A boy gathers a harem of witches.
This show is a harem, and yet it’s genuinely good. One of the best shows of the season. I wasn’t expecting that. Not that I have anything against harems. One of the shows which I liked even better this season was High School DxD. But that’s an all out crazy type of harem. And I tend to like harems more when they take cues from other genres or have some other trick up their sleeves, such as Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaoh, Ben-to, School Rumble, or that one fantasy Tenchi spinoff. Yamada-kun is more of a pure, ordinary school harem. Although it does have the thing with the witches, which is a good part of what makes it so interesting, I suppose.
Anyway, what makes Yamada-kun good? I think a lot of it is the pacing. This story could have taken 24 episodes— most of the witches got very little time— but they went with 12. It was just enough. Not too much to feel bored, and it still felt like they managed to tell the most important parts of the story.
Also, I liked the fact that the characters weren’t completely ashamed of their sexual desires, as is typical in harem anime. They have very few compunctions about touching and kissing each other. And people develop actual relationships.
The main thing though is that the characters have much more depth to them than the typical harem. Even in the protagonist has his own desires and goals. And the girls only fit into the typical harem roles on a surface level. For example, there’s a quite girl with glasses, but she’s not shy at all, and she cheats on all her tests.
If more harem anime were like Yamada-kun they wouldn’t have such a (well-deserved) poor reputation.
- Storytelling – B – Some interesting short stories, lots of variety, funny.
- Voice – B – Like the whole kissing theme.
- Characters – B – Great characters, Purple is best girl. Almost even wished we could have seen more of the less prominent haremettes.
- Attention Grab – B – Never bored.
- Production – B – Looks fine.
- Overall – B
Recommendations – Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao, School Rumble, Kokoro Connect