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