Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 7, 2007 to Sep 22, 2007
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.521 (scored by 3899 users)
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Jan 19, 2010
In all honesty I was tempted to leave this review as just those words, but for those of us who don't speak the language, here's a more normal version (that is, if the word normal can be ascribed to this series).
What is Potemayo? When you watch the show this will be the question that you'll find yourself asking over and over.
You could say it's an anime series based on the manga of the same name by Ogataya Haruka. You could also say that it's the result of drug induced euphoria like Hunter S Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (only funnier). It's very possible that Potemayo is the product of genius and madness joining together to create a story that encapsulates the surrealness of Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu, the anarchy of Seto no Hanayome, the wrongness of Inukami, and choice morsels from a number of other shows.
You could say a lot about the anime and manga known as Potemayo, and maybe they're all correct. We don't know.
What we do know is that Moriyama Sunao wakes up one morning to find his fridge has given birth to a strange creature who absolutely reeks of kawaii. So he does what any half awake boy would do. He leaves it in the fridge, closes the door, and considers his options.
1. Leave it in the fridge until it stops moving.
2. Let it out, name it after a snack, and adopt it.
Potemayo is basically a story about Sunao's life with his newfound companion, with much in the way of odd, wierd, strange, cute, and downright hilarious along the way.
While it may, at first, seem like there's no rhyme or reason to the series, there is actually a plot buried somewhere under the mirth and cuteness. The problem is, you probably won't bother to look for it (I didn't until the third time watching the show), as your sides may hurt from time to time.
There's not much else one can say about the "plot" though (I assure you there is definitely a plot, it's just well hidden is all), however the aim of Potemayo is to make you laugh, and this it does - in spades. Things only get stranger once the ultimate tsundere, Guchuko, is introduced.
Given the main aim of the series, one can expect some fairly standard artwork and animation, and this is actually the case for the most part. The characters are fairly plain, however, the show does feature some strange and wonderful character designs (Potemayo and Guchuko), and some gloriously animated and choregraphed bits of visual comedy (usually involving Potemayo and Guchuko).
The sound and music are, like the visuals, decent but nothing groundbreaking. That said, Hanazawa Kana and Tsuji Ayumi are simply brilliant as Potemayo and Guchuko, and Kitamura Eri (Sunao), is hilarious with his deadpan delivery. The show also features one of the most well suited and dangerously catchy OPs in anime. The OP gives a very good idea of what to expect from the series, however viewers should take care as you may find yourself humming the chorus for months on end.
So, what can I say about characters? I could talk a lot about how cute Potemayo and Guchuko are, or I could talk about Sunao being the personification of the comedy "straight man", or I could even talk about Natsu Mikan and her rivalry with Potemayo for Sunao's affections. I could talk about several of the characters, but I'll only mention the word development in terms of Sunao. Aside from him, the other characters get virtually no development, but then again, this show isn't really about developing characters.
That said, both Potemayo and Guchuko do "mature", it's just that their development is physical rather than mental and, like the rest of the show, very strange indeed.
Now I will admit that I have a soft spot for comedies, especially those that are imaginative and original, and Potemayo definitely fits the bill. The show uses almost every comedy trick in the book, and uses them well, with slapstick right alongside crossdressing, innuendo mixed with anarchy, and some of the best visual gags I've seen in anime outside of Gintama. Granted there's a certain cuteness to the show's design, but that only makes the laser beams and dead animals funnier.
If you like your comedy to have a healthy dose of chaos, a heaping helping of slapstick, a serving of deadpan, together with a side order of Chii's Sweet Home, then this is the show for you. If you want something serious, then this is definitely not what you're looking for.
Potemayo is cute, hilarious, wrong, anarchic, wierd, and lots of other things besides, and it puts many other shows to shame with it's simple approach to making the audience laugh.
And now that's done, I'm off to check the fridge...
