Reiwa no Di Gi Charat is new mini anime series for Di Gi Charat, part of the celebration for the franchise’s 24th anniversary next year.
“It’s time to learn.”
Hayao Miyazaki swallowed. Hideaki Anno started sweating in anticipation.
“Yes, Reiwa no Digi Charat!”, they said in unison.
There’s cute. And then there’s excessive.
Di Gi Charat goes one step beyond even that, into the realm of the psychotic. For one, the characters themselves, apart from being cute, have schizophrenic, sometimes homicidal personalities that just incite cringes from any sane member of the audience. (Or seizures from others.) The animation is, quite frankly, horrible, and one hopes that this wasn’t the flagship for Wonderful, as this show simply isn’t.
The music is passable J-Pop, and the voice acting – well, the seiyuu-nyo do what they’re told-nyo, and they’re paid for it-nyo. That’s as much as I’m willing to say on that-nyo. Story? Plot? Well, the animators didn’t seem to think it was particularly necessary, as any semblance of plot was dumped in favor of a random celebration of otaku weirdness. (I have the strange feeling that even THEM wouldn’t animate something quite this strange.) Lasers shoot out of Di Gi Charat’s eyes to punish window-shoppers. Humanoid fingers (the animators were too lazy to animate -humans- apparently) swing around the store like monkeys. And that “Gema” thing .. whatever, indeed!
The episodes are far too short to do even gags with, and the only gags that work in this series seem to be the gags tied around the people at the studio who thought it was a bad idea.
Though the characters are really well drawn in quite a few still frames, that’s the best thing I can say about a series that would insult the intelligence of my little nieces. I’m just glad I watched better anime after viewing this. (Then again, almost any anime qualifies as being better.) I guess if you want to see the apparent brainchild of some otaku circle that has nothing better to do with their lives, or if you don’t care about plot or any traditional criteria for good entertainment, then Di Gi Charat is fine.
A true showcase of masterful animation, deep and emotional storytelling and a story that isn’t afraid to make the viewer cry. A continuation of the story that defined anime back in the ’90s, perfectly tying back to old storylines while still including many new threads and characters that are delightful in their presentation and writing.
This anime is a masterpiece for the ages that I could recommend to both new and returning viewers who are looking for a deep and entertaining storyline.