Yoshiko Hanabatake is an idiot beyond all belief. Somehow managing to consistently score zeroes on all of her tests and consumed by an absurd obsession with bananas, her senseless acts have caused even her own mother to lose all hope. Only one person is up to the task of keeping her insanity in check: childhood friend Akuru "A-kun" Akutsu.
Though he bemoans the ridiculous behavior he has to endure, the studious but terrifying A-kun is always ready to put an end to any stupidity Yoshiko gets up to, with no qualms about using physical force. Unfortunately, no matter how many times he attempts to knock some sense into her, the girl bounces right back to her usual shenanigans, even dragging in some other eccentrics along for the ride. Try as he might to rein in her nonsense, every moment is unpredictable with Yoshiko and her profound idiocy on the loose.
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TL;DR: An idiot girl getting into endless shenanigans that keeps viewers just laughing till their precious buttocks fall off.
[Story: 4/10 , Characters: 8/10, Art: 8/10, Sound: 6/10, Enjoyment: 9/10]
What is Aho Girl? What isn't Aho girl? Should I even watch this anime? If you think this anime looks stupid and the premise you've read on MAL sounds dumb then you are even more of an "Aho" than the main girl is in this anime. Seriously, Aho Girl (Idiot Girl) is your classic boke and tsukkomi style comedy with plenty of slapstick. If you just want to turn off your brain and laugh
your ass off, this is definitely that show. I have never seen so much savagery in anime. The brutality is absolutely barbaric. It's just gag after gag after gag. One of the best 15 minute ab workout ever. Your sides will hate you but they will thank you.
This is your classic yin-yang sort of anime where the characters and the story directly compliments each other. One can't live without the other. Though there are numerous characters introduced as the anime goes on, the main characters are, Yoshiko, a masochist idiot beyond all belief, and her childhood crush A-Kun, a genius sadist beyond all belief. Every time Yoshiko's idiosyncrasies rises to a peak, A-Kun brutally punches it down to normalize the situation. It is this exchange of quit pro quo that makes this anime so hilarious. Even though viewers might feel bad for Yoshiko because of all the sufferings she endures due to her stupidity. However, she's literally the anthropomorphized genderbent version of Patrick Star. Not to mention she deserves every bit of it.
Each episode consists of few short gags. Even though you know it will feature some sort of idiotic stunt from the MC, needless to say, each gag remains fresh despite reusing running joke here and there. As the show goes on, we are introduced to various side characters ranging from Yandere Killer Mom to Tsundere Lewd President to Kuudere Dumb Sister to Overtly Charismatic Doge. At first they appear smart however as the show goes everyone but A-kun slowly becomes an idiot. There's a popular fan theory from avid manga readers that it's all A-Kun's fault. He sucks the intelligence out of everyone around him. He has like a 20 foot radius that sucks away at least 50 points of intelligence from everyone who enters. True or False, well that's for you to decide.
Anyways, the art & animation in this anime is pretty good. The studio did great justice to this anime despite it being an anime short. It's beautifully hand drawn and all the characters somehow stand out from one another. Not just the character design, the seiyuus in this anime heightened the enjoyment factor even more. Specifically the seiyuu of Yoshiko. She did a fantastic job. The OP and ED songs are funny and compliments the comedy style of this anime. The background score didn't stand out much but that can be overlooked.
Overall, if you are looking for a short anime with endless comedy gags with no clear story or plot but just laughter, then this anime is for you. It's slightly lewd, slightly dramatic but over the top comedy. Anyways, give it a watch and tell me later how great your abs look from all that laughter.
Btw, did you know that "Baka" and "Aho" are synonyms. People who live in the eastern half of central Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba) generally use Aho whilst rarely using Baka when serious. This is reversed in the western half of Japan, (Osaka, Kyoto,) resulting in some minor arguments between Tomins (Capital Citizens) and Osakans.
P.S. Thank you for reading. I hope you found this short and supaishi review helpful!
