One of my all time favorite stalled anime has got to be Animal Yokocho. The subs stopped around March of this year, but a.f.k. seems to have picked it back up again. It’s already seen three releases in September so far!!! I thought I’d try and bring some attention to the anime so a.f.k. will have a bigger reason to keep subbing it.
Animal Yokocho is the tale of a 5 year old girl named Ami who finds a mysterious trap door in her new room. The door is a portal to “Animal Yokocho,” or Animal Alley. Three of the inhabitants of Animal Yokocho come to visit/torment her every day.
Kenta is a bear, and the straight man of the group. His job is to deliver the punchlines. Iyo is the rabbit who does crazy stuff and dies if she’s unneeded. Issa is the panda. He’s kind of emo. He generally gets caught between the fights of Kenta and Iyo.
Although the anime seems to be for kids, the humor is fairly universal. It draws a lot on puns, which is why I’d probably have a hard time watching this raw. In the first episode, they do a parody of baseball sports anime, and there’s a time traveling cat called “Iriemon.” Any anime that does a parody of Doraemon gets my vote!
I just noticed this recently, but this anime really resembles the American cartoon Animaniacs. Like Iyo is Dot, and Kenta is Yakko/Wakko. Yamanami-san is just there for random craziness. Overall, I think Animal Yokocho is even funnier than Animaniacs (and not just because it’s Japanese!).
The OP is ska, which means it rules! The lyrics don’t make any sense, but it’s really fun to listen to. The ED is by the Indigo, who did music for Ai Yori Aoshi and Somedays Dreamer’s. It seems like overkill to have such an awesome song for a kids’ show. No complaints though, the ED is really good.
If you like random crazy humor or puns (shows like Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo or Sexy Commando or Gag Manga Biyori), you should definitely check out Animal Yokocho. If you can get past the kiddie exterior of the anime, there’s really some good stuff going on.