Joshi Kausei – Anime Preview
Synopsis: A silent high school girl anime that’s still cute, even if no one talks! This is a story about three girls and their fun high school life, centering around the unfortunate beauty, Momoko, the cool girl with glasses, Shibumi, and the gentle little Mayumi. Fun alone, fun with all. The daily lives of slightly dumb yet cute high school girls. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Joshi Kausei has a rather unique gimmick: NO DIALOGUE!! Well, none excluding the usual hums, haws and squeaks that people tend to mock female anime characters for. There’s a lot of ‘ahhh’, ‘ee’ and ‘hmm’ types of sounds but the girls never utter an actual word. Instead, Joshi Kausei is focused on giving us a glimpse into the everyday lives of its female protagonists along with their daily and sometimes slightly quirky interactions with each other. Being a short, this first episode is all about showing us how Futo Momoko, the girl in the image below, comes to have a very red slap/palm mark on her upper thigh area. But before we get to the actual explanation, which is rather simple and down to earth (she was trying to hit a mosquito that landed there), the episode first shows us the quirky dynamics between her and her two friends, Furui Mayumi and Shibusawa Shibumi.
To its credit, the series never exploits its female characters for cheap fan service. Even though this first episode has Momoko laying on her back and her two friends ending up interacting with her legs/thighs in different ways, we never ever get a panty shot and the camera never pans on anyone’s body in a sleazy manner. For what its worth, the show also succeeds in establishing the personalities of its cast solely through their mannerisms and appearances. We have Mayumi as the more timid and awkward member of the group, playfully teased by Momoko and Shibumi. Momoko herself seems like the laidback member whereas Shibumi with her glasses and ultimate teasing of Momoko sets her as the somewhat studious yet playful friend. Thus giving the audiences a small but clear selection of personalities to pick from and to get attached to.
Is Joshi Kausei’s soft vibe and no dialogue gimmick enough to merit it a must watch for everyone? The honest answer is no, especially if you are extremely selective and don’t have much of a penchant for moe or slice of life content. Yes, it’s only a few minutes long but unless the no dialogue gimmick enchants you or you enjoy moe shows that center around high school girls and silly or laidback daily life hijinks, what’s here isn’t enough to merit it a spot on everyone’s watch list. But if you’re in the market for something low key, the kind that’s often associated with unwinding and relaxing vibes and have a couple of minutes to spare, you might find this show charming after all.
Joshi Kausei is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.