For the average Japanese high school student, walking to school can be a chore, but for first-year Chio Miyamo, it's always an adventure. Constantly running late due to her long night sessions playing video games, she is forced to come up with new routes to make it to Samejima Private Academy on time.
On her many bizarre journeys to school, Chio contends with obstacles like street-blocking detours, overzealous kabaddi players, and befuddled motorcycle gang leaders. But these minor hindrances are no match for the special ops training that Chio, AKA the legendary assassin "Bloody Butterfly," has received from her extensive gaming obsession. Together with her best friends Manana Nonomura and Yuki Hosokawa, Chio will do whatever it takes to avoid her school's harsh penalties for tardiness.
I’ve never really thought too much about the journey to school during my younger days. It’s just wake up, get ready for the day, and hoping for a wonderful day without trouble. What if I told you if there’s someone named Chio Miamo who makes journeys to school like it’s some impractical adventure? What if every weekday became a misadventure that you can’t even began to imagine?
Watching Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro (Chio's School Road) felt like watching an experimental humor flick where the show tests the limits of its comedy. I’m not going to lie, this show is very self-aware of its intentions and is
never shy to express it. High school girl Chio is an avid gamer with an avid imagination. With every episode being impractical and almost surreal-like, I had no doubt that this series would be popcorn entertainment. To my surprise, it’s the form of popcorn entertainment that deserves more than just a thumbs up.
The first few episodes makes it clear of what it’s trying to do. The various video game references is clear while we see Chio commute to school in a peculiar fashion. It breaks the boundaries of normalcy as the series tries to stretch its humor at every opportunity it gets. If comedy is what you’re looking for, this will definitely be a crowd pleaser. The key part of the series lies in its ways to sell the comedy. Beyond just the absurd humor of the everyday misadventures, the characters do the selling with their personalities and actions. Chio often defies common logic and applies her video game experiences to real life. This comes from the experience she gains from games that involves stealth, parkour, fighting, and among others. It seizes every chance it gets to demonstrate Chio’s personality and capitalizes on them to the fullest. This may be a make or break for viewers as some may not like Chio herself. However, you have to admit, she is like a pistol that never ceases to surprise me.
Joining Chio in the show is Manana Nonomura, who happens to be her best friend. She’s also a character that I describe as anti-normal. You’ll often see the pair together and when they are, absurd comedy ensures. In fact, their personalities are even similar despite their different interests. Both characters makes their everyday life events look larger than life. The amount of absurdity is enhanced thanks to Chio’s video game experience such as stealth. In early episodes, she even uses her “skill” to remain undetected from a neighbor while being sneaky in an Assassin’s Creed style. The show also loves to exaggerate the game of kabaddi as Chio and Mana treats it like life or death. Madoka Kushitori (captain of the kabaddi club) also pushes her passion of the game to an absurd level. That being said, I think the comedy level of the show speaks for itself by the time you reach the third or so episode. By then, you’ll really understand this show’s ridiculous comedy.
While the main duo of Chio and Manana carries a good amount of the series, other characters also comes to play. Despite not being main eventers, characters such as Yuki, Momo, Goto, and Mayuta also brings in their own spice of fun. They amplify the jokes in the show that ranges from forbidden romances to hilarious innuendos. To be fair, this series is like a joke of itself but it knows what it’s trying to be. In other words, viewers should really understand their reasons to watch this show in the first place. If it’s for actual plot or in-depth character study, then this is the wrong place to be. Take this show like a gift that’s ready to be opened and surprise you in ways you’ll probably never be ready for.
In reality, this anime was originally scheduled to air for Spring 2018. It got delayed for a full season so I assume it’s due to production issues. Nonetheless, the anime maintains a colorful balance of its character designs and setting. It’s not hard to spot the video game references if you’re familiar with franchises like Pokemon Go, Payday, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Bioshock, and among others. What really made me laugh is the character expressions. It’s exaggerated to maximum effect and often looks far more ridiculous than they should. Chio is the main culprit of this as she makes a huge deal out of situations such as sneaking at night to play video games, getting into an emergency to use the bathroom, or just being anything but normal. This expands to her friend Manana and other characters who takes advantage of all the humorous gags. There’s also some shameless fan service in the show such as pole dancing and delirious delusions. Yuki also makes an example being a sporty girl with an athletic body. The show sure isn’t shy to focus the camera on her whenever it gets that chance.
