Talk about games being called unexpectedly! Hasegawa Subaru joined the basketball club at Nanashiba High, only to have his hopes dashed when the teams' play is suspended after the captain is suspected of having inappropriate feelings for the coach's underage daughter. Blindsided and blocked by bad luck, Subaru expectedly finds an opening for his talent with the hoops when his aunt asks him to take on the task of coaching a young girls' basketball club—a Ro-Kyu-Bu!. But can a superstar wannabe find true satisfaction while playing sixth man to a team of five girls?
I'm somewhat perplexed by the number of 6's and 7's this anime is receiving. I was initially reluctant to watch this anime because of the score, but I'm glad I committed in the end.
Ro-kyu-bu is a loli/sports anime with a barebones plot and relatively static characters. While some might consider this points to criticize the anime on, I would like to point to the genre of the piece and remind everyone why we are watching this anime. To learn more about basketball? I should hope not. Sports anime is almost always a terrible representation of the actual sport itself. I will smack anyone who dares
to say that Prince of Tennis accurately portrays realistic tennis matches and strategies with my Wilson K-Blade Team. Ro-kyu-bu is all about the girls. Loli anime is meant to be plain and simple, focusing more on cute art and high-pitched voice acting to attract fans rather than any depth of content.
For a loli anime, Ro-kyu-bu sets a pretty high standard.
The story revolves around Hasegawa Subaru, a 1st year (sophomore equivalent) high schooler who's also a basketball star. However, the high school basketball team/club gets disbanded because the team captain gets caught in a scandal with some elementary schoolgirls. So, what's the most obvious thing that Subaru can do?
I'm sure the author was aware of what irony is.
The driving force behind the initial plot is the Subaru's refusal of playing basketball once the team was disbanded. Which is stupid. What kind of basketball player gives up basketball just because a school team is disbanded? Out of all the possible motivations that the author could have used, this was quite a poor choice, one that ultimately makes the message of the anime (Don't give up on what you love) weak and frivolous.
The actual plotline with regards to the basketball team is, surprisingly, not bad. The girls don't win every single game they play, and success is compounded with failures. While some episodes introduce filler characters, each episode contributes to the plot or characters substantially.
Regardless, plot is merely secondary to art in a loli anime. Ro-kyu-bu has a unique art style that fits quite nicely with the overall feel of the anime. This art style focuses a lot on the eyes and hair - even Subaru's hair is done quite detailed. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about their faces. Some of the angled scenes in the anime result in awkwardly derpy faces, especially for the protagonist. Besides those rare moments, however, the art remains top-notch and well done.
How in the world did they get such an all-star voice crew? Hanazawa, Ogura, Itou, Iguchi, Hikasa - a seiyuu dream team. Needless to say, the girls sound amazing: Maho with fiery zest, Saki with icy tone, and Hinata with breezy pitch.
The OP and ED are nicely done. Usually, songs that are sung by all the main seiyuus of the anime end up with better quality. The OST of the anime is not particularly amazing, which hinders the perfect 10.
I mentioned static characters in the introduction. Besides Subaru, every character in the anime is static and fits quite neatly into stereotypical and preassigned roles. Maho is the loud prankster, Airi is the clumsy well-endowed, Saki is the glasses girl, etc. Natsuhi is the boy rival of Tomoka (meaning they will inevitably be paired together in some way shape or form), Aoi will be tsundere until S2E13, and Miho-sensei joins the ranks of multitudes of teachers who act and look just like students.
Character molds are not a completely negative thing. After all, dynamic characters take more time and effort to prepare, and are likely to be misinterpreted or distracting. However, it would be a nice touch to make at least one of the girls a dynamic character.
On a whole, this anime is freaking cute. And genius. That "small forward" segment has got to be one of the greatest scenes in all of loli anime. I honestly enjoyed watching the characters interact with each other in their various ways, their various personalities and characters complementing each other.
Ro-kyu-bu is not supposed to be some great action story like SAO or have deep philosophical insight like Ergo Proxy or be filled with heartwrenching scenes like After Story or all of the above (Angel Beats). In fact, none of the anime I just mentioned comes even close to Ro-kyu-bu in terms of pure loli goodness. Whether you are a full-blown lolicon or just an average anime watcher, Ro-kyu-bu will satisfy your cute needs for quite a long time. At least until season 2 comes out.
