Seika High School, once an all-boys school notorious for its wild students and for generally being a terrifying place for girls, has recently become a co-ed school. With the female population still a minority and living in fear of the over-the-top antics of the males, Misaki Ayuzawa takes it into her own hands to reform the school and allow the girls to feel safe in the rough environment. Training, studying, and even becoming the first female student council president of the school, Misaki has gained a reputation among the male students body as an uptight, boy-hating dictator and as a shining hope for the teachers and fellow female students. However, despite her tough-as-nails appearance, she secretly works part-time at a maid café in order to support her family. Unfortunately, her hard-earned reputation is threatened when the popular, attractive, and somewhat impassive Takumi Usui takes an interest in her after discovering her in a maid uniform after school.
I really enjoyed this anime. I didn’t expect to fall for it so much, but it’s definitely something i’ll watch again at a later date. I found myself thinking of how Kaichou wa Maid-sama! was like a mixture of Ouran High School Host Club and Special A. They’re both apart of my favorites when it comes to anime, and finding something that felt like a combination of the two was just fantastic. The storyline was kept very consistent. Misaki has a fearless school reputation she wants upheld, and does not want anyone finding out that she works as a maid in a cafe. One fateful day the worst happens and the boy from her school (whom she believes to be a bit of a playboy, since girls are constantly confessing their affection for him), Usui, discovers her secret. From then on the fun begins. Misaki goes through the motions of wondering if Usui is going to tell the whole school and ruin the reputation she strongly built for herself. As time goes on she faces trials of what she believes is him teasing her over and over. It was all so well put together. All the while though, the viewers clearly see what’s really going on. Usui is constantly watching over Misaki and never fails in having her back.
Nothing stood out to bother me musically, therefore I have no complaints. I usually get too caught up in what’s going on in the anime itself and lack in hearing the actual music. Characters are fantastic. From Misaki being strong, and sometimes psychotic when it comes to standing up against the guys of her school, to being the hardworking maid at her cafe job, she’s just wonderful. Of course I fell for Usui. What girl wouldn’t want a guy who see’s no one but her? Thinks of her always. Protects her. Has her back. And most of all doesn’t hold back. He spoke his mind and wasn’t too ‘macho’ to tell or show Misaki (more than once) how he felt about her. If anyone knows some guys like that for real life, be sure to let me know. I personally think he’s fantastic.
Although I’m glad the ending shows them finally together, it felt forced to me. Misaki just suddenly blurted all these feelings supposedly suppressed within her since “a long time ago” but honestly, I didn’t feel like she’s been feeling these till just the last three episodes or so… I was waiting for them to finally be together, but this somehow feels unsatisfying. Oh wells, at least it’s a happy, doki doki ending. Aside from the ending, the pace for the rest of the anime was great. I enjoyed all the side stories, too. It would’ve been nice to see the side characters having their happy endings, too. Although I know there probably won’t be a second season, still holding on to hope. As for the rest of the cast, i’ll try to put them quickly. The maids were all so caring and understanding when it came to Misaki and others. They made me want to find a maid cafe and become a regular customer someday, or heck, even work in one. The ‘three idiots’ are hilarious too. Every anime needs those few comic relief characters, and they certainly played their part. There’s also the others in the student counsel, the five boys that began to follow Misaki, her friends and so on. The anime wouldn’t be the same without their roles, even if they weren’t main characters. All well developed and all played their parts well.
Kanade Amakusa – a boy cursed with the mental power who will turn any multiple-choice quiz he thinks about into a reality. However, one day in school, he is given another choice: a beautiful girl will fall before him or he will fall from the rooftop in female clothes. Although he chooses the first option and it comes true, he and his new-chosen love – Chocolat – are in for a hilarious multiple-choice adventure. This show is funny, cute, smart, and has a surprising amount of depth. I thought it was going to be a slice-of-life style show where there is no real overarching plot and the show would just focus on separate things that happen in the main characters life. This was not the case and the overarching story was interesting and drew me in. The show also had me laughing out loud multiple times. It was able to be serious too with good character development and an ending that, while typical for a harem anime, was still satisfying and set things up for a potential second season.
