First Look: The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague

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Alternative title(s): Koori Zokusei Danshi to Cool na Douryou Joshi
Manga Adaptation by Zero-G and Liber
Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

Newly-minted office worker Himuro may look human, but he’s actually a descendant of a Yuki-onna, or snow woman, which means he inadvertently produces snow or ice whenever he gets especially fired up or emotional. Meanwhile, his human colleague, Fuyutsuki, is an outwardly stoic young woman who is nonetheless very kind and sensitive to others’ needs. When the two meet on their first day, sparks soon fly, leading to a variety of somewhat unusual situations.

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Artemis’ verdict: Warms the Cockles of My Ice-Cold Heart

If you’re looking for anything especially original or inspired from Ice Guy’s overarching romance plot or character dynamics, you likely won’t find it. Despite its supernatural setting, this anime is about as conventional in the rom-com regard as it comes – sweet but predictable, the show doesn’t really strive to be anything other than a cute, inoffensive tale of an outwardly unemotional young lady with a kind heart and a coworker who gets overly emotional despite his icy powers.

Nonetheless, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t charmed by the premiere of this josei manga adaptation. It’s actually very refreshing, at least to me, to see the usual male/female roles swapped around a bit, as romance anime tends to have a habit of making the girl the one who has trouble controlling their emotions and the guy the more cool, stoic one. I also personally dig the supernatural setting in terms of how the entirely human characters reaction to these elements – with a “huh, that’s cool” kind of attitude. Nobody seems amazed or even particularly fazed by the reveal that at least two characters here are descendants of youkai, and that’s exactly the kind of vibe I like, as it contributes to a nicely understated atmosphere that isn’t attempting to be overly loud or dramatic.

While Ice Guy may well be far too slow-paced for some, for those on the lookout for a perfectly pleasant slice-of-life show featuring adult characters and zero in the way of fanservice, this will likely be right up your alley.

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Jel’s verdict: Too Chill?

This is extremely sweet and charming, and I love the casual integration of supernatural elements into an otherwise normal workplace. It also has cats, and I love cats. That said, I think I’m one of those people for whom this is a little too slow paced and mundane. I have to admit the constant blizzards were also starting to get on my nerves a little. So for this one, I think it’s just a matter of personal taste.

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Peter’s verdict: Moist

The structure of this first episode felt like a 4koma adaptation with short scenes in fairly quick succession throughout with the beat-for-beat timing those shows are often known for. The manga is not a 4koma *officially*, and yet chapters for this series are 4 pages long and each one really is one joke. Like an elongated 4koma. and yet somehow covers an entire month in-universe in under 25 minutes of anime. Just weird pacing overall. That aside, I don’t hate this show, but it’s tricky to say anything really good about it outside of everyone being fairly cute. Cute office workers doing cute things I guess is back.

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