Now I will admit that change can sometimes be a good thing as it can bring new perspectives, a new feel, and a new avenues for the plot to explore. The only problem is that all too often in anime, change simply means demeaning the existing work and it's fanbase by producing, well, crap.
It's unfortunate then, that a pioneering show like Comic Party should suffer the ignominy of having a sequel like Revolution, and while the two shows share many qualities, they are sometimes used in very different ways.
The story initially follows directly on from the original Comic Party, with Kazuki and Mizuki now
attending college. Kazuki has continued to work on doujin creation in his spare time, while Mizuki's attitude towards otaku has softened slightly, although she does still hate the majority of them. The rest of the gang from Comic Party are all present and correct as well, and the show also introduces a few characters who, if you've played the game, were noticeably absent in the first series.
The biggest problem with CP Revolution is the lack of any coherent or cohesive plot. Now I will be the first to admit that some shows work really well on nothing more than a "what if....?" premise, however this isn't one of those occasions. CP Revolution suffers from a fundamental lack of plot and, while there is a lot of comedy in the show, much of it, especially during the first few episodes, is generic and overblown. The problem with the show is that it suddenly strikes off in what seems to be a vaguely new direction from time to time, something which really upsets the overall flow of the story. The reason for this is simple. CP Revolution was originally intended to be a two-part OVA, but was bumped up to four episodes after the release of episode one.
Many will have noticed that there are actually two versions of CP Revolution, an OVA and a TV series, and potential viewers of either need to know one important fact - the OVA is basically the first four episodes of the TV series (with some minor editing). The OVA, directed by Sakata Junichi, was extended to a 13 episode TV series in 2005, and the four episodes were edited and shortened to ensure they fit in the show's time slot. The following episodes however (5-13), were not direct by Sakata, but by Tougo Mitsuhiro, and the difference in style really shows midway through the series.
The production schedule is actually the main reason why the directors have tried to compensate for the show's failings, however in respect of the comedy they have tried a bit too hard. The show's focus is also different from the original series. Where Comic Party focused on Kazuki and the creation of doujins in amongst all the antics, CP Revolution focuses more on the female characters.
As far as the design, animation and backgrounds go, CP Revolution is every bit as colourful and well animated as Comic Party. The character designs largely follow the first series and the game, however there is a certain genericism that permeates the show, reflecting the fact that CP Revolution is also a harem rom-com. The change in production companies hasn't really brought anything new to the show, and in truth, the fact that CP Revolution was made by a different comany, with a different director (on both occasions), is actually a hindrance rather than a help.
In terms of production, the biggest letdown was in the music and voice acting. The score was particularly bland for a show that is essentially trying to be a madcap comedy, and gives much of the humour a rather "forced" feeling. The voice acting in the Japanese dub is pretty decent, which is understandable since the cast is much the same as that for the original series. The problem is with the English dub, as the cast, for some reason, really try to ham up their roles, especially when it comes to accents.
The English dub is the main reason why I've scored the sound as average. If you're planning to watch this show, stick to the Japanese dub and subtitles.
Character-wise, the show runs on the assumption that the viewer has already seen the first series. CP Revolution isn't bad as far as development goes, with certain characters having an entire episode devoted to them. Unfortunately, this type of development is artificial and haphazard, especially in comparison to the first series. The reason for this is, once again, the messed up production schedule. The characterisations were pretty decent for the most part, especially with the characters that continued on from the first series. That said, because the show tries to be a harem rom-com it very much needs the characters to be developed, and developed well. The characters in CP Revolution only grow sporadically, and it's truly sad to see the huge missed opportunity here as the characters in CP Revolution are older than in Comic Party, and college students to boot.
This show could very easily have become a real rival to Genshiken instead of the lacklustre attempt at otaku based humour that it is.
That's not to say that the show is so bad that it's unwatchable. In comparison to the first series, CP Revolution is hands down the loser in pretty much every department, but that doesn't automatically make it bad. The humour, while being over the top, is sometimes pretty funny. The characters are okay for the most part, with the biggest plus being that none of them are overly annoying. Although the story is on the "here and there" side, it isn't so bad that it won't keep fans of otakudom watching, and the show has just as many references as the original Comic Party did, so playing the spotting game is always an option.
