Title: Pap no Iukoto o Kikinasai!
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Summary: Segawa Yuta is a freshman of a university. He lost his parents when he was small and was raised by his sister Yuri. Yuta has been living alone since Yuri got married to a middle aged man when Yuta was a junior high student. One day, Yuri visited Yuta’s apartment and asked him to take care of her three daughters while Yuri and her husband were on a trip. He unwillingly accepted the job but the plane Yuri took went missing. In order to prevent the daughters from being adopted separately by relatives, Yuta decided to take in all three girls. A life of a strange family in a tiny apartment begins.
Review: I wonder how many of you are getting sick me rating these type of anime so high even though I have seen it all before. Young man finds himself taking care of a young girl (or girls in this case) because of family matters. They have trouble deciding how to act toward one another at first and living arrangements are awkward, but in the end they all grow attached and happy. Yeah I’ve seen it before, and by God I’ll watch it again because I love it so damn much. Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai is another anime that anyone would enjoy if they liked similar titles such as Usagi Drop and Kure-nai.
The art for Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai was rather good. It is hard to say anything about it that you haven’t heard before. It was solid and stayed high quality throughout the season’s airing. More importantly the body movements, facial expressions, reactions, and environment were all fluid. Everything worked well together and no one really sat in the background or stood out too much. It of course had something that I feel more anime should start doing, a wardrobe. I’ve mentioned over and over again that an anime that had dynamic clothing, even if it is nothing fancy, is always good in my book. I understand that a specific costume makes a character distinct, but let’s be honest, a slice of life isn’t supposed to have unique character looks. It’s supposed to depict as if everything is going on right now. This anime did a good job making things believable for such an odd circumstance. Despite the good art, it was the story that got me hooked.
The story is pretty unbelievable or at the very least extremely unlikely. Nevertheless I continued to watch because it was a bittersweet tale of a brother that just lost her sister and a group of sisters that lost their parents. On top of this crazy story, the sisters were only half related by the father’s side. I guess that was their excuse to have all three of them look completely different. I think what got me hooked was the backstory behind the brother and sister. It isn’t really a spoiler since they explain the situation very early in the series. The main character, Yuta, had spent some time with the sisters babysitting when suddenly they got news of their parents disappearing. After listening to the adults bickering who got the kids he finally stood up and said that he will take care of them. Why? Because he couldn’t believe that the adults would be willing to split these sisters apart. I have to say, as someone who has a sibling that really struck home. I don’t think I could handle being split from my brother after many years of living together and growing up together. Continuing with the story, the episodes were never anything that suspenseful. Most of the first season comprised of the sisters getting used to living in a tiny apartment and Yuta balancing being an employee, student, and father. Without any spectacular happening in the overall plot the series was still entertaining. The character development is what made the series enjoyable for me. I liked watching the characters grow together and end-all become attached. Any tiny plot twists or sudden dramatic moments were solved by the end of the episode.
The soundtrack for this anime was stereotypical with a J-pop, lovey-dovey opening and standardized ending. You know it is bad when even YouTube doesn’t have the actual opening or ending as the first link when looking this anime up. Someone even remixed the opening (which actually wasn’t that bad) but shows that it probably isn’t that great in the first place. But of course being a J-pop song it was extremely catchy and got stuck in my head more than I would like to admit. That isn’t to say Eri Kitamura is a bad singer, I’m just not fond of her style of music.
Final statements: Personally I find this anime to be a preferred watch because of how much I enjoy this style of anime. However, if you aren’t a fan of it you probably wont like this cookie cutter type anime. It isn’t anything special or different from its genre. In fact, I find it to be one of the lower end of its genre. This is probably one of those reviews that you should take with a grain of salt.