For such a show with so much humor, I’m also convinced that the characters were able to deliver their lines flawlessly. The dialogues matches with the character voices that always sounds over the board. Sometimes, it makes me replay certain scenes just to see how far the voice actors seems to be enjoying themselves in their roles. The theme songs of the show are creatively made that does what it’s intended – delivering popcorn entertainment.
Looking back at this show made me wish that my high school years were as fun as Chio’s. Every day became a story adventure that never ceases to amuse me. From day 1, Chio and the character cast made the best of its humorous elements and never looked back. It doesn’t need a concrete plot to sell its ideas because that’s really not what the show is about. In other words, just watch this show with an open mind and think of how free it is. To be able to deliver such an entertaining series with so many gags is commendable feat if you ask me.
With every anime season, we are introduced to 30+ new anime and sadly most of them never live up to their expectations, but in the past 3 or 4 seasons there was a genre which had almost all those great anime made in those seasons and that's the Slice of life genre.
As a fan of the SOL genre, I always feel sad at the ending of the season because it would mean the end of a great anime that was genuinely entertaining and not cash-grabbing like most of the other anime, there were great anime like: Tsurezure Children, Yuru Camp, Mitsuboshi Colors, the one with
girls going to Antarctica and many more, Those were some of the reasons why I still get excited when a new anime comes out because it could have some hidden gems that will make me actually happy and keep me entertained for the whole season, Luckily we had 2 of them in this one, Chio-chan and Asobi Asobase.
Chio-chan is definitely one of the most entertaining anime that I have ever watched, it doesn't rely on bad drama or forcing a random harem situation on the viewer to get his attention like most other anime nowadays which is good to see, I like that it also doesn't rely on "Girls love" as it's selling point like Slow Start did and that's why it didn't come out as an inconsistent anime.
What I do like about it tho is how good the characters are, the characters feel genuine like most of the people you could deal with in real life, we see the different types and how they all act together in situations which could easily happen in real life, what I also liked about it is that it also doesn't rely on the cringy type of comedy, there is not a single type that it follows and by that I mean that it doesn't rely only on the punchline type of comedy, nor does it only rely on the awkward situations type, it's made up of different situations and jokes that go together so well and it has a unique style of presenting them very nicely which made me laugh so loud at times and that's rare to find at least that's what I think.
The voice actors were great in making the character feel genuine so credit to them for that.
The characters, the unique style of comedy, the art and the voice actors are this anime's strong points and I don't really think there was anything that made me dislike it, of course there were some cringy moments and parts I found boring but it wasn't something that made me want to stop watching or speed up to go to the next part.
Overall I would give the anime a 9/10 mainly because of how entertaining it is.
Have you ever had an anime studio that disliked so much to a point where you absolutely refuse to check out the other works after witnessing some of the shows that they made? Well, I have a big problem with a Studio Diomedéa who up this is point was the studio that I greatly dislike due to them ditching out a truckload of mediocre to awful series that barely had any soul to speak off.
Beatless was the breaking point for this studio as that show was horrendously written that was filled with awful pacing and cringe-inducing production scheduling where every 4-5 episodes that would be
pointless recap episodes that barely did anything. That show was so terrible it couldn’t finish it’s 24 episodes run correctly as the final 4 of that shit show had to be done in September…
Because of that I literally gave up on Studio Diomedea by avoiding all of the past and future works. This was until I was introduced to a little slice of life comedy series Chio’ School Road from my friends however due to my hatred with Studio Diomeda for they epic failure that was Beatless into Chio’s School Road with low expectations where I know the show is going to be another third-rate anime.
I actually thought this anime was going to suck.
>>> 12 episodes later with the English Dub version
>>> Looks at the computer black screen smiling.
Wow, They have finally done it. They finally made an anime that didn’t suck
Chio’s School Road is easily one of the best comedy series I have even. While it’s not on the same level as Hina Festival it still was a fantastically made series that remained funny from start to finish.
Chio Miyamo is a self-proclaimed “below average” girl who likes playing shoot-em-ups and Western games. For all, she says she’s “below average”, though, she’s anything but that, given her overactive imagination and her willingness to pull dangerous and impractical stunts. Her most exciting part of the day just so happens to be her commute to school, and it’s not at all hard to see why from delinquent gangs to parkour, kabaddi to competitions with friends, there’s no way that the journey to school could ever be a boring one.
Despite the show being plotless in nature I actually enjoyed the story. The premise itself may be bland at first, however, took that bland and actually made it hilariously entertaining that has a lot of charm and heart.
