English: Chronicles of the Going Home Club
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2013 to Oct 11, 2013
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.831 (scored by 4527 users)
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SynopsisWhen a friend asks Natsuki what high school club she's going to join, she cheerfully responds "the go-home club" (meaning, she's not going to join any of them). However, she soon realizes that this club actually exists at her high school, and she's just expressed interest in joining it! Before she knows it, she ends up as one of the two new members of "the go-home club," which is a small group of eccentric school girls. One of the girls likes fighting bears, while another is ridiculously rich. But what exactly constitutes the activities of "the go-home club"?
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
Characters & Voice Actors
Ah, Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku. I originally started this anime because Crunchyroll picked it up. I expected it to be like most other schoolgirl club animes, where the girls just sit around doing random things. Well, I wasn’t disappointed. The anime was exactly that – stick the viewer into a certain situation and play it out. It was nothing special, just an ordinary generic schoolgirl club anime. However, after checking on MAL and looking at all the negative reviews, I realized something – this anime doesn’t deserve that bad of a score!
I’m going to start this review off with the characters and what I thought of them, because that seems like a logical thing to do. An overall impression first though, it seems that the characters don’t change much throughout. I'm totally fine with this, because what in the world would character development be doing in a generic gag anime? In my opinion, character development is great in some cases, but it’s not as vital to gag anime as it is to, say, adventure anime. In my eyes, the characters of Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku are a bit generic, but they work well in sync with each other.
Sakura, the eccentric president of the club. She’s pretty strange and has some weird quirks, but she was fairly likable. She usually organizes club activities, which take the members on all sorts of random adventures. However, she wasn’t too memorable, and a bit generic.
The sixteenth heir to the ancient martial arts technique Hagitsuki-ryuu, Botan was probably the character I found most memorable in the anime. Big fan of games, and has the physical and mental capability to do almost anything. I’m not saying Botan’s character wasn’t cliché, but that she was done in a way that made her memorable to me.
The daughter of the Kokonoe Corporation’s head, Claire has so much money that she feels no remorse at spending it. She would go as far as to buy an entire store on a whim of another club member, and apparently has the ability to change the show’s ending song at will.
Being the super feminine air-headed character that she is, Karin manages to attract the attention of all the club members. However, this came at a cost – in a dynamic anime like this with extraordinary characters like Botan and Claire, Karin was probably the least memorable because she seemed so ordinary.
As the protagonist to the series, Natsuki acts as the tsukkomi to the seemingly crazy members of the club. I have to admit though, her VA was a bit underwhelming. To someone who doesn’t understand Japanese, the tones of Natsuki’s voice when she shouts sounds the same every time. Moreover, Natsuki shouts a LOT in the series, making her interruptions fairly annoying. It settles down a bit after the first episode, but there’s enough in the first episode to drive people away.
Overall I’d give character and story a 6. However, this has nothing to do with the lack of development. The score was dropped because of unmemorable characters and a generic story, not because of the lack of something that, in my eyes, isn’t vital to a gag anime. The anime does its job as a gag anime, and that’s all it does. However, I have no reason to deduct too much points because it isn’t going beyond its field.
Onto art now, I’d give the art a solid 8. The colors were bright and happy, which is perfect for an anime like this. The drawing style was nothing special, but it was a nice break from the moe lolis that you see so much. Other than that, I have nothing to say. From Natsuki’s unusually large ahoge to Sakura’s strangely alluring hair ties, the art was enjoyable and fit the theme.
In regards to sound, I’ll give this show an 8, approaching a 9, but that’s just judging off of the OP and (second) ED alone. The voice actresses in Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku seemed to be all fairly new, but they did a decent job. If I factored in the voice acting and soundtracks during the show, my actual rating would be hovering around an 8. I cannot stress how much I love the OP and ED though. The OP is extremely catchy and bouncy, and while the ED was lackluster and generic at first, Claire soon saw to it that it would be replaces with something much better.
