My Sweet Tyrant – Anime Preview
Synopsis: The childhood friends Akkun and Nontan are boyfriend and girlfriend. But Akkun is always saying ridiculously harsh things to Nontan as well as being cold with her and is frequently moody. But that’s just how Akkun expresses his love for Nontan. This is a high school love comedy about Akkun and Nontan, who doesn’t seem to care at all about how Akkun acts toward her. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: My Sweet Tyrant operates under a flawed premise. Akkun publicly calls Nontan trash, ugly, disgusting, but secretly sees her as an angel. The trouble is that depiction of a Tsundere romance doesn’t make a lot of sense when taken to such extremes, and Akkun’s personality shift seems to exist only for the sake of the concept’s comedy. Maybe it’d still work if the comedy wasn’t hinged entirely on that. The show’s less than three minutes, but even still it manages to repeat the same gag enough times that already Akkun’s extreme tsundere persona grows tiring. With nothing else to offer it makes for an uninspiring three minutes.
Linny: Akkun is verbally abusive despite his supposedly intense affection for Nontan, there’s no two ways about it. It’s a tired trope, especially when you’re making it THE MAIN POINT of the entire production. It’s also something that feels like it is fueling unhealthy fantasies in people who want to be desired and worshiped by people they treat like trash. The show does have one character who is constantly calling out Akkun’s extreme behaviour but he seems to do it almost apathetically. It’s not realistic and if viewed seriously, has some very depressing and off-putting implications. Of course, even if one were to go with the explanation that this is a fictional comedy and not taken seriously, even then, watching Akkun shower verbal and physical abuse on Nontan then flip to the complete opposite in her absence gets old within its very first 3 minute long episode just as Tom said, making for an extremely limited comedy.
Tom: Ultimately My Sweet Tyrant is too short and bland to be offensively bad, but even for a three minute comedy it’s surprisingly stale. I can’t recommended anyone watching this unless they are that hard up for a comedy about a Tsundere guy and the sweet, charming girl he secretly loves. What’s here is so low effort that even at three minutes I can’t help but feel it’s a hard pass.
Linny: I can only see hardcore Tsundere fans being able to enjoy what My Sweet Tyrant has to offer. To anyone else, it’s going to either be offensive or boring watching Akkun switching between abusive and adoring over and over and over again. There’s hope that the show will grow and offer more as it progresses but what it offers in its first episode already feels too repetitive to be worth investing in any further except for those who take to it immediately.
My Sweet Tyrant is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.