Anime Review: Copihan Episode 1

Anime Review:
Copihan Episode 1

What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! For more information about me and my reviews, click here for details on what I am reviewing.

Series Premise: Copihan is an Original Net Animation (ONA) started in August 2011, a collaborative effort between the animation studio Gonzo, and Kei, the creator of the Hatsune Miku “Vocaloid” character. Set in the year 2034, Copihan follows the everyday adventures of some lively girls at a high school.

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ep. tl;dr review: Girl plays baseball; Was there a point to all of this?

Episode Summary: Yuzuki is a cheerful high school girl who is also a star player on her baseball team. With classmates Saya and Sayu giving the play-by-play commentary during a game, Yuzuki finds the score tied on the last play of the game. But just as she is to swing the bat, the television broadcast is pre-empted by a news program. THAT’S THE JOKE.

My Impressions: This show had a fair amount of buzz for two reasons, neither having to do with the story or plot. First, Copihan is produced by Gonzo, one of the most respected anime companies of the past decade for their innovative work on Last Exile, among many other shows. But after a long dry spell of poorly received drek, it was supposed to make it’s “big comeback” this year. And the vehicle of their climb back to relevance? First, the Flash-animated styles of Nyanpire the Animation, of which the less said the better. And then, there’s this.

The other reason for all the buzz? Character designs by Kei, the brainchild behind the weeaboo-bait Hatsune Miku. Means nothing to me, actually, but it’s apparently a big deal among the less evolved segments of anime fandom.

But when it comes to the actual animated story itself, I can only imagine the collective sigh among the the eagerly-awaiting fanbase of “Wait, that’s it?” There is not exactly a lot of meat to chew on this five minute long snoozefest. Cute girl plays baseball, and the episode ends (as a joke) before the final out. Ehhhhhhhh.

Copihan is supposedly set in the future (2034 to be exact), yet there is exactly *nothing* in this first episode to indicate that this is set in 1999, 2011, let alone 2034. But apparently in the future people are still completely agog at the concept of GASP a girl playing on a baseball team. (One of the opposing players literally was mouth-open agape at the idea she was not a cheerleader). If I was a feminist, I would be raging here.

Also, within the first few seconds of the episode, the *very* first scene we are subjected to is a upskirt panty shot of the main character. And that’s all you really need to know about where the minds of the writers are on this show.

Let’s not forget about the Doublemint Twins Saya and Sayu, who have apparently eaten an entire box of Pixie Stix before getting into the broadcaster’s box. Extremely cute, or extremely annoying: You decide! Personally I’m looking for a couple of shotgun shells…

The verdict:

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Sampling of Online Reviews:

  • “We’ve got a panty shot within the first minute, then a completely unrelated segment about guys looking at the lead’s panties, then she goes and plays baseball where she gets to wear her own special girly skintight uniform showing her perky breasts bounce wildly from the strenuous act of stepping up to the plate while ambiguously gendered twins give themselves seizures in excitement. What has Gonzo learned then?” – Tenka Seiha
  • “The jokes just sucked (were they even jokes…?), and the bits of fanservice were completely and utterly unnecessary. Oh, and there’s this girl who’s just grand at everything she does, and she’s the main character. A boring main cast, that’s for sure. So what does the setting being in the year 2034 contribute here? Absolutely nothing. Grade: 2.0/10.” – Emory Anime Club
  • “With this season sporting the likes of Double J, Nyanpire, and especially Morita-san, all three of which can have their own songs of praise sung, it was only a matter of time before a short series had to step up to take the prestigious title of “worst” – Copihan does just that.” – Seventh Style


Thumbs-up for Round One: Busou Shinki: Moon Angel, Blood-C, Mawaru Penguindrum, Kamisama Dolls

Thumbs-down for Round One: Double J, Morita-san wa Mukuchi, Mayo Chiki, Nyanpire the Animation, Carnival Phantasm, Copihan

Coming up next: Yuruyuri, No. 6, Sacred Seven, Dantalian no Shoka, Uta no Prince-sama, The Idolmaster, Manyuu Hikenchou, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Kamisama no Memochou, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, Twin Angel Twinkle Paradise, Baby Princess 3-D, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Second Season, Rou Kyuu Bu, R-15

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One Response to Anime Review: Copihan Episode 1

  1. Pingback: Anime Review: Recap of the Summer 2011 (after the 1st episodes) | This Euphoria!

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