“Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie” is also a slice-of-life series, meaning that it tends to avoid following any strong linear narrative between chapters or episodes. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no fun to be had and no story to be told. In total, “Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie” is about the daily, small-world struggles of two kids who are genuinely in love and want the best for each other.
More often than not, the brief vignettes that make up the series also draw humor from the situation. Izumi’s problems, though rarely major, always seem to interfere with his plans. Whether it’s forgetting to wear gloves when taking his girlfriend out on a chilly Christmas night (Chapter 7) or getting too scared when he and Shikimori watch a scary movie (Chapter 4), Izumi almost always ends up seeming less cool and manly than he wants to appear in front of his girlfriend. However, he can’t help but love her more when she immediately switches to “cool” mode and solves the problem, however minor, with a single gesture.
Thus, “Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie” is perfect for eliciting those “awww” reactions people get when they see something that’s just too wholesome. This is ironic, considering that the whole point to Shikimori’s character is that cuteness is just one facet of her personality. Despite this, cuteness may be the best reason to watch the show at all.