Ao-chan Can’t Study (Season One)

Ao-chan Can't Study Title

Desperate to escape from life with her embarrassing father, Ao Horie has dedicated herself to her studies, hoping to get into a school far away, but then there’s a boy…

The Overview

When Ao was four she told her class how her father came up with her name and it wasn’t appropriate for four-year-olds. Her father is a world-renowned erotica author and as such sex is very much a normal part of life for the Horie household. So much so that Ao is determined to move away at the first opportunity she gets – university.

To ensure that she gets into the university far, far away, she has focused everything on her studies. Nothing will distract her from her goals. Nothing, I tell you, Nothing! Except, there is this one boy called Kijima and he’s taken an interest in Ao. She’s determined to brush him aside, but one thing leads to another. It doesn’t help that Ao has a particularly dirty mind and generally leaps to erotic conclusions.

Ao-chan Can't Study Episode 11 Ao Imagines How Kijima Would React To Her Silk Panties

The Story

One of the things that I really enjoyed with this story was how Ao had been so focused on brushing aside Kijima, that she created a situation where he was determined to respect her and not make any move of any kind. Sadly, as Ao’s feelings changed, she grew increasingly frustrated with his lack of effort. Why wouldn’t he kiss her? She’d even worked out all of the possible chances that they’d had and couldn’t work out why it hadn’t happened.

The Characters

Ao-chan Can't Study Episode 11 Ao Getting Frustrated

Ao is the main character in the story. She is trying to get into a good university so that she can leave home. When she’s not studying she is often caught having lewd thoughts or jumping to lewd conclusions about how others will react to her. It’s obviously a product of growing up with an erotica author as her father. This often leads to frustration and Kijima not doing as she’d expected/secretly hoped.

Ao-Chan Can't Study Episode 3 Kijima Searching Closet And Finding Ao's Thigh

Kijima is the love interest. Ao believes that he is some sort of pervert boy who only wants to get into her panties. Kijima, however, is not the boy she thinks he is and is actually quite reserved and chivalrous. This also leads to frustration as Ao is waiting for him to make a move while he is determined not to, despite what he really wants. It’s all very awkward and funny. If only people would say what they actually want from time to time.

Ao-chan Can't Study Episode 11 Ao's Father Knows There's Something Sexy In The Package

Ao’s father is the real star of the show. In appearances, he looks like a little gnome and speaks with a shrill and squeaky voice. However, when he has something serious to say, usually about sex, he speaks with a deeper and more charismatic voice. The contrasting view makes it even funnier. He also acts unlike any other parent in that he is actively trying to help Ao with her love life.

Ao-chan Can't Study Episode 12 Miyabi

Then there’s Ao’s childhood rival, Miyabi. She has her eyes set on Kijima and is willing to do whatever she can to get him. It doesn’t work out for her as Kijima is too chivalrous and loyal to Ao. They have an odd relationship in that Ao often goes to talk to her as a friend, but Miyabi will use these as a chance to sabotage her relationship with Kijima. It doesn’t often work, but the intent is there.

Fan Service

The fan service is fairly light in this series. There is the occasional bra or panty shot, but the real star is the sexual humor and Ao’s father, who is often involved. After that, the best scenarios are most likely to be in Ao’s head as she imagines what Kijima will do to her if given the chance. I’d probably say this is more of a romantic comedy with sexual undertones. Don’t get me wrong, it was a very good series, but if you’re after fan service, I’d look someplace else.

Ecchi Highlights

Ao-chan Can't Study Episode 1 Ao's Bra
Ao-chan Can't Study Episode 7 Ao's Bikini Malfunction
Ao-chan Can't Study Episode 9 Ao Punished As Cat Maid
Ao-chan Can't Study Episode 5 Ao Bath Time


Story Rating: Great

The story is actually really engaging and you do get quite involved in Ao and Kijima’s love life, or failed attempts at one. It is fun and sweet with some very funny moments. The series starts out fairly slow and picks up as it goes. It’s best moments just happen to coincide with Ao’s father’s appearances. It’s not groundbreaking and doesn’t have any real twists, but it is effective at what it does.

Ecchi Rating: Mild

So, there are one or two moments in most episodes that could be considered ecchi, but it’s certainly not the main focus of the series. Like I said earlier, it’s a good series, just don’t come in expecting Highschool DxD levels of ecchi. You will be disappointed.


Ha! I’ve done it again. So, these episodes are also twelve-minutes long which again works out quite well. If I’m honest, I’m kind of getting into the twelve-minute format. It’s great that you can stick an episode on without having to commit to much. You can almost watch them anywhere and anytime. I really liked this series and would recommend it to others. Also, it has such a catchy OP that I don’t think I’ve skipped it once.

Ao-chan Can't Study Episode 12 The Happy Ending

Episodic Highlights

If you still want some more, there are more images and highlights on the episode reviews below.

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