「はじめてのチア」 (Hajimete no Chia)
“My First Time Cheerleading”
Join the Chair Club!
Anima Yell! is the story of a bunch of cute girls who form a cheerleading club. There’s Hatoya Kohane (Ozaki Yuka), the airheaded heart of the club; Sawatari Uki (Izawa Mikako), the tsundere best friend who still hasn’t admitted she wants to join; and Arima Hizume (Yamada Yuina), the serious cheerleading veteran. Also there are two others, because spoiler ED, but we don’t know their names yet (unless you’ve gone to the site page, but shut up). And they do cute cheerleading things. End of post!
Oh, and it’s made by Doga Kobo. That should be enough to decide whether to watch it, right? End of post!
Okay, okay, I’ll say a little more. The storytelling in this first episode is more than a little lazy. Lots of tell rather than show, and things are done out of order (like showing how Kohane puts others ahead of herself near the middle, instead of right at the beginning) when doing them in order would have made more sense, and given the decision to pursue cheerleading more impact. The characters themselves are pretty good, though, in a relaxed sort of way? There’s not a lot of urgency to the comedic bits, this is definitely slice-of-life comedy, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t funny, and it’s certainly relaxing. And Kohane should stop hounding strangers to join her club, though the heartfelt talks later on were fine (shoulda led with those).
The honest truth is that this is a small show, concerned with small things, produced in a respectable enough way that any deficiencies (storytelling whiffs) are made up for by other areas of strengths (consistent animation, cute characters). It all really comes down to you. Do you want a tiny show, one which won’t challenge but will relax? I doubt I’ll end up raving over this one when the season’s over, but I like to have one or two of these in my rotation, because sometimes, you just need an undemanding anime to unwind with. That’s what Anima Yell! is, and it does its job well enough.
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