Nipples! Nipples! Nipples!
As horrendously tasteless and mean-spirited as that was, I enjoyed it. While I found the sexual humor in Seitokai lifeless and stupid, it worked for me in mitsudomoe. Context is everything – the innuendo was used cleverly in terms of wordplay and farcical sight gags.
Definite elements of “Hanamru Kindergarten” and “Kyou no Go no Ni” here for me – their evil, hellish reflection, anyway. Hiro Shimono is the only voice you can imagine for hapless teacher Yabe, of course – and it may be tiresome to watch him tortured by these truly evil triplets after a few eps.
I hope they soften things up a bit without being too sappy about it – this show needs to be a sort of anime version of “Bad Santa” to succeed. Misogynistic and proud of it. I just want to see a tiny lowering of the evil level from the girls, not too much.
I must confess, the entire “Nipples” sequence with the hamster had me almost in tears. Yes, it achieves that rare humorous balance I treasure so highly – smart and stupid at the same time. If they can keep it up, we have a winner here.
Mitsudomoe is the stupidest anime I have ever had the good fortune to see. The premise is cliché; the everyday life of three very unique sisters. The art is awful and follows a long line of under-budget slice-of-life comedies that always end up in your computer’s recycling bin after viewing.
But by some miracle, Mistudomoe is fresh and funny, and will always leave you craving for another episode. What Mistudomoe also is though, is vulgar. It’s rude and frequently disgusting, idiotic and atrocious, and violent and inappropriate in any way it can be. That being said you should easily be able to tell it’s one of the funniest things on TV.
Yabe-sensei is class 6-3’s new teacher. His class appears normal and easy-going at first, but then to his dismay, he has to control all three of the craaaaziest kids in school who just HAPPEN to be triplet sisters. The Marui triplets run amok through the school and cause everyone problems everywhere. Now, that’s about it for the actual story, but whatever segment you watch in Mistudomoe always ends up being laugh out loud funny by the end.
The jokes rely a lot on misunderstandings, running gags, and dirty humor. For example, the Marui’s father is drawn with a thick black line around him, and the line makes him look extra suspicious. How is this supposed to be funny? Anytime their father tries to do something for them he always ends up getting arrested by the cops.
Eventually the joke becomes so frequent you have dialogue like “Sorry girls, I was late because I was arrested three times on the way here.” If you’ve a certain disdain for bathroom humor, I would not recommend this. There were actually a few scenes that made me so sick I almost gagged myself (a shining example is the episode in which the nurse accidentally spills everyone in the schools urine samples on the ground).
Oh, well, it’s bad. If you’re watching Mistudomoe then the visuals aren’t your top priority. It looks very basic and some would as far to say it looks generic – but oh the reaction faces. Even if what just happened in the anime wasn’t funny, if Futaba (the middle sister) does her euphoric “my brain is dead” face I’d laugh.
The emotion that comes out of the characters faces definitely increases the quality of the humor and characters. The art style works for what kind of anime this is, but I think many things could have been improved upon, and if Mistudomoe were re-done the thing that I would ask be worked would be the backgrounds, CG, and overall fluidity of animation.
The voice acting was great! The very main cast was voiced by some pretty obscure folks, the most well known one, who voiced Nagi in Kannagi, is Tomatsu Haruka, who voices Hitoha (the youngest sister) in Mistudomoe. The side cast is blooming with stars, including Aki Toyosaki (Yui from K-ON!), Inoue Kikuko (Lust from FMA:B), Saito Chiwa (Aika from Aria), and last but not least, Chihara Minori who voices Yuki in Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu.
Now onto the musical portion. The opening instantly caught me off guard, all three girls of the main cast could sing so well! The singing and dancing set you up for an exciting episode every time – not once did I skip the opening song.
The ending song was rather unfitting though. It’s a slow almost melancholic song that doesn’t really seem right until the very last episode. Then there’s the BGM. Always supplying a chuckle the music ranges from parodies of talk shows to classical music pieces played in incredibly unfitting ways.
Since this show uses a lot of slapstick, the sound effects are also an important part. I found the noises that came from whatever always top notch (the blood leaking noises were so silly I got hearty laugh the first time it happened).
The “three stooges” concept has been in media for quite a long time and has become so frequent that it’s become cliché. I started watching Mistudomoe expecting some ridiculous corny character archetypes, and I kinda got exactly that. No there’s not a lot of character development, no changes over time, no sudden changes in character, and so on. What Mitsudomoe has that other shows lack is the application of such poor designs into being jokes themselves.
I’ve already explained the storyline – and if you take it for face value – it’s horrendous. Now if you were to take the storyline and combine it with a colorful cast of different personalities bumping back and forth into each other, you’d have something much more interesting.
Each side character has his or her little own story, and after the point that they have been introduced they fall back into being side characters – but the thing is that now they keep adding to the story.
Whereas the usual slice of life would have episodic episodes of characters and then you’d never see them again, Mistudomoe repeatedly brings back the same characters again and again making a refreshing feel every time they come back.
The cast includes the sadistic eldest sister, Mistuba, the perverted middle sister Futaba, and the introverted youngest sister Hitoha. Their teacher is an unlucky geek, their dad is loving fellow easily mistaken as a pedophile, and their friends are plentiful.
There’s the pervert, the nice kid mistaken as a pervert, his three female stalkers, the rival girl and her clique, the romantic, the occult freak, the hamster named nipples and the monkey faced kid. The best part about this anime is seeing how each character interacts with another, and every time they do, something ridiculous happens.
I laughed so hard I got sick and had to go to bed for over 14 hours to recover. Or well, maybe I was sick and the laughing triggered my allergies and then I kept coughing until I had to lie down and go to sleep.
Want an interesting approach to something that has already been done, and want it from a viewpoint where it hacks the slice of life genre to pieces? Mitsudomoe should hit right home. The thing is though, if you didn’t listen to warning at the beginning of this review about vulgarity and stupid humor then you’re going to hate this. Hate it a lot.
This is not an anime to be viewed for it’s cutesy moments so abundant in slice of life (although it does has some), it’s meant to be a hilarious attempt to get revenge upon the predictable slice of life genre.
In short, Mitsudomoe is both great and awful. Plot wise, it’s no better than the worst of anime, but the common misconception is that Mitsudomoe is an anime that is dependent on it’s jokes for goodness, not it’s riveting storyline (for it has none).
The way the characters collide with such wit kept my full attention, while the chance of seeing it again kept me watching. The slapstick might not be for everyone though, it’s sure to turn off a fair amount of people and I think that’s a shame, because I really enjoyed this anime. So if you’re interested in a good laugh, just throw on any episode of Mitsudomoe and have at it.