Don’t listen to what the title sounds like; My Senpai is Annoying turned out to be one of the best romances of the fall season.
Think less “annoying” and more “endearing” when it comes to this anime. My Senpai is Annoying is a workplace romantic comedy overflowing with misunderstandings and bumbling displays of affection. The story arcs are episodic in nature, with a slow and steady growth in closeness and (sometimes) understanding. There is also more than just the main couple; we are gifted with a secondary romance equal in importance. It never feels like one couple is too much of a distraction from the other, though that isn’t to say that there aren’t characters or tropes I wish received less focus.
One such unpalatable office worker is Hijikata. He is the stereotypical colleague lacking social boundaries and pushing his desires on others without their consent. His repeated advances on Sakurai never progress beyond failed invites and as such cannot be defined as harassment. There is also never a clear rejection on Sakurai’s part, which may leave her intentions unknown to denser individuals. I just wish the show desisted in using Hijikata and Sakurai’s failed interactions as comic relief since it became tiring after just a couple uses.
Another aspect I could have gone without–and this is true in almost all forms of media–was the persistent use of boob jokes. Obviously Futaba being tiny for her age and liking someone extremely large makes for easy pickings. It makes sense that she’d feel self conscious about the size difference, especially since her closest friends are so large in comparison. However, and I do stress the however, I believe in less being more–as in, make these kinds of jokes sparingly instead of bringing it up multiples times over the course of a single cours show.
One exception to this topic is in Sakurai and Kazama’s relationship. Given their reluctance to publicly share their feelings for one another, and their general shyness even when alone, it almost always felt silly when Sakurai would notice him checking her out then tease him about it. Their back-and-forth came across as sweet in its realism.
As basic as a workplace romance for a setting may seem, their numbers pale in comparison to the amount of high school-based narratives. Even if we do get a more mature scenario there’s no guarantee it will be a winner–take for instance another show this season, GANBARE DOUKICHAN, which lost me on its first episode with a character repeatedly trying to trap another into a sexual relationship. No. My Senpai is Annoying strikes a wonderful balance between workplace professionalism and chemistry. We see Futaba out there on her own trying to not only survive, but also succeed, as well as make meaningful human connections.
Rating: 1 dango
- 0 dango – average and forgettable.
- 1 dango – very good in its category.
- 2 dango – excellent show that is worth a try.
- 3 dango – exceptional show one must watch.