Nishikata is a middle school student who has suffered humiliation due to being teased by Takagi, the girl who sits next to him. Since then, he has vowed to one day do the same to her and succeed in teasing her.
Eraser / Day Duty / Funny Face / One Hundred Yen
Calligraphy / Seasonal Change of Clothing / Pool
Coffee / Empty Can / Soda / Muscle Training / Dubbing / Umbrella
Cleaning Duty / Kickover / Cold / Tailing
Studying for the Test / Test / Test Results / Bookstore / Shelter from the Rain
Tandem Riding / First Day of Summer Vacation / Test of Courage / Summer Science Project / Water Tap
Shopping / Swimsuit / Ocean / Room
Typhoon / Marathon / Ribs / Regret
Cell Phone / Horror / Photo
Who’s Taller? / I Hate the Cold / Invitation / Two-Choice Question
Cat / Taste / Portrait / Fortune Telling
Letter / First Day of School / Seating Arrangement
If you would need to summarise this anime in one word it would be 'cute'. Unfortunately its also kind of bland - even if I liked it quite a bit. So let's start with the most important part - the story! It's as bland and as repetitive as it gets. Boy and Girl go to school. Boy has a crush on the Girl but pretends he does not. The girl probably knows it. The twist is: she loves to tease him. Repeat. Second: the animation. This is actually quite decent. Sure, the characters have a child like characteristics to them (which might not be Your thing) but still, the animation is good. Third: the sound. The sound is ... there. I think. I don't remember it not being there, so it has to right? Next... Fourth: the characters. Finally, we have the characters which is where this anime shines. Don't get me wrong: they're not very original or over the top but they do feel ... real. Like the storyteller writes about his/her childhood. Which is very fun and elevates the material. Even if the story is pretty bland you WANT to see what's next because you like the two main characters. Side characters are pretty one-dimensional but they serve their purpose and don't really need to be fleshed out in a simple story like this one. Verdict: It's ok. Pretty decent even. Go watch it already!
This anime is the "what happens when 2 young high school students like each other" scenario, along with lots of foreheads taking up the screen. It is pretty episode based with each episode divided into 3-4 small skits lasting around 5 mins each, the main variation being the locations or activity. It starts out amusing for an episode or 2, but once you realize that what happens in episode 1 is what you get for episode 2-12, the enjoyment decreases and things get rather repetitive. It's all about the girl teasing the guy, and the guy overthinking everything in an attempt to get back at her. It's cute at first, but just wears your patience as everything becomes really predictable. This makes it get less funny and more annoying, like when you use or do something too often, it gets stale. In terms of story or progression between the characters, there really isn't much. The actions between the duo don't go anywhere exciting, not even in episode 12. Maybe it's left off like this for a possible season 2, but we don't really need another 12 episodes of this. Either way, it's just the same thing over and over under different scenarios such as at school, park, swimming, biking, etc. There is a trio of girls that get a few of their own scenes, but they really aren't interesting or shown enough to where they have much of an impact in any way. There isn't much else to say, it's just the same thing over and over. The charm and comedy of it loses its appeal more with each episode and watching the guy overthink things constantly just drags things out when you know exactly how it will turn out. It might be more enjoyable for younger viewers, but as an adult it just kind of makes you roll your eyes as you now know better and don't play these games anymore. Putting on a romance element or progressing their interest in one another is what is missing to keep it appealing in the long run. Overall, it's watchable if you view 1-2 episodes a week, not something you would watch several episodes of at once. The excitement wears off quick and if you are older, you may not find much interest in the comedy as it comes off aimed at the far younger viewers. It is important to know that what you see in episode 1 & 2 is what you get from 3 - 12, so if you aren't into it then, don't bother with the rest.
TFW you're a dense protagonist Remember Tsurezure Children? Cool. Then you've seen Takagi-san. Except, you've seen it in its maximum-entertainment form as a tiny segment of a bigger show where it's less repeditive and annoying. That's basically what Takagi-san is. It's a drawn out 12 episode version of one of those little couples, with the same tropey dynamic that simply can't carry an entire 20 minute-runtime anime. The main character is a dense idiot with absolutely no wit or tact who's preyed upon by a human being with a lick of smarts named Takagi-san, who our protag has a big sugary crush on and can't man up enough to admit it, so he spends the whole show trying to "win" in the form of teasing her back successfully. Usually, to no avail. It can be marginally charming... for a short series, not a standard length one like this. It just gets annoying after a certain amount of time. Visually the show went as high as it could on the quality scale for a source material that simplistic, which is respectable enough. The music is characteristic for the tone and the artstyle is easy to look at. One thing that takes the stress of the drawn-out sluggish pacing is the trio of girls who every so often say a few things to each other and have virtually no connection to the main two characters. I don't know their names but a break in between an entire 20 minute episode of watching a guy be an idiot and a girl be smug, it's a welcome change. All in all it's a repeditive waste of time that could be far better consumed in another form, even if awkward romcoms are your preference.
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