Miyamo Chio, a first-year at the completely ordinary high school Samejima Academy. Chio just wants to get through her school life without standing out too much, but for some reason, all kinds of obstacles await her along the path she takes to school. Her long-time friend Nonomura Manana, who's trying to quit being an otaku; the flawless Hosokawa Yuki, who occupies the top caste in the school; and lots of nameless people about town find themselves in Chio's path as she employs the (useless) techniques she's acquired from her Western video games in her daily efforts to get to school.
Because the School Is There / Chio-chan and Hosokawa-san
Bloody Butterfly Effect / Manana, Ootoro, and Me / Bump of Slave
Bloody Butterfly Effect 2 / The Kabaddic Four
Smoke on the Sailor / Taking the Cherry Blossom in Your Hand / Manana's School Road
Thank You, George / Mananacchio
Everyone's Own Path / Chio-chan Eludes
Convenience Store Chio-chan / Chio-chan and the Duel / Remnants of That Day
Yuki-chan Doesn't Care / Chio Fisher / Momo-chan's Story
Chio-chan Changes Her Image / Flat Cut
Shinozuka-san, Sugar Content, and the Press Conference / Thousand Spring / Andou and George
Chio in the Middle of the Night / Apocri!
Just One Masterful Method / Yuki-chan Bares It All
I'm usually not super into gag type anime/manga, just because the comedy doesn't always click for me culturally. I wasn't expecting a lot when I started watching Chio's School Road- I was just looking for something light & breezy to watch before work. This show exceeded my expectations. It actually had me laughing to myself atleast once every episode. The characters were interesting, and considerably fleshed out given that it is only a 12 episode gag series. I watched the series dubbed, and thought that the wide range of voices and monologue each character used really fit in well. A lot of the times, it wasn't what the character said, but how they said it that made it so funny. There are also a few skits per episode, and I could never tell where it was going to take me- I throughly enjoyed each episode, and not one of them felt dull, or like they were running out of jokes to make. It all fit very well in together., and the pacing was just right. tldr: If you're looking for some comedy that doesn't take itself ((or you)) too serious, I would highly suggest this- And, I'd be interested in coming back to watch for a second season!
Studio Diomedea’s 2018 High School comedy is proof that you don’t need a complicated plot if the writing is sharp. The show, adapted from the manga by Tadataka Kawasaki, is very funny and very simple. Chio Miyamo is gamer who stays up late at night playing violent western RPGs. Her real world walk to school is dull in comparison so she makes things a little more exciting by using her video games experiences as part of the journey. Normally this would be a disaster IRL but the twist here is that she is rather good at this real-world gaming. She is joined on her morning walk to school by friends Manana Nonomura and Yuki Hosokawa who inevitably get sucked into Chio’s adventures. There is no over-arching plot as such. It is a simple situational comedy in which we churn through a relatively small cast of characters and put them into new scenarios. The show reminded us much of Studio Lerche’s “Asobi Asobase” which aired in the same 2018 Summer-season. Its brilliance is in the writing and its ability to keep us laughing throughout. It may be a clown-show but it maintains its pace through a couple of long-running narratives as well as taking occasional break to delve into the backstory of side characters. One of these is the prim and proper Momo Shinozuka who mans the school gate in her role as member of the school’s disciplinary committee. The show delights in its avoidance of any obvious cliches. The girls don’t get a beach episode nor do they go and watch fireworks. It may not be the most memorable of shows or stand-out for any specific reasons but it is a barrel of laughs. The show enjoys several quite adult-orientated features with a couple of the characters getting screen time just so their boobs can jump around. One of the girls in the friendship group Madoka Kushitori plays the game of Kabaddi as an excuse to grope other girls. All these weird eccentricities add a lot of spice to the fun and games whilst maybe making it a little unsuitable for younger viewers. Particularly when young Chiharu Andou appears with a vindictive desire to shove her fingers up the older girls’ bums. Some of the humour may be a bit base but it all works rather well. The dynamic between the girls offers a lot of material with the best friends often bickering and fighting to great comical effect. Some of the story telling focusses on social awkwardness and embarrassment that girls face when confronted by people with startling eccentrities and unusual personalities. This may well be more acute in Japanese society yet the humour still works. “Chios School Road” is wild, wacky and very funny. Thoroughly recommended.
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