Interestingly, Kanade’s reactions to the first Mental Choice (yes its a pair of perverted choices) is a litmus test of sort for his character. He is constantly internalizing some interesting psychological questions while searching for the best answer. What does a decent person do when faced with a consent series of “lesser of two evils” choices? How do you rationalize and what criteria do you use when faced with a no-win situation? What is really more important: the human heart, or human pride? Do you strip your shirt or your pants? Like I said, comedy. The fanservice is there, but it’s generally tied to some of the comedy and isn’t too pbnoxious (mostly). The series takes time to make fun of other anime of this type, so you can expect all the cliche happenings. Character development is limited to say the least. Story and plot also are suitable to keep things moving and little more, but again this is a comedy and that’s where you will like or dislike the show.
As for the plot, it’s a blast too. It isn’t a grand, sweeping adventure so much as a series of comedic events that seem to build up to giving our protagonist a love life (though I say this having only seen up to episode 8, so I may be wrong in guessing that.) I’m not usually someone who can tolerate the kind of humor where someone is humiliated time and again, but something about Mental Comedy got it right. Kanade handles his situation with the perfect balance of resignation, exasperation, determination, and, yes, embarrassment to keep things from being too hard to watch. I was also surprised by the large amount of filler this early, especially in the first episode, that was not present in the novels at all. Still, if you are not familiar with the light novels, the primary story devices seem to be mostly intact.
My Mental Choices did come off a bit badly with its first episode, or most precisely it came off slowly. Thats not because it was a bad pilot, but just the opposite, it was trying to get as much introductory items off the plate as soon as possible so that way in later episodes there can be less explanation and more immediate humor. Not only that but My Mental Choices isnt your standard harem, if you can really call it a harem. What is the harem? There is only one character so far who has even been introduced to like the protagonist of the series! And Chocolat sure as DerP doesnt like him that way. In the end, My Mental Choices is not very predictable, and if you try to predict it, you will only be able to predict some small details, what some people call predicable in these reviews is called foreshadowing, when the anime leds you to believe something. If you like comedy, this is a great refresher on that genre, but if you’re more of an action person, I dont know why youre even reading this in the first place, seriously the cover doesnt look like an action at all. If anything I think My Mental Choices is underrated and misunderstood, hopefully it grows well in the future!
Though history might not be my favorite class, I love studying it on my own. Thus, a series like this captured my interest immediately. Having fun traveling around and trying to change the fate of humanity = epic. Having equally strong male and female characters = exciting. Having great music and animation = enthralling. Having a decent plot when this could have taken a really bad route as a harem = mind-blowing. Ordinary high schooler Yoshiharu is sent back in time to the Warring States Period, however not the same time line that he remembers. There he meets Nobuna Oda – not Nobunaga, Nobuna. In this world, all the famous figureheads and warlords of the era are female! Nobuna teams up with Yoshiharu to help fuel her ambition and quest to rule the world.
The more I watched this the more I began to be interested to what happened next to the famous Oda Nobuna. I loved how the beginning started in the battlefield with Hideyoshi and Monkey, at first I was confused at how they met and such but slowly got caught up with even though that character only appeared twice this anime. Then comes Nobuna in shining armor. It was very touching about how Nobuna had to be strong for her people and province but it sort of pissed me off when Monkey kept on intervening at the good parts and started taking the thunder and from Nobuna. There is one expection I made when Nobuna was about to strike down her brother, Monkey intervened (very annoying) and stopped her from killing her brother and instead sent him posing as a girl to another province they were allied with (who later on betrays them) to get married to a girl posing a man (that wasn’t confusing at all). I also didn’t expect Nobuna to come off so girlish towards Monkey in the beginning which sort of tore down the badass image I set up for her in my mind. But as the anime carried on l grown to like the characters that started coming out and I learned a lot (shocker) from this anime about Nobunaga himself. The ending for this season when Monkey sacrificed himself for Nobuna and the gore and the fellowship of that episode really got to you. I really liked how she thought that Monkey had died in the explosion and how she fell into despair after his loss. Then he came back to life and all was well until in the ending credits it shows the older red hair chick and then BAM! End of that season. So, Overall, I really like this anime and the action and loyalty of the comrades together. I can’t wait to find out what happens next to Oda Nobuna and Monkey.
If you are not familiar with Japanese history, this show does a decent job of filling you in on some things that happen. Instead of the outsider just going powerlessly with the flow of history like you see in many shows, Monkey begins to change it and the flow of events begins to alter somewhat. That is a great, refreshing change for a time travel themed show. Animation is beautiful and all the characters are beautifully designed and colorful while having quality animation throughout the show. The story is very good considering how it considers the gender swaps of the characters and various relationships of these historical figures changing. Music (including the opening) is very good. It also does fairly well with the placement of comedic scenes to go along with the intense drama and action. You can find yourself really drawn into these characters.
