292nd G-View: Anne Happy!

With the Moe Trifecta taking a breather until their time to dominate the Girls Club spectrum comes again, it was time for other potential Girls Club shows to step up and show their moves. In the 291st G-View we took a look at Bakuon!! This time we will cover the “misfortune” themed GC show, Anne Happy and see how well it did.

Anne-Happy Cover.jpg

Alternate Title:

  • Unhappy (Japan)
  • Unhappy go Lucky! (Japan)

Genres: Comedy, School Life, Slice of Life, Moe

Themes: Misfortune, Yuri.

Number of episodes: 12

G-Rating 11/10

Plot Summary: Tennomifune Academy is an elite school where students train in various subjects such as arts and sports. That is, except for the students of Class 1-7, a.k.a. the “Happiness Class”, who have been deemed “unfortunate” and must try to overcome their own misfortune and achieve happiness. The series follows Anne “Hanako” Hanakoizumi, who has terrible luck, and her classmates Ruri, Botan, Hibiki, and Ren, who each have their own misfortunes, as they try to find their own happiness.

Hanako's peek-a-boo face

Hanako. Cuteness incarnate.

Describing Anne Happy is very simple: It is a show about “cute girls doing cute things” while facing challenges revolving around finding happiness through great misfortune. Basically no matter how unlucky a person is one can always find joy if they look hard enough and work around their misfortunes. That is essentially the gist of Anne Happy…and the reason why it is one of the best, if not THE best, Girls Club anime of 2016 (by far). The reason being that besides the vintage cuteness (and sexiness depending on the girls’ measurements) found in many Girls Club media, the addition of the “happiness” classes and the girls’ misfortunes are what make this show stand out from the wonderfully crowded GC market.

Botan Kumegawa

Botan is love. Botan is life. Botan is the savior of the universe.

The reason being is that while most of the “happiness” class activities/assignments are simple tasks that are made more challenging to the girls being unlucky, there were some activities that could have easily been mistaken for an action anime episode or an adventure show. They were that amazing. As for the misfortunes themselves they may look easy to understand at first glance but the unfortunate have more layers to them besides their moe archetypes that adds more interest in seeing how the girls will pass whatever test they are given. That is one of the reasons why this GC is special along with what is coming next.

Walking through a beautiful garden

The show’s animation is delightfully colorful.

I am a sucker for really colorful shows and Anne Happy looks beautiful. If it were only the cute screen cap gags then the show’s animation quality would be good but then there are moments like the above picture or the way Hibari is drawn when the camera closes in on her that had me smiling uncontrollably.

Smiling Hibari

Captivating.

So beautiful and adorable to look at, this show is. The same can be said for most of the soundtrack. Cute tunes with occasional epic and tense tunes fitting the situation. Also the aforementioned visual gags were cute and hilarious.

“I can fly.”

“NOOOOO!”

This is still one of my favorite gags.

Anne Happy ED illustration

Left to right: Ren, Hibiki, Anne (Hanako), Ruri (Hibari), Botan

Now for the cast:

  • Hanako, the leader of the group and as previously mentioned cuteness incarnate has the most complex misfortune and somehow ends up being the cause of the more tense moments on the show. Otherwise she is very easy to like for everyone but internet critics.
  • Hibari initially has a strange crush type of misfortune but as the show progresses her misfortune is revealed to be not that simple. The somewhat levelheaded member of the Clover Clique with some tsundere tendencies
  • Botan, aka best girl, aka the megane goddess is a gift from the heavens who is sadly self-deprecating, frail and very fragile. Her pain is my pain. However, that does not stop her from being a great friend.
  • Hibiki, aka Syaro (Gochiusa) and Sakurako’s (Yuru Yuri) hybrid clone has poor sense of direction and is an all-out tsundere with a misguided ego.
  • Ren is a chick magnet, especially when it comes to female animals and is usually sleepy…unless something specific happens.
  • Other fun characters include the bodacious and devilishly clever Kodaira, aka Evil-Sensei, the bunny bot that is loathed by a certain Latina fan of mine Timothy, another bodacious teacher that appears around the second half, aka Strict-Sensei and of course Hanako’s relative.
Ren X Hibiki.jpg

Ren X Hibiki.

