Hensuki: Anime Review

A while back I reviewed the anime We Never Learn: Bokuben – and I described it as a fanservice anime with Enthusiastic Consent. Hensuki is, unfortunately, less so.

The inciting event for the show has our protagonist, Keiki, finding a love note addressed to him, and a pair of girls underpants – while cleaning the club room of the Calligraphy club. The note is unsigned, so he sets it upon hims to find the “Cinderella” to whom these knickers belong.

This also leads to the theme of the series, which is established by the series full title – Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? – or Are You Willing to Fall in Love with a Pervert, as Long as She’s a Cutie? Each of the possible “Cinderellas” have a variety of kinks, and as he learns of them, they try to force themselves on him. Or to put it another way – while your kink is okay if all parties consent, our protagonist does not consent and this is played for laughs.

The jokes, occasionally, land. For example, there is a bit with the head of the astronomy club, Kokaru, who has been stalking Keiki’s friend and confidant Shoma. We see Koharu using a large color plotter to print off massive pictures of the object of her affection. As someone who has done IT asset management for a place that had plotters, I understand what those cost, so the idea of a single club being able to monopolize a plotter for these purposes was incredibly absurd.

However, the rest of the time, the jokes don’t quite work. They tend towards “possible romantic interest comes onto the protagonist in an unwanted manner” with the assumption that it’s supposed to be funny because it’s a girl doing it to a guy. For what it’s worth, in this context in the series, it gives a natural organic explanation for an unwanted harem – as opposed to “Tenchi Syndrome”, where the protagonist has a lot of women romantically interested in them, but due to indecisiveness refuses to choose a partner.

I also need to mention that yes, not-siblings-by-birth-so-it’s-not-Incest-but-it’s-still-incest comes up. Keiki does reject this “relationship” when it comes up – but be warned anyway, particularly if you decide to proceed onwards with the manga and novels in the event we get into an Oreimo situation.

In all, the show is okay, but honestly, there are much better fanservice shows out there.

If you decide you do want to check this out, it is available for streaming through Funimation’s streaming service.

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