Reviews: The Wallflower
A Floundering Concept that Goes Nowhere
(Note: Reviewing the anime) The idea of The Wallflower is a simple one: Four bishounen men attempt to turn a creepy woman (the eponymous Wallflower, Sunako) into a beautiful and elegant lady—problem being, Sunako is anything but interested and despises the very men trying to change her. This concept is interesting because it creates a goal and a conflict right at the start, as well as potential for both drama and comedy. Unfortunately, it never once gets used. Even though Sunako is the entire premise, what actually ends up happening is that the men take the spotlight from episode 2 and run with it all the way to the end. "Riveting" arcs focus entirely around them and their antics, and little screentime is devoted to actually making Sunako a proper lady. For example, some episodes revolve around:
- A gang boss wanting to fight one guy (Kyohei) for Sunako's hand!
- The guys wanting to eat under a kotatsu for winter!
- Everyone needing to study for math tests!
- A sports festival for playing around!