Recorder to Randoseru went live, and within the meager three minutes this first exquisite episode spans, one will be entrapped, amazed, and left laughing hysterically as they anxiously await the second spectacle.
Aside from thinking the name to sound unusual for an anime, and quite intriguing at that, we had zero expectation in either direction of positive or negative for this series – watching it with only the hope it will leave us pleased whilst wanting more, and indeed, it transcends what we had anticipated, satisfying and seducing us through original humor and plot, rather than feminine traits and fanservice, further excelling beyond merely average as it boasts characters admirable from the start.
Episode one opens with a lovely theme of serenity and life ringing in the background whilst we’re shown the sight of a grassy green field between a river and a road – a still environment save for a single man sitting in relaxation on said field, as well as two girls noticeable to be walking across the top of it by the road.
These two, seemingly familiar, blue seifuku sporting females pause to watch this stranger practice his woodwind musical instrument – a recorder.
Yet as he begins his self-motivated training, and although quite serious in expression, the sounds he creates with this rhythmic tool are anything but harmonic, rather, they are horrifying – terrible in fact to the point that they scare away the two onlooking bishoujos, promptly bringing us to erupt in amusement, yet delighting us even more as we learn the two girls to be Mayu and Hana, the cute leading female of another wonderful short series, Morita-san wa Mukuchi, and her blonde haired friend respectively.
We thought we recognized them at first, yet once they’re shown after the awful recorder playing, we come to realize without a doubt it is indeed them. This is significant in that we already now feel a part of a welcoming atmosphere – characters we’ve previously come to love have made a cameo appearance right from the start, their presence acting as a sprinkle of good tidings, and with that being the case, we’re left to think this anime may just be equally as great.
And sure enough, as this diminutive in duration animation carries on, we believe we’ve struck gold, if not platinum.
One will be a bit confused as our towering male protagonist is seen poorly playing a fifth grader’s level of song, all while accompanied with an elementary schooler’s bag – yet as we then find out, this seemingly grown man is indeed an elementary schooler.
Returning home, his older sister, a frail little girl who is a complete and totally ideal representation of every lolicon’s desire, halts him before he heads out in order to ensure he’s dressed properly for the fridgid temperature outside – the end result however is a creepy looking adult male in a trench coat with an elementary schooler’s bag, and as the situation invitingly allows for it, comedy does surely follow.
The hefty man with an elementary schooler’s backpack walks to school alongside his lolita sister, who as luck would have it, is wearing a highschool seifuku – now making it clear what the creative anecdote is. A fellow, who one would assume is an adult male, is an elementary schooler, whereas his sister, a flat chested and tiny female figure, is a highschooler.
Initially we thought our main character had some sort of mental issue, as that was the single logical reason behind his elementary school status – yet now as it’s clear nothing within this series is as it so appears, we realize the matter of the fact to be an epic gag embedded in the center of this all. Believe it or not, the frightening male lead is only 11 years old, and his sister, although chibi in size, is 17.
Being such a thunderous man, he runs into a variety of awkward circumstances and troubles as people, of course, judge and misunderstand – treating him as if he were a full grown male, yet he’s merely an 11 year old who is taller than average for his age.
A painfully hilarious example of this is shown before us as our towering protagonist meets up with one of his adorable little female friends from elementary school. In the process of showing her the clothes his elder sister insisted he wear, offering his loli friend his scarf out of kindness to keep her warm, he’s mistaken to be a molester of sorts by others and arrested – leaving the loli staring blankly in worry at the departure of her friend.
For a short series with episodes only spanning an exact 180 seconds in length, no more, no less, similarly with Morita-san wa Mukuchi, it is an affair all too exceptional. An innovative tale which centers on a rarely touched upon, yet existent real-world trait of humanity – which in this case, is appearing older than your age, or perhaps more fittingly in accordance with our protagonist’s sister considered as well, being generally perceived a certain way based on your external characteristics. Or simply, perception is not reality.
This mere three minute expanse displays a single instance of how our main character’s life plays out as a result of his unique features – and of course, prepares and promises us more, showing how our misleading in size protagonist has come to adapt with his appearance to age ratio. It’s a story far beyond funny as every scene is delivered in a manner lighthearted – however it is also touching in that every character in sincere, flowing with emotion and meaning, no matter how silly the scenario may seem.
A fantastic first episode – captivating us through a combination of a wholehearted focus and characters.