Civilization is dead, but Chito and Yuuri are still alive. So they hop aboard their beloved Kettenkrad motorbike and aimlessly wander the ruins of the world they once knew. Day after hopeless day, they look for their next meal and fuel for their ride. But as long as the two are together, even an existence as bleak as theirs has a ray or two of sunshine in it, whether they're sucking down their fill of soup or hunting for machine parts to tinker with. For two girls in a world full of nothing, the experiences, and feelings the two share give them something to live for...
To start this review out I'd like to say that this is one of the cutest animes I've ever seen, Chito's and Yuu's relationship is what really makes this anime shine.
The story seems very innocent at first but it gives small hints of how lonely the world is with so few people, it also leaves the viewers wondering what really happened and if there are more diverse locations than just steel cities.
The music is wonderful, it really captivates the adventure and emptiness of the world, the opening and ending song are really great too. ^_^
Overall the anime is filled with the daily adventures of Yuu
and Chito as we get to see them solve their daily problems with a touch of humour.
Beautiful show, being very faithful to the manga and even adding some original content here and there, the job done behind the adaptation is just on point. From the airy atmosphere of this abandoned world to the grinding metal pipes of some old machinery, following the two protagonists on their post-apocalyptic journey, making a wonderful contrast between the scary feeling of loneliness and the happy-going careless attitude of the two characters regarding their situation.
Just a few seconds in the first episode and I fell in love with the direction. The camera shots on leaking rusty pipes while hearing some kind of petrol engine getting closer,
creating a mysterious oppressing ambience from the start, and then meeting for the first time our two survivors and witness their first dialogue, which is by my humble opinion the strongest point of this anime.
The characters interaction here are realistic to the max, the two girls have really well thought conversations with extremely believable human behavior adding up to the pacing of the show. Chito swinging her legs while sitting on a wall, Yuuri making snow balls and teasing Chito while she is driving, the two of them messing around with an old plane propeller, Yuuri and Chito mutually beating the dust out of their clothes after being covered with it. Plenty of little details that just makes this story stand out.
Comparing the first chapters of the manga and the first episodes of the anime and you immediately realize all the work that was done behind the adaptation. Camerawork is pretty clever ( camera shot inside Yuuri's gun when she fires a round, camera shot under water when Chito check it's temperature, whole scene filming Yuuri sitting next to the fire with just the sound of the howling wind and the roof's rumbling metal sheets, spinning camera around the stone statue following Yuuri's movement ) and the sound/ambience effects are perfectly fitting the scenes, as well as the music. Out of a single manga page they were able to make a whole mysterious and oppressing scene featuring Yuuri in the dark looking out for Chito, even adding a bit of metaphysical questions at the same time, reinforcing the fact that that we're in presence of a very solid show.
The two friends are frequently having philosophical discussions, addressing human's life and death concerns and worries, talking about this world's inventions and technologies while fiddling with them... A lot of interesting dialogues that are more than welcome in this story.
The voice acting is stellar, it perfectly grasps the personality of the two girls, making their dialogues feels real, cute and human. Everything paired with fantastic facial expressions matching the voice acting.
Nothing is rushed, the story takes the time to make you learn more about the two protagonists and the world they live in, you get to know what they eat, where they sleep, what they like, what they know and don't know about this world. You get to appreciate the scenery with wonderful overall camera shots, coupled with a dark airy sound effect making you feel uneasy, while at the same time hearing the girls laugh after playing around, making an indescriptible contrast between these opposite emotions.
It's a breath of fresh air, it's cute, it's airy, it has the perfect amount of comedy, it's clever, the sound & artistic direction are brilliant, the camerawork is fantastic, there is no annoying cliches. The pacing and the ambience of this anime are so catchy that it makes you forget about everything, and makes you a bit depressed when you come back to reality, because of how good it is, but maybe it's just me.
It's the kind of masterpieces I hope there will always be.
Like everything in the entertainment industry, it's a matter of tastes and colours, I think it's the kind of show that you watch knowing exactly why you are watching it for.
Tsukurimashou, tsukurimashou, anata to watashi no sekai wo sa tsukurimashou !
The story is pretty mediocre, well it is just the third episode, so can't really say if it is good or not. Everything else is superb. The music matches well with the overarching theme. The art gives you a warm feeling. The characters are very simple, but this simplicity that goes with the theme of being alone makes you feel content with life.
