By Kokonotsu Yen (9 Yen, 50 Cent's Japanese half cousin)
I'll take you to the Dagashi shop
I'll let you lick the watapachi-pop
Go 'head girl don't you stop
Keep going 'til you hit the Toppo, whoa
I'll take you to the Dagashi shop (yeah)
Hotaru, one taste of what I got
I'll have you spending all you got (come on)
Keep going 'til you hit the Hi-Chew, whoa
You could have it your way, how do you want it?
You gon' sip that Ramune, or should I put some Pocky on it?
Temperature rising, okay, let's go to the next level
Shikada-dashi jam-packed, hot as a tea kettle
Yeaaah, so, Dagashi Kashi: a show that
serves basically as a 4.5 hour commercial for various Japanese candy manufacturers under the pretense of a slice of life comedy. This show started off as a curiosity to me- it was charming in its simplistic, unassuming stance- as nonthreatening as an anime can possibly be. Yet at the same time, the early episodes had some really strange happenings that I can only describe as "Japan". This novelty was endearing for a while, and with the backdrop of the candy store- I though this show could be a fun little niche thing for a while, but the novelty soon wore thin. The beginning was amusing, but then quickly fell into a plodding middle- especially given that Dagashi Kashi shows its hand very quickly, and then continues to play the same cards, in a sense. It picked up again around the ending, promising a little more in the way of romantic subplots, but like most shows of one cour in length- ends up going absolutely nowhere.
This show features one of, if not THE smallest cast I've ever seen in an anime. 5 characters- and one of them appears in maybe two episodes. There are RARELY even unnamed passers by in this show- it focuses solely on the main 4: Kokonotsu, Hotaru, Saya, and To.
Kokonotsu is our put upon protagonist- charged with running his absentee dad's candy shop (which apparently is famous, yet has no other customers besides mostly Hotaru, but also Saya and To). He flip flops between being white dwarf-level dense and a go-getter, but ultimately settles for being another trope-guy.
Hotaru is a rich heir to a prominent candy manufacturing family, whose airheaded-ness is surpassed by only her obsession with eating candy. So much so, that she even frequently hallucinates that she is talking to, making out with, or otherwise in 'actual' love with candy. She a freak, though.
Saya and To are twins, and the best friends (and possibly only other people in town?) of Kokonotsu. To is the typical good natured perv friend, and Saya happens to be a master of everything she attempts (our perfect human being character), except the ways of love.
One last thing of note is the artwork. The overall design is very minimalistic, but one specific part of the character designs will stick with me- the eyes. The characters in this show have some of the strangest eyes I've ever seen. Hotaru has spirals instead of pupils, and most of the other characters have extremely beady eyes or look incredibly sleep deprived. It adds another odd element to an oddity of a show.
Overall, this show is about as interesting as vanilla ice cream- but if learning the names of a bunch of Japanese candy and getting a sales pitch in animated form is exciting to you- by all means, give it a spin.
Anyways, Dagashi Kashi! This series was the one I was most interested in before it aired. Why? Because of that busty babe on the picture! And now, after watching it, I can confidently say that Dagashi Kashi was actually the complete opposite of what I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be a story about young Kokonotsu, an aspiring mangaka, and his struggles of dealing with Hotaru, that sweet sexy thang, who wants Kokonotsu to take over his dad's candy shop instead! Well, sure... that's kind of what
the show is about. But is it really?
Dagashi Kashi is a textbook example of a "nothing happens" show. However, it isn't by any means boring! It isn't like Glasslip tier of nothing happens, it's more of like the things that do happen are borderline irrelevant to any sort of "plot" this show tries to tell.
Did I mention "plot?" Well, I take it back, for there is none. Dagashi Kashi purely consists of skits and character interactions. As entertaining as some of these skits are, they really don't add up to become some amazing story. Quite the opposite, actually, for they don't add up at all! They are all their own little equations.
And now most of you guys reading this review must wonder why I still give it a 7, and that is because Dagashi Kashi is by no means a bad show! In fact, it was one of the more enjoyable ones this season! Sure, since a lot of the jokes are about Japanese candy, and not a lot of you people are Japanese, you might think the jokes are incredibly hit or miss. But the extremely colorful and dynamic characters more than makes up for it! Dagashi Kashi is definitely an enjoyment > quality type of anime.
- Great characters! They are all really characteristic and fun, and none of them are hateable.
- Very catchy OP and ED!
- I really like the character designs!
- Character interactions are very humorous.
- Surprisingly good use of flashbacks!
- There's romantic tension? What....
- Less story than Musaigen.
- While the character interactions are spot on, the jokes themselves are very hit or miss. For most caucasians, you won't find most, if any of the jokes funny. I'm Chinese, and Chinese candies are close enough. (Not really.)
- No memorable OST.
