Anime Review: Yutori-Chan Episodes 1-4

(originally published on Livejournal on 5/9/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Yutori-chan

What This Is All About: I am going to attempt to watch at least the first episode of every anime show of the new season that is subtitled. The review will be divided into three short sections: “The Elevator Speech”, a quick two-to-three sentence synopsis of the episode; “The Skinny”, my initial reactions, and “The Verdict”, a simple Pass/Fail grade that determines whether to continue to the next episode or not. For those with a passing grade, I will follow-up later with the second or third episodes for a re-evaluation.

The Elevator Speech: Yutori is a high-school student starting her first part-time job at a toy company, under the tutelage of her college-aged senior Tsumekomi and her middle-aged boss, Daikai with the bee-sting lips. Although full of vim and vigor, Yutori seems to completely lack any form of common sense, creating all sorts of silly situations in the office. This series is comprised of short-shorts (about one or two minutes long) that were distributed via email – the first four for free.

The Skinny: Spring-season anime? Well, stretching it a bit – the was a limited preview back at the end of last year, although the fansubs didn’t come around until last month. Now you, too, can get wrapped in a cute little teal-and-pink moeblob! In any case, this is all pretty light-weight stuff with cute-cute characters involved in stupid 4-panel-style jokes. For example: Tsumekomi asks Yutori why she didn’t finish copying the documents, and Yutori replies because she didn’t teach her how to change the paper when it ran out. Get it? Ha…ha….ahem. This has about as much meaningful impact as the comics section of your local newspaper. Yutori-chan is not bad, it’s just…inconsequential.

The Verdict:

More Info:

Japanator Review that piles on the moe-moe moeblobiness: http://www.japanator.com/yutori-chan-more-moe-than-moe-13482.phtml
Anime News Network entry: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-12-22/biglobe-to-debut-yutori-chan-anime-via-email
Episode One Online: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcrmro_zeroraws-yutorichan-01-webrip-480x3_fun

The Scorecard So Far (first episodes only):
Thumbs-up: Working!!, Angel Beats, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, K-On Season 2, Heroman, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Giant Killing, The Tatami Galaxy, Shoka, House of Five Leaves

Thumbs-down B Gata H Kei, Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, Mayoi Neko Overrun, Uraboku, KissXSis, Senkou no Night Raid, Ookiku Furikabutte Season 2, Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri, Shin Koihime Mousou Otogi Tairan, Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor, Hetalia World Series, Rainbow Rokubou no Shichinin, Haiyoru Nyaru-Ani, SD Gundam Senshi Sangokuden: Brave Battle Warriors, Jewel Pet Tinkle, Tales of Symphonia: Tethe’alla, Major Season 6, Sex Pistols

Up to bat next in the lineup:
– Magic Kaito, Kachou no Koi…and unless something else new comes along that’s pretty much it!

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