Ya Boy Kongming Review

Ya Boy Kongming Review

Briefly:

The music industry becomes a battlefield when the ancient strategist Kongming is transported to modern Japan. He will use military tactics to turn his new friend Eiko into a music star, and together they may even take over Shibuya.

Ya Boy Kongming Review Paripi Koumei (2022) on IMDb

TV-14
25 minutes
Animation, Comedy, Music
2022

Technicality - 9/10

Story - 9/10

Characters - 9/10

Ya Boy Kongming Review

Description: The music industry becomes a battlefield when the ancient strategist Kongming is transported to modern Japan. He will use military tactics to turn his new friend Eiko into a music star, and together they may even take over Shibuya.

This is a very "animic" anime. Which comes with its pros and cons. For some, all the facial expressions, sudden events, or overwrought characters can be too much. And sometimes it's too much for me too, but Ya Boy Kongming makes up for it all with a very good mood. Really, this anime works as a bad mood buster. I wouldn't call the story "humorous" because even in several places they try to squeeze a tear out of you. But all the characters and the overall tone of the anime is so light, upbeat, and colorful. The design of the characters, the insertion of music into the scenes, and the entire technical production make Ya Boy Kongming a real piece of candy. You can watch it without subtitles and just enjoy it.

Much of the charm of this anime will depend on how interested you are in making music and everything related to music in general. For me, lately everything about music just "stuck", so Ya Boy Kongming was the one. And when an anime only has 10 episodes, it's partly sad because you want more, but at the same time it's so much fun that you don't need to spend weeks and you can eat everything in very good "bites". But one thing, this anime is not only about music, because here you will not only learn about songwriting, but you will also get a good lesson about Chinese history. Also, the intro of this series is a brutal "Banger" and when the anime also throws metal from time to time, that's how I watch it with a stupid smile on my face.

The main problem in my eyes is the way the story is laid out, although there is a lot of twists and action going on here, it feels a bit disjointed for most of the first season. Sometimes it's hard to understand the time that has passed between episodes, and it's even worse when a time jump happens between scenes and you're like "is it an hour or a week?". The characters explain how little time they have or how they are pressed by everything, but this is not really felt in the anime itself. One more thing, the repetition of songs... here it is more subtle, because it is logical that when it comes to creating music, you will hear the same song or part of a song over and over and over again. Only here sometimes an almost complete song is played several times during the episode, without any serious changes, and then you are left a little confused - the song is good, but maybe we don't listen to the whole thing again. But, these are small quibbles…

Overall - 9/10
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