Incest harem anime, Papakiki, kicks off to a surprisingly innocent start – sporting a solid story delivered in a lighthearted outlook, alongside some foreshadowed tsundere loli service among other incestual affairs.
The manga left our expectations for Papakiki to be of nothing more than a total incest anime series, and seemingly it is – although unlike the whimsically illustrated tangible variant of Papakiki, if this first episode is to be taken as any serious indication of what’s to further come, Papakiki’s anime seems to allow one to breath in between scenes of lolipan, having a steady build-up, subtle yet sweet service, and most unbelievable of all, a legitimate premise for a plot arguably original to some degree.
Our male lead, shocking as it is, is not a highschooler – he’s a college freshman who just recently started his grown-up life, now doing his all to stand on his own two feet. Like anyone, he has more than a single set of worries – the anime starts by introducing us to his fresh college life. As any average person, he has no friends upon entering this yet to be explored realm of society – however, it is only a meager matter of time before he begins to find his place.
Treading through a swarm of students recruiting for their clubs, he encounters a busty bishoujo with a facial expression of pure indifference – blandly handing him a flier for her social group. He’s attracted more so by her than by the flier, and we must commend this so as he’s merely acting as most of us males would – yet noticeably throughout the series, he doesn’t start panicking like a little girl when glanced upon by, or making contact with, females. Something which is commonly seen with many a generic male lead.
Our protagonist here however, Yuuta, seems to be no coward – he ultimately ends up going to a gathering advertised in her flier, drinking a substance presumed to be alcohol, and later awakening after assumingly having passed out from becoming drunk, being greeted by the sight of a husky man attempting to trick him with a ploy only an idiot would have fell for. This crude buffoon failed miserably in pulling something over on our seemingly ever-collected main character as his minions aren’t too interested in keeping up an act – one of them being the beautiful female from earlier.
She’s a second year in college with enormous oppai, a woman who “looks good enough to be a model or actress” and it appears she’s taken an interest, although unclear if a romantic one, in our main man – however without a doubt, he definitely likes her in that sense. And thus, one aspect of his life is summed up as another begins to brew and bubble.
His sister who has a biological daughter no older than your average toddler – as well as two step-daughters who, even though aren’t her own, she considers them all the same, treating them all with equal affection. Yet it seems however that even though she admires her children so, she’s bound to leave with her husband “for the day” – having duped our hero into coming over and taking care of her daughters.
Now although supposedly he’s only to watch them for a short time till their mother returns – from the fact he wasn’t informed of the situation at all, and that his sister dumped his stuff at her home, we’re rather certain she’s abandoned him with his very own harem of young developing girls, essentially making him a made man, set for life as he now lives out the ideal aspiration of many an otaku, with ripe maidens who admire him, and best of all, being treated to the visually delicious sights they provide whether on accident, intentionally, or against their will.
As a rule of thumb, usually anything of the harem genre with a title which is not “Seitokai no Ichizon” is inevitably destined for failure – there is nearly no exemptions of this rule, yet Papakiki is not a normal harem series.
First of all, the leading male isn’t a highschooler – this courageous, almost crazy, diversion from norm cannot be praised enough. The modern anime industry is so overcrowded with highschool male leads, if one asked another for a series with a male highschooler taking the top role, it would truly be much simpler to share with them all of the ones which do not for them to avoid. It’s not merely that this breaks away from the repetitive down spiral either that we do appreciate it, but it also brings a perspective seldom seen.
There’s only so much a Japanese male highschooler can go through, of which we’ve truly seen it all – and thus, moving up in the educational system a bit is certainly exquisite and effective a tactic. In recent memory, there is merely Kamisama Dolls and Genshiken which feature university attendees as our leads.
Secondly, an abundance of service is not bad – Hanasaku Iroha has nude girls bathing every other episode, yet why it wasn’t so poorly received was that one wouldn’t even notice this with a hint of significance. Presentation is important, and assuming Papakiki will keep up the impressive display of this first episode, service will be satisfying without becoming excessive, needlessly emphasized, or over the top. We were treated to some pantsu shots and oppai close-ups – yet they were smoothly implemented, short, and to the point, or rather, the pantsu.
In respect to the story, we’ve no reason to complain – save for out of jealously. Our lead will be experiencing a predicament only dreamt of by many, with one particular aspect which has us excited is that it seems one of the children he will be living with, a girl still subject to the wonders of puberty, appears to like older men. However not merely is it any aged creep that she likes, but specifically our male lead – this tsundere who’s still growing both vertically and horizontally has a crush on our main character, and incredibly adorable indeed are her resulting actions.
We’d enjoy to see things play out in her favor – and of course, three girls living with a single man is a certain recipe for amusement of all types to ensue, yet another reason we’re looking forward to the next episode of the series.