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Review: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, Episode 6: Could It Be

Review:

Seriously, this show keeps doing stuff to make me wonder why I even bother, and then it manages to throw a curveball that makes me want to stay. This episode is a perfect example, as it is rife with innuendo and jokes about Shiro being a pedophile. Stuff like that really makes me question if I should even be watching this show as a Christian, and it certainly doesn’t give me much desire to stick with the show. But then, as usual, the episode takes a turn that does make it seem more worthwhile. It drags me back and forth, and I really don’t know what to do with it.

To be fair, the Shiro as a pedophile joke is nothing new. We know that he isn’t one, but it’s still a running joke (kind of like the male lead in Working!), although this time around they certainly tease the joke out more by having an elementary (?) school girl confess that she’s in love with him. As previously mentioned, the episode starts out with it’s typical innuendoes and jokes, but eventually gets a little more serious as it deals with themes of friendship, exclusion, and reconciliation. I’d like to say that the show ends up redeeming itself in my eyes, but I don’t think that would really be correct. I think it’s more that I’m torn, and the fact that a part of me wants to keep watching (I’d like to see where Usa and Ritsu’s relationship goes, at least) latches on to this moments that actually give the show some character. There are likeable characters here—and maybe even a decent lesson or two—that are sadly buried under innuendos, sadist jokes, and the occasional mild fanservice.

A Christian Perspective:

Ephesians 4:26 states, “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, (NIV), and I think that verse is applicable in this case. Without getting into spoiler territory, a character in this episode gets into a bit of a bad spot with her friends because of an outburst of anger. While it turns out that her friends aren’t really “angry” with her, and that she feels bad about her angry outburst, there fails to be reconciliation. So while the sun may not be going down on their anger in the sense that they’re still angry at each other, they did fail to reconcile their relationship before the sun went down, which lead to a longer period of isolation than if the character in question would have simply apologized for her outburst. Maybe this isn’t the best verse for this lesson, but I think you get the point: if someone offends you, or you offend someone, then make up with them ASAP, or else you might have to depend on a house of weirdos to help you reconcile your friendship!

Content Guide (I honestly have a bit of a hard time believing this was all there was, but it’s been almost a week, and obviously my guide went to the end of the episode, as there is a note about the preview):

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There’s a close up of Mayumi where you can see her cleavage, and when she moves her arm one of her breasts bounce (she’s clothed) 10:13 – 10:18; a scene in the preview shows Shiro’s face pressed into a woman’s breast 23:49 – 23:50; I didn’t note this in the initial writing, but Mayumi is probably showing cleavage throughout most of the episode (I mean, it’s basically par for the course, so it’s a fair assumption)

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: None

Review: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, Episode 5: Thought So

Review:

This is one of those shows that I really don’t know how to handle as a Christian. It never gets really fanservicey as far as content goes (characters in their underwear is the worst it’s gotten thus far, I think), but the humor and some of the dialogue can be risqué and vulgar. Moments like these make me wonder if I should drop this show, even though I don’t feel it enticing me to sin. I don’t take pleasure in these jokes, either. This episode certainly wasn’t short on vulgar comments and situations, particularly the first post-credits scene with Mayumi and Sayaka. These are the kinds of things I’m talking about above. Then the show does what brings me back: it shows cute scenes between Usa and Ritsu.

In this episode, Usa ends up picking up one of Ritsu’s books and ultimately becomes interested in it, leading to Ritsu lending it to him. While Usa misses it, the look of pure happiness on Ritsu’s face is just heart-warmingly cute. The little flowers popping up around her while Usa talked about how much he liked her book were amusing, as well. Honestly, I had that thought before: if Usa wanted to get close to Ritsu, then why not ask her to recommend a book to him?

So, here I sit, not entirely sure what to say about this one. On the one hand, it had its vulgar moments, but on the other hand it was a really great episode for cute and awkward moments between Usa and Ritsu. If you’re watching the show, why don’t you share your thoughts below?

A Christian Perspective:

The caricature of Mayumi and Sayaka as devils in this episode is quite apt. At one point, Mayumi makes a comment to the effect of wanting to destroy Usa and Ritsu’s innocence, and she makes it quite clear that she won’t let Usa be happy until she’s happy. Isn’t this exactly what Satan does to us as Christians? He tries to destroy our innocence by leading us away from Christ and enticing us to sin. He does his best to destroy our happiness. Granted, Usa certainly isn’t pure, but he’s also not the worst male lead in a show like this.

Content Guide:

Language: 2 “h**l”; 1 “p***es”; 1 “p***ed”

Alcohol/Drug Use: Sayaka is shown to be drunk

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Although no “naughty bits” are shown, there is a scene where a (drunk) Sayaka is shown on top of Mayumi, trying to kiss her–this includes the flashback to how it all began to happen–both are fully clothed, but the scene itself just strikes me as fanservice–Mayumi also make a comment that’s off color, and Sayaka licks her face at one point–all of this is from 2:12 — 3:20; Mayum is shown in a wet shirt and shorts, with her bra and underwear visible through her wet clothes–during this sequence, Usa also has a fantasy about Ritsu in a similar state 10:23 – 11:31 (or a bit before); Shiro is shown shirtless with a towel around his waist and a towel around his shoulders 13:49 – 13:53; Mayumi is shown wearing a cleavage-revealing top as usual; Sayaka acts like she’s going to kiss Ritsu; crude humor; there is a portion of the episode where all of the characters work together to put together a story–the words have images put to them (although they are simply drawn images), and among those images are a naked Shiro (tied up at one point–no naughty bits shown), a naked Usa (see note on Shiro), and images of items associated with sexual perversity

Violence: A character puts a plastic bag over another character’s head; a character is hit in the face with a bucket; a character is kicked; a character is punched in the face

Blood/Gore: The made-up story version of Shiro is shown being skinned (although no gore is actually shown thanks to censorship)

Review: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, Episode 4: For Now

Review:

This episode is much more character-driven–particularly by Usa and Ritsu. It was a nice episode, with some sweet moments, although it still had a few crude jokes thrown in, though not as many as you might expect at this point. Usa, of course, has taken Sayaka’s comments from the end of the last episode to heart and is trying his best to get Ritsu to open up to him. He says several times that he refuses to take the hint, and he keeps pressing Ritsu to interact. This, of course, leads to some tense and awkward situations. In a way, I suppose it is pretty typical high school romance, but it’s done in such a way that it doesn’t feel particularly boring and overdone.

