Comic Girls Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

What’s the show? Comic Girls.

And let me guess, ‘cute girls doing cute things’? Bingo!

And I’m guessing you love it already? Big time!

Anything else to say? Nope!

It’s a really good looking anime too.

This review seems kinda unnecessary then… I did say I was going to review every episode I watch in the Spring 2018 season, I didn’t say I was going to do it thoroughly!

Fair call, so do you at least want to tell the readers what the show’s about before you cut and run? Cute girls living in a dorm together writing manga! And each girl is unique and amazing and I love them all already, and the show has a cool style and it’s funny and did I mention I love it? Because I really really do.

No context for you!

Okay… tone down the creepiness please! Who’s your favourite character? Don’t make me choose! Okay, if I had to I’d say Ruki Irokawa, she’s the purple haired one who writes erotic manga, but I love the fact that she started out wanting to write cute manga about animals but because her art style was so mature and she was so good at drawing attractive women she ended up writing and drawing manga for more ‘adult’ publications.

Portable Radios? Portly gentlemen? Portmanteaus? Porta-Potty’s?

Isn’t that kind of weird, a high school girl writing erotic manga for teenage boys and men to read? Probably. Try not to think about it too much.

Uh-huh, so you don’t have any problems about the show? Oh, no I do.

Well let’s not go overboard, this is a cute girl anim… oh you meant the manga she drew?

Such as? There’s an exchange early on between Ruki and Tsubasa, the blue haired tomboyish one. Ruki says something along the lines of “you’re acting so stoic you might turn into a boy” to which Tsubasa says, “I think I might be okay with that” to which Ruki says “No! Then we won’t be able to be as close then!” And it was kind of annoying that because it felt like it was enforcing outdated gender stereotypes and this idea that men and women can’t be close friends, and oh know I’m talking about serious topics in my cute girl show! This was supposed to be a short and easy review!

Huh?

Right, so anything else you want to add before wrapping up this rapidly increasing review? I like that our protagonist Kaoruka “Kaos” Moeta is not like some genius artist, she gets a lot of negative feedback on her manga submissions but she keeps trying! Though the whole ‘she looks so young/she looks like an elementary schooler even though she’s in high school shtick’ is already kinda wearing thin. Hopefully that all the main characters in the show know how old she is it won’t keep being brought up because those were the only jokes I felt fell kinda flat.

She made friends!

Okay then, how do you recommend this show? If you’re a fan of ‘CGDCT’ anime this should be right up your alley, it’s slice of life but it feels a lot funnier and frantic than some of the show’s in that genre. But I watched most of it with a big dopey grin on my face, it’s exactly what I wanted it to be and more!

Again, no context for you!
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10 comments

  1. Great review! If I could nitpick just a bit, I felt like the gender role bit you highlighted was balanced by one of the younger girls crushing big time on the blue-haired girl. Given this, I interpreted it not as you did but rather as a character-establishing moment (and which might lead to character development in a less traditional direction down the road).

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      1. I don’t know, this is very frightening. Cute girls. 😱 But I have to. I promised. I need to get over my fear of these strange little creatures. 😶

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