The anime follows a salaryman who has a chance meeting with a girl named Ai on the train. They begin to meet every Monday on the train, with the man serving as her bodyguard on the crowded commute while they chat.
Wow, MAL doesn't get Tawawa. Why am I not surprised.
Some medium culture worth having before watching (or bashing) this series:
Each episode is less than 5 minutes and is available worldwide on YouTube.
Watch it. Didn't like it? Walk away. Like it? Watch the rest, it gets comfier.
What is this series?
Getsuyoubi no Tawawa, or Tawawa on Monday, is the anime adaptation of Himura Kiseki's doujinshi series with the same name. It's fundamentally a compilation of episodic short stories revolving, usually, a main average couple and a mundane event.
The purpose of Tawawa, both in its doujinshi and anime form, is to work as a healing antidote against Monday Blues. That's precisely why the main characters are Japanese salaryman, new episodes were released on Monday, there's Monday on the title, and the original drawings are all in monochrome blue.
The situations take unrealistic twists, the girls are unrealistically perfect?
This is an escapism series. That's the point.
But there's no plot, it's just fanservice!
Well no shit Sherlock.
The original drawings, which this series is based of, were posted on Himura's twitter (@strangestone) and were mostly without dialogue until serialization was considered. They are supposed to be cute and heartwarming, not tell the greatest love story ever told.
And yes, there's still a solid, concise and well-developed storyline. Which shows Ai-chan and Salaryman's relationship evolving as well as the other characters.
Way more than you'd expect from a 5min ONA (yes, it's on niconico and YouTube) doujinshi-inspired short story.
What is Tawawa?
Tawawa is the name of the train station central to the story, where Ai-chan and Salaryman first met. All the stories happen somewhat near it and all the characters are living relatively close to each other, as to say, in the same prefecture.
Tawawa is also slang for "dropping", "overflowing" obvious reference to the amusingly huge racks of the girls appearing on this series.
Then why is this worth watching or special whatsoever?
It's up to you.
Sometimes a little break from reality can be nice. Especially if it's accompanied by cute soundtrack and neat VAs. Maybe it's not your thing, but the short stories are undeniably sweet and will add an extra sugar on your life.
This series in particular could be regarded as special for the future of doujinshi and ONA/OVA adaptations because it marks an accomplishment.
Himura has been growing in the doujin scenario for a while, selling a bunch of volumes on Comiket, but receiving a GOOD anime adaptation of his work like this one is opening the door for many future works to come. Be it from himself or any other author.
It's great to see a promising author get some recognition and on top of that, with a very good animation quality.
Smh but look at all this sexism! OMG such stereotypical object girls. What an offense. Why would anyone with decency watch this pathetic fantasy of a degenerate otaku!?
I don't know. I don't care. Fuck off.
Yes, this wasn't exactly a review.
I'm not discussing artwork, sound, directing, etc. it's a bloody ONA. read more
This anime has no content; no worthwhile characters, no epic action, no funny comedy, no gripping drama, no nothing.
What it has, however, is big breasts. Tons and tons of big breasts. All the time. All the goddamned time. The one time a girl is flat, she grows. The main girl is nicknamed for her cup size. All the men love big breasts. Everything is big breasts.
And I hate big breasts. As men should, they're ugly and cause nothing but pain and trouble for girls. So watching this drivel was freaking torture. Adult men should like big asses, breasts are for hungry babies.
And like I said, there is nothing but big breasts in this sad, pathetic excuse for a show. So there's only one thing and is the worst thing ever created. Pituful.
Summary: Unless your age is measured in months, avoid like the plague. read more
If you don't have anything against a mind numbing, self insert series like this one, then go for it.
I was lured into watching Getsuyoubi no Tawawa from a couple of funny/cute gifs. "Maybe the show is about working and the troubles that comes with it? Maybe it's an office drama with tight and exciting deadlines that HAVE to be met. Maybe it's a slice of life comedy series NOT set in high school?"
Maybe it's a show that only drives the point forward that anime was a mistake.
The story is actually decent (And by decent, I mean 4/10). A guy meets a girl on the subway (by her smashing her tits into his face nonetheless) and they become acquainted with each other. Each episode has a setup, so that he always meets the girl on the subway once the day is over. They made something that works. It's not something groundbreaking, but it works.
The animation is the only thing good (good is a broad statement) about this. If you're going to have a show about cute girls, you'd better animate the girls well. And so they did. Tits swinging when they walk, subtle details with the hair, sakuga when they whisper in his ear. Gotta give credit where credit is due.
Sound is fair. There is nothing remarkable about the soundtrack, the voice actors or even the sound effects.
Pathetic. The word pathetic that is tied together with the "1" score is a perfect summary of the characters in this anime. The main character is a bland canvas for the working man to cast himself upon. Faceless in the most literal way. No personality other than works hard and doesn't date, just like most of the Japanese people that this show is aimed at. Gotta know the target demographic.
Each episode introduces a cardboard cutout, big titted, happy go fucking lucky character that in some divine way manages to get into contact with the main character. There is no personality, there is no character development. Each girl is particularly crafted in order to satisfy each and every niche the viewer might have.
The enjoyment in this, is (for me at least) very low. Sure, I love tits as much as the next guy, but if it's the only thing that this show has to offer, then porn can do marginally better.
Overall, the show is pure and simple a way for the working Japanese citizen to sit back, relax and just try and place themselves in a better place. So in order for you to enjoy it, you have to take your expectation and set them WAAAAAY low.
This is definitely more of a 'healing' anime than other shows with that description. Way more painful too.
Some might call this escapism, if they do I think they're missing the point. The term 'escapism' should only be applied to works that allow us to delve into our fantasies rather than tickle our imaginations. Tawawa is soothing only because we have to distance ourselves from what is happening on screen in order to fully enjoy it. Because there is the realization in the backs of our minds that, no matter what, we're never going to get a cheerful titty monster of our own, we can laugh about how wishful it all is without becoming invested at all in the fantasy. All the while, however, we can still get some happiness out of it. Happiness, of course, tempered by the all too apparent truth, a truth that this anime makes no attempt to obscure. Half of the pleasure in watching this show comes from its affirmation of the gloominess in the real world. Cynical-optimism I'd call it. This really is the best therapy you could ask for after a long day. If anyone on here actually has a stressful job, they should be watching this.
The faceless (and sometimes voiceless) males in Tawawa are only a little closer to having their dreams come true than we are. Save for perhaps button-man, the titty goddesses are just as (seemingly) unobtainable. (Though the anime is ambiguous enough to hint at what's possible) Just as we await the release of a new episode, these tired and broken down men do all they can to make sure they can spend even just a little time with their big breasted saviors. Bright spots in an otherwise dark week; the episodes are 4 minutes long for a reason.
The shorts are also surprisingly well made. Episode 11 even has an ingenious use of ( space ), and mood. The last episode is mellow, but upbeat and it knows what buttons to push and when to relieve. Aired right on time for a lonely Christmas.
To enjoy Tawawa beyond a superficial level you'd have to have the right mindset and life experience, because, let's be honest, a Japanese salaryman will get more out of this than the average MAL 14 year old, who, when reviewing would probably use the term "fanservice." read more