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Ro-Kyu-Bu! – 01

OP Sequence

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「小学生がやって来る ヤァ!ヤァ!ヤァ!」 (Shougakusei ga Yattekuru Ya! Ya! Ya!)
“The Grade Schoolers Have Come, Ya! Ya! Ya!”

I suspect a good measure of how you’ll like Ro-Kyu-Bu! is going to be tied to the question of how you feel about a series that introduces itself with an extended scene of five 6th-grade girls in the shower.

There’s more to it than that, of course. There’s one of the most brazen panty-shots you’ll ever see in a mainstream anime – but that’s an adult, at least. And there’s a little plot too, based on a popular LN series by Aoyama Sagu (in turn adapted into a PS game and two mangas). First-year high schooler and basketball Jones Hasegawa Subaru (Kaji Yuuki) is devastated when his school basketball club is suspended for a year due to an indiscretion by its Captain, whom Subaru idolized. Apparently the lad ran off with the adviser’s daughter – who happened to be in grade-school. Thus, the stink of lolicon is on the club and Subaru by extension.

Enter his sexy Aunt Miho (Itou Shizuka) who more or less blackmails him into coaching the grade-school girls team she just started. The club sits at exactly five girls, and they’re pretty much all copied straight from the textbook. There’s basketball whiz Tomoka (Hanazawa Kana, fulfilling her contractual requirement to be in at least one show every night of the week) who seems to be the reason the others formed the club. There’s tall and busty Airi (Hidaka Rina), uber-sensitive about her size. Along for the ride is gamer and genki girl “Maho-Maho” (Iguchi Yuka), brainiac/romantic/glasses girl Saki (Hikasa Youko) and babyish Hinata (Ogura Yui). We’ve also got a preposterous gang of knee-pants schoolboys apparently hell-bent on keeping Subaru from staying on as coach and a couple of school chums from his high school, including a possible love interest, Aoi (Itou Kanae, apparently reuniting Ohana and Kou from HanaIro).

But really, this show is all about cute little girls and showing them off. It probably tells you all you need to know about this show that the girls decide to greet their new coach dressed in maid cosplay and call him “Master”. When that doesn’t work, they switch to “Onii-chan”. There’s not too much pretense about the fanservice here – there’s lots of it (though some of it fairly innocent) and the girls are awfully young. Character designs are over-the-top cute, which either helps or makes it worse, depending on your POV.

The thing of it is, though, that the execution isn’t half-bad. None of the three studios credited has ever been a lead studio on a series that I’m aware of, but director Kusakawa Keizou is a real veteran – he did the 2nd and 3rd seasons of Nanoha, the Nanoha movie, Sekirei and Dog Days among others. It’s a solid cast, headed by Kana. The pacing is peppy, the animation is bright and cheerful and the story could just be mildly interesting if they don’t totally give it over to fanservice and moe. There are a few funny moments in the episode, including a very clever bit where the girls converse online via chibi avatars on a tiny basketball court. The OP is rather bland, but I quite liked the peppy ED – although it does sound uncannily like the first OP from Minami-ke, “Keikenchi Jōshōchū”.

If you don’t stop and think too much about what’s happening, this one might be sort of enjoyable. I’m not looking for brilliance here by any means, but if Ro-Kyu-Bu! develops it might just cross the threshold of “amusing”.


ED Sequence

ED: 「Party Love〜おっきくなりたい〜」 (Okkiku Naritai) by RO-KYU-BU!
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July 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm
  • July 1, 2011 at 10:38 pmLi Shengmin


    • July 1, 2011 at 11:01 pmSkattack

      Thanks for sharing…

    • July 2, 2011 at 3:29 amlkaze

      Keep an open mind, at least watch up to episode 2.

      • July 2, 2011 at 5:38 amLi Shengmin

        Kana Hanazawa is here…? Probably I’ll watch this anime until end….

  • July 1, 2011 at 10:54 pmShirt

    First off: Incredible post. I wasn’t aware that Keizou Kusakawa was the one behind Dog Days and Sekirei- both of which I love for their fabulous drama and intense action. Haha I feel like I just got a full dose of what I’m watching without even watching it yet. 8D

    I like lolis. So from my POV, I’m sure to get along with this. Keeping an open mind (and a closed door) is key. -nods- That aside, is this the show your going to be blogging for us? I don’t know if RC is still in the “first impressions” phase or the shows have been decided.

    ps. I know it may sound spoiled, (which it is, cuz I am.. >>”) but could you throw in a few links like Divine and Takaii does for the slick wording you pro writers use? For example, knee-pants schoolboys.. I don’t know what you mean. :)

    • July 1, 2011 at 11:02 pminfo600

      more like link the faces to names? Cause I can not tell who’s who right now…

      • July 1, 2011 at 11:17 pmGuardian Enzo

        @Info – I got you covered. Still learning the system here, sorry!

