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Anifile’s Top 5 Anime of Summer 2014


Another season has come to an end and we’ve managed to find some really good shows despite the initial outlook. Here at Anifile, at the end of every season, we take the ten anime which have either impressed or disgusted and put them into something that everyone likes – lists! So without further ado, let’s begin with the top five!

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#5 – Terror in Resonance (Zankyou no Terror)

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FULL REVIEW

Terror in Resonance is one of those shows which knows what it’s doing. At first, it makes you think that the two main characters are cold and ruthless killers who do this for sheer pleasure and enjoyment; that shocks you and yet makes you curious. It envokes the very human reaction of “Why?”. That’s answered very quickly and you start to learn that Nine and Twelve are not out to kill but to disrupt the government which locked them away and made them essentially go nuts. The anime we’re watching is the ultimate result of what happens when humanity plays God and tries to cultivate artificial super geniuses; they go insane. This anime is very clever and it shows in its execution. What marred it for me was how Five, one of the other geniuses, was introduced. Her character kind of skewed the whole anime for me which results in it placing slightly lower than it would’ve otherwise done. Nevertheless, it’s going to be one of those future classics because it dares to be different!

#4 – Majimoji Rurumo

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What makes Majimoji Rurumo stand out a lot more than you might think is that it flies in the face of convention. You think it’s going to be a standard, cutesy harem anime but instead it chooses to break tradition and add some original twists to an otherwise tired genre. Rurumo and Kouta are a great double act in what is a very good slapstick comedy using magical elements. It’s not going to win awards for visual presentation with a lot of weird designs and overly chibified characters, but it gets the job done at making the audience laugh and praise the heavens for something unusual in their romantic comedies. Seriously! You have no idea how happy I was to see Rurumo arrive in Kota’s school as a lunchlady and NOT AS A TRANSFER STUDENT!! That’s big, people! This is another clever anime which is also self aware and is not afraid of showing it. Go watch and be refreshed, my friend!

#3 – Barakamon

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FULL REVIEW

This show is adorable. The whole idea is admirable. A world weary calligraphist is sent to a faraway island to refocus his priorities and find his inner mojo after having a major hissy fit at a major arts exhibit just because somebody dared call his work dull. While there, he meets a young girl named Naru who manages to bring our lead, Seishu, out from the cold and into the bosom of a warm and caring community which treats him with kindness and respect. Every episode, Seishu understands what’s wrong with his psyche and he begins to chip away at his insecurities and neurosis allowing his mind to flourish and create some truly passionate work! Once you step back from that loving story, you realise that the world itself of Barakamon is truly sublime. It makes you want to jump inside the screen and join the characters; each one looking unique and rustic which is a fantastic sight to see in a sea of ubiquity which is the trend of modern anime. Also it pays to get REAL child actors to play children; it adds a genuine note to the performance. A breath of fresh air! If you liked this anime, check out Usagi Drop. I guarantee you’ll love that too.

#2 – Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

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FULL REVIEW

Studio Dogakoba should be proud of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, as should Sentai Filmworks who have picked the show up for the American market. THIS is what The Comic Artist and His Assistants should’ve been. An adventure into the world of manga with a team of quirky individuals who work together to produce an acclaimed creation free of any awkward suggestiveness or nuances of sex. All of the characters feel distinct and work together to produce something with tons of charm, comedy and care. It’s simply a joy to watch and will generate a lot of smiles and leave all those who watch this elated to have dedicated their time to it. I was so glad that I got to see this and by the huge amount of requests I got to review it. I was not disappointed in the slightest. Tsubaki’s four-panel work has easily generated a four-star anime. Perhaps five stars for some. A must-see; it’s easy to pick up and understand and requires little background knowledge to fully appreciate. This show was my favourite of the season for the longest time until the next show came along and upped the stakes comedically.

#1 – Sabagebu (Survival Game Club)

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This was a close one! In the end, Sabagebu squeaked Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun on the grounds that it’s absolutely bonkers! It hooked me in right from the start and has only continued to make me laugh and do double takes with only the occasional fumble which is to be expected; not everybody finds EVERYTHING to be funny. You though that Momoka was another sweet girl because of the pink hair, didn’t you? Admit it! I did. I was so very wrong; she’s actually a vicious, vengeful and cynical mademoiselle! When she’s joined by the cast of characters from her new school’s Survival Games club, the whole package is complete. Each character brings something to the table and adds to the laughter track which is growing in volume. The level of self-awareness is acute and the amount of fourth wall breaking is so much that I’m surprised there are any houses left standing! Short, sharp stories keep the momentum going and if you miss an episode you’re not going to be punished for it. Enjoy the ride and have an absolute blast!

