Asu no Yoichi was on my list of shows to watch but I didn’t really have high hopes for it because it looked liked it was a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy show with a heaping helping of fan service thrown in. But after Akikan, I was just hoping to see something at least passable. So did Asu no Yoichi join Akikan at the bottom or did it fare better?
Rating: 6/12 B-
Well, the first episode was definitely better then Akikan by a long shot but it still has a journey before it’s considered good.
Asu no Yoichi is about a young master swordsman and what happens when his father decides it would be a good idea for the son to leave their secluded mountain home and learn about the modern world. While in the city, the high school aged boy will live at a dojo run by relatives and because this is a romantic comedy, it’s four sisters that run the dojo.
In the show’s defense, it didn’t really do anything really wrong. Our young swordsman seems like a capable, nice guy and someone that we could get to like in the future. The four sisters still need more character development before they’re more then just a character type but none of them annoyed me. The premise seems absurd – I don’t think there’s anywhere in Japan that you could raise a kid in total isolation of the outside world – but I’ve gone along with weirder ones before.
What particularly helped my enjoy this episode was three of the female seiyuus. The oldest sister is played by Rina Satou, who has done a very good job in a very similar role for one of my favorites, Minami-Ke. The second youngest sister is played by Yukari Tamura, who sounds a lot like her role as Nagisa Kurihara – the bug liking one – from Sketchbook. The youngest sister is played by Kana Hanazawa, who I really got to like after playing two roles both named Sora in Sketchbook and Somedays Dreamer’s Season 2.
In conclusion, the show was just good enough that I’ll watch a few more episodes but soon it’ll need to be more then a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy show with a heaping helping of fan service if I’m to continue watching it.