Ojisan and Marshmallow
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, Marshmallows
First Aired: Winter 2016, 13 short-form episodes
Summary: Hige is a middle-age office worker with an unhealthy obsession for marshmallows. He tries to hide his passion, but the truth always comes to light. Wakabayashi works with Hige and has a huge crush on him. She attempts to get close to Hige by always having a bag of Tabekko marshmallows available when he’s around. The clueless Hige has no idea that Wakabayashi is flirting with him.
Ojisan and Marshmallow is a simple and adorable show about co-worker romance. The episodes are less than four minutes each and tell the day-to-day story of Hige and Wakabayashi’s friendship. There is not a lot of character development, and you don’t get to know anyone besides the main two, but those two characters are enough to carry the short series that has a total run time of less than an hour.
You might enjoy this if: You are an office worker that has seen this type of romance play out before. Sure, it probably did not revolve around marshmallows, but if you have worked in an office long enough you have seen one coworker attempt to charm an oblivious one.
You might not like it if: You want an entrée-type series rather than a dessert.
Note to the Viewer: Make sure to watch until the very end of each episode, where you will learn quick marshmallow recipes for your enjoyment! Also, make sure to watch episode 13. It is completely different than the rest of the episodes and totally bizarre…
Ojisan and Marshmallow clip