I'll be completely honest though - this show could have been so much more. All the chopping and changing in the production schedule meant that there was simply no time for other options to be examined, so everything was simply thrown together and everyone hoped for the best. Strangely enough this has worked - and it hasn't. The viewer is able to see just how much potential the show had as either a rom-com, a slice of life comedy, or a zany, surrealist comedy (like Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu). If the director and studio had chosen any one of those paths, then CP Revolution would have been a much better show than it is, especially as the seeds of all three types of comedy are there within the series.
It seems as though the old adage "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" only exists for certain anime, and sadly, Comic Party Revolution isn't one of them.
"Comic Party Revolution" is the second season in the Comic Party anime. If you’re a fan of the first season, then you will enjoy this one as well. The whole premise of the anime shows life in the Otaku world, which revolves around one thing...Doujin!
The story in the second season is much more random based when compared to the first. One of the most stand out features that viewers of the first season will notice, is the age of all the characters. When we last left the gang, they were around the age of high school kids, now they seem to be of College
age. Kazuki is still creating mangas as he usually does of course, and if you have seen other series revolving around "Doujin, " then this will feel very familiar to you. The story doesn’t really follow too much of a strong premise. The whole general idea is suppose to revolve around Kazuki and his Doujins. However this one steers more clear of that general idea, and pretty much only shows the gang running into random predicaments and gags (at least for a big chunk of the series anyway). Even so I still found quite a bit of enjoyment from the humor in this, such as when the gang gets lost in the woods, and can only get directions from a group of army members that want to challenge them to a stealth contest. Despite the series not going too over the top with it’s gags, you can also see that it doesn’t take itself very seriously either. One of the cast members even has the ability to literally transform into her favorite anime character. One thing that made the series quite enjoyable, is all the neat cosplay you get to see from time to time, many of which are quite recognizable from other series. Of course due to copyright law I guess, they never actually said the series name, and only made up a title that sounded like it. (ie: "Cardmaster Peach" is really "Cardcaptor Sakura and Wedding Peach") They also use a lot of Otaku dialog, and enjoy many jokes revolving around the whole "moe" factor. My biggest complaint with the story though, was the actual ending! It made absolutely no sense whatsoever, and felt quite uninspired. Still, it isn’t a series that is really trying to involve the viewer with its overall plot, and focuses more on randomness and character humor. All in all, it has good concepts. It may not suck you in with any of its actual storyline, but it will indeed put a smile on your face afterward. Plus I think that viewers who have seen more realistic "Doujin" titles, and thus may have found some of them to be a tad too realistic and boring, might find this one more enjoyable to digest.
I really dug the art style to this. The animators did a great job at making the characters look older, yet at the same time very familiar. The whole series is quite bright, with a nice selection of rich colors and art. Most of the characters outfits have been tweaked from their standard default ones of before, and all have great style and appeal to them. Backgrounds were okay, but sometimes looked quite faded and dull. They just couldn’t compare to the actual character art.
The opening and closing tracks are quite catchy and memorable, so chances are you will still have them in your head long after the series is done. I actually watched this anime in both English and Japanese, and have to say that each one is just as good as the other. As with the art style though, the background music is pretty bland, they do strike the right keys for most situations, it’s just a shame that there isn’t really anything that jumps out at you.
The heart of "Comic Party Revolution, " is not found in any kind of deep emotional story, but with its characters! Each one has his or her own likes and dislikes. You get a nice variety of personalities with this. From the down to earth Aya, to the brash and outspoken Taishi (who enjoys calling everyone his "brother and sister" in the Otaku world). They don’t have a whole great deal of depth to them, granted that there are just too many characters in this series to do so. Still, viewers will get to know them well enough to where they can understand what most are all about.
