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3: Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!
MAL Score: 7.47
Shi Miao simply cannot stand her lazy, stupid, and unreliable elder brother Shi Fen, who is one year above her at the same high school. Though the two siblings can only depend on each other, Shi Miao’s violent tendencies combined with Shi Fen’s knack for causing trouble cause them to fight constantly. And so, Shi Miao can only hope that someone might take her brother away—even though, when push comes to shove, Shi Fen always tries to do what he believes is best for his cute younger sister.
My score: 9/10
What it deserves: 7/10
Why the high score?
This is a very short series, each episode lasting 3 minutes. Altogether, this comes to a slightly longer regular episode length. So one can think of it as an OVA.
It is so rare these days to find a show based on siblings without there being any semblance of some sort of romantic interest in one another. In other words, siblings being SIBLINGS. It was extremely refreshing.
The characters themselves each have their innate personalities, which show up time and again, but not without exceptions, where any change makes perfect sense. Having siblings myself, the dynamics between the two I find quite accurate XD.
The art is simple, yet quaint, and entirely endearing. In fact, this was a huge factor into why I enjoyed it so much. Added with wonderful voice talents (Yuuichi Nakamura, Sora Amamiya, god bless you both for your performances T^T) and up beat OST (Brian the Sun!!), the entire show came together beautifully.
I cannot stress enough: if you’re in need of comedy, simple slice of life store development and siblings acting like siblings, watch. This.
– Good comedy.
– The art and animation look fair enough for a short anime. And interesting character designs.
– Nakamura Yuichi and Amamiya Sora as two MCs. More than enough for a comedy show.
– The color scheme is kinda plain. Make it looks like it’s some kind of a flash-animation.
– This thing is for fun only so there are no plot to be expected.
And here’re some wisdom:
“What is more important, pride or food!?”
My, I’m gonna live by those words.
“Hidden gem” is a term thrown around too loosely these days, but with less than 10k total members for the funniest anime of the season, it certainly applies here. My only real issue is the lack of additional episodes to explore the concept even further, but if more people watch the anime and support the source material then that problem should take care of itself.
2: Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 3
MAL Score: 7.68
Shi Miao is still stuck with her irresponsible elder brother Shi Fen, who lives in neverending fear of his younger sister’s stormy temper. As the siblings continue enjoying their carefree high school days alongside their friends and classmates, they realize that there truly is no cure for family.
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 3 continues with more of the same hijinks Shi Mao and Shi Fen gets up to, along with Xin Kai, Sui Wan following or trying to one up Shi Fen’s hijinks as well. From Xin Kai and Shi Fen trying to one up themselves as well as Sui Wan and Xin Kai again completely obliviousness of Shi Mao’s feelings one way or another, Shi Fen’s cheapskating ways going to the extreme to Shi Mao trying to be more ladylike to catch Xin Kai’s eye to Sui Wan wanting to keep him being found out as rich by Xin Kai and SHi Fen as a secret one way or another. All in all Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 3 is pretty much the same momentum of the second season.
But in lies where LA thinks Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! third season is going, it’s pretty much more of the same, no big change to the core cast of Shi Mao, Shi Fen, Sui Wan and Xin Kai, unlike the second season that tried at least, sure LA may be looking a bit too deep into an anime short wanting more, but shouldn’t LA want more?, sure not to knock this season as the comedy and it’s punchlines were great as always but LA does want at the very least some character changes within the core cast with the lingering plot threads from the previous seasons (yes even for a comedy ad yes even for an anime short).
The animation done once again by Fanworks and Imagineer, REALLY not much to say with this segment as it’s pretty much the same as the previous season, much like the plot.
The voice cast is one of the best strengths of this anime short, from Sora Amamiya, Yuuichi Nakamura, Kensho Ono, Natsuki Hanae going all out in their respective roles, ESPECIALLY once again Sora Amamiya and Yuuichi Nakamura, though Natsuki Hanae gets some crazy comedic cadences and Kensho Ono as the ever cloudcuckoolander Xin Kai.
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 3 is pretty much all in the same from the second season, not that it isn’t a bad thing, no the comedy still landed and was funny which as a job it accomplished, LA just wished this season could have done better character-wise, ehhh it’s like this season got a B+ passing grade, but LA wanted it to be a A at least but that was just LA…nonetheless decent season all in all.
