Dagashi Kashi Episode 1 [First Impression]

Who is this semen demon?


You can’t spell Hotaru without ‘hot’.

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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?

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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?

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11 Responses

  1. Wanderer says:

    Hmmm… Saya is cuter, Hotaru is hotter. Also, Hotaru is completely nuts, which makes her feel more unique than Saya.

    However, I personally liked it best when both of them got together. They played off each other well. And it led into that hilarious RPG explanation of why Hotaru was in town.

    • Vantage says:

      I’m glad they showed that segment of Hotaru meeting Saya this week! As you might expect, eventually those two and Kokonotsu will end up on-screen at the same time, and hijinks will ensue.

  2. kinghumanity says:

    Yes! Do blog this. I know everyone’s going nuts over Hotaru (and her upcoming doujins), but I was really interested in the different sweets too, and I might try some next time I visit a Japanese food store around here. If the anime was sponsored by one of the candy makers, then I feel that this will be a VERY successful advertisement.

    • Vantage says:

      If I had easy access to an (affordable) Japanese food store, trying out all the different dagashi featured each episode would definitely be a thing I’d do. It’s basically popular junk food for kids, but dagashi stores might be seeing odd demographics visiting them (and doing odd things, like eating three Italian-themed umaibos at once) soon enough.

  3. I.D. nameless says:

    “Who is this semen demon?”
    Anon-kun, you’re such a fu- sorry, I thought I was somewhere else. Seriously surprised to see that line here.
    Hotaru for me (sweets>coffee).
    Blogging comedies is a tough job from what I’ve seen. Challenge youself and do it (or not, whatever).

    • Vantage says:

      I see, so you’re from ‘that place’ too. I didn’t exactly throw around Keit-Ai or anything, was I that obvious?

      • I.D. nameless says:

        Well, no, you were not. I don’t think there’s a way to be obvious about it.
        But “that place” is the place where I’ve seen the term “semen demon” a lot more than on reddit or whatever.
        I wasn’t 100% sure you go there, but I decided to try my luck anyway.

  4. goi says:

    the girl is hot but the “humor” with the brother receiving a beating from his sister for being a accidental pervert always turns me away.

    Also there’s a couple of Dagashi doujins already out.

    • Vantage says:

      “Also there’s a couple of Dagashi doujins already out.”

      I know ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • I.D. nameless says:

      You know what? I found the violence justified for once.
      The guy has a sister. He should know to at least knock on the door and not just enter on her while she’s in the bathroom.
      And it’s not like he had something important to say that could not wait. No common sense from him at all.

  5. Jason says:

    Hotaru’s cute and her crazy personality does it for my dick but Saaya’s also cute. i can’t choose so it has to be a tie.

    …I wonder if there are any translated yuri doujins of the two.

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