They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Cinderella Girls Gekijou: Climax Season, Cinderella Girls Gekijou, Cinderella Girls Gekijou 3rd Season, and more!
6: Cinderella Girls Gekijou: Climax Season
Japanese: シンデレラガールズ劇場 CLIMAX SEASON
MAL Score: 6.49
Fourth season of Cinderella Girls Gekijou.
5: Cinderella Girls Gekijou
English: THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS Theater
MAL Score: 6.53
Our idol friends are back again today! Get a rare look at how idols spend their days off, as well as their comical interactions with each other in this hyper-fun-filled short anime.
Cinderella Girls Gekijou is an anime short compromised of 2 minutes episodes of the Cinderella Girls MASTERS Idols going about their daily lives while also paying homage to it’s original source material (it’s mobage game) through giving us certain scenes that is from their cards just given more context to the situation to Starlight Stage (the mobile phone game) with it’s new songs being brought out in the ending credits and newer idols getting voices being highlights (such as Yuuki Otokura, Shin Sato, Shizuku Oikawa, Sanae Katagiri and Yuko Hori) through this anime short.
In terms of comedy, the comedy is extremely snappy with it’s skit-based format (mainly due to it’s runtime of 2 minutes each) however those entrenched in Cinderella Girls like LA is will know many of the references the comedy has, those who are a casual fan will be left in the dust. Though the only upside to this is we do see a more comedic side to the Cinderella Girls because of it.
In terms of animation by Studio Gathering (who also did Puchimas series), the animation for the majority is expected moe chibified format but with this art style allows the comedic moments to come in more easily, plus it’s animation does change into full detail (again paying homage to the mobage cards) and those times, it’s animation is pretty good for Studio Gathering.
Cinderella Girls Gekijou is one of LA’s somewhat guilty pleasure anime shorts for Spring 2017 with obvious reasons (being a fan of im@s series even extending to Cinderella Girls), but even for those just getting into the Cinderella Girls, this is a good place to start off with, bringing us characters that we didn’t know (due to Cinderella Girls HUGE ensemble cast outside of MASTER idols) and showing us their daily lives with a hint of comedy to them. LA enjoyed Cinderella Girls Gekoijou without a doubt and is also one of the better anime shorts to come out of Spring 2017.
Plot is minimal and serves purely as fan-service, (not sexual), which is why it is hard to enjoy without being an iDOLM@STER fan. While the recent iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime features several girls in Gekijou’s cast, there are also several cast members from the game series included.
Art and sound are minimalistic, ocassionally becoming more pronounced during close-up scenes or fan-service moments. On the other hand, ending themes are pleasing 30 second excerpts of their full version songs. Since series focuses on character fanservice, it is more enjoyable if you like iDOLM@STER’s cast. However, fans of the original iDOLM@STER cast will rarely see representation for its characters.
As said before, Cinderall Girls Gekijou is a short and fun experience for fans who enjoy the ambiance and cast from the iDOLM@STER series. However, viewers looking for a plot heavy or serious show will be left disappointed.
I will say the first episode isn’t bad – it covers Miku bribing Anzu to work using candy, and Takumi (my girl!) crushing on Chieri – but the rest are pretty hopeless. Just dull.
4: Cinderella Girls Gekijou 3rd Season
Japanese: シンデレラガールズ劇場 第3期
MAL Score: 6.53
The third season of Cinderella Girls Gekijou.
3: Anime Kapibara-san
English: Anime Kapibarasan
Japanese: アニメ カピバラさん
MAL Score: 6.58
The series follows the daily adventures of Kapibarasan and his animal friends as they chill out among the Midorino Grasslands.
This truly transcends the realism and morality of any other anime; nay, any notion ever conceived in the ripe, feeble minds of contemporary society.
My second mistake was writing this review, as it deprives you of the experience of Kapibara-san and words simply cannot ever hope to describe the caliber of this anime; nay, this masterpiece.
Through a variety of moral dilemmas that question the myriad facets of human nature, Kapibara-san aims to provide not just mere enjoyment, rather, it aims to reconstruct our perceptions of social institutions themselves.
Alas, as mentioned previously, mere mortals cannot do Kapibara-san the justice of fully appreciating nor understanding the true purpose of Kapibara-san. In our flimsy 3-dimensional universe, we can only hope to achieve this level of mastery in any respect.
The art is really well done, the charachter are only cute but really well designed, they doesn’t have any particular development, they just living their own life.
As i said the story is nothing amazing, each episode is 1 minute and a half long and it talk about what the kapibara family doing in that time, is nothing amazing, but the two charms stated above make this anime super useful for stay calm and i suggest it merely for that.
Kapibara-san is kids anime about short humorous sketches with kapibaras. Another of those underground shows which almost no one is watching.