I can say that what little I know of the Manga, this can be considered faithful, if missing a few sections from it. But other than that, the length of the Series is my only complaint. Too short. It should have been made longer, plain and simple. Otherwise, it is a very well made Anime. The action is well published and the in between shows a fair amount of interaction. The problems I find are related to my primary issue, the shortness of the series. Had the TAOB been made longer, more interaction could have been included. I find that the interactions that lead the female characters to greatly value Yoshiharu Sagara are too short for the level of interest they put in him. He’s also largely shown as having few things to make him a considerable worthwhile main character. He’s almost useless on more than one occasion, but he still manages to come through in the end. While I give the Series high marks and the story itself considerable marks, I have to give it a B because the shortness condenses things a bit too much with little room for more in depth character interaction and development.
Hozuki is the aide to the Great King Enma. Calm and super-sadistic, Hozuki tries to resolve the various problems in Hell, including a rampaging Momotaro and his companions. However, he also likes spending his free time on his hobbies, such as fawning over cute animals and raising ‘Goldfish Flowers.’ Hozuki no Reitetsu (aka Cool Headed Hozuki) is really about Enma’s right hand demon, Mr. Hozuki. Hozuki endures the ‘normal’ everyday trials of maintaining a properly functioning hell despite an endless stream of sinners, lazy and incompetent underlings, lecherous rivals, fiendish paparazzi, and even legendary figures (both good and evil) who disrupt his routine on a regular basis. In the title I compare this series to Gintama and I mean that as nothing but praise. If biting wit, slapstick violence, and constant parodies and puns are your gag series schtick then you’ve come to the right place. Speaking of other series, the director, Hiro Kaburaki, also worked on My Little Monster and Moyashimon, both comedy series I would also highly recommend.
Each episode has two stand alone stories within it. It’s Basically a workplace comedy. With that Work place happening to be in Japanese Hell. The title protagonist is Houzuki, A demon man who is the chief Advisor of the the great king Emma. For those who don’t know who King Enma is, you may know him as King Yama, a figure from Buddhist mythology that judges sinners who have recently died and decides what kind of eternal touter they will have to endure. Enma is almost always goofing off, leaving it up to cool-headed and straight lace Houzuki to take matters into his own two hands. The show is loaded to bursting with references to old school anime and manga, and of course, Mythology. One of my favorite aspects of the show is how different countries have different Hells. There’s Japanese Hell, Chinese Hell, European hell…. the list goes on. Watch as they punish the dead and share ridiculous anecdotes, all while punching their time cards and attending the random festival or two. Trust me, if nothing else gets you into this show, the main character can manage to do it.
This is a series that isn’t for everyone, as it’s unique take on Buddhist and Shinto views of the afterlife combined with its darker humor will require a specific type of viewer to fully appreciate. But I found that it matched up with my tastes, and even though I didn’t always have the knowledge to fully grasp all the references the writers were throwing at me, I enjoyed watching Hozuki’s Coolheadedness and found that it felt different from all of the comedy anime I’ve seen before. Give the first episode a shot, and if you find yourself laughing at the scenarios and wanting to see what all the locations of Hell and supporting cast have to offer chances are good this will be one you’ll want to stick with.
I’m not usually a fan of slice-of-life anime, but the premise of a slice-of-life set in hell and featuring demons combined with a voice actor I usually like (Yasumoto Hiroki) voicing the main character was enough to convince me to try the first episode. I was not disappointed. The series is episodic, and some episodes were definitely better than others, but overall it was enjoyable. Having some background knowledge of Japanese mythology would be helpful, but I don’t think lacking that would interfere with understanding the major action of the series.
The Queen’s Blade tournament may be over, but the stories of the contestants have barely begun. Unaware that fate is already conspiring to pit many of them against each other in the arena of war, the sword maidens scatter across the lands in search of fame, fortune and adventure. For some that comes sooner than expected, as Leina finds herself drawn to aid her sister, Elina, who’s been captured by Echidna. Tortured by the Swamp Witch, Melona focuses her anger on the absent Airi and plots an insidious revenge. Each episode focuses on a specific group of characters, and some characters like Irma (assassin) and Risty (bandit) are completely absent. Airi (the maid) and Melona (bunny girl) are in half of the episodes, so if you are a fan of either girl, you will enjoy this collection. Characters like Cattelya (blacksmith,) Ymir (dwarf,) and Claudette (main character’s elder sister) do not get very much time in this series at all.
