Dagashi Kashi is that show that just doesn't stop giving you diabetes. Take that literally or not I mean it both ways. This season in particular was much better than the last especially since we got an excellent new character (Owari Hajime) along with Beniyutaka and the hilarious shenanigans just went on.
I was quite skeptical of the studio change since the previous studio did a fine job and I was with the thought that Tezuka Productions couldn't manage such a show and couldn't bring it to greater heights. Let's just say I couldn't be more wrong. This season was a positive step up from the
last in that we got more jokes, more characters, less focus on the sweets jargon and a reinforced and improved cast that was just as brilliant as they were weird. I just couldn't stop laughing in this season at everyone compared to the last where I was seen Google searching the sweets for a but of context or relying on HorribleSubs to footnote the references for me to understand (not unlike Rumbel for Gintama) so I consider this a plus point. Then we had the sudden disappearance of an important character but to be honest I found that disappearance better since that departure led to further introductions of new characters like Owari Hajime and Beniyutaka who were vibrant, cheerful, unique and as mentioned hilarious. Did I mention they were also weird like everyone else?
Owari Hajime's Character was that of a klutz I had perceived but she too had her amazing moments such as with the 8 candy and the website madness. Although I felt she was slightly more used for fanservice than I expected from last season but thankfully it wasn't overused to the point that it would deter us from the main point of view, literally. As for Beniyutaka, he was voiced by none other than Sugita Tomokazu and I think I only need to tell you his other roles and you'll know just how talented this fellow is, he played Gintoki (Gintama) and Kyon (Haruhi Suzumiya). Two very popular and fantastic roles. Apart from Sugita, the other voice actors did brilliant and I enjoyed the exaggerated expressions used in some of the scenes.
Scenes reminds me of the art. Now since this is a studio change as I mentioned before, the art changed as well, although not too drastically on the backgrounds the character designs looked clearly different from last season like for example the way the eyes looked this time. The eyes were more stretched than last time and I don't think this is a plus or minus since the characters' eyes were stretched last time as well, although not as much as this season. Apart from that the OP and ED used was unsurprisingly Dagashi themed. They were as playful as before and to be honest I was already addicted to the OP like 3-4 episodes in. As for the ED, well brilliant as always. Thankfully the Background music for the show didn't change from last time so it wasn't something that would need to get used to.
Since there's little to no plot relation from last time I can easily advise others who haven't watched the previous season to view this first since they won't lose any context by watching this first. If they find this interesting then I'm sure they'll like season 1 as well, albeit some may find the Dagashi jargon a bit on the difficult to understand side. Regardless, both seasons were amazing, but personally I find this superior for the aforementioned reason as it's easy to understand and yet still such a beloved joy to watch.
This season was pretty interesting for me, since we had a different set of anime and I had maybe 2-3 sequels only out of which Saiki Kusuo and Dagashi were included and frankly the sequels this season didn't disappoint me one bit. Maybe because with sequels you know what is going to happen and if you're not a masochist you'll usually watch sequels if you liked the previous one (talking about people planning to watch that Isekai Smartphone sequel because it won't be good I tell you now).
Do you want a show that makes you laugh and give you a little but of cultural knowledge? How about watch an anime all about sweets? Funny Characters and no plot to worry about? If that's the case then I give you a guarantee that Dagashi Kashi 2 won't disappoint you. Sometimes some shows don't handle endings well since Japanese sources generally are bad at endings from what I've experienced and heard (not trying to be racist here but it's what I've seen, it's like saying the Ancient Greeks loved happy endings or the Romans loved watching people fight in the Colosseum). Point is, if you're wanting to watch a funny slice of life anime, look no further than Dagashi Kashi because there's lots to laugh about at Shikada Dagashi!
The likelihood of a season 3 is very minimal since it's rare to see a niche title get two seasons in the first place but Dagashi fortunately received one. So there's still an inch of hope we get to see a season 3 so I have my fingers crossed. Do you?
Overall Rating: 8.2
P.S: Man I just LOOOOVE that ending!!! So brilliant! I won't spoil it but it was so amazing and Dagashi-like!
Let's be clear - I never thought that this series could get a 2nd season. No one thought, I believe. First season of Dagashi Kashi has been portrayed in the minds of people as "12 episode sweet commercial", but the second is something a bit different. I'm going to only compare it to the first season.
The story remains the same, there is Kokonotsu, whose dad wants him to take over the dagashi shop, there is Hotaru, who spends most of her time with him while telling him the story of sweets, and there are also Saya and To, who spend a lot of time with
them too and, of course, there are japanese sweets (and sometimes toys). The main difference between the story in the first one and the second is that... There is drama in this one. Drama in Dagashi Kashi, yeah.
Kokonotsu fell in love with Hotaru and even forgot that he DIDN'T want to become a shop owner. After Hotaru lefts the town, he gets really depressed and that's when Kotoyama finally opens the door for the new characters, who are Hajime and Beniyutaka. While the second one doesn't really have much screen time, Hajime really shines. She is the one character who made this season as funny as it could be. Every scene with her is hilarious and she blends in with other people really well.
The biggest changes in this season are the new art style and shorter episode duration.
At first, I didn't like the art, but after watching one episode it was proved that I was wrong. All characters (Except for Hotaru, I guess, she was gorgeous in the 1st season) look AMAZINGLY good. Background art is on point too. The art shouldn't be something that can make this series bad.
As for the episode duration, it... also made the series better. The main point of Dagashi Kashi is promoting sweets while telling you it's history as you watch characters interact with each other, and some episodes in the first season were boring because this anime does not need to be 20 minutes long to do it's job.
My only complaint for this series would be TOO much fanservice in the first episodes. I mean, you're 2 episodes in and you already see Hotaru and Saya in one bath.
As for now, I think that second season is even better than the first one. It is more enjoyable and fun, while also remaining "educative" for those who want to know more about sweets.
Dagashi Kashi is back and with some changes but changes are for the better!
Mild Spoilers ahead...
Now the changes from the first to second season is from the studio change from Studio feel. to Tezuka Productions and with their changes they have changed the slick shiny character designs of feel to a flatter color palette to Tezuka but still looks good to look at and the most obvious change being the change from a 22 minute episode to a 12 minute one. Now the change of less screentime to Dagashi Kashi 2 is actually a good move as the first season of Dagashi Kashi had some
filler episodes within it's 22 minute screentime, while it's second season's 10 minutes however gets more focused as well as the heavy change to the second season's plot that occurs, so cutting the fat of the filler and being more focused is a good outlook of the second season of Dagashi Kashi.
Dagashi Kashi 2's plot still has it's comedic skits with it's various Japanese candies but the plot "thickens" halfway through the anime, that of the downside of Dagashi Kashi 2's plot...Hotaru Shidare just disappearing. This definitely changes some things mainly of Kokonotsu's trying even harder to make the dagashi shop work AND how about having a convenience store to be Kokonotsu's rival AND to substitute Hotaru's absence, Hajime Owari voiced by Chinatsu Akasaki, another "sorta" love interest but also Kokonotsu's in-shop employee of his dagashi shop. Yeah ALOT of this changes in this second season. Now for the most part these changes do affect the majority of this season especially Hotaru's absences is telling of Kokonotsu's love for Hotaru and even gives Kokonotsu to strive to both manage the dagashi shop because of his lingering feelings towards Hotaru and his initial goal of being a mangaka. Hajime Owari herself is also a good addition to the anime having great chemistry to the entire cast, Hajime almost being a mixture of Saya and Hotaru, so you can tell her having the chemistry work is a given. Now the final new character of this second season would be Beniyutaka voiced by Tomokazu Sugita being the owner of the convenience store and rival to Kokonotsu's dagashi shop and well...he's not a rival per say as he mostly wants tips from Kokonotsu in having a convenience store in the boonies still his eccentricities and those eyes...reminded LA of someone...but who.
The animation done now by Tezuka Productions have some minor changes especially with the flat yet similar character designs but still keeping the backgrounding on par with feel, but for the most part, LA did like the new changes to the character designs and even the shift in animation studio's, LA WOULD wanted Studio feel to do the second season with their polished and slick character designs but LA is still happy with Tezuka's either way.
Now the voice acting, well LA has been watching the Funimation dub of it as well but first the Japanese. LA was always ok with the Japanese, with all the genkiness and comedic timing down pat and what with the second season going into more plot heavy dramatic moments, the only two voice actors for those were Ayana Taketatsu and Atsushi Abe as Hotaru and Kokonotsu respectively. Manami Numakura was great as always as Saya as well as Keiji Fujiwara as You and Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Tou. New voice actors like Chinatsu Akasaki as Hajime was a great addition to the anime as again Chinatsu had some great character chemistry with Abe and Manami and the over-eccentric Tomokazu Sugita as Beniyutaka was also welcomed, like it's Tomokazu Sugita going genki hammy as hell, what's not to love. Now the obvious elephant in the room would be because of Hotaru's mysterious absences, also means Ayana herself had less screentime as a result and LA did kinda felt that to the point LA was kinda missing Hotaru much like Kokonotsu himself did. Kinda makes you appreciate Hotaru and Ayana's genki vocals that much more.
*ahem* on the Funimation side of things well same thing happened with Tabitha Ray due to her voicing Hotaru and LA missed her as well but still great to see her reprise her role as Hotaru. Sara Ragsdale, Justin Pate and Jeremy Inman were great in their respective roles as Saya, Tou and You and LA didn't expect Caitlin Glass to voice Hajime in the dub, LA was expecting Lindsay Seidel to do it instead but nonetheless Caitlin voicing Hajime was still on par with her Japanese counterpart nonetheless and Christopther Wehkamp as Beniyutaka was also welcomed though almost as genki as his original Japanese counterpart. The voice cast really on both the original and the dub was excellent despite some upsets no thanks to the major changes to the plot.
Dagashi Kashi 2 for LA is an excellent second season by effectively removing NEARLY all the flaws of the first season by condensing the screentime and plot to 10 minutes per episode as well as giving the plot of Kokonotsu as a character more purpose as a result, but still keeping the flavour of the original Dagashi Kashi intact with it's comedy with it's dagashi knowledge while keeping fresh with new developments in terms of plot and characters. Even if the second season's removed some of the flaws of the first season and it brought up it's own little flaws here and there, LA does see the second season of Dagashi Kashi as an improvement from the first season as a result, even at the cost of one character's screentime drastically reduced and the plot being more focused.
If yr here looking at S2 reviews, you probably already know the deal, so I'll get right into it.
The mostly new crew in charge of the second season managed to pretty much capture the same look and feel of the first season barring the addition of two new main characters, and one BIG difference—the episodes are only 12 minutes a piece instead of 24. They ended up getting away with this change easily enough, though, because the first season spent so much more time getting viewers acquainted with the original cast of characters.
There’s a line in the first season that goes something like “…the significance
of a dagashi shop. Not only is it a place for relaxation, but also a place where bonds are created by interacting customers. It’s a place that creates connections among people.”
This line represents the very essence of Dagashi Kashi. While the first season moves along at a pretty slow pace, it develops connections¬ between the characters themselves, and also between the characters and the audience. Season two then molds those relationships into something truly entertaining. Together, they combine for a subtly sweet mix of slice-of-life storytelling coated in educational opportunity, then sprinkled with just enough drama to keep it interesting.
More detailed review available at https://weeabros187123836.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/dagashikashi/