Before I begin this review, I’d like to give you some context and explain my opinions on this series. I watched the first season of this series about a year ago, and I generally enjoyed it. It wasn’t anything special, but I liked it nonetheless. When I saw that a third season was coming out this fall, I decided to watch the second season in preparation. The second season is really damn good. It has more structure, and a lot more work went into crafting the situations and stories. So needless to say I was expecting the third season to deliver the same quality content. Unfortunately… it failed to do so.
Season 3 isn’t bad, it’s just dissapointing.
My first issue is with the story. Given that each episode is a measly three minutes long, it can be difficult to cram in much of a story. With these constraints, there’re two options:
1. Each episode has a self contained story (this was done for season 1).
2. Have several story arcs that develop over the course of several episodes (this was done for season 2).
This kind of story structure is the reason season 2 is better than season 1. As long as you have competent writers, an arc-based story structure is always the superior option. Unfortunately, season 3 follows the former formula, and every episode has a different story. This makes for some very mediocre episodes, and plotlines with some potential don’t extend beyond a singular episode.
For the contents of the story itself, the plot follows a student named Shi Fen, his little sister Shi Mao, and their friends. They get into various hijinx and experience all kinds of absurd situations. There’s a fair amount of slapstick and situational humor. The sheer absurdity of some episodes didn’t really make them all that funny, and this season certainly didn’t get as many laughs out of me as season 2 did.
The animation, art, and audio are all good. The art isn’t very “anime-like”, but it has it’s own charm. The characters have very cartoonish motion, but it’s all done smoothly. And the voice actors do a fine job as well.
Overall, Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 3 is a decent little mini-series. But I still found it dissapointing. I’ve already gone over how the story structure hurts this season, but I think it’s actually worse than season 1 as well. But if season 1 had the same story structure, then why is it better?
It’s better because it’s fresher. In season 1 you’re introduced to the characters,and they don’t need to go through a lot because they’re new. The situations are funnier because you haven’t seen some of them before. And the character interactions are better, because you’re experiencing them for the first time. In season 2, the characters developed. You learned more about them and that changes how you view them. Barring a singular episode, this doesn’t happen in season 3. The characters are largely static.
These characters have existed for two seasons already, and they’ve grown and experienced things. For them to suddenly have no growth for this season… is a huge letdown.
Ani no Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 3 had something to live up to in the form of season 2. It had an opportunity to be as good as (if not better) than what came before it. But it failed. And while that doesn’t make it bad, it certainly makes it dissapointing. 6.5/10
So, would I reccomend you watch this mini-series? Sure, it can be funny at times, and the episodes are very short. But if you’re a fan of the previous two seasons, than you may want to lower your expectations. Because while season 3 is still enjoyable, it isn’t like what came before.
Hopefully they make a fourth season. And I hope it’s more like season 2.
I think there isn’t much character development unlike the previous season, but I’m pleased that this season did so well in developing the relationship between the main duo. It didn’t put too much emphasis on the sister beating up the brother (we’ve already seen so much of that in season one); it even showed moments when they get along… or acting alike. Shows that no matter how different siblings appear; they can’t be THAT different.
What a fun ride~ Looking forward to more seasons!
1: Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 2
Japanese: 兄に付ける薬はない! 2
MAL Score: 7.72
As always, Shi Miao is tired of her brother’s ridiculous antics, and Shi Fen can only hope to escape the clutches of his violent sister. With their friends and classmates in tow, the two continue their dysfunctional relationship as reluctant but devoted siblings.
But…if you’re here wondering why the quality this time around isn’t as good as it should be, there are some caveats. Firstly, being a 2-cour, it’s hardly as engaging as it should have been compared to the 1st season which was just 1-cour, it had just the right amount of stuff and fluff that it stands out and makes it mroe enjoyable. Secondly, the music, or rather the OP chosen. Being a Chinese myself, I don’t despise Chinese music all that often (and even so when it comes to Chinese iterations of anime), but the song is mildly OK at best, and it kinda daunts on me that how I wished Brian The Sun would come back for another song. Granted, his 1st season OP was very memorable to me so much so (not just for My HeroAca fame) that his song is the first instantaneous reminder of this funny comedic short.
Regardless of my complaints, Fanworks really still delivers as per series such as the now-popular Aggressive Retsuko, Honobono Log and more. Really glad that they came back to do another season, and is a 2-cour which is twice the fun, twice the comedy and twice the hilarity!
