(This post is part of a series of posts covering Christmas-themed anime episodes. For more posts like these, check out the 12 Days of Anime tag.)
Itsudatte My Santa is quite possibly a prime contender for the Worst Anime Ever Made. It’s a two-part ecchi romcom OVA about a boy named Santa who meets the actual Santa Claus – who turns out to be a big-breasted blonde girl with a pet reindeer called Pedro. What makes this anime particularly awful is not its silliness but the fact that it is not silly enough. For about half of its running time it takes its maudlin drama incredibly seriously, which kills all of its campy entertainment value.
Nevertheless, I cannot say that I hated Itsudatte My Santa with every fibre of my being. I kind of liked the first OVA, even. It was forgettable but harmless fun. I have a major soft spot for ecchi comedies and basically everything Ken Akamatsu writes, which no doubt factored into my appraisal.
Admitting to this publicly on Twitter, however, was aniblogger suicide.
@frog_kun I didn’t think it was possible to like Itsudatte My Santa. Its a classic staple of terribad when you don’t want to go hyperviolent
— Scamp (@5camp) December 11, 2014
@frog_kun Every single person I’ve ever heard who watched it had the reaction “oh it can’t be that bad OH GOD THIS IS HORRIBLE MAKE IT STOP”
— Scamp (@5camp) December 11, 2014
— Patches (@the_patches) December 11, 2014
I hadn’t realised I had stepped on a landmine here. Feeling very confused and concerned, I decided to check out Scamp’s video review of it. Surprisingly, his reaction was pretty much identical to mine. He thought the yakuza jokes and the silly anime humour were mildly amusing as well, while the HEARTBREAKING DRAMA was a slog. I even ended up giving the OVA the same 3/10 rating on MAL. So basically I got shat on by a fellow anime blogger for having the same opinion as he did three years ago? Anime blogging is such a cruel world.
After that, I got in the mood to look up more video reviews of people shitting over Itsudatte My Santa. I’ve never been much of a video review fan, but I am starting to see how much more effective videos are over text at expressing snark and rage, two very common reactions to a work like Itsudatte My Santa.
Truly, I was surprised by how heated the reactions were over something so eminently forgettable. Perhaps Itsudatte My Santa is the kind of show that gets worse the more you think about it?
…this wouldn’t surprise me, actually. The show does have a way of biting you in the butt.
Okay, so maybe the show was really horrible and a blight upon human existence. The ecchi wasn’t even that good, even if the DVD I was watching was uncensored. It’s the kind of old-school ecchi that is aggravating to look at with its bad proportions. Even if I still could not bring myself to feel rage, it still was a very poorly crafted anime by every possible angle of evaluation.
After reflecting deeply on my memories of this OVA, I came to the following conclusion:
Listening to anibloggers rage over Itsudatte My Santa has turned out to be unexpectedly more entertaining than the OVA itself.
— Frog-kun (@frog_kun) December 11, 2014
I thought this statement would get me back in the good books with anime bloggers, but…
@frog_kun I could stomp you in the nuts and it’d be more entertaining than Itsudatte My Santa. Actually, you know what?…
— Alex West (@theanimefighter) December 11, 2014
Being an anime blogger is suffering.