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You’ve had the best, now let’s try the worst coming up on Anifile!

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Loose Ends: Summer 2014’s Swansong


The summer season is beginning to wrap up with its series reaching their final episodes. It’s OK though! We have a whole new season to entertain us coming in a little under three weeks time. So I can properly prepare for the next season, I shall be abridging my reviews for the last five anime I’ve left to cover for the summer. These are Nobunaga Concerto, Shounen Hollywood, Bakamatsu Rock, DRAMAtical Murder and Invaders of the Rokujyoma. A little disclaimer here before I begin – I am not saying these anime are not worth your time. All of these shows deserve the same amount of time as the other anime I’ve reviewed; it’s just that time has conspired against us and resulted in a compressed review. So let’s get to it!

Bakamatsu Rock!

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Even though this show is meant to be set in the Edo period of Japan [somewhere between the 1500s and 1700s], do not use this as source material for a history paper on the subject. This show is a very, very tenuous interpretation of that time. There’s modern comforts everywhere from pizza to rock music, lots of rock music. It’s like they replaced samurai with rockers and that’s OK! You quickly begin to realise that this show is not meant to be straight-laced or serious, it’s a fun ride for everyone to enjoy. Sit back and marvel at the brightly coloured characters jet around on screen. Based on a PSP game, Bakamatsu Rock is a visual appetite devoid of blandness but when it comes to the story it’s a whole lot staler. The Japanese government is cracking down on rock music and it’s up to the likes of Ryoma and friends to rage against the machine and collect the Peace Souls in order to ROCK the police! All I’ll say is that I think it’s worth a watch only if you don’t mind a very loosely pieced together plot and like characters having fun and some pretty good music. If not, it’s going to annoy you how thin the plot is by comparison; it feels very neglected.

This is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CAUTION

DRAMAtical MURDER

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DRAMAtical MURDER is a straight up shambles, there I said it! Here’s why. It’s clear that this show had very little to work with in terms of resources and far too much content to stuff into it. Hours of gameplay from the BL [boy love] game are condensed into twenty minute episodes and the result is a bit of a mess. The characters look poor, the story feels rushed and the overall feel is rather off. The story focuses around Aoba, a resident on the isle of Midorijima, an island which was privatised by a huge company and the residents have been forced to move to another part of the island. Aoba has been facing a lot of pressure from gangs and other people to participate in the popular virtual reality game Rhyme, but he refuses. Unluckily for him though, he is dragged into it and his life is never the same again. I did give the story a chance to develop like most people online have implored others to, but I still can’t get into it. The anime is comparatively tame when placed next to the original game which is a bad thing as a lot of the general appeal for the title has been lost in the conversion; it all feels awkward like things are wanting to happen but things turn coy all of a sudden. It’s a good summation of this show: missed opportunities.

This is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CANCEL

Invaders of the Rokujyoma

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This show was a lot of fun, but I felt like it was missing something. Invaders of the Rokujyoma is a simple tale; Satomi is fighting to keep his apartment which has been invaded [hence the name] by various spirits, oddities, aliens and the like. All want a piece of the action and this sets everything up for a classic harem anime albeit a supernatural one. Sanae is the lead girl as it were; she is the ghost who originally occupied the flat and scared previous owners away, she tries to do this to Satomi but finds a challenge on her hands. Over the course of the anime the five lead girls learn to live with Satomi whilst they all justify their cases to own the bedsit. I find the idea pretty surreal; it’s not even a good looking place to live. It’s student digs! That contributes to the overall amusement of the production. It left me with a smile, if only it had the courage to push further and break into greatness; instead it settles to be an uncomplicated and light-hearted story and something which won’t bother the heavy hitters of the season. That lack of ambition is disappointing but I didn’t feel cheated at all. It’s certainly something to give a shot. Having this rich mix of girls reminds me of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Buried Treasure of Nanana Ryugajo [particularly the ghost element]. Also, for those wondering, fanservice is surprisingly low considering the amount of female characters!