I have really enjoyed every second watching this, it didn't feel dragging even with little to no story. Just like watching a kid figuring out to solve a simple math equation, no other underlying things happening except for the goal of survival
between the two girls.
This is definitely an anime I don't think I will forget and will remember
The concept of ”feel-good shows” have never particularly interested me. A majority of them I’ve watched or tried to watch have either been boring or lacked the ability to feel fulfilling in any meaningful way. Girls Last Tour is most definitely a feel-good show, so by my previous experiences with this kind of show I shouldn’t be as in love with the show as I am, and in love with this show, I truly am.
Story: 6 (Fine)
The story and plot of Girls Last Tour is arguably the shows weakest link. Just as with most slice of life shows, the plot takes a backseat to
the other aspects which I feel can hurt more than it can do any good. This is not quite the case here however. While the first couple of episodes have placed little to no emphasis on the plot, the show still keeps the viewer intrigued by setting up the world shrouded in mystery and only giving us very few pieces to the puzzle every episode. The mystery aspect of the world makes it easy for questions to form to the viewer since very little is actually revealed to us. What happened to the vast majority of humanity, when and why was the “great war” fought, why are cities built on huge platforms piled on top of each other and what about the rest of the world are just a handful of questions that I want answered. These questions remain in the back of the viewers heads while watching and keeps oneself interested enough in the show to come back week after week.
But I can’t say that I trust the show a single bit. I simply can’t help but to feel that this show is trying to make you smile as much as possible just to steal that smile away from you at the last moment. The strong sense of foreboding is a bit subtler than that of Gakkougurashi but I still get the same vibes from both shows.
Art & Animation: 8 (Great)
There’s not much here to complain about. Overall the quality of the animation is solid. While the show doesn’t feature any moments of sakuga, which is pretty usual for these feel-good shows, there is rarely any dip in said animation quality, except for the quite unexceptional CG scenes. The art style does a fantastic job of setting the melancholy mood and sense for foreboding I mentioned earlier. While it might seem dull and bleak at firs, I think it truly fits the theme and reflects the bleak setting of the world.
Sound: 7 (Good)
As with the animation, I’ve not got much to say about both the sound design and soundtrack except that they’re both fairly good. The sound design is high quality and nothing has felt out of place, but nothing made me really pay any attention to it. I could say the same thing about the soundtrack. It manages to help the art set the tone, but never really stands on its own. The show does two things wonderfully though. First off, the voice acting is absolutely brilliant, and the emotion and feeling conveyed through the voices alone despite the language barrier is fantastic. The second thing is both the op and ed, both of which are so sugary sweet it’s truly addictive. Especially the op, which I can watch on repeat for hours on end. Seriously. I CAN NOT overstate how much I love this intro.
Characters: 8 (Great)
Now this is what makes this show so damn loveable. Yuuri and Chito may just be the most loveable duo ever, obviously a hyperbaly but you get my drift. Watching these two rays of pure sunshine and happiness going through this ruined world, day by day, with no clear end in sight makes me crack a grin every single time. The way these girls still manage to have fun, laugh and live on fills me up with warmth and a feeling that when life seems worthless, friends will always be there to help you through it. While we still don’t know much about these characters, that only enhances the intrigue and mystery of the world they inhabit, as revealing too much of their backstory could potentially give away too much about the world as well.
These two girls, Yuuri and Chito, play of off each other to great effect and their friendship seems more genuine than most real friendships I see on a day to day basis, and that is a part of what makes it so enjoyable to watch. Yu’s lighthearted, goofy and almost careless demeanor fits so nicely with Chi’s more down-to-earth, methodical personality. Because of this, the fact that the show only has two characters, with the exception of the odd side character, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will get repetitive or dull.
Enjoyment: 8 (Great)
To be honest, I’ve enjoyed every single second of this so far, which is far more than what I expected. Few shows have had me smiling as much as Girls Last Tour has, but part of that enjoyment comes from the foreboding present in the shows atmosphere and lack of backstory which will remain in the back of my head until the show is over and I may or may not sleep soundly, depending of course of my suspicions about the show comes true or not.
Overall: 7 (Good)
This is the first “feel-good” show I’ve watched that actually made me feel “good” purely from the sweetness that is its characters. Most of what could be said here has already been said previously in the review. I love its characters and the tone of the show for what it’s worth, but there are aspects of the show that simply hold it back in my book from actually being a great show. I wouldn’t miss an episode for the world however, and I’ll gladly recommend this show to anyone that is willing to listen.