They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart, Guraburu!, Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Churutto!, and more!
5: Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart
English: Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat
MAL Score: 5.39
Nora Handa is a boy who lives with Shachi Yuuri, who was adopted by his mother. With everyone supporting, the two of them grew up healthily even after their parents passed away. Shachi, who likes Nora the most, wakes him up every morning.
Nora spends his happy student life with Michi Kuroki, who is a disciplinary committee, honor student at school and childhood friend of the main character, Yuuki Asuhara, who is a gal but is very bright and can talk his worries to, and more friends at school.
One day, Nora meets a girl who calls herself Patricia at the park on the way to the school. Patricia is a queen at hell, and claims to come here to destroy the life on land. However, she is damaged heavily because she touched the life for the first time. The energy was stronger than her, so Nora needed to tend her. Patricia asked him to tell her about the mysteries of life, and he had to even explain the ero book that he found at the park…?!
(Source: Amazon Japan)
By episode 6, the studio released it was running out of budget and decided to make a couple cutbacks but still managed to deliver a quality and creative episode. The studio saved their money for episode 9. Arguably an experience not even money can buy.
10/10 would die again
(W-Toon Studios and DMM.futureworks decide to make a 10-30 hour long visual novel into twelve 4 minute episodes. This is how they accomplished it.)
Hire a script writer to create a story about a boy who turned into a cat because of a girl named Patricia of End, and to turn back into human is with a kiss –– $1000
Hire another writer to create many uninspiring and forgettable characters with no depth, background, or development –– $500
Hire a flash animator to create some good animations, and decent background scenes, but unfortunately have all your character models appear like bobbleheads –– $2500
Hire professional voice actresses, and create an impressive one minute opening/intro –– $3000
Realizing the actually story lasts up to episode 3 and a bit in episode 11 and 12, and the remaining episodes are a bunch of disjointed random events (e.g. burning house, tank, beach event, game show, robot fights, fireworks, murder mystery: visual novel style, etc) –– another $3000
Learning the studio ran out of budget money at episode 6, and thus making the viewers watch realistic cam footage of goats dubbed with the main characters’ voices –– Priceless
There are some things money can’t buy, for everything else there’s MasterCard.
Then throw it out the window.
This anime isn’t about anything that it said in the synopsis. It’s about silly scenarios and random ideas played out in interesting ways. There are no real plot or characters that matter. The animation isn’t very good. But really none of that is important. Nor is its failure to meet the synopsis. That’s not what it’s trying to do.
It’s trying to be weird funny skits. And personally, I think it succeeds at that. Compared to other shows in the same genre/idea such as Teekyuu and Ai Mai Mi, I feel like it shows a greater variety of ideas and surprises me more often. I feel like it’s able to vary up its own jokes and ideas more often as well. And so personally I’d consider one of the better shows in that genre/idea.
And so if you like that stuff I’d consider it a worthwhile show to watch. Don’t go into it for whatever is written down in the synopsis, go into it for the random comedy skits. They’re quite well done.
English: Grand Blues!
MAL Score: 5.70
Anime adaptation of Guraburu!, which is 4-koma manga of Granblue Fantasy.
80 were impressed
20 aren’t Granblue fans or Japanese enough to understand the humor
Fittingly for a very short miniseries comes probably the shortest review I’ll ever write. Guraburu is a collection of 3-minute adaptations of the gag comic of the same name. If you’re a psychopath like me and play Granblue Fantasy avidly there’s a lot to enjoy from this honestly very well-made adaptation of the comic strips. Some of the humor I feel was pretty universal and could be enjoyed by anyone, but honestly unless you’re familiar with the franchise you can give this a pass. Some of the humor is also that Japanese “the entire joke is just a punny play on words” sort of stuff and is kind of whatever.
Really good representations from a lot of the Granblue Cast. Pretty funny. If you don’t like Granblue, then why are you here?
That is unless you are into a cutesy artstyle of characters and cheesey little jokes. Then this anime could be up your alley. Not bad overall; also seeing the characters interact in somewhat bizarre and nonsensical ways is kind of amusing since it is an episodic series. Although, I am a bit disappointed in the lack of appearances that Gran has, since he is the titular character, but I guess that is fine in a little spinoff like this where you can have fan favorites interacting in however a fashion deemed interesting and entertaining.
3: Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Churutto!
Japanese: 結城友奈は勇者である ちゅるっと！
MAL Score: 5.91
Set in year 300 of the Era of the Gods, heroes and shrine maidens were summoned after a crisis befell on the sacred tree. The Sanshu Middle School Hero Club was transformed into a bountiful household with 27 of them gathered together. Headed by someone who has a strong sense of companionship, Fu Inubozaki, she is determined to make it an Udon Hero Club!
