Rinshi!! Ekodachan – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Ekoda-chan is from the countryside, living alone in the city. She’s a temp worker and a strong, carefree soul, with no solid plan for the future, who doesn’t care much about guys. She talks about how she lives her life and provides support to all those women trying to survive in the real life society. Based on a 4-panel manga of the same title, this omnibus form anime will feature a different director, character designer, voice cast, and anime studio for each episode. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Ekodachan isn’t your typical 4-koma manga adaptation. Not only does the series move at a blinding speed, with its humor rattled off so fast that there’s no time to laugh, but it more so feels like a celebration of its source material. Ekodachan runs at 26 minutes an episode, but only 2-5 of that is devoted to the animation. The rest of the run time is focused on lengthy interviews between the Director and the lead VA. See, Ekodachan is going the ‘omnibus format.’ This means that each episode is directed by a different director and Ekoda herself is voiced by a different VA. So each episode will feature a different animation style, and subsequent interview with the cast, concerning the original manga, their decisions for this version, etc.
What’s here feels much more aimed at the manga’s existing fandom, than an experience that could bring in new viewers. The speed of the episode killed a lot of the jokes, and what humor I did find amusing was generally so lowkey that I can’t see myself seeking to return to the series next week. If experimental is more your game though, I think Ekodachan might be perfect for that, seeing as the animation is less traditional, which does perfectly match the odd-natured, story-telling style.