After dreaming about an anime she used to watch as a child, Minoa Asagaya could not forget a particularly memorable scene. However, despite her best efforts, she cannot recall the name of the show. Due to this, Minoa asks for help from her fellow classmates at Sakaneko High School. Her conversation is overheard by Arisu Kamiigusa, the most popular and wealthy girl in class who is also a hardcore otaku. Yet even with her vast knowledge, Arisu does not recognize the show.
After discovering that there isn't an anime club at their school, Minoa and Arisu create the Anime Research Club, as they may obtain the answer to Minoa's mystery if they gather people who share the same interest. Thus, Minoa is exposed to a bizarre new world—the world of anime!
When I decided to watch Animegataris, the first thoughts in my head were if this show is actually about anime itself or something more. To be precise, Animegataris is essentially what I envision as a series about anime stories. It makes sense given the title by context and not to mention, this show seems to adapt such a formulaic story by expectations. However, the show turned out to be a bit more than what I had bargained for but in the end is quite a thrill ride.
To be honest, watching Animegataris felt like it was targeted to a specific demographic. At first, I wasn’t really
sure if I was part of that category. The show itself takes on the world of anime and rather than using it as a theme, it tells stories through them. It’s super self-aware as every episode makes references and alludes to pop culture. For me, it didn’t take long to realize that Animegataris wanted the viewers to experience what anime is really about. And it all begins with the “anime research club”.
Taking place at Sakaneko Private High School, the club members essentially all shares their love for anime. Despite their different opinions, they all share a general fundamental view that anime is a form of enthralling entertainment. Minoa Asagaya, a new student is invited to this club by one of their members, Arisu Kamiigusa. It doesn’t take long for her to get hooked into anime. She gets enlightened by the very ideas of anime after participating in some of their activities, getting involved with their conversations, and accepting anime for what it is. To me, this show satires anime as a form of art. It makes many references from some of the most popular works of recent years. (ex. Re:Zero, Girls und Panzer, Boku Hero no Academia) It aims at anime fans in general with its ideas. As the story progresses, the anime research club encounters oppositions, most prominently, the student council. Absurdly powerful and reluctant, they enforce their own principles and practically go to war with them. It adds drama to the show, something that’s actually needed considering how plotless the series feels at times. Other times, the series’ plot focuses more on the adventures of the club such as going on to anime conventions and cosplay events.
As a show that satires anime, you should definitely expect a diverse circle of characters. Indeed, every character from the anime research club stands out in some way through their persona. We have the oujo-sama Arisu Kamiigusa, light novel enthusiast Miko Koenji, the athletic Yui Obata, delusional Kai Musashisakai, idol fanatic Kouki Nakano, and the club president Erika Aoyama. All of them shares a love anime although each member also shares a love for a particular type. For instance, Erika loves magical girl shows. Kai has a chuunibyou-like obsession with action characters/superheroes. Kouki has a love for idols while Miko is inspired to become a light novelist someday. The point the show is trying to get across is that all these characters embraces the anime culture and hope to share their vision to others. For Minoa, she starts off as a newbie but learns from the club. Each episode shows her knowledge growth about anime and she even begins to make friends outside the club. As a show with a colorful cast, their personalities indeed are also take notice. From the very few episodes, it’s shown that each of them are distinctive. The character chemistry and bond between them is meaningful as well. For instance, they all unite together against the council when they seek to abolish the club. They uphold their values and doesn’t back down. Even at desperate times, the club makes the best with what they have and love. To me, that’s inspirational.
