Yuuki Akamatsu lives a normal high school life... that is until his cousin, Ayaka Nikaidou, convinces him to join the Journalism Club as a life consultant! His new job is to manage the advice column for the school's weekly newspaper to help him become more social. Soon, Yuuki is joined by three girls: the smart and shy Rino Endou, the athletic and outgoing Ikumi Suzuki, and the cultured and sweet Fumi Kujou. Together, they solve the personal problems of those who anonymously ask for advice.
Although each of the new life consultants has their own unique perspective, they are able to reach solutions together by holding debates and social experiments throughout the week. However, as time goes on, the four slowly come to realize that they have not only been guiding other students through their troubles, but also working through problems of their own as well.
I don't know exactly how I feel about this series. I like it, but then again, there are some things I don't.
I'll just have to tell you something important before you watch this show;
It is not a harem.
Yes, the main character, Akamatsu, does hang around several girls at all times. But, there's only one girl in which the show romantically develops. This is a good thing, and although it's not a huge change, it feels different from the norm when it comes to romantic comedies involving several girls.
I'll make this a quick first impression, for people who are curious. I'll just
say right now, this show isn't anything special. There's a lot of cliche involved here, mainly having to do with the sort of accidents where the main character ends up grabbing a girl's breast when falling over, and then getting hurt for it.
Thankfully, he's not necessarily dense. He notices and takes opportunities to get closer to Rino, the girl whom the show romantically develops. Although these aren't anything major, they're refreshing.
Other than that small difference, the show is an ordinary romantic comedy in terms of plot. For some odd reason, this show stands out for me this season, when compared to the other romantic comedies that are airing. I think it may be the atmosphere, which feels... I don't know. It just feels comforting, I suppose is a good word for it. It's silly and it's really not that serious at all.
I'd say give it a shot if you're looking for a relaxing romantic comedy to watch. The characters aren't too crazy or loud and neither is the execution or pacing. There are some scenes that made me laugh, but only a bit.
Don't come into this series expecting anything serious or unique. It's not. That's really all I should say.
Another thing I noticed that makes this show feel different than the other romcoms is it's type of comedy and it's lack of fanservice. Both I see as a good thing. There's fanservice involved but, it's not nearly as much as you'd think. It leaves more room for dialogue and actual character interactions in which both are fun to see in this show.
In the end, the show is average. It has its cute moments, and I'm glad the main character Akamatsu retains some sense of self in the end by doing what he wants, unlike a lot of dense main characters in romcoms. It's a good show, but nothing worth recommending or buying. It's relaxing, and it's good if you just want something to pass the time.
"Everyone knows that handles are the weak point of any closet"
The quote above properly depicts the deepest moments of the slightly glorious anime that is Jinsei.
Jinsei, directed by Keiichirou Kawaguchi (Hayate no Gotoku/SKET Dance), immediately throws its audience into the world of Yuuki Akamatsu, the newest member of the Kyuumon High School Second Newspaper Club (One newspaper club was just not enough). Akamatsu was placed in charge of the club's "Life advice" column and was assigned three girls with extremely differentiating social standpoints to help address the concerns of Kyuumon students looking for help of some sort.
That's it. There really isn't much more story to
it. It's just a day-in, day-out look into the second newspaper club and the outrageous tasks they must undertake in order to help a specific student get over their fears/problems/anything else that burdens high-schoolers nowadays. But that alone doesn't stop the anime from being loads of fun.
What makes Jinsei great (Kind of) is that it is spontaneous, hilarious, and self-aware. It knows that it is an anime, and you just don't get to see that often. The characters aren't complex, the situations are outrageous, and the dialogue is so fast-paced that there is never a dull moment on screen. With a few tweaks, this show could have gone somewhere. And so I will break it down into a few key components to better detail what went right and what went wrong.
There really isn't much to expect as far as music goes in a slice-of-life school comedy. And I'm not saying that background music doesn't matter for the genre, I'm saying that it doesn't make much of an impact. It was fitting, but it wasn't memorable. The opening was as fast-paced as the dialogue contained within the shows, and the ending songs were fun and filled with dry-humor for viewers to chuckle at as they dragged their cursors to the X on their media players.
Don't misinterpret this -- the characters in Jinsei are not particularly unique. They can even be viewed as carbon copies of characters from other shows to a certain extent. Each one fulfills an anime stereotype of some sort. There is the rambunctiously sporty girl (Who is also the best), the quiet, yet extremely smart girl with glasses, and the girl with huge boobs whose only character trait is that she has huge boobs. And so I'm not directly handing each character a score card with the number 8 on it, I'm handing them a giant 8 to share based on their interactions with each other. The conversations exchanged between Ikumi (Sporty girl), Rino (Smart girl), and Fumi (Boobs) easily craft an enjoyable experience for anyone that doesn't feel uncomfortable engaging in young-adult humor.
I have no complaints about the art of this show. I also have no good things to say about it. It's all just normal. Considering a good 90% of it took place in a high school, I can not commend the artists for painting a memorable landscape. I can also not commend them for character design considering the characters were limited to school uniforms and looked essentially like characters from any other slice-of-life anime you can find out there. The art was nothing above or below average, and because of this it does not deserve to be demeaned or praised in any manner.
The main problem I had with Jinsei is that there just wasn't a story. And without a story, character development ultimately becomes extinct. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed almost every episode of this show, but I never felt the drive to watch another one. Problems were announced on a piece of paper in the beginning of the show (Like, for real. Akamatsu held up the paper and read it to the girls), and were then resolved in the last scene. It wasn't until the last four episodes where there was an actual problem the second newspaper club faced. Even then it wasn't a problem big enough for viewers to care about.
I feel like Jinsei forgot what it was supposed to be somewhere down the line. If it had stuck to just quirky dialogue and irrational high school problems, it would have most likely been received a lot better than it was. It isn't often that I actually find myself laughing at anime, but Jinsei succeeded so many times that I would need to grow around three more hands to be able to count those times.
Jinsei is an anime with minimal plot and maximum comedy. And because of that, if you go into it with expectations higher than the arm on a "You must be this tall to ride" sign, you are going to be let down. But just because it lacks in plot doesn't mean that you can't pick it up and have yourself a damn good 24 minutes.
Was boring here and there, but I suppose that varies among people.
The characters were adorable, the ecchi was well welcomed.
I hate harem and this for a change isn't harem, a very unique ending.
Typically in these comedies and especially ecchis, a bunch of girls hang around one loser boy and end up all falling for him, and he can't choose between them all.
this guy was a loser, and nothing special as well. 'Cept for the fact that he can actually make a decision after all. and the rest of the girls actually supported them, i found that very cute. the ending was enjoyable of course, however
throughout the anime i fell asleep a few times. But since the ending wasn't a huge disappointment as usual for me, it's an 8! been a while since i didn't hate an anime's ending, it's refreshing.
I hereby rename the guy Eyebrows, because that's the only feature that gives him a shred of personality. Also his eyebrows look slightly disgusting.
The anime revolves around a handful girls giving advice to troubled students, in the form of Eyebrows presenting messages from students and the girls give mostly amusingly terrible advice until someone says something useful and that becomes the official reply. Since this (and small sidetracks) is all there is to the story you should watch with your focus entirely on the comedy that is thankfully sort of goodish. Eyebrows is the only character without real personality, I'm guessing pathetically hollow guys who
never get anywhere with girls are meant to be able to relate to him easily.
The art and sound certainly won't disappoint, even if nothing particularly stands out the quality is high. Overall this anime is a mildly amusing way to kill some time if you're not in the mood to watch anything with story.