Ever since their parents died a few years ago, Ryo and his sister Akane have been living alone together. Despite their difficult situation, they are still living reasonably happy and normal lives. However, everything is about to be flipped upside-down due to a secret government project. Due to increasingly low birth rates in Japan, the Japanese government is testing a program in which two young people are forced to marry. Ryo wants no part of it, but he is given little choice in the matter; his new fiancée, Shizuka, comes to his home late one night with several dozen government issued bodyguards, who are there to ensure the success of the new couple. Unlike Ryo, Shizuka couldn’t be more willing to go along with this new program, and eagerly goes about her wifely duties, despite his objections. With meddling friends, pushy bodyguards, and an overenthusiastic new fiancée, Ryo’s life has taken a turn in a direction the young man certainly didn’t expect.
Either bashing my cranium against a solid, brick wall because the main character, Ryo Mizuhara, is ceaselessly making stubborn and defiant choices -even though he is completely aware of hurting his fiancée's feelings- or because his fiancée, Shizuka Masuda, is almost annoyingly hell-bent on receiving affection from someone who obviously does not care, I'll have to admit that (most-importantly) my head seems to be in relatively good shape, despite a solid beating(s). And since my skull-bashing proved to be ineffective time-after-time, I could actually sit and enjoy some of the finer moments that Final Approach had to offer.
Yes, it has the long-running and omnipresent anime cliché of "making horrible, dumb decisions in a relationship," almost to the point where all of us in real life actually start feeling better about our relationships.
Yes, I've already said it, but they really did make "horrible, dumb decisions in a relationship."
Regardless, I (somehow?) still had a little sympathy for our destined pair. Maybe it was that pitiful? Maybe I'm starting to get weak? Maybe it should not have taken 10 or so episodes for them to realize their callow mistakes? Who knows...
But even so, being trapped within a torrential vortex of "stupidity" still brought a tear in my eye (I'll have to admit, painfully) and made me laugh like the little schoolgirl I most probably am.
But hey! Final Approach was intended as a mixture of comedy and romance, and it certainly lived up to those expectations.
The cast of characters: simply hilarious. Maybe I, in fact, enjoyed the head-bashing (masochist?). Even so, it was practically random, unprecedented fun which stemmed into bouts of laughter.
There was no telling what would happen next between the zany characters, and that is simply what separated this "typical" romance anime from the rest, but not enough to noticeably distinct itself and turn into something absolutely amazing.read more
Well, I just want to first start by saying that I have NOT yet finished this anime. Why I choose to write a review? well, simply because the review above me did not state the good points of the anime. But of course, we all have different tastes in animes deshou? hai~
[And since I have not yet finished this, I won't be able to spoil the ending ^^ watch to find out~]
Now, after reading the storyline from above, you should already know this is one of those Comedy/Romance animes, so if you are not really into this, I wouldn't recommend you to watch it; unless you are like me, an alternate or just has nothing better to do, then this just might fit in your schedule. As you can see, there's only 13 episodes, and like 12minutes each episode [10minutes only if you cut out the opening theme and ending].
Story : despite the fact that I have not yet finish the anime, I would say the story line so far is going pretty well. I have seen up to 6 episodes, which is practically half the series. Although, some people might find the first few episode's storyline developed very slowly, since our main "hero", really remind me of the one from DearS [in other words, kind of an ass, but not really, he is nice from time to time. But let's not go into details of what I thought about the hero from DearS, god I hate him].
Art : the art drawing style is really nice and neat, not to mention half of the time there are chibi drawings. Chibi drawings really makes a comedy anime better. How? simply becuase it's cute :)
Sound : the sound is great. Then again I don't really know what this is really asking... the music is nice, the voice actors are ...nice xD
Character : Character's personality is not really special; at least not from what I have seen so far. Our hero keep on refusing to accept our heroin, and always focus on her bad points instead of what she is actually trying to do. Our hero is stubborn as well, which makes me really wish I can take his place ^^. But despite the fact or characters are really normal to the storyline, they still have their special...personalities and emotions which makes them important the role they are playing in this series.
