OP: 「PUNCH☆MIND☆HAPPINESS」 by Happy Clover (Hanamori Yumiri, Shiraishi Haruka, Yasuno Kiyono, Yamamura Hibiku, Yoshioka Mayu)
「四月七日 不幸な入学初日」 (Gatsu Nanoka Fukouna Nyuugaku Shonichi)
“An Unfortunate First Day of School”
You want moe? I got your moe right here!
A Series of Moe Events
Anne Happy♪, little musical symbol optional, is one of this season’s entries into the “cute girls doing comedic things” genre. Here, the twist is that they’re all boundlessly unlucky, and that’s funny because that’s how comedy works, right? I’ll get to that in a minute. Before that, let’s clear the basics. Them girls are cute. They’re kawaii as fuck. Hanakoizumi Anne (Hanamori Yumiri) reminds me of Yuki from Gakkou Gurashi! (genki, delusional), and the others are cute too, this ain’t rocket science, mission accomplished. The animation is nice too. All solid so far.
Pain is Hilarious
“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” — Mel Brooks
Let me preface and say that I was kind of food coma-ing while I watched this, so I wasn’t in the best mood for laughter. (Mostly I just wanted a nap.) When the comedy worked for me, it was when it was its mot outrageous, such as when Yuki—I mean, Hanako accidentally crushed Kumegawa Botan’s (Yasuno Kiyono) hand. It didn’t work so much when it was too mundane; then, it was just unfortunate. I also don’t know how well Hanako’s personality works with this kind of comedy, because it oscillates between feeling like the universe is bullying her (nobody likes a bully) and it being her own damn fault. I’d say the comedy worked more often than not, at least to the point where I’m left with a favorable impression, but neither was I blown away. That could be as much because I was full of delicious home cooked foods as anything about this episode, though.
I’m interested in seeing what the other two girls’ major malfunctions are, but other’n that, I feel like we’ve learned what this series is about, and part of what it’s about is that Hibarigaoka Ruri (Shiraishi Haruka) has a construction sign fetish. Which, uh. That’s certainly a decision an author can make. I’m not sure why they would make it. It’s bizarre in a way that’s puzzling rather than hilarious. But hey, you do you, Anne Happy♪ author. It takes all kinds, right? *backs away slowly*
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – It’s a series of moe events. The name of the game: comedic sociopathy. The universe is out to get them #annehappy 01
- That OP was kawaii as fuck too.
- I’ve got a huge rant on the concept of luck, but I’m going to hold back. That’s not the point here. This is a comedy. It’s a comedy. It’s a comedy Stilts, a comedy. Hold it together…
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ED: 「明日でいいから」 (Ashita de Ii kara) by Happy Clover (Hanamori Yumiri, Shiraishi Haruka, Yasuno Kiyono, Yamamura Hibiku, Yoshioka Mayu)