A Girls Club show about cute girls doing pottery. The setup is as simple as that. Is there more to the show than that? Let us find out as we take a look at Yakunara Mug-Cup mo.
Alternate Title: Let’s Make a Mug Too (English)
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life
Number of Episodes: 12: 12-14 minutes animated and 9 minutes live-action.
Plot Summary: Himeno and her father moved into her grandmother’s house in Tajimi. There they opened up a cafe. While promoting the cafe via special coffee mugs an energetic girl noticed their incredible quality and invited her to the pottery club. There she discovered it was the same club her mother was a part of. From that day Himeno would delve deeper into the world of pottery and sculpting, learning more about its connection with the city of Tajimi and her mother while learning more about herself.
That plot summary is essentially what viewers can expect going into this show. It really is that simple. This is a show about three cute girls and the protagonist’s bestie gathering at the school’s pottery club where Himeno learns the basics of sculpting, the different kinds of sculptures, how it is connected to the city of Tajimi and learn more about her mother and herself, specifically she is the daughter of a legend in those parts and how she deals with this as she searches for the kind of artist she wants to be and why she sculpts. Meanwhile the other girls have their own things. Mika is the blonde genki of the group who is full of energy and expresses her creativity the same way, sometimes to the chagrin of her senpai. Speaking of her senpai, Touko is the club president and a woman with a gift for pottery through years of training. However, it came with a price. Naoko, while not a club member frequents it because she is Himeno’s neighbor and best friend. Readers can guess what that means. Besides our main quartet there are fun side-characters with their own stories such as Himeno’s father who not only has his own little journey but plays as important of a role in Himeno’s as her mother.
Mug Cup is one of two Spring 2021 anime I picked up with very simple concepts yet both showed why Japan are still the masters of the “simple but effective” approach to storytelling. Like other Girls Club shows when not working the girls get into fun or silly shenanigans. One that particularly stands out is the swimsuit episode. I am serious. Back to the simplicity, the presentation. The animation is simple and colorful with solid details where it counts such as the pottery itself and the importance of color and wind to the plot. The soundtrack is also simple with some a relaxing OP and ED.
The reason episodes are shorter than usual is because the other halves center around the live-action adventures of the four main seiyu learning more about the local pottery of Tajimi…only for it to become more about the lovely ladies eating various delicacies, which I have zero problems with. Cute and sexy ladies eating is always a fun time.
When it comes to yuri it is subtle for the most part. There are two pairs, each featuring one girl who has strong feelings for the other. They intentionally beat around the bush when conveying themselves around the girls they like but when not around their crush their feelings are much easier to read. Whether there will be more development next season remains to be seen but what we got in this first season was cute.
Overall Yakunara Mug Cup mo is a solid easy to enjoy Girls Club anime with a lovable cast. Himeno’s journey is a good one, her fellow club members and bestie are all fun as are several side-characters, the presentation is simple but effective and the yuri is mostly subtle but present. The show of course does a good job educating viewers on pottery and sculpting along with promoting Tajimi in both the animated and live-action parts (along with some local delicacies). Recommended to Girls Club fans and viewers looking for a fun chill time. We will join the pottery club again in Season 2.