Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi (First Impression)
- Source Material: Manga
- Studio: Doga Kobo
- Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
- Synopsis: “Igarashi Futuba’s new job would be great if her senpai, Takeda Harumi, wasn’t so incredibly annoying! Futuba hates his laugh, she hates how big he is, and she really hates that he treats her like a little kid. Just because Futuba is short and looks young doesn’t make her a kid, and just because she spends so much time with Takeda doesn’t mean she sees him as anything but an annoying senpai…or does she?!” -Seven Seas Entertainment
Who else is excited for another anime that has an office setting?! I know I am! There’s a charm to the drama and activities in the workplace that make it absolutely irresistible to me (maybe it’s because I also slave away at a desk job, albeit I do visit the construction site from time to time…)! Let’s dive in!
The attention to detail throughout the show is staggering! every scene has so much life beyond the main characters. Igarashi’s kitchen is clean and organized, and I love the little details that are on her bowls and cups! The atmosphere of the train ride to the office is quite lively as it’s packed full of people and there’s an emphasis and scale to Igarashi’s height as she struggles to reach the handles. As she’s working in the office, it’s clear to see that she’s using a DVI port to connect her tower to her computer and to be honest, I’d never thought I would be able to tell which type of connection a monitor is using in an anime! And last, but not least, the vending machine scene, once again bringing a scale to Igarashi’s height but also her demeanor in how she holds herself. In this particular scene, she’s slouched with her head down since right before this she realized that she had made a huge mistake on one of the tasks that were assigned to her. The body language is clear and distinguishable, what’s also clear and distinguishable are the different drinks in the vending machine! Usually, the vending machines only have cans or bottles but the selection here is quite nice!
The comedy for the show is hilarious and even funnier for office workers, like me, who understand some of the temptations that come with working at an office. Interactions with co-workers are one the best reasons why working at an office is so much fun as well as some office events that occur from time to time. Tsukishiro had me laughing so hard when she pulled out the vodka! The timing of the dialogue and the strategic zoom into the bottle’s label was excellent in every way! The comedy just gets better from there as Igarashi’s charm leads to a few fun photos…check out the episode if you’re curious!
Like we’ve seen above, the attention to detail is astounding with the backgrounds being very robust. The details in the buildings along the street, the perspective with the slight skew as the objects get closer to the horizon line. The colors of the city contrast very well against the foliage and make each street that Igarashi passes an exciting experience! I wonder if these are actually streets, does anyone know? Let me know in the comments! Aside from the wonderful art, Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi also has incredible animation, the opening scene was beyond what I was expecting and is easily one of my favorite openings of all time! The fun and creative take on the opening really sealed the deal and made me fall in love with the series! I’ll link it below!
Absolutely! If there’s anything you watch this season, Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi should be at the top of your list! It says some Wotakoi and Kobayashi san chi no Maid Dragon aesthetic and is definitely worth your time! Check it out and let me know what you think!
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