Tsugumomo – Ep. 1-2 Preview
Original Air Dates: April 9th, 2017 – ???
Synopsis: Kazuya Kagami’s most treasured possession is the obi left to him by his late mother. Infused with the scent of cherry-blossoms, the obi helps him through his day – but he never expected it to save his life. In a strange turn of events, the Obi becomes a beautiful kimono-clad girl who calls herself an “artifact spirit.” Her name is Kiriha, tsukumogami of the sash, who naturally moves in with him, as in exchange for saving his life, she’s become his master. Throw in Chisato, Kazuya’s bespectacled friend with a secret crush, an overprotective older sister who wants to take baths with him, a busty priestess, a seductive sorceress, and Kazuya’s life has just gotten a whole lot more interesting.
1st and 2nd Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Tsugumomo’s first episode boasts some pretty impressive visuals as we’re thrown into the action near right away. Unfortunately, Episode 2 drops in quality a bit, although the action sequences still get some decent attention.
Linny: There is a LOT of sexual harassment humour in this show. We start with Kazuya accidentally grabbing his classmate and childhood friend, Chisato’s breasts and afterwards, shamelessly commenting on the colour of her panties. However, after that, it is he who becomes the victim of sexual harassment at the hands of Kiriha as the two bathe together and she tries to force ‘it’ out of its hood. These sexual jokes aren’t ever really of the fan service nature, more often just crude and cheap humour. Though some of this might even be downright painful for male viewers to watch.
Tom: The comedy is very ‘eh.’ There’s a real focus on ecchi humor and sometimes the show goes so far that you have to cry out ‘wtf?’ but otherwise it’s all pretty standard stuff and is, at the most, smile worthy. I found myself laughing very little and that’s never a good sign.
Linny: There’s veins of comedy flowing throughout the episode even when our heroes face off with a demon/villain though they don’t always elicit a laugh. There’s always a joke or two thrown in and it’s usually showcasing just how bossy or stubborn Kiriha can be.
Tom: Tsugumomo hints at a much larger story, with dark designs for our hero. But right now, it’s taking the tried and true formula of a classic and slow introduction, letting us get to know each of the girls that’ll be fawning all over our reluctant lead. It works, but doesn’t offer a whole lot new and appealing to grab viewers and hold their attention.
Linny: Kazuya is, unsurprisingly, like near every other bland, straight laced male protagonist in a harem anime. He’s pretty unremarkable save for the fact that he had/has a weird obsessions with sniffing the obi he inherited from his mother.
Tom: Kazuya isn’t a draw. He’s predictable, bland as leads go and offers nothing you haven’t seen from near every other harem anime. The girls, like always are the stars here and so far they’re all hungry for him. Even his sister!
Linny: Yes, that’s right. Kazuya’s sister, Kasumi, is shown to constantly flirt with him, inviting him to bathe with her. It’s not as aggressive as other harems but the flirtation isn’t subtle at all. And of course, just take it for granted that every female that appears in the show will eventually or already harbours feelings for Kazuya, because this is a harem after all.
Tom: Tsugumomo could be worse. It’s got decent to solid art, a couple of surprising gags and follows a formula that generally works. For ecchi newcomers, it’s probably a decent enough place to start within the genre. But if you’ve already watched a couple standard ecchi titles? It’s really not going to offer a lot you haven’t seen before.
Linny: Tsugumomo doesn’t bring anything new to the harem genre and its humour is crude at best. It might appeal to a younger crowd who likes their comedy crass but it might come off as too immature for older audiences.
Tsugumomo is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com