The comedy anime centers on five girls and one cat all living as housemates in Nakano, Tokyo: the three Himote sisters (Tokiyo, Kinami, and Kokoro) whose family manages the "Himote House," Kokoro's classmates Tae and Minamo, and the cat Enishi. The girls live their daily lives trying to figure out ways to be popular, and they (and the cat) all possess a mysterious secret power...
So, Himote House, I call it "the most underrated anime of the autumn 2018 anime season"
This anime is complete shit, but lets wait for a second here, is it really shit? You look at it, and you see something completely new, a 3D animated SLICE OF LIFE. Who the fuck thought of that idea? Why would you ever make slife of life into 3D, especially when the animation is made by a single person. The first 3 episodes just show, it should'nt have been. But, this Comedy slice of life gets a lot better then you look at how bad the animation is.
the animation is shit and doesn't fit at all. However, thats where the anime shines
The animation is LAUGHABLY bad and honestly it makes it a must watch. The opening is one of the funniest things I have ever seen and the talking animations are just, holy shit.
Quick plot summary, 5 girls move together and have different powers, cause why not? As of the 3rd episode they havent done much else than talk about their love lives and try to open up a sealed glass. Some of the best from the voice actors is the ad-lib at the end of each episodes, it is completely non-sensical, but it is certaintly great.
This anime is a 4-fun anime, it looks like the producers and voice actors had a lot of fun making it and it wouldnt surprise me if they are laughing their asses off from watching it and just thought "lets just air this" because yes, it is definetly worth a watch to see how 3D animation shouldn't be handled, but it is still an enjoyable watch because of the laughably bad animation.
One episode in and this anime has utterly baffled me. I watched it upon being advised *not* to watch it by a friend, just to prove them wrong. As an aficionado of "shows so bad they are good," I figured, could it really be that bad?
Boy, did I find a hidden treasure here! The animation is nearly all-CGI, with eyes that are soulless and unchanging. The mouths move just enough to let you know they are mouths and not gaping wounds in the character faces.
The audio is the kind used for childrens' shows, with CONSTANT dialogue and cartoon sound effects, almost never giving a moment's
pause to ponder the implications of what you just saw. This may be even more grating than the animation to some.
With all that obvious bad out of the way...the good are the hilariously unique characters. The main character, Tae Hongou, is an effervescent and carefree woman, nonplussed by the peculiar personalities of those around her. She serves a solid combination role of both being the audience surrogate, as well as the driving force for the story itself.
The ensemble of other characters should offer a few familiar tropes, but mixed in with a new zany factor of "powers" and the aforementioned personalities that is sure to lead to fun!
And that's just the first episode! Episode two and three have taken things to whole other levels, and the show has consistently improved from episode one!
All in all, I can't wait to see how much further this madness continues, and I can do nothing less but recommend it to other masochists. Cheers!
I'm writing this review because I feel that most of the hate towards this show is from people who may have missed the point. This isn't some cutesy, slice of life, girls-doing-cute-thing show, this is pure absurdist humour that doesn't remotely take itself seriously.
I'm going to be honest with you, halfway through the first episode I was ready to drop it faster than you can say 'what the f**k it this crap'. It felt like a cheap, rushed knock off of the previously mentioned genres. I spent six or so minutes wondering what the hell I had sat down to watch and then it hit
me. That's the point. It's a ridiculous, manic and over the top version of those shows.
Yeah the art style isn't great but the voice acting is good and the OP is enjoyable. I particularly like the little skit they have at the end of each episode that doesn't feel scripted, more like seiyuus were just having fun improvising.
Is it an amazing show? No, not really. But it is a short, fun dose of silliness.
As a recent but devoted follower of this creative team, it’s been quite an experience watching the Crunchyroll community reacting to Himote House in real time. CR’s simulcast (and its delightful key visual) attracted a wave of unprecedented attention towards this strange little show - one that left a violent wake of criticism, endless comments about ‘lazy writing’ and ‘godawful CGI.’ Even the other positive reviews on MAL so far are couched in the self-effacing language of ‘so bad it’s good.’ While this is expected, it’s honestly kind of heartbreaking. I think Himote House is thoroughly misunderstood, and I want to do my best here
to not so much /review/ it, but to clear up some misconceptions the average viewer might have about it that will hinder them from enjoying it for the charming goofball comedy that it is.
THIS SHOW DOES NOT SHARE YOUR VALUES. This is the key insight I have to offer. I’ve put it near the top in shouty capitals, it's that important. I’ll say it again. This show, and really what I mean is this production team, does not care about the things that the General Western Anime-Watching Audience (GWAWA for short) cares about. The majority of comments on Himote House’s (HH) debut were about the cheap CGI animation (which, if you’ve watched the rest of Studio Bouncy’s catalogue, is actually looking better than ever). Among the many beefs I have with GWAWA, predominant is the persistent conflation of budget and quality. Criticism, in its most literal sense, is obviously warranted, but I get the impression time and again that GWAWA will stop engaging with a show as soon as the animation drops below some arbitrary level of pizazz. How many needless comments about Budget™ plague well-meaning shows made without the finances of Shaft? How many GWAWA made those same snide remarks over Kill la Kill during shots that intentionally dropped detail for effect? It’s a fixation that not only detracts from the potential for enjoyment of any given work, but actively fosters hostility to independent productions. Creativity so often comes from constraint - if you’re only going to watch shows with a AAA budget, you’re going to miss out on a damn lot of thought-provoking, interesting and challenging anime.
Mind you, it’s a valid question whether Studio Bouncy has no budget or just doesn’t care about one. Why should they? Their shows are not at all based on visuals - they are pure comedies, equal parts manzai and improv. The beating heart of the show is its voice actresses, and when you have six of the funniest seiyuus around ad libbing about worn-out panties and philosophy, what need is there for flashy artwork? As long as the models are expressive enough to convey the beats and punchlines. Most of these shows would even work just as well as live stand-up sets - and here I’ll bring up the tragically underrated Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls, in which the seiyuus *actually did improvise live* to Whose Line-style cues, and had their actions motion-captured into MikuMikuDance. The result is a level of jank so ridiculous it only adds to the already absurd improv comedy underneath it; and, predictably, one of the lowest MAL ratings I’ve encountered.
The improv sections, traditionally announced by the toll of a bell, seem to confound many viewers who comment about the “extremely loose script.” It’s an easy mistake to make - it’s so unexpected, it might be hard to think of it is as intentional. As a fan of live comedy, these parts delight me to no end. At times the framework of the show’s ‘story’ and characters feels like a concession to expectations, merely a setting to allow for the ad-lib segments. Live and unruly comedy is another core value of this team: not only is improv a component in all of their scripted shows, they’ve even delved into fully live-broadcast anime (again using mo-cap and MMD models) with the exceptionally batshit Minarai Diva and Chokkan x Algorhythm. (But that’s a review for another time and place.)
It baffles me that the same GWAWA that lauded Pop Team Epic for its surreal humour and intentionally cheap aesthetic are now so enraged by Himote House doing something similar. I understand that this is a style that can take some getting used to; my first encounter with Naria Girls was extremely cynical, and I thought I’d found something truly awful. But by the second episode, the gleeful abandon of the production team became self-evident, and I could appreciate it for what it is: just a bunch of comedians f**king around. I hope that any GWAWA reading this as they cautiously approach HH can do the same - let down your guard! Hang up your hang-ups! Remember that your value set is not an objective measure of anything. You will constantly encounter art that challenges you, but it won’t always be Deeply Serious Art - you can be challenged by fun.