One of the coolest things as an anime fan is to pick up a series that you don’t really have high expectations for and it turning out to be better than expected. Every season at least has one of these types of series, and RobiHachi is one of them. To be honest, I pretty much went into this thinking it was going to be nothing special at best, and on top of that, I knew the production value was low-rent. There was no hype behind it, and hardly anyone is watching it. Turns out that it is a good old-fashioned anime screwball comedy with staff
and cast that are mostly long-time industry veterans, and just hearing Nakai Kazuya in a leading role again is enough to give the whole enterprise a very retro feel, which is right up my alley.
While RobiHachi is an original series, with the pedigree behind it you could formulate a pretty good guess as to what was coming. Takamatsu Shinji has as distinctive sensibility as any anime director out there—shameless broad comedy, male bonding, absurdity. And this series has all of those things in droves. There’s certainly a whiff of Space Dandy about it but it doesn’t appear that this series has anything like the creative ambition that show did. As I mentioned in my intro, the production is on the low-rent side of things, as in the budget is clearly nowhere near as big. Even the comedy is not as punchier. Still, I rather enjoyed it. Studio Comet is a frequent partner with Bones and in fact, did in-betweens for both Space Dandy series. So, comes to no surprise that despite having a small budget, RobiHachi still manages to look pretty nice visually.
As for a premise, we have a vaguely Dandy-esque loser named Robby Yaji whose seed money for his latest harebrained get-rich scheme is stolen but recovered from the thief by bored whiz kid Hacchi Kita. Turns out the money was borrowed from a mob boss named Yang and Hacchi has gone to work for him as a means to fight his boredom. One thing leads to another and Robby ends up blasting off into space in his apartment, which is also a space cruiser, with Hacchi on-board and Yang and his cronies in hot pursuit. There’s also a manservant who appears to be a snarky mechanical rabbit and a pair of fighters that can gattai into an old-school mecha, complete with a 1980’s transformation sequence and accompanying theme song by no less than Kushida Akira. I would imagine whether RobiHachi will work for anyone is pretty much going to be contingent on one’s compatibility level with Takamatsu’s sense of humor, but as I said I rather enjoyed it.
RobiHachi as a goofy buddy pair going to new age retreat planets with mobsters in pursuit and mecha transformations is lots of fun, and the feel of the piece is definitely nostalgic. One can’t help but note that there’s a lot of Space Dandy in RobiHachi’s premise—the trio (including a robot) on the run in an apartment-spaceship from a debt collector and his good subordinates. It doesn’t bother me, but I can’t be the only one seeing it. You can make other comparisons to other shows like “Tiger & Bunny”, or “Double Decker! Doug & Kirill” in terms of its comedy and character chemistry. It really grows into its own, and becomes quite as ‘laugh-out-loud’ funny as I wanted it to become. Not all the jokes land, and it does sometimes feel like the show itself, through Robby, that all of them are home runs, which can be a bit annoying at times. But it does have relentless goofy energy that’s kind of infectious. And Robby and Hacchi are the infectious types of protagonists.
There are some nice individual elements here—the strange tone with Yang and his two henchmen, Hacchi’s addiction to danger, Robby’s general doofusness—and it all comes together rather well. Each character has distinctive personalities and is rather charismatic, they are what makes this show. The cat-and-mouse between our main trio, and Yang and his grunts provide most of the entertainment value. And to keep things fresh, the characters travel all around the galaxy, stopping at other planets which are all unique, some are advanced and some are tribal. The space adventures give this series a little more to chew on. Seeing different kinds of civilizations, climates, species, infrastructure, cultures, laws, commerce, etc., is pretty fascinating. The dialogue is fun, it's rapid at times, but it works in this kind of light-hearted story. It has high velocity but understands timing—for the most part. I do like how it doesn’t telegraph all its jokes and leaves room for laughter.
Studio Comet really showed what other production teams can do without the big bucks behind them. I really respect this production team. The setting is filled with creativity. Every scene is crowded with strange-looking characters and eye-catching background details, and really captures the hustle-and-bustle of port towns and cities as it pertains to galactic travel and technology. It’s a world in love with its own weirdness, but the kind that welcomes the audience to come along for the ride. Character and color designs are striking, lively, funky, hip, and flamboyant. The animation quality is vibrant and definitely above the standards for a low-rent series. The CGI does conflict with hand-drawn art sometimes. The background music is a mix of Jazz and dance with a splash of techno, or funk tossed in depending on the scene and situation. The casting is solid picks, all working well with their given character and having their vocals match the characters looks and personalities.
