Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie is a romantic comedy anime but with a different heroine.
Kodoani.com – Based on the list of confirmed spring anime so far, Spring 2022 seems to be the season of romance and comedy. Some are sequels to already popular anime titles, such as the new Kaguya-sama Love is War or Komi Can’t Communicate, while others are new anime ready to make a name for themselves, such as such as SpyxFamily .
One of the new RomCom stories that is sure to become a fan favorite is Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie. Based on Keigo Maki’s manga, there are now more than 10 episodes, so the anime production team has more than enough resources to consider. Anyone who has read the manga will agree that the story is great as it has one of the most original approaches to romantic comedy. For those who want to simply wait for the anime series, here is a brief preview of what to expect from this promising new series.
Before talking about the story, let’s get to know the characters first. Because more than plot, the characters are the driving force of Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie. There are two main characters in the series, Yuu Izumi, and his girlfriend, Micchon Shikimori.
Izumi is a kind and shy boy who always finds himself in precarious situations. He’s always had a rather weak nature since he was a kid, but what makes things so much weirder is the absurd amount of bad luck in his life. Having a minor accident or minor injury on the way home from school was a daily occurrence for him.
Shikimori is a cheerful and sports-loving girl who excels in studies and sports. Her friendly nature, cute face, and pretty figure make her classmates and other schoolmates admire Shikimori. Although she doesn’t consider herself an ally of justice, she always tries her best to help people in need, especially those close to her.
The story of a brave knight and her helpless prince
One of the most common stories in Romantic Comedies, or even Romance in general, is “the man who comes to the rescue of the woman in trouble”. The man assumes the role of savior and protector of his lover. Such is the case with most romance stories not only in anime, but in every type of narrative medium.
Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie transforms the story in reverse. In this story, Izumi is the one who is always in trouble and Shikimori is the one who always comes to the rescue. But Keigo Maki has done it in a way that makes each character retain their own distinct traits. Izumi is still a charismatic guy, while Shikimori is still a cute and girly girl. But every now and then, those protective instincts will kick in and Shikimori will transform into a brave knight and save her helpless prince.
That’s why the title is really a play on what Izumi used to say in the series, which is “Shikomori is not just a cute girl, she’s just amazing”. Whenever Shikimori grabs Izumi’s hand to save him from a speeding car and wraps his arms around his waist, Shikimori looks unbelievably good and Izumi falls in love with her again.
Warm romance, funny comedy and everything
Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie strives to strike a delicate balance in the dynamic relationships of the film’s characters. On the one hand, Shikimori is like a knight in shining armor who is always there to save his prince. On the other hand, Izumi was still the only one who could make her blush and be confused by his spontaneous and unconditional affection. So both characters have time to shine in the limelight.
Amidst all those fun and heartwarming moments are the hilarious situational comedy anime created by their interactions. Not to mention there are many memorable moments between lovers and close friends. Izumi will clumsily do what she can to help her friend, while Shikomori’s friends will have a heart attack every time she does something interesting in front of them.
For the most part, Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie is an episodic story, which means that each episode has a little story in its own life. Like 4-koma in the manga. However, there is still an overall part of the story in the form of developing Izumi and Shikomori’s romantic relationship. There will also be a brief exploration of the friend characters, along with some surrounding stories to spice up the anime.
It’s the perfect anime to watch whenever you’re in the mood for something light, funny, and rewarding, while still having an overall plot to keep you invested in the story. The characters, the romance, the comedy, the story, everything is carefully constructed to give a good feeling to the viewer. Anime is really worth your watching.