I thank whatever superior entities exist in this universe for bestowing upon me the good luck of stumbling upon "Take my Brother Away".
My score: 9/10
What it deserves: 7/10
Why the high score?
This is a very short series, each episode lasting 3 minutes. Altogether, this comes to a slightly longer regular episode length. So one can think of it as an OVA.
It is so rare these days to find a show based on siblings without there being any semblance of some sort of romantic interest in one another. In other words, siblings being SIBLINGS. It was extremely refreshing.
The characters themselves each have their innate personalities, which show
up time and again, but not without exceptions, where any change makes perfect sense. Having siblings myself, the dynamics between the two I find quite accurate XD.
The art is simple, yet quaint, and entirely endearing. In fact, this was a huge factor into why I enjoyed it so much. Added with wonderful voice talents (Yuuichi Nakamura, Sora Amamiya, god bless you both for your performances T^T) and up beat OST (Brian the Sun!!), the entire show came together beautifully.
I cannot stress enough: if you're in need of comedy, simple slice of life store development and siblings acting like siblings, watch. This.
In this anime, you'll find siblings relationship that you can actually relate to, instead of the "imouto" type of characters that go ultra-moe around their "onii-chan". And that isn't the only thing this short anime offers.
- Good comedy.
- The art and animation look fair enough for a short anime. And interesting character designs.
- Nakamura Yuichi and Amamiya Sora as two MCs. More than enough for a comedy show.
- The color scheme is kinda plain. Make it looks like it's some kind of a flash-animation.
- This thing is for fun only so there are no plot to be expected.
And here're some wisdom:
"What is more important, pride
My, I'm gonna live by those words.
If you are getting away from those comedies with boobs and asses then this's for you.
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! (My brother is incurable) is a adaption of "Please take my brother away" - a 4-koma chinese short comic. The story is the "normal" daily life of Shi Fen, a protective but weak and coward brother and his tyrant younger sister named Shi Miao. Shi Fen means "minute time" and Shi Miao means "second time", sometimes Miao is called "cat" because "Miao" is pronounced similar to "Mao" - cat. So basically, we have a kawaii kuro neko right here >.<
As this series originated
from a 4-koma short comic, its art remains simplistic and cheerful. It's hard to say this is an anime, for me, it's a cartoon with voiced japanese. While there's no plot at all and having just below average score, it focuses on enjoyment brought to the audience. Giving this show a score of 6 doesn't mean I don't enjoy it. A good score is not a goal for this anime, it is meant to be that simple, that mediocre, that short, that entertaining.
Please Take my Brother Away is a classic sibling war between an annoying older brother and violent little sister - a simple concept well executed in the form of top notch comedic timing, funny character interactions and relatable humor that any sibling themselves can enjoy. To me at least, this is the best comedy of the Spring season and is worth checking out for the concept and low time commitment alone.
"Hidden gem" is a term thrown around too loosely these days, but with less than 10k total members for the funniest anime of the season, it certainly applies here. My only real issue is the
lack of additional episodes to explore the concept even further, but if more people watch the anime and support the source material then that problem should take care of itself.
A final review of Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!
(It may contain some spoilers, so be aware of it):
"Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring, quite often the hard way." - Pamela Dugdale
Some people would say that 'the more you are fighting with each other, the more you are in a close relationship'. In a good way, that's quite true. It is because it serves as 'awkward-like' indirect communication to show some intimacy interactions to other people, just like a fight between siblings. Well, some of it might misinterpret that kind
of fighting between siblings... Maybe you know what I meant here...
Based from a Chinese manhua, 'Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!' is a short anime show on Spring 2017 that portrays the typical relationship between siblings named Fen (older brother) and Mao (younger sister) who always engaging this 'sibling fight'. Despite of Fen's mischievous behavior towards her younger sister Mao, he really cares about her sister. Well, not to the point that on that kind of situation that you can be viewed on a typical siscon/incestous anime show *coughs*. Personally-speaking, this anime is a 'hidden-gem' that must be discovered by an anime fan. With a touch of comedy, slice-of-life, school genre that gives harmony and balance to the enjoyment factor of the show.