Hidden beneath the antics, the one-liners, and the pop culture references, Aho Girl’s goal is obvious even to the untrained eye; it desires your attention. “Look at me! Look at me!” Aho Girl screams, waving its arms and jumping about in a frenzied, excessive, and desperate manner. In doing so, this show has managed to not only work but endear itself to the audience as well. Quite a few seasonal viewers have been smitten over this show and, at first glance, it’s easy to see why. Aho Girl is energetic. It’s straightforward. And it’s occasionally charming. However, Aho Girl is also painful to watch.
foremost, this show is simply not funny. For Aho Girl, which largely subdues its aesthetics in an effort to emphasize its writing, this is a severely damaging flaw. Aho Girl fancies itself an extravagant comic extraordinaire yet it never fully ventures into the absurd; it’s as if Aho Girl is frightened of abandoning its slice-of-life roots and as a result is rather hesitant of displaying signs of vivaciousness. The instances where its comic genius sparks to life are memorable in their own right (the homage to the Power Rangers, in particular) but they are few and far between. It hardly helps that Aho Girl, like most mediocre comedies, is obsessed with explaining the jokes to you; with every act of mischief, there’s not only a character (read: the “self-insert”) elaborating on the details of said act but there are also occasional cues from Aho Girl itself that tell you how the act was intended to be funny. As this show can attest to, even comedies can be guilty of infodumping.
From the first episode, Aho Girl is engaged in a war against common sense. This is a show that prides itself in its intentional stupidity; for Aho Girl, lapses in judgment and instances of in-the-moment logic are par for the course. A carefree attitude and general acts of silliness are a major source of this show’s appeal. That said, Aho Girl underwhelms when it attempts a serious approach; it’s as if the show doesn’t understand its audience. Most viewers appreciate Aho Girl because of its slapstick humor, because of the amusing eyecatches, because of its short runtime and, yes, because of the fanservice. I doubt that these viewers picked up Aho Girl for the half-baked, insipid, and monotonous moments of insight that ultimately result in little but wasted time. These moments of insight are not only executed poorly but their suitability is subpar; Aho Girl tends to observe the most trivial matters, like a low score on a quiz, and overexert itself when it should be focusing on the more important problems, like the abusive relationship at the center of it all.
Every problem that arises from Aho Girl stems from the disastrous dynamic between its protagonists; it’s the repugnant elephant in the room that Aho Girl’s fanbase has condoned, glossed over, neglected, and outright ignored at times. The cast members are defined by a single trait but no cast member has as damaging a trait as Akuru Akutsu (the “self-insert”) and Yoshiko Hanabatake (the show’s poster girl). Yoshiko’s defining trait is idiocy while Akuru’s is anger; while Yoshiko compensates for her lack of intellect with a can-do attitude, Akuru offers little outside of his constant rage. There have been plenty of characters similar to Akuru, like Last Exile’s Alex Row, that have provided substance, versatility and growth to their cast beyond their brooding tendencies and hair-trigger temper. Akuru, however, is feeble in comparison; he makes little effort to express himself beyond screaming matches and physical abuse. When he encounters a problem, Akuru explodes. When his friend attempt helping him, Akuru becomes spiteful; he insults, he torments, he belittles, he punches, he kicks, and he hurls expletives at his friends simply because he perceives them as annoying. Sure, Akuru apologizes once in a while but he never bothers to change. Honestly, why should he? The other cast members, specifically Yoshiko, and Aho Girl itself by proxy have long since accepted this as rational behavior. That the show has treated Akuru’s abusive tendencies as a gimmick, that the show’s fanbase has little reaction to it, is sickening to me.
