Japanese: ミス・モノクローム -The Animation-
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2013 to Dec 25, 2013
4 min. per episode
G - All Ages
L represents licensing company
Score: 6.561 (scored by 9155 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
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Synopsis"Miss Monochrome" is an original character design from seiyuu Horie Yui. In March 2012, she first used the "Miss Monochrome" character as a 3D virtual singer to sing her songs at her concert "Horie Yui wo Meguru Bouken III ~Secret Mission Tour~." Later, the character appeared in a range of merchandise as well as in the social network game "Girlfriend (Beta)."
According to the setting, Miss Monochrome loves only the monochrome style, dislikes all kinds of color, and always dreams about changing the world into her favorite monochrome color.
(Source: MAL News)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Miss Monochrome: Motto Challenge, Miss Monochrome-san
Side story: Miss Monochrome: The Animation - Soccer Hen, Miss Monochrome: The Animation - Manager
Characters & Voice Actors
Miss Monochrome is an anime with each episode being 4 minutes long. It is about an idol, Miss Monochrome trying to become a well-known singer in Japan. With 4 minutes each episode including the 1 minute long ED you might be wondering if it's worth it. It is definitely worth watching if you have a little time to spare and you are just looking for a laugh. Each episode will make you laugh at least once, it's guaranteed.
It's another story about an aspiring idol looking to make it big in Japan. Only difference being that Miss Monochrome is an android. Like most androids in anime, she is incapable of emotion most of the time. This does not hinder her charm, in fact it further enhances it. The lack of reactions during gags makes the humor that much more abundant. There is in fact a back story to why she wants to become an idol and it has something to do with another more popular idol. I will not spoil it.
The art is modernly basic during normal scenes in which there is mostly dialogue. The scenes that are showing another idol singing or something important going on are where the art shines. The colors in these scenes have nice contrast and realistic movements. Miss Monochrome's ED is especially entertaining despite being CGI.
There is no OP for this anime, and I applaud it for that as most other short episode anime never have enough time for the actual show because of this. It does however have an ED it is appropriately named "Poker Face". No it's not a Lady Gaga cover. It is a Miss Monochrome original that fits her perfectly because as I mentioned before, she is incapable of emotion. The voice acting for this anime is quite good. Maneo, the manager is well voiced. Miss Monochrome herself is monotone due to being an android so she's great too.
I needed to give Miss Monochrome a 10 for characters. This anime has single-handedly created the most spectacular character of all time ever to exist in anime... Ruu-chan. Its dialogue was amazing! It further added to the story, without it I don't think Miss Monochrome could exist. It has the most heart breaking back story I have ever seen in any piece of media ever. Alas, tragedy strikes. I don't want to go into spoiler territory... But I cried... A lot. Another semi important character is Miss Monochrome herself. She is very spontaneous with the ideas she comes up with for becoming famous. She also orgasms from batteries. Maneo is her Manager. He gets her tons of gigs that she ultimately ruins in one way or another. Kikuko is the main big idol whom Miss Monochrome has a tragic past with. She is the drive for Miss Monochrome to become an idol. Mana is just some cunt of a loli that although I hate to admit it. Without her the story would not have been set into motion.
Although it's short, I really enjoyed this anime. Every second that Ruu-chan was on screen was another second of enjoyment. Miss Monochrome definitely went beyond my expectations in terms of enjoyment. I hope we get a season 2.
Miss Monochrome deserves the score I give it. It has created a character that will forever change anime as a whole. Ruu-chan has set an all-time high for my expectations for anime characters in the future. As I said before, I hope Miss Monochrome gets a second season. I need more Ruu-chan.
"Well, I guess that might have have been kind of funny..."
When you're airing a 13 episode show with about 2 or 3 minutes of actual screen time each episode, you want those minutes to matter. This show manages quite the opposite, as watching through this series felt more like a waste of time than anything else, and that's saying a lot when you're hardly spending 5 minutes a week on this.
The humour is a one-trick pony. "Look at me, I'm an android who can't understand logic, I'll do anything", and it gets really repetitive as the entire show is just Miss Monochrome uttering this as she tries out illogical ways of gaining popularity as an idol, however ending up spending all her effort in the wrong places.
Since it's not that funny, the show heavily relies on the audience liking your cast of characters. Our android protagonist however, doesn't really have anything other than being an android going on, and it seems like that's what the writers wanted since she's given no other attributes besides being stupid. "I'm in android, I want to be an idol, I can't think, please help me".
I wasn't quite as dissapointed in the show until the very ending though, because I expected something to actually happen and Miss Monochrome to accomplish something from all her efforts. How foolish of me. It was starting to look like she was heading in the right way over the course of the first 12 episodes, but the final episode just ends up her having things shoved at her for no apparent reason, the logic behind it is fine, but the way it happend was just so illogical and stupid, not to mention lazy from the writer's part. Let me explain:
Miss Monochrome's inability to be independant in any way and how she manages to get everything handed to her even though never ask for anything just makes me want to punch myself in the face. Effort ≠ reward, you need to put effort into the right areas if you want an effect. Her efforts are for nothing but she still manages to get what she wants, which makes it look like her effort weren't for nothing. This flawed logic the show has going on is just a terrible attempt at teaching morale. It would have been a good backbone of the show if the writers had managed to build Miss Monochrome up from her efforts gradually instead of going for this stupid attempt at being funny with just sheer randomness.
"That 1 song that she has" is a more positive side of this moldy coin we're discussing. It's understandable that she only has one song since the show has about 20 minutes of actual episode airtime when you take out the ED, which lasts for almost the same duration as the show itself. But it felt like they really wanted to push her as an idol, but it ends up feeling like she's trying to be an idol without any talents which doesn't make any sense. I could only think of her as a celebrity alligned with the Kardashians, because you never really see her do anything of value until the very end.
Maybe they just wanted to push this vocaloid song out. In which case, they should have pushed her as a vocaloid instead of a TV show. Not really much of value to pick up from this, apart from the very few times it managed to be slightly funny.
Story 1, Art 6, Sound 6, Character 2, Enjoyment 5.
Final thoughts upon completion: "Wow, it's fucking nothing." read more
Both are short episode comedy anime and feature some life problems with the help of anusual protagonists. If you liked Wooser, he makes cameo appearance in Miss Monochrome multiple times, while if you liked Miss Monochrome maybe Wooser will interest you because he often contemplates on various problems very passively just like Monochrome.
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Ending Theme"Poker Face (ポーカーフェイス)" by Miss Monochrome (CV: Yui Horie)
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HayaiSUB [Hayaisubs] (Brazilian Portuguese)
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Related ClubsShort Animes, The Shorts Club, Horie Yui Fanclub, Slice of Life Club, ♫ The Music Genre ♫, Miss Monochrome
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