College student Yūta Segawa is suddenly given custody of his older sister’s three daughters, aged 14, 10, and 3. They’re now stuck living together in a 10 square meter apartment. Meanwhile Raika, the object of his affection, has a fondness of cuteness, and his unexpected arrivals may finally offer an opportunity for them to get together.
The phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover” would be best used to describe the first six episodes of Listen to Me Girls, I am your Father! The picture used in this review would probably give you the impression that this show was full of lolis (okay so two of the girls are lolis), fanservice hijinks, and some good old otaku pandering. In a shocking sense this is not completely true here with episodes 1 thru 6.
What we get here in the first six episodes is focusing on the plot instead of just going head first with otaku jokes and fun sight gags. The big focus on these episodes is going from the world the girls and the Yῡta live in normally to this brand new world that they suddenly forced into. This is where the series has its biggest strength. While the show could have easily taken the route is focus solely on the hardcore fanbase the show decides to bit a both here and it works would well here. The show features aspects that will please those who enjoy hardcore otaku elements (lolis, moe) in their shows and those that want more focus on plot and less on otaku subjects.
While having a strong story is important for any show, having a likeable (for the most part) cast of characters is also essential and this show does not disappoint there. What makes this ensemble of characters work is for the most part the cast is likeable and believable as well. Yῡta while only 19 has to accept and come to grips with having to raise three children on his own with a very limited budget. The girls have to accept their new living situations also while worrying about themselves. Supplementing the main cast comes with a cast of characters who falls between likeable and unlikeable. Most of the Yῡta’s college friends understand what he has been thrust into and do their best to help him out. Sato and of the girl’s one uncle are the only unlikeable cast members here but neither of these two are given enough screen time to bring down the show as a whole.
Feel, the company who is doing the animation for this show (they have also done animation for Mayo Chiki!,and Kiss X Sis along with some other titles) does an okay job but the art and animation leave a lot of be desired. The character designs are generic and there is a good bit of moe here (not a bad thing at all) used for the females. There is a lot of CG used especially with trains when they move and some characters in the background when they are walking. The CG is jarring by the fact it looks so dated by today’s standards. There is a bit of fanservice here in these first six episodes and in turn of what you may expect it is pretty light as a whole mostly of bathing scenes (which I do not count as fanservice), and few scenes of very brief panty shots. None of the fanservice takes away from any of the scenes that they occur in.
I like the OP it is a bit touching, but that is all I remember of it. The music left no impression with me so I will not talk about it. There are some notable VA’s who lend this voice to their series. Wataru Hatano gives Yῡta his voice but sounds generic as a male lead. Eri Kitamura (who you may remember from the classic series Kodomo no Jikan as the main character Rin) gives Miu who voice and so far is part of the few standout voices for the series. The other being Hiromi Igarashi who does a great job with giving Hina her voice and does a good job with sounding like a real three year old.
The first six episodes of Listen to Me Girls, I am your Father! is not bad as it sounds. Sure the animation is generic along with the character designs and dated CG being used, but the plot and the likeable cast make up for where the other areas of the show lag.
Pros: Likeable cast, the plot
Cons: Generic in just about every which way from animation, to voice acting, and music.
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