Anime Review: Kobe and I (animated short)

Anime Review:
Kobe and I

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: Kobe to Watashi, or “Kobe and I/Ai” is a four-minute-long animated short produced by the Kobe tourism board, directed by Junichi Yamamoto, released on May 12, 2010. As a young woman arrives in Kobe, she is introduced to the sights around the city by a giant, singing rooster.

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Spoiler-free set-up: A young woman named Ai decides to travel to Kobe on a whim, and at the airport she muses what she should do. She meets up with a giant rooster in a track suit who offers to show her around town to see all of the tourist attractions. Throughout the day, they dance and sing their way around the city.

My Impressions: Animated shorts to promote tourism are nothing new — last year I touched upon another short produced by Studio 4*c called Honey Tokyo (which was actually kinda cool). Now I guess it is Kobe’s turn to promote their fair city through the magic of anime!

So, how did it do? Well, the animation quality is fairly rudimentary (as in Flash-level graphics), and it was somewhat…odd. Cute girl arrives in the city, and before you know it she is singing and dancing about the great virtues of Kobe with a man-sized chicken. That’s about it. At four minutes long, you could do worse at wasting your time. And likewise, I could waste more time trying to review this as well, but that would be overkill.

Meh, I can’t say that I was impressed. About the only reason you might want to watch this is if you are actually planning a trip to Kobe and know nothing about the city. Or, just for the WTF-factor of watching a musical song-and-dance scene with a poorly animated anthropomorphic rooster.

The verdict:

For more information:

Sampling of Online Reviews:

  • “This anime seeks entirely to entertain without being conventional in the slightest sense. Somehow it pleasantly surprises me to know that people aren’t afraid about making anime about a girl breaking into a musical interlude with a giant chicken man while hawking the sights in Kobe in this day and age.” – My Anime List Reviews
  • “I hear it’s nice there and the video does make a point of pointing it out. Aside from that it’s not very good but the chicken man won over my heart. Grade: 5/10.” – Anime Planet Reviews

Miscellaneous Odds and Ends from 2010 left to review: Robo to Shoujo, Votoms: Finder, Votoms: Case;Irvine, Koko ni Iru, Keroro Gunsou Movie #5, Pokemon Special: Pikachu’s Really Big Day, Umi Kara no Shisha, Stitch: Zutto no Tomodachi, Sora no Otoshimono OVA, Rita et Machin, Kakko Kawaii Sengen, Shokupan Mimi, Mardock Scramble, Bleach Movie: Hell Verse

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