Nakano is in a rut. A young, single man, he works long hours dutifully at the computer, and then goes home to an empty apartment, empty even of food. He doesn’t have time to call his mom or visit home, even on days commemorating his beloved, deceased grandmother. But into this frustration arrives relief in the form of a cute, 800-year-old fox spirit named Senko, descending to pamper Nakano to his heart’s content! A special encounter indeed…but could Nakano be special in some way as well?
I’ll be completely honest—I don’t know what to think of this series. Steeped in Japanese folklore about kitsune, while also fitting into the modern mentality of overwork, there seems to be a very specific audience for this show—men who want to be pampered themselves as they watch Senko do the same, and then experience it, too (?), during the end scene where she speaks directly to the camera. It’s both engaging and odd, as is the way Senko is portrayed—the episode is mostly innocent for as loli as she seems, Senko is fully clothed and not sexualized, apart, that is, from a strange scene where she is stimulated by Nakano’s fervent petting of her tail. Throw in some heartfelt segments and flashbacks that not only reveal a deeper story but also provide very pretty animation to contrast with the ugliness of the rest of the episode, and you’ve got a whole lot of hmmm—also as in, “Hmmm…not sure if I’ll try episode two.”
The Helpful Fox Senko-san can be streamed on Funimation.