But Yuni, there is no story? Why not a 1? Well, that's because the events that actually do happen within this "story" are actually pretty entertaining! Each skit is usually about a type of candy or some event based around candy. It's a story that focuses A LOT on first world problems. And these first world problems are like ridiculous ones. Whatever happens depends on the candy. Sometimes it's a history lesson about why that candy exists. Sometimes it's some competition that connects to the candy. Sometimes it's a flash back of a memory that was triggered by the candy. These events range from boring, to educational, to entertaining. But at the end of the day, the characters are the same, the plot hasn't progressed whatsoever, and yeah. NOTHING HAPPENS!!!!
The art is great, although nothing noteworthy or overly impressive. I do like the character designs though! This show does have a pretty unique and interesting character design, and I think it fits the characters well, especially Hotaru, who's character design makes her look both mature (BOOBIES) and childish.
OP and ED are incredibly catchy! Other than that, sound is average. OST is there but you won't remember it, and the seiyuus do a good job expressing their characters!
Arguably the best aspect of this series, the characters of Dagashi Kashi are just so enjoyable! Their characteristics aren't the most unique, but they are just so colorful and hilarious! Hotaru's little antics and habits are really funny and you can just see the innocence just seep out of her. Saya is your typical flat tsundere, but she still has so much character to the point that she became my favorite character of the series. Also, the interactions between kid Saya and kid Kokonotsu during flashbacks were just adorable. Tou also has a lot of personality, and of course, Kokonotsu's dad is just hilarious! Kokonotsu himself is pretty generic, but he has his moments as well.
Dagashi Kashi was actually really fun to watch for the most part! Whenever it got entertaining, it got REALLY entertaining. However, there were parts where it got pretty boring, but the entertaining parts completely overshadow the boring ones!
Dagashi Kashi is actually a pretty good show! It's light hearted and has no serious moments in it whatsoever, and is pretty much there just for fun. If you go in, don't expect any plot. But you may get some nice "plot" if you know what I mean ;)
Tl;dr 4.4 out of 10. no oppai, no plot, lots of talking about snacks.
This show starts completely different than it actually is. We start with a young aspiring manga artist who works in his dad's rural snack shop. It's a boring little shop with few customers. One day a pretty girl walks in and announces she's someone important and then goes on to challenge the main character in some snack themed contest and then does it again and again and again and so on.
The story pretty much derails after the first two episodes and falls into a formulaic feedback loop:
Start of episode: boring snack shop.
part 1: introduce some mundane problem that a character acts like it's the end of the world (think first world problems).
part 2: somehow this has to do with a snack (no, really it doesn't).
part 3: the history and other random useless facts on said treat (boring).
part 4: some sort of bet is made (which they never actually do, no matter who wins).
part 5: a contest that usually doesn't make sense takes place (only part where something happens).
part 6: win or lose or don't complete the contest. nothing ever comes out of this.
part 7: the episode ends.
That's pretty much it. This is especially odd since the first ep looks like this might have a bit of ecchi theme to it which is followed by some semblance of a plot and a promise of some high jinks, however that is the only episode that offers any of those things.
In the background there's an interesting slow developing love triangle with the two female characters and the main character. I really wish the story would have focused on that more as it is kind of interesting. The two pretty girls have good traits and the main character is likable but the show all but abandons them to play out a history lesson on snacks that you never knew existed, assuming you're not from Japan. I'd still wager that even if you are from Japan and/or you do know all of these snacks, you'll care just as little.
Many people argue that Dagashi Kashi is nothing more than one big advertisement for Dagashi. This may or may not be true. Perhaps if you are Japanese and had grown up on Dagashi, this series is probably so slice-of-life that it’s boring. As someone genuinely interested in the lifestyles of Japanese citizens beyond anime and pop culture, I found this anime quite educational! Not only had I never heard of Dagashi before watching episode 1, but it also gave me a look into Japanese childhood, and growing up in the Japanese countryside. I also love the silly characters, especially Hotaru. If
you are interested in Japanese culture as a whole, and you enjoy your light-hearted series’, then Dagashi Kashi is for you! It helps that I’m also a bit of a foodie.
I was rather confused by the final episode, which almost completely lacked closure. Are they leaving an opening for a second season, or did they really just not know how to wrap up this anime?
At the time of writing this review, I have dropped this anime, with no plans to ever return and finish the remaining five episodes. This anime is boring. It is basically a Japanese candy commercial in anime form. Each episode is typically divided into two parts, with each part focusing on a different candy. There is also a weird crazy girl that knows too much about candy, and she is usually the one that introduces the candy of the episode.
The plot of this anime is relatively simple: Kokonotsu wants to be a manga artist, but his father wants him to take over the family
business: a candy store. Hotaru wants Kokonotsu's father to work for her family's candy company, and he agrees as long as she is able to convince Kokonotsu to take over the store. This makes Hotaru begin to harass Kokonotsu about candy all the time and allows the anime to become a Japanese candy commercial. Honestly, I had forgotten about the premise of the series because they hardly ever mention it again in favor of talking about candy all the time (can you tell how annoyed I am that I was roped into watching an anime that is literally just about candy?).
