My first thought: "Bitch!"
But that was only my first thought. Yoshida Chizuru is indeed
a very cruel 19 year old -- a total bitch with an extremely irritating
voice. Did I say voice? You got that right! She soundes like somebody
who was picked up from a street gutter. And I'm not even talking
about the English dub here because what I've seen is the original
Japanese version! I even pity the shy Professor Sushiaki. He's
so lovestruck he can't think straight, much less speak straight.
All he can do is fantasize about being the hero to his imagined
damsel in distress. When he suddenly "goes berserk"
and totally sex-starved, I couldn't blame him. Yoshida is the
worst kind of tease I have ever seen. I don't think any normal
human male can actually withstand such blatant display of carnality
and this is what makes her a cruel woman in my book.
The second episode makes her utterly endearing, though. She shows
a side of her that's completely opposite of what one could be
subjected to in the first episode. True, the annoying nasal voice
is still there (oh, how I wish it were dubbed in English or even
my native language instead!), but she suddenly finds herself in
the shoes of the men she'd been toying with -- uncertain, insecure,
delusional. The situation has made a 360 degree turn it's so hilarious!
What makes this anime even funnier is that the artwork looks,
uh, strange. No pun intended there! The heads of the characters
resemble those 1950's alien drawings that you would see on paranormal
books. The bodies look too lanky, and Yoshida's unbelievably hefty
boobs seem so out of place. That's the main appeal, I guess.
Having seen Strange Love side by side with Rei
Rei, I wondered why Strange Love is categorized with the "regular"
anime instead of being listed as a hentai title. Rei
Rei is definitely milder in comparison, and the subject matter
of focus in Strange Love is a lot more delicate. Perhaps this
was a slip?