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OP Sequence

OP: 「2学期デビュー大作戦!!」 (2 Gakki Debut Daisakusen!!) by 乙女新党 (Otome Shinto)

「帰宅部入部希望/命短し帰れよ乙女/萩月流出没注意/浪費した青春…プライスレス」 (Kitaku-bu Nyuubu Kibou / Inochi Mijikashi Kaereyo Otome / Hagidzuki-ryuu Shutsubotsu Chuui / Rouhi Shita Seishun…Puraisu Resu)
“Goinging Home Club Applicants / Life is Short; Go Home, Young Lady / Beware of Hagizuki-ryuu Practitioners / Extravagant Youth…Priceless”

If you like tsukkomis, you might like this show.

The Comedy

According to Stilts’ Unified Theory of Slice-of-Life (I totally should have named it that), the facet by which this show runs is comedy. The girls aren’t that cute – save for the buchou, but that’s mainly my twintails & thigh-highs fetish talking – there’s not much of an atmosphere, and the characters are all very derivative. So if comedy is all it has, is it funny?

Well, that depends on how much you enjoy tsukkomis. Andou Natsuki (Kido Ibuki) is your typical straight man (trope!) main character, and there’s nary a scene where she doesn’t throw out a tsukkomi or seven. Personally, I warmed up to it by the end of the episode. Kido Ibuki does a good job, and while she isn’t up to the level of Shimono Hiro in Senyu. or Matsuoka Yoshitsugu in Sakurasou – who can get laughs off their tsukkomis with pure voice acting prowess – Ibuki-chan is showing the potential to get there someday (maybe). A good sign, tentatively at least.

The Characters

As I mentioned earlier, all the characters in Kitakubu are pretty derivative. There’s the genki buchou, the cool martial arts girl, the lacking-in-common-sense ojou-sama, the innocent friend, and the comedic foil main character. Nothing excites so far – but it didn’t with Yuyushiki or GJ-bu either, and those ended up being very well done. Here? I’m afraid it doesn’t look like these characters have the seiyuu or animation backing to work so well. Ibuki-chan is definitely the best seiyuu of the bunch, whereas everyone else is…well, they’re okay. Unlike the newbies of Aiura, none of these new seiyuu are giving me great hopes for the future. The martial arts girl didn’t sound that cool, the ojou-sama didn’t sound that refined, the innocent friend didn’t sound that innocent, and the buchou didn’t sound that genki. Combined with animation that is only alright – not bad, but not great either – and I’m not holding my breath on this one.

The Point

With a slice-of-life comedy, the point should be to laugh, and if it doesn’t do that then it has failed. Humor is subjective, so I can’t tell you whether you’ll find this one funny, though I can tell you that it got some chuckles from me, so, time willing, I’m going to keep watching this series. I’m already thinking of it as a pseudo-short…with four “chapters” an episode (ala Seitokai Yakuindomo), this will be an easy one to pick up and watch, even if I only have a few minutes to spare. It won’t be high on my priority list, though. Go ahead and give it a shot – it’s light and not too filling, and you should be able to tell whether you’ll like it by the end of the first episode.

Reminder: This has been an introduction to this series only, and I will not be blogging it further. I’ll probably toss any impressions I have of further episodes up on twitter though, so feel free to follow me there.

tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Tsukkomis everywhere! A respectable comedy with decent art & okay seiyuu. And seals! For some reason #kitakubu

Random thoughts:

  • Whatever you do, don’t refer to this show by its initials. Just…don’t.
  • Related: Am I the only one who saw this show’s title and thought “Katsudoom!”? If so, fail. You all faaaail!
  • Some random comedic bits I enjoyed: when Natsuki was mean to Furuhashi, when Natsuki was flustered, when they kept trying to play the ending too early, and when the ojou-sama used up all of their animation budget. Ohandalso, the random seals, because it’s never too soon to give me Aiura flashbacks. Kani kani kani!
  • I think Natsuki is an ahoge about as often as Tomoki is super deformed. Three posts so far this week, and I’ve referenced Tomoki in every one! Can I keep it up? No, probably not.

