Following the line of the precedent OVAs (of the same name) This anime goes around the normal lives of some elementary school (5th grade, 2nd class room) kids and their adventures, while turning to teens. Their games, stupid jokes, and the misunderstandings around their premature attraction to the opposite sex. Ryota Satou is the main character here, but his friends are almost as important as him since the school wouldn't be the same without them, especially the girls who the majority of time appear to be mature by their ages but in the ends they are as childish and even more "dangerous" than the boys.
If you have not seen the OVA I would recommend not watching the OVA until finishing the TV series. That way you will not feel let down. It was like Tenchi, I first saw Tenchi in Tokyo and enjoyed it, then I saw the OVA and was blown away.
For what it's worth I rather liked the TV version. The OVA had the ecchi and more perverted stuff apparently, but I don't think they're really missing that much from this one. Maybe the TV censorship is just getting around to everyone. I'm not the least bit surprised. I won't only blame Xebec for that. They're
censoring anime nowadays too.
The animation, I didn't mind one bit actually. Maybe I'm getting too used to the blobby-animation techniques by a lot of Gainax anime and something like Death Metal City that doesn't worry too much about sticking to a static look. But honestly, I really liked what I saw for the most part. A lot of cute 5th grader antics and some Minami-ke-esque realistic-faces parts always turned out pretty funny for me.
The characters are cute and their interactions fun in a childish way. The animation when they get serious and they are drawn as teenagers adds an interesting element. The loli echii undertones throughout the whole thing make me wonder what exactly the creator is trying to say or who the audience is intended to be.
Not sure what to say honestly about this anime. It's fun but silly. It has child like situations but throws in adult like interactions. It seems to have some romantic element in it but then at the same time it down plays the romance and up plays the echii innuendos. Not much of a story, just a good-ole-fasion slice of life told through the eyes of seven fifth graders.
After what I thought was a really rough start, the series finished up nicely after they found their pace and speed. I also liked the opening and ending themes which were sung by the entire cast and quite catchy.
Once you've finished the series, vote for your favorite song here:
A light-hearted story of a normal, average day told from the perspective of the 5th graders themselves, That sums up Kyou no Go no Ni (Today in Class 5-2). It's a enjoyable show, with enough comedy to last you quite a long time. While there's not alot of actual "plot", there is however, the hilariously mischievous cast of 5th graders that we get to watch, being themselves.
Story: (7/10 - C)
There's not really a story, unless you count each day a different plot a story. There's three periods per episode, 3 different events unfold. Whether it's being locked in a storage room with the girl of
your dreams or rocking out with a broomstick, each episode leaves you giggling uncontrollably. It's pretty straight-forward: 5th graders being 5th graders.
Animation: (8.5/10 - B+)
I was fairly impressed by the overall pacing of the animation. Each episode was very well drawn out, not leaving one detail untouched. The character designs were, to be blunt, cruddy. I'm not a fan of animes with characters with big eyes (Clannad is a prime example, mostly visual novels), which is an immediate thumbs-down.
Sound: (7/10 - C)
Other than the OP "Nisemono", most of the theme music was pretty bland, or just not enough. There what i call "School Beats", mainly used for shows such as this one.
Characters: (8.5/10 - B+)
Ryota Sato is your average kid, mischevious and always pulling pranks. Take that and multiply it by 6, and you have the whole cast (Minus some of the females). Most of the cast keeps this behavior for the entire show, but i really enjoyed it. Most shows have these same kinds of characters, but they end up failing because of one thing: It DOESNT work for them. It works for Kyou no Go no Ni because it's a school comedy with some ecchi overtones.
Enjoyment: (9/10 - A)
From start to end, i started watching Kyou no Go no Ni with one thing in mind: Let it stay light-hearted the entire way. It did, and i couldn't explain how enjoyable this show was. If you're looking for light comedy, look no farther. Kyou no Go no Ni is a pleasant experience, just right.
Overall: (8/10 - B)
The Good (+): Excellent Voice acting (All voiced by girls, btw.), Catchy OP song, something to lift your spirits with.
The Bad (-): Lack of character development for most of the characters. Cruddy character designs followed by mixed up Ending themes that randomly appear out of nowhere.
This is a decent series about a group of 5th graders dealing with everyday life one step at a time.
The series wasn't really about romance, but rather more about the comedy, also I didn't know 5th graders were so violent with each other. The romance was really just thrown in there in the last two episodes of the series. Everything else, was mainly about everyday 5th grader lives, getting locked in the gym equipment shack, spilling things, being clumsy, weight panic etc...
The characters went pretty well in depth with ease. With about 8 main characters, the fun and comedy isn't centered around just one
person, it is spread around. These 5th graders are unexpectedly perverted and violent, two things I didn't witness much when I was in 5th grade.
The story is just a slice of life about eight 5th graders dealing with each other in everyday life. The story was mainly split up into many parts, from wet clothing, swimming pains, weight problems, boob envy, water gun wars and tickle fights. But even though all those things sound wonderful, I tended to get bored easily when watching this series. The repetition was almost unbearable about 8 episodes in.
The art was fairly well balanced between the comedy and seriousness, however, the style changes were nearly every 2 seconds, making the show seem a little less wonderful. I didn't know 5th graders could make themselves look like serious adults in just seconds, and suddenly look like two foot tall characters when they are flying across the room from even more violence.
The continuous style changes just drove me nuts, which is probably why I didn't enjoy the series very much.
Nothing extravagent about the music nor the dialogue.
The series wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. The continuous art style changes drove me nuts, the violence of 5th graders didn't really attract my attention and I truly didn't know 5th graders were almost perverted to the point they should be in jail.
My second Review! If you want my shtick about how I'm veeery biased and just live and let me live, go to my first, cuz I'm not repeating myself! Also, for those of you who've noticed, I don't really plan on doing a review, I just sum up the series in a manner as spoiler free as possible to allow people to actively decide whether or not they'll like it or not, because honestly those are the best types of reviews!
This anime is essentially Azumanga Daioh during elementary school, if mixed with some males and a little bit more peanuts (the comic) thrown in (The
male lead, swear to god, is some weird combination of Sunohara from Clannad mixed with Charlie Brown). All of this is done to a beautiful art style and character designs very remniscent of Strawberry Marshmallow (I.E. Everyone is REALLY well drawn and characters do actually change clothing and occasionally hairstyles as time flows).