Yama no Susume [First Impressions]
Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy
Episodes: 13 (3 minutes each episode)
Notable Seiyuu(s): Hikasa Yoko, Kana Asumi, Yui Ogura, Yuka Iguchi
Summary: Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again.
I was really worried when I saw CG paper cut-outs within the first minute of the show but fortunately, it was just an innovative way to show two girls approaching our adorable, height fearing protagonist. But I have to be honest with you, I didn’t know it was 3 minutes long until I mistakened the ED song to be the OP. It was getting good as well! 8bit you trolls!
Our protagonist Aoi – alongside her friend(?) Hinata – makes a great comedy duo. Although I wasn’t laughing, I was definitely enjoying the little comedic gags Yama no Susume was throwing at me while at the same time, providing a short but simple character introduction within a mere minute and a half. Usually I’d be worried if a show was only 3 minutes long and many shows I’ve seen that WERE 3 minutes long ended up being very disappointing. I have to confess that Yamamoto Yuusuke did a brilliant job as a director to use the short amount of time he had in order to introduce these two characters. I’m definitely sticking around for this one. I’ve yet to hear my beloved Hikasa Yoko!
I do recommend giving this a try even though it’s only 3 minutes long. So far, it has proven itself to be able to make use of the short time to really draw in the audience. If you liked Yuru Yuri, you might like to watch this for the character designs and if anyone like you out there who are as character driven as I am, this is a good show to watch. Only… 8bit isn’t exactly that great of a studio and the director himself isn’t a big shot, so I can only hope the amount of effort they put in this first episode is constant and consistent throughout the rest.