Apr 4, 2022
Goldfish Warning is beyond pleasant!
Every aspect of this show exudes cuteness.
Even if you haven’t heard of GW before, you've certainly heard of the staff's subsequent endeavour Sailor Moon. GW sports the same design sensibilities and craftsmanship as Sailor Moon, making it one of the best looking anime of its ilk.
Every individual scene is enjoyable in its own right, even without context, because the visuals are so outstanding. Just looking at the visuals makes me feel good.
Beautiful watercolour backgrounds, with a soft pastel palette that are often swapped out abruptly with much harsher colours for comedic emphasis. An effect that is heightened when used in
combination with abstract backgrounds that implement a paper crafts look, with crayon, marker, chalk and paper cutouts.
The characters are just as important to the look of the show, with highly expressive animation that shifts between art styles on a dime, greatly contributing to the show's comedy.
The main cast is relatively small, with a handful of principal characters and about as many secondary characters, but there is never a dull moment because the cast bounces off each other so well.
Background classmates also have distinct character designs to help flesh out the setting though they rarely if ever shift out of their chibi/SD designs, emphasizing how inconsequential they are by literally taking up less of the screen.
The comedy of GW is rooted in the personalities/interactions/animation of its characters, energetic vocal performances, sight gags, cartoon visuals and fast paced editing. On occasion, GW also uses reference as comedy but those scenes still function for unaware audience members.
GW is highly digestible, with 2 episodic segments per episode. However, these segments possess continuity and past events are referenced.
What more can I say? If you're looking for a good time, this is it!
Reviewer’s Rating: 8
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