The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior was definitely one of my favorite shows of the last year. A low brow, slice of life comedy with heart is my best way of describing this gem.
The show follows Kazunari Usa, a freshman starting high school. He is happy to be getting the chance to live on his own in a boarding house away from his family. He soon finds out that the place where he will be living in populated by strange characters much to his dismay. The only thing keeping him there (aside from his parents being unwilling to pay more money) is his discovery that his senpai (Ritsu Kawai), who he has a crush on, also lives there.
The Characters make the show. While not particularly deep, they are thoroughly enjoyable.
Ritsu is mostly off inn her own world reading a book.
There is Shirosaki, Usa’s mildly perverted masochist roommate.
Sayaka. A manipulative college student who likes to sexually harass another of the residents.
Mayumi Nishikino. A foul mouthed, sometimes drunk, working woman who has bad luck with men (also my favorite).
And Sumiko. The manager of The Kawai Complex. A sweet woman with a bit of a devious side. She is also Ritsu’s great Aunt.
All these characters make for good comedy. That alone didn’t sell it for me. They gave the comedy and the characters depth and a heart. While Shirosaki is a pervert, he has standards (which seems funny to write, but true). He also has a big heart. There is an episode where he sends his days building a Pythagoras with an elementary school girl who seemed to not be getting along with her friends and he (along with other residents) helps her repair her friendships. So while there is silly comedy there is a heart as well.
The art is also well done.
The show has Drunkenness, Jokes about bondage, and adult humor. You have been informed, what you do with this is now up to you.
Please watch this show. You won’t regret it. It is fun and that is what entertainment should be.