    • July 1, 2011 at 11:10 pmGuardian Enzo

      Check Divine’s post “Summer 2011 Schedule” – it covers everybody’s schedule! At this point with 5 shows for RC plus LiA, my plate is pretty full – I doubt this one could crack the rotation. But you never know…

      • July 1, 2011 at 11:14 pmShirt

        Thanks I just did. I was a little excited and posted here before anywhere else. ^^; I’m very happy with what’s being blogged and can’t wait for things to get into full swing. Ganbate, Enzo.

  • July 1, 2011 at 10:55 pmLuxorcist

    Too many lolis… It’s safe to say this is one show I’ll be skipping. kthxbai

  • July 1, 2011 at 10:58 pmBlakWngz

    As some one who plays basketball all the time I like how they animated this pretty entertaining but they could’nt come to rucker park for those who know. LOL

    • July 1, 2011 at 11:07 pmShirt

      If they started Basquashing, you might eat those words.

      • July 1, 2011 at 11:22 pmBlakWngz

        I will hold my peace on dat if they did and Relocate to Venice Beach. LOL

  • July 1, 2011 at 10:59 pmexia

    Hey I watch this for the basketball.

    • July 2, 2011 at 10:22 pmBROOKLYN otaku


  • July 1, 2011 at 11:02 pmLi Shengmin

    I watch it because the story…

    • July 2, 2011 at 10:23 pmBROOKLYN otaku


  • July 1, 2011 at 11:35 pmClick

    I think you mixed up Tomoka’s and Airi’s links o_o

    Anyways, this wasn’t terribly horrific like I thought it would be and I ended up enjoying myself quite a bit. I’m just hoping that the series doesn’t take a sudden nosedive towards horrendous.

    • July 1, 2011 at 11:50 pmGuardian Enzo

      I think you mixed up Tomoka’s and Airi’s links o_o


      • July 2, 2011 at 12:51 amClick

        We’ll keep this under the wraps (^_~)

  • July 1, 2011 at 11:38 pmBlakWngz

    But u Already watched it didn’t you, so what special people do you think have to see this let me know. Ur walking on Egg shells my friend.

    • July 2, 2011 at 11:41 amKarmafan

      I think he means this show appeals to pedofiles.

    • July 2, 2011 at 12:21 pmLoL

      Basic rule for understanding otaku/anime/manga lover #1:

      -Moe haters love moe, but they would die before recognize it.

    • July 2, 2011 at 12:45 pmSpoilerMaker

      What if a moe lover who stated that he liked moe, declares himself a moe hater ?
      Will he be stuck in time ? 8-/

    • July 2, 2011 at 1:04 pmLoL

      Yokkyun will come and slay him for heresy.

  • July 1, 2011 at 11:56 pmFlappy

    Well it really doesnt look like may cup of tea… Anyways thanks Enzo for giving the first impression on this series.

    Are you sure thats an aunt?!?! She looks like she might be a student herself…

    • July 3, 2011 at 9:01 pmomeganx

      Yeah i thinking that, I’m like okay they have loli-but-not-loli-due-to-her-being-legal?

  • July 1, 2011 at 11:57 pmGuardian Enzo

    Well – I blogged this off a raw, and he does call her “Nee-san” – but in the manga, she’s definitely his Aunt (I believe she’s 25) so I went with that.

  • July 2, 2011 at 12:17 amWrengear

    I can tell that I’m gonna be loving your posts Ennzo. Keep up the good work. =]

  • July 2, 2011 at 12:51 amsikvod00

    “Hanazawa Kana, fulfilling her contractual requirement to be in at least one show every night of the week”

    Haha. I know what you mean. I really do enjoy KanaHana’s work (that voice!), but damn, she’s more than ubiquitous…she’s like air!! Let some of the other VAs have a shot! =D

  • July 2, 2011 at 12:55 amstuff

    Im guessing most of you watched the raw, and just looked at the pictures and assumed this is just a anime geared towards pedophiles, and lolicons. There are definitely a lot of shows like that out there, but this one actually has a story. Its a shame cause the studio does use “fan service” to reel in “some” people and get them to buy the dvd, but for the most part, its coherent and decently paced story. Its ironic, how the so called moralist focus in on the loli portions and completely ignore the actual story. I guess this what you would call ignorance.

