After reading the synopsis and some of the fuss in the reviews, I thought I'd give this one a shot. I liked it!
Art, Animation & Character Designs
The art and animation was cute and done well. it wasn't anything special but it worked. The character designs were about average and cute as well.
The OP was your typical pop piece with a high-pitched female vocals and a bit of chorus. It wasn't all that bad but still not my taste. The music elsewhere.... didn't even notice it.
Series and Episode Story
Funny moments here. Lot's of ecchi and suggestive moments. But what made this "acceptable" if you will, is that it really "didn't" try to be ecchi or suggestive for the most part.... as someone else here had mentioned. But instead, it's up to the viewer to interpret the situation.... in which most cases, we as dirty little human beings, will interpret it as "dirty". Of course, that's not to say it was all innocent and without blame. Some of the scenes were silly and hilarious.... especially the facial expressions.... hehehe!! Regardless of the fact that these are 5th graders in compromising situations, it makes for a fun and silly anime. It was both light-hearted and fun to watch. Oh by the way, the scene with the sport equipment shed.... my god that was funny! Hahahaha!!
Overal, it was a good anime. If you're open-minded, then you should enjoy this for the most part.
Last updated Sunday, May 10 2009. Created Sunday, May 10 2009.
(Technically a Rent-/ Watch+)
Hearing this series was made by the same creator of Minami-ke, I decided to check it out just for the sake of curiousity. I can't say that that I got latched onto much of the comedy of this series. But I can give it credit for at least being down-to-earth with its fan service. Unlike most perverted comedies I've seen, the situations that occur only come from accidents or inopportune moments that could really happen and boys of Ryouta's age would be clueless over what is going on. If it were an older character, I'd be dumbfounded with the character's stupidity. But in this case, only your imagination would paint things to be more perverted than they really are which did happen with me a few times in some of the shorts. But like Stretch, I have to agree that there's something missing from this series that kept me from wanting to laugh at much of what went on which I can't put my finger on. The final two segments of the series handled some character drama quite decently compared to asread's two attempts with their takes on Minami-ke which is a plus.
Overall for a perverted comedy, I would say Today in Class 5-2 was different for me thanks to its slice-of-life approach. Still, not being able to laugh during most segments did limit my enjoyment of the series a great amount.
Last updated Wednesday, April 08 2009. Created Wednesday, April 08 2009.
Might look into...
Never forget Xenosaga.
Last updated Thursday, October 09 2008. Created Monday, October 06 2008.
(All episodes watched):
Reading these reviews, I got the impression that Kyou no Go no Ni (let's just call it KnGnN) might be the sort of show you turn to when you've become addicted to school comedy but you've already watched every episode of Azumanga Daioh and School Rumble (twice). To a certain extent that's true, but it also became clear that comedy isn't the only purpose of this show. The anxiety and heartache of coming of age are made clear while, for the most part, the jokes of KnGnN aren't in the same league as the aforementioned series. I got the strange feeling--it's hard to put into words--that this series wasn't trying all that hard to get me to laugh. I don't know exactly what was missing, but something(s) which are done as a matter of course in other anime comedies wasn't present here. Maybe this was intentional, and the makers were confident that they didn't need to employ any "tricks" to boost their jokes. One segment which did get me to laugh out loud was "Super Balls" (no, not about those kind of "balls"), perhaps because when it seemed to be over with the usual modest joke, another first-class one came out of nowhere. Misunderstandings and slapstick resulting in embarassing, panty-flashing spills are commonplace. Somehow, I wouldn't describe these as fanservice since they are depicted in more of a slice-of-life manner than a crass, vulgar one. Though it didn't turn out to be exactly what I'd been expecting or hoping for, KnGnN is a good show in other ways, and I'm glad to watch it. Everyone who enjoys school comedy should see it once.
School comedy done in a more slice-of-life style than usual
Last updated Thursday, August 16 2007. Created Tuesday, July 17 2007.
Hanaukyo Maid Tai La Verite, Nagasarete Airantou]
[Score: 75% = "Rent-". Other recommended Silly Comedy anime:
Cute Art, Animation with excessive SD elements (the characters appear as adults when they "understand"), the Music is hardly noticeable but appropriate for the mostly light-hearted atmosphere (and the calm, melodic ED song is very nice). The Characters, while obviously not being too deep due to their age, are likable and we get to see their thoughts in a number of scenes (which I always prefer to mindless action).
One definitive plus of this show is the ecchi element. Yes, there are very adult scenes at times (like Ryouta in the sports accessory room, or when he accidentally spilled milk over some girl). This show got almost the same "Forbin classification" from me as Hanaukyo Maid Tai La Verite did - but unlike the blatant fan-service of all too many other shows with frontal nudity and huge boobs, the perversion here is mostly triggered by the dirty minds of the audience: This is a great show to hold a mirror up to yourself. And the situations causing these thoughts are usually bad luck, not due to the immense stupidity of the characters, and therefore give the audience the feeling this could actually happen in real life.
All in all, one of the few only-comedies that I really like (resulting in a high mark for Episode Story), mostly because it doesn't have some of those unnervingly stupid characters in Azumanga Daioh (TV). The only downside is that most characters don't get enough character depth, thus I'm looking forward to the 13 episodes remake Kyou no Go no Ni (2008) with three times as many stories and episodes.
Last updated Thursday, April 26 2012. Created Monday, July 03 2006.
Drama : None
Comedy : High
Scifi : None
Action : None
Ecchi : Low/Med
Episode 1 released and it's pretty good. Magikano is wrapping up so this might replace it.
Episode 2 out. Wow this is months in the release (Like Dokuro Chan). The 2nd episode covers Balls, Milk, Laughs, and Childhood friends. Very funny.
What's really funny is each situation is VERY ADULT. But the children don't know that. It just happens that way. Like in the milk episode, a girl ends up naked (because her clothes were stolen) and the boy gets caught with her in a room (he walked in looking for someone else). Of coursse he gets pounded for being a perv...hehe
Last updated Monday, July 03 2006. Created Sunday, April 02 2006.
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