We’ve all been through a phrase where we were once a kid and behaved exactly as one. It’s human nature and God gave us a life to be part of society. What does that mean for a show like Gakuen Babysitters? The real question here if you ever felt experienced the feel of responsibility. No, I’m not talking about doing the chores and helping around the house. I’m talking about taking care of someone else in your life, perhaps a stranger or someone much younger than you are. Welcome to the world of Gakuen Babysitters.
I should say right off the bat that the show is
exactly what it looks like. Translated as “School Babysitters”, the series is about taking responsibility and being able to take care of kids. I’ve never took the task of caretaking before so watching this show felt like a refreshing experience to me. As a reader of the manga, this anime does what it has to do get its message across and that’s to deliver an experience about taking responsibility.
The first few episodes lets the audience know about the situation of the protagonists, Ryuichi and Kotarou. Their parents died and with no place to be called home. Morinomiya Academy’s chairwoman decides to give Ryuichi a home along with free schooling in exchange for taking on the role of a caretaker. Now I have to admit, such a premise sounds like a potential moody story for tearjerking moments. However, the show really isn’t but instead formulated into a heartwarming lighthearted story. Ryuichi is really someone that’s kind hearted and has a bottom to earth type of personality. The show chronicles his life as a babysitter as he learns the ins and outs. While I can’t say there’s anything exceptional about him, it’s shown that Ryuichi is an incredibly helpful individual and puts others before himself. You’d think that after losing their parents, he would venture down a path of depression. No. Here, this guy makes a huge comeback after life knocks him down and it’s inspirational. Sometimes though, I feel like his personality is too friendly and can get him into unintentional trouble. Similarly, his brother sees the joy of life. While Koutarou is nowhere near as mature, he’s definitely a kid who is growing up in the right way.
As I’m watching more and more of Gakuen Babysitters, I realized that the show really tried to make us experience something. The realism of being responsible is part of growing up and this show really feels like one to capitalize that. Besides just the Kashima brothers, we also meet other caretakers at the school. Most of their circumstances are in a better position and they have more experience than Ryuichi. Despite that, they get along fairly well with him because of his gentle personality. On the other hand, Ryuichi does meet someone at school with an underwhelming impression of him. Her name is Maria Inomata and it won’t take for viewers to quickly realize her blunt personality. Compared to others, Inomata is someone that is hard to get along with. She is extremely serious and dedicated to studying (as she claims as one of the most important things in life). However, she also gets involved with the kids at the caretaker after unusual circumstances and shows a much more caring side. The easy picture to look at is Ryuichi’s influence on her. She begins to realize that life is more than just about studying but also being responsible. Watching her development is one of the dynamics of this show as it shows how people can change. Similarly, Ryuichi learns a lot from his daycare duties and if I were his parent, I’d be damn proud of him.
Featuring a cast of younger characters, Gakuen Babysitters does its best to create an atmosphere of innocence and youth. The kids in this show are very young and behaves in ways you can easily guess. Some of the things they say can be misunderstood or brutally honest. Because of their age, you can expect a lot of shenanigans in their daily lives. Characters such as Taka, Kirin, and even Koutarou can cause trouble despite being unintentional. It’s such traits that make them kids. Despite that, I find this cast to be very charming and realistic. Their attachment to their older siblings and parents is also heartwarming to watch once you understand them more.
Similar to the manga, the anime adaptation follows more of a slice of life storytelling so you really shouldn’t expect a complicated story. Every day is an adventure of its own. Because the show takes place at school, you can also expect some drama to develop between the older characters. A prime example is Inomata as feelings are developed about Ryuichi. While this show isn’t a love story, it gets more and more obvious. While I can’t say the show is really well written in that respect, it does capture the feel of what school life is like for girls of her age. At the caretaker center, Ryuichi’s bonds with others is perhaps a key selling point of the show. He is able to earn the trust of the kids and other caretakers. However, the story itself still needs a lot of work. I’ve read the manga and as a 12 episode TV anime adaptation, it felt like a lot was missing. There’s also some uncomfortable moments in this show that ventures into controversial territory. (I’m looking at you Tomoya Yagi) The overall tone of the show can also be a bit dull once you realize it’s not the type of anime for you. It’s a blend of slice of life and shoujo so be aware of what’s ahead.
Adapted by Brain’s Base, this show is an example of a realistic slice of life. While the raw visual quality isn’t overly impressive, every character in the show can be relatable and their character designs is an example of that. The kids are adorably charming and their character expressions is exactly how they should behave. Character chemistry is imperative to capture the mood of the show and thankfully, Brain’s Base and the director is able to meet such expectations. Some characters’ designs definitely stand out more than others such as the school chairwoman and her signature hair. To say the least, the artwork gets the job done and not be overlooked.
To portray such a younger cast takes skill and thankfully, the VA skillfully does just that. From crying to the happy moments, every child in this anime make us believe that they are real. The students at the school all have their own personalities as the VA easily fits into their shoes. The only character that I have a problem with in this anime is Yuki. She’s the annoying type of school girl that I can’t stand and seems to be just there to make everything looks more than silly than it is. Compared to other characters, she isn’t likable and sometimes, I find the kids to be more mature than she is because of her personality. On the other hand, the theme songs in this anime is definitely appealing to watch with its pure innocence. The catchy and lighthearted tone of the soundtrack is also easy to get used to.
