In a world with an ever-increasing supply of anime, it can be hard to decide what to explore next, especially if you’re looking through the back-catalogs for slice of life comedies which really exploded in production during the height of the moe boom.
Enter Yuyushiki, yet another school comedy “about nothing” in the same vein as trailblazing shows like Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star that follows the everyday lives of a bunch of high school girls who in this case all have a ‘Yu’ in their names. Despite having many similarities with other anime in the genre, Yuyushiki’s unique charms make it a must-watch for slice of life fans and something general anime watchers should at least check out. Read on to find out why we think you’ll fall in love with Yuyushiki!
3 Girls, 4-Koma - Yuyushiki’s Offbeat Comedy
While it certainly has some over-the-top, wacky anime moments, Yuyushiki’s blend of comedy shines brightest in its goofier moments that feel incredibly natural, the kind of experiences you might have goofing off with your real-life friends as opposed to some scripted comedy routine. That’s not to say that Yuyushiki’s characters are totally normal, far from it actually, but much of the series’ dumb jokes have an air of sincerity that feels intimate and a bit nostalgic for the older folks long out of high school. Often the funniest part of the show is the roundabout way they arrive at the punchline rather than the punchline itself.
Getting into specifics a bit, the core cast has a great dynamic with Yui as the tsundere “straight man”, Yuzuko the madcap weirdo, and Yukari as the often sleepy, somewhat oblivious member of the group who nevertheless frequently gets caught up in Yuzuko’s antics in teasing Yui. The trio ends up joining the ‘zero-member’ Data Processing Club, which is basically just them in a tiny room with two computers looking up random things on the internet. There’s also a yuri element, but similarly to Yuru Yuri it’s mostly part of the comedy and is less overt than in that series.
Professional Production Quality
First and foremost, Yuyushiki’s voice cast does an incredible job with the highlights definitely being the core cast of Minami Tsuda, Rumi Okubo, and Risa Taneda. Obviously, this is to be expected with a dialogue-focused comedy but the aforementioned feeling of sincerity would break down otherwise and this cast really nails it, and the appeal doesn’t stop there!
The opening song, “Se-no!”, is full of energy, captures the feeling of the series well, and sticks in your head long after you’ve finished watching. The art and animation are really unassuming but often has a surprising amount of detail put into delicate character animations. While the quality might not be as absurdly high as series like Nichijou, Kinema Citrus definitely put a lot of love into their work which is always entertaining to see in a slice of life school comedy. We also absolutely loved the playful character designs and funny expressions with Yukari’s signature, vertical line stylized eyes being the most memorable.
Overall, there’s not much else that can be said about Yuyushiki that will let you experience its charms without actually watching it! This is a series that probably isn’t for everyone but for fans of laid-back comedies with a truly unique feeling, charming art style, and fun but supremely light and relaxing atmosphere, Yuyushiki is a definite recommendation. In closing, we’ll mention that we recently (well in 2017) got a special new OVA episode, so perhaps a second season isn’t out of the question!?
In any case, let us know what you think of the show in the comments section below after you’ve finished watching and be sure to stick around Honey’s for more of all things awesome, anime and otherwise! HooYA!