From the popular game "THE IDOLM@STER", comes a petit spinoff cute and soothing 4-koma! The setting is the same 765 Production from the games. One day, 765 Pro idols Ami and Mami bring in the mysterious Petit-dols "Afuu" and "Yukipo"!? More and more Petit-dols gather at the offices where everyone works. Leisurely enjoy their daily lives full of laughs and happenings.
"What is a Puchidol? An adorable little pile of cuteness" - Me, in this review.
The way I view spin-offs is that they have 2 purposes: to provide more material for the fans of the show to enjoy or to draw in new fans to the main show. If a spin-off manages to do the former without doing the latter, I still consider it a success. So, in my mind, the best type of spin-off is one that not only provides existing fans with more content, but also manages to draw new fans in. And PUCHIM@S has managed to convince me to try
out the iDOLM@STER in the near future.
Story - 10/10
What story? This doesn't need a story. It's just a set of daily events that are really entertaining. Each Puchidol has their own special trait, that is apparently supposed to reflect something about the Idol they are a counterpart to (I say apparently because, as previously mentioned, I haven't seen the main show).
Art - 7/10
The art is good. It's colorful. That's about all I can say.
Sound - 10/10
This is a music anime...it'd be shocking if the sound wasn't good.
Character - 10/10
The Puchidols are easily one of the most amusing things I've ever seen - for a few examples: there's Haruka, who multiplies when water is poured on her; Yukipo, who literally digs holes and jumps into them; Miurasan, who can teleport to the location of the person she is thinking of; Chihaya, who bites people (especially girls with bouncy chests); Takanya, who writes down what she's thinking; and Afu, who loves rice balls. Did I mention that they're also really cute? Because they are.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I found this series to be adorable. It's a great time killer, and it's also really short.
Overall - 10/10
The snob in me tells me that I shouldn't even think about giving such a high score to a show like this, but I don't care. I absolutely loved this series.
Normally, I would end this review with a section where I say that if you liked X series, you should watch this, but honestly...I can't think of anything like this. So...yeah.
If you are reading this review, you are likely doing it for the purpose of answering the question of "should I watch this show or not?" Let's answer that question quickly, if you do not enjoy or have not experienced iDOLM@STER, then this spin-off will not appeal to you, go watch something else. If you do enjoy iDOLM@STER, then this may be able to satisfy your craving for more adventures with 765PRO.
The premise behind Puchimasu revolves around the existence of creatures called "puchidols", small, stylized caricatures of those working at 765. These creatures have traits that are greatly exaggerated fandom interpretations of the characters and
they only communicate through vocal tics that are reminiscent of their respective idol. For example, Afuu, Hoshii Miki's Puchidoru, has a love for sleep and onigiri and speaks only using "Nano" and "Hanii". Some of the Puchidols even have special powers that affect the flow of the episode. While they all possess some degree of human intelligence, they all act very much like pets.
One after another, antics revolving around these strange creatures and the idols occur before they are brought back to their new home with their respective 765PRO idol. These antics can happen in simple treks to and from work, to a global scale, in the tropics, jungle, and desert. The situations they get into range from simple everyday work, to the nonsensical, such as a worldwide hide and seek. This flow of events presents a contrast to those of the main series which focused mainly on idol work and live insert song numbers.
The strength of this spin-off, much like the main series, lies in the character interactions among the idols and with the puchidols. However, the interactions are all light-hearted comedic and comedic in nature, and the characters do not carry emotional baggage or doubts as they had in the main series. In fact, many of the characters have their "fandom" traits emphasized as well, akin to the Puchidols. The biggest change in character is seen in the the Producer, who has been relegated to a much more comedic relief role, becoming more of an unreliable pervert and his head replaced with the ubiquitous yellow producer P. As Producer now has less of a central role, this allows for the idols to interact with each other more independently of him.
In the aesthetics department, the style and sounds are simplistic and vibrant, an appropriate match with the light-hearted atmosphere of Puchimas. The animation is also very simple and limited, so there won't be any song and dance routines like in the anime adaptation. The end credits do offer a few new songs sung by different members of the iDOLM@STER cast, with similar light-heartedness.
With all of these factors considered, it can be concluded that this spin-off places great emphasis on the happy and fun parts of the iDOLM@STER series. If you're looking for more fun antics with the 765PRO idols, then this spin-off is recommended for you. This show might not be for every iDOLM@STER fan though. If you would enjoy more of the character development or song and dance aspects of the iDOLM@STER series, then this spin-off might not be the one for you. Puchimas is a series that offers character interactions that are essentially fanservice and not much more, but that's a perfect match for a fan looking for more iDOLM@STER.
Puchimas! is an anime revolving around Puchidols, which are basically mini versions of the idols from 756 Pro. As the show goes on more Puchidols join the studio and their antics get crazier and crazier. Each of the Puchidols has a special power of sorts, like the ability to multiply or teleport, these powers create many hilarious situtations for the idols.
Story: There isn't much to the story, it is a slice of life anime so it just follows the idols and Puchidols, but that being said it is a very funny anime. It's quite addictive to, usually having story carry over throughout the 3 minute
Art: The art is cute, nothing special. There are some cool effects every now and then but mostly it sticks to the "Cute/Moe" type of art.
Sound: There are 3 different ED's throughout the series and whilst there are no songs similar to anything found in the Idolmaster series, the music is still extremely catchy. The voices are all adorable too.
Characters: If you like the characters from Idolmaster, you'll fall in love with them all over again. The Puchidols are essentially baby versions of the idols so that adds extra fanservice.
Overall, this series is great fun, it's not very long either so if you've seen Idolmaster this is a fun, short series that you should get some laughs out of 8/10