Anime / Anime-Gataris

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Minoa, Neko-senpai, and the rest of the Anime Club Clockwise from center 

An Anime First project of WAO World studios, airing on the Fall 2017 anime season for 12 episodes.

The name translates as 'talking about anime'.

Anime-Gataris centers on Minoa Asagaya, a new high school student in Sakaneko Private High School. Despite being a novice to anime, Minoa's classmate Arisu Kamiigusa invites her to an "anime research club" at school, to help her re-discover an obscure anime that she loved in her past. Through conversations with various anime-loving classmates and upperclassmen, Minoa gradually gets hooked on anime. While they stand against the student council's continuous efforts to disband their club, and they ignore the impending end of the world, they talk about anime, whether in Akiba, or in real-life "sacred place" anime settings, or the hot springs.

The series is actually a prequel to a short 6-episode anime that only played in one Shinjuku theater called Anime Gatari. Erika and Maaya were in this original as members of a college anime club.


Anime-Gataris provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The student council holds a lot of power, working a lot of times to shut down the anime club. They serve as the antagonists for much of the anime.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Minoa suddenly finds herself shunned by the entire school when a rumor that she hates anime passes around.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Beibei is a anime Chinese girl through and through, complete with Odango Hair and a Chinese-styled coslay outfit in her first appearance.
  • Art Shift:
    • The anime the club produces and shows in Episode 8 deliberately looks more amateurish.
    • In Episode 9, Nakano and Neko-Senpai demonstrate the Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame while discussing it.
    • Played for horror in Episode 11, when Minoa notices other characters suddenly shifting into an older art style. The end of the episode has her put on glasses that change everyone to look like they're uncolored keyframes.
  • Big Bad Slippage: Nakeno slips to a main antagonist role by episodes 9 to 12.
  • Bland-Name Product: All the anime references like Hero School, Roux:Zero, Girls and Tanks, Previous Genesis Everstrike and Autumn Wars.
    • As for BNPs that aren't about anime, "Aunt Doughnut" appears in Akihabara in Episode 3, and "Numazon" packages get delivered in Episode 4.
    • Arisu uses the search engine Guulgle in episode 9.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Kai can't see his own feet without his glasses.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Episode 11 completely shatters the fourth wall. Minoa suddenly becomes acutely aware of various anime conventions, like floating hearts and time skip montages. Nearly everyone else thinks she's gone crazy. By episode 12, the only thing she falls short of is recognizing Anime-Gataris itself.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: Arisu has her personal butler Sebas carry one in episode 7. It even glows.
  • Butlerspace:
    • Sebas can instantly appear out of thin air whenever Arisu calls for him.
    • Averted at the Anime convention, where the staff scold him for trying to cut the line, resulting in a perplexed Arisu.
  • Buxom Is Better: Busty girls are one of Kai's secret fetishes. It helps reinforce his attraction to Miko.
  • Cast Full of Crazy:
    • The Student Council is full of people obviously disturbed or under the thumb of someone else.
    • The student body is so easily influenced they could come out from an Orwell novel.
    • Even the Anime Club. While they first come off as rather decent people, it is eventually revealed to be full of Cloudcuckoolanders, even the teacher!
  • Chuunibyou: Kai Kai likes to talk in a really dramatic manner and behaves as if there's some second world at play.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Starting from episode 9, almost everyone become gradually more unhinged, becoming more unable to differentiate between anime and reality, and more anime-esque things begin popping up in the real world.
  • Creator Breakdown: In-UniverseThe school's principal is actually the director behind Ultra Katharsis Kortisi: Eternal Symphony, the anime in Minoa's dream. Due to a shoddy pilot episode, the the principal abandoned the project and swore off anime.
  • Cool Big Sis: Erika to everyone in the anime club, especially to the first year trio. Maaya, Minoa's older sister, is one to her as well.
  • Conspicuous CG: The ED dance performance by the first year trio, which itself is an homage to Love Live!. Which should also serve as no surprise when the same trio perform the same song and dance live in front of the entire student body and a stadium full of outside guests on episode 8, as another reference to Love Live!, particularly of School Idol Project's and Sunshine's first arc of both series' main trios saving their club from getting shut down by the student council by performing live in front of a huge crowd.
  • Determinator: The club members will save their club from the student council, no matter how many times they try to shut them down.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending theme is performed by GATALIS, which consists of voice actresses Kaede Hondo (Minoa), Sayaka Senbongi (Arisu) and Hisako Tōjō (Miko).
