Welcome, all, again. I’d like to today focus upon Momokuri, a light-hearted look at young love, self-realization, and the fundamentals of stalking. That’s right, this show reveals the humor to be found in blossoming relationships, straight down to the police reports and protection orders! (Well, at least to the collection of used straws. But we’ll get to that.) What do you do when somebody recognizably out of your league confesses loving you? What else? You jump on that horse and see just how far you can ride it! (Might’ve helped, though, if you’d at least seen a horse before. . .)
Shinya Momotsuki (Momo) is a first-year high school student who hasn’t really hit his growth spurt yet. This makes him noticeably smaller and more delicate-looking than his male classmates; luckily for him, this is not an all-boys school! He still endures plenty of jokes from the other guys, but it’s all in good fun. Meanwhile, the female students find Momo’s small size and shy manner to be extremely kawaii and unthreatening–forget about the friend zone, this poor guy’s stuck in pocket pet status! So, what’s a guy to do? Apparently, nothing.
Momo is caught completely off-guard when he is confessed to by Yuki Kurihara, an eye-catching second-year. She, too, is rather shy, and has become enamored of Momo from afar. . .but not from so far away that it was beyond the reach of a camera. It seems that as Yuki’s feelings grew, so did her collection of Momo memorabilia; attracted by his cuteness, Yuki began taking photos of Momo long before she ever approached him in person. And as they grow closer, her collection grows in both size and scope. But seriously, only a dedicated stalker–I mean, devotee–would already have the actual person and still need (or want) his every used straw. . .
But that’s a large part of what makes this show so much fun. The two main characters are exaggerated to the point of becoming caricatures of themselves, floundering through the emotional minefield of first love. Meanwhile, a supporting cast of generally supportive friends grounds the series against becoming a complete farce–these friends experience their own triumphs and challenges even while basking in the bright comedic light of the main couple’s romantic miscues. This show mercilessly exposes every self-doubt, insecurity, and misinterpretation associated with building that first relationship, only to lightly skewer them. Your resulting laughter becomes an almost palpable relief.
[WARNING: Excessive facepalming can lead to headaches or even the accidental bloody nose. Exercise caution while watching!]