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The Most Bizzare Series of Events Ever Recorded.
SO, I'm thirteen episodes in, and I have to say this: This show is completely silly, way over the top, and sometimes incredibly contrived.

And I love it anyway.

First, I start with the characters. The entire cast is just the slightest bit insane, which is a must for a comedy Anime, so I'll let that slide. Besides that, they're remarkably human, each with their own endearing quirks and humanizing flaws. The main couple is actually well-developed. Sun is overbearingly honorable, but a huge ditz. Nagasumi's wise beyond his years, but his perverted nature still influences him. The minor characters are also great, like Lunar's split personality (she even refers to herself as "We."), Maki's cutesy act around Sun and "I'll friggin' kill you" around Nagasumi.

Second, the plot. It's actually a pretty serious subject to make a comedy out of. I mean, a middle school kid has to marry into the Mafia or his family gets whacked? That's kind of harsh. This could have easily be spun into a seinen type thing, and it seems a bit wasted with this. At the same time, that makes it all the more hilarious.

And finally, the humor. My God, this writer knows what he's doing. The first three episodes had real comedy value for various reasons. Nagasumi's dynamic with his parents was amusing and sincere, and his over-the-top reactions, especially in the English Dub, were very noteworthy. Then there's the randomness that I love so much. When People from the Seto gang show up at Nagasumi's school, I knew this would be fun. And my god it is. But the crowning moment so far is a Marriage ceremony turning into an awesome gang war, and then into a dance party. There's some pretty good art direction, too. Especially with the random Art Shifts (Nagasumi and Chimp turning into deep-voiced Seinen-drawn men and having a Battle Aura Battle? Do Want.)

So, all in all, you've got a package deal. Comedy value, nice rounded characters, and pretty to look at.
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