It never takes itself seriously, too many comedies ruin themselves by adding unnecessary drama. The art is quite a bit better than the manga. Sound is appropriate, they manage new OPs and EDs despite their budget.
Very nice and refreshing gag and parody anime. It has nothing to do with "cute girls & cute things" as some people think for unknown reason. The show heavily relays on breaking 4-th wall and abstract humor and it seems most of the anime watchers are not used for this and miss entire point of the series. The show is full of self-irony and mocks anime-industry quite a bit, and it feel kinda honest which I like.
People bash this show due to inability to understand content outside of typical school comedy/drama tropes. So, while I can't guarantee that you will like it, there are no
reason to trust the current score and skip it without trying on your own, especially if you have sense of humor of more intelligence than banana peel.
With markedly solid new offerings like Love Lab, Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu and Kiniro Mosaic, the Summer 2013 anime season has really been an excellent showcase of schoolgirl shows. With quality production and interesting hooks those anime all work to reaffirm how much fun the genre can be when done right. They also help to highlight the many failings of the peculiar Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku, the one new schoolgirl series of the season I would not recommend.
Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku is about five high school friends who are part of a club that doesn't really do anything--basically the same premise as Yuru Yuri or Yuyushiki. This
can be an effective setup, as those shows both proved, but here it's not particularly well executed. The Going Home Club seems ill defined even next to the Amusement Club or the Data Processing Club and mostly just serves as a place for the writers to wring out the next comedic setup. It never feels natural. Yuyushiki got pretty random with its topics, but it made it feel entirely natural through the choice of setup and the brilliant way the characters played off of each other. Here, every setup and punch line feels so very labored.
A big part of the problem is that Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku is not very frequently funny. It tries. It tries really hard actually, but it just falls flat constantly. The timing is off and the jokes often aren't very funny in the first place. One thing it really seems to love a lot is fourth wall jokes; which is fine--they can be quite funny when done well. They're just really not here though and its in part due to the approach. Drawing attention to the fact that your animation budget is small, your writers are dumb and lazy and your show isn't very popular isn't going to hide the fact that its all true. On the contrary, it just highlights the problems for the viewer to scrutinize as they watch.
The anime was produced by the studio Nomad, who looking at their credits, always has been kind of underwhelming, at least from the series of theirs I've seen. Even then Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku really is pretty cheap and generic looking though. The art and animation are substandard. It doesn't fair much better on the sound end either. Music is okay I guess; seems to do what it should and while the opening theme isn't something I'd call particularly great (mostly due to the singers), it does have charm and is peppy enough; the original ending theme is really generic though, but it's quickly replaced by a better song a few episodes in. The big problem with the sound is in the voice acting. The VAs aren't very good. Well, most of them are passable, I suppose, but the voice of the club president has a weird grating quality to it and, more importantly, the main character is miscast and terrible. I usually like tsukkomi characters, but this one just comes across as annoying and shouty in the role--something that absolutely kills any comedy she's supposed to provide.
But what of the characters themselves? Well, they're pretty one note and reductive, reminding me more of the sort of characters you might see in a particularly bad harem anime than something like this. Main character Natsuki is, as said, a tsukkomi, only there to play the straight man to the others and shout about how stupid they are. Karin is a cute airhead. Club president Sakura is energetic in a decidedly generic way. Claire is basically Mugi from K-On! reduced to the dullest core elements. Botan is a kind of weird mix of gamer girl and martial arts girl who is somehow able to do inhuman feats. The show doesn't really bother to ever develop them. Between all the random comedy in Yuyushki, it took the time to develop the characters and make the audience care about their friendship. This show doesn't bother trying to do that. it just presents us with a set of fairly unrealistic, underwritten characters to blather on about whatever the writer wants them to.
Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku just isn't a good anime. With unfunny comedy, flat characters and zero in the way of plot, if it had more in the way of fanservice I expect this is what people who despise this genre entirely think it all is. If you want to watch a schoolgirl show this season, you're best off looking elsewhere. Love Lab is much funnier, Kiniro Mosaic is much cuter, C³-bu is peppered with cool action (and just generally better). As a longtime fan of the genre, the best I can give it is a five, but for others I expect the score might be lower. Not recommended.
Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku is a comedic manga written by Kuroha and published by Square Enix. Thi year it was adapted into a twelve episode anime by Nomad, a studio that's only headed about a dozen productions, none of which I've seen. Let's take a look and see what this studio can do.
The series opens with High school student Andou Natsuki going in for the opening ceremony. Afterwards she checks out some of the club adverts, the strangest of which is someone flailing around in a seal costume. When asked what club she's going to join she responds by saying that she might
just join the going home club, only to find out that it's a real thing when her classmate, Touno Karin, decides to go with her to check it out. From their it goes into the details of the club activities, which seems to consist of doing strange things for fun. The comedy in this is a strange blend of absurdist elements, breaking the fourth wall and jokes about everyday school life. The closest anime I can compare the humour to is Gokujou Seitokai. The humour is strange, can be very random and mostly works pretty effectively. The series has a lot of great moments, particularly the musical chairs bit and the Schubert episode. One thing I really appreciate about the series is that they actually use pop culture things they reference for actual jokes and parody purposes, which shouldn't be surprising but there are a lot of series that just treat the reference as a joke by itself because “this thing exists, it's funny” and that's not only completely lacking in humour but just lazy, (glaring at you, Lucky Star.) A lot of their humour is also based around making fun of really stupid tropes, their gags about fan-service for example. They do have some jokes that don't really work or just fall flat, but those are in the minority.
The characters aren't particularly deep. They're really simple archetypes who don't develop very much with their major defining characteristics played up for comedic effect. I will grant that the characters play off of each other very nicely and the dynamics among them are well handled. They're also used in a very self aware fashion, which helps make them more interesting than they would have been had they been played completely straight.
The art is pretty standard. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but it isn't anything special or eye-catching. Save for a few visual gags.
The voice acting in this is well done. Most of the main cast doesn't have a lot of roles outside of this which is a shame since they are quite good. Particularly Senhongi Ayaka, Kobayashi Miharu and Kido Ibuki. The music is fun and they do some really clever things with it.
The ho-yay factor is a 6/10. The girls do get really homo-erotic. Karin and Claire are the ones who get the most screen time, but a lot of the dynamics have heavy homo-erotic undertones.
That's Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku. All in all, I rather enjoyed it. There are a lot of funny moments. The characters play off of each other nicely and the voice acting was good. That being said, it wasn't the best comedy I've ever seen and the art was certainly nothing special. Final rating, 7/10. It's a good little anime, check it out if it sounds like your type of humour. That does it for December. The request queue going into the new year is: Battle Athletes Daiundoukai, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, Shinsekai Yori and One Outs. Next week I'll ignore all of that because it's the beginning of a new year and those of you who have been reading my reviews for a while know what that means. Studio Ghibli month. We'll begin with what some claim is the first Studio Ghibli film and others argue isn't on a technicality, Nausicaa of the valley of the wind.
Chronicles of the Going Home Club; yet another school comedy?
Everyday, literally millions of school comedy anime are brought forth into existence. No joke. It’s a somewhat... saturated market where the term “sink or swim” springs to mind.
And to start this review, I’ll admit. Going Home Club went the way of the majestic rock. Rocks have, infact, never been very good swimmers, but perhaps I’m getting slightly off topic.
Of course, just because one rock… I mean anime, gets dragged under the clambering of other more popular shows doesn’t mean it’s bad. If anything, Going Home Club is misunderstood.
For instance, those seeking a show with “character development”
will be thoroughly disappointed. There is none. In place of the more common multidimensional characters, we have factory-grade shells with satirically stereotypical personalities bolted on. In short we have the enthusiastic to the point of crazy leader, the tried and tested moe cute one, the ultra-rich oblivious one, the athletic fighting one, and the sane one that shouts at the rest.
