Asobi Asobase – Full Season QandA Rundown

Asobi Asobase – Full Season QandA Rundown

What’s the important information? Asobi Asobase is a Summer 2018 comedy anime that aired 12 episodes from July to September. It is based on a Seinen manga series by Rin Suzukawa.

What’s it about? Hanako, Olivia and Kasumi are three second-year students at an all-girl middle school and are the only three members of the ‘past-timers club’. The series follows their antics in and around their school club.

Why did you watch it? The series promised comedy and it delivered it in spades!

Brutal.

Did you enjoy the show? No other show this season made me laugh as consistently and as hard as Asobi Asobase. While an individual’s tolerance for this type of ‘comedy’ may vary, I found the extreme, nonsensical and borderline insane antics of these three girls to be a rare thing—unlike any comedy I’ve ever seen.

What was your favourite episode? It’s almost too hard to pick because any given episode is divided into either 3 or 4 separate segments, and while the quality can vary between segments no one episode had a complete set of flawlessly funny segments. The closest it ever came and probably the episode that made me laugh the most though was Episode 4 which was filled with such bizarre imagery and memorable sight gags that it definitely made an impression!

Make-up goals.

What were your most favourite things about the show? It’s difficult to quantify specific things about a comedy series like this as being “favourites” as more often that not its individual jokes/set-ups and pay-offs as well as random and insane interactions that stick out in one’s mind as opposed to any ~specific~ reviewable qualities. Though the rapport between the three leads was consistently excellent and the voice actresses exhibited terrific comedic timing.

Kasumi is terrified of men.

What were your least favourite things about the show? It’s almost been talked about too much at this point but Episode 5 had a moment that was arguably trans-phobic (and if not then just stupid, tone-deaf and unfunny). I discussed it at length in my individual review for the episode so I won’t go into any more detail than that but it is worth mentioning as something disappointing in an otherwise excellent series.

Good reaction image.

Who was your favourite character? Hanako is a singular and unique specimen unlike any character in the history of anime, added to that the range and power of her voice actress and the insane things the script has her saying makes her a character for the ages.

*insanity intensifies*

Thoughts on the OP (opening) and ED (ending) and the soundtrack in general? The OP “Three Piece” sung by the three main girls is a soft and sweet little song that lulls the viewer into a false sense of security about what madness is about to ensure—it’s the perfect bait and switch and feels more and more sarcastic every time you listen to it. Perfectly contrasting the light OP is the ED, a dark and menacing heavy metal track “Inkya Impulse” also sung featuring Ikepy & KSKN—and as something of a metal head I can appreciate what a legitimately rocking piece of music it is!

What’s something unique about this show? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an anime so preoccupied with penises—but maybe that’s exactly what middle school girls are like nowadays?

Maeda is a close second for favourite character.

What other anime are most like it for the sake of comparison? The sense of freewheeling comedic abandon is reminiscent of Yuruyuri, however the comparisons end there, as the aforementioned is light and laid-back whereas Asobi Asobase is an electric shock to the frontal lobe. I don’t think there’s any show quite like it but I’d be happy to be proven wrong in the comments!

Who would you recommend it to? Anybody who is into loud and aggressive comedies, with an emphasis on ‘reaction’ based humour as well as some occasionally very crude humour all coming from the weirdest group of middle-school girls you’ve ever seen.

Sum up the season in one sentence: ‘I’ve never taken drugs before but Asobi Asobase is what I imagine having a bad acid trip with a group of insane middle schoolers would be like’.

Final score? 90 out of 100.

Relatable/10.

Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:

Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1 Review
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2 Review
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3 Review
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4 Review
Youthful Transgressions – Episode 5 Review
A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – Episode 6 Review
Getting It Off Your Chest – Episode 7 Review
Like A Batsu Outta Hell – Episode 8 Review
Brother’s Creeper – Episode 9 Review
Cunning Linguists – Episode 10 Review
How The Cookie Crumbles – Episode 11 Review
Making The Breast Out Of A Bra Situation – Episode 12 Review


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Making The Breast Out Of A Bra Situation – ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

Making The Breast Out Of A Bra Situation – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 12

What’s the show? Asobi Asobase, Episode 12.

Another season finale, huh? How’s this episode? You may recall me ‘lightly complaining’ about how I wasn’t too keen on the continuity that this show had been injecting into the series—specifically Episodes 10 and 11 which had sort of a lead up to the cultural festival loose plot thread.

