“You Blush, You Lose!” When it comes to humor in Anime, most of them have been a hit or miss with me. If I find myself laughing out loud, like for real, to more that one scene in an episode, I consider that a success. There’s also a lot of factors to consider and everyone is different so keep that in mind. I saw a clip of KARAKAI JOZU NO TAKAGI-SAN aka “If you blush, you lose” on Twitter earlier and after watching it, I had a big grin on my face from what took place, so I decided to check it out.
Now personally, I’m not really into the love-oriented Anime genre, they aren’t really my cup of tea but if it’s funny then I’ll watch it sometimes. At first, I was kinda wary of it, the art-style definitely threw me off a bit, not that its bad or anything but instead I thought it was going to be one of those corny romance Anime. It does have some clear romance in it but for me, I feel like there’s plenty of humor and funny moments to fall under the comedy section too.
The premise of this anime is as follows:
Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san is a Japanese manga series by Sōichirō Yamamoto. The series features the daily life of Takagi, who loves to tease her classmate and friend Nishikata, and Nishikata’s failed attempts to get back at her.
Living by this principle, the middle schooler Nishikata gets constantly made fun of by his seat neighbor Takagi-san. With his pride shattered to pieces, he vows to turn the tables and get back at her some day. And so, he attempts to tease her day after day, only to find himself victim to Takagi-san’s ridicule again sooner than later. Will he be able to make Takagi-san blush from embarrassment even once in the end?
For me, what gets me are the facial expressions and how cunning Takagi is with pulling jokes and pranks on Nishikata who’s constantly been outwitted by her. It’s honestly light-hearted and interesting to watch. I can’t say it’s like Konosuba (Another anime that’s hilarious as hell) but it is something on those levels. I can definitely see myself watching this from time to time to get a good laugh.
Also, I’ve been in Nishikata shoes once, I know how it feels to try and outwit a girl in your class that you liked, only to lose time and time again. So I guess that’s another reason why I’m kinda interested in following the story and seeing how it ends.
I’d recommend this if you’re looking for something that will warm your heart and make you laugh all at the same time.