This is a story of a nerdy bookworm girl on her way to school, and yes, that's the entire premise, as she's not getting to school any time soon. Taking her "usual" route to school, it becomes an increasingly unusual adventure, and all the more ridiculous as it carries on. It takes an unpleasant sentiment many can empathize with, the feeling of tardiness, and brings humor to it—making it a hilarious situation to look back upon.
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.
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.
Chio's School Road is... so much to type but gonna put it short... in good way.
You wanna western game reference? Here.
Reality of gamer girl who find balance in her life? Here.
Power of friendship(not THAT nakama power bla bla bla)? Here.
A delinquent boss who has crush? Here.
Girls who play ass stab(Kancho)? Here.
Girls lovers in crazy way? Here.
And above all else...
Tired of usual panty shot in anime? Here.
I had good fun and laugh, and so will you if you have not watch.
One of best slice of life comedy anime in Summer 2018, also...
who would have though that this is adaptation from Hentai manga.
MananaChio dance real
already done it... by the voice actresses them self, you gotta look into yourself.