Wooser no Sono Higurashi is an anime from Sanzigen, one of the studios that worked on the Black Rock Shooter anime. It’s based on a short journal column and aired in 2012. Let’s take a look and see what it’s all about.
There’s not much story to the series. It’s one of those comedies where events happen for humorous purposes and they never follow a real narrative arc. Basically, each episode consists of several short gag segments. It’s like the anime equivalent of a Yonkoma (four panel) gag strip. So, that brings me to the important question, is it funny? It is sometimes. A lot of the jokes are basically Wooser being a bit perverted or random things happening. The pay-off can be funny but, more often than not, it just ends up being kind of stupid.
The characters in this are pretty one-dimensional. They basically consist of a bunch of basic tropes with no development due to the nature of the series. To be fair, they could potentially work for a gag series except that their interactions aren’t usually all that amusing. Compare it to a series like Galaxy Angel where the characters are also pretty undeveloped and tropey but where they interact with one another in a really strong comedic way. This one just falls woefully short. A lot of the characters who show up barely even say or do anything.
The art style is very basic and undetailed. It doesn’t really look bad, but it also doesn’t look good. Each episode ends with a more detailed illustration, some of which are really fan-servicey and there are a few points where the art style changes, usually for fan-service purposes. Because having a bunch of female characters without at least trying to make them look sexy at some point would be against the law. That has to be the case, otherwise they’d just be making the art disjointed for no reason and no one would be that dumb.
The acting in this is pretty mediocre. They did get some good people. Miyano Mamoru stars as Wooser and he’s quite skilled. However, in this the performances are all pretty stale. Probably because there’s not any emotional depth and very little range required for the characters. The music is pretty generic stuff. It’s fine but not anything special.
There really isn’t any.
Wooser no Sono Higurashi is pretty sub-par. It’s humour falls pretty short. The characters are pretty dull and the art, acting and music range from mediocre to a bit below average. Feel free to try a few episodes if you’re curios, they don’t even last for five minutes each. So, you can pretty easily get a feel for whether or not you’d like it. As for myself, I’m giving it a 4/10. Next week I’ll take a look at Code Geass, series one.