Yurume, an 18-year old "ronin" and recent high school graduate, has high hopes of being accepted and attending Tokyo University. She moves into an apartment complex, the Maison du Wish, located on the outskirts of Tokyo where other ronins living there are studying for upcoming college acceptance exams.
One of my weaknesses as an anime viewer is chibi style animation. There is something so awesomely adorable about it that will make me smile every time I see it. Combined with amusing slice of life storylines make Yurumates an extremely enjoyable viewing delight.
Yurumates features a series of mostly unrelated shorts that follow the tenants of a small apartment building in Tokyo. Since the building is a low rent and fairly rundown because the cast are poor students, most of the humor revolves around the life of a struggling student. This is likely to be a lot more funny for people who
have either lived a similar lifestyle or are currently experiences it. Each short follows a certain theme, which will be familiar to fans of slice of life anime and manga such as surviving the heat, surviving the cold, and hotpots to name a few. While it’s all very funny at times, as I mentioned its quite familiar too and thus it feels like I have seen a lot of these jokes before. That doesn’t make it less funny but just not all that fresh and original.
Sometimes simplicity works the best, and that is the best way to describe the characters in Yurumates. They are all very standard archetypes but you can’t help but love every one of them. There are only four characters, Yurume, Sae, Kumi and Matsukichi. This was a great decision as anymore than this would have been too many do to the shortness of the anime. Yurume is the country girl who is adjusting to life in the big city. The majority of the stories flow around her. Sae and Kumi are quite funny as they good naturedly tease Yurume naivety. I liked Matsukichi a lot as for a change it was nice to see a non pervert male character in a cast of women.
The art is a bit difficult to judge, because I personally liked the style and think it was appropriate for the theme of this anime. It is quite simple; there is very little detail in either the backgrounds or in the characters themselves. With chibi styled characters you rarely get any detail anyway. The seiyuu performances were excellent. They really managed to bring out the characters personalities and with the simplicity of the animation and the story, having strong voice performances was critical to its success. The songs were also catchy and adorable.
I found this to be a really cute and fun show. If you don’t like slice of life, have zero sense of humor and personality, or absolutely must have amazing animation to enjoy something then Yurumates is not the anime for you. For the rest of us though it will surely be worth the time.
A series of short vignettes, each basically an animated version of a 4-koma comic strip, I don't wonder if this isn't a collection of pieces that aired individually but were put together to form this single piece. The humor is very dry of the "Oh, I get it" variety, once again pointing to its print origins. It's been my experience that the drier humor becomes the harder it is to translate (even some British humor is beyond most Americans and vice verse and they, theoretically, speak the same language) and this seems to be what's happening here - to western tastes it's just not that
Yurumates is an anime that looks like it was made by students of animated film or some form of art/design/web/computer science/thingy. This short 37 minute long OVA is a compilation of short snips that show us the lives of four young people who all suffer from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Especially Kumi.
You have to believe me when I say that there's not much to say about this OVA. It's a slice of life comedy about these people and the things they do as a result of their ADHD. Half the OVA they complain/speak about how hot or cold it is and how they dislike
both being hot and cold, yet they never tell us what their preffered climate/temperature is. All the tennants of the little run down apartment building are studying to get into university, the main character Yurume actually thinks she has a shot at attending Tokyo University, one of the highest ranked universities in the world. I hate to break it to you Yurume, but you are dumb and suffer from a severe dose of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The art is some kind of hybrid between chibi and I don't know what. But I can't really speak about the art in a derogatory manner since it is clear that they didn't set out to make a visual masterpiece, I'm fairly sure their budget wasn't all that high either. The animations are... well they aren't, yet again I can only think that this is how they planned it to be and I appreciate when producers don't try to make things into what they can't be.
I did actually laugh when watching this, it was genuinly funny at times. If you like obscure anime and want to venture into the unknown this could be fun to look into.