September 3, 2012

Anime Review: Asobi ni Iku Yo!

Combining sci-fi with action, comedy, romance and harem is no simple task. Most anime that try to do this ends up being pretty watery indeed. However, Asobi ni Iku Yo! somehow manages to barely escape this terrible ending and giving us a somewhat solid story and a wide range of lively characters.

Asobi ni Iku yo!Synopsis:

The story revolves around Kakazu Kio, an ordinary high school freshman living in Okinawa. A girl with cat ears appears before him during a memorial service for one of his family ancestors. The girl calls herself Eris and claims she is an alien. Before long, fanatical alien worshipers and a mysterious government agency are in hot pursuit of Eris, but Kio's childhood friend Manami — who wants to follow in her father's footsteps in the CIA — captures Eris. Kio finds himself having to protect Eris from everyone.


This story is pretty much a collection of different story arc from all different types of anime into one. It first starts off as a action, mystery anime which abruptly turns into a slice of life romantic comedy anime, which then adds a bit of ecchi and harem along with aliens from outer space (sci-fi). Lastly to top it off, we have got some military style themes mixed in with some super powers and otaku moe. If you are not already confused, then I have no idea how your brain works. Well, basically, the story is supposed to be about an ordinary highschool guy called Kakazu Kio in which he encounters many different embarrassing and awkward moments of his life. That is just the base structure of this extremely long-winded story. Now just add all the genres I mentioned above into the blender and out pops Asobi ni Iku Yo! As the name suggests, the anime just wants to have fun and experiments it in everyway possible.

The art was pretty well designed and illustrated. Most scenes and backgrounds were highly detailed and well concepted expect for a few minor oddities. The characters looked pretty decent and uniquely identified. As expected from a comedy anime, the characters all have expressive faces and emotional outbursts all the time.

Voice acting was not bad for most of the characters. They weren't unique or anything so you will quickly get used to the dialogue. The theme songs were pretty bland and rather boring to listen to. I mostly skipped the opening and ending themes.

There were plenty of characters here with different backgrounds and personalities. The anime tried to fit too many different roles into one and so we have confusing information regarding the characters as to what important role they play in the anime. In the end it got too messy and you are left confused as to whether a character is friendly or not. Kakazu Kio is a bit of an airhead and a bit indecisive. In the end though he manages to "save the day" and gets his harem.

Overall, the anime did manage to get my attention right till the end. As expected though, this anime is a comedy harem anime so don't expect any deep meanings or serious love relationships. This anime is what you would call a "free time" anime where you only watch it if you have lots of free time or just feel like some harem anime. Other than that, it is probably not worth your time to watch.

Not really a story worth remembering. It gets messy and floppy from start to finish.

ART: 8
Relatively good art design and character representations.

Voice acting was pretty good but theme songs were pretty boring to listen to.

Characters weren't that memorable and felt a bit generic.

Some parts were excellent whereas others were just random, pointless and off-topic.

Not really worth your time unless you are really into comedy harem anime.