The story… wait, it’s slice of life about kapibaras. I guess you can find somewhat of a plot in every episode, but it’s not important at all. All is happening is just kapibaras stuck on each other or eat grass.
Sound is descent, besides comic narrator voice, there’s nothing to talk about . Although, soundtrack made by Tateyama Akiyuki, who also made music for “Yuru Camp”, so I guess OST is likable.
Characters are pretty… Yeah, they’re just pretty, adorable and every synonym to that.
You might enjoy this show if you just want to off your brain and gag along with kapibaras.
2: Ueno-san wa Bukiyou
English: How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno.
MAL Score: 6.60
As the head of her middle school’s science club, it’s only fitting that Ueno is also a brilliant inventor. With devices that can convert any liquid into drinkable water, deodorize the most foul smells, or even generate dark matter to be used as a means of concealment, it seems like nothing is beyond Ueno’s capabilities. However, she doesn’t invent these devices for the advancement of mankind. Rather, the one force that motivates her is love, the only phenomenon she can’t quite figure out.
Ueno is head over heels for Tanaka, her nonchalant fellow club member. Yet, because she is too nervous to confess her love and he is too oblivious to notice her affection, her love life is completely stagnant. In Ueno’s mind, if she could just expose him to perverted situations, then surely he’d get flustered and fall for her, right? Assisted by her stone-faced classmate and dedicated wingwoman Yamashita, Ueno employs her many inventions on Tanaka in a lewd manner in hopes that he may one day understand how she feels.
As the synopsis suggests, Ueno-san is “in love with the concept of falling in love.” Our main trio of students consists of Tanaka, Yamashita, and Ueno herself, as they spend their time in the science club together testing out various inventions that Ueno has prepared in advance for the oblivious Tanaka. The premise sounds simple enough, right? Well, unless you enjoy watching junior high students participate in blatantly crude sexual gags with the follow up of loud nervous breakdowns, feel free to pass this one up with ease. Now for the following…
Jumping into every episode, we are greeted with Ueno introducing her new invention to the viewers with a complex narration of said device for around a minute or so, only to then use it in an attempt to explore her obsession with “the concept of falling in love.” I quote this because apparently to Ueno, the experience of falling in love is achieved through involving your panties as many times as humanly possible, getting yourself along with other side characters to participate in absurdly unfunny sexual situations, and to yell as embarrassingly as you can whenever you get the chance. Seriously, if the show sees even the slightest opportunity to take advantage of this potty like humor, it will try as much as it can for the sake of a gag, and absolutely fails to make me laugh even once. With our main bro Tanaka, wholly uninterested and oblivious to the motives of Ueno, this rinse and repeat cycle continues for 12 whole episodes. Luckily these episodes only last for half the amount of airing time as standard episode length, so it could have been worse.
Other than that, there really isn’t much more to add. The shows art is fairly basic, and the characters play their roles accordingly of an over the top tsundere, a dense male interest, and a dull robot. As I said, this continues for 12 episodes, so if you have seen the first episode, it’s just rehash of that for the rest of the way. In part, for those who can laugh at this show and enjoy this sort of thing, you have achieved something that I simply cannot.
At it’s heart it is a sexual joke comedy like other shows before it, most of Ueno’s inventions have to do with something lewd, or something romantic. While some shows go out of their way to force this sort of stuff, and Ueno-san admittedly at times can too, the bulk of these have a simple source: the infinite horniness of Ueno-san, and how much she loves her beloved kouhai. Most of her inventions are attempts at getting him closer to her or to get him to do perverse things to her. Her manner is pretty interesting to watch as it’s not just about her trying to lewd him all the time, but rather her mindgames in trying to get him to lewd her, which is what she really so badly wants.
However, she happens to be a complete and utter tsundere and even when she gets what she wants she ends up overreacting and running away unable to deal with the strong emotions that are in her heart. Despite how over the top her character is, she feels genuine and manages to feel like a real character. When she is dealing with problems that relate to other club’s that go to her for help she manages to treat them seriously and do her best to help out. She isn’t just her infinite horniness, even if it is a large part of her. After all she is a teenager and she is experiencing strong emotions for the first time, and it’s not unnatural to not know what to do with them. So while over the top her emotions make sense to me, and I find myself able to relate to her and her struggles in trying to get closer to her love and get the things she wants without being so forward about it.
Furthermore the jokes are able to have a good amount of variety and are able to focus on a wide array of different lewd actions and romantic actions rather than focusing on the same items over and over again. The wide array of her inventions allow for a diversity in what happens depending on what she wants to get Tanaka to do at that time.
And while a dense harem MC can be frustrating at times the sheer denseness of Tanaka is quite humorous especially with how obvious Ueno is. It also helps that because Ueno is such a tsundere, it’s not like either of them are making that many serious attempts to showcase their love. Nor is it like she is losing because he is so dense. And besides I feel the sometimes sweet and off the top of his head statements that he is prone to making is exactly what she likes about him. Because with all of his denseness he manages to make these statements that light her heart on fire, without even trying to do so in the first place. Not to mention the denseness actually does a great job for the straight man role that most japanese comedies have. With his denseness he is able to fill this role without feeling too over the top and unnatural in it. He states normalcy and acts the most normal of the bunch without overdoing it or putting too much weight on the joke in his words. While he fills the straight man role, he doesn’t become nothing but a straight man, and manages to fit into that role naturally due to who he is.
And this denseness creates an interesting mindgame dynamic. While some other shows have the main romantic leads face off against each other and try to outwit each other, Ueno’s mindgames aren’t battles of wits, they’re battles of who is the dumbest. Ueno’s plans are good but she manages to sabotage herself almost every time. Tanaka isn’t even trying to mindgame, rather his sheer denseness works in his favor as he manages to go against her plans with sheer density. Despite this, the mindgames don’t have a clear power structure. Ueno often gets her wants in a round about way due to Tanaka’s denseness. It may not be the way she wanted but it still warms her heart and brings her closer to him.
Even thought her plans fail their closeness grows with each one. Even in their interactions it’s easy to see how close they are. Despite Ueno’s weird requests Tanaka often humors her and goes along with them. Despite Ueno getting overloaded, she does get some of the love and interaction that Tanaka desires. Her plans may fail, but often she doesn’t go empty handed. And when it comes down to it Tanaka does try his best for her, and it’s sweet.
Also I have to mention Yamashita who is a great wingman and does her best for Ueno. The dynamic between the two of them is also quite nice as they do care about each other and do try to help each other.
Overall Ueno is a great comedy and a great romance. With some fun gags, some fun mindgames, and some great characters. Ueno is the highlight of the show, and it’s so much fun watching her demanding tsundereness and all of her adorable over the top reactions to everything. It’s funny, cute, and heartwarming, and makes for a great rom-com to watch.
Which is to say, this is an inappropriate comedy that manages to stay classy and not devolve into outright vulgarity. The source of gags is absurdity of situations and absurdity of character interactions, which, on the other hand, brings it closer to the stuff like Asobi Asobase. Also be mindful that it’s that specific type of anime comedy where they find a billion ways to tell the same exact joke differently.
The heroine is a middle-school girl inventor that could’ve easily propelled humanity a millennium forward if she wasn’t too busy with romantic plots like trying to force the male lead to drink her (purified) urine, which in her adolescent maiden’s mind is something akin to an indirect kiss.
The hero is genuinely autistic in an actual medical sense of the term, on a high-functioning end of the spectrum. He isn’t just dense to heroine’s advances – he’s not familiar with the concept of romance or boy-girl relationship (and can’t tell boys and girls apart to begin with).
The supporting cast are colorful weirdos, some of them are blatantly copied from Monogatari, at least as far as character design is concerned. The show wears this on its sleeve, in fact, the similarities are incorporated into the show’s comedy – some gags are based on subverting your expectations of how the corresponding Monogatari character will act in a given situation.
Also, there are plenty of moments of genuine romantic fluff that makes you go “aww”, further driving home SYD comparison. The OP and ED songs (there are 3 different ones of the latter) are likewise cute and fluffy. The season ends on a high note of PROGRESS.
The only downside is 10 minutes per episode format, the comedy is strong and varied enough to carry full-length episodes, so it feels like a wasted opportunity.
9/10 for a comedy show that knows what it does and does it well.
1: Cinderella Girls Gekijou 2nd Season
Japanese: シンデレラガールズ劇場 第2期
MAL Score: 6.63
The second season of Cinderella Girls Gekijou.
If you enjoyed the first season of Cinderella Girls and is playing the mobile game “Starlight Stage” and has a liking to some of the characters then this second season like the first will have some homage to pay from the both of them and you’ll be rewarded in divided at the same time with this second season.
Once again, paying homages from certain scenes that reflect the cards artwork to news about certain idols gaining voices and concurrently being shown in certain episodes (LA was mostly interested in the news of Hajime Fujiwara getting a voice).
If your a fan of the Cinderella Girls or play their game, then this second season without a doubt will hold your interest even if it is a 3 minute endeavor with all the comedic nature of the Gekijou series.
This is just LA’s fanboyness to the Cinderella Girls showing but the Cinderella Girls Gekijou might be one of LA’s favourite anime shorts of 2017…take that however you like.
Also, one thing I loved about this anime is the art. The art is beautiful and well done unlike some other anime that are done by big named studios
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Cinderella Girls Gekijou 2nd Season
2. Ueno-san wa Bukiyou
3. Anime Kapibara-san
4. Cinderella Girls Gekijou
5. Cinderella Girls Gekijou 3rd Season
6. Cinderella Girls Gekijou: Climax Season