Hibiki Sakura’s love for food is starting to affect her size. In effort to slim down, she scopes out her local gym only to discover two problems—it’s a haven for intimidating body builders, and her classmate Akemi has a weirdly aggressive muscle obsession. After meeting her handsome personal trainer, Machio, Hibiki bites the bullet and starts her quest for a hot bod!
From the creator of Kengan Ashura comes Do You Even Lift, Girl? "How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?"; an anime that will make you want to stop being a couch potato, hit the closest gym you have and do your best to get more ripped than Barnold Shortsinator Arnold Schwarzenegger. SAIDO CHESTO! There's not much to say about the story in this show since it's premise is fairly simple and it's not really a story-driven show. It follows the trials and tribulations of Hibiki, a highschool girl who noticed she was getting plumpy and thus she started her quest to get slimmer (yet she still eats like every day is cheat day). Of course a simple story works in this show's favor since that's just a vehicle to deliver pretty accurate tips (save for some tidbits here and there) to train properly without hurting yourself, spiced up with some eye candy to *ahem* keep your attention. FRONT DOUBLE BICEPS! The art in this show is the typical cute stuff Dogakobo delivers for most of the time, and it looks consistently good! Sometimes the art shifts to a more serious look for comedic effect (ie: the arm wrestling episode) and, like King Crimson, it just works. They even go as far as making the characters look as if they were taken from an 80s manly anime! BACK LAT SPREAD! This show's soundtrack is ok and usually goes unnoticed (save for "that epic track") yet they do what they were inteded to do; improving the scenes they were played in. Both the opening and the ending were good and catchy tracks you'll keep playing in your mind for ages. If I had to choose which one I liked the most I'd pick the ending song Macho Men Macho A Name. The voice actors did a great job too. Ai Fairouz's job as Hibiki is specially noteworthy since this was her first major role and she nailed it. ABDOMINAL AND THIGHS! Of course a show like this wouldn't have been able to work at all if it didn't have an endearing cast. They are all equally funny to the point it's hard to pick a favourite character. Don't expect much character development though, after all this is mainly a comedy. NICE BULK! In short, this is the kind of show anyone with an interest in fitness would appreciate (whether you're a full-blown beefcake or someone who just started doesn't matter), and even if you're not interested in the topic at hand the characters are funny enough to make up for it. So sit back, grab your favourite pre-workout drink, and enjoy the show! Disclaimer: This is a steroids-free review. No performance-enhancing substances were used in the making of this review.
Funny as hell, would watch again. If you're an engllish speaker, I do recommend watching this one dubbed. the dubbing is fantastic. It should be pretty apparent after the first episode weather you're going to like this anime. The story hardly exists and frankly doesn't matter. When it comes to the genre comedy, that's par for the course. This is super light hearted with zero heavy topics (except for dumbbells). The animation and drawing is surprisingly good. While a good chunk of this anime is just your standard cookie cutter crap, that's not true in it's entirity. Not the best you'll ever see but much better than most anime coming out in recent history. Many emotive scenes get their own special detailed drawings. A lot of their jokes also get extra attention. Of course, the human body is well done, especially the male body (think Baki but less grotesque). Again... this is an anime about working out. The educational parts are brief but happen multiple times per episode. It's very informative... I could of lived without it but it was well done. If you're interested in learning how to safely work out with minimal equipment, then this anime is for you. Who's the audience for "How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift"? I'd say pretty much anyone over the age of 15, of any sex, who can handle very brief scenes of ecchi. Ecchi is definitely not the focus of this anime. It's a highly relatable and one doesn't need to be into working out to enjoy this. Cheers.
Other shows have attempted edu-tainment things like this, and they typically fall flat on both the education and the entertainment fronts, which can lead one to write this off without even checking it out. I'm glad I watched it, though, because not only did it come through in spades on both fronts, it's actually wormed its way into my heart as one of my favorite Anime of the last few years. I fully anticipate rewatching this. Story: The story is pretty straightforward; MC thinks she's putting on some chub, hits the Gym at the request of a classmate, and then each episode covers their antics as they explore excercises and meet new friends. The storywriting here is succinct and punchy. No beating around the bush, no dawdling, and no deadspace just to fill time. Personally, I would have appreciated there being a bit more meat to the story, but honestly it doesn't really need it. It knows what it's setting out to achieve, and it does that with no frills attached. Animation: Top-notch. Everything is done beautifully, smoothly, and with great artistry. The realism is on-point when necessary, and they go out of their way to change art styles and/or focus when they're doing something unrealistic for comedic effect. Sound: Amazing, high-energy, and catchy. I've already been listening to the songs just casually while I work because they're so upbeat and happy. You're sure to smile listening to the OP and ED songs every time. Characters: A beautifully diverse and hilarious cast of people with realistic goals and character motivations. There's depth to each of the main and side characters that make them feel like they all have a place besides just a joke or a cool pose. But even at that, they also nail the comedy aspects of the characters, so every episode will have you grinning ear to ear while you learn about excercise. Overall: Probably the best edu-tainment Anime I've ever seen, and I'd rank it over most non-anime forms as well. 10/10 NICE BULK
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