Man, I don’t know what to do with this. A show about girls planning to bring a picnic up a mountain right outside of town? I guess I could recommend it to my friend who loves to rock climb. (This might actually be the entry-level anime otakus have been looking for in their quest to win over the climbing community).
For whatever reason, Crunchy Roll’s been featuring a number of shows lately that are parceled out into three-minute micro installments. Even if I were somehow gung ho about the slight storyline I just described above, I’m sure I’d still be befuddled over how such a serialization scheme works with the expectations of broadcasting. Are these interstitials that somehow fit between regular shows who end just three minutes short of regular run-times? Is there some magazine anthology-style programming block that fits ten or so shows into a half-hour?
These little nuggets of content feel less tantalizing and more shrug-inducing. Maybe there’s something pleasingly concise about setting a series up in the time it takes most other shows to simply run their theme songs, but there’s also something weirdly uneventful over how the plot’s diced up for some of these. I mean, one episode centered on these girls learning how to boil instant soup. The experience is less like a perfectly-compact sushi roll and more like a slice of bread crust served on a dinner plate… if you follow me.
Am I missing something here? Will this story of junior mountain climbing actually ascend to greater heights of profundity? You tell me.
Watch the first episode of this show, "This is Comic Earth Star's Editorial Staff” here and decide for yourself.