Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Noucome: My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with My School Romantic Comedy (Nōkome: Ore no Nōnai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Rabu Kome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru)

Amakusa Kanade is just your average high school kid who just happens to be forced into making bizarre decisions on a daily basis or else he will succumb to an intense and unrelenting pain. Okay, so maybe that doesn't make him quite so average. The condition he suffers from is called Absolute Choice and it is a condition known to only a few people on the planet. Surviving the condition is easy if you don't mind embarrassing yourself on a daily basis, but curing it is something else entirely. That's something that only the "Flippant God" and his odd servant Chocolat can help with. Unfortunately, Chocolat hurt her head when she fell out of heaven and can't remember jack about what she is actually supposed to do. Instead she just freeloads at Kanade's place and eats his kitchen out of food. The Flippant God himself is a never-seen character who communicates with Kanade by phone and seems to lead him on missions that often seem more embarrassing than his Absolute Choices. 

So is there really an escape from Absolute Choice? Perhaps. 

At only ten episodes (with an OVA on the horizon), Noucome is a ridiculously short anime from the Fall 2013 season. It's freaking funny, outlandish, childish, fanservice-y, and has very little story to it to top it all off. So it is the perfect no string attached anime comedy. I admit I generally like shows with a bit of meat on them story-wise, but this one really hit the spot for me in ways that Dog & Scissors couldn't. This show was genuinely funny. Next to WateMote, I think Noucome is the only show I've seen all this year that made me laugh hard on a consistent basis. 

If I had to choose a favorite character it would probably be Chocolat. She is a trip. And when she bumps her head and reclaims her memories things get pretty interesting for a minute. 

If this were a bona fide harem anime I wouldn't mind Chocolat being the victor, but this isn't technically a harem anime. It does have its moments, though. A second season certainly go further down the harem route. 

The gang of dudes that has the one guy who always tries to sexually assault Kanade is also a trip. Not many things can make dude butt rape seem potentially hilarious, but this show does. Dude butt rape is still creepy and gross, though. And trauma inducing. Don't try it at home. As Kanade frequently says, "There's something wrong with that last guy." And indeed there is. Indeed there is. If the banana dream scene didn't prove it I don't know what will. 

Well, I think I have gone on enough about this show. If it got a second season I would probably watch it. I just hope the writers don't try to make everything a bit more dramatic. Some shows work well (and much better) with a dramatic turn, but I don't think this one would. When the main character has to choose between shooting onion juice shoot up his nose or shooting onion juice up his butt... Well, no, a dramatic turn in this show just wouldn't do. 

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