Some academic geniuses suffer from burnout. Others simply lose all interest in their studies and want to focus on other things. Junichirou Kagami falls into the latter category. He was once a teenage physics genius whose papers were published in Nature, Science, and other prestigious research journals. Unfortunately, upon graduating from college, he left the science field and became a shut-in whose life motto is "I can only do things I want to do."
These days, Kagami spends all of his time watching anime, reading manga, collecting figures, and updating his blog. He seems satisfied with not having a job, but his younger sister, Suzune, cannot stand the thought of her brother being an unemployed loser for the rest of his life. She goes behind his back and gets him a job as a substitute teacher at his old high school. What lucky timing that the regular physics teacher had to go on maternity leave! And good thing his alma mater remembers him as that teenage genius! But can a hardcore otaku actually teach a bunch of high school students anything important and useful?
I had actually read a little bit of the Denpa Kyoushi manga before the anime was announced. I had only finished the first two volumes, but I was excited for the adaptation none the less. So, was my excitement well placed? Let's break it down and find out:
Story - 6
Kagami Junichirou is an otaku NEET with a bad case of YD, meaning that he can only do that which he Yearns to Do. His younger sister isn’t satisfied with that, so she forces him to take a job as a teacher. Unsurprisingly, Kagami is unenthusiastic about teaching, but if any of his students have an issue that he finds amusing, then he decides to help them out. That's the basic premise, and unfortunately, the show doesn't really go beyond it. For the most part, each episode introduces a new student, and then Kagami fixes whatever problems they had with some wacky solution. Every episode follows this same formula, so it doesn’t take long for watching the show to become tedious, especially since an overarching story is near-nonexistent.
Art - 6
A-1 Pictures is one of the bigger animation studios. They animate several shows each season, and for both halves of Denpa Kyoushi, they were working on three other animes besides it. However, it looks like they couldn’t quite handle that many at once, since they clearly cut costs for this show’s art, which just does not look good. It lacks a distinctive style, and most colors lack any gradients, so everything just looks flat and lifeless.
Sound - 7
Sound quality is one of the few things that improved as Denpa Kyoushi went on. The opening and ending themes for the first half weren’t that memorable, but the themes for the second half better fit the vibe of the show, and were all around better. The voice acting also improved. It’s not that it was bad at first, but it was initially dragged down by Matsui Rena, who voiced Kagami’s sister. This was her first role, and she terrible at first, but she became more experienced over the course of the series, and was fine by the end.
Characters - 5
Denpa Kyoushi’s cast can be broken up into two sections: Kagami and everyone else. I honestly don’t know which is worse. In the beginning, Kagami seemed interesting despite his flaws, but as time went on, he began to fall apart. He’s unbelievably good at various skills for no particular reason, and often acts overly smug and obnoxious. But when he’s not donning his plot armor, he’s complaining about how he doesn’t want to do anything, and his rants about YD quickly grow tiresome. His personality is awful in just about every way, but at least he has one. On the other hand, the rest of the cast is completely lifeless. Each student only plays a major role in the episode where they’re introduced, so there’s really no time to have any sort of depth established. Then, once their moment in the spotlight is over, they’re either whisked off to the sidelines, or off the stage altogether. It’s true that most of them do stick around after their initial appearance, but usually they’ll be left with only a shred of their personality, and be used for plot convenience more than anything else. So, between a lead with a terrible personality and a supporting cast with no personality, characters were easily Denpa Kyoushi’s weakest area.
Enjoyment - 5
At first, the series really was fun to watch. Kagami’s solutions to problems were fairly creative, and there was still the possibility of an overarching plot. But as the series dragged on, it only got worse. There was no greater story to be found, and Kagami’s plans began to lose their appeal. They became less unique and more contrived, especially when gaming is involved. Honestly, the enjoyment value of this series would have been higher if the series were only 12 episodes, because the length of the show really killed it.
Overall - 5
In conclusion, I can’t recommend watching Denpa Kyoushi. If the concept interests you, you should instead watch Great Teacher Onizuka or Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai, which have similar premises but better execution. But if you absolutely insist on watching this, I’d say jump out at the halfway point. That’s essentially where the series peaks, and everything after that is really nothing new.read more
You know, adaptations of a manga or LN are supposed to be good experiences. You get to see your favorite characters animated and voiced right before your eyes, and even watch a couple of your favorite scenes, which is always a little treat for fans of the show. However, there are times when you get those adaptions that you just...want to forget, permanently.
