Too much moe will kill you~ Looking at the spring season line up, “Acchi Kocchi” seemed interesting enough to sample, sure enough this first episode immediately put it firmly on my weekly watch list.
Based on the “あっちこっち” 4koma manga by Ishiki, the anime adaptation looks like it could be one of this season’s best slice-of-life comedies in a school setting, filled to the brim with comedy skits and peppered with romantic moments.
The character design and animation style used by studio AIC is reminiscent of series like “Kanamemo”, “Mahoraba ~Heartful Days~” or “Lucky Star”. Though the likeness to “Lucky Star” may largely be due to the overall visual resemblance between Tsumiki and Konata.
“Acchi Kocchi” definitely pulls the moe card by hamming Tsumiki’s cuteness up for all its worth whenever they can. But the other female characters too are rendered in a distinctly moe style.
Another link to “Lucky Star” is found in Fukuhara Kaori’s voice work as Hime, considering she also voiced Tsukasa in “Lucky Star”. In fact, both Hime and Tsukasa seem to be quite similar characters, save for the fact Hime gets nosebleeds when witnessing romantic moments between Tsumiki and Io.
The lethally moe Tsumiki is voiced by Ookubo Rumi, she has voiced characters like Kaho in “Freezing” and Chinatsu in “Yuru Yuri”.
Comical Mayoi whose eyes seem forever covered by her bangs is voiced by Nabatame Hitomi who previously did roles such as Cindy Campbell in “Shinryaku!? Ika Musume”, Margery Daw in “Shakugan ni Shana”, Saori in “Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga nai” and Kanade in “Candy☆Boy”.
Wonder if the hopeless romance between serious Tsumiki and oblivious Io will bring along any drama, but with a 4koma manga at the base I doubt it. Fear more that it could cause some frustrations for us viewers as the episodes go by if their relationship lacks any real progress, a more common and oft regrettable trait for pairings in anime.
With a first episode chock full of hilarious comedy and sweet moe, think this show will be a solid value throughout the entire season.
Though whether it will be a title with such impact that it sticks with the viewer once its run is over will remain to be seen. Have a suspicion that while good, it could alas be a forgettable comedy.