Hanako, an athletically proficient, yet thick-headed student with a weird fashion sense, plays a game with the American transfer student Olivia. However, their vigor irritated their classmate Kasuki who dislikes playing games since she has always been teased by her sister for being bad at them. With a turn of events, it was found out that Hanako is terrible at English. Thus, she asked her foreign classmate Olivia to help her, but Olivia, who is only born and raised in Japan with foreign parents, can't actually speak English at all! Watch over these three girls' surreal school-life comedy.
When you enter this show and see its characters, going in with the moe aesthetics and the oh-so-sweet OP, that within the first 3 minutes, don't be once fooled that it's the normal CGDCT troupe AND certainly will take you aback by a big shot once you get to know what this show's about, it is certainly more than just that alone. Based on the manga of the same name, Asobi Asobase easily takes my crown of obscene and wacky comedy that we have this season following last season's Hinamatsuri, that rivals Grand Blue in the same genre category.
You might think that for a show
such as this, it's gonna be in the same realm as other moe shows like Nichijou, New Game! or last season's Comic Girls where they do stuff, spend their lives together and do insane expression-ful stuff yeap? YOU'D BE DEAD WRONG! This show has no story, or rather, we get like 5 to 10 minute snippets of the characters spending their lives around one another, doing trivial stuff such as playing rock-paper-scissors while looking-that-way to the try-not-to-stab-yourself pencil-hand game, and going into this, it seems very calm and soothing, but wait until their insane actions and expressions kill you to laughter and tears (and I'm not lying).
What sells the show are its 3 MC girls that seemingly don't have something in common, yet they hang out their lives together:
Olivia, the natural-born foreigner whom at first glance, may seem like she knows how to speak English, but the truth is quite the opposite, as she's born in Japan and CANNOT speak a word or sentence in English, and always get wimpered by the next girl;
Kasumi Nomura, the look-alike oh-so-serious nerd that like Olivia, being another English-lliterate student, tries to enquire her help in improving her English and being an scary-ass-punklike girl who has her feet set on mind once she does;
Hanako Honda, the girl whom tries to imitate even the feeling of being popular in school while having loose screws, and the insanity of her trying to live out her high school life in entirety while joking around with the girls.
Not to mention that for a comedy, since the jokes and characters have to be well-measured and can hold up overtime, and this has managed to nail it even at Episode 1, so much so that I have decided to invest my laughter shockwaves here.
Studio Lerche has done it once again with fooling us on what to expect within the manga-to-anime adaptation, and just by the cover, you would think that it's like CGDCT-esque aesthetics with nothing to offer, but as is with forecasting, we're sorely mistaken and the same watercoloured art style follows on with the rest of the series and you might think like watercolor and moe go together...RIGHT??? Not this one where the absurdity of the show, combined with the duo, makes it more appealing yet can be tricked to people.
And that's more justified with the music, partcularly the sweet OP and the dark Pop Team Epic-esque ED, which is really the icing on the cake, establishing everything that has to do with the series that's helmed by the dear 3 girls, and speaking of the VAs for these characters, they're all new seiyuu whose careers are just taking off, and this anime proves to be their cash cow into becoming fan favourites in the long run.
Overall, Asobi Asobase is a highly recommended anime that will take you by insane surprise at how shallow the series is, but yet manages to keep you on your toes at its wacky comedy. I personally think this is one of the best series you could have with the Summer season, so just go and be whacked!
I like to think of this show as PopTeam Epic but good.
I honestly find this funny with very little in the way of complaints.
I honestly adore Olivia's design. I like her personality and that character model. Even the voice actor fits so well. I also like that she isn't dumb like you see a lot with her characters. I'd love to see her more in other shows or even characters like her. For some reason, I kind of feel disappointed that she doesn't know any English or has ever been to America. I do want to see her mother and what she's like.
From what little Yuri themes are in this, I ship it.
The animation is surprisingly good. It really fits with the comedy. Always expecting to see some Slice of Life story but you get this.
The intro and outro I feel deserve some praise. The Intro shows this calming and adorable scene ( There is a kind of funny part where Olivia suddenly turns to the camera) It's what you expect for Slice Of Life stories. But the Outro is the complete opposite of it being Heavy Metal with weird visuals. It's a really good contrast.
Surrealistic slice of life comedy series centering around high school girls who act and play like children. When I heard what this series is about, I expected 2 pure 4 this world type of comedy that relies on the imagination of a child. What a blessing, I thought. I could have been more wrong, but not by much.
The actual surrealistic side of this anime is entirely limited to the facial expressions of our characters. These vary from goofy cartoon physics to coaxedintoasnafu-tier memes that are about exactly as accurate and fresh as the third season of Rick and Morty. Only thing missing are surprise dickbutts
and picklewhomever. I was around 11 minutes and 27 seconds into episode one when this started to get old.
The cast is entirely comedic, and for that reason, the series appears extremely flat and one-dimensional. Thus far, there is practically nothing we know about our characters outside the few obvious remarks that could have been read on MAL if someone had bothered to write them one --or even half--sentence long biographies.
The writing is simply said content-lacking. The events are practically Lucky Star where they removed the moeblobs and put these girls with metamorphing faces to fill the slot. This time Konata, age 17, is not learning how to eat food, instead, it is trio of equally retarded girls do equally boring things in equally boring way.
There are two things worth of anything. The scene where mr headmaster entered room and tasted high school girl's pee, as it confirmed that this series, is indeed, not going to be any better, and the ED song as it is wholesome and very fitting to the series.
When it comes to enjoyment, if you are laughing at this, congratulations. You have done something which I haven't been able to do. I nearly cracked a smile when I wrote the Rick and Morty insult few paragraphs up. The series didn't manage to give me even that. Nichijou was one hella amazing show, but it was nothing like this one.
Here an advice, do NOT let the opening song deceive you.
Asobi Asobase is unique comedy anime, think of it like Daily Life of High school Boys anime but with three the main characters as females.
This anime boosted up the comedy based on passing by time or to be detail the killing time to do something and maximize it to the best... or worst result.
The voice acting in this anime is superb even though not from top name VAs.
And finally the very best part of this anime, the ending song. You just have to love it.
And one more thing stay put after ending song, there's a
little short skit... good one.