Double J Episode 1
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Series Premise: Double J is a weekly television series with five-minute-long episodes starting in July 2011, featuring flash-based animation stories, based on the manga of the same name. Hajime and Sayo decide to join an after-school club, and visit the “Cultural Activity Preservation Club”, where they meet all sorts of interesting individuals.
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ep. tl;dr review: Members of stupid club are stupid.
Episode Summary: Two Japanese high school students, Hajime and Sayo, decide to try out one of the after-school clubs, the “Japanese Cultural Preservation Club”. Expecting to find all sorts of interesting historical arts and crafts, instead they end up talking with a girl who does nothing more than carve incisions on toothpicks (because her family has been doing it for generations), and another who makes rain gutters. They mull over whether to joing the club or not, even after being shot down at the suggestion they could carve the pointy ends on the toothpicks. UM…THAT’S THE JOKE. I THINK.
My Impressions: Hey, it’s (finally) my first review of the Summer 2011 season! Why not start out with a stinker?
First there was Haiyoru! Nyaru-ani, which was so awful that it peaked at the #2 spot on my Worst shows of 2010 list. Undaunted, the same company then launched into a whole raft of similar shows featuring short skits from B-grade manga series, done in the same barely-animated flash style. The YuruAni animation block from NTV hit th airwaves in 2011, but out of the different shows only one of them (so far) have been subtitled into English: Honto ni Atta Reibai Sensei, which I gave a solid thumbs-down as well. Apparently there *must* be some sort of fan base for this drek out there, because they’ve returned this Summer for another serving of eye-lemon goodness: Double J!
First the good news: It’s not as blaringly awful as the earlier shows. Instead it’s just…moderately bad. And perhaps more importantly: completely unfunny. The joke at the end goes something along the lines of “of course you can’t sharpen toothpicks, because machines do that, silly!”. Um, yeah.
The animation is…minimal at best, just as expected. If you take the screen captures above and swap them around and add in occasional zoom-ins and mouth-flaps, you have *literally* 90% of the animation right there. Flat, un-moving characters superimposed over black and white photograph backgrounds. It’s about as sophisticated as Clutch Cargo. But Double J is not judged on its animation, which is secondary to the “story” itself. And that’s where it falls totally flat. Stupid characters, stupid setting, stupid joke. Makes me wonder who the hell is choosing what manga stories to adapt, because so far it’s been one loser after another.
With the short episode length and the extremely limited animation (this could be thrown together by any moderately-experienced Flash animator in an afternoon), I imagine the production costs are rock-bottom. Because of this, I would expect to see more crap like this as time goes on. Perhaps some day they’ll actually do one worth watching, but I’m not holding my breath.
- Episode 1 in original Japanese on Youtube.
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- Not licensed for distribution in the United States.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “The jokes were… okay, though not terribly creative. I got a laugh or two out of the gags, but having only 4 minutes per episode is rather disappointing and cuts things off kind of fast. And let’s not forget, this series follows the oh-so-overused “girls randomly talking about stuff” that’s become oh so common nowadays. Grade: 5.5/10.” – Emory Anime Club
- “The episode was focused on the club and the jokes were centered on one random thing. The whole first episode reminds me of the first episode of Lucky Star with the chocolate cornet.” – Nerd Age
- “The four minute length of episodes is very constraining. I don’t expect them to do much more than tell a couple of jokes each time, and the artwork was very weak. On the other hand, the ideas in this episode were pretty clever, and I like the arts, so I think I can get something out of the four minute investment.” – Abandoned Factory
- “Oh god no. I can’t take another minute of this. This “traditional arts” club is like my definition of Hell, and I can only assume the lead character has some kind of brain damage for wanting to join it…This is worse than Lucky Star. This is worse than the Nichijou OVA. This was just godawful on so many levels, and the only good thing about it is that it’s only four minutes long.” – Sekijitsu
- “Double J is the latest in a string of utterly horrid Flash shows that could have easily been out-produced by a bunch of high-schoolers. Potential: 10%” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “While Nonaka’s switch from a rough yankii story to fluffier moe nonsense is impressive, there seems to be weaknesses that drag the animation down. While there were playful transitions for the animation in Cromartie High School, such devices are missing in Double-J, even though the story seems to be told in the same manner. Grade: 9/25.” – AniMaybe
- “Having read the chapter that this first four-minute episode covered, I have to say a lot of the humor was lost in the fast-lipped dialogue.” – Random Curiosity
- “This show is shit but since it’s only 4 minutes long, I’ll humor it until I get bored. Grade: 4/10.” – Conspicuous Klux
- “What is this? Is it a joke? F*ck it! I even wasted more time writing this review but this is my responsibility to tell my comrades who is looking forward for this new season anime and I don’t want those who have not watch it to waste their precious time like me.” – One Precinct
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: None yet
Thumbs-down for Round One: Double J
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