Momoko Futo is an average high-school girl going about her everyday life. Though laid-back and cheerful, her life is anything but mundane as her eccentricity and clumsiness never fail to spice up her days. Her two best friends are always with her: the cute and innocent Mayumi Furui, and the calm and cool Shibumi Shibusawa. Without any spoken dialogue or narration, Joshikausei aims to recount the comedic shenanigans these girls get up to through the expressive sounds and gestures that they make.
Some anime this year impressed me. There are also some anime this year that made me wonder if the creators were high on something. Then, there’s Joshikausei.
There’s an old phrase that you’ve probably heard of before: silence is golden. As a short anime without any dialogue, that’s what Joshikausei represents. The manga itself is also silent without dialogues. So now the real question comes, how would this show work? Was the author high when they made this?
Not quite. It’s actually real simple. The show is about high school girls interacting with daily activities. An easy draw of the show is the character chemistry between the
three main girls – Mayumi, Momoko, and Shibumi. The show explores their lifestyle that reminds what normal people would do. Sometimes, characters are represented with fan service in the case of Momoko. The first episode is a testament of this with the suggestive leg shots plastered all over the place. But an important part is to see the character interactions. Joshikausei explores the limits of language and how characters communicate with their expressions. Their emotive performances combined with music carries the mood of each episode. Writing a series like this isn’t easy. For a manga with over 80 chapters of content, it’s not hard to see why. At the end of the day though, it works out just fine and dandy.
Joshikausei isn’t long and ran the risk of looking like a humorless joke. Embedded into the show is simple slice of life storytelling featuring a trio of girls. Every episode is only 3 minutes so it’s an easy way to pass time. The real question is if this silent anime is a golden treat for you. For me, it’s just so-so.
Well this a waste of time. Studio Seven is one of the worst producers of "regular" anime because according to this database, it seems that they are only good at hentai shows. Things like King's game, Galaxy Tylor and now this thing Joshikausei
I will be short with this one.
If you want to watch an animated work where characters don't speak at all go watch some classic cartoons like Tom and Jerry, the Pink Panther or The Coyote and the Roadrunner at least those silent characters are still remember over 50 years instead of these waifus.
Just 3 girls that for some reason can't speak at all
but only make grunt sounds in daily life situations that should be funny, but are stupid. These skits are painful to watch and I am not exagerating with this, this show is 3 minutes but every single second feels like an eternity with this awful "story". It even feels like those Family Guy skits that drag the joke for way too much
Because someone resting and focusing so much on her thighs, getting pooped by birds, focusing on a snack falling on someone's legs, skating, having to run after getting wet because of the rain, a mother/sister doing exercise over one of the protagonist or doing these origami fights are funny according to Studio Seven and the creator of this manga and it is laughable to say manga when it is only drawings in different sections while I was "Reading" the source material.
Those voice actress had to be the luckiest girls to get paid for grunting. Heck even John Dimaggio saying "Rada Rada" as Schnitzel from Chowder constantly has more passion and feeling than these women saying "ha" "Eh" "mmmmmh" combined. Except until the end when suddenly the protagonist says "I'M HOME". Woah what a big plot twist and sorry for that spoiler. BTW The ending song is generic jpop crap.
Typical Hentai shots, again Why does Studio Seven try so hard in doing these crappy non sexual shows when they are good in hentai according to many people? And also that Mosquito animation is one of the crappiest movements of an insect I have ever seen.
Enjoyment and Overall
It is crap as I said go watch some of the classic cartoons mentioned above if you want something funny and with non speaking characters from an animated show because this one tries to make you laugh but these shorts are worthless and will drain some of your time for no pay off.
Ugh, this show... Who thought this was a good idea? :/
One of my favourite short comedy anime is Morita-san wa Mukuchi, where the extremely shy protagonist doesn't speak a word during the whole two seasons and we can only hear her thoughts from time to time. It was a cute gimmick that fueled the lighthearted SoL comedy of that series and made me remember it despite the rather plain "cute girls doing cute things" formula - I'm sure many people would find it boring, but it was well-crafted and relaxing.
Here, the silent cast is not a gimmick. It's a pointless hindrance that adds nothing of
value to the whole setup - there are obvious places where dialogue takes place, but we don't hear it. The gags are mostly piss-poor and don't utilize the lack of dialogue in any interesting way. Fanservice is weird and obnoxious, with the opening episode (!) missing the mark in a particularly spectacular manner. Characters are boring cliches. Not even the visuals or the ending song are particularly appealing (and that also is very important in making these kinds of shorts memorable).
There's nothing even remotely interesting or memorable here, and the humour doesn't land more often than not. I've seen worse shows, but I'm not sure I ever saw one this pointless - truly a waste of time.
From the studio that brought you Rance 01: Hikari wo Motomete The Animation, Koikishi Purely☆Kiss The Animation, Baku Ane: Otouto Shibocchau zo! The Animation, and Real Eroge Situation! The Animation, comes Studio Seven's latest series entitled Joshi Kausei.
It's a story about three “silent” high school girls and the random events that happen to them. You'll watch the girls get involved in some strange skits, such as riding a skateboard, playing with each other's thighs, be concerned about fortunes, and create origami in a family restaurant. And to spice things up, the girls are also involved in some risque situations like wearing wet clothes
after a rain shower, having a hand print near one's thigh, and planking over your sleeping daughter. Three-minutes of silent action. It doesn't get more exciting than this folks!
Be entranced by the stunning plainness of its art and animations, you can appreciate the lack of details from its background art, the rigid movements of non-human objects, and the plain and uninteresting character designs. You can also contemplate as to why Studio Seven's other works, mainly hentai adaptations, appear more refined, animated, and well-produced, considering their previous history, this should be their specialty, unfortunately it doesn't show here.
Watch as the characters move their lips and speak dialogue, but alas, no dialogue is heard because every character live in a world of silence. Watch as the characters create various sound effects from squeaks, squeals, and cries to grunts, sighs, and moans, accompanied with many facial expressions, such as happiness, sadness, anger, embarrassment, shock, and concern. Hear multitudes of background music that successfully fits the mood and tone of the scenes in question. Hear a 30-second ending song called “Silent Days” that is accompanied with moving animations of the girls in different locations through images, playing with water guns, wearing school swimsuits, flying on a rainbow, and looking over the bridge.
Meet our three protagonists: “delinquent” girl, glasses girl, and short-haired girl. “Delinquent” girl is beautiful and cute, has long, light brown hair, carefree, and somewhat unlucky. Glasses girl is calm, composed, and levelheaded, and has long, light blond hair. Short-haired girl acts childlike and is naive, and has short, black hair. Be impressed by the show's lack of character development, its lack of character personalities, and its lack of memorable characters.
So, sit down and watch as the time quietly goes by, and by the time episode 12 rolls around, you'll have forgotten what the previous episodes were about. But, that's okay, this series isn't suppose to be memorable, its a quick “cash-grab” for a studio whose strengths lies in hentai adaptations.
P.S: Our “delinquent” girl finally says one line of dialogue, and that's “I'm home!” What a fitting line for the end of this series.