Tomo-Chan is a Girl! Season 1 Review – takes an idea that should feel cheesy and makes it lovable

By Nubia Brice
Published: January 26, 2023 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
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Summary

While this series is cute and full of laughs, it’s Tomo and how she has you constantly challenging your ideas of her that carry the show and make it interesting. Instead of falling into the expected stereotypes, she does it in a way that has you laughing out loud while rooting for her at the same time.

We review the Crunchyroll anime series Tomo-Chan is a Girl! season 1, which does not contain spoilers.

In a genre as deep as a romantic comedy, sometimes standing out can be tricky, but sometimes anime with a unique approach comes along and catches the viewer’s attention. This season that series seems to be Tomo-Chan is a Girl! Despite having a premise some viewers might assume is sexist or outdated, this series takes those assumptions and flips them to provide a show with a lot to say and even more heart. Although it takes an episode or so to find its footing, once it does, this anime proves to be a fresh, fun installment in a genre full of memorable series.

Tomo-Chan is a Girl! Season 1 Review and Plot Summary

Tomo Aizawa (voiced by Rie Takahashi) and Jun Kubot (voiced by Kaito Ishikawa) are best friends with a hilarious history. Until middle school, Jun assumed that Tomo was a boy, so it’s no surprise that he has yet to realize that Tomo is in love with him. Even after she tries to confess, Jun reads the situation wrong, forever leaving Tomo stuck in the friend zone, wondering how to get him to take her feelings seriously.

Despite the constant setbacks, Tomo is a girl who knows what she wants. Sometimes she gets nervous about trying a new approach, but she never lets that stop her from her goal of trying to get Jun to notice her as more than just one of the guys. Tomo doesn’t have all of the answers, but she does have several good friends who are more than willing to help her or provide her with advice when she needs it.

Is Tomo-Chan is a Girl! Season 1 good?

Despite a slightly bumpy start, Tomo-Chan is a Girl! manages to turn itself around, making it a fun, watchable romantic comedy series. What makes this series good is that it doesn’t fall into the obvious stereotypes or lean on the expected jokes. You always think you know how a scenario will play out because you’re used to these character types acting a certain way in other media, but Tomo-Chan reminds us that you can’t always judge a book by its cover.

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Tomo isn’t just this one-note character, but nobody is in real life. It’s always uplifting when you see a show acknowledge someone’s differences and show that they deserve to be treated well and loved anyway. Honestly, the best part about this show is Tomo and how she’s constantly challenging your expectations of her and what you assume she will be because of how she presents herself. The cast of supporting characters helps this show to stand out. Not only are they just as funny, but seeing how they support Tomo and one another is encouraging as well.

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