I recall, yes. So is this episode all about said cultural festival? Nope! It was never mentioned again and I couldn’t be more glad! This show is so much better when every aspect of any-given segment is completely unpredictable and that’s more or less what we get in episode 12 a glorious and insane return to form!

Oh my indeed!

Uh-huh, well that’s good I guess. Does that mean all the segments are good this time? I said a return to form not the best episode ever… two of the segments—the first two—are among the funniest the show has ever produce, the last two are slightly weaker though I really did appreciate the final segment for being somehow even more inane than anything else the show has done and ending on such a meta-joke.

Hanako’s been broken a long time.

We’ll get to that, what about the first two segments? More detail please. Well the first segment involves a baby—one of Sensei’s friends has brought their baby on a visit to the school and for plot conveniences the teacher has to leave the baby with our 3 girls and uh… well let’s just say this baby may or may not be a reincarnated pervert mafia don because the things this baby says and does and the girls reaction to them is truly priceless!

Bet you’d never expect a baby to say that!

Right? And the next one? After a particularly sweaty P.E. class the girls are changing and the flat and ever sports-bra wearing Hanako gets a bad case of bra-envy when she sees Kasumi’s cute bra and this could possibly be Hanako at her most lunatic and it’s absolutely glorious. Later Hanako’s looking on a bra site for something pretty with the intent on making her “bra-debut” only to discover that due to the way chest sizes are measured, she’s not an A-cup like she presumed but the smaller AA-cup, suffice to say that doesn’t sit well with the poor girl…

This whole scene was magic as Hanako went more and more insane.

I see, and the third segment? I couldn’t even remember the third one until I looked it up, which should speak of its memorability. It’s not a bad segment it’s just a joke that’s kind of been done before by other shows (and I couldn’t possibly think of an actual example so take my word for it) where Olivia is playing a new mobile game and it looks all cutesy on the surface but it’s actually a super violent and sadistic shooting game. It did bring back a character we hadn’t seen since Episode 3, the president of the Shoji club who ended up getting compound fractures over her entire body—and that was a fun reference if kinda pointless. Though it’s worth mentioning the segment itself is called ‘Fairy Tale Battle Royale’ and I can’t help but think someone naming the segments was just trying to cash in on some of that sweet SEO with ‘Battle Royale’ games being all the rage at the moment.

At least they didn’t get called the c-word by their fellow online gamers like Chio did!

Aren’t you doing that too by even mentioning it? …so what if I am! Jeez! I’ve got to make a living somehow!

And the final segment? We’re introduced to a hand-drawn 2v2 game called ‘Paper Wars’ in which players take turns drawing something to try and defeat what the previous team has drawn—oh and Maeda’s there because we need that Maeda fix in our finale! It’s a short segment with a bunch of silly images and accompanying “powers” that they describe each character having with each character becoming more and more overpowered in increasingly ridiculous ways than Hanako observes “how do we make this end?” and then the show cuts to the end-credits. Absolute perfection! I couldn’t think of a better way to end this series, it’s dumb, it’s over-the-top, it’s meta, it’s Asobi Asobase!

The perfect image to leave this review of this absurd series finale on.

Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:

Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1 Review
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2 Review
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3 Review
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4 Review
Youthful Transgressions – Episode 5 Review
A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – Episode 6 Review
Getting It Off Your Chest – Episode 7 Review
Like A Batsu Outta Hell – Episode 8 Review
Brother’s Creeper – Episode 9 Review
Cunning Linguists – Episode 10 Review
How The Cookie Crumbles – Episode 11 Review


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How The Cookie Crumbles – ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 11 Review

How The Cookie Crumbles – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 11

What’s the show? Asobi Asobase, Episode 11.

So what happens in this episode? Remember how in my last couple of reviews for Chio’s School Road, specifically Episode 10 and Episode 11 I mentioned that the show was getting a more cohesive, character driven feel about it and the world was expanding and feeling more like a show rather than a series of random sketches and how that was absolutely a good thing?

Yes, I probably recall that, why? Because the same thing is kinda happening to Asobi Asobase except it’s kinda not a good thing…

Two good witches.