    • July 2, 2011 at 1:13 amSkattack


      This is the reason why so many people hated on Astrarotte. That show moved me to the point of following the manga.
      This top tier cast is already blowing me away.

  • July 2, 2011 at 12:55 amkgfj

    I think I love your post already, thank you ^^ lol at the first sentence :D
    On the other side, I find this a little bit scary. I have nothing against lolis and people who like them but imo I find this one over-the-top. Skip skip skip

  • July 2, 2011 at 1:26 amewok40k

    as certain game character commented – top class lolicon!
    no more comments!

  • July 2, 2011 at 2:52 amzem

    Not watching the show, but about the post itself: Valid criticisms while staying unbiased and (trying to stay) mostly positive, extra background information one couldn’t get just from watching the show, inline humour… yup, I think you’ve covered all the bases on everything I come to RandomC for. Well played, new guy. :)

  • July 2, 2011 at 3:16 amrainstrife

    Nice post Enzo. I haven’t watched Ro-Kyu-Bu yet, but the straight forwardness (in a good way) in the last two paragraphs have convinced me to skip this anime, since you told me what type of anime this is.

    It looks entertaining, I love KanaHana (I’d seriously watch this just for her voice alone), but there are so much other anime’s starting this season that I’m really interested in watching (which is plenty), plus, on top of that spring season anime carry over into this season. Ugh, just too much anime to watch >_<

    I'm looking forward to more of your post.

  • July 2, 2011 at 3:17 amTiger1994

    LOL at sunflowers

  • July 2, 2011 at 3:38 amCroos

    although you said the director is a veteran and that he made nanoha and Sekirei , im still worried because of what happened to DOG DAYS.

    • July 2, 2011 at 6:36 pmShirt

      What happened to DOG DAYS? D:

  • July 2, 2011 at 3:47 amMisaoFan

    The aunt isn’t voiced by Mamiko Noto, she’s actually voiced by Shizuka Itou. Mamiko Noto voices another character of the series (Subaru’s mother).

  • July 2, 2011 at 3:55 amSummelBaerli

    I enjoyed reading your post a lot! I really like the way you write :3 However, it also made it quite obvious that this show won’t be my taste at all. I do not feel good seeing sixth graders in maidcostumes or in the shower.

    I’m looking forward to your blogging of Ao No Exorcist, NO.6 and Dantalian, because those are the shows that I will definitely follow (or already am following in case of ANE) and it will be very nice to read your thoughts on them :D

  • July 2, 2011 at 4:08 amTaiakun

    I hope they focus more on basketball lol…moe is one thing, but fanservice on 6 graders doesn’t feel right…plus Ishihara might pull the plug on this one if it continues on the line its heading haha…

  • July 2, 2011 at 5:27 amEspada

    cute girls doing cute things

  • July 2, 2011 at 5:43 amSerapita

    Looks funny enough, I just hope they won’t do too many fanservices. And I hate the boys basketball team already ;x

    PS. Is this supposed to be a joke or is it actually in her contract?
    >Hanazawa Kana, fulfilling her contractual requirement to be in at least one show every night of the week<

  • July 2, 2011 at 6:16 amPuffyPrincess

    That’s a mighty fine first post there, enzo. I quite like the humor, and how it’s been added in so naturally.

  • July 2, 2011 at 6:26 amBenigmatica

    Uh… I think I’ll pass this one! Lolis are not safe and censored even it’s aired on AT-X. (Damn you, Ishihara!)

  • July 2, 2011 at 6:31 amKarmafan

    I watched this and Blood-C. Blood-C rocked and I loved it. This I didn’t love so much. Think I’m gonna skip this series. Is too loli creepy for my taste.

    • July 2, 2011 at 1:29 pmdxb_blackwolf

      I thought blood-C comes out on the 7th…

      • July 2, 2011 at 4:11 pmBookkid900

        There is a raw out for the Nico Nico Douga pre-release stream, and has already been subbed.

      • July 2, 2011 at 4:59 pmKarmafan

        I thought it was next sat as well but no. I think Doki has it subbed. Was a good episode. Typical CLAMP character designs similar to XXXHolic but Saya was gorgeous. Its a total reimagining of the series. Saya is a high school girl with quite a few friends that are also listed as characters in the OP. There are 2 twins that are adorable and remind me of the twins from Yakamo.

