Ao Horie's father, a popular erotic fiction author, chose Ao's name because A stands for “apple” and O stands for “orgy”! Desperate to escape her father's legacy and get into a prestigious university, Ao devotes herself to studying instead of pursuing romance. She has no time for boys, but there's just one problem: Kijima, her handsome and popular classmate, just confessed his love to her! And to make matters worse, she can't stop thinking dirty thoughts about him! Looks like escaping her father's influence will be harder than she thought.
Source: Sentai Filmworks
Ao-chan Can't Enjoy Her Youth
Ao-chan Can't Easily Decline
Ao-chan Can't Protect Her Lower Half
Miyabi-chan Can't Be Beaten
Ao-chan Can't Lead Virgins
Kijima-kun Can't Wait Any Longer
Ao-chan Can Handle the Beach
Kijima-kun Lacks Stamina
Ao-chan Needs More than Fantasy
Dad Can't Offer Support
Ao-chan Can't Wear Silky Panties
Ao-chan Can't Study
I wasn't a real fan of the show and it felt I was watching a shittier version of Yamada's First Time, which is a show I rated a 3/5. The animation style wasn't bad, probably say it was above average but the main characters felt rather flat. It also didn't really work in the shows favor to be released in a season with Miru Tights, We Never Learn, Why the Hell are You here, Teacher? and Araiya-san! Ore to Aitsu ga Onnayu de!?. Not that the other shows were mind-blowingly good but Ao-chan Can't Study! just didn't really do anything to make itself stand out at all. The sad truth is, I was struggling to remember the show when people were asking me what I was watching and I'm pretty sure I won't even remember this show in 6 months from now.
On the surface, Ao-chan Can’t Study looks like an indictment on the uselessness and general creepiness of the Baby Boomer generation, mainly because Ao-chan’s elderly father, a renowned author with tons of erotica novels under his belt (among other things, heh), is so obsessed with the state of his daughter’s virginity and how he can help her lose it. But take a closer look and you’ll find that – yes, while Ao-chan’s virginity is still the main focus of the show, Ao-chan gets a little more agency and realizes all by herself that, yes, despite her father’s intentions, all she really wants to do is fuck. But Ao-chan is a studious girl and a virtuous girl and a pretty sheltered girl too – I mean, if your horniness is the thing that’s distracting you from studying, then there are plenty of quick, easy fixes to resolve that little issue by yourself, know what I mean? But in the spirit of what this show thinks is comedy, Ao-chan takes the roundabout approach instead and attempts to solve her problems by blaming practically everybody else for her virginity. Hey, how’s that for a gag, huh? This exhausting push and pull within Ao-chan – who’s that boy, I really kinda wanna fuck him, how does one go about fucking him exactly, no wait I actually want to study, EEE KIJIMA’S SUCH A HENTAI GROSS, etc. – is the thing that gives life to this show’s humor. Ao-chan taking the initiative and beating the boy of her affections to the metaphorical punch makes her a tsundere of the reverse kind, and so, lends the show a new level of wit I wasn’t expecting. In short, Ao-chan thinks her crush wants to fuck her, gets all grossed out by the idea because she’s a virgin, then gets all intrigued by the idea later on, until finally, she decides to drop the pretense (and her panties) to try and fuck him herself. For science. Of course. And also because she might like the guy back too. Of course. It’s a very complicated thought process that gets sorted out easily in just under 15 minutes per episode and thank God for that. The humor can get tiring, and you’re never gonna root so hard for a couple to get together like Ao-chan and Kijima, but believe me when I say that this show’s greatest strength is that it knows how long it should run and what to cover in its limited timespan. But (oh yes, you know there was a but coming, especially for a show like this) this is, in the end, still an ecchi show, and so, gets so wrapped up in all the sex, that it forgets it was trying to be witty about the sex in the first place. It’s legitimately funny sometimes, but it’s also mainly crass, immature, and juvenile. Which is such a big shame, really. Too bad Ao-chan’s stupid daddy had to go cockblock the fun and ruin things for the rest of us. [This review was made for the Anime-Planet Secret Santa 2019 event. That OP? A hidden gem. But be careful not to get so sucked in to it, that you get duped into finishing all 12 episodes just to hear it over and over again.]
This is one of the most hated (for unknown reasons) and also one of the best seasonal anime out there. Why? Well, let’s try to figure that out, shall we? First - the story. The story is pretty simple. So ... we have our main heroine, who lived in a pretty pervy environment all her life. Think ‘ecchi - the life experience’ ride that contains Your weird father that’s a midget (he’s not a little person … he’s an unrealistic midget) that’s also as pervy as they come. No mother and no woman's perspective on romance whatsoever. Imagined that blissful experience? Great. Then imagine that life and personal experiences confronted with a real-life romance – and I don’t mean ‘anime romance’ with a tsundere love interest … I mean real life. This is what this show is really about. While the story is a well-formed mishmash of cliches and well-used tropes it still feels … fresh in some way. It’s a new take on a well-used genre as far as I’m concerned. Having said that this is a slice of life (albeit a weird one) anime so the meat and bones of the show are its characters. Second: the animation. The animation is .. there. I’m sure it was. It wouldn’t be anime without it right? Third: the sound. See the ‘animation’ part but change ‘animation’ to ‘sound design’ Fourth: the characters. The characters of the series are … weird. They can be good and well developed and shallow and predictable at the same time. How is that possible? Well, the whole show revolves around taking well known and boring tropes and making them realistic and comedic at the same time. The boring male character is a somewhat relatable, good guy. The tsundere girl is a weird woman reaching her adolescence without any knowledge relationships besides raunchy anime and light novels. It’s very much otaku lifestyle made incarnate. This is a personal opinion and I know many people did not like our protagonist, but I felt she’s like a real person all the way through. Meaning: I was infuriated how illogical she acted – which (to the best of my knowledge) is one of the staples of real-life relationships and emotional reactions to life. Verdict: Check it out. It’s a pretty good albeit a little pretty self-indulgent story about romance. I liked it very much and I’m willing to bet good that money most of You will like it too ... if you ignore the ‘cliche’ moments of the series that are there to turn the known tropes of romcom anime on its head.
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