First Impressions – Jinsei

Life sucks, and then you… join the newspaper club.

Let me be honest with you guys. Deciding to try and cover Jinsei probably wasn’t the best idea.



Three Girls One Club

Ikumi has found enlightenment.

Don’t get me wrong, the show isn’t bad. With its frenetic humor and nonstop gags, Jinsei is anything but dull. But the problem is, that’s all it has going for it. And unless I regurgitate every single joke, play on words, or what have you in my post, which I refuse to do, there isn’t all too much in the way of discussion. Now, this being the premiere, I can at least get away with talking about the characters and the premise for a bit. But I might reconsider continuing coverage of the show on a weekly basis unless much more development happens beyond continuous gags. So anyway, let’s get on with it. First we have the everyday, ordinary mc Yuuki. His role is pretty standard, serving as the tsukkomi straight man to a gaggle of boke funny girls. Then there are said girls that he manages, who pretty much cover all the bases in terms of stereotypes. There’s Rino the nerd, Ikumi the jock, and Fumi the… socializer? I never quite understood what the deal was with Fumi. It also looks like we’ll eventually get Emi, the artsy girl, later on if the OP is any indication. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Talk nerdy to me!

Moving on, the diverse group are members of the second newspaper club, which obviously suggests that there is an original newspaper club. And I have no doubt that those guys will show up eventually to stir up some competition and rivalry, like something along the lines of the two game development clubs in D-Frag. But I digress. The gang’s job is to respond to queries in a life advice column under Yuuki’s arbitration. Said arbitration involves a random activity that usually strays from the query at hand to “determine” which girl’s idea is most appropriate. And that’s about it. We got three doses of that in the premiere, and I expect the entire rest of the run will consist of a similar format and tone. Now, I did find this first episode to be fairly enjoyable. But my biggest concern is that the formula can get old pretty fast if the jokes just can’t keep up; it was already getting a bit tiring by the end of the episode. All is not lost though, because I can foresee some rather entertaining developments once Emi is introduced as it looks like she will take the gang’s advice literally and become an exhibitionist or something.

So yeah, I might or might not continue coverage of Jinsei depending on how much discussion-worthy content it presents. As I mentioned, there is some hope in the form of a nude Emi and the potential for some romance to develop between Yuuki and Rino. But only time will tell. If all else fails and I absolutely have to, I suppose I could just write about my favorite gag of the week and be done with it. But I have a feeling that would be pretty boring to read so I might as well spare you all the effort of reading such drivel in the first place. Incidentally, my favorite gag this week was the indecisive club one. Or maybe it was the making friends one? It’s so hard to decide!

See you next week maybe~


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5 Responses to “First Impressions – Jinsei”

  1. skylion says:

    I rather like the romance potential between Rino and Yuuki, he just has to get in her groove for a bit. And the rest of the cast ship them, so that has some potential right there.

  2. Highway says:

    My first thought, without knowing you were trying to write about this show was “Jinsei: fun to watch, probably impossible to blog”. Ganbatte!

    Like everyone else, I liked Yuuki and Rino’s chemistry (hehe). They’re both nice characters, and Rino’s got a really nice look.

  3. Wanderer says:

    I’m sure I’ll enjoy watching this, but I do not envy you the task of blogging it. Gag anime are right up there with Slice of life anime in that, when it comes down to it, the things you would end up saying about them from week to week would be pretty much the same.

    Yuuki and Rino make for an interesting ship (although I personally liked Ikumi the most out of the trio), and the yet-to-be-revealed extremely revealing girl may add some excitement to things… but… well, good luck. If you can keep up with bloggin it, I’ll be by to see what you have to say.

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