The one redeeming quality of this anime is Saya. The episodes, or parts of episodes, that focus on her really stand out for me, but sadly weird crazy girl (Hotaru) gets most if the focus of the anime. I suppose if you want to learn more about Japanese candy you might find some enjoyment in this show. Being a foreigner with absolutely no previous knowledge of any of these candies led me to being either confused or bored at most of the content, and I couldn't justify finishing the series if I was just forcing myself to sit through it. 3/10
Dagashi Kashi is for me the rare show that turned out to be different from what I expected, in a wholly positive way. No fanservice or wish fulfilment going on here, just unabashed dagashi nerdiness and fun slice of life.
The premise is simple: An energetic girl comes to a town out in the countryside and tries to encourage our protagonist, Coconuts, to take over his father's dagashi shop. The story is full of nice people, the characters are pretty much all likeable and behave naturally throughout the show. I find Coconut's father, You(his mom's name must be "Me") to be an especially fun character, he
is really energetic and caring, the kind of father you hardly get in anime these days.
You have to be prepared though, the show throws a lot of facts at you which can get repetitive. Each episode is divided into segments that talk about individual snacks, which are chock full of history and small quirks about each specific dagashi. It helps to have a bit of knowledge about the kinds of sweets there are available in Japan, but for me I never felt lost, even when the jokes didn't hit there was usually something to learn.
The show does however have a bit of a slow start. The character Tou comes off as pretty mean in the first episode but gets a lot more enjoyable through the course of the show. Some of the sound effects are pretty stock, and Studio Feel's animation doesn't flow very well at points, but these are minor issues in the show. If you're a sucker for anything related to history or Japan I'd say you'd take to this show very well, there's a lot going on in Dagashi Kashi even though it might not be the most complex show out there. Its smart and uplifting, the kind of show that will never fail to brighten up your day.
Watching Dagashi Kashi feels nostalgic. It’s nostalgic in the sense that makes you feel like a little kid again. Remember the first time you’ve walked into a candy store and picked out your favorite sweets? It’s that type of familiar feeling. Dagashi Kashi evokes a bit of childhood memories when I walked into a candy store for the first time. And believe me, this show likes to do a lot of funny things related to candy.
The series follows the episodic adventures of Kokonotsu Shikada. His encounter with Hotaru Shidare lands him in stories that drops him into the world of dagashi. Why? It’s because Hotaru
is part of a famous family owned sweet company. She wants Kokonotsu’s father to join and he only agrees on the condition that Kokonotsu can take over his own shop. Thus, we got Hotaru and her ever daring tactics to get Kokonotsu for taking the shop.
First thing to get out of the way: A good portion of the show relies heavily on comedy. It sells comedy through advertising of the dagashi. Hotaru is pretty much the mascot girl as she tries to appeal the wonderfulness of dagashi. From simple explanations, innovative lectures, or expressive dialogues, Hotaru is actually pretty good at convincing. Plus, she has the look (or “it” factor) to sell her product. The way this show is set up is that each episode has Hotaru trying ways to win Kokonotsu or others over with her convincing. Her personality is rather eccentric and overly dramatic whenever it involves candy. A good example is when she gets a mouth ulcer but still desperately wants to taste candy like in a ritualistic manner. Throughout the show, Hotaru also shows a vast knowledge about candy. The way she tries to convince others is rather overdramatic including getting others to play strange games or activities. So in retrospect, this is the type of show with little emphasis on plot but more on selling its premise.
With a small character cast, the show gives a decent amount of screen time for almost all of them. Kokonotsu (or as some of his friends call him “Coconuts”), is perhaps the most normal of the main cast. He is friendly, casual, and often tries to help others although remains oblivious to certain characters’ feeling around him. This includes Saya, a girl that has obvious affections for him. Through his interactions with Hotaru, it seems like if he’s developed an affection the titular character. In the meantime, there’s Saya’s brother Tou, who actually knows about his sister’s crush on Kokonotsu. The only person that doesn’t seem to know is Kokonotsu himself. And finally, we got Kokonotsu’s father, You Shikada. Unlike his son, You’s personality seems more similar to Hotaru with his hyperactive energy. The entire show focuses on these characters and the world of candy. When you have a diverse range character cast like this, it makes you wonder how the show can build around itself. The obvious answer is through character chemistry. Every episode may focus on candy but it also puts a bit of emphasis on character connections. Kokonotsu learns a lot from Hotaru, Saya grows closer to Kokonotsu throughout the show, and Hotaru also develops a friendly relationship with Saya. The show presents the character relationships in a comedic style rather than dramatic. In other words, don’t expect actual love angles to develop as this series is about much more than a romance story. The only thing Hotaru has in mind seems to be candy while Kokonotsu remains dense as a neutron star about Saya. The family relationships (Kokonotsu/You and Saya/Tou) seems pretty typical and nothing out of extraordinary; the type you can expect between real life family members. But in essence, the show is down-right more of a comedic story.