Oh dear. So what exactly is happening then? Basically this entire episode, all three segments within in it follow on from the final segment from last week—that being the girls working on a film for the school’s cultural fest. And that segment wasn’t the best to begin with but now we’ve got a segment dealing with them trying to get the school council president to approve their movie, as well as the school council president trying to deal with the vice president, a slutty girl who’s dating six members of boy’s school’s school council across the road and also what the Occult club is doing for their display.

“It was faked!”

So in other words it’s all about the school festival or things adjacent it? Which would be fine if it didn’t feel so samesy, like it feels like they dragged out what would have been enough content for maybe two segments and put it into four. It’s not that the jokes aren’t funny it’s that they don’t have the same breakneck intensity and insanity that previous episodes had. Plus it falls victim to something I was afraid would happen and mentioned in a previous review.

I want to hear more about the “bloodshed” that results from her dating six-guys that the narrator hints at.

What’s that? It overuses its one-note characters—specifically Maeda and Olivia’s otaku brother. While Maeda’s often a highlight, here he’s just dragged out to do a kind of funny joke with his butt laser, while Olivia’s brother just has a pretentious speech then drools over middle-schoolers having a physical altercation. And, I can’t believe I’m saying this but it just didn’t feel very smart.

No need to call the police, it’s just Maeda.

Oh? You’re looking for “smart”… in this show?! Be snide all you want there is intelligence in good comedy, even in dumb, shouty comedies—it’s all about timing and spacing to deliver perfect reactions at the perfect time but this episode felt way off the mark more often than not. That’s not to say there weren’t some great jokes and one-liners, the stuff with the witches of the Occult club was pretty funny but this was by far the weakest episode of the series—and the fact that we haven’t even gotten to the cultural festival makes my expectations lowered for next week. Hopefully though the comedy will be more consistent and the pacing will be better!

Me, when there’s cookies. And I want the cookies.

Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:

Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1 Review
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2 Review
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3 Review
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4 Review
Youthful Transgressions – Episode 5 Review
A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – Episode 6 Review
Getting It Off Your Chest – Episode 7 Review
Like A Batsu Outta Hell – Episode 8 Review
Brother’s Creeper – Episode 9 Review
Cunning Linguists – Episode 10 Review


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Cunning Linguists – ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 10 Review

Cunning Linguists – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 10

What’s the show? Asobi Asobase, Episode 10.

And what’s this episode about? Don’t you hate it when a show does something that’s so good but you can’t adequately put it into words, or screencaps or even gifs because the humour is completely in the line delivery?

I wouldn’t know, I don’t watch anything, but I’ll take your word for it. So I take it there’s something like that in this episode? Yes! As a perfect contrast to Olivia—the blonde-haired Western looking girl who pretends to be foreign but actually can’t speak a word of English—we have Fujiwara a ~very~ Japanese looking girl, who everyone presumes is great at classical Japanese literature but who in-fact speaks in the most broken Japanese I’ve ever heard. And it’s absolutely amazing. I was laughing so hard the whole time she was on-screen. Also, I don’t often look into the background of voice actresses, but it turns out Fujiwara’s Seiyuu was born in Australia and lived there for 17 years before moving to Japan.

Those eyebrows tho.

So pretty authentic then? Indeed! And this is only the first segment and I was already in hysterics, thankfully the other 3 segments contain their fair share of laughs too—though with a brief detour to the potentially problematic if you really want to be pedantic about it.

I haven’t even watched Monty Python and I got the reference!

Okay, explain. Right, so Fujiwara overhears that Olivia can’t speak English and tries to blackmail Kasumi into going on a date with her(!) but before she can give an answer she’s ‘rescued’ by Tsugumi (the one who was rumoured to be a “boy in drag” from Episode 5) and by “rescued” I mean Tsugumi kisses Kasumi square on the lips! There’s a brief inquisition (didn’t expect that—but then again, nobody does!), Kasumi has a dream about Tsugumi’s penis and can’t get it out of her head. So the three girls rally together to find out whether or not she does have one in a bunch of roundabout and completely unsuccessful ways.

I mean it’s happened to all of us, right?

Are we invoking that this segment is “transphobic” again? Nah, I mean it’s borderline—if anything it’s just mildly creepy that Kasumi is so intent on looking up Tsugumi’s dress to see “what’s there” but they don’t actually say anything that I’d say qualifies as transphobic this episode, they’re just being silly girls. And by the way, all this happens over three of the four segments and I’m really glad for the continuity here. It really helps the show feel more connected rather than disparate randomness.

Don’t get on Hanako’s bad side.

