Beware picking up half naked men from the riverbanks.
What They Say:
A hot boy mermaid named Wakasa has taken over the bath of a teenage boy named Tatsumi! This cute but selfish freeloader is a perfect match for the cool but tender and caring Tatsumi. Let’s see how they get by together!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Based on the manga of the same name by Itokichi, which began back in 2011 and has three volumes published so far, Orenchi no Furo Jijo is the latest short form show to come out and one that’s certainly interesting for its premise. The show revolves around a teenager named Tatsumi who has the most absurd of problems in that his bath has been taken over by a merman name Wakasa. Tatsumi recounts how this happened at the start here, after giving Wakasa some bath salts that will delight him, as we see how Tatsumi originally came across him on the riverbank and brought him home not realizing at first that he was actually a merman. Wakasa relates some of the troubles he’s had recently in dealing with people, which has caused him to find a new home. The two have an unusual relationship because of all of this since Wakasa “needs” to stay in the tub at all times, which makes for some comical bathtime for Tatsumi, who struggles bathing with another man.
Wakasa paints a bleak picture of what his life is like in order to ensure that he can stay with Tatsumi. Or most specifically, in Tatsumi’s bath. Tatsumi is the type to cope with a situation as best as possible and that means he does what he can to make the best of it, weirdness and all. He gets to play the straight man well enough in this gig while Wakasa is a bit more outgoing and full of flourish, which we see both when Tatsumi tries to take him out of the tub and as he relates his tales of woe. There’s a cute odd couple aspect going on here that can work and the show is decently animated, going more for detail and still scenes in order to make it work, but it’s also enjoyable because it’s not an overly rushed or frantic short form piece, which gives it a chance to breathe and find its own pace. It’s a good, cute way to start off a week.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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