When lolis and basketball are combined, the result isn't as bad as one might expect. Although it's far from great Ro-Kyu-Bu is a charming series.
If you are looking an anime that is heavily focused on basketball then you are looking in the wrong place. Basketball is simply the activity which brings everyone together. However the series does lack a solid plot because the focus is on the characters themselves making it feel like a slice of life some of the time. The series is character driven and the majority of this anime is spent developing the characters, which is okay but it makes it hard
to comment on a plot that's hardly there. Nevertheless how each character develops combined with the "practice" and games are fun to watch.
The art is good but it isn't anything spectacular, the characters designs, the backgrounds and animations are all decent. But there is nothing really special.
The sound is solid. The opening and ending are really catchy and they really fit the anime. The voice actors did a great job too, they all fit the personality of the character they were playing.
The characters is where the series excelled. The variety of personalities work well together and you can feel the bond that the characters have and develop with each other. Each character undergoes a significant amount of development and by the end each character has overcome something that has been holding them down. The series is driven by these characters if you took out any character the series just wouldn't be the same.
Ro-Kyu-Bu is very lighthearted which could make for a very fun watch. It is not a bad way to pass the time but it's not something everyone can enjoy. Some people aren't just into this kind of thing and sometimes the series does get a bit corny.
Ro-Kyu-Bu is a pretty entertaining series (if you are into this kind of anime). It's not a must watch but if you are bored, watching this isn't a bad way to pass the time. Also this series just shows how lolis+basketball does not equal disaster.
"Lolicon: Or (The Unexpected Love for a Loli Character)"
Keizo, the director for Sekirei and Dog Days, was walking towards an unfamiliar house; the home belonged to an underaged girl, whom he had met online. A few days before, he asked the girl if she wanted to participate in a voice audition. She replied, “Yes”, under the condition that they perform the voice audition in her home. This was unusual, but he didn’t want to disappoint the producers, so he went. Now, you’re thinking, aren’t voice actors usually young to middle-aged women in their 20’s or 30’s? Well…a strange development took place.
anime company would advertise flies, and post ads in the newspaper to attract upcoming and veteran voice actors to their auditions. Unfortunately, the producer wasn’t satisfied with the voices of those that attended. He asked the director to advertise their audition screenings on many forum sites. The producer, specifically, wanted underaged girls to voice the lines of an upcoming series, entitled, 'Ro-Kyu-Bu!’. The director found one such candidate and was currently inside her home.
Keizo, felt uneasy, approaching the home, and felt more uneasy inside of it. He realized this was a stupid mistake and, turning around, began walking towards the front door. Suddenly, a tall man in a black suit with a red tie blocked the way.
Keizo [sweating and whispering]: Oh, fuck!
Chris: Whoa! Slow down, my friend. Where do you think you’re going?
Keizo [stammering]: Uh…I…uh…I…I was just leaving. Sorry, wrong house.
Chris [shaking his head]: No, no, my friend, you didn’t get the wrong house. Why don’t you have a seat, right over there? [Pointing to a seat in the kitchen.]
[Keizo, reluctantly, walks towards the seat and sits in it. He noticed the man in the black suit walking into the kitchen, until he stood directly in front of him.]
Chris: I’m Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC and we’re doing a story about online predators.
Keizo [sighing]: Oh, fuck! There must be some mistake.
Chris [interrupting]: Nope. There’s no mistake. [Pulling out a large vanilla envelope.] We have chat logs of you discussing with a minor about a ‘potential’ upcoming audition. But, in reality, it’s a chance for you to be intimate with ‘little’ girls. Furthermore, we have an informant that gave us valuable information. [He waved the envelope.] Contained within this envelope are images from an upcoming animation entitled ‘Ro-Kyu-Bu!’. [He opened the envelope and took out a few images.] Care to explain? [He gave the images to Keizo.]
[Keizo looked at the images. Many of the images depicted the heroines naked in the shower with stream censoring, some of the images depicted the girls wearing maid uniforms, school swimsuits, aprons, and bikinis, a few images depicted the underwear of certain girls, and one image depicted a tentacle groping and squeezing the breast of Airi Kashii.]
Keizo: Um…these scenes, I admit, are questionable, but I assure you. These scenes are for fanservice purposes only. They aren’t images of what I wanted, but rather they are images that the light novelist, the producer, and the potential viewers wanted. I’m simply directing what they want. Besides I’m not into little girls.