And the last segment? Probably the weakest of the four—it’s basically about Kasumi directing a short film for the ‘Pastimers Club’ to be presented at the school’s cultural festival. And there’s a few laughs here and there—especially when they break the forth-wall about “announcing a second season”—only to dash all our hopes by saying “that’ll never happen”. We can still dream, can’t we?

I think Disney’s lawyers are on the phone.

So opinion on the episode? Overwhelmingly positive… maybe my favourite episode of the season but to be honest that’s ~mostly~ to do with Fujiyama—I don’t know what it is, but hearing such a distinctive broken Japanese/Australian accent in an anime and coming from a girl like her was pure comedy gold plus the mere hint of this series going even a bit ‘yuri’ is quite promising!

I know she’s meant to be playing an alien, but all I can think of is Shera!

Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:

Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1 Review
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2 Review
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3 Review
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4 Review
Youthful Transgressions – Episode 5 Review
A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – Episode 6 Review
Getting It Off Your Chest – Episode 7 Review
Like A Batsu Outta Hell – Episode 8 Review
Brother’s Creeper – Episode 9 Review


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Brother’s Creeper – ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 9 Review

Brother’s Creeper – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 9

What’s the show? Asobi Asobase, Episode 9.

So what manner of madness do the girls get up to this episode? With the exception of the middle segment the first and last segment are actually pretty realistic—that said the final part had some of the biggest laughs this show has given me—which is certainly saying something!

Good reaction image!

Okay so what happens in the first segment? Olivia’s been faking being a foreign transfer student since day 1, which she does because I guess she thought it’d be funny—except now it’s kinda backfired because none of the other girls in class talk to her because of the very Japanese fear of getting into an awkward language gap situation. This segment kinda fell a little bit flat for me mostly because it was just about passing a note through class in order to spread the rumour that Olivia is actually fluent in Japanese and it backfires when it arrives at Kasumi who isn’t aware Olivia wants to be known as a fluent Japanese speaker and presumes someone is trying to undermine all her ‘hard work at being a fake foreigner’. Even if it was short on laughs or quotable quotes I did enjoy Olivia’s ~fake~ broken Japanese with all the emphasis’ on the “desu” at the end of every sentence.

Sometimes you just gotta smile.

Right, and the second segment then? Decidedly less down to earth than passing notes in class? Very much so—leading on from the previous segment Olivia is chosen to represent the class in an English-speaking competition and is understandably mortified, as she’s terrible at it. So Hanako calls Maeda for help which comes in the form of another robot (you may recall Maeda and Hanako’s grandfather built her a robot boyfriend in Episode 6) except this robot is a little bit more R-18 than the previous one. Considering it’s made from parts of her grandfathers sex robot(!) and has a particularly potty mouth on it. It’s not often you get tirades off f-bombs in an anime and it certainly was as funny as it was surprising!

Robo-Olivia is terrifying…

Sex-robot, eh? I’m not even going to pry… and the final segment? What about it had you so tickled? Olivia’s gotten in trouble for bringing manga to class and since both her parents are at work her big brother has to come down to the school to apologise for his sister’s behaviour. Basically it’s just an excuse to get the girls to interact with Olivia’s brother who is… well, Hanako summed it up perfectly with one of the best lines of the season: “did you adopt him from Akihabara?”

What a reference! Wonder if that was what was actually said in Japanese or the translators are just having fun.

Ah… so he’s one of ‘you’ is he? I take exception to that! Take it back! He’s an overweight, twenty-something otaku, who lacks any social awareness about how weird he comes off to other people and says creepy things out-loud about how nice “raw” middle schooler’s smell.

Understandable reaction.

Oh boy. And maybe for some people he is pure cringe, and for others he’s the wrong side of funny, but to me it was absolutely hilarious. Also the disappointment that her older brother wasn’t some handsome specimen like out of an anime, but rather someone who watches anime was pretty perfect. I do wonder if he’ll be an infrequently recurring character like Maeda as there is potential considering—despite all her objections about his appearance and personality in person she is quite taken with his ‘phone persona’—that is to say how he talks to her so valiantly in text messages.

Thankfully Olivia is around to show Hanako the real oni-chan.

Hmm, and that’s not creepy is it?! Oh of course it is—there’s a whole road I could go down about how problematic it is for a twenty-something year old to be messaging a middle-school aged girl and how it has the potential to normalise ‘grooming’, but sometimes you just gotta go with the joke. Especially in a show that’s as consistently insane as this one!

