To plainly put it, I was not looking forward to watching Hyakko. It was on my MAL just because I wanted to see for myself what others have told me was “the better school life anime” (compared to K-On it seems). Sooooo, it took me forever to start watching. About 3 months actually. I finally got down to watching Hyakko last night. It was 12 mdinight. I was not in the least sleepy. My parents weren’t home, my sis was asleep. That meant no one to irritate me. So I commenced with the Hyakko marathon. I watched episodes 1 to 9 all the way till 4am. Then I finished it the next day in the afternoon.
And my conclusion is simply, they’re right. I really enjoyed Hyakko. It is probably the first anime that made me literally laugh out loud (I was sitting on the couch just clapping my hands like a retarded seal because no sound was coming out of my mouth).
I suppose it can be classified as an “old” show (Although 2008 wasn’t that long ago). Hyakko is about the life of some students at Kamizono High School, an unnecessarily large school compound that consists of an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. Mostly, the anime focuses on the high school students of Year 1 Class 6.
Ok, firstly, following my usual format for this, let’s talk about animation. Well, the animation is not exactly superb. There were parts where it was extremely choppy and also parts where they cheaped out on animating even the flappy mouths so conversations were being made with no mouth movement. However, the character designs were pretty damn good. All of them looked unique and moved according to their personality. The “action” scenes were also done pretty decently. And since I’m not a sticker for animation, Hyakko still looked really good to me.
Well, now on storyline. Well, it is slice of life. They really isn’t much of a “plot” in the traditional sense with the problem, climax, solution and all that good stuff. Mostly, media under this genre focuses on character interaction. (Although there is of course a bit of plot but mostly at the end). Well, as mentioned above, the characters are all unique, especially in the way they act. The character interactions were all believable (to anime standards of course where there’s always some mildly ridiculous situation) and extremely hilarious. For such shows, I like to think that the animation is not so important as compared to the build up of the character. In my opinion, the on screen character is to serve as a baseline so that your imagination can fill in the rest from the stimulus received from the show.
I apologize for being unable to properly explain all this stuff in words aptly but this is one of those
shows where you have to watch it see get what I’m ranting about.
Well, I am however, going to do 1 thing now. I’ve seen, read and heard about Hyakko in quite a few places, but its usually used a comparison point to another anime. Of course, I’m talking about K-On. However, I’ve been mostly seeing people stating that Hyakko is better than K-On. So I’m gonna give my 2 cents.
Both were aired at almost the same time but Hyakko was aired first. However, K-On was the more popular of the 2. Not a whole bunch of people have heard of Hyakko but I’m willing to bet my family jewels 90% of people have heard of K-On. I suppose it comes down to advertising why K-On had better sales. Both were also based of a manga. I can’t comment on this bit since I didn’t read either. Both Hyakko and K-On also mostly focuses on the girls although Hyakko has a bigger cast that also includes guys. In K-On, almost no men exist.
However, in terms of which is “the better school life anime”, I would pick Hyakko over K-On. Simply because Hyakko is only supposed to be that. One of K-On’s main focus is of course the aspect of them being a light music club and creating music together. Also, as a school life anime, K-On seems to have too little characters. Sure, there are some side characters but we hardly see them (Including the fan favourite, Himeko. How many of you know who’s Himeko?) In Hyakko, they have a lot of characters. However, since they’re all unique, I didn’t mix any of them up.
So I’ll conclude with this. If you want a school life anime, go watch Hyakko. However, if you want a school life anime with another genre besides school life, watch K-On. For best results, you can STFU (Stop Trolling For Unicorns) and watch both like me. Now, I’m going to force LessThanFree and SleepySlacker to watch Hyakko.