After watching Gakuen Babysitters, I can easily say that the show can be recommendable to almost everyone. It’s probably targeted to a more specific demographic but anyone should be able to watch this with an easy and open mind. From its daily slice of life adventures to the charming character chemistry, this is a show that tells what heartwarming is really about.
I don't write reviews often (or at all) but thought I'd leave one for Gakuen Babysitters. I spent 2 years in Japan working with kids aged 0-3 and this show brought back so many memories. It really is quite spot-on with the behaviour and stereotypes of the Japanese toddlers. Rules and regulations are far more relaxed in Japan compared to, say, North America, so this anime gave a fairly accurate portrayal of what life is like in a Japanese daycare. Mind, the head teacher sleeping so much may be a slight exaggeration.. XD
While a bit biased due to my own past
experiences, this show does offer a refreshing take on the SoL genre. Would recommend to anyone in childcare, lots of entertaining quirks and relative topics.
Now that 4 episodes have aired, I can redo my review, but keep it true to what I originally had it as. I don't typically write reviews because I don't see the point. I can't describe it as well as others and most of the time the things I loved/hated have already been commented on in more detail than I could ever have written. But not for this one. Not this time. TLDR at the end.
Gakuen Babysitters is fantastic. It is by no means thought-provoking or action-packed. It does exactly what it sets out to do: be a relaxing and sweet anime about children
and their families or, in some cases, what is left of them. If you're expecting more than that then I'm sure that you'll be disappointed. This is Winter seasons "I've had a long day and I hate everyone," anime. Sit down, watch kids do stupid things and be adorable, and relax.
The 3rd episode introduced us to this "pedophile" character as some people have described him as. I saw him as weird, but not once did he seem like a pedophile. His nose bleeds when he's around the children because they're adorable and he strains himself. People tend to forget that nosebleeds are from being overly excited and because the anime industry consistently uses nosebleeds as a "sexual desire" indicator. Yeah, no, you can get a nosebleed from strenuous activities such as being overly excited or being stressed. I've seen a friend get a nosebleed because he was extremely pissed. Was he turned on? No. Is the character in the show turned on when he looks at the kids? No. The human body creates nosebleeds when the body undergoes a certain amount of stress. I know all the anime industry shows is nosebleeds when they're sexually interested but please take the time to research other causes of nosebleeds. I can't say I'm sexually excited when I wake up in the morning and have a nosebleed from the stress of the dry season. If you remove the nosebleed from his character, does it change anything about the way he behaves with them? No, it really doesn't. If you saw him without the nosebleed, what would you think? "Oh, he just really likes kids!" That is what I see. I've yet to see him display any pedophilic behavior but it's immediately written as such simply because of the nosebleed cliche. I want to see this sexual nosebleed cliche end and I'm hoping this character is a step towards that.
If you're looking for an actual pedophile character, watch Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai and then come back to this anime. They actually legit had him stalking her, taking pictures of her, and drooling over her. He completely wanted to be with her in every way imaginable and it was "totally okay." Which one is the pedophile? The one who wants to pinch their cheeks and watch them be adorable or the one who wants to drool over a 10 year old in a bikini and act like it's totally okay for him to want to have sex with her?
I really think this anime has the potential to break our hearts. It shows itself as just a nonsense anime about children and their activities, but then it takes a dark turn and reminds us that the protagonists parents are dead. It is not just about comedy, but the tragedy of loss and how it can affect the human mind. I enjoyed the 4th episode very much as we saw a side of our protagonist that we hadn't seen before. He's lonely. Jealous, even. He has the kids but what about people his age? He has the duty of the babysitting club but what about his own interests? I want to see them expand upon this unless the babysitting club will just be full of people by the end of the anime. Either route will do. Every character is interesting and I hope to see them continue to grow and heal.
TLDR: The character is not a pedophile. Nosebleeds are caused by being overly excited, not only from "sexual desire" like the anime industry tries to say. I've been fangirling over how cute the kids in this anime are and I've easily wanted to pinch their cheeks the same way. Am I a pedophile? No, they're just really cute. Get over it. If the character chooses to slowly devolve into what everyone assumes he is, then I will happily delete this review. Until then, I am getting serious grandparent vibes from him. Odd? Yes. Far too happy? Yes. Pedophilic? No. I have high expectations for this anime and they have been fulfilling them quite well.
Whether or not you find Gakuen Babysitters unsettling, there is no denying it teaches awful life lessons.
To summarize why I dropped it; it’s a show about a kid who has to take care of babies, but it somehow fails at this easy plot conceit. It tries to teach the audience life lessons about responsibilities that come with growing up, yet at the same time, it teaches awful lessons.
What makes it so unbearable:
1. Pedophile side character that the show plays off as a joke. His name’s Yagi and he gets nosebleeds when going near the babies. He’s pretty gross and I wouldn’t be surprised if
I saw him in Hajimete no Gal. It’s good that the other characters call him out for being a weirdo but why does he exist?? I would have been fine if the show called him a weirdo and ended his presence on the show, but he’s cutesy comic relief.
He’s in the opening too so he’ll most likely show up in later episodes.
2. A shady hooded character is seen spying on the babies then is later revealed to be one of their fathers. Said father is an actor who played a kidnapper in his recent movie, therefore, his kid wasn’t afraid of him… A kidnapper. Let that sink in. The reason why the kid wasn’t afraid was that his mother showed him the movie and her reason for showing him something horrible like that she thought he looked cool in the role... AS A KIDNAPPER! It was like the show was teaching kids to not be afraid of kidnappers. This crosses the line between shockingly moronic writing into a dangerously stupid territory. The show is clearly targeted at kids so why doesn't it realize it's sending a message like this?
