After taking a spill on his bike to avoid running over a cat, Takumi’s sacrifice was justly rewarded when Saori, a sweet young girl around his same age, came over to help him up. This fortuitous encounter may have been more than just chance however, as Takumi returns home to find that same girl sitting at his kitchen table! It seems she and her sister Yui are moving in for mysterious reasons that no one wants to let Takumi in on. Now this is a stroke of luck to be sure, but with two neighbors vying for his affections already and Saori suddenly hating his guts, it seems Takumi’s in for much more than he ever bargained for.
It would’ve been bad enough for Takumi if he just had to find the time and energy to sleep with all these girls, but no, there’s always some sort of lurking problem. With two new girls now living with him, Takumi’s childhood friend Mizuki decides she needs to make a move before someone else steals him away. Unfortunately for her, his other neighbor Satsuki has already beaten her to the punch, but that’s not even the half of it. For whatever reason, Takumi’s fallen in love with Saori, seemingly at first sight, and now has to break things off with the girl he’s known for the past decade to go after a girl that hates him. But wait! After finally getting Saori to come around, her sister Yui gets sick has to go to the hospital, where she wants Takumi to sex her up, and after which Saori wants to break up. It’s just a whirlwind of drama that that tries to keep the narrative compelling but largely falls short of the mark.
For all intents and purposes, Aneimo is simply a romance story between Takumi and Saori as he tries to figure out just why she hates him and subsequently get her to sleep with him. It’s just that, along the way, he’s sleeping with and having issues with just about every other girl he knows. Now I know what you’re thinking, an orgy would have solved all their problems much faster, and I have to agree. Instead we just get Takumi reluctantly sexing up each girl all by her lonesome, thus making all the erotic bits much less titillating than they could have been. There’s just nothing that interestingly unique or perverse going on, aside from Takumi and Saori having a little fun at a public festival.
While Aneimo may have missed the perversity mark, I do have to give it credit for having some fairly strong technicals. The sex scenes may not be all that intriguing, but they do look quite good, especially the character designs. This is really the clincher, because Saori is absolutely adorable and is easily the star of the show. With her long hair and high-class demeanor, she’s the epitome of the traditional Japanese girl. I’m just thankful they decided to make her the lead, as we get quite a few more sex scenes with her than any of the others.
With a lack of sexual debauchery and seemingly endless drama, Aneimo has its fair share of problems. But the reasonably strong technicals and beautiful Saori do well enough to counteract most of the negatives.