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- Titles: La asesina del romance, Romantic killer
- Genre: Romance, reverse harem, slice of life, comedy, deconstruction
- Episodes: 12
- Studio: Domerica
Anzu has the PERFECT life. I’m not exaggerating, it’s a dream come true. She’s a pretty high-school girl with lush red hair. Do you know how many waifuus have luscious red locks? Like 60%,! There’s a reason for that. When red hair is pretty it’s the most pretty. She also has an appropriately thundered cat. I know I often get pretty sparky about tsunderes but when it’s a cat, it just works. As for the rest of her life, it’s a blur of video games and chocolate. Can you say Living the Dream! Most of us will pay dearly for this type of life. Just me? Sadly, Anzu’s wonderful life is threatened when an evil otherworldly presence, named Riri, decides that she should sacrifice all the good stuff for lurve…. pure evil I tell you. I guess the fact that can turn into a cute girl and a cute guy is a bit of a consolation.
I know this may be an unpopular take but I like watching anime on Netflix. I love the player and although there are hits and misses, I have an overall positive takeaway from the shows I have watched. And I notice quite a few of the shows making it to the top anime of 2022 are Netflix titles. So I must not be the only one.
I actually did not like the production of Romantic Killer. Long-time readers might know that I almost never say this. In fact, I have often said that anime is pretty much magic to me and the fact that all of this artistry can come together to create a cohesive product shouldn’t be possible. So really just tee fact that anime exists is already super impressive as far as I’m concerned. Romantic Killer is an anime that exists!
But for some reason, I just couldn’t shake the idea that the production was proforma. The cinematic language is really standard and does not enhance the narrative in any way. The animation is basic and could have used a few extra frames and the character designs and backgrounds reminded me of old-school flash animations.
I say all of this but I should really point out that none of these things are bad per see. A lot of anime have boring cinematic language and are still great series. Some people will love the flash aesthetic and the character designs aren’t bad at all. But it just wasn’t for me. The one production quirk I liked was the super ugly CG otome game we see from time to time. It was designed to look like a parody and I think it worked well. Sort of a one-trick joke but I got a kick out of it every time.
Story & Characters
The premise of Romantic Killer is basically: take the most standard rom-com premise and elements possible, but make it anime!
Anzu is generally ignored by boys and completely uninterested in them because she prefers to spend her time playing video games and cuddling her cat. Relatable! She’s also super gorgeous of course.
One day a fairy hamster thing decides to turn her life into an otome and she is banned from all her favourite things (otomes, her cat, and chocolate) until she finds love for herself. Enter a slew of handsome available bachelors with archetype personalities, including the misunderstood school prince with an enemies-to-lovers arc.
It’s goofy and well-meaning but it fails to follow through in my opinion.
You see, Romantic Killer starts out as what seems to be a deconstruction of the genre. It gently pokes fun at both romantic comedy clichés and otome tropes. It’s a little too prudent to really put in any biting commentary but I thought it was a good time. A fluffy sort of comedy that could entertain you without weighing you down.
However, by the middle, it sort of turns into what it’s parodying and starts to fully embrace and execute the tropes it had been deconstructing. This actually happens a lot with subversive storylines and parodies. In my opinion, it can even be done right. It is possible to both tease and celebrate genres and tropes in the same anime. However, in my opinion, Romantic Killer is a lot better at deconstructing the tropes than executing them outright. This creates a bit of an imbalance.
Of course, this is going to be up to personal tastes and preferences. I adore comedies and tend to be generous with my laughter. On average I will appreciate a joke more than most anime fans. On the other hand, it’s the opposite for purely romantic material. I tend to be basically uninterested in romance for its own sake and therefore will often look to the other aspects of the story to enjoy it. I have noticed that I seem to be a little less appreciative of straight romance titles than the average anime fans.
Unsurprisingly, I had a lot of fun with the first half of Romantic Killer which was mostly a goofy deconstruction with some 4th wall breaks and was considerably less into the second half where the story asked me to care about love triangles and feelings and stuff. It also didn’t help that Romantic Killer is not a character-driven story in my opinion.
For me, the two halves of the anime eventually canceled each other out and I ended up with a generally neutral experience. That’s not entirely fair. It was a fairly positive experience. Even in the parts that were less interesting to me, I never disliked the show and it was a very easy watch but I consider it an average romantic anime that I would recommend to romance lovers. I admit that I do not understand why it is so highly rated though so you might need to make up your mind about this one for yourselves.
You might like this anime if:
You really like fluffy romcoms.
My favourite character:
- Every time we see Momohiko – raise your glass
- Every time Anzu gets hurt – take a sip
- Every time we see the ugly otome – take a sip
- Every time we are reminded that roaches are yucky – agree
- Every time a guy sparkles – take a sip
- Every time anyone cooks – get a snack
- Every time Anzu and Riri bicker – take a sip
- Every time Anzu wears a tucked-in top – admire
- Every time Makoto shows up – take a sip
- Every time Hijiri calls someone rude – take a sip
- Every time Tsuchiya is actually best boy – cheers
- Every time Hijiri gets all tsun – take a sip
I save all my screencaps on my Pinterest and you can find more there if you are interested. But I still like to show you a few in the post. If you’re like me, screencaps are something that really helps you decide to watch an anime or not.