They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Rail Romanesque, Jingai-san no Yome, Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki, and more!
4: Rail Romanesque
Japanese: レヱル ロマネスク
MAL Score: 5.07
The year is 1989. After the nation of Hinomoto was destabilized during the past World War, the rise of new technologies has enabled its revitalization. Modern engineering has given birth to aircraft, gasoline engines, and geomagnetic technology—revolutionizing transportation. Railroads have been rendered nearly obsolete and replaced by more efficient modes of transit.
However, a group of lively “Raillords” aims to renew the railroads’ former glory. The Raillords, personified as energetic and spirited girls, act as humanoid control modules for their assigned railways. They meet in Ohitoyo City for the Raillord Summit, headed by Suzushiro, a Raillord from Manoka Railways. Together, the group capitalizes on its teamwork to get the railroads back on track, ushering in a “new railroad age.”
Got bad grades? I like trains!
Awkward date? I like trains!
(you know the music and the song!)
Trains! Without trains, we would all have big problems. There are so many kinds of them, and we use it every day. So why not make an anime with cute girls being Raillords (“humanoid control modules”) for different kind of trains? The idea behind it is certainly good, but unfortunately it was not implemented ideally.
The general setting takes place in Hinomoto, where our main character Suzushiro and her stepsister Hibiki set out to search for Hachiroku’s lost locomotive. She unintentionally awakened the Raillord Hachiroku and with this action becoming her owner. Now they are on a journey looking for her locomotive. That’s basically the whole story…such a locomotive doesn’t usually go missing on its own but where could it be? They travel around and meet other Raillords, together they come up with some business merch ideas for different occasions. The structure of each episode is similar and the plot isn’t that much.
Due to the short duration of each episode, there is not much to say about the characters. Everyone has a different personality, our main character Suzushiro is known for her eloquence and adaptability. She is a calm girl. Anyway, they are all quite friendly and nice to each another. We also see from time to time how much they love and cuddle each other. Real trains “cuddling” would be inconvenient and problematic, but this kind of “locomotive cuddling” is noice to see!
The girls are shown cute, even if you can directly tell there are places that could be improved regarding the animation. The locomotive and trains are shown very well.
After each episode we get to hear an ending song. It’s not a song that makes you hooked for days. The music and melody sound happy and everyone have fun together while the song is being played. That’s the most important thing!
Although I was less interested in the facts about trains and locomotives, I found this series amusing. Our “train girls” are just too cute.
For a short series in between, this anime is suitable for everyone if you are a fan of the CGDCT genre. For people who are dieing for different types of locomotives and trains, this is almost a MUST watch. You cannot find such a combination somewhere else.
A second season for this was announced ahead of the ending of the first season already (after episode 11). There are certain series where we urgently need a second season, but our train journey will continue.
Finally, there is at least one more reason to say:
“I LIKE TRAINS”
Rail Romanesque, or Maitetsu, is a short anime that doesn’t have a need to watch episodes in the correct order. It features 9 characters, known as “Railloads” and which has the function of looking for a solution so that there are more tourists in its facilities. The anime itself follows this proposal until the end, where basic things of our day to day are used as tools to increase the popularity of the railroads. In addition, some pairs were created, so that they could think and work together during their walks in the city where they were.
I have to say that Maitetsu’s idea is already quite repeated in anime with little screen time, since the staff needs to speed up or lengthen some story so that it still remains interesting. I think they preferred the second option. Instead of proposing quicker suggestions that would allow us to see something new, they chose to use half an episode to develop a character proposal and the other half to see what some other group would see. The show ended up making mistakes due to this factor and made it an authentic and proper proposal, in another of the anime that committed the terrible structural error, which aroused disinterest in those who watched. The very beginning of my review is doubtful because of this.
In addition, we realized that the show wanted to put a large amount of text in a very short space of time. The clearest example of this is when character house posters are shown throughout the episodes, with additional information, in addition to references to the real world and the personality of each one. For those who are interested, it is cool to pause the anime and read a little of what is written, but I see that it makes the same mistake as some standard isekais. Like? Well, this way of inserting long texts is common in animes that prefer to approach the concepts of their world and care more about the adventures themselves. And isekais use this type of narrative a lot to persuade and get the public’s attention, although it doesn’t work in most cases.
