Published on January 10th, 2013 | by exo
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai – 01
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Start Date: Jan 10, 2013
# of Episodes: 12
Synopsis: “Sasami Tsukuyomi has been attempting to pass her first year of high school despite being a shut in. Fortunately, her older brother Kamiomi happens to be a teacher at the school she is supposed to attend. With the use of the “Brother Surveillance Tool” she can view the outside world via her computer. Theoretically it should be helping her adjust to interfacing with people again… Instead, it’s giving her an up close and personal view of the very odd Yagami sisters who have various types of “interest” in Kamiomi. It looks like Sasami will have to take off her pajamas and go out into the “real” world to set things straight in Sasami-san@Ganabaranai.” -From ANN
What the hell did I just watch?
Now let me just say that I am well acquainted with the strange direction that SHAFT tends to take its anime adaptations, but this show takes the cake by far. What makes it so crazy? Well first off, there’s the weird, overly doting brother that always covers his face, then there’s the 9-year old girl that looks like an adult and pretends to be a frog, next is the teacher that plays eroge games at school and looks like a kid but is actually 31 and lastly, the normal looking girl that’s actually part robot. Oh, and somewhere along the way, the whole world turns into chocolate and the three sisters get locked in battle with large chocolate tentacles, and a choco dragon. Hahaha…
Just kidding, they’re missile launchers.
I’m not actually sure if I like or hate this show, as I can’t really grasp the feel of the series yet. But I have to admit, the animation is really well done, and the cityscapes are gorgeous. The fight scene was reminiscent of Madoka, and I’m almost positive the chocolate battle was an indirect reference to it, not to mention dat grief seed sound effect. More obvious references included: the Hare Hare Yukai dance, and a blatant mention of the recently aired Koi to Senkyo no Chocolate (Love, Elections, and Chocolate).
The bizarreness that is Sasami-san@Ganbaranai definitely did not fail to entertain me, but I am hoping that the coming episodes will provide a little more depth to the series, and bring some clarity to a currently, ambiguous plot.