Or, Making Acchi Kocchi Fans Mad
The appropriately named Acchi Kocchi makes a simple offer to its viewership: easy-going, conversational humor spiced with a healthy dose of slap-stick, not unlike the many shows of this nature that have come before it. Despite the similarity of its content to other such laid-back comedies, Acchi Kocchi provides an extra element that, while seen elsewhere, may not been seen in such a specific manner; that is, the romantic entanglements of the cast. Most often this is found in a blossoming relationship between a shy, straight-man male lead and his various archetypal female companions, an element played for laughs as the male lead flounders about, put off-balance by his situation and his suitors react with certain levels of indignation at each other’s perceived advances according to their temperament. Ultimately, the truly dramatic developments of these relationships are isolated in single episodes towards the back-half of the series, or a scene or two throughout its run.
This is where Acchi Kocchi stands apart. It is most apparent in that the aforementioned straight-man male lead is really put in a supporting position to his primary suitor, and that this suitor is really the primary focus of the show. In dramatic elements we are provided her introspection rather than that the male, and more often than not she is the focus of dramatic turns of events as well as the shots in which they occur. This is due primarily to the fact that the entirety of the cast considers the figurative ‘deal’ between the two ‘sealed.’ So rather than seeing a span of events where the girls make comedic attempts to win the male lead, we see the cast make comedic attempts to have the female lead win the object of her affections.
Beyond that, Acchi Kocchi finds its dissimilarity from its genre in its structural differences. As denoted by its name – literally, ‘here and there’ – each episode is split down the middle between two different, unrelated skits depicting the cast at their daily routines, be it lunch time conversations or after school activities. While this ‘sketch comedy’ structure is nothing new alone, it is how the romantic elements of the story are interspersed throughout these skits that differentiates the show from other, primarily comedic plots. Romance between the romancers is often the source of the humor in each segment, and these segments themselves become sources of romantic development further cemented in primarily developmental scenes that frame the episodes.