Anyways, I thought I’d throw down some of my thoughts and ideas into 4 or 5 parts throughout the series before attempting an answer, since doing it all in one go isn’t tractable. (It also gives me time to ruminate on it as a whole but still be able to write about it while things are still fresh.)
The animation really surprised me from the get-go, with beautiful backgrounds, character expression approaching Kannagi’s level, and cuteness(!). Not to mention cows.
I was taken aback by Motosuwa’s perverseness (the internet is for porn comes to mind) but it really isn’t that bad in retrospect. Typical 18yo, etc.
Episode 2 had super meido (Yuzuki!). End of Transmission. Oh wait, there was some plot hints too with Kokubunji and persocom love.
Episode 3 had me thinking, when isn’t Japan in a recession? In addition to the hot teacher, Takako-sensei, Yumi appears like a typhoon. Her breasts She is quite enjoyable to watch, teasing Hideki quite a bit; I also began to worry if things would take a harem route. (Wo)Man versus Machine! Ya… no.
The next episode I think I said something along the lines of:
<hikago> if I hear pantsu
<hikago> ONE MORE TIME
/me goes nuts
The episode was godawful. Flipping through the episode reopened old wounds, lets just pretend it never happened. Ah, I almost forgot – the only redeeming thing would be the last 15 seconds where we can hear Tanaka Rie gleefully calling Hideki a “hentai”. pew pew pew.
Episode 5 introduced THE BOOK. Or more precisely, The Book of Plot Exposition and Creepy Creatures. I think it was this episode that really got me into the story as I became genuinely interested in how they would approach the subject of human and humanoid machine interaction.
It was also around this point that I started worrying if any of the ladies Hideki came to know were actually persocoms. As we saw with Yuzuki, having the large plastic port protectors are not a requirement and probably just a highly visible method of differentiating persocoms from humans, like with the “halos” in Eve no Jikan.
Okazu! I think this was the first time I’ve heard it used in a perverse way, I’m not too sure how side dishes -> porn, but then again the Japanese have this odd association with food and things that… get them going (Green Green had this too, but I don’t want to go there).
If I still pretend episode 4 never happened, this was a pretty strong start.