Agetarou works at his family's tonkatsu restaurant in Shibuya, but he's not very excited by the work. One day, he takes a delivery to the staff of a night club, and the worker lets him in to enjoy the club for a while. Agetarou finds that he loves the club, with its relaxed people and cute girls, all enjoying the music supplied by the DJ. He continues going to the club, until the night comes when the guest American DJ Big Master Fly puts on a show. Agetarou is inspired by Big Master Fly, and realizes that the groove of being a DJ is very similar to the groove of being a tonkatsu chef. Now Agetarou is determined to master both disciplines, though he is most excited to become a DJ!
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou is my clear choice for underrated anime of this Spring 2016 season, it's a shame that few people gave it a try because it's a really enjoyable anime.
Agetarou works at his family's tonkatsu (a Japanese food which consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet) restaurant, he doesn't like it much, but destiny made him discover the disc jockey world, and, for his surprise, he realizes more and more every episode how similar is cooking and working in a tonkatsu restaurant to being a DJ in the details about them.
Something that I really like about this anime is the "bro" feeling it has,
everyone is just so cool to the others and there is little to no drama, when Agetarou fails, he won't go in a neverending despair, nor blame anyone for his mistakes, he accepts it and looks for a way to improve, and, with the help of the great and likeable cast of side characters, he always comes back and shows what he learned, this makes for a really entertaining and positive experience every episode in his way to become the best disc jockey.
The art may look ugly, and it arguably is, but it just fits the series so well that can't be complained about, the sound part is amazing, I find myself moving to the rhythm of the music every episode thanks to the catchy themes this anime has.
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou is an anime that totally deserves a watch and if you're looking for a feel good experience with lots of fun and cool characters, this anime is just for you.
Sometimes people fail to remember that anime is simply the Japanese word for any and all animation. But outside of Japan, the word typically refers to any and all Japanese animation. Of course, there is a typical "anime art style" that comes to mind when thinking about contemporary Japanese animation. This style (realistic body proportions, colorful hair, thin outlines, large eyes, etc.) comes to mind because, arguably, it is used in almost all modern anime. This has sometimes led to some Western, non-Japanese works (Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender) to be described as "looking like anime." But, how can anything "look like anime" if
anime is, by definition, any animation? Now, let's not turn this review into a discussion on the semantics of the word "anime." Let's simply go with the latter definition: any and all Japanese animation.
Still, anime is not limited to a specific art style. That is important to remember, because when shows like Ping Pong: The Animation or Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou pop up every now and again, some people tend to be a bit taken aback by the atypical art and animation style. People have become so used to the usual style of anime art and animation that they may immediately dismiss a show like this. But to me, this show is breath of fresh air. "Refreshing" is the word that best describes this show to me. I actually look forward to shows with unorthodox animation and art styles such as these. They are a treat to watch, not because I am necessarily tired of the "typical" anime art style, but the uniqueness of these shows keep things fresh. In a sea of anime shows that have not only the same art style, but often the same interchangeable characters, tropes, and settings, anime like these tend to stand out a lot for me.
But not only is it Tonkatsu DJ's minimal and cartoony art style (which I personally love) that makes it stand out. The anime has an incredibly fast pace, probably due to the fact that is a short based on a gag manga. This keeps things quite upbeat and essentially makes it impossible to get bored. The subject matter is also fresh. This is the first DJ anime I've seen, and I certainly hope it won't be the last. Most music anime nowadays tend to be about generic idol groups, so something as niche as DJing is incredibly welcomed. The references to club and DJ culture are also greatly appreciated. If you are one of those anime fans that leave the house, you may also notice that some of the characters actually have relevant designs and fashions. Some of the OST is great, and you can tell there was genuine effort put into it. I could imagine turntablists legitimately scratching to some of the beats on there. Cold Chillin' is some quality stuff, and Rainy Lenny actually sounds like a rare groove! However, I would like to say, Tonkatsu DJ does not have the most impressive animation. Though the fast pace sort of compensates for it, there is a lot of repetition and not much fluid movement. You can tell this thing was done on a budget. But I have to applaud the people involved for the final product despite any monetary limitations. Shows like these are what keep me interested in Japanese animation.
This anime caught my eye because I want to be a DJ, but as soon as I saw how much a table costs, my soul left my body. Anyway, I truly love music whether it's rap or EDM, I go to any kind of music festival/event.
I came across this anime when I got busy and wanted to watch short episodes, I'm so glad I did.
Watching anime or cartoons gave the experience to give ugly art a chance, I guess casual watchers always want something good on the eyes *throws shade at popular plot-less anime*.
It's pace changes per episode, but the only thing missing is what
happens in-between and after the plot. Personally, I think it's fine as a short 12 episode anime. Any more than that might ruin it.
You can judge it yourself, the point in this anime is the music, not visuals.
They delivered well, is all I can say.
A bit repetitive, just let your imagination flow.
Usual energetic main guy, I like how he's relatable in real life.
Sometimes I dozed off because I'm exhausted, but usually it makes me laugh.
You see all sorts of musicians in anime - jazz, rock, death metal, classical, pop... But until now there has not been, to my knowledge, an anime series devoted to electronic music. Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou has righted that wrong at last and put electronic music in the spotlight where it deserves to be. As a fan of electronic music, I really cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed the series.
It takes electronic music seriously, it shows both the artistic and the scientific side of it. Being a DJ requires vast knowledge about different types of music, the ability to imagine how various tracks can
be put together and the technical skills to operate the equipment. But this anime also shows one of the main aspects of electronic music - its creativity. Anything can become rhythm and melody, from the pitter-patter of raindrops to the sizzle of oil in the fryer. Music is everywhere, but it takes a talented person to discover it, and Agetarou is just that person.
His wonder at discovering the DJing world is infectious, you cannot help but root for him, because he goes through things most people understand - chasing his dream, learning things about the world, trying to connect with people... The anime has a rather accurate depiction of the path of a young DJ, including the difficulties he faces and the obstacles he has to overcome, including stage fright, inexperience and envious rivals.
The art differs very much from the moe aesthetics and does not have and 3D, so it might take some time to get used to it for some people, but I personally found that the rather simplistic art style often reminds of graffiti, contributing to that feel of night clubs and underground parties. The music is on point, some of those songs will stay in your head for a long time. The series has quite a bit of humour too, just take a look at those character names - Big Master Fry, DJ Oily, there is definitely a theme there.
And I really like how despite tackling serious themes with accuracy, the anime stays light-hearted and has a general feel-good atmosphere. Agetarou has good friends and a nice family and is surrounded by helpful people, and is himself an overall nice guy, and at times it really brought tears to my eyes when his music once again showed the best in people and united everyone.
All in all, this anime is a must-see for any fan of electronic music. And if you are not a fan, you should still give it a try, maybe it will change your perspective on this type of music! Good chill.