Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun

Alt titles: My Heartfelt Sympathy, Ninomiya-kun

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mariprosa's avatar By mariprosa on Jan 17, 2008

Story

Harem series usually don't get much better than the characters that compose them and the situational aspects that they explore.  If it's your genre, then you're more likely to watch it not just for the characters themselves, but mainly the element that it expands upon like comedy, romance, etc. So what does Goshuusho-sama Ninomiya-kun offer to the genre? Over-the-top laughs and situational humor, at least for those who really have much to like from this genre, provided you can stomach anything from bust jokes to yaoi manga to general hints at fanservice. One shouldn't expect too much from the story, much of it is pretty situational and only a few episodes revolve around the overall series question: to whom did Ninomiya make his promise some odd number of years ago?

The story revolves around Ninomiya-a highly trained combative expert who happens to come across an alien girl, Mayu, and her brother. Mayu seems to be a sweet klutzy girl on the surface, but in reality theres one slight bit about her that deviates from the norm: she's a succubus - meaning she can suck the life energy from the men who surround her...yet she also attracts hordes of men with her succubus powers.  To complicate things further, she has an intense androphobia that makes her agitated when she's surrounded by the...crowds. Mayu ends up taking Ninomiya as her bodyguards and living with him.  Add to the insanity Reika Houjou, Ninomiya's class president who also comes to live with him to keep an eye on Mayu...as she's none too happy about Mayu hanging around him.

There were parts of the series that entertained me and I liked it overall  a little more than I thought I would coming into it-everything from the "ramen" mission to the island episode, even to the ninja chase, but the collective series itself is pretty standard harem romantic comedy with only a few twists and none that one who seasonably watches this genre couldn't predict.  Most of the episodes themselves are standalone and only loosely intertwined save for a few when talking about Ninomiya's memories and explaining the backstory of the characters, but it comes very late in the series, and it falls into what happens into series of this type-the story's left for the very last bit and clumped together.

One thing I did like with this series was the situational comedic shorts that began with each episode, some of them were actually better than the collective story itself for entertainment value, but then again, it also depends on your taste of humor.

I would actually watch Ninomiya-kun again, but I wouldn't say it's a series that's the best of its kind, very standard, but enjoyable if you like series of this type.


Animation

I didn't like the character designs in Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun all that much-it's better than most, but not quite up to par with some better series (Kanon 2006, Clannad) in the genre, and perhaps because it wasn't a clear cut transition from manga to anime as well as it could have been. The action scenes, compared to other series with this focus, were not up to par, but this is very much a romantic comedy series, so I don't think it was as much of a focus. The cel backdrops and overall set designs were good overall, so that's one thing I'll give the series credit in this end.


Sound

The music for Ninomiya-kun might actually be the best overall aspect of the series for the most part.  "Yubikiri" is a very catchy J-pop electronically oriented theme that once it gets stuck in your head, you can't get it out.  I actually really liked it and the opening animation that went along with it.  "Furefure Ponpon" is equally catchy as an ending theme, but I'll admit it didn't catch on to me as much as the former.  BGM seems standard and works well with the scenes, particularly with the series' focus on comedy.

Voice acting was also of note as each VA defined their characters well-many might recognize Mai Kadowaki (whom has had many, many harem roles) as Mayu. I'll admit the voice acting wasn't so much stand-out to me as it just had a proper "fit" with the series schematic.


Characters

The characters for Ninomiya-kun are likable but really don't exceed among that, I imagine those who might enjoy series of this type might think Mayu your typical cute, busty klutz and Reika a bit of a tough-as-nails character...all while sporting a maid outfit. Yes, quite cliche in construction as well as presentation. Yet there really isn't much more to them that are memorable aside from the situational predicaments they find themselves within.  Ninomiya-kun isn't a bad male lead for a series of this type, not at all.  He does fall into typical male cliches (i.e. "accidentially" bumping into Mayu on several occasions).  Those three were pretty much the main cast alongside the secondary characters, whom made the series fun in the situational aspects, but otherwise weren't that memorable.  I did like the VA for Mayu's dad, as I recognized him from a number of other series and found his character bring enough humor to make him stand out among the secondary cast.