Overall, my enjoyment would sit around an 8. I personally love the humor in this anime, but I can see why it wouldn’t appeal to some others. From what I’ve seen, the show seems to be progressively better with each episode (Episode 6 was really, really funny), and while I can’t see it “catching fire” as an anime series anytime soon, I’ll be eagerly awaiting its new episodes every week.
Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku is an anime that focuses on girls doing random things. I can see how some people wouldn’t like it, but I would still recommend it. I say watch until you finish episode 6, and if you really hate it, you can drop it. However, there’s quite a bit of humor in this show already and I’m sure a lot of people could find it likeable. Go for it!
It''s a peculiar thing, the genre known avidly as "Cute Girls Doing Cute things", For one I'm not going to lie and say I dislike this genre because for the most part it's been pretty good to me, but... for that genre to work it has to be one of two things 'Entertaining' and 'Well done', Anyone can make a Cute girl doing cute thing show, It's cheap and it's easy but to compare to the likes of K-On requires you to actually try, The going home club for the most part didn't even try.
I hesitantly went in to this anime interested in what it could bring me, all I needed from it was a semi enjoyable show I can relax and watch in the midst of a poor season in general this wasn't much to ask, but that's the thing, this anime wasn't stereotypically bad, It just wasn't stereotypically good either and it was let down by a ton of extra resources put down as if the creators didn't even care about the anime itself, The constant breaking of the fourth wall just left an uneasy sigh in my stomach as It just gradually got unfunnier and more repetitive, also the constant nagging from one of our protagonists 'Natsuki' left me in a fit of unenjoyment and anger at the staff for overusing a joke which frankly wasn't hugely funny in the first place, but even with them massive downsides there is a lot to be admired in Kitabuku Katsudou Kiroku.
Animation: In terms of animation it is practically what you'd expect in a low budget slice of life anime from a relatively bad production studio, It's stiff and it's ugly for the most part, but on the other hand it's got a very average character design not being poor nor is it any good, the setting for the most part in this anime was one place and that makes it even more apparent that the creators of this anime couldn't care less about what sells, It has got an interesting approach on the cow lick though so I suppose I can push the score up to a 3/10 just for that.
Sound: In terms of music however the show excels, it shows that even with the constant reusing of tracks throughout anime it can still be enjoyable and the music more then anything set the atmosphere, a main example of this would be the excellent opening song portraying the average moe opening you'd come to expect from this sort of opening but with an extra factor of being so fucking catchy that it gets stuck in your head for the next few days and the animation mixed in with it creates a really nice intro setting you for a particularly funny anime, as well as that the three sticking endings they used were all particularly good showing off the characters in such a way unused in the anime itself, it created a really nice atmosphere as well with them and you can't help but admire the creators if not for that factor alone. 7/10
Character: As is apparent in the genre title Cute girls doing cute things is the sort of anime type where the character is basically the most important factor, if the characters are stale and uninteresting then the anime will flat and you will leave without any redeeming factors, but if the characters are creative and an extra boom to a cliched set list then you will leave the anime happy with a sense of accomplishment, and for the most part, going home club is pretty generic. I think the only way I can go through this is by going through each character and naming the majority of my flaws and or praises on the particular person.
Natsuki - The butter which holds the bread together, she is the main character we are introduced to, the person we are meant to admire and laugh at when she does something silly or criticizes others, she is a tsukkomi throughout which created a very annoying atmosphere as I have mentioned before and for the most part she isn't developed at all, It isn't a hugely used cliche in this type of anime but she still isn't bringing anything new to the table in anime.
Sakura - Sakura is the leader of the going home club as we are lead to believe, she is an interesting type and is the sort of person who brought me more laughs then anyone else, she creates a very fun type of persona and uses a common cliche really well, she for the most part keeps in touch with everyone else and adds to the majority of the humor even when she herself is not the main target, Her flaws however are that she is constantly used as a character to keep the story moving, which creates for some of the more awkward transitions and parts to the anime itself.
Claire - The rich girl archetype done again and again creating a stale taste in my mouth over the fact how boring this character is, she is played as the sort of mother to the group, she is meant to be the most mature one yet is made to have a complete obsession with her moe counterpart as they all seem to, She is as stale as the particular cliche goes and is the most annoying of the five mains.