  • Face–Heel Turn: Nakano turns on the club in Episode 9 by getting the advisor to accept outside funding, which gets the club shut down. While he appears to flip back to the club's side in Episode 10 by saying that the principal had him under his thumb, Episode 11 further reveals that he hails from the anime world, and is actually under the thumb of the director of the anime.
  • Fanservice: Parodied with the Running Gag of various and oftentimes unnecessary shots of Yui's body in different and very specific angles at the start of every episode. Taken to the extreme in Episode 10, where the opening replaces nearly every sequence with fanservice shots of Yui.
  • Fanservice Pack: Miko got this for a single episode (the onsen story), going from being a Cute Bookworm to a Hot Librarian. At the next episode she goes back to her primary trait.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • During Episode 1, we see Minoa go about her normal morning routine while her parents are reading the news, with one particular article having the quite abnormal topic of a working space elevator. The kind of thing that wouldn't be up and running in that day and age outside of anime.
    • Nakano spouts off about wanting to blend the worlds of 2D and 3D together with little to no reaction, cluing the viewers in on both Nakano's true nature and how the world itself reacts to the changes happening to it.
  • Fiction 500: Arisu's wealth is bottomless, and her boasting of her plans to easily buy the school just to save their club from the student council shutting it down was something she actually planned on doing had Erika not stopped her from doing so.
  • Frame Break: Happens in episode 11 when Minoa nearly walks off the frame into a black abyss due to a random aspect ratio change.
  • Gainaxing: Let's just say that Miko jiggles a lot in the onsen episode. She also has a subtle jiggle in the ED.
  • Gender Bender: Sebas's gender (and age for that matter) got flipped when the world was altered, and no one noticed with the exception of Maya.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Tsubaki, the student council president isn't too keen in revealing her (way past) interest in cosplaying. Also all the interests related to the anime-theme are usually viewed as this by others students.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Quite a bit of the female audience and Miko couldn't hold in their excitement when Nagoya helps up a eyeglass-less Kai after the latter makes his speech. According to Minoa later, a reasonable chunk of those girls voted in favor of keeping the Anime Club afloat.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Kai has a Bishōnen appearance when the glasses come off.
  • Heel–Face Mole: Nakano in episode 10.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The anime-hating director of the Sakaneko Academy turns a new leaf after the Anime Club manages to find the few fans that actually enjoyed his anime and gather them to cheer him on.
  • Hidden Buxom: While she's not as big as Miko, Minoa can definitely compete with Erika when it comes to size, as seen in episode 6's Eye Catch.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Episode 10, after Neko-senpai says the lock for the principal's office door is like the lock to his heart, Kai mentions that it sounds chunni. Neko-senpai says Kai is one to talk.
  • Improbably Female Cast: By the end of the show, this is what the main cast has turned into; Sebas is now a teenage girl, Aurora doesn't exist anymore, Neko-senpai is now a purple haired Cat Girl, and Kai remains as The One Guy left in the Anime Club (as opposed to Two Guys to a Team with Aurora).
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Miko only in the onsen episode. For the whole episode she happily jumps and jiggles around Kai in skimpy outfits showing him a lot of her otherwise hidden traits while dreaming of Shipping him with Kouki. Of course, for the whole time Kai thinks she is interested in him (false) but don't think she is trying to make him have a look at the goodies (true).
    • Miko does it sparingly even after the onsen's story, mainly around Kai or Neko-sensei.
  • Japanese School Club: The Anime Club, naturally.
  • The Jeeves: Sebas, Arisu's personal and very hypercompetent butler who does everything Arisu tells him to with just a snap of her fingers.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Episode 11 is a 30-minute long lampshade by Minoa, who starts questioning her own sanity.
  • Large Ham: Kai, who is overdramatic nearly all the time.
  • Late for School:
    • Downplayed in episode 1. Minoa initially freaks out over being late, but ends up sitting down with her family and has a relaxed breakfast before heading out. She's also already a month into her school year, so she wasn't in a need to rush.
    • Episode 11 invokes this trope when Maaya runs late, thanks to reality rewriting its rules to match anime.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: So many, they needed their own page. This is notably dropped when the world goes back to normal in episode 12.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The Anime Club decides to talk about the "Three Episode Rule" during their own Episode 3. It's also a bit of a Red Herring, as nothing remotely Wham-mmy happens during the episode. They save that for 6 episodes after.