However, the show is not a complete waste of time. He really has his cool side and manages to create fun and interesting gadgets to be seen. How delightful it would be to see a new city in the style of the 18th century. Even I wanted to go on a train in my country. It is a pity that in Brazil this is not so accessible … In addition to giving us a brief desire to learn about other ways of life, some cultures from certain places in Japan and China are presented, which made me happy with the show. I did not imagine the wide variety of locomotives in both countries, especially in the highly technological world in which we live.
Overall, Rail Romanesque is not a bad anime, but it is also not as good as I expected. He previously transmits the elements he wants and manages to interest us, even for a few seconds. He is weak compared to the longest anime and will one day be forgotten by most. I must say that I will not forget Rail Romanesque anytime soon. It was a new and unique experience for me, so no matter how you rate this type of show, give the anime a try and enjoy another different and innovative type of show.
To put some context to it, Rail Romanesque is apparently a short spin-off to the fairly acclaimed visual novel Maitetsu. But one thing should be made clear: I don’t think having prior experience of Maitetsu is needed to watch or enjoy this short. And that is coming from a person who knows almost nothing about the original visual novel but still enjoyed it.
The plot of Rail Romanesque is very bland. Simply put, it’s about a bunch of “Raillords” (or “cute train-girls”, if you will) trying to come up with ideas to make the railways more advanced and popular among the tourists. As you can see, there’s not really a proper story here, and the characters aren’t great either. Besides, considering the entire anime is around only 40 minutes long, any kind of character development is almost nonexistent.
Even on the production side, Rail Romanesque is quite mediocre. The character designs are quite decent, but the visuals are rather ordinary. While the ending songs aren’t bad and the voice is acting is actually decent, the background music mostly consists of generic cheerful tunes that are easily forgettable.
So, if everything about Rail Romanesque is so unimpressive, why should you watch it?
Well…. Because it’s pretty wholesome.
Despite its simplicity and mediocrity, Rail Romanesque kept me entertained for the entirety of its span because of how cute it was. The characters of the anime, despite being very generic, are honestly entertaining. Watching them do cute things together is pretty fun. There are occasional Shoujo Ai moments as well, that will probably warm your heart. I’m very disappointed that this anime is so short, though, as I actually would like to watch a full-length TV version of it.
Rail Romanesque is nowhere near being remarkable, but I would say it’s worth a try nonetheless. Everything about it is very cute and adorable. You may even learn a thing or two about trains after watching it. It’s only around 40 minutes long, too. Also, if you are into train-girls for some reason, it has plenty of them.
3: Jingai-san no Yome
English: Jingai-san no Yome
MAL Score: 5.69
High schooler Tomori Hinowa is called to the principal’s office one day to hear some shocking news: he’s getting married! A mysterious fluffy creature called Kanenogi has chosen him as their wife, and despite Tomori’s initial misgivings, he decides to accept. What follows are a series of delightful tales from this new couple’s monstrous married life.
Adorable and absurd, Jingai-san no Yome is a story that will leave audiences equally charmed and bemused after each short episode.
So what do we got here? We are in a world where young males are chosen at school by weird creatures to become their wives. The young males have no prior knowledge of the creatures, have never spoken with them, and yet they all seem very pleased and instantly fall in love. The creatures range from small piggy like things to huge bear like creatures, not to forget female one winged cyclops twins. To make things better, half of those creatures do not speak. How do they reproduce? No idea, and the show won’t give a clue (fortunately!).
One day, the main protagonist, whose name I already forgot, is chosen as a mate by (Ba)Kanenogi-san. A speechless 2.5 meters high creature, stupid enough to continuously bump his head on the wall above the door until the MC tells him to bend down… But everything is well, because Bakanenogi-san’s fur is so fluffy… Oh yeah, Bakanenogi-san eats bricks too, something that I guess was supposed to be funny. Ahem.
