Aibeya The Animation is a one episode OVA that aired in 2019. This single episode is 29 minutes long. It was adapted from the visual novel Aibeya: Osananajimi no Ie de, Honto no Koi wo Shiru Tame no Dousei Seikatsu. The began consists of one volume at six chapters. It also was published the same year as the OVA aired.
Kouta Kazama parents go overseas leaving him to a house undergoing a renovation. He ends up staying with his neighbor, Aki Hayama, and sharing a room with her. They were childhood friends and used to be very close. But as a man and woman sleeping in the same bed, they might not take very long to express their feelings.
The plot of Aibeya The Animation is nothing special. But it’s charm comes from it’s self-awareness of the genre it chooses to occupy. To begin with, in a chibi-styled way, it conjures a comical tone. We are brought up to speed with the situation the guy finds himself in. Conveniently, his next door neighbor and childhood friend accommodate him. They inevitably end up entangled in each others’ lives and bodies. Aibeya, like Aikagi, wastes no time getting to the confession scene. Instead of having our character tiptoe around the elephant in the room, we instantly get to see this relationship blossom. Which is an absolute necessity for a one episode hanime.
The art and animation in this show are definitely above average, as it is built upon both subtle and explosive emotions. Which the facial expressions from the artwork manage to convey to the audience quite well. It enables the viewer to subconsciously develop a greater understanding of the character’s personality, as well as sneakily gets us emotionally invested in the relationship. While the animation shows quite a bit of motion recycling, this is made up by the wide array of positions and settings our characters find themselves in, especially the fan-servicey cosplay parts. As always, a more modest approach to character design is appreciated with our main girl not having absolute ginormous tits attached to her that would cause scoliosis and cripple her for life.
While the pacing of character and relationship development had many parallels to Aikagi, one crucial factor missing from this show was the trigger for rapid acceleration. What I mean is that there was a greater emotional buildup in the Christmas scene of Aikagi which led to the eventual explosion of emotions. However, that seems absent from Aibeya which makes the confession much less impactful on the viewer. Furthermore, there wasn’t much of development of them as couple afterwards. We see them exploring, however, that felt more like ‘horny teenagers doing horny teenagers things’ while there was an elevation to how the characters in Aikagi developed. So, although not a letdown, the characters in Aibeya were much more mediocre, lacking that extra level of depth.
Many of you, I’m finding, love wholesome hentai as much as the next person. Apparently there really is no better postfap feeling than finishing a vanilla hentai. Instead of being in absolute horror knowing that you were extremely turned on by girls being raped, strangled or generally abused, you got to watch two characters grow close and explore their sexuality in a consenting relationship which is always a breath of fresh air in the sea of degeneracy.
I managed to find the DVD and I will look around for the manga it was adapted from. Until then, enjoy the DVD and the streaming service below. And find more like this in my Romance Section. Or, pick something else.
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