This is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CONTINUE

Nobunaga Concerto

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Nobunaga Concerto is yet ANOTHER adaptation of the story of Oda Nobunaga, the famous Japanese warlord. I can count at least three other anime that have come out since I started properly reviewing anime that revolve around this historical figure which tells me two things. First, the guy is a hugely significant person in Japanese history [which I respect] and second that anime executives view the idea as a sort of cash cow. This anime’s idea is to use the cliched time travel gimmick to take delinquent Saburo back into the past and learn about the stories of Nobunaga first hand; as Nobunaga. He’s the spitting image and is forced to take the leader’s place. It’s following the Bill and Ted path to educational prosperity. Radical! The ambition is here but the animation is quite off-putting. Like Knights of Sidonia, Fuji TV [the producers] have gone for a 3D style but it’s not worked well. The first thing I noticed was that the heads of most characters looked they were bobbing around statically whereas the bodies were moving around more freely below. This looseness carries through to the narrative and the whole notion of time travelling and not choosing to exploit your foresight in the past is nonsensical; true Saburo is a dullard who is now learning the importance of history directly and that you SHOULD PAY ATTENTION. You never know when you might get flung back into the past and profit from it! For me, Nobunaga Concerto tries but fails to catch my interest due to its lack of originality when it comes to the story. The backdrops look great though!

This is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CAUTION

Shounen Hollywood – Holly Stage for 49 –

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One of the better shows of this season, Shounen Hollywood is a very humble production. It may not be the best produced title this season but it does the business in producing content which is engaging, thoughtful and focused on the characters in a way which isn’t obnoxious, unreal or irritating. The premise is the reformation of the band Shounen Hollywood which was split up fifteen years previously. Today the group is being brought back together with new members Kakeru, Ikuma, Kira, Daiki and Shun. At first glance, you could accuse this show of being a ripoff of shows like Free! in that the premise is formed around good looking guys who each have their own colours of attire and differing personalities; I see your point but do people have to all look the same? People look different and wear different stuff, deal with it! I think what I appreciate most about this series is that it’s a lot more grounded than most slice-of-life series, like it could happen in real life; in fact the whole idea of manufactured boybands is common in society so this anime is just putting that down on paper [or computer these days]. This realism is welcome and makes me feel for each of the characters as well as their general optimism despite the oppressive domain of real life. I seriously would give this a watch if you want some pretty boys to look at AND get to know deeply and actually want them to succeed! This experience feels so complete.

This is available to stream on Funimation’s website.

RATING: CONTINUE

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So that’s it. We’ve managed to tie up the loose ends of the summer. It’s now time to ponder for a while and come up with top and bottom five anime of this season! Catch you later guys!

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Hanayamata REVIEW


It’s sometimes quite blissful not having a special talent or skill; there’s no pressure to perform and you can be allowed to coast along in life doing the same routine to your heart’s content without fear of failure or complication. On the other hand, the human spirit doesn’t let one get by so easily and flickers of aspiration flash across our minds every now and again and that is what Hanayamata explores in depth and with a striking colour palette.

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Naru is a very timid girl who has very little focus on what she wants to do with her life. She’s somewhat of a recluse save for her seemingly only real friend Yaya, who is part of the music club. Naru often goes to watch Yaya and her bandmates practice and it’s here where things get triggered which lead to the events that happen in this anime. Our shy heroine begins to yearn for some kind of creative talent or outlet for her ever-growing frustration towards her humdrum existence or to simply live with the fairies care-free. One night though, her prayers are answered in the form of a short and loud American girl named Hana [I think they mean Hanna but I’ll roll with their spelling]. She is practising yosakoi, a traditional Japanese dance style, which is usually performed en masse. As Naru watches on, the allusion to fairies and Hana’s blonde hair and unusual appearance acts as yet another turning point. The pair are mesmerised with one another and they quickly become good friends at the expense of Yaya; who becomes insanely jealous. Over time, Naru begins to develop self-confidence and a genuine desire to dance her sadness away with her growing circle of friends. There are twists and turns along the way, as is the way with every slice-of-life show, but it’s a ride which is very charming, probing and downright gorgeous!