Moving on, the plot-line of this show seems very interesting as an anime fan. As I mentioned above, it is a well-balanced show. According to the story of the show, they are poor and Fen (older brother) struggled to manage his responsibilities as an older brother who tend to take care of her younger sister's needs. Even though they fight with each other because of some several reasons, it is somehow shown that they care with each other when someone of them needs a help. There were also comedic scenes like those fights between siblings that are very good, in terms of comedy factor. Some scenarios are also very situational to a scenes with a slice-of-life genre. In terms of technicalities, there were some problems on how they allotted the story because of the limited time and episodes but it is still understable and enjoyable to watch.
In terms of art, it is quite good and has this kind of vibe that you can be seen on other chinese-based anime shows. I'm not really familiar on the animation studio named Fanworks who made the animation of this show, but that animation studio (based from MAL database) made also some short anime shows that were also quite good, in terms of art quality.
The VAs in this anime show are suprisingly well-casted like Nakamura Yuuichi and Amamiya Sora who were quite popular because of the high quality performance they provided in different anime titles. Furthermore, the opening song from an band/artists named Brian The Sun was also a great choice because they are also quite popular on providing songs on different anime titles.
The characters are also well-made and some of them have those kind of 'archetypes' you've encountered on another anime titles. The main characters are quite realistic, specially to their lifestyles. Furthermore, a theory named Individual Psychology by Alfred Adler would also tell the siblings' lifestyle were being influenced by the birth order. In relation to that, Fen (the older brother) tends to have more responsiblity to take care of his younger sister Mao, despite of his mischievous personality/behavior. Mao, who is the younger sister wants to be spoiled on her needs but they are poor, so the responsibilities of Fen became more burden to him. Because of that kind of realistic touch on the personalities of both siblings, the development of the story is also quite interesting.
In terms of enjoyment factor, it is very entertaining to an anime fan who enjoys slice-of-life shows. As I've mentioned above, the comedic situation between siblings is quite relatable because of its realistic touch on some scenes. You can also watch this show in one-sitting, so there is no major reason to not be relaxed or enjoyed while watching this show.
Overall, this show is really a 'hidden-gem'. Once you've found it, you will discover its greatness. For those who have siblings or even without siblings, you can really watch this just to enjoy the experience of having a close sibling. I really hope that I've encourage someone to watch this show. Also, for those who have already watched this show, please encourage them to watch it.
Hey, an anime where the younger sister isn't romantically interested in the aloof big brother...what is this...
A Chinese Cart-
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! is an anime short adapted from a Chinese web manga just with Japanese voice actors and to say that this anime short was bite-sized comedy with a "bit" of plotline featuring the two siblings. So the two siblings, they are Shi Fen voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura, the aloof big brother who mostly gets violently "handled" by his younger sister Shi Mao voiced by Sora Amamiya, who has a crush on Shi Fen....'s friend Kai Xin voiced by Kensho Ono, who is
much like Shi Fen is aloof but he's waaay more ditzier than Shi Fen is. But mostly Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!'s comedy comes from Shi fen's aloofness and Shi Mao beating the shit out of him when he pisses Shi Mao off, add in a small romance plotline that really is used for "misunderstanding purposes" and we have the majority of the anime short.
There is ONE other focused character, that of Wan Sui voiced by Natsuki Hanae, a rich ojou transfer student who wants a normal life, but he gets found out that he's rich by the two idiots Shi Fen and Kan Xin. Miao Miao voiced by Chitose Morinaga, Shi Mao's best friend and she might as well be a satellite character to Shi Mao really.
The animation done by Fanworks and Imagineer were...decent all things considered as the animation style made it look like a web manga taken form and considering that the anime short is character-centric, the character designs are pretty decent as well, distinct and consistent. Backgrounding was ok as well but somewhat forgettable, expected but forgettable. Really decent animation all round and consistent.
The voice cast were great, yes eve the hyper-sqeaky Chitose Morinaga as Miao Miao, but nonetheless. Sora Amamiya and Yuuichi Nakaura were great respectively ESPECIALLY Sora Amamiya, she was pretty much like Aqua but the ability to beat the hell out of the Kazuma-like protagonist and sounded like Sora Amamiya had fun with the role and finally Kensho Ono did the ditzy, aloof Kan Xin quite well as well. Great voice cast really.
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! was a pretty funny sibling comedy about the daily lives of these siblings, be it the big brother finding ways to get food through his younger sister somehow, to the younger sister having a crush on her big brother's best friend, but generally the younger sister beating the crap out of her big brother and the sibling bond as violent and polarizing as they are, they do genuinely feel like...you know, the actual typical siblings.
