They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru., Kyuukyoku Shinka shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusoge Dattara, Hataage! Kemono Michi, and more!
4: Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru.
English: The Detective Is Already Dead
MAL Score: 6.40
Kimihiko Kimizuka has found himself inadvertently entangled in various crimes more times than he can remember, referring to himself as a magnet for trouble. One day, as if it was nothing out of the ordinary, a group of unknown men kidnaps him, forcing him to board a flight—where he also encounters a hijacking. Amid the resulting chaos, however, Kimizuka meets a stunning silver-haired beauty, going by the codename Siesta, who then saves the day.
Claiming to be a legendary detective, Siesta enlists Kimizuka to be her sidekick. Though Kimizuka refuses at first, with Siesta’s insistence, he eventually joins her—marking the start of a grand adventure spanning the entire world, preventing multiple threats that could spell doom for humanity along the way.
Unfortunately, after three years of their unpredictable yet enjoyable time together, Siesta abruptly passes away. Distraught, Kimizuka tries to leave all memories of her behind, but as he begins to meet more people, it seems that Siesta’s influence will never truly die.
It’s a failed attempt at a mystery anime, taking itself seriously enough to engage in a plot that ultimately leads to nothing of a well-written mystery.
It’s boring as hell, uninteresting plot progression seemingly made to make viewers fall asleep (thanks for the early sleep), the characters are stale sculptures that are basically speedrunning Ozymandias downfall.
Audiovisuals are generic because everything was spent on the 1st episode, like a ufotable turn Studio Deen type fall. The saving grace for sound was the OP/ED.
Wow, this anime is neither enjoyable nor recommendable. Go watch Samurai Flamenco instead.
The main girl is named Siesta. “Siesta” is Spanish for “nap.”
And this show does nothing but put you to fucking sleep.
But that’s only if you’re lucky, because staying awake is torture. I know “The Detective is Already Dead” may sound like an enticing title, but don’t be fooled. This is a battle harem. It may not be set in an academy, and there may not be an arena for waifu fights, but the essential elements are there, and the show isn’t ashamed of this at all. In fact, it’s the only selling point. Why is a show about a middle school loser becoming Discount James Bond, traveling the world fighting international counterintelligence and terror organizations, but also aliens, mind controllers, werewolves, and superhuman androids enjoyed by anyone? Because he does so with a cute detective waifu at his side constantly trying to fall on his dick. I don’t know if it’s a spoiler to say this, but as the title suggests, the detective is, indeed, already dead, so everything I just described only takes place in flashbacks, and everything happening in present day consists of new, different girls trying to fall on his dick. This is actually genius when you think about it, because now you and the self-insert protagonist don’t have to choose a best girl, and can instead just fuck them both, one in the past, and another in the present. But I didn’t mean to so quickly sweep all that dumb shit under the rug. To say this show contains aliens, mind control, werewolves, and superhuman androids is not a spoiler, because they aren’t treated as mysteries nor presented as reveals. I know this may seem odd considering nothing about the premise or promotional material would suggest this show gets that ridiculous, but that’s just it. This show makes no attempt to build the world or make the setting feel distinctive. Everything will look and feel totally banal, and then suddenly you’re watching this indescribable Frankenstein’s Monster of disparate genres and ideas which don’t mix together at all. This may be a weird thing to say, but nothing in this show feels like it was done in the right order. Yes, the pacing is incompetent, but that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s hard to put this into words, but scenes are just so poorly considered and end up feeling awkward or like there’re taking place in the wrong context. The lifeless directing and ultra-generic art style don’t help either, because a weird and out-of-place character or concept will be introduced, and the music will change to try and switch the tone, but NOTHING changes visually, so the whole sequence just feels deadpan—like the building blocks making up the scene were ordered wrong or internally misplaced.
With all that said, the real reason this show is such a boring piece of shit is plain and simple: it just has awful writing. Siesta’s motto as a detective is, “A first-rate detective gets a handle on a case before the incident occurs,” and this motto is the central gimmick of the series. We and our self-insert protagonist are the fish out of water, and Siesta is the seemingly clairvoyant, Holmesian mastermind who already holds all the relevant knowledge beforehand. We, the audience, are supposed to marvel at her intelligence, but what the author doesn’t understand is that this does not make for an interesting story. It is well-established that what makes detective stories engaging is the audience’s desire to solve the mystery with the clues and foreshadowing provided by the author, but if you know the author isn’t going to provide you with ANY clues or ANY foreshadowing, and is instead going to constantly pull random shit out of thin air and expect you to applaud his creativity, then you’ll immediately lose interest. However, what makes this show in particular its own special brand of retarded, is that explanatory information is withheld even during scenes which have nothing to do with mystery.
This show is amazingly forthright with how contrived it is.
Why does our teenage waifu decide to move in with our teenage protagonist half a day after they meet?
Why does our middle school aged protagonist with no credentials get an international license to carry by an intelligence syndicate?
Why does Waifu #2 get a heart transplant that magically imbues her with the thoughts and emotions of the heart’s original owner?
Why can our normal human waifu safely jump out of a building wearing a dress, high heels, and carrying our protagonist in her arms?
Why does Waifu #3 stop some random asshole on the street who she’s never met before and assume he’s a legendary detective?
Why does our waifu’s blood turn into bullets, and why do those bullets magically revoke a person’s free will?
Why does our protagonist scream “It’s time for My Teen Romantic Comedy™!” despite rejecting our waifu’s romanic advances?
Just for the memes.
I have twelve episodes worth of this bullshit to chose from, so trust me when I say I could do this all day. Any principle fixture of the plot or character chemistry is totally preposterous, and it’s not even in service of anything interesting. Remember, this show is just a battle harem, yet in its attempts to stand out, it just embarrasses itself when it probably would’ve been better off relying on more standard concepts. The show still would’ve been a boring piece of shit, but at least it wouldn’t be so confusing and dumb.
This show is also amazingly forthright with how trashy it is. It may rattle off endless dialogue in an attempt to feel intelligent, if only on a kindergarten level, but its fanservice is flagrant. Don’t get me wrong. There is certainly diegetic fanservice—like whenever one of the girls squats or bends over right in front of the main guy’s crotch like a porn actress, we’re treated to a nice shot of her exposed lower-back and ass—but there will also be totally lecherous and nonsensical shots of girls’ bodies apropos of nothing. This isn’t even mentioning all the ridiculous shit the characters do in service of pandering which totally shatterers your suspension of disbelief. Waifu #2 is literally introduced by walking up to the main guy, shoving her hand down his throat, fingering his tongue, removing her hand covered in drool, talking down to him like a dominatrix, and then smothering his face in her tits. Seriously, is this a new fetish or something? What that fuck is this?
It is genuinely challenging for me to describe the characters in this show without describing other characters from other anime. Siesta tells the main guy he’s perfect for covert detective work because his face is so unexceptional, anyone who sees it will quickly forget about it. This is funny not simply because I can say the exact same thing about this show in its entirety, but because I can also say the same thing about her and every other one-dimensional, cardboard character from within it.
