Produced by the late Tear Studio and directed by Hiraku Kaneko and Toshikatsu Tokoro, Why the hell are you here, Master! ? is a short ecchi comedy series based on the Soborou manga, which sees four staff members from two high schools related to Kawanuma each placed in compromising situations with one of their students who then quickly becomes the object of their affection.
The show is divided into four arcs comprising around three or four episodes each, focusing on each central couple: Ichiro Sato and Japanese teacher Kana Kojima, Rin Suzuki and art teacher Mayu Matsukaze, Takashi Takahashi and teacher of physical education Hikari Hazakura, and finally Ko Tanaka and school nurse Chizuru Tachibana. The plot is usually episodic, where each episode sets up an embarrassing or erotic situation between the student and their teacher, the resolution somehow deepening the romantic bond between them. As much as I would like to say this is just a healthy schoolboy fantasy, let’s face it we all know where this is heading as the show quickly turns out to be utterly ridiculous kinky trash with the ultimate goal of get you down cheap titillation.
He shamelessly knows what he’s trying to do and for the most part he does it well enough, mainly thanks to the silliness of the situations, to find your teacher in the bathroom from the guy in the cubicle not closing properly, to a fountain squirting water into your teacher’s lower regions when you scoop it out of the pond it fell into, or to sort of end up in a bear costume with your teacher who didn’t ‘other clothes. As you can see, some of the things he comes up with are just plain insane, and I have to admit that I laughed at a lot of them, mostly because of how cheesy or cheesy they are. It doesn’t quite go into full hentai territory and it often feels like it’s hard to hold back as this is a TV show, but it does a good job of teasing your imagination so that you fill in the blanks for the things they can’t show beyond euphemistic images.
Although it depends on what excites the viewer the most, I have found the first half of the show to be the best of what’s on offer here, as it mainly focuses on developing the relationship between Ichiro and Kana. , which is probably the most realistic of the four. pairings. The couple’s hidden past that is revealed at the end of their arc is surprisingly sweet and healthy for a series like this, and I think it made me want to support them more than any of the others. It also helps that a lot of the gags feel pretty fresh at this point, because when the second half rolls around he quickly runs out of ideas and starts recycling the jokes he made earlier, only with different characters. As a result, it gets boring to watch, especially with how forgettable the male actors are, and while he tries to connect the different arcs together, each couple is usually left out of the show as soon as they start dating. together, making it difficult to attach to it in any way. They occasionally reappear at times, but there’s usually no significant development until the last episode and OVA where they all come together properly as a group.
The work that has gone into character design is clearly more focused on female characters, with the male characters being very bland and faceless, so much so that I struggled to remember their names, although it did. is probably done on purpose to allow you to fit into their positions. The teachers themselves follow basic stereotypes but are fun enough to make the series at least somewhat entertaining. Kana is your stereotypical sexy teacher with a great appearance and very fitted outfit, Mayu is a cute and goofy aerial head, Hikari could be one of the dozens of teachers in tracksuit that permeates the middle, and while Chizuru can appear cold and calculating, she is just shy and not good at expressing her true feelings.
I think a lot of the credit for bringing the characters to life goes to the voice actors, with some surprisingly big names appearing on the show. Sumire Uesaka (Girls and Panzer, Don’t play with me, Miss Nagatoro) absolutely nails the role of Kana, while Yuko Goto (The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) applies his characteristic soft, high-pitched voice to Mayu, which fits the character well. Also appearing Shizuka Ishigami (Food wars!, Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon?) which expresses Hikari, and Nozomi Yamamoto (Girls IDOLM @ STER Cinderella, PriPara) which expresses Chizuru.
The English dub is pretty good too, and really leans into the cheesy nature of the show. You could tell the English voice actors roll with that and just let it rip, and it honestly gives something more to the male characters who are played by their slightly too straight Japanese counterparts. Austin Tindle screams “Why the hell are you here, professor!” Are just perfect because he really gets into the role of Ichiro, while Andrew Love plays the gruff Rin Suzuki role well. If not for my love for some of the Japanese dub actresses, I would recommend going with the English dub as it fits the nature of the show much better.
The animation here is surprisingly decent for this kind of show, although being what it is, it doesn’t particularly have much to work on. The backgrounds are nice but lacking in variation, with most of the scenes set at school, on a beach, or at someone’s house, while the character animation is good enough to reflect the overall impact of the scene. and knows exactly where to place each shot. . Being the home video version, it is also completely uncensored so you can experience it without the obstacles of the TV version.
The soundtrack, composed by BUSTED ROSE’s Gin, works well with the show, punctuating each scene with an appropriate musical signal that you’ll soon learn to spot as you progress through the series. The opening theme, “Bon ♡ Kyuu ♡ Bon wa Kare no Mono ♡”, sung by Sumire Uesaka is surprisingly catchy and works quite well on its own in that I can always choose it while listening to the album it is on. , “NEO PROPAGANDA”. The opening animation also changes things up with her final shot changing between each main female character for each arc. This also happens for the voice of the ending theme “Ringo-iro Memories” which is a cute and fun little song.
The UK release of the series is brought to us by MVM, with all twelve episodes and thirteenth OVA episode on a single Blu-ray disc, with audio options including English dubbing and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. The only extras on the disc are the clean opening and ending, and the trailers for other Sentai Filmworks licensed titles.
Globally, Why the hell are you here, Master! ? gives us a school-based ecchi comedy series that’s filled with cheap titillation and substantive entertainment that’s good enough for a quick fix but is ultimately forgettable beyond the joke or both. If you want a more meaningful look at taboo relationships, you’d better watch something like Domestic girlfriend Where Wish for the foam than wasting a few hours with it.