The story centers around the activities of Wakaba Kohashi, "a slightly out-of-tune super" daughter of a well-to-do family, and her friends. Wakaba (literally, "young leaves") looks like an elegant rich daughter, but she admires the trendy gyaru fashion subculture. There is also the pure, innocent, fairy-tale-like Moeko. Mao is capricious and behaves in her own way. Nao used to be an athletic type of girl, but now loves the boys-love genre.
So with most of the summer anime is closing their curtains, Wakaba Girls is also one of them. Being a 13 episode and 7 mins long, i would say, it was a fun ride with Wakaba and the girls through out the series.
The story tell us about Wakaba who is a rich girl trying to learn the common things that are done by commoners, she wanted to be a 'gyaru' which her friends help her, it was cute to see them doing girl things like eating ice cream, hanging out and more which Wakaba really takes it to the next level. The cultural festival scene
was also fun, enjoying to see Wakaba crowned as the winner and yeah. Overall, it's a fair amount that i enjoy looking at the story as there is nothing much on the plotline except trying to become gyaru but glad that the story is not too complex to understand, as this is basically slice of life.
From my perspective, i already know that this author is the same person who write Kiniro Mosaic, since the character designs are obvious. Background image are not too saturated, and animations are not that bad either, great job Nexus studio! Would love to see more of your works.
Well, this is the second anime where i don't hear any ED song aside from Wakako, just only the OP, the OP is really catchy , i enjoy hearing it. Aside from that, most of the seiyuus are the seiyuu i've known like Ozawa Ari and Rie Murakawa whom they voice acted Wakaba and Nao. Great voicing! While Ichimichi Mao voiced Mao Kurokawa, i never know she can voice different way which she already voice acted Gakkou Gurashi's Wakasa Yuuri and
Izawa Mikako where she voiced Moeko, kinda cute to hear. Overall, it was enjoyable to listen all the seiyuus voice.
I do enjoy Wakaba, since she love to explore new things which she hasn't done in the past, i love seeing her doing stuff at the next level, like taking pic of foods repeatedly and taking a huge bite of Moeko ice-cream. She does react very funny but very cute. I find her interesting for a rich girl trying to be a gyaru. Nao, does really like to act like tomboyish since she kept saying boku but she tend not to use in front of them since she loves the boys-love genre.
Overall, i do enjoy watching Wakaba for my loveable wee hours of saturday, it alerted me to wake up before going to school as i do love watching cgdct, with the season over, wouldn't be a fun saturday wee hours anymore, but i do gonna enjoy with fall anime as they would have more SoLs and CGDCT airing but hopefully on Saturday.
So i do hope you guys enjoy reading this review, hope it's helpful to you though there are some of it can be a bit nonsense since my brain is overloaded with stuffs, but yeah do enjoy and have a nice day!~
By looking at the anime's synopsis and cover art alone, what are your first impressions of what the show may be about?
If you guessed "cute girls doing cute things" then you're just about right. If you're not into that type of theme then this show probably won't do for you. But rest assured, there are things that make this show an enjoyable watch overall!
The show has an opening of which is really catchy, it really sets the mood of the show and shows you what to expect which is a happy, easygoing show that you can relax and laugh to. There's no ending sequence
but each episode wraps itself up on a more relaxing note so you can feel at ease when an episode ends.
The thing that makes the show stand out the most is the characters. There's only 6 characters overall, the 4 main girls and the parents (who don't play much of a role) of the protagonist of the show, Wakaba.
Wakaba is a girl from a rich family who enrolls into the high school with the other 3 girls. Her goal is simple, she wants to be live an ordinary life, both high school and out of school. Wakaba befriends the other 3 girls and together, they help her achieve that goal by well.. just doing things as ordinary as possible.
Each character has their own personality that's different from one another to the point where they stand out in their own way and the interactions with one another makes things pretty fun overall.
Wakaba, who lived the life of a rich girl lacks a bit of knowledge and experience of what your average person knows and goes through so her friends help her on that part.
So what else makes the show stand out besides the comedy and characters? Their friendship. It's not a new concept by all means but the show keeps and expands the theme throughout which is what you wouldn't expect from a show as short as this. The friendship grows stronger as you progress through the show as they do lots of stuff together and it's really cute how faithful of friends each girl is to one another.
