This summer truly is a season of comedy. We’ve got Cells at Work!, Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro, Jashin-chan Dropkick, AND Grand Blue is on deck to air later this week.
Comedy series are great to watch weekly, though, because they’re often written a way that allows each episode to stand alone each week. This is to say, you don’t have to spend as much time or effort trying to keep up with a story that doesn’t provide weekly closure.
This season, I’m striving to keep up with the first three comedies mentioned, as well as Attack on Titan S3, Steins;Gate 0, Overlord III, and Hanebado!
Seven is a lofty goal, but I believe in myself.
At any rate, here are some initial thoughts on Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro, and Jashin-chan Dropkick.
Chio-Chan Follows a gamer girl of sorts as she tries to make it to school on time every morning. The problem is that there’s always some ridiculous set of obstacles in her way that she has to work around in order to get there.
The comedy is a mixed bag of anime/video game references and a more general array of humor ranging from gross-out to situational misunderstandings.
I thought the music and sound design was surprisingly good—not that had any real expectations about it or anything; it just surprised me.
Overall the series seems pretty random. I’m not sure how linear the story will end up being (if at all) but I think this one is off to a good start.
So a cobra demon girl from hell is summoned to the human world by some chick who is dabbling in witchcraft or whatever. They become roommates because the one girl doesn’t know how to send the demon girl (Jashin) back to hell. Jashin, however, believes she can return if she kills the girl who summoned her (Yurine).
That description makes things sound wayyy more dramatic than they actually are, though.
In essence, it’s Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid meets Deadpool. I say that because it’s basically Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, only with torture and attempted murder. Also, they often break the 4th wall for comedic purposes.
It’s drawn in a cutesy style, but not really chibi. The color palette is nice, too. It’s bright and very slice-of-lifey, which pleasantly contradicts the brutal nature that resides within the heart of the series. They’re walking an odd line here between violent slapstick comedy, and cute girl slice-of-life. I’m interested to see if they can balance the two effectively throughout the course of an entire season.
I don’t see this one being very popular, but I do see it potentially developing a cult following. It even appears to reference one cult-classic in particular.
Neither series has truly outstanding animation or anything, but neither series is gunning to be beauty of the season, either. The character designs and artwork work for what each is trying to accomplish.
Chio is available legally on VRV/CrunchyRoll.
Jashin can be found on Amazon Prime Video.
If you like video games and more mainstream types of humor, consider Chio-chan. If you like cute girls and violence, maybe try Jashin-chan.
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