What to Watch: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behaviour / by shadebug

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There's a certain breed of person that isn't happy with their romance unless it's incredibly awkward. There's another breed of person who isn't happy with a show unless it has a ridiculously long and impossible to remember name. If you happen to be the elusive crossbreed of those two people then let me tell you about The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behaviour.

Actually, let me start by saying that this ridiculously long name, unlike the names of so many other anime out there, is entirely an English language invention. In Japanese it's called Bokura wa Minna Kawai-Sou, which is a delightful pun that wikipedia can explain to you.

What it actually is, is the story of a high school student that turns up to one of those house share things that Japanese people seem to do about as often as they decide that your mouth is a good place to put toast for safekeeping. More importantly, that house contains a pretty, bookish senpai who he's already fallen for before he discovers he'll be living with her even though she has no interest in anything outside of her books.

And who wouldn't?

And who wouldn't?

Not that he could...

Not that he could...

By themselves they are a lovely story to watch but the real fun (and it does get properly hilarious) comes with the assortment of people they live with and it really is the story of all of them, despite the stars being the ones you really care about. They're pretty standard archetypes but they play them very well and they even manage to subvert the anime staple of the creepy guy being worryingly into little girls (he has a very healthy, pleasant and platonic relationship with a little girl and they help her make friends).

Nothing distracts you from the creepy like spinsters battling to the death

Nothing distracts you from the creepy like spinsters battling to the death

Don't worry though, outside of the fun there is a very slowly building romance or, at the very least, tolerance happening, which is all the better because our protagonist is the only one that never realises it's happening.

I'm looking forward to see how this ends up and I think you should go get yourself a free trial over at Animax and look forward to it too (also watch Bakuman and Kuragehime while you're there). For now though, I'm off to see what else is on.

Source: http://www.animaxtv.co.uk/programs/kawai-c...