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[[caption-width-right:320:[-Bow to my cuteness-] ]]

->'''''Premise:''' I have no idea. It's... it's... I don't know what it is.''
-->--[[http://blogsuki.com/archives/2007/08/07/1124/ Jason Miao's Thin Slicing review]]

''Potemayo'' is a TwelveEpisodeAnime, based on a {{Yonkoma}} manga, that takes the WidgetSeries approach to the ISO-standard anime high school love triangle: Girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, boy doesn't notice girl, boy finds titular [[{{Moe}} moe-blob]] in fridge, boy [[LineOfSightName names moe-blob after foodstuff]], moe-blob loves boy at first sight, boy treats it as pet and adopts it, moe-blob's antics give girl an 'in' with boy, girl has to build on this and contend with jealous moe-blob for boy's affections - boy doesn't notice. Then the first half of the first episode ends.

The second half introduces a B-plot in the form of a second moe-blob, Guchuko. A shy, ''{{tsundere}}'' moe-blob which cuts its way out of the fridge with a scythe and {{Beam Spam}}s anything she doesn't like the look of from snakes on the sides of her head. She leaves presents of scorched, bleeding animal carcasses for the girl who feeds her snacks.

The second episode is about how one of {{those two guys}} wants to know what Potemayo feels like. He and the protagonist end up in cheerleader outfits as a result of his efforts. The third episode has Potemayo puking over one of the girls in class... [[WidgetSeries getting the idea]]?

All this is woven into the framework for a gently humorous SliceOfLife series. Most of the humour ensues from the interactions between the 'normal' characters and the childlike moe-blobs. The rest, well... let's just say that you can expect to say, "...what the f***?" at least {{once an episode}}, ''besides'' the toilet humour.

Did I mention it was [[TastesLikeDiabetes unspeakably cute]]?
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!!This series provides examples of:

