Midori Asakusa sees the world a bit differently. Always having her nose in a sketchbook, Asakusa draws detailed landscapes and backgrounds of both the world around her and the one within her boundless imagination. Even the simple act of doodling on a wall evolves into an emergency repair on the outer hull of her spaceship. She is only brought back to reality by her best friend Sayaka Kanamori. The pair are stark opposites, with Asakusa's childlike wonder contrasted by Kanamori's calculated approach to life.
After a chance encounter where the two "save" the young model Tsubame Misuzaki from her overprotective bodyguard, a connection instantly sparks between Asakusa and Misuzaki, as both share an intense passion for art and animation. Whereas Asakusa is interested in backgrounds and settings, Misuzaki loves drawing the human form. Sensing a money-making opportunity, Kanamori suggests that they start an animation club, which they disguise as a motion picture club since the school already has an anime club. Thus begins the trio's journey of producing animation that will awe the world.
From the brilliant mind of Masaaki Yuasa, Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! is a love letter to animation, wildly creative in its approach, and a testament to the potential of the medium.
“Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!” is pure passion for animation. Every aspect of the show from its eclectic score to its quick, quippy dialogue is charged with a wacky, frenetic, creative energy that flows straight from the screen to the viewer through each lovingly crafted frame. It’s impossible not to have fun watching the off-beat, silly, and inspiring adventures of these three girls who just wanna make amazing anime.
Admittedly, the plot isn’t complex or deep -- there’s not much more to know than “three misfits starting an animation club.” Its lead characters Asakusa, Kanamori and Mizusaki aren’t amazingly nuanced or compelling either, but they’re expressive,
unique, and most importantly, they work well together. Within a couple minutes of natural interaction between the trio I was sold on their friendship, and their dynamic is strong enough to carry the show into what it truly excels at: gorgeous and inventive animating sequences.
At least once per episode, “Eizouken” veers off from the girls’ daily lives and the motion picture club to revel in a surreal, hyper-animated fantasy sequence made up spontaneously by our main trio. These range from flying a dragonfly-like airship to escape from MIBs to bombing a building and flooding a city to create the ultimate windmill. The scenes are dynamic and unique, animated as if the girls really are drawing them as they go. They create an almost meta-experience that truly impresses the wonder of animation that inspires Asakusa, Kanamori and Mizusaki on the viewer. Absolutely exhilarating.
Ultimately, it’s clear to me that “Eizouken” is about people who love animation, written by a person who loves animation, and adapted by people who love animation. While its story might not be particularly impressive, it’s refreshing enough to accompany this fantastic piece of moving art that reminds us how fun anime can be.
This anime is a love letter to anime in general, focusing on the production of it through the imagination one concept artist, one passionate animator and one friend that is just there for the ride (and maybe some money), but also not forgetting the technical side of it, despite not focusing so much on it like on Shirobako. It doesn’t matter if you only like shounen, moe or psychological anime, if you ever obsessed over any anime you ought to give at least the first episode a watch. Not only will Asakusa and Mizusaki spell out the little details that allow the immersion to a
fictional world but also those little details will be present on the show itself. The animation is lovely and great, even though it’s not as fluid and experimental all the time like Yuasa’s earliest works, but it compensates it with tons of fun little details throughout the show, the so strong meta, and designs full of personality. But when there is lack of fluidity, it kind of rhymes with the skill level of the main cast, which could be considered a little more meta, even though I don’t believe it’s on purpose all the time.
The first episode starts with a flashback, and this is important because it’s anime original, and it’s Asakusa finding Future Boy Conan (the first anime Hayao Miyazaki directed) for the first time, and considering the selection of scenes she watched, marathoning it while falling in love with the concept of someone creating a whole new world through animation. In case you don’t know, Yuasa (the director of this anime) once stated when asked about his influences that he really liked Miyazaki’s early works. So if in the Eizouken manga, the abundance of flying machines and the scenery could remind you of Miyazaki, here it is openly stated right from the start that this is not only a celebration of anime, but also a tribute to Hayao Miyazaki (his father was an aeronautical engineer, and Ghibli refers to an Italian aircraft). This makes me wonder, was the scene of Asakusa arriving the city a reference to Spirited Away? Are the wings from the first airship projected inspired on Laputa? Are the sound effects made with the voice actors voices an homage The Wind Rises? I don’t think so, nonetheless, it’s fun to think about it throughout the show.
If you don’t believe this one filler scene is enough to prove how much Yuasa see’s the influence of Miyazaki on this work, the anime will take a canon and important scene and also throw some Future Boy Conan. In one of the very first scenes of the manga (from Sumito Oowara) an anime club is watching a bunch of explosions, (that reminds me of ai sky tree 21 from rapparu) and even though it’s just explosions, Asakusa still has a lot to say about it, just so you know that an anime doesn’t need to be a deep and dystopian show to be complex, it can be just a bunch of rad explosions. But instead, the anime goes ahead and replays the same anime from the start, from one of the most beloved and known directors of anime, strengthening this idea not only on the protagonist's view of the world and her creations, but how we should see it too. And since Yuasa admires Miyazaki, it gives us a feel that he is putting a lot of himself in this work and all of his love for the medium.
