Ancient Japan is under attack by powerful beings called "Kamikui," and it is up to the "Oni" and his band of eight beautiful female warriors to stop them. Each of these girls have unique skills, abilities, and personalities. They partner themselves with the Oni, Jin, to stop the miasma of darkness sweeping across Japan. Onigiri follows the escapades of Jin and his merry companions as they strengthen their bonds and fend off the demonic invasion.
I'm pretty hardcore about anime, especially ones based on video games. Because of this, I try to give just about every anime I find a chance, including this. I've never played the game, so perhaps I'm not being entirely fair with this review, but these are just my honest opinions with the anime which may or may not change over time.
First thing you need to know is that these episodes are only about 3-4 minutes long, so you can knock all of the episodes out in about an hour. May or may not be for the best in this case.
The art style and characters were
actually pretty charming, though due to the shortness of each episode, they can't and don't use much time to flesh the character development out, instead just adding more characters we know even less about. In turn, we know very little about them and leave us constantly wondering "who are these characters and why should we care?" For all those pervs out there, they DO label the girl's measurements, so that's something, but don't expect much fanservice if you're here for that. You'll have to look elsewhere.
Ultimately, this is where things start to fall apart. Also a consequence of the episodes being so short, they always move from one plot point, almost rush it, then move on to the next. At the very least, they make up for it by being somewhat humorous, and the comedy can be pretty charming too.
All in all however, the lack of character development, plot points, and run time makes it seem like one thing to me: an advertisement. Essentially, it's just one big advertisement for the video game. At the very least, it does succeed in grabbing interest in the game, but the anime however I felt could've been better, especially since other anime adaptions of video games have proved to be more enjoyable while still grabbing interest for the game.
The ultimate question though is "Should you watch it?" Well, it's not terrible, it's at the very least decent. If you're a veteran of the Onigiri game or if you just love that genre, it would be worth your time, but if you're looking for something considered a masterpiece, this isn't what you're looking for.
An anime short being meta about it being an anime adaptation from an Online MMO?
Onigiri really follows a meta comedy with the main cast of Onigiri and changes genre alot at the same time.
The comedy being meta is taken as either repetitive or funny for the most part, the repetitiveness comes from the character gags but where it is funny is when the comedy takes focus on the typical MMO gameplay and then brings in a punchline and those episodes were the best part of the comedy.
Onigiri has a habit of changing genres from time to time, from typical romance, idols, tragic romance turned
shounen and heck MECHA!!!, the comedy with all these genre-changing actually does work albeit the comedy incorporates meta-gamplay.
The characters however are stereotypical with just the one trait/running gag that they have. Besides the very bland character traits, if there was any characters LA liked was Shizuka Gozen voiced by Aina Suzuki, ONLY because she had the most screentime overall along with Ibaraki-douji voiced by Suzuko Mimori because of her distinct character design, on the other hand, Kijimuna voiced by Nozomi Kishita was just plain annoying.
The animation done by Pierrot Plus, well LA kinda thought the animation was decent at best, from the bright character designs blending well rampantly chaotic battles to the 8bit animation style at times to some of the more quirkier moments, the animation is decent.
LA was hoping that Onigiri would have been a full-fledge 23 minute anime instead of being an anime short as LA heard the MMO has a storyline over gameplay, however for what it Onigiri is as an anime short for what it is as a comedy anime short trying to advertise the MMO to us, it kinda did it's job.
Onigiri. The short mmorpg battle anime that surrounds several girls that continue to fight against the supposedly evil Kamikui. In all honesty, before watching this anime, don't expect tons of intense battles, though there are a few. It's more like a random rpg style slice of life anime.
Story 7/10: Not much really. There are several mini stories/arcs in the anime that usually last one episode. It's a slice of life anime with no plot (sort of like One Punch Man).
Art 9/10: Average art. It wasn't amazing, but it wasn't bad. I liked it, and the art style suits the anime for what it is.
This anime has an opening, and a decent ost, but no ending. The opening song Hime wa Rankiryuu☆Goikkousama is cheerful and happy. It doesn't wow me, and the way the anime opening is done is rather simple. Flashing all the characters in front of your eyes with some simple battle scenes, special move, or flashback to cover the last episode.
Characters 7/10: Not very unique, but likable. All the girls are cute, and there is a catgirl in the anime for anyone that likes those. Nyaa~
Enjoyment 8/10: This was an anime I didn't really look forward too every week, but it didn't make me bored either. It was fun while it lasted, and I enjoyed the anime even if it had no plot.
Overall 7/10: This anime was good, but it didn't do an outstanding job. It had some comedy, a few battle scenes, and some fanservice that I enjoyed, but it's not worthy of being a masterpiece. Just another fun short anime to watch with not many expectations.
Not big stuff, each episode is about 4 minutes long with about 1 minute being the opening, but I did laugh at some points.
-The story is almost non-existent, there's the universe (based on the game, which I enjoy a lot may I say), and not much more than that. One thing that I didn't like about it was the lack of direction, because it seems like the story could go somewhere, but they shoot it to random places, so you feel lost and just "what is happening and why?". Other bad thing is that is TOO rushed, but I won't judge that since it's an
3 minutes long anime.
-Characters have their charm, but don't develop or show much personality in the anime, so here they're kinda forgettable. Though they're pretty cool in the game, the anime doesn't explore even a bit of them. Thing that I hate is that the male protagonists of the game were basically cut, only appearing as background characters used for a joke.
-Art was fine, but sometimes it felt like it was "lacking" something, I think they could do something better, specially 'cause there's not much episode time to animate.
-Sound had nothing to complain, but nothing to praise as well. I liked the narrator though, that deserve some mention. Male characters doesn't have voice, that's kinda bad but at least they joked about this.
-As of enjoyment, there was time I just wanted the episode to be over, but there is some entertainment as well, such as some comedy parts and even that Gargoyle part (I liked that, but I hated how that part ended).
Overall is not a BAD anime, but is a skipable one. Since it's so short, if you want watch something and have some laughs and kill some time, or maybe if you like the game that it's based on, that's a good choice to try. (Specially if you like the game, since you know the characters and the universe)