The story depicts the work-life of a perverted mangaka, Aito Yuuki, and his assistant, Ashisu Sahoto. Constantly pressured by his editor and lacking experience with girls, Aito asks Ashisu to act as a reference.
As Spring Season for 2014 comes to a close and I start to reflect back at the series I followed, there will be a handful of series that will be memorable. Such a series as Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation that will be a part of the few series I will most definitely remember. It has been a long time where I have came across an anime that is extremely hilarious and to have me in hysterics multiple times in one sitting, and all it takes you might ask? All it takes is 13 minutes. This is hands down the best comedy series of
the season thanks to some clever word play followed up with good punch lines and a colorful cast of characters. It follows a episodic format and is lacking in plot but this is really about the highly enjoyable characters and their day to day interactions among each other and the activities they get up to.
The story centers around Aito Yuuki a perverted young man and his daily work life of being a Mangaka and trying to make it to the big time. He lacks focus for the most part and normally finds himself getting off-track due to his careless and free nature that always has him struggling to make the deadlines. To help him with his manga "Hajecafe" that is dedicated to his love of cute girls and their lingerie are his Assistant that also play part to keep him on the straight and narrow in Sahoto Ashisu, Rinna Fuwa and Sena Kuroi who are later hired by his Editor and High School peer Mihari Otosuna. From here on out is just a roller coaster of fits of laughter.
The Visuals are super clean, bright and vibrant and the animation is crisp, Zexcs did a solid job in maintaining a solid quality throughout. The designs of the characters add to the contrast of the series, such a colorful cast and all fitting the look of their personalities very well. Most Ecchi tend to always step over that fine-line with a heavy amount of scandalous camera angles focusing and zooming up on body parts but Mangaka-san to Assistant-san keeps things well under balance....for the most part.
The Opening song, "Junsui na Fujunbutsu" by StylipS sets the mood instantly, and is fun and tends to get very catchy. At some point and unaware, I even found myself singing along to the series and I don't even know Japanese nor remember the words however, in the moment, it magically comes out...weird ain't it? It cracks me up before the episode has even started, since it airs early morning for me, the song wakes me up...even better than coffee, surely this speaks volumes of the vibes this series presents.
The soundtrack overall compliments the dialogues and makes most of the comedic moments and punchlines even more enjoyable experience. The voice acting for the characters fits superbly, they are all on point and fit each characters personalities. I found that Yoshitsugu Matsuoka who plays Aito's character did a fantastic job, he really brought that character to life and played the over the top and exaggerated moments in an excellent manner with out over doing it. The Ending song, "Spica" also by StylipS is a much calmer and peaceful melody, I was expecting something that keeps the happy vibe going but I'm not complaining.
Now back to the colorful cast of these characters, the chemistry between each of them is what makes this show highly enjoyable and a pleasure, this is what brings you back every week. The entertainment value you get from these characters is like hitting the jackpot. As mentioned before, Aito Yuuki, the lingerie fetish loving and major masochist is the keystone to the comedy but he is greatly complimented and supported by his fellow assistant's.
Satoho is a well mannered aspiring mangaka and Aito's main assistant. Most of her work is always rejected so she has come to be Aito's underling to learn from him, but due to his nature, she is often annoyed by his antics which are normally targeted at her. Her interactions with Aito are hilarious and normally ends with Satoho heavily lashing out him but as much as she can be cold towards him, she deeply respects Aito as a artist.
Mihari comes with a gimmick that never get's old, her chopping board-like chest. As mentioned before, she is Aito's editor who is usually violent and often lashing out at him with all the mischief he get's up to but at the same time she can be tolerable and often encourages him to strive to be better. One of the gold moments in the series is when Mihari further develops feelings for Aito, it creates a lot of awkward scenario's and leave me in fits of laughter.
Rinna is a fan of Aito's manga and admires him, she was hired solely on the fact that Aito wanted a cute girl to help inspire him. She is a happy-go-lucky and cheerful person and she has a tendency to play along with Aito's perverted ideas. And lastly there is Sena who is the super assistant and also a tsundere with a sadistic nature. She is very sensitive about her height and often deals to those that make light at it.
In conclusion, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san is a nicely executed and excellent comedy series that has become 1 of my favorites of this season and I really appreciate what it presents and that is the entertainment value that you receive. I would feel really comfortable recommending this to anyone that is a fan of the slice of life and comedy genre. If you are looking for a fun show that rich in humorous moments that makes you laugh so hard that it hurts than look no further than here. Everything just gels well and creates an enjoyable and fun experience.
Mangaka san to Assistant san is a slice of life harem comedy depicting the life of a perverted mangaka who makes the monthly manga "HajiCafe" with his assistants. It's a nice comedy. The animation and art is pretty good and the characters are all likeable.
Not much of a story. The 12 episodes pass by showing different situations of the team. Just like in Lucky Star, Danshi Koukousei and Nichijou, this anime also shows different skits. Almost every skit is funny and nice to watch.
I really enjoyed the animation and artwork of this anime. The character designs were really amazing. It looked kinda like
the average anime should. Not much fancy but not too dull to make it look bad. Nonetheless, the character designs are really amazing for a short anime series. Really enjoyed watching the characters.
