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.
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
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.
If one of your most cherished things in life includes big-breasted anime chicks whose gozongas defy physics and regularly burst out of their bra for no conceivable reason, why, have I got the anime for you.
That Getsuyoubi no Tawawa is also heart-warming and not completely terrible is perhaps just secondary to the visual feast.
I find myself in a conflicting position, as, while I am a healthy, adult male who enjoys healthy-adult-male-things, I am also bothered by media that contain these things without good reason-- or any reason, for that matter. A story about a model - fine. Flat-out pornography - also fine. Contrived
sexual situations that would never, ever occur in reality - not so fine!
Getsuyoubi no Tawawa seems to think its viewers are so lacking in an attention-span that they cannot even complete a three-minute episode without the heroines' breasts hitting a dude in the face or bursting through their shirt every thirty seconds or so. The main heroine is so lacking in other qualities that she is known merely as I-Chan - so named after her colossal cup size. It is as if the show just surrenders to the notion that anime is synonymous with these tropes and is incapable of being interesting without. If it were deliberately trying to be sexy or pornographic there would be little issue, but instead it attempts to be cute and heartwarming. And so it is. And therein lies the problem.
Little about Getsuyoubi no Tawawa's story makes it seem like the typical ecchi anime. It develops the relationship between the protagonist and their respective heroine in a fairly cute and innocent way, even if there may be a bit (a lot) of sexual tension along the way. Every character within the anime is a genuinely kind and decent person, and it is palpably clear that they have feelings for the other with regards to more than just their body. It feels less an ecchi anime and more a romance. If it were longer, that could possibly have become more a reality than a feeling. But as it stands, it is a confused story, unaware of its potentials, unsure of what it wants to be.
I can appreciate how the anime deals with primarily adult characters. It illustrates the tedium of the salaryman, their life being dull and tiring enough that merely having a cute girl to talk to the on the train every week is enough to make one happy. It understandably does not go much into depth with regards to their working life (aside from the occasional after-work drinking), but giving the audience a glimpse into their life and something to identify with still does a lot in making the romance more meaningful than all the impromptu bra explosion does. Sure, it would have been better yet if the main heroine was an adult, too, rather than another wretched high school student, but there's only so much one can ask for in today's anime industry. Joy.
It is also worth mentioning that while most anime with a short run-time are of relatively low production-quality, Getsuyoubi no Tawawa looks and sounds quite decent. Its cute, heart-warming piano pieces do well to give emotional weight to an anime that really should not have any. And I was absolutely sure, based on how cute she was and how well she performed the role, that the main heroine's voice actor was someone renowned, but was pleasantly surprised to find she is a new face in the industry altogether. There's certainly worse anime to debut in.
Same can be said for Getsuyoubi no Tawawa as a whole, really. It could be worse. But it could also be much better.
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."