Shimoneta is an ecchi, comedy anime animated by J.C. Staff, inspired by the light novel of the same name written by Hirotaka Akagi. The anime is directed by Suzuki Youhei, and written mostly by Mashiro Yokotani. The story revolves around the life of a teenager named Tanukichi, who lives in an alternate Japanese society where any sort of lewd speech or materials are strictly forbidden. His father hated this world, and became a ‘dirty-word terrorist’ trying to fight back against it, but was arrested, which made people want to avoid him when he was younger as they thought Tanukichi would follow the same path. This isolation caused him to hate his father for causing it, and so he hated all forms of dirty jokes in an attempt to separate himself from him so that people would begin to accept him until one day, on the way to school, he meets a girl who would change his life forever: Ayame Kajou. She’s a wanted dirty-word terrorist and encounters Tanukichi on the train right as he is about to be framed for sexual harassment, taking the attention off of him and allowing him to escape in the midst of the confusion. She then blackmails him into joining her terrorist group, which she is the sole member of, SOX, to help her spread the knowledge of sex and love around Japan. This is all I can really say without diving into the story, so please, go watch this. It’s well animated, fun, and has some good social commentary in it.
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Although there is nothing deeply profound about the message, there is a very unique message in this show, and that’s not to limit people’s ability to information, including sexual education. Although it was done comedically, Shimoneta showed us how weird and upside-down people are if they aren’t taught something as basic and fundamental as sex, and how crazy people will become if they are suddenly exposed to it. The original light novelist had a hand in writing for the anime, but the script was mainly written by Mashiro Yokotani, who wrote a couple of episodes of Steins;Gate, Keroro Gunsou, and Deltora Quest, who I believe did an excellent job with the comedic timings, the gags, and presenting the world in which these characters exist in, in a natural and well-paced manner. It’s a very fun ride all the way through with the start of the dirty-word terrorist group, their antics, their recruiting of new members, the moment they meet their rival who is making them look like complete nut jobs, and then the resolution at the very end where the two main characters finally accept each other, and Tanukichi finally is able to forgive his father and realize that he was only trying to protect his son’s mental state of mind.
There is no specific person listed as the animation director for this series, but, nonetheless J.C. Staff have shows under their belt like the Raildex series, Bakuman, Hayate no Gotoku, and Azumanga Daioh, so they are no strangers to animating comedy gags, as well as fast-paced battle scenes. Everything in Shimoneta shows this off, as everything is smooth and nothing feels too weird. I don’t remember watching it and every saying to myself, “wow, this looks really bad; I hope this gets fixed in the Blurays.” Everything from the normal slice-of-life scenes where everyone is hanging out, to the battle scenes towards the end, is all very well drawn out and thrown together like a wonderful cake.
The soundtrack is really cool, and I feel like that’s due to the sound director, Jin Aketagawa, who has been the sound director for other shows with great soundtracks such as Aldnoah Zero, Arslan Senki, No Game No Life, and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. The pure experience and dedication this man has is astounding. Everything just sounds explosive and fun, during their lewd terrorist activities, and chill but goofy during the planning stages and slice-of-life moments. Although this may have been a weird show for him to do with more serious work under his belt, I feel like he still left his mark and love on the show with the audio.
Thoughts and Opinions
It’s a cool show, so go watch it. There’s dirty jokes, cute girls, fun action scenes, an amazing theme song made specifically for the show, and some decent social commentary on why a society should never try to censor basic human desires and repress them, because you might end up with a world as wacky and weird as this one.
Review by: Himecatherine