The constant comparison must sound annoying but now but this series is pretty much a poor man’s Space Dandy—but in saying that, it’s still lots of fun and is a pretty good anime. It has flaws, you could say it is aimed at a pretty niche audience, and the production quality is not as amazing as much shows this season, but it has a lot of heart, charm, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I rate this a 7 out of 10 but the highest 7 I can give. RobiHachi is a love letter to vintage sci-fi anime of multiple eras, taking a lot of inspiration from series of the past. With a bigger budget behind it, I could easily see this being a lot more popular than what it is now.
This feels like a PG version of cowboy bebop in every possible way, it doesn't have any super heavy themes but is nonetheless enjoyable.
The art is decent, above average in my opinion however movement can be choppy at times, the characters aren't anything exceptional however none are intolerable, the story like the characters is fairly vanilla, sound likewise however overall it is a enjoyable show.
Wont change your life but certainly wont hinder it, I recommend this to anyone wanting a lighthearted fun show to watch especially if you don't mind classic anime cliches every now and then.
Welcome to Mars! Where you can eat a fried octopus and 'eat out’ a live octopus, too. Don’t do it at the same time…Or, at least make certain your friends and family don’t discover your depraved proclivities.
One has to wonder the resale value of Robby Yaji’s organs, especially considering the high costs of space travel. The cost-benefit analysis, obviously, does not favor the debt collectors (Yan’s group). Unless we consider the consequences of a lost reputation, and the exploitation of future debtors. In which case, the end justifies the means.
“Oh my god! It’s a f—king comedy, dude. Stop
True enough. But the dynamic of the timid friend learning from his ‘looney’ counterpart is redundant. Furthermore, Robby and Hacchi failed as the comedic underpinnings of the series. The joke regarding the “lower half” and the “upper half” lacked the oomph to foster a humorous moment — plus, it dragged on forever. Gags that overstay their welcome rarely, if ever, produce genuine laughter from the audience. Moreover, the childish nature of the main characters was infuriating and monotonous.
Robby and Hacchi were essentially a pseudo-married couple with their constant bickering back and forth. To exemplify this point, in episode 10, they were arguing over bathroom cleanliness and the ‘correct’ way to rip toilet paper. Then Hacchi scolded Robby for concealing nudie magazines and an inflatable sex doll. It’s like the writer’s took their real life relationship issues, bitched about it in the writer’s room, then decided to ‘comedically’ integrate it into the story by making Hacchi the ‘wife’ and Robby the ‘husband.’
As for the cat-and-mouse chase through space (with tacky mecha fights), it lacked exhilaration. And given the lack of entertainment, puerile jokes and flat characters, there’s no reason for anyone to watch this series. Unless you enjoy a Japanese, Futurama knockoff with none of the staying power.
This is my very first time writing a review. Why are there no reviews yet to this anime?
I guess I'll have to make the start.
At the first episode I thought "Wtf is this anime? Crazy". But watching more and more I came to like or even love the characters. Traveling through space with the trio, experiencing the different cultures on the many planets and laughing at the many crazy happenings.
I really recommend this anime if you're searching for some light-hearted anime which you can watch if you need a little laugh here and there.
The animation is standard quality I would say but enjoyable and consisent
for now (6 episodes watched).
This anime is Trying to go for that Cowboy Bebop legacy-vibe, but the comedy just doesn't cut enough of a filler, it's just like a gag manga but not enough.
Maybe it's made for the under 15 public. But still the stories would be nice to have some weight under them and some consequence feeling. But I guess everything is very straightforward and bland.
So I would say for the non-average teen viewer - don't bother watching this.
The Cast : The characters are somewhat goodhearted but goofs with the ideas of doing good for the surround but still not concentrating on how to
repay there debts. And just run and have a merry-go-ride around the galaxy to Paradise.
The most severely underrated show of the season. Not that it is any good, but it ain't bad either! Quite enjoyable though.
Just by looking at the series title, you've guessed it: it's the names of the central characters of the story: Robby and Hatchi. These yaoi boys, met by fate, go on a journey together to reach the farthest place that space could ever go: to this planet called Isekandar, the place of hopes and dreams that one could ever have. What could absolutely go wrong?
The story is plain nonsensical to say the least, with series composer Hirogo Kanesugi (who composed NouCome) at the
helm, plus director Shinji Takamatsu (Gintama, Grand Blue) for his inputs as well. A sorta rip-off of Space Dandy, not exactly, but sub-par to boot.