However, there’s some controversy with the way the series is adapted. For whatever reason, certain content is omitted from the manga about Hotaru and replaced by Saya. The show started with overemphasis on Hotaru’s presence but in later episodes seems to also expose Saya a great amount of screen time. This seems controversial as it derives from the faithfulness of the adaptation and also gives Hotaru less relevance. Because let’s be honest here, who here originally came to the series to watch for Saya? Hotaru is the main poster girl. In the meantime, the comedy of the show can be a mixed bag at times. It never actually changes despite each episode involving different scenarios, games, or whatever tactic Hotaru tries to convince others about candy. This also comes with a negative of characterization as background storytelling (with perhaps the exception of Saya) is largely absent. In essence, the show is really more of just popcorn fun to pass time at times.
Studio feel helms the adaptation and thankfully provides good enough quality for the characters, backgrounds, and overall presentation. It has a countryside feel as the entire show never really ventures too far away from the candy store. However, the most noticeable part of the series is character design. Or rather I should say, one name. Hotaru Shidare. She has exotic looking eyes with ripple-pattern like rings in her iris. Combine that with a bit of lilac hair and you got quite a unique looking girl. Saya’s eyes on the other hand looks rather simple and she dresses more casually than Hotaru. Oh and of course the show likes to take advantage of Hotaru’s appearance so expect a bit of fan service; mostly subtle and satire by the comedic parodies.
Soundtrack and music goes hand in hand for the show. The OP song evolves throughout the first three episodes until we get a good glimpse of the style. While I can’t say the music is very impressive, it does fit quite well for the show – being lighthearted and dramatic at time when it needs to be. However, the voice mannerism is what really sells the product with Hotaru yet again being the star. Her over-eccentric voice combined with personality is hard to ignore to be quite honest. Similarly, You is also ever energetic enough to be in the spotlight whenever his son seems to be indifferent about his life.
By the time this show is over, I feel like eating candy. No, it’s not because Hotaru convinced me but that the show itself just seems to have too much fun to not jump into it. At the same time, the character cast is there to sell its comedy whether it works or not. As with any comedic series, the humor really needs to be exciting and Dagashi Kashi got that right in the palm of its hands.
Dagashi Kashi is that kind of anime that you either hate or love as soon as you are done watching the very first episode. Yet I'm still surprised how low is the show rated here on MAL.
Instead of pointing out pros and cons, let me comment on some aspects that people complain about.
"The show is advertising Japanese sweets.". I mean... it is called *Dagashi* (sweets) Kashi, so the talk about sweets and their history is to be expected, isn't it?
Even the synopsis says, quoting: "...And so begins Hotaru's mission to *enlighten* the boy on the true joy of delicious and nostalgic dagashi!"
why is it so surprising, that the characters often discuss facts about candy? It isn't. That's exactly what I expected and what I got. Facts about sweets. Often pretty interesting at that and occasionally humorous, too.
"The show is not that funny." Yeah, probably because it isn't meant to be funny. I don't understand why is it marked as comedy / shounen here on MAL, when it is neither of that, it's a slice of life more than anything. It's supposed to make you smile, maybe giggle a little bit, but don't expect to laugh out loud.
"It's repetitive." Like I said, it's a slice of life. Life is repetitive. What do. Live on.
Now that I'm done ranting, let me just say that I genuinely enjoyed it. I mean the show, not life.
Highlights? Characters are great, Saya is the best waifu. Also great animation, I love the way eyes and faces in general are drawn. Lastly, really good (and cute) opening and ending sequence.
Don't get confused by the genre tags. They're lying to you. Watch the first episode and decide yourself, whether you like it or not.
Definitely one of the better slice of lifes I watched in recent past. 1/1 (me) would recommend).
Dagashi Kashi is a really simple and easy to follow anime. Main plot is about Hotaru convincing Kokonotsu to take over the family candy shop. And almost 95% of this plot is about candy. Every episode explains literary everything about one or two particular candies but in a fun way.
Other than candy and some really good humor there is also well-placed hinted romance. But it’s more about friendship and young people planning their future. The characters are also well-made, interesting and fun to watch. I’m not a big fan of main female characters because they’re often poorly done but Hotaru is really special. Her
candy obsession never stops to amaze me. Downside is that you’ll probably get bored because every episode is similar so even if you skip a few, it’s no big deal. And it definitely doesn’t look like shounen anime to me.
So if you’re interested in japanese candies and you’re looking for some good comedy with no particular storyline this one I for you.
Dagashi Kashi is a "sweet" series. The series centres around a boy known as kokonutsu. His father tells him one day that he has to run a small shop which is his families legacy. Kokonutsu does not really want to run the store and is left to look after it. Suddenly, an insane purple haired girl who was the main reason people watched the series appears. Her name is Hotaru Shidare. She is one of the main characters. Hotaru is the daughter of a business owner for the famous Shidare Dagashi corporation. She had been sent to retrieve Kokonutsus father to get him to join
the Shidare corporation. We find out that Hotaru has a real sweet tooth, knowing pretty much anything needed to know about candy. We get to meet the 2 other main characters after Hotaru gets Kokonutsu to make a delicious new umaibo mixture. These 2 characters are the twins Says and Tou. Says runs a cafe and Tou kind of just sits there but is a likeable character. Saya is a timid, cute girl. She makes people think there's going to be a love rivalry between Hotaru and Saya but there isn't. The series serves as a way to sell Dagashi (candy). It's quite a good way to advertise something because you know a lot of people will watch it.
