I'm a huge fan of the Litchi Hikari Club manga, so when I heard they were doing an anime, I was thrilled. Unforutnately, I was disappointed to learn that it was going to be a series of short comedy sketches. Still, I gave it a try and found that it wasn't as terrible as I originally anticipated. It was cute and silly, at best. I would recommend that fans of the manga watch this, if they think they'd enjoy a spoof, but wouldn't recommend this to anyone who hasn't read the manga, as it would be too difficult to follow.
I basically stumbled upon this by scanning what crunchyroll had to offer on my day off. I had no idea what it was but the art style and the plot synopsis (which was really of the manga) sounded interesting so I figured I'd check it out.
What I found was something I enjoyed, it was funny and dark and while I felt like I didn't fully know what was going on, I was interested in trying to follow it. It sort of felt like I had stumbled upon an inside joke, that while it was fun to watch as an outsider, I knew I was
missing a lot of in jokes. After watching the 8 three minute long videos I did some googling and found the manga and sat down for a read. And then I read the prequel. And then I watched the band "Litchi Hikari Club" music videos. And then I watched the anime again. Basically it sucked me in.
What I've found is the deeper you get into the Litchi Hikari Club, the better it gets. I really enjoyed both of the mangas and would recommend those to the not so faint of heart before you go for the anime. Once you've read the manga the anime's humor seems much more unsettling and creepy than it had before.
All in all I feel like this anime can stand up on it's own so long as you're up for some goofy black humor, but it's best enjoyed as an addition to the Litchi Hikari Club manga.
Unless you have read the manga this is based on, it is senseless and incomprehensible. They've taken a very dark, ambitious story and turned it into three minute skits that remind me of Hetalia. When I heard this was coming out, I was excited. The original story is on the same line as MPD-Psycho, and if it had been done well, it would have been a dark and brooding work rated R for violence and sexual situations. This anime adaptation is so far off the mark from the original that I can't even recommend it to fans of the manga. Very disappointing.
I agree with each of the other reviews, but I feel I must mention an element not brought up in any of 'em. That is to say, the humor that is thrown at you in the anime actually makes the manga feel less intense. The fact that we can now make fun of the story makes me happy and if anything, more comfortable with the contents between the front and back pages we've already read. (For the majority of us who started with the manga first.) All of the characters remain in clear cut stereotypes, but what a gift it is to be able
to laugh at oneself. And yet... I must admit that I was completely confused and let down with the fact that we saw a parody of Hikari Litchi Club. Were it to stay true to the manga, we would have before us a brootiful (Brutal and Beautiful) adaption of an already solid series. Needless to say, I have truly mixed feelings on the outcome of this anime. I suggest you watch one episode, and if you like it keep watching... otherwise, just stick with the manga. :)