The characters interactions are very well handled and hilarious to watch as the way the characters react to certain situations and is nothing but comedy gold where we the viewer would laugh for days thanks to the show amazing comedy structure.
The comedy structure in Chio’s School Road is brilliant as not only the comedy/gags are well timed but they also lead a worthwhile impact to the viewer.
Not to mention this is one of the few comedy series that completely avoids the repetitive comedy syndrome where a series would abuse it’s comedy to a point where the comedy and series itself start to it’s losing its charm.
If you a fan of video games than you will absolutely have a blast with Chio’s School Road as it loves to reference very notable video games such as Assassin’s Creed, Payday, Uncharted, etc. I also really loved how the show was able to blend in its game references with its brilliant comedy structure and as a result, we get a bunch of hilarious scenes that were not only funny but very reliable to the eye especially for Chio’s character.
Now like with Hina Festival the series has intriguing social commentary for example in one of the episodes we learned that Chio’s is specifically into Western games however due to living in Japan she doesn’t get much chance to play them mainly because they are either overpriced or never got a release at all. Her reaction to towards this is very relatable because that’s how gamers feel in real life where they cannot get the game that wants due to a big paywall that the Japan gamers have to pay. This doesn’t end Chio’s gives a brutal commentary on Japan’s taste in gaming where she talks why little boys in JRPG games carry a big heavy sword as well a big guy not wearing battle appropriate gear as he’s just shirtless showing his manly body holding a sword.
If had any nitpicks with Chio’s School Road is the kabaddi comedy at times. While it wasn’t bad by any means but it wasn’t my thing at all especially when it’s used from some of the more lewd scenes in this show. Yes, this series has fan-service, but we will talk about that in a bit.
Overall I enjoyed the story of Chio’s School Road. Yes, the story may be plotless however the comedy, character interactions and gaming references really made the show shine in a brilliant and funny way.
The characters in Chio’s School Road were all funny and enjoyable in they own rights.
My favourite character in the show is Chio herself. She was an absolute adore to watch. I really adored her interactions towards her daily life from Chio hanging around to her closest friend Manana, Chio’s buying a BL magazine from a store to Chio simply playing these western games. Her reactions towards her daily were amazing as it relatable to the eye.
Next, we have Manana and like with Chio she was a character that I really liked. While she didn’t develop as much as a character compared to Hina Festival’s Hitomi and Anzu but she still a great and hilarious character that I adored. Also, god bless Funimation dub actor Mikaela Krantz for doing a fantastic performance as Chio.
Next, we have Manana and like with Chio she was a character that I really liked. She is an interesting individual who often gets drags into Chio’s shenanigans where she reacts towards Chio’s shenanigans in the funniest ways showcasing that she, not just your typical boring best friend character that we all seen before.
Chio and Manana have a love/hate relationship with each other were despite them growing up they are still close friends even though they argue with each other every now and then. For example, in episode 6 Chio attempts to scare Manana by Chio popping up from the bridge fence, however, thanks to Chio’s lack of grip energy she gives up the prank by calling her. Then Manana comments on Chio’s behaviour in the most hilarious and factual way possible where it made Chio cry for forgiveness. After Manana forgives her the two aim to get themselves out of the bridge fence as they communicate with each other like actual best friends about the getting off the bridge fence even if they failed in the progress where they both ended up getting stuck in a more worse scenario where it causes them to argue with other. Despite these arguments, they are still best friends and I adore those interactions that these two characters. They are easily the best part about this well-crafted slice of life comedy series.
The other characters in Chio’s are also pretty cool and hilarious.
We got the biker gang named Andou who completely change his whole life after thanks to Chio and now seen trying to live a normal life by being a decent human being.
There’s also Yuki the energetic sexy girl who is not aware of her sexiness.
The final character that I want to quickly mention is Madoka. She basically this kabaddi expert who has of obsession touching girls asses. While I kinda enjoyed Madoka’s kabaddi antics I thought it was too over the top and creepy for my tastes but what can you do.
For a studio that has made nothing but low budget works in the past Chio’s School Road stands out for being the best-looking anime from Diomedea. I am honestly shocked of how Studio Diomedea was able to make Chio’s School Road look while Beatless looked like a dumpster fire. It’s honestly quite sad when you think about it. Besides the point, the visuals in Chio’s School ranges from good to pretty great.
The characters designs were pretty good as every single character.
The one thing that I was impressed by is how the show changed its art style. In one episode the series looks like your typical slice of life anime while in the other episode the series looks like an anime that has come straight out of J.C Staff with the number of facials and hair detail.