  • Lens Flare Censor: Known and referred to in-universe in this anime as "God Rays", something Minoa discusses early on in episode 6 with her friends when she brings up the anime "Girls and Tanks" which had them. Later on, she and the rest of the club get to see an actual "God Ray" themselves while on their trip...involving a naked Kai whose manhood is conveniently censored by a ray of light. Unfortunately for the rest of the girls, they still manage to get full view of it once Gomon-sensei's light goes off. Thank goodness Sebas was there to save the day though, if only briefly.
  • Male Gaze: Only on the onsen episode, probably as a parody of a whole genre.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Neko-Sensei gets one from Miko when they get back the Anime Club room in episode 10. Even if he's a cat he is quite pleased.
  • Meganekko: Miko Kouenji wears glasses, which gives her a cute, nerdy look.
  • Metafiction: It's an anime about anime, so it was bound to delve into this at some points. The members even helpfully demonstrate some tropes as they discuss them. It's a bit of a slow burn, but the show starts adopting the concepts the club talks about from episode to episode to the point where episode 11 is nothing short of Troperiffic.
  • Montage: Episode 11 has a montage of Minoa as she attends various classes through the day. She's the only one who is aware that time is suddenly skipping.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Miko is this for a single episode, where she gets more fanservice shots than all the female characters (herself included) in the rest of the series.
    • Yui gets a fanservice shot in every episode, usually just before the opening. Taken to the extreme in Episode 10, where every sequence in the opening is a fanservice shot of her to compensate for her absence in the pre-opening scenes.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Downplayed and Parodied. In the onsen episode, Miko's plentiful chest is almost always in sight, resulting in many mixed feelings for Kai. Parodied because not only she fails to notice his eyes glued on her cleavage, but he is the one that actively tries to avert the gaze from the boobs almost slammed on his face.
  • Mythology Gag: The entire last episode is this. The series resets to its original ideas, Aurora goes away entirely, and Erika goes back to her original hair color from Gatari.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Minoa is largely new to the world of anime, allowing for the club to explain several aspects of its culture to her and the audience, and slip in thinly-veiled references to multiple titles and in-jokes for those already familiar to it.
  • Ojou: Arisu, whose wealth doesn't seem to run out anytime soon no matter how ridiculous her purchases may be, like the time she had three military chopper drones at her (well, Sebas's) back and call just to search for a lost Minoa in the woods near the onsen.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Minoa, while initially seems an airhead, becomes the only sane one when anime elements begin spilling into the real world. Lampshaded by Neko-Sensei later.
    "Is it all so weird that you feel like you're the only sane one?"
    • Neko-Sensei counts too, even though he isn't human.
    • Deconstructed in episode 11: Minoa is the only person who notices that the world is behaving in a way it isn't supposed to with visual effects having a visible physical presence in the world, characters art styles suddenly changing without warning and her friends and family begin acting differently to match the shift in genre. Rather than being Played for Comedy like in most other anime, she becomes terrified and breaks down crying, all while the world itself is still acting like the situation is hilarious.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Miko Kouenji and Kai both pull it off while wearing glasses.
  • Plucky Girl: Minoa. Her tenacity, inability to give up, and her boundless optimism combined with a huge dosage of her innocent sweetness helped her win over the Anime Club's friendship with her. And it's not just limited to the Anime Club members either: it's shown that her entire family loves her dearly for this too and are very supportive of whatever she wants to do.
  • Reference Overdosed: Being a show about an anime club, anime references were bound to be plenty.
  • Repetitive Name: "Kai Kai", a nickname for Kai Musashisakai.
  • Rousing Speech: Conversed and invoked during episode 3. Arisu is convinced that inspiring the crowd with dramatic and emotional lines is the way to earn their favor and maintain the Anime Club. In the hands of Minoa, it doesn't do much, but Kai's on-the-fly passionate speech does get people convinced. Ultimately, it doesn't have much of an impact, and it was a combination of the speech and some well-placed male interaction that earned the main crew their club back.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Arisu always has a plan that involves copious amounts of money. For instance, bitchy student council members are bent on shutting down the anime club you and your newfound friends have put together? Buy the school so you won't have to worry about that little obstruction anymore! The Anime club has to remind her that not every problem can be solved with money.