Full-length images: 15, 17.

 

ED Sequence

Preview

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July 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm
39 comments »
  • July 4, 2013 at 5:35 pmSQA

    I lol’d hard at Over-animated Ojou into Storyboard mode. There’s breaking the 4th Wall, then there is taking a chain saw to it. I hope this keeps up, as ep 1 was fun.

    • July 4, 2013 at 8:13 pmKarmafan

      I was hooked when the martial arts girl asked if they wanted to go fight some bears? This 1st episode was full of randomness and I LOLed quite a few times.

  • July 4, 2013 at 5:36 pmPatsuan

    why? I don’t see anything wrong with referring to the show as KK- oh…nvm.

    • July 4, 2013 at 6:26 pmKarutaku

      Shall we call it KitKat Kiroku?

    • July 4, 2013 at 7:10 pmBear

      K-Cubed?

    • July 5, 2013 at 12:41 amZannafar

      I don’t see a problem either.
      The show just has the same initials as Krusty Komedy Klassics.

  • July 4, 2013 at 5:36 pmdiaz

    This deserver a *seal* of approval… badum tss

  • July 4, 2013 at 5:42 pmTari

    “I think Natsuki is an ahoge about as often as Tomoki is super deformed.”

    Not sure if you meant to use ahoge there, Stilts. :P

    If you did, then I think I need to watch this show. Was planning to give it a shot anyway.

    • July 4, 2013 at 5:43 pmTari

      Check that, I misread. @_@

      But I stand by what I said. I’m going to check the show out if she’s just an ahoge. Reminds me of “Suzu head” a bit. xD

    • July 4, 2013 at 6:10 pmStilts

      Hah, it’s not like she’s only an ahoge, but they frequently had scenes where that’s the only part of her they show, so it’s like she is!

  • July 4, 2013 at 5:43 pmLuxor

    Stilts, I do like manzai routines (boke+tsukkomi) and I love Sket, Gintama, and the always-classic Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai. But even that won’t get me past 2-3 episodes, so I’ll see how this turns out in the next few weeks.

    • July 4, 2013 at 6:12 pmStilts

      Actually, that’s a good point – this could easily go waaay too overboard with the “energetic tsukkomis” and end up burning people out. In manga it might work, but a full 20+ minutes every week? Sounds like a good way to get an overdose of tsukkomi.

      • July 4, 2013 at 7:12 pmBear

        I think you’re right. If they had made it a short it would work better. Too much of a “good” thing.

      • July 4, 2013 at 9:04 pmTaiakun

        I actually felt they went overboard on this episode alone. Someone should tally up the number of tsukkomis that were thrown around. None the less, it was interesting enough to keep me around for a few more episodes :)

      • July 5, 2013 at 12:33 amZannafar

        Even in manga it does not work out from my experience.
        Fujimura-kun Mates is a good example for this as a harem comedy.
        At the beginning it was great to see the protagonist tsukkomi to all of his friends and haremettes, but 50 chapters in the humor just lost a lot of the initial steam it had.

  • July 4, 2013 at 6:08 pmqwert

    Too… much… tsukkomi…

  • July 4, 2013 at 6:29 pmNoZaku

    This show looks generic. Is it a LN adaptaion? Because that would explain it’s genericness.

    • July 4, 2013 at 6:30 pmStilts

      It’s a manga adaptation.

  • July 4, 2013 at 7:11 pmChimp

    “Dont refer to this show by its initials.”
    What do you mean? What’s wrong with liking KK-? (o.o) … (O_O)

  • July 4, 2013 at 7:11 pmkatsudon

    It was pretty funny for the pilot episode, but it’s going to wear out its welcome fast if they keep having Natsuki throw out tsukkomis like this. (they are most definitely not Shimono status, but I don’t think there are many seiyuus that can throw them out as well as he does, but I think Hiroshi Kamiya comes close with his performances in Arakawa Under the Bridge and Bakemonogatari, but that’s neither here or there)

    I liked the characters, but the delivery from the voice actresses felt kinda flat, which made some of the supposedly humorous moments not as funny as they should be. (but they are new and this is their first staring role, so I’ll let it slide)

    That said, I enjoyed it, and will keep watching it. Slice-of-life comedies with cute girls are always entertaining to watch, here’s hoping it gets better! Also, does anyone know if the supporting cast have veteran seiyuus behind them?

