Teekyuu is what you would get if you took a "tropes in slice-of-life" textbook and ramped the pacing up to light-speed.
Watching all thirty-six short episodes in a row is not advised, as doing so will set your brain into meltdown mode. It is difficult to remember anything that happens in Teekyuu... because, hell, how could you? There is no time to think or process anything beyond "I like that girl's ponytail!" or "Huh, I guess that just happened." Teekyuu is an experience that can be likened to a nasty hangover; the kind that results in your memory being a foggy mess and your dignity
being, maybe, just a tiny bit damaged.
Teekyuu can best be described as a show wherein high school girls talk like chipmunks and occasionally (okay-- never) play tennis. If you came here for the sports, look away. Look very, very far away. Nearly every episode involves the four girls doing something inane and often nonsensical- a two minute joke leading up to a single punchline. The humour is passable in the sense that it is inoffensive, although I don't imagine anyone will be laughing unless they are incredibly bored or incredibly stoned. Maybe both.
So what about the characters? What about them, indeed. After thirty-six episodes, I don't know any more about them than I did at the start. The girls can only be differentiated by their single defining trait: ponytail-chick, freaky-loli-chick, blue-haired-chick, and Nasuno-- wait, who was that again?
That said, it's unfair to expect profound characterisation from a short comedy series. The problem is that they have /no/ characterisation. The girls are not even defined enough that their personalities can play off each other, which severely hampers the comedy as a direct result. I think the only instance where there was any kind of chemistry was when the blue-haired-girl (I am purposely avoiding proper names here) experimented with different hairstyles, eventually finding herself with a ponytail which then results in ponytail-chick accusing blue-haired-girl of stealing her character. Oh, wait... that's playing on a single trait. Again. Oops.
The animation is mediocre at best. It's clear as day that the studio had very little budget to work on. The characters look stilted and occasionally inhuman when in motion, although the animation is often removed in favour of static scenes wherein the girls scream at whatever nonsense is currently happening. It's difficult to even tell what the hell is going on from the visuals since it will cut to a new scene after about two seconds. It is insanity in motion.
Teekyuu's sound is slightly better, although that isn't much of a compliment. The theme song is catchy but takes up a valuable thirty seconds of screen-time. The background music on the other hand is hardly noticeable in the midst of all the craziness that occurs. At least the voice acting is decent.
If nothing else, Teekyuu is a decent way to pass a few minutes whenever you find yourself especially bored. It's almost charming in how ridiculous it is. Whether you find the notion of "cute girls who talk really fast and (probably) take drugs" amusing is up to you, but I do suggest having a bucket beside you while watching. There's a deep sense of seasickness that comes after prolonged contact with Teekyuu.
This anime is somewhat of an acquired taste. I'm not sure how they make it entertaining, but they manage to keep up the randomness by playing with common tropes and cliches.
There is no overarching storyline. The show bounces between a parody of anime and just 2 minutes of stupidity. Sometimes they're making fun of stuff like panty flashes, sports anime tropes, and 'character design overlap' tropes, and other times they're just doing things that make no sense. You have to have a lot of patience to watch this and keep going.
The art has been steadily getting better. It doesn't look so stop motiony
anymore, which is a relief after the first season where it was choppy and dull.
The characters are slowly becoming more developed. Well, scratch that, Yuri is becoming more developed. The other characters retain their stupidity, we just see how Yuri grows to love them after a while.
Overall, I enjoyed this probably more than I should've. :D
I would recommend this if you: like crack stuff, like parodies
I would NOT recommend this if you: like overarching plots, didn't like the rest of Teekyuu
Like a child, this anime is growing up. It's starting to latch onto consistency as if begging to be relevant. It's pathetic, but it's also cute. I'm glad that, in some way, the show is starting to get a feel for what it wants to be. It's still way too fast to be considered enjoyable, or funny, or anything, in all honesty.
Borrowing from the Teekyuu 2 Specials, there's definitely an improvement in animation quality, but it's still pretty dang bad.
No improvements nor setbacks in regards to the quality of the previous installment of Teekyuu.
No improvements. Nothing new.
Well, at least there wasn't something to follow. I
found this pretty terrible, but like the other parts, they're all "so bad, it's good." Kind of bad. So, take this with a grain of salt.
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