These characters exist simply to provide a facade through which Going Home Club serves comedy. And not just any comedy. Comedy which refreshingly strays into territories most atypical of the school comedy genre. Two distinct shades of humor color Going Home Club.The outrageous shade includes nonsensical situations, and 4th wall smashing. And then there’s the subtle shade, which often pokes fun at itself, rather, by proxy, anime cliches in general.
The contrast between the highly rational Natsuki and the situational absurdities the other characters enact invites an audience to draw their own observations, which is ultimately rather rewarding. This style of comedy often rears its head in British comedies, which revolve around the observational limits and awareness of their audiences.
If you’re up to speed on popular culture, there are a ton of references throughout this series to keep you busy, checking countless “I do slash know about that thing” off your list.
So, if you find yourself looking for something a little bit different, something laid back, and something that doesn’t take itself seriously, I urge you to consider giving Going Home Club a try. To use an analogy, if school comedy anime are like skimming flat stones across the water of their own beach episode, Going Home Club is like throwing a majestic rock into a puddle.
Oh the memories..The hate,the pain,the blood running down my comrade's hands,the screams of burning victims as the bombs came down on us like rain,the sweet release of death as our lifeless eyes turned white.
That pretty much sums up everything about CotGHC,so goodbye no........No what are you doing?Why are you dragging me back?Leave me be,don't make me go through this nightmare again please...
Well they said that if i don't write a proper review they'll send me my wife's head in a bag so..
CotGHC then..It's about..Erm..Maybe it has to do something with Japan's school having a ton of clubs for kids to stay out of their parents
way and kids than don't join one are treated as the plague and nobody loves them and they rot away slowly as time fades and with it fades the empty life of those fucks that stay at home and suck their parents happiness dry.
But because this is Japan they had to think of a shorter name and they went with members of the "Going Home Club"..Which in this anime's case it's an actual club with it's own room and stuff and people can join and it's legal..So Natsuke Andou and Karin Touno decide to join this cult and were ordered to sacrifice a baby seal..But the seal cried and begged for its' life and they couldn't handle the cute seal's tears and ended up making it their mascot.
As for the rest of the cult..Well there's Botan Oohagi who goes around the worlds parks and beats bears to a pulp to prove her martial artistic superiority or something..And no this time i'm not joking.
Then we have Claire Kokonoe,whose family is richer than Elon Musk.She also has a bit of an obsession Karin..I forgot Natsuke who has an antenna for hair,always shouts for some reason and plays the role of the "straight man" in this chaos..Karin is the cute airhead who also cooks and is perfect and all girls want to be with her.
Then there's the cult leader Sakura Domyoji,who wears some enormous red hair ornaments and has so much enthusiasm,one could believe she snorted a kg of cocaine.She founded the cult,which she wanted to be a cult that could be about anything.Unfortunately the cult is about nothing at all in particular.They basically sit around a table and talk about all kinds of uninteresting shit,like why a bird doesn't sing or something like that or why the Demon King is such a wimp.
All in all i think these girls would be better off if they actually DID go home.Apart from some good moments here and there,and i'm being very generous here,and the episode with the word chain(7),this anime has nothing to offer.
My mind keeps returning to a line in the closing song,"Don't think,feel!"..Makes perfect sense cause the more i think about it the more i feel i wanna drink bleach with snake venom in it.
I never took these series seriously and I guess because of that I actually enjoyed it. Every episode left me laughing. I enjoyed the characters because thats basically what the show has. Theirs exciting plot, its just girls caving funny conversations and having a fun time. So I would recommend this show to people who just want a show that will make them laugh for 25 minutes.
[This review contains minor spoilers.]
I am glad that I watched this.
I would recommend this to others.
I have watched this three times, subtitled. I have only watched the anime.
I will watch this again.
I purchased the soundtrack, which includes all of the EDs.
---- Positives ----
Situational jokes work well.
There are many situational jokes that don't rely on a standard stock. The series largely relies on the throw-these-characters-in-a-room-with-a-topic-and-see-where-it-goes comedy, and it's done well.
The situations are interesting.
