The main protagonist (left) in her first Comiket ever, selling rape hentai doujinshi for her friend (right).
In this post, Nodame Cantabile will have a new challenger in the form of a short anime titled Doujin Work. Doujin Work turns out to be a very good comedy anime, but is it good enough to unseat the ‘Anime of the Year 2007’ incumbent? Read on to see the outcome.
The quirky characters that helped the main protagonist in her quest to make money in the dark world of doujinshi writing.
Our main protagonist was lured into drawing hentai doujinshi for money. But to actually makes money, she has to be good, and unfortunately she is not. Therefore she has to work hard at improving her skills at drawing nude characters (which were never shown in this anime) in order to achieve her dreams, with plenty of help from like-minded friends of hers.
Let’s get straight to the point; the quality of the story in this anime is definitely not its strong point. In fact I think a similar anime reviewed here before, titled Comic Party has a better storyline (at least for its first season). But what Comic Party lacks and which this anime has in abundance is good quality humor. This anime could do with more humorous one-liners, but there are many good slapstick comedy stunts here, plus the main protagonist has great tendencies to get involved in many awkward but funny situations due to the School Rumble-esque misunderstandings. For what its worth, the thin story did flow very well with flawless scene transitions and good pacing (has some reference to real-life dating simulations games too), but you have to really ignore the amount of Comiket events the cast went to though.
Character developments in this anime is quite good considering the length of this series. The main protagonist, her overbearing childhood friend, her friend that wrote rape doujinshi titles and also her rival that wrote extreme yaoi doujinshi titles are all great and interesting characters in this anime. The director has really done a very good job here considering that this anime is just basically a 6-episode series (12 episodes that are 12 minutes in length to be exact). The ending is average and predictable, and that would be the only overt weakness of this series.
The main protagonist and her yaoi-loving rival.
Character designs in this anime is decent overall, with the rape doujinshi writer being the best of them all. She also has black hair, and that’s a bonus.
This is where this anime really shines, because voice acting in this anime is great. All the recurring characters has great voice acting gigs; I cannot even choose who is the best amongst them. Definitely a positive point for this anime.
This anime has also done great in this regard. The OP theme is very good and the ED theme is not far behind, while the OST is quite decent too. Another positive point for this anime.
Despite the fact that she sheepishly wrote hentai doujinshi, the director has not shown any of her works to the audience.
The animation in this anime is good, even in fast-paced scenes. Choreography did not apply in this comedy anime. The director has done a very commendable job despite the thin storyline this anime has.
8 out of 10. Nodame Cantabile still retains the ‘Anime of the Year 2007’ title, but Doujin Work is a recommended watch if you want a good laugh and do not have too much time on your hands.
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