* ABoyAndHisX - A Boy and His Moe-blob.
** Followed closely by A Girl and Her Wild Moe-blob.
* AloofBigBrother - Yasumi. Technically he's the younger brother, but he's certainly got the height.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents
* AmusingInjuries
* AnimeHair - Looks like they used Photoshop gradient to colour their hair.
* ApathyKilledTheCat - Lampshaded when ThoseTwoGuys wonder how a creature like Potemayo could even exist. Their questions, and those of the class, are then forgotten in the face of her sheer cuteness.
** Although discussion about what sort of creature she is does happen a few times. Sunao is wondering about it in the second episode, and his dad suggests in one episode that it's mating season for her, leading to Sunao thinking she's a teenage girl.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny
* BadassAdorable - You don't want to mess with Guchuko, even if she does look like a stuffed toy.
* BalloonBelly
* BeamSpam - For the sake of all that is good and holy, do '''NOT''' anger Guchuko. Or confine her. Or stand too close to her. You know what, just stay the heck away from her.
* BigEater
* BigFancyHouse - Nene's, complete with a hot spring large enough for the entire class.
* BlindWithoutEm
* BoisterousBruiser - Sunao's father. He's capable of irritating Sunao just by being there. (Sunao's got an extremely good reason for his irritation.)
* BrainBleach: The FestivalEpisode has a cheerleader sequence [[FanDisservice made of men in frilly panties.]] Yes, your eyes will burn!
* {{Buttmonkey}} - "Mutan..."
* CanNotSpitItOut - Mikan's crush is such that even Sunao's hand on hers can make her faint. Poor Mikan.
* ChocolateOfRomance: A girl gives chocolate to Nene's friend Kyo on Valentine's Day.
* CicadianRhythm - Guchuko finds her own way of dealing with the anime classic.
* CranialEruption - Used quite a bit, mostly on Sunao's father.
* CulturalCrossReference
* CuteCrittersActChildlike - The moe-blobs, particularly Potemayo.
* CuteMute - "Honi, honi, honi, honi...". This, interestingly, can make her very frustrated; when she's actively trying to communicate, people either think she's just making cute noises or completely misinterpret her.
* TheDitz - Mikan. Comes close to LoveFreak a couple of times.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer - Kyou crossdresses as a butler in the festival cafe and two girls nervously ask if they can take a picture.
* EyeCatch - Every time someone is added to the cast, the screen fills a little more.
* FantasticComedy
* {{Hammerspace}} - Guchuko's pouch/pocket/whateverthehellitis can hold a lot of stuff.
* HeadPet - Potemayo, who also has a little bird on her head, making it a ''recursive'' head pet.
* HereWeGoAgain - The anime proper ends with [[spoiler: Sunao and Potemayo "evaluating" a new, rabbity moeblob, which came out of the trash can from Potemayo's seed.]]
* {{Honorifics}} - Sunao gets called -temee by Yasumi.
* HugeSchoolgirl - Kyou, who's also more 'developed' than the other girls.
* IDoNotSpeakNonverbal - Mikan, who can't sense hostility from Potemayo until it's too late.
** The final episode has Kyou and her parents trying to figure out what Guchiko's trying to 'say'.
* ItCameFromTheFridge - Potemayo's and Guchuko's origin; "I found her in my fridge" is all the explanation we and the cast are given. That boy really needs to clean out his refrigerator.
* JCStaff
* {{Jerkass}} - Nene isn't just a turquoise-haired, squeaky-voiced jerkass, she's ''THE'' turquoise-haired, squeaky-voiced jerkass.
* {{Kawaisa}} - Calling this series "Cute" is like saying Everest is tall.
* LineOfSightName - Potato + Mayonnaise (in the same vein as all those {{Portmanteau Series Nickname}}s out there), the prime flavorings in what Sunao happened to be eating at one time, lends Potemayo her name.
* LoveBubbles / BishieSparkle - Mikan is extremely prone to these in her daydreams.
* LoveTriangle - How often have we seen the ol' "boy / girl / blob" trifecta, eh? Becomes a LoveDodecahedron as the series progresses.
* MegatonPunch
* MissingMom - [[spoiler:Because she was an IllGirl]].
* MoodWhiplash - The last one-and-a-half episodes swap some comedy out for "serious" backstory/plot.
* {{Narrator}}: Creator/KikukoInoue.
* {{Nosebleed}} - To such an extreme with Mikan that she winds up going to the hospital.
* {{Omake}} / {{OVA}} - The [=DVD=]s contain 6 specials.
* ParentalAbandonment
* PottyFailure: Potemayo's prone to these.
* PuniPlush
* PunnyName - Natsu Yasumi (aka "Summer Vacation")
* RedStringOfFate - Mikan is shown with one in the title sequence as the AnimeThemeSong appropriately says, "Even though it's long / I can't figure out how to tie it".
* RefugeInAudacity - The gags are far more adult than you'd expect, given the animation style. Like [[spoiler:Yasumi spending time in the bathroom after accidentally touching his sister's breast]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk1T_sDnx00 Yeah, they went there.]]
* RichBitch: Nene Kasugano, of course.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter - Potemayo and Guchiko, of course. But what kind of bird is Tori?
* RuleOfCute: What is Potemayo? Who cares, she's cute!
* SelectiveObliviousness - Sunao. When his love interest Mikan is being attacked by Potemayo, he interprets her flailing as a request for his bread.
* [[SingleMindedTwins Single Minded Triplets]] - Nene's brothers, who double as her InstantFanClub.
* ShoutOut - To Western movies like ''BrokebackMountain, SomeLikeItHot'', and ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* SillyMeGesture - Mikan does this in the opening credits.
* SubvertedKidsShow - Looks like it should be subtitled, "The Charming Adventures of Pote-chan and Friends"; there's even a children's television-style narrator. Theeen you notice the frequency of the toilet humour[=/=]HoYay gags...
** Guchuko's tendency to blast whatever bothers her.
* TheStoic - Sunao must be the most chilled anime protagonist yet.
** There's also Potemayo's [[PleaseDontLeaveMe nightmare]] in episode four.
* ThemeNaming - A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikan "mikan"]] is a type of orange and Mikan has orange hair of the exact same shade.
* ThoseTwoGuys - Along with [[LuckyStar Those Three Girls]].
* TriangRelations - variation 5, comprising Kaoru, Mudou, and ''Potemayo''. Yes, a boy has a crush on a boy who has a crush on a moe-blob. Who ''also'' has a crush on Sunao...
* ThreeShorts - "Two shorts" format, actually.
* ToiletHumor: At one point in the first episode, a bird poops on Potemayo's head, and yes, there is a loud farting noise as this happens.
* WaveMotionGun: Guchuko's "horns" are basically this.
* WholesomeCrossdresser - episode 7. Three words: Hairy Festival Cheerleaders.
** A later episode introduces what appears to be a very young boy wearing a skirt after they'd been seen wearing trousers. The characters react with alarm...
** [[spoiler:ViewerGenderConfusion - ...but it's an intentional use of this trope; the skirt-wearer turns out to have been a young girl all along. Understandable, due to her presumably single-figure age and non-girly behaviour]].
*** They're in fifth grade, IIRC, which would make them around twelve, no?
** And Sunao nonchalantly wears a cheerleader's outfit whilst his uniform is drying in one episode.
** Don't forget the magnificent 6th DVD special. The class decides to do a cafe for the school festival. The first half is your average class cafe with the girls serving everyone, but when afternoon rolls around it switches to the boys crossdressing. Cue Sunao waltzing in and making everyone feel much less uncomfortable.
*** The girls were technically crossdressing as well.
* WidgetSeries - The weirdness level hovers at somewhere between 0.4 and 0.6 ''Manga/{{Excel Saga}}s''.
* {{Yonkoma}} - Format of the manga.
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