Bonobono is an anime short that is focused on the lives of a few animals. Each episode is about five and a half minutes long, and the cast of characters is fairly small. Bonobono originally aired in the 90s, and this is the 2016 take on the show. To be clear, I have not seen the original so this review is just based on the 2016 version.
While some episodes do continue on into the next one or reference each other, the story is for the most part not exactly fluid. Each episode is extremely mellow, and shows us Bonobono (the blue
sea otter guy in the picture) living a peaceful life with his animal friends and father. There's a chipmunk, a racoon, and more. Even though Bonobono's life is peaceful, him and his friends seem to wonder about strange things and often find themselves looking for answers to the many questions of life.
The sound for this show is something that I imagine is not for everyone. Bonobono's voice actor and the rest of the cast fit perfectly in my opinion, but I could see some people being turned off by Bonobono and his father's voices in particular. They almost seem kind of... slow... The background music is again, very mellow, but perfectly fitting in my opinion. The ED is great as well, it always gets stuck in my head.
Each character in Bonobono is unique and clueless in their own way. They rely on each other to try and answer their many curiosities. The show is comical in this way, as sometimes the "conclusions" they come to based off of their friends' information are quite ridiculous. It is definitely dry humor, and will probably make you shake your head a few times.
I like the art for this show because it is simple and represents the show perfectly. Everything about this show is simple, but rightfully so.
The episodes are a perfect time length, and I really enjoy this show every week. I don't foresee this changing, and if you have seen the show you would know why. You kind of know what to expect each week with this show. Not in terms of story, but what kind of show you are going to get. It has not changed in 22 episodes and is successfully heartwarming each time I watch it. Give this show a shot, as I am not sure why it has such a low rating on here. It's only 5.5 minutes and definitely worth it.