5.5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.7/10 overall
Galadriel's avatar By Galadriel on Oct 23, 2009

Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun (My Heartfelt Sympathy Ninomiya-kun)

Plot: "Shungo is an extraordinary high school student; in addition to his studies, he’s been trained by his mercenary sister to be a top mercenary. Their newest task involves the Tsukimura siblings; both of them have the powers of a succubus, but Mayu has a slight problem: she suffers from androphobia – a fear of men! Shungo’s new objective is to help Mayu overcome this phobia and protect her from the men her succubus powers naturally draw to her; but this becomes more difficult once he becomes the guinea pig for social experiments involving Mayu, such as sharing the same bed and even bathing together! To make matters worse, the ever-growing popularity of Mayu at school and the student council president’s infatuation with Shungo only add to his workload!" (not my work, this is the site synopsis)

Story: Gawd, if there is an anime that is so similar with Girls Bravo then this one is it both artwise, story wise and graphic content as well. The story is concentrated on Ninomiya Shungo a student trained to become a top mercenary by his sister. One day his sister shows up giving him a task: to protect Tsukimura Mayu from other men but he encounters some issues. Mayu suffers from androphibia (fear of men) and when a man touches her he instantly faints .Also he is informed that she detains succubus powers, powers that can steal life force from a normal human and she can also attract the oposite sex, but here interferes her powers that she can't control mainly because of her androphobia, she attracts men, but at the same time the men that touches her they faint, all except Shungo, that apparently developed somekind of an imunity. Even though she is supposed to be different than a normal human, body wise she isn't the only disorder is the succubus issue and her fear towards men. Since Shungo has an imunity against her succubus power, he must train her to get ridh of her androphobia but in the end this experience proved to be very tiresome for Shungo, everyday dealing with the schemes of her sister and Mayu's brother. As they spend much more time both of them start to develop a special relationship but they are not allowed to kiss because even though Shungo can touch her he must not kiss her otherwise he will put his life in danger. Things change when another character enters in the picture Reika Houjo. Things become weird since they shy Mayu in Reika's presence, changes her personality completely. Also the sudden flashbacks which all the characters feel, what are they supposed to mean? This anime infact doesnt have such a well made story since it has ecchi as main tag, its more concentrated on Fan Service stuff.But still it wasnt left undone but only near the ending the things reach a culminant point and all stuff are cleared. Whoever seen Girls Bravo then they should really check this one out because its mainly the same thing, with a different presentation and with shorter lenght.

Animation and Sound: In terms of animation this anime is kinda average.The character design isnt so bad there was room for more improvements. In terms of sounds from my point of view this anime was great i mean even the opening song and ending song were great but also the background sounds werent that bad.

Characters: The character development is also above average but there are some holes in it.We got to know Ninomiya's past and the relationship that he had with Mayu but there were many characters left in the dark from my point of view but as i said this anime concentrates alot on Fan Service stuff and less on story/character development but again as i said it wasnt realy left unsolved.

Overall: As an overall i find this anime pretty cute, funny and enjoyable mainly because of the ecchi stuff.For ecchi fans this anime is a "must to watch" because im damn sure that you guys will like it.And as you guys can see i rated it 8.5 as an overall (even though the normal mark is 7.7) because despite the holes in the story/character development i truly enjoyed watching it and i laughed hard at some scenes thats why i rate it higher.

~Enjoy and Cya around~

6.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.5/10 overall
Xypher's avatar By Xypher on Feb 17, 2010

Story: 

This series developed a very unique and deep story. You won't see anything promising at the start though. The series moves a bit slow, and shows very few moments in the beginning of the series that might catch your eye if you're looking for story, though that shouldn't be much of a problem when you've got plenty of panty shots and bouncing breasts. If you have patience for just a few episodes, this one is a must, you'll find a lot of moments that'll keep you eager to know what's next. I give the story a definite 9/10 for it's deep, but not overwhelming story that's touching but won't make you shed a tear.

