When I posted my first impressions on Kobato, I noted how incredibly cute its lead character Kobato was. I then started watching Risky Safety, and suddenly Kobato looked more like Hamako from Gintama in comparison. Omishi Magical Theater: Risky Safety has got to be one of, if not THE cutest anime I have ever seen.
And it’s not like most series that attempt to go for cuteness, in which they try to make everything as brightly coloured and fluffy as possible with a lot of energetic overacting. The titular characters, an apprentice Shinigami and Angel named Risky and Safety respectively, have such a natural charm that’s near impossible to plan out. Nearly all of their quirks are just too cute to watch when combined with the incredibly talented voice actres of these two (why yes, they’re voiced by the same voice actress, who does a fantastic job portraying both of them). They’re the type of characters who make all of the scenes they’re in a joy to watch.
The ten-minute episodes basically consist out of the two titular characters helping out a kid with worries, but the storytelling is genuine enough to make something interesting out of such a simple premise. The stories are well built up, and are about serious themes as undecisiveness, love, good and evil that aim to teach simple moral stories. You can also see that the creators like to try out new ideas: sometimes they like to show a bit of what happens in the setting around the characters, like showing a random conversation between a few passers-by that has nothing to do with the story, or showing some sort of reference to an earlier story. It’s interesting how in this story, whenever something gets destroyed or changed, it remains changed. For example, the stuff that Risky breaks in one room still remain broken 24 episodes later.
Overall, this series shows that anime can also be simple, yet effective. It’s an excellent recommendation for those who are looking for a quick watch. It’s such a charming series from beginning to end, and surprisingly solidly produced as well with detailed animation that hardly cuts any corners. With an excellent dreamy soundtrack excellent voice acting and incredibly cute antics, I really enjoyed this little series. It’s a shame that we never hear anything from its production-company anymore, APPP. Around ten years ago they used to do a number of series with very neat ideas, but right now they only seem to concentrate on in-between animation jobs (but doing a great job at them nonetheless).