Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro – 01 (First Impressions) – It’s All in the Journey

Sometimes Miyamo Chio is late for school. Sometimes she’s early. The reasons for either are many: staying up late playing video games, for instance. The point is, while on her route to school, something always happens.

That could be something small, like a closed road, that then turns into something much bigger, like a rooftop adventure with old man toothpaste spit, stepping on a rich guy’s alligator suitcase, or walking boldly out of a love hotel parking garage.

Miyamo Chio is, on the outside, a fairly average, unassuming high school girl who doesn’t like standing out. But inside is a seething cauldron of emotions that conspire to create a far more over-the-top dramatic event than one would think. She even has an assassin alter-ego based on her video game chracter.

Be it one, two, or more trips per episode, Chio-Chan no Tsuugakuro isn’t about school. It’s about getting to school, and everything that happens while attempting to do so. And thanks to some diverse and vibrant voice work from Oozora Naomi and nicely animated bursts of action, the journey is probably more fun than the destination anyway.

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Author: sesameacrylic

Zane Kalish is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

2 thoughts on “Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro – 01 (First Impressions) – It’s All in the Journey”

    1. Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro is also a Diomedia production, Diomedia do take on a diverse range of shows and usually do a reasonable job of them. The director (Takayuki Inagaki) who also adapted Chio to anime is a Diomedia house director who has done some things I’ve liked in the past. Also Chio is voiced by the relative newcomer Naomi Ohzora, who recently did a great job voicing the incomparable Satanichia Kurumizawa McDowell in Gabriel Drop. I enjoyed the first episode’s quirky story and pace though I hope it doesn’t get stuck too much on Chio’s social ineptitude at school.

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