"Comic Party Revolution" may not blow you away with its content, but it is still quite an enjoyable little series. If you're a fan of such series as "Doujin Work," or are looking for an anime that deals heavily in this life style, then you may find this one to be a bit too far fetched from the whole Doujin source. Still, if you're just looking for a short and humorous anime, then "Comic Party Revolution" is a fun read...err...watch.
Oh boy… where do I start with this piece of crap? I guess I have to say, it’s not as bad as some sequels but this one is one of them. From the artwork to the voices, it just takes the cake. The story line is more like a stand alone show now, making each episode be Kazuki with a pretty girl. It turned into a date style show.
This had a lot less parody then the one before and less that had to do with the comic convention and manga creation. It turned more into a slice of life and sweetheart romance. In the
end, I don’t really like the new change. It’s called Comic Party for a reason, not day in the life of Kazuki.
What the hell just happened? The animation looks pretty fucked up. Now, they did give them a better looking face, but now their heads are way too small and their necks way to long. The bodies are a bit un proportioned making them feel wrong no matter what way you look at it. A lot of the images show a lot of fan service in it, and I can’t believe how short some of the shirts are.
The voices in the English dub are so fucked up! Now, one or two feel better then the older version but they just had to mess up Taishi’s voice and that’s not cool! The characters sound much older and not well done ether. The new character, Subaru, isn’t that good ether. What’s with the ‘fugu’ part? Does she actually say that in the manga or is she even in the manga? Yu sounds like she became a Brooklyn accent and Eimi Ohba’s voice have just become an octave way to high. Now, I do like Kazuki’s newer voice and he doesn’t sound so much like a whiny brat. At least they use the words Manga and dojinshi.
The music is nice in the beginning and it feels a bit closer to a game music then the other ones.
Although Comic Party Revolution kind of continues where season one ended, this season does not hold an overall story-line, the art style is fairly different, and a whole lot of things were so different forcing me to hate this season right out of the gate. However, towards the end, I felt this second season was okay.
Character development did happen, but it didn't go as deep as I would like it to have gone. Lots of the episodes dedicated themselves to having the viewer learn about each character a little bit more (except for Subaru).
I apparently missed something because the character Subaru just suddenly appeared in
the group that I've grown to love. I felt as if she was an outsider the entire time.
The art style is a little different, but not so different that I couldn't enjoy the show. Instead of living in a house, Kazuki lives in an apartment. All of the characters felt much taller, which made me think that at least a couple years have past since the ending of the first season (although that isn't supposed to be the case). Mizuki's and Yuu's hair is a lot longer.
The English dub in this season was... okay. Yuu's voice actress was obviously from New York or New Jersey because her voice stood out like sore thumb. She has no place in Japanese anime's.
Mizuki's voice actress is great, she reminds me a lot of School Rumble.
The music wasn't very noticeable. A couple times I noticed a great melody but nothing in particular struck me as fantastic or something that I had to have.
Although I did enjoy the show, I have to say this show strikingly scores 7 all over the place. It does not do exceptionally well in any category or in any way period. There was no underlying story to speak of, the art was a bit different, the characters did not get as much depth as needed, but in the end I did enjoy what I watched because of the comedy.
The last episode is specifically why I ended up liking this season. It strayed from its normal E rated material. The last episode had two ways it could have finished. One way could've finished romantically, the other could've finished with no real relationship advancement what-so-ever. Unfortunately the chose they latter. In the end, I wanted a bit of romance to be sparked and nothing advanced in any of the characters relationships.
The relationships in the end were exactly the same as they were in the beginning of the season.
Eimi Ooba for some reason becomes part of the group. Her reasons for doing so is never clear. Aya's reason is never touched on either, but her reasons are more obvious. Subaru is a surprise character, she suddenly appears out of nowhere and seems to know everyone really well. Her character did not get any depth and remained an outsider in my eyes.
I was looking forward to season two because I wanted some resolutions, but all I got was a bunch more questions and sometimes became confused as to why certain things happened.
This show kind of ruined Comic Party for me. Part of me regrets watching this season, but another part of me is glad that I watched the last episode.
Now, on to the OVA, and hopefully it was resolve some of my questions. We'll see.