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Momokuri

16 Jul 2016

tl;dr A comedy about a girl who likes a boy way too much. I didn’t like it, then liked it. Will continue watching.

SPOILERS: Yeah, there are spoilers here.

RATED: 7/10 – good. It’s cute and funny enough for me to keep watching. One of those series you don’t have to think about too much to enjoy.

GENRES: Comedy / Romance / Slice of Life

The story revolves around Yuki Kurihara, a girl who has finally been granted her wish of dating her crush Momo. At first glance, she just looks like a normal but very cute girl. However, she is in fact a maniac over Momo, taking notes of his activities and never missing the chance to see him in a cute moment. Momo, on the other hand, is inexperienced in love, and just wants to make Yuki happy.

Synopsis from Anime News Network

Episodes 1 & 2

A cute story about an obsessive girl who stalks/falls in love with a boy. They’re 15, in high school, and it’s young love.

One thing I was happy to see: the main character’s friend points out her stalker behaviour straight away (watching the boy in the classroom, stealing the straw from his drink, etc.). At least there won’t be that tedious “why doesn’t anyone say something?” thought running through my mind.

Something that makes this story stand out from other similar stories: so far the Momokun hasn’t really noticed that his new girlfriend is a stalker, and he seems genuinely interested in her.

It’s kind of funny to watch kids worried about things like what to say, how to open one’s umbrella, and so on.

Nothing much else going on in this series. I’ll watch episodes 3 & 4 because they’re available, but at this stage, I’ll likely drop it.

Episodes 3 & 4

They go to the movies. There are a few funny exchanges. The scenarios Yuki plays out in her head about what to say are somewhat amusing.

He forces himself to drink black coffee to impress the girl, worried that she’ll think he’s just a kid.

Later on, when Yuki is observing Momokun in class, other girls are giving him some attention. I was worried that they would just go with the rather overdone story of the jealous girlfriend. But thankfully they didn’t. She’s just happy she captured some good photos of her boyfriend.

Funnily enough, when they’re studying at Momokun’s house, he gets jealous of how close Yuki and one of his friends get.

There is a mysterious character who pops up from time to time (sometimes watching them, sometimes just going about her life). They never show the person’s face, so you know there’s a mystery there.

So all in all, they avoided some pitfalls that could’ve made a story like this incredibly boring, there were some genuinely funny moments, and there might even be a hint of mystery. I started watching episodes 3 and 4 fully intending to drop the series, but it was entertaining enough to change my mind.

I’ll leave you with what Yuki thinks when someone asks her what she likes about Momokun (all she ends up saying is… “Um, he’s cute, I guess”):

Everything. Momokun is a treasure of humanity, a godlike being that brings greatness to our world.

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