[REVIEW♡] Animation Runner Kuromi 1

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Today I wanted to bring attention to less known anime series – this one being

English: Animation Runner Kuromi
Japanese: アニメーション制作進行くろみちゃん
Romaji: Animation Seisaku Shinkou Kuromi-chan

From now on I'll shorten the name to ARK

The 2014 release of "Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun" whipped viewers interest for being an anime about writing a manga. 
However, ARK was the lesser known predecessor.  Released in 2001 and 2004 and produced by Yumeta Company, the OVA release is only 40 minutes long and are hard to find on DVD, but available dubbed on YouTube. For these reasons, it is easy to see why this anime is less known to overseas fans.

ARK is about a fresh out of school, Oguro Mikiko, entering the animation industry, with a place at “Studio Petit”. 
 Unfortunately for Mikiko… the boss has taken ill and has purposely left his disorganised production team to her control.
Mikiko, who is from now called her nickname, Kuromi needs to get the key frames from the animation artists in order for “Time Journey” episode 2 to be released on time!

We get to see a great realistic insight to what life in the animation studio is really like – this is based of real events

There’s 4 different animation artists each with their own unique personalities. 
Fukami who is a depressed newlywed, 
Tanonaka a charming man who tells you that he’s done the work, but the quality is sub par that it all needs to be edited anyway. 
Oroguchi - a pessimistic old woman with no confidence 
Lastly, Takami an otaku who loves anime too much, it ends up being a distraction.

Shiohmatsu, a heavy smoker, gives us a glimpse into the life of an animation director who has become colder due to enduring struggles within the industry and because of this, she is able to help build the bond between all the characters.

With loose references to Lupin III, it is established that Kuromi only embarked on this career path because of her love for “Louis Monde III” which drives her determination to get Time Journey completed. 
The team manage to come together during a crisis and Kuromi does a good job at handling, as most people tend to do their best for their first work projects.

The early 00’s animation style brings the delightful charms of the comedy to life. The exaggerated body movements convey the emotions of stress and bring each character’s different personality which is great. 
This series unlike many others does not focus on the beauty of characters because this isn’t the intended aim, we get to see them in a realistic light which makes this show all the better. 
There was a few instances where the animation of noses and hands seemed odd and it does seem that some corners were cut with this animation but this is understandable. 

The music also helps to bring light relief with quick changes of background music to fit the fast pace, this along with the animation really does keep the viewer entertained.

While the series is about producing an anime series, it’s pretty much something we can all relate too. The days of working on a school group project and the feeling of panic during the last few days before deadline. It’s sad that there wasn’t more releases but a great stand alone two episodes is better than a drawn out dull show.

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