I mean…what did I expect from an anime that was based off an otome game?
Hey everybody! Welcome back to Otaku Thursday! Today we’re going to be talking about Koi to Producer: EVOL X LOVE which yes, was inspired by a visual novel dating game where you got to talk to pretty boys while trying to become a successful producer. So let’s get right to it.
So have I played this game? NO. Do I want to play this game? Kind of? But also not enough to buy it. And especially because so far the anime is–well, not great but also not terrible. The art style is pretty enough on its own–as one would fully expect of an anime coming from a game where the whole selling point is the sexy-package-of-pixels cast. I’ve only seen the first episode so far and it doesn’t seem to have any glaring problems production-wise yet (I mean, another from the studio MAPPA and you know how I love me some MAPPA–though admittedly their abundance of shows this year has been rather hit and miss). It’s very colorful and the mood lighting is on point. And the voice actors are decent.
So is this an anime I thought I could like? Yeah I could see it happening. After all, I’ve enjoyed anime based off of otome games before as well as otome games separately. So Koi to Producer? Ehhhhhhhh. I mean is it a really good anime? NO. But it’s also not the worst thing in the world. When I watch anime based off of visual novels, I tend to find them too dramatic, the main character too bland, and the overall narrative of the story far too predictable (they usually make it pretty clear who the main bachelor is meant to be). I will say the premise of this makes me interested in it. And no I’m not talking about the MC being a television producer for a struggling show left to her by her father. I’m talking about the weird powers that exist in the show. While a supernatural element isn’t a huge shock, I rather like the strange powers we’ve seen so far. The ability for someone to warp to an entirely different area. The ability to freeze time. These are actually pretty interesting depending on what it means for the rest of the series. Because right now I’m just not certain where we’re going in terms of plot. Like I get that MC is trying to save her unsolved mystery-esque show and these men she runs into are a LEGIT mystery (and high profile people so far), but what is the point? I’m guessing it’ll answer that in the next few eps.
If there’s a huge weakness to this so far…you probably know what I’m going to say–it’s MC. Home girl is adorable. But she. Is. So. Generic. Which makes sense because she came from an otome where the MC is a window for the viewer. But she left such a little impression on me that I couldn’t even remember her name after I watched the episode. Which is why I went to My Anime List to try and find out her name for this post and guess what it’s listed as? WATASHI. Like oh my good demon lord. They really couldn’t have at least given her a name for the anime? Someone please prove me wrong and tell me her actual name. Please. Someone tell me her name isn’t actually Watashi.
Overall, I feel like I’m interested enough in the pretty boy mystery powers to keep watching casually, but I may wait until the end of the season to finish this one out. I feel no celestial need to watch it week to week, and to be honest…if the plot doesn’t get better it could definitely be dropped…but for now I’m going to hold onto it in hopes it’ll be good. Because I like anime. I like otome games. Sure an anime about the otome game removes the first person immersive experience, but that doesn’t mean it can’t bring out the best parts of the story.
Anyway, these have just been my first impressions! What do you guys think of Koi to Producer? Has anyone played the game? And is her name REALLY watashi? Let me know in the comments below! Til next time~
2 thoughts on “Lights! Camera! First Impressions – Koi to Producer: EVOL X LOVE”
Someone is trying their best to not give MC a name, since in the games, it’s the player who names her. I noticed they also went with the Chinese names for the boys instead of the Japanese, even though it’s voiced in Japanese. It threw me off a little at first.
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Ohh that makes sense that they would try to keep her unnamed then. But it’s also like a very peculiar choice. I’ve def seen other anime based off visual novels where the game had the player name the MC but the anime just chooses one anyway to be easy to follow.
Also wow! I didn’t know that with the names — I guess they are just trying to keep it as close to the actual game as possible.
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