Dagashi Kashi Episode 1 [First Impression]
Who is this semen demon?
You can’t spell Hotaru without ‘hot’.
I have to say, I was very pleased with how Hotaru turned out, Ayachi and all. I was honestly worried about Taketatsu Ayana playing Hotaru, because I’d pretty much locked her in as an ideal voice for Saya – much like how Kugimiya Rie does tsunderes, Ayachi has found her niche in imouto-type characters. I still believe she would make a good Saya. But she’s surprisingly great as Hotaru too! Hotaru is one of those characters where their looks don’t match their personality at all, which to some people (i.e. Saya fans) means that her image is spoiled whenever she talks. I disagree. Hotaru becomes even more of a semen demon whenever she gets crazy. It wouldn’t be Hotaru without her strange antics, just a somewhat out of place ojou-sama. Look at these eyecatches, the Hotaru doujins are practically writing themselves. There’s a Saya in there for good measure.
Of course, that’s not to say that Saya is bad. It’s just that she isn’t… as good as Hotaru, no matter how many sugar cubes she tries to add to her coffee. If Hotaru just married Coconuts, the entire problem would be solved – the dagashi store would still have a successor, and Coocnuts could become the mangaka he always wanted to be. Too bad her only love is that little mascot on the snack packet. And too bad she wants to continue her family’s huge business. Maybe he’d give up his mangaka dream to marry her?
Dagashi Kashi (or Daga Shikashi, which some promotional material has strangely pronounced it as) is basically a skit show. It would work equally as well as a series of shorts, and the reason it isn’t is probably because its manga chapters are longer than most 4-komas but are still short and self-contained enough to not amount to any overarching story. It’s not an iyashikei, or even strictly a comedy as they’re usually presented. It’s not a slice-of-life. The entire thing is basically a glorified advert for various types of dagashi, the snacks you find in small-time candy stores (hence why Dagashiya from Non Non Biyori is referred to as such). Each chapter (or each segment now, in the anime) will feature Hotaru explaining the features, characteristics and consumption methods of a particular dagashi in some sort of context whilst Coconuts stands there tsukkomi-ing and staring at her body (this week we had the umaibo, those crackers and the donuts). That’s it. But it’s funny, and it’s great for us because we get to stare at her body too! And at her oddly lewd eyes. It’s a combination of those eyes and her shoulder-length purple hair that cements her as a top-tier semen demon for me, not her boobs. I don’t know why, the concentric circles do weird things to me. I know it’s a long way until C90, but I eagerly await the inevitable doujins. Come on Comiket slaves, I believe in you.
I’m torn as to whether I should blog this or not. I liked this better than my other potential picks, Haruchika and Phantom World, but the nature of the episodes means that it’s difficult to consistently blog. There’s only so many times I can talk about my attraction to Hotaru. On top of that, I’ve read the manga and so there’s nothing much that will surprise me weekly. As I admittedly still haven’t gotten through a full iyashikei anime, my chances of getting through this are similarly low (although this is markedly different, similar traits though it may have). It’s great fun though, and the rest of the series will be more of the same, so it’s definitely worth following.
I’ve made it very clear which camp I’m in, but what about you? Hotaru or Saya?
Possibility of Watching: Guaranteed
Possibility of Blogging: Unknown