For the summer of 2017 I found my line-up of anime to be pretty dry, with only one anime I watched striking home with me. Oh I watched others, but each of them had such glaring faults that I came to grumbling like an old man who remembers the "good old days when anime was striking gold left and right." For Aho Girl I found the fault forgivable in the beginning, but soon realized that the fault was in fact the gimmick of the series; a very stupid girl. I don't even mean this in the insulting manner, as "stupid" is the only word I could possibly use to describe her. And when you make the setting of your anime surround an insufferably dumb character, you only end up hurting the series, especially in the case of a slice of life.
This dumb girl's name is Yoshiko, and she is obsessed with two things; bananas and A-kun. The first is a fruit she eats so much of you'd worry she is suffering from potassium poisoning. Her obsession is so great that at one point in the anime she drags a hapless friend along for a run across the country of Japan to a banana farm, nearly resulting in their deaths as the two suffer from Yoshiko's special brand of stupidity. Her other obsession is a person and the one she loves; Akuru. This guy is by far the most violent male character I've seen as of late, letting his fists do all the talking for him. He's triggered so fast by Yoshiko that you can almost be certain if the two are near one another, then Akuru will send Yoshiko flying with a hard punch or a kick to the stomach. Now normally I'm completely against violence towards women, but in Yoshiko's case she honestly deserves it as we learn in one episode how her obsession with bananas and A-kun began; Akuru not always having been the violent brute he is today.
A big negative is that for all her faults Yoshiko has no redeeming factor, except for maybe the fact she kind of looks a little like Asuna with her hair down. Aside from this though she is a gross pervert, has the intelligence of the fruit she eats so much of, and forces her presence on anyone she wants to. Maybe if she grew up to be more like her mother I could dig that, as her mom is a milf who fully admits to forcefully taking her husband's first time. Which if things continue down the path they are, Akuru is in very grave danger of suffering the same fate at the hands of Yoshiko. Though if such an event did take place, I might actually see Yoshiko in a new light as she has finally accomplished something.
Now I mention that Yoshiko forces her presence upon others, and this happens a few times to bank us some supporting characters. The first is a girl by the name of Sayaka, a cute blond girl who is really good at making friends. She's even able to befriend Akuru at their first meeting, but her base character is too kind, and so she can't turn down Yoshiko's dumb ideas. Oh, and she's very sensitive about her flat chest. On the opposite end of this spectrum is Fuki, a disciplinary committee member of the high school Yoshiko and Akuru attend. She starts out as a pretty straight forward girl who hates Yoshiko's idiocy as much as Akuru, but soon shows her true self to be a stalker who becomes obsessed with Akuru after he compliments her for being more attractive (of a person) than Yoshiko. Oh, and she has the largest chest of the girls, because of course the one in charge of high school morals has the biggest tits.
All things considered though the anime itself is amusing, but the impact Yoshiko's stupidity has upon that amusement is quite deafening. It ruins the appeal of this series as a slice of life, becoming more of a "what dumb thing will Yoshiko do this week?" which I could have forgiven since she usually gets her punishment via Akuru, but they just take things too far. Because Akuru's violence isn't just directed towards Yoshiko, but to her mother, his little sister, his hot female teacher, and one of the 'gal' girls in his classroom. Not that he physically harms most of them, but his behavior is brash and rude and just makes him look like an asshole. I can't appreciate an asshole, even if it's only because his patience is paper thin due to Yoshiko. Not that he hates everyone, but the only character he gets along with is a white shiba inu! It's not even a person! Hell, even Yoshiko calls him out on this!
No, there are just some things I can't overlook. They're such a key component of this anime that trying to push them aside is like trying to just eat the marshmallows out of a blow of lucky charms. You can do it for sure, but then what do you do with all that soggy cereal afterwards? It's best to consume both at the same time, even if the cereal drags down the flavor. Which is a shame, because had Yoshiko had at least one redeemable quality, this might have been good.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life
Animation: The one thing I can't say anything negative about was the animation, as Diomedéa really brought their A-game to the table for this one. You might recognize this studio as the ones who worked on Handa-kun, Campione!, and Mondaiji. Expressions are plentiful, characters and backgrounds are both a solid thumbs up, and they really surprised me with the fighting in an episode where Yoshiko battles a gang of delinquents who dared to sully the good name of bananas.
Voice Acting: Well they certainly did a good job placing the voices, as Aoi Yūki does a great job at giving us a sort-of nasally annoying voice for Yoshiko. Though Tomokazu Sugita really nailed it home as the brash Akuru, having already played numerous characters who are violent and use their fists to solve problems.
Favorite Character: You probably saw this coming, but I'm giving this award to Fuki Iincho. Her stalker tendencies were an instant favorite of mine, and the fact she is a closet pervert was pretty good too. Yoshiko hanging around seems to be dragging out this more dirty side to her, which is probably the only thing Yoshiko does that made me happy. Fuki's character model were also more in-line with my tastes, giving me more of a feeling of the traditional Japanese girl than anyone else in the anime.
Aho Girl gets a 6.0 out of 10