Aug 7, 2008
formosan (All reviews)
This series uses a predominantly soothing style of simplistic animation, bright colors, and comforting stereotypes, punctuated by expressions of angst, alienation, and philosophical musing. The simplistic, iconic animation style and anime cliches are subverted by the sharp insights into how shallow stereotypes can be.

This is a comedy show with a very painful and peaceful twist. This is the black comedy of a writer who is alienated and shocked by the inhumanity of everyday hypocrisy, but who nonetheless remains calm and sane and socially acceptable.

For a contrast, check out "Welcome to the N.H.K." which is equally existential and dark but a lot less mentally balanced.