The Nardio Anime Review
Is Actually I Am Worth Your Time?
What Should I Watch it On?
Actually I Am is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.
What Did You Think Without Spoiling It?
Actually I am (Jitsu wa Watashi wa) is a fun gag/romance/harem anime that is a fun and short watch. The characters are interesting and the show’s protagonist – Asahi – is fun and relatable. He is a wonderful straight man to the insane cast of characters. Asahi is a really likable character and you find yourself rooting for him more and more as the show goes on. Actually I am is a great lighthearted romantic comedy anime that never takes itself to seriously. This is a perfect show to relax with and watch after a long day of work.
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Why it Works?
The supernatural twist to this traditional rom-com harem anime adds a lot to Actually I Am. Every time a new character is introduced the universe grows and you find yourself wanting to know more. The need to keep secrets by a character who sucks at keeping them is a wonderful plot device that works perfectly here.
As far as the romantic comedy/ harem side of the anime the character of Asahi is a great. His chemistry with almost all of the characters seems natural from his infatuation and interactions with Yoko to his friendship/clueless romance with Nagisa. The only outlier for me was Mikan. She comes off as the token tsundere character and even her back-story with Asahi doesn’t warrant her annoyance and her weird infatuation with him throughout the show. Besides that I really enjoyed seeing the romance blossoming with all of the characters.
From the intro to the endings the art is pretty stand out with Actually I Am. I loved the exaggerated faces and the character designs. As someone who follows the original manga I think the artwork for the show is a huge improvement.
Actually I Am has some ecchi moments but thankfully they come across more as over the top in the hilarious way. They ramp up more after the character of Akane is introduced, but they are so well done in terms of comedic tone and timing that I found myself enjoying them more than I normally would. Asahi’s reactions to them are just gold.
Mikan is another example of the tired tsundere trope that needs to go away. I never cared about her and with the limited screen time she was given she was more of an annoyance to me than an interesting part of the show. The last episode was a bit of a letdown. It just sorta happened and felt like just another episode instead of a conclusion.
- 12 episodes
- Available for streaming on Crunchyroll