The only issues that I had with the visuals were the fan-service. As much as I enjoy starting at Chio’s panties and ass I will admit the show can be a slightly degrading at times plus if your not a fan lewd comedy than this anime won’t be for you.
The soundtrack of Chio’s School Road is nothing to write home about it as it just a pretty generic slice of life/comedy piece that only serves as background music for the anime.
The opening theme Danger in my Tsuugakuro sung by Chio, Manana and Yuki Seiyuus is a pretty catchy song that captures the goofy comedy of the series.
The ending theme Nanairoad sung by Chio and Manana Seiyuus is a great ending theme that perfectly closes the episode of Chio’s School Road.
Now, this is one of the two shows from the summer 18 anime season that I decided to watch fully in dubbed and am going to be real honest the dub is actually pretty amazing. The sub from what I heard was alright but the dub version completely surpassed the sub because not only the voice acting is superior but the dub really fits the tone and comedy narrative of the series better.
Chio’s School Road is an fantastic comedy series. While it may not be in the same as Hina Festival, it’s still a well-crafted comedy that I adored.
The comedy is hilarious, the characters are likeable and extremely funny. The visuals for a slice of life comedy were pretty impressive, and the dub was awesome. I can easily forgive the not memorable soundtrack as the series is a hilarious fun ride that I loved from start to finish.
It’s honestly shocking of how Studio Diomedea completely redeemed themselves after the embarrassingly directed mess that was Beatless. I am glad that Studio Diomedea had a new leaf after all.
In the severely lacking Summer season, we got a host of comedy-centred anime, and Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro (or Chio's School Road) is one of the series that initially doesn't stand out much, yet for all of its comedic shenanigans and whack-a-mole moments does it hold a candle towards its production runtime and the funny yet insane moments that it has to garner more attention.
This is the series of brainchild Tadataka Kawasaki, whom started his mangaka life out of various doujins, and Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro is pretty much a rounded compliation of his doujin works. This explains why if you haven't heard of him before or
read a few of his works, the star MC of the show Chio Miyamo, with her weird game analytical vibes and the whole hentai-doujin aspect, made us think that the Chio we know looks a bit off with her blushing and the thingie-of-a-bob sexual erotic feels.
The awesome comedic manga adaptation follows the life of said always-imaginating Chio-chan, with her dreaded and distasteful life of going to school as a normie. So...on her way, finds spectacular and noteworthy stuff to do to at least make the "going to school" cliché much more interesting, from game references and unsung-hero status to being positions so crazy, such as the worshipped biker gang boss, the famous Indian Kabaddi escapee and more.
Together with her crazy friends:
Manana Nonomura the loyal (chemistry) mixer but constant revenge-cum-backstabber,
Yuki Hosokawa the innocent but hidden-talented exhibitionist,
and even weirder people such as Madoka Kushitori the Kabaddi master of a senior,
and biker gang boss-turned-follower Andou Mayuta with Chio's alias "Bloody Butterfly" a massive turn-on, get ready for a comedy so stupendous yet so crazy that will surprise you to no end!
Oh, I'm not forgetting you, Shinozuka and your unrequited love for the constantly-watching teacher, standing beside each other at the school gates!
Diomedea's anime adaptation of the underrated manga series is at least faithful or even close to it, and watching every episode and read-comparing through the manga chapters of the said episodic titles made me glad that the comedy is left intact, with some things that had to be dumbed-down (such as the sexual-feel artwork) because of censorship reasons made suitable for TV production. Other than that, while both the art and animation is justifiable by how insane this series started out with, the manga is mildly superior against the anime adaptation, just by a teenie-weenie little bit, but still heaps of fun.
The sound is arguably the best part of the series. Sound director Takayuki Yamaguchi did his magic here on the foundations of the currently airing Steins;Gate 0 and the upcoming Index Season 3 (as of this review), so...Anisong lovers, you have an OST that is stupendously great and delivers on all fronts to let you know that this show means business, and I mean, wacky-ass comedic business! Definitely love at first hearing for both the hyped OP (by the VAs of the main trio) and the awesome-rhythmic ED (composed by DECO*27).
Despite the problems that I had started out with, this is still rock solid for similarities in the forms of Nichijou, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Gintama and the like. And like most kids going to school, don't ever do this IRL! Only Chio-chan does what you can't! This was a pleasant surprise all around and a great time well spent immersing laughter into. If you like comedy that's so insane yet watchable, give this one a shot for a really good time, you won't be disappointed.