Invaders of the Rokujyouma!?

Invaders of the Rokujyouma!?

IMG_0947.PNGKoutarou Satomi decided to live on his own when he started high school, and when he saw how cheap it was to live in Room 106 of Corona House, he practically leapt at the chance to rent the room. Unfortunately, it seems that some girls – otherworldly and supernatural ones – have their eye on 106 Corona House too, for various reasons of their own, and none of them are refusing to back down until the room is theirs. As a result, Koutarou finds himself stuck in his tiny apartment living with a ghost, a descendent of the Earth People, a magical girl and an intergalactic alien princess as they all try to establish just who should have the room.

Some animes are all about asking deep, cosmic questions and the controversial nature of humans or slowly developing an emotional and compelling relationship between two people. Some times, however, the objective is to just serve up a dozen or so episodes of nonsensical silliness – and this is what Invaders of the Rokujyouma is all about.

IMG_0946.PNGKoutarou is your typical anime harem protagonist – a standard-issue completely average guy with nothing that makes him stand out aside from the fact that he’s constantly surrounded by crazy, colourful, energetic girls. Every episode is related to all the competitions and games the group plays with the hopes of getting ahead and officially winning the room for themselves. From standard card games to intricately complicated and dangerous obstacle courses, these incessant competitions are what essentially keep the plot moving.

The humour in Invaders of the Rokujyouma comes from gathering its outlandish cast together in one tiny room and mocking each others various character archetypes. The magical girl is initially mistaken for a cosplayer, being “possessed” by the ghost amounts to little more than giving her a piggyback ride, and so on. Most of the jokes are more likely to induce a mild chuckle than a hysterical fit of laughter, but it beats trotting out the usual boob-grabbing harem comedy antics one more time. With a few exceptions, the series has thankfully been restrained in its use of fanservice.

IMG_0949.PNGThe show also spends a few episodes, as harems with a large group of characters are wont to do, highlighting a different contender for the apartment and focusing on their character development, with varying amounts of success. The one exception to this routine is Koutarou himself, who remains a generic “nice guy” with no particularly distinguishing characteristics throughout the whole series. Hints are dropped that there may be something special about him, but nothing was really brought to light in the anime, so perhaps more detail was gone into in the light novels, or if this anime goes on to have a second series.

After watching about half of the episodes, it became clear that the biggest problem with Invaders of the Rokujyouma is that it lacked the ambition to be any better than ‘just average’. The jokes are amusing without being hilarious and its characters are likeable without being compelling. The animation and soundtrack display the same complacent competency: solid but unremarkable. Easy show to watch – difficult one to remember.

IMG_0948.PNGIf you’re looking for an easy watch that isn’t too heavy on the eyes or brain, then look no further that this one. It fits the bill of a classic harem anime for anyone who enjoys them. The trick with this one is not to think, and just enjoy what the story has to offer.