When Natsuno Hanabi went back to her hometown to study in high school, she thought that she will have a new wonderful life. But Tachibanakan, the dormitory she was going to live in, was not what she expected.
When I was stumbling upon this year's spring anime, Tachibanakan Triangle immediaetly caught my interest. Wait a minute, is this yuri? And a comedy without any nerve-racking drama *cough cough Citrus*? And potentially ecchi? Omygosh omygosh omygosh! Can such a perfect thing even exist?
Turns out, it doesn't. Well, I thought for a long time that it does, but two weeks prior to it's start a shocking message about the length of this anime arrived; Duration: 3 min. ; Internet was once again able to break my heart... Seriously? A freaking short? *sigh*
Anywayy, now let's talk about what
this anime really is. A disappointment. Tachibanakan Triangle is an adaptation of a 20+ chapter long manga of the same name. I have read through the manga prior to watching the anime and it's important to say that, unlike the anime, the manga is actually good at what it does. It's light-themed, has laughs and fanservice moments. Sure, it's just a stupid yuri comedy, but if you come into it expecting that, it can't really disappoint. The characters are also very likeable as a whole, even if they follow the very basic patter of personalities diversity.
Now, does the anime has any of the things I mentioned? No, it doesn't. In a fact, the anime completely abandons everything the manga tries to accomplish. The episodes are so filled up with random content that before you're able to appreciate any single scene or moment the anime already moves on, throwing more poorly animated and non-sense making things at you. The whole fanservice part is also very disappointing. The shots are pretty much the exact same as in the manga, but they lack spirit. They lack the effort. Which is the problem of the whole anime, to be completely honest.
The manga plays with it's characters and with it's environment. Sure, the things happening in there are mostly random too, but they have their purpose. You can tell that the things characters experience are somehow related. Not in the anime however. The scene selection itself makes no sense and even when it decides to adapt somehow important things, their sole purpose is nowhere to be seen. Also, relationship growth is an imporant aspect of the manga, as there is a clear love-triangle between some of the girls later on. But once again, the anime moves so quickly and unlogically that you propably wouldn't even know which of the characters are truly in love if you haven't know beforehand. The characters themselves have absolutely no chemistry, you can't even tell apart their personalities. Their sole reason for being in the show is because they just have to be there. You wouldn't want to believe that these girls are friends, students or even real people.
Be ready for the real deal, the production values. Like I already mentioned, the pace with which the anime goes at is incredibly fast, even for a short. Sure, they tried to adapt as much as they could, but I would rather see a bit less content filled anime which would make a bit more sense than what Tachibanakan decided to go with. It's hard to follow, forgettable and all episodes blend together into a huge pile of randomness.
The animation is, kind of a big deal. I actually wonder how small of a budget this anime had. If you decide to make a short instead of full series because of small ammount of funds, I would expect that the animation quality of the short would atleast be respectable. Sadly, it isn't. The arstyle itself seems very messy, and it's kinda funny how little is actually animated. Most of the scenes are either static images or 'chibi' animations.
You know what's funny about Tachibanakan Triangle? Even though it's short, poorly animated and the yuri fanservice is also disappointing, I can't bring myself to hate it. It's a show I created a bond to and I seriously wanted it to succeed. Sadly, it didn't. And even though I'm in no position to tell you what to watch and what to not, if the only thing you're looking for is yuri fanservice, go check out Sakura Trick instead. And if you're interested in Tachibanakan Triangle in particular, go read the manga. In both cases, you're gonna end up with a much better experience than this empty shell of a real anime.
From the studio that brought us Netsuzou TRap and Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte kara comes their latest short: Tachibanakan Triangle. Adapted from the manga of the same name, you can expect the studio to produce a “quality” adaptation. In fact, I believe the studio has the capability to cram over 30 pages of manga content into a three minute anime and make it work. And if you believe that is a “quality” adaptation then I have a bridge to sell you.