Now going on from all that description, here's the actual review.
Dagashi Kashi as I said is a sweet series. The characters are enjoyable, the soundtrack is good, the art is good and it's quite enjoyable.
Despite that there are a few problems with the series.
First of all, there is no story to it really making the series a bit repetitive at times. The pacing of the series I didn't really like.
There just small problems but the one true problem lies in the dub. The sub doesn't really have that much problems with the script but the dub has some really cringe worthy moments and I mean really cringe worthy moments.
If you can look past them sorts of things you might enjoy this series. Many people seem to have kind of underestimated it, mostly stopping at episode 7. I swear it gets a bit better after that. I recommend it to people who don't mind many advertisements and like a sweet, chilled, relaxing series.
Hi my name is David Cheesborg and I'm here to review this show.
In response to this query, I pondered with what little intelligence I could muster. I can only conclude, with this morally challenging question of "story," and how it was. Well, my fellow cartoon consumer, it's trash. Zippity zap, bing bong, fling flop flip. Just know that this is not a cartoon where the story isn't the main focus: it's the snacks.
The art is what is should be, and I would assume it stays true to how the author wanted it to look like. They have managed to use actual, real life,
not drawn by hand, images of the snacks to give us some real eye candy for when we buy snacks off otakumode.com(tm)* see the link below.
I like it. Nothing special.
They chose the "few pew pew" option and went with choosing a small set of great characters. You'll love these characters, they were worked on very well. The MC isn't that bad either, at least he can take hints sometimes (and sometimes those hints mean overstepping his boundaries).
Good. Very good. So much so that once I receive my paycheck I'm going to go out and buy a Dagashi Kashi themed onahole.
Sure it has some flaws (the story), but it is something worth watching. Episode 11, you'll find the most boring. It has a gag though that'll put that to rest. You won't die without watching it, but it's a good watch if you're bored.
Dagashi Kashi is basically a show featuring different kinds of Japanese snacks and candies along with light-hearted comedy and some fanservice.
The plot line about his father wanting him to succeed the candy shop so that he could work in Hotaru's company made little importance to the show (the last 2 eps}, so the anime has almost no story and are focused more on the snacks, candies, and gags.
The characters are good. Hotaru is quite an interesting ball of energy and weirdness along with Kokonotsu's father and are balanced by the more normal (but not boring) Kokonotsu and Saya. Tou, Kokonotsu's best friend, was the guy
in between, a little weird and a little normal. So all in all, the characters are almost perfectly corresponding to each other and made this show comical and amusing.
The art is amazing, but what caught my attention were their eyes, while in numerous anime these days where the eyes are largish, Dagashi Kashi did the opposite, which is what pulled me into watching it in the first place.
Overall, I would say this is good, if you are the type who wants a good laugh. Personally, this is my weekly source of entertainment when it was still ongoing and I was always looking forward to it.
The title and the plot of the anime just screams Japan, All that the anime focuses on is "DAGASHI", which would mean "Candy" in English, as childish as that may sound, its a lot more deeper than that, the way candy is shown to give nostalgic feelings to people about their child hoods and take them back to those days just by looking at the packaging is something every one in any place around the world can relate to.
The anime has a very silly side to it, a lot of gags and awkward moments that just make the "comedy" tag worth it.
I don't know a
lot about the plot, but what am sure of is that this anime wont give you much of a story, their wont be deep details about the characters past, just small flashbacks and also their isn't really any character development but for the most part you wont be needing them because the comedy itself is enough to make the story just awesome.
The art work is awesome on my side, smooth movements and Exaggerated boob sizes is what made me watch the anime in the first place (sorry if you find that offensive).
Considering that their inst much of a story to follow, its a great thing the anime has awesome art work that wont bore you to death.
The anime in all aspects is very good in my opinion, its one of those anime that don't use a lot of plot and story line to get you excited about the next episode. waiting for whatever crazy thing HOTARU is gonna do is fun for me.If you haven't checked it out, then I hope you don't miss out on this one.
Well this is my first review and I'm writing this because I thought that many people rated it too low.
About the story, it was pretty okay. You have a bunch of teens living in the countryside and doing the usual stuff. They sometimes go to the "dagashi" shop and talk about the origin of the sweets they eat. There is not much more to it. So, if you like deep anime with a serious plot, this is not it. It's more a "product" anime that you watch for your own enjoyment or to kill some time.
About the art, I'm sorry, I am no expert and
my opinions on it usually are pretty subjective, so I just gonna say that it looks polished and the animation is pretty nice. I didn't notice too much lazy tricks or any awful drawings.
The sound doens't have a lot of imporance. The opening was nice and the ending was funny. Ambient music was inmersive for me.
