May as well make a review for this. Maybe someone out there will read this!
For such an old series (more than 10 years), Di Gi Charat can actually deliver something... may it be fun and laughter, cuteness or just filling in some spare minutes, as these episodes are only 4-7 minutes long.
WEIRD FACT: Di Gi Charat was solely created by Broccoli just to advertise their Gamers store in Akihabara, Japan.
There isn't much of a storyline. We have 2 young catgirls: Dejiko (who dreams to become an idol) and Puchiko, and their floating blob Gema decide to land in Akihabara. With no actual place to stay,
they get hired to work at Gamers and makes the store their home.
The series doesn't exactly have a continuous plot and instead, each episode has their own little plot/storyline. Some are silly, others are wierd... it's pretty random so don't take it too seriously. However there is some sense of continuity as Rabien Rose (a.k.a Usada Hikaru), a side character, acts as Dejiko's rival in terms of becoming idols and they clash quite often. There are also other minor characters who appear every now and then, keeping in touch with Dejiko and the others. This also applies in the other specials of the anime series.
Because this was made back in 1999 with almost-to-none professional work, you'll notice how bland the anime is. You got cheaply drawn backgrounds, rough animations and the sounds may be a bit iffy at times. And expect to hear a lot of "Nyo~" and "Nyu~". The only thing that looks detailed are the important characters. Oh, and the OP music isn't too shabby to listen to either.
Not much else to say about this. Just that if you got a few minutes to spare/kill before you have to do something else, just watch an episode of this. You won't regret wasting the spare time, but it just may leave you saying "What the hell did I just watch now?"
This was a very short anime, I saw all the episodes in about 1 night. One reason I liked this was because it was very cute and random. But a reason I didn't like it was because it didn't have Piyoko in it. Piyoko is a character from most of the other Di Gi Charat series, by the way. The art style was very cute, I really liked it. ^^ I think if you have time, you should watch this series. I reccomend it! Thanks for reading :D
Di Gi Charat is a very colorful and humorous slice of life following two catgirls, Dejiko and Puchiko, who wind up in Akihabara. Without a home, they find work at a game shop (called "Gamers" -- Which, interestingly enough, is the store that this anime was aired as an ADVERTISEMENT for, before it became a series).
What's really great about this anime is that it's taken in 16 bite-size chunks of about three minutes each. A lot is packed in to this tiny series, and it moves quickly. The timing for the jokes and for Dejiko's eyeball beam drive the humor
in well. I'm glad to know that there is more of this, and that Di Gi Charat didn't just end here. There are later series such as Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat!, and Di Gi Charat Nyo!
As a person who isn't totally into moe, I still found this to be golden in my adolescent years as well as when I recently re-watched it as a grown-ass man.
There's one more thing I would like to say about the series. So, it takes place in Akihabara, right? Well, two characters really stand out and make me wonder about something that may actually blow my mind if it has any sort of truth behind it. The two side characters I am talking about frequent the game store. I don't think they have names, but one is tall with black hair, and the other is short and fat, with messy brown hair and glasses. He happens to talk JUST like Daru from Steins;Gate, and oddly enough he is also quite the fan of Dejiko. Could this possibly be a younger version of Daru and Hououin Kyouma? I would love to think that.
Overall enjoyment: 10/10. One of my favorite weeb songs comes from this (Party Night), and while story isn't much of a factor, I still loved it for other things like its humor and ability to keep you hooked via bite-sized chunks.
It is impossible to take Di Gi Charat 100% seriously. Firstly, there is no linear narrative -- each episode is a vignette with the established characters in a new situation (but not necessarily a different setting). And secondly, the script is so insane, the writers were definitely having a riot making this stuff up. There is no mistaking this for a serious entry into the anime records.
This was one of the first anime series I watched start to finish as a teenager, and it blew my mind. With only a handful of animes under my belt, I'd seen enough to be very familiar with several
anime cliches (namely melodramatic dialogue and anticlimactic storytelling), and as such, I watched Di Gi Charat with the understanding that it was a satire on the whole genre. I'm surprised to find that it wasn't designed as a satire, but was simply a whacky comedy that employed common anime elements in bizarre situations. But I still watch it and think "yeah, anime IS ridiculous".
Each episode would have a different tone from the last, either emulating an action-packed thriller, a supernatural drama, or a melodramatic slice of life, and sometimes even nothing in particular (which was just as hilarious). What also convinced me it was a parody was that the design of characters and animation would suddenly shift into an over-the-top 80's shounen or shoujo style that further punctuated the absurdity. The cast of side characters were all caricatures, that we can all agree on, but I was also under the impression that the three main characters, Dejiko, Petite Charat, and Usada (yeah she hates that name) were also parodies of the "moe" style. The fact that they're sincerely designed characters makes me laugh. Oh, anime!
I understand not everyone is as cynical as I am when it comes to anime, so not everyone will see Di Gi Charact as a parody, but I imagine overlooking the moments that could be interpreted as satire would make the show seem kinda bland. Either way, I highly recommend watching this series with friends late at night, as sharing in the confusion will add to the fun.
These girls might be just mascots for a store in Akihabara but this anime is worth a watch. I wouldn't put it high on your queue or anything, but if you're like me and have the attention span of a 5 year old with ADHD who just consumed 3 cups of coffee, and you also happen to have 40 or so minutes to kill this is a good watch. it's fast paced, the episodes are super short, it's colourful, quirky, and the stupid jokes and gags are right up my absurdist alley. Being familiar with the area of Akihabara will give you a bonus layer
of enjoyment. Also the character designs are absolutely rank with the stench of 2001 and good lord i love that so damn much i would watch the show just for that alone.
TLDR: if you're a dumbass like me then this show is perfect for you. even if you're not, go ahead and watch it anyway why not
I guess the most succinct and germane review I can provide for Di Gi Charat is that it very much comes across, to me at least, as sort of a Japanese "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." I doubt the creators of either series were aware of the other (though they were begun within a year or so of one another), but they absolutely possess a similar spirit and sensibility.
The two shows share the same sort of dada, nonsensical storytelling, and a comparable comic use of the non sequitur. Aqua Teen's weirdo style certainly isn't for everyone, and neither is Di Gi Charat's. But if, like me,
you really enjoy Meatwad and company, I think this show is definitely worth a try.