Dagashi Kashi

Title:Dagashi Kashi
だがしかし (Japanese)
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Notables: ABE Atsushi
Animation - FEEL
Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem—he’s terrible. His real talent is selling the complex and delicious snacks in his father’s “dagashi” shop. He never thought much about the family business until the trendy, eccentric Hotaru showed up. As a lover of “dagashi,” she can’t let his talent go to waste and decides she won’t stop ‘til she’s sold him on sweets.
(Synopsis courtesy of ANN)

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3141#628]
(One episode watched):

Well, I guess the primary problem with this show is that the basic premise--a rich girl wants you to work in a modest snack shop rather than pursue your dream--feels pretty lame. It might work for one skit in one episode of some comedy show, but an entire series? I don't think so. Especially not when the first episode couldn't summon a single laugh out of me. If I were authorized to do whatever it would take to salvage this show, the first thing I'd do is hire one or more talented commedians who can write genuinely funny jokes. As things are, being a comedy without decent jokes DK needs an interesting story and likeable characters. But again the premise is lame and the characters are lame as well. Kokonatsu's personality consists of his wish to be a mangakka; that was revealed in the first minute or two of the episode and little or nothing is added to him afterwards. Who wants to make candy instead of draw manga? Maybe he will have a change of heart later on, but with his personality as bland as it is so far, I doubt if it would be very convincing. Nobody else gets much depth, either. One thing that is distinctive about the characters is that they have an odd, cross-eyed look to them. Both the OP and ED songs sounded to me like there was something wrong with the timing of the recording I was listening to. There's the usual 'oops, I walked in on a nude girl in a shower' scene; wouldn't it be funny if just for once a guy who was about to open a bathroom door stopped and thought 'for all I know, there might be someone naked inside'? It would definitely be unusual. I don't hate this show, but I definitely have much better things to do with my time. This show was clearly meant to be a comedy, the makers just couldn't or wouldn't provide it with any good jokes. It has gotten to the point where sometimes when I see a certain style of modest character designs (like the ones here) in the first scene of a new anime, they seem to quash my hopes at a stroke, because shows of this sort are almost never very good.

Last updated Wednesday, February 15 2017. Created Tuesday, January 12 2016.

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