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[The DVD box art for this show is actually identical to that of Ebichu.]
AKA: 小梅ちゃんが行く!! (Koume-chan ga Iku!!!)
Genre: Jousei (women's) slice-of-life comedy
Length: Television series, 12 episodes, 5 minutes each
Distributor: Currently unlicensed in North America
Content Rating: PG (adult themes)
Related Series: Ebichu Minds the House, Little Women in Love
Also Recommended:
Notes: Based on the manga by Aoki Mitsue, animated by Studio Gainax, and directed by Anno Hideaki.

Part of the omnibus show Ai no Awa Awa Awaa (Modern Love's Silliness), which ran between August 1 and September 30, 1999.

Here Comes Koume


[Koume-chan looking worried here.]

Koume is a typical young lady from the Kansai region who has recently joined a design firm, Caramel Ribbon Inc. She and her workmates and friends go off on various misadventures, including a drunken (but largely harmless) picnic while watching cherry blossoms, and meeting people on the subway.


[Girl power!]

Here Comes Koume is one of those series I really wish I'd seen subtitles for. The Osaka accent remains a complete and utter source of befuddlement to me, but at least a lot of the physical humor remains the same as what I'm used to. Koume comes off as rather charming, a bit tomboyish, and quite outgoing, and the rest of the ensemble cast is funny (even to an uneducated gaijin as myself) and fun to watch. I actually found myself quite enjoying the episodes of Here Comes Koume as a bit of a tonic for having sat through Ebichu Minds the House.

Again, the animation is dead minimal, the music charming, but forgettable. The voice acting is top of the line, but the lack of subtitles (and I seriously doubt anyone will be digital sourcebing this series anytime soon) makes dialogue a bit tricky. Of all the designs featured in the Modern Love's Silliness block, Here Comes Koume is the prettiest, though it's still about average as far as manga art is concerned.

Here Comes Koume is, like Little Women in Love, mildly engaging, and I did like the character of Koume-chan herself, as well as her boss (who just has to be gay), but I'm probably the wrong demographic to be reviewing this, and my wife is still too scarred from Ebichu to remember anything else.

Which is sad, because this show actually could have been rather nice on its own. Instead, it's relegated to filler, and that's a shame, because it's just not good enough to redeem the trash bookend episodes of Ebichu. Oh well.

A cute series on its own, it simply can't hold up when placed next to something as adult-themed as Ebichu. It's like airing a Lifetime special next to Sex in the City.Carlos/Giancarla Ross

Recommended Audience: Aimed at young women, this show has a couple of scenes of drunkenness and general humor at the expense of several characters, but no violence, language, or sex to speak of. But it's only for the patient and those extremely well-versed in Japanese culture and language (unlike, say, this unworthy reviewer).

Version(s) Viewed: VHS, raw Japanese
Review Status: Partial (2/12)
Here Comes Koume © 1999 Gainax / Group TAC
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