Futakoi anime review

Futakoi anime review
With his mother dead and his father working abroad, Futami Nozomu returns to the town where he lived as a child, to attend high school and work part-time at a local shrine. He soon finds himself caught up in a local legend of twin girls loving the same man. And there are many twin girls in this town.

Bland. If there’s one word that summarizes Futakoi, it’s this one. Though it may not be plagued by the ingredients that make many of its counterparts in the harem genre a pain to watch, bar its simple gimmick, Futakoi has nothing that puts it above its harem peers, and certainly nothing that will allow it to etch itself into your memory.

Futakoi is your every-other harem anime. You have your stock-standard doormat lead character, overly “nice” and self-admittedly lucky. You have your dozen girls, all equally one-dimensional, stagnant characters who fawn over the lead as if all other males on the planet have been eradicated. You have thirteen episodes of pointless interactions between the various girls and the lead, where a happy equilibrium is quickly established for each set of relationships, but negligible progress is made for almost the entire series. Included in these thirteen episodes are the obligatory beach episode, country club episode, Christmas episode, New Years’ Day episode and Valentine’s Day episode. But Futakoi does have something unique that sets it apart from the rest of the genre: the girls are twins! Though it goes without saying, no anime can be saved by such a hackneyed gimmick when the characters and story are as bland as they are here.

On the positive side, for all its mediocrity and banality, Futakoi isn’t as annoying as a lot of other harem anime. It forgoes the fanservice, the repetitive jokes and frustratingly annoying characters that bog down similar titles in favour of… mediocrity and banality. Though this experience may be slightly more tolerable than Ichigo 100% or Maburaho, for example, it’s still about as dull as a night out in Winnipeg. When the drama finally does build (as it inevitably should when the story follows a love pentagon), it’s handled poorly as the important issues at hand are tiptoed around, leading to a very anticlimactic ending.

There’s no spark in Futakoi. Between its uninspired characters, and a plot that’s just going through the motions, there’s nothing here that’s likely to keep most viewers compelled. Even the animation and music is pedestrian. Futakoi does deserve credit for being a slightly more bearable than numerous other anime in its genre, but it’s completely devoid of anything that will stay with you after you finish watching it. Not even twins can save this from mediocrity. But, after all is said and done, even if you multiply mediocrity by two, you still have mediocrity.

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