The anime centers on Kohane Hatoya, a young woman who loves to be helpful to others. After she moves from middle school to high school, she becomes fascinated with cheerleading, and she starts a cheerleading club at her high school. Joining Kohane in her cheerleading activities is the experienced Hizume and Kohane's childhood friend Uki.
After the major success of 'Bring it On', 'Ninja Cheerleaders' and 'Fired Up!', it was only a matter of time until anime got its cheerleading series starred by cute girls, and it's cute, indeed.
The cast is ridiculously energetic and excited about everything to a point that this thing has been fun to watch. The real mc is constantly standing out with her love for cheerleading that she discovered like 4 seconds ago. It's great to watch because she is so genuinely excited about it and has decided cheerleading is the best thing in the world. Even characters who
do not really care about cheers are starting to see how effin amazing that thing is because she just likes it that goddamn much.
Story wise, there actually isn't a cheerleading club in her school nor are there many persons who would want that even, and the mc herself can't even do the thing itslf because she is ridiculously afraid of heights, but soon there will be and everyone will want and she also can because that's what type of a series this is. The series is pretty comedic since it's based to a 4-koma gag comedy manga. Most of the comedy serves the cuteness and so far this has been a pleasant surprise.
Production-wise, the voice acting is ridiculously fitting to this work and the art is quite fluffy and warm. The mc's face constantly keeps turning into a chicken's peak and whenever she talks about chairleeding, there is a visualization of a chair shown because it is really important. The art is simple, but efficiently presenting the things that need to stand out. There aren't many comedy series airing this season, so this one is worth of giving a try to for that reason alone.
*There is a running gag in the series where the mc constantly mispronounces chee as chair, for those who didn't get the beginning of this review.
A charming, high energy high school SoL. Once more we find the "create a high school club" story you've probably seen a million times, but with something else in mind. If I had to say something bad about Anima Yell it would be the story. There's nothing quite special or surprising about the story, so just go along with it or you might be disappointed. Repetitiveness may be a problem later on. If I had to say something good about Anima Yell it would easily be the lines. Clever and funny lines make for episodes sure to make you smile every time. The lines make
it easy for the VAs to deliver charming performances that are both adorable and energetic. Animation is well above average, with movements and flowing motions that have an elegance to them if you look closely. The cast of characters is one of the strong points in the show, with personalities that are hard to hate. A lively soundtrack is subtle, but makes it's presence felt with great consistency. Art is soft and colorful, making for some pleasing scenery both in the backgrounds and on characters.
Overall it's a common SoL high school like any other you'd find out there, but with a different theme and lovely cast. If you hate these types of shows it certainly would fall under the moeblob category, but I find it more charming than most and many characters are instant favorites. Calling it average isn't exactly an insult for this one, that's what it wants to be and it does it in a way that's fun. Favorite characters: Kohane, Arima. I give it a 8/10.
TL;DR Version: Moeblob start a high school club routine. Gets repetitive, but not hollow like many similar shows can feel. Solid comedy. Great cast and creative lines. Nice visuals.