Story: The story of Denpa Kyoushi follows the tale of a man named Kagami Junichiro. As an otaku who is lazy as all hell, his policy in life is the concept of "YD" or "Yearn to do", where he only does things that he really wants to do. And since that isn't very often, he's pretty lazy in that regard. Inversely, he's able to do quite a number of very promising things, like creating a theory for transporting objects instantaneously like Doreamon's pocket so long as he wants to do it. So, after his sister bothers him to go to a job that she got for him, we begin his journey as the Otaku Teacher, Kagami Junichiro.
Now, the story for this...mess is...well, nonexistent. The story is basically comprised of helping one student after another. it's an arcic setup with not much differing in between each other because the story goes with Kagami encountering a new "trouble" student, finds out what's wrong with them, then proceeds to teach them something/help them in order to resolve their issue. They're happy, he's happy, he moves on. And really, that's all there is to it. The story doesn't vary in any way, and as a result, there really isn't much development for characters aside from the "helped" ones, and the development itself just seems too convenient for really anything.
And since that's the story, there really isn't anything else to say. The show follows this storyline throughout its whole run and there really isn't anything great about it. It adds up to a very boring experience because that's the entire show. There simply isn't any variation and there isn't as a result, much to say. It's very bland, and it ends kind of meh...
- Bland story
- Extremely repetitive storyline
- Average ending
Characters: As for characters, Denpa Kyoushi has Junichiro, and the plot fodder.
As for Junichiro, Junichiro is an otaku who yearns only to do what he wants. After becoming a teacher by the volition of two different girls, Kagami becomes a teacher not out of his own free will and lazes around as he is still the same kind of person as he was. Throughout the whole series, Kagami helps out the kids because he just simply wants to, and as a result, doesn't change all that much as a character. His lack of character change hones him into this static role of helping various students and as such, especially with this arcic setup, we don't get to know much about him other than the fact that he is apparently really smart, but only when he wants to be.
And then we have the other characters. I group everyone else all in one category simply because there just isn't much to say about any of them. Most of them are students that Kagami has helped and as such, are sort of a go to, pass along sort of deal, since every student Kagami helps either fades into the background as a side character, or just disappears entirely. Because of this, you don't get very much development for any of them and they just become plot devices.
+/- Average protagonist (he's intriguing, but really doesn't have anything much going for him)
- Little to no actual character development (Student development is really only there to continue the story)
- Every other character is a plot device rather than an actual character
Art: Now, the art. Art...isn't really Denpa Kyoushi's thing. In fact, it's so bad that I swear the budget for it was 5,000 yen at most. With its very bland colors that are just sort of...colors, Denpa Kyoushi doesn't offer anything substantial to the art in the world of anime simply because it just looks terrible. But that isn't the only issue.
The main issue with Denpa Kyoushi is not just that the art itself is just bland, uninspirational, and generic at most, but it's inconsistent, horrendously inconsistent. The characters never look the scene in one scene to another, where eyes can be shifted to different places, the face shape or hair can look different, and the noses, OH THE NOSES. Half the time, the noses for the characters aren't even there, not even a little line to indicate that they even have one. As a result, the characters resemble one of those happy faces children draw when they're little and it just looks horrid!
- Terrible...just terrible art
- Incredibly inconsistent
Sound: The soundtrack for Denpa Kyoushi is nothing to write home about. They're generic tracks that are average at most.
Personal Enjoyment: Well, Denpa Kyoushi was quite the disappointment. Hearing about how the show itself didn't relate to the manga at all, I was having my doubts about its quality, like when I watched Isuca a while back. Needless to say, this was not the best thing to come out of Summer 2015.
Did I enjoy this show?
Admittedly, I did. For about the first few episodes or so. But because it's so repetitive, I saw no reason in liking it, and as such, grew a growing hatred of it with each passing episode.
What didn't I like about this show?
It's bland. Out of everything about this show, there just wasn't anything positive to say about it. The show itself has a repetitive plotline that doesn't feel fun to watch. And because it's the same godforsaken thing week after week with its "kid of the week" setup, there just isn't anything that's great about it due to its lack of variation. Also, I found some of the things going on in the series to be quite cringeworthy. (Like...family power rangers. Why...) And because this is the section where I can say something I don't like, I'll say it again. They don't have noses half of the time. There are many times in this show where they simply...just...don't...have...noses. Or any indication of having one. And it is very weird to see a person without a nose.
