PoyoRoRomae [First Impressions]
Let’s commemorate the end to this soulless season with the season’s cheapest shows. Seriously, a five-minute commercial for a 4-koma and a fifteen-minute commercial for a live-action movie? Talk about a whimper. Or maybe not because I maybe sort of, kind of like these shows.
Alrighty, PoyoRoRomae (say that five times fast). Hit it!
Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki
Dawww. Sorry, Nyanko-sensei, I love you, and Imma let you finish, but Poyo is the cutest mascot this season (that’s Puffy for you non-Weeabos). And no, don’t even bring up that “dog” from Inu x Boku SS.
Hmm, come to think of it, I’m more of a dog person. But this show finally made me realize the point of these five minute shorts, which are only four minutes if you count the OP/ED. I don’t think I could take this much cuteness for half an hour. But five minutes? Sure. It’s sweet premise that cranks out a few easy jokes. It’s also relatable if you’ve had pets (why does the pet like her more?) and an inside-joke if you like anime (what’s the difference between an average anime cat and an average anime girl? Nothing! They’re both blobs).
Should you watch this? It’s a five-minute comedy about a spherical cat. If that’s sounds appealing, you’ll love this. If that doesn’t sounding appealing, you won’t. Me? Poyo looks like my Pikachu Gravatar. It’s a return to my motherland.
I thought I’d have to start this post with “stupid, cheap, flash commercial for a live-action movie,” but I’ll be damned if Thermae Romae isn’t a well put-together stupid, cheap, flash commercial for a live-action movie. The comedy isn’t obnoxiously in-your-face and SHOUT THE PUNCHLINE like it sometimes is in Daily Lives of High School Boys and always is in Kill Me Baby. This is a flash show, but the visual gags are meticulous; there’s stuff going on in every frame. The writing isn’t that funny, but it’s clever. You know a show does something right if it makes me grateful for today’s technology.
That said, this is still a stupid, cheap, flash commercial, and I’m pissed it got a slot in Noitamina. Had this been a full-length, non-flash series, it would have fit into Noitamina’s old line-up, unlike say, I Still Hate Typing the Name of that Show or Guilty Non-Pleasure. It’s got a Moyashimon vibe. But it’s still a flash commercial, and it’s still not as funny as Guilty Crown, which, with its twelfth episode, earned comedy of the year.
Should you watch this? It’s a stupid, cheap, flash commercial for a live-action movie. The highlight is its superb soundtrack. If that hasn’t turned you off, go for it. If that does, wait for the live-action movie. I’ll be there with you. Should be aweso–shoot, I’ve been suckered in by a commercial!
Maybe I’ve been too harsh on the season. Because here are two dismissible, unremarkable shorts, and I enjoyed them both. Or maybe I’ve lowered my standards to the point that even Togainu no Chi would appeal to me. Either way, I’ve finally started to like winter’s crop of shows. Wonderful, because I hate being a grouch.
Since this will be my last impressions post for winter, here’s an outline of future plans. Blogging? Thermae Romae. Possibly another show (but not Another show–that’s Bass’s). I’d love to hear suggestions. Watching? I’ll do a full-length post on that. After that? I have a few editorial posts planned, such as a guide to Pixiv.
Oof, got a little off-topic. More importantly, what did you think of these shows? Dumb? Cheap? Actually funny? Also, what do you think of these blogging plans? Is there any show you’d like to see covered here by me or anyone else?
Thanks for reading!