Eromanga-Sensei [Review]

“Masamune Izumi is a light novel author in high school. His artist, known only as ‘Eromanga Sensei’ is reliable but Masamune has never met him and assumes he’s just a perverted otaku. Masamune’s little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn’t left her room for an entire year. She even forces her brother to make and bring her meals when she stomps the floor. Masamune wants his sister to leave her room because the two of them are each other’s, only family. One day Masamune discovers that Eromanga Sensei and Sagiri are one in the same. Further chaos erupts between the siblings when a beautiful, female, best-selling shōjo manga creator becomes their rival.” – Eromanga-Sensei (Manga)
Ah yes, my guilty pleasure of the season. As weird as the situation of the story is, it’s actually quite good.
The main focus of the story is the relationship between Izumi and his sister Sagiri. And let it be known now, the creator of the story for Eromanga-sensei is the same one who created Oreimo. After being shut down by the animation company and failing to get the full Kyousuke and Kirino ship to sail, Eromanga is his second attempt at redemption. The trick here is that Izumi and Sagiri ARE NOT blood-related, which makes it somewhat better….right? As much as I love the light-hearted atmosphere of Eromanga-Sensei, there is little to no serious moments in the entire show. It’s as if all the situations or problems that the characters find themselves in are solved for them, there is no a sense of achievement. Harem also feels too convenient and somewhat forced. Compared to Oreimo, the story lacks impact and feels like it was written for self-satisfaction.
Artwork & Animation:
Hard to argue with artwork by A-1 pictures, both character designs and backgrounds are beautiful to look at. Although. this time around the character designs are a little flatter then A-1 Pictures’ previous works.
There is little to no development for any of the characters, which is sad. We start to see some development and change within Sagiri towards the end but it’s so minimal, that it doesn’t feel important.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
All-star performance from both Claris and TrySail for singing the opening and ending. Both groups never disappoint, with their catchy upbeat songs, it’s hard to not sing along (or hum if you don’t know Japanese that well). The soundtrack follows a similar vibe with more upbeat music.
Character designs and the slapstick comedy was the most appealing, everything else seemed lacking.
Overall: score 8
With a nice comedic cast, lovely artwork (with a few fan services here and there), and a somewhat entertaining plot-line, Eromanga-sensei is enjoyable, as cliché as it is. There are a lot of more work that could’ve been put into the show, it feels somewhat rushed conceptually.

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