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Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!

Segawa Yuta is a freshman of a university. He lost his parents when he was small and was raised by his sister Yuri. Yuta has been living alone since Yuri got married to a middle aged man when Yuta was a junior high student. One day, Yuri visited Yuta’s apartment and asked him to take care of her three daughters while Yuri and her husband were on a trip. He unwillingly accepted the job but the plane Yuri took went missing. In order to prevent the daughters from being adopted separately by relatives, Yuta decided to take in all three girls, resulting in the beginning of a comedic family life in a tiny apartment begins.

This is pretty much what happens when you have a full course load of stuff to handle: anime invariably gets sent to the basement in terms of priority. Then again, I happen to be the worst procrastinator when it comes to anime, so this should hardly be surprising that I only watched the first episode in the midst of summer, months after it was first released and watched by others.

Yuuta Segawa begins his first year of college. Three months later he meets Kouichi Nimura, Raika Oda and Shuntarou Sako, who are members of the Street Observation Research Society. On the request of his older sister, Yuri Takanashi, Yuuta visits her family and is introduced to her daughters, Hina, Miu and Sora.

  • Raika is a second year student of Tama University School of Literature. A very good cook in Japanese cuisine, she is the only female member in the Street Observation Research Society.Despite being very attractive, she does not reveal her emotions easily and dislikes talking with anyone except for Yuuta. Her preferred reaction to anything overboard is to hit it with the good ol’e fan of war.

  • Kouichi Nimura and Yuuta Segawa converse; the former expresses interest at joining the sightseeing club for the sole purpose of getting acquainted with Raika. Yuuta is a college first year student just starting a new life in the School of Literature at Tama University. His parents passed away when he was young. As such, he was raised by his sister, Yuri. He was angry with his sister’s decision to marry a man who has two daughters from previous marriages. When Yuri and her husband go missing, their three daughters had no one to turn to. Yūta makes a decision to take them in and becomes their guardian. He is surprisingly reliable.

  • The youngest of the three sisters, Hina Takanashi is 3 years old and attends day care. She is the biological daughter of Yuri and thus the only one of the three girls who is directly related by blood to Yuuta. She is very friendly and unafraid of strangers. She sometimes mispronounces words, often leaving out certain consonants.

  • I feel obliged to post yet another variation of the classic anime pouty face. I think that elsewhere on the site, I’ve got one of Azusa (K-On!) and Kanata (Sound of the Sky); both are done under different circumstances but reflect a similar reaction to something unfavourable.

  • The whole business of ‘walking in on someone while they’re changing’ doesn’t fly with me; realistically speaking, I expect people to lock their doors when changing as to prevent things like this from happening. That said, it’s not nearly enough to dissuade me from watching this anime.

According to the revision history, this post has existed as a draft ever since February 27, 2012. If my memory serves me correctly, that was just after reading week had ended. Either way, I saw the first episode to Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! long after I finished CLANNAD. I have no idea as to whether or not this series will satisfy the criterion about being ‘family-oriented’, but the basic premise built around the definition of what a family means, coupled with the college setting, make this series a promising one. Other reviews cite this as one of the best anime of Winter 2012; I’m about to try and finish the entire thing and find out for myself as to whether or not such a claim holds true.

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