Spin-off! Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul? Hi I'm Lancehot. You might remember me from reviewing such made up spin-offs as Kiniro Mandem & The AniManiactrix. I'm here today with the actual spinoff to Teekyu, Takamiya Nasuno Desu! (TND), a show that can join the esteemed ranks of Joey, Christmas Vacation 2 & Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure as a spin-off that didn't need to exist & doesn't need to be watched.
Quite why it flops as a spin-off, however, is perhaps more difficult to explain, because it doesn't really do much different from it's parent show. The comedy is still
abstract, random & delivered at a million miles a minute. Takamiya is still Takamiya, only now she has centre stage like every rich girl wants. The art & animation hasn't changed, indeed almost nothing has changed. So what's up?
Well that's part of the problem. TND to all intents & purposes is Teekyu with three of the four main characters missing. It doesn't try anything different or do anything new with what one might consider this new found freedom, which begs the question: what was the point? Spin-offs that work: Frasier (Cheers), Daria (Beavis & Butthead), The Cleveland Show (Family Guy), often take an ensemble character & give them the starring role in a show that is noticeably different from the one they started in. TND instead just goes through the same motions as Teekyu with less characters to contribute to the wackiness, resulting in an experience that is too similar not to be compared to its parent show & found lacking.
That's the thing with spin-offs. Done right, they can take a relatively minor & one dimensional character who worked as part of an ensemble & flesh them out in ways that the original show couldn't allow for, as well as explore themes & adopt a tone that would otherwise feel out of place. The only "new" thing TND brings with it is giving Youta, Yuri from Teekyu's younger brother, the role of foil to Takamiya's foolishness. He fits in about as well as a square peg in a round hole, a more conventional & boring anime foil than his sister who suffers for being shoehorned into the show to begin with (he's her butler for :reasons:), only to be pushed out of the way of Takamiya's shenanigans in a way that Yuri isn't in Teekyu.
The absence of the other characters in Teekyu's ensemble is notable from the outset. Instead of having different shades of absurdity coming from three different nutjobs, each episode consists almost entirely of rich girl stupidity from one character. As can be the case in spin-offs, taking a character whose quirks worked as part of an ensemble & giving them centre stage in what is otherwise the same show just gets wearing. Ten minutes of Joey in an episode of Friends was fine. Forty minutes of Joey on his own was not. The same is true here. Takimiya works as part of Teekyu's ensemble but on her own her shtick is dulled by repetition. Indeed, it's only when the other Teekyu characters show up in the last couple of episodes that it gets some of that spark back, which just further shows how redundant this spinoff is.
I was surprised how short the episodes were, only 2 minutes long and most of it is the OP. After every episode, my reaction was mostly
¨WTF did I just watch? What happened?¨
And I still wonder from where did the main characters know each other.
But overall the story was good, even tho I started pitying Youta more after every episode.
The art was funny and playful. There were some weird things in the anime too which I couldn't identify but that makes it more interesting.
The voice actors did a good job with expressing this anime. The actors' voices were so fitting for the characters, I was
surprised (in a good way). And because the episodes were so short, they had to make the voices more powerful and the sentences short but meaningful. I actually enjoyed watching this very much because of the voices of the actors.
The characters were different, in a fun way. The Takamiya family was reeeally rich but none of them were snobs or anything. But they did buy some useless things tho along the way. They said some unexpected things all the time but those things just brought more enjoyment to this anime ><.
I really enjoyed this anime for the fun story, good voice actors, awesome characters and the overall feels. And I really don't get why this got an average of 6.something, I personally really enjoyed this \(^~^)/
This review will also cover the concurring Season 4 of TeeKyuu.
I start finding things out about the TQ series and it's spin-offs; being done in a minimalized fashion with a small staff yet resulting in episodes that only go for around 2 minutes. (I'm thinking about how SHAFT does it but they don't like doing things "normally." So yeah.)
The shows are obvious:
TQ4 continues to be random, random, and random; tennis is maybe mentioned in one episode but this show's not about tennis anymore. It's mainly about Yuri, Kanae, Nasuno, and Marimo being themselves and comically playing off of each other.
Nasuno's spin-off is mainly about Youta,
Yuri's little brother, becoming Nasuno's butler and (because of the difficulty of her "magical airhead" personality) "automatic retort machine" (like his big sister).
Both of these shows are fun because of the "good" randomness (as oppose to the evil randomness that treats characters horribly because of their gender or what country they come from).
And IMMHO: Those episodes where Nasuno was kidnapped and where Youta was playing soccer against a zebra should've switched with each other.
Story - The life and times of Takamiya Nasuno and her quest to be the craziest ojou alongside her self-proclaimed Butler. Same shenanigans as Teekyu except it focuses more on Nasuno and her home life with appearances by the other characters.
Art - There is no Art. Art means nothing to these girls.
Sound - There is no Sound in this bottomless pit known as Teekyu. I miss Season 2's OP. That was some good stuff.
MANI MANI doo doo doo
Character - Best Teekyu girl doing best girl things. Best character in the series.
Honestly I thought Nasuno would be more of an overbearing, money obsessed rich girl.
While she does flaunt money occasionally, she's not very snobbish at all.
If you enjoy Teekyu, crazy shenanigans at hyper speed, you'll enjoy this mini series.
However I would recommend watching Seasons 1-4 + Specials before watching this, just so you can appreciate it more.