Regarding the characters, I found them the best part of this anime because they are funny and likeable. You have 2 girls and 2 guys. The girls just hang around talking about love, life and that kind of stuff. The guys look at the girls and want to be popular,which is quite hard in a village like the one they live in. But I really liked their development, because you get to see how are they in their daily lives and what they do. Basically, they are "real" people.
I rated it 10 in enjoyment because I like this kind of animes and enjoyed the humor and stories about candy origins.
Overall, yes, it may be kind of an advertisement for japanese candy but it is worth watching just because it has a peaceful atmosphere and lots of funny jokes.
Sorry if this is a bad review or it has lots of mistakes. I just wanted to give my opinion on this anime because I really liked it and thought there were too much reviews that positioned it in a bad place.
I really think it deserves a shot if you like relaxed anime about everyday life with no significant plot.
I found it similar to Non Non Biyori or Barakamon, so if you liked those, definitely give it a try.
Thanks for reading this. Feel free to point out my mistakes. (And sorry for the grammar, english is not my native language so I may have made some mistakes)
Candy has never been this delicious hasn't it...right Hotaru?.
This anime is a slice of life comedy through and through from it's setting of a rural town to the local candy store which is the setting for most of the anime screentime. The comedy like it's "slice of life" genre has simple yet some fanservicey punchlines from the minimal cast however even with 5 main cast members, their chemistry together makes the comedy all the more entertaining and relatable.
Although the comedy revolves around traditional Japanese candy that may deter or confuse some people, it still has substance in comedy and relatablity. Candy has always been
a kind of food you could actually have fun with, savour the flavour and best of all, nostalgia, thus it "just being a Japanese candy, I won't get it"...isn't much of an excuse...we've all had childhood where we had candy and this anime only reinforces that through comedic timing and characters.
There are a bit of referential humor from the "product placement" mascots of the Japanese candy (where that actually might deter you but considering that this anime gives some history to these candy at the very least they do that so you CAN be in the loop) and really the humor can go either way, either you'll see it blatant product placement or if the comedic timing is right, can be a good laugh, really what LA is saying is that the referential humor can be a hit or a miss.
Onto the characters, Kokonotsu does have "dense male protagonist" syndrome however he does "know what he likes" but is too shy about it, that person being Hotaru who invigorates the anime and comedy with her eccentric skits and candy-addiction and she too is rather dense in the romance department only because she's just utterly obsessed with candy AND trying to get Kokonotsu to take the mantle for his father's shop. Saya Endou voiced by ''Manami Numakura'' and her brother Tou Endou voiced by ''Tatsuhisa Suzuki'' are Kokonotsu's childhood friends, with Saya having a tsundere crush over Kokonotsu with Tou giving that shipping for those two. Finally You comes in here and there but he's usually loafing around or trying to intact a plan along with Hotaru to get Kokonotsu to be the owner of his shop. These 5 characters do have their other quirks and running gags used in differing ways to produced some decent comedy through their chemistry together with some satisfaction in terms of timing and setting. LA's favourite character?...it was a tie between Hotaru and Saya however over time LA sided with Saya, ohh and these characters do develop over time, but you might be saying that for a slice of life comedy?, what do they develop?, well they grow as characters through their relationships and comedic banter with one another, especially Hotaru as we know the least about her with candy being both the core focus as well as setting for development.
In terms of animation by Studio feel, as eccentric to plain as the character designs are, they exceeded in terms of backgrounding and referential effects, thus the animation by feel is by all means decent enough. The ending is one with no resolution to the major plotlines from the love triangle to Kokonotsu becoming the owner of the candy shop...your gonna be slightly angry by this, but considering this anime adaptation is still from an ongoing manga, LA was kinda expecting this thus the "slightly angry" statement.
Dagashi Kashi may look like a "blatant advertisement for traditional Japanese candy", but it definitely has something more than that, LA is gonna be slightly cheesy here but it does have heart in it's characters for their enthusiasm and love of candy, it may not be thee best comedy of Winter 2016 (as that honor goes to ''Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!''), but for a slice of life, relaxing comedy with candy and one eccentric girl in it's skits, it definitely caters to that.
Apart from the fun and sweet (pun intended) nature of Dagashi Kashi, in all my reviews, this has been the hardest review ever as there's lots that conflicts with your mind and the fact that how much you enjoy it is severely hindered by the focus on Japan and it's sweets, something Westerners won't understand.
It starts off excellently, it made me think that it's gonna be some Ecchi anime with a dash of romance included but boy was I wrong. Instead, it turned out to be a slice of life comedy with a huge focus on sweets particularly Japanese
sweets and their origin. The middle part is the reason for it's mediocre rating, it's just too difficult for Western audiences to delve into the show and understand each and every reference and it. This anime was one of those cases of an anime "Made by a Japanese Studio for a Japanese Audience" and sadly unlike other reference-heavy anime like Gintama this can't be maneuvered by a simple Translator's Note... That aside, what made up for it is the easy pace and thankfully worthwhile ending. Though the ending is not exactly giving closure a second season is coming up on Jan 12th next year and so this ending makes sense.
