Maesetsu! Opening Act

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: まえせつ!
English: Maesetsu! Opening Act
German: Maesetsu! Opening Act
French: Maesetsu! Opening Act
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2020 to Dec 27, 2020
Premiered: Fall 2020
Broadcast: Sundays at 23:30 (JST)
Producers: Kadokawa
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Studio Gokumi, AXsiZ
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.811 (scored by 35493,549 users)
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Ranked: #101452
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Popularity: #5850
Members: 11,632
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Manzai is a traditional form of Japanese stand-up comedy where two comedians act out skits as a straight man and funny man, guiding the audience through a series of punchlines. Two determined girls, Mafuyu Kogarashi and Fubuki Kitakaze, are aspiring manzai entertainers who struggle to achieve any real success, despite their lengthy time on stage. They often partner up with manzai newcomers and their close friends—Rin Araya and Nayuta Asougi—to help in the opening acts of each other's routines.

In order to eventually reach their desired fame, the four girls challenge themselves by changing venues, switching roles, entering competitions, and giving it their best to hone their craft and gain more experience. But before that can happen, these flourishing young artists must first grow into presentable performers to get signed as amateurs and start their dream in earnest.

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Herek, Samantha
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Nobuta, Yuu


Opening Theme

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1: "Sign (サイン)" by Fubuki Kitakaze (Aguri Oonishi), Mafuyu Kogarashi (Naomi Oozora), Rin Araya (Hirome Igarashi), Nayuta Asougi (Sakura Nakamura) (eps 1)
2: "Pipipi Happy (ピッピッピハッピー)" by Fubuki Kitakaze (Aguri Oonishi), Mafuyu Kogarashi (Naomi Oozora), Rin Araya (Hirome Igarashi), Nayuta Asougi (Sakura Nakamura) (eps 2-)

Ending Theme

"Ikagawashii Viking (いかがわしいバイキング)" by Fubuki Kitakaze (Aguri Oonishi), Mafuyu Kogarashi (Naomi Oozora), Rin Araya (Hirome Igarashi), Nayuta Asougi (Sakura Nakamura)


Dec 27, 2020
In 2007 a new era of CGDCT (Cute girls doing cute things) began with “Lucky☆Star”. One of the best studios of all time was involved in this work: Kyoto Animation. 13 years later, Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ try to create something similar with "Maesetsu! Opening Act", but unfortunately this work does not quite create the "WOW" effect. Why am I comparing these two? You will see more about this below.

Have you ever heard of the Japanese word “Owarai”? Before I came into contact with this anime, this term didn't mean anything to me either. Owarai is a traditional Japanese comedy duo who perform in front ...
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Mixed Feelings
Are you unfamiliar with manzai? I wouldn't recommend this. Oh you are? Well, I'd still be ambivalent about recommending it.

Many have overstated Yoshimizu Kagami's role in this shows production and while he does offer some solid character designs I wouldn't consider it in the vein of Lucky Star.

I'm no manzai expert, as someone with a bit more familiarity with the medium than most in the West, perhaps such a perspective might be useful.

As an original co-production with Yoshimoto Kougyou, the largest comedy agency in Japan there's a novelty to this, and it's wholeheartedly committed to giving a broad look at the industry from an amateur ...
Dec 27, 2020
Comedy is subjective.

What does stand-up comedy mean? According to Britannica: It is comedy that generally is delivered by a solo performer speaking directly to the audience in some semblance of a spontaneous manner.

However, this business practice is very different in Japan. Owarai geinin, or two-man comedians as they are referred to, is a very lucrative business, and by no doubt very popular in its own homeland. I remember having used to watch Owarai geinin in many variety shows through Japanese-imported programs over the years, and the insanity of referencing as much content as they can really helps add to the hilarity vibe, not to mention ...

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