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Posted 1/8/15
by battlewaitress

"Well, it's a little rough having two adult men with out-of-control lower bodies around in such a small space." This is an actual, legitimate line in Orenchi no Furo Jijo, and it really summarizes it better than anything I write will, but I'm going to try anyway.



Orenchi no Furo Jijo (Or The Circumstances in My Home's Bathtub), is based off of a four-panel comedy manga which runs in, hilariously, a shonen magazine marketed for women. The last thing I would call this show is shonen; but it definitely is funny, I'll give you that. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't rife with homoeroticism (there's a tentacle massage... it's not as bad as it sounds), but the way the show handles it is great, and it only adds to the comedic elements.

The show is really easy to watch, as each episode is only four minutes long. I think that this is good for it's style, though. It makes the jokes fresh, and gives them room to make the animation nice. I found myself laughing during each one, so I would say that, at least for me, that made the show a success. It's worth nothing that the animation is always nice and clean, and it's very aesthetically pleasing with its bright colors. The show's style switches several times an episode; between the regular animation and then a chibi-styled one. It also makes use of visual gags during both types of scenes.



I have to make mention of the voice cast, as well. Wakasa (the merman) is played by a newcomer, Yuichiro Umehara, and he does a fantastic job. The rest of the cast seem to be veterans, from what I can see, but I really give them credit for being able to work the comedy lines, because they really go from serious to crying to yelling seamlessly. Also, half of the cast was in Free!, which considering the contents of the show, I find hysterical.

Without a doubt, the best part of the show is that it 100% doesn't take itself seriously. You can tell this from the first episode, since it has a remarkably badass opening, which doesn't fit the tone of the show at all. I mean, how serious can a show about a merman, an octopus man, and a jellyfish man take itself, really? It embraces the tropes that are in it, and recognizes its audience; you're going to find the show funny or you're not, so why pretend?

I really would recommend Orenchi no Furo Jijo to anyone. I think the show's a lot of fun, and it's a perfect pick me up when you need one. If you're interested, it airs Mondays at 12pm, EST!

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Posted 1/18/15
Absolutely find this show funny and refreshing! Too bad it's so short! And yes, the opening is totally bad-ass and doesn't align with the show but it's ok, Wakasa and friends totally make up for it.
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Posted 1/19/15
This show is ridiculous and I love it. I think your review summarizes it well.

Though I feel like that tentacle massage is played up so you think it absolutely is going to be as bad as it sounds, haha.
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Posted 1/20/15
Thanks for this review! I adored this show, and your summary was accurate & gave it the credit it deserves. My only criticism is you failed to mention Maki, the chronically depressed & paranoid hermit crab, skillfully voiced by Kenjiro Tsuda! A gem of a character & always the life of the party!
Anyone who hasnt seen it yet should check it out; at only 4 mins per ep you cant go wrong & are sure of at least a chortle, if not a total ROFL!!!
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