Synopsis: expecting a normal life, Natsuno Hanabi returns to her hometown to study at a local
high school, however upon entering Tachibanakan, her new dormitory, she realizes her dorm mates are anything, but normal.
There will be tons of poor/rushed development and that’s because the studio is trying to cram as much content as they can into three minutes. You will see many cut scenes jumping from one scene to the next with little time for the audience to digest the previous scenes in question.
There will be lots of fanservice/ecchi content with the usual annoying censors, blocking the essential goods. The fanservice mostly involves the main character getting into absurd and perverted situations that any ecchi fan would recognize. Some classic ecchi scenes include: walking in on naked girl, falling on top of naked girl, girl getting tied up in a suggestive way, ‘two people stuck in the closet’ situation, etc. Still, fanservice or not, it’s overdone and overused, making it predictable and boring.
And because this is a three minute anime, expect little to no world or character building. In fact, if you are expecting only fanservice and poor storytelling, then you’re in luck.
The animation is really poor/lazy with some scenes sometimes feeling a bit choppy. The girl’s character designs looks pretty cute, especially in their chibi forms. And since, this is a Yuri fanservice show, expects lots of bosoms, ass, and groin shots from questionable camera angles.
The voice acting is good. There is no opening song, however there is a heavy metal ending song, which is surprisingly good.
The characters are cliched and forgettable with no sense of character development and few redeeming traits. If you do watch this, you will see the girls sexually harass each other and make suggestive moves in an attempt to get into the other’s pants, as if these were the only forms of communication that they know.
And in cliched fashion, we have the boring harem protagonist (but a girl this time), the childhood friend, the older sister-type with large breasts, the girl that likes to drink and make sexual advances, the mysterious stoic type who is secretly perverted, and the perverted ojou-sama. Nothing new, and nothing exciting.
The entire show was a huge disappointment. This should have been longer, like a regular 24 minute episode, with more focus on the story and character as opposed to focusing on fanservice and ecchi content.
This was a short and it’s not even an average short. It’s a Shoujo Ai with nothing going for it. The designs are cute, but everyone’s personalities are boring and aren’t memorable in the slightest. I’m already struggling to remember most of the episodes. There was a copious amount of fan service that didn’t add anything besides eye candy. It was basically just cute girls doing ecchi things. It wasn’t funny, it wasn’t memorable, but since it was a short, it’s not the worst thing out there. Chances are I’ll forget all about this anime by the end of the week.
...But I have heard people
enjoy the manga. Maybe I’ll give that a shot.
I feel lifeless talking about this trash of a show, literally making this the 2nd coming of Alice or Alice, definitely NOT a good short at all and shouldn’t be conceived in the very 1st place.
This short-form series could best be described as a house full of lesbians and pervy girls with absolutely no shame in displaying their relationships (and/or love) between one another, even coming as close as skin contact. Coming straight in from the manga of the same name, my initial feelings were one of disdain, because the manga had a lot of sub-pointers that flesh out the stories between the characters and
why and how they interact with one another. The problem lies with this: See that 3-minute time on the slot? I have completely NO understanding why smaller studios like Creators In Pack decided to go ahead making shorts that at the end of it all, serve as their cash cow…no, none, none at all.
To anyone whom is/are absolutely NON-caring about short-form anime, the desolation is that there are many short-forms (especially this season), some are good (like Uchuu Senkan Tiramisu, Fumikiri Jikan) and the others are horrible, untouchable trash (like Alice or Alice). Tachibanakan lies in the very bad sector of short-form anime, and you’d be wise to skip this one, not even the 3 episode rule works here.
If there were improvements, I’d hoped this anime could become like Tiramisu by filling up the manga equivalent of an adaptation done justice with Tiramisu timing, just right and understanding a wee bit more because of the insane tags (you get it? Totally yuri with comedic ecchiness). That way the series would AT LEAST be watchable from the manga’s standpoint of view and would have been more ambitious. But the 3-minute short is something that is just lazily put altogether, and don’t ever bother touching this anime ever again.