For starting with such a bang, Love and Chocolate and Shit’s first episode really degenerated quickly from intriguing vehicular homicide to guys chomping on phallic symbols and trying to figure out how to avoid having their convenient harem disbanded. There’s whiplash, and then there’s going from a well-animated conspiracy to mundane shit that attempts self awareness with the overall level of competence displayed by the likes of Ali Project openings and Mars of Destruction.
The whole thing bears an uncanny resemblance to the archetypical 80’s high school comedy/drama, where school matters have more weight than they would in any real world situation, except somehow taken further to an extreme rarely seen outside of anime. Thus, student council positions are held and obtained through bribery and coercion, there’s a thriving club dedicated to sampling sweets, and the club’s advisor can drink herself into oblivion without getting her ass fired for drinking on the job. While this all sounds like a surefire formula for the greatest thing ever, Love and Chocolate and Shit manages the incredible feat of making the inherent wackiness into some of the most incredibly boring, predictable antics that could possibly be crammed into one anime.
The writing is shoddy across the board, with the vehicular homicide that the show opened with having no direct connectivity to any of the events in the episode, not even a hint of vague relation. So instead of anything remotely resembling excitement, the episode meanders from plot point to plot point with all the enthusiasm and urgency of a depressive on a continuous morphine drip. But if the synopsis of the episode shows how much apathy the crew had in making it, then the generic characters are the inevitable results of self loathing that they had in adapting it. You have the generic male lead (of course), the annoying childhood friend, the well-endowed foil to their constant bickering, the dojikko, the not-so-ambiguously gay male friend, and a cast of other characters almost unique in their overall blandness.
The establishing post-OP scene really sets a high bar for originality, because I bet hardly anybody’s seen anything like it before. I mean I know for a fact that I’ve never seen something in which the childhood friend wakes the bland male protagonist up, before attacking him in a high-strung frenzy for what she perceives as him sleepily trying to score some pre-class nookie; it’s really encouraging how much the series manages to distinguish itself from absolutely fuck all that’s been released in the last 15 years. While I can’t fault anybody terribly hard for a lack of inspiration in an adapted work, nobody even pretends that they wanted to be associated with this.
In short Love and Chocolate and Shit is a far cry from the election-centric anime that we’ve all been waiting for, and unless the various elements somehow tie together into a cohesive whole, it won’t get any better. I mean it’s not like anybody actually expected this to start off well, but it’s still kind of a bummer.