3. One of the main characters classmates wacks his little brother. His baby brother. This wasn’t as big of an issue as the previous ones, but it was the icing on the bad life lesson cake that the show feeds to the audience.
If I had known Gakuen Babysitters had so many off-putting and downright creepy parts to it I wouldn’t have bothered to watch it. If you still aren’t off-put by the terrible morals the show teaches, then at least you’ll enjoy the cute babies and occasional but well-handled drama segments. But I’m tapping out here, How to Keep a Mummy is basically the same thing as this, but better. The writer of that show is actually aware of their audience and offers an adorable slice of life with much better vibes.
A trend I find with children in anime is that they're always painted 'cute'. Small human beings surrounded by glittery and sparkly effects who do cute things so that the audience falls in love with the tiny people characters. It's not often that I see children portrayed as what they actually are, monsters, and it's even stranger to see a more realistic representation portrayed in a shoujo series of all things, a genre where virtually everything is depicted a lot more flowery than they actually are.
Kashima Ryuuichi and his little brother Kotaro have met with the unfortunate fate of becoming orphans after their parents passing
due to a plane crash. It is then that the boy is contacted by the headmistress of the high school that he will be attending, and told that from that day forward, he will live with her with room and board all taken care of, but in exchange, he must spend his spare time at the babysitters club, a daycare center at school dedicated to the teachers' children while their mothers work.
The show is pretty standard for what one can expect from a shoujo-style slice of life. The story is very lax in nature with the only real high points being slight bumps that get resolved in the episode, thus leading to the show's mostly episodic nature with very few connecting points. The episodes are based around Ryuuichi and his relationships with both the people he meets at school and the children in the daycare center, without really much weight to them since the show ends up going back to the status quo and resetting all but a few plot elements that don't get touched very much in the later episodes.
But there are some points that I found irritating, mainly the fact that the parents of our two main protagonists ARE DEAD. It is the story of a four year old and a fifteen year old entering a stage in their life with their parents just recently deceased. Yes, this is a happy go lucky slice of life show, but you cannot ignore this looming fact. They do touch on this point a fair bit in the early episodes, but it felt like it was played off and largely ignored in sacrifice to showcase Ryuuichi playing with kids, which does not feel right considering how heavy of a topic this is.
Another more glaring problem is the romantic subplot. There are two girls in this show that seem to have an interest for Ryuuichi, and everything about their interactions with him feels so unsatisfying, as these scenes feature either a tsundere who does the classic tsundere thing of being a bitch before regretting it later because that's apparently how people work, and a super shy girl who very clearly has a crush on the guy, but never gets the time of day because the show's not about her, but we still have to know she exists anyway. The subplot eats up a surprising amount of the show's time and while none of the runtime is really lost since the episodic episodes featuring the children are wrapped up well enough to not warrant me yelling at Brain's Base for wasting time, I can't help but feel cheated because they set up the potential romance only to have it not go anywhere because audiences apparently like unresolved plot points/ideas.
Overall, Gakuen Babysitters is pretty much a show that's what you get on the box. It's a show about a guy babysitting kids with the occasional funny thing happening cause it's a slice of life comedy show that entertains. It wraps itself neatly at the end to show how far the two brothers have come, as a sort of recap episode to show the fruits of the labor the entire runtime has built up to, but largely what you're going to be seeing here are "School babysitters". Babysitters who babysit at school.
+/- Pretty much what you'd expect with the title of the series
+ Has some heartwarming moments
- Romance goes nowhere, so why even include it in the first place
Ryuuichi is about as interesting as sandpaper. He cares very much for his little brother (to be to an obsessive degree for various reasons), and is extremely passive, being far too nice to everyone and not getting upset in the slightest. Honestly there's not much to say about this guy cause weirdly enough, he's not involved with the plot all that much despite being the protagonist and the story beyond the first few episodes doesn't do much to shed light on the reality of him now being an orphan despite a few choice moments. Kotaro is sort of an off-branch of his character since the two in the show are basically inseparable, and Kotaro on his own doesn't really have any traits of his own either cause the kid is usually silent with this perpetual bored expression that makes me question whether or not he knows what's even going on in his life.
Then there're the kids. Who, if you know what kids really are like, will probably be reflective in your experience with them. Simply put; they're loud, they're jerks, they do whatever the hell they want, and they can be cute. Sometimes. As the core of the show's existence, the six children featured in the show each take turns and sometimes altogether being the show's focus (some more than others), taking the protagonist and various members of the side cast along with them on their little adventures doing what children do. The brat, the girl, the twins, Kotaro, and the baby; I have my own gripes with each of the kids, as their actual characters are something of personal preference, but I have to say they did a good job at showing their audience what snot-nosed brats children are actually like most of the time. So I guess they did get the important thing right.
The rest of the cast involving recurring characters like Kamitami Hayato and Yoshihito Usaida, two characters who are commonly seen around Ryuuichi, the childrens' parents, and other members of the side cast all weirdly enough have more personality than our main protagonist in that they fill in the gaps to enrich the world surrounding Ryuuichi with people who're more experienced with the other kids in the series, being family members and other people who simply have been around the children longer to be able to handle the little headaches much easier. The outliers to this rule are Inomata Maria and Ushimaru Yuki, both of whom are the girls that seem to catch Ryuuichi's fancy, but don't do anything about it cause even if you try, romance isn't wanted in this story.