Fans of the series (you know who you are) will enjoy this series. There is no shortage of scenes of blatant fan service and nudity, just like the other two series. This really is not the best starting point for a new viewer to the series, but it looks better than the rest, and I feel that the action scenes are handled better. We also get to see a darker version of Naneal (the angel,) which Is kind of cool.
The air is always still before the start of rebellion, but the battling beauties of the Queen’s Blade competition you know and love still have their stories to tell. The fact that it’s almost always another female doing the capturing and torturing probably only adds a titillating aspect to the proceedings, at least for what may be Queen’s Blade’s chief demographic, younger males.
The major issue with this set of OVAs is that it doesn’t really fulfill any major function. The six episodes seem to want to be a prequel of sorts and so while this set of OVAs presages some activity in the later series, what mostly happens is brief vignettes featuring various characters as they trundle along to various locations after the Queen’s Blade Tournament. There’s decent enough information imparted about several characters, but a lot of Queen’s Blade Beautiful Warriors feels like filler spewed out into the universe to keep the franchise alive until the next major outing was ready.
Raul Chaser and his classmates are about to reach their dream: Graduate from Hero school and become Heroes who defend the world by attempting to defeat the Demon King. Except that the Demon King has been defeated, their school closed down, and the Hero Program has been disbanded. In a world without a need for heroes, Raul finds that being able to do fantastic sword moves and power blasts doesn’t impress in corporate job interviews, and he ends up reluctantly working in Reon, a magic department store (to the disdain of his former hero classmates, especially Airi Altinate, aka All-A, so-called because she got all As in class), managed by the lovely Seara, and working with the busty Nova. You know the vein of this show when you see a vehicle pulled by a magical dragon and shaped like a certain starship and bearing the logo “NCC-1701″ on it driven by an old geezer who regularly buys a single light bulb and grabs Nova’s butt (who doesn’t mind). And into the store comes a new employee, Fino Bloodstone, the completely adorable, cute, energetic, sexy and remarkably naïve daughter of the late Demon King, who becomes Raul’s responsibility to train in both the ways of the department store and the ways of the human world. Meanwhile, a new gigantic magical department store is opening in town. This isn’t the first time we’ve had this theme or variants of it, but this show handles this theme extremely well.
The early episodes follow the protagonists as Raul tries to help Fino settle in to her new job, later on some drama is added when a rival store opens which is undercutting Leon. It is only in the final few episodes that we get the sort of action one might expect in a series about heroes and demons when some unemployed heroes try to force Fino to become the new Demon Lord because they want to restart the war. This series is inevitably quite silly but it is also a lot of fun; this is largely down to Fino’s bubbly over-the-top personality. The story isn’t deep but that doesn’t really matter as it is primarily there to put the characters in funny situations; something it does well. As well as laughs there is also a fair amount of fan service although any actual nudity is censored… at least in the version I saw. Fino is obviously the most important character as she provides most of the laughs however the rest of the cast are enjoyable to watch as well. The animation is nice and bright and there are some good visual gags; I particularly liked the vehicle that looked like the starship Enterprise!
Fiino especially steals the show with her “evil” laugh and her energy as she experiences the human world, and she has some of the best lines in the whole show. While it never truly explains who defeated the King, it does show what can happen when a major issue is removed and how many need to adapt economically and socially. Tasked with training the demon king’s daughter, the failed hero Raul is in for quite a challenge as he teaches Fino the ways of the world. While the idea of a demon king and a hero working together isn’t exactly new, thanks to the focus of the series being on Raul and Fino as well as their interactions with customers, fellow co-workers, and friends Yu-Sibu’s take on a failed demon king as well as a failed hero is certainly refreshing, even if it really doesn’t try anything special.
Most of the cast is interesting and some have a few secrets that are merely hinted at, such as who exactly the store manager is, but of them all the character that shines the brightest in this group is Fino. While she is extremely naïve and unfamiliar with everything ranging from customer service to even wearing clothes properly, her non-stop energy and up-beat personality make her the star of the show and by pairing her with Raul Yu-Sibu creates an great couple that develops over the course of the series as both characters grow through their interactions with one another. Overall I’d say this series was a lot of fun although it is more of a guilty pleasure than a must watch series.
