First Look: TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You

Alternative title(s): Tonikaku Kawaii: Fly Me to the Moon, ToniKawa Manga Adaptation by Seven Arcs Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

Teen genius Nasa Yuzaki has a fateful encounter one evening and falls in love at first sight with a strange girl named Tsukasa Tsukuyomi. Years later, she reappears at his doorstep and they immediately get hitched, beginning a married life together.

Iro’s verdict: Ultimate “Wife Guy”

Full disclosure: I read a bunch of the original manga during a point in time when I needed something to numb my brain from reality, so I am informed by somewhat more than this first episode. That said, I consider Tonikawa to be pretty much insubstantial in every way. The entire premise is just Nasa and Tsukasa flirting, with occasional bizarre tangents into various other matters and the “twist” that they’re already legally married; potentially enjoyable if you love romcoms or slice of life, but probably uninteresting otherwise. If you want something that will eradicate twenty minutes of your life every week, this will probably fit the bill just fine.

Zigg’s verdict: Baffling

I’ve never seen a show where I was so unsure what the point was. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way (although I’ll confess I didn’t really think this was much good either) but rather…who is this for? Who was demanding this? Even with the most awful, shitty semi-porno shows I get *why* they exist but this is just unexplainable. Are there really middle schoolers and recent graduates out there gagging for that sweet, sweet domestic bliss? It’s not funny enough to be a comedy, not romantic enough top be a romance, and not story-focused enough to be a mystery or a drama. Most crucially, it doesn’t have an iota of the charm necessary to be its own weird outlier. It just…is. The anime equivalent of eating wallpaper paste.

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