We're kicking off the winter titles featured on Chrunchyroll.com starting with Mangirl! Now, get your mind out of the gutter, this isn't about a man stuck in a girls body, (though heaven knows that plot must exist somewhere) but is actually a pun on the word Manga (japanese comics) and girl, because… there's lots of girls. That one you did guess right.
The Opening: The opening is good, a nice and short introductory to the characters. The vocals are… ehhhh… they don't sound BAD, per say, but to me it sounds like a room full of excited kindergartners belting out their souls during song time rather than a practiced tune.
We painted the logo with the blood of our enemies!Sasayama Hana is starting a manga magazine, which is kind of a refreshing plot. I've seen a ton of anime about characters wanting to break into the world of making manga, but not about the process the editors and publishers go through.
Only anime can make a fang look cute.
While showing her friend, Torii Aki, the new office, Hana breaks the news that Aki will be joining the magazine staff. Dispite flatly refusing, Aki joins anyway since apparently Hana has some dirt on her.
Good friends always know you well enough to blackmail you. Best friends always do.
Next we meet the rest of the staff. First is Haraki Tsugumi, the obligatory foodaholic.
This is how I end up whenever I go to the grocery store for just one item.
And right behind Tsugumi comes Nichijima Ringo, a lover of manga who is cheerfully pessimistic.
Who knows what sick plots are stirring behind that smile?
Food makes excellent bribery. Plus Aki's expression.
First things first, they discuss the finances of the magazine, how large it should be, the price, etc.
Aki, stop using my personal budget for your lectures.
The next step is gathering Manga-ka. To meet their goal they need fifteen ongoing series, but despite all their contacting, they cannot find even one.
Wouldn't it be frightfully ironic if some plot device were to cause conflict right now?
Overall: This is a series that does short episodes right. It's well paced, with plenty of time to breath, while still filled with good humor and the plot not only exists, but is actually interesting. It's great to see what goes on in creating and publishing a magazine, even if we are just getting the bare bones of it. Head on over to Crunchyroll and check this one out.