Watch Re:Starting Life in Another World From Zero™.
Take Emilia. Cut her hair into an even bob, leave her ribbon on the right side, remove the flower, and make her eyes blue instead of purple.
Take Rem’s obsequious, unconditional love, but also Ram’s wry cleverness, and combine them into one girl.
Congratulations. You’ve crafted Siesta from scratch. Now you have a sexy waifu to leer at, but one who you can also appreciate as an intellectual equal despite your apprehension toward women.
Watch NISIOISIN’s Monogatari Series™.
Take Araragi. Replace his disheveled hair with something more generic and refined, and widen his eyes a little too.
Take his relatable cynicism, but remove all the character complexity and past experience which makes his personality believable.
Congratulations. You’ve crafted the main guy from scratch. Now you can self-insert without having to be reminded of your social flaws which make this kind of escapist fantasy attractive to you in the first place.
The main character’s real name is Kimihiko Kimizuka. In light of this, Siesta decides to nickname him “Kimi.” This makes sense considering his name, but what the show attempts to lampshade is the fact “kimi” is the Japanese word for “you.” If you’ve never seen one of these self-insert harem shows, this may seem meaningless, but if you’re familiar with the way these shows work, you probably see why this is so unbelievably shameless. The dialogue scenes in these shows often use a Shot/Reverse Shot directing style, so when the waifu on screen is talking to the main guy stood across from her, she is effectively just talking directly into the camera. In other words, she’s looking at and speaking to the audience. This is prefect for self-insert escapism, and there are even shows like One Room which consist exclusively of a girl talking to the camera and pretending to be your girlfriend, but this show has found a way to have its cake and eat it too. Unlike One Room, it has a real cast of characters, but in practice, it almost nullifies this fact by having the waifu refer to the main character as “you” instead of his actual name, so you can just jerk off and not have to worry about hearing another man’s name ruining the fantasy, because as far as you’re concerned, she’s talking to you. If not so morally contemptible, this manipulation would be hilarious.
“The novel is better.”
This statement is a fallacy. While it’s true most anime are just advertisements for the source material, especially those produced by companies like Kadokawa, shilling the source material to your fellow anime fans is assuming they actually give a shit about reading it, but I don’t. I’m trying to find good anime, not good manga, and certainly not good light novels. Given the absurd amount of monotonous dialogue packed into this show, it’s effectively a novel in and of itself, so if it’s any consolation, this show is still a piece of shit even if you’re only viewing it as an advertisement for the novel. After all, it gives me no reason to assume the novel which it’s advertising is any less shitty, and even if the novel isn’t shitty, that fact wouldn’t somehow make the anime less shitty. If you ever see someone throwing around the word “secondary” as an insult, you know the point they’re making is wrongheaded. Attempting to discredit someone’s opinion on an anime because they haven’t read the source material is a flawed line of thinking, because it’s attempting to force a conflation between adaptations and supplemental materials, when in reality, an adaptation is its own work which should be criticized on its own merits. These people may be correct, and the source material may be better, but it doesn’t defend the anime, and that’s what we’re talking about here.
I almost forgot to mention how ugly this show is. I think it goes without saying it’s artistically soulless, but even on a technical level, it’s just poorly produced. The first episode isn’t mind-boggling or anything, but it’s serviceable, and it has a few cuts of cool animation. However, this premier is unapologetic bait on which all efforts were expended and all good animators were invited, and everything afterward looks progressively worse. The background quality drops to the point it can be painful to watch, and the animation is never too far behind. This is often the case with light novel adaptations, but this show has a particularly bad case of shitty character designs. Light novel cover art is extremely detailed, so it’s rare for an animation studio to adapt these designs faithfully into an anime, but any character designer worth his or her salt shouldn’t have a hard time simplifying the designs for a proper adaptation. However, if the character designer is a hack or if the studio just doesn’t have the talent, and if this ineptitude is then combined with shitty animation, that’s how you end up with shows like Overlord, Youjo Senki, 86, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, or this fucking trainwreck. I think I’m going to give this show a One, but I honestly believe it deserves a Two. It wasn’t downright offensive, and its only real crime was waterboarding me with boredom, so in all fairness, it probably deserves a Two, but it simply has no redeeming qualities. If you put a gun to my head, I still wouldn’t be able to say anything unconditionally nice about it. I mean, frankly, if you put a gun to my head, so long as it allowed me to stop watching this trash, I’d pull the fucking trigger for you.
Thank you for reading.
Taking a step back, I didn’t want to be judgmental at first glance. In fact, I was actually impressed by some of the promotional material it showed off, especially a gun wielding girl fighting what seemingly taking place on board an aircraft. It’s very confrontational from the start and leaves little room to breath for the first episode. To further its experience, the show decided to air the action style pilot at double the standard length, as a way to give us a taste of what to expect. Does the first episode make or break the chance to enjoy the anime? Let’s find out.
For starters, we do meet two prominent characters – Siesta and Kimihiko as they get caught in the middle of a plane hijacking. To make matters worse, the hijacker has supernatural abilities that can threaten everyone aboard the plane. Siesta’s request to Kimihiko to become her assistant is replied with ambigiouity although he has little choice than to team up if they both want to survive. It sets forth the core of the show as the duo begin their adventures together. Fast forward and later, they are thrown into a high school setting and for some reason, the anime decided to add in a wedding dress for Siesta. I’ll leave that to your imagination but let’s just say that such a transition is a massive direction in setting. But you may still be asking yourself: just who exactly is Siesta?
With Kimihiko’s rotten luck, you’d expect him to be the last person on Earth to meet a stunning girl like Siesta. Even more so, he becomes her partner after displaying his innate skills in a complicated situation. Watching the two work together at first seemed as mysterious as the main premise itself. They have nothing in common but are seemingly bound by fate. It’s not soon after when the story transits into meaning of the anime’s title and we find out who the dead detective is. However, it would also appear that Kimihiko isn’t fully ready to move on with his life and this draws him to other girls such as Nagisa. From here, his life gets perhaps even more complicated than ever before.
Now I want to be discret and warn that the anime’s story can be a bit confusing at times. From what the anime adapted, some novels are out of order and it deepens the confusion. It’s not that the anime is difficult to understand but that it doesn’t follow a traditional chapter-by-chapter adaptation format. Watching this anime did show me the depth of Kimihiko’s personality as he develops peculiar relationships among its cast. Unfortunately, most of these lacks the sort of concrete depth you should be expecting. For instance, Kimihiko’s character relationship with Nagisa is bleak at best as the girl practically forces him to help her. Their confrontation can almost be described as brutal and replusive to the point where Kimihiko feels like a victim. That is to say, it’s also hard to feel sorry for Kimihiko when we can’t get fully invested into his character. We don’t know much about his past except for his relationship with Siesta. In respect, I think it’s dangerous for the anime to plant the story in this direction. We can only ask ourselves more and more questions about the past while almost being neglected to know about the present. Then again, this is a mystery anime, right?
