(1) Watch NouCome.
(2) Watch NouCome, maggot.
Every now and then we find a show that’s so incredibly stupid that we tell ourselves, “There is no way this show’s concept can be used for anything good, ever.”, and then we regret it when we finally sit down and watch it. This happened last year with The Ambition of Oda Nobuna and earlier this year with The Devil is a Part-Timer for me. It just happened again for My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy, or NouCome, as it’s called by sane people.
The concept of NouCome is that our main character Kanade Amakusa have a weird supernatural phenomenon happening to him and his life. Every now and then he will be forced to make weird decisions, a overbearing power presents bizarre options for him that he have to carry through with, otherwise he’ll go through intense pain. Being constantly tortured by these Absolute Choices as he calls them, he tries to make the best of any situation where he receives them and have to deal with whatever the consequences are.
As the first episode opens up we join Kanade a month into his class, he’s already branded a weirdo for his odd behavior thanks to the choices and doesn’t have many friends. The two friends that we do meet are pretty damn entertaining though. First off is Furano Yukihara. Yukihara is a girl with a odd sense of humor who sits behind Kanade in class, she’s already my favorite character in the show but also a contender for my favorite character this season so far. The second friend is a girl named Ouka Yuuoiji who is the daughter of the CEO of a major company, she’s awkward in her own way, but is actually somewhat popular with the rest of the class unlike Kanade.
The first episode does not do much besides introducing the first few main characters and giving us a good idea of who they are. The first seven minutes are just devoted to the concept of choices, which was a really funny segment as well I should add. That’s the biggest surprise to me if anything, I didn’t expect this show to have so many genuinely funny jokes. NouCome is a great comedy in every sense of the word, almost every joke made me laugh or chuckled and I was genuinely entertained throughout.
The character designs so far are great as well. It’s nice to have a male main character in a non-fujoshi-bait show that actually have some good looks to him for once. The girls are all well-designed as well. Visually, the show is great to look at both animation wise and in terms of art-style. No awkward use of CG yet and no obvious corner-cutting either. The way the show plays around with how the choices are presented are fun as well, I can’t really find a proper complaint about the visuals of the show, they’re good. Not perfect, maybe not even great, but they’re absolutely good.
The soundtrack got some good tracks to it as well. A great opening and ending theme mixed with a pretty neat music-related bonus post the credits that I won’t ruin. It helps that the voice acting was top-notch as well. Especially from Yui Kondou (Level E) who plays the lovely Yukihara even though it’s only her second role in anime. Mad props to you girl, you rock!
The first episode of NouCome was more than I could have ever asked for from the show. It’s in my top picks for the best show of the season so far along with White Album 2 and I can’t wait to see more from it. Why is it only ten episodes though? I want a full cour!