Chio's School Road

Alt title: Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro

TV (12 eps)
3.791 out of 5 from 2,663 votes
Rank #2,276

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.

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Because the School Is There / Chio-chan and Hosokawa-san

Episode 1

Because the School Is There / Chio-chan and Hosokawa-san

Bloody Butterfly Effect / Manana, Ootoro, and Me / Bump of Slave

Episode 2

Bloody Butterfly Effect / Manana, Ootoro, and Me / Bump of Slave

Bloody Butterfly Effect 2 / The Kabaddic Four

Episode 3

Bloody Butterfly Effect 2 / The Kabaddic Four

Smoke on the Sailor / Taking the Cherry Blossom in Your Hand / Manana's School Road

Episode 4

Smoke on the Sailor / Taking the Cherry Blossom in Your Hand / Manana's School Road

Thank You, George / Mananacchio

Episode 5

Thank You, George / Mananacchio

Everyone's Own Path / Chio-chan Eludes

Episode 6

Everyone's Own Path / Chio-chan Eludes

Convenience Store Chio-chan / Chio-chan and the Duel / Remnants of That Day

Episode 7

Convenience Store Chio-chan / Chio-chan and the Duel / Remnants of That Day

Yuki-chan Doesn't Care / Chio Fisher / Momo-chan's Story

Episode 8

Yuki-chan Doesn't Care / Chio Fisher / Momo-chan's Story

Chio-chan Changes Her Image / Flat Cut

Episode 9

Chio-chan Changes Her Image / Flat Cut

Shinozuka-san, Sugar Content, and the Press Conference / Thousand Spring / Andou and George

Episode 10

Shinozuka-san, Sugar Content, and the Press Conference / Thousand Spring / Andou and George

Chio in the Middle of the Night / Apocri!

Episode 11

Chio in the Middle of the Night / Apocri!

Just One Masterful Method / Yuki-chan Bares It All

Episode 12

Just One Masterful Method / Yuki-chan Bares It All

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Reviews

krofire
8

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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