Ecchi-harem shows: More often than not, they’re an objective mess that doesn’t aspire to do anything more than make you buy MC’s naked hug pillow with a straight face, drowning itself in clichés and a whole lotta’ sighing. Thus came ZEXCS entry of the season with Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to, an ecchi harem show that does exactly everything that has been done before and oh, does it do it masterfully.
You know what really pisses me off? shows, -especially ecchi harems- that try to BS themselves and the viewer with plot when, clearly, all you’re doing is look for the next most appropiate moment to throw tits and clevage in your face. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with this and there’s nothing wrong with tits and cleave especially, but if you know you’re getting into an ecchi show why even bother with a half-assed plot literally no-one cares about to begin with? to sustain a bit of your writers dignity? Personally I think the writer who knows how far he or she can take his or her story deserves alot more merit than the writer who tops on the topping to the point that you can’t even enjoy the main dish.
Thankfully, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to knows this.
The story follows the pervert mangaka Aito Yuuki and the shenanigans that unfold after asking Ashisu Sahoto to act as reference.
I’m gonna be straight with you here. Most of us would say that, oh it’s a comedy and an ecchi series on top of that so the lacking story shouldn’t matter, right? Well, yes. But Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to somehow strangely reflected the mangaka and artist’s lifestyle in the weirdest ways that, honestly, deserves some sort of merit. The whole pantyshot dilema? check. The reference thing? check. The all-nighters and exhaustion? check.
All this is brought by the (fantastic) characters which I loved, maybe they’re not memorable but they stood strong in their individual episode, yes, even the classic harem MC which may or may not have been my favourite character of the show, even with the brilliant quirks of the rest of the cast.
On to the important part. The fanservice. Fanservice deserves some flashy and pretty drawings to acccentuate it, to make you go ‘hnng’ and force you to look desperately for the screenshot button for your next wallpaper.
Mangaka-san to Assistant-san’s fanservice is not there to turn you on, it’s there to make you laugh, and the artstyle slash animation is just as good as it needs to be for the gut-breaking hilarious comedy which spawned some of the funniest scenes in recent anime memory, and the 15 minute lenght is perfect for this sort of thing as it doesn’t wear you out, and instead leaves you satisfied, grinning and happy.
There is no way to look at this show objectively, it’s comedy through and through. What I can say, however is that this is easily the most solid show of the entire season: It brought constant laughs and smiles, sometimes ridiculous, sometimes eyebrow-raising but mostly hilarious.
If you can turn into the adolescent hormone-pumped teenager you are or have been for 15 minutes, I can almost guarantee that this amazing adaptation by studio ZEXCS will please you, with that said, I can proudly say that this gets a personal (not objective-subjective for once) rating of 8.5 out of 10 and recommendation to watch it!