Anne Happy♪ – 02

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Hibari, Hanako and Botan are joined by Thomas, the… school’s sentient robot bunny, who’s been tasked to observe and record the misfortunes of these particularly unfortunate girls. Despite his over the top bunny in a tuxedo design, Thomas is fairly neutral by anime conventions: he’s not especially mean, nor nice, nor does he have lazer eyes or any special powers. (except for being impossible for Hanako to catch and pet)

Because I find the android cutsey character type annoying and often inexplicably anachronistic, I am thankful for his tame presentation. That said, there’s really no real reason for the character to be a robot bunny at all if he has no powers or weirdness…

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Anyway, our girls’ unluckiness continues to be measured. First they answer basic questions about hobbies and skills, then they take a physical examine. Each mini segment reinforces the unfortunate traits we learned last week.

Hibari is relatively unaffected by misfortune, except for her self-imposed romantic obsession with the construction sign Botan isn’t really unfortunate either, beyond her constantly breaking bones, poor musicale strength and lack of flexibility; and Hanako is absurdly unlucky, as she can’t even order items from a vending machine without absurdity happening.

And, of course, she’s the only girl with no boobs!

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Later, the girls explore the school’s clubs. Hibari does well in the cooking club, Botan is repeatedly damaged by the athletics club, and Hanako is almost devoured by a mob of evil pets from the pet society.

The importance here being Hibari’s relative normalness could pull her away from the other girls, the only friends she’s ever had and who accept her for her mild weirdness. In the end, Hibari chooses ‘go home together club’ and everyone lives happily ever after.

Roll credits…

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You should watch this because: As before, episode 2 is charming. The world is weird — and the jokes aren’t always so much funny as just weird — but pleasant, because the characters all like each other and there are really no stakes yet. The bright colors and occasional transparency give it a dream like quality too.

You may not be hooked because: Anne Happy plays it safe. Weirdness aside, the characters are simple and the formula is obviously ‘something weird will happen to them each week.’ Also, that something will probably be Botan being injured, Hanako being attacked by animals, and Hibari coming to the rescue.

It is, by definition, a 3 note show. If you are okay with that, join me. There are far worse comfort foods to snack on!


One thought on “Anne Happy♪ – 02”

  1. I’m going to go on record as saying Timothy (AKA Thomas) creeped me out because he reminded me a little too much of Madoka Magica’s Kyuubey…but he apparently means the girls no harm. Indeed, he won’t let Hanako touch him, and his ninja-quick dodges of her attempts to do so are pretty funny.

    Like Oji-san, nothing here had me in stitches, and I’m not a fan of Timothy, but I AM a fan of the bubbly, bumbling Hanako, the mercilessly self-deprecating Botan, and the earnest, elegant maiden Hibari, all of whom find relief from their misfortune in each other’s company.

    I’ll also take Oji’s points about the dreamlike quality of the palette (which I like) and the overall play-it-safe-ness of the show. This isn’t like, say, Gakkou Gurashi, which presents you this idealized school life and then flips it upside down into a vat of acid.

    …but it doesn’t really need to be.

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