  • Shout-Out: Despite referencing tons of otaku series, there are only a few that get by without resorting to a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo:
    Yui: "Yuicching!"
    • Episode 12 straight-up name-drops A Sister is All You Need. It helps that both anime aired in neighboring time slots during Fall 2017 and share a few voice actors. Minoa also directly quotes Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann with "My drill will pierce the heavens" and uses a Mazinger Z-style Rocket Punch.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The Asagaya sisters both got their looks and hairstyles from their mother, though Maaya got her hair color from their father.
  • Stylistic Suck: The anime short the Anime Club came up with and show on episode 8 was shoddy at worst and mediocre at best, with very amateurish designs and animations and voicework of varying qualities, thanks to the unfair circumstances the student council put them in while the club was making it. It still manages to deliver its job well and got a huge applause from the crowd as a result for being a unique piece of work a bunch of amateurs came up with.
  • Surprise Creepy: Episode 11 has the fourth wall start crumbling as anime tropes and visual effects start blending into the real world. Minoa is the only person who is aware that this shouldn't be happening and is completely terrified of the events going on around her. Her reaction is Played for Drama rather than humor as she starts becoming paranoid about her friends and family's behavior.
  • Talking Animal: Neko-senpai, though he's only willing to talk to Minoa and no one else. Other characters start to interact with him as both the real world and anime world start to overlap.
  • Terrible Trio: The Student Council. They also triple as Beauty, Brains and Brawn and Blonde, Brunette, Redhead. May even count as a cultured version of the Girl Posse.
  • Toast of Tardiness: In Episode 11, Maaya is running late for school, and catches a piece of toast from the toaster in her mouth before dashing off.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Despite most descriptions and trailers not revealing anything out of the ordinary, Crunchyroll's very first blurb for the series gives away the twist in episodes 9 and beyond:
    "In fact, Minoa and her friends are soon so obsessed with anime that they'll talk about it anywhere (in Akihabara, in "sacred sites", in the hot springs, etc.), despite the protestations of the student council and the possible imminent destruction of the world."
  • 20 Minutes into the Past: Given the anime expies airing as "current" anime, the series takes place during the Summer 2016 Anime season while the series itself aired in Fall 2017. Outright confirmed in episode 3. In the final episode, the gang is now in the Fall 2017 anime season, given that Mikene references wanting to watch A Sister is All You Need, the adaptation that actually follows Anime-Gataris in broadcasting.
  • Visual Pun: Whenever Kai does his dramatic name pose, he always ends it with an x-like arm gesture which just so happens to match up with the Greek letter χ (or chi).
  • Weirdness Censor: Oh so very prominent.
    • The world has some regularly weird goings-on, but the club barely registers anything wrong and goof around for several episodes. They don't really start caring until the world beats one of them over the head with the weirdness.
    • Nobody sees or recognizes Neko-senpai despite not even bothering to hide himself. Nobody aside from Minoa finds it weird that they can interact with him either.
    • The club doesn't find it weird when everybody suddenly wants to incorporate anime into their daily lives, even seeing it as just another part of routine.
    • Played for drama when anime conventions start bleeding into the real world. Drastic changes are everywhere, entire personalities have been written over, and nobody but the resident Medium Aware girl knows it's happening at all.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Erika and Tsubaki, who were childhood friends that got together thanks to cosplaying anime.
  • Wham Episode:
    • It's a pretty standard, if a little over-the-top, school club story for the first eight episodes. Come Episode 9, everyone at the school suddenly really gets into anime and incorporates it into their school activities.
    • Episode 11: The barrier between the anime world and real world breaks down even further as Minoa becomes aware of special effects, jump cuts, and art shifts. The end of the episode reveals that Nakano comes from the anime world and is working with the director of the anime.
  • Wham Shot: The end of Episode 10 shows Nakano in some pictures of a past anime club.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Miko happens to be a big yaoi fan, and gets excited whenever two boys get close together. She ships Kai x Aurora.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Arisu wears grade-A white socks with her school uniform.

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