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Senyu. – 01

「勇者、旅立つ。」 (Yuusha, Tabidatsu.)
“The Hero Journeys Forth.”

Perhaps the most important thing for a comedy short to possess is good humour. Does Senyu. fit the bill? Hell yeah! Perhaps this will actually be Yamakan’s chance to redeem himself after what happened with Fractale!

Senyu. does not boast a complex plot, but it does still have some charm in that department. One thousand years ago, the hero Creasion sealed away Demon King Rchimedes. Now demons have begun to appear in the world once more and the King (Ogino Seiro), along with his Cabinet Minister (Sasaki Hiroo) sends out seventy-five people who look sort of like they might be the hero’s descendants to deal with the threat. We follow Alba (Shimono Hiro), the forty-fifth of these heroes, and his partner Ross (Nakamura Yuuichi) as they set out on their adventure.

This first episode was funny. Genuinely funny. Between the multiple instances of meta humour, ranging from screwing with the character titles onscreen to the conversations with the narrator (delivered by the wonderful Nakata Jouji no less), and the many RPG gags, there was plenty of amusement to be had for me as a video game fan. The dynamic between the two leads helps a lot in this respect, with Alba being a completely useless hero and Ross not being remotely interested in helping out.

Visually, it’s actually surprisingly interesting what with the clash of styles coming from the traditional animation, the stick figures, and the wonderfully stylistic paintings. The animation itself is not spectacular, but that’s no surprise given these are shorts that run for only four minutes and thirty seconds! All in all, it’s a decent watch with very little time investment. If you’re into fantasy – RPGs in particular – there’s absolutely no reason not to check out the first episode at the least!

tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Short but funny. I like this anime already! #Senyu

Random thoughts:


ED Sequence

ED: 「Believe~永遠のLink~」 (Believe ~Eien no Link~) by JAM Project

January 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm
  • January 8, 2013 at 1:36 pmDdadain

    This season we see not only a plethora of “all female cast” animes (admittedly, not my cup of tea), but many shorts as well.

    In my experience, shorts are almost always small doses of highly concentrated fun (Thermae Roman) and I’m glad that this too follows suit ;)

  • January 8, 2013 at 1:44 pmstarss


    Is there a clash in animation styles again??? I missed something.

  • January 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm†Croos†

    Its JAM PROJECT who’s singing this. So watch it for JAM PROJECT.
    One famous song that made me want to hear JAM PROJECT’s music is because of MuvLuv Alternative Visual Novel Opening .

  • January 8, 2013 at 3:01 pmchris

    The show truly delivered. It was so much fun to watch. Very enjoyable characters, awesome sense of humor and excellent direction/storyboarding. As someone mentioned already, the clash of different styles makes Senyuu very unique and interesting. The 5 minute length does not do justice to the show. More, plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

    btw, I really wonder what the OP is about, surely is not another dance, right?

  • January 8, 2013 at 5:05 pmDvalinn

    I watched most of the shorts coming out, and true to form, I found them lacking. This on the other hand…yeah, it really was genuinely amusing. It’s basically a big parody of videogames, and I loved the voice actors too.

    Guess I’ll watch these everytime one pops up on Crunchyroll.

  • January 8, 2013 at 7:02 pmchris

    Found the OP. No dance, but holy smokes. Easily, one of the best OP I have seen, candidate to best of the year. Now I want to see a non gag Senyuu, lol. http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm19785952

  • January 8, 2013 at 7:06 pmrandom viewer

    Funny = thumbs up.
    (Don’t watch this while eating in front of the computer, you’ll make a mess…probably…)

  • January 8, 2013 at 7:29 pmTSouL

    That giraffe monster has the best face (especially during ED)

    • January 8, 2013 at 10:53 pmLuxor

      Actually, the text reads “nisepanda”

      So it’s a fake panda. LOLOL

      • January 9, 2013 at 12:11 amDualash

        Just by the looking at its face you can tell that creature is evil. 0_0

    • January 9, 2013 at 2:59 am†Croos†

      Its a Panda, damn it!!

  • January 8, 2013 at 7:29 pmjunglepenguin

    I didn’t expect this to be a short, so surprise! to me. Nonetheless, I was entertained.

    Yamakan Save our Anime! (And hey, Fractale was fantastic.)

  • January 8, 2013 at 10:31 pmGracelyn

    Thanks for giving an intro to this; I would’ve skipped it otherwise and I think this might be the only show other than Maou I’ll be watching this season.

    I’m sad that it’s so short, but hopefully that will keep it entertaining every time. Loved the mix of animation styles (also the little dialogue screen reminiscent of Lucas Arts games had me rolling. Clearly those were the choices for Ross and not for Alba. ‘who gives a crap?/ dou demo ii’ indeed.)

  • January 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm5OClockTea

    The poor main character. I bet he didn’t get paid either.

    Oh Giraffe thing, won’t you be my steed!

  • January 9, 2013 at 1:11 am†Croos†

    Moomba. Try to put Alt-Text on those picture. >:D

  • January 9, 2013 at 4:46 ambelatkuro

    I enjoyed it. The jokes were delivered right and loved the play on RPG elements.
    It’s rare for Nakamura Yuuichi to play the boke but Shimono Hiro is in his element as the tsukkomi. Great combo. And you can never go wrong with Nakata Jouji as a narrator. Oh wait, Amagami ._.
    It’s no Poyopoyo but it will do.

    Lol Wooser. I dropped that though even if it had Mamoru Miyano.

  • January 9, 2013 at 5:27 amTheMoondoggie

    OK seriously? What’s with the short animes? New trending among the studios and producers?

    • January 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm†Croos†

      There are actually animes like this, TheMoonDoggie.
      You just didn’t notice it.

    • January 10, 2013 at 2:38 amCybersteel

      Therma Romae, Busou Shinki, All Girl Highschool,

  • January 9, 2013 at 5:44 ammistress_kisara

    God, this was funny :P

  • January 9, 2013 at 8:40 amEspada

    no reviews for inferno cop?

  • January 10, 2013 at 11:08 amCraig McLeod

    All I can think with that Giraffe is “I AM A STEGOSAURUS!”