Teekyuu is all about the wacky antics of four schoolgirls—Kanae Shinjou gets bored easily and often breaks the laws of physics to get what she wants; Nasuno Takamiya is incredibly rich and knows how to make things go her way; Marimo Bandou would probably get arrested from her actions like eating panties or kidnapping children; and Yuri Oshimoto, their ordinary junior, rounds out the eccentric bunch that forms the sole members of their school's tennis club.
Despite their interest in learning the sport, the older girls prefer messing around, while Yuri, being the only one who actually knows how to play and the most mature in spite of being younger, has to deal with her seniors' out of control behavior.
When these four girls come together, insanity ensues in this lightning-paced comedy about a tennis club that doesn't really play tennis.
If you're smoking too much SHAFT anime and can't stand normal anime (e.g. non-SHAFT animes), watch Teekyuu. It's about a bunch of girls on crack playing tennis. The director's the same guy who did Ben-To and also did some episodes of TTGL. So you know it's gonna be absurd to the max.
And what does the show make you feel after you finish 12 episodes of greatness?
It's kind of like a gentle wind.
It's kind of like a delicious rice cake.
It's kind of like a clamorous city.
It's kind of like a precious everyday.
That's how awesome Teekyuu is. Smoke Teekyuu everyday, people.
Since this is the first in the Teekyuu series. Im going to assume this is where you're going to lose your Teekyuu virginity. Just remember to have protection, like a football helmet and a t-shirt. But maybe you didn't start here. How do I know what your tastes are? Some people read the last page or chapter of a book first. Or don't eat the red ones last. Freaks right? However a show like this requires you to be some kind of freak in order to fully enjoy it.
Teekyuu is a strange show about... Tennis I guess? It has 12 episodes, each being exactly two
minutes on the money. It can easily be burned through in less time that it takes to watch 1 episode of a normal anime. But this is NOT a normal anime. So instead of burning through it in one sitting. I would recommend maybe you watch an episode before bed every night for the next 12 days. That way you have time to reflect on your life choices. Since it's short. Its also very fast moving. Even if you're good at reading subtitles, it can still be a challenge at first. A fun challenge. Ya pick up the gloves, throw a few jabs. But in the end the show will KO you with comedy. Anyways, if this review still is not satisfactory on convincing you on the simple question: "Should I watch this show" That i guess i'll try to go through the normal routine. Starting with story:
... There is no Story. The girls play tennis apparently. But it's mostly mindless absurdity. All in all 10/10 it fits perfectly, and I would not have it any other way.
Art: The art itself is great. The character designs fit wonderfully together. Like green beans and toast. The animation itself is purposely chopy. Its different. Refreshing. Like wine after salty crackers. 7/10
Sound: There is not much of a soundtrack. But it is there, floating around in the back somewhere. It's probably the most normal part of the show. The voice acting is as good as it need to be. I'm sure if you checked out the actors themselves you'd get a idea of the quality. Ya know... All seven of them. Extra points for Yui Watanabe being really cute! 8/10
Character: The characters are all absurd! The first two we as the viewers are introduced to are Yuri and Wanae. Yuri, at first, kind of appears to be the straight man. But shes definitely not. Not as absurd as the rest though. Kanae is the wacky, tinny, confused, little female, thing? This character is something else. She provides allot of the laughs from her sheer wackiness and ability to break the laws of physics. The third character is Marimo. She provides the perverted lesbian kind of humor at times. But she also adds a lot of absurd random comedy like Kanae. Finally is Nasuno. The last main character to be introduced. She's the rich girl character. She appears to be somewhat normal at times. But she pulls a lot of wacky random comedy out of her ass that you may not expect from the rich girl. All in all. The characters are fantastic. 10/10
Enjoyment/Overall: Finally the answer to the previously asked question: "Should I watch this show?" YES! It's very enjoyable! However you only get the full enjoyment if you watch the rest of the series or read the manga. It does not exactly stand on its own particularly well, but since there's lots of Teekyuu to go around. Its not a problem. All in all, its a 7/10 on its own. So go watch the rest of this insanity.
How can you review an anime where each episode is only 2 minutes? Very briefly of course!
Judging by the cover,Teekyuu seems like a typical "slice of life" anime about a girl's tennis team. The kind of anime that fans of the genre call, "cute girls doing cute things". However, it is actually a profoundly unfunny attempt to spoof those types of anime in the same way that Kill la Kill spoofs fighting shonen series and Panty and Stocking spoofs intentionally offensive American gross out cartoons. This means that Teekyuu's method of spoofing is of course to take as many cliches from the target genre as
possible and cramming them into 2 minute chunks. If you would ever like to see what would happen if the director of Kill la Kill and Panty and Stocking decided to direct Lucky Star, then THIS is the series for you!
The fact that Teekyuu's writing and style of spoofing so closely resembles the works of Imaishi Hiroyuki isn't a coincidence. The director of this series is named Shin Itagaki and he was a co-worker of Hiroyuki's at Studio Gainax and worked directly under him in the production of Panty and Stocking. Itagaki then left Studio Gainax at about the same time Hiroyuki left to found the studio Trigger. The difference between Teekyuu and Kill la Kill is that Hiroyuki has control of Trigger and was able to spend a considerable amount of his new studio's budget on things like decent animation, a decent soundtrack, editing, LOTS of marketing and hyping etc. Hiroyuki also had the huge advantage of name recognition and a cult following who were going to eat up his next series basically no matter what he did. On the other hand, Itagaki has no name recognition and lacks a faithful following. He is the Yotaphone up against Hiroyuki's Apple Iphone. Another problem is that Itagaki does NOT have any control over the budget of the studio he works for (MAPPA). Studio MAPPA spends virtually ALL of its budget on Hajime no Ippo: Rising, so this project was basically made on about 50,000$ budget. If Kill la Kill had severe budget constraints, it would be Teekyuu. Therefore a 4/10 quality anime quickly became 2/10 quality.
You would think how unfathomably shitty this anime is would result in it being a failure right? WRONG! The great thing about having no budget, is that with a little luck and perhaps a tad of misleading advertisement, you can make a handsome surplus. Consider that while Big Rigs Over the Road Racing was objectively one of the worst PC games ever made, its tiny budget allowed it to make a shockingly large profit off poor fools who liked truck racing games and picked it up without really knowing anything about it. In the same way, people who love "cute little girl" anime picked up this abomination and it made an absolute mint compared to its almost non-existent budget. It was so successful that MAPPA greenlit seasons 2, 3, 4, and a 5th may be in the works! When utter bullshit with zero budget makes bank thanks to misleading advertisement, that makes me a SAD PANDA! (dated joke is dated)
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