There’s this scene where the girls are projecting an airship so enthusiastically and stating all the details that need to go into it to make sense and let the airship function properly, showing how much thought goes into the creation of anything in a fictional world, that when well executed, we don’t question or think about it. And the girls are so energetic and passionate about this that even Yuasa himself (or his team) couldn’t hold himself and added something that wasn’t on the manga.
There are two kinds of scenery, one that is lived by the characters and one in which they project themselves to animate/conceptualize, this one drawn and colored just like concept art, and they never fails to impress. It doesn’t matter if it was on the manga or not, every room, house and buildings are made not only to be beautiful and “random” but also remarkable, and this is achieved by the characters naturally chatting about weird constructions that doesn’t make sense or through even more natural interaction with the place itself.
I give 9’s and 10’s to animes I’m sure I want to revisit, and this one, not only I’m sure I’ll revisit in some years, but I’m also watching the episodes at least twice. I’ve only read the first three chapters out of curiosity so I have no idea where this is going but seeing the love for animation in the story and production so heavily, something that I can relate deeply, I’m sure this will be a fun and awesome ride. Give the first episode a shot, if you don’t like it, drop it for the time being, but don’t overlook it.
One of the best shows I've ever seen, but not for being very complex or mutli-layered.
Judging the show's parts individually is extremely hard, and that's because if you looked at the story indivudually it isn't outstanding, but it allows for some of the best animation sequences and incredibly charming and fun ideas and characters.
The main strength of Eizouken is definitely the imagination scenes. The characters are so caught into these that you can't help but go along with it and smile during the entire thing. The sounds in these scenes are being made by the VA of Asakusa, and it's very fitting.
Though that isn't to
say that the real world is bad or anything. Most of the things that happen in the imagination scenes are inspired by the insane architecture of the places the main 3 characters visit. Side characters are very rare, but when they appear for just a few seconds they are qwerky and fun to watch.
I've seen that the 3 main characters are constantly compared to Ed Edd & Eddy, and considering that it's one of the best cartoons, I'm glad that comparison is being made; though Kanamori has a sharper tongue than Double D, and nobody is as dumb as Ed.
The main reason why this show is so good however is the passion for animation. The way Asakusa explains why animation is a great medium to Kanamori in episode 1 really showcases this, and they also reanimated scenes of Future Boy Conan, a show directed by Miyazaki that is 40 years old. The characters also don't want to just make anime, they want to make animation, and that is a highly important thing to mention. Yes, Anime=Cartoon, but Anime is mostly stills and when they move, rarely do they follow simple principles of animation, like squash and stretch. That doesn't mean that it looks bad, but there just seems to be a stigma towards this in anime, like the Naruto vs Pain fight, one of the best looking fight scenes in Naruto in my opinion.
Ignoring why animation works gives us stuff like Lion King 2019, where you can't feel any emotion for the characters because the characters aren't emoting.
Things don't have to make sense when they are paused and animated, and that is something that is constantly mentioned in Eizouken.
Also, they actually might make more sense than you think, like smear frames acting like motion blur.
I'm glad Yuasa is directing the show at Science Saru. He's definitely improving things from the source material and if it wasn't him, the show might've been ironic to watch with all its messages.
To summarize, this show might be getting on my favorites list by the end of it. I'm glad this show is getting a lot of attention, considering it was near the bottom before the season started.
I'm definitely watching the rest of Yuasa's shows I haven't watched (Ping Pong, Kaiba, Kemonozume) and Future Boy Conan after I finish watching this.
I never thought I would watch something like this but damn it was worth to start. This is very interesting show to say at least. The show has very unique art style but what can you expect from Masaaki Yuasa and Studio Science SARU. Since all their works look interesting.
Story: It is quite simple. Our main character Midori Asakusa moved to a new city and started getting interested in Drawing. She soon started liking anime and wanted to know what happens behind the scenes of anime production and wants to make her own anime. Years go by and she starts
to become a great artist. Soon she teams up with money loving Sayka Kanamori and a child model Tsubame Mizusaki. They start a film club for producing anime.
Characters: Midori Asakusa loves to draw and wants to make anime. She sees the world very uniquely. Even the simplest of things are an adventure for her. Sayka Kanamori is the best girl of the show. She can be a very smooth talker when the right situation comes. She is loves money and does everything to obtain it. She also taker care of the clubs budget. Her personality is kind but in a very weird way. Tsubame Mizusaki is a child model and very rich of course. She wants to make anime and join the anime club but her parents wont let her. She is as interested in making anime as Midori. She wants to become the next Shinkai Makoto. She wants to animate realistic shots.
Opening: This is probably one of my favourite openings of all time. The visuals are interesting and the music is just candy to my ears. The visuals fit the music well.