Posted on 3 January 2013 with categories: Anime Reviews



Okay, so I crowned Poyopoyo as my favourite comedy of 2012. Here I have some more room to explain that. First of all, this series did not make me laugh the hardest out of the comedies of 2012. It did, however, make me laugh the most and it was the most consistently funny series of the year. I can perhaps recall three or four of its 2-minute episodes that did not make me chuckle out loud.

That’s the beauty of this series: it’s short, yet has a ton of content. Every episode is divided into four to eight sketches that describe the daily lives of the main cast, and hardly any of them feel like they have been put in there just to fill time. They all have a point or a joke to make, and really few of them feel flat. When it’s able to do that for 52 consecutive weeks, it really manages to be something special.

And what makes this show funny? Well, most importantly its cast of characters. The show follows a farming family and the people around it. They don’t exactly develop much, but this series is masterful at fleshing them out: showing their different sides in different situations, showing how they typically and un-typically act. And all of this with a good dose of humour. They become really fun and enjoyable to watch, already quite quickly into the series.

About the animation… yeah don’t expect too much of it. It is solid for what it does though: you don’t need to expect crappy flash animation, and the camera angles are consistently sharp for its designs. Voice acting is really good though: the voice actors really manage to bring their characters alive. In terms of background music, there is not much variety: one track is just constantly being played, but it is a very good track nonetheless.

Poyopoyo as a series is more than just funny. It’s also very relatable. It contains tons of scenes that hit home. Sometimes for just pet owners, but also for everyone. Beyond that, if you’re interested you can just give it a try. It’s a really accessible series that you can just jump into whenever you feel like.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Very consistent comedy that is hilarious.
Characters: 9/10 – Down to earth and character who feel real, and remain funny and charming.
Production-Values: 7.5/10 – Simple animation, but quite effective nonetheless.
Setting: 8/10 – Believable and realistic.

One Response

  1. shirokiryuu says:

    Poyopoyo is so wonderful in what it can do it a short time. I can watch it anytime and it will always bring a smile on my face. The episodes are so short, but they feel so much longer!

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:01 AM)
    Hmmm my brother has been watching Aldnoah zero though I have stopped, I discussed Inaho with him and he suggested Inaho may be a high functioning autistic.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:01 AM)
    @Emma I believe it is, I’ve heard it cited for a 2015 release at one point.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:00 AM)
    I know, a frantic pace works for a beginning. Not an entire series.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:59 AM)
    Is it actually true that Aldnoah will be split cour for a twelve episode second season? I don’t know, someone said it might before.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:59 AM)
    4: Yep. They don’t need to kick ass but showing them at least putting up some kind of fight would be appreciated. Even the scouting troupe in Attack on titan managed to kill a titan or two.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:56 AM)
    As for the frantic pace, that is no way to tell a story, especially for 11 episodes. The points I argued still apply.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:56 AM)
    It’s a shame because he could be placed in a mentor role and help develop the characters.
    3:Inaho still interests me because I view him as a sociopath. Personally the best way to develop him would be to have others see him as abnormal. Mostly they have been laughing off or just treating it as somewhat strange. It would be more interesting if they started to feel there was something seriously wrong with him. His inhumane nature could be used as his arc.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:51 AM)
    @Aidan Those tropes CAN work decently, which is why I hate how especially shitty this one is.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:51 AM)
    2:My guess is that rather than develop they want to keep up a frantic pace. It’s works for a while to keep a show interesting but soon enough you gotta bring more to it. The side characters are basically interchangeable. They have very little defining characteristics. The core characters have more but are chained to the needs of the plot. The most developed character on the show is the war vet and the show seems determined to keep him out of the action.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 02:45 AM)
    Alright, a reply.
    1: Agreed. The princess is essentially the standard of the standard. Noble pure blah blah blah. Hell even if they made her a stuck up Ojosama that at least would have been more interesting than this living trope.

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