Sweet Melty Love☆ (S・M・L☆) by Afilia Saga
The classroom was bathed in the afternoon sun as you waited in ambush
Not backing down even after a swing and a miss
I’ve been waiting for this, and yet
Now it’s already getting frustrating
The battle sways back and forth
It’s almost like slapstick comedy
Just watching the frustrations of our love,
God is laughing at us
Let’s chant the spell of love,
A secret incantation
But we’re still only apprentices of love,
So the effects are still unknown
Put your hands together and wish upon a silver shooting star
Tell yourself “your dreams will surely come true”
Our feelings overlap just like a mille-feuille
Ah, these feelings are sweet sweet melty love…
L-O-V-E, thump thump, let’s say!
L-O-V-E, thump thump, let’s sing!
Staring intently at each other, let’s kiss!
Magic, magic, make it your own, let’s go!
Reviews in quick succession! This time, I’m covering My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy (Ore no Nōnai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Rabu Kome wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru), Nōkome for short. It’s a light novel series with a manga adaptation, as well as a 10-episode anime that started its run on my birthday of all days.
The series follows a high school kid named Kanade who’s stuck with a curse that forces him to act upon one of a limited list of embarrasing, magical choices. Eventually, one choice gives him a divine helper named Chocolat, and he receives a phone call from God, who tells him he will receive various romantic comedy-like missions on his phone from that point forward, and he will someday get rid of the curse if he manages to complete all of them. However, if he fails even one, he will be stuck with the curse forever.
The series runs primarily on the cringe comedy that comes from this, as well as how this interacts with some common harem elements that are taken to extremes. For example, there’s a character with enormous boobs, but they’re secretly silicone, and she’ll do anything, even yell that her breasts are secretly a butt at the top of her lungs with a crowd surrounding her, to keep that hidden. There’s also the generic childhood friend little sister-type character, except she wishes to have everyone, even those younger than her, as her older siblings. The main cast is similarly unique.
At the end of most episodes, we get to see alternate realities in which Kanade picked a different option than one of those presented to him, and what happens as a result. Some of these can get very, very amusing, but I won’t spoil them.
The anime is short and simple, so there really isn’t much more to say about it. The comedy is excellent, everything about it is generally a lot of fun, and you, too, will be laughing at Kanade’s expense. Surprisingly, unlike most shows of this kind, it even gets better as time goes on, and it doesn’t even start on a bad note, either!
Nōkome is available on Crunchyroll.
Just check it out. You won’t regret it. Best birthday gift ever.
Life is a series of choices.
Even now, elsewhere on this Earth, many choices are being made.
Now, you there, work up the courage and choose…
The very important and necessary choice that will change all of our futures.