A spunky girl with pastel colored hair, a gokigenyou spouting blond rich girl, a kind of cute animal mascot and an anime club. Take these four things and you have the base ingredients for every high school anime out there. Will we ever get a season without one of these high school club anime shows? That was my first thought before going into this show, having seen too many of these, from Genshiken (which is super good) to Free (hot boys addicted to water).
As you might have guessed, I was not that excited going into this show. But I was actually quite surprised at how much fun I had watching this first episodes. But that was not because of how funny the jokes or the characters were. Instead, I had a blast trying to figure out all of the references to old and new anime that were thrown out a mile a minute. My favorites were “The Girl Who Slept Through Time” and the obvious homage to Macross that the episode opens with.
The episode opens with Minoa Asagaya having a dream about an anime that she used to watch as a kid with singing magical girls and robots (It’s basically Macross btw). But when she wakes up she is not able to remember the name of this show and this bothers her all the way to school. After asking a friend about said anime she gets invited by her high class classmate Arisu Kamiigusa to make a “Anime Research Club” at school. While I say invited, it’s more like she’s being pulled into it against her will.
The only joke that really landed for me was Arisu’s ability to just snap her finger to summon her butler to do her bidding or a bunch of maids to clean up the club room for her seemingly out of the nowhere.
I didn’t expect much, but I might actually give this show at least a few more episodes and see where it goes. Anime-Gataris is available for viewing on Crunchyroll!