In some aspects, I do appreciate at how the show handles its mystery in terms of revelations. While some story segments are easily predictable, others can be misguided and with red herrings. However, it’s not a complicated storyteller where the show feels like a puzzle. What’s unsettling about the storytelling is the way the anime depicts Siesta’s overall character role. She goes from alive to dead in different episodes and sometimes, you have to ask yourself what exactly the author wants you to experience. Sorrow? Suspense? Ambiguity? In essence, I ask myself what the purpose of the premise really is. Yes, the detective is already dead but at the same time, she is also alive. I think from the beginning, killing a character like Siesta permantely would set off a massive red flag so the series avoids this by bringing her back in different ways. It’s clever on some levels but also disappointing. Why? Let’s just say that the more times she is on screen, the less appealing the mystery is. If it can even be called that…because honest to God, the ‘mystery’ of the show is more of an amateur detective fiction.
Holding the show further back is the reminder of the cast. Among them advertised from the key visuals include Yui, Charlotte, Alicia, and Nagisa. Yes, this anime may not be a harem but having Kimihiko pair up with them gives off a stench. Oh and did I almost forgot to mention the SPES? That’s a mysterious organization who is deeply involved with Siesta. Unfortunately, the show does a poor job at making them look like a credible threat or at least one for fans to invest into. The more and I watched the anime, the less appealing it felt with each episode lacking the thrilling suspense I anticipated. The characters are underdeveloped and far too much emphasis is dedicated to Siesta, whether she’s dead or alive. If I wanted to see a mystery anime, I could’ve picked up something more coherent. What we got here is nothing short of a jumble of incoherent mess.
But….I do want to praise the anime’s visual quality. While the main story lacked a compelling plot, the artistic visuals speaks another language. The female cast such as Siesta, Charlotte, and Nagisa are characterized with alluring appeals that makes them stand out compared to almost anyone else. Furthermore, the consistency of colorful backgrounds is clear from the very first episode. It also falls no short in showing the action sequence and violence on occasions, when given the opportunity. Elsewhere, there’s also some degrees of fan service such as the classy swimsuit episode or when Nagisa ruthlessly bullies Kimihiko with suggestive yet sexy behavior.
Yes, that’s it. To call this show a deep complex mystery would be an illusion. What started as an appealing premiere ended up being one of the most underwhelming anime of the Summer 2021 season. That’s not an exaggeration because after watching the anime, I felt almost betrayed. If you want better a mystery, watch something with an actual planned out plot and meaningful character cast. This ain’t it folks.
3: Kyuukyoku Shinka shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusoge Dattara
English: Full Dive: The Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life!
MAL Score: 6.50
Ten years ago, at the peak of the VRMMO development industry, a game titled “Kiwame Quest” entered the scene with potential like no other. Boasting a colossal total of 10 sexdecillion branches of possible story scenarios, this game pursued ultimate realism, ranging from humanlike NPCs to the perfect replication of all senses and physical abilities. But it soon became apparent that the game was too realistic, and the popularity of VRMMOs in general gradually began to plunge.
At present, due to an accident a few years prior, the high school student Hiroshi Yuuki now immerses himself in full-dive RPGs as a form of escapism. After failing to acquire the latest version of his favorite game, Hiroshi stumbles upon a game shop and meets its beautiful clerk Reona Kisaragi who convinces him to buy a copy of Kiwame Quest so that they can play together.
The first time Hiroshi plays the game, he marvels at the realism it offers. However, his astonishment is short-lived as he sets off a series of misfortunes, quickly realizing that the game is even worse than his already stressful life. Nevertheless, Hiroshi still finds himself logging on again despite his growing contempt for the game. With no do-overs in his current disadvantageous situation, Hiroshi only has one goal—clearing the game!
That said, this show is shitty levels of wack trash perception, and so are all of you in real life. I pity those who went in thinking they would experience the typical “serious” fantasy show, without thinking in the back of their minds that this is MEANT to be a comedy first and foremost.
In order to understand this bait-and-switch of a conundrum, ask yourself: What is “anime logic”? The smart-ass in me would’ve said something like this: ““Anime logic” is a term used by many oversmart retards to look cool by showing their advance noticing skills and PhD in Physics.
Seriously y’all, why do you even point out something and say it doesn’t make any sense because it won’t happen in real life when you’re literally watching hand-drawn sketch animation? Also, anime or any forms of media entertainment are intended for the pleasure-seeking experience of their audience, and one thing people tend to forget, is that you watch media to explore something new, to escape reality because if entertainment were like our daily lives, then what’s the point in watching them when we can just live our daily lives?
Also, some situations are made that will probably never happen in real life, and people pointing out that “This should’ve not happened” or “Why didn’t he/she/it do that” is just stupid because you haven’t experienced that moment yet so who knows what will you do.
So, “Anime logic” means logic LITERALLY applied in anime in order to give you viewing pleasure and let you experience a new reality of It’s own. Because we all know everyday life is boring and laws of physics will never let us do crazy things we want to. It may seem ridiculous or stupid to you, but just realise that it’s ANIME!” Heh, spoken like a big-brain dork with a PhD in AniManga.
And now, back to Full Dive. The first thing you need to know is that this is by the same author of Cautious Hero, and the most ambitious part is that the anime adaptation was announced just 4 months after the inception of the LN, man, talk about the fastest turnaround time I’ve ever heard of a source material getting an anime THAT FAST. But if you ask me, the real reason lies with the fact that it’s the higher-ups at Kadokawa who are to blame, now that the big corporation is pushing source materials under their big and massive source umbrella to adapt and produce 40 anime per year until 2023. That is great for anime fans, but not so much on the “liturgy” that is the current state of the anime industry, and if you know anything about it, is that it promotes overwork and stress to the point of real-life death (that isn’t funny at all).
