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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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