This is the anime adaptation of Kantoku Fuyuki Todoki (Insufficient Direction), the first essay manga by the "queen of the manga world," Moyoco Anno. The comedic and heartwarming autobiographical story follows her everyday married "otaku lifestyle" with Hideaki Anno, "the founder of the otaku cult."
#01: "Kaette Kita Ultraman (帰ってきたウルトラマン)" by AOP (ep 1) #02: "Olympus no Pollon (オリンポスのポロン)" by AOP (ep 2) #03: "Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan (太陽戦隊サンバルカン)" by AOP (ep 3) #04: "Aoi Chikyuu (青い地球)" by AOP (ep 4) #05: "Honto no Kiss wo Okaeshi ni (ほんとのキスをお返しに)" by AOP (ep 5) #06: "Kikoeru Kashira (きこえるかしら)" by AOP (ep 6) #07: "Mach Baron (マッハバロン)" by AOP (ep 7) #08: "Getter Robo! (ゲッターロボ!)" by AOP (ep 8) #09: "Tatakae! Ultraman (戦え!ウルトラマン)" by AOP (ep 9) #10: "Ai no Kinjitou (愛の金字塔)" by AOP (ep 10)
#11: "Ginga Senpuu Braiger (銀河旋風ブライガー)" by AOP (ep 11) #12: "Mimi-chan to Panda Kopanda (ミミちゃんとパンダ・コパンダ)" by AOP (ep 12) #13: "Uchuu Senkan Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト)" by AOP (ep 13)
Kantoku Fuyuki Todoki ( Insufficient Director) is an anime based of a manga by Moyoco Anno the wife of acclaimed director Hideki Anno. It is told through two characters based on their real selves, Director-kun and Rompers.
The series is told through the eyes of Rompers and focuses around the experiences of marrying an otaku. Like your standard slice of life there is not a concrete plot and it consists of gags. This fits the 3 minute a episode flash format well, allowing for a quick watch designed to be light hearted while providing a entertaining incite into their daily lives. The only issues
I have with it was the lack of comedic high points and it's initial just otaku based humor. The humor is mostly just light humor and wont generate any deeply memorable lines.
Being a comedic flash animation it's not very noteworthy, being there to accompany the series humor. The character designs are reminiscent of a 2channel flash or something you would see on a good Newgrounds animation but with more variety and a slight increase in complexity.
Like the animation the sound is there to accompany the series.The sounds track consists of just little tunes, like something you would here on a kids TV show to accompany the dialog.
The characters are the high point of the series. Being a representation of the Anno's, you really get to know them, or at least their exaggerated selves, and feel apart of the experience. The very peak of this high point lies in the voice actors, especially Director-kun's. You get a near accurate portrayal of what you would think a slightly psychotic otaku would sound like, with the outbursts yells, and all. Rompers voice actor also fits well with her cutesy yet rough voice and later appending anger at her husband.
Overall enjoyment: 7
While there are not many negative points with this series I award it with a seven. Like I said previously this is a light series. A way to describe it is it's like a cup of herbal tea. It warms you up and gives you a taste of what's inside but does not provide the energy of a green or black tea. Think of it like a milder Hetalia or a shortened Azumanga Daioh. It is entertaining and a great way to pass the time without the weight of a full fledged comedy series, making you want more.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my first review.
It's important to know the context of this series and to know at least who Hideaki Anno when watching this. Of course, it isn't and shouldn't be required, and can be enjoyed as a light commentary on otaku lifestyle and can be enjoyed as a nice laugh.
For one, it's absolutely criminal that this series has such a low rating. (probably rated so low by ignorant idiots who hate anything unconventional.)
This anime accomplishes exactly what it set out to do: accentuate and describe Hideaki and Moyoco Anno's married life for a few laughs (if not tons of them). It's certainly not meant to be taken seriously
or critically analyzed, as this series is purely for a very, very, very niche audience, so I understand if one would be confused if they were new to anime.
The fact that this little series' score hovers just below a 6/10 is a crime, if you ask me. I, personally, highly recommend this little gem, and I have to question whether the people who rate this anime so lowly even know what it is they watched. Let's not beat around the bush and get right to doing this MAL-style review thing, shall we?
It's as simple as simple can be--Director-kun and Rompers (a.k.a. Hideaki and Moyoco) are fuckin' otaku, and they make otaku jokes in the midst of their day-to-day activities. But sometimes simplicity is a virtue, and for the purposes of a gag
comedy, that certainly is the case.
The visuals do what they need to do. They keep it light, they keep it fun. My only gripe is that there are a few moments where it's preeeeetty obvious this is a flash animation that was made on the cheap, but I'm going to cut the low-budget gag comedy a little slack when it, otherwise, looks perfectly fine.
Quirky voice acting and clips of legendary otaku staple songs are all you need in a series like this.
I would watch 500 more episodes of this series, just to watch more of Director-kun and Rompers being Director-kun and Rompers. I-I'm serious, Japan, get on it. Make more of this.
You heard me.
Not perfect, by any means, but Insufficient Direction is a goddamn great gag comedy and I would most certainly be down for more.