The second thing about Full Dive, is that it isn’t afraid to be the laughingstock of an imitation of SAO, with the VRMMO-esque feature bundled in, together with the help of series composer Kenta Ihara (who also worked on Cautious Hero) and prominent Seiyuu VAs which had their roles passed onto other people. You know Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, the VA who voiced the chad Kirito, he’s essentially the one who cleared SAO and many of its VR world derivatives, and now in Full Dive, he has also cleared through this shitty 10-year-old game called Kiwame Quest, which boasts of a literal full-dive RPG…but with realism attached to it so real and shitty that there’s no indistinguishable difference between the game and real life itself. And now, his playthrough of Kiwame Quest is solely desired by the “new” Kirito: high schooler Hiroshi Yuuki (voiced by Daiki Yamashita, OreSuki’s MC Amatsuyu “Jouro” Kisaragi), whom one day, has desired to look for a game that he could play to pass the time of his past accident, and was stupidly roped in to purchase this shitty game from a game shop, managed by the busty Reona Kisaragi, whom is voiced by Ayana Taketatsu, Kirito’s sister Suguha (well that explains the oversized busty boobs). The new “Kirito’s sibling sister” role of Hiro has been passed onto his sister Kaede (voiced by Aoi Koga), which if by any indication that she has also VA-ed Kaguya and the soon-to-be Komi Shouko, looks to be a spiritual successor of SAO in the sibling pairing. Add in the fact that the “XL Joushi” Hentai VA Haruki Ishiya voices the Best Friend trope Martin; Ai Fairouz voicing the yandere Alicia (which is absolutely *chef’s kiss* perfection) and SAO’s favourite monster spirit and Silica’s pet Pina’s VA Shiori Izawa voicing the sadist Inquisitor Mizarisa, and you have the making of a 100% no-holds barred SAO Abridged version that the pitiful peeing Besto Friendo MC must conquer and find himself clearing the game at a brisk pace (because this is also an SAO trademark). Good luck trying to clear a game that as shitty as it is, you MOFO just have to YOLO this one out with a shitty fairy NPC who makes the mockery out of you both in-game and real life! Isn’t that such a wunderful premise and with characters so wack you’d be bulging your eyes out at the complete insanity of it all? YES!? OK, calm down, cool me.
I’ll admit that ENGI still has a long way to go with the studio’s subpar animation, which are very noticeable with a lot of cutting corners strewn almost everywhere, but the character designs are striking to make up for the lackluster visuals. This show being the studio’s 3rd work in Kadokawa’s line-up of its astounding “40 anime per year” quota is quite staggering, but the studio hasn’t had any choice since it’s a subsidary of Kadokawa after all, it was made to promote anime-adaptation works published under the massive corporation. Dang those money-shelling shitty corporations!
At least you get some fun in the form of the OST, to which music artiste Mayu Maeshima has already made her name known on Re:Zero’s Season 2 Part 2’s OP as her solo debut, not forgetting the fact that she was once part of MYTH & ROID, the go-to “It’s Free Real Estate, and Ready Perfectly” outstanding band unit for Isekai shows with banger songs. With her 2nd song “ANSWER” for this OP, I just can’t think of a better OP to represent this ballsy lunatic show. Same with all the female MC VAs (plus a sister) for the ED, with all the IN YOUR FACE butt and boob-shoving and amazing voices, how can you not love a show that knows how to subvert your expectations to just for pure insanity?
To finish this review proper, if you still don’t get my references of endless satire, you’re just as shitty in real-life, NO QUESTION. Love it or hate it, Full Dive as a show is one that will not be a masterpiece in comedy, but it definitely feels like a spiritual successor to Cautious Hero, IMO of course.
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth? NOPE, this show is the meaning of “TIT FOR TAT”, a hoodwinked bait to lure you into watching shitty anime that is all bad and low-key good. A guilty pleasure of a show that even if you find massive hate in it, there’s something to love about it as well.
Full Dive is terrible and I’m the kind of person who enjoys the stupid dick jokes from Sentouin Hakkenshimasu and held them in high regard. One of the biggest issues with this is with the characters. My God, Hiro has got to be the one of the most insufferable whiny unlikable twerp in anime (not the worst, that dishonor goes to Ouma Shu). I’m not against the idea of having a loser protagonist, but you gotta make the protag at least somewhat likable in spite of their incompetence. I’ve hated Hiro all the way through and he never NEVER gets any better. The rest don’t fare any better, apart from Alicia, Mizarisa and Matsuoka-kun, everyone is so thoroughly unlikable and annoying. It goes beyond “funny character quirk” that overstays its welcome, it’s “beating you over the head again and again with how much annoying they are and how they never stop”.
Then there’s the humor. The awful humor. It’s not that they’re low brow or stupid, again, I enjoyed the stupid dick jokes from Sentouin. The problem is twofold, they’re delivered by characters you don’t like, and another one, they overexplain the joke, again and again and again. Yes, we get it the game is shitty because it’s emulating reality, but my God, they won’t stop egging you on it. The worst thing is, there are actually good jokes in this ruined by Hiro yelling and overly explaining the joke. Like, there’s this one pretty good one where, after buying smoke grenades, Hiro couldn’t use them properly because he didn’t light them. The framing, the comedic timing, the pauses, everything was great! UNTIL Hiro decides to open his goddamned mouth.
Like, for every potential this anime has at being even remotely decent, there’s a big BUT hovering over it. Like, I like the meta aspects and how it wants to subvert general isekai cliches, BUT, it’s done in such an overt manner it ruins any subtlety or tact. I like Alicia BUT she’s barely in the damn thing and she does overstay her welcome. I like that one plot twist near the end of the anime BUT the foreshadowing is so non-existent and it comes so suddenly to the point there’s no buildup to it. I like having a loser protagonist as a change of pace BUT there is no payoff to him being a loser apart from terrible and repetitive piss and shit jokes.
In the anime, Hiro kept on playing that shitty game he was suckered into buying because of tits fairy, and in a meta sense I suppose I was the same for Alicia. In that sense maybe the anime is some kind of success. But most probably it was garbage to begin with and not some clever metacommentary.
SA…I mean Full-Dive, is one of the biggest wasted opportunities I’ve seen in some time. Episode 1 grabbed my attention and genuinely had me laughing out loud. I remember commenting in discussion threads that this would be the next Konosuba, and how funny it was. I could not have been more wrong. As the weeks went by, Full-Dive regressed into a walking meme. In fact, it seemed to be self-aware at times of how stupid its story was. I can confidently say that Reona’s tits literally carried the story and are the only things worth checking out in this anime. The Full Dive video game world that the anime set up was interesting at first, but quickly become repetitive and there’s only so many times the best friend chasing with a knife, or Hiro pissing himself could be used before they got old. Week after week, I watched and hoped that this show would improve, but it just never did. The same old jokes, same old tropes, and an MC who you just stop feeling bad for after a while. For me to not enjoy a show is pretty rare, as everyone who’s read my reviews knows, but this was just bad.
Full-Dive’s disappointing story really is a shame, since the studio did a wonderful job with character designs and the art in the show is amazing. Unfortunately, there’s just not much substance there to back it up. I LOVE VRMMORPG, isekai, etc. etc., this was just a very bad example of one.
Full-Dive is one of the few skippable shows of what ended up being a really good Spring 2021 anime season. If you just want to get a couple laughs, go for it. If you want an actual good VRMMORPG anime, just watch Bofuri. Full-Dive gets 5 piss soaked pants out of 10.
2: Hataage! Kemono Michi
English: Kemono Michi: Rise Up
Japanese: 旗揚! けものみち
MAL Score: 6.65
Professional wrestler Genzou Shibata sports the body of a mountain, but beneath his hulking appearance is a man with an extreme affection for animals. Facing off his opponents in the ring as the legendary “Animal Mask,” Genzou wins the hearts of crowds everywhere with his iconic tiger persona.
