Every season as of late I’ve had at least one anime that is a shorter series (as in episode duration not amount) and never reviewed them. These are generally small slice-of-life stories that have little or no connection between episodes and very little (if any) character development. I enjoy these as often (especially near the end of the season) I have a lot of anime with real plot heavy moments and it’s nice to set aside 5 to 10 minutes a week to just have a good time. I decided to review Wakaba*Girl as I think I have enough to write a short little review to break the hard hitting anime I’m also reviewing this season.
Our story follows a girl named Wakaba Kohashi who is a rich girl who decided to go to a normal school because she wants to be a normal girl (or as she understands “gyaru”). She quickly makes friends with 3 girls in her class namely: Nao Mashiba and athletic girl who has become obsessed with boy’s love eroge (funny scene with her giving Wakaba one who plays it with her mom and older sister), Mao Kurokawa who is a little immature (referring to herself as “Mao”). She’s also really lazy, and finally Moeko Tokita who is kind of the grounding force of the group. She’s bad at sports though.
While this anime definitely isn’t perfect I can’t really think of any flaws. The only one I can think of is the characters are all pretty basic as I described them all in as much detail as I could and still only ended up with about a sentence each. The show has 7 minute long episodes which gives it a total run time of 91 minutes which is about 3 or 4 episodes of your standard anime so it’s not too big of a deal but it never hurts to know more.
These are all nice. Like the typical moe show we have tons of great faces that no one could ever make in real life. The character designs are also really good. Nao’s breasts are kind of big which looks really weird in moe style though.
Let’s get this out of the way, Ari Ozawa voices Wakaba (I swear I didn’t just pick a ton of anime she did on purpose!) so we’re already doing good in my books. The rest of the characters fit the typical moe character vibe you should expect. The music is also really good. There’s no ending song but the opening is sung by Ray (except episode 9 where the actors sang for some reason) and I really liked her voice.