Grab a beer, some snacks and let's start this review.....unless your underage then...soda?
Girls and beer has been sorta a small trend of anime shorts as of late as LA writes this review like Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte kara and Wakako-zake and Takunomi is no different looking at 4 girls and their love of beer.
Takunomi looks at the daily lives of the 4 girls, Michiru Amatsuki voiced by Ayaka Imamura, our main protagonist who transfers to Tokyo and works at a start up company, Makoto Kiriyama voiced by Maaya Uchida, a college student who is the minder to her older sister and clerk to
a clothing store Nao voiced by Chika Anzai and finally, wedding planner Kae Midorikawa voiced by Mikako Komatsu.
LA doesn't need to tell you of this cast's chemistry and their love of beer with LA's favourite character being the mood setter Nao in all her drunken genkiness.
Takunomi does get bit informative about the beer of the episode, though LA knows some like Asahi, Sapporo and Kirin Ichiban however LA didn't know about "Highball", but Takunomi doesn't only tackle the beer itself but the culture and ethnic involved in Japanese companies with those late night "meetings" where beer is common and our audience surrogate Michiru goes through the motion as we learn with her.
In terms of animation, Production IMS did pretty well in animating many of elements even for an anime short, as such, the character designs are polished and shiny with some striking detail even though Takunomi tends to go into chibi for informative or comedic moments. the beer and the food is also pretty detail to make LA's mouth water at times almost akin to Shokugeki no Souma's animation on their food. Production IMS did pretty well overall for animation.
Voice acting had some surprises for LA, but the typical voice actor roles LA found were Mikako Komatsu as the motherly figure vocals as Kae and Maaya Uchida as Makoto . The two more interesting voice actors in Takunomi LA found were Chika Anzai as Nao mainly for her 100% genkiness and her even doing a half-drunk vocals was VERY surprising, the other would be Ayaka Imamura as Michiru, as she too went full genki but aloof, sorta a balance between the two. Voice acting though minimal was interesting to say the least.
One thing that actually surprised LA was by one cameo from another anime running next to Takunomi and it actually made sense for that cameo both in terms of the episode and it actually made sense for that cameo both in terms of the episode and Takunomi's scheduled time to that anime. *cough* Dagashi *cough*
Takunomi is one and only relaxing yet informative anime shorts about girls and their love of beer LA has seen from the Winter of 2018.
OK, LAST CALL , LAST CALL, THE BAR IS ABOUT TO CLOSE!!!!!!!!
Booze, booze, boooooze, too many boooze that goes around this anime, and I don't even know if I'm watching the slice of life of the 4 girls in a girls sharing Stella House or a series of booze endorsements, so, I'll have a Vodka Stirred not Shaken:
Poor 3, Story:
When you watch this anime , you'll be surprise by a lot of info dump about as what appetizer goes well with booze, if you're a tea toddler , then this is a wtf thing for you, Cu'z you wouldn't wanna give a shit about
what goes well with what. On the other hand, if you're an otaku boozer then this may be a thing for you, which I kinda doubt, since otaku's weren't that cool when it comes to partying and booze is the everything. Let's face it man, most otaku's would shy away from such drinking and basically this anime's plot was just something that contradicts a otaku's life style.
I'll have pint of Guinness please and some Cashews.
Decent 4, Art:
Don't be expecting any panty shots nor any boob flash, the only service you'll see in here is Kae in her purple underwear in episode 5 and in episode 10 where you'll see Kae , Nao and Michiru in their bikinis and that's that.
I have a Bikini Bottom please ( that's a kind of Cocktail, you Moron).
Fair 6, Sound:
Nothing to say here.
Decent 4, Characters:
Ok so they're not that bad, they're just a bunch of drunks, Well if we look at them they basically represent a certain kind of woman that you'll wanna bang after the partying and boozing, so let's just forget their info, since it isn't that of a big deal anyways:
Kae Midorikawa- She is this late twenties kind of MILF representation, that you can have a relationship with as you as your bar partner and then have sex with in the weekends and then leave her when she get's pregnant. Where she wouldn't mind since she isn't a marrying type or is very capable to being a single mom.
Kiriyama Nao- A typical girl whom you can have a one night stand after an all night boozing, in fact she represent a kind of girl where you can continue boozing while banging each other.
Kiriyama makoto- Ok, she basically represent this college lass whom you can have as your mistress like that of Pres Trump with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, she basically a representation of a rich old man's college bitch that get's supported through her studies, she is also the type who would serve you drinks and give you a blow job at the same time or someone you can do after the party.
Amatsuki Michiru- She represents this office fling that you meet after work at a bar and then have a threesome with another girl after a round of drinks. She can bang both you and your girl at the same time and can still booze up.
I'll have a Screwdriver please (that's a kind of Cocktail dummy).
Poor 3, Enjoyment:
Too me it's just like watching a TV commercial, where at one point you'll wanna change channel for a while, cu'z it was sooooo annoying and like I've said , this isn't for tea toddlers like me.
I have a rum cola please and some potato chips.
Poor 3, Overall:
Too many info dump about Japanese booze and appetizer and not lotta body in the anime itself, This is just an anime full of endorsements . And there isn't a lot of otaku boozers around to enjoy this. too the original creator Haruto Hino, well to him it's good since he's a boozer . But it's different to a lotta otakus whom were tea toddlers and who ever gives thsi anime a 10, 8, 9 or a 7 in the overall , the he or she is one of those rare otaku boozer or just someone who enjoys seeing them eye candy girls............
OK , BAR IS CLOSE, PAY YOUR TABS AND REMEMBER, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!
Outstanding animation/art quality, and an impressive character design. Your learn many things about each character allowing fans to find out more about their "favourite" character.
The sound quality along with the opening and closing music suits the animation style perfectly. The story is fun and enticing, and hooks the watcher to the show. The episodes are quite short compared to other shows, but i believe this allows more time to be invested into making the show better; as each episode isn't dragged out.
Overall I'd highly recommend this anime, the story isn't very complicated allowing people new to the anime community to even enjoy it,
but the art style, character building, animation quality and sound quality is also impressive enough for anime "veterans" to appreciate too. This has become my new favourite show of 2018.