Would I recommend this anime?
I'll cut straight to the point. No. Don't hurt yourself in watching this poor adaptation of a rather popular manga. If you do, you will regret the decision like I do. This one belongs in the "pretend it didn't happen" section of anime. read more
Before I start I just want to say that everything I write is my opinion so take it for what it's worth
So before I watched this anime I had read about 50 or so chapters and really enjoyed it and was excited when I heard Denpa Kyoushi was being adapted to become an anime. What really got me hyped was when I heard Ono Daisuke voices Kagami and Asumi Kana voices Suzune in the promotion video because these two are my some of my favorite voice actors. Unfortunately these two didn't get cast for either of there roles and it was Kamiya Hiroshi and Matsui Rena according to myanimelist who took Kagami and Suzune's role. Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying kamiya's a bad actor what so ever, in fact I'm a fan of a lot of his roles such as Natsume from Natsume no Yujincho and Law from One Peace to name some. But personally I don't like Kamiya's take on Kagami, it could be that I'm partly biased because I wanted Ono Daisuke to voice Kagami but I just can't seem to like his voice for Kagami. I also didn't really like Matsui Rena's take on Suzune mainly cause I find her voice is kinda well atrocious and doesn't suit Suzune at all. Now my thoughts on the story, I think the story has done fairly well by faithfully keeping close to how the story in the manga played out but they did take out some things which kinda made it loose its impact that it had in the manga. For instance -SPOILER IN THE MANGA- before Kagami was about to quit his first teaching job he was to be replaced by a teacher who graduated from Yale and was pretty much a jerk who believed that if you can't obey the rules you wont get anywhere in life, at the assembly the The teacher from Yale gave his speech about his belief to soon to be students but Kagami gives them his lecture about not being bound by rules and to carve out your own path which was by far my favorite moment in the manga. In the anime the Teacher from Yale wasn't there so for me it kinda lost it's impact. So my conclusion, for now the shows kinda okay and I''ll watch it till the end before I give my final decision but as of now this anime is one of my least favorite in all honesty but that could change so hope my rant didn't bore you and have and awesome dayread more
Denpa Kyoushi is an anime that follows the life of a teacher named Kagami with YD syndrome. YD is a disease that only let's him doing what he wants to do.
Seems interesting? Well it was .. until I figure out that this show is another show like Assassination Classroom, a teacher that is solving the problems of his students.
The plot doesn´t actually have anything developed so far, he is only there helping out teens but still is not that bad. The first few episodes and the last 4-5 episodes are being fun. I'm actually attached to this anime and has become one of my favourites of this season so far.
But again, we are 11 eps in and we still have no plot line, no goal for our protagonist. He is there because he wants to ? Well yeah that's it. The entire plot so far is watching him doing stuff that he wants to do. Not that interesting. Plus, the characters themselves and their background story are kinda over exaggerated. A girl fucked up her life only because she had a part time job in some maid café. I'm like forced to believe that the characters are in a bad spot and need to be saved by Kagami.
Art: 6/10. I hate it. The colorful looks awful. The animations as well are as cheap as possible. The background for the most part looks like a picture of a 5 years old kid who just got his markers and is now learning how to use them. It only doesn´t have a worst rate because the character design if at least good. Good looking characters, especially the girls. Each one has her own design and pallet so that they can be unique in the anime and that is really something important for me. Because not that rare I see characters that look like the same and the only way to distinguish them is by their voices.
Sound: 7/10. The opening is fine so as the ending. The ost used are also fine. Everything looks fine. No complaints about it. It's just fine.
Character: 8/10. Well, they are funny, likeable and very good looking. What do I mean? Well besides the nice design, they also have a nice personality that fits with both her design and her position in the anime. Each character ends up related with Kagami in some way which is nice to watch.
They are really different from each other which is also really important because the anime doesn´t get repetitive. For instance let me use an example: Assassination Classroom. They do the exact same thing but, all the characters have the same problem which is : school problems.
At least denpa kyoushi is more creative, even though some of the problems are quite hard to "accept".
Enjoyment: The main purpose of the anime is comedy, and the comedy is not that great. I don´t like it. They don´t focus any other point. Don´t get me wrong, the anime is fun to watch but is not that good.
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