Jan 12, 2008
Manga, Anime: Potemayo was originally a four-panel comic strip that began running in the four-panel magazine Moeyon in 2004, but made a move to Comic High! in 2005, and was done by Haruka Ogataya. It is still currently running, and two collected volumes are out in Japan. It has yet to be licensed Stateside.
The manga adaptation was done by JC Staff (well-known for its work on Excel Saga and Revolutionary Girl Utena) and directed by Takeshi Ikehata (well-known for directing Genkishen). It ran on Japanese TV from July 6th to September 21st of 2007, and has yet to be licensed Stateside.
Story: Ah, how to attempt to describe Potemayo?
Well, one morning, a middle school boy Sunao Moriyama is getting breakfast, and opens his refrigerator door to find a chibi girl with pink and yellow hair, cat ears, and a rabbit tail, who can't say anything other than "Honi!", and is cuteness personified. He decides to adopt it, and names her Potemayo. Later in the day, while he's at school, his refrigerator spawns another chibi girl, this one with purple hair, a scythe, and hair clips that shoot laser beams. She has a tendency to slice things apart with her scythe, and then put them back together with duct tape. She ends up getting adopted by one of Moriyama's classmates, Kyou, who gives her treats and dubs her Guchuko, and she shows her thanks by leaving dead carcasses of animals on the girl's desk.
The series more or less follows the daily life of Sunao and Potemayo, and Guchuko and Kyou, along with their classmates.
This series can best be summed up as CUTE and CRACK. The episodes are fifteen minutes each and, for the most part, standalones, with no real continuing plot elements (except towards the end for a few episodes).
It's really hard to describe Potemayo's humor, except that it's hilarious, and made of WIN. It's something you have to see for yourself to understand, really. This was a great pick-me-up during finals week, and had me laughing out loud quite a lot, which caused my roommate to look at me funny. Definitely watch this if you're looking for a good laugh, or for simple, pure randomness.
Art: Potemayo's art is really neat. JC Staff uses the gradient shading that we saw in Red Garden to great effect, and the backgrounds are done in watercolor, and actually look quite nice. And it goes without saying that the character designs are excellent. I dare you to look at Potemayo or Guchuko and not go, "D'AWW!".
Music: The background music for this is fairly standard for a comedy series, and doesn't stand out all that much. It's not miserable, though. Same goes for the ED. The OP is absolutely adorable and singable, though, and is quickly climbing the play count list on my iPod.
Seiyuu: I applaud Potemayo and Guchuko's seiyuu (Kana Hanazawa and Ayumi Tsuji); they managed to get the full range of emotions and convey their characters' feelings when the range of their lines is, at most, two or three words. And the other seiyuu do an excellent job as well.
Length: Potemayo clocks in at twelve episodes (which, with two fifteen-minute episodes per full half-hour episode, comes out to twenty-four episodes). This ends up being perfect, as if they had pushed this any farther, it probably would've started to get stale.
Specials: To date, Potemayo has three special episodes, which are the normal length. They succeed in situations that are even crackier than they were in the series, though they probably could've fit these episodes in at some point in the series if they really wanted to. Ah, well, though.
Overall: A cute and cracky pick-me-up with a neat art style. Watch this. NOW.
Overall: 51/60; 85% (B ) read more
Feb 10, 2009
It is a Slice of life, so most of the story is just the day to day events of a boy, his classmates, and his weird little chibi monster thing.
The art works well with the story and has a nice watercolor look to it. The design of Potemayo and Guchiko are mind numbingly cute.
No complaints. I thought Potemayo's voice was especially well done and All the character voices match extremely well. Laser beam sounds were also very cool, you'll understand the reference within the first episode.
All of the characters were great. Some were great in a very disgusting and creepy way, ie. Mudō Kirihara. Potemayo is extremely cute and insane. All the characters worked well and i found none of them to be unnecessary. A big cast with some really memorable characters.
Hell of a lot of enjoyment.
If you took the time to read this review or even skim it, you have plenty of time to at least try the first episode. This anime will win you over with just the first episode. The best opinion is your own so dont hesitate yo try it out. read more
Aug 22, 2010
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10 [Hey, look what a weird creature popped out of my refrigerator.]
