Hey everyone! Time to move on to the next item on my list of anime, and as you can see, today we’re going over 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, also known as “Health and Physical Education for 30-Year-Olds,” or as I like to say, Japan’s take on The 40 Year Old Virgin; except Japan, being Japan, took 10 years off the equation and added sex gods. Yep, you heard right. We’re in for some shenanigans, so without further ado, let’s dig in! Itadakimasu~
Well let’s review this baby with our basic equation, starting off with the variables called Plot and Character. 30-sai definitely has a unique premise, if anything. We have our pathetically lovely main character, Imagawa Hayao, 30 years old, virgin. His whole “problem” with his virginity stems from the fact that he is not particularly strong with social settings, especially when it comes to interacting with women, and therefore relieves his sexual frustration using his blow-up doll named Momoko-chan. This might be a problem to which some viewers can relate, and if not, his awkward but earnest personality definitely does grow on you.
So, one day Imagawa gets ambushed one day in his own home by two mischievous and nosy Gods of Sexual Love, Daigoro and his younger brother Macaron. They make it their mission to help Imagawa lose his virginity, regardless of his willingness to cooperate, and it seems regardless of his gender preferences as well. It’s funny in a twisted sort of way, but Daigoro convinces Imagawa to look for a chick to bang by using his butt-suction of doom. And, fearing having to do it with a man, Imagawa begins his quest for love.
Now, on the girl’s side, we have Andou Natsu, who is basically the female version of Imagawa in that she’s bad at, even afraid of, interacting with males. She actually has a much more friendly relationship with her sex gods, the twins Pii-chan and Kuu-chan, so it seems she has no problem interacting with females at least. Of course, Andou is a virgin as well, and she nor Imagawa seem to have ever been in a relationship.
One thing I found interesting with 30-sai is that it actually has very little in common with the methodology of 40-year-old Virgin; it actually tries to give advice, at least at first. In 40-year-old, Andy Stitzer’s friends try to get him laid by hooking him up with, in general, loose and/or drunk girls. However in 30-sai, right off the bat, Imagawa meets Andou in his office and is immediately smitten (but not for the reason you’d think!). The focus of 30-sai is more on the “how to” for getting into a relationship. That’s not to say it’s actually realistically helpful, but there are some decent Dating 101 pointers here and there.
So let’s fast forward to once Imagawa and Andou get to to know each other better. Here the anime surprises me a bit; it brings up rejection. (Andou pulls the “it’s not you it’s me” card). The concept of “rejection” isn’t something that shows up (as much as it should) in anime, so I thought this was a decent aspect to chip in. Again, it doesn’t actually provide anything realistically helpful, but some very interesting transformations happen, including Andou’s AK Field (Acchi itte Kocchi konaide Field, roughly translated as the “go over there, don’t come here” field) working at full power and the birth of a new Virgin King, Imagawa.
Overall, this anime was… ok. It showed aspects of both viewpoints in relationships, and I think it did a good job with the pacing considering each episode was only about 10 minutes long. Also, the whole concept was pretty refreshing considering how most anime is teen-age-centric and there was plenty of (comically censored) adult humor, although some very disturbing scenes pop up (almost-skintight sunflower bodysuits for males and breast hair plucking, need I say more?). However, what the execution failed in is bringing something new to the table, which is a real bummer. Aside from the slight twist where Andou rejects Imagawa, the series was the formulaic breakdown of every romance anime out there. Well, at least it didn’t mess up the romance.
Onwards! We can go through Art and Animation together. I really like this art style. It gives a very “soft” and “rounded” feeling, if you know what I mean. If not, well, it’s hard to explain so I won’t. But, I can boil it down to that the character designs are cute. Imagawa and Andou both look really plain, but I believe that is the point. On the other hand, the sex gods look out of this world, as they should. As for the actual animation, it’s hard to mess these up. The animated characters were fairly faithful to the original designs, and there was no extreme fighting, so simple gets the job done here.
Finally, the sound. I liked the ED quite a bit, but the OP seems to have escaped me, because I have no recollection whatsoever of what it sounds like. The OST consists of whimsical tunes, nothing of worth. I really never have much to say about music do I? But I can say that the voice acting was top notch. And before I wrap up this post, a word from our protagonist: OPPAI (boobs) IS JUSTICE!
Script: Ryou Akiyama
Character design: Sao Tamado
Music: kanonxkanon (opening song)
Original creator: Mitsuba (novel)
Original run: April 7, 2011 – June 23, 2011