Spontaneous Saturday 1/31/15: Wake Up, Girl Zoo!

First off, this is a spin-off series, so it’s recommended to watch the original series first, starting with Wake Up, Girls! Shichinin no Idol. The story is basically about a group of seven idols with a manager and co-manager whose aim is to make it to the top. In this spin-off, however, they are more like animals than idols, and their idol group has become a zoo.

First, a brief mention about the characters (from left to right in the above image):

  • Okamoto, Miyu: hawk
  • Hisami, Nanami: wolf
  • Katayama, Minami: tiger
  • Shimada, Mayu (“Mayushi”): lion
  • Hayashida, Airi: shark
  • Kikuma, Kaya: crocodile
  • Nanase, Yoshino (“Yoppi”): bear

Now, some brief synopses of episodes 1-8 (the only ones I have watched at the time of writing):

  1. Based on the events of Shichinin no Idol, this shows how the idols…er, zoo animals got together.
  2. The animals are at an aquarium, hoping to raise funds, with Airi and Kaya on display in an aquatic tank.
  3. One night during a sleepover, Minami mysteriously goes missing, and the others go searching for her.
  4. Miyu shows off a dating simulator centered around herself.
  5. Mayushi, Yoppi, and Airi talk about using figurines to raise money.
  6. Miyu, Nanami, and Minami hand out fliers.
  7. Nanami suggests several ideas of animation improvement with the intent of bringing in more guests, and Yoppi evaluates those ideas.
  8. A so-called “wrestling match” goes on, which is more of a debate between Mayushi and Yoppi featuring Airi. Matsuda (the co-manager) and Minami provide voice-overs.

While the show is ranked lower than 6000th on MAL, I really enjoy it. It’s animated very similarly to Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Yoku Wakaru Mahouka, and it’s actually quite humorous at times. Probably the best part of it is the ending theme, which is usually accompanied with a cute little dance number that changes depending on the happenings of the episode. While episodes 1 and 3 are the most normal, all of the other episodes have some sort of gimmick.

  • In episode 2, since Airi and Kaya drowned in their tank, they could not take part in the dance.
  • The ending of episode 4 is a photo compilation of what all of the girls would look like if they were a part of a dating sim, drawn in the traditional style rather than the Yoku Wakaru Mahouka style.
  • In episode 5, Airi got eaten, so she could not participate in the dance.
  • In episode 6, Miyu, Nanami, and Minami are giant and, while the other four are on a building, the three are in the background. This is probably my favorite.
  • In episode 7, Nanami has a weirdly drawn body that is akin to a statue (i.e., she cannot change her pose).
  • The ending of episode 8 is pretty much a flashback of what happened in the episode, plus a bit of aftermath.

With these gimmicks, when I was first going through the series, the ending theme never got old, even though it isn’t near my favorite.

Overall rating: 9/10. Great spin-off series, even if it only slightly resembles its original counterpart. Every episode is 3.5 minutes of cute animation and light humor.

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