I had hoped to give Shiro a bit of a compliment in this review, as his interaction with Ritsu in this episode starts off feeling mature and serious. Leave it to Shiro, though, to ruin the moment by being himself. Still, he does show that he might have some semblance of a brain in his head, and I suppose that little scene raises him slightly above being a joke character.

While the series obviously has a multiple character cast, I hope the focus stays mostly on Usa and Ritsu. High school romance may not be anything new within the realm of anime, but it can still be enjoyable when done right. Honestly, I don’t have much interest in Mayumi’s shattered love life, and Sayaka is probably better used as a plot device than a focal point (although perhaps we’ll eventually find out why she is the way she is). Shiro is… Shiro. I’d be a liar to say I didn’t enjoy this episode, so let’s hope that there continues to be more substance to the show as opposed to crude humor.

A Christian Perspective:

Revisiting this review about a week after watching it…

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “j**z”

Alcohol/Drug Use: Sayaka, Shiro, Sumiko, and Mayumi all drink alcohol near the beginning of the episode; Mayumi and Sayaka are drunk

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: As usual, Mayumi wears a top that shows cleavage; Sayaka is again shown grabbing Mayumi’s stomach (so we see part of her stomach); you don’t see anything inappropriate, but Shiro is having a fantasy about girls having a trend of “loose panties” 7:54 – 8:07; there’s a scene in the episode preview that looks like it shows two girls about to kiss (the zoom is so close, though, that you can’t see their full faces)

Violence: A character is hit in the head

Blood/Gore: A character is writing on a table with something red, which I’m assuming is blood

Review: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, Episode 3: Why?

Review:

Admittedly, I was expecting Sayaka’s character to be a lot worse, and the potential catalyst for me to drop this series. Granted, Sayaka’s character is not innocent, but she isn’t the yuri maniac that I was worried she’d be. Unfortunately, those first two sentences are all I managed to write for this episode after watching it, and I sit here now somewhere between one and two weeks after initially watching it, not really remembering a lot about it. I remember Sayaka being manipulative, but that’s kind of it… sorry.

A Christian Perspective:

Er… Given the fact that I don’t remember much of the details, there’s not much for me to put in here.

Content Guide:

Language: 2 “d**n”, 5 “h**l”, 1 “p**s”; 1 use of God’s name in vain (a character starts a sentence with “G*d”)

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Mayumi’s clothing shows cleavage–I think this will be a trend; Sayaka is pulling on Mayumi’s stomach “flab”, which means Mayumi’s stomach is exposed (and her top shows some cleavage)–would this count as fanservice?; Sayaka makes a suggestive comment to Mayumi; Sayaka exposes Mayumi’s bra and panties (8:36 – 8:39); a flashback shows Shiro trying to pull a dirty magazine out from a stack, although there isn’t actually anything inappropriate shown

Violence: The old lady is jumping on Shiro’s back; Usa is punched in the face; a character grabs another character and goes to punch him, but is hit with a book; the first character is grabbed again

Blood/Gore: A blurry image of a character lying in blood

Review: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Moral Behavior, Episode 2: Is It?

Review:

Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve watched this episode, and I don’t remember a whole lot about it…. -_-;

What I do remember is that, much like the initial episode, it had its mix of fun moments and dirty jokes. While the dirty jokes get annoying, the other stuff can be amusing and even touching. Seeing Ritsu’s reaction to the bubble encasing, for example, is quite touching, and it was certainly amusing to see Usa incite Ritsu into a fit of laughter at Shota’s expense. Mayumi plays a large role in this episode, with her relationship drama ultimately drawing the main cast to watch horror movies with her. This, ultimately, leads to the introduction of Sayaka, the final resident of Kawai Complex.

A Christian Perspective:

Not really anything to say, since it’s been a while, although a lot of what I have in the N/S/F/ is cleavage (I think).

Content Guide:

Language: 4 “d**n” (1 written)

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Throughout the episode, Mayumi is shown in shirts that show cleavage; Some comments that Ritsu makes between 8:24 – 9:23 are presented as being taken the wrong way by Usa; Shiro is shown wearing some kind of weird, skimpy outfit– he has a towel around his waist and one around his shoulders, 11:34 – 12:45 (he’s not actually shown this whole time, as there are cutaways, but it was easier to just put the entire timeframe where he would be shown) and again 13:35 – 14:24 (same case as before with how much he’s actually shown); there is a close up of Mayumi’s cleavage, and then a scene that sounds (and initially looks) provocative, until the camera zooms out (15:35 – 15:48); a movie the characters are watching shows a girl in a one piece bathing suit and another in what might be a tanktop and underwear (18:52 – 18:54); a female character is shown clinging to Mayumi and commenting on the size of her breasts–a close up of Mayumi’s cleavage is also shown (20:07 – 20:25); the episode preview shows part of Mayumi’s bra and panties being exposed (23:58 )

Violence: A character is slapped in the fact repeatedly; a character is punched in the face; a character is kicked in the back of the head

Blood/Gore: None

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