Chris: That's what everybody says, "I’m not into little girls”, but that’s a lie. And moreover, you're the director, you have control over certain scenes, whether they are included or not. So, besides those scenes I showed you, what about this protagonist, named Subaru Hasegawa. He has, twice now, walked into a bathroom only to see a naked girl; he has found a girl’s underwear, and rather than inform the other girls about this discovery, he stuffs it into his pants and creates a bigger problem; he said things that create misunderstandings, and he has seen the girls changing their clothes, once. Care to the explain the actions of this protagonist and any other ‘characters’?
Keizo [sighing]: Subaru is a kind, nice and caring individual, but he’s not very bright when it comes to certain situations and he says things that could be misinterpreted. I guess, you could say, he’s the typical harem character, who is also very good at basketball. As for the girls, they are all cute, nice, and caring...and they all have some feelings for the protagonist. Now, as for their character types, Maho is the rich Ojou-sama, who is very energetic and active; Saki is the glasses girl, who is smart, calculating, and cool; Airi is the shy and quiet girl with overly large breast; Hinata is the cutest character in the entire series and is slightly strange; and, finally, Tomoka is the ace of the basketball team. They are all good characters, I just wished I had more time to develop them or give them some more backstories.
Chris: Uh-huh. [He nodded his head.] Okay. It sounds like...you like these characters, especially the girls. The more I hear, the more I believe that you are into little girls. And that you, also, wanted the fanservice images in this series to reflect your obsession.
Keizo [yelling]: That’s not true! I’m just doing what the producer and the potential viewers wanted!
Chris [smiling]: Yes. I heard you. But, enough about the characters, what is this story that you’re trying to create? I know it has something to do with basketball and a team of elementary school girls, but what is it?
Keizo [coughing]: This the story: Subaru, a high school freshmen, was a former basketball player, until his coach was suspected of being a lolicon. Having not played basketball for a year, his aunt forces him to coach an elementary girl’s basketball team. At first, he coaches them for three days, but after hearing about the girls’ love for the sport and their blooming friendship from it, he decides to become their coach.
Chris: I see. If this animation is about basketball, then that means that there are many basketball scenes or events, such as dribbling, shooting, defensive plays, sprints, and tournaments?
Keizo: That’s correct. There are many basketball scene. But, it isn’t just about the game. It’s about how the girls become better at basketball, how they work as a team, and how their friendship grew because of it. In the beginning, they weren’t very good, but as the series progresses, they become better and soon are able to perform advance techniques and shots.
Chris [nodding his head]: I see. That is true. When I read the script, it seem like there are many basketball events, like the boys vs girls game, the Suzuridani game and practices. Still, there seems to be many random events, such as going to the beach, dates and pool. H’m…is it just me or are these events just to show off more skin? Also, is there really a shower scene in every episode as from what I’m reading, it seems that there is?
Keizo: All those events you mentioned had a purpose, beside fanservice, they were used to further develop the characters and provide more background information for Hinata and Airi. Now, you could say they were used to show more skin, but I think not. As for the shower scenes being in almost every episode...that’s somewhat true.
Chris: Yeah…again ‘fanservice’. You love to say that word don’t you?
[Keizo didn’t say anything and glares at Chris.]
Chris: Well, you don’t have to say anything. After hearing about your characters and this ‘story', who is your target audience? Who would watch this type of show?
Keizo: H’m...I guess, based on the moe character design and art…people who like moe will like this show. People who like loli characters will like this show. And, maybe, basketball fans, but I don’t think so. As, this show isn’t really a hardcore sports anime.
Chris: Wait. Did you really say that this show appeals to people who like loli characters?
Keizo: Yes, I did. Why?
Chris: Nothing. Just hoping they only like loli characters and not real life underaged school children. But, that’s fruitful thinking. Because, I’m looking at one person, who openly admits to liking both of them.
Keizo [angry]: I said that I don’t like little girls! I only like loli characters!
Chris: Yeah…I know you do because you’re working on an anime involving loli characters. But, you’re still in denial about not liking little girls, when you obviously do. Look around, you're sitting in a young girl’s house and was about to ask her to attend an audition, so that you can fond her, later.
Keizo: That’s fucking bullshit! I would never do that!
Chris: Then, why come here?
Keizo: I was asked by my producer. He suggested that we have underage girls voice the parts for this upcoming anime. I should have refused, but I didn’t.
Chris [shaking his head]: You’re making excuses. Moreover, you didn’t refuse because you also wanted underaged girls to play those plays.
