There’s been quite a lot of short anime this Spring season, so much so that I wonder if this will have any lasting effect on anime lineups in the future. That said, Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki is the only major 3-minute anime airing this season. Combined with a delayed simulcast and it’s really easy to miss this one.
Oddly enough, this anime might be a little tricky to get into, depending on how knowledgeable you are with Japan’s culture. Jin, the main character, moves from Tokyo to Nagoya and so, a lot of his antics involves his unfamiliarity with the latter city as well as his difficulty in understanding the thick Nagoya accent of his classmate, the titular Yatogame-chan. The latter aspect of the plot I can see tripping people up since it really assumes you’re familiar with Japanese dialects and thus, any pronunciations and word play it’s utilizing for its jokes.
That said, the show is still decently cute in of itself. Yatogame’s cat-like appearance and slight tsundere tendencies are a dime a dozen but it lends well to how cautious and flustered she gets around Jin due to the boy’s difficulty in understanding her words. There’s also something refreshing to see an anime set in Nagoya; I’m struggling to think when was last anime I saw that took place there (assuming I saw one in the first place). I suppose there isn’t much of a plot to be had here but I’m content with the slice of life antics since the show is only running at 3 minutes per episode.
To go along with that, since the show is so short, it’d be extremely easy to keep up with it weekly while in the midst of other, more heavy anime. That said, a TV show still needs to entice so if the show’s simplistic nature really doesn’t do it for you, there’s no need to spare the time, however short it may be.
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