Komori-san wa kotowarenai is a slice of life comedy originally written in 2012 by Cool-kyou Shinja. In 2015, three years after the manga began, it was adapted into an anime. The studio behind it was Artland, the same studio behind Mushishi, Gunslinger Girl Il Teatrino & the horrendous Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou. Still, two out of three worthwhile anime isn’t a bad precedent. I’m not sure what to expect going into this one, so let’s take a look and see how it goes.
Komori is a fourteen year old girl who can’t bring herself to turn down requests for help. As a result, her classmates are constantly relying on her. This, naturally, results in slice of life shenanigans. The biggest flaw with the series is just that the japes are pretty standard and predictable. You might laugh at points, but it’s probably not going to be hearty laughter. More, a bit of a chuckle. This series may actually benefit from each episode lasting two minutes, simply because they have to fir out the jokes quickly and you don’t get a lot of set up for the obvious pay-offs.
The characters don’t have much to them. Although, in all fairness, you can’t really expect deep and compelling characters in a series where the entire twelve episodes take up roughly the same amount of time as one episode of a normal length series. With that said, there are times where Komori’s interactions with her friends, Masako & Megumi, work well for comedic purposes and there are times where they don’t really garner a reaction. Then we have Kurou, a character who is consistently dull. Any time he shows up, you can safely tune out and not risk missing a funny moment.
The art in this is pretty simple but it’s functional and there’s really nothing wrong with it. Even if it does use that hyper moe style I’m not personally fond of.
The acting is perfectly competent. It’s not stellar and Uchida Aya certainly doesn’t get to fully showcase her talents, but it sounds just fine. I’d say the same for the other actors, but I haven’t really heard them in anything else. Well, Ozawa Ari had a minor role in One Punch Man, but I don’t remember her character at all. The music likewise is competent but nothing special.
There are times when Komori’s friend, Masako, seems to have a crush on her. But it’s difficult to say if that was intentional given the length of the series.
Ultimately, Komori-san wa kotowarenai isn’t a bad series. But it’s also not a good one. It’s a short, standard slice of life comedy. If you’re a big fan of the genre, you might want to give it a go. The whole series is only twenty four minutes so it is pretty quick. Otherwise, you won’t really miss anything by skipping it. My final rating is a 5/10. The series is average. Next week I’ll look at Brain Powerd.