This show is centered around Doujinshi (Fan Manga). Kazuki is a senior in high school, who doesn't really know what to do with his future. His friend Taishi drags him into the world of Doujinshi, where he tries to make and sell his Doujinshi to the masses and learn what it really means to be a real Doujinshi artist.
Comic Party tested my resolve, my will, and even my sanity, but for some reason I just had to watch the whole thing. There wasn't really any suspese, and a lot of it was super repetitive. I guess I enjoyed getting a look at doujinshi, Comiket, and con culture, circa 2001. And when Kazuki struggled to create a manga and figure out why he wanted to create one in the first place I could relate to that feeling. They conveyed the sheer suffering that artists go through.
Well, this is a show for the Otaku, the nerds of anime. When I first watched it, I was a newbie but now that I have watched a couple more animes, I actually get most of the references now. This show is what separates the large fans from the casual watchers. This was created based on a visual novel and video game (much to my surprise) and yet luckily, it isn’t fully following the date style game. I actually noticed that the show was more based on the love of creating anime and manga rather then what girl he would end up with. Unfortunately, almost all the characters are girls and may send the wrong idea about anime fans. It is pretty equal parts men and women. Now before I talk about anything else, I do have a bone to pick with the English dub. I really wish they would have used Japanese words when doing the voice dub. It would have really been nice hearing the word ‘manga’ or ‘Dojinishi’ at least once except for the word ‘comic book.’ I know they are almost the same thing, but it really would be better to say the Japanese term since everyone who was actually watching this would probably know what it meant. They do use words like Cosplay so why can’t they? Taishi is one of the best characters in the whole show; he’s where most of the slap stick fun comes in and what brings the show into new level of awesomeness. But even with that, you can tell that he actually is smart and not the stereotypical stupid funny characters (AKA Anyone from the Lucky Star anime). I think that’s why most people I have talked to, and myself included, are drawn to him. The animation is actually really fluid and well done. The colors are bright and fun, bringing in the comical slapstick that is in every episode. The artwork sometimes goes into many different aspects from fan service and the comedic arms in air after being trampled but they are done tastefully and with love. Some of the characters sound a little odd, one or two of them sound like they were drinking or smoking such as Yu. You can probably pick out some of the voices of old anime characters in the cast like Lina Inverse from The Slavers and Excel from Excel Saga which made me happy in that. Now these are the American voice actors, not the Japanese. The Japanese voices seemed to lack a bit of the comical effect to me and so didn’t seem all that funny. I have to say, the best voice is actually Taishi because he can actually sound so serious when he’s saying something funny.
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