OP: 「欲張り Dreamer」 (Yokubari Dreamer) by Hanae Natsuki, Tamura Yukari
“Notice of Closure”
Last Period -Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari- is the story of a group of Periods, who are adventurer-types who defeat creatures called spirals for money. Our story concerns the Arc End Branch #8, which is robbed, foreclosed upon, and has all of its employees headhunted save for its three most useless members. Now they’re on a quest to rebuild the branch office with the power of working for below market rates!
I wrote all that out because, even more than the preview, when you line everything up in this first episode it’s actually a pretty straight-forward setup. This despite the jargon (periods, spirals, etc) is quite pleasant, because it sets up a standard fantasy-adventure world and then quickly gets on with the silliness. Here, the main purpose of the show seems to be to jerk its main characters around and take the piss out of mobile games, which, since this is based on a mobile game, is a deliciously subversive look. All this talk about log-in bonuses and gachas got a chuckle or two from me. At least the writers seem to have a good sense of humor about this whole thing.
I think the best thing about this show is how relentlessly optimistic it is. This, despite some of the objectively unfair events that happen in this episode. Consider: the main characters’ employer is robbed, goes bankrupt in two days, no one seems to be investigating the crime, and they even get evicted and have their personal belongings repossessed even though it doesn’t seem like their employer’s bankruptcy should have anything to do with their personal effects. It actually got so over-the-top cruel at one point that it began to poison the mood, but that won’t be a problem going forward since the premise is now set up. Still, it’s one sign of the type of comedy that will happen in this series.
As for the characters themselves, I instantly liked the main four. They’re not anything special—Choco (Tamura Yukari) is deadpan and the resident fourth wall breaker; Gajeru (Murase Ayumu) is rowdy and simple; Liza (Kikuchi Mika) is sensible and serious; and Haru (Hanae Natsuki) is straightforward and a huuuuge softie—but they are likable sorts. And I guess Campanella (Ichimichi Mao) is moonlighting as the villain—or that’s her twin sister or something—but I can’t honestly say I care so far. This show’s strength is that it’s an easy watch, but that doesn’t lend itself to compelling narrative. It mostly just seems silly and fun. I’m not worried about this big betrayal.
(Though, side note: this is the kind of thing that happens in a world without banks. It’s really quite horrifying. Here’s an article/metaphor one of my favorite authors/bloggers wrote on the issue a while back, which has really stuck with me. Makes you think.)
I really got a chuckle out of
Team Rocket the Wiseman quartet, because everything about them is just silly. That plus the mobile game jokes (and the cheapskate mayor, hah!) amused me enough for a first episode, though the animation is also crisp and the character designs are overdone in a fun way (though Choco’s ahoge/horn was a bit much).
So, do I suggest this anime? Sure, why not. I envision this as the kind of low-precedence show that I can turn on when I want to relax and, if I have to pause it to answer the phone or get back to work, no biggie. It doesn’t demand a ton of attention, but at least the first episode rewarded some casual attention. It’s silly, fun, and light-hearted in a bastard of a world. It’s not bad. Maybe give it a shot.
- I really liked the OP. It was really fun seeing them get better together. The ED was pretty fun too, since Wiseman is still so, so silly.
- Props to Hanae Natsuki this time, for once he’s not using the same light novel protagonist voice he uses for basically every role. He didn’t sound so obviously like himself. Good job on him!
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ED: 「Wiseman Theme」 by Wiseman