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Dec 25, 2017
LegendAqua (All reviews)
By the words of Ron Burgundy...

"That escalated quickly"...

LA doesn't think LA has seen an anime soo meta about being anime since ReCreators about storytelling!!!

So Animegataris is a simple anime about Minoa Asagaya voiced by Kaede Hondo wanting to find out what an old anime's name is and by happenstance she joins the Anime Research Club in order to find out what it is and learn what anime is.

At first LA enjoyed Animegataris for it's constant references to other animes (sans differing names because...copyright?) and even looking into the anime community but round the near last 4 episode mark is when things gets REALLY META CRAZY.

Now, anime has also made references to other animes, sometimes bluntly to just straight up blatantly doing it , Animegataris does this too even to the point of remixing anime OST's, taking storylines from animes and adding in into this anime and the typical anime tropes in which anime character even point it out. The thing is Animgataris is being entirely sincere about how they make their references and parodies the nature of anime tropes that LA can't see any cynicism in it to take the mickey out it. In fact the nature of the anime references it makes is the basis of Animagataris comedy as well so that also helps.

In terms of characters, the main cast do get their own character development through antics in the Anime Research Club, from the typical ojou with a butler Arisu Kamiigusa voiced by Sayaka Senbongi, Erika Aoyama voiced by Anju Inami as the nature cosplayer and the president of the Anime Club, Miko Kouneji voiced by Hisako Tojo, a light novel enthusiast, Kai Musashisakai voiced by Setsuo Itou as the typical chunni and Kouki "Aurora" Nakano voiced by Junta Terashima as the idol loving second year. Minoa the main character does grow as a character through liking and getting immersed into anime and is essentially the audience surrogate to everything that occurs in this anime. For LA, LA actually liked Miko and Minoa as LA's favourite characters...with Minoa just making first place (you know main protagonist and everything).

In terms of animation done by WAO World, the animation is decent, from the poppy character designs and how somewhat authentic some fo the animation gets to storyboard levels of animation. The animation is by all means a love letter to anime itself so LA can see WAO World actually use their animation quality to great effect here.

The voice acting is also pretty great and obvious for a show sooo meta, the voice acting jokes runs wild here. From Rie Takahashi, Kaede Hondo, Inori Minase and Ai Kakuma all making references to their previous work, with Rie Takahashi and Ai Kakuma making to most blatant ones...seriously a KonoSuba and an Imouto sae Ireba Ii. reference?. But by far, LA could see Kaede Hondo, Sayaka Senbongi and Junta Terashima doing the best in the vocal department all for various reasons.

Animagatari's shortcomings however comes in the fact of all the anime references almost like Animegataris doens't have a pedestal to stand on itself and too that LA will defend it, merely because of the final few episodes of the anime. Second is of all the character archetypes we've seen time and again and for LA once again due to how Animegataris uses it's anime tropes...it yes can be noted that it's typical of what the outcomes sometimes will be along with the reference it's trying to push and yes, LA will say the characters are stock, but for the most part, this flaw isn't necessarily a deal breaker that it can be excused as it's the character interactions NOT the character themselves that make the plot and comedy for this anime. Finally is the notion of the finale and how it was dealt with. The "villain's motives" is outright crazy and how it affects Animegataris as a whole and essentially hijacks the anime but for the most part it's a nice "extreme case of an anime going meta on itself" and parodying itself nicely.