hanayamata_3Hanayamata is one of the prettiest shows I’ve seen this season and it’s not hard to figure out why this is the case. First off, MADHOUSE animated this and they are renowned for pushing the boat out when it comes to stylisation. The characters all look distinctive and refined [I really adore the characters’ eyes, they’re so unique when placed against the norm!] in a world which is also treated to a lovely coat of paint and lens flares. The designers went to the J.J.Abrams school of bloom and the use of lights and flares to punctuate the visual style are all over the place here, but they are used tastefully and to good effect which means they don’t get in the way…mostly. It all leads to an enticing production which is a treat for the eyes. The quality and detailing carries over to the music and acting; nothing is over the top or exaggerated without good reason. All of the assets which go into making an anime work together to conjure up something which is fantastic to watch! Does the narrative do this too? Well, essentially, yes!

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When it comes to the story the premise isn’t overly original, but it is packaged more freshly. Naru’s desire to figure in the world has been seen before but it’s a story which can never get old or should be discouraged from expressing. There are too many people in the world like her who want to do something but get scared off because of the worry of failure. It sometimes takes the likes of Hana and Yaya to push one over the edge and just do stuff – you never know until you try! Hakuna Matata; you get the idea! It’s a commendable plot which is carried out by younger characters than usual. The quintet are all either fourteen or fifteen instead of seventeen or eighteen; this age difference means that attitudes and maturity will differ measuredly from what you’d expect. It’s evident when Yaya gets incredibly jealous and petulant over Hana’s introduction or Machi’s sweeping generalisations and strictness but the friendship and solidarity is still there in earnest; these girls will be friends for life no matter what happens. It’s all so sweet and heartening in a medium which needs more of such shows.

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I think what I like most about this show is that it is so very Japanese. It has a strong cultural resonance and desire to explore an lesser known dance medium. I didn’t know what yosakoi dancing was until I saw this show and I felt like I learnt something and in a way which wasn’t overbearing or artificial. It felt natural as we were learning it at the same pace that Naru and Hana were; we are along for the ride as if we were one of their friends wishing to learn the art of yosakoi. It’s all so involving and passionate. It’s not like most shows these days which could easily be set in a country other than Japan; it harks back to a staple of the country’s history and it’s something so emotional and majestic. Watching one person dance is nice enough, but to see five, ten or even hundred people dance in unison with flashy costumes and overflowing spirit is a whole different animal. What I’m saying is that this show gets so much stuff right!

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In the end, Hanayamata is a joy. It’s an uncomplicated story about a girl who finds her feet and a purpose in life; or at least something to pass the time away. It gives her solace and contentment which is something we all crave for. Coupled with a superhuman effort in art production and a solid narrative, this show is something to cherish and a sign that anime isn’t all generic or samey. True there are some times when it follows trend [Americans are brash, transfer students are a dime a dozen and boys don’t speak when girls are the main characters] but these moments don’t detract from the product as a whole – a must-see!

Hanayamata is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CONTINUE [So much heart, so much dancing! It’s a feast for the eyes.]

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Silver Will Argevollen REVIEW


War. Huh. What is it good for? Giant robot anime! Yes we’re back here again with two warring factions fighting over the land in their respective quests for total dominance. Each has their own feeling of entitlement and they both want it bad. The war itself is looking pretty conventional until you throw in a brand new and untested giant robot into the mix…right? No it’s still pretty conventional. Argevollen’s debut into the anime scene feels like a journey that we’ve made before. *coughgundamcough*

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The story focuses around an unnamed continent and two superpowers named Arandas and Ingelmia. The two nations have been sparring with each other for many years in the fight to conquer the land; at the time we join the fray, Ingelmia has begun its push into Arandas home territory and it looks like they have the upper hand. As the Arandas forces begin their retreat from their impenetrable Great Wall[!], one plucky rookie pilot named Tokimune is frustrated with his side’s desire to flee and instead chooses to fight. This all comes to a head when a civilian transport is trapped by Ingelmia forces and the young hothead goes in on his own to help. Jamie, the civilian in the transport, begins to open her cargo and within it is the test mech – Argevollen! It looks nothing like the stock mechs we’ve seen up to now [apart from the jumper mechs that Ingelmia used to breach the Great Wall]. Tokimune, being the only pilot nearby, gets in and manages to hold the enemy off. The rest of the story chronicles how Tokimune gets to grips with his mech, the Arandas army defending itself from the Ingelmia onslaught and the burgeoning relationship between Jamie and Tokimune. Hmm, have we been here before?