Everything in this show is bad. The art is subpar, as is the animation. As for the sound, yep, pretty bad as well. I could do with all this if at least it was funny, but alas, the humor is nonexistent. This is really appalling. Yes, I get it’s a 3 minutes show, but some 3 minutes animes achieve much more than this. I really enjoyed “Aiura” (4 minutes) a few years ago. Yesterday I laughed a lot wathcing “Orenchi no Furo Jijou” (4 minutes), and “Teekyuu” with its frantic pace manages to be funny in 2 minutes. “Jingai-san no Yome” just sucks.
Seriously, even the infamous “Mars of Destruction” is a hundred times better than this piece of crap, and that is saying! Yes, it is that bad.
You may wonder how any of that makes sense and why they would be wives but that’s part of the appeal of the show
Its basically monster boy x human boy yaoi featuring the human boys thrown into the wife role. It resembles art and scenarios I’ve seen on deviantart and tumblr. Espeically with how the boys are designed. They look less conventional and more scene-like, with multicolored hair, messy or long hair, and sometimes often scowls.
In my eyes it’s clear what this anime is marketed towards. And for that market I think it’s a decent show that provides some cute moments between the boys and gives the heartwarming romantic moments that one wants to see. As someone looking forward to the anime originally while I wish it could have been more in depth it at the very least didn’t fail in providing me something I enjoyed and hit the base notes that it needed to.
That said because it’s so barren it’s really only for fans of this subsection of yaoi and those that want to see cute boys becoming wifes. While it does that fine there nothing else to the show and nothing that’d merit someone from outside that taste to watch. Which basically brings it down to this, if you like what its offering it’s a good use of 36 minutes. And if not, then the show probably isnt for you. Which is fine. Personally I think what it does right is fine enough.
This anime is basically about 4 couples, all of them constituted by one human (a teenage boy in the case) and one supernatural creature (that goes from a kind of yellow and superfluffy bear to cyclope twins, being the twins married with the same guy). It shows their daily life basis as a married couple, the “wifes” taking care of the house and sometimes even doing more romantic stuff like going on a date.
Story: I give it a 6, although I enjoyed it I recognize that the story is plain, there’s no drama or what so ever, it’s a pretty white and simple slice of life I would say.
Art: I give it a 6 again, the characters are cute, especially the creatures, but , again, simple. There’s nothing wrong about it being simple but there’s nothing that you could call eye catching.
Sound: A 7, I liked the score, it wans’t bad, especially the ending, through out the 12 episodes there was not even a single time I skipped the ending, it was fun and it goes pretty well with the whole anime.
Character: It’s a 7, again, some of them are cute, pretty adorable but… I mean, they are a bunch of guys that married a bunch of creatures, they have moments when they are really adorable but sometimes they can also be a little way too boring.
Enjoyment: It’s a 8, despite all I really enjoyed it, it was different, it’s not an anime for all the otaku community to watch but it’s worth watching, for the right people.
Overall: Its a 7, I liked it, it’s not the worst anime I ever watched, also not the best but I still had a really good time watching it. If you want a little romance, a little yaoi, a small slife of life and a ending you can dance to, this is a good shot.
This is only my opinion so don’t be mad if you don’t agree. Also, english is not my mother language so sorry if I made any mistake.
2: Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki
MAL Score: 6.23
After growing up in Tokyo, high school student Jin Kaito moves to Nagoya where he meets Yatogame Monaka, a fellow student who puts her Nagoya dialect on full display. With her cat-like appearance and unvarnished Nagoya dialect, Yatogame won’t open up to him at all. This popular local comedy is increasing the status of Nagoya through observation of the adorable Yatogame-chan!
Well, alright, I’m a 1/8 Nagoyan, and we’re known for our benevolence, so I’ll teach you the wisdom of my people. In Nagoya dialect, the syllables “ai” and “ae” turn into “yaa” (umai -> umyaa, omae -> omyaa) which to other Japanese sounds like cat noises. This is why the female lead here looks like a cat girl. Now go take a 20 minute break and measure your blood pressure to see if you can withstand so much new information at once. Consult a medical professional if necessary. You can now try to watch this anime if you dare, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Actually, if you think about it, ALL of the anime is filled with dangerous foreign cultural elements, so I wouldn’t recommend watching any of them. Don’t take any risks.
