First Impressions – Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!

Y’know what’s less awesome than it being 70 degrees in January in the U.S. where it’s still technically winter? When the anime you decide to write  about that day ends up being set in the summer. Not cool, anime choice.

Papa no Iukoto, which roughly translates to “Listen to me, girls. I am your father!”, is… an interesting sort of series. I was going in complete blind, not knowing what to expect aside from someone talking about it on r/anime. When you start watching it and have no idea what to expect, it’s… It’s really bizarre. It starts off reminding me of Love Hina, what with the protagonist being in college and surrounded by a whole bunch of eccentric folk, but then it takes a turn for the heartwarming/slightly creepy when said protagonist ends up looking after his niece (blood-related) and two nieces-in-laws. One of which has a massive crush on him.

It seems like it could be a pretty heartwaming series. There’s a bit of fanservice, but nothing too over-the-top or unexpected. The art style’s pretty unique, too. It kind of reminds me of what Tenchi Muyo (and Tenchi Universe, so on so forth) had going on. In fact, I’d be willing to say that the main character could pass for Tenchi with longer hair. Like Moretsu Pirates, it gives a very retro-y feel without having to sacrifice any of the ‘modern’ quality. Sadly cannot say the same about the music. It seems pretty generic and ‘normal’ for this kind of show. Also, the ending is way too cheery and happy to watch after marathoning four episodes of Mirai Nikki.

From my understanding, the series gets more… familial in the next episode (which I haven’t watched because I’m bad at keeping things on schedule). It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out, considering that the girls are now living with Yuuta, and sometimes his buddy Nimura, in his apartment. And I fully expect them to get introduced to Sako, the vaguely creepy president of the Sightseeing Club. Which will be awkward at best. Also, seeing the youngest and Raika interact will lead to some pretty great scenes.

Anyhoo, do I recommend it? I’d say so. Just… get past the really weird beginning and into the real meat of the story. If nothing else, like I always say, give it a shot. It definitely seems like a love or hate kind of thing, though.

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