Wow. Nobunagun, I’ll admit I didn’t have much expectations going in, but you totally took me by surprise and not only blew me away with your “stylish action”, but managed to capture my heart and turn me into a rabid Nobunagun fangirl. Originally, I hadn’t planned on watching this series at all–I was more interested in the other Nobunaga series, “Nobunaga the Fool”, but since I’m a fan of Yuu Asakawa and she announced on her Twitter her newest role, I thought, ‘hell, why not give it a shot’? Admittedly the first episode didn’t enrapture me as it did so many people–mostly I was, as one person put it, ‘wtfisgoingongun’? The next two episodes were pretty typical to me–not bad, but I had seriously considered dropping it.
That is, until we got to episode four. Now, understand that at this point, I wasn’t dropping it because I hated anything–contrary, I loved Sio’s geekiness, and the fact that she was not the stereotypical, moe girl that’s so popular nowadays. Shiori Muto is fantastic as a newcomer, and I think that translated very well into Sio’s own awkwardness in adjusting to her new role. BUT, as soon as we hit episode four, this is when things really start churning for me–and that’s because she finally starts interacting with all the other DOGOO members, which for me, is what makes the show so good. Some people argue that Sio/Nobunagun makes it, but for me, it’s not just her–it’s got be her and the others. And from there it’s just a wild, crazy ride filled with guns, explosions, hormone-fueled dreams and tentacle monsters.
The characters–I honestly loved everyone, but Sio takes the cake of course. Having a female lead like her, one who is so earnestly awkward but lovable, yet can switch into a complete 180 during battle into a blood knight is just really, really cool. All the other holders have their own quirks as well–YMMV with them, including Newton’s tendency to french kiss everyone and Gandhi’s womanizing behavior, but I found them all to be very endearing. At first I thought she was a little…plain, for lack of a better word, but as the show went on that really became part of her charm. Because she is just a high school girl, nothing special–and that’s clearly reflected. Of course, Jack the Ripper/Adam Muirhead takes the role of badass alpha male, and being voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki definitely helps.
Studio Bridge takes over animating roles–this is their second major piece, aside from Devil Survivor 2: The Animation and the upcoming Fairy Tail. It’s not super special, the animation is decent for an action show like this and the character designs look nice, but I do like the gradient/pattern overlays they put to emphasize certain mood and characteristics; that was a nice touch. Music-wise, well, you can’t get more badass than the opening theme, “Respect for the dead man” by PMTP, a fittingly hardcore, metal song for a show like this. The ending themes, “Little Star”, alternate versions a and b, which are sung by the female voice actresses in the series. Not bad, pretty standard j-pop/anime feel, though if you’re not interested in the seiyuus you can skip it. Overall the soundtrack fits, highlights are definitely battle sequences, and for more humorous, downtime moments, you get an eclectic mix of military-inspired themes and 8-bit tracks. Go figure.
This was fun to watch enjoyed it a lot the animation was very good nice concept for a story and it all played out well their were some slow moments here and there and a few of the characters weren’t very likeable but that could be said about most anime’s our main characters were very likeable and you were pulling for them in all the battles which were very well done and I must mention that this series has a very satisfactory ending! The historical names were mostly just a plot point are E characters were loosely based on having some genetic material from them but to me was just a gimmick not a bad one just seemed to be unnecessary to the plot. Overall a very good series wouldn’t bother me to have a second season if your into fast paced action and using strategies to defeat your enemy then this is for you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
This is a remake of the 1975 series Yusha Reideen. The story takes place in Japan’s near future. Saiga Junki enjoys his school life as a normal high school student. One day, he hears that his father, an archaeologist missing for the past 10 years, was found dead in ruins located at Iwate Prefecture’s Mt. Kurokami; thus, Junki travels there. Junki blacks out while in the ruins and witnesses a strange vision. Upon waking, he finds a gold bracelet left beside him with an inscription that reads, “The Great Reideen…” At the same time, a meteor falls from the sky and a large mechanical beast appears out of a lake. What is this gold shining object that appeared from out of Mt. Kurokami as if in response to the mechanical beast? The story illustrates Junki’s transference between his normal life during the day and his strange life of fighting by night, the embarrassment of peers, conflict, and human drama in detail. Will the great power that Junki happened to obtain bring him glory… or fear?
Made by Tohoku Shinsha for WOWWOW TV, Reideen as the name suggests is a modern version of the ’70s super robot anime Yuusha Reideen. What is different is over 30 years of advancements in anime technique and computer graphics is evident in this series. The realism of graphics and the finesse of animation is world apart from the original Reideen. But unfortunately much of the spontaneity and the drama of the original Reideen seems to be lost in this series. You might say that this is something different all together. The animation has very rehearsed quality to it and cut from one move to another looks artificial, and when the scene cuts into battle between Reideen and the monster robots, the move slows down couple of notches more. The battle sequence is probably done with CG and there’s lots of scenes where the camera angle moves around Reideen in 3D, but it’s very difficult to actually see what Reideen or the opponent is doing due to battle always happening (at least in the first few episodes) at night, and the confusing shapes of both robots. Reideen’s movement is so slow it’s hard to feel the action from the all important battle scenes, and the fake way the weapons appear also takes away from the excitement.
