Anyway, I found this episode to be fairly amusing overall. Hakuya’s and Mashiro’s attempts to avoid answering how old Mashiro is, for example, made for a fairly funny scene (although we do eventually find out just how old Mashiro is). It’s also funny to see how Hakuya shows his affection, and how Kobeni reacts.

The crux of the episode centers around the fact that a visitor is coming to Kobeni’s home from the Mitsumine household. In all honesty, I was expecting some kind of harsh, gruff visitor. What we get instead is Hakuya and Mashiro’s mother. As it turns out, she has a weakness for sweets and loose lips. It’s thanks to her that we find out the secret of the Mitsumine household, and also why we find out a bit of information about Hakuya and Kobeni’s initial meeting. She’s a quirky character, and certainly threw a wrench in my expectations, but any chances of a tense encounter are quickly dismissed. There is some tension as Kobeni’s sudden sickness kicks in again, but nothing too serious.

Benio is actually reigned in a bit this time around, too. While she is shown obsessing over Kobeni at one point (or more to the point, the fact that Kobeni is engaged to Hakuya), she snaps out of it and admits that she’s okay with the idea. It seems that, for as much of a sister complex she has, she can still be reasonable. I dare say that Benio may have actually been funny a couple times in this episode, as opposed to just plain creepy.

The question now is: where will the show go? I mean, the secrets are out, so what now? I suppose we’ll see. In all honesty, though, I don’t see Engaged to the Unidentified being the most noteworthy show, but it’s at least keeping me entertained for this season.

A Christian Perspective:

There are several breast jokes in this episode: Mashiro’s evaluation of Kobeni includes one of her breasts, Shirayuki comments mentally that Kobeni’s chest is the reason kimino don’t look right on Kobeni (the camera zooms in on Kobeni’s clothed chest), and in one scene Shirayuki grabs one of Kobeni’s breasts, which results in a scene of Kobeni’s breasts bouncing (she is clothed in this scene as well). So, while there was no nudity this time around, there were some jokes that are touchy. The worst, of course, being the third one mentioned. The first two were merely observations that we could have done without, but the third we really could have lived without.

Content Guide:

Violence: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Again, probably not the best place, but we have two breast jokes about Kobeni: one when Mashiro is considering her bridal potentials (a box goes across the screen with something like, “Excellent birthing figure and breasts”), and another time when she is discussing why kimono do not look good on her (the character she is talking to notices her chest, and the camera zooms in, but Kobeni is wearing a coat in this scene); Mashiro’s mom touches Kobeni’s breast (Kobeni is clothed), and her breasts are shown bouncing–Mashiro’s mom also comments on Kobeni’s breasts

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: None

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 4: That’s Just Being A Pervert

Review:

I don’t know quite how to describe this episode. It was entertaining, to be sure, with a decent mixture of comedy and (light) drama, although it was probably a bit more on the comedy side of the line. One big bonus was that it seemed to have a good mix of time for each character–Mashiro didn’t seem to steal the spotlight for the majority of the episode. I still wonder if she isn’t supposed to secretly be the main character (I mean, she’s even the focus on the closing song), but this episode does give us time with Kobeni, Benio, and Hakuya as well. In fact, I’m not sure if there were any Mashiro only scenes.

It was pretty nice getting to see Hakuya actually show emotion towards Kobeni in this one. He was actually concerned about leaving her home alone while sick, and he rushed off when he thought Kobeni hated him. He may be stone-faced in appearance, but he certainly isn’t emotionless. It was also nice to finally see someone call Benio out on her sister complex–kudos to Nadeshiko for this one. Of course, the extra details about Kobeni’s childhood visit to Hakuya’s household may shed some light on why Benio has such a rabid sister complex. Slowly but surely we’re getting to know these characters. The end of the episode creates some questions about the Mitsumine household, and while the episode’s end can’t really be called a cliff-hanger, it does set up a plot point for next week’s episode.

As far as humor goes, the funniest scene is possibly when we find out that Kobeni, unlike most people (including Mashiro), can actually read Hakuya’s expressions. We the viewers are, of course, clued in to what he is feeling, and watching Kobeni’s reactions (and Hakuya’s subsequent reactions) is pretty laugh out loud funny.

My one area of contention with this episode is when Mashiro wants to wipe the sweat off of Kobeni. I don’t know if this is a regular thing for the Japanese or not, but it’s certainly not the first time I’ve encountered this in anime. Of course, this involves Kobeni removing her pajama top, under which she isn’t wearing anything. To the animator’s credit, it didn’t come off as an opportunity for cheap fanservice–there was legitimate conversation between Kobeni and Mashiro (if I recall correctly), and I don’t feel like the camera ever really made Kobeni’s chest the focal point. Make no mistake, though: we do see portions of her bare breasts, though nothing more graphic than what you’d typically expect. See the content guide for more details.

A Christian Perspective:

Well, Benio’s creepiness was toned down significantly in this episode. That’s a good thing. On the other hand, we had the scene with Kobeni and Mashiro, so there is some fanservice in this episode. It really is the only blemish on an otherwise clean episode (excluding the shots in the intro, which I’ve previously warned about). You could simply do what I did and place your hand over the screen–you’ll know when the scene is about to happen, because Mashiro goes into Kobeni’s room and offers to wipe the sweat off of her. Ready your hand at that point.

Beyond that, there is a single remark made in regards to Kobeni’s breasts by Mashiro. This occurs after Kobeni is again dressed and sleeping–Mashiro makes a comment about it being uncomfortable to sleep on your back when you’re “top heavy” or something like that.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use:
None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice:
Kobeni is having some kind of internal imagery, where she is shown naked (although most of her body is shadowed, so you see more outline than anything, although it’s pretty clear that she’s naked); Mashiro offers to wipe the sweat off of Kobeni, so of course Kobeni removes her pajama top–they show the equivalent of cleavage, as well as portions of the side of one of her breasts, and one scene where she is putting a new pajama top on, where you briefly see the sides of her breasts)

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Mashiro makes a comment about Kobeni being “top heavy” (or something to that effect) and sleeping on her back

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

Review:

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