Ooyasan wa Shishunki, aka Landlord is in Puberty (shouldn’t it be “Landlady“?) aired in Winter 2016, meaning it wasn’t the only short anime airing at the time. For this reason, it could very well (and I fully expected it to) be drowned out by its competition, especially the shows in the Ultra Super Anime Time block, but that didn’t happen. Sure, Tabi Machi Late Show took the cake early on and became my favourite short of the season, but Ooyasan wa Shishunki didn’t end up being nearly as forgettable as I expected it to be.
For the most part, this was due to the show’s visuals. The premise was just there to look weird on paper, it didn’t really affect the show in any way (it could just as well have been about a middle school student living alone in a more normal way), but the visual presentation was eye-catching. There are many shows that use facial expressions as a considerable source of humour (Daily Lives of High School Boys, for instance), and Ooyasan wa Shishunki is one of them. I would also claim that it’s one of the better ones in recent times.
And it’s especially good visually when compared to the other shorts of the season. The aforementioned Tabi Machi Late Show didn’t really have any visual humour (because it wasn’t going for it), and neither did Ojisan to Marshmallow nor Oshiete Galko-chan. The former relied mostly on its premise being hilarious (which it was, to its credit), and the latter relied on its dialogue being astonishingly gross at times. Which, I must admit, was entertaining. But neither had a really memorable and outstanding visual style, and that’s something that Ooyasan wa Shishunki did have.