I have not written one of these in a while.
To put it simply Tanaka-kun is Listless is a slice of life comedy starring Tanaka-kun, a boy whose ultimate goal is to achieve divine laziness. However, this being an SoL anime he sometimes has words of wisdom and enlightenment that affect/motivate the people around him to do great things…at the cost of him achieving ultimate goal. Anyway despite the show having lots of things to make it a pretty good SoL to enjoy, when comparing it to the likes of Barakamon, Nozaki-kun, Flying Witch and Ore Monogatari I would say Tanaka-kun is average overall.
My thoughts are very similar to this tweet from one of my Spanish speaking fans:
“The end of a series that was occasionally fun that became a “When’s Miyano showing up?” show.” Basically the show was at its best when Miyano, or as I deemed her, “The Little Miracle or La Milagrita in Spanish”, graced our screens/monitors. While I enjoyed Tanaka and Ohta’s fascinating conversations and Shiraishi was amusing, The Little Miracle was the top star.
The Little Miracle is a classic adorable shortie anime character but something about her mannerisms, execution, just the right amount of cuteness and awesomeness to not become stale and her goal of becoming listless to not only be taken more seriously as a soon to be adult but also in the name of love made her one of 2016’s best girls. Speaking of love…
This leads us to the yuri topic at hand, Myaano X Ecchan. Episode 3 of Tanaka-kun had one of the historic lesbian love confessions in anime history. It remains one of 2016’s best yuri moments despite what happened afterward. Let me put it this way, after a certain episode that will not be mentioned a debate more than likely sprawled whether this love is true and meant to be or if it was an inexcusable case of negative queerbaiting? Specifically a debate about whether Echizen took The Little Miracle’s confession seriously or is it a classic case of her only seeing La Milagrita as a bundle of puff and not a romantic interest? The bright side was that whenever The Little Miracle was not bestowing words of wisdom to her own apprentice Shiraishi she was working her love magic on Ecchan, not once straying away from her words in episode 3.
While I can understand many animeniacs having enjoyed Tanaka-kun as a while I am on the “When’s Miyano showing up?” side of the spectrum, which is why the show was okay at best to me. At least we The Gift of Miyano. Drink it in doods. Drink it all.