A sweet addition to the Summer lineup!~
|Well, in the overload of harem shows coming out this season, I’ve decided to tag this one with Hawt. Why? … I like chocolate. This show has chocolate in the title. It seemed like a good enough reason at the time. (Though after actually watching the show, I kind of regret my reasoning.)|
|Right on Kara, chocolate ftw!~ KoiChoco might just be the tastiest show of the Summer, but it takes more than just a catchy title to keep us watching. So, on to the show!~|
Meet the Cast!
Chisato, The Childhood Friend
Chisato is a rare surprise in anime, a childhood friend who can be seen as the “main girl”. She’s shown us her tsundere side, and is comfortable enough with Oojima to even sneak into his house in the morning. She seems to have a bad past with chocolate and refuses to eat it, and it might have something to do with a boy from a photo in her house. She hasn’t exactly stood out the most so far, but with the potential for a very touching back-story she might just come out the most likable of the group!
Satsuki, The Enemy
Satsuki is the food club’s opponent in the elections and if she succeeds the likelihood of the club disbanding is very likely. She’s shown so far her influence within the school and seems to have a very powerful role among the other students. With such skill it’ll be difficult for the food club to overcome her, especially since she has experience. She’s also related to one of the teachers who frequents the food club. Still, we don’t know much beyond that yet.
Mifuyu, The Gentle One
For me Mifuyu stood out the least of all the characters. She’s very soft spoken and with so many vocal and energetic people around her it’s easy to fall into the background. Most of all I love her closeness with Oojima and Chisato, and their dramatic public skit was easily one of the funniest moments of the episode.
Michiru, The Strange One
Michiru! <3 She’s the odd one of the group (well, I guess they’re all odd in some way or another) and doesn’t seem to care very much about her surroundings. She doesn’t pay attention all that much, but when she does she supports the club and Oojima.
Isara, The Yayoi
While only having a small role in the first episode, Isara actually got a fair amount of development. She’s defined as a “special” student because she’s on the poor side, but despite that she seems very determined. I get the feeling her side story will be coming up soon, especially if she joins the club!
The Side Cast
A strong point of KoiChoco is its enormous side cast, from the other members of the club to student council and beyond. For the most part they all fit comfortably into a specific trope, but they bring a level of fun I feel the main cast failed to do this week. It also appears as though some of them will play important roles in the plot, such as the council president and his sister.
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Plot wise, the beginning looked at least somewhat promising even though it wasn’t nearly what I expected. Sure,I wasn’t completely into it since it’s hard to take a character exposing a scandal (or whatever) seriously when she’s eating pocky and looks/acts like she’s 12 , but it was something different at least. …And then the club happened. The transition from some loli dramatically getting hit by a car to having some guy get woken up sexually by the girl next door was waaay too abrupt. I don’t blame the student council president or whoever for shutting this club down (which I’m sure will be the plot premise for at least a couple of episodes). It just looked like a bunch of high school students sitting around, doing generic harem-ish things and eating snacks. I can’t see myself getting into the plot at all in the future either. I as a viewer don’t see a point to the club, so why would I care if the members manage to save it or not? Overall, the plot is forgettable and falls below most of the other generic harem shows that are out this season.
Characters were pretty forgettable too. Bland MC? Check. Though he might have potential since that performance in the middle of the street with harem members A and B was pretty amusing. On that note though, the harem members seem pretty bland as well. I imagine that that one girl disliking chocolate will become an important (and maybe even interesting) plot point later on, but for now, I want to know more about ponytail guy and his comatose sister rather then if lead guy keeps his club. Really, only the green haired ‘yaoi stick’ guy and the drunken teacher were the only ones who stood out to me and only because they made me laugh momentarily. The character designs are a bit less appealing to me too. I still like the game art, but the transfer to the anime doesn’t look like it went so well. …And I haven’t even played the game. This is just me looking at screenshots.
I can’t say that this was a complete failure though, since the world itself is at least mildly interesting. I like the high tech setting at least. …But other then watching tables flip sides like that, I can’t say that this was very interesting. I …I just can’t see a point to this anime. I’ll give it a few episodes, but KoiChoco has far from convinced me that it’s worth watching yet.
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While watching KoiChoco I realized there are two distinct sides to this anime with varying levels of entertainment. One side has fascinating school politics and the shady dealings of the members involved, and the second has mundane club activities painted over with bright colors to give off an imitation of fun. Not surprisingly the plot of KoiChoco involves these two sides coming together through an election, and it doesn’t help that after watching I’m now actually rooting against the club. The points against them are reasonable and can’t really be argued considering the food club does nothing but eat away the school’s resources, and neither the harem lead nor the harem
(nor the yaoi sticks) have convinced me otherwise.
The cast as a whole is also very dull, and it seems as though the side characters are not only far more interesting, but also more fun to watch. The blue/orange duo were hilarious, and yaoi-dude was also way more comical then Oojima could ever hope to be. Echoing after Kara, I too am more curious in the background behind student council guy and his sister, who are involved in something sketchy. I do wonder if there will be romance involved in the story, or if the anime will focus on the whole election/student council business. (Likelihood of harem end: very high.) Anyway, overall I’d say the show is right on the line between boring and enjoyable, and whether or not it hits its stride will depend on how it manages to set itself apart from every other harem-club anime out there, which after seeing so many can get mundane. I fully expect the usual staples of adaptations like these (beach episode, episodes focusing on each of the main girls, etc), but the darker mystery from the start of the show will always linger with me as a high point.
I guess I sound less than enthused, but I’m actually still looking forward to future episodes. There’s enough going for it to become an entertaining show, as long as it doesn’t prioritize the boring daily routine of the club and instead focuses on the plot points that have potential to evolve into something much grander than candy and pocky. Well, until next time!~
Looks as though Satsuki will be visiting the food club!