An Anime/Manhwa about "Actual" Sibling relationship without any "Romantic Feelings" between them. Very surprising right in this world of animes? and not only that, You actually can relate if you have a sibling and a similar type of friends in this story.
It's pretty amusing about their relationship, especially both of them grown up and not very distance age. the brother quite troublesome while the sister try her best to eat ton of bs action from her brother decision. they fight here and there just like any siblings, but they will end up like it's nothing in the next day! (even though a new problem will
arise each day)
Enough said, go check it out and stop reading reviews!
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! (Take my Brother away)
Good animation for an Anime with episodes that last 3 minutes each.
No plot, just plain comedy, but funny.
I have seen this on other reviews, and i agree, the color scheme was kind of boring.
I give it that because for such a short anime that this is i enjoyed watching it, it was funny and it didn't take a lot of time to finish.
Short and simple, if you are looking for a short enjoyable, funny Anime to watch, you should watch Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!
This show full of shorts is just nothing but pure entertainment. Seriously, this show is extremely underrated.
Please Take My Brother Away just seems like it would be a basic slice of life show with comedy that would get boring and repetitive quick. At first, my assumption was correct.
The first episode for this show, just like all the other episodes in this show, was 3 minutes long, and yet I thought it was just boring and just not that funny. The animation seemed clunky and unpolished to the point where I could actually realize it immediately. Seriously, the first episode was nothing special.
But then I decided
to watch another, and I you can tell where the rest of the story goes. I did not find one part of this show not entertaining after that. I ended up finishing the all 36 episodes spread across the two seasons in one sitting, after almost dropping it at the first episode.
Every character is enjoyable as hell and really well designed (especially Shi Mao, who was shockingly not annoying in the slightest), the comedy was very well executed and never got bland, and the best part is they're shorts, so everything is extremely well paced.
You want something just plain enjoyable to watch, watch this. Or don't if you like watching Naruto: Shippuden filler instead.
As someone who had read the original manhua before watching the anime, I want to explain to someone saying that the summary is "misleading" -- It's not, the summary is for the freaking manhua, jerk.In the manhua, Shi Fen/Minuto is a little more mature because there are touching scenes like when he had to borrow money to compensate as Secondra accidentally hit a kid, or when their parents got divorced and he comforted her saying he would not leave her alone. Also, although Secondra is a strong girl, she also wanted to play princess but she had no friend at the time, so Minuto also
acted like a prince for his sister.
I didn't mind the artstyle and especially because it's a short anime. I actually liked it a bit. I love the voice actors of the two main characters (the voice of Tatsuya from Mahouka and Aqua from Konosuba), but the synopsis was misleading. The brother doesn't have redeeming qualities and the violent is a bit overboard. If I were to send myself a message before watching the show it'd be (skip episodes 2-5).
I may be nitpicking but it's my own review and in all my review I make it clear that it's a subjective review not an objective one. Anime should be enjoyable and
I didn't enjoy this anime much, but I can see how others would.
It's better to watch episodes 1-3 (total of 10 minutes) and judge if you'll continue or not
this show was so relatable. it was comedic and accurately showed sibling relationships (taking just one huge bite). the characters are teenagers and act, well like teens. there's no extremely deep moments or the kids being wise beyond their years, its just kids being kids and being stupid (basically the same thing). I found myself in tears after each episode because I found it so funny.
the art style was actually something i loved. it was different but it worked. it looked cute and it just added to the whole mood.
the episodes are 3 mins long each so you could watch the entire show in
an hour. I liked that because then the show didnt drag on and it was like snapshots of their life, building up to a plot. I love how dumb fen is but he tries his best!
overall its a funny, realistic anime. watch it to relax!
ani ni tsukeru is a great uncompromising anime to watch on a tedious afternoon
story: 7/10: the story is simple but very interesting, very original and delicious to watch
art: 9/10: a beautiful animation, very similar to American cartoons and with a standard anime, the mixture of the two styles was beautiful and different
sound: 6/10: nothing much here, the opening has a cool song and the ending follows in the same style, undoubtedly the weakest thing of the anime
character: 9/10: great characters and very charismatic, everyone is very different from each other and the way of interaction is also very interesting
enjoyment: 7/10: nothing too much trouble here
but the end of a good hook for a 2 season.
Overall: 8/10: An extremely entertaining anime, with great production and characters, the sound part could be a little better, but it's still very good, yes