Asobi Asobase – workshop of fun – – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Olivia is a blonde-haired beauty who was born and raised in Japan, but can’t speak any English. Despite always acting serious and as an intellectual, Kasumi is a bespectacled girl with short hair, who also can’t speak English. Finally, there’s the pig-tailed Hanako, who’s cheerful but can’t seem to become a normie. The three middle schoolers end up making a “Players’ Club”?! The ultimately cute, ultimately fun and hilarious teenage girls’ comedy is about to begin! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Asobi Asobase is not only noteworthy for having the single most misleading opening animation of any 2018 series, but for producing some of the most balls to the wall insanity. While Asobi Asobase convinces you in its first two minutes that it’s this season’s Cute Girls Doing Cute Things anime, it is anything but, instead chock full of wild humor, strange internal logic, and a plethora of insane reaction faces only matched by classics like Golden Boy or Detroit Metal City.
Linny: Don’t let Asobi Asobase’s promo images, opening credits or even its first minute of episode fool you. This is an insane and over the top comedy, something along the lines of Plastic Nee-san, where extreme or bizarre reactions to minor things and crazy expressions are part of the punchline. For example, we have a principal taking a lick of a liquid off the floor to check if it’s actually urine while suspecting the girls of lying to him.
Tom: Asobi Asobase is like a manic comedy, broken up into short 5ish minute vignettes detailing these three girls taking some inane idea and turning it into an increasingly bizarre series of events. Examples include Kasumi seeking to learn English from Japanese Born American Olivia by agreeing to play a game and the loser does as the winner commands. All seems normal, until that game turns out to be a true to form Five Finger Fillet, with all the danger totally included.
Linny: All three girls have peculiar personalities and expressions. Olivia leads the charge as the sneaky, mischievous one who’s having fun fooling people by hiding the fact that despite her blonde looks and American genes, she was born and raised in Japan and cannot even speak English properly.Meanwhile Kasumi is the no nonsense one who looks studious and has some of the most hostile and stubborn reactions and won’t take no for an answer from Olivia when it comes to learning English from her. Rounding up the trio is Hanako, Olivia’s somewhat dim and gullible friend who keeps adding to the insanity with her clueless suggestions and enthusiastic reactions to everything.
Tom: Asobi Asobase is honestly perfect for anyone looking for balls to the wall bizarre and insane comedy, providing an non-stop roller-coaster of laughs as things always grow out of control and take increasingly strange turns. It easily outdoes the other bizarre comedy this season, Chio’s School Road, upping its abnormal nature ten-fold.
Linny: Do you love anime comedies that have you constantly bursting out in laughter and surprise at the extremeness of its gags? Are over the top reaction faces some of your favourite things about anime? Then you should most definitely be watching Asobi Asobase.
Asobi Asobase is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.