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Double-J – 01

「伝統・オア・アライブ」 (Dentou oa Araibu)
“Tradition or Alive”

Having read the chapter that this first four-minute episode covered, I have to say a lot of the humor was lost in the fast-lipped dialogue. We’re quickly told how Usami Hajime (Oohashi Ayumu) and Arima Sayo (Katou Emiri) stumble upon the Traditional Arts & Crafts Preservation Club in some introductory preamble too, which didn’t really help ease the viewer into the premise. I can’t say that’s all that unexpected for one of DLE’s Flash-based anime shorts, though I will say that the style of this type of adaptation doesn’t look all that bad. The characters are still hand-drawn, so the other things that really distinguish it from a “traditional” anime are the photographic backdrops and stiffer character movements. Style-wise, it does look (and sound) like an anime.

Surprisingly, also lost in the brevity of the format was a sense of the cast involved, which includes the likes of Omigawa Chiaki, Taketatsu Ayana, and Hayami Nobuyuki as toothpick maker Sassa Maria, rain gutter maker Houjou Ema, and club president Toba Ichirou respectively, all of whom made appearances in this first episode. (Less notable is Satou Kanami as vice-president Chousokabe Aya.) I figured I would’ve picked out their voices almost immediately, but I didn’t catch on until much later in the skit. That was almost entirely due to the fact that I so focused on what was being said at a mile a minute rather than who was saying it.

Based on this first showing, I’ll probably check back for a couple of more episodes, but I don’t intend to continue watching if the humor keeps missing a beat because of the short format. If you watch this episode and don’t find it all that funny, I recommend giving the manga a peek just to see how different it is. Until DLE gets the go ahead to use Flash-based animation in full twenty-minute episodes (which I don’t see happening anytime soon), the most their adaptations will probably strive for is some random laughs. That’s worth keeping in mind when watching their Yuruani “loose anime” shorts.


ED Sequence

ED: 「ワニとシャンプー」 (Wani to Shampoo) by ももいろクローバーZ (Momoiro Clover Z)

June 30, 2011 at 4:45 am
  • June 30, 2011 at 4:58 amMyKotoShi

    Is every EP going to be around 5 min? if so then I might consider watching.

    • June 30, 2011 at 5:00 amDivine


    • June 30, 2011 at 4:02 pmlkaze

      Hey! If the blogger use the same amount snapshot for this anime, we don’t even need to watch the anime at all. :)

  • June 30, 2011 at 4:58 amCroos

    hehehe this episode gave me a little giggle.

    Laugh at others specialty even though their own specialty is also lame XD

    • June 30, 2011 at 5:14 amCroos

      i mean mocking not laughing

  • June 30, 2011 at 5:01 amJustin

    Specialty: Glue.

  • June 30, 2011 at 5:30 amSmuglord

    Ed was probably the only thing I liked in this.

  • June 30, 2011 at 5:46 amKurofaise

    I like the photographic backgrounds actually, works very well with the flash animation characters. The humour was ‘meh’, nothing stood out as hilarious but I chuckled a few times and I’ll still watch it till the end like the other Flash anime over the past few seasons. :)

    • June 30, 2011 at 5:51 amKurofaise

      Oh and Also, I loved the style of the ED. Alot. Props for that.

  • June 30, 2011 at 6:00 amPepper

    I certainly felt the “cromartie feeling” whilst watching this. I guess with the same mangaka it’s a given.

    I’ll keep watching, since i found it sorta funny and four minutes isn’t a huge investment of time in my day. Compared to nichijou which is 20 minutes of (in my opinion) immense exaggeration which really isn’t that funny after the 10th time.

  • June 30, 2011 at 6:12 amAndré

    Funny episode.

  • June 30, 2011 at 6:38 amlaaa

    Divine is back!
    Btw Divine when will you cover last Break blade movie came out like month ago?

    • June 30, 2011 at 10:47 amDivine

      I’ll wait for the BD release slated for July 22nd. I already gave some brief spoiler-free impressions about it in the post about the fifth movie.

  • June 30, 2011 at 7:53 amSoiyeruda

    Some chuckly moments. I admit that it does go by a bit too fast, though 5 minutes a week isn’t much of a sacrifice, so I’ll probably follow this.

  • June 30, 2011 at 8:56 amc2710

    feels shafty…. the animation =) loving it

  • June 30, 2011 at 9:44 amBROOKLYN otaku

    I remember the first time i got a Double-J…….ahhh mexico

  • June 30, 2011 at 10:45 amJoojoobees

    I enjoyed the concept, and probably can overlook the crude animation production. As @Croos said above, it was funny to see people mocking others when their own specialty was rather silly, but I also enjoyed the president’s attempt to be inclusive of applying glue, it was an amusing satirization of people who want to be inclusive of “toothpick incising” and such in the first place. Not the funniest show I’ve ever seen, but I’ll check out a few more episodes for sure.

  • June 30, 2011 at 10:18 pmFroob Mcnoob

    I don’t like to be a grammar Nazi, but this caught my eye:

    「伝統・オア・アライブ」 (Tentou oa Araibu)

    isn’t it … (Dentou oa Araibu)

    • July 1, 2011 at 2:35 amDivine

      That it is. Good catch. Thanks.

    • July 1, 2011 at 2:52 amCroosboy

      Nice catch :D

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:19 pmShirt

    After watching Honto ni Atta! Reibai Sensei and getting hooked on Fireball Charming I was expecting a little more with the funnies. 5 minutes isn’t much but I feel like it could’ve been five minutes of Sacred Seven or something more worthwhile.. :\

  • July 2, 2011 at 7:44 pmmayu08

    IMO.Only the ED was worth watching.