Otaku’s Creed – ‘Chio’s School Road’ Episode 1 Review

What’s the show? Chio’s School Road, Episode 1.

Right, and what’s it about? Before I begin, I want to make a bold and potentially ridiculous claim…

Uh, okay… go ahead. Anime of the season, calling it now!

Huh?! That’s an absurdly strong claim to make, one episode in and considering you haven’t even seen most of the Summer 2018 anime yet! Sometimes… you just know. You know?

That’s what happens when you stay up playing video games all night!

I really don’t. There’s times when you’re watching a show and everything just works and throughout the episode you’re marvelling at what’s unfolding before you and once it’s over you’re at a loss for words by what you’ve just seen and for hours afterwards no matter how hard you try you can’t get the show out of your head!

Wow, I mean that’s pretty high praise, I can only imagine what kind of life-changing anime would evoke such powerful feelings in you. What is this exceptional anime about? It’s about a high-school girl named Chio trying to get to school on time…

Something about that face just cracks me up!

And? And that’s it.

…I fail to see how something like that could have you singing its praises so loudly? As I said, sometimes it’s just… dare I say it… love at first sight.

Please elaborate! I need to know more about this show to understand! Chio is like the perfect comedic protagonist, she’s like a combination of Mako from Kill La Kill except a bit more introverted in her imaginative exuberance and Tomoko from Watamote except a bit less cringeworthy (and I mean that in the nicest way possible, I love Tomoko).

Drastic.

Okay, and you said it’s about her “trying to get to school on time” what do you mean by that? It’s like all Chio wants to do is get to school on time but there’s always some obstacle—sometimes mundane, sometimes absurd—that gets in her way and half the fun is seeing Chio-chan’s out of the box sometimes nonsensical solution to solving a problem!

Such as? Well in this first half of the episode Chio is running late to school after a long night playing Assassin’s Creed but on her commute finds her main way closed off due to construction work, so in full ‘Gamer Brain’ mode she decides to parkour her way along the rooftops to school and along the way all sorts of ridiculous shenanigans ensue!

Presented without context.

Sounds like the kind of show that’s going to be impossible to know if people will like it just by reading a synopsis or a stupidly glowing review. It’s a difficult show to try and quantify with words alone, words don’t do it justice it’s all about seeing it in action because it’s more than just the sum of its parts. It’s also a hard show to recommend and even harder to know who to recommend it too!

I mean sometimes you just gotta fling yourself into the trash!

Do you want to try? Sure, I’ll try but only with recent examples, because I’m sure there’s other older shows that this one is more similar to that I just haven’t seen yet. If you enjoyed the whimsical and care-free comedic nature of shows like Mitsuboshi Colors or the kind of reaction-based humour of Hinamatsuri you’ll probably find something to enjoy here. But even then I think this is a very different beast to either of those shows, ultimately, while the OP teases a much larger cast of supporting characters your mileage for this kind of show will be very much determined by how much you like the protagonist Chio, and I absolutely adore her! Also, it’s worth mentioning that I assumed by the premise that this would be a 10 or even 5 minute anime but nope, it’s a full 25 minutes—which I’m super glad about but for some it might be too much. I wonder if many other people will gravitate towards this show as strongly as I have or if this will be like Last Period was last season with me seemingly solo singing its praises. I say, if you’re at all a fan of comedy check out Chio’s School Road!

That’s racist?

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6 comments

  1. ” And? And that’s it.” Really had to laugh so hard at that one 😂😂 I don’t quite know about this, seeing as I am not a huge comedy fan…but this post alone has made me curious enough to at least give the pilot a go.
    Man..you are on a roll here with all these posts 😊😊

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  2. I was surprised to see it be 25 minutes also, but there’s enough material to put multiple setups together in an episode, much like Takagi-san did (and they surprisingly managed to keep them somehow thematic). I like that Chio’s more in that middle ground between popular girl and total loner. She has her group (which they made a point of showing), she just kinda wishes she was in a higher social status group, as does every high school kid.

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  3. I have super limited internet for the next day or two, but I am so looking forward to this one. It looks like this season may have a lot of good comedy, though, between Chio-san, Jashin-chan Dropkick, Grand Blue, Cells at Work, and even a couple of the harem/ecchi variety for good measure.

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  4. As you say, this show is pretty reminiscent of Watamote, with the chief difference being that, unlike Watamote, it doesn’t seem as though it’s likely me to make me cry.

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