Hyakko – It’s pretty good

I know the “It’s pretty good” line isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by it. Hyakko was one of the fall shows that I put on hold, because I had too much on my plate and it seemed like your pretty standard, high-school slice of life centered around a few girls.

And well, it is.

You got the standard cast and crew: Torako, the boisterous one who gets everyone in trouble, Tatsuki, the rich, condescending straight arrow, Ayu, the big busted, shy idol, and Suzu, the silent killer. And they get in the usual shenanigans you’d expect to see in a slice of life. It’s very similar to Azumanga Daioh (although I guess you could say that about any slice of life about teenage girls), but I’ve actually enjoyed it a bit more than Azumanga, which I thought was sort of slow.

The main characters are all expectedly amusing and likeable, but I also like that the background characters are more than just filler and actually add to the fun; I especially like Kobayashi, the entrepreneurial voyeur and Andou, the openly bi class rep. Everyone has their own shtick. And it also sounds like all the seiyuus are having a lot of fun too, which sort of makes it contagious. I get the impression that the Aya Hirano bandwagon is being quickly abandoned lately, but she just sounds so appropriately cute and unsure as Ayu. Amd Fumiko Orikasa’s probably the perfect seiyuu as Torako, who really may as well be a teenage version of Miu from Ichigo Mashimaro. I call those two out, but the rest of the cast has been really good too.

I’m only five episodes through, and so far, each episode has been slightly better than the last. Hopefully it’ll hold up well the rest of the way. And while I have no intention to write about it episodically, Hyakko gets a thumbs up. If you’re into slice of lifes, it’s definitely worth a shot.

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