Living by this principle, the middle schooler Nishikata gets constantly made fun of by his seat neighbor Takagi-san. With his pride shattered to pieces, he vows to turn the tables and get back at her some day. And so, he attempts to tease her day after day, only to find himself victim to Takagi-san's ridicule again sooner than later. Will he be able to make Takagi-san blush from embarrassment even once in the end?
I'll just say this: This series is for pure comedy and enjoyment, but right now it's really outdoing itself in terms of comedy and has such a charm that people really shouldn't find a reason to hate.
I'll keep this as brief as possible:
STORY: As of right now, not much of a story or plot, but that's totally fine, this series' purpose is to present the everyday lives of two very good friends in middle school who play a one-sided game of trying to embarass the other, with Nishikata always getting the short end, which is always VERY funny. It's one great hell of a development
to see if whether or not Nishikata can squeeze out a win for now, and perhaps find out more.
ART: Shin-Ei Animation really doesn't try to do too much with their animation, but damn, the animation here is clean, and depicts Takagi's smug (perhaps the best of all anime smugs by a cute female character) so well. Now granted, some people might not like the art style and design of the characters, but then again, there's stuff like Boku no Hero Academia, Mob Psycho, and Kill Al Kill, and those series did GREAT despite the odd designs they themselves have.
Sound: Not much to say here. It gets a solid grade here simply for fitting the scene during which it is playing. Because of how this series functions, there's 0% chance of this series getting a grandiose soundtrack, but it doesn't need it.
Character: Nishikata is a fun character to watch despite how he usually gets short-ended. Granted, he can be too naive, but at least he's a good person at heart. Then there's Takagi, a smug queen at heart, and a playful personality. She's really the charm that make this series worth watching. Of course, the three other support characters do get their own segment as well.
Enjoyment: It's probably already mentioned above, but seeing Nishikata getting into trouble or played like a fiddle is all worth it for the laughs. And of course there's Takagi's cute expressions...
OVERALL: Just watch and enjoy it as your typical slice of life comedy. If you're not into those kind of series, just don't bother. Trust me, though, if you do decide it to watch it, you won't regret it.
Now this review is rather unfair because a lot of my personal biases come into play here, so I'll have the first paragraph written from an objective point of view and the second is where I'll let loose everything else.
This is a somewhat refreshing take on the romance anime genre as it stars two kids (Nishikata and Takagi) who are in love with each other but seem to express this love through playing pranks on each other to try and get the other to do something silly and embarrass themselves. The story is very simplistic and shows several small stories that aren't really linked together
in one episode. Due to this being a slice of life, the stories aren't really important. Not to say that they are bad, since each of them are rather charming and there is some emotion within them, but they are not part of a bigger plot. The art style is simple, but I think it suits the anime very well in this case. There aren't any harsh colours and they keep a very light colour palette throughout which I think works great. The sound is atmospheric and and manages to keep the viewer interested and happy whilst not being anything groundbreaking. Finally, the only characters that we have really seen so far is the two main characters. It's only two episodes in so there can't be much (if any at all) character development yet, but I believe they have set the groundworks to make some two interesting main characters. If you are a fan of romantic comedies then this anime is definitely for you. If you like seeing romance anime that have a bunch of moments that make you go "Awwww" or giddy with happiness, then this anime is also for you. Overall, I believe it is best served as a 7.5 out of 10. It isn't quite there yet for an 8, but it has the ability to reach it rather easily.
Now moving onto my subjective opinion: I have no idea what it is that makes me love this anime so much, but the enjoyment I get out of it is absolutely ridiculous. I need to pause once every two minutes or so just so I can admire the sheer adorableness of the relationship between Nishikata and Takagi. This anime has managed to make two pretty bad days turn out to be okay, because when I watch this I just get the constant sensation of happiness from it. It could be that the innocence of the two characters is refreshing and makes me wish I had something like that several years ago, or it could be that this anime has been tailor made for my tastes. I don't know, nor do I care. But what I do know is this: this anime has brought me tears of joy from the amount of enjoyment I had from this. Am I exagerating as to how good this is? Probably. Do I care? Not at all. If you're having a bad day and don't even particularly like romance, I still recommend that you watch this (unless you've just been dumped or rejected).
Ok, I'm gonna keep this short because I've already reviewed the manga, but let's goo! Also my points get really directed at this anime only woops
Do you like scenarios where:
•two characters have an ongoing competition
•two characters love each other, but don't at the same time
•one character loves the other, but only hints to it(alot to the watchers) and the other one dislikes the other but always hangs around them to get revenge, but don't realize the real reason might be because they like them
•one character loses a lot but doesn't back down
•the dude is that guy who thinks he's smart and has a lot
of internal dialogue, but is actually really dense and has ridiculous 2nd ideas after he thinks his first right answer is being predicted(which is realistic because:
•the girl is a mastermind who can sometimes read minds(or the guy is extremely see thru) and is always a few steps ahead of the other
•the girl loves the boy but doesn't show it directly, but continuously sends hints of it, which is just too much for ur heart for what the boy is prob going through in this confusion x.x
•did I mention the girl is insanely clever(thisdoesnotfitwithmytopic) and can turn almost anything directed at her back
•the watcher is being made blush even though it's not directed at them
If you do, you may not stop smiling through every episode :>
What makes an anime good? Gorgeous visuals? A kickass soundtrack? A well thought out script?
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san shows that a good anime is one that entertains. Takagi-San entertains by taking advantage of the superb dynamic between the two main characters in order to create both comedic and entertaining scenarios. The dynamic doesn’t feel overused, and because of the great chemistry between Nishikata and Takagi, I doubt it ever will.
The story is fairly straight forward. Takagi and Nishikata always try to tease each other, and undeniably like each other. But what makes this interesting is that
we know that Nishikata will always lose in their tease battles. Since the outcome is obvious, the audience has to figure out how Nishikata will end up messing up.
Takagi and Nishikata are both very charming main characters. Aside from the dynamics they have with each other, they both are fun characters with quirky personalities. Takagi’s teasing/mature personality contrasts Nishikatas immaturity/struggle to control is emotions perfectly. The side characters haven’t had enough screen time to properly assess them, but they have had a couple of funny gags so far.
The character animation is good enough and Nishikata’s expressions are perfectly executed. I’d go as far as say the animation is even better than it needs to be.
The music does it’s job, and I love the OP/Insert song so much.
The artsyle is vibrant and unique. The characters have a round feel to them which works because of their age. And I love the overdone teacher’s design so much.
If you’re looking for a show without much plot, look no further. It’s combination of sweet, comedy, and fun makes this a show you definitely don’t want to miss.