Don’t even attempt to watch this unless you have at least 180 IQ or unless four generations of your ancestors have lived in Nagoya. Mere commoners can not hope to understand such concepts as “a regional dialect sounds funny” or “a regional culture is exotic”, and might even hurt themselves if they try.
Well, alright, I’m a 1/8 Nagoyan, and we’re known for our benevolence, so I’ll teach you the wisdom of my people. In Nagoya dialect, the syllables "ai" and "ae" turn into "yaa" (umai -> umyaa, omae -> omyaa) which to other Japanese sounds like cat noises. This is why the female lead here
looks like a cat girl. Now go take a 20 minute break and measure your blood pressure to see if you can withstand so much new information at once. Consult a medical professional if necessary. You can now try to watch this anime if you dare, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Actually, if you think about it, ALL of the anime is filled with dangerous foreign cultural elements, so I wouldn’t recommend watching any of them. Don’t take any risks.
Alright, now the actual review part for people who breathe through their noses. This is a boke & tsukkomi comedy, with weird Nagoya regional quirks providing the boke part. There is a cat girl adorably self-conscious about her thick accent. Her hair clips deserve an Oscar for best supporting actor. Other three main characters are endearing enough for a cast of a 3-minute format comedy. The disclaimer gag at the beginning keeps evolving (at one point they got the mayor of Nagoya to do it). The ending tune is catchy. Production values are decent. There is gonna be a second season. This show delivers pretty much everything you want from a short-form series. 8/10
Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki is TV-Short that consists of 12 episodes with each one having 3 minutes of duration time. But this series is definitely for a specific audience. It is the kind that one needs to be familiar with not only Japan and the language, but also with the specific stereotypes and dialect associated with the Nagoya Prefecture.
Each episode begins by highlighting a disclaimer that it should be viewed as a series that points out the stereotypes with a love for Nagoya. And this disclaimer is actually voiced by the Mayor of Nagoya in Kawamura Takashi—pretty based if you asked me. There are a
few good jokes here that the general audience can get, but not enough, even for a weekly time-waster.
With only 3 minutes at its disposal and taking that the humor relies on the audience having knowledge of specific things listed previously, it is a no brainer that my recommendation will be an easy pass, especially for western viewers. It’s hard to even recommend it as a possible semi-educational watch. If you’re the type that really values the free time you have then don’t bother.
3 minutes of going down the YouTube sidebar rabbit hole is a much better time-waster. If you’re still somewhat interested, I’d say its best to marathon all 12 and if you enjoy it, there is a second season to look forward to.
Out of all of the 3-5 minute shorts I've seen, and I've seen a good deal, this is one of my favorites. The characters are extremely cute, the dialogue is hilarious. It's very much worth your time. Monaka might have been the cutest girl in the season, and she's trapped in a tiny short! How sad! Also has some great moments for someone who's a huge fan of Kannagi such as myself, for whatever reason.
Of course you could consider the runtime of this series as a flaw, and in some sense I do as I'd love it if it was at least a ten minute
series, but on the scale of 3-5 minute shorts this one is one of the best. If that's what you're looking for, as it sometimes is, here you go! On a silver platter! Enjoy!
Yatogame-Chan is this cute little series of shorts based on a 4 panel comic strip type manga. While the content of the show is pretty set on showing the quirks of a specific regional culture of Japan, it bonus delivers as a great little informative marketing tourism type media that's easy to digest. This series won't change your life, but its short, sweet, and almost educational, so give it a watch.
There isnt much of a story, protagonist moves to a new area, joins the photography club, and hangs out with new friends. Should I put the spoiler alert warning up top? Cause,,..... I just laid out the whole damn show! In spite of the lack of content, its good for a few daws and awes and maybe a laugh or two.
There wasn't really a high artistic demand but you can tell animators still took the task seriously. The voice acting was also pretty good considering, and the ED is catchy as can be. ONCE AGAIN, not a lot of meat on the bone, but those jams were still tasty.
Characters get the weakest marks from me. Cute faces with no souls. They did their best to make the individuals bleed their local culture, but the season comes to a close leaving me in a bit of a state of ignorance about that culture. It feels like the show was made for a very limited audience, and I am just not cool enough to watch it. I cant help but feel the goal was to reach people outside of that culture, and market it to them. So maybe the mark was missed a little.
All my enjoyment mainly comes from the ending theme, and you know the show is so short, I'd do it again.
Yatogame-Chan Kansatsu Nikki squeaks out a 6/10. Its a little swinger in a major league rating system, so that's a decent score considering. I'd say, its a pretty safe way to waste your time and still feel good about yourself. The worst thing that will happen is that you will want to visit Nagoya. There are worse things to do with an hour, as thats about how long it takes to complete the season.