First Look: Denki-Gai

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This anime season I’m not going to have as much time to review every series episode to episode. So to keep putting up some content I’m going to be doing “First Looks” on new series based on the first few episodes. If it’s necessary I’ll do follow up on the series. I also plan to be posting some full-length reviews on shows from past seasons as the Fall 2014 season goes on. Let’s kick off the new Fall 2014 fare with the comedy DENKI-GAI.

The Set-up:

Based on an manga by Asato Mizu, DENKI-GAI is an ensemble comedy about a group of manga loving book store employees at the comic shop “Uma no Hone.” So your usual doing random shizz slice of life show based around anime stereotypes *shrugs and face palms*. Not reinventing the phone book, but a set up that’s worked before. In actuality, the show is fairly harmless, if not a little tired. You know this and have seen it, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find it funny. It’s just not something that will change the way you look at anime.

The Characters:

Your usual cast of anime comedy stereotypes. There’s the female and male otakus (Sensei and Umio), the loli who looks younger than she actually is (Fu Girl), the tall silent and stoic guy (Sommelier), the crazy manager (Kantoku) and so on. Pretty average as it goes, without any huge standouts.

The Comedy:

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Plays on a lot of stereotypes around manga and otaku culture. The second episode alone was just a bunch of dick, balls and boobs jokes. Lots of ero humour, so if you love that, you’ll be in for a good run here. Unfortunately it’s not my taste. It doesn’t go far enough into the inane quarter of comedy to be outrageously hilarious. Basically, you might chuckle a couple times per episode.

The Animation:

Pretty cheap, but it’s a slice of life comedy show, so par for the course. The studio, which is Shin-Ei Animation, are mostly known for Crayon Shin-chan and Doraemon, respectively.

The Music:

What you would expect from a cutesy slice of life comedy, very bubbly and catchy stuff. The closer (“two-Dimension’s Love”) is more memorable than the opening (“Kajirikake no Ringo” by Ayana Taketatsu), but it won’t be something that I’ll be adding to my iPod anytime soon.

The Verdict:

If you like generic anime otaku humour than fill your boat with this one. If you are looking for something a little more involved or original then you’ll have to look elsewhere.

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Continue?

No, not this time.

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