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Ganbare Doukichan Episode #01 Anime Review

3 min read
that sweet edge to it is definitely going to help
© Yomu / Sync-chan

An awkward first night.

What They Say:
“In a shared room with my co-worker at the hotel?! Although I was warned not to do anything stupid, my eyes would inadvertently turn to her legs wrapped in pantyhose…”

Unbeknownst to him, however, Douki-chan secretly has feelings for him. As Douki-chan struggles to confess her feelings, her rivals, both the kouhai and senpai, continue to vie for his affection.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With this coming from the same creator behind the Mirai Tights show that delighted me stupidly to no end when that came out, I had some minor expectations for Ganbare Douki-chan. It’s the kind of show that I know won’t work for a lot of people but when you see someone producing such great-looking works on a particular fetish, well, I really like to support it when it matches my own interests. The show features some appealing designs throughout, really solid animation, and attention to detail that really works well.

The premise introduces us to two co-workers on a business trip but because of a screwup in setting up the hotel, they’re set into sharing a room with two beds in it. At first, he does try to figure out another plan for it but she realizes they just need to suck it up and get through it. And she makes it clear that if he tries to do anything she’ll destroy him. It’s certainly not something to be overly panicked about in a general sense, but the reasons why both are nervous and wary make plenty of sense. For Douki-chan, she ends up falling asleep quickly here while telling him to go shower first, and we see how she misinterprets things in a natural way, such as when he finishes and she senses him reaching out to her – but it’s just to pull the blanket over her. It’s the kind of basic misunderstandings you expect to see play out here.

In Summary:
Douki-chan is the kind of show that is going to alienate a lot of folks who will mistakenly call it hentai from the start, which it clearly isn’t. It’s risque to be sure and it plays in the realm of fetishes is something I won’t deny, but it’s just a more straightforward and honest voyeuristic piece to tantalize the viewers with. It’s making itself perfectly clear what it wants to be and engages in that and you have to admire it for it. The story here is pretty simple with its setup and what we get with the situation plays out well while not overdoing it on anything in particular, but just getting us to connect with these characters. And that sweet edge to it is definitely going to help.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll


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