Anime of Tomorrow
Astarotte no Omocha! (last thoughts)
Final impression – facepalmingly delightful 6/10
Spring 2011 (Alternate title – Astarotte’s Toy)
Astrarotte (a.k.a. Lotte) is a young succubus princess in the world of Alfheimr who is nearing the age when she needs to start assembling a male harem. The only problem is she hates men. Her attendant, Judith is worried Lotte is not going to grow up to be a proper lady. When Lotte says she’ll only accept a human man, Judith sees to it that she must reopen the Yggdrasil gate between the worlds and bring a suitable male to help cure Lotte of her androphobia.
Naoya is a young, single father seeking a job to support his two-person family. When a strange woman named Judith approaches him with a job offer, memories from his early teens come rushing back. When he meets Astrarotte, he knows he’s on the path to finding his daughter’s missing mother. This job in the kingdom of Ygvar is going to be more important for him than just the money.
Astarotte no Omocha does a fantastic job of walking the fine line between appropriate and inappropriate and this accomplishment is (in and of itself) very entertaining. One minute you think the plot is going to take a really bad turn and suddenly make things very uncomfortable, but then everything heads in a different direction. The level of surprise you feel at the change of pace is just hilarious. But there’s an aspect of fun in Astarotte’s Toy that comes from the natural flow of events; despite the preposterous setting and plot. Everything fits and nothing feels wasted as the bond between Lotte and Naoya grows. Because of that, Astarotte no Omocha is a small success worth checking out if you want mix things up with a quirky anime that gets 100% for effort (also worth checking out if you want to hear Rie Kugimiya’s wonderful tsundere voice).