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First Impression – Anne Happy♪

Anne Happy - Everyone in one shot

Everyone’s headed the same way, eventually

winter15-highw Does anything make girls more moe than hardships? If you don’t think so, and you like moe, then Anne Happy might be the show for you.

Can It Really be Considered Noble?

Anne Happy - How you end up there I don't know

Anne is able to do the impossible, like manage to get her coat caught on a protruding bridge beam

Anne Happy (or Unhappy, or anhapi) is one of those shows that starts out completely innocently. Your totally normal girls going to their first day of high school show. Although it’s a little odd when Ruri finds the world’s most positive girl, holding a dog that’s biting her and hanging by her coat off of a bridge beam. Anne loves animals, and they love… to bite her. But Anne refuses to believe she has bad luck, instead always looking at the positive stuff.

Anne Happy - The white gloves lend a lovely detachment

Miss Kuraida’s gloves really give a great image of her detachment from the class,
like she doesn’t want to get any of their unluckiness on her.

But that’s not how the rest of the world sees her. So she’s in our special Class 7 at this special school. Classes 1-3 focus on academics, classes 4-6 focus on athletics. It’s really an elite school. But Class 7 has one specific goal: To kill their teacher before the end of the school year. Wait, that’s a different show, although given the disposition of Class 7, it’s possible that the teacher would end up dead from splash damage. No, the real goal of Class 7 is a charity case: to make the students “Happy”. Because whether they realize it or not, these are all students who have terrible luck, circumstances, personality traits, quirks, what have you. These are the people in society who are unfortunate, whether by fate or by choice, and while none of them want to think that, an elite school run by a lot of smart people doesn’t make a mistake about that.

Anne Happy - Anne exceeds everyone's expectations

Anne breaks the rating system, talk about exceptional

And indeed, our main characters fit right in with this description. And in this show, only the main characters matter (noone else even gets a face). The first episode only focuses on “Hibari” (the name Anne gives Ruri), “Hanako” (the nickname that Ruri kinda spitefully gives Anne in return, which Anne loves), and Botan (actually her given name). Anne turns out to be the class loser, judged to have the absolute most unfortune. In fact, she gets a rating of 49 out of 40 due to an ink smudge. And they actually get a homework assignment the first day: Take this raw egg and bring it back to school tomorrow unbroken. That’s it. Of course, due to circumstances, they all fail… with the exception of Anne, who has managed to get her egg to class… where it promptly hatches.

Anne Happy - PiyoPiyo

Just for you: “PiyoPiyo!”

If there’s an Alley, This is It

Anne Happy - This is another fine mess you've gotten us into

“Well, this is another nice mess you’ve gotten us into, Hanako-san”
Also, if she was really unlucky, she’d have fallen backwards at the knees

I mentioned in the Pre-Spring Picks that one reason I was interested in this show was Shin Oonuma, who I think has had quite a few good series in a row. But looking through those series, there’s a common theme, from Nourin to Rokujouma no Shinryakusha to Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry to WataMote. You could even throw in Kokoro Connect and Prisma Illya in this trend. They are all shows about losers. Some aren’t as obvious as others, but if you think about them, it’s always about the out-group, the looked-down upon, the hard-done-by. So Anne Happy is pretty much just the ultimate end to that trend. And I’ll say that I really like the way that Oonuma handles these characters, in general and in the specific of this show.

Anne Happy - Botan's aura

Botan’s lovely aura…

In Anne, Ruri, and Botan so far, there’s the right blend of positivity, self-doubt, and even self-hate. Ruri is the one most in denial about her nature, but coming from a school where she was ridiculed because of the crush she has (on the drawing of the construction worker) she is afraid she’ll face the same thing if the truth gets out, even as she wants to be defiant about it. In Botan, there’s the knowledge that she’s a frail, pampered, not useful, even creepy ojou-sama who eavesdrops and has a bad case of imposter syndrome. And Anne, it’s so much that you can’t even call it denial. She is so used to the things that happen to her, they don’t even register on her radar as things that should make her sad. Getting stuck in the rice field, falling off a bridge, bitten by every animal (“How many crows will I meet today?” she innocently asks…), they all roll off her back easily, allowing her to focus on the things that actually do make her happy: Making friends and living life. And in that friendship is perhaps Ruri’s salvation, finding friends who won’t tell her secret crush, and won’t think she’s weird just because she likes a drawing.

Anne Happy - They're totally finding out

“Oh crap, they’re finding out how weird I am.”

Anne Happy - Friends don't gossip about friends

“… and they just don’t care.”

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The setup of Anne Happy is certainly one that they could use to make you pity the characters. But there’s no pitying going on in this first episode, and I don’t think there will be much throughout the series. The characters themselves are upbeat enough, and I think they’ll pretty quickly come to terms with the fact that they belong in this class, and find that it’s a good thing for them. I was really pleased with this first episode, and hope that the rest are just as good.

 

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10 Responses to “First Impression – Anne Happy♪”

  1. skylion says:

    Just for you: “PiyoPiyo!”

    This is Chekhov’s Chicken in action. If you have a chicken in the third act, you must introduce an egg in the first.

    Shin Oonuma really has the knack for finding these sort of projects. So many of us fans out there follow the sakuga “auteurs” and mince about all artistic like. But, really, give me a director that just knows how to pick a project based on theme, that theme being the lovable loser…cause the lovable loser is always us.

    “How many crows will I meet today?” is probably my favorite bit from Ruri, and I think I’ll like her the best.

    But Botan is coming in strong, I rather like her bonelessness in the OP.

    • Highway says:

      It may be your swiss cheese memory for names, or the way the scene was, but the line about the crows was from Anne, innocently said to Botan as they walked away from Ruri. She even followed that up with “I’ve given them all names!” Anne loves animals, and it’s just a shame that they don’t love her back.

      In the same vein, one of the things I thought was great from Ruri was the eyecatch where she was staring at her pass case with the picture in it, and it just waited that extra beat and then she quietly said “… suteki”. Around the others, she was trying to be so earnest and responsible, but there we see her own daydreamy foible.

      And I think that the way they worked their quirks into the “standard group of girls” OP like that is just great direction.

      • skylion says:

        ..yeah, I’m still trying to figure out names; maybe some ham to plug the holes. And that’s good pic.

    • Highway says:

      I had actually meant to use it in the post, but didn’t fit it in. Here you go:

  2. Namaewoinai says:

    The Best Scene of that show is…yes

    The Bunny Bag Girl (Hanako/Anne CV: Yumiri Hanamori Remember the…uh…The Mother Remote) try to rescue that cat that stuck on scare crow and the cat jump it on a cracked egg and eat up leaving the Bunny bag girl clueless.

    I mean that scene is…priceless…XD

  3. akagami says:

    I wasn’t planning on watching this show, because I don’t want to watch suffering. However since Highway’s picked it up and still continuing to blog it, it can’t be that bad, right?

    I thought it would be a depressing or cringe-worthy show to watch, but surprisingly I’m loving it! It has an excellent combination of moe and comedy. And Silver Link is doing a pretty good job animating as well.

    I will say that Hanako is so shining so brightly that I’m almost jealous. Her character and VA go well together, and while the concept of being super unfortunate and being super optimistic at the same time sounds unoriginal and likely boring in implementation, it actually works really well and feels natural here.

    • Highway says:

      Yeah, the show is anything but depressing or cringe-worthy, although Hibiki sometimes gets a little bit cringey, all of her own doing.

      • akagami says:

        Hmm, don’t think Hibiki has been introduced yet. Onwards to episode 2~!

  4. akagami says:

    spammy is on a streak. It doesn’t like me at all this week.

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