Dandoh was playing a baseball game with friends Yuka and Kohei and hits a wild fly ball which crashes into the principal's potted plants. Rather than getting mad, the principal admires Dandoh's swing and introduces him to the world of golf. It's now an adventure in golf as Dandoh is under the watchful eye of a former pro-golfer. They enter a tournament together and play for a shot at the national championships.
I just finished watching Dan Doh!! which is a 26-episode sports anime about golf. GOLF. Well...
The series is the typical prodigy story. A boy suddenly realizes he excels in the sport - so much that he is able to beat people who have been doing the same thing for a lot longer than he has. It helps that he has the backing of not one, but two, ex-golf pros. Oh yeah, did I mention that his father was also a secret amateur golfer who has unexpectedly (and still unexplainedly) quit the sport? Like we haven\'t seen that before.
Animation-wise, it was a bit old-fashioned for my
taste and there was nothing that spectacular about it. Sound - it was all about the \"sonic booms\" of the drives and the \"clink\" of the ball when it goes into the cup. The only character development is ALL the characters, except for one, turns good from being bad the first time we see them. The whole series is just too... nice.
But Dan Doh!! is still enjoyable and entertaining in its own way. I would have liked to see more of what happened to Dan Doh, his friends, and if he ever went to bigger things in his golf game.
Okay, no idea where to even begin with this mess... Let's just say the writers have an overactive imagination. *WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*
Story: So we got Aoba Tadamichi "Dan Doh", some kid who starts off thinking golf is nothing because the ball you hit is stationary. The principal of his school shows him otherwise by mimicking a golf shot with... a baseball bat and ball... Umm can I get a physics check here? Anyway, suddenly Aoba thinks golf is the bees' knees and wants to become the best. Does he do it? Oh yeah! This grade schooler puts Tiger Woods to shame. After two
weeks of practice he enters his first tournament and birdies the first hole with a bunker chip-in and eagles the second with a wayward approach shot that's saved by the wind. In short, the biggest piece of bull crap I've ever seen and an insult to the game of golf and all the people who work hard just to get par. The saving grace of this hell-hole is the story arc where Dan-Doh caddies for a tour pro, Akano, and helps him win the Sapporo Open. Even then, the pro has a crazy number of hole-outs in approach shots for eagles. (NOTE: Tiger Woods did this ONCE in his ENTIRE 2009 season.) The cream of the crop though, is Dan Doh getting away with hitting Driver in places other than the tee, something any pro wouldnt think twice about doing. This is just the tip of the iceberg though. If you're into golf, you'll likely be utterly disgusted by this crap. If not, don't be lured into thinking golf is an easy game (which this anime apparently depicts without fail). IT'S NOT!
Anyway, thanks to the Akano arc, this piece of crap gets a 4 in story, and that's being generous.
Art/Animation: Two words ****ing terrible. Yes, you can make out when someone is talking or swinging a club, but it's all about the latter in this anime. Pretty much all the swings look like they are raised to their apex in 5 discontinuous stages. Then the character can wait for as much as 5 seconds before swinging through. It's a mess, and if you copy it, you'll be lucky to hook the ball every time. Ball flight is also entirely bullcrapped. At one angle, the ball looks like it's been hit with good loft and then suddenly it looks like it's hovering one ft above the fairway as it approaches the green. Clearly, their art budget for this pathetic excuse of an anime was nil. Since other things can be made out sort of okay, I'll be generous and hand out a 3.
Sound: Opening theme is cheesy, bgm is cheesy, it's all cheesy, nothing special here and gets a 4.
Character: I have to take marks off here big time because they make Dan Doh a golf-tensai right off the bat, which pisses me off royally. Besides that, everyone has a constant personality and doesn't really "change." The only really memorable one is Akano, who actually does undergo some transformation and thus I award it a 4 in this area.
Enjoyment: As someone who knows what it's like to earn every birdie and every par with months of training, this anime pissed me off to beyond the depths of hell. Making the main character a sudden prodigy sensation who can best Tiger Woods with some of his shots and having every other shot be a hole out or pin hit was just a pathetic decision on the part of the writers. The only reason Dan Doh doesn't get a one in this category is, again, the Akano arc, so I give it a 2 for enjoyment.
Overall: 3/10; a terrible anime and a disgrace to a great game.
While watching Dan Doh!! you realize, that you sit in front of your TV - mumbling the same phrases, over and over:" Doh I've seen that already! But in a much better way", "Doh, this character should seem cool, I guess!", "Now he is going to make some kind of intergalactic shoot which will hit! See I was right...".
Don't missunderstand me, if Dan Doh! would have been produced before: Hajime no Ippo, Prince of Tennis or Hikaru no Go. It would have been a "good" Anime. But even then, just good. There is nothing special it's getting boring to watch after a while and there
is no real depth, or the wish to support the main character. The art is nothing special, the characters seem to be designed by some old fashioned guy, the whole picture is out of place. Some scenes where you are probably supposed to get excited - you just sit there and stare or even laugh... Well the only real reason to watch this anime would be that you are a golf maniac. But even then you probably won't be happy with it.