  • July 2, 2011 at 7:05 amLuke

    I kind of like this show: cute characters and some sort of story beginning to surface.
    LOL @ Airi’s shrinking chibi avatar…

  • July 2, 2011 at 7:32 amsaviourshadow

    im nt the kind of person who say bad comments if the anime suck show awesome didnt expect kotoko wrote the lyrics for the opening well i guess i will enjoy this gift by kotoko b4 her sns season 3 song

  • July 2, 2011 at 7:58 amSnooSnoo

    Your “Hinata” is linked to the wrong characters. She’s the Patchouli look-alike.

  • July 2, 2011 at 8:36 amLinkark

    Gonna skip it.

  • July 2, 2011 at 8:53 amSoiyeruda

    Moe was a given, but that shower scene came out of nowhere for me. I’ll stick with this show, just as long as it remains innocent enough.

  • July 2, 2011 at 8:59 amRyuuzaki21

    too much lolis. the show for PEDOPHILES! :)
    im glad i didnt watch this.

    • July 2, 2011 at 9:56 amReika-sama

      Infact is not but u will never know cause your own ignorance. But whatever you aren’t missed.

  • July 2, 2011 at 9:01 amunderMebius

    i saw a magazine scan for this anime that features all the seiyuu. I was actually planning to watch this… if it weren’t loli. SOrry, but dropped. ;;

  • July 2, 2011 at 9:02 amSpoilerMaker

    I think that the show may even be a bit more about basketball than “C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control” about economics.
    Well, at least from the very beginning it doesn’t pretend to be about “some serious basketball”.

  • July 2, 2011 at 9:17 amThundershock81

    Since I pretty much watch like 95% off all the anime that comes out every season i’ll definitely be watching this – but I actually found it quite enjoyable.

    Nothing wrong with loli’s after all =P

  • July 2, 2011 at 9:24 amGuardian Enzo

    @Zem: Thank you – definitely what I’m aiming for.
    @Stuff: Just to clarify, I have read the manga and I don’t think the story is significantly changed in the anime (so far). Definitely trying to provide a balanced picture while still trying to be honest about what I perceive the show to be.
    @Misao – Thanks for the clarification, noted.
    @Serapita: Just a little joke on my part…

  • July 2, 2011 at 9:39 amWW

    Wow, Hikasa Youko totally doesn’t sound like Hikasa Youko lol

  • July 2, 2011 at 9:55 amAndré

    I don’t really care about character design, but godammit, this is awful. I tried to watch this but I gave up.

    • July 2, 2011 at 9:58 amReika-sama

      Is not so bad if you see it animated but i agree that chara design is not the best here.

  • July 2, 2011 at 10:05 amreminbee

    Great first episode post! It gave just the information I was looking for. I admit the only reason I’m giving this a shot is because of Kaji and Hanazawa, but, haha.

  • July 2, 2011 at 10:07 amAgility

    Yeah, I couldn’t tell that was Hikasa Youko at all, and I usually have a pretty good ear for her.

    The first episode wasn’t anything too bad, since I’m pretty much okay with the service. I’m willing to see where it goes, considering the plot isn’t too bad or anything. (Seems like Mihoshi is younger than Subaru, except that’s impossible.)

    I find it funny how they animate basketball these days, though. I didn’t know teams really employed the triple team.

  • July 2, 2011 at 10:39 amcx


  • July 2, 2011 at 11:39 amTorrigan

    I HEAR KANAE ITOU!!! Mebbe

    I think the random girl Subaru spoke with his friend Aoi i think it was im pretty sure that could be kanae itou

  • July 2, 2011 at 12:08 pmGuardian Enzo

    I thought I heard her too, Torrigan – it was a tiny scene, but I had an “Ohana” flash for a second. But I don’t see the character in any cast list yet so I didn’t want to post that unless I was sure. Ohana and Kou – together again?

  • July 2, 2011 at 12:26 pmgawrshness

    your review makes it clear this is not very inviting if one is looking for something interesting to watch. And from screenshots and what you said it’s clear it’s bent on fan service/cute/moe etc. I’ll watch the first episode and see how it is

  • July 2, 2011 at 1:51 pmanimeluv04

    I like the first episode so I’ll keep watching it.

  • July 2, 2011 at 3:56 pmKevin

    I’m going to continue watching just to see what’s the problem with the team. Who knows? It may turn out quite interesting. After all, I did enjoy Lotte no Omocha.