Maeda is consistently MVP.

Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:

Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1 Review
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2 Review
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3 Review
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4 Review
Youthful Transgressions – Episode 5 Review
A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – Episode 6 Review
Getting It Off Your Chest – Episode 7 Review
Like A Batsu Outta Hell – Episode 8 Review


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Like A Batsu Outta Hell – ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 8 Review

Like A Batsu Outta Hell – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 8

What’s the show? Asobi Asobase, Episode 8.

So what happens this week? You know, standard episode of Asobi Asobase, that is to say it’s completely and utterly insane and I loved every damn minute of it!

Right, care to elaborate on any of it? We’ve gotten to the point where reviewing this show is hard—unless it does something wrong, which it didn’t—though I will say it’s definitely a ~period piece~ what with the casual reference to the Panama Papers last episode and a full segment devoted to a ‘Pokemon Go’-esque smartphone game, this show is very 2016. Which is a weird thing to say because I mean we’re only talking a couple of years now… I don’t know if this’ll be a problem in 5 or 10 years time when people are like, “what’s that a reference to?” but it was just a thought I had…

She takes too much joy out of her friends suffering, I love it.

Okay let’s start there, what’s the “Pokemon Go-esque smartphone game” being played? Olivia has a game called “Bacteri Go” which is a super-advanced version of the aforementioned popular ‘augmented reality’ smartphone game which somehow allows her to detect bacteria on anything she points her phone’s camera at and collect a cutesy version of said bacteria. At first I thought it was just Olivia being silly and making her friends feel uncomfortable about their hygiene but when Olivia detects faecal matter on Hanako’s writing mat and we get a flashback to Hanako’s cat wiping its butt on her mat back at home. Also, a returning reference to Olivia’s body odour problems.

Me, playing Gal Gun 2.

I see. And the second segment? We get a segment that falls into the “realistic” category, that is to say it’s about something distinctly ‘teenage girl’ (like last week’s segment about Kasumi having breasts too big to fit shirts with cute pictures on them). This episode it’s about Hanako having been pressured into buying a ridiculous outfit and Hanako finding who of her friends was responsible and then it goes distinctively ‘Asobi Asobase’ by Hanako calling Olivia and Oliva going down a deranged thought process about the true meaning of the phrase “virgin killer”—which Olivia has dubbed her clothing choice. It’s complicated to say the least but it’s still hilarious watching how Hanako’s mind works… speaking of which…

Hanako on virgins.

The third segment? Hanako is quickly seeming like the protagonist—or at least the frequent instigator of madness—as again she draws the focus with her hand-made Sugoroku game that is 100% bad choices, and as the three girls play things get worse and worse for them as the ‘batsu’ or punishments designated on each spot on the game board escalate until the girls were traumatised with embarrassment and I was crippled with laughter.

Adorable.

That good, huh? The third segment was among the best this series has afforded, and spending so much time with Hanako’s character ‘in charge’ shows just how amazing of a voice actress she has—the range this girl has, even within a single scene is phenomenal.

Anything else you want to add? The scene with their teacher and him “reacting” to their punishments was pure gold. Plus I must say I think I have a soft spot for Kasumi’s koala impression… All in all, this pure madness of the highest calibre and I loved every minute of it!

He’s a good sport, even if it ended up with him in the nurse’s office.

Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:

Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1 Review
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2 Review
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3 Review
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4 Review
Youthful Transgressions – Episode 5 Review
A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – Episode 6 Review
Getting It Off Your Chest – Episode 7 Review


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Getting It Off Your Chest – ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 7 Review

Getting It Off Your Chest – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 7

What’s the show? Asobi Asobase, Episode 7.

So what insanity do the girls get up to this episode? Oh you know, standard stuff training a stag beetle to help them break into the student council room, Hanako reads Kasumi’s BL novel and is weirded out—but not for reasons you might think and Kasumi has trouble with her large bust size in relation to home economics class.

Oh well that sounds comparatively normal—wait what was that about a stag beetle being trained to break into a student council room?! Surprisingly, while it was the most outlandish thing about the episode it was also the least funny. Not that it was completely un-funny but this show always is best when it’s at least grounded in something resembling reality and the heist of ‘The Banana Papers’ felt like this show was trying to inject a ~plot~ into a show that really has no need for one.

