Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie? – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Once upon a time, Cinderella left her panties in a boy’s locker…wait, what?! Keiki Kiryu receives a mysterious love letter with no name, but includes a pair of white undies. Curious to find this panty-leaving-Cinderella, his investigation leads him to discover that every candidate is…a total pervert! Surrounded by perversion he still has one important question to answer: who’s the perfect fit? (Official Funimation Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Hensuki’s premise has the makings of a fun, if pervy, comedy that could’ve been wall to wall with increasingly absurd gags. But know that Hensuki doesn’t see itself so much as a comedy, but rather a romcom, with the emphasis on the romantic. From the get go Hensuki feels half-baked. The opening few minutes feel extremely rushed, popping from Keiki’s wetdream about all the girls in his class, to breakfast with his sister, bemoaning about a lack of girlfriend, introducing every girl in his life in quick succession, and then jumping to the love confession note and Cinderella panties. This all happens in about five minutes, bombarding the audience with far too much information and not nearly enough comedy. Indeed every minute of this is devoid of any proper, honest to god gags. The troubles for the series don’t end there however, because it simply cannot nail its execution even in other ways.
Linny: Compounding matters is the fact that the show makes it so glaringly obvious that every single girl is in love with Keiki, making his whining about a girlfriend seem all the more passive, cliche and idiotic. With every passing minute and interaction Keiki has with the girls, it only becomes that much more clear that each harbors a crush on him. Not that this was ever going to be a mystery since the show IS a harem but it’s frustrating when the protagonist is yet another case of wants gf but is blind to all the obvious signs especially given how bland the show plays it all out, making you feel like you’re gaining absolutely no entertainment or surprise watching this first episode.
Tom: With every girl already into Keiki the only thing holding up the series then is the mystery, and that’s not nearly enough when the comedy is so dry. There are long stretches in this first episode where all we do is ponder the central premise. Not a joke is made, or if we do get one it feels low-effort and expected, such as gags about Keiki’s sister being one of the people who could’ve written the letter. For a premise as absurd and as raunchy as this, it’s astounding how mindnumbingly boring this first episode is.
Linny: Given the title, it’s not surprising that the show is going to include a fair amount of fan service. And boy, does it hammer it in. Not only does the episode open with Keiki’s wet dream about the girls but the show even decides to, for no other reason than fan service, focus on the buttocks of a one time appearance character who isn’t in the episode for more than 30 seconds total.
Tom: Hensuki picks up at the very end of the episode, when Keiki finally confronts one of the girl’s about the letter, but it turns into a massive misunderstanding and ends up learning about her startling fetish. It would be shocking, if not for the fact that both the title and the synopsis strongly hint at this outcome. It’s frustrating that it takes an entire episode, nearly devoid of comedy, to get to the one joke you knew was coming all along. Hensuki is going to have to offer better comedy, because its premise doesn’t work at all as a more straight-laced romance. It can’t be taken seriously, and if Hensuki isn’t going to lean into the comedy angle, then it’s simply not worth watching at all.
Linny: I have to second that the mystery identity of the confession letter’s author just isn’t enough to sell this show. You have to wade through so much predictable content played out in such a subdued and monotonous tone that most viewers will be left feeling bored and uninterested. This first episode of Hensuki has such muted colours, dialogue and interactions that the seconds feel like minutes and even the ‘shocking reveal’ at the episode’s end fails to undo the damage. At best, Hensuki might appeal to lovers of pervy harems but offers nothing for anyone seeking anything more.
Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie? is available for streaming via Funimation.com