Like all comedies, you must of course be fond of the type of humor it implements. The series is full of farces and unexpected reactions. It worked for me as I found most of the duration likable. In fact, the Enjoyment equals the total amount of the duration I was laughing. The first two episodes in particular are non-stop laughter. The rest are generally half-funny, as most jokes are not really good and the story, as I said in the beginning, goes nowhere.
Still, for a storyless series, what spices the jokes are its serious overtones concerning the coming-of-age for all the characters. The main characters are elementary kids that enter puberty and feel love for the first time. This of course hardly happens in normal ways. One is a boy with a sister complex. Said sister is so shy that does all sorts of stupid things in front of the boy she likes. Another one is a boy that cares deep about a male schoolmate of his. WAY TOO DEEP if you get what I mean. That said boy becomes the slave of a spoiled girl, only because he erroneously proposed his love for her. Said spoiled girl has three brothers, also with sister complex. It sounds really naughty but it is all presented in a totally perky manner and it is not insulting in any way.
STORY SECTION: 5/10 [What is this little fuzzy thing?]
The scenario generally touches a lot of adult themes but you won’t notice them if you don’t get the innuendo. This is why even little kids can watch the series. Besides some cartoonish violence, all the “naughty” aspects are implied and thus the series is safe even for them. Which is why I liked the series, despite being a storyless comedy. It makes you look for the hidden meaning, dressed as a joke most of the times.
I give it a 5 in Story since most episodes introduce more characters and colorize the previous ones. You really do feel like the series moves towards something deep and serious but then it ends and nothing is explained (what the hell is Potemayo?) or resolved (did anyone got serious with his or her affection?).
CHARACTER SECTION: 7/10 [Oh, so cute! … AH! It bit me!]
The characters would be boring if they were only doing stupidities. That is after all the reason I don’t usually like comedies; they’re going nowhere and leave nothing behind to think about. In this case, some characters have a sad side to themselves that offers a wonderful bittersweet aspect to the otherwise storyless series. The leading boy is emotionless most of the time, a thing that happened when his mother died and broke his heart. The rich girl in his class has everything she ever wants and yet is always sad because materialism doesn’t fill the void in her heart. So, the main theme in the story is becoming a teenager and facing the sadness of your childhood. This theme is quite common in school dramas (which I find totally boring) and yet here it is, combined with comedy.
I haven’t mentioned yet the two mascot critters in the story, Potemayo and Guchiko. They really are cute and have the most annoying and yet cute sounds in da world. Those “Honihoni” and “Guh” will scar your sanity for good. They will be doing nonsense most of the time but also follow the theme: Kids growing up and taking responsibilities as they enter puberty and (yes, the story touches even that) being in age they can have babies.
I give the Characters an 8 for being very likable and memorable (those honihoni have something to do with it) and for not having any form of solid catharsis in their lives.
ART & SOUND SECTIONS: 8/10 [Honihoni su-nao mochi mochi!]
Although simple in lining and coloring, the frames have a very expressing feeling of wackiness around them. Most backgrounds are just simple caricatures of crowds or multi-colored lights and yet I wasn’t annoyed at all, as it was not damaging the strength of the jokes. In some cases, it is even sexually deviant (a boy filming his male friend dancing in cheerleader cloths) or too bold (piss and poop farces). The songs and the character voicing are stupid and funny at the same time (especially the voices of Potemayo and the rich girl). The squeaky sound effects are quite comical. Even the speed of the movements is quite fast, so you need to be focused all the time or you will miss the joke. As I said before, the best thing about it was looking for the secret meaning behind words and images.
VALUE SECTION: 4/10 [Ahhh, how can you punish such a moe thingy!]
Obviously the lowest section. Most jokes only work once and without a story there are only some scenes you will bother watching again.
Quite a likable series. If it had a solid resolve about its several sentimental issues or explained the origin of Potemayo, it would be a masterpiece.
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