Alright, now the actual review part for people who breathe through their noses. This is a boke & tsukkomi comedy, with weird Nagoya regional quirks providing the boke part. There is a cat girl adorably self-conscious about her thick accent. Her hair clips deserve an Oscar for best supporting actor. Other three main characters are endearing enough for a cast of a 3-minute format comedy. The disclaimer gag at the beginning keeps evolving (at one point they got the mayor of Nagoya to do it). The ending tune is catchy. Production values are decent. There is gonna be a second season. This show delivers pretty much everything you want from a short-form series. 8/10
Of course you could consider the runtime of this series as a flaw, and in some sense I do as I’d love it if it was at least a ten minute series, but on the scale of 3-5 minute shorts this one is one of the best. If that’s what you’re looking for, as it sometimes is, here you go! On a silver platter! Enjoy!
So if you’re willing to take a plunge and take the one hour required to watch this entire series, then I say crack open your ebi senbei, get your miso sauce ready, and enjoy your virtual trip through Sakae and beyond.
1: Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Nisatsume
English: Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki 2
Japanese: 八十亀ちゃんかんさつにっき 2さつめ
MAL Score: 6.34
Second season of Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki.
It is a short anime with three minutes each episode and 30 seconds of them are the outro ED song.
As already seen from the first part, the story continues with the city Nagoya. There is no real “story” or plot here, but more or less the city sights and the culture are presented. There are no big connections between each episode, in each one we learn something new from the culture there.
CHARACTER & ART:
The characters are definitely cute and everyone has to love the main girl Monaka. With her cat-shaped appearance, she wins surely every heart. The other characters are also presented in a cute way and you can see they are having fun together as good friends. Some of them are not from Nagoya either, so we practically learn with them about the culture of the city. The animations are no different from the first part.
But it’s no wonder that Yatogame-chan has actually become the mascot of the city in real life and probably everyone knows her there.
This short anime doesn’t have an OP, but the ED song “Imaginary Love” is quite nicely to listen, definitely fun and enjoyable. It fits very well with the peaceful anime.
Tired from work or other things? Not in the mood for an anime with more than 20 minutes at the moment? Or just having a five minute break right now?
It all that cases “Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Nisatsume” is a good choice. Just switch off and relax for a moment, watch few cute girls and learn a little bit about a new city and its culture. Don’t expect too much action, but this anime fits perfectly for a short break.
If you want to learn about less known areas of Japan in a fun and quirky way this anime is for you! Its also really cutesy and it can even make you chuckle from time to time!
But just dont expect this to be a masterpiece. Its good and at 3 minutes a pop its definitely worth a try! But it wont blow your mind, though it may help keep your worries scattering away for a few minutes.
IMO dont knock this until youve tried it <3 [/collapse] [collapse title=“Reviews3:”]Yatogame-chan gets a second season and even more comedy. There is not too much to note out on this one since it is the first season but a continuation with more content. The plot and depth is as always the weak part of this kind of anime and the comedy is the only thing keeping it alive. 7/10 since I liked the jokes a bit more. The art style is the same and the quality is just a bit better, 7/10 The ending is "Imaginary Love", pretty okay but nothing too good, 6.5/10, the sound is again a 6, pretty average but alright. The characters are as always bland but make a fun combination with their personalities and jokes. Stuff like Yatogame's dialect etc are used pretty commonly and although they are shallow that does not affect the comedy. I am giving this season a 7 and not a 6 like the previous one since it was a bit better and even more fun. The quality is not worth a 7 but the comedy is plenty for this anime to reach 7/10. I would say it is worth watching since it virtually no time to watch it and it is pretty fun. [/collapse]
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Nisatsume
2. Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki
3. Jingai-san no Yome
4. Rail Romanesque