A good series that while I prefer the 1st season over this, but by no means it slouches however. Still a good time to waste about 72 mins of your time binge-watching this to the end.
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 2 brings us the same antics from the first season but with at least a bit more development.
From the start, Wan Sui gets a bit more development or screentime but with the gist of him trying to be an ordinary guy when he’s rich, you know that old trope, but add in his younger brother Wan Xing who’s keeping track of him and is exactly what you’d think of the stuck up rich kid, yet because of Wan Sui’s interactions with Shi Fen and Kai Xin he slowly but surely becomes like Wan Sui. Wan Sui also gets into a unrequited love to Shi Mao (something that was only teased and Wan Sui didn’t care at the start of his introduction!, s he kinda became the mask that Shi Fen misunderstood). So for the most part Wan Sui gets the screentime he needed though he has the old cliche of the rich guy wanting to be normal, how he got chummy with Kai Xin and Shi Fen and the situation with his family was enough to at least flesh him out a bit.
The other “major arc” comes in where Class Rep MIGHT have a crush on Shi Fen and because this is Shi Fen…it comes out as expected but funny nonetheless and the Class Rep herself was an interesting addition to the cast and has a bit more screentime compared to Wan Xing by a mile.
Other than those arcs, it’s the same old, but punchy funny scenarios that Shi Fen and Shi Mao gets into their daily lives, whether it be a scorching hot day, why Shi Fen and Kai Xin are idiots (no really), why Shi Fen is hated by girls and even back on track to the ever unrequited love of Shi Mao’s crush to Kai Xin being ignored or even misunderstood to the extreme due to Shi Fen or by fate.
The animation done once again by Tencent Penguin Pictures was the same as the first season, with the crazy wacky facial expressions (some incorporating a blend of CGI quite well), the punchy action thanks to Shi Mao’s strength and shows it off quite well and though the character designs are ok, you can recognize who’s who very distinctly even in same uniforms. All in all, decent yet punchy funny animation from Tencent Penguin Pictures.
The voice cast is back with the addition of Class Rep and Wan Xing who were uncredited (?) and they all had good chemistry with the rest of the cast. Sora Amamiya was the same as ever but LA felt like due to Shi Mao’s somewhat reduced screentime she didn’t gets to go FULL ham but she still had her moments what with Shi Mao’s preset demeanor, other than Sora Amamiya, Yuuichi Nakamura and Kensho Ono were still great as well with their craziness exuding from their cadences with Natsuki Hanae as Wan Sui following suit. Nonetheless great cast.
If you want more of the punchy, quick witted comedy of Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!, then the second season is more of the same, maybe even more if you wanted more screentime from the main cast and heck even some of the newer additions blended nicely into the crazy cast of characters and for a sequel to Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! itself, though the comedy is practically the same, having some of the main cast go through arcs as it were and develop them even a little was a nice step up and flesh out the characters and make the plot outcome though sometimes predictable, the buildup and quick witted nature makes it worth it to watch it.
Want more quick sibling-based comedy in a good earnest way, then Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 2 will deliver…
When I saw the first season of “Please Take My Brother Away”, I was surprised for several reasons.. other than it not being a story about sisters that do lewd stuff to each others. The first one was the art. As this is a short anime which episodes are around 3 minutes in duration, the original art style and simplistic animation made it truly stand out.
The second was definitely the comedy as I made several friends watch the first season by simply showing them a scene about eating pizza. It was definitely the funniest eating scene that has ever been animated. Rumors say the restaurant owners still don’t know where the last pizza slice went.
However, it’s now time for the 2nd season, and its best part is already the fact that it exist. Thanks to Fanworks (the studio behind several other short comedy series such as Aggressive Retsuko and Honobono Log) for once again making sequels that needed to be made.
It starts with military training and gorilla warfare memes, followed by auctions and fund rising bidding wars, and more badass eating scenes which are even more over the top than before. All of these end up being a disaster because -you guessed it- no one took the brother away.
As a conclusions, in case some more abstract comedy is needed, head to your closest whatever and give the first season a try. As it’s only around 30 minutes in length, it will be a fast one. Then come back to the perfectness that this second season is… or don’t, I don’t really care.
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1. Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 2
2. Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 3
3. Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!