By the time you go through a few episodes, I think it’ll become obvious that a majority of the show appeals to comedy. I already said that this show is very self-aware and makes references to anime culture. However at times, it also deconstructs the very aspect of anime such as breaking the fourth wall completely. It gives a sense of surreal feel that I haven’t seen done much in recent years. The amount of cosplay and delusional moments also makes an impact through the characters’ roles. (I’m looking at you Kai) The dialogues consists a lot of casual talk that blends between anime culture and everyday language. It’s very easy to get into even despite how deep it gets at times. There’s also a character (Neko-sensei) that brings a supernatural-like side to the show that is strangely addictive to watch. However, I will say that this show isn’t designed for anyone. The general audience may accept the show for what it has its offer but it won’t surprise me if someone finds the series to be particularly dull. There’s an abundance amount of repetitive jokes, some that I find to be absurdly amusing while others come off as dry. (Personally, I think the yaoi-jokes is way overused as an attraction) For the story itself, the show jumps between various styles often from slice of life adventures to dramatic ideal clashes. Hell, the final few episodes of this show can really surprise viewers at the direction it decides to take.
Adapted by Wao World, I was cautiously optimistic about this work. The raw visual quality of the show isn’t impressive as characters and setting looks average at best. The studio itself doesn’t have an impressive resume either so my expectations weren’t high. However, looking beyond the raw visual quality gave me a different impression. To me, this show even parodies its art style through actual storytelling. The deformed faces and cartoony character designs in specific episodes are done intentionally as a way to deconstruct anime tropes. Hell, even the OP song makes fun of the colorful art style with running gags of certain characters, especially Yui. Cosplay in the show alludes to characters’ persona to match their interest. For fan service, this is again usually portrayed more as a parody rather than shock value. Yui is the guiltiest example because of her athletic body but the rest of the female cast isn’t too far off either; specifically Erika and even Minoa at times. Character facial expressions and body languages are also noticeable for their running gags. I lost count how many times I had to laugh at Kai for his antics.
For a show as lighthearted as Animegataris, it has some surprisingly catchy music. Both the OP and ED theme songs are highly decorated with the usual gages from the show itself. It also feels like there are influences to the show’s OST. Some tracks sounds similar such as those from the show, Haruhi Suzumiya. Character voice mannerism definitely delivered in particular for characters such as Kai and Neko-sensei. I can’t say this enough but the voices of the characters in this show always sound alive and attracts attention.
As a show that was based on the original Anime-Gatari, this anime stepped up to the plate with its themes, style, and humor. I wasn’t sold on what it had to offer at first but after giving it a chance, it quickly won me over. It’s strangely addictive watching the everyday lifestyles of the anime research club. Every character stood out in some way from this show that I came to enjoy watching. While the story isn’t written well at times, it still stays honest with its general premise and genres. As an anime fan who has been watching anime for years, I feel serviced.
A couple of Re:Zero references and an idiotic “parody” story does not make a good anime. Parody doesn’t equal a lack of effort. I don’t think the creators of Animegataris understood this when making it. No matter how many times this anime calls itself a “parody” it doesn’t get any closer to being good. But what do I know? A stupid and cliche story in an anime? It must be comedy gold!
Other than simply using cliches at every chance it gets, the show in no way comments on cliches in anime.
Girl protagonist who is indifferent to anime joins the anime club at her high
school for reasons that don’t matter. She struggles to fit in with the nerds because she has little experience with anime. They do anime stuff like go to conventions, discuss new anime, and the clubbies reassure her that she fits in with them for reasons… (probably because if she leaves then they won’t have enough members for an official club.) Rinse, repeat. Rinse, repeat. Rinse, repeat.
The show starts out as a pretty tame high school comedy with some romantic undertones. And if you haven't seen many of those you might like it, but I have so it just felt redundant. As it goes on more and more anime elements are added to the show, like talking cat and characters appear who seem like they were ripped out of a different anime. I thought I'd like this aspect of the show because it's similar to “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”. In Haruhi, the story gradually becomes wilder, but it's only interesting to watch because the characters are so believable. In Animegataris they aren't.
I can only praise this show’s story for one thing. In the later episodes and especially the last one it destroys its story by adding so many anime elements. It was kind of interesting to watch and it made me happy to see the show acknowledge how much of a waste of time it was to try to develop the cardboard cutout characters and generic as hell plot by destroying them. It was like watching a toddler make a giant amalgamation of legos only to realize how crappy it looks and pull it apart.