Keizo [angry]: Say what you want because you’re wrong!
Chris: I’m somewhat disappointed. You showing up here, only reconfirms the notion that being a lolicon or liking loli characters is equivalent to being a pedophile.
Keizo: That’s prejudice thinking! You’re making a faulty generalization, by saying that everyone that likes ‘X' is equal to ‘Y'. But, that’s not true as there are cases where someone might like ‘X', but aren’t a ‘Y’. Furthermore, how would you know that everyone who likes loli characters is a pedophile? Do you have statistical data?
Chris: I’m not at liberty to disclose that information.
Keizo: Typical. [Shaking his head.] People like you will never understand the difference between a real pedophile and someone who likes 2D loli characters. [He gets up and heads to the front door.]
Chris: Where are you go–
Keizo [interrupting]: I’m leaving! Screw this, I should have left when I had the chance. [He opened the door and stepped outside.]
[Once, Keizo stepped outside, he was immediately surrounded by police. “Get on the ground,” they yelled with their guns drawn. Keizo complied and laid on the ground. He was handcuffed from behind and escorted to the police cruiser. Upon being detained, his producer was also arrested. They both spent several days in a county jail, awaiting trial.]
[Several days have passed, Keizo went to his trial and heard the charges and fines. He was charged with obscenity and fined $5,000. His sentence was two months in jail.]
[As for his producer, he was charged with obscenity, having inappropriate relations with minors, and possession of child pornography. He was fined $150,000 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.]
[The struggle to distinguish an individual who’s a lolicon and who’s a pedophile continues as people constantly assume that one term is interchangeable with the other. Unfortunately, that is not the case.]
I'm a big sucker for Lolis and when I found out about this anime I was pumped!
And after finishing it I can say I wasn't disappointed, rather very pleased.
If you are a Loli-lover this is a must watch and one of the best shows in that genre out there.
But lets get to the heart of the review and look on what this show did right and what it lacked in.
Ro-Kyu-Bu, made by Studio Blanc, which did nothing that I know of before did a generic job animating the show. To be honest, an anime in the SoL pseudo-sports genre will most likely look not that
exciting, so it's not a shame for the studio.
Everything fits and looks clean, but nothing is memorable or unique.
The quality is so-so sometimes bad, sometimes okay. Sad for a sports anime, but as I said it's more about the lolis than about the sport.
The character designs were decent and cute loli as you might expect. They looked distinct and fit their rolls.
I personally didn't like either the opening or the ending. But its electronic jpop tracks fit the show well.
The ost is forgettable, bland and not mentionable. It still worked fine with the show. Nothing stood out.
The only redeeming factor was the Voice Acting cast for the show, with Yuki Kaji voicing the Maincharacter Subaru, and Kana Hanazawa voicing the female lead Tomoka. Everyone else did also a great job being cute lolis.
A loli bascetball team gets a teenage coach who kinda falls in love with one of the girls who is fairly talented in what she does. He helps them to play in a real professional match.
The premise sounds generic and bad, unless you are into lolis, like me.
It's rather slow and doesn't make too much sense, especially from a sports point of view. But to be honest I have no clue about sports and thus won't judge it on that basis.
Don't take it to seriously.
It does offer fanservice, small bits of romance and here and there funny moments though.
When it comes to SoL shows the characters are mostly the driving force behind it. Ro-Kyu bu does a decent job in regard to characters.
They are all likable, show almost normal human traits, make sense though fall into their sterotype archs. They even show character development!
But there is on mentionable character from them all. Subaru for the most likable pervert/lolicon in anime history (at least for me). He is a true rollmodel when it comes to lolis. ... damn I wish I was him...
I certainly will rewatch it and am excited for the second season. Though no episode stood out in particular to be re watched again. There is basically also no good reason to watch it again besides for the cuteness.
On a sentimental basis it's on a high list, I will certainly remember it for being the basket-lolis anime, and it also was the first anime that made it right when it comes to the lolis.
On a historical basis, well its Studio Blancs first anime as far as I know, besides that. Nobody will remember this show. Way too generic.
My enjoyment was on a constant high, all dem lolis were just too damn cute, and that maincharacter cracked me up. It even had some thrilling moments though were too generic too be regarded highly.
Overall it was a very enjoyable show.
Overall it scores a 6/10 (though for me it will always be a masterpiece!)
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