Hello and Welcome to the G-Views, where creativity is respected and Dokuro-chan is rejected. Tennis is a sport I want to learn how to play someday in my illustrious life, so when I heard about an upcoming anime that’s about tennis I was stoked…what I got was Softenni.
Genres: Comedy, Sports, Ecchi,
Number of episodes: 12
Asuna Harukaze is a girl who loves tennis to the point where she practices her swings with a pitchfork while working on the family farm. At school she is a member of the Soft Tennis Club along with the enthusiastic Kotone, food-crazy Chitose and bizarre yet talented Kurusu. With a big tournament approaching, the girls are taking practice more seriously than ever. Although with Asuna’s strange and perverted logic surfacing at every turn and Chitose’s inability to win a single match, it may prove to be a challenge for the team to win.
The girls of the Hakuou Middle School soft tennis club are aiming for the national championship. Along the way, their journey will be full of love, rivalry, fervor, and insanity.
Basically this is a show about a Girls Club training to compete in the National Tournament while getting involved in ecchi situations or rather thoughts by Asuna and the pointless romantic pursuit of two in particular. One would expect a show like this to upset me considering my experiences with MM! and Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? but believe it or not, it didn’t. It’s alright for what it is. It didn’t upset me as much as I thought it would after the first episode. Hey, at least the girls play tennis and don’t waste TOO much time screwing around. When the show does focus on tennis it does have its moments. Like most sports anime there are some tense moments during matches and characters but they’re usually resolved in a simple and sometimes comedic manner or misunderstanding. I really don’t have much else to say about the show’s premise because the plot summary and this little description of mine pretty much speak for themselves. Oh, and there’s a running gag about Asuna’s cow often running away from home then coming back later that night.
Animation: It’s colorful and neat. No complaints here.
The music is this show’s weakest link. The OP and ED are okay but the show’s OST doesn’t have anything remarkable about it.
Asuna (Pink): Speed player, farmer’s daughter, has a runaway cow and is easily influenced into thinking about sexually erotic situations involving herself, teammates and rivals. Oddly enough, these erotic thoughts and actions serve to her advantage during matches.
Kotone (Brunette): Power player, energetic, enthusiastic, headstrong, short tempered and aspirant (In short a hothead). Oddly enough, she’s the most sensible of the group, which isn’t saying much considering this bunch of weirdos.
Kurusu (Blue): Gifted Athlete, monotonous, strong, wears animal heads and other costumes.
Chitose (Green): My favorite character. A very busty girl with a penchant for gluttony. She is even hungry enough to eat an endangered species. She even fantasizes about things that can be eaten as food. She also is rather smart (though calculations are usually a bit off) Although the team captain, she’s also the weakest player on the team thinking way too much during matches instead of going with the flow. However, like Asuna, her wild and cannibalistic hunger has proven to be an advantage for her as well.
Elizabeth (Blonde): All around player, English transfer student, polite, speaks Japanese as well as she can speak Engrish (You’ll notice once you hear her speak), gets along well with Kurusu, also has romance in the brain like Kotone.
You Mishimagi: The coach that tries his best to teach the girls about tennis. He seems to be rather lazy and a big of a drunkard (As depicted by him when he was drinking a lot with the vice principal.) He cares for each of the girls as any teacher would and would want nothing more than to see them succeed.
I think you can guess where the romance portion of the show lies, but it doesn’t give you any reason to care, at least I didn’t care. On the other hand, it’s pretty cool that the girls’ quirky traits can be useful on the battlefield.
In conclusion: Don’t expect anything new from this show that you haven’t seen in other ecchi themed anime but that doesn’t mean it’s a complete waste of time. Personally when I compare it to the 2 previously mentioned ecchi shows, I think this one’s less annoying and painful to watch. Check it out only when you have nothing better to watch or your curiosity gets the better of you.
P.S.: Don’t think too much about the salamander, it’ll only hurt your brain doing so.