“I think anime fans look something like this…”
-Wao World screenwriters
Why bother writing characters with actual personalities when you can just call it a parody? On second thought who even cares about character development when you can just use fanservice? The show uses fanservice as a crutch because it has nothing else going on. This totally destroys the upbeat charm established in the first episode because the show ceases to be sweet and innocent and becomes something exploitative and utterly deplorable. I loathe all of the characters, the ones that I actually remembered by the end that is. I believe there are 5 main cast members but that would only be by name. The leads are so uninteresting that I wonder if they would have been better off being supporting characters with only one lead. I felt like the leads were being shoved into the limelight for no reason, that they're just not interesting enough to handle so much screentime.
The three (or four maybe...?) female characters. blend together into generic anime lady soup. I can’t distinguish between any of them. One of the guys is a chuunibyou which I thought could be fun, instead, he’s just painfully cringy to watch. There is one other dude, the blonde one whose name eludes me, but I can’t tell you anything about him other than he has some weird as hell lines that make me question why he was allowed to be in the club at all. He’s just a creepo dude who was meant to seem like an otaku but like everything else in the show, his writing is tone deaf and he comes off as unsettling instead of relatable. The characters on a whole don’t have any establishing development to make them stand out in any memorable way. On top of that, they don’t act realistically at all so you’re not able to fill in gaps because there isn’t a way to predict their behavior. There is no connection formed between audience and character. They’re just lifeless cardboard cutouts that crap out flimsy anime references and cringy jokes. What good do they being parodies do if they’re insufferable to watch all the time?
I never once cared about anything they did because I was never given a reason to other than the show shoving them in my face. I don't care if "anime saves the day" if the characters that push that belief are hollow shells of humans. This show perfectly models how not to write satirical characters. Take notes folks.
Clinical. Scrubbed of all personality and identity. Could very well be the art of any show. The character art is ugly and harsh on the eyes, and worse, they look so generic. I’m a fan of shows swapping their art styles to comedic effect so I appreciated when it was done in this one. That’s the only time the show’s potential really shines. It’s so damn generic and forgettable that when something even remotely original happens I’m immediately invested. But these moments are all too short. God forbid the show be remotely interesting for more than 3 damn minutes.
Totally functional! The saddest part of the show is how it has the workings of a potentially decent show. But it’s so misguided in its writing that it brings down the quality of everything else. I can’t help but feel cynical towards the sound and voice acting because of the fundamental issues that plague the show. The voices just grated on me as time went on. In the beginning, I thought that they were just alright but I came to realize that they added nothing whatsoever to the characters. They don’t convey personality, they’re the icing on the cake of the already horrible characters.
The soundtrack is generic as hell, as is the opening and ending. The sound effects in this show are overall acceptable but I have this horrible feeling whenever I hear them like they're trying to make me into a generic anime trope too. Plenty of sound effects are repeated for different usages so you won’t be immersed at all. But like everything else in this show you can argue that the sound is meant to be generic to make fun of generic anime. You’ll probably find the op to be very catchy, as I did (sadly). It’s meant to be as catchy and marketable as possible and you will notice this right away. Flashy colors, rhythmic beats to drill into your head, and no personality. I think it’s the best example of how obvious it is that Animegataris is a corporate product. Meant to be consumed and forgotten. (And the worst part is that it's still stuck in my head.)
CRinGE!! I have never seen anime that has made me want to die more than Animegashitias. The jokes are never funny, the only time I laughed was when I watched the English dub at 0.75 and relished in how ridiculous the voice actors sound. Which isn’t me praising the show. Every time I heard a character say “ru;zero” I wanted to cry. If I hear the name ru;zero one more time I might lose it. I dislike ReZero, but that has little to do with why I loathe every reference this show makes to it. The way they talk about anime sounds like executives who decided to check out a mal forum and built characters around what they though anime fans would be like. It's all so damn clinical and plastic-y. None of the characters feel real.
