When I was asked if I’d like a copy of Hyakko, Complete TV Series I believe I replied something to the effect of, “Yeah, I vaguely remember it being Yuri-sh, but I don’t remember what or why.”
Now I have watched the first disk and I remember what, but there may be no answer for “why?”.
Hyakko, an anime that is obviously based upon a 4-koma gag manga, is set at an absurdly large school. The apparent protagonist is Ayumu, who is immediately soppy enough not to threaten the audience for whom this comic is presumably intended.
Ayumu runs into snooty Itsuki, who is also lost in the preposterously large school. They then encounter Torako who is the hyper-energetic, slightly cool until she speaks, force of chaos type and her nearly-silent, always eating friend, Saotome.
The themes of each segment are the typical for school life gag comics; school clubs, uniform checks, school life stuff, etc., with bwa-wa-waahhhh~~~ humor predominant.
Yuri comes in the form of class representative Andou Nene, a flamboyantly odd girl who leers and drools over the other girls in the class. Underneath her general perviness, she might possibly even have an actual interest in Torako, but that is well beside the point.
Art – 6
Story – 3
Characters – 3
Yuri – 3
Service – 5
Overall – 5
As I watched Disk 1, I had the image of the staff on this being told about it and all reaching for cigarettes, sucking them down in one breath and sighing.
Sometimes Hyakko is marginally amusing, but not usually during the punchlines.
Here’s the funny part of this review – after damning this series with faint praise, I have an extra copy to give away! If you promise to write a review of Disk 2, I promise to send it to you! Name and country in the comments to win. Entering is a commitment to write a review of Disk 2, ‘kay? ^_^
Thanks to TRSI for this review copy – and for the give away copy!