But where RobiHachi excels, is at its characters, mainly the 2 characters (plus a talking robot). Robby is carefree, doesn't give a damn about the consequences of his circumstances, a ladies' man (figuratively) and all about that money and fame. Easygoing, vulnerable and gullible. While Hatchi is the "bros before hoes" guy, someone who is selfless and watches out for everyone (Yes, that includes Robby and his mind-boggling actions), a young man with a heart of gold. Oh, and did I forget to mention that he is a prince? Rounding up the Hizakuriger crew is the rabbit robot-looking Ikku, whose demeanor is quite the feat. It (or he) is insanely funny at cracking the jokes of the duo, and alleviating any potential problem the duo faces along their journey to Isekandar.
Oh yea, plus the debt-collector crew of Mr. Yang and his 2 minions. Apparently Robby, in order to live a high life, he borrowed money from Mr. Yang and squandered it all, only for him to find out that Robby's endeavour to Isekandar would be a tremendous one, in order for Robby to pay back the insane debt amount. Sometimes I see that Mr. Yang and his 2 minions exist as an antagonist role, though foreshadowing them in this way would not suffice.
So far, characters have been the primary reason to watch this series. But what about the others?
It's been very long since I've watched a Studio Comet show (last was their flagship series School Rumble), but they're in the reins of (the current) J.C.Staff and Liden Films, when concerning about art and animation. Again, nothing great to boot, but also there's quite a substantial amount of it to retain some followers. Some good-looking backgrounds and sprinkle in some 3D imagery, this is plentiful for what it is.
Musicality-wise, I was surprised at how good, no, awesome the music was, from the aforementioned opening dialogue to the OP song, plus Mr Yang and Co.'s ED, to the BGM. Definitely capturing that Space Dandy feel.
Even with the seamless and endless amount of insanity and running jokes with gags that get boring pretty quickly, I still find this a fun snooze time to watch on the wayside. It's no Space Dandy, but at least its a joyride on free time.
This anime brings in the LGBTQ+ community very nicely as it does't make the whole story/plotline focus on the fact that there are queer characters but but takes it in a round about way so that being queer is normal. seme/uke stereotypes are broken out of and Yang isn't made out to be just a comic relief gay character but he has a serious interest in Robbi, although this is a comedy anime so yes there are parts where he is made a fool. Anime like this is just awesome. One con is that the animation for running is just bad, it looks like they
are speed walking with big strides wtf
[I wrote a review for this anime a while ago but as I (unexpectedly) keep continue watching it, I decided to delete that review and write an updated one]
So, RobiHachi. The title is the acronym of the two MCs' names, as you might've guessed.
To describe this anime simply in two words: it's Weird and Gay. Yes, in that order, because the overwhelming weirdness is definitely the main selling point here. It's no Yuri On Ice dramatic gay or Sekaiichi romcom gay or even Free! innuendo naked guys gay. And it's certainly NOT yaoi, so even though I'm saying this, don't come expecting much of
'romance' or the typical yaoi characters stereotype of uke and seme thing. But yeah, there's some implied gay attraction there.
Basically, the story is about a group of three consisted of a rabbit robot, a broke guy, and a smart, mysterious, super childish teenager going on a space adventure in search of an uknown place called Isekandar which is supposed to be some kind of Ultimate Heavenly place. They landed in different planet in each episodes, always somehow unintentionally (and sometimes intentionally) managed to change something in whatever place they landed. Be it giving people useful marketing tips or giving advice to some random kid about making friends.
The whole thing is quite funny. A bit repetitive, but still funny. But certainly the humor is not to everyone's taste.
I'd recommend to watch this anime if you either:
1. Have a really weird sense of humor
2. Looking to watch some ridiculous comedy
3. Looking to watch two guys going on (very not serious) adventure
4. Looking to watch something that you can throw criticism comments at every other minute.
RobiHachi is a great blend of genres similar in style to Gintama. The characters are fun and lovable, the action is fast-paced and humorous, and the overall story is a grand buddy story unfolding in the depths of space.
As the series continues on, little bits of each character's background and motives are revealed, all while keeping it lighthearted with a touch of deep undertones.
There has not been an episode yet where I haven't laughed aloud at least twice. The bizarre humor, settings, and behavior of the cast never fails to make me smile. I'm definitely going to miss this show when it's over.
If you want
a fun, bite-sized, space buddy adventure to take you all over the ridiculously over-commercialized galaxy, RobiHachi is your ticket to Isekandar!
Robihachi was a weird experience for me, enjoyable but strange. It reminded me of a lot of Space Dandy except less perverted and with more a focus on food and travel.
Robi, the main guy, is very much the lovable idiot. He has gotten himself massively in debt falling for schemes pitched to him by pretty ladies, be they alien or human. As a result of this, he is tracked down by Hachi, a mysterious man working for mister Yang, the debt collector who we find out has a sort of crush on Robby. To cure his financial woes in his flight from Yang, Robby sets
out for Iskandar to get one of their crystals to change his luck. Hachi initially is shanghaied onto Robby's ship but sticks around as he was looking for adventure.