Animation:

The only problem I had with the animation was the fighting scenes, though some were actually very well done, the others turned out a bit poor (though still enjoyable), showing characters moving only individual body parts, and adding motion blur instead of more frames. Besides the fighting scenes, the animation was very well done. Lip syncing is almost perfect, and there seems to be a good amount of detail in the art itself. I give the animation a 7/10, for its favor in art detail but an average animation's frame rate, setting itself at least on the better side.

Sound:

The voice acting as for the japanese dub (the only official dub released to date) was amazing, every word felt like it was so natural, even Reika's squeals seemed like she would have to be tickled during recording. The opening and ending themes are such catchy duos, they never get old, and they never will. The music was all placed appropriately, perfectly set to the mood, and almost all of the music itself I personally loved. I give the sound a straight out 10/10.

Characters:

Every character had their own unique personality, and you couldn't find much of anyone else that was like the other. Unlike most animes, the main character Shungo, sways a little bit towards the nice side, but isn't timid, he is one of the few extremely balanced characters that you'll find in a series, something new for us all to love. As for others; who couldn't love a big breasted, pink haired, innocent girl that is almost naked half of the series (Mayu)? And without the blue haired whiny girl (Reika), we'd be at a loss of a lot of story hints through flashbacks of her memories. A straight out 10/10 for the many different types of characters and a balanced main character.

Overall:

This is a great anime with tons of laughs and many ecchi moments (you'll even catch some nipples in there, but never full nudity), with a good love story mixed in. It truly shows how well balanced an anime can be. From the well detailed art and catchy music, to it's unique characters and deep story with a very good conclusion, there's not much that can really stop this series from being a must watch. Have fun, I know I did. 9/10 for being oh so close to perfection.

9/10 story
7/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall
Vunk's avatar By Vunk on Oct 13, 2010

Some funny moments, some ecchi moments, but with a horrible plot and too many cliches.

Funny thing that there was that many succubus (fake succubus, you know, the succubus of this anime is the worst of all animes and stories...and most funny, even men are succubus... yep, Incubbus does not exist in this anime) and no other youkais.. JUST succubus... and of course, 2 guys (and 2 girls) with unhumanly strenght and speed...

And seriously, Tsukimura Mayu should've died at the end, then I could give at least score 6...

2/10 story
5/10 animation
?/10 sound
3/10 characters
3/10 overall
roriconfan's avatar By roriconfan on Jun 26, 2012

Isn’t it strange when a character behaves out of… character? Imagine when a whole series feels out of… series. Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun (GN) is such a series and the reason it is so frakking bad in its own way.

This anime is of course a harem and one should expect nothing but substitute for porn and, if possible, some jokes. The joke part is how most of the times the male lead is a weak-useless-unreliable-undecided-scared-waste of mankind who for fan catering reasons all the girls in the show dig him for that. This show tried to have a twist in this formula by making the lead male very powerful and self-aware, which in theory means a far more likable character. Unfortunately the formula of such shows is so damn fixed in a mentality where anything that tries to change only makes everything even lamer than what it already are.

In this show, all the girls in the school constantly sexually abuse Ninomiya because his self-control and acrobatic skits when trying to escape them is considered super sexy. I guess playing it hard to get has its charm too and if you are raised to behave politely means automatically that any girl who does foreplay with you and begs for your cock to enter her is considered a reason to jump out of the window with a triple flip and landing on your feet, before needing to dodge a hundred death traps set by the jealous male population of the school.

