Jijou wo Shiranai Tenkousei ga Guigui Kuru | My Clueless First Friend | An Anime Adventure

Romcom Delight: “The Clueless Transfer Student is Assertive”

In the world of romcoms, the Spring parade continues with its latest addition, “Jijou wo Shiranai Tenkousei ga Guigui Kuru.” (localized as “The Clueless Transfer Student is Assertive”). This manga explores a tricky genre—elementary school romance—that requires extreme care to handle appropriately. While it may seem unusual to center a romance around fifth-graders, it’s not uncommon for children this age to experience puppy love and play at being a couple, even without fully grasping the implications.

Giggles and Bullying: A Precarious Duo

However, “Jijou wo Shiranai Tenkousei” dives into an even more challenging topic—bullying. Tackling “bullying comedy” is like walking on a minefield, but it can be done effectively, as seen in works like “Bimyou ni Yasashii Ijimekko.” The key lies in striking the right tone. Astonishingly, this series manages to navigate these two significant obstacles with finesse. It neither downplays the emotional impact of bullying nor spirals into tragedy. Instead, it deftly balances the scales and primarily focuses on the “com” aspect of this romcom, suitably tailored for such a young couple.

Akane and Taiyou: An Unlikely Duo

Nishimura Akane (voiced by Kohara Konome) takes the spotlight as an impossibly sweet little girl, nicknamed the Shinigami (grim reaper) due to her “glaring eyes” and lauded as an outsider by her classmates since forever. She may feign a facade of contentment when talking to her father, but her school life is characterized by isolation and loneliness. However, her life takes an unexpected turn when transfer student Takeda Taiyou (voiced by Ishigami Shizuka) sweeps in like a force of nature. Akane dubs him an “odd duck,” while Taiyou finds her shinigami persona fascinating and cool.

One can react to this premise and premiere in several ways, and my response echoes both sentiments. Undoubtedly, Akane’s plight evokes sorrow—she is kind to the core and fears that being associated with her might jeopardize Taiyou’s budding social life. However, it’s difficult to dwell on sadness when Taiyou’s infectious presence permeates the atmosphere. He effortlessly captivates both Akane and the audience with his unwavering enthusiasm, oblivious to anything other than his own schoolboy ideas of awesomeness and fun.

The Charm of Takeda-kun

For me, the defining element of “Clueless Transfer Student” is none other than the world’s greatest chad, Takeda-kun, who remains blissfully unaware of his irresistible appeal. He unknowingly delivers knockout blows to Nishimura-chan, who is doubly unprepared for such attention due to her lack of positive experiences. This unique dynamic injects a refreshing dose of humor into the romcom genre, making Takeda and Nishimura an absolutely lovable pair. They exude an overwhelming sweetness, but the show’s humor incorporates just the right amount of snark to keep the palate diverse and engaging.

There are moments when I suspect Taiyou knows more than he lets on—that there’s a method to his madness. But whether he has a hidden agenda or not, as long as he uses his powers for good, it hardly matters. Additionally, the supporting cast, consisting of adorable and amusing characters, adds depth to the story. One standout among them is the perpetually tank-topped Hino Daichi (voiced by Kawanishi Kengo), who promptly declares himself Taiyou’s best friend. His comedic timing elicits more laughs per minute than anyone in the cast. Finally, it’s worth mentioning that this adaptation remains remarkably faithful to the source material, from the character designs to the dialogue’s tone and rhythm. Pierrot’s (Signpost) expertise shines through, despite not always receiving the recognition it deserves. Their visuals may not be the flashiest, but they capture the essence of the original work as well as any other studio out there.


In conclusion, “Jijou wo Shiranai Tenkousei ga Guigui Kuru” (“The Clueless Transfer Student is Assertive”) masterfully tackles the complex themes of elementary school romance and bullying. Through an endearing duo, Akane and Taiyou, the story explores the innocence and challenges of young love. With its adept balance of emotion, humor, and a faithful adaptation, this romcom offers a delightful viewing experience for audiences of all ages.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is “Jijou wo Shiranai Tenkousei ga Guigui Kuru” suitable for a high school audience?

Absolutely! Although the series centers around elementary school students, its relatable themes and endearing characters will resonate with viewers of all ages, including those in high school.

2. What makes “The Clueless Transfer Student is Assertive” stand out in the romcom genre?

The unique dynamic between Akane and Taiyou sets this series apart. Takeda-kun’s unwavering positivity and unintentional charm create a delightful contrast with Akane’s melancholy, resulting in a heartwarming and hilarious romcom experience.

3. How does “Jijou wo Shiranai Tenkousei ga Guigui Kuru” handle the sensitive topic of bullying?

The series navigates the topic of bullying with careful consideration. It maintains a realistic portrayal of the emotional impact without descending into tragedy. By striking the right balance, the show ensures that the focus remains on the comedic aspects while highlighting the importance of empathy and understanding.

4. Are there any notable supporting characters in the series?

Absolutely! While the main characters, Akane and Taiyou, steal the show, the supporting cast adds depth and humor to the story. Hino Daichi, with his vibrant tank-top attire and comedic timing, stands out as one of the most delightful characters in the series.

5. How does the adaptation of “Jijou wo Shiranai Tenkousei ga Guigui Kuru” compare to the source material?

Pierrot’s adaptation remains remarkably faithful to the source material. From the character designs to the dialogue’s tone and rhythm, the studio successfully captures the essence of the original work, ensuring an enjoyable viewing experience for fans of the manga.