In general, a series that takes place primarily in the same room can become stale, but this series manages to introduce enough interesting topics and scenarios that this never becomes a problem. Also, they
do actually leave their clubroom sometimes, and when they do, they always use their new locations well, for purposes specific to the new locations.
Although not very detailed, the art conveys well.
I wouldn't expect a comedy series like this to boast detailed art, and, as expected, it doesn't. However, the expressions and body language of the characters are represented well. I'd say that the level of detail is just right for what this series is. If anything, this series works very well within the confines of simple art.
The characters play out their types well.
There are five characters, each with different personalities, and they all stay true to their type. Additionally, their voices match well. I particularly think Doumyouji's voice was exceptionally good, though she may sound off-putting to other viewers. These characters, despite having different personalities, work well together, and although they aren't each directly connected with each other, there are enough connections within the five to keep the group together.
The retort-centric comedy works, if you're into that sort of thing.
Doumyouji is the leader, often directing the group. Kokonoe, Oohagi, and Touno are the personalities that form jokes, and Andou comments on what those other three naturally do as funny. Sometimes, Doumyouji exists for a joke personality. I'm struggling on where to place her because she has a few roles that the others don't. The group works, although you may not be amused by the frequency of Andou's retorts, especially if you don't enjoy retort-centric comedy.
Fitting soundtrack, nice OP and EDs.
The soundtrack, OP, and EDs are all great. The soundtrack is used well within the series, per scene. The songs are simple, and that's fitting.
The series starts off strong.
Although, if you don't enjoy the first episode, you probably won't enjoy the rest of the series.
---- Negatives ----
The pacing can be slow.
This is a rather mellow comedy series. This series is best watched when you're calm and not in a rush.
Opportunity for cancel: Sort of. This issue doesn't affect the entire series. Also, related to the next negative, part of the slow-pacing problem with this series may be because of gaps where you won't identify references, so you'll think that there isn't anything interesting happening, when jokes are actually being made without you realizing it.
There are many references, some obscure.
If you don't know certain references, a decent number of the events won't make sense to you. In some cases, you won't even know that a reference is being made. I just had a look at episode 5 to find an example. In it, they're referring to what I assume is Dragon Quest III, an old RPG [video game]. Particularly, the line "おお しんでしまうとは なさけない" and the design for the Demon Lord final boss from that game. Referring to RPGs in general, there's the joke about having a magic-based character use a melee attack against an enemy because using a magic attack would be a waste of MP. Generally speaking, such an attack would do very little damage, and magic users generally have MP to spare, or MP-recovery options, since their main focus is using magic attacks, so using a melee attack instead would be a major insult to the enemy. In the beginning of the next episode, Doumyouji wants the club to play a four-person video game, which would mean that someone would have to be excluded. This scene will make sense even to people who aren't familiar with video games and boards games that work like that, but it will have more of an impact for those who have memories of being in such a situation in the past, where you'd have to watch over someone else's shoulder and wait for your turn to swap in. If you don't play video games, specifically old RPGs, the whole Demon Lord section of episode 5 and the beginning of episode 6 won't be as enjoyable for you as they could potentially be. Where it may be most difficult for those of us watching in the USA is that some of the references are for a Japanese audience. In, again, episode 5, the characters mention Kintarou, a character in Japanese folklore. They also reference the late-to-school-running-around-corner-with-bread-in-mouth thing, which is a cross-series recurring parody in other series. One reference that I identified but don't know where it's from is the crows-cawing-in-the-afternoon-makes-you-want-to-go-home thing, which I've seen used in a few other series.
Opportunity for cancel: Yes. This is a comedy series, so references should be expected. Also, the events are still relatively enjoyable, even if you can't identify the references. If you can't identify many of the references, however, you may not enjoy this series very much because of perceived pacing issues.
This is one of the most random, craziest, easy going anime I've ever watch. This anime lacks depth, character development and purpose. It can be just about anything at all, from kicking cans to bowling and so on.
While these are the things this series lack, these are what that makes it work. Playing ending credits earlier and so on makes it so easy and fun going to watch. It won't stick with you once you are done but it'll be one of those animes that will put a smile on your face when you watch it.
