Jingai-san no Yome – Anime Review
Synopsis: Hinowa Tomari, a completely ordinary high school boy, is summoned by his homeroom teacher one day and informed that he’s been selected to become the wife of a mysterious creature called Kanenogi. Despite their uncertainty, the new couple registers their marriage… and starts a surprisingly happy new life together?! And thus the sugary-sweet married life of the soft, fluffy Jingai-san and the ordinary high school boy begins! (Official Crunchyroll synopsis.)
Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Jingai-san no Yome is a fantasy laden slice of life. The series basks in the easy-going comfort of the Slice of Life genre that keeps events muted, conflict minor, and focus on the most mundane, day to day, subject matter possible. It’s akin to something like Flying Witch, but done poorly. While Flying Witch is a fantasy slice of life that sometimes struggled to remain engaging under the weight of its easy going atmosphere, Jingai-san no Yome buckles considerably. It doesn’t help that the series never really addresses its fantastical elements: Namely the bizarre creatures that Hinowa and other teens end up marrying. The marriages just sort of happen and from there, these fantastical creatures are never really addressed again. They’re major parts of the series yet their origins remain a total mystery. In fact the focus becomes so centered on the mundane day to day that near every episode blends together, with few moments standing out in my mind for a series that we followed week after week for the last three months.
Linny: Jingai-san no Yome is so muted in its delivery of, what I think is supposed to be gags and cute moments that, for most viewers, you’ll be left wondering if you’re missing out on some important information that’s preventing you from ‘getting in’ on the jokes and ‘romance.’ You’ll be left sitting there slightly puzzled, and mainly detached, as you watch the most mundane, cliche and sometimes bizarre events play out on the screen, ensuring that only the most hopeless of romantics will find something to latch onto.
Tom: In an effort to say something positive, Jingai-san’s creature designs are at least eye-catching, namely Kanenogi’s (the creature mentioned in synopsis and seen in this article’s preview image.) But even mentioning that feels like a pity point. The truth of the matter is that Jingai-san is this weird little series that makes poor use of its fantasy elements, zero message behind its bizarre, under-explained premise, and comedy that is more eye-brow raising than gut-busting. Even at a meager 3-minues an episode, this is not a series worth going back for.
Linny: Despite its rather bizarre premise and cast that includes fantasy creatures, Jingai-san no Yome feels like a truly bland slice of life. The jokes are predictable and delivered in such a flat tone that it only makes them fail even harder. The ‘romantic’ parts are also trope ridden; falling ill and the ensuing concern, people devotedly keeping promises to meet despite horrid weather, etc. With such a compact run time, lack of establishment for its premise, and thin characters, the romance feels like the show is desperate to emulate popular cliches rather than depicting convincing moments between its bizarre lovers. At the end of the day, Jingai-san no Yome ends up as yet another short form anime that isn’t worth your time no matter how short and compact its run time is.
Jingai-san no Yome is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.