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November 27, 2012

Anime Review: Asu no Yoichi!

If you feel like so light-hearted comedy along with some cheesy action and hints of ecchi, then Asu no Yoichi! will definitely entertain you for those few hours that you have nothing to do.

Asu no Yoichi!Synopsis:

His skill with a sword is magnificent but his social skills still need a lot of work! 

After many long years perfecting the art of fighting, 17-year-old Yoichi Karasuma is sent down from the remote mountains where he has been raised thinking that he's going to study some new martial arts techniques... but what he's really going to learn about are some slightly more practical things, like electrical appliances, modern clothing and, most especially, how NOT to make girls want to kill you! 

Unfortunately, that last lesson is one Yoichi may not survive, as his new dojo is infested with the infernal creatures in the form of the Ikaruga sisters, and they don't really seem to understand how "proper" girls are "supposed" to behave! Will Yoichi's bushido blade be struck down by the fearsome charms of Ibuki, Ayame, Chihaya, and Kagome? Or will the equally lethal girls from the rival Tsubame school be his undoing?

Review:

You probably have watched plenty of similar titled anime already and Asu no Yoichi! doesn't really cut it above the rest. However though, you do get the same pleasure as always like any other romantic comedy anime. That said, the story presented here was rather hit and miss. I must applaud the effort into actually trying to turn the story into an action, super power anime but rather, it just felt all too pasted together with the theme of 'romance' and 'comedy' thrown in. The anime starts off pretty predictable with a guy named Yoichi Karasuma being sent down from the mountain to learn about modern society. Of course, since the guy as been living in the mountains for his whole life, he knows nothing about modern culture and technology. You can already guess what happens in the rest of the series. He ends up in all awkward and embarrassing moments with the Ikaruga sisters from the dojo he is training at. The rest of the series just thrown in some rivals in love, a few learning experiences and some light-hearted comedy.

The art was pretty well done with some exceptions of object placement and animation. For a 2009 anime, the art style felt a bit too low quality like other anime released in the same year. Perhaps it was only released only in DVD format that explains lack of some fine detail in characters and environments. However, it was decently well illustrated and animated enough to be enjoyable at the very least.

The voice acting was really good for most for the characters. I noticed some popular voice actors were used throughout the anime and I was pleased with the overall compilation. The sound effects were effectively used and background music for pretty appropriate for the various settings that the battles take place. Theme songs were decent but not that memorable.

As for characters, they were pretty generic and much like any other anime of similar style. The main protagonist, Yoichi is pretty much standard naive and easily embarrassed guy that doesn't know anything above love. Ibuki is the strong-willed girl that doesn't often show her inner emotions. She keeps everything in check and strives to set a fine example to her younger sisters. Ayame is the tsundere one that doesn't really like to associate with anyone or to be honest with herself. Chiyaha is the peppy younger sister that just likes to tease and joke around. She is rarely serious. Lastly, we have Kagome, the youngest sister of the family. She likes to be helpful for others and shows kindness to everyone. So there you have it.

Overall, I enjoyed it for its funny moments at the very least. I didn't mind the comedy action and the romance of it all. I felt the overall story and setting is a bit weak and generic, as if it has already been done and tried before. However, it serves as a good time filler when you have a few hours to spare.

STORY: 6

ART: 7

SOUND: 8

CHARACTER: 7

ENJOYMENT: 8

OVERALL: 7