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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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