Lovely, but with a dark heart. The hand-to-mouth life of a strange yellow and black creature named "Wooser". Lovely but with a dark heart, the new hero (?) from the depths of the internet is appearing on TV and Nico Nico Video! "My favorite things are meat and money and girls," he says, but what are his cute, round eyes staring at? (* Probably meat, money, or girls) The strange hand-to-mouth life of this strange creature is now being animated by Sanzigen, famous for their 3D CG animations! Do note that the dot in the middle is supposedly a mouth, not a nose.
Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life is a day-by-day look into Wooser's and his friends lives through his eyes. The "plot" consists of robots, magical girls, eating rice, uniforms, and pretty much anything Wooser thinks about at the time.
The animation was simple, but very well done. This had the look and feel of a cartoon, and it was a nice change from the highly detailed anime that I watch daily, such Casshern Sins and Magi.
The person who casted this anime was spot on. Wooser's voice was deep enough to be a man, but versatile enough to be weird, dramatic, and airy. Rin
was the cute and shy twin and that was pretty clear through her drawn out words and soft and feminine voice.
Wooser: A lazy, uniform-obsessed, writer bunny without a mouth(ironically).
Rin: Moderate moe girl with a sweet personality
Ren: Much more outgoing than Rin. She is super fun and spunky.
I would recommend this anime if you are looking for a short, funny, and lighthearted anime without a complex storyline or true character development. This is perfect after watching Mirai Nikki, Serial Experiments: Lain, or Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica which are known for their heavy stories.
Wooser no Sono Higurashi is an anime from Sanzigen, one of the studios that worked on the Black Rock Shooter anime. It's based on a short journal column and aired in 2012. Let's take a look and see what it's all about.
There's not much story to the series. It's one of those comedies where events happen for humorous purposes and they never follow a real narrative arc. Basically, each episode consists of several short gag segments. It's like the anime equivalent of a Yonkoma (four panel) gag strip. So, that brings me to the important question, is it funny? It is sometimes. A lot
of the jokes are basically Wooser being a bit perverted or random things happening. The pay-off can be funny but, more often than not, it just ends up being kind of stupid.
The characters in this are pretty one-dimensional. They basically consist of a bunch of basic tropes with no development due to the nature of the series. To be fair, they could potentially work for a gag series except that their interactions aren't usually all that amusing. Compare it to a series like Galaxy Angel where the characters are also pretty undeveloped and tropey but where they interact with one another in a really strong comedic way. This one just falls woefully short. A lot of the characters who show up barely even say or do anything.
The art style is very basic and undetailed. It doesn't really look bad, but it also doesn't look good. Each episode ends with a more detailed illustration, some of which are really fan-servicey and there are a few points where the art style changes, usually for fan-service purposes. Because having a bunch of female characters without at least trying to make them look sexy at some point would be against the law. That has to be the case, otherwise they'd just be making the art disjointed for no reason and no one would be that dumb.
The acting in this is pretty mediocre. They did get some good people. Miyano Mamoru stars as Wooser and he's quite skilled. However, in this the performances are all pretty stale. Probably because there's not any emotional depth and very little range required for the characters. The music is pretty generic stuff. It's fine but not anything special.
There really isn't any.
Wooser no Sono Higurashi is pretty sub-par. It's humour falls pretty short. The characters are pretty dull and the art, acting and music range from mediocre to a bit below average. Feel free to try a few episodes if you're curios, they don't even last for five minutes each. So, you can pretty easily get a feel for whether or not you'd like it. As for myself, I'm giving it a 4/10. Next week I'll take a look at Code Geass, series one.
Wooser no Sono Higurashi makes no attempt at any sort of coherent storyline. When you read that, you might suppose that this must therefore be some sort of slice-of-life sketch based show and might be compared to the likes of Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou or Lucky Star. However, the word 'sketch' is too kind for Wooser. The narrative flicks randomly between snippets of Wooser the rabbit-thing's various fantasies of robots and perving on under-age girls. Each clip leaves you wondering if there was something you missed, or if you were even meant to find it funny. I'd estimate that at least a quarter of
the series is swallowed by repeated clips of an 8-bit Wooser walking on screen and saying "Yo" to the audience (yes, it's that exciting).
Wooser is animated in a CG style. The art is very simple and there's very little decoration (often the clips take place on a blank background). The animation in general is ok but the frame rate in many places is noticeably poor.
There's not too much to complain about here. The opening and ending themes are pretty catchy. On the other hand, it has knocked down my respect for Miyano Mamoru, the voice of Wooser (who I loved as Okabe in Steins;Gate among other roles), by a few pegs as his silly voice drags throughout the series.
There is only one character that gets any sort of screen time, and that is Wooser who is frankly obnoxious and uninteresting. All he seems to care about is himself and the undergarments of his human flatmates, Rin and Ren. They, along with a host of other random characters including an owl and some sort of dark anti-Wooser, might as well be furniture. They are never properly introduced and have only brief amounts of inane dialogue throughout the series. You might argue that because these are only small unconnected skits that character development doesn't matter, but the skits just aren't interesting enough to pull this off.
Other than a few WTF moments and references to other anime, I didn't really find myself laughing at all throughout this series, or in fact feeling any emotion other than mild irritation. I would rather have spent the time I watched this watching paint dry.
Maybe not the worst collection of shorts ever created, but it can't be that far off. If you think it might be 'so bad it's good', you'd be wrong. Sorry that this review has been such a downer, but Wooser no Sono Higurashi is definitely a series to avoid. Go watch Steins;Gate or something, I don't know. Go about your lives.
A series of short clips featuring the enigmatic Wooser. Good for a few laughs, and a nice way to kill time. No plot, just many eccentric situations tossed together. Worth watching as a way to kill time. Plus it's pretty hilarious to hear Mamoru saying all the ridiculous, perverted Wooser stuff