- Alt. Name
- Jingai's Wife
- No. of Episodes
- Fall 2018
Jingai-san no Yome is a 2018 Romantic Comedy, Fantasy and Josei (aimed at women in late teens through adulthood) anime series that takes its viewers on an interesting heartfelt ride. While the series does have the typical twelve-episode format what is interesting is that each episode is only three minutes long. Considering that Jingai-san no Yome is the first creation from studio Saetta, it’s not surprising. Although it may be short and easy to digest from the outside perspective this series is more than what meets the eye.
The story is pretty basic, but with a few turns to keep it interesting. When High Schooler Tomori Hinowa is suddenly called to the principal’s office to hear something that will change his life forever: he’s getting married! A mysterious fluffy creature called Kaneogi has chosen him as their wife, and although Tomori’s unsure about the initial misgivings, he decides to accept. The series follows the delightful tales from the couple’s unique married life.
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While the most challenging aspect of creating any show – no matter the length of each episode – is the characters and the story. Considering that each episode is only three-minutes long could make any series a disaster. Outside of those two aspects are of course the art style and entertainment level. As something can have the best story one has ever heard, but if the finished product isn’t on the same level as everything else then it could fall flat.
The art style of this series is vibrantly average, but in this instance, it’s not a bad aspect of the show. The human character’s design is pleasing while the viewer can tell their personalities from one another. Although the designs are colorful, one can clearly distinguish whose the main and secondary characters of the series versus the background fillers. However, there are some scenes that do look beautiful, albeit few – for example, the cherry blossoms – however series don’t always have to have breathtakingly beautiful scenes to be wonderful. One interesting thing that this series did – accidentally – well was that its full of meme potential.
The main characters in this short series are amusingly intricate, but not too complicated where the viewer can’t easily follow. Our main characters are Tomori Hinowa a high school student who is the wife of Kanenogi, a mute creature that seems to be a hybrid of Baymax from Big Hero 6 and a Samoyed. While he isn’t the most outgoing character any series has seen, the one thing that did pique my interest in this series was the way he both gave and received affection towards his husband. Although he may be unsure of this relationship, one can tell he isn’t against it probably due to as he thought of it not as Eros but “Hair-os”.
Now Kanenogi, on the other hand, is unexpectantly funny and matches great with Tomori which is a challenge that can easily be overdone. He isn’t the pickiest eater when it comes to food – if you don’t count that he only eats cinderblocks and cans – so he’ll be easy to have dinner with. Throughout the series, the viewer will see that Kanenogi’s love and affection towards his bride not only grow but that his character never really changes. But what makes this so much interesting is that he never says he loves him, and that’s hard to do at times. Thus, which I find each episode so interesting to watch. While he doesn’t talk, he doesn’t show any emotion other than a blank stare, which when he’s concerned is a mix between cute and funny.
Sometimes the secondary characters are uneventful and even unneeded, but for some reason, this show had nailed the way to use secondary characters. Perhaps it is partly due to Tomari’s friends are also part of what they call the “wives club”. Sora sits right behind Tomari and is easy to identify mainly due to his headband and dark-brown-almost-black-hair with dyed yellow tips. Considering that Sora is a more outgoing character then his friend, his husband Fuwai is not. While he does help his other wives in the “club” he does show clear signs of being jealous of Tomari and Kanenogi’s relationship. Even though he had been in a relationship with his “husband” long before their relationship even happened.
Out of all the side characters in the show, I would consider Ichiya to be the best and most developed character. Mainly because he starts as a kuudere (a character who is often cold, blunt, and cynical but on the inside they’re very caring towards the ones they love), but after a while, you see that he’s just a “normal” person in a regular relationship. He is a kindhearted and loving person and would do anything for his husband Tsukitsuka. While they both care deeply for each other, it’s evident that Ichiya does fears that if anything happens to his husband, he wouldn’t have known what had happened since his husband is pretty much the invisible man.
The biggest thing that Jingai-san no Yome has going for it is that it nailed the cuteness of the relationships. The series has its caring moments between each couple and its weaknesses between each character. This is extremely hard to do in just thirty-six minutes of a show, but somehow, they did it. Now that doesn’t always equate to a great show or even an enjoyable one. There are plenty of flaws in this series, mainly with there isn’t any consistency within the show’s world. For example, in one episode when they were all in a park, we see families and other teenagers with other people. So, are the four people who go to the same school the only ones in a relationship with a monster?
Another tidbit to continue off of that is that in multiple episodes Tomori either has or loses his dyed reddish hair. Understandable that animators are working extremely fast to make deadlines, but it was just a tiny observation that was apparent upon further viewings. While I don’t knock it for that since a majority of the series that comes out has a lot worse production errors. Especially since this series was based on a 4-Koma manga, but like anything if one is going to review something one can’t go lightly no matter what.
Given that after watching this series multiple times, mainly in hopes of me missing something to answer questions. During that time, I’ve concluded that this series isn’t meant to answer any questions the viewer may or may not have. It does, however, give the viewer a questioning feeling of what happened. Hopefully, if they had been able to afford more time per episode, maybe even ten minutes, could have made it easier to digest. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with this series. This series is a decently produced first series animated by a newbie studio, although when you put everything all together it just becomes a weird unavoidable series. The lack of an actual plot mixed with a weird premise means watch at your own risk.
Cody Senpai is the creator of BakaNow, an anime review website that specializes in spoiler-free reviews for everyone. He is an avid anime watcher who has traveled to Japan numerous times to not only experience the culture and history but also to build friendships with people through a common interest. He is an avid animation fanatic from birth and even went on to major in communication to help share the importance of the stories we love to watch and listen to. Cody lives in Denver, Colorado and loves to do anything adventurous.