Made by feel. I was a bit surprised at the attractive artstyle of Dagashi Kashi because their previous works felt kinda average for me. Kiss x Sis, Mayo Chiki, last year's Konobi, the ever popular (and imo slightly disappointing) SNAFU Season 2 along with this year's Tsukigakirei are all examples of anime that looked very average in their artstyle. But out of all these, Dagashi Kashi felt a tad better. Character designs were more colorful with a lot of focus on the face, backgrounds looked better, and the list went on. These all made me feel as if Dagashi Kashi is one of the best looking anime made by feel. and so even if it doesn't have the best of stories by feel. animated anime it certainly looks great.
The OP/ED were really catchy and both perfectly showed the message of the anime clearly. Though yet again I preferred the ED over the OP (this has been going on for the past few reviews I've done, the ED just feels better than the OP). Now obviously one may appeal over the other for you (or none at all) but I can tell you this much that both were fun to watch and were animated nicely as well. The BGM however, even I with a great memory of BGM couldn't find it memorable at all. It felt bland and totally forgettable... Otherwise it was great.
I marvelled at how they made a female MC so amazing YET she doesn't fall in love with the male MC as it happens in most similar anime of its kind (but then there's a season 2 so who knows?). Who am I talking about? Hotaru of course! She wasn't just your fanservice character, she was unique. No wonder she was the face of the anime. She loved sweets, she loved them so much that I can kind of understand why there's no romance yet. Upbeat, cheerful, and outright wierd, Hotaru had it all. Definitely my 2nd favorite Purple-Haired girl. On the other side we have Coconut- I mean Kokonotsu. He as well as Hotaru is a refreshing character in the way that he isn't some hopeless creature who doesn't have any aim and still gets all the girls. He has his motivations for being a manga-writer, he has his reasons to refuse the post of succeeding his eccentric Ramune-loving Dad at the Sweet Shop. What makes him so much fun as a character is that he's quite relatable as a character. For the supporting cast we have Saya and Tou, who do a very good job as support. The former got more screentime and development but the latter had an important part to play as well. I am quite surprised at how such a small cast of around 5-6 characters pulled it off, but well done.
It was a treat (pun intended) watching Dagashi Kashi. Since I'm on a slice of life binge right now, I came across it when looking for the upcoming Winter 2018 anime where I noticed season 2 listed there and got intrigued (NOT by Hotaru mind you, I-I w-wont get attracted to a show because of that b-baka!) and gave the first season a shot (of non-alcoholic Beer) and enjoyed it. I would have loved if there was a focus on Romance as well but I'll look to the positive side and hope that the second season has some much-needed romance and I assure you, if there IS romance it's score will be ahead of the first season's. The slice of life aspect was nicely done and I liked the characters and their design as well. Overall I'm hyped for season 2!
Overall: 8.2 (Averaged)
Comedy, sweets, infotainment Dagashi Kashi had it all. It blended all these things perfectly and unlike Hotaru's medicine is sure to make you feel better and happy once you finish the series. An underrated gem, Dagashi Kashi is a must-watch for all Slice of Life fan, comedy fans and of course fans of Ramune-loving I mean Japanese sweets! Here's to a wonderful series and here's to a hopefully better season 2 as well!
P.S: Why the "De!"s? It's obviously a reference.
P.P.S: Now this is quite obvious but Hotaru best girl <3
This anime is criminally underrated here, probably because it has every qualities to get a low score on myanimelist. (episodic manner, non-plot-heavy, fan-services, mysterious Japanese snacks and commercial-ish) It is not the type of anime that everyone would like, but I am glad that I never trust the score of MAL and believe in my intuition when I picking up anime.
For the story, as a Slice of Life anime, it never intends to tell a story. Plot almost doesn't exist to begin with. Therefore it is kind of irrelevant and unfair to judge the value of this anime with its plot.
art and sounds, snacks look delicious. Eyes are unique. OP and ED are catchy. The voice acting is great. Hotaru is voiced by Taketatsu Ayana, who is a very polished voice actor. other characters are also voiced by experienced voice actors.
Characters: It has a very small cast of only 5 people. All 5 of them are fun to watch. No complains.
Enjoyment: The most important aspect of an anime is always the enjoyment. This anime can be thoroughly enjoyable, can be terrible. It really depends on what types of viewer you are.
1. Fan-services: This anime has a moderate amount of it which make the it overall more fun to watch, so it's good news for me. What's better is that they didn't overdone it, snacks and talks are still the major appeal of this show.
2. Sense of humour: If you like the following things, you will like this anime.
-Innuendos: This anime has a lots of Innuendos, they are like the refined form of fan-services, and are even more exciting than flashing boobs.
-''Ridiculous humour'': Hotaru is a ridiculous character, it is an enjoyment to watch Hotaru talking and acting over-the-top about snacks.
-Parody: The parody are the core of this anime, mostly in two forms:
1. characters acting so serious over some silliy competition
2. anthropomorphic snacks having some little drama
It's really a personal factor. I don't know the situation overseas, but Japanese snacks like Babystar, Umaibou and Morinaga milk candy are very accessible in Hong Kong. Of course not all of them are available in local snacks store, but even when they are not available, we always can have their China counterpart (counterfeit). I don't know how to describe the feeling when they talk about my childhood snacks. Maybe it's like meeting my childhood friends? I really don't know, but I thoroughly enjoy it.