argevollen_6I feel like we’ve been here before. Argevollen doesn’t excite me for some reason and I think I know what it is. The show looks alright for the most part in terms of animation and there are some moments in the narrative where the unexpected does occur; but these moments are few, far between and fleeting. The whole notion of two large nations fighting using giant robots felt to me like it took some snippets from shows like Code Geass and a whole heap from the Gundam universe; Gundam 0080 in particular. It’s almost that the writers of this show sat down in a room for a few days and wrote down all the best stuff from more military-based giant robot series and carved out their iteration of the concept. There’s no problem with taking inspiration for an idea from past shows, but if you’re going to do that come up with something different to throw into the mix like a rarely seen plot twist or a critical flaw. That being said, I will say that Tokimune isn’t a natural at piloting; he acts like a normal rookie instead of being an unexplained prodigy. He gets sick, acts petulantly and doesn’t take orders well at the beginning. Adding that humanity to the main character is enough to keep me from switching off entirely but I was struggling to stay focused whilst watching this series. It’s not that I have a problem with repetition in anime; it’s just that there are so many familiar tropes in this show and they are played out in a very apathetic manner. The audience has to figure out who the characters are based on past archetypes instead of from the characters in the here and now and that’s lazy!

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The show looks OK though. There are some awkward compositions with the CGI robots and the cel-drawn backdrops and people, especially with frame rate [the robots glide too smoothly to mesh well with the rest of the scene]. The designs are derived from old Gundam shows plus Xebec’s back catalogue of mecha productions but they are pieced together decently with the exception of Arandas’ general robots which look boxes on legs; not exactly inspiring or battle-worthy. Xebec doesn’t push the boat out when it comes to general animation and character design, it usually does the bare minimum to get by but even here it feels cheap. Xebec had three productions this year [Maken-ki Tsu, Tokyo ESP and this] and it’s sort of obvious which show came off worst in terms of budget allocation. There are far too many scenes where characters are standing around and talking to each other for my liking. I understand that there’s a lot of back-room dealing and underhandedness being whispered by characters, but it doesn’t hide the fact that money was tight and it’s cheaper to have motionless conversation most of the time especially when you’re using CGI robots too! Still though, it’s not offensively bad but it is, again, lazy! This level of apathy is concerning. True, there are times when some characters get to shine and do something different for once, but it’s far too rare to be OK with. The only thing I feel they weren’t slacking over was the design of Argevollen. It’s a very cool looking mech and feels like it shouldn’t be in this universe; it’s far too sleek for this time period. It’s also a little too perfect; it seems to be a prototype but there are no instant flaws or abrupt slowdowns in performance, it works right out of the box. Hmmmm. At least the show got its pin-up right mostly.

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To me, Argevollen feels like it could’ve been a good show if it were given more attention by the production team. It doesn’t feel complete or unique; it’s like Xebec and Tatsuo Sato [the show’s director] were going by the numbers and pitching the notion – “What would 1970s robot shows look like today?” and made an effective carbon copy. It’s a remake essentially of the tried and tested model of more realistic mecha series. I’m disappointed in Sato, especially since he directed my favourite anime! This is the guy who headed Bodacious Space Pirates and Nadesico! I don’t feel much for this series, I’m pretty bored just by looking at it really. Let’s move along, shall we?

Silver WIll Argevollen is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CANCEL [A derivative show which fails to engage save for a few glimmers of design.]

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Locodol REVIEW


If you think that idols are the trappings of international stardom or at least national importance, think again. Quite a lot of the time, there are idols for just about anything; even your own local town. These idols are known as locodols [short for local idols] and their job is to promote their town and businesses within. This is captured in the anime Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita and reveals that there is more to being an idol than just looking pretty; there are names to remember too!

