A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include having responsibilities, being a good friend, innocence, and puppy love.
Positive Role Models
Mina has a lot of responsibilities as a middle schooler. She wakes up very early in the morning to water the fields and make breakfast and lunch boxes for her family. Characters are kind, though sometimes their shenanigans get them in trouble with their teacher for disrupting class.
The anime series that takes place in Japan, and the cast is entirely Japanese. The series centers around both female and male students.
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Violence & Scariness
There are some harmless pranks and shenanigans throughout, but they're innocent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The plot focuses on a young romance and there are some instances of handholding and mentions of dating, crushes, etc. One scene has a character imagining what they will look like as an adult; in their imagination they are wearing a bikini with some cleavage showing.
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Language includes "damn," "screw you," and "shut up."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character imagines themselves as detective Sherlock Holmes smoking a pipe.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Teasing Master Takagi-san is a romantic comedy anime based on the manga of the same name. The series centers around middle schoolers and slice-of-life situations. Characters are often in competition to pull innocent pranks on each other, but they're always harmless. There's some mention of young romance, crushes, and holding hands. One character imagines their future self as an adult; in this scene they're wearing a bikini that shows cleavage. Some characters utter insults such as "damn," "screw you," and "shut up," but this language is rare. Themes include innocence, young romance, having responsibilities, and being a good friend.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of romantic comedies and slice-of-life anime will enjoy this wholesome coming-of-age story. Teasing Master Takagi-san captures the best moments of the middle school experience: making good memories with friends. The main story focuses on the relationship between Nishikata and Takagi; their interactions organically capture the feeling of what it's like to have a first crush. The colorful art and solid animation are well done and add to the bubbly feeling of the anime. Character animations and expressions really sell what the characters are thinking and feeling. Overall, the anime is simple but a fun, enjoyable to watch.
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