+ Realistic depictions of toddler behavior
+ Amusing sidecast (for the most part)
- MC's not very interesting
Produced by Brain's Base, Gakuen Babysitters focuses more on the light aesthetic with very few points of animation to take note of. The show itself is very consistent with its art quality, vying for a simple style with pastel colors that emulate the show's normally cheery and bright nature cause the show isn't a slice of life shoujo for nothing.
Comedy is relegated primarily to very simple comedic faces that at times don't even feel like a real anime comedy cause nothing's exaggerated which I guess by extension makes it less intrusive on the situation as a whole. Though I do question what kind of comedy can be derived from a family who disciplines their members with a sharp blow to the head. I mean it's kinda funny, but it got kind of stale after the twentieth time they did it, which doesn't help when the Kamitami family has the most irritating child in the entire series as one of its members.
+ Consistent quality
+ Soothing and simple style
Both Daisuke Ono's "Endless Happy World" and Hyorotto Danshi's "Oshiete yo", which is sung by the VAs of Ryuuichi and Hayato are both mellow songs that emulate the slice of life/happy go lucky tune that the show sings to featuring the day to day lives of looking after children who spend half their time drowning in their own imaginations playing.
Suffice to say, they're not really the most memorable tracks, but they do their job in emulating the feeling the audience is supposed to get when watching this series cause everything about these songs is meant to create the feeling of children having fun more than anything else. Personally though, I'm not much of a fan and I found them to be kind of generic and nothing really noteworthy.
Honestly, I watched this show more for the novelty of the idea more so than any interest in the show itself. I sat there looking at 'Gakuen Babysitters' and thought to myself what the actual hell they could do with a show as literally titled as this. The show pretty much met my expectation on what I thought it was going to do, but kind of killed them at the same time cause the show's attempt at a romantic subplot was one of those things that shouldn't have been there, but surprise surprise, was there because why not. I was actively upset at Yuki's lack of involvement in the plot because she kept showing up in the series with nothing of value to add with every appearance. Which is sad because they try to mix her into everything by the end of the series and every fiber of my being was asking "Why didn't you do this earlier?"
But I think the one part of the show that irked me the most was Taka, Hayato's little brother and quite possibly the worst character in this entire show. Simply put, he's a brat. An annoying kid that spends the entire show trying to get his way and shove his way into everything without any acknowledgment for anyone else's thoughts or feelings. I don't like him because not only is he an annoying character, but he reminds me of a member of my own family who is the exact same way, and that's not a fun comparison to think about when you're watching an episode of anime on Sunday night to relax dreading the coming week.
But all in all, Gakuen Babysitters is a show that I felt was...alright, I guess. I don't think it helps that I'm not much of a shoujo fan, and the shoujo-style of storytelling isn't my favorite, so I think my enjoyment of the show would've been skewed from the beginning. If you're a fan of the shoujo genre and you got some time to kill, this would be a fun show to watch if you're trying to fill in time. Just be prepared to turn down your volume at times cause like a real group of children, the kids in this show can get pretty loud, and Taka's voice is like cheese graters, so here's your early warning.
This anime is so adorably fun to watch! The first and second episode made me excited to keep watching, but when I got to episode 3- I was sold! I was a bit nervous when I saw people reviewing negatively because of a potentially "Pedophile-like" character. I proceeded to watch with a friend and am STILL confused as to why people call this character a pedo.. He got a nosebleed around the small babies and became excited. That does not mean that he wanted to act out anything sexual.. It isn't just an anime thing when people get nosebleeds over getting excited. Some people can
get them when their blood pressure sky rockets suddenly in real life too. This character was just excited to be around the babies and was just happy in general. So, I am still going to watch because the rest of the episode was simply adorable and so lovely. Episode 4 is even better than the last too! I adore this anime to bits :D
The story is about two young...well one High School Student Ryuuichi and his VERY young brother Kotaro. These two brothers end up losing their parents in a plane crash and are sent to live with the Chairwoman of a high school. The reason being is that her Son and Daughter in Law were also in said plane crash and felt like it was necessary to take these two into her home.
Of course the catch is for Ryuuichi to live in the house he must become part of the "Babysitters Club" in his High School. So basically the babysitters club is a club where the
teachers leave their young kids who are not able to attend Pre or Elementary school yet. It's actually a pretty cool thing because it shows a development of Ryuuichi being accustomed to high school life, and Kotaro breaking out of his shyness being surrounded by kids his age and not being with his brother constantly.
Along the way we get some awesome characters introduced in the show. Of course we get the kids in the Club, but we also get to meet the person in charge of the club when Ryuuichi is in class, the kids parents and Ryuuichi's classmates as well. The development and story over time in this series was really well done. At time you find yourself holding back tears, and other times you find yourself rooting for certain characters to come over there fear of doing something, for example just playing with the children.
The art and animation were not anything special. Not the worst thing in this word since there's no action or over the top scenes. Considering this was a more relaxing anime the animation did not have to be top tier to enjoy it.
The sound was pretty average as well. I enjoyed the ending more then the opening, but that's not saying much since overall the ending was "meh"
The characters were super enjoyable. From the teachers down to the Ryuuichi's classmates this was one awesome cast of characters. Even the kids were super enjoyable. When it came to the High school kids you could really relate to most of them especially if you have young siblings, or even issues when it comes to handling small children. I was constantly comparing myself to Inomata. While she enjoyed being with the children it was hard for her to control them or even understand them without making them cry or be hurt in the end. However over time she was able to better her self while spending more time with Ryuuichi and the kids.
I found myself waiting patiently every Sunday afternoon so I could watch this anime. That is how much I enjoyed it.
Overall this was a unexpectedly great anime. Even with the score it has now i feel like it super underrated and definitely overlooked. I think the title of the anime plays a huge role in that. I would highly recommend this anime to anyone who would like a break from anything serious or over the top and just enjoy a very conditional slice of life anime.
I saw it, it was simple, yet effective. I won't lie, in the first episode, I went crybaby mode. If you haven't seen the series and you're just scrolling through the review section to know people's opinion, I highly recommend you to watch this show. I won't further extend my review because there's nothing really to talk about, instead, I'll give you three words to describe it. "Inspiring, Cute, Euphoria"
Let's further talk about the elements. The story takes off after the sudden death of their parents, two young brothers named Ryūichi Kashima and his younger brother Kotarō are left alone and having no place to
call home. The chairwoman of the prestigious Morinomiya Academy offers to take the boys into her care, giving them a new house and free tuition, but in a condition that Ryuichi helps out with the school's daycare center while also attending normal classes during school hours. It's unique in its own way, I haven't really found some plot holes so bare with me. I really liked the story. That's all I can say since there are no flaws that are too serious about the plot.
On the other hand, the art is simple and VERY FITTING. Ryuichi reminds me of Kazehaya from Kimi Ni Todoke. He even has the same personality as him. Sweet and loving. And also attracted. At first, I didn't like the OP very much, but I grew fond of it after discovering the episodes step by step. The ED is fantastic and supports the series well, also, the OST fits the theme very well.
Further on, the characters. My personal favorite is the chairwoman, at first she seems infuriating, but oh boy I love her. Her hairstyle is unique which I haven't really seen in any other anime series. Ryuichi is the typical main character who is seen to be loved by girls. Inomata is my love-interest for Ryuichi, while Ushimaru can have Kamitani. By the number of characters, I can't compliment all of them but I'd like say they played their roles very well.
Okay onto enjoyment, did I enjoy this-? Well, two words. VERY MUCH.
This is one cute anime I'm telling Y'all...
I finished the anime in one sitting it's very good, it's fun, it's emotional I'll explain each point and why I gave it an 8.
First of all, the story, a Definite 8 out of 10 some plot holes, unfortunately, some unexplained stuff too but overall it's amazing it shows kindness and how a highschooler could take care of his small brother which is really emotional in a way.
The Art, Outstanding Incredible, Unbelievable.
I was amazed how well it's drawn xD, I miss this drawing style honestly it's rare yet Beautiful and pleasing to the eye, I really like how
each character is different even in simple matters like eyes, body, shape, and hair for example,the main character's eyes are huge and bright yet nobody in the whole show got the same eyes, same when it comes to other characters it's magnificent.
The Sound, Still undescribable it's outstanding great voice acting. A great sound quality it's just incredible honestly.
The characters, one of the most important factors I wasn't able to give it a 10, unfortunately, some characters aren't well developed I can't really include any spoilers but it's still good I can't deny it that's why I gave it an 8 No Less, No More. It is the perfect rate in my opinion.
I really enjoyed the anime really fun to watch and love, for the enjoyment it's a definite 9 <3.
Overall it's a great anime you should watch it and feel the love <3.
Ps: I don't know if it matters but The opening is Soooooo good <3<3<3.
I started this anime out LOVING it, I really enjoy cute animes and this one seemed really good. The premise starts out a little sad but it starts picking up and becoming something cute and enjoyable.
Then it hits episode 3 and we get a new character in the mix.
He's explained as someone who's usually seen glaring at children, so I was wondering if it was another instance of someone disliking children, which is fine! I don't like children myself so I get it. However, we find out later, that's not the case.
He's a pedophile, played for a joke. He stalks children because they're
soft and cute and he really likes them because "he's a degenerate". And his pedophilia is played for a joke. The whole time.
I didn't want to support an anime like that, so i dropped it immediately.
This anime is too cute. I have read/been reading the manga, and it's quite similar, but of course there are some things that are not accounted for or rushed.
It's basically a student in a babysitting club with his younger brother, a sweet and simple anime that is just too adorable.
It is sometimes annoying because in the manga, you don't hear the children actually crying, but what can you do?
The first few episodes were a real tearjerker (for me), which was quite surprising.
Some say there's a pedophile character, but honestly this anime is really innocent and there is no "hidden" meanings. It is
just a response to seeing something adorable. It is just a show on kids being cute and doing cute things.
Story: 7, there's no real story, just a slice of life
Art: 9, very cute, I love her art style and have read many other manga that she has drawn.
Sound: 6, I dont hate the sound track, but it isnt great, perse
Character: 8, there are few, but they are unique
Enjoyment: 8, a good show to relax
Overall: 8. It is a cute show about children, nothing more, nothing less
MINOR SPOILER WARNING - contains information from the first few episodes
Gakuen Babysitters is an excellent anime to watch. The anime came out during a time when I was really getting back into anime, and was like a second gateway anime. It draws you in with its simple premise and story, and sticks to it throughout the entire show.
The story of Gakuen Babysitters is very simple. Our main characters, Ryuichi and Kotarou, currently don't have a home due to their parents dying in a plane crash. The Academy Chairwoman decides to give the boys a home, and gives Ryuichi free education should he help at
the school's daycare centre after school. However simple the premise is, it is able to constantly deliver on it, and shows us a great time that we can appreciate at home.
There are many shows that have filler episodes to stretch an anime out, but this is a show that develops each of your characters at an excellent pace and in great ways. In every single episode, the simple story is progressed through, with problems being presented, and then solved in a timely fashion.
However simple the art style and music are, they help to create a simple and ecstatically pleasing anime, showing off how not everything needs to be flashy or sparking to be attractive. The anime keeps everything nice and clean, with Brain's Base animating, keeping everything pleasing to look at.
The show is an easy comedy and slice of life, and with a simple plot and excellent characters (even though they are 3 year olds!). It is something you can come home to and just sit and enjoy. Something pleasing to watch as you relax.
Gakuen Babysitters is an excellent show, and although I won't speak for every single person, it is a really good watch. Set aside an afternoon, sit down with friends (or by yourself, I'm not judging), and enjoy.
After watching countless shows about ecchi and shounen I thought why not watch this show about babies. Seeing so many babies run around made me feel good, and when I mean good I mean GOOD. In the sense that they were cute and what not. Or as you people prefer to say: Kawaii. Anyway, let me move on into detail about why the rating I have given it is a below average 3.
The story is about high-school kid Ryuuchi and his brother Kotarou who get abandoned, but get adopted by some rich old hag with a cranky
attitude who just puts up the 'ol "I'm a big old mean lady and I hate everyone" act and in truth is a nice 'ol tsundere archetype lady. The reason for their abandonment is so cliche and forced it feels completely unrealistic and lacking in emotional impact. Ryuuchi handles it well, but maybe it's because he doesn't give a crap about them or because it is irrelevant to the main plot about watching babies. Anyway, 'ol lady or chairwoman lady runs a school with a daycare club and has Ryuuchi run it as a babysitter during his off time from classes, which is then how we get introduced to the cute babies.
Most of the characters are bland archetypes we have seen already. Three examples being Hayato, the chairwoman, and butler guy. Hayato and Youko a.k.a chairowoman chick each have a competition with the audience to prove who is the most tsundere out of the anime. I'd have to give it to Hayato since he seems like the tougher egg to crack. Butler guy is just your stereotypical anime butler guy - quite and useful. Although who would want a useless butler anyway. Moving on, there's a girl who craves Ryuuchi's dong as soon as he appears in class and some other tsundere girl who also craves it, but not as much. Ryuuchi is alright, but his clinginess to his little brother Kotarou and how he makes Kotarou cling to him as well is quite annoying. Usaida or the first babysitter in the club is chill and probably the most likable of the cast, though his presence usually just consists of him sleeping.
On to the baby tier list:
S-tier : Kotarou
A-tier : Kirin
B-tier : Takuma and his crying brother (forgot his name)
C-tier : weird-eyed toddler
Shit tier : Taka
The music is there... I think. If it was memorable or moving in some way I would have mentioned it by now.
The anime felt more like a drag as I continued to watch it, but I still got some enjoyment from it. Only watch this if you like typical cute anime crap.
Every brother out there should definitely put Ryuuichi and Kotarou on the pedestal-- as the prime example of what brotherhood could lovingly become.
Watching humans grow can be a very fascinating experience-- especially when such growth takes such literal form. Ryuuichi, the older brother, now becomes the only family member that watches Kotarou, his toddler younger brother, grow in this brand new life the two had found themselves after a devastating loss and admittedly, even Ryuuichi himself still has some growing up to do. Nonetheless, it would be a mistake to compare this anime series to Grave of the Fireflies because for the former, the love
between the two brothers do not stop just there. The love manages to spread across Ryuuichi's new school, his new friends and classmates, his new surrogate family, and yes, the heavenly adorable toddlers at Marunomiya Daycare (my personal favorite is definitely the Mamizuka twins).
What is it that makes this anime series earn such high rating? Yes, this anime is packed with everlasting cuteness and heartwarming moments either between brothers and brothers or parents and children. However, what ultimately makes this anime stick is how they celebrate the theme of love. While innocence does not stick for far too long either because of loss or simply because of good old-fashioned mischief, love has no such issue. By taking care of his younger brother with such love, Ryuuichi manages to cope with the past and find himself in a grand happiness while simultaneously, by watching over his older brother in his own way, Kotarou becomes the cute, little baby that could. Additionally, the love that each and every toddler in the Daycare radiates is unconditional and even more powerful than what adults can muster. In a way, these rugrats have a lot to teach to us, the towering giants.
Finally, if you didn't put Kotarou or any of the Daycare toddlers as your desktop wallpaper at least once in order to remind yourself that there are smiles worth protecting in this ugly world, your heart must be stoned cold, all right. LOL.
I first Decided to watch this show as to casually spend my breaks at work and coming from a guy who all children love but generally dislikes children this show was pretty great.
The simple tragic backstory of the main characters is something that overall did not rly affect the story other then too introduce two characters, set the whole stage for the show and amplify the feeling of warmth and happiness of those heartwarming scenes, something this show is all about.
so if you're looking for something that excites your nerves this is not the anime for you (EXCEPT if you're
a pedophile, then you should leave this site at once and seek physiological help and if that does not work, an insane asylum).
The art was simplistic and bright so comforting to look at rather then the .jpg you often get in action animes.
The sound was nothing special but yet again, something that made you feel comforted in the heat of omega comforting scenes however rarely annoyed you with the somewhat unrealistic crying of children(why would anime even seek to be realistic?)
So overall this is something i recommend if you work exhausting work or are a college-uni student with a big cup of lemon+honey tea ;)
Gakuen Babysitters seemed like a decently good anime for me at the beginning. But as Gakuen Babysitters played out with more story clichés, and started making some parts unbearable, I stopped liking this anime that much.
In this anime, all the episodes are disjointed and have no connection whatsoever with each other. The storyline in every episode is fine, I just felt that using clichés, such as the 'beach' cliché degraded my experience with this anime. However, to make up for it, it has some well-thought out drama scenes.
The art was decent and enough to discern most characters from each other. However, I
believe they could have still worked on making some characters not as noticeably similar in design.
The op and ed were just normal anime songs. However, none of the soundtracks themselves pop out and really give a special feel to the anime itself imo.
At first I found the babies outright extremely cute. However, over time, the anime makers used the babysitters as a cheap way to cover up so many moments that could have been used to develop other parts of the story, becoming very annoying. The characters also are mildly disturbing, such as a father who dresses like a kidnapper, and a high school student who bleeds from excitement when seeing one of the babies.
Overall a decent anime that may or may not be worth your time. If you like babysitters and babies a lot, go for it. Otherwise, you should look for other slice of life animes instead
I gonna give it to you straight: nothing about this anime is special or surprising in the least. "Then why'd you give it a 9?" you ask. This anime has this whimsical charisma of its own: it's ineffable. There's just some unique appeal to it that can't be explained, pinpointed, or replicated. Believe me, if I knew what it was, I would try to find as much of this as I can, because to put it lightly, I'm ADDICTED to this now.
The story was simple. A boy and his baby brother are adopted by a rich childless woman after they're orphaned. This boy, our
main character, takes care of babies for his teachers. It sounds dreary, but it's not boring in the least. I was a little worried about watching it because of the boring-sounding summary, but after seeing too many gifs on tumblr, I decided to take a shot, and I've never been happier with an anime choice before. The story was always interesting, engaging, and heartfelt. Nothing ever felt rushed, overdone, or in-genuine.
The art was this beautiful pastel effect that's calming and beautiful. It reminds me of Wonderland and Oz and Narnia somehow: it reminds one of the light, fleeting beauty of childhood and fittingly, nursery walls.
The sound was pretty well done. The voice actors did their job decently. The opening and closing themes weren't anything special, but I never skipped either because of the adorable babies that made me feel guilty if I ever wanted to skip it.
The characters, oh dear. Every single one (even the babies) has a distinct, fresh character that doesn't just feed off of a stereotype. Are they really all that deep? Perhaps not. After all, the show is just 12 episodes. But everything they DO do is meaningful and makes my heart melt.
I enjoyed this way too much. Before I go into my recommendations, a few important notes:
1. some people dropped this anime because of a 'pedophile'. I will warn you right now that this character DOES seem kinda like a pedophile to me, but it's also revealed that he suffered from similar 'nosebleeds' around babies when HE was a baby, so I'm inclined to believe it has less to do with pedophilia and more to do with just cuteness in general. Either way, I couldn't bring myself to take off too many points for that since he only appears once or twice. I could just pretend he never showed up. Also keep in mind that Japanese age of consent is 13 (or was 13 as far as I know, correct me if I'm wrong) so the public perception of him might be different for them.
2. be prepared for tears. I cried twice per episode, once per ministory minumum. I cried multiple times sometimes. I'm an emotional person to begin with, but ultimate adorableness combined with sibling-love and orphans and friendship and babies is like all my weaknesses combined. If you're emotional, watch out. If you're not, still keep your guard up-- this is more feelzy than it looks.
3. while some classify this as a shoujo, don't expect any shipping. There are some prospective ships with a possible boyxboy, boyxgirl (two different girls actually), and girlxgirl. There's that flexibility, but these ships are barely even hinted at. If you need a ship to watch a show, you probably have to be okay with it being just in your head.
With that, I'll finish this off.
I would recommend this if you: like babies, like cute things, like sibling relationships, have a weakness for cute guys taking care of babies, like things that make you emotional, like crying (lol me), love family feelz, like feelz in general, like wholesome purity
I would NOT recommend this if you: want something dark, want lots of plot or character development, don't like children, like conflict and sadness, aren't into relationships etc.
this awoke every maternal instinct in my cold, dead heart. at this point if i see even one (1) picture of kotarou i visibly melt this is the cutest show i've ever seen.
everything about it is just tooth-rotting fluff, the children are endearing (i would d*e for kazuma he opens his mouth and i just go heart eyes), the side characters are all great, and the main brothers are just so sweet ;A; feel good story of the year 10/10 goat
(just to note: there is a character [yagi] they imply is something terrible which he is not, in the manga his story is explored
more and he definitely isn't what the show pretends he is, and i hope if (when? it better be wheN) there's another season they fix that storyline.)
if you want a show that is just mindless fun that tugs on your heartstrings in a loving, cuddly type of way this is a great show to watch.
TL;DR – Cute and fun school slice of life with a warm, mellow and pleasant atmosphere.
Basic breakdown below ⬎
== Impressions / Presentation: 6.5 ==
The art style can simply be described as "shoujo aesthetics", and it's most notable in its colour scheme and character designs. However, the designs are subdued enough so it doesn’t feel like the show is unnecessarily rubbing hot guys in my face. Rather, the aesthetics is where that warm, mellow and pleasant atmosphere comes from, and it does a good job getting that feeling across.
== Story: 6 ==
There’s not much in the way of an overarching plot, but there is enough to
give the show a sense of direction, and that is more than sufficient.
Stories within the (more or less) self-contained episodes are actually pretty nice. They're delivered in a simple way, but this actually makes them more effective at delivering the emotions and messages they want to communicate.
== Characters: 6 ==
The series plays characters safe with noticeable tropes and simple personalities. But they're otherwise likeable and are generally fun to watch.
== Enjoyment: 6 ==
I like the anime, but the charm did wear off on me as it progressed. My commitment to the series basically came down to watching specific characters I had taken a liking to.
The show is nice, but there's otherwise not much else to say about it.
AKA: I think I just felt a little tug on my heartstrings
This is one of those ‘healing’ anime that helps you see the goodness in the world. It’s pure, it’s uplifting, it’s adorable. It’s not what you would call a masterpiece – it’s similar to watching a baby giraffe try to walk for the first time. Its clumsiness is part of what makes it so endearing.
Even people who don’t tend to like little kids much – me, for instance – will find that this show appeals on a level you wouldn’t think possible. It’s hard to describe just how many times this series
made me smile, go ‘awww’ or dance around in sheer unrestrained joy at their adorableness. (In my head of course, I didn’t actually go dancing round.)
But there’s more to the anime than just kiddy antics. It’s the reason Ryuji puts up with the kids, and the reason they love him.
He sees them as people. He doesn’t like cleaning up messes, changing diapers, or trying to stop a tantrum any more than the average person. He doesn’t enjoy not being able to spend as much time with his friends as he would otherwise, and he definitely doesn’t enjoy having his stuff ruined. But he loves the kids. He sees each tot as a human being with his/her own distinct personality, struggles, and likes and dislikes. They’re almost like family to him (Kotaro is actually family of course). Just being with them, seeing how they warm to him and come to trust and love him in return is one of the most purely satisfying parts of this show, and the reason I loved it so much. Ryuji is exactly the type of person that shines best when taking care of others, because of his gentle, patient and selfless nature. It’s also the reason he’s so good at it. His only fault is that he can be a bit too soft on the kids, but Kamitani and the others are there to balance that out.
Usaida, on the other hand, has got to be one of the most irresponsible babysitters out there. Seriously, leaving a kid that small outside by themselves, what was he thinking? Sure, he didn’t realise they were gone, but that only makes it worse. It’s not like it was a one-off either. I know it’s meant to be a gag primarily used to highlight Ryuji’s heroism, but he should have been made out as a bit more responsible all the same.
He’s not the only character who’s a bit unrealistic. There’s the crybaby father, the child-loving deviant (as he’s so called in the anime), the weary older brother and the tsundere who thinks the kids hate her. Whilst none of them were integral to the story (except maybe Inomata, who got some decent development), they were rather funny to watch at times. I suppose they did provide a bit of a distraction from the kids every now and again by injecting a bit of drama, which was refreshing. The love triangle scenario was unnecessary, but that didn’t mean it was bad in this case. I did think it was rather sweet, and the innocent way it was shown was consistent with the innocence of the anime on the whole.
The real gem, though, was watching Ryuji and Kotaro’s interactions. It’s incredibly rare to see the loss of parents in anime handled so maturely, normally it’s just a ‘let’s ignore the fact that the parents are dead until it’s time for a tragic backstory arc!’. Here it was realistically done. Ryuji loved his parents very much, and truly misses them. He treasures Kotaro in their absence, and Kotaro in return thinks Ryuji exemplifies everything good in the world. Parental death in this case brought Ryuji and Kotaro all the closer as the only surviving members of the family, and the way they cherish each other is heart-wrenching. Watching Ryu try and raise his brother in place of their parents, and watching Kotaro try and help Ryu as much as his tiny little body is able, was beautiful. It’s love in its purest form, and I’m glad I got to see it.
The other members of their new family, the Chairwoman and butler Saikawa, are also great characters. The Chairwoman is a good person, even though you wouldn’t guess it at first glance. She looks like a crotchety old lady, doesn’t mince words and makes Ryuji and Kotaro earn their keep, but watch her long enough and you’ll see a little smile creep over her face as she watches them bring life back into the too empty house. She has the ability of giving over lessons that seem harsh, until you reflect on what she said and realise how much care and wisdom was behind it. Saikawa, too, has a lot more to him than meets the eye. He appears enigmatic, but is hiding a wicked sense of humour and a heart of gold. He helps them a lot more than they even realise. Both play a big part in Ryuji and Kotaro’s respective developments.
What can I say about the rest of the aspects, like the sound and art? The sound is very tender and warms your heart. The voice actors, especially those that play the kids, are brilliant and really make you believe actual tiny humans are speaking. The art is mellow and has a lot of pastel tones and soft designs. The kids are ridiculously chibi, but that’s done on purpose to make them seem cuter. It works, too.
Altogether I’m unreasonably glad I watched this. I’ll probably go to bed with a fuller heart for the next week than I have done in a while. And I think I might even like little kids more on the whole after this. If you want a pure, adorable and heart-warming slice of life about a day-care, this is the one for you. XD