At first, this show seemed to be a spin-off show of GochiUsa, a show following a group of girls working in a coffee shop – and admittedly is the reason it was in my Queue. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was its own show entirely and focused on a theatre setting. Although I may be biased as “cute girls in theatre” is possibly my favourite combination of words, this show definitely doesn’t get a free pass as a result.
How do you encompass youth in one word? There are a wide variety of answers that are all correct in their own right, but the one that sums it up for me is Growth. Youth is a time of development, finding yourself and still trying to fit in. Seemingly endless days with friends and making every attempt at creating memories with them, youth is a wonderful thing and is one of the most effective themes presented in anime. Demi-chan wa Kataritai perfectly encompasses this concept through its innovative characters, spectacular narrative pacing and beautiful visuals. It really has been a long time since a show this effortlessly enjoyable and engaging has come along.
Every season, there are shows that are heavily publicised, generate excessive amounts of hype and garner a large following before even airing. Urara Meirochou was not one of those shows. In all honesty, the only reason I even found this show was by scrolling through a list of the Winter 2017 series. I’ve gotta say that for a show which had no expectations and no real background knowledge, it was more fun than expected. Is it one of the best shows of the season? Well, that depends on a variety of factors.
Amongst the strong lineup of easygoing comedy shows, Gabriel Dropout proved to be an enjoyable show that broke from its initially lukewarm premiere. Playing on tropes and ideas that have been covered before does hinder this show’s creativity and sense of worth but is not an entirely diminishing factor in its release. It’s effective presentation of gag comedy and unpredictable writing gave viewers a series that never seemed to disappoint.
Charm is one of the most integral features in entertainment. Especially when presenting a character driven story where the focus of the plot relies on a feeling of connection with those characters. New Game!, encapsulates a feeling of wonder other shows of the season could only dream of and is done so through its colourful cast members, easygoing yet engaging narrative and clean animation. Video games are an art form which must be moulded into the final product through hard work and determination. When the staff working on a project care deeply for what they’re working on, the end result is one of passion and will always garner success.
Given my unwavering love for the Slice of Life genre and a cute aesthetic, it was a no-brainer that I would watch Anne Happy. Previously known for Non Non Biyori, Kokoro Connect and Baka to Test, Studio Silver Link brought us another show to add to the list of charming and heartwarming experiences.