Review of The Comic Artist & His Assistants

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Otakus can be surprisingly Meta when it comes to their entertainment of choice. Anime set in the distant future or in far-flung fantasy worlds may be popular, but that doesn’t mean that otakus are averse to checking out more down to earth shows, which dabble with the creation of the comics and cartoons they so enjoy. Perhaps that is why the likes of Shirobako and Bakuman have proven to be such big hits in recent times. Those aforementioned examples are however too classy for yours truly. Fan service is more my forte, so I decided to watch The Comic Artist & His Assistants instead. This twelve episode series deals with the creation of comics, albeit ecchi mangas drawn by a massive perv.

OVERVIEW

Yuki Aito is a professional manga artist and the man behind HajiCafe – an ongoing comic book series infamous for its panty shot packed panels. Much to the annoyance of his long-suffering editor Mihari Otosuna, he is also a huge slacker. Rather than drawing new content for upcoming issues, Yuki wastes a lot of his free time on dating-sims and buying new additions for his extensive collection of female undergarments (the stockpile of undies is purely for research purposes… honest!) Due to his procrastination, in order to meet looming deadlines, Yuki is often forced to employ the services of three attractive assistants named Sahoto, Rinna and Sena.

Teenager Sahoto Ashisu is Yuki’s right hand (wo)man. She dreams of drawing her own manga series some day, but has yet to break into the comic book industry despite possessing the superior work ethic that her mentor lacks. Sahoto respects Yuki’s artistic talents, but that is as far as her admiration goes. Whenever Yuki playfully suggests taking their relationship beyond that of mere co-workers she wastes no time in bluntly turning him down.

Eighteen-year-old Rinna Fuwa is a big fan of HajiCafe, which is somewhat odd given the book’s subject matter. Although she has no skills when it comes to drawing, she managed to secure an assistant job as Yuki forgot to request someone with experience (he only stipulated the need for a helper that looks cute.) Rinna is blessed with a chirpy personality and unlike the other girls, who get exasperated with Yuki’s antics, she’ll often play along with his libidinous ways. The same cannot be said for Sena Kuroi. The diminutive lady, who is a prodigy when it comes to sketching, has a low tolerance for any unprofessional behaviour. Sena has no qualms about pummelling Yuki, whenever he gets out of line, but thankfully for the protagonist her weedy physical strength is unable to exert any painful blows (even with the assistance of a bullwhip.)

VERDICT

My rating for The Comic Artist & His Assistants is four stars. A series about a lustful virgin surrounded by beautiful women sounds like a recipe for disaster, but thanks to its charming cast the show succeeded in putting a smile on my face. The contrasting personalities result in plenty of amusing banter and the characters have some depth, which is a surprise given the show’s restrictive running time. Mihari for example is more than a one-dimensional irritable boss. Over the course of the series we learn how she is insecure about her bust size and that her relationship with Yuki stretches back to high school (where she had a bit of a crush on him.)

Even if the gags are a little one-note, The Comic Artist & His Assistants doesn’t overstay its welcome as it has the sense to embrace its four-panel comic roots. Each episode of this anime adaptation is a mere ten minutes long and comprised of two to three skits, which prevents things from getting stale. Some viewers may feel that concise stories aren’t value for money, but I personally prefer short and sweet over dragging things out. Speaking of value, I would recommend getting the DVD set from Animatsu over the iTunes download. The physical release comes bundled with six bonus OVAs, which is quite a bit of extra content when you consider the duration of an average episode. Overall I can recommend this series to anyone seeking a funny animated comedy. Despite Yuki’s tastes, the show isn’t PANTSu.

15 thoughts on “Review of The Comic Artist & His Assistants

  1. I’m surprised you didn’t go the whole hog and give it 5 stars! πŸ˜› I kind of think I went a bit hard on it with my score but it really didn’t charm me enough to offset the fan service/panty obsession I’m afraid. :-\

  2. This was actually one of the series that got me into shorts before I can’t understand what my husband is saying, And it does good. Not great, but I didn’t feel like I wasted my time watching it.

  3. Only ten-minute long episodes? Sign me up, this sounds like a decent way to pass the time. Something comical and different, you know? But that cover art though >.< You must've enjoyed this one a good bit haha!

  4. I know you’re gonna hate me for asking this, but can you maybe give me a few suggestions for dubbed Anime, or maybe some manga I haven’t heard of? Over the past years I kinda started to lose interest or something, but Attack on Titan came highly recommend to me, and that inspired me to watch the Persona 4 animation. The only reason I ask for dubbed is because my eyesight is starting to go south on me, and I get headaches reading subtitles. I’ve heard good things on Sword Art Online, one I’ve been wanting to check out, but there is an overwhelming amount of Anime out there and I’m a total noob when it comes to that stuff haha, I always end up getting stuck on the more mainstream stuff, and my friends always roll their eyes at me when I talk about Bleach and Attack on Titan lol.

    • They’re obviously not good friend if they roll their eyes at AOT – it’s a great series. Besides everyone has to start somewhere at that is a damn good start.

      So suggested titles with (pukes) dubs:

      Death Note
      Code Geass: LeLouch Of The Rebellion
      Eden Of The East
      Another
      Shiki
      Steins;Gate
      Black Lagoon
      Watamote
      From The New World
      Paranoia Agent
      Tiger & Bunny
      Guilty Crown
      Blue Exorcist
      BTOOOM!
      Eureka 7
      Last Exile
      Psycho Pass

      For starters! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

      • THANK YOU! I think it’s great too! My Anime fan friends are kinda hipsters about that stuff, which is fine I guess – but good stuff is good stuff IMO! Hell, I still watch Pokemon! I know dubbed versions are a bit frowned on hehe, but my eyesight just sucks. I turn on subs when I game but I have to sit super close to my TV / Monitor. I find myself squinting at the subtitles and in turn I end up missing out on the awesome animation. I used to love Death Note, but the rest of that list is all new to me, so thank you for the suggestions! I just copied that into wordpad – gonna do some hunting tonight! Black Lagoon sounds great I think I will start there πŸ™‚ Thanks again!!!

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