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Nanako is your typical high school student with a secret dream of being an idol and becoming famous. This dream is suddenly realised when her uncle, who works for the local council, asks her to help promote the opening of the town’s newly refurbished swimming complex. The town of Nagarekawa is going through a rebranding exercise and its next step is to recruit their own idol and mascot troupe; Nanako is part of that mission and her uncle manages to ‘trick’ her into performing as a locodol despite the fact she’s really got no stage presence whatsoever and gets frightened easily. Fortunately her locodol partner Yukari is a kind soul and helps Nanako conquer her initial fear and the event is a success despite some hiccups along the way. As the rest of the show unfolds, a new mascot [Uogokoro-kun] is introduced as well as new member Yui and her understudy Mirai to help complete the lineup for the Nagarekawa Girls. They even get a proper manager after her uncle is relieved of his duties! That’s all there is to the plot essentially; the girls go from one engagement to the other and eventually hit the national stage representing their home town. In terms of ambition, the show doesn’t have much unlike its characters.

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Locodol is a simple story and that simplicity is carried through into the art style, plot and overall message. However, there are some places which cause either some critical thinking or moments where you are left feeling slightly awkward or disappointed. I’ll start off with why I like this show; it’s got heart to it. Nanako, Yukari and Yui are true friends and there isn’t any bitterness or in-fighting going on. It’s so simple and everyone is rooting for everyone else. Nanako is a timid girl with little ambition, Yukari is a confident girl with dreams yet no friends due to her wealth and Yui is a nervous girl who is very athletic and agile, perfect for the task of wearing the Uogokoro-kun costume. Each of them has a flaw and they all work together to boost each other’s confidence and pull off the event they are taking part in. That made me feel warm inside. I even appreciated that these girls were intelligent, genuine about their love for their town as well as its history [except for Nanako who is ashamed of her ignorance] and quite humble at the same time. I want these girls to succeed! It’s light and fluffy entertainment which is there to make you feel happy and not strain your brain for twenty minutes every week. When you strip away the window dressing of the locodol gimmick and see the scenes where the quartet are just going around town and being themselves with no trappings of ‘fame’ around them, it’s quite sweet and enjoyable. I like how the show manages to balance life and work somewhat evenly. Of course there is going to be idol-related plot points but it’s not relentlessly shoved down our throats; we get pauses to breathe and actually get to know the characters as people – thank you!

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Now for the reasons why I am not so sure about Locodol. I do like the main characters and their individual drives, but I feel like the show has several underlying tones which seems a little unsettling. Nanako’s uncle and their new manager Saori don’t seem to worry so much about the girls’ insecurities and seem keen to exploit their charm and sexualise them way above the level any of them are comfortable [not as much for Yui who is in a costume most of the time, but even her figure is highlighted by the animators whenever she takes the suit off!]. With Nanako’s uncle it’s quite obvious and you don’t feel as disturbed because of its predictability but still, it’s kind of worrying that he wants to see his niece in skimpy swimsuits and whatnot. You think he was bad though? Saori is much worse! In episode four, there’s a pervert on the loose stealing costumes of idols and Nanako is scared out of her wits. Saori then shows up and its alluded heavily she is the pervert pinching the clothes; then it’s pretty much stated she runs the Nagarekawa Girls’ fansite secretly taking pictures on her own camera as the production team does their thing. The blog itself is pretty sexualised with a lot of candid pictures. Saori even has a crush on Nanako and uses that crush as a motivator to be the girls’ manager. I find that to be creepy. This awkward feeling is tempered slightly because Saori is a good manager ultimately and helps the girls get work but the feeling remains and it spoils my enjoyment of the show. The other part which saddens me is that the level of ambition of the anime itself is low, much lower than the characters within. The narrative seems pretty stock to me and it doesn’t try to break ground or do something different, it’s something we’ve all seen before and would wish not to see again [or at least not so often.].

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Am I turned off by Locodol because of its awkward perversions? Not quite. I try and look past it and look at the girls as people. They are nice people who look out for one another and are the kind of idols that we don’t see enough. They all have their charms and quirks plus they’re flawed in some way; but they come together to override the flaws and bolster each other through the hard times and ultimately come out on top when things look a little tough. The animation is pretty tame but it looks good enough to not be an eye-sore and allow one to focus on the story without being put-off by the animation quality; but it could be more ambitious, just like the show itself in the end. My summation? Try harder!

Locodol is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CAUTION [The show has heart but it’s a bit of an underachiever. Plus the perverted undertones are off-putting.]

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