Dagashi Kashi Anime Review – Based on Real Life Candy

Dagashi Kashi animeDagashi Kashi is a weird anime series. I’m sorry, I mean, the concept is good, it’s carrying the real dagashi (Japanese candy) into the anime series, and show them to the audiences, especially to the non-Japanese people who don’t know about the dagashi. Dagashi itself in English means candy or snacks. So, in other words, this anime is also trying to introduce another Japanese culture.

I called it weird because of the execution. Yes, I talk about you, our main heroine, Shidare Hotaru. Sometimes I cringe myself to watch the anime when the story starting to focus on Hotaru and her passion toward candy. It’s hard to believe that a mature girl couldn’t talk about anything besides candy, and it’s totally odd, I guess.

Despite it’s being odd and weird, but I enjoyed watching this anime. I love the slice-of-life and comedy, sometimes it’s carrying the light-hearted atmosphere. But still, I’m still bothered with the characters’ personality.

Overview

Dagashi Kashi manga
Volume 1 cover

Dagashi Kashi is the Japanese slice-of-life and comedy anime TV series produced by Feel and directed by Shigehito Takayanagi. The anime was broadcast on TBS and other networks in Japan starting from January 7 to March 31, 2016. The first season contains 12 episodes, while the second season has been planned to air in January 2018.

The anime adaptation is based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kotoyama of the same name. It has been serialized in Weekly Shounen Sunday since June 2014. Shogakukan published the manga in eight tankoubon volumes so far.

Light novel adaptation titled “Dagashi Kashi: Mou Hitotsu no Natsuyasumi” written by Manta Aisora was published in Shogakukan under their Gagaga bunko imprint on December 18, 2015.

Madman Entertainment, Funimation, and Anime Limited licensed the anime series in Australia, North America, and United Kingdom respectively. The anime has been released on Blu-ray on April 18, 2017.

Official anime website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/dagashi/

Parent Guide and Age Rating

Dagashi Kashi contentsDagashi Kashi anime series contains:

  • Slice of Life: 100%
  • Comedy: 100%
  • Mild Ecchi: 50%
  • Chuunibyou: 33%
  • Romance: 17%

Dagashi Kashi is an anime series about candies, and how the main characters talk about them. These activities include into slice-of-life. The most awesome thing is the characters often describing the candies, which include the history and how-to-eat. Each dagashi has its own uniqueness, so their discussion will never same from one episode to another.

The slife-of-life aspect is not boring at all because it’s accompanied by comedy. Just like the slice-of-life, the comedy contains 100%, which means that you can find comedy part in every episode of the series. The comedies themselves focus on misunderstanding and Hotaru’s weird personality.

But please note that Dagashi Kashi also contains mild-ecchi, mostly because of Hotaru’s innocence. Several scenes on the series also aim to the ecchi-things. However, this aspect is really minimum and mild. So you don’t need to worry too much about that.

Chuunibyou part also focuses on Hotaru (again). It’s not new at all because oftentimes someone who has huge passion onto something, she or he tends to show strange behavior. In this case, Hotaru’s chuunibyou toward candy, and little of parody. For example, when Hotaru told Saya about her task to recruit Shikada You, but she speaks about her quest to find legendary human (or something) instead.

Dagashi Kashi has romance aspect, but don’t expect too much. The romance is only a topping on your favorite food. Sadly, this romance seems like unrequited love. It’s mainly because our protagonist, Shikada Kokonotsu, doesn’t notice that there’s someone who loves him so much. In other words, there’s no good love-relationship development in this series.

This anime is a good show to introduce Japanese culture about candies. However, because of the contents, then Dagashi Kashi is safe for teens (13 or older).

Anime Review

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Synopsis

Out in the countryside stands a candy shop run by the Shikada family for nine generations: Shikada Dagashi, a small company providing tradition Japanese sweet. However, even though his father’s pleas, Shikada Kokonotsu, an aspiring mangaka, adamantly refuses to inherit the family business.

However, this starts to change with the arrival of the weird Shidare Hotaru. She is in quest of Kokonotsu’s father, with the purpose of bringing him back to work for her family’s company, Shidare Corporation, a world well-known candy manufacturer. Even though senior Shikada at first refuses, he declares that he will change his mind on one condition, if Hotaru can encourage Kokonotsu to take over the family business. And so, starts out Hotaru’s task to win over the boy on the true joy of delightful and nostalgic dagashi!

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Story

Please read the synopsis first, because the real plot is on it. However, after that, there’s nothing change except the daily lives of the weirdos. The plot of this anime is random, and it doesn’t have any real plot. They talk about candies and candies from time to time, explain what it is, how to eat it, getting satisfied, and done.

So, if you expect something great, along with the good plot, good characters development, good romance, you won’t find them in this anime. This show is only focusing on the dagashi (or candy) and (in my opinion) aiming to introduce Japanese culture to the audiences. But the execution is not natural at all. Just like what I said, they are weirdos and most of their activities are like a chuunibyou.

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Artwork

Let me tell you something great, the artwork on this anime is nice. The backgrounds are based on the real life. The candies are also based on the real life. The character designs are also good, it sticks on my mind, especially the innocence, immature, and childish Hotaru. The animation is also neat and clean, especially when the characters eat the candies.

Anyway, this is the real-life places that used on the Dagashi Kashi’s background:

Characters

Once again, the characters in this anime are a bunch of weirdos. But honestly, I didn’t say it’s bad, precisely they make the anime more colorful. However, sometimes I cringe myself when watching Hotaru’s chuunibyou trait. But besides that, there’s no problem. The characters are very unique, and always leading to funny situations.

Sound

“Hey, Calorie Queen”… This is my favorite ending song, performed by Hotaru’s seiyuu, Ayana Taketatsu. The opening is also catchy, checkmate, and I really love it. Not only that, the background music is also memorable. They are good to hear and fits with the situation. It’s different with Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle that I have discussed several days ago.

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Overall (72/100)

Dagashi Kashi is pretty good anime. I can laugh and enjoy the slice-of-life aspect. I can enjoy the mild-ecchi scenes and several fan-services on it. But because of the plot is random and not too excited, this anime is not something you want to re-watch. However, if you’re tired of heavy-themed anime, or just to want something different, or want to know about Japanese culture, maybe this anime will fit for you!

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