Final Review: Papa no Iu koto o Kikinasai!

Miu Miu :3

Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai! (or PapaKiki for short) is based off an ongoing light novel. The show follows three girls, Sora Miu, and Hina Takanashi who are 14, 10, and 3 years old respectively. Yuuta Segawa becomes the three girl’s guardian due to an accident that befell the girls’ parents. Yuuta is nothing more than the average college student with part-time jobs and by taking the girls in to his own care, he decides to take on more jobs, attend university less frequently, and put the girls’ happiness as his highest priority. The show was available via simulcast on CrunchyRoll and has been acquired by Sentai Filmworks for US distribution. Please support the industry if you enjoyed the show by buying the DVDs/BDs when they are available.

In terms of story, the series does a great job with keeping events somewhat realistic. Yuuta is sane for the most part though taking on that many part-time jobs and making enough money to pay for four people seems a bit of a stretch. I would have been more impressed to see how they would handle a situation where Yuuta is completely broke while taking care of the three considering he kept saying that budget was going to be tight. Another one would be if Yuuta had fallen ill one day due to stress, sleep deprivation, and/or being overworked. The eviction notice, however, was nicely done as that’s definitely something big when living in apartments and I’m glad that event was at least there even though it ended up being “forgiven.” Drama wise wasn’t impressive. If you had seen the PV trailer or read the basic summary of the light novel, it was no surprise that there was going to be a “tragic accident.” To be honest, the so called tragedy didn’t really pan out the way I had hoped. For an event that’s suppose to be a “hook” for the show, it wasn’t as emotional as say Cross Game, nor was it really all that surprising. Character wise, they were all believable to a degree and least reasonable for a comedy drama title. However, the lack of development was a killer in the negative sense. Lots of repetition that Yuuta was raised by his deceased sister out of pure motivation and love and that he plans to do the same for the three girls, but no significant development on how he got to who he was today. Similarly, we are aware that Sora, Miu, and Hina all had different mothers, yet the show refused to dive into this at all aside from using it as a base of the three’s dislike of being separated.

Animation wise is rather decent for feel. I felt Kiss x Sis was better by them, but this is certainly a step up from Yosuga no Sora, which aired two years ago. Art wise was not that impressive. Backgrounds were generic and the scenery wasn’t eye catching either. Hina’s and Raika’s designs aside the other character designs were relatively generic. It’s a bit unbelievable though for a 3 year old like Hina to have that long hair though. If you consider how old Kiss x Sis is at this point, it’s a bit disappointing to see feel not improve all that much after a few years.

OP/ED theme were both catchy that fit the series for its “happy-go-lucky” characters despite all the somber tones along the way. The background music wasn’t always memorable but there were a few average tunes in the mix. Sound effects had no real problems and the seiyuu cast was quite respectable for this show. Hiromi Igarashi is quite amazing for being able to accurately portray the character of a 3 year old.

Enjoyment? Well the series was slightly more entertaining than I had expected and far less in fanservice than I had anticipated, especially given feel’s track record of shows. However, that didn’t make the show all that much better. It didn’t really stand out all that much in what was a weak Winter 2012 season and even when it did, certain shows completely prevented it from being entertaining, including Nisemonogatari, Aquarion EVOL, Bakuman 2, Chihayafuru, and even Smile Precure!.

Overall, the show lacked appeal. It’s certainly an underrated title but I felt it could have done more in 12 episodes, yet at the same time, I felt there was no filler in the show. The conclusion of the show didn’t leave me with quite the sour note that many fans and viewers seemed to have problems with and it did leave opportunities for continuation. However, it also lacked any sort of appeal to drag people back in if a sequel were to be produced. Character development is definitely the weakest aspect of this show and could have probably replaced a number of episodes throughout the show that felt like “one-shots.” While there were definitely “character episodes” they didn’t really add significant substance to what the audience already knew.

 

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0/1): Premise is not really striking and the cat was out of the bag prior to the series even beginning.
  • Character Personalities (0.5/1): Interesting mix of characters of all ages: adults, university students, middle school students, elementary school students, and preschool students. Personality wise though, not very interesting. They all struck as very boring characters aside from Raika, who was a mysterious character from beginning to end. Hina is a bit unbelievable given that she not only seems to accept everything told to her but also how cheery she often is.
  • Character Development (0/2): Not a single bit of development. A lot of repetition on Yuuta being cared by his sister but nothing more. Furthermore, nothing about Sora’s and Miu’s pasts considering they came from different mothers than Hina.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (1.5/2): Cast is mostly memorable despite being relatively large. Lots of reappearances helped this though it wasn’t always the case that they were necessary. Sometimes they were just “there.”
  • Pacing: (1/1): Story was doing pretty solid for a fair amount of time, though I feel that it did stumble in the finale with things being resolved a little too easily. If you tell a 3 year old that their parents are not coming home, it’s hard to believe they would get over it so soon.
  • Reasonable/Plausible (2/2): As said above, it’s hard to believe that Hina would accept her parent’s deaths so quickly, but I’m not going to double penalize here. Plot continuity is fine for the most part here and the events of the story were mostly logical aside from Yuuta’s budget constraints and that he never collapsed from being overworked.
  • Conclusion (0.5/1): Again, the finale was not entirely believable. Good setup, but resolved too quickly. The moving back into the old house does setup for something more interesting though since it’s now Yuuta who has to “worry” about his future as a university student, assuming he’s still going to school that is.
  • Total: 5.5/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1/2): Too generic but otherwise fine.
  • Character Designs (1/2): Generic except Raika and Hina.
  • Fluidity (2/2): Nothing wrong here. Facial expressions were fine and there weren’t any noticeable movements that were unrealistic (unless where applicable).
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (1/2): The back to back generic issues with backgrounds and character designs hurt. There isn’t anything particularly wrong, but it often failed to create a point of reference that could create visual appeal.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (1/2): About on par with Kiss x Sis overall. Art is a bit worse than Yosuga no Sora.
  • Total: 6/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (1.5/3): OP and ED were both average at best. Nice and catchy. Preferred the OP more though.
  • Background Music (1.5/2): Fair music but not particularly memorable except maybe a couple tracks.
  • Sound Effects (1/2): No problems here but lacked memorability more often than background music.
  • Seiyuu (3/3): Relatively less experienced seiyuus, but good acting at the end of the day is what’s important. Yui Horie as Raika was very impressive as was Hiromi Igarashi’s Hina. Raika’s character opened up a new dimension to Yui Horie.
  • Total: 7/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (1/2): Some good, some bad. There wasn’t a consistent trend of good or bad though.
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (1.5/2): While the series certainly got better every week, it didn’t give me the urge or temptation to really want to watch the show unlike a few other titles in the same season.
  • Presentation: (2/2): First two or three are mandatory as it sets up the plot and they certainly are not unwatchable. The rest is pretty standalone and can be watched as if watching a slice-of-life show. No real mess in the show’s continuity as a whole either.
  • Re-watchable (0.5/1): Is the show re-watchable or not? Obviously mystery shows and the like result in “cat out of the bag” issues, hence the lower weight here…
  • Recommendation (0.5/2): Definitely not recommended to the general public but to a specific genre fan? Sure, why not. I’d say it’s probably closest to drama fans, which is what many people seemed to have enjoyed from this show, but even then I could name significantly more drama titles out there that are better than this with a similar tragic story. The recommendation of this title is probably pushing it.
  • Value (0.5/1): Not a gem but could be claimed to be underrated for Winter 2012.
  • Total: 6/10

Preliminary Score: 6/10

Final Score: 6/10

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