After being impressed with anime shorts (anime where each episode is less than the full length of 24 minutes) last year (actually it is just Thermae Romae), added with the fact that they are short an hence needs me to invest little time to them each week, this season, winter 2013, had a multitude of shorts airing, and that most shorts tends to be comedic, one of my favorite genre, all factoring me to picking few shorts this season. Obviously, it is not all joy and fun, as some of the stuff is just painfully boring or horrible. So here is my list from the worst to best shorts I have watched this season:
8. Ai Mai Mi
The show involves the three girls in a manga club and their daily activities. One of the first thing that I was treated with was a badly drawn girl throwing up blood while someone describes the show’s setting…for what reason? After several minutes of absurd stupid outrageous crap that tries to be funny by being as outrageous as it can be, in particular, one sequence where one of the girls tries to stop another from drawing manga by fainting death, I just had enough of this eye cancer and dropped after episode 2. The ONLY redeeming thing of this was 8bit ED sequence.
7. Ishida to Asakura
This show involves Asakura, and his friends all wanting to be his partner and is set in a normal high school. The While less appalling than Ai Mai Mi, this isn’t that much better. With not bad animation, the show tries to be funny by being surreal, usually by having conversations that doesn’t really follow, but just ends up being stupid. This is not how you make comedy. Dropped.
Mangirl follows the 4 females leads as they create a manga magazine. From an opening where the voice actress have horrible singing skills to it being a show about cute girls doing cute things, having huge overlaps with Tamako Market (which it obviously inferior to), it was pretty much boring from the start. However, it did get points for being at least informative about the process on making a manga magazine.
5. Puchimas!: Petit iDOLM@STER
Puchimas, as the title suggests, is just the daily lives of the idolmaster cast with their corresponding mini version of them. Really, this show is just riding of the success and fanbase of idolmaster, and at core this show mediocre at best. But that mountain of mini Haruka is just so…must not…but so HNNNNNNNGGGG (and since this is related to Idolmaster, the ED is obviously a treat to who like the franchise).
4. Boku no Imouto wa “Osaka Okan”
Osaka Okan follows Namika, grew up in Osaka, who now lives with her (presumably Tokyo-raised) older brother and how her culture differs with the local culture. Each episode is separated into 2-3 segments each showing a particular part of Namika’s characteristics and then states how that is stereotypical to Osakan (questionable). The episode themselves aren’t amazing, with parts really boring, but I like it when I can agree on some of Namika’s characteristics. I also like how the beginning of each episode, the first thing that Namika speaks kind of makes fun of the whole Imouto craze. But more importantly, Namika is voiced by Asumi, Kana and her talking in Kansai-ben is basically the main reason that you should watch this, along with her singing about the contents of the episode in the ED (different lyrics every episode).
3. Yama no Susume
Yama follows childhood friends Aoi and Hinata, which they recently reunited after being separated for a while. At small, both girls shared the same passion for mountain climbing, but after an accident Aoi stopped involving herself outdoor activities, while Hinata kept the passion even up to their reunion. I really want to like this show, the calmness, the focus to scenery, and the whole friend supporting you to remember your old hobbies has a very strong Tamayura feel (which I really liked); Hinata and Aoi both voiced by someone that voiced Karou and Norie from Tamayura also helps. There are some places where it does gets a bit emotional (ie ep2), but it just doesn’t have the same level of magic as Tamayura has, and hence is short of being the best thing this season.
2. Inferno Cop
The show is about Inferno Cop, the titular character, revenging, fighting against the Southern Cross. I donno if this the best or the worst thing, but heck this is one thrill to see what will Inferno Cop do to get out of the random mess that the story is throwing him in every week. Ya, the show is full of profanity and a high amount of “what the heck is this happening”, but it is pretty good to see Inferno Cop being badass every week. Heck this show is not trying to save anime or anything, but for what it is, it is highly enjoyable.
Now this show is trying to save anime (lol Yamakan). Mind what you think of Yamakan’s past performance, but man this is pretty good. With the show making fun of the whole hero RPG genre (might even go into MMORPG), the punchlines are more often than not done right, making this show a solid and funny show. Also with an OP and ED both by JAM Project, Senyuu just blows the water out all other shorts song-wise.