Shomin Sample Review – Commoner Sample for Ojou-sama

Shomin Sample AnimeShomin Sample is one of the rare ecchi harems show which really feels truly original and refreshing to watch. Not only because the setting is a bit unusual, but because its ecchi factors feel perfectly natural and that it is really funny.

At the first glance, this anime seems like your typical harem series where the main male protagonist interacting with the each of the girls or heroines. While I can not deny that this element did exist in this anime, there was also a thing that felt a little but different.

The main plot begins when the male protagonist Kimito is kidnapped and made to be their “commoner sample”. The situation is getting worst (or maybe better) when he find out that he is in the middle of young and lovely ojou-sama (young wealthy girls who act just like princess) and suddenly become popular. There is only one reason that those Ojou-sama is very not accustom to commoner life and they have an interest into the world.

Let’s get straight into it, then.

Shomin Sample Anime

Shomin Sample, or also known as “Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken” in Japan is the Japanese anime TV series based on the Japanese light novel series by Takafumi Nanatsuki. The anime was produced by Silver Link and directed by Masato Jinbo. The series was aired between October and December 2015 and ran for a total of 12 episodes.

The Shomin Sample light novel itself was published by Ichijinsha since December 2011. Ten volumes have been published as of July 2016.

The anime has been licensed by Funimation and began streaming the English dubbed episodes as part of its Broadcast Dubs initiative. The anime has also released the latest blu-ray of Shomin Sample: Complete Series on January 31, 2017.

Shomin Sample Light NovelShomin Sample Light Novel
volume 1 cover
published by Ichijinsha.
Shomin Sample Complete Collection CoverShomin Sample: Complete Collection
Released on January 31, 2017.

The series was also adapted into manga series illustrated by Risumai and began serialization in Ichijinsha’s Comic Rex magazine in July 2012.

Shomin Sample Review

Synopsis: The main male character who a commoner, is kidnapped and forced to attend the high class school for young girls from wealthy family. The main purpose is that the students from the all-girl school are exceedingly sheltered and find it a culture-shock that school life differs from the real world out there. Resulting in several problems including them starting to be hikikomori or just not to be able to cope with life outside of school in general.

The school’s connections tied up any loose-ends. So no one extremely cares what happens to the male main character at his old school, or even his family since they were bribed. He has also to pretend he loves men for risk of his manhood. Since his private maid asserts that a pervert would be hazardous to the female students.

Moreover, considering that he is the only one different, he is usually at the center of attention. While main characters that are surrounded by young lovely girls seem appealing, they also seem really physically and mentally draining.

Storyline: The main idea of Shomin Sample is not anything uncommon. For people who aren’t new to this genre, I believe this is not the first time you have seen a male protagonist for some reason pulled into a condition where he winds up being the only male student in an all-girls school. Instead of intending for the ecchi and exceedingly fan-service route, this anime prefers to focus more on the relationship development between characters.

Artwork: Not precisely the best, but still respectable enough for you to find a perfect girl in it. The style surely matches a simple RomCom series like this. Despite the animation seems quite mediocre at the times, it looks nice as a normal moments, but at times it merely seems rather lazy considering a tiny amount of the parts feels rather inconsistent. However, the backgrounds seems like fitting for the designs, and the character designs look quite clean and good looking.

Shomin Sample Art

Characters: The interactions between one character to another are silly but stir up a gentle and warm feeling to them. Luckily, the ladies are willing to learn something from commoner and are polite about it.

Sound: Truly catchy opening song that may not sound so when you first hear it, and nice ending song as well befitting of a series. For those who love anime songs probably will enjoy these two.

Overall: 7/10 – This can be a ridiculous and appealing anime that shows the interaction between a commoner and higher class ojou-sama in how they conduct themselves. There are moderate fan-services. If you are an anime fans who not into fan-service, it would be perfect to avoid this one. It comes with a lot of cute girls, and due to it for being an ecchi and comedy, it’s light-hearted with a very simple story that’s easy to enjoy.

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