Anime Review: Megane na Kanojo Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 12/9/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Megane na Kanojo Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: Girl likes wearing glasses, boy does not; Spends all his time trying to get her to take them off.

The Skinny: When Boy walks into the after-school book club, he immediately falls in love with Girl, and pledges to join…then she puts on her glasses much to his disappointment. He spends the next year trying to get her to take off her glasses, but despite his annoying persistence she does not relent. One day she notices him straining to see, and discovers that he actually needs glasses himself; story ends with both wearing their lenses and the hint of mutual love finally in the air.

Assorted video captures from the episode – click on each picture for a full-sized view in a new window:

My Thoughts: As far as unusual fetishes go in Japanese anime, love for women wearing glasses is a pretty mild one. But I am constantly amused at how the Japanese can turn just about anything into a fetish, and often how open the culture can be about it at times. As for this show, this is the first of four short episodes about girls who wear glasses. And take that away from this show, and there’s really nothing there. The story itself is fairly stupid and forced, but that’s not really the point because it’s all about the glasses anyway. Lots of cute pictures of the Girl wearing lightly shaded lenses, and it’s all quite sweet and innocent…and boring. Really, only check this out if you have an unusual desire for “Megane Girls”.

For more info:

Star-Crossed Anime Blog Review: http://psgels.blogsome.com/2010/11/29/ova-impressions-megane-na-kanojo/
My Anime List entry and review: http://myanimelist.net/anime/9335/Megane_na_Kanojo
Inoffensive Opening video theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qClDopzAY8

The Verdict: – Boring.

The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, The World God Only Knows, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Letter Bee Reverse, Bakuman, Otome Youkai Zakura, Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi, Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge, Kuragehime, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Special

Failing grade: MM!, Star Driver, Iron Man, Fortune Arterial, Motto To Love-ru, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Yumeiro Patissiere Professional, Tamayura, To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Sora no Otoshimono Forte, Yosuga no Sora, Robin With His 100 Friends, Agriculture Girl, Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu Special, You Are Umasou, Hakuouki: Hekketsu-roku, Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector, Air Gear: Break on the Sky

The last of the Fall 2010 shows to review — found a few more!: Seikon no Qwaser OVA, Da Capo D. C. I and II PSP OVA

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