If not for Mr.A covering this in our Project, I would have dismissed this as another fanbaiting or fetish-baiting series with nothing to offer except stereotypical characters, typecasted seiyuu, and nonsensical fanservice. The blabbering and discussions on my Twitter timeline and the fandom really did not offer anything of help to change my initial perspective of it. However, I challenged myself on trying this by watching it just for fun. Papa Kikinasai, as how I would call it due to awkwardness of pronouncing PapaKiki in the Filipino vernacular, turned out to be deeper than what it presents to the audience.
Visually, this series is actually pleasing to the eye. It might take time for the audience to appreciate it fully, especially if they’re watching Another, Gundam [r]AGE, and heck even Mouretsu Pirates alongside it. The character designs are apt with the characters’ personalities and the (mostly) cheery tone. Background art is really apt for the light-hearted themes. They do their jobs fine. The animation needs improvement, and the tv version really needs improvement in the detailing. I’m not sure if the Blu-Ray release gets better details and sharpening, so I can’t rate this aspect accurately yet.
The voice-acting is really excellent. It’s another proof that the way the cast act out their roles is more important than getting the popular ones. The musical score isn’t too remarkable but it does the job well. Songs used here are quick-spot for the Your Mileage May Vary rating. I personally don’t like the ending music but Kitamura Eri’s singing for the opening music is hard to beat.
The writing is worthy of the silver-medal. Definitely no pacing problems nor event arrangement problems here! Everything you see here is planned well, with the exception of certain clichés on the romance teasing between Sora and her Uncle, but still the main genres dominated the entire series. Slice-of-life, comedy, bits of romance, and drama were presented equitably and on the right timing. Hilarity ensues on almost every scene! Some unexpected depths can be ‘explored’ when you analyse the lines, like financial instability, sense of responsibility, and family values pop-up occasionally. It finally ended with all of the loose ends solved and giving a good news for the main characters. This is not all praise, a major thing that pulls it down is the fanservice. Yes, it’s placed well but it’s too predictable when and where they would appear. It’s really a shame that one factor totally pulled down this aspect, otherwise this would be hitting a proper mark.
This series is totally enjoyable, that is if you watch it alone. Again, blame the overkill fanservice that could get you into trouble if you watch it in public or with other people. This makes it hard to recommend to people. The finale suggest a second season coming, and I suggest to studio feel that they should improve more on the visual presentation and lessen the fanservice in the upcoming season, that is if there’d be a second season
Final Rating: 77/100
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