During the bout for the title of World Champion against his greatest rival, the Macadamian Ogre, Genzou is suddenly summoned to a fantasy world by a princess. With her kingdom being threatened by a monster infestation, she pleads the wrestler for assistance—to which he answers by knocking her out with a German suplex! Escaping the castle and finding himself stranded in a mysterious land, Genzou decides to begin his career as a beast hunter to capture and befriend creatures far and wide. Joined by the wolf-girl Shigure, the dragon-girl Hanako, and the vampire Carmilla Vanstein, the professional wrestler pursues all kinds of dangerous requests for the sake of fulfilling his dream as a pet shop owner.
Although it’d be unfair to say this is just another isekai, I wouldn’t say it succeeds at what it tried to do. I expected it to at least be weird, and it certainly is ridiculous. Other than weirdness, there’s not much else. It was funny at times, but mostly I was just bored. Between the motionless animation, repetitive comedy, and an average cast of characters, there’s not a whole lot left to enjoy.
The main problem with the cast is their lack of purpose. There’s no reason for them to be together. They have no chemistry. The show begins with Genzo, the titular wrestler known as ‘Animal Mask’ getting summoned to fight monsters in a fantasy world. Soon after he meets Shigure, a mischievous wolf girl. She hangs around him for no reason other than her personal gain. She steals swords and armor from people Genzo beats up, then sells them at a pawn shop. As for her relationship with Genzo? She couldn’t care less about him. If he tries to start a conversation with her, she’ll say something like “not interested,” as if she read my mind. It’s funny how blunt she is, especially because she’s so relatable. She’s practically uninvolved with the action, she just does her own thing. It’s a shame the show does absolutely nothing with her (or any of the cast for that matter) because she was my favorite of the bunch. I wish she had been the protagonist, unfortunately, the one we got… kinda sucks.
I couldn’t care less about Genzo. The guy is a box of rocks. He has one good personality trait, a nice animal lover. His dream is to open a pet shop, aww that’s cute—until you realize he likes animals a little too much. Recruited to slay monsters, he chooses to make friends with them instead. Rather than killing, he wrestles monsters, then forcibly pets them in a borderline fetishistic way. There’s even a side plot of wolfman who basically has PTSD from being molested by Genzo. He spends most of the show misunderstanding what people say, assaulting animals, missing social cues, and hitting people (usually his friends) rather than resolving things with words.
Genzo’s stupidity is played for humor, but it makes him look more like an asshole. We never hear what he’s thinking. Sometimes I wondered if Carmilla’s insult was true, that he “has a muscle where his brain should be.” Speaking of which, Carmilla has no connection to Genzo either. She sticks around for the little red-haired demon girl. I struggle to find much to say about this one. She hates demon food, so she runs away from home to eat human food. That’s about it. I don’t know why she chose to stay with Genzo.
There’s not much else to add for the characters, which sucks considering they’re what the show’s about. Genzo is conceptually the glue that binds the group together. However, all he does is say/do stupid shit and the others call him an idiot. Without him, there’s nothing. They’re an awkward group of people who don’t give two shits about each other. In the first couple of episodes, the jokes are decent. Every character consistently has great overexaggerated voice acting. You can tell the actors are having fun with the script, even if the directing doesn’t do them justice. Genzo’s a weird pervert, but because everyone else called him out, it was funny. This one prominent joke—and variations of it—make up the entire show. Rinse, repeat. Over time you start to wonder if there are more jokes in this show… Rinse repeat. Is there anything else? Rinse repeat. God, I’m bored.
It’s hard to not compare Kemono Michi to Kononsuba. Written by the same author, there are many similarities. The cast is comprised of one dude and three girls, slapstick humor, subversion of standard isekai plots. There’s even a token ‘masochistic girl’ character, and strangely she’s blonde too. After the main characters got tiring, there wasn’t much else I cared about, aside from a few minor reoccurring characters. One of my favorites was the bear woman that crushes on Genzo because whenever he comes by he pats her fur and flatters her. She’s married too which makes it kinda scandalous in a goofy way. Eventually, it becomes a love triangle between the bear woman, her husband, and Genzo. Yes. That is the kind of show this is. Of course, it’s only a very minor long-running-joke in the show. Nothing becomes of it, but I always was happy when the show gave bear woman some screentime.
Where the comedy fails the most isn’t the milquetoast, repetitive jokes. The comedic timing is almost non-existent. Most of the show is the main characters chatting it up, with jokes thrown in here or there. The mold for an average ‘joke’ in Kemono Michi goes as follows:
Step 1: Girl calls Genzo an animal-loving-pervert.
Step 2: Cue the default image of them arguing with some speed lines.
Step 3: Cut back to whatever was happening.
Step 4: (Repeat steps 1-3)
If a joke fails to surprise and seemingly has no reason to be there, it’s not funny. Sad to say, the person in charge of Kemono Michi’s adaptation hasn’t heard of this basic rule of comedy. Whenever a joke is cued or a character reaction pops up, you get a lame sound effect, or sometimes nothing at all. The boring elevator background music sometimes plays straight through the jokes, nothing works right. I never expected a director to completely miss what’s supposed to make a joke funny in an anime. Even the most forgettable comedies these days don’t mess up this shit, it’s just the basics. I expected a mediocre production from this studio’s first show, and that’s what I got. Rewatching a few of the episodes dubbed (which is surprisingly pretty decent) I noticed how much art gets recycled.
Watching Kemono Michi as a whole series rather than weekly is an absolute chore. They must have used the shot of the princess getting German Suplexed ten times throughout the show. If you’re patient, Every two episodes there’s some nice looking sakuga. Other than that, there’s not much worth looking at. The character designs are good, but they’re simplified, and there’s not much animation at all. Even when there’s motion, it’s rarely animated with more than a series of still frames. It’s a shame because the characters would look pretty cool if they tried. They’re what you’d expect from a furry manga; the male characters are fully anthropomorphized animals, whereas the girls will just have cat ears and a tail.
At best Kemono Michi is a decent time-waster. At worst it’s a tedious chore to watch. The art is average, the characters are average, the story is average, the music is average. There were a few jokes I enjoyed, until they were repeated a dozen times. If you’re looking for an over-the-top slapstick isekai comedy in the same vein as Konosuba, you could do way better than this.
What would a hero do when he’s faced with a three-headed demon dog? What would he do when he comes across aggressive dragons? Well, in this show, Genzo would rather tickle the hell out of the demon beasts to tame them than use his fists to kill them. He loves all beasts, whether they be demi-humans, orcs, or demon beasts, equally and unconditionally. Major warning that it can get kinda gross when he’s sniffing the beasts, as well as when he does the German suplex on some of the female characters, exposing their undies to the world.