The most enjoyment I got from the show was in the last few episodes because they reach a peak in the insane anime trope crap tossing race.
Final Score: 3/10
I hate Animegataris.
It is a corporate product that throws excrement from other (better) anime at the wall and doesn't care if it sticks or not. It is the most bog standard school comedy romance you’ll ever hiding behind the false pretense of satire.
“But Panda, you’re missing the point! it’s meant to be generic!”
To that, I say shame on you for lowering your expectations so much and for making WAO World think that drivel like Animegataris is acceptable. But then again, WAO World thought Mars of Destruction was a passable product so I shouldn't have expected much from them.
It makes sense that if anime characters in an anime start talking about anime in their anime club then something strange has to happen on a (meta?)-physical level within their own story. Animegataris is a school-club comedy anime that sets itself up on a self-aware journey that (kind of) explores why anime otaku appreciate anime so much. And the best way to do that is through its own medium (of course).
There is a lot of anime in this anime. They talk about anime, they make an anime, they become an 'anime.' if this anime is going to be known for anything as this season peters
out and some late-comers decide to give it a try, is the stylistic and plot-break down 'twist.' However, it isn't much of a twist if the anime literally becomes stranger every episode. What could have been a last ditch effort to make something fun as the series winds down, ends up being a completely sensible conclusion, that if anyone was paying attention, they'd probably see coming. It's ridiculous, purposefully so, and that's what makes it so fun.
The references are usually oblique or universal enough, that the series doesn't get bogged down with 'hey we all watched that' kind of humor. Animegataris doesn't latch on to any one niche or franchise to parody or make reference to. Instead we get a a cornucopia of verbal and sometimes visual references, which considering the show is about anime otaku, seems par for the course. But obviously, nobody is going to watch this show for stuff like "Dirlish Number (or whatever the fuck they called it) was good." It's the self-aware, tongue-in-cheek, 'we're winking at you' humor and sensibility which makes Animegataris so fun, and funny.
The comedy works. That is, if you've seen enough anime to appreciate a cliche for its own sake.There's some genuinely funny stuff here: flubbed lines in some shitty anime short, odd attention to detail, 'the aspect ratio is closing in.' Fan-service sports girls hardly has any lines, yet she gets her own OP, definitely the most ingenious thing I've seen this season. (Ironically enough, even though she is hardly a character, fan-service girl still has her cameo in the anime within the anime). There is a sense of 'we can get away with whatever, so deal with it' as the anime moves along, but you actually excuse the staff, because instead of being over the top and obnoxious, it comes across as smart and tastefully done as is possible for a show like this.
For something more recent to compare it to, this reminds me of Akiba's Trip. But for the most part, this series really reminds me of, and has the sensibility of otaku oriented parody OVAs. A much less cynical Otaku no Video or Puni Puni Poemii, or maybe a more genre specific one like Nurse Witch Komugi-chan, or maybe Ribbon-chan and (though TV and not a parody), Going-Home Club (KKK), for both of those have an all too aware, budget conscious 'the staff knows it's going to fail'' kind of humor.
There are plenty of anime fans who would appreciate something like this, but too many are going to ignore it for dumb reasons. It's worth a watch if you want your anime to be a little too much like anime.
This anime was great! I'm kind of a novice to anime, but I don't many who love anime. It kind of related to me.
It is a parody anime with a lot of anime references and anime jokes. I liked it because it was fun trying to figure out the references.
I noticed a few like Ru:Zero, Anosuba, Autumn Wars, PreFae, and I think Guden Daran.
The story is very slice of life but the last 2 episodes were just crazy.
Character ideas were really creative and thought into.
The art looked pretty amazing as well.
It was overall an amazing anime and I rate it 8/10!