Overall, I give it a 7 because it's easy
going, random and nuts.
This is more of a gag anime than a slice of life anime. The scenes where there actually is something going on other than girls discussing a topic in the club room are rare. It's pretty much "girls talking about topics the creator cares about", rather than "girls talking about things girls would be talking about". It is similar to Joshiraku in that vein. Though the number of language-related jokes are thankfully less, so the translations aren't a nightmare.
So, given its genre, obviously there is no story. There is not much character development other than very mild crushes/bonds between character pairs that appear halfway through
the series. The bases of characters aren't very original either: there is a boke (Sakura), a tsukkomi (Natsuki), a healing/dojikko girl (Karin) and a "rich girl" with little personality (Claire). The only relatively uncategorizable girl is Botan, who is a somewhat stoic (despite playing the fool to get tsukommu'd by Natsuki) girl with super-strength. There is also a talking seal hanging around with the girls; I'm not sure what it is supposed to represent, but it felt pretty unnecessary to me.
Despite their blandness in personalities, the characters are brought to life and actually made interesting by the art directors and voice actresses. Or at least Sakura and Natsuki are. Karin and Claire's voices fit too well with their characters (which are pretty passive), and they don't have many expressions either. Botan's voice and face is also relatively monotone. Natsuki and Sakura on the other hand, are always lively, both in expression and sound.
At any rate, the anime itself is surprisingly immersive and enjoyable. Or was for me, at least. It might have been due to the catchy soundtrack, the amusing backdrop images that depict whatever the girls are talking about, or Sakura and Natsuki's childish voices. The peaks of the anime for me were the two scenes where two of the girls are discussing a game strategy telepathically for about five minutes; and an intense shiritori game with very avid narration that lasts for half an episode.
This is like a tumblr fantasy of a Big Bang Theory about dumb people, but where someone screaming something obvious supplants the laugh track. Didn't finish one episode.
Art and sound (aside from screaming everything) were good. Commendable attention to detail. The first episode took two themes and ran with them, but unfortunately couldn't do either particularly well. I guess if you like the "lol random" genre of comedy, you might like this. I actually do like some "lol random" shows, but the one character screaming the obvious ruined things for me. Maybe a fake dub would make
it more enjoyable for me.
At first, it reminded me a lot of Seitokai no Ichizon, but it has its own flair to it that really sets it apart.
Right off the bat, like the other anime, the fourth wall is ENTIRELY broken! Well, actually, I think they waited a bit with this one. But, they did it quite heavily and it was...surprisingly enjoyable. However, my score is only as high as it is because, well, every review has to list negative points.
But firstly, what I enjoyed about it was that it delivered humor at a rapid pace, similar to another anime I watched, that is still my favorite, that did
the same exact thing. However, they broke the fourth wall in a much heavier and not as entertaining fashion as the other one did. Oops, I just threw in another anime for comparison, but it really did feel similar.
The characters are enjoyable, each with their positives and negatives. However, it will follow a similar pattern to a good chunk of anime where there follows a main cast of characters that do things ever so nonchalantly and one logical character to re-bend logic back to its original common sense. Without her, the show would be going AWOL the entire time.
And that girl is Natsuki. Well not too heavily enjoyable at first glance, she surprised me. Once you see her in scenes outside her constant retorting, she is a sight to look at. She looks like a tomboy right off the bat due to her haircut and choosing the male uniform. She has a besbt friend whom she talks to that I actually...wait, I said haircut and forgot to mention her iconic COWLICK that is so freaking different from most anime hairstyles I have ever seen; even more so than Himeko's, as far as prominence goes.
When I first watched this, I immediately compared it to the anime I mentioned first and had considered heavily if I should continue watching it, but it proved to be quite different from that one; and her cowlick was just so entertaining throughout the entire thing! So much so that the episode that finally brought it on as a topic of discussion had one of the most absurd endings I had ever seen.
