Anima Yell! – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Hatogaya Kohane falls in love with cheerleading at the end of middle school, and begins a cheerleading club in high school with Arima Hizume and Saruwatari Uki. The positive, hard-working girls will be sure to cheer you up! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Anima Yell! is immediately charming thanks to a fun, moronic lead. Kohane is your classic idiot, who’s primary characteristics are that, she is, indeed, an idiot, but comically so, and her heart of gold and never dying spirit inspire those around her. It’s rather par for the course, and nothing special as unique characters go, but thanks to the show’s ability to generate a wealth of humor, certain jokes really land, making Kohane more fun as a character, even if she comes from an overdrawn well.
Linny: Honestly, Anima Yell! has a fair amount of tropes and anyone tired of them will immediately dislike the series. However, as trope ridden as Kohane is, that overly positive nature is sure to win over some with her pure hearted ways. A lot of the cute and fun moments in this episode are thanks to Kohane, her personality and her tendency to pronounce cheer as chair. If clumsy but sincere high school aged anime girls are your bread and butter, Kohane has high chances of winning you over.
Tom: There’s definitely a large chunk of Anima’s appeal that relies on your appreciation for moe anime girls. Half of the comedy comes from them defying expectations with pure idiocy or bizarre happenings. The bubbly art style also backs this up, depicting our heroines as the most adorable of high school girls. But the comedy is what saves the series, and if it can find more avenues of humor, and keep the variety going, Anima Yell! could end up with wider appeal than the typical moe fanbase.
Linny: Putting it simply, Anima Yell! is a cute and cliche story of a young girl bringing people together and helping them change for the better, all while chasing her own personal dream/obsession. While there’s quite a bit of comedy your enjoyment will rely heavily on your fondness for the moe/cuteness factor. You’ve probably seen a few anime like this by now if you’ve been following the medium and while I doubt Anima Yell! is going to be innovative or revolutionary, at the very least it will scratch that moe comedy itch.
Anima Yell! is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.