Our protagonist and mangaka, Aito Yuuki is a pervert. Not those perverts which you hate but one of those who are cool and funny. He can be thoughtful sometimes but his pervertness ruins the mood. A really funny character.
Each of his assistants has her own special personality. Some of the girls get more screen time than the others due to their importance or relation with Aito. But each girl gives the show it's own unique twist.
Just as enjoyable as any other comedy anime. You've got your average events in check e.g. beach event, hot springs event, Take care of me I'm sick event etc. The animation is really nice and comedy is laughable. It's quite an enjoyable short series which is a good time pass with loads of laughter.
Overall, a splendid comedy short to watch with a nice dose of eye candy.
Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation, is simply an anime about a guy named Aito who is a manga artist, and works closely with various people, such as Ashisu. The show has a harem-like feel since it is a 'one guy, lots of girls', but no matter how perverted Aito is, he does not have any intention to do any of the girls wrong, even if what he says and does, comes off the wrong way.
Story: To be blunt, there is very little story to the show, aside from Aito being a perverted manga artist, and Ashisu wanting to be a
manga artist herself. From the first episode to the last, there is no real progression in the story.
Art: I do not know how to properly describe it, but the style is a nice and simple design that is good overall. The many exaggerations used in different cases, along with the facial expressions when certain things were said, were well done.
Sound: The music, although minimal, was fine, and the sound effects used for many awkward and non-awkward scenes, were perfect.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed the show because it had the right mix of silly and perverted humor, without overly using the typical ecchi things like 'guy falls on girl and gropes breasts' or 'guy bends over to tie shoe and looks up at girls panties', so it gave it the right amount to be enjoyable, without being too overly weird or creepy.
Overall, the show was not bad. The only gripe I have with it, was simply that the episodes, were only 13 minutes long, instead of the usual 24 minutes. So in short, if you enjoy silly and perverted humor that doesn't have the overload of ecchi cliches, then you should enjoy this.
This is an anime about a man and his dream. His dream of panties. Seeing panties, smelling panties, touching panties.... Yeah that's honestly most of what this show is about. Oh, and a there's also little stuff about making manga. But it's ecchi manga about panties anyway. Each episode is divided into three or four different scenes, and almost all of them deal with panties and Aito's love for them in one way or another.
This is a harem anime about a mangaka of an ecchi manga and the girls around him. His three assistants (though two are hardly ever seen actually helping his manga at
all), his editor, and several other minor characters. The main character, Aito, is absolutely ridiculous. His emotions seem bipolar and he can quickly flip from being a perverted idiot to a sympathetic and kind mentor in the blink of an eye. His voice during many of the perverted scenes gets so high it's annoying (though I will give credit to his voice actor for having excellent vocal range) yet at other times he can be quite likable. He has balls of steel and, unlike many male protagonists in ecchi anime, has almost no fear of asking to see a girl's underwear or to touch them (in fact he even succeeds a couple times).
As for the girls, they are mostly archetypal, though they do break out of their archetypes and become unique on several occasions. Aito's main assistant, Ashisu, is the girl who least fits into any archetype. She is Aito's main love interest (of course she would rather die than feel the same way about him). Being an assistant, she has dreams of debuting and becoming a real mangaka. She has a love-hate relationship with Aito which can range from her going along with his perverted schemes to acting like a dominating yandere around him. Mihari is Aito's editor and friend from high school who has long had a crush on him. Aito has no clue of course because Mihari is your typical, lovable tsundere. Rinna, a well-endowed airhead, and Sena, a spoiled-rotten weakling, are much less important and only have a few important scenes despite being main characters.
The animation is fairly well done for an ecchi anime. Despite all of it's focus on panties, the amount of ecchi content is probably not as much as you're expecting. There are more moments with sexual innuendos and Aito asking to see panties than there are actual moments of near-nudity. The character designs are average and since most of the anime takes place inside of Aito's apartment studio, the characters are usually seen close up and tend to avoid being shown with minimal detail when far away from the viewer like many shows do to save some of the animation budget. Still, this means there are not too many scenery changes, though there are still a beach/hot spring episode and several trips to lingerie stores in the mall. As for the sound, the music is typical an for ecchi and comedy anime. Most of the time it is light-hearted, but it can get intense to match Aito's bizarre outbreaks. Still, it does nothing more than fit the mood fairly well at the time and is often unnoticeable.
"Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to" is a fairly entertaining, simple, and short (12 minute long episodes) ecchi comedy. If that's all your looking for, then you've found something you'll enjoy. If you're looking for one of the best ecchi shows out there, or something with tons of nudity, then you'll probably be disappointed. The show does get a little better as it goes and as you grow somewhat attached to the characters (I personally enjoyed Mihari with her crush on Aito the most and I was happy that there was an entire episode dedicated to that). Also, if you're going into this expecting a lot of focus on making manga, you would be better to check out something like Bakuman as this only occasionally focuses on how tiring the process can really be.
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A perfectly-timed gust of wind. A low camera angle. Once in a while we get a peek under a skirt. And sometimes, just sometimes, we get a glimpse of the legendary striped anime panties that are shimapan.