First Impressions – Recorder to Randoseru

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Is it just me, or is it rather pointless for a 3-minute anime to have an ED?

To be honest, I had no idea that episodes for this series were going to be only three minutes long.  I’m not against mini-eps on principle – Chi’s Sweet Home certainly made them work, for example. But really, for a show that’s actually about people, character development is going to be pretty much an impossibility.  In fact, there’ll be time for about one major gag per episode in all likelihood, which puts an awful lot of pressure on studio Seven to make it a good one.

The fact that the entire premise is basically a gag sort of plays into this, I guess.  Eleven year-old Miyagawa Atsushi (Okiayu Rotaru) is 11 but looks like a grown man, while his sister Atsumi (Kugimiya Rie) is 17 but looks like a grade-schooler.  Utterly preposterous, of course, but at least it had me interested in that I figured it had the chance to be either unspeakably stupid or stupidly hilarious.  Well, the intro was funny enough – the major joke being that Atsushi is arrested as a pedophile during a routine chat with his friend Hina (Uchida Aya).  But really, it just left me wanting more.

Hirano Aya is also in the cast as Atsumi’s friend Sayo, as well as Goda Aya (very good in R-15 as Taketo – so we have three Ayas in the cast) as Atsushi’s friend Takumi, so the star power is certainly there for a three-minute show.  And you can tell by the casting for the siblings that the absurdity factor is going to be played up to the hilt here.  I think this has potential to be pretty funny, but it’s hard to imagine a three-minute episode will ever leave the viewer feeling really satisfied.  If the joke works, you’ll just want more.  And if it falls flat, the impression will be non-existent.  I’ll give it a chance, but with very limited expectations.

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ED: “Glitter” by Aoi Tada feat. Sister 773

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  1. A

    doesnt matter. made me laugh

  2. C

    doesn't matter, had se*

    joking aside, those screenshot made up in my opinion the whole anime. True Story.

  3. b

    The studio is more than capable I think. They did 26 episiodes of Morita-san wa Mukuchi, also a 3min anime. Those 2 students at the beginning were two of the characters there.
    It was okay to watch and there can be some development there.
    For this I think it's possible.
    Though it's pretty hard to believe Atsushi is 11 with his height, looks and voice.
    Didnt know about 3 Ayas here but I know Hirano is here. Though only 2-3 lines with a gasp. So much for her comeback.

  4. K

    I was looking forward to this. Was quite a disapointment that the show is 3 minutes long. Why bother…

  5. e

    enzo are you going to do a review for episode 1 of amgami ss plus once it subbed?

  6. Yes, I plan to blog Amagami.

  7. m

    The premise was certainly ridiculous enough for me to want to check it out. But I was afraid it would be in a short format due to the it being based on a 4-koma and I was right. It did leave me wanting more because it seemed like it was just starting. But given that it's a gag show, I'm hoping this feeling will lessen in the future. In any case, it's 3 minutes so it won't be a hardship to make time and watch it.

    You're right about there being an ED though. Guess they need a place to put the credits at? XD But as someone who's seen a lot of shorts, this is a lot more acceptable than that atrocious ED from Nyanpire :E

  8. b

    Hey the song itself in Nyanpire wasn't half bad. It was the video that was atrocious >_>
    That's why I minimize it once the ED plays.

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