An office lady and a polite, gentle giant bond over a love of marshmallows and hilarity ensues. OK, OK, that’s a bit too simplistic. Hige is a huge mountain of a man who works with other people at a Japanese office. Working with Hige is Wakabayashi, a small girl who only cares about two things: being in love with Hige and getting Hige’s attention. But Hige doesn’t notice she’s in love with him and is just chuffed to have her as a friend. Not to be discouraged, Wakabayashi knows Hige’s weakness: Tabekko Marshmallows, a standard (possibly fictional) brand of confectionery in Japan that Hige takes tours of its manufacturing factory, he love it that much! So with a bag of sweet, tasty marshmallows in hand, the show follows Hige as he slowly, and I mean really slowly, realises that Wakabayashi has the hots for him.
I really have taken a shine to short form anime this season and I find myself impressed at the skill on screen in showing how far one office lady will go to get her man and just how bad the puns are. Hige is constantly viewed as a human marshmallow by Wakabayashi and it doesn’t help that he has the consistency of Baymax from Big Hero 6. Wakabayashi is always thinking of doing things to Hige and never being able to act on them. This leads her to physically assault anyone who gets between her and Hige. I don’t mean it in a violent, stalker way because the people who do get in the way are the ones trying to stop Wakabayashi and Hige being around each other frequently think Hige is the more perverted of the two while thinking Wakabayashi is a proper lady. Somewhere along the way, he picks up another admirer in the form Mioko, a girl who also works at the office. Mioko speaks with a southern accent (which is impressive when you see it in subtitles), has an impressive bust (which she uses against Wakabayashi) and is madly in love with Hige. Add to this the boss of the company (who has an impressive set of square cheeks), Wakabayashi’s insane younger brother and everyone who’s got an opinion about our two love birds and it’s a very busy show to get through.
But in its centre, Ojisan and Marshmallow’s heart belongs to the squishy, sweet glue that holds our two leads together. I am of course talking about marsh-er, I mean love! The two office workers are genuinely great with each other and they stumble over every mistake to have an equilibrium of sorts by the end of the series. If it gets another series, I’ll be happy.
Ojisan and Marshmallow is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and is now available to free members as well as Premium ones.