Today we’re going to talk about Ella Enchanted the Anime– I mean, the shortform comedy Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!. The synopsis is a little odd this time around…
“Fourteen-year-old Komori Shuri is a junior high school girl who is too nice to decline requests. Constantly doing favors for other people has given her incredible strength!? But even so, she is also an adolescent junior high school girl. A manga overflowing with the ups and downs of everyday life!” (Source)
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!, or Komori can’t Refuse!, will be animated by Studio Artland, known mostly for Mushishi, directed by Kenichi Imaizumi, known for Hitman Reborn, and is an adaptation of a manga by Cool-kyou Shinja, who’s repsonsible for I Can’t Understand what my Husband is Saying.
That’s all we really have on this show. We don’t have a trailer, or promotional images, all we have is some staff, a synopsis, and a release date. So let’s speculate a bit shall we?
Normally, I’d say this show has little to no chance of actually being good. Artland may have worked on Mushishi, but their work lately looks more like weird Magical Detective Girl shows, or terrible ecchi shows. Mr. Imaizumi may have directed Hitman Reborn, but most of his work comprises of terrible ecchi shows, the best recent show of his being Brynhildr in the Darkness. Couple this with the strange synopsis, the fact that it’s a shortform, and the manga covers, and it seems like we aren’t getting anything special.
But then we have I Can’t Understand what my Husband is Saying, which was animated by Seven, a very small company known for works like Recorder and Randsell (and currently airing stuff like My Wife is the Student Council President), and directed by Shinpei Nagai, who could only direct yuri and hentai (which couldn’t even make it through production). Yet the end result was fantastic.
In conclusion, this show might not seem like it’ll be all that great, but considering the track record, and the fact that at the longest it’s only eight minutes I implore you to check the first episode out, I know I will.
Komori-san was Kotowarenai! will begin aring on October 4th, 2015 for the Fall 2015 season.