Mainichi Kaa-san is an anime based on the mangaka's real life, although there's (of course) also a lot of fiction in it.
The series offers a good laugh here and there and sometimes it's just sad to watch because you can symphatize with the main character so much.
A drunk husband, two stupid and annoying kids and a housemother who despises them (yet loves them more then anything else), who wouldn't want to watch that?
The series is easy to get into, each anime episode has short stories about laughable situations. The main focus is the mother, who tries to become a mangaka while taking care of her kids and (stupid) husband, not everything goes smoothly as her work often gets interrupted, ruined or she doesn't do anything due to a writer's block.
The art is also one of the good things of this series, the style it's done in really gets the humor out of it, it's perfect for facial jokes, angry scenes and of course for the cute and cuddly scenes when everyone makes up.
About the sound, I normally don't talk a lot about it, not that it's any different now. The opening song fits the series greatly and so does the ending. Both are fun to listen and watch. The voice-actors do a good job and there's nothing wrong with the background music.
In short, it's an anime series, basically for everyone who enjoys a good laugh or simply likes anime without the great plots, character development etc.read more
This show has impacted my views on marriage and family for the better. I'd say go for it, watch it, it's purely comedy and just such a touching, nice little bundle of joy as you watch Bunji and Fumi grow.
There aren't any flaws in the actual storyline I can really point to, but it's not outstanding and that's the reason why I didn't give it a 10. Mainichi Kaasan is NOT EPISODIC; it gives off that feeling, but things do change and that's one of the themes of the show. It is often split into 3 parts, which doesn't bother me but may be a pet peeve of people who hate shorts.
Again, there aren't any flaws I can really be annoyed about. What many people don't realize is that Mainichi Kaasan is a family anime; if you added more detail to the art, that would take away from what feel the show should give its viewers; it's SUPPOSED to be a simple comedy, not some fancy twisted plotline. I gave it a "very good" because its art collaborates very nicely with the feel+necessity of the story. The little breaks in between parts are also creative and in some parts 3D art is used as a refresher, it's nice that the staff still found some room to stretch their creative juices and weren't just content with filling the basic needs of the anime.
I wouldn't say that the show skimped on sound, because it's a simplistic series and a load of noise wouldn't go with that. The OP+ED went well with the theme of the show and so did the OST. This simplicity of soundtrack gave the sound dept a 7, but I bumped that to an 8 because of the CVs. The staff did a great job of choosing their CVs, the voices are original and the nuances of the voices do change as our babies Fumi and Bunji grow older. In particular I'm in love with Daichi's voice; it's just so laughable and adorable while reflecting Daichi's own unique personality.
Why a 9? Because many characters are developed so well, and in this show we see something that rarely happens in other animes: the characters DEVELOP. In other animes, I mean, they'll say that "You have changed, MC" but let's be real. The MC didn't develop at all. He remains pretty much the same person he started out as.
In Mainichi Kaasan, however, the babies grow enough to go to school and all of this happens gradually; you notice it happens slowly, and you can see it happen through the growth of character design and voice. In addition, some adults develop and get married, etc, but not enough of that happens for it to become outstanding.
However what I like is that there's a focus on the many different types of children that there are; Fumi is a very astute little girl while her brother Bunji is dense but warmhearted. Chinatsu somehow perfectly has her sh*t together even though she's a child (lets be real most of us don't), while Daichi loves turtles unconditionally. There's just so much variety and you can't but help to love them all.
I'm giving this an 8-10 because it really depends on what type of person you are. 8 because it's a work well-done, but there are many people who'd say it has no suspense and therefore isn't interesting (however this isn't supposed to be a thriller, it's a nice touching little show that's supposed to relax you instead).
9 is what I would've put if I had been watching this when I was about 8 and didn't see the nuances behind the show, but I'm going to say 10 because it's taught me a lot about family although it's sort of an ideal situation of having a father who is an extreme alcoholic but somehow not abusive/depressing/unfaithful (a stereotype, i know, but in reality many, many dire family situations stem from alcoholicism. But it's important of course as a viewer to identify the idealism in the show and think for yourself; what this show presents to you is not fact; it's a variety of facets through which you'll see another perspective of family.
I gave it a 10 because this show provided me with a warm view of a family that I have not had the privilege of experiencing, and it's pushed me to change my views on family and love.
Personally I would have given it a 10 just for all of the touching familial moments that it gave me the opportunity to experience second-hand, but I know that to most people this would be about an 8.5.
WATCH IT! It's one of my favorites, I can't say how disappointed I am in that this is one of the most underrated animes ever. I loved it, and so will you. ^^read more