Friday, March 11, 2016

Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! review

Anime short can be rather pointless at time, especially if it's a weekly 3 minutes anime. By the time you read this review, you might be able to see the entire run of Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!, so it's really your choice on what you prefer to spent your time doing. To me personally, I really like this anime. It is simple, very short and most importantly, enough to make you smile.

Fifteen-year-old Komori Shuri is a junior high school girl who is too nice to decline requests. Constantly doing favors for other people has given her incredible strength?! But even so, she is also an adolescent junior high school girl. An anime overflowing with the ups and downs of everyday life! (Source: Batoto, edited)

The story in itself is plain and simple. Just an everyday slice of life of cute girls doing normal stuff each episodes. There is not enough screentime as a whole to be honest to even describe the overall plot and character development as a whole. Not to say that there is none; there are some sweet, mellow romance developed as well as how friendship are developed between the main cast in general. There are some general message laid out in the anime from time to time such as the importance of helping people and how by doing so you are able to connect with people and thus become more social and thus get more out of school and life in general. It is just a shame it is really short considering it is actually really fun to watch.

The characters are mostly generic. The main character, Komori is really lovable in the way she tried her best to help everyone since she had the habit of not turning down any request. She is really sweet and fun to watch. Her design feels exaggerated, with those needlessly large milk bags and strength more powerful than your average high school girls, without showing exactly why, but you have to come in term with it eventually. Her other friends include Megumi, a self-conscious girl with regards to her bust size that is somewhat anti-social and Masako, a gloomier version of Megumi minus the twintail, and was there to actually keep the cohesion of the group. A male character, Ootani was also added later on to spice up the story a little bit. He is a young boy who is interested in Komori surprisingly the most developed character in this series despite being introduced late. Through talking with Komori he is able to become more social by interacting with his classmates and helping them out as well. All in all, considering it is a 2 minutes anime, there are little to no character development, and you had to actually read the original manga to actually know more about them.

The art and animation, as well as sound, are nothing noteworthy in general. The art are plain and simple, yet decent enough to keep on watching. The animation are very relaxed, with very little movement as a whole. As for the sound, the credit song in itself took almost 1/4 of the show, just to put how short this anime is in perspective. The OST was well below average as the soundtrack did not exist for many scenes and was nearly absent in the many that it did take place in. As sound is far less important in short slice of life like this as it does not have to set-up powerful dramatic scenes, it is safe to say that it's negligible.

Overall, Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! was pretty much a timekiller. There's nothing too great about this show, just the fact that you'll end up using up 15 minutes of your life watching it. It does have some messages at time, but the lack of airing time made all the plot and character development to be almost null. It's cute and simple, but not really stellar in any way. I personally really enjoyed this show and was quite disappointed that it wasn't longer.

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