Higepiyo as over the top as it's concept sounds like is in many aspects a mediocre show, but it also has various traits that might make it worth your time after all. If the premise of a bearded "chicken" living among a dorky family sounds interesting to you, then I got just the thing for you.
This review might contain minor spoilers.
I will skip right to art & sound as there is not much to say about the story. The show is mostly episodic and random, and while there are recurring types of episodes like the bedtime stories for example, there really is no plot.
You get thrown right into it and that's fine. We're not here for brain teasers so stop squawking.
ART & SOUND: 5
I can't say that anything really sticks out, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The focus lies a lot more on the characters which you will soon find out.
Color-wise I'd say that they mostly used what I'd describe as soft colors, with the only exception being the burning yellow of Higepiyo himself. I'm not quite sure what the purpose of that shade was other than to make people's eyes hurt.
Another thing worth mentioning regarding the art are the facial expressions. They make for some really funny scenes on their own, especially for the old lady at the bathhouse.
Unless you're in a really good mood while watching this, after the first 10 or so episodes the OP will probably leave an expression on your face that is similar to Higepiyos. Keep in mind that this is a kids show after all.
Now let's get to the juicy part.
We get introduced to quite a lot of people over the span of 39 episodes, and they all evolve around one thing.
Higepuyo. The Sakamoto of the birds. The homeless looking psyduck with an appetite only matched by a snorlax.
To have a bearded bird as part of your cast in the first place should speak for itself already. It's just the thought of a big pet chicken eating all your food while looking like a 40 years old stressed out man that keeps the show going. No matter what he’s doing it's bound to be perfect.
His competitive attitude works well with the other characters, his childish behavior fits the dorky cast perfectly and his caring actions almost make him look like a big brother to Hiroshi.
It is not as much of a one man show as I made it sound like this far though. The everyday life of Hiroshi and his family are the foundation of what makes Higepuyo so fun to follow.
While most of the time our chicken samurai gives off more of an independent vibe, when they spend time together he is generally the one learning and adapting to his surroundings or apologizing/making up for his mistakes.
Now I could of course go into further detail for all the characters that have been shown but a lot of them work as comic tools or aren’t nearly as multifaceted as Higepuyo. It’s a short show after all, but the way they worked around it was clever and made for good scenes while still staying true to the few traits they had.
For what it is it did great. I would lie if I said that I didn’t get the feeling towards the end that I wanted more. Despite being a rather energetic anime it never really felt like they were trying to hard or just got to the part where it became tiring to watch.
If you have a few minutes to kill give it a go. It is sweet, it is stupid, and it often is unexpectedly funny.