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.
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.
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.
So Doga Kubo the studio that brought you such Moe titles as: Yuru Yuri and Gabriel Dropout...Brings you another fun girls comedy with Anima Yell!
This a simple story, the main protagonist Kohane wants to do something that helps people, and discovers cheerleading. Hoping the new high school she goes to has a club, it doesn't, she starts one of her own with her frend Uki and cheerleading veteran Hizume who is a bit of a school idol. The characters have their own personalities and are very enjoyable to follow to see if they can get their cheerleading club off the ground and actually help the
school not with just school spirit but sometimes just talking and listening.
Overall this is a cute Sunday morning anime that you can laugh and enjoy without very much thought. But sometimes that's all you want. The characters have lots of similarities to previous Doga Kubo works but that's what makes them easy to love. If you want to chill out and watch something funny and simple this is a perfect choice for Fall 2018. Lovely show 8/10
Yet another cute girls doing cute things show, so what makes this one so different? Well, it’s about chair- I mean cheerleading, and it pulls off some very nice yuri relationships.
Starting with the characters, unique to this series is that each character’s name features an animal pun. We have Kohane, the most energetic of the group, who loves helping others but is also afraid of heights, she’s represented as a bird, Uki, who acts tomboyish but secretly likes cute things (including Kohane), is represented by a monkey. Then you have Hizume, a former cheerleader who can be incredibly serious and dense, but her character does
a complete 180 when she starts cheerleading. She’s represented by a horse, and if you didn’t notice, yes, she wears a horseshoe as a hairclip. Kotetsu often says what’s on her mind without thinking and keeps an eye on her weight, she’s represented as a tiger. Finally, we have Kana, an initially shy girl who turns out to just really admire Hizume (seeing all the yuri yet?). She’s represented by a cow.
So, you’ve got a wonderfully vibrant cast brought to life through Doga Kobo’s animation, the studio who have brought you shows such as the wonderful Yuru Yuri. The cheerleading sequences in this show are surprisingly well animated, although they generally don’t last very long. One thing I have to give credit to the animators for is that all these sequences are done traditionally. Yup, there’s no bad CG plaguing this show despite what you would think from a show involving dancing. The comedy in this series is generally visual comedy, so it helps that the animators know when to pull out all the stops, and also when to dial it back and simplify the characters a bit. One of the great jokes in the first episode is about Kohane mistaking the word cheer for chair. It’s stupid yes, but it works. The animal puns are followed through as well, with Kohane often going into a bird-like state.
Now, you can’t talk about cheerleading without talking about the music and man you’ve got some jams in here. I’d never really thought about cheerleading until watching this show, but you would think that any show involving dancing would need some convincing tunes, and Anima Yell has exactly that. Each insert song that accompanies a cheer performance is wonderfully energetic, and just like the cheerleaders, I wasn’t able to wipe the smile off of my face. Same goes for the opening and ending which I haven’t skipped once, unlike other shows. Also, in episode 5, there’s an excellent transition into the ending song, and that’s one of my favourite things in anime period. It works even better here because the song doesn’t just start up randomly, the characters are actually doing a cheer performance to the song.
Yuri anime has been growing a lot in the industry, with shows like Bloom Into You and Citrus heavily focusing on Yuri, and shows like Comic Girls and even Darling in the Franxx having yuri subplots or recognizing yuri relationships. Anima Yell handles this topic extremely well, particularly in episode 3, and treats yuri relationships like a normal thing, as it should be. The characters are completely respectful upon hearing a fellow student has feelings for another girl because it’s just such an innate thing for them to do. Within the main cast it is laid out that Uki has feelings for Kohane, although this is used more for comedy, and that Kana has feelings for Hizume. This relationship is built up much more, with more than one episode focusing on it. Episode 10 in particular focuses the most heavily on the two’s relationship, depicting Kana’s shyness and over-the-top respect towards Hizume, and Hizume’s struggle to understand Kana’s feelings due to how Kana is unable to calm down around her. Unlike other shows that bait you with relationships that never go anywhere, Anima Yell is very clear in telling you, that yes, love is in the air, and whilst the story obviously isn’t going to go in any serious romantic direction, it’s nice that the characters feelings are taken seriously.
Story/The Power of Cheer:
After learning the basics and being prepared to cheer, the basic formula of the series follows the cast of characters as they accept cheerleading requests. These range from anything as informal as cheering one on to confess, to formal events such as a basketball or soccer game, or a stage performance. Anima Yell’s strength lies in the power of these performances. They turn out to have such a motivational an influential impact on those who are being cheered for, and in the basketball team’s case, the cheer is used as a good luck charm, as they request a cheer performance a second time due to the fact that they won their prior game after they had been cheered on. The club eventually cheers at Uki’s younger brother’s soccer game, changing his perception of the people who cheer him on in the process. The power of cheer affects not only those being cheered, but also the cheerleaders themselves. Kohane at first has trouble recruiting both Uki and Kotetsu into the club and Kana also initially refuses to join, but after they see the pure happiness and energy emanating from the cheer performances, they decide to join in the hopes that they too can experience that feeling.
In a year full of Devilman Crybaby’s and Goblin Slayers’, as well the stresses of life in general, it’s nice to have a show to look forward to each week that just makes me inexplicably happy. I wasn’t expecting much from this show, and it’s really blown me away. It goes to show you really can’t judge an anime by how it looks or by its (criminally low) MAL score. It’s been a fantastic year for anime, with Violet Evergarden, A Place Further Than The Universe, Yuru Camp, and the previously mentioned Devilman Crybaby all not only being some of the best anime of the year, but some of the best anime I’ve ever seen. And while I wouldn’t say Anima Yell reaches the high’s of those shows, it was special to me in its own little way. I guess you could say I now know the power of chair - I mean cheer.