Fall 2014: Comedy

Our third preview post covers those anime which are primarily made to make you smile or ideally laugh out loud. Japanese comedies have trouble translating into English but these shows have the potential to break that trend and come up with the goods. We have seven series to go over today so let’s start!

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Amagi Brilliant Park

Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation
Origin:  Light Novel [Gatoh/Nakajima]
Date of Premiere: October 2nd

Summary
It all starts with a young man [Seiya] being held at gunpoint to on a date with another girl [Isuzu]. It then involves them going on a date to a rundown theme park. The ‘princess’ of the park tasks Seiya with managing the theme park and attracting over one hundred thousand patrons in a fortnight. You think that’d be easy? No, Amagi Brilliant Park is a beat-up relic of the nineteenth century. Good luck, mate!

Initial Thoughts
Kyoto Animation has been in a bit of slump when compared to its stature in the mid-2000s. Here’s hoping that this collaboration with Full Metal Panic creator Shouji Gatoh can kickstart things again [even some of his characters from the other title make a cameo!] On paper, it looks pretty good as do most KyoAni productions, but can it translate that into results in terms of ratings.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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Denkigai no Honya-san
(The Bookstore of Akihabara)

Animation Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
Origin:  Manga [Mizu]
Date of Premiere: October 2nd

Summary
Umi is a desperate boy whose life depends on his employment at a small bookstore located in the heart of Tokyo, Akihabara. The store sells literature of the adult kind and he and his colleagues have to make sure things are properly sealed and hidden away from kids. A mix of personalities all concentrated in a tiny space in a bustling city.

Initial Thoughts
My first reaction was this: I want to see this! Not because of the adult bookstore angle or potential fanservice but by the charming design. Everything about the previews looks so characterful and cute; you cannot accuse it of being bland or generic. You know what you’re watching; it even has a chance of being quite ‘meta’ in that it’s set in the heart of otakudom and will likely poke fun at everything to do with anime or hentai. I’m curious!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: High

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Gugure! Kokkuri-san

Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment
Origin:  Manga [Endo]
Date of Premiere: October 5th

Summary
A young girl [Kohina] is messing about with the paranormal when she practices the Japanese divining game Kokkuri. The result lands her with a new friend, Kokkuri-san, a white-haired fox dude. Instead of scaring her, the spirit actually feels sorry for Kohina’s meagre lifestyle and miserly attitude. It seems clear that she won’t stop at one spirit friend, more will come along to add to her existence.

Initial Thoughts
This shows seems a little heavier than most four panel comics. There are themes concerning loneliness and personal neglect which leave the door open for some black comedy to be had here. So expect some darkness mixed with some laughs with this one. Kohina’s appearance is a little odd but at least it’s different!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
(Inou-Battle Within Everyday Life)

Animation Studio: Trigger
Origin:  Light Novel [Nozomi/029]
Date of Premiere: October 6th

Summary
Jurai is an average high school loser who has recently joined the literature club, but its members aren’t bookworms. The girls of the literature club actually possess magical powers that range from creating matter to bending time…problem is, they don’t know what to do with it. They’re waiting for the call to action but must first face the ultimate test – boredom!

Initial Thoughts
Ohhh, I see what they’re doing! I like it. The fact that these people get powers and then six months later have done nothing with them shows that not every power comes with an innate mission statement. If you’re bored of the usual action/comedy series with powered students and are looking for something new then you might be in luck here; it looks the business and should stand out over the average harem comedy.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
(The Wolf Girl and the Black Prince)

Animation Studio: TYO Animations
Origin:  Manga [Hatta]
Date of Premiere: October 5th

Summary
This story is all about keeping up appearances. Erika has bragged to her classmates about having a hot boyfriend and exudes self confidence. This ‘boyfriend’ turns out to be Kyouya, one of her classmates and the picture she parades about is not a loving keepsake but a covert snap. In order to keep her reputation stable, Erika has to keep Kyouya in her good books and get him to play along.

Initial Thoughts
Oh what a tangled web we weave. The classic moral story of how lying can get you into trouble. In order to score popularity, Erika has pulled a few fibs and the show is about to punish her to the extreme and we get to watch her squirm. This could be funny but also predictable in the long run but that makes it straightforward rather than convoluted and taxing on the old noggin! Light relief!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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Ore, Twintails no Narimasu
(I Will Become a Twintail)

Animation Studio: Production IMS
Origin: Light Novel [Mizusawa/Kasuga]
Date of Premiere: October 10th

Summary
Get ready to be weirded out! Souji Mitsuka is big on sexy hairstyles and is one day visited by a pan-dimensional being who uses his hair-driven passion who grants him the power…to turn into a superpowered girl with twin ponytails. He and his like-minded friends use these new skills to face the forces of evil! Right.

Initial Thoughts
Oh my days. I think that the writer of this show decided to flip the bird to convention and do what he wanted! No inhibitions here; if you’re a guy and wish to be a lolita girl with ponytails, then so be it! You can have it! Want to use this power to fight bad guys? Hells yeah, go for it! I would normally baulk at this due to the potential fanservice and I probably will be subjected to plenty of it; but screw it, this is weird enough for me to give it a chance.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou
(The Special Circumstances of my Bathtub)

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Animation Studio: Asahi Production
Origin:  Manga [Itokichi]
Date of Premiere: October 6th

Summary
This is the tale of human compassion when a young man [Tatsumi] discovers a washed-up merman on the beach [Wakasa] and takes him home so he doesn’t die. This sets the scene for a light-hearted comedy with a very nautical theme which has the chance to be pretty cute; it’s certainly different.

Initial Thoughts
This is another four panel comic adaptation and it feels like it; like it’s going to be a collection of short stories revolving around Tatsumi and Wakasa. I get a strong feeling that this could be pretty funny and something that will hit home with Western audiences, it’s certainly full of pretty men and wacky music and voices. Plenty of eccentricity to be had!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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So we got some good comedies coming up which can only be a good thing, but what about something a little more magical? Well, find out next time in our Fantasy/Magic showcase!

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3 thoughts on “Fall 2014: Comedy”

  1. I have to avoid all animes with “Hetare” protagonists and almight heroines.
    AMAGI BRILLIANT PARK – you completely lost me at the very beginning of the trailer with a crazy bitch holding a shotgun at the face of the hopeless protagonist.
    INOU-BATTLE WA NICHIJOU-KEI NO NAKA DE – The punch line is: The protagonist is the only one in the club who has an useless power and has no talents to compensate for it, so…NO!
    Who knows about the others? I might try watching all the rest of them…Well, maybe except for that one about the twin tails. It feels too stupid…

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