Engaged to the Unidentified – Mini Review

Watched for the Memes

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Specifically the one shown above, though there are more. I didn’t know much about Engaged to the Unidentified but had heard some nice things about. That’s why I decided to watch it recently while I was waiting between things. All I can say after watching this is, it totally makes sense that this is a Doga Kobo show.

Basic plot of this one is that our main character, Kobeni is a pretty average girl who one day has her life changed when she is informed that she is to be betrothed to a boy named Hakuya. Apparently he is a childhood friend, but Kobeni can’t remember much about that time ever since the accident, which Hakuya apparently saved her life during. That’s what the show would have you believe at least.

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While there is a hint of rom-com, and the mystery of the accident is explored to some degree, the real star of the show is Mashiro. She’s the loli girl, just in case that wasn’t clear. For all extents and purposes, she may well be the main character. Given far and away the most screentime, serving as the main catalyst for nearly every event.

The opening doesn’t place too much emphasis on Mashiro, though she is right up alongside the protagonist the entire time. However, the ED is almost exclusively about her, to the point where the male lead and the others are relegated to the side off-stage or blended into the background. It was an odd detail, well until I realized something.

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Mashiro thought Benio was bad…

What I didn’t realize this was a Doga Kobo show at first, but by the end of the 12th episode, when the credits were rolling, I saw it there. It really made the weirdness of giving Mashiro so much focus make a lot of sense. In case you don’t know, Doga Kobo is responsible for such shows as Summer 2019’s, How heavy are the dumbbells you lift? and last year’s, UzaMaid!. Though, they have a whole host of other shows, what I think of when I think Doga Kobo shows is cute girls, especially lolis.

Basically, you should know EXACTLY what you are getting into with Engaged to the Unidentified should you pick it up. I used UzaMaid! in my example shows because, unfortunately, this anime ends up being a mix of that and your more typical shoujo romance with a fantasy slant.

What drug the show down wasn’t Mashiro having so much attention, it was actually the lead’s sister, Benio that was the problem. She’s a hardcore lolicon, but she’s a bit extreme, almost to the point of UzaMaid! territory. While I don’t have a big issue with this stuff, I didn’t like how invasive Benio felt. The “gag” is overused, to the point where that’s really all Benio’s character is. She just loves “Marshmallow”, which is a cute name for Mashiro, I must admit.

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Run Mashiro, run! Don’t let Benio catch you!

Unfortunately, Engaged to the Unidentified is kind of over-hyped. Don’t get me wrong, I generally enjoyed it, but outside of two things, I found myself feeling a bit bored with the show. It feels really average. So what were the two things that kept me interested?

  1. Mashiro of course! I did really enjoy her character and loved seeing her interactions with the cast. She was one of the actually funny parts of the show too. Her character never wore thin on me, which is good. For the real focus of a lot of the show, this is an excellent thing in its favor.
  2. I really wanted to know what happened to Kobeni and learn more about the (and this is a small spoiler by the way) beings that Hakuya and Mashiro were. Unfortunately, this is not explored well at all, to the point where it barely matters outside a few key instances.

Otherwise, the show was just average at the best of times. Nothing to write home about. If Mashiro weren’t in the show, it’d be very boring indeed. If you want to see a cute loli girl and have some romance stuff going on the side, then I suppose this would be for you. Otherwise, you can probably get the full enjoyment from the GIF’s I’ve placed throughout.

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I give this one 10 Mashiro’s out of 10, for Mashiro… just Mashiro though. Jokes aside, what are your thoughts on Engaged to the Unidentified? The 4-koma manga clearly has a lot more to tell, so I’d love to hear about that as well. If you enjoy my writing, click the Ko-fi button below and buy me a coffee or two to keep me going. Thanks for stopping by, and see you for the next one!

Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time – Mini Review

What Will Seki-kun do Next?

Here’s a show I wasn’t expecting to watch this season, one from Winter 2014, but I am really glad that I did. Up front, this show is a 10/10 great time, and if you haven’t seen Tonari no Seki-kun I highly recommend it. In case you haven’t heard, I watched this alongside several folks on here and Twitter under a new initiative of mine, #anitwitwatches. You can read up on the program and what we are watching next here.

If you want to get my weekly reactions (which were blind and live), you can do so by hopping into this Twitter thread. They are in reverse chronological order though.

In fact, Seki-kun had very few “dud” episodes. I say “dud” because even those were still funny, they just weren’t to my taste. It seems we all had one or two of those, but it didn’t reduce my feelings toward the anime at all.

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I loved the robot family! I’d watch a short based on them too XD

There were several excellent moments in the series, but what surprised me the most was how much character and story they actually managed to put into this. Now, it isn’t anything super deep, but it was more than it needed to do. This resulted in a better experience as there are other characters beyond the titular Seki and his neighbor in class, Rumi.

In the Twitter thread I linked above, I talk a lot about the unique aspects of the show like how the OP has Seki making the OP, acting as a pseudo episode in and of itself. There was a lot of great discussion that just won’t fit here so I really do encourage you to check it out.

Even my mom jumped in on this! I recently helped her make a MAL account (don’t be afraid to send her a friend invite) to get recommendations and keep track of stuff, but now that she has it, she’s been using it a fair bit. My mom had commentary about the school system and different teaching methods which she provided some comments on in my thread as well (I posted in proxy).

With that, I think I’ve made my case. Seki-kun was really funny and it brought a lot of people together. My only regret in all this is that I slept on the anime for so long. I’ve had it on my shelf for about 4 years now, but it certainly deserved to be watched far sooner than now. I can only hope that Rampo Kitan is received just as well for the next one!

A big thank you to everybody who joined in on the watch! If you have seen Seki-kun I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you were a part of the watch and write a review yourself, be sure to let me know so I can share it! Enjoy my writing? Then consider a donation by utilizing my ko-fi button below. Finally, thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again real soon!