Posted on 4 April 2011 with categories: OVA Impressions, Young Animator Training Project



Tansuwarashi is Production IG’s entry in the Young Animator Training Project, and it it absolutely adorable. It’s the only one of the for that I can really see work as an actual series: Ojii-san no Lamp was perfect with just 20 minutes, while Kizuna Ichigeki and Bannou Yasai Ninninman would have gotten really annoying if they were any longer.

A slice of life series about an office lady who finds a group of spirits in her closet though, I’d love to watch that. All of the characters just have this natural charm to them, even though there are many characters who are all pretty one sided. This OVA shined at making an entire happy family from them. And besides: when was the last time where we got to see an anime that featured an actual female lead who was neither a teenager nor a student? Those characters are even rarer than male adult main characters.

As for the animation, it wasn’t as impressive as the others, and instead it was very down to earth. The in between animation did get quite good at times, though.

Overall, the Young Animator Training Project was at its best when it combined its childish charms with adult issues. Especially Ojii-san no Lamp and Tansuwarashi were good at this. Meanwhile, the animation was particularly impressive in Kizuna Ichigeki: we can expect some great things from them in the future, as soon as they manage to get themselves some good sponsors and scriptwriters. It’s definitely been an interesting experiment.
OVA Episode Rating: 8/10

2 Responses

  1. Renn says:

    I’d watch a full series of this based just on the premise. I haven’t seen this one yet, but I’ll get to it after wafting through the onslaught of new shows. x_x

    I’m really glad you ended up blogging the Young Animator Training Project; I wouldn’t have heard of it otherwise. :)

  2. Ncrdrg says:

    I agree, it’s been an interesting experiment. Also, what makes short OVAs like those great is that they really have to make the best use of a short 20 minutes.

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    not that they’r not bright, but the process does somewhat prey on, even awards naivety
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    @Emma The enlistee are not the brightest bunch sometimes. Most enlist for the excitement and the job security.
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    Couple of years back I got to talk to two American soldiers actually.
    One genuinely said “I don’t believe we are interested in the middle eastern oil and there are weapons there”
    The other crazy got a female soldier pregnant and complained when she got sent home feeling that he could protect her if she stayed with him.
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    Expanding on what K-Off said, the people always get the receiving blow. We pay for the weapons our government gives away to countries with large amounts of terrrorists, not to mention the poor soldiers who believe they’re fighting for our rights. I often hear that from soldiers, “I’m fighting for your rights.” apparently, you’re not doong a very good job, since we have less rights than ever.
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