LIDEN FILMS, with Aiura and Senyuu. behind them, have a reasonably good track record when it comes to adapting short anime. In fact, as they are one of the few who actually make short anime of such quality, they are slowly becoming a recognized studio which fills a certain niche–short (properly animated) comedies.
Miss Monochrome is no real exception to their trend–it has that air of randomness and absurdity that has pervaded their past two works. Despite being an advertisement of Horie Yui’s creation of Miss Monochrome, it brings some absurd surprises that exceed what was sure majority contempt and fairly low expectations.
Now, this show isn’t breaking any barriers, but it does give us the kind of flavor we come to expect from LINDEN. The random Roomba as a servant, the sudden loss of a fortune because of a sudden about-face of one of the first characters introduced, and of course the wordplay on ‘manager’, all of it gives current short comedy fans what they’ve been getting (wait did I just summarize the plot?) these past few seasons and keeps people on their toes.
If you’ve lowered your expectations of this show close to the ground, but have a slight curiosity to watch, I’d give today’s episode a try. Though it’s no Senyuu., and while the voice acting and animation aren’t anything of wow quality, the unpredictability of where this show is going, if you’re looking for another production from LINDEN, then check this out–this short series isn’t so bad for what it is.
ED: 「ポーカフェイス」 (Poker Face) by Miss Monochrome