Kill Me Baby is the touching story of Yasuna, a normal (?) high school girl, and Sonya, her best friend who happens to be an assassin. Unfortunately, little Sonya's trained assassin instincts often work against her and others in her daily high school life, as Yasuna's often-broken wrist can attest to. She just wanted a hug, but she ended up with a broken neck. Isn't it sad? No, it's hilarious.
Not even Yasuna's intense ninja training can prepare her for the exciting adventures in this explosive 4-panel manga adaptation.
The funny thing about comedy series is that they either "click" with you or they don't. Some series, like Nichijou, may take a few episodes, but Kill Me Baby is a lot more immediate (or shallow, if you will.) In fact, the best way to decide if you want to watch this series is to watch a sketch or two. That's all there is to an episode of Kill me Baby: a rapid succession of 4-koma gags, directly translated to the screen.
Yasuno and Sonya don't get much in terms of characterization. They are the traditional vapid air-head and irritable straight man from manzai comedy. Agiri is even more of a prop for additional jokes rather than a character proper. The art is minimalistic, ditto for the soundtrack. The OP is a weird polka that may take a few times to get used to, while the EP is a pretty catchy pop tune accompanied by nifty dance moves.
Speaking of sound, the voice actresses do a bang-up job. Yasuno's is a relatively newcomer, while Sonya's has more roles playing boys than girls, but they carry the show, making some jokes that could otherwise fall flat side-splitting funny. Agiri's voice is high and annoying, but I guess that's what they were aiming for. And it's a welcome surprise to see a Kugimiya character get the short stick (she's the redhead "unused character.")
Kill Me Baby uses a fraction of the budget that JC Staff allocates for its flagship projects, but it squeezes as many laughs per yen as humanly possible. The next time you feel you are not in the mood for elaborate battles, complex plots and philosophical exploration, give it a spin.read more
I remember watching a couple scenes out of context from Kill me baby on youtube months ago and to be fair, they were random enough to be funny. The characters were quirky and the situations were absurd, which is just what any comedy of this type needs to be succesful or at the very least enjoyable. It was immediately apparent as soon as I watched the very first episodes that I was wrong.
Kill me baby is the kind of series that sets a ridiculous premise and then never lives up to it, the kind of comedy that presents itself as completely demented and over-the-top but never leaves the comfort zone of character-based jokes, the kind of experience that hypes itself to stardom but settles for mediocrity instead - It simply doesn't have enough to push the show forward.
The ridiculous premise quickly degenerates into a mere gimmick due to sheer repetition of the same trite, formulaic jokes. They all play out the same way: Yasuna does something silly, she gets knocked out by the annoyed Sonya the assassin, while Agiri the ninja does something random, if she is around while that happens… you can generally predict how the joke plays out before it even starts, which is exactly as exciting as it sounds.
But beyond that, three characters are simply not enough to carry a comedy show for twelve full-length episodes. Any succesful comedy series I can think of – let's say Azumanga Daioh – had a diverse enough set of side characters that prevented the show from reaching the point of stalemate and kept the show relatively fresh despite the length.
At this point I wonder how Kill me Baby would have fared if it was a 3-minutes short series… as a friend of mine commented on the series: “it was tolerable back when I watched it weekly”, which is something I can honestly believe, as from my experience, the more often I watched an episode of Kill me Baby, the harder it was to pull through it and by applying that rule on a more abstract level, then you're better off not watching it at all. The opening track, "Kill Me Baby", arguably the worst opening song for a show of all time pretty much represents the show as a whole - weird at first, annoying and repetitive after you hear it once. Stay away.read more
J.C. Staff has taken anime to the next level. This time they may have outdone themselves on how cheaply an anime can be done. Though they're once again covering the niches of modern B-Type Moe anime, in this series it's clearly evident that they've either got a lot on their hands from other currently airing anime, or couldn't be bothered putting too much effort into it.