    PS: I thought the throwing out the ending song too early gag was pretty funny, glad they didn’t use it anymore than they did though.

  • July 4, 2013 at 7:47 pmchamelean75

    For some reason, I didn’t find this pilot episode to be very funny. I think I will pass on this one.

    • July 5, 2013 at 4:49 amDvalinn

      Same here. There were a few jokes that made me chuckle (mostly the fourth-wall breaking ones) but a comedy show where 9 out of 10 jokes fall flat for me isn’t a very good one in my book.

      And yes, too much tsukkomis.

  • July 4, 2013 at 8:44 pmSQA

    Should we just call the seal Godwin and get over with it? :)

  • July 4, 2013 at 9:18 pmMatroid

    The first episode looks like just another “eccentric students hanging out in a do-nothing club” kind of story. It wasn’t bad, but didn’t stand out either.

  • July 4, 2013 at 11:46 pmCassiee

    Thought this episode was pretty funny, so I’ll probably watch the next few episodes. And LOL I can’t get over this whole basis around seals. XD

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:22 ammianghuei

    Four bear kings……. good one :)

    How do you grow such a long middle hair, Natsuki??

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:31 amKarl

    Dunno why so many people don’t like it. I enjoyed the 4th wall breaking humor.

  • July 5, 2013 at 3:28 amkanade_

    Boring Manzai (try-hard tsukkomi which for me it wasn’t even funny), newbie seiyuus but cute character designs.

    I’d give this three-episode-rule before dropping. And do something about that ahoge, it’s ridiculous.

  • July 5, 2013 at 3:58 amgawrshness

    Is it just me or the Buchou is like an older Kokonoe Rin?

  • July 5, 2013 at 4:35 ambaseone

    The Ice cream” scene killed me.

  • July 5, 2013 at 4:53 amPatsuan

    After actually watching the episode, I’m not too sure what my opinion is..
    The constant tsukkomi reminded me a little of Kill Me Baby only a bit more tiring, and I was honestly having trouble to distinguish between the martial-arts girl and ojou-sama voices.

    I was sorta expecting something like GJ-bu (minus the almighty Ore-man XD), and needless to say it’s not quite there yet. But I did get a few laughs (like the 4th wall gag) so I’ll continue watching for now.

  • July 5, 2013 at 9:20 amYuhsaku

  • July 5, 2013 at 9:45 amAki-Chan

    Hmm…..The voices didn’t seem to match the characters…apart from Natsuki’s voice.
    This was really , really funny though….except , why is there a seal? Who’s seal is it ? I am confused…..but it’s such a cute seal!

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:46 amkatsudon

    Tonight, I will make a drinking game out of this. Every time Natsuki throws a tsukkomi, I’m going to take a shot. Oh man, this is going to be fun… =D

    • July 5, 2013 at 1:29 pmStilts

      Katsudon, you are a genius. I know how I’ll be watching the rest of this series!

      • July 6, 2013 at 2:41 pmkatsudon

        So uh… That wasn’t the best decision I ever made. I woke up at noon and my head was killing me. I should have bought some other liquor instead of sticking with the Bombay Sapphire I had, gin shots in such quick succession are NOT a good idea. -_-

    • July 6, 2013 at 4:35 amLGrey

      And take another shot everytime the seal pops up. XD

      • July 6, 2013 at 1:17 pmStilts

        *gasp* People could die doing that! …I’m in :D

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:44 pmWhee

    Yay! I love tsukkomi’s too much…
    Really like the art- at least, the character designs. They’re all uber cute to me.
    The only problem might be the VA’s, which seems fairly standard when it comes to the job of throwing jokes. And honestly, I feel like the voice needs to be more crazier/fun.