In my Summer 2006 anime preview, I predicted that Tonagura! would consist of pure win. The character designs looked good, and I decided it would be ecchi fun for the whole family! Well, maybe not the whole family…
Arisaka Kazuki is awaiting the return of her childhood friend, Kagura Yuji. She remembers him from ten years ago as a cool kid, and thinks that when he returns he’ll be a prince charming. In reality, he’s a total perv!
That’s about it plot-wise. Yuji accidentally enters Kazuki’s room while she’s changing. In your usual anime, Yuji would give the “oh noes, it was an accident” response, He’d get hit, and Kazuki would be like, “Yuji no baka!” Instead of apologizing, though, Yuji just goes for it!
Silly Kazuki, your punches can not harm Yuji! Don’t you know who he is!? It actually takes a few paintball rounds to take Yuji down. Kazuki becomes totally emo after learning that her once cute pal has become the echhiest man alive.
She locks herself in her room and remembers the good times with the un-tainted Yuji. Eventually, Yuji
tricks wins back her heart by showing that he remembers how they first met on that very same veranda. He might be a perv, but he’s still her childhood friend!
The great thing about Tonagura is that it goes opposite to the typical childhood friends getting back together anime genre. Yes, there’s enough of those that I think it’s a genre… Take Ai Yori Aoshi, make Kaoru a mega perv, and more or less you have Tonagura. And it actually turns out to be interesting!
I’m guessing that Yuji will become less and less ecchi and more respectable as the anime progresses. Either that, or Kazuki will become more ecchi (I think that’s the hentai version of this anime, actually). Either way, it’ll be nice to see how the characters progress (assuming that they do).
I said in my preview that I thought the character designs were great. The characters don’t look quite as good as the stills on the website, but they’re still good. The character designs kind of remind me of Mahoraba, which is still one of my favorite anime. There’s also a few characters that haven’t been introduced yet, so I’ll have to wait for those.
The OP is sung by a bunch of the seiyuu. It’s okay, once you consider that. It’s just kinda boring for my tastes. The ED is also sung by two of the seiyuu. It’s also kind of yawn inducing. I dunno why they couldn’t have just gotten some actual singers to do at least one of the songs…
Tonagura! is a nice break from your typical romantic drama anime. Rather than have a guy with no backbone, Yuji is a total perv! This is also one of the few anime I’ve seen this season that has actual fanservice in it. It’ll be interesting to see how the characters will progress as the anime does. I’m digging the character designs, too. For now, I’m designating Tonagura! as one of the better anime of the season.