Reideen is gold in color in this series and resembles more of RahXephon which is an homage to the original Reideen. Refinement in art department is almost perfect in this series, but it fails in the way story is being scripted, and the awkward battle movement between Reideen and not so impressive looking enemy robots. The Mechas look beautiful but the movements are so slow and so simplistic it looks amateuristic. Imagine everything in slow motion. Imagine those kids cartoon where they use CG and the movements are choppy and simplistic. Now imagine those horrible kung fu movies where the extras are fighting, slow simplistic badly coordinated moves. That is Raideen fight scenes, the mechas look beautiful throughout but the action is slow and always happens in the dark (I guess to mask any CG defects). At first I thought I had accidentally slowed down my player then I thought it was the intro 1st fight scene effect (to show the awesomeness of the Reideen and CG) but it never sped up. I jumped to different episodes and it was still slow. it was watching it at 50% speed. In fact watching Reideen, it is perhaps the first time watching mecha anime that I did not want mecha action scenes. The action scenes basically kills the story. It slows the story down and looks amateurish. I say give this a miss, really cannot recommend this new Reideen.
This slice of life anime is set is rural Japan far from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo; life is quiet there. There are only five children at the school and they attend the same class despite being very different ages. The series begins on Hotaru Ichijo’s first day at the school; having transferred from Tokyo she finds it all rather different. She soon fits in though and starts to enjoy the different pace of rural life. Over the course of the series the Hotaru and her new friends; sisters Natsumi and Komari Koshigaya and first year Renge do various things, frequently involving their teacher Kazuho, who happens to be Renge’s sister and young woman who runs the local sweet shop. These aren’t madcap adventures just the sort of thing one might expect youngsters to do. This series was an utter delight; the humour was very gentle with nothing whatsoever to offend. The characters are for the most part entirely believable. The fact that the humour is so gentle doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of genuine laugh out loud moments. The animation looks good and the backgrounds are stunning; perfectly capturing the rural setting..
As a bias, Renge-chan is the humorous bolster of this series, with her innocence and offbeat quirkiness making each episode as “kawaii” as it is enjoyable. Among her and her friends, this anime deals with life in the country, and is done superbly well. The animation is magnificent, with the real feel of being in the Japanese countryside despite never having been there at all. The backdrops are a vital component to the series, and the animation is a humongous additive to why I felt it was so enjoyable. The humor is perfectly suited, with not too much as to be only comedy, but enough to make you laugh heartily throughout the episodes. Even wordless character Koshigaya is hilarious, and he never says a single word. That’s quite impressive.
So the story doesn’t get high marks but what about the characters? They are pretty much the soul of the anime. They’re not the best characters nor are they the most original. There’s the energetic one, the insecure one, the annoying child, the older brother who never talks and the yuri girl (no, seriously. Hotaru’s not as pure as you might think. Hehehe…). They never really receive any character development and their interactions with each other aren’t what you would call absolute gold in the Bakemonogatari sense. They also aren’t the smartest group I’ve seen. You do, however, just feel as though you like the characters. They are especially likable if you contrast them with many other anime so I’m fine with them as a whole. I do have a few problems with the character designs, though. One of the oldest is the shortest, the second youngest looks like she’s seventeen (again, watch episode 5) and the youngest has a permanent stoned look which really annoyed the hell out of me. Seriously, why does everyone like her the most? I think it’s just that your brain just resigns to the light atmosphere and you don’t bother disliking anyone. There were some points where I really wanted to shoot a shotgun through the screen just to get things moving faster but I couldn’t be bothered.
Overall, Non non Biyori is mediocre at best. I would have given this anime a last note of respect except that I was lambasted by fans of this show in the comments section of a particular thread for just saying this anime was “weaker” then others with good reasons. By “lambasted” I mean really trodden down. It just proved something to me. My comment eventually got removed. So thank you, Non non Biyori fans. You made me officially hate this anime even though I respect it for what it is. If you want to fight, go to my page and we will fight it out because this is my review, not yours, and I can say whatever I want. Overall I’d recommend this series to any fans of the slice of life genre; it was great.