Buddy Daddies

Title:Buddy Daddies
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Notables: Animation - P.A. Works
Assassins Kazuki Kurusu and Rei Suwa meet Miri, a girl looking for her father on Christmas Day. Kazuki, Rei, and Miri unexpectedly end up living together.
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13-episode TV anime that premiered on January 6, 2023.
Animated by PA Works.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4588#628]
(Two episodes watched):

A few minutes into episode one the thought occured to me 'I bet whether I end up liking this show will depend on whether I get to know and like these guys (Rei and Kazuki)'. They would have to earn my affection--I don't give it away for free. And at the end of the episode neither of them nor Miri, the child they befriend, had really ingratiated themself with me. These guys are good assasins, in that they only kill people who clearly deserve it. I would not say they are all that good in a professional sense--they seem to just charge in with guns blazing and rely mainly on their inexplicable good luck. They never get hit and they seldom miss. Why have Rei engage in an extremely dangerous highway chase when it turns out that Kazuki could have easily dealt with their target at any time? because it's exciting and cool, obviously. Rei is kind of morbid and a downer while Kazuki is... not morbid or a downer. Miri is one of the most cheerful children ever, almost insanely cheerful, to the extent that she remains joyous and laughing even as guns are firing and people are dropping dead around her. It's a strange mix of comedy and violence, but it clearly doesn't 'work' like it did in Akiba Maid War last season. Here the two seem to clash with each other rather than mesh. Miri's only personality is her cheerfulness, and Rei and Kazuki are too superficial--their only personalities are that they kill bad guys and care for a child (and Rei likes cats). I guess the weak jokes and plentiful action were supposed to be what attracted viewers. The action was correographed fairly well even if the stunts would be unlikely to work in real life. But having a fairly good idea of what is really possible and what isn't, I could not suspend disbelief enough to take what was happening here seriously. But I decided that I should probably watch another episode since this show wasn't a total loss and might still come around; some anime just take more than one episode to clarify their premise.

I had thought that Kazuki was Miri's father (which might have been interesting), but no, he just looks a lot like the guy in a photo of her parents. Miri is actually the daughter of a villain Kazuki and Rei killed in episode one. Life with her was modestly amusing in episode two but nothing to write home about. The second job the two assassins perform was another ridiculous You-always-miss-and-I-always-hit action which turned me off after what had been an OK episode to that point. Also, some rival assassin has come to town. Maybe if there were not so many new shows this season that are clearly better than this one I would have watched Buddy Daddies, but that was not the case. Even after two episodes I couldn't really say that I cared about any of the three main characters or the plot of this show.

Last updated Monday, April 17 2023. Created Wednesday, January 11 2023.

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Official Japanese Series Web Site https://buddy-animeproject.com/

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