47+48 Double Slammy 2: Doujin Work and Hyakko

Hello and welcome to G-Views, where SoL reigns supreme, moe is respected and Dokuro-chan sucks poopie. Doods and peeps, it’s time, once again, for another Double Slammy! In case you haven’t read the first one, for episodes such as these, I’ll review two anime for the price of one so you’ll get twice the madness and twice the insanity. Let’s get started with Doujin Work.

Genres: comedy
Themes: art, doujinshi

Number of episodes: 12 episodes, 12 minutes each
G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: Doujin Work follows the life of a young girl named Najimi Osana and her exposure into the doujin world. She was first tempted into becoming a doujin artist after seeing how much one of her friends can make at a convention. Najimi loves to draw, though soon learns contrary to what she expected that this new world is anything but easy. As she attends more conventions and meets more people, Najimi eventually manages to find a group of very interesting friends. These friends already have some experience in the field and help her out along the way so that she can someday make a name for herself creating doujinshi.

For those who have been following my reviews since episode 1, you remember the “Animation Runner Kuromi” review a few months back. This show is similar in the sense that instead of focusing on the wacky, yet realistic life of an up and coming anime company supervisor, Doujin Work focuses on the wacky, yet realistic life of an up and coming doujinshi artist.
In my eyes, it’s almost very similar that it highlights the ups and downs of said occupation, while throwing an endless array of hilarity in your face.
Seriously, this show is a short, yet enjoyable laugh fest.

The music here is decent enough, however, as you can tell from the OP, it’s catchy and when I hear a catchy song, I’ll listen to it once each episode airs and will not skip it.

The animation here capitalizes on the 2D feel of manga. Basically this means that not only does it sometimes use manga images to tell an early event, but almost every time that a character turns around, it looks like they’re paper cut outs. Check out the OP to see what I mean. In short, the animation fits the anime’s theme perfectly.

The characters are all hilarious.
-You’ve got Najimi, the female lead who is an inspirant Doujin Artist whom at first is in it for the money.
-Next is Tsuyuri, Najimi’s cute, yet “evil” best friend, who is sarcastic, demented, scheming and soft spoken at the same time.
-Justice the giant is a very popular doujin artist who acts like an overprotective older brother to Minaji and also a father figure to the next character, little Sora.
-Sora is basically the loli of the group. Nuff said.
-Hoshi is the typical male character on the show. You can guess what his association with Najimi will be.
-Kaneru is Najimi’s rival. The funny part is how exactly they become rivals in the first place.

If there were one major theme that I’d give this show, it would be: “So bad, it’s good” not the show itself, which is awesome, I mean a theme that plays in the show. Trust me, you’ll understand what I mean after you finish watching.

In conclusion, Doujin Work is a really enjoyable watch and those who have time will probably finish it in 3-4 hours. However, just like Animation Runner Kuromi, it’s definitely worth a look.

Alrighty, it’s time for number 2, Hyakko!

Genres: comedy, slice of life
Themes: high school, troublesome kids
Number of episodes: 12+1 OVA
G-Rating: 7.5/10

Plot Summary: On their first day of high school shy Ayumi Nonomura and taciturn Tatsuki Iizuka become lost on the immense campus of Kamizono Academy. An irresistible force of nature named Torako Kageyama accompanied by her best friend Suzume Saotome appears in front of them. Led, sometimes pushed, by Torako, the girls and their classmates work through problems of school, home and adolescence.

As the summary implies, this one is basically a Slice of Life comedy about a group of students who often get into trouble because of the “leader” of the group, Torako.

There’s really not much I can say about the music and animation for this one, it’s up to the viewers themselves to determine whether they like it or not. I personally do like it.

The characters as usual, are what drives the show onward.
-We have Torako, the wild child who always inadvertently gets herself and her friends into trouble because of how rebellious she wishes to be.
-Ayumi is the innocent member of the team, who has a hard time fitting in, but will find her way thanks to her buddies.
-Next is Tatsuki, the grumpy member, who is often put into a bad mood due to Torako’s antics or other forms of madness caused by the other students in the class. Eventually, she gives in to the madness, while managing to remain her grumpy, yet less critical self.
-finally there’s Suzume, who is known for three things: 1; being Torako’s childhood friend. 2; being soft spoken and only talking when necessary.
3; Having a huge appetite and a black hole stomach. Seriously, this girl can eat a truck load of food and never gain a single pound.

The other classmates on the show are awesome because each of them is insane in their own way. You’ve got a mad scientist wannabe, a creepy girl who is creepy, isn’t actually creepy, but looks and acts creepy, a tough girl with a soft side, a photographing pair who specialize in taking pictures of female students for cash, a guy who idolizes Torako like she’s the Virgin Mary or something similar, a strangely dressed woman with a secret, a tall tanned girl who is really sensitive yet extremely grateful to anyone who helps her out…REALLY grateful, and finally two little girls who discuss the strangest things that are somewhat related to the current episode they’re in.

In conclusion: The reason that this show is good is because of its wide array of weirdos and the antics of the 4 main characters themselves. It’s a fun watch when you have spare time.

And that concludes the 1st Double Slammy. Both shows are made to bring a smile on your face due to the insanity of its characters. I’m a sucker for madness and I hope my readers are as well. Stay tuned for more DS’s and EM’s in the future.

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5 Responses to 47+48 Double Slammy 2: Doujin Work and Hyakko

  1. Yi says:

    I enjoyed both a lot!

    Doujin Work’s short episodic structure parallels that of 4-komas, and it’s something I think fits it really well. I also really like the “wacky, yet realistic” portrayal of this slice of anime industry.

    Hyakko’s awesome too. It’s a wonderful anime driven by a huge cast of interesting characters themed around the zodiac. I kind of wish there are more.

    Like

  2. Shin says:

    Hyakko is underrated, it was fun and short series

    Like

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