Written by Natsume Akatsuki, the author or the hugely popular isekai, Konosuba, Kemono Michi follows in the footsteps of its predecessor and attempts to entertain by making fun of itself rather than attempting to have a serious tone and failing pathetically at it. I’ll admit that the gags got old after a few episodes but as a whole, the show still remained entertaining enough for me to have a positive view of it. The plot becomes interesting just at the right time before I start feeling the overuse of certain comic elements, which is what allowed me to retain my interest instead of getting bored of it.
The plot is the same as a lot of isekai anime: Genzou, a pro wrestler is summoned to another world in order to defeat the Demon Lord, kill all the demon beasts and become a demon beast killer. But don’t call him by the name “demon beast killer”. The consequences are best understood by asking the princess who summoned him as well as the multiple people who call him by that name in the show. Throughout the season, Kemono Michi manages to keep the plot just about interesting enough while throwing in its bouts of comedy whether that be through the pro wrestling antics of Genzo or his unending love for all beasts.
The main cast of characters apart from Genzo includes the wolf girl Shigure, who’s the first to join Genzo’s “party”, and she’s the one who takes care of most of Genzo’s financial affairs. Hanako is a dragon in the form of a girl is a food maniac who’d like to eat all the beasts she can find. Her servant, Carmilla wants to be acknowledged by Hanaka while wanting to do everything that’s best for her. That’s all there is to them. But the show makes it work such that all of them contribute to the comedy one way or another. Some of their mannerisms do wear out towards the later part of the show though, so that’s a small negative.
There’s not much to say about the production aspects. Produced by a new studio named ENGI, the art, animation, and sound were unremarkable but fared reasonably enough to not become an eyesore. The opening is somewhat catchy but not something that I’d listen to over and over again, and the OST isn’t too memorable either. However, being a new studio, I’d say that they did a fairly decent job.
Overall, Hataage: Kemono Michi was a great improvement over the isekai that we had last season. I think It managed to accomplish what it wanted, that was to make people laugh even if it got somewhat repetitive towards the end. I was a bit confused whether to give this a 7 or an 8. It was entertaining enough that 7 as a review score would be too low but 8 is considered really good anime category. In the end, it’s in the middle ground between 7 and 8 for me.
Before actually watching this show, one should take notice the author of the series. Natsume Akatsuki, known for their work with the Konosuba franchise, created this anime and to no one’s surprise, his stylish humor also gets a similar treatment. Does that mean the anime itself is entirely made of parody? The answer is yes and no. Kemono Michi plays on its isekai tropes by introducing some of its standard running gags but also leans more into selling its humor with everything else when it has the chance to.
Taking place in a fantasy world, Genzo enters the anime as a professional wrestler. As a fan of professional wrestling myself, I was rather ecstatic to see some classic wrestling moves being used such as the German Suplex and Sharpshooter. While the anime itself doesn’t sell itself as a WWE drama story, it does put Genzo into a peculiar position. After he gets transported into this fantasy world, he gets tasked with defeating demonic beasts by a princess named Altena Elgard Ratis. The catch is that Genzo loves animals. In fact, the first few episodes easily gives away his love for animals that some may even describe him of having an animal fetish. Furthermore, Genzo has an ambition to open his own pet shop one day and being in a fantasy world opens up such a possibility. Looking at the show this way, the audience should probably not expect a serious tone of storytelling.
Watching Kemono Michi does feel like a parody at times. Genzo’s role as after meeting the wolf-girl Shigure transforms him into a dedicated beastmaster. The anime makes it clear that he wants to make friends with the monsters rather than killing them, no matter how difficult the challenge may be. His determined attitude and chivalrous personality earns him many friends throughout the story including the dragon girl Hanako, vampire maid Carmilla Vanstein, and among others. But sometimes, he has to resort to force in order to make his point. When fighting, Genzo uses a mix of his wrestling skills and brawler tactics while taking aggressive risks. The anime often oversell his fights by making them as over exaggerated as possible. The early episodes makes some evident examples such as when he puts down Altena with a German suplex.
However, the audience may wonder if there’s any sort of character development for Genzo at all. The truth is, the show doesn’t dedicate on developing him as a person but rather how he builds relationships with others. The most prominent example is with Shigure. In the early parts of the show, she mostly helps him in his goal to further her own ambitions; that is trying to become wealthy. She handles his finance problems while Genzo does the dirty work. Later on in the show, she seems to genuinely care about his well-being. Other characters he meets also begins to understand him more such as Hanako and Carmilla. The one character that seems to despise Genzo is Altena, especially after being embarrassed and not helping with her goals. However, this becomes more of a running gag than a moody revenge sub-plot. She even becomes a source of butt monkey jokes. In fact, several characters in the show carries a degree of comedy gags thanks to the brainchild of Konosuba, Natsume Akatsuki. If you’re familiar with the Konosuba franchise, you may be able to draw similarities with Genzo to Kazuma, Hanako to Megumi, Carmilla to Darkness, and in some ways, Shigure to Aqua. Someday, it would be entertaining to see the two anime get a crossover.
Combined with the sarcastic humor and running gags, it’s easy to label Kemono Michi at times as an isekai parody. Some characters such as Genzo are portrayed as powerful humans while ironically, supernatural beings such as Carmilla becomes a jobber in hilarious ways. Character personalities is amplified with some of their habits such as Hanako’s big appetite. And of course, some fans will call this an “isekai furry” anime. After all, some of the more prominent characters display animalistic instincts such as Shigure. And while not being an actual animal, Hanako’s dragon transformation shows her true instincts when she’s angered in one particular episode. In many ways, the anime loves to play itself and that can either be something fans will enjoy or mock for it absurd humor.
With such a peculiar premise, Kemono Michi’s artwork isn’t actually strange and actually less visually noticeable compared to Konosuba. Studio ENGi was established in 2018 and this is their first take on an anime project. However, the anime itself delivers an adequate portrayal of the manga. The character designs are also made with fantasy elements and in some cases, animalistic traits. Being a professional wrestler, Genzo is portrayed as a muscular man with masculine features. Even his voice delivers a commanding tone at times when dealing with monsters he encounters. The show itself contains fan service although most of it is portrayed as cheeky humor similar to the Konosuba series. And while I can’t say the battles may suit everyone’s tastes, it definitely look catchy to the eye.
You’re probably going to look back and remember some of the hilarious moments in Kemono Michi. With the author of Konosuba helming the show, it won’t be hard to notice the similar style of its humor. I can watch Kemono Michi and say the anime is an enjoyable at best when you embrace its humor. If you looking deeper into the show, there’s not much more you’ll find within.
1: Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!
English: Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!
MAL Score: 7.01
At the start of her freshman year in college, Hana Uzaki reunites with Shinichi Sakurai, an upperclassman who was in the same club as her during her high school days. However, much to her surprise, the once active senior has ended up becoming a “lonesome” student, preferring to spend his free time in quiet peace.
