The main character is Kazunari Usa, and he’s a first-year high school student. As he goes into the school library, he thinks about wanting to forget about his middle school years and spend high school in peace and quiet with a decent, intelligent girlfriend. Just then, he sees a girl named Ritsu Kawai sitting and reading a book, and he falls in love at first sight.
That day, Kazunari is moving into a dormitory complex because his parents got a job transfer and he wanted to be able to stay and attend school where he’s at. On his way to the dorm, he comes across a strange-looking guy named Shirosaki looking through a fence at a grade school. The guy knows Kazunari’s name, which takes him aback since he’s never seen this guy before in his life. When a cop comes over after receiving a report, it’s discovered there’s a hole in the fence and the guy says when you see a hole like that, you just have to poke in. After some more questioning, the officer decides to take the guy in for questioning. Kazunari, meanwhile, runs off.
Kazunari arrives at the dorm and meets Sumiko-san, the woman who runs the dorm. When Kazunari is shown to his room, he learns that he’ll have a roommate… and it’s Shirosaki. Kazunari decides he’s not going to stay there and starts on his way. However, he runs into Ritsu when he opens the main door of the building. When he finds out Ritsu lives in the dorm, he’s not in such a hurry to leave. Also, his mother makes it clear after a phone conversation that he’ll be staying at that dorm.
A lot of the episode focuses on Kazunari trying to get to know the other residents in the dorm who haven’t gone off traveling. Near the end of the episode, Kazunari meets one of the other residents who has returned after being away: Mayumi. She’s a drunk that has bad taste in men. When Kazunari meets her, she’s drunk and upset about being cheated on by her boyfriend.
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior is a comedic slice-of-life series. In some respects, it makes me think of the tone of Love Hina, except that at this point, there doesn’t really seem to be any of kind of the harem aspect that Love Hina has.
The comedy in the first episode provided me with some good chuckles, and the humor seems to help enhance the characters. In addition, the humor isn’t so outlandish and “over the top” that it distracts from the overarching story. By the end of the first episode, I became interested in the characters and am genuinely interested in wanting to see more of the series.
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior is off to a good start, and it’s a welcome relief after slogging through 12 episodes of D-Frag! last season. So far, The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior seems to have a good combination of comedy and drama to help drive the characters and their story. I also found the first episode to be rather charming and fun to watch.
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