Enjoyment : I say it's great, very enjoyable. What else is there to say? Chibi and Comedy just win my heart.read more
Final Approach is a romantic comedy with a total runtime of 2.6 hours (13 episodes X 12 minutes each). I can understand why the anime is short because it would make little sense for it to be any longer since the story and events of this show are quite simple. Although this is not the best anime out there, I have to say that it is not bad at all. It really depends on the audience. I am not really into the whole romantic comedy genre but I do not detest it either. I think this is one of the reasons why I liked this show. If you hate romantic comedy, then I suggest you run a mile from this anime. Anyway, here goes my review:
Read the synopsis.
The art was generally good and suitable for this sort of genre. The way I understand art in the context of anime is based on it's suitability for the theme. Because this is a romantic comedy, it would be stupid to have buff looking characters with 28 inch biceps dressed in dbz outfits. The characters were drawn pretty well to reflect normal high schoolers and the general art was a well done job which reflected a normal high school and home environment.
I cannot re-call the music being spectacular for this anime. I must confess that it has been a while since I watched this show so I am not completely sure. Having said that, when I usually find the music to be absolutely splendid for a given anime, it sticks in my mind. I cannot remember the music sticking in my mind so my conclusion is that it was not all that great.
The characters were perhaps the strongest element of the show. I found the relationship and chemistry between Ryo and Shizuka quite entertaining and hilarious. There were some really funny moments. Perhaps the weak aspect of the anime was that the characters did not really develop with time but were rather static in how they behaved. Nevertheless, they did a good job with the characters.
I completed this show on the same day because it is not very long and I must say that I found it enjoyable. I was tucked in bed with my laptop and I can remember clicking on the next episode button every time the previous episode finished. Since each episode is only 12 minutes, it was a unique experience for me. As a comedy, I think this anime is good and I am sure it will have you laughing.
I recommend Final Approach to people who 1) enjoy watching comedy and 2) do not detest romantic themes. I do not want to compare this to other anime that I like because the genres are completely different. I feel that Final Approach has its own place, where it sits as a funny, light and entertaining anime worth watching.read more
Final Approach is possibly one of the most demented, impossibly defunct anime I’ve ever watched. Not only does it strangle the viewer with absurd, illogical plotlines and unexplainable (and oftentimes incomprehensible) conclusions to cap 10 minute long episodes, but the characters can go from annoying to lovable in 0 to 60 without breaking a sweat.
The story is supposed to be about a guy, Ryo, who is forced to marry this girl, Shizuka, because of a government program meant to up the childbirth rate. But the anime completely abandons that premise half-way through in favor of some kind of twisted love triangle between Ryo, Shizuka and Emiho (who is truly this anime’s saving grace.) that makes no sense and refuses to lean one way or the other.
Now I will admit the story does have some interesting twists and surprises in a few of the episodes, originality that I would have thought was impossible for a series that basically spans a grand total of 130 minutes of viewing time. However, the bad often times far outweighs the good. It’s unrealistic on every level and Shizuka is half the time, the most annoying character I’ve possible ever watched. Her cheerful ignorance and gung-ho even in the face of obvious lack of interest from Ryo really started to piss me off after a while. For a little icing on the cake, the anime takes a few turns at tearful emotion at such terribly inopportune times that are so laughable that I actually DID cry!
So watching this, I realized that the difference between my watching and then forgetting this anime completely in a year or regarding this as one of the worst anime I’d ever seen all hung on the ending. If they did what I thought they were going to do, it was going to be the latter and I was going to have to throw my computer out the window so I could somehow be satisfied with not getting the opportunity to personally hitting Shizuka in the face. So what was the result? Well, let’s just say the review you’re reading right now was written on a brand new computer.
However, the worst part about this anime is that midway through, it hinted at something that’s possibly good. They just barely touch on something I could really get into and I was happy for maybe 20 seconds and then they took the final 6 episodes or so to crush me into oblivion while I was watching. THEN, the makers of this anime had the audacity to shove the fact that they squashed that mid-point possibility by reminding me of it in the 13th “bonus” episode.
This is by far the biggest waste of time in my life and I thank God that it was so short. Do yourself a favor and stay far away from this trash and stick to a good romantic comedy… or even go with more sanitary garbage. It’s better than this curse on humanity. read more