Asobi Asobase: Workshop Of Fun (Summer 2018) – Clickbait as Its Comedy

The first statement you shall assure about this anime is: never believe the cover. It’s full of lies, twist, and something that is at least you better don’t take it seriously. “Asobi Asobase” isn’t as popular as other anime in the season. But, this anime has a strong comedy for each episode. It’s more than a twist, a comedic like a comedy in general, a masterpiece for its genre.

Its execution is something that becomes a benchmark. A genuine expression, exaggerated way, and the voice actress as their best performance. From their straight face, solid, fast-talking, and holding back laughter. There are so many references yet it’s not something that so common in comedy anime in general. “Asobi Asobase” is a real one satisfying. Regardless of which, it’s not something that’s perfect too.

What makes a comedy is good? The puns? The exaggeration? Or the way the execution? The rest of the humor in this anime uses various aspects just like “Nichijou” or “Hinamatsuri.” Both show it’s so funny. The way its execution is perfect in each episode. Additionally, not all episodes in this show say as perfect. Sometimes, the humor doesn’t get too much. It only brings a slightly awkward and dull impression. The rest of this show offered doesn’t give rise too much of the existing cringe thing. In fact, it’s the character whose cringe in a good context.

The story isn’t something that you don’t need to take it too much. This is just your ordinary slice of life or comedy school anime in general. It’s divide by various content or at least, chapter. Rather, the characters themselves are really cheating on each other between the audience. Initially, you got some nice cute little moments from the opening theme song. At first, I thought that this was just a cute girl doing cute things anime. Usually, I’ve seen it so often. They introduce you to three female students who have a daily life. They have various funny things they did, form their own club, spend many times, hanging out, and others. But what makes it like that?

First, there is Hina Kino as Hanako Honda, one of the characters you could make it as friends with. Her luxurious life doesn’t make him in the last place. Not become a person who has many problems from outside or inside too. Her stupid behavior makes her always move forward. Her life is really boring despite her mission to find something more useful later for the future. She joins a lot of clubs especially tennis club. Her intelligence cannot underestimate. But, the various peculiarities that exist in her make it quite difficult to believe and equated with its background.

She has an assistant named Maeda. He is able to shoot lasers through his buttocks in a unique way. His humor sense with Hanako’s grandfather was really vulgar. Maeda himself wasn’t a person like that but very much chary to Hanako in his own way. I mean, “in his own way.”

Second is Rika Nagae by Olivia, your typical white girl foreign student who doesn’t speak English. Her life in school is really full of misunderstanding because many of her classmates who try to ask to teach English. Regardless she is a foreign stereotype, in fact, she was born in Japan. Various ways she did so that no one would try to ask her about English, including Kasumi, whatever she did so he wouldn’t get stuck in a circle he considered as an abyss. She has one otaku brother. Even though they have the same blue eyes, they seem to have no blood relations whatsoever because of their appearances. Not to mention, her running gag about her stinging body odor become one of the humor that continues to run from beginning to end.

Lastly, we got Konomi Kohara as Kasumi Nomura and I think it looks like I’ve seen this character, somewhere from other anime. In fact, it’s Lucy Yamagami from “Servant × Service.” In addition to the anime, some I’ve seen it in other anime yet I forgot the rest. She was a little nerd but his lack of interest in communication made her more open with her two friends. Sometimes, she is shy but always calms under any circumstances. She has a weakness in English so she always asks Olivia for help regardless of the weakness.

In the end, these three girls try to be in a circle that keeps circling, always doing a lot of mess things so many people are grudging even in funny ways but they never realize it and contain a lot of humor that’s unstable, unpredictable but sometimes became the mainstream like a general comedy anime.

There is some other supporting cast besides Olivia’s brother and Maeda as Hanako’s assistant such as Tsugumi Aozora who is still vague about her gender, Ruu Oka with a unique appearance, her habits and hobbies like things about supernatural and magic, Fujiwara with her “unique” appearance but contrary to Olivia where she was better at English than classic literature, Seitokaichou which was her name because it was never mentioned her real name until the end of the episode, Chisato Higuchi as their tutor, and other characters. Some reference is really there such as “Detective Conan,” “Sailor Moon,” “Dragon Ball Z,” Leonardo DiCaprio, and various references related to pop culture.

But, the best part of this anime is how the humor can be executed in an excessive but perfect way and the fact that all the voice actress really doing well in this anime. Like “Mr. Osomatsu,” I just don’t know how they try to hold back their laughter. They put everything out well but they also seemed to love it a bit from the way they did it. Hina Kino is one of the most fantastic in my opinion because the way her scream, speaks fast, speaks in a low tone, etc. are one of the best along with other voice actresses.

It’s an underrated show from the season but worked well by Lerche who also work on other popular anime such as “Assassination Classroom,” “Danganronpa: The Animation,” “Musume Monsters: Everyday Life with Monster Girls,” and “Scum’s Wish.” They worked on it well thanks to the director, Seiji Kishi, who also directed “Angel Beats!,” and also “Assassination Classroom.” The visuals rather glare apart from exaggeration are the main points that lie in order to support the humor because of the facial expression from its characters. It’s kinda colorful but the palette’s color selection takes bright colors.

The first opening song reminds me a bit of “Pop Team Epic” where at first I just think this is some Moe shit or something like that yet it’s full of lies because it starts with a cute opening and “what the frick” moment. However, the ending is one of the things I’ll never skip even though I hear it many times. It’s combining and matching the mood of its audience after watching the contents with metalcore music like BABYMETAL but the distortion and the drum is a bit similar to Of Mice & Men or Memphis May Fire vibe although is kind of ridiculous compares it to international bands.

“Asobi Asobase” is the most random viewing experience. In short, you just got click baited or you just got pranked by Filthy Frank. This anime insults you, taunts you, quips you, just like what “Pop Team Epic” tries to attract many elitists so that normies are desolated away from the line. I mean, no exaggeration. The comedy is so variant and the method of execution is perfect. Some contents are sometimes a little awkward and boring for some humor but the rest aren’t like that.

It’s an underrated series in the season, the one that people forget to mention because some of the anime that were so anticipated made this anime a little covered. The voice actress is one of the best because they managed to bring out their original talents with various characters. It’s full of comedy where sometimes, you can also call it for once as cute girls doing cute things anime but it’s hard to equate. “Asobi Asobase” is a workshop of fun.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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