School Babysitters – Anime Preview
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Synopsis: Ryuichi and Kotaro are brothers who lost their parents in an airplane crash. They’re taken in by the chairman of Morinomiya Academy, who lost her son and daughter-in-law in the same crash, on one condition: Ryuichi has to babysit the kids at the daycare room in the school! This room was opened to help the school’s teachers who had kids to take care of, but it suffers from a lack of staff until Ryuichi becomes the first member of the babysitter club formed to solve that problem. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: School Babysitter’s opening episode is more set up and introductions than anything else. We’re focused on laying out everything to get us going over the next few episodes: Introductions to our lead Ryuichi and his littler brother, Kotaro, their unfortunate loss of their parents, and the new situation they find themselves in. We meet not only them but all the other babies that’ll be the focus of the comedy antics going forward. Introduction and Set Up heavy openings can sometimes be a chore. You don’t have look past this season (Record of Grancrest War) to see how wrong they can go. But School Babysitters manages to get us through its lengthy set up with some solid character work and more importantly: the adorably comedic babies.
Linny: That breezing through the set up really helps School Babysitters, as its viewers are most likely here for the cute quotient that the babies bring to the table. There’s a lot of cute and funny moments. from the first meeting with the surly chairwoman to the introduction to the other babies that round out the cast. There’s a bit of a heart tugging plot line in the first episode itself, which might slightly irk those who were enjoying the comedy and cuteness, especially as the drama is set off by a fever, something that’s often made such a big deal of in anime that it has come to be viewed as more hammy than dramatic.
Tom: Despite the rocky reasoning for the heartfelt turn, I think it helps a lot to delve into this side of Ryuichi. The character work and dramatic turn largely take a backseat to the baby comedy but once it hits, it successfully pulls at your heartstrings and gives more weight to the series and its characters than just a silly little comedy about babies. It also makes Ryuichi more endearing and adds a tragic side to his otherwise ‘stand up guy’ personality. As other characters go we meet the Head Mistress who’s prickly, but of course has a heart of gold. There’s also the babies, who are rather singular (But that’s understandable: They’re freaking babies) and thanks to their diverse, if one note personalities, offer plenty of room for a variety of comedic shenanigans.
Linny: School Babysitters is of course filled with nothing but likeable or amusing characters so far, each meant to facilitate the laughs or the adorable moments peppered throughout the episode. Even the Chairwoman’s personal assistant/chauffeur is a delightful source of deadpan humour, rounding out the cast with yet another kind of comedy.
Tom: Overall School Babysitters is pretty solid. It’s not amazing, but manages to offer up several avenues of comedy that give me hope it’ll remain consistently funny for some time. Then again, it’s not hard to look stellar in this season, with a number of one note comedies that have me scratching my head, desperately confused about how they can possibly sustain their incredibly simple gags for more than one episode. School Babysitters however, has me confident that with its multi-avenues for humor, and mild dramatic tinges, that it’ll remain a solid experience for this otherwise dry Winter.
Linny: As someone who is familiar with the manga, I can confidently vouch that School Babysitters is perfect for the viewer seeking a weekly dose of cute laughs. There is some drama ever so often in the story but it’s all light hearted and resolved within a flash, acting mainly as gateways to even more cute antics. If the thought of watching adorable anime babies turn a high school boy’s daily life upside down amuses you to no end, then you may have found your show for the season.
School Babysitters is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.