Morita Mayu, a high school girl. She is extremely reticent and her silence and habit of looking at people's eyes straightly sometimes cause misunderstanding. The reason behind it is not because she doesn’t like to talk nor because she has nothing to say. The reason she rarely speaks is due to the fact she thinks too much before speaking, thus losing the timing to speak altogether. But she lives a happy school life with her classmates.
I admit, I didn't expect a short anime series when I added this to my list of "Plan to Watch." However, I was not disappointed. With this review we're dealing with an anime short and I'll give my reasons WHY people should or should not watch these shorts.
Morita-san wa Mukuchi is based on the 4koma, actually, IS the literal adaptation from the 4koma. With this in mind the purpose of these shorts are basically the same as the 4koma in newspapers: drop a quick funny or give a humorously warm ending. This is the point people are missing and it's understandable since we're used to
watching anime like K-On!, Lucky Star, A-Channel, etc. in this genre. We're not used to this short short approach to anime, but once we do, we should keep this in mind in our reviews as it is what we ARE reviewing. Comparing this anime to said above slice-of-life giants is like comparing Robot Chicken to Family Guy or an orange to an apple. Morita-san wa Mukuchi and Lucky Star may be in the same genre, but are completely different in their goal in pleasing the audience. Where Lucky Star develops a "plot" around satirizing Japanese otaku culture, Morita-san wa Mukuchi focuses on quick humor, much like you see in newspaper comics in your local bagel shop. In this sense, Morita-san wa Mukuchi's plot IS the quick humor it induces on its audience. Anyway enough of my babbling and onward toward the review.
Story & Enjoyment (9): Again, Morita-san wa Mukuchi's plot IS the quick humor it induces on its audience. There are small events and occurrences that happen in the shorts that lead to a quick laugh. When I watch anime on the go, I've always had the problem of getting interrupted by errands and tasks at hand, which of course ruin the episode altogether. I liked the short length because I can get a laugh and brighten my day in a pinch before I have to attend to work. I watched this throughout the week when I during hallway time or free time before my classes, sports, and clubs. Afterward, I've always been in a better mood.
Art & Character (8): Simple, yet clever. Backdrops and setting is all simple, getting straight to the point of location and type of situation. Character art falls under the same praise as well. Morita's blank eyes that clearly express her level of deep thought. Miki's short hair and pink hair clips the radiate her energetic and cheerful persona. Hana's curly hair and wide eyes that give her this shy and self-conscience look. Basically character designs reflect their actual personalities. Along with the art, the characters were cleverly made. Deceptively simple, each character individually commanded no attention or any serious merit. However, when these simple characters are all put together, they created some extremely humorous scenes I enjoyed a lot.
Sound (7): No complaints. Upbeat intro to bring you prep you for the humor about to be induced. Simple background sound and music that compliment the situation and humor. The characters' had voices that fit, which is key to making any type of slice-of-life anime funny.
Overall (8): Again, since this is a series or short shorts that are meant to induce a bit of humor. Morita-san wa Mukuchi are for those busy anime fans who enjoy slice-of-life comedy, and want to feed their anime addiction throughout a busy work day. This is my primary reason why I enjoyed it: I could enjoy and laugh at anime at school without ruining anime with real life interruptions!
For one reason or another, many people seem to dislike or just overlook short animes. It's true that lots of them are bad, but it's also true there are some worth watching. This is...a hard choice. You may want to keep reading to find out.
There is one particular genre that some people really love and some really hate: High School slice-of-life comedies. I, personally, can tolerate them, but twenty minutes is usually too long so I tend to get bored at times. Luckily, for me and those who think twenty minutes is too long for this kind of anime, exist Morita-san
wa Mukuchi. A very simple High School slice-of-life comedy; It goes straight to the funny part and the episodes end with a punch-line. Simple as that.
The art is pretty good for a short, though nothing special if you compare it to any current non-shounen twenty minute-long anime.
As far a sound goes, I find the OP really annoying, but the seiyuus are good enough. Again, pretty simple anime, not much work in the voice department needed. Funny thing that the main character is virtually mute.
I only need one word to describe the characters. Generic. Good thing nobody was expecting anything different. Oh yeah! Did I mention the main character is virtually mute? Now the cast is has someone who is not THAT generic!
All things said, I enjoy this anime. It's funny enough and it's only three minutes long. Go watch it, you'll probably enjoy it.
So at this time, I've finished all 13 episodes but MAL won't let me set it as completed >_>, but whatever, lol.
The main thing to point out about this anime is that it's 3 minutes long. A lot of people may have different opinions towards this, but I'll tell you mine. It's perfect.
They had an anime to show, but it'd be hard competing with all the other ones that have been released, especially when there is no story, no character development, or anything complex. So what do they do?, make the eps only 3 minutes long.
Due to this, someone like me who has
their dish of anime always being full, always has time to spare 3 minutes to watch something fun and light hearted. I find that my enjoyment of these 3 minute episodes of Morita-san wa Mukuchi can sometimes even be greater than those with the traditional 24 minute episodes.
I've watched things like, Lucky Star, K-ON!, or A-Channel and I tell you, Morita-san wa Mukuchi, though doesn't live up to be as good as those, it's pretty damn good for what it achieves in the time it has.
Anyways, this is just something nice to pick up when you're bored or want to kill time. It's not something that's supposed to be dug up and thought about in a difficult manner. It's just something that's just..... there. You know... it's just... there.
There is no story.
It's kinda old, but I didn't expect much anyway.
It was nice.
There was no character development, but I didn't see anything cliche (e.g. girl with watermelons has boobs lol). What's interesting is Mayu is the most interesting character for someone who hardly talks.
I liked it. I can always spare 3 minutes watching eps as they came out. Skipping the OP will cut it down to 2 minutes and a half, so it's even shorter.
There is nothing actually wrong with this anime. Sure there is no story but I've seen plenty of anime with no story. Though they make up for it by character development, but this doesn't even have that. It's really is just purely based on the enjoyment it gives. But, it surprises me how well they can use 2 and a half minutes.
Bored? Don't feel like watching something serious? Give this a try! :P
Its a 3 mins per episode anime and there are 13 episodes so in all your spending 39 mins on this whole anime, plus somehow the creator(s) are able to put in a opening song within the three mins which last 30 secs so you can say each episode is 2 mins and 30 secs, so why not watch it. The main character doesnt say anything throught out the anime, well except in her mind, while her friends and her mother, the side characters,wont shut up. This anime is definitely a slice of life anime with a slight shoujo ai context to it but
nothing more. well enough with this review just watch the anime.