Hi all loyal JOI readers, back to JOI Anime Review . Yes, it’s been a long time since I last wrote a seasonal anime review. Understandably, it has fallen into the “rabbit hole” so it’s a bit of a hassle to follow seasonal anime .
For this season, it turns out that there are many interesting anime . That’s why I can go back and watch casually seasonal anime only for this season ( whether next season I can still consistently watch anime again or not ). Well, initially I was only interested in a few titles like Re: Zero Season 2 , Tensura Season 2 or Log Horizon Season 3 . So for a non-sequel anime , I didn’t really count it, at least at the beginning of my watching plan. But everything changed when I saw that this season also has a new anime release which is quite interesting to follow. One of them of course isJaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun .
And after I watched it, I became motivated again to review seasonal anime . So thanks to Tomozaki-kun , it reminds me that my job as an article writer is something like this, heheh . So, what made me want to review this anime so much? Here’s the details .
It Talks About Development
Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun is a light novel by Yuuki Yaku which was adapted into an anime by studio Project no. 9 . Yah Project no. 9 , definitely the anime is mediocre again. Especially if we look at Yanagi Shinsuke as the director, he is very loyal to directing anime from that studio. Yes, it is true that if we look at the track record , the combination of Yanagi and Project no.9 has produced several anime titles such as Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta ,Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu , and Ryuuou no Oshigoto . So, what kind of anime will be made based on a track record like this?
But everything looks so different. Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun is an anime that is very different from the three titles above. It’s not about the story that is from light novels because Project no.9 really likes to adapt anime from light novels .
The first is an increase in animation quality. From the opening alone, we can see that this anime was made with more effort than before. You can say that this is a natural thing in 2021, but I still see this as a very drastic change.
Speaking of positive developments, this does not only occur in the quality of the appearance. In this anime , Project no. 9 reduce the fan service quota . I mean, again look at those past titles , how many levels of fan service are presented in these anime ? Compared to Jaku-Chara , fan service is less prominent. I’m not saying that fan service is completely abolished. There are still some like mizugi showcase scene but it’s only a moment. There is also an onsen scene but the anime-the focus is more on developing the story so that the audience’s attention doesn’t go that way. The rest, I didn’t find any lebay scenes such as slipping on my pants , or the camera’s glare on certain body parts.
From these two changes, it has made me able to focus on enjoying the anime story as a whole. If it’s ok from this point of view, what about the story and characterizations?
Astonishing Character Development and Non-Development
If we look at the title, we will definitely understand that this anime will emphasize the characters in the story. So it’s only natural that we hope there is a good character movement. And that hope is not in vain. Jaku-Chara is successful in showing how her character behaves, develops and determines the attitude of every event that occurs.
First, let’s get acquainted with our main character whose name is in the title, Tomozaki Fumiya . Tomozaki is a gamer . He is not just an ordinary gamer but is ranked number one in all of Japan in the Tackfam game . For him games are everything and real life is a ‘ garbage game ‘. Until he met directly with the second rank in the game who was often defeated by him. Turns out that person is Hinami Aoi’s classmate . Aoi is an extraordinary girl in real life, in contrast to the shattered Tomozaki.
Through Aoi’s guidance, Tomozaki is invited to change his view of real life. “If you haven’t tried it you can’t call it a trash game . ” From here Tomozaki develops into a better person in real life with methods such as playing games where Aoi gives certain missions in his daily life.
The idea of the story is not bad. However, I was very annoyed with Aoi because the first time I watched this anime, my expectation for this anime was an anime that discusses social and gaming aspects in a balance more or less the same as Gamers or Netoge which have been made by the same studio. In fact, this anime focuses more on discussing adolescent behavior, how their social life is, and the interactions that exist. It’s as if the game is an inducement for otaku to watch animeand then change their views to be more accepting of the real world than the virtual world.
Yes, if the execution is bad then my frustration cannot be overcome anymore. Luckily the silly idea of doing missions in the real world turned out to be less annoying than my initial impression. Seeing the relationship between the characters and their interactions is quite entertaining for me. Even though the fan service displayed is quite minimal, the kawaii faces of the female characters really treat my annoyance, even I really enjoy it.