Taichi takes the ideal of the nice-guy harem lead to its logical conclusion. He’s such a selfless person that his role models are “jobbers” in wrestling, who let themselves get beaten up. This is not what I was expecting when I heard he liked wrestling.
Inaba has a problem with this, but I don’t. Ok, admiring people who let themselves get beaten up is a bit strange, although I can see where he’s coming from. But who wouldn’t do whatever they can to help their friends? I don’t find this trait of Taichi’s strange at all.
What I do find a bit disconcerting, however, is his belief that he can solve all his friend’s problems. When he discovers Yui’s fear of men, he confronts her and asks her how he can help. Taichi believes that this is a problem that he can solve. And that, in my opinion, is a form of pride and vanity.
Yui has had a fear of men since middle school due to a traumatic, life-alerting experience. It’s such a deep fear that it’s built into her body, not only her mind, as attested to by Yoshifumi. And Taichi thinks that he can solve it in one night?
But the worst part is, he does. All it takes is a kick to the balls. This was a bit frustrating for me. It trivialized Yui’s deep psychological problems into something that can be easily solved through physical violence and power. But hey, that kick was pretty funny.
Back to Inaba’s accusation that Taichi is a selfless freak. In the same conversation, she tells Taichi to “bag” Iori before Fujishima beats him to it. I don’t think that these two parts of the conversation are separate topics. Inaba tells Taichi to “bag” Iori because Inaba herself is a selfless freak. She’s in love with Taichi too, but is selflessly letting Inori have him. Inaba is a selfless freak, and she hates herself for it.
This show’s setup is built for comedy gold. The possibilities for crazy hijinks are endless when you can switch bodies at any time. The format is a vast improvement over the more common permanent body switches because there may be unexpected retribution when you switch back.
My favorite character at the moment is Inaba. She’s self-assured yet awkward, straight and to the point yet dishonest, and generally more complex than the type of anime characters we’re used to. I’m still supporting Iori in the love triangle though… Inaba’s not the best match for Taichi.