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 is in no way an objective review. I just want to briefly mention what I like about Animegataris.
I don't think anyone had high expectations of Animegataris going in. For all intents and purposes, it seems to be another fairly typical show about a group of misanthropes trying to engage in club life and encountering resistance (from who else but an oligarchical student council?) along the way, thus making the conflict, if anything, a self-contained arc of validation and self-expression. Minoa, the principle lead, is an endearing albeit bland character; your everyday cheerful, super-friendly, somewhat-ditzy, all-around-good-girl. At this point in time, the rest of the
anime club (each representing a particular facet of the culture) are no less one-dimensional. Overall, there shouldn't really be a reason to give this show much attention. Right?
But here's the saving grace, at least for me:
I knew more or less exactly what I was signing up for going into this. No complex characters with dramatic, innovative backgrounds. No fabulous, intricate narrative. No comedic genius. And (probably) no Madoka Episode 3 moments (if you don't get that, forget this pointless review and go watch Madoka right now.
I'm not kidding. Go! GO WATCH MADOKA YOU PIECE OF-) So why watch it? For me, it's just...fun. It's fun to watch a bunch of caricatures stumble through a loosely-defined narrative. It's fun to watch them go off about all the suspiciously-named anime they're keeping up with and have enjoyed in the past (gotta love Ru:Zero, Autumn Wars, and Cinnamon Roll Z). If you're purely there for mindless entertainment, the best thing that entertainment can do is be relatable to the interests of the viewer. While there's nothing stand-out about Animegataris, for what it is, there's basically nothing bad about it either. I like the character designs a good deal and the all the VAs do a good job encapsulating the feel of their characters. The art and animation are both easy on the eyes and as for the narrative...well, it's as I said before isn't it? I find it fun and, with a show like this, that's all I really need.
As of Episode 3, I give Animegataris a conservative but respectable 7/10.
Ok, I get it. Dudes were trying to show all the aspects of a japanese animation, but seriously... 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! 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.
And 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 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! Sort of ruins the idea of normal fan and starts to give an idea of obsessed fans. And it wasn't even funny... You know, even though I enjoy a LOT one thing, I will hardly have SO much accumulated knowledge of it. Far away of being a poser, it's called enjoying things in a healthy way. Besides, it looks like an awkward advertisement where the lines are so forced that they seem mechanical and cringy.
I won't lie, I really really hate the fanservice. The plot was fine, but those scenes were totally unnecessary! You don't need to throw a girl on a guy's pelvis and make her rub her boobs on him to make the story look romantic. 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.
Yeah yeah, Japanese culture of animation in general is highly sexist, no doubt. But sometimes it is extremely tiring being a woman, a fan of the culture, try to watch some anime or read some manga that seems promising in the sense of having strong (or simply remarkable) and mainly non-sexualized female characters, but to face something super stereotyped, 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 caaaan'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.
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.
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.