Episodes seen: 1-2 of 13
Sensei no Ojikan or Teacher’s Time is a new anime based on the comedy around Japanese High School society. For thirteen episodes, the viewer will follow Mika-sensei, a twenty-seven year old, 4 foot-nothing Japanese literature teacher. Even though not everyone gets along in her class, and personalities clash, it all comes down to one this: their love for their cute little teacher.
The class is composed of standard stereotypes– the class rep, the otaku, the old man, the guy good at sports, the bishounen, the bishoujo, the gay guy, and the lesbian. You know, the typical non-Negima middle school composition. Oh wait, they don’t have a clueless transfer from Osaka… yet.
Herself the Elf sez: Wow, this is all so familiar.....yes, it is a carbon copy of Azumanga Daioh, except in this one Chiyo-chan is the teacher and there are boys in the class. The animation is clean and simple and brightly coloured...it's all cute and lighthearted, but I just can't get over the teacher. She's supposedly 27 but looks 12....but it's not just looks. She ACTS like a little girl too; in fact there is nothing about her that says 'teacher', or even 'adult'. I found it vaguely disturbing how her students treat their so-called teacher -- they have no respect for her at all and treat her like the class pet, teasing her and molesting her.
The show is obviously not trying to be anything more than light and fluffy entertainment, but the way that they've taken the "unnaturally young and adorable" character premise to ridiculous levels makes it a bit unnerving. Also, there were FAR too many characters introduced in the first episode; I had real trouble keeping track of people.
All in all, it's cute and silly but Azumanga did it far better. I can sort of buy an undersized childish highschooler, but the same character as a 27-year-old teacher? Sorry, I'm not even going to RENT that one. Only recommended if you're bored and have nothing better to do.