Source: http://www.zerochan.net/2002730#full

Now for the usual pre-conclusion yuri discussion. There are other good pairings like Hanako X Hibari, Botan X any girl and another that but the strongest OTP on the show is without a doubt Ren X Hibiki. The fact that this OTP got an origin story should be evidence enough to know that these two are fated to wed…if the writer does the right thing before the manga ends anyway. It is a yuri crush on Hibiki’s part as is usually the case with a lesbian tsundere in love but other Nation members who watched the show can attest that it is only a matter of time…

Overall Anne Happy is a Girls Club that took advantage of the Moe Trifecta’s absence and made an emphatic statement that it deserves a spot alongside other iconic Girls Club shows. A must watch for lighthearted SoL and especially Girls Club shows. Not recommended for people who want more depth in their SoL. You know, the ones who clamor for “the old days when SoL shows were deep man.”

PS: This show NEEDS a second season, especially so we can get more of the mystery girl.

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31 Responses to 292nd G-View: Anne Happy!

  1. bcy says:

    Great review of course but you talk too much about characters who aren’t Anne. Please fix that asap as possible or I’ll call the moe police.

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  2. cirno9fan says:

    It was definitely one of the best thus far~

    Silver Link nailed this show so very well. They went crazy with the colors, and that really helped the show to stand out. Then of course there’s all the content of the show, so much laughs to be had, tears to be shed, catchy songs to try to eject from our heads, the best OP of the season imo, a mystery girl that will stay a mystery, dark foretelling of something about Hibari, insanity abounded with the level of misfortune that Anne somehow brings, “Evil-sensei” showing off amazing stunts (making it seem like she belongs in an action show xD), the yuri! The list goes on and on~

    Anne was just five generations of moe shoved into one season ❤ I love characters that remain happy throughout everything, no matter how rough it gets.

    RenxHIbiki was definitely the OTP of the show, no arguments there.

    here’s hoping for more HibarixAnne next season! And maybe Botan will actually get someone in that girl? Who knows!

    All I know is this show was nonstop fantastic. I never found an issue with a single episode. The only other show this season accomplishing that would be High School Fleet. So, it’s definitely got my #2 spot in AotS.

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  3. OG-Man says:

    So much fun to be had in this show.

    Here’s hoping the two eventually let loose without holding back. Hopefully one day.

    Botan needs one girl to snuggle with even though she could snuggle with everyone.

    Definitely one of the Spring 2016 season’s best.

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  4. elkat4 says:

    This was a cute and enjoyable show. I will send it off with something I’ve been contemplating (and may use for a topic on my own blog): Moe Emblem (a.k.a. The girls imagined as characters in Fire Emblem). This will obviously be based on a certain episode.
    Hanako
    Class: Dancer
    Personal Skill: Misfortunate Magnet (Luck decreases every turn, but damage from being dealt a critical hit is halved.)

    Hibari
    Class: Knight
    Personal Skill: Misfortunate Love (While there are no allies within two squares of her, her defense increases, but her movement drops to 0.)

    Botan
    Class: Cleric
    Personal Skill: Misfortunate Constitution (All attacks against the user become critical hits, but can use staves on herself.)

    Hibiki
    Class: Archer
    Personal Skill: Misfortunate Compass (Moves in the opposite direction you input, unless moving to a square within two squares of Ren)

    Ren
    Class: Mage
    Personal Skill: Misfortunate Attraction (Automatically scores a critical hit against female units and can recruit any female unit by using the “Talk” command.)

    Kodaira
    Class: Dark Knight
    Personal Skill: Sadistic Mentor (Allies who start the turn within two squares of her loses 1/8 of their HP, but their Luck stat is increased.)

    Timothy
    Class: Monster
    Personal Skill: Inescapable (Move increases by 2 there are no allies within two squares of it.)