A Persona 5 reference? In my Asobi Asobase?!

‘The Banana Papers’? What’s that about? I think that’s like a pun on the Panama Papers (the manga was out at roughly the same time that was in the news so it seems like a reference to that). But basically it’s a scrapbook of every dark secret about pretty much everyone at their school—faculty included.

Sounds like a powerful thing for someone to have? What do the girls do with it? Well because they’re stupid (and again I mean that in the nicest possible way) they just leave it for Tsugumi to collect as she wanted it because it something particularly incriminating about her in it which we’re left to infer is about her gender (since she was the girl at the centre of the “transgender” rumour a couple of episodes ago. It’s probably not that then again this show is pretty difficult to predict at the best of times!

Swol stag.

Right. And the other two segments, evidently you liked them better than this one? Yes, a lot more. Getting more of a look into Kasumi’s mind via the porn she writes is as insightful as it is… unusual, but hey, I’m not one to kink shame!

Oh? What’s her kink?! …Someone’s surprisingly keen to learn a middle-school girl’s fetish! Have we suddenly reversed roles here or something?

Me, when I unintentionally see lewd Platelet art.

Hey… wait. Did you just roast yourself? I’m self aware enough to know a good joke when I see one. But sure, you want to know, I mean it’s only a ‘taste’ but it seems like Kasumi is into extra sticky duck-tape on the tongue.

Huh? Did you run that through a Google translate one too many times? Hey, I’m just relaying what Hanako saw when she read the manuscript on Kasumi’s laptop. Doesn’t have to make sense—and that’s probably the point entirely! Or could be, as we learned in episode 5, that these girls are so clueless about sexuality that Kasumi ~actually~ thinks this is something sexual. Or maybe I’m so out of the loop that I don’t even know what’s a kink anymore? Regardless, the reactions are priceless when Kasumi confronts Hanako on the matter—wanting some honest feedback on her work.

Everyone’s a critic!

And the last segment? It’s all about boobs, having big ones and how that’s a problem for Kasumi—and as twitter (and the irlwaifu) have told me, this is a very accurate to real life segment, the eternal struggle for busty girls finding a shirt with a picture on it that they like, only for the image to become distorted when it goes over the breasts.

It’s still… kinda cute?

And that’s all the segment is about? Well no, that’s like 5% of it, it’s more about Kasumi’s having made a button-up blouse for home-economics class and it not fitting because of her bust and so the others “help” to fix it—with expectedly disastrous results!

Alterations? What alterations? Just looks like a normal blouse to me!

So good episode overall then? Yeah, as to be expected—it was a shame that Madea didn’t show up (except in a flash-back to last episode) but I guess it’s good not to overuse him lest he gets stale. Also, it’ll be interesting to see wether ‘The Banana Papers’ gets brought up again and in what context—because I get the feeling it won’t be the last we see of it!

What a flawless poker face.

Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:

Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1 Review
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2 Review
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3 Review
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4 Review
Youthful Transgressions – Episode 5 Review
A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – Episode 6 Review


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A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 6 Review

A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 6

What’s the show? Asobi Asobase, Episode 6.

So, uh any #problematic stuff in this week’s episode? You can breathe easy that rant mode will not be engaged this episode, we’re more or less in the clear.

Phew, what a relief so no controversial material at all. So what’s this episode about? Voodoo dolls, haemorrhoids, middle-schooler pubic hair, menstruation, robot boyfriends, cutting your own fringe and pulling up daikon’s.

Shit’s gonna get real.

…I think I’m gonna need a minute… Take your time.

No, actually, what the heck?! “Middle-schooler pubic hair”?! What the heck kind of show are you watching?! The most consistently unexpected comedy of the season, my friend! And it’s ~fine~ it was just her grandfather talking about it, nothing seedy about it—why you so hung up on this one thing?

The use of live action photos in this show always cracks me up for some reason.

I, uh… nope not gonna bite, let’s move on! So how many segments are there and how many are good/funny? Four segments and all of them are funny to varying degrees, but the second and third segments have the most laugh-out-loud moments. The third segment, where Olivia attempts to cut her own hair because the weather is too hot outside was especially relatable to the irlwaifu who l don’t think I’ve ever seen laugh so hard at an anime (not at least since Pop Team Epic).

