Miyagawa Atsushi is an 11-year-old boy who is 180 centimeters tall. Since he has a grown-up looking build but acts his age, he has always been running into troubles. On the other hand, his 17-year-old elder sister Atsumi is only 137 centimeters tall. Even though she has a childish looking build, Atsumi takes good care of Atsushi.
I honestly like the concept of an elementary school student who looks like a high school student while his sister looks like an elementary school student. The first few episodes were cute, but then it started becoming cliché. I also don't understand how the adults could be so stupid. They notice Atsushi when he interacts with his young female friend but fail to notice that he takes the same route with him? No one tells anyone that he is a big boy? Despite having interesting art and sound, it fell short towards the end. On the plus side, it is a quick watch. Thus why
I am having such a short review this time around.
This is honestly just one big child molestation joke. But seriously, joke repetition is sometimes funny, but they really rely on that one particular joke here way too much. The shtick that he looks like an adult quickly runs its course, and after a few episodes it just becomes stale and a bit disturbing.
Art is mediocre at best and the sound effects are just plain and random, I swear I heard some of them in bad Youtube videos. Also, character voice work is inconsistent and sometimes jarring to listen to. Overall, the only saving grace here is that it is a short anime and you
don't have to spend a lot of time to finish it.
I'm...I'm just so shocked that people are giving this a 10. This definitely doesn't deserve a 10. Everyone's dishing out perfect scores way too easily.
I'm not going to lie, I was intrigued by the concept. At first I thought this series was a romcom or something, but when I realized it was about a brother and sister, I thought I was in for some cute, feel-good anime candy. That's not quite what I got.
Don't get me wrong, there's some likable stuff here. Both Atsuhi and Atsumi are likable characters who act their age, and I've got to give props to Atsuhi's voice actor for being
able to perform so well. When the show really wants to try, it'll deliver just what you'd expect. Nothing spectacular, but something kind of cute and quirky if you're into this kind of thing.
But then there are the pedophile jokes. Literally every other episode has Atsuhi getting arrested because he's mistaken for a pedophile. You'd think that his parents would take the time to explain things better. You'd think that after the millionth time people would recognize him and leave him alone. Comedic misunderstandings don't work by their very nature since the joke is literally making a character you're supposed to like suffer for something they didn't do, and it's even worse when it's happening to a 10 year old boy. I remember one scene where he comes home and curls up in a corner crying because he's so upset. How do people find this funny? It was extremely unpleasant for me.
Fortunately as the show goes along they slowly start laying off that gag, but its presence is still extremely painful. Like a parasite feeding off of what could otherwise be a perfectly decent, cute little show.
If that doesn't bother you, by all means give it a watch. Otherwise I say skip it.
Story: Recorder to Randoseru Do♪ is the first installment of the Recorder to Randoseru series. It follows a young fifth-grade boy named Atsushi Miyagawa. He looks like a full grown man, being 180cm (About 5'10") tall! And then there is his "big" sister, Atsumi Miyagawa, who is 137cm (About 4'5") tall. However, Atsushi acts his true age.
Art: The art of Recorder to Randoseru Do♪ completely relates to the characters' heights. Since Atsushi looks like an adult, they turned him into a bishounen looking character, who acts his true age. Atsumi looks like a kid, so they turned her into a moe, loli, childish looking character,
who acts her true age.
OST - There isn't really much of an OST in this anime, so I'll leave this blank.
Opening - There is no opening, so I'll leave this blank.
Ending - It was a quite fun song to listen to, but not a song I would want to have on my MP3 player.
Voice Acting - When I first found Recorder to Randoseru Do♪, I thought Atsushi was going to sound his true age. You know what? NOPE! We are going to make him sound like a full grown man! And let's make Atsumi sound like a little kid! The voice acting gave me lots of laughs when seeing them get into trouble.
Character: Were you ever an elementary school kid who was younger than they looked? You might relate to Atsushi. He's a young boy who looks like a grown man. People often mistook him for a grown man when he truly isn't. Are you a high school teenager who is older than you look? You might relate to Atsumi. She is a teenage girl who looks like a little child. People often mistook her for a young child when she truly isn't.
Enjoyment: I tried to watch Recorder to Randoseru Do♪ without laughing or grinning, I failed. Really failed. Recorder to Randoseru Do♪ is something that can cheer you up on a bad day. It sure did for me! I guarantee it's going to make you laugh a lot. And I mean a lot.
Overall I give this a 10/10, which means, THAT WAS THE BEST THING I EVER SAW!!!!!!!!!1!!!!1!!!!!
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