Uzaki does whatever she can to keep Sakurai from being “alone,” from convincing him to go to the movies to going to his part-time workplace. While Sakurai finds her irritating and tiresome, he still goes along with Uzaki’s hijinks and shenanigans, even if he knows that her perky personality will only lead the two of them into various comical situations.
Even so, as the days pass by, their relationship only gets better, to the point where people around them misinterpret them to be a couple. At any rate, whenever Uzaki wants to hang out with her upperclassman, fun and adorable wackiness is sure to follow!
This anime starts like your usual harmless Slice of Life RomCom, it starts from Uzaki’s PoV as she greets her senpai Sakurai, cheering for a successful year in college. Time goes on and Uzaki notices that Sakurai spends his time alone, doing the things he likes in the space everyone respects. Out of curiosity, she then, decides to try to enter in Sakurai’s life the next year by teasing him. On paper there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s like Teasing Master Takagi-san, but with college students and lewd stuff, however, the way this anime attempts to create a romcom is what went wrong. This anime manipulates the viewer into thinking that the way Uzaki treats Sakurai is cute, which, is not the case. Let’s view it in Sakurai’s shoes instead, Sakurai is minding his own business, enjoying life the way he wants, and then, suddenly, a girl comes in and starts bothering him and starts asking questions like “why are you always alone? do you not have friends or anything”, then, proceeds to mock him due to the way he spends his time and proceeds to be a bitch about it. Is it really that hard to understand when people wants AND enjoys to be by themselves? No, instead, This show crams Uzaki into Sakurai’s life like if he was a freak of nature which personality should be fixed, forcing their relationship. Still not convinced? let’s twist the story this way, let’s say that Uzaki is a boy, and Sakurai is the girl. What would your reaction be if Uzaki were the boy teasing the girl instead? Gross and creepy right? Most people ALWAYS side with the girl and of course, people will sympathize more with Uzaki cuz she’s a girl and it’s cute when girls want to ̶H̶a̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ stalk a guy, no matter if the guy wants her or not. See the problem now? Uzaki is an annoying girl, that is clingy and pushy towards a boy that just want to mind his own business, is it too hard to respect that? I know, Sakurai’s dumb ass could have just rejected her, he does show his annoyance, but he does nothing with it, which, is one of the things that bothered me the most and shouldn’t be ignored. This anime also spams you with exhaustive “jokes” with Uzaki’s awful smug face like: “HAHAHAHA, OMG YOU’RE SUCH A LONER, COME ON, YOU’VE GOTTA LIVE SEMPAI” “OMG THAT’S SO VERY LONER OF YOU, TO BE EXPECTED OF YOU SEMPAI” Yadda yadda yadda.
The way this anime depicts introverts as freaks of nature that should be forced to “live” the way everyone else “lives” their life just because introverts are simply not “living it” is extremely irritating. As an introvert myself, I love to spend time alone and that’s not a bad thing, being overwhelmed with attention is not good, it’s stressful. Also, enjoying time alone doesn’t mean that introverts don’t like to interact with others, in fact, I do like it when I hang out with my friends, but they understand when I don’t want to hang out. People shouldn’t be afraid of saying “no” to others, those who respect your decision are true friends, those who don’t aren’t worth your time. Now, I understand that the young Japanese population is very shy and need an incentive to open themselves to others, but there’s a difference between giving a small push and straight up force your way into their lives. I highly doubt ANYONE would like it if someone they’re not interested in, forces their way in and overwhelms their life by being extremely annoying, pushy and clingy, the last thing they’ll achieve is to be a part of their lives. This anime forces their relationship a lot, everyone ships them as if they were meant to be with each other, Sakurai’s “friends” constantly mock him for “not taking the initiative” and teases him into thinking he’s an idiot for not going a step further with Uzaki. This honestly pisses me off to immeasurable amounts.
Ecchi on this anime is dumb, repetitive, exhausting and irritating. Most of the jokes consists of shaming Sakurai in public with very suggestive scenes and dialogues. To create drama IN PUBLIC of things that can be misunderstood is uncalled for, Sakurai’s dignity as a citizen could have been compromised just as Tsutsui from 3D Kanojo, but since everything is a joke on this anime it doesn’t even matter and Sakurai has no other choice but to accept it. Misunderstandings on romance anime can be fun depending on the context and the characters, but this anime goes beyond stupidity with them, we’re talking about freaking adults here, not horny highschool students, how does Uzaki’s mom think that Sakurai wants to grope her breasts without considering the fact that she has a cat on her lap? Not just that, Uzaki’s breasts are big enough to satisfy him, I could have taken it if Uzaki’s breast were medium size, but no, they had to create a dumb misunderstanding that shouldn’t have happened if these characters had common sense, but they don’t. This anime is unfunny and most of the jokes are exhausted to the point of being unbearable, if someone is able to endure “OMG HAHAHA YOU’RE SUCH A LONER SEMPAI” more than 10 times, good for them, but this is a bit too much, the more I hear her screechy voice with that awful smug face, the more unbearable it gets.
Animation quality is not great, it serves it purpose just fine, but nothing memorable, there was this fireworks episode that could have been really endearing if Uzaki weren’t such an annoying girl, but all the emotional weight is thrown to the gutter thanks to her. Talking about her, the sound department is deplorable, Uzaki’s VA did a great job at being exceedingly annoying, most of the times the characters are screaming and that is not nice to anyone’s ears, not a single music was memorable, the OP is annoying and the ED… is just there I guess.
Man, I’m tired…
I’m tired of how rom/coms are portrayed nowadays.
I’m tired of screechy, clingy, annoying anime girls.
I’m tired of stalker girls seen as cute in anime media.
I’m tired of forced anime relationships with 0 chemistry.
I’m tired of stupid misunderstandings.
I’m tired of illogical ecchi scenes
I’m tired of anime portrayal of “friends”
When will be the day where we see a new Rom/Com that isn’t just a stupid waifu wars or waifu pandering garbage with no substance at all?
Stop denying the truth, folks. Accept her as your (only) waifu.
“Uzaki-chan wants to hang out” is exactly what the title suggests – just a girl who likes to have fun. It is neither deep nor unique. It is wholesome. That my guys is more than enough. I am someone who doesn’t demand much from anime because by doing so I could reach a point of disappointment beyond any help, but I was utterly pleased with this and couldn’t be happier.
Uzaki-chan talks about Uzaki and her senpai Shinichi spending their time together. She is this little girl with dekai tits and her senpai is an associated guy. The two will love each other but never before senpai gets bullied. Although, it’s sweet bullying. Something that doesn’t hurt but makes you feel better. For Senpai, this is a fine task to pay to get Uzaki. He loves her but can’t confess to her. He’s embarrassed to even though for most of the time he stays composed. He’s what I personally would call “gentleman at its finest”.