 

Relatable, huh? I guess so, can’t say I ever cut my own hair and stuffed it up as royally as Olivia did but considering the original mangaka of this anime is a woman I’d say this is probably something relatable to the things a lot of middle and high-school girls do/did. Still, I could appreciate how funny her increasing desperation was to fix something that’s un-fixable while simultaneously making it worse—the perfect comedy of errors. Personally I preferred the second segment about Hanako coming second in the school tests despite her study and then getting a robot boyfriend built by Maeda and her grandfather but that’s only because I prefer absurdity to reality.

 

Anything else you wanted to add? Not really—when a show does something consistently well it’s hard to review. Which I mean is fine and all it just doesn’t really make for the most compelling reading. Once again though, Hanako’s “assistant” Maeda steals the show in the one segment he’s in—I’m glad they’re using him sparingly because his shtick is predictable but it’s still hilarious all the same—his line deliveries are beyond reproach and perfectly compliment the manic energy of the girls!

Truth.

Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:

Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1 Review
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2 Review
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3 Review
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4 Review
Youthful Transgressions – Episode 5 Review


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Youthful Transgressions – ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 5 Review

Youthful Transgressions – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Asobi Asobase’ Episode 5

What’s the show? Asobi Asobase, Episode 5.

So how’s the funniest show on television going this week? Just because last weeks episode was the funniest episode of an anime in a long time doesn’t mean I’m ready to call this show the funniest show on television! Don’t put words in my mouth

Uh oh… What?

Standard request.

Well when you’re getting on the defensive like that usually means we’ve got a lacklustre episode to look forward to. I wouldn’t go that far, just ~varied~ as is the case with any kind of anime that’s got a sketch type format. Some of the segments are as funny as last week, some are not so much and one of the segments is…

Is?… Problematic.

Oh boy the word everyone loves to hear when talking about comedy… Listen, a less discerning critical eye could probably overlook what happened in the second segment as “youthful ignorance” but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it—plus it gives me something to talk about which is always a bonus.

Work it, girl!

Ok, go ahead, what’s so “problematic” about the second segment of this episode? Well it’s just a wee bit transphobic. I’ll explain, so the girls are worried that one of their classmates might in fact be a boy in drag and so they narrow it down to the most likely suspect (she gets dressed for gym in a separate room and doesn’t ever use the pool) and they confront her on it. Turns out she’s not actually a boy, she just used that as an excuse to break up with her needy boyfriend—and the girls are relieved that someone like that isn’t in their school.

Nothing to be scared of!

I see how that could be construed as a negative opinion on transgender people. Sadly it’s not an uncommon sentiment in Japan, but I guess when it comes to this show it’s hard to know if the original author was trying to accurately convey their ~distaste~ for trans people or it’s just these three girls being out-of-touch, insensitive middle-schoolers. And while I’d never seek to answer that definitively as I don’t know what’s going on in the mangaka’s mind what I do know is that these girls are most definitely stupid and I mean that as affectionately as can be. Like the final segment (also the funniest) has the girls trying to find out how babies are made and let’s just say we get some interesting ideas to say the least!

It’s just science, really.

So you’re giving the show a pass because the main characters don’t know any better? Plus they’re scared of anything that’s remotely different to their comfortable world-view—something that’s also hammered home in the other segments of this episode. Like Hanako’s outlandish clothing which makes the others uncomfortable (and leads to a cafe burning down) as well as there run-in with an occultist club member. Not to mention Kasumi’s frequently mentioned fear of men in general. They all (to varying degrees) have a well-documented history of being afraid of things that aren’t “normal” to them.

Speaking of “not normal”…

I guess it makes sense in context of the show but is that really a justification for their behaviour? But that’s all I can do really. There’s nothing malicious about their actions, just misguided and born of ignorance—plus it’s not like one straight cis-male’s opinion on whether or not a gag anime from Japan is transphobic really means anything anyway. It’s sad that we even had to talk about this, not all that surprising (which is also sad) but at the end of the day there are far more grave injustices in the world.

Asobi Asobase, not afraid to tackle the big issues confronting Japanese society… just not transphobia.

Right… So, anything else you wanted to add, maybe brighten the mood a little? When this show is funny it’s unlike anything else—the energy this show has when it’s on a roll is a sight to behold. Also, I’m glad Hanako’s ~unusual~ assistant Maeda wasn’t a one-off character and seems to be recurring—everything about him is an unexpected joy!

That face.

Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:

Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4


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