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  • [Spring 2019] The Helpful Fox Senko-san Discussion Thread

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    世話やきキツネの仙狐さん

    A show about a cute foxgirl who's there to make his life just a little bit less stressful. Despite her petite appearance, she's quite old.

    Airs: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    Studio: Doga Kobo

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    The everyday life of Nakano, a salaryman working for an exploitative company, is suddenly intruded upon by the fox, Senko-san (800-year-old little girl). Whether it be cooking, cleaning, or special service(?)... she'll heal his exhaustion with her tender "care."

    Notes
    As usual, please try to follow these two easy forum courtesy habits when replying:
    1) If you're the first person to post about an episode in any given week, please indicate in the first line which episode you're posting about.
    2) If someone has already posted about an episode before you, please quote that post (or a relevant reply to that post), or include the episode title in the first line. ("Re: Episode 1") Just make sure the episode is indicated.

    For more guidelines please refer to this thread.
    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
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    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

  • #2
    Episode 1

    My roommate is a fox.

    Kuroto live a stressful life as he's working around the clock everyday and is getting burned out by it. But luckily for him, the gods are well aware and they send Senko over to relax him, and she is making quite a difference in his life already. He had to skip meals for his work, but like a good housewife, Senko has dinner ready for him. And feeling her fluffy tail sure did relax him in a way only a cute pet can do. That was pretty cute to see the way Senko was providing for him as this certainly does a nice job in filling the void that My Roommate is a Cat left. And that first person segment at the end adds a very nice touch there to get a taste of the hospitality Kuroto receives from Senko.

    So with that, trial rules apply, but after an enjoyable first episode chances are it will stick.
    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
    Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
    Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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    • #3
      Episode 2

      Giving him an earful.

      After another long day at work, Nakano comes home to an apartment cleaned up by Senko, and he gets his ear cleaned, all while getting to touch her ears. Of course, things got quite noisy and with his neighbor always at home, she's taking notice seeing that she's used to it being quiet next door. And seeing that Nakano could not live with the thought of having his cute little roommate sleeping on the floor that instead Senko comes over to sleep in the same bed. Nakano sure is dealing with a handful, but it comes with the added perk of having a much better outlook in life, something he never realized before she entered his life. Next time, the neighbor is going to get involved as she's a manga artist and she's wondering just what's going on as it was never this noisy.
      MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
      Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
      Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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      • #4
        Episode 3

        On a tail and a cosplayer.

        Here comes the next door neighbor Koenji, and she has taken quite a liking to Senko as she's a college student and an aspiring manga artist. She doesn't realize that Senko is not cosplaying and that those ears and tail are the real deal. And then Senko and Nakano go shopping for groceries in the supermarket, and Senko is simply amazed at what can be bought there. Of course, knowing how things were 800 years ago gives her that idea. Nevertheless, those two sure are getting to know each other well.
        MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
        Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
        Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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        • #5
          Episode 4

          Technology is not for everyone.

          As hard-working as Nakano is, even he needs to take a break, and Senko made sure of that by using her tail so that he would snooze through the day and wake up when it's too late to get to the office. Senko's tail sure is an effective way of making sure that Nakano relaxes at a time when he shouldn't be working. And then Senko is having all sorts of trouble using all the machines and appliances around the apartment as Nakano should have told her how to use them. The AC is turned way up, the TV is just too loud, the vacuum cleaner doesn't turn off, the rice cooker isn't cooking, and all sorts of other things happen seeing that Senko has been doing things the old-fashioned way. Quite a hilarious episode that was seeing that technology is just too much for this fox, but thankfully there's the circuit breaker as that kicked in to put a stop to this madness. Next time, one of Senko's companions is coming over to the apartment.
          MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
          Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
          Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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          • #6
            Episode 5

            Come on in, the water's fine.

            Here comes Shiro, and she's somebody Nakano can't help but to pet after seeing this fox's tail. While Shiro thinks Senko is not doing the job, she's just too frightened to do anything about it. That was quite funny to see that Koenji thinks that she's hallucinating after seeing Shiro suddenly appear from the wall. And then the two have a bath together as Senko just wouldn't take no for an answer. The tail might have shrunk in the bath, but it's back to its normal size after it has a chance to dry out, so there's nothing he needed to worry about there. Senko just continues to serve Nakano well seeing that he's not as needy as Senko thinks he is, and Shiro sure did make her presence known, though she's not exactly what Nakano needs.
            MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
            Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
            Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #7
              Episode 6

              Miss Koenji's fox maid.

              Shiro is pretty good at video games seeing that she never really played them until now, and those were some pretty amusing references there, from the Super Mario parody to one of Super Smash Bros on the PS4. But the reason why Shiro is so good is because she can read Nakano's mind. And then Koenji's background is explained a bit as she's a college student and a mangaka. Given how much she loves Senko that it's only natural for her to dress her up in that maid outfit. That was another great episode there as those fox girls sure are getting into this kind of stuff that didn't exist hundreds of years ago.
              MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
              Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
              Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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              • #8
                Episode 7

                She'll pick him up.

                Nakano enjoys a luxurious massage from Senko's delicate hands, and he needed it quite a lot since the next day he's working late thanks to the incompetence of his co-workers, and ends up missing the last train home. He used to just camp out at the office, but now he has Shiro able to transport him home through a portal at the cost of some convenience store goodies. Shiro sure is quite handy to have around seeing that he probably wouldn't survive a day like that, and was simply amusing to see Shiro snacking on snacks and other stuff meant for a quick meal. Nevertheless, it goes to show just how much of a hard worker Nakano is and he realizes that at some point he has to realize that the company has been taking advantage of him.
                MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                • #9
                  Episode 8

                  The good times won't last.

                  It's off to the beach and while Nakano has only one day off, it's quite helpful that he has a fox that can transport him to a secret beach. And not to mention, all sorts of premium ingredients for the barbecue are provided by another mysterious fox. That game of volleyball was really something, especially with Senko going into god mode, but of course her bad back lets her down. It will be interesting to see what that black fox is all about seeing that she just came out of nowhere and watched everything unfold.
                  MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                  Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                  Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                  The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                  • #10
                    Episode 9

                    You can teach an old fox new tricks.

                    Senko hasn't done Western cooking, but after seeing Nakano drooling over gratin that she asks Koenji to teach it to her how to make it, and it turned out quite well. It wasn't easy seeing that Shiro is always quick to jump on things before she is told not to, but she made it. And then Senko tries out being a barber seeing that Nakano is in need of one, though she was able to whip up some crazy styles with her power, as well as to undo parts that she messed up on. Senko may have lived for quite a long time now, but nevertheless she's always learning new things.
                    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                    Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                    Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                    • #11
                      Episode 10

                      It's a winter wonderland.

                      It's snowy, and while Nakano was prepared to go to work, even this company realized that it would be for the best to close the offices, so he's staying home and playing in the snow with Senko. She sure is enjoying herself in making those big snowballs to the point where her back gives way. And then the fox deity from the beach finally makes her appearance as she is Senko's boss Sora, and after using her beach without permission, she punishes Shiro, all while making her presence known. That ending left quite an ominous vibe there seeing Sora getting all jealous after seeing Nakano fluffing up with Senko's tail.
                      MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                      Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                      Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                      • #12
                        Episode 11

                        Going back to where it all started.

                        As it turns out, Nakano and Senko have met a long time ago when the fox deity guided the young Kuroto back to his now-late grandmother. So after a hard day's work, the two hook it up with some booze. And then Nakano decides to take some time off work, which isn't exactly coming at the best of times for his company, but he would have had to anyway because his father had to be hospitalized. So he ends up going home to Takayama to see his parents, all while Senko is left behind. But she's not exactly the type to stay put, so she goes and of course, she couldn't figure out how to use a phone even if her life depended on it. This is pretty typical of how Doga Kobo does things with shows like these having something big take up the last two episodes as is the case here seeing that Nakano is getting quite worried about Senko. Of course, it only makes sense to bring up their previous encounter now seeing that it wasn't coincidence that they met.
                        MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                        Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                        Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                        • #13
                          Episode 12 (Finale)

                          Getting the VIP treatment.

                          So Nakano comes back home seeing that his company desperately needs him back, all while he's very worried about Senko, who is back in the spirit realm where Sora is warning her about what bad could come should she continue to pamper him seeing that humans just don't have the lifespan these fox deities do. But she decides to return to Nakano realizing that she wants to see her job through to the end. And that was quite the most unusual flower viewing party there being done at night with illuminated cherry blossoms, and hidden from the public eyes. It all ended well seeing that Nakano and Senko have grown quite attached to each other, and a sudden breakup would have been bad for everybody. And that ends quite a nice and relaxing show that I'll miss for sure.

                          Overall, this show does an excellent job at being what it sets out to be, a nice, laid-back, and relaxing show with great characters, a fun atmosphere, and great humor. Character development was pretty solid as well making it stand out more than other shows of this kind. Just about the only issues this show has are the potential creepiness factor that ended up being mostly unfounded, and the weak plot as while it really isn't necessary for a show like this, it had one and didn't do the best of jobs with it. That said, it's a fun show that accomplishes what it set out to do.

                          MAL Rating:
                          MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                          Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                          Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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