…or Kuchu Buranko.
To be honest, I wasn’t planning to watch this anime while planning my to watch list of this season a month ago. But due to unforeseen circumstances, I did, and WOW that I did. Just like Zetsubou Sensei, Bakemonogatari and maybe Natsu no Arashi, another crazy shit anime. Only this time, its done by the master veteran animation studio, Toei.
Okay, first off, the main plot summary. Basically, it’s an episodic series about a psychiatrist, known as Ichiro Irabu, treating a patient in each episode. The first episode it really just kicks off the main content of this series really. Another busy day (rly?) at the clinic with the first patient at hand. His name is Kohei Yamashita, an aerialist at a certain poplar circus group which recently has been having troubles with various circus acts he must complete. So the doc does may analysis on the symptoms of what he may hold and concludes that he’s suffering through a mild pain of stress and having a lack of sleep. So he gives him an injection by his female assistant, Mayumi, which later on turns out to be a mixture of Vitamins. Which nowadays really rare to be put through an injection when it could be swallowed down as a pill.
Now introducing the characters;
First off, we have Ichiro Irabu, the main character of this series and is a psychiatrist. At the start of this episode, when Yamashita walks into his clinic, we see him in a weird (but original) animal costume which strangely resembles the Toei mascot. To be honest, at first when I stumbled upon Trapeze, I thought Irabu was actually some sort of animal/alien. But until…
We see him take off his helmet thing and turns out that he was actually human. The age is mysteriously unknown.
Next up, we have Mayumi, who happens to be Ichiro’s assistant. At first in this episode, we see here as an actual person (or actress) rendered to look 2D and 3D at the same time (which is shockingly intimidating).
I guess she was chosen to be Ichiro’s assistant solely for the purpose of her breasts so the male patients have some to look/fantasize about while going through medical treatment…The females? Well… something to envy? =3
The patient in question, we have Kohei Yamashita, the patient for this episode. Not much to talk about him now since I pretty much summed it up in the opening post…
Last but not least, this random man who shows up every 4 or 5 minutes. Lets count many times he appears…
Nah just kidding, he’s Fukuicchi of Fuji TV. He occasionally appears in a time pause in an alternate dimension to explain to the viewers complex terminology and useless but entertaining trivia. From the symptoms and medical terminology used in this anime Irabu refers and mentions to useless general facts and trivia.
Now onto the aspects of this anime, the animation has a big mixture between 2D and 3D (live action) including the deformation of people’s faces and replacing them with a random person’s face taken off the streets of Japan (kidding). Accumulating the originality, the art style and the use of 2D corrugated card as a medium of pedestrians was very well done. Examples shown below;
In a way, this fairly resembles Zetsubou Sensei and Bakemonogatari’s art styling. Original and uncommon use of the colour palette, the use of 3D images and photographs shot and used for the anime and the quick and sudden cuts.
Well anyway in episode 2 we’ll be having a new patient at hand, which (I predict) goes by the name of Seiji Ino, a yakuza member who suffers from such serious trypanophobia that he cannot use chopsticks (Wiki’d).
I now end my post.