- Alt. Name
- Akkun to Kanojo
- Spring 2018
- No. of Episodes
- Yumeta Company
My Sweet Tyrant is a 2018 Comedy anime series from Japanese animation studio Yumeta Company. While the studio may not ring any bells for either the potential viewers, the only well-known project that the studio has been a part of is the Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, which was released in 2020. Though what makes this series particularly interesting, the studio doesn’t seem to produce many series past the thirteen-episode mark. Could it be that they don’t have the right resources like money, talented artists, or even voice actors to make a decent series? or could it be a more significant underlying reason?
Despite his incredible bashfulness, Atsuhiro “Akkun” Kagari has miraculously landed the girl of his dreams: the sweet and loveable Non Katagiri. However, his embarrassment for affectionate acts – from giving compliments to exchanging kisses – cause him to act harsh and downright mean to Katagiri in their day-to-day lives. But Akkun is still very much a boy in love, and he shows his admiration for Katagiri in his own – sometimes creepy – way. From tailing her to take her picture to eavesdrop in on her conversations. He ends up stalking his girlfriend.
Lucky for him, Katagiri finds Akkun’s actions cute and endearing and knows he doesn’t mean any of his insults. Even if their close friend, Matsuo, finds their dynamic a little odd, Katagiri loves her sweet tyrant just the way he is.
While the series has twenty-five episodes, it is necessary to note that each episode is only three minutes long. So having a series with each episode so short can create a story that entertains its audience is no small feat. My Sweet Tyrant has somehow completed that and then some! With its easy-to-follow short segments, each being entertaining and comedic, but not too much information is presented to overwhelm the viewer, which was a pleasant surprise. The negatives within this story are obvious, and if one is not interested in short-form anime series, they’ll not enjoy this. Though they more than likely would enjoy this series.
The art style within this series was better than one would expect, though by no means perfect. The art style was sleek in some areas, but one can tell they cut corners in most of the series. Also, with the dull use of colors within this series, the art style was hit hard due to the lack of exciting visuals or even something to make it stand out from the crowd. However, the color scheme is not all negative and can work for some viewers, but some may be uninterested due to nothing to sink their eyes into with this series.
However, the animation production of My Sweet Tyrant was remarkably better than other short-run series. The opening theme song fit well with the series and the animation, though it was a tad bare and had many still-frames somehow still worked. The only asterisk one would need to know is that if one is hoping for spectacular animation as they may get from a standard length series, they’ll be undoubtedly disappointed.
When it comes to this anime series characters, they’re interestingly simple yet fun to watch. That is a complex combination to consider that characters are either tried for being too developed or underdeveloped within a twelve-episode series. For instance, the main character Atsuhiro Kagari who also goes by Akkun, is best described as a Tsundere who loves Katagiri. Though he looks cold and unloving towards her on the outside, deep down, his feelings are pretty intense to the point of occasionally crossing the fine line between everyday citizen and stalker.
The main female character is Non Katagiri, Akkun’s girlfriend. She has shoulder-length black hair and is very sweet to everyone. Unlike her boyfriend, she is a Deredere type character who expresses their affection differently or on different levels, like lovestruck. However, she is understanding and calm whenever her boyfriend’s Tsundere personality comes out, which, lucky for her, is pretty often. Though a few other characters could be mentioned, realistically, it’d be pointless due to them not doing much for the series. They were there to fill in space, but one won’t dislike them in the overall scheme of the series.
Unlike most short-form series that are boring or unbearable, My Sweet Tyrant has surpassed so many expectations. The decent story that follows the couple is sweet and sometimes too cute for viewers. The series uses its dull amounts of color to showcase the Moe, but not overly done like some other series. However, this series is nowhere near perfect with its repetitiveness and inability to continue from episode to episode. Thus, the biggest negative is that if the viewer does not like short-form series, then they may have a hard time enjoying this one. However, this series would be a great introduction to any newcomer into the world of anime with its romance, Tsundere, and Deredere characters without confusing them.
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.