There's not too much to the plot so you just gotta enjoy what it delivers.
So now comes the external factors such as the art, music, animation, etc. Everything is solid overall. The art is pretty up-to-date and nothing looked out of it, the music was fitting, and the animation wasn't bad at all. It was nothing special but it wasn't anything disappointing so it shouldn't be of a bother whatsoever.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a show that's short, relaxing, funny, and has likable characters then Wakaba Girl is definitely for you!
Still not convinced with the show? Is it worth at least giving it a shot?
Well then why not try it out for yourself! Each episode is only 7 minutes so you won't be wasting much time at all. You can get 3 episodes done in about 21 minutes which is just about the length of a normal episode for most shows.
Wakaba Girl pretty standard fare for a cute girl show. Our main character, the titular Wakaba, is starting her first day of high school hoping this will be the time she finally gets to make friends & do the things Japanese men like reading about Japanese girls doing. In this instance, Wakaba is a rich girl who has spent all her previous childhood following her father's work, so naturally she doesn't have a clue what to do in normal school girl situations. Cute!
Not wanting to waste time, Wakaba soon latches on to the first group of girls she meets. This forms the quartet of friends
who we'll be following through the school year, & what a bunch they are: Wakaba is rich & naive; Nao is "rotten" & a bit boyish; Mao is the impulsive one & speaks in the third person; & Moeko is moe. Together they'll go to the usual places, talk about the usual things, & get into the usual misunderstandings.
Wakaba Girl is by the same mangaka who graced us with Kiniro Mosaic, & it seems likely that it's the success of that show which resulted in this one, which ended circulation in 2013, also getting the anime treatment. It's certainly clear why it was Kirino Mosaic & not Wakaba Girl was the one that became the success it has. For lack of a better way to put it, if Kirino Mosaic is like eating cake, then Wakaba Girl is like eating refined sugar.
The components to a good cute girl show are there. The moe character designs, vibrant colour palette, voice actresses trying really hard to reach the upper limits of human hearing, the day to day vignettes about girls doing things & girls crying over what great friends they are. It's all here, all arranged in such a way that feels like Wakaba Girl was practice for what would become Kirino Mosaic (although they began publication at around the same time).
The setting is one that's been done to death several times over. The characters lack anything that makes them seem more than just cute girl cutouts. Wakaba being a rich girl whose spent a lot of time abroad is simply used to make fairly pedestrian jokes resulting from her apparently having never had friends, seen snow or used a kotatsu before. The other three girls are just kind of there for the most part, there to react to Wakaba rather than do much themselves.
Occasionally it can even get rather mean spirited. One episode, for example, sees Nao try to enter a beauty contest, only to first be all but told she isn't good looking enough by her friends. Then, after a self-inflicted cold causes her to have to let Wakako take her place, they throw out the dress she designed & made herself in favour of a bland maid outfit. Wakako wins, of course, because rich girls are amasing. Maybe that's funny, & maybe there was a point to it. But I didn't laugh, not once throughout this predictable cute girls doing cute things parade that did precisely nothing to distinguish itself.
It's inoffensive, & it does enough that If you're a committed fan to the cute girl thing, Wakaba Girl might be alright if you need a quick sweetness fix & aren't picky so long as there's girls with oversize heads smiling on screen. Otherwise, you can pass this one by. It's sweet, but it lacks heart.
The moe genre is something I don't always watch. Mainly because I want a story and watching events I may as well do is rather boring of a concept. But I oddly enjoyed this show so let's see why.
There really is none . It's just events of a year span and characters doing there thing with each other. I actually liked the show's sense of humor and it is entertaining to see what there doing. It's an enjoyable show that can be relaxing. So in the very least it's fun.
They all are cliche archetypes but they work. There fun,up beat,and in cases realistic with the
events and how they interact in said events. They aren't the best thing in the world but there likable at least.
It's average and decent. Nothing special but it doesn't need it . But I can say the art is cute and pretty.
Nothing stands out but it fits. There is no Ed. Now let's talk about the OP.
It's annoying as all hell in my books. The singer sounds off key to me for some reason. The VA did there job nicely for there roles.
I enjoyed the show. I want to see more anime in moe like this. It's cute but actually relaxing and not another version of a sleep pill. If you like moe and want a more relaxing show try this out. Overall 7/10.
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