Moetan, that super fun to make fun of Engrish book series is finally an anime! But does it still have charm and potential for mockery of the original?
So I’m not too familiar with the actual Moetan books. All I know is that they’re for Japanese otaku who want to learn English. And that they have a moe mascot, and that they use a lot of examples from otaku pop culture (like say, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya).
It turns out that Moetan is basically a mahou shoujo show. Nijihara Ink is a high school girl who continuously has to remind others that she’s not an elementary school kid. Which she’s easily mistaken for. Seriously, she looks maybe 5 or 6. Anyway, she’s got a crush on Nao, who happens to be in the same class as her. Apparently Nao is pretty bad at school, which crushes Ink’s dream of the two of them going to college together! NOOOO!
Halfway through the episode, a lolicon duck happens to fall on Ink. This is where my understanding sort of drifts… The duck gives Ink a magical cell phone which transforms her into a magical girl. It turns her hair blue and gives her an incredibly embarrassing outfit. With it, however, she can tutor Nao-kun and they can go to college together.
The tutoring session actually goes halfway decently until pedo duck finds Nao’s porn stash and ero figures. Nao fights back by kicking the two out of his room. Nao must really be a dunce if he’s leaving his porn around while entertaining guests…
For Moetan, I was expecting a bunch of funny Engrish, but what I got was completely different. It’s basically a magical girl show for perverted lolicon. There’s way too much loli fanservice (actually, what’s a good amount, anyway?) and very little in terms of well, anything else. On top of that, the Engrish is actually quite good, which makes it totally unfunny. I guess I’ll have to turn to something like Beck for my wacky intake of Engrish. I’ll not be watching any more of Moetan.