The other characters are not too enjoyable. Karin is your generic, innocent cute girl that immediately followed the flavor of the other characters without giving it a second thought. Sakura, the president of their club, was also pretty basic and did not deliver too heavily to the comedy. Claire, the most American name of the five, is another generic girl; a rich one, whom just references how wealthy she is all the time.
Oh, wait, there is one that stands out a LOT. Freaking BOTAN with UNNECESSARY SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH FIGHTS BEARS FOR A LIVING and usually talks about it as a main point of discussion all of the time. She gets horrifyingly more hilarious as the anime goes and outshines Natsuki for a bit because of it. If you thought this anime was just going to be a slice of life fun fest, you BETTER turn around right after you see Botan in action.
The humor, writing and story are all adequate at best, but I can neither like, nor dislike, this anime. It delivered enough to make me laugh and cringe at the same time at given points and, well, all I can say is that it is up to you if you want to watch it! But, if you saw Seitokai no Ichizon before, this anime will bear a striking resemblance to that one.
However, despite how foolish that anime was as well, its story proved to be much deeper than this one's was. But, both of them are only a candle compared to that other anime that delivers comedy in such an unimaginably original fashion that it even got an official dub by one of the best dubbing companies in the world.
So, this is an anime where I can say for the first time: I am not too sure. I still gave it a high enough score myself, but I guess I can say it is good enough to watch when you just need a mix of comedy, slice of life and absurdity. And, PREPARE yourself for the latter, because that is all you are going to get. Do NOT expect anything sentimental, except for the first and semi-last episodes, which do treat you to some good moments.
So, enjoy, I guess. Coming from me, this one will not give you a lot, but will still give enough.
You want to watch this anime but still undecided what to do?
Here I am to encourage you to watch this anime
Because this anime is funny!! Worth every your time
If you're looking for a comedy & 4th wall breaker anime here it is
If you like Gintama without the seriousness, sad stories & actions
You can watch this anime alright xD
May contain minor spoilers from here
Here's the thing...
Have you ever see some anime characters mocking their own anime?
Have you ever see an advanced "shiritori" game with a "taboo" card?
Cliche telepath communication?
Masamune Date Seal? (Date daze!)
You thought the voice actings are bad, later on you thought it's pretty good?
overpowered gamer girl?
Cliche shounen's villains conversation (I'm the weakest of.. bla bla)
Being praised because you want to go home?
Then welcome to kitakubu!! *ED song start playing
Ehhhh... Just how much ypu want me to end this review?!
The story is exactly like this anime's synopsis
The MC (Andou Natsuki) wanted to be in going home club, so there she is,, wish granted
That what I want to say but actually she just wanted to home afterschool
Slowly but sure she starts to enjoy the club activity
Cute, simple, but nothing special like our MC xD
I don't know that much about Nomad studio, but they did this anime with clean and simple
OP&EDs are pretty catchy and you'll like it after 3 or 4 episodes
Well beware though, Claire can change the ED anytime she likes!
The seiyuu(s) are mostly newcomers.. Seriously guys what did you expect?
For first timer I could say they did a very good job
First time watching this anime, maybe their voice sounded pretty weird
But it's actually suited their characters
They did it pretty full of expression too (the voices obviously)
Like Normal (invisible MC), Cute airheaded girl, Yandere Ojou-sama, OP old-gamer girl, and... who is she again? Oh right the club prez xD
Maybe you won't see their bonding very well
This anime make it pretty invisible, can't see those pretty well
But their characters & personalities make everything in this anime interesting & rather funny..
Yeah sometimes you'll just cringe because of their silliness
Maybe this wasn't serious, action-packed, full of stories anime like I mentioned at the beginning
But if you need something silly, make your day better for one or two laughs/cringes
Yeah you'll enjoy this (enjoy the silliness of this anime ofc)
You know what to expect right?
Sometimes really funny
Bad voice acting at first, but you'll grow fond of it
If you enjoy comedy anime (with non stop silliness & cliche jokes), I'll definitely recommend this to you xD
Hope this helps
Please tell me if there's something wrong.. I'm not perfect you know :)