(Source: MAL News)
MAL Score: 6.20
It’s a “pop” and cute everyday anime based on the 4-koma manga featuring the characters from Uma Musume: Pretty Derby.
Umayon is a program that shows us animated shorts with an average duration of 3 minutes, where we can see once again the horse girls that are so characteristic of this anime, but this time… in a chibi version! Which makes them quite fun to watch throughout the show.
In general, for each chapter they choose some girls to be the protagonists of the day, where we can observe them doing multiple activities of all kinds, but they always present us as a competition or at least alluding to the races, since after all that is the essence of Uma Musume.
How it is clear that this is animated shorts with chibi version characters, the animation has to be simple, but not bad, since in reality, taking into account the purpose of these shorts, not too much is required in this regard. Either way, they did pretty well.
Regarding the sound section, despite being simply animated shorts, it is quite well done and it is that they did not leave aside that in addition to being competitors they are idols and therefore in the ending songs we could observe the girls singing and dancing, or just singing, but accompanied by a background illustration.
Finally, the enjoyment of this program is quite good, for almost anyone, since these animated shorts are funny and remind us of the essence of both the program and the characters, which by the way are many and that surely we all longed to return to. See, and how can you guess, because of the above, this show qualifies in its entirety to be a 10/10 for animated shorts with chibi version characters.
By the way, after the broadcast of these shorts had ended, the second season of the anime was announced… Excellent news! : D
Thank you for reading my review and feel free to leave a comment on my profile if you want to mention any aspect of it or talk about something else.
Have a happy day.
This short series is definitely aimed for those of us who already enjoyed the original shenanigans of the Team Spica along with a handful of other side character already presented in the original and new characters that might become regulars in the sequel.
The chibi-like flash artstyle make the quick gags with limited animation shine on what is meant to be blazing comedy not to be taken too seriously or overthink it.
If you already liked shows like Teekyu this is one to watch in between or just binge in one sitting.
Without a centralized plot it’s easy to lose focus of what exactly you’re watching. I found myself at different parts finding myself tired of watching, the characters were adorable at moments but that was not enough to keep me entertained. Throughout the whole series I found myself laughing only once at a gag from the start of the series, the rest felt like I was giving a stale smile to convince myself that I was not wasting my time
The few positives I can give Umayon is that I enjoyed the outro tracks and it’s “moe” style which was perfectly fit the tone of the series. But that is all of what I have to say for it’s positives.
Overall, I would not recommend this series to anyone unless they are fans of it’s mother show. If I were to rate this given my bias even then It would be a Solid 8 and that’s generous because I’m a huge fan. Other than that it would be a ( +3 )
1: D4DJ Petit Mix
English: D4DJ Petit Mix
MAL Score: 6.89
Mini anime aired within the D4DJ variety program D4DJ Photon Maiden TV.
When all we had to base our expectations on was the anime’s official poster/illustration, it was very easy to expect the same kind of quality as Garupa Pico, another chibi-style mini anime based on a big Bushiroad anime media series (Also made by one of the same animation studios as Petit Mix). But Garupa Pico uses 2D models for their characters, keeping quality consistent- and once I watched the first Petit Mix episode and saw that it used hand-drawn animation, I immediately got a little skeptical.
And I was kinda right in thinking that way, because as the series went on, there were more animation quality drops. Sometimes the lineart was too thick or pixelated, sometimes the eyes or mouth were too high or low, and sometimes there were pretty iffy body proportions. And even looking past the animation quality, the animation style sometimes isn’t very nice to look at either- the highlights on the eyes and hair can be TOO shiny and bright, and it was very noticeable for me, because the episodes were released on YouTube at night in my timezone, and I often watched them while they were being Premiered.
Outside the animation, the writing isn’t very strong either. It’s a mini anime after all, so I don’t expect it to have strong plot, but what I did expect was some good comedy. I know that Japanese humour is very different to the humour most English-speaking countries are used to, but at the very least, I do remember laughing at some of the jokes that Garupa Pico made. But despite the fact that Petit Mix had 26 episodes, I don’t remember laughing once. What I do remember were whole episodes where I wondered ‘…What’s going on? Is this supposed to make me laugh, or…?’ Episode 2 was the first episode that made me feel that way, and the fact that it was only the second episode… that tells you about all you need to know really.
Overall, Petit Mix was overhyped by the official accounts, and because of that it was a pretty big disappointment for me and many other D4DJ fans. Some of the character interactions and episode premises are fun or entertaining to watch, but the animation holds it back and the comedy doesn’t land. I believe in First Mix supremacy
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. D4DJ Petit Mix
3. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Churutto!
5. Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart