The anime centers on Minoa Asagaya, a new high school student in Sakaneko Private High School. Despite being a novice to anime, Minoa's classmate Arisu Kamiigusa invites her to make an "anime research club" at school. Through conversations with her classmate Miko Kouenji, as well as various anime-loving upperclassmen, Minoa gradually gets hooked on anime. While they stand against the student council's continuous efforts to disband their club, and they ignore the impending end of the world, they talk about anime, whether in Akiba, or in real-life "sacred place" anime settings, or the hot springs.
This was a fine story destroyed by fanservice. And I'm here writing this only cuz I'm f* tired of it.
Ok, I get it. Dudes were trying to show all the aspects of a japanese animation, but they felt on the most ridiculous points of cliché and "chuunibyou" syndrome ever...
First of all, If the anime is not gendered as ecchi, PLEASE DON'T PUT ECCHI SCENES ON IT! Jesus christ mary and joseph! I'm sick and tired of this shit everywhere. It's really frustrating trying to watch a quality anime and see it falling into the roughest possible traps. I felt like I was watching a
much trashier version of K-ON! And I like K-ON!, but this... Oh god. I can't.
But please, don't get me wrong. I really saw potential in this story. The idea of passing on minimal details of production, dubbing or details of Japanese culture in general seemed extremely interesting. But the problem is: it did not sound that way. It sounded forced, blasé. Honestly, I'd be really scared to encounter such a nerdy otaku like the characters in this series. They look like damn traveling encyclopedias (not kidding). Kinda of ruins the idea of normal fan and starts to give an idea of obsessed fans. Not a big deal but then it wasn't even funny... Besides, it looked like one of those awkward advertisement where the lines are so forced that they seem too mechanical and.. well, cringy.
I REALLY hate fanservice, but hey, we are talking about anime, so, f*, that shit is really everywhere, ruining everything and there's nothing you can do about it. So I can manage some level of fanservice depending on the quality of the story, although I still hate it. But there comes a time when it gets really annoying. Then, comes the plot, that was fine but again, shoved unnecessary scenes that are only there to make you feel uncomfortable (unless you are a pervert, and in that case you are a creep).
Btw, those scenes showing the intimate parts of Yui while exercising at every beginning of episode in a TOTALLY disconnected way with the story? Cheeky fanservice... Gosh. And please don't talk to me about "reference" bullshit. Kill la Kill was doing reference (somehow). Not this.
You know, there is no need to throw a girl on a guy's pelvis and make her rub her boobs on him to make the story look romantic. Geez, as a girl I feel sincerely angry about it. It's not only stupid, it's degrading... I could stay here for ages talking boring stuff about how Japanese culture (all of it, but ok) of animation in general is highly sexist and sometimes worse (please forgive me Hayao Miyazaki, you sir are not included). So it is very disappointing to find female characters that you can relate to and then watch it fall onto stereotypes, or end up on stories which encourages futile female rivalries, creates objectified characters - and of course, fanservice or clichés that border the ridiculous.
Besides, the art is confusing. Drawing does not look consistent. Scenarios are beautiful and everything. The problem is the characters itself. Their design is very different from one character to another, as if they belonged to different animes (it may be purposeful, but it does not look aesthetically ok). Also, Minoa's hair is... really... Weird.
Sound is fine too. Nothing relevant to talk about it. And I really like talking about OST, so I'm kinda disappointed.
Character development is virtually nonexistent or absurdly explosive. In one day they seem one thing and then, suddenly, they look like something else. You know that K-ON! thing I said before? So, Minoa is like a silliest version of Yui. And you will find similarities all over.
Overall, if it wasn't for those stupid fanservice scenes, I would probably be able to watch it until the end, but I can't. I just can't.
So, if you too can't stand cliché and being bored to death while watching an anime that is trying too hard to explain how anime works, don't even start it.
Animegataris is an anime about otakus, and it is anime FOR otakus. Its biggest appeal is being full of meta references from otaku culture and other anime or genres. You'll see a lot of references that otakus practice like ship wars, or the famous three episode rule,
The anime is chock-full of references from other anime that are just fun to spot, like famous scenes, quotes or characters. Often it's just enjoyable to see a mention of Ru:Zero, Anosuba, or Guden Daran.
They play around tropes of other specific genres, like the club-ruining student council in the main description. There are a lot of this in the
anime and they made all kinds of references to club anime, ecchi, harems, idol anime, anime-creation anime, slice of life, mechas...
The main characters are pretty bland and one-dimensional but you're not supposed to find development in them, they're references to the multiple kinds of otaku that people can relate on; there's the know-it-all who watches all genres, a guy who's unashamedly into anime idols, a girl into light novels, a girl into cosplay, an eccentric awkward chuunibyou (hey they exist in real life though otherwise that Chuunibyou anime won't exist), and the main character who is new to anime (who only newbies can relate on and is mostly a plot device so that the others can explain to her some otaku references). Don't expect some great character development here, this anime is not that kind of anime, but character development or the lack of it doesn't necessarily determine that an anime is good or bad, and this anime manages to make its appeal with the otaku culture that watchers can relate on.
I'm not the type of guy who focuses too much on animation or sound, but they're not particularly bad to make me notice. But hey, I like Minoa's (the main character) bright and cheery character design. And damn the OP is so catchy, Garnidelia (the singer who sang Kill la Kill's OP) is just too good.
The story is below average though. It's just them being an anime club and doing anime club things. Don't expect much of it, but don't focus on it either, the anime is still fun to watch.
For the record, the anime has little fanservice, unlike some reviews would make you believe. There's the standard hot springs fanservice episode that is a reference in itself to other shows who have that one unnecessary fanservice episode in the middle of the anime. That episode in itself is full of references to other ecchi romance with awkwardness, boobs and clever censorship and stuff, that people who encounter this often in other anime they watch can appreciate.
One last thing. You see those characters voiced by popular voice actors in the character list? Rie Takahashi, Inori Minase, or Kana Hanazawa herself? All of those are minor characters so don't expect much. :) Most of the main characters have voice actors that don't have much listed in their characters voiced list, but they're not necessarily bad at voice acting though, so don't worry. Just be disappointed like me that Rie Takahashi's character is limited to that running gag of mostly being involved in a 5 second fanservice shot, or Kana Hanazawa's character being the "character of the episode" of one episode.
Overall... this anime is pretty great. Don't dismiss it as just another regular high school club comedy slice of life anime. Its appeal is in the meta references to other shows and the otaku culture more than anything else, and for me that's mostly enough to make me enjoy this anime.
Episode 10 edit: Man I'm glad that fanservice reviewer didn't reach episode 10, she's going to have a fit watching the OP of that one
This will be an easy skip for most people because of its simple premise, but as for myself, it embodies how much we know about anime in particular, and is very relatable to how deep our love is for anime in general.
Typical generic high school student Minoa Asagaya had a liking of anime from young, but she is at a basic level of knowledge. Enter her classmate Arisu Kamiigusa, whom binge-watches anime as a secret, and introduces Minoa into the world of anime, along with another classmate Miko Kouenji and other seniors, fights against the disbandment of their anime club and discusses all day about
anime (and they really don't get tired of it).
Now, the story won't get anyone invested, but as mentioned I do like the affection that this show has to offer when talking about anime. It's sad that it's only target audience is very niche, and is more for newcomers wanting to know about the world of anime. Similarly, references to most shows are present, if not cameos.
Minoa Asagaya may look and sound cheerful on the outside, but towards the world of anime, she is a blockhead. But her effort shows that her willingness to partake in the journey of anime, is something like her interest goal, and pursues to know more about it.
Arisu Kamiigusa (as mentioned) is the secretive girl who boasts a large collection of anime, and is the hold-no-bars girl. Her attitude may strike off as being boastful, and sometimes quite annoying, but it's relatable from an otaku standpoint.
Miko Kouenji and the seniors aside have their personal interests in anime, and all have their antics which somehow work together in this kind of "educational" show (more on that in a bit).
WAO World is known for creating shows for children (well, most of it), and this is no exception. The art may look cheap and uninspiring along with the just-nice animation, but everything looks just fine if not mediocre. Certainly not the worse. but just right to get along.
The only noteworthy thing I'm gonna say is that the OP "Aikotoba" by GARNiDELiA is very catchy and fun to listen to, creating the sense of a funky and happy-sounding song, easily one of my favourite OPs for the season. On the other hand, the character VAs do a decent job considering the onslaught of characters and the remainder (ED and BGM) are good.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
I've gotta admit that the only reason why I watch this show is because of the OP, seriously! That's until Episode 3 where the story starts to shape and take its form.
The recommendation here is for a very niche target audience, and can understand why people don't give a care for these kinds of shows. I, for one, can consider myself a fan favourite of this show and do like for what it is, but expectations vary.
The story is about a group of people restarting the anime club at their school. So this is another club anime, just another club anime. it does nothing to set it apart from the others. It's the same plotline and tropes you have seen in other club anime from the cosplay to the conventions. It doesn't do these tropes even better or worse than other shows it is just that if you have seen one of these you've seen most of them.
The art isn't anything special generic cute characters and animation. The mascot is different at least (as much as it can be.) but that's
the only thing that stands out.
The music and characters are also what you would expect going into this. The voice actors can be typed cast by their voices and the music is upbeat. You'll probably forget about all of it.
The characters like I alluded to before aren't special. I could probably list at least ten clones for each of their personalities easily. If you are newer to anime or just adore these series they work but the more you get into these club animes the more tired you get to them. I'm not saying club anime are bad I just want different at this point especially coming off of Gamers which did different well and tried it's best to be its own thing.
5/10 overall. If I was newer to anime I would love this but, since I'm not, I'm just bored watching this. If you have watched one of these, you've seen most of them.