So overall it is a 9 out of 10 for me. I am really disappointed to see this anime is not loved here, but I mean different audience have different tastes, it is what it is. Some may call it a snack commercial. I believe it is, I even prepare some Dagashi to eat while watching the last few episodes. Therefore it is a successful commercial anime. Can't wait to watch season 2.
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It's all about a mangaka teen who's father wants him to take over his dagashi store (think London corner shop) called Kokonotsu. A while later he meets a girl who looks exactly like the one from his manga, except this one has a sweet tooth for anything Japanese and edible (or non-edible, for that matter), and an extremely inappropriate sense of humour (which is what we all like) which derives from the fact that she doesn't really know where the boundaries stand or the concept of an innuendo. And then shit happens for 12 episodes.
The whole of the main
story (mostly spoiler-free) is in the first paragraph. Besides that, Dagashi Kashi is more like a 12-episode, 23 minute commercial for various Japanese sweet companies. Each episode is laid in the format that "Kokonotsu does something related to some random-ass sweet, Hotaru finds out and realises, she spends an eternity lecturing him on the sweet's history and intricate details no-one but "tru dagashi fanatiks" care about.". Despite this, I found the story interesting as I could learn about various Japanese sweets, and I got to see more of Best Girl Saya and Big Boobs Hotaru.
Everything in the show is actually surprisingly well drawn, although the artist's style of drawing eyes is wildly weird for me (weird circles instead of an iris and pupil), although I believe this fits the style of the rest. Dagashi Kashi's animation is actually pulled off pretty well, and flawed only by slight marks of dullness and not much variety or showcasing of it's limits.
The voice acting is well done (even in the dub) and both the OP and ED songs are catchy enough for me to remember them long after DK's finished airing. There's not much to talk about here, but I will also remark that the sound effects used with in are also of a high quality and good use in my opinion.
+1 point for "Huge Heavies Hotaru" : a fun and humorous but also dagashi-educated purple-haired weirdo
+200 points for Best Girl Saya : sharp-minded, sharp-tongued, and sharp-toothed, what's not to love about this mini-tsundere wrapped in a StarRamyunBucks apron?
+1 point for the mangaka trope which is still good
+1 point for the not that funny guy who thinks he's funny, Endou
+999 points for the YouTuber dad who fails at everything he does
The characters are well fleshed-out and have interesting backstories (besides Hotaru, which we don't know much about), and behave in a way realistic of those who would be placed in the same situation in real life.
I enjoyed watching approximately 10,560 seconds of what seemed to be a Japanese snacks commercial, surprisingly. I'd really want to see what happens between Kokonotsu and Saya, as we all know that it's meant to be.
A commercial worth paying for. Dagashi Kashi was a good watch, and I'd recommend it to someone interested in Japanese culture.
This anime remind me summer when I was in eight-nine grade in school. Even not summer, but my writing about "How I spend my summer."
For me, it was that type of compositions when you sit at evening and try to find something worthwhile and not too embarrassing. Because nothing worthwhile didn't happen. Heroic deals - not for you, supernatural things always happens in other countries, apocalypse was canceled. All what you do: just went outdoor, met your friends, walk nearby with silly thoughts and do dummy things. You can't write about it, it was fun for you, not for anybody else.
And "Dagashi Kashi" is
exactly about this kind of summer. It set of short stories about teenagers (Kokonotsu, Hotaru, Saya and Tou) who doing nothing special. Hotaru with hers perverted on sweets mind, all time finds some game to play. Kokonotsu, because of none more important job to do, join her. Tou is just a dude, who thinking about boobs and how to become popular, and Saya looking at this zoo with curiosity and try to understand, what sense in all of this.
But there is no sense, it just fun, good and so nostalgic to do dummy things, without any hint on moral. Eat candies, relax and you will be happy.
So, this anime had no plot (but who need plot in sitcom?), jokes were sometimes childish. But this summer atmosphere and nostalgy for better days (with no regret) deliver some enjoyment.
You rarely see an anime that actually teach you something (specially Japanese culture), or that's probably just me 'cause I rarely watch anime...
Anyway, the whole anime is really nice. Really light, and doesn't force you on the main plot. I like how it's being playful and gave a tickle on the fan-service/ecchi side.
You really could just jump between episodes if you're a bit lazy (or just want to re-watch) since it's really doesn't have a major plot. The plot is there so the main girl have at least *some* purpose. In my opinion, if there's no major plot, only a girl with a love of
snack like some weed junkie loving... his weed, it's still a good and happy-go-lucky anime.
The only flaw I have it's that (for me) it feels a tad fast, and it's kind of sad that they're not THAT focus on the major thing, which is making the main character be an owner of some shop so his dad could work on this big corporate.
Would actually wait for a season 2. If there isn't a season 2, it'll be fine too