Senpai loves Uzaki’s dekai tits and can’t live without them. They motivate him and give him a happy life he so deserves. She is sometimes indecent and this a good thing for senpai. Think about this, who would want to live for the entire life with a non-perverted girl? I personally wouldn’t and fortunately, neither does senpai. He knows to have chosen the best girl ever – he knows that if he leaves her now someone else will take her and that someone else will be the happy guy instead. That mustn’t happen.
Uzaki and Shinichi enjoy even the little moments that fate has prepared for them. They waste nothing and try to be happy. Does everything need a reason? No, it does not. It happens because it happens and it works because it works. Who are we to intervene in their relationship? Who are we to speak ill of them? We are nobody and we must strive to be like them – If you are in a relationship, be like them, behave like them, learn the hardships of life like them, and you too will be as happy as they are. Perhaps, this is the only way to go about.
May we one day all get a girl like Uzaki.
Story / Plot: 7/10
Shinichi Sakurai is a university student, who spends all his days alone enjoying the peace and quiet… or so it should be, until Hana Uzaki, her cute, but annoying kōhai, appeared, who refuses to leave him alone and wants enjoy time with him by constantly having fun and bothering him, going out to all kinds of places and living situations of all kinds with him.
Characters / Personalities: 8/10
Shinichi Sakurai who is 20 years old, is the main protagonist, he is a third-grade student at the university, a part-time worker in a cafe and a lover of silence and tranquility. He is an introvert, diligent and relentless, as well as rude, but only with Hana Uzaki, who continually teases him. As for his physique, he is quite tall, measuring 180 cm, he has “poor” eyes and a bad face that Uzaki makes fun of, he also has a toned body, since he enjoys playing sports and exercising, it is worth mentioning that he played baseball for one year and in high school I was part of the swimming club.
Hana Uzaki who is 19 years old, but then turns 20, is the main protagonist, a second grader at the same university as Shinichi Sakurai who also works part-time in the same cafe as Sakurai and is someone who just wants to have fun. She has an energetic, cheerful, confident and generally playful personality, that is to say, the opposite of Sakurai, who likes to tease and embarrass him, with him she generally behaves like a girl. Regarding her physique, she is relatively short, measuring 150 cm in height, she has silver hair, large blue eyes, a “fang” in the upper left part of her mouth (it is curiously the same color as her skin) and a bust pretty big. By the way, she is not good at sports that require intense exercise and endurance.
Ami Asai who is 21 years old, is the daughter of Akihiko Asai and a fourth-grade college student. She is a very calm girl, who enjoys observing the interactions of others and has a fetish for the muscles of the boys. By the way, she wants to bring Sakurai and Hana together, but she doesn’t like to intervene too much in their relationship and really enjoys seeing how they interact. Regarding her appearance, she has a height of 160 cm, dark purple hair, a hair clip in her left and right bangs, and red glasses that she wears at all times.
Itsuhito Sakaki who is 21 years old, is a third-year college student and a handsome boy who is quite popular with girls. At first glance Sakaki seems like someone nice and calm, but this is just a facade, since in reality he is calculating and meddlesome, as seen by wanting to unite Sakurai and Uzaki just like Ami, but intervening more than her and generating situations for They interact, even if he must use a lot of money, which does not affect him because his parents are rich. His appearance as I mentioned, is that of a handsome boy, he has a height similar to Sakurai, blue eyes and blond hair.
Akihiko Asai, is the head of the cafe where Sakurai, Hana and their daughter Asumi work, with whom she usually entertains herself by observing the other two interacting. Apart from the above, not much is known about him and he is only seen working in the cafe. Regarding his appearance, he is a middle-aged man (51 years old), with gray hair, a mustache of the same color and glasses that are also gray.
Tsuki Uzaki, Uzaki’s mother and an overprotective woman with her daughter. She is quite calm and gentle-looking, but despite this she has a strange relationship with Sakurai, due to various misunderstandings that make her think that he is going after her body, so she generally feels insecure or scared when Sakurai is around, likewise, his eyes scare her too. Her appearance, despite being 43 years old, is that of someone young and small, since like her daughter her height is short, her hair is silver, her bust is large and her eyes are blue, which, by the way, almost always kept closed.
Something extra that I must mention and that is a plus point in the aspect of the characters, is that all the Seiyū of the program did an excellent job, thus giving very nice and wonderful voices to all the characters.
Animation / Atmosphere: 9/10
The studio in charge of bringing this anime to television is ENGI, which is probably not well known, since it has only produced two anime, Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! and Hataage! Kemono Michi, but even so, it is still good and these two anime have a medium-high quality, which sometimes becomes completely high.
First there is the setting, which is excellent and quite realistic, in it you can see incredible detail in all objects no matter how far away they are. Additionally, the above is a great positive point, as it makes the program pleasant to watch and generates greater enjoyment.
As for the design of the characters, this is somewhat simple if we compare it with the quality of the setting, but the design is really not bad and that is what an anime of this genre would be expected, I should also mention that sometimes there are very “static” scenes, where there is not much movement on the part of the characters and they are mostly dialogues.
In this aspect, despite not having much variety in terms of sound, the existing one is quite good, it is also important to mention that without the need for background sound at all times, the comic scenes are not affected by this and continue being quite funny or at least lively.
Now I will go on to talk about the opening theme (Nadame Sukashi Negotiation), which in a few words can be defined as fun, happy, exciting and catchy. To tell the truth, the rhythm and the voice of the singers is excellent, so much so that, I think that anyone who has heard the opening theme just once is already able to recognize it wherever they hear it. As for the background video, I must say that it is perfect and combines completely with the anime, in the same way throughout it they show us all the characters, but mainly Sakurai and Uzaki in many mini-situations that in themselves are quite funny.
On the other hand, there is the ending theme (Kokoro Knock) which, unlike the opening theme, maintains a calmer rhythm, but which as it progresses becomes animated and, in a few words, I would define it as calm, peaceful and encouraging. To tell the truth, like the opening theme, this one manages to convey a feeling with ease, since normally the anime maintains an atmosphere of joy and fun, but at the end, the shock of said joy with the strange feeling of “loneliness “Or” peace “that generates and transmits the ending theme, it may stir you up a bit inside, but in the end you will end up, at least, with a tear in your eye wishing this story would never end or with a big, full smile of hope.
In short, this anime can be enjoyed by almost anyone, since apart from the excellent sense of humor, the anime maintains an atmosphere and sound that are a perfect accompaniment and that is summarized in that you will spend a pleasant, contrary to what others say regarding this one. I should also mention that in terms of the characters, these are somewhat different from the usual ones, so most of them may find them pleasant and somewhat “new”.
Here ends my review, thank you very much for reading it and I hope it has been helpful, but more importantly that you enjoyed it. Any kind of comment do not hesitate to do it on my profile, I will respond as soon as possible.
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1. Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!
2. Hataage! Kemono Michi
3. Kyuukyoku Shinka shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusoge Dattara
4. Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru.