Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! - Anime Review
Rating: ⭐ (1 Star)
Length: 12 Episodes
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2012 to Mar 28, 2012
So where to start? This anime was recommended to me by a few of you and let's just say the experience was interesting. Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! begins with college freshman, "big brother", uncle, and soon to be "father" Yuuta Segawa deciding to take sole care of his three nieces due to a tragedy striking that leaves the girls' parents missing/presumed dead.
Starting his life in a small studio apartment with three young girls Hina (3), Sora (14), and Miu (10), Yuuta Segawa must learn quickly on how to become a good guardian as he faces the every day trials of parenting while struggling to make the newfound arrangement work in the long term.
The plot itself is heartwarming as Yuuta Segawa works tirelessly to keep the girls together. It is understood that the sisters will be separated between different family members if he cannot look after them which is a prevalent theme throughout the series. It was also sweet to watch the girls try their best to adjust to their newfound independence! Sora and Miu trying to take care of Hina while attending school is an obvious struggle but definitely warms the heart as they come together as a cohesive family unit.
The animation is smooth enough for the time despite some awful CG effects used to create bustling crowds of city goers and school children. In addition to this the OP "Happy Girl" is a nice upbeat song that worked it's way into my memory! The VA work each time the family would sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was also adorable and totally believable.
Now if this is where the review ended... 4 Stars! Unfortunately this is not the case and I'll explain why.
Firstly there are far too many shower/bath scenes and panty shots focused around the 3 underage girls. In addition to this the girls are stalked by an obvious pedophile in the form of Sako, Shuntarou who is a friend of Segawa and leader of his college club.
This character is constantly fantasizing about the girls and has one particularly disturbing scene in which is is dressed like a puppy dog and panting while the two younger girls sit on a couch in his house and drip ice cream everywhere. It is clear that he is only interested in younger girls as he labels Sora (14) as a grandma and wants nothing to do with her.
Usually I can tolerate the classic lewd goblin character but his target demographic left me saying "Ooft" at least once an episode.
As a huge ecchi fan and someone who loves the occasional fan service I was left feeling uneasy at what I felt was unnecessary and distasteful. I honestly found myself turning it off when someone walked into the room in fear it could be the FBI or at least a disapproving and confused family member.
If you ignore all of this (which I found impossible to do) it's a great heart warming anime! Unfortunately for me this anime just came across as a wasted opportunity to explore such an interesting plot point without all the borderline inappropriate fan-service.
I would not recommend this anime for anyone who may be affected negatively by the controversial aspects of this show.
As always this is just my opinion and if you love this show that just means you are able to look at the content with more innocent eyes than I could manage!
Author: Raine Lovebright
Owner - Let's Go Akamaru!