Love Flops was an anime announced today at AnimeJapan 2022, which draws heavily on the harem tropes of early 2000s anime.
One interesting thing to note about Love Flops is that although the voice actor cast has been announced, there has been no mention of the staff or studio behind the project as of yet. Additionally, the trailer is cut a little too perfectly, suggesting some mild sci-fi themes through the prophecy of a robot made public with the main character’s head completely blurred.
You can watch the subtitled trailer at the link below:
What is Love Flops about?
The premise of Love Flops can be found below:
Asahi is an ordinary high school student who was hit by a series of disasters on his way to school where he encountered five girls in the worst situation that happened one after the other, similar to a strange event that occurs in manga and anime. When he arrives at school exhausted, both physically and mentally, he encounters those five girls again, “aah… I really want to hide my face, but I couldn’t hide it”. On his way to change his shoes, he opened his shoe box to go home after school, there was a love letter in it. A love letter from an anonymous sender states that they will wait behind the schoolhouse under the cherry blossom tree. “What exactly is this cliche situation?” I think I’ll check it out. The light-hearted and painful childhood love story that blows through 5 directions is about to begin in the season when the cherry blossoms dance in the sky.
Note how the description casually omits details regarding the sci-fi elements mentioned in the trailer and keeps the staff hidden…
Why haven’t the studio and staff been made public yet?
The setting suggested by the trailer seems to contain a certain amount of prophecy delivered by a robot, implying that the series could be venturing into sci-fi territory. This is not an uncommon practice – the names of writers have been hidden in the past to protect the reputation of the work. A particularly notable example of this is in the case of General Urobuchi, fondly referred to as the Urobutcher, when he was billed as Madoka’s writer later in production because of his reputation as a rough-and-tumble realist writer who isn’t afraid to give a few crack eggs to make an omelette.
Considering how polished the animation of the show has been, we can safely assume that this isn’t a case of a mid-season studio change or a staff change. It seems the crew behind Love Flops is trying hard to lean on the tropes behind the romcom genre along the lines of Muv-Luv, another sci-fi series that has the same kind of predicted switcheroo behind its polished, trope. -y exterior.
Another thing that this switcheroo suggests is the poster with characters not yet seen in the show, the slow piano ballad outro, the technical theme of the website and logo for the show, and the rather short biographies of all the characters that appear in the show. show when it comes to depth.
Love Flops is definitely a show to watch because of its suspicious nature.