This was actually fun the first couple of times. I mean, I haven’t seen that a lot in harems and so it felt refreshing… for a couple of times. Because after that it became repetitive and annoying, on top of being completely unrealistic and impossible to identify or sympathize with any character or situation. Because let’s face it, successful series are those you can find a part of yourself projected on one of the characters, even if it is just wishful thinking. Ninomiya is impossible to like for any given reason. A typical spineless harem lead would appeal to all the spineless wimps out there, but to what kind of people would this one appeal to? If ALL THE CHICKS IN YOUR SCHOOL have the hots for you and you are SUPER STRONG AND CAPABLE TO DEFEND YOURSELF then I see no reason why you shouldn’t just HAVE THE FUN OF YOUR LIFE! In a typical harem, you can kinda excuse the lead to be incapable to go for it because he is a waste of usable space but Ninomiya is not like that. He is clearly sexually active and from time to time even tries to do a few naughty things himself. He is otherwise not a saint, his own sister is a slut who does her best to have her brother do orgies so she can film the whole thing and the teachers in the school simply don’t give a rat’s ass about all that. Oh, and as always parents don’t exist.

This is one of the boldest premises I have ever seen for a hentai story and if it weren’t for Ninomiya’s impossible to understand personality, this show would be a porn feature with non-stop sex and violence. Of course so could any other harem but then again, the typical males there are simply lacking balls so it is less unrealistic for all them than for this one.

What is even harder to accept is how this anime could be a parody of harems. I mean, it is making fun of the archetypical lead male so in a way it counts. But then again, ain’t all harems as a genre nothing but a parody of school romances and hentais? So does that make GN the parody of a parody? Perhaps. Whatever it is, it still feels bad and even less unrealistic and after a few times you see it, becomes boring as any other run-of-the-mill harem out there.

The weirdness does not stop with Ninomiya, as the lead pink haired girl in the series is equally weird. She has androphobia and Ninomiya is chosen for his modesty to help her open up to men, while with his inhuman power he is also to protect her from other men. Because you see, she is a succubus who by nature makes men attracted to her as means to feed on their life. Again, this whole deal plays as a parody, as she is more than willing to do any perverted thing with him as means to open up (her legs lol) to other men(’s cocks). And as you can imagine she does a lot of things, all of which offer zero development to her and the plot in general.

The weirdness goes even further than that by having the lead blue haired girl in the series acting all weird as well. She acts like a snotty queen in front of everyone but doesn’t think twice before turning to a love-slave to Ninomiya and dressing/behaving in the most degrading to women ways. So yeah, she is clearly a parody of feminists acting all tough to men but go all pets to their favorite guy.

You know what? Maybe GN really is a parody of a parody after all. And maybe if it had done more than just a vague premise in its execution, it would be an interesting anime. I mean, if the plot was going somewhere or if 90% of the durations wasn’t tired-to-death ecchi jokes that don’t help the show escape its original formula. Well too bad because it didn’t; it is otherwise a same-old harem premise with lots of openings for romance and orgies where NOTHING HAPPENS and ends almost as it began. Let’s just say the idea was right but the execution lacked balls… hm, how ironic in a show where the protagonist has a pair for a change.

Beyond all that, the visuals are nothing great or spectacular; this is clearly a B to C grade production in terms of budget. The character figures look simplistic and there is a general lack in complicating animation or lightening effects. As usual, only the ecchi scenes are given more attention, which again makes the whole deal feel like a typical show even if it isn’t. Music themes and voice acting are again nothing major to remember but at least there are no overly ridiculous pinches in voice (not even pink-hair has annoyingly enough voice compared to others I have heard over the years) and the songs are relaxed pop pieces you hear twice without problem and then skip and forget entirely for the rest of your life.

Will I ever watch this again? No, but I will probably remember the parody of a parody part. It is an interesting concept to try to make a show to feel like that and then becoming all serious and dramatic, thus subverting the formula, deconstructing the genre and leading to new or evolved genres, to progress and freshness. HEAR THAN ANIME INDUSTRY? Stop frakking around with the same old shitz and try to mess with the formulas more.

And now for some excused scorings.

ART SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2


SOUND SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 1/3, Music Themes 1/4, Sound Effects 2/3


STORY SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 0/2, Complexity 0/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2


CHARACTER SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 1/2, Catharsis 1/2


VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4


ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 0/3, Characters 1/4


VERDICT: 3/10

2/10 story
5/10 animation
4/10 sound
5/10 characters
3/10 overall