There is a place in this world for Aho Girl, where it can exist without scrutiny of any sort. Aho Girl has established itself and thrived in GIFs, in Vines, in reaction videos, in memes and in the Weird Side of YouTube. It is there that Aho Girl’s positive traits can flourish. However, under any sort of analysis, Aho Girl not only leaves you unsatisfied but more than a little repulsed as well. This show, allergic to depth and disgusted by morality, is at best mildly amusing and at worst one of the biggest disgraces of a thoroughly mediocre season. Aho Girl makes a spectacle of itself - presenting faux-meaningful observations; idolizing its vapid female lead; overindulging in panty shots; deploying one tired, overused cliché after another (the sister complex, among others); and fishing for attention - while accomplishing absolutely nothing in the end. While its peers in the comedy genre have pushed boundaries, expanded horizons, enlightened its fans, and revolutionized the medium, Aho Girl has contributed little beyond munching on bananas.
Oh boy.. Summer 2017 animes are ending already and it was quite a hustle... From the isekai genre shows like ''In Another World With My Smartphone'' that so many hates about,
,the A-1 pictures version of the Fate series, the gambling-crazy anime Kakegurui, the action packed 2nd season of Boku No Hero Academia, to the romantic anime Koi To Uso, we all have been blessed with so many good shows though there is something missing.. An anime that is mainly focused on humor, laughter or should I say.. The legendary ''Comedy'' genre. There comes the hidden wonder ''Aho Girl''. It looks like an anime version of
''Minions'' but focused mostly on the daily high school life of our beloved banana-loving girl Hanabatake Yoshiko and her childhood love but a brutal wrestler who can supplex her everyday because of her stupidity, Akutsu Akuru or simply, A-kun.
On my opinion, I prefer stories that goes with the intro, rising, climax, falling then resolution. Thats whats lacking Aho Girl.. Though this anime gives us ''part'' where it has almost all the elements of a perfect plot, though I said ''Almost''. Not everytime. The comedic side though is very superior on this anime which balance the enjoyment of the audience.
The art of this anime... The characters sketches are easily aliked to any other animes out there but the action-packed art scenes/effects and the mouth along with the eyes of the characters makes it unique and entertaining. Comedic + Good Art = Worth it.
Hey hey.. They said the opening of the anime is not that good. I'm like ''Am I the only one who loves it?''. Along with the humor side of the opening, its music is preferable to the anime itself to be honest. Then comes the little background music when the shows rolls on stating that this anime will be a high school/laughable anime...
This anime shows us that even characters that are hard to read like A-kun can be an element to a joke or humor and they did it perfectly along with other characters. All of the characters have their roles on the line from Main to Supporting, which supports the show even more on its genre.
9/10 is already pretty high for me. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. A 12-minute anime like Aho Girl, for me, its like already 24 minutes (but I'm begging for more Lmao).
If theres 9.5/10 I could really give this anime that rating. Enjoyable, funny, great art, excellent characters, wrestling supplexes, everything here is almost perfect and I love this show very much.
12 episodes, each is around 12 minutes. Each episode is split into 3 or 4 smaller parts.
Now, Aho Girl doesn't have any story, it contains random unrelated stories which are funny with different characters from the cast.
It was pretty funny at the beginning, and I even wanted full 24 minutes episodes, but..... Somewhere in the middle I felt like I'm already done with Aho Girl. It became a lot less funny, and many of the jokes repeated themselves.
At one point new characters were introduced, and which felt to me too much. I liked the original cast and now that half of
the scenes are focused on Yoshiko and other random characters.
The concept of Aho Girl is simple- Yoshiko, the main character, is stupid (Well, "Aho") and does nothing but play around. She doesnt study and doesnt even care about it. She thinks everybody loves her and basically... she acts like a 4 years old girl.
And yea it was funny at first, but then again, it just becomes repetitive.
If I were to take all the stories together and give them a score, 5/10 would fit.
Art-7/10 as nothing too special, but it wasn't unappealing.
Sound 3/10. Nothing worth remembering, neither the OP or the OST (if there even was one)
Now, I've already described Yoshiko, but all the characters repeat the same pattern. While they are pretty funny in the beginning (because you have yet to see they follow the same pattern over and over again).
You already know the pattern from episode one (or the first episode every character is introduced).
I'll confess, because there aren't any character complexity nor development, nor story, I can't really say much about this anime. You can try it, as it was funny at the beginning, but... Don't hope too much.