“Metaphor for Work” Gi(a)rlish Number Review and Recommendations

“It’s not my fault. It’s society’s fault.”

Gi(a)rlish Number provides a tight bundled season of anime which gives a small snippet into the lives of those behind the scenes in anime production. With a main focus on seiyuu, Gi(a)rlish Number acts as a metaphor or symbol of society today in regards to work. At the helm of this is newbie actress Karasuma Chitose and her some what, less than energetic attitude to do work, while still aspiring to be a star.

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With a small insight to those who provide the voices to those characters we all know and love in anime, it was nice to see that the route taken wasn’t all smiles and niceties. Behind all of this is some tough work, in a tough industry and through Chitose we are able to see how this may fit realistically in the world today. It’s competitive and offers more of a “if you don’t conform, with hard work by societies standards” you’ll be left behind notion. Chitose is one of that who may have lower standards than those around her, but it’s her characters which shines in trying both to accept this conformity (in trying to be a star) whilst also going against it (attitude towards work). Rather than hard work it offers more of an insight towards opportunity, and those who don’t get that opportunity stand muddled in mediocrity.

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Other than that reflection of society, Gi(a)rlish Number provides to be quite a good anime. In its use of vocals (and seiyuu) as its main hard hitter towards its audiences, it provides to be spectacular in seeing the different ranges of voices seiyuu do provide for the characters in which come to life. It is a slice of life anime, but not your regular run of the mill one, with drama mixed in here and there, Gi(a)rlish Number does a good job in showing what its suppose to.

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Yae Best Girl!

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OP/ED: With a main focus of seiyuu, it was a no-brainer that the OP and ED provided to be highlights in themselves. It does however, keep it more on the bright side with its animations, which contrasted towards events in the shows.

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Gi(a)rlish Number Was it Good?

For a show focusing on giving a snippet of behind the scenes in anime production, it does its job efficiently in portraying that. The metaphor of work, being hard work vs talent vs opportunity, provides to be one that was quite insightful and a great reflection of society today, where not just working hard will mean success. Though on a more positive note, it does provide some good vocal performances, demonstrating how much seiyuu impact a show.

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Recommendations: Gi(a)rlish Number falls under that behind the scenes of anime production umbrella. However, it does take a different route in regards to the kind of job, in being seiyuu (rather than mangaka, animators or producers), providing a similar presence in its portrayal of the industry and how everything meshes together. There are many similar anime out there, thus I recommend the following:

  • Shirobako
  • Sore ga Seiyuu
  • Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
  • New Game
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