I am recalling the number of times Shirase name-dropped variables of the title in Sora yori mo Tooi Basho / Yorimoi and that is probably enough to have me know; Madhouse really knows their stuff and they are not doing this on a whim.
Not afraid to be labelled a slice of life show, Yorimoi does its best to present itself from a completely different dimension of the same genre. As of this post there has been nine episodes on air and I will have to look back as far as the debuting one to have you know how I feel it has been the case.
Partly slice of life — fully committed to being relatable
Yorimoi is most definitely a quality over quantity type of show. It may not be slice of life one for one but hardly any of its moments wouldn’t have me say, “Oh how I’ve been there/wished that happened to me.”
The latter part is mostly comedic and they are purely made up from the clever concept of viewers’ expectations. Nobody has ever told me that slapstick comedy cannot be performed in real world; hardly anyone is doing it because of the involvement of physical repercussions.
Hey, come on. This is the anime medium I am talking about and going beyond the boundaries is among its best qualities! But what if Madhouse has figured out the viewers’ expectation game and brought back the fine line between true slapstick comedy and pure cutesy exhibition in anime?
That is where I think Yorimoi is finely threading — right between the two.
A happy train has no brakes, but what about an expedition ship?
While the show has been hinting past tragedy non-stop, what it has done to make up for our future worries is always moving some of the more realistic chores, which most likely guaranteeing headaches, out of our vision as soon as they have entered it. The first notable instance of this would be everything “money” — this one is an easy bore if looked into for far too long.
Just ask Yoshino Koharu if you are really dying to find out how much of a drag it can be.
As far as the controversy goes; money cannot buy complete happiness. There are a few things to worry more about than just money and Yorimoi is quick to show us the pictures that speak thousands of words.
It goes without saying that your health is very important when getting the most out of anything, let alone youth. Otherwise what would be the point of experiencing anything first hand if most of what you will remember is your handicapped self?
Speaking of not being hundred percent well and engaged, there is one other thing Yorimoi manages to ace right from the start to even the most current episode.
Have you ever slept in a car when traveling long distance?
Hell, I often sleep even during twenty-minute drives. If it is not tiredness, there is a really good chance that I will be bored to the boots. It is not like I have the ability to endlessly stare at my phone (while car is moving fast) without occasionally feeling dizzy at some points.
All of this applies to a ‘slice of life’ show much like Yorimoi, where we follow the girls’ journey to Antarctica, to almost every literal step. The show obviously will not cater to everyone in the audience but say, if you were Shoka — you would have a hard time finding that tiny gap of time to do anything else because Yorimoi is a huge attention grabber to the point it can be considered a distraction.
Something is always happening in any given scene. And if nothing happens between any two given characters in conversation, we can always count on everything behind them to be alive.
Let me use one of my most favorite scenes for example:
The beginning of this scene is so wild and tense there is actually no real focus; instead we are given a medium shot of all the girls and their (minus Hinata’s) weighted struggles. We could be looking at Shirase and Hinata, Mari or Yuzuki while knowing that someone else is doing something and not acting as a dead prop. This lively atmosphere, enhanced by top-tier voice acting job, would have me question you if your eyes aren’t glued onto the screen at the time.
The bath scene happens to be equally important as the clever use of viewers’ expectation concept is still at its prime throughout. This time however it is used against (the majority) of us, who would surely expect the ever so classic-and-now-cliched tits groping and screaming from you-know-who. Hint: The girl with the biggest pair of melons.
Madhouse has decided to commit to relatability and unsurprisingly enough, which part of the cliche (mentioned above) is relatable?
Please let us know the truth, females. The world deserves this much.
Pretty much like bigger onsen, when it comes to bathing, “You go in as you came into this world”.
To clarify, that means naked, not screaming.
It is often said that you are opened in both mind and body when naked. This rare occasion is when the character can truly be “themselves”. Yorimoi is not missing out on that very slice of life aspect and lets us viewers into their unique expressions which happen to handily be very descriptive of their general personalities.
But wait, if you are praising Madhouse for making the girls look like competent characters when naked, what would they be when not?
Do not worry my fam. They really are not making hentai out of this show, so competence has to come with each character as a package, hopefully before they even go naked.
Yorimoi does not rely on blatant fanservice to raise its ratings. There are plenty more interesting and fun ways to cater to the current generation audience and I think the show knows just what is needed to start two thousand eighteen right.
As much as I complain about Winter 2018 season being dry, for the parts that are wet — they are very wet. Sora yori mo Tooi Basho is definitely among the strongest shows to start the year and it would actually be an Otaku sin to not at least give this a shot.
Thank you for reading the first part of my Yorimoi wonders. See you in the next part and…