Play It Cool, Guys - Reviews

Alt title: Cool Doji Danshi

BlackCatLef's avatar
Nov 23, 2022

3S Review no. 80 (short, simple and salty/sweet/spicy)

I sometimes can appreciate and enjoy a simple premise that simply delivers what it promised, a bunch of klutz guys, trying to play it cool. And that is all there is to it. It is a simplistic as it sounds and you know if you gonna like it or not from the get go, it is honest. I liked the premise, even though I am the exact opposite of a klutz, in fact I wish my movements could be more relaxed, alas, that’s what martial arts from a very young age do to you, in fact what keeps happening to these guys, is such a rare occurrence for me that it happened once more than 10 years ago and I still remember it to this day. I was in a club while on vacation, and somehow, someway when I went to light up my cigarette, in between the talking, joking and all the staff, I had it on my lips the wrong way around with the filter facing outwards. Then a stranger next to me points that out right before I light it, and I instantaneously play it cool saying that I am used to smoking filterless but the store didn’t have them. That was a half lie of course cause yeah I did like that specific brand filterless and the store didn’t have it, but I’m not used to that cause I smoke tobacco, I rarely buy ready rolled cigarettes. I just messed up, and played that off, exactly like the four guys of the show do, my buddy of course next to me who knows very well that I never blunder like that, and that it was a lie, was crying from laughter.

Now, after I completely chewed up your time with my boring story let’s continue. So, some of the people I love the most in world this are exactly like these four guys, and they are absolutely lovable. So I did like the simplistic story beforehand, the first couple of episodes where they present the different way each one tries to walk off their clumsiness, along with the short length and the chill narration are quite enjoyable. Here is the thing, for how long can such a simple thing keep being enjoyable or entertaining remains to be seen. Personally I can’t imagine it lasting for long, and after watching the first 7-8 episodes, I have a bad feeling that this may turn into a gay orgy very fast. If that happens I’ll be very very disappointed, since what I thought was just a charming, simple and relaxing show will be just another uninteresting romance. Especially the episode where Takayuki randomly invites (a complete stranger) Hayate to go at the cafe cause he doesn't feel comfortable to go alone is really worrisome, both in terms of future content and in terms of the quality of the writing.

Its presentation is not great obviously, but it doesn’t have to be, it is as simplistic as the premise, it gets the job done.

Sound is on the same boat, it is simple and it does its job. Voice acting is really fitting and it really helps the delivery of the… lets say comedy.

So, is it worth a watch? Well, this is not a show claiming any kind of artistic value, it’s a simple idea, presented in the most chill and simplistic manner, if you like the premise, then yes, just go for it, what you see is what you get, bunch of klutz guys playing it cool, the episodes are short and relaxing, if anything you gonna enjoy the introductory ones for sure. Then drop it if it doesn’t work for you, I’m still on the verge, I did enjoy the early episodes but it already feels stale, only time will tell.

5/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
Yel0's avatar
Apr 9, 2023

I mean I fell asleep so... 

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
2/10 overall
sbraatz's avatar
Jan 25, 2023

I relate so much to the characters that makes me worry about it hahaha Overall, a perfect anime to watch when you just wanna chill and feel happy. The BL vibe is the cake's cherry 🍒

9/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
mivhou's avatar
Dec 13, 2022

i wish everyone in the world could see this

9/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
bluebear1's avatar
Dec 8, 2022

This anime is adorable! It is about four good-looking clumsy guys. I love anime like this one. Watching something like this just makes me happy! 

I just wish that the anime had longer episodes :')

8/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall
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