In my Spring anime preview, I figured that the Joshikosei anime would be sorta like a mature version of Azumanga Daioh. I guess it all depends on what your idea of “mature” is…
If your idea of mature is pantsu, then yes, Joshikosei is very mature. This phenomenon has already been documented on other anime blogs, but seriously, it deserves more mention. This anime is like a Ocktoberfest of pantsu. Even before the episode title is announced, there’s at least 3 panty shots! This just proves that Japanese people are obsessed with pantsu!
Once you get past the pantsu smorgasbord, what you’re left with is a fairly average anime about high school freshmen. They’re pretty much stoked to make it to high school, but it doesn’t turn out the way they imagined.
This happened to me too; after watching countless episodes of Saved by the Bell, I figured that high school life would consist of a cool principal, countless pranks everyday, and hanging out at the Max! How wrong I was…
Basically, the story consists of the six main girls doing stupid stuff. This usually consists of getting into trouble, and then having their panties exposed. It isn’t very original, and it really does get old after a while. The first episode had the two leaders of the three girl gangs (that’s how I consider them at least) being locked in a room and trying to escape. Hopefully the next episode won’t be so generic.
The character designs are actually pretty good. They’re not Azumanga good, or Doki Doki good, but they’re passable. It’s inevitable that this anime will be compared to other (better) high school anime, so it’s sort of an uphill battle for Joshikosei. Meganekko is cute, and the other girls aren’t THAT bad. It’s just that the Azumanga characters were so damn cool!
The animation is okay. There’s not really that much action, so I think the anime relies more on facial expressions to get the point across. I actually liked the expressions they used a lot. It’s my own opinion that the beady eyes and >_< eyes are really expressive. They use those a lot in this anime, so thumbs up from me!
The OP is fairly good (better than the anime deserves, I think). It also seems kind of inappropriate for a high school girls comedy… It’s by yozuca*, who did the OP for Tactical Roar. The ED is more appropriate for this anime. It’s okay; not really awesome or anything. The ED sequence also has some fun dancing, but it just doesn’t compare to the dancing of Suzumiya Haruhi…
I’ll be honest: this first episode of Joshikosei wasn’t very good. I’m a big fan of the wacky high school comedy genre, so I’ll give it another episode. If it doesn’t shape up, this anime is headed straight to the recycle bin!
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