Botan - Botan is the most original out of the five presented as the strongest woman in the world only to be beaten by the moe power of her friend, It's an interesting type of woman to do but did they do it well? yes, they did. Her character type made for some of the most interesting and funny parts of the particular anime creating a fun feeling all around, as well as that in an ironic turn she is probably the most developed out of all the characters constantly telling stories about how she beats up bears and stuff.
Karin - She's moe and the creators obviously don't want you too forget, she is what you'd expect from a going home club, in each of these particular anime (from what I've seen anyway) there is always one character admired by every other character for being cute and silly, Karin is this character but she is portrayed awkwardly and as generic as they come really not adding anything new to the table and that's relatively all i can say bout her.
Other then those characters there isn't many others I can talk about apart from the others Botan is connected with it's made a very awkward anime in that retrospect. 4/10
Overall: while I don't like to admit it very often I do like this genre and I did like this anime, It left me laughing in every episode and adoring the way it was presented no matter how badly it was, Sure it isn't my favourite slice of life anime and it probably never will be but I cannot deny that in this particular anime I was left contempt. In summary the voice acting was sticky as fuck, the Animation was fairly poor, the character were pretty bad, I enjoyed it enough and I think the anime deserves a fair rating of 5/10 read more
These are both slice of life featuring girls in a crazy strange high school club that probably shouldn't exist. Humour often revolves around tsukkomi character responding to absurd dialogue.
Triumph of nonsense, but still cute. Some slice of life animes are about girls doing random things; these two have in common girls saying random things. Funny and unexpectable. Cute and random.
Yuyushiki and Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku both put their cast in a club that does nothign where they proceed to spend the whole day messing around, making jokes, and accomplishing nothing of importance.
Yuyushiki is another slice of life comedy featuring a group of high school girls in a club where screwing around seems to be the top priority. In both series, one level-headed protagonist tries to make sense of the random actions of her crazy friends, but usually ends up going along for the ride or reacting with extreme shock for comedic effect.
Despite some similarities in character personalities and comedy, there are drastic differences in art style, however.
While each show is quite different, having different settings and different character types, they both give off very similar feelings. The type of jokes and overall pace gives off a similar atmosphere that is different from this genre of slice of life, just a group of girls being cute that has been popular for a while now. If you liked one show, you should definitely check out the other.
Similar type of comedy where the chars just talks about random topics that usually leads to something random and crazy. Also both main chars tend to be the tsukkomi for the rest of the cast.
Mundane life and same feeling with the humor. There is no set plot for either show, and they are more episodic.
Group of girls telling hilarious jokes, playing ridiculous games and making cultural references.
Opening Theme"2 Gakki Debut Daisakusen!! (2学期デビュー大作戦!!)" by Otome Shinto
Ending Theme#1: "Wakuwaku DAYS☆ (ワクワクDAYS☆)" by Natsuki Andou (CV: Ibuki Kido) & Sakura Doumyouji (CV: Miharu Kobayashi) (eps 1-3)
#2: "Hanabi (花火)" by Botan Oohagi (CV: Sae Aiuchi) & Azarashi (CV: M·A·O) (eps 4-7)
#3: "Kimi ni Tsuite Ieru Koto (キミについて言えること)" by Karin Touno (CV: Yuna Mitsuki) & Claire Kokonoe (CV: Ayaka Senhongi) (eps 8-10)
#4: "Best Friend (ベスト·フレンド)" by Sakura Doumyouji (CV: Miharu Kobayashi) & Botan Oohagi (CV: Sae Aiuchi) & Claire Kokonoe (CV: Ayaka Senhongi) (ep 11)
#5: "Wakuwaku DAYS☆ (ワクワクDAYS☆)" by Natsuki Andou (CV: Ibuki Kido) & Karin Touno (CV: Yuna Mitsuki) & Sakura Doumyouji (CV: Miharu Kobayashi) & Botan Oohagi (CV: Sae Aiuchi) & Claire Kokonoe (CV: Ayaka Senhongi) (ep 12)
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