The show then consists of them traveling to planets on the way to Iskandar, enjoying the local fare, and solving the world's current woes. How they go about solving those woes often made me compare the show to the Big Lebowsky in that they tend to solve the problem in very outlandish ways.
Robbi and Hachi play off each other like an odd couple with the ship robot often playing the straight man. It makes for an enjoyable dynamic.
Overall, RoboHachi is a fun show. I don't like it enough to recommend it but I enjoyed my time with it.
This show has everything: from over-the-top randomness to action-packed magnum opuses.
After watching the 1st episode, you wouldn't think of it as anything special, probably even calling it a "Space Dandy and Cowboy Bebop rip-off". Once you reach the middle of the series though, everything you've been saying up to that point - void and null. All the tables have turned on you, whether its the modern cliches, stereotypes about Japan or the redundant themes in anime shows; none of that is in here. Everything about it is as original as it can get, just like the show itself.
Feel like you've watched every single Gundam
show and you're still confused about their lore? Not a problem: Hizakuriger is the only Mecha in this show you'll need to know about its history. It's short, sweet and most of all - epic.
Can't stand the cringy humor in today's "comedic" shows that is clearly intended for the western audience to get all of its Japanese humor in one go, without the translator's explanations? This show is surprisingly up-to-date with every societal events happening in the world. No matter what ethnic group you fall into, you can get a kick out of this equally with other ethnic minorities along side with you. Speaking of equality...
You don't think that this industry promotes anything LGBT-related in our PG programming? Yuri on Ice isn't enough for you? Then allow me to present the embodiment of yaoi romance in our current age of Entertainment, presented by a covert bromance turned into to a homosexual relationship between two main characters. Aside from that, you have a flamboyant villain (?) with a growing yearning for one of the main characters. If this isn't enough to motivate you continue writing gay fan-fictions about your oc's that you made 10 years ago, then I don't know what is.
Soundtracks don't hype you out anymore as much as they did 15-20 years ago? You still want to feel like a kid trying to reminisce about the golden years of your childhood? With this Super Sentai-like ost, combined with jazz-like tunes to let you get a feel of this shows mood, you'll feel right at home, as if you're tuning into your favorite Saturday Morning shows from the 80s and 90s. You'll be jumping out of your seat, while singing the Hizakuriger song and dancing to the show's ED. It's pretty groovy, if you ask me.
Art? Well yeah, this anime is art.
Overall, it's pretty good. 10/10
I don't really know how this review thing works... so here goes.
I enjoy Robihachi, it's a show I can just sit down and watch and know that I'm not going to stop until I can't find anywhere to watch the next episode, the characters are lovable (at least to me) and the overall plot is good and fun for something about intergalactic PR and debt. The beginning is a bit slow but effective and really sets up the world Robihachi's set in. I will admit though that some parts of the animation are a bit iffy but that's only if I'm feeling nitpick-y.
Overall, I enjoy
the series so far and I'm very excited for the last episode!
This anime is delightful and a treat to get through. But I wish it was more.
First, let's talk about what it has:
story: The story is fine. It isn't amazing. It's just a space adventure with 2 dudes from 2 different situations. Think of it as a movie such as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles but in space, and the 2 characters generally get along.
Art: pretty basic stuff here. nothing amazing, Robi's design is very cute. They really do the show justice by giving each world their own art style that reflects on the tourist gimmick.
Sound:... sound? I forgot there was any sound to begin with... I
guess that's pretty much my summary for that.
characters: Okay, here we go, here's where the enjoyment is.
Robi: Has a great personality and his look reminds me of a middle-aged rock and roll Japanese man.
Hachi: Is a very optimistic man who just wants to go and explore the universe. This really sets the tone for the series.
Obsessed deranged maniac that's after robi(?): VERY AMUSING CHARACTER. At first I thought he was kind of annoying. But as the show went on this character became very funny.
Enjoyment: Well? I wish it was like bebop. I really wanted a huge space adventure ark with these characters. But that wouldn't have worked because the humor is in a lot of the wrong places.
For instance, in bebop: sure there was a funny lobster in the fridge section, but at the end of the day spike has to deal with his demons. Sure, there was a section where ed did mushrooms, but it also had a backstory for Fei that was tear-jerking.
This anime is obviously not that and I kind of wish it was. The characters and settings are so perfect for a great space opera adventure-But it misses the mark by making it a humor based anime that panders towards a typical anime audience.
My favorite joke was at the very end of the series-and that's all i'll spoil about that.
Overall, it was a decent show to watch. Good to pass the time. Do I recommend? Yeah, it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot.