Koufuku was a series I’d been looking forward to for quite some time though I’ve been disappointed with the series overall for a slice of life it was enjoyable but forgettable. I have more negative things to say about the series than positive but I enjoyed waiting for new episodes each week and watching them with friends, it’s a series that should be shared with others for better or worse.
Coming from the minds behind Hidamari my expectations were extremely high, it’s not really hard for me to say I was disappointed with Koufuku. Though the series judged as a separate entity from Hidamari is exceptionally good, it’s just difficult to admit the series was so mediocre and I would have preferred it being a poor series since then it would have even been a bit more memorable.
Shirobako is probably the best Anime I’ve ever seen. I feel that’s a pretty bold opening statement but I’ve honestly never encountered this level of quality. Maybe it’s just a high from watching such a fun series but it’s really been an amazing ride. Engaging thorough and jam-packed full of beautiful characters, genuinely funny scenes and morals that actually come across as very appropriate without impeaching on the series, there’s little to no reason to dislike Shirobako.
This week sees the debut of a real gem of a duo, with Miku and Riina who make the unit Asterisk. Mewraculously, Miku and Riina actually make one of the most entertaining groups and I have no real gravel with these two meow-sicians working together. At first I felt these two may have been off to a rocky start but they certainly found a diamond in the rough with this duo.
I’m feline really good about the direction this rolling stone of is going. I expected the remaining three episodes to really put the studio between a rock and a hard place, but it’s purrfectly clear they’re not leaving any stone upturned. I feel this episode was the cats whiskers and I kinda feel I’m taking how great this series is turning out for granite.
This week sees the debut of another debut of another group unit, made up of Kirari, Rika and Mirai. This sees the three girls go about promoting a fashion brand called Pika Pika Pop with their unit Dekoration, doing talks with an audience and performances. It’s a nice way that each unit by having them all introduced in a different way, I just expected to see episodes similar to Ranko’s or just performance episodes.
I really loved how this episode managed to bring in the other Idols without seeming forced, Mika would obviously be in this episode since it’s her younger sisters debut. It was really nice to see a more emotional scene with Mika too since she’d just been a support for the girls since taking a back seat. I really love that side characters are still getting screen time despite the sheer amount of Idols in Cinderella Girls though I feel as though it may have something to do with how popular they are.
This weeks sees the debut of unexpected Idol group Candy Island; with members Anzu, Kanako and Chieri. It’s nice to see there will be a variety of solo and group debuts in the series. The first TV appearance of the Cinderella project wasn’t really something I was looking forward too if anything I just thought that it wouldn’t be able to top the “are we live” an episode from the 2011 series. I’m really glad with how good of an episode we got this week despite such a at first glance poor leading cast, but they really manage to be entertaining throughout.
I can’t say with great confidence that I was really looking forward to this episode, mostly due to the reception the series has gotten with some friends I wondered if the series was just entertaining from my own excuses, but I’m very glad to say I have very few doubts for the future of the series after this episode and reconsidering past ones. I’m now extremely disappointed that the series will be split into two parts.
Past two weeks of Koufuku Graffiti go hand in hand, both focusing on Ryou having meals cooked for her. It’s nice to see the perspective from Kirin trying to make grilled fish and a packed lunch for Ryou. I feel like the series is stepping on its own feet here with two episodes that are so similar I’m struggling to see any real progress being made in the series. Koufuku is still really enjoyable to watch but I still think that the food orientated side of the show is dragging the series down. If it were to just focus on the relations of the characters like Yuyushiki or K-ON! I would be a much better show.
If it wasn’t for the relationship of Ryou and Kirin I feel as though I’d have dropped the show several episode ago, but since it’s such a key part of the series it really carries any positive thoughts I’ve had so far. But when it’s milked as much as it has been for the past few episodes I begin to question if the series really has anything else to offer. Every time I ask myself I just end up hitting a dead-end, I don’t know how to take this since the small focus could work in its favor like most slice of life series.