They really put the comedy and Seinen tag on just about anything nowadays. Let me tell you one thing about Denki-gai no Honya-san, it is definitively not a seinen and it is a terrible comedy anime. I didn’t laugh a single joke in the show, the humour definitively didn’t resonate with me and here is why…this show must have been made for 9 years old boys and girls.
The show deal with sexuality a lot, especially doushinji and erotic manga. I guess this is where they believe the show is for a more mature audience. The truth about it is a completely different story though. Sexuality and erotic novels are perceived in the anime as if they were looked at by a bunch of 8 years old. Every comment about sex from the characters was always so immature and curious. It felt like not a single soul in that anime had ever had sex or even understood what it meant. I love myself some sex jokes and laughing at some funny ecchi, but this show didn’t do any of that, instead it was just awkward people talking awkwardly about doushinji.
Even from the art style, the show looks more akin to something which targets a younger audience. The characters, too, are light-hearted and everything in the show is simply cheerful and simple. The show doesn’t bring any complexity and stay on really easy subjects and situations. Even in the second half of the episode, when sexuality was not the topic anymore, everything was so basic and boring. I’ve seen stories about mangaka in anime thousands of time, you can’t just show me something this bland and hope I would react to it positively. Now you might say that it was all an excuse just for the jokes and to have the characters interact with one another. Unfortunately, the characters are all more generic from one to the other and the jokes are weak at best. The jokes might have been funny if I were still 12, unfortunately I’m not and I wouldn’t really want a 12 years old to watch that kind of crap anyway.
I don’t recommend this show for anyone, I won’t be watching and I think there will be some very good show this season, don’t waste your precious time on something like this.
ZeroGhj signing off