There’s something I always find incredibly charming about yonkoma (4 panel comedy comics) anime adaptations. In Orenchi no Furo Jijou‘s case, the adorable peppiness displayed by merman Wakasa is not what one expects from a popular mythical creature. His dependency on his human ‘landlord’ (joke unintended) Tatsumi is reminiscent of the relationship of a toddler and its parent.
As its yonkoma roots would suggest, each episode, for the most part, follows a stand alone plot. Wakasa’s residence in Tatsumi’s house attracts some weirdness, Tatsumi is surprised, Tatsumi accepts the weirdness and goes on with his life. The equation is simple and charming with little conflict that ends with a cute exchange between the two main characters.
Much like Wakakozake, Orenchi no Furo Jijou would be a series I’d recommend to anyone that’s short on time and wants a quick reconnect with the anime world. The lightheartedness and twist of the slice of life genre is refreshing.