    In parting, I pray within the next year, we will get a second season of this anime.

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  5. themarrowbook says:

    Thank you so much for providing us a great review every week!

    Anne Happy was very unique as a Girls Club anime, as well as being enjoyable.
    It seems to be one of those new-generation Girls Club shows that attempt to add some other elements to what the Moe Trifecta had (i.e. cute girls and yuri). I think Anne Happy was successful at that.

    My favourite in the end was Hibiki, but each of the girls is well-characterised with a meaningful ‘misfortune’.
    Like in the last episode when Botan came to the rescue, it impressed me that her usual bandaging-own-injuries turned out to be helpful.

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  6. Zuneko says:

    Anne Happy! was a really great show, whether it was a serious or if it was a fluffy moment. I love all of the backgrounds, humor, and characters. I really need to know more about mystery-chan and Evil-sensei really badly. I guess in a more blunt way, we need a season 2! This show is just way too good to end here!

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  7. DrAnimaniac says:

    As far as moe girls club shows go, this wins AoTS in that genre hands down. I guess Haifuri could fit in this genre, but personally I classify it differently and it falls on a whole other level. I’ll reveal more in my review after the finale tomorrow. As for Anne-Happy, you pretty much hit the nail on the head so I can’t add much more until I do my review. You know my love for Ren is never ending and so she was definitely my best girl of the show and her ship with Hibiki was definitely the best ship of the series as you said. I’m also very interested in seeing more on that mystery girl, but I suppose there can be a beauty in having her remain a mystery too. I suppose it’ll all depend on if we get a second season or not and I really hope we do because this show deserves it. Thanks for your weekly coverage too, it’s been great as always.

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    • OG-Man says:

      We will discuss Hai-Furi after I review it.

      Ren is a chick magnet who can form a harem as easily as Botan.

      Ren X Hibiki reigned supreme in the yuri front.

      Second season WHEN!? This show deserves one.

      You are welcome. Happy to write them and discuss them with fans who have stuff to say.

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  8. Alexis says:

    Y se acabo este show, me gustó mucho me sacaba una sonrisa con las ocurrencias de las chicas y su profesora sexy (y mala). El mejor momento sin duda es cuando se transformaron en Precures.

    Ekoda Ren para el premio Iono-sama, wow la potencia de sus feromonas es tal que lo mismo atrae señoras que señoritas a conejitas, pajaritas, osas, incluso sofware con interfaz femenina, ojala que se case con Hibiki quien tendrá un trabajo muy duro para mantener despierta a su esposa y alejando a otras feminas. Me gustaría que las chicas interactuaran con las alumnas de las clases afortunadas y que las feromonas de Ren hagan de las suyas y las afortunadas quieran apoderarse de la peliplateada y Hibiki tendrá que luchar por ella. Espero que Hibari supere su obsesión con el letrero ese y comprenda que su destino es casarse con Hanako. Botán, dulce Botan es necesario que tenga una waifu de preferencia una llena de vida.

    Evil-sensei merece un párrafo aparte, Oh God, esta mujer es sexy (y mala) además de ser un estuche de monerias que sabe sobre armas y defensa personal, siento que es sádica, adoro cuando les grita a las niñas MOCOSAS. Need more Evil and Cruella-sensei.

    Ojalá que hagan una segunda temporada.

    La vida sigue y ahora a esperar Love Live Sunshine y el debut de Johanne.

    PD: Usted se equivoca, yo no odio a ningún Timoteo porque simplemente Timoteo no existe… NO-EXISTE.

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    • OG-Man says:

      El episodio de la batalla fue una de las mejores.

      Seria interesante ver como Ren su “mala suerte” afectara a otras estudiantes en otras clases. Pobre Hibiki tendra una vida dura pero feliz siendo casada con Ren.

      Pronto Hibari abrira sus ojos y realizara que casar con Hanako es la felicidad que busca.

      Botan es amor, Botan es vida.

      Necesitamos mas maestras sexy, preferiblemente juntas.

      2da temporada es una necesidad.

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  9. Ammo Fate-Takamachi says:

    This is one of the best animes this season in the SoL / Girls’ Club genre to me as well , bar none . The girls are cute , the humour is very whacked (both laugh inducing and often times very sadistic humour) , the subtext between was evident by every episode (especially the Ren and Hibiki episode and their countless moments) .

    Overall , I felt (like the anime’s second word in the title) happy by the end after seeing this anime from start to finish ; really had a nice ending to it and yes I agree with you OG-Man , this really deserves a Second season!

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  10. K says:

    This anime did not disappoint. Watching the various situations Anne and co. went through always made me laugh. It made me feel for them as well, especially Botan and Hibari.

    I love these girls. They had great chemistry with each other. If I had to rank them, it would be Botan -> Hibari -> Ren -> Hanako -> Hibiki.

    Ms. Kodaira’s a sadistic but otherwise awesome teacher whose superhuman feats wouldn’t look out of place in an action show and I wonder if we’ll ever know more about the girl behind our energetic robo-bunny, Timothy.

    You get no argument from me about the visuals; it really was colourful.The eye-catches were also funny. I would say that anime produced by Silver Link, like this one, have good eye-catches and visuals in general.

    About Hanako; she’s a very unlucky girl and she causes great misfortune wherever she goes (especially when her clover hairclip falls off. That must a charm that seals some epic-level misfortune, I reckon). Despite all that, she’s always in high spirits and as a bonus, she doesn’t have a tragic backstory, something that tends to be given to very jovial characters sometimes.

    I’ll have another helping of misfortune should they decide to dish out more.

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  11. Star Light says:

    I shall make my opinion as simple as this:

    Story: 10/10
    Character: ∞/10 (infinity out of 10)
    Art: 10/10 (I only give it ∞ if end cards could be less hentai art.)
    Music: 9/10
    Enjoyable: ∞/10

    Total: ∞/10

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  12. FantasyGirlKanna says:

    I totally agree with the second season! o_O I was really looking forward to meeting the pigtailed blonde girl properly and they haven’t even spent autumn and winter together lots of things could still happen. Also I want more Evil-sensei and Strict-sensei. I wonder who would win if they both have a face-off.

    This show was overall fun, I wish Hanako would lose her clover hair clip more often 😀 I don’t want them harmed or anything (especially Botan) it just seems that a lot more things are happening whenever she loses it. Anyway, I’m crossing my fingers for another season of this :3

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  13. Otaku Girl says:

    I’m kinda late, but all i can say about this show is that 1. It was one of my favs this season and 2. IT DESERVES a 2nd season and it’s not just “because it was good” Cause that’s no excuse, it deserves another season because no one know who is that blonde mystery girl as well as we barely got enough interaction with Strict-sensei AND I’M SERIOUSLY CURIOUS ABOUT EVIL-SENSEI’S BACKSTORY so i think a s2 would be great, and if there isn’t one, guess i’ll have to read the manga, also i need more RenxHibiki and HanakoxHibari moments (also someone for Botan!!! This pure child deserves to have someone too (a harem works too i guess XD)) Overall i really enjoyed it from the beginning until the very end

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  14. chikorita157 says:

    I don’t have much to say since the thoughts I shared about the show, but I do agree the characters are very enjoyable… My favorites are obviously Botan and Hibiki.

    But yes, hopefully there will be a second season in the future.

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  16. KueKyuuQ says:

    “11/10” – pretty much sums it up. 🙂

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  17. yurimylove says:

    I came across a funny comment about Hanako at CR so I’d quote it here, “she needs that clover pin surgically attached…….for everyone’s safety”

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  18. Dimagnus_gia says:

    I felt in LOOOOOOOOVE with these five. They were so…KAWAIIIII!!!! XDXDXDXD. I don´t know if deserves a 2dn Season but if so, just hope that they work deeply with Hanako-Hibari and a girlfriend for Botan!!!

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  19. Botan is the most like me I have had 5 open heart surgeries, so I keep myself healthy with herbal medicines and diet.

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