This is another series I will be reviewing with Karandi over on 100 Word Anime but she wanted to get her solo first impressions out of the way, and my brain can’t accept that I just start at episode 2. The world can’t work that way…
I’ve rarely seen my enthusiasm for anime so faithfully recreated in a show…
Eizouken seems pretty popular, at least with bloggers. I’ve seen quite a few episode 1 reviews pop up, so I’m going to assume most of you already know what the series is about so far. But for the few still out of the loop, here’s the super abridged recap:
Anime version of me Midori has always dreamt of creating anime but isn’t sure where to start. She considers anime as universes of adventure and miracles waiting to be explored. She also has an awesome best friend Sayaka who could be my best friend any day (sorry Becky). (I don’t actually know a Becky). One day she accidentally meets up and coming idol Tsubame and the three of them escape her handlers for an afternoon. This is when Midori learns that Tsubame also dreams of becoming and animator and for one afternoon, on the second floor of a laundromat, the explore the magic of anime together!
I wonder how much my synopses betray my feelings for a series.
I loved this one. Absolutely loved it. And that’s no surprise. All my fellow bloggers that know me a little better immediately pegged this series as something I would go nuts for. As much as I hate being so predictable, they were absolutely right.
It’s a character driven slice of life show, so that already bodes well. I love the art style and the switches between the show proper and Midori’s drawings add a lot to the visuals. This is possibly one of the most relatable casts I’ve ever seen in a very long time and I would love to be friends with all of those girls in real life. We could talk about anime so that would be fun!
I am curious about who/what the titular Eizouken is. My current working theory is that it’s the fictional universe the girls are going to create.
This said Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! isn’t a show that really needs to go anywhere as far as I’m concerned. Even if we just watch the girls calmly talk about what anime means to each of them and have occasional fantasies, that’s more than enough to keep me charmed!
I can’t wait to talk about this show with Karandi!