The Helpful Fox Senko-san – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Sometimes the cure to a hard day’s work is the tender love and care of…a fox girl?! Salaryman Nakano’s stressful life is suddenly intruded upon by the fox, Senko-san, who is eager to help him heal his exhaustion. Whether she’s cooking, cleaning, or finding other ways to care for Nakano, she’s there to take away his stress! (Official Funimation Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Senko-san quickly establishes itself as male fantasy material for the single, overworked and exhausted working man. Not only is the entire episode a showcase of the titular fox girl, Senko, looking after Nakano by doing the household chores, welcoming him home with a hot meal and helping him unwind and relax, the after credits section of the show is told through a first person angle so the viewer can literally imagine they are being directly catered to by Senko too.
Tom: Senko-san’s first few minutes are actually pretty good. There’s a couple fun, if predictable, gags about Nakano coming home to find a strange girl in his apartment and how that might get him arrested. However once we’re done easing Nakano into the setting, things devolve into an almost slice of life feel. Comedy crumbles away in favor of lax events with no tension or comedic angle. Instead you’re watching Nakano unwind and learn to de-stress. For a series listed as a comedy it feels disappointing. More concerning perhaps is how Senko-san is billed as a romance. While I’d hope that would entail Nakano growing closer to a woman his age (potentially revealed in the credits?) I do fear that a relationship between Nakano and Senko-san is on the table, particularly as the series pulls out the ‘she looks like a kid but she’s actually a 800 year old demigod’ excuse.
Linny: The first few minutes featured an extremely busty character with her cleavage prominently on display who then all but disappears from the rest of the show save for the opening credits sequence. This leads me to believe that while this first episode was otherwise pretty chaste, aforementioned busty lady will be making reappearances and is meant to be the ‘sexy’ factor. Yes, this episode did not feature any upsetting interaction between Nakano and Senko, the romance tag definitely makes me hope they mean they’re going to introduce an adult human woman soon. But the most important point of this preview: Is this show for you? Sure, if having a cute fox girl basically wait on you hand and foot at home is your idea of heaven. If not, the show doesn’t really offer much else to be considered a must watch as it is so completely devoted to recreating that scenario for its viewers.
Tom: Outside of some generally good art to keep the visuals engaging, Senko-san really does feel like nothing else than male fantasy fodder. And more specifically for overworked men desperate for someone to pamper them. I don’t know that I’m as adverse to what was presented as Linny is, but I also can’t find myself recommending the series. If viewed perhaps more as a slice of life, and assuming romantic/sexual intentions don’t develop between Senko and Nakano, I could see this being a decent, if male fantasy pandering, watch.
The Helpful Fox Senko-san is available for streaming via Funimation.