Starting with the OP, the only thing to say about it is that it's horrible. The tune isn't catchy, the singing is completely out of tune, the animation during the OP is average-mediocre, and the only three memorable words you hear from the lyrics are, well, guess what. The ED is only slightly better, depending on whether you find the combination of ridiculous lyrics, slightly out of tune singing and rather simple and boring animation to your tastes.
The OST... isn't. Specifically speaking, there is an absence of proper background music, with the majority of the anime dominated by voice and sound effects alone. The music in the parts containing that little bit of background aren't outstanding at all. Contrary to this, one could say that this complements the voice acting very well; unoriginal, but still fitting for the atmosphere of the show.
It's clearly evident that the cast hired for the voice acting was hired to fulfil the expectations of the target audience, which should be easily identifiable from a mere thirty seconds of watching. It's average. There isn't really anything special to say about it, though a plus for those fond of the K-ON Yui Baka archetype - Yasuno has voice moments reminiscent of Yui's strange but amusing voices.
I won't address the character designs much, as this is a Manga adaptation. Simply put, the character designs are very, and I say very, unoriginal. Surely you've seen these characters elsewhere with slightly different traits, if not then you probably haven't seen enough anime. The anime is faithful to the Manga's character design, so this is a plus for those who enjoyed the Manga. There isn't much to say about the characters either; they're very typical, with personalities also seen in other anime. The way the characters interact is slightly refreshing, although the overly slapstick-ish feel to these interactions will most probably become repetitive as the series airs. Did I mention how cliché the characters' dialogue and actions are?
Expect nothing from this anime. There isn't any promise of any real character development for you A-Types, and the jokes will probably get too old for anyone who's not used to watching shows about nothing. In all honesty, I think J.C Staff did okay with this anime. Though the whole atmosphere of the anime screams "Cheap", and "Moefags only" (which I believe to be J.C Staff's approach to this unpromising show), J.C Staff probably meant for this to fulfil the niches of 21st century B-Types, who would enjoy this series rather well.
Comedy is probably - no, it IS the most subjective genre in any kind of artistic entertainment. Writing a review for this kind of anime for isn't an easy task, as it can easily contain many personal opinions from the writer. As such, this review will mainly focus in the parts that don't need to be of the likes of the viewer in order to be rated positively or negatively.
While the main story ain't something bad, the main problem is that it ain't something new at all. We have our main funny-stupid highschool girl, a serious-antifun girl and a ... ninja. That said, being a random comedy, it follows the everyday life of the girls and the random things that happens to them while in the school and outside of it. It's very easy to notice that many other anime have done this before, let's take Nichijou and Minami-ke for example.
In this we can also put the character aspects, since they're almost the same for this kind of anime, having the same development but with differents designs and names. (Design's ain't that different, though)
However as I said at the start, this does not make an anime bad, but plots like this being repeated all over again can be kinda annoying and generic.
The art also differs a bit from other animes, being very simple and moe-like, though not bad at all. It reflects the random, childish and un-serious nature of the series. The animation is consistent, with some unrealistic moves at times, but nothing to be afraid of looking at.
In the sound department, it is actually good. While most of the scenes are run by only character's voices, short music pieces are put inbetween comedic scenes giving it a child-like ambient. The sound effects are also nice overall, and add to the easy-taking ambient of this anime.
As I said at the start of this review, being a comedy, the Enjoyment part is something that will vary a lot from one to another. Jokes and entertainment ain't something everybody shares, and as such, giving it a rate is merely subjective. For me, I gave it a 9 as of episode 2, as it made me laugh way more than the first episode.
Kill me Baby is far from being a bad anime, but it isn't something new nor something really good to be noteworthy of. Don't expect anything serious, as it is very childish and easy-digesting. If you like random comedies, you can give it a try, but shows like Nichijou have done this already, and in a better way.read more
We all love anime songs. We hum them. We dance to them. We play them. And if we're really into it, we sing them. But singing them means knowing the lyrics, and sometimes the anime lyrics are so brutal or silly you'll doubt it is even real! Here are 15 of those anime songs with shocking lyrics!