Now on speaking of which, how meta crazy Animegataris gets, it DOES go into the meta of Animegataris itself and creates something of a villain in itself now, from how Animgataris even started with, with it being an anime about an anime club and a ̛̕t̹̹͔͚̜a̦̦̥̲̖̝l̼̟̲̱ͅk͜i̱n̳͉ͅg̨ ̣̼͍̯c͓̜͉̗̱͞ͅͅa̷t҉̤̤̖̪ ̴̦̦̝̟̟̤̲(̯̬̯̳͓ͅO͇̤̥̮͖ͅo͎̗p̠̭s̗ ̯̥̖̩̕Ļ̯͍̖A̷̖͚̱͈ ͕f҉o̖̠̯̟̱͚ͅr̶g͘o̳̜̣t̮͕͇͎̘̙̯ ̝a̡͈̪̞͉b̼̥̼̖̺o̱̙̝͚u͚̪t̞̩̰ ̩̮͘t̮͈̪̺̞͓h̪̯̰͚͇ͅa̻̬̲͇t̙̱̀)̤̙̤̬̜͔͔ to how it became like it did by the final few episodes, LA can kinda understand how it got to how it did but even with it's tonal shift, the personality of Animegatari stuck even it's most serious and uhhh l̟ot͎̥͕͈̝̻̀u̳̤̤͖ͅs̶͍ ̷͓͈͇̘͙ea҉̜͈̭̼̣̪̝t͕͉̳̩͡ị̮̹̻͚̰ng̥̤ ͏̙͉̜̱͚̱m͍̺̳̕a̼̣͙c҉̜̭h̩̥̬̩̝i͈̜͈̩͇͎͞ͅn̷̝̭̟̠̱̺͕e̯̭͡ ̬͚̣it͎͙͕ ̫͞m͇̟͙̝a̷͉͓d̲̺̦̲̬͘e̝̰͖̭̕ͅ ͈̗͔̲̻i̻t̟̠̪̭͟s̼͍͈e̶l̦̭̰f̤̥ ̷͖͉b̛͓̫͙̹̩̗̼e̱̙͍͖͘c̣̩̦̼̘͇̙o̤̩̜̟͔̳̭m͍̝̱̝e̷͕̤̼̖̰.

Animagataris is something of a burst of surprise for the Fall 2017 for being a genuinely interesting take to how it did it's a̤̬͍̝͉n̫̖i̩m҉̻͎e̡͍̣̪̯͚̥̘ ͚̲͚̹m̛̰͉̲e̶͖̤͉͖̣̟ͅt̜̘̗ą͍̯̤̹ͅ ҉̥̫̻̣r̼̺͚̣̼e͓̦͙̱f̸e̩r͈͈͓͇̤͡e̫͎͕̲̘͎n̺͇̰ce̥̠̹̟͝s̟̺̦̥̫̘̯͘ and for being an anime fan who likes the anime references and not doing it halfassly to the point the references and how meta Animegataris gets is ACTUALLY A PLOT POINT, LA would actually commend Animegataris considering it was actually a prequel/sequel? to a short animation by the same name (sans the "s") to fleshing itself out and effectively being a love letter to anime.

Now excuse LA, L̟̯̣͠A̛'̻̳̥̗͕̮̱s̸ ̳̣v̠̩̣̫̯o̫͚̮i͎̝̥͘d̮̱̱̗͜e͉̻̳͈͍d̴͎ ̦̗̱͜h͚̖͈é͚͚̖̟͙̺a͖̯͓d̡̙̲̝̭̻̮ͅsp̺a̞̻̣͖̻̝c̣̦͓̘̺͘ͅe̤͉̩̹̜͝ ̱i̼͓̩̠̭̟s̛̹̫͎̖̭ ̲͚͉̪̭͎͕l͍͍͘e̹̩̫͈͟a͓k̗̠̕ͅi̯n͇g̶̺̝̯̮͓ͅ ̤̦i̘n̟̭͔̜͢to͙͕̹ͅ ̘̤̥t́h͎͈͎í̯̼s͎̺̤̣͈̝ ͚̘̟̝̰̘͜r͙͉͖̝e̩̙v͖̱̝̹̭͞í̠͖̤͈͕͔͙e̞͙̫̫w͎͈̱͎̲̘ ͙̮̠̻̭͚̟a̱͎̫̟̞͔ṇ̸̬̩d͏͙̱ ̱̯͍̯́n̼e̥͍͚͝e̱͍̳ͅd̤͈̣̠̱̯̩͠s͉̼̞̟͡ͅ ̛͎͚̭̫͍a̪̤̜͕ ̳̤̣̪̥̯̞͢c̴̪͍̬l͞e̹̙̘̭̩̰͢a̷͚̮̯̮n̦̼̗̘ ̧̹̱ṵ̡͇̮p̴͇͖̟