  • July 2, 2011 at 4:08 pmkazukifafner

    I’m going to pass on this show. The first episode did nothing for me. In fact, if I didn’t know better, the sheer blatancy of some of its scenes would have made me think it was trying be satirical, lol.

    In any event, this just isn’t the show for me (in much the same way that I enjoyed neither Dog Days nor Sekirei). Then again, I don’t have to be. The creators know EXACTLY who their audience is, and you certainly can’t fault them for taking full advantage of that knowledge :)

  • July 2, 2011 at 4:40 pmAliceNightray

    I’ll give the second episode a try as well to see if I’ll continue with this one. Lotte gave off the appearance of a pure loli anime, but it was actually pretty good, maybe this one will be the same case.

  • July 2, 2011 at 4:53 pmaero

    OMG, it’s Kodomo no Jikan all over again isn’t it?

  • July 2, 2011 at 5:47 pmbillng

    Lolicons rejoice?

  • July 2, 2011 at 7:46 pmasdf12334

    has some of my favorite seiyuus, so will probably continue watching :)

  • July 2, 2011 at 10:33 pmKimberly

    First episode felt too generic and the “maid costume” attempt was rather pointless. A proper coach-trainee intro would have give a much better impact to introducing the characters.

    Art and color scheme was too sugary for my tastes. Even more so than Milky Holmes.

    Anyone felt that some of the characters look too much alike?

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:16 amShirt

    D’awwww! Hinata’s too cute..

  • July 3, 2011 at 3:15 amtsuchi921

    I hope she doesn’t die 5+ times i this one.

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:13 amThundershock81

    I now demand a shopped pic of Yokkyun wielding Cloud Strifes sword.

    I reckon give this show a chance, as someone said Lotte turned out to be a very good series and probably my sleeper hit for last season.

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:17 ambluth

    I’m sorry but this is just disturbing. How can you not feel like a pedophile watching 12 year old girls taking a shower?

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:55 amOni

    as long as its a harem its ok i guess.

  • July 3, 2011 at 1:16 pmmike

    I like it, not in any sick kind of way I just like cute little things like a little puppy, Can anyone say there is something wrong about loving puppies, no right. So I like this.

  • July 3, 2011 at 3:16 pmGuardian Enzo

    LOL – Licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:12 pmDude

    I generally watch and like everything with Hanazawa Kana in it.

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:42 pmOmn

    The reason behind Japan’s obsession with lolis, pedophilia and high-school ecchi shows is their nation’s increasingly lower birthrates and larger senior population. They’re sexualizing children shows, such as this disgusting show, so they’ll be thinking about sex at a younger age.

    • July 4, 2011 at 1:34 amRoberta

      You are disgusting retard, there is not sex in this show idiot, it focus on comedy and some drama like in the manga. And japan is the place there is less criminality compared to the rest of the world. Before talking nonsense do some research.

      • July 5, 2011 at 8:53 pmMoondogg

        He speaks the truth: though he COMPLETELY MISSES THE POINT of this show.
        The point? BASKET BALL /w LOLIS /w KANA HANAZAWA… enjoy…!

  • July 4, 2011 at 1:35 amRoberta

    OT, anime in licensed by Sentai films. :)

  • July 5, 2011 at 9:59 pmhOmeRunDaisuki

    i still think a live-action version of this is much better!! just look at the cast! *still can’t get over that seiyuu PV* <<<333

  • July 6, 2011 at 4:34 amBryan

    I really liked the first episode. I’ll be watchting this from start to finish ^^

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:07 amK-sama

    Good anime, it is on my list.

  • July 7, 2011 at 4:25 pmMitsuba

    lolicon desu! perfect show 4 ME! lolololol wwWwWwwwwwwWWwww~~

  • July 10, 2011 at 8:48 amAdeptRogueNagi

    Aoi, Hasegawa Subaru’s friend in high school deathly reminds me of Nadeshiko/Nagihiko from Shugo chara x.x

  • July 21, 2011 at 4:07 ammik

    Looks like an ok animie to me.Watched the first 3 episodes.The fansirvice is no big deal at all,really.
    You look at the story and ignore the fansirvice.

    Komodo no Jikan was not bad,either.Rin was truly something.These girls are nothing in comparison.She was good at sexual herasment .Hehehe.The teacher was quite the victim.Not to mention lesbianism between underage girls.

    Here both the teacher and the girls are quite well behaved.Of course there is the shower scene whitch is really no big deal.

    I remember I real life when I was at the beach or lake resort and saw these naked litle girls and boys runing around.At one point I was one of them.Was about 10 years old or so.