Studio: Bandai Visual
Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Distributor: Section23 Films
Release Date: January 30th, 2018
Do you need a day to relax and watch an anime, but want to relax with the anime and not get too pumped full of energy from it? What about a dub that’s just as relaxed as you want to be? How about a show that’s all about a guy who is the epitome of relaxed? Sentai Filmworks has you covered with Tanaka-kun is Always Listless. Many thanks to Section23 for the review unit.
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless is the story of a boy who just wants to relax. In fact, if you leave him alone, he’ll sleep within seconds, even in class. With help from his best friend Ohta, he can achieve the perfect lazy days. However, when you add in a tiny girl who is the opposite of listless, a class rep who volunteers him for things, and a cast of other crazy characters, Tanaka has the least lazy day of anyone around. To know the secrets of how a listless boy becomes a social powerhouse while remaining listless, give this series a watch.
As for why I recommend it within the second paragraph, Tanaka-kun is Always Listless is a pretty good comedy show. The characters and their interactions with each other reminded me of Pani Poni Dash and the comedic elements were well-rounded. The contrast between a lazy main character and a cast of hyperactivity personified was refreshingly relaxing. The background music and sound effects weren’t overly done and fit the show well. In addition, the Sentai Filmworks English-language dub isn’t bad at all. (With some of the voice talents having also been in the English dub of Pani Poni Dash, I also feel that my love of that show may have made me love this show even though the premises are different.)
Overall, Tanaka-kun is Always Listless was a pretty good watch. With a retail value of $69.98 on the Sentai Filmworks store, I’d personally wait for a moderate sale price ($50 and below) to get it. While the show has plenty of good points, the major glaring issue for me is that it didn’t make me want to watch it multiple times. Once I saw each episode once, I was satisfied. While I would watch it again, the show didn’t make me want to do that, so a seventy dollar price tag would be steep for me. If you enjoy slice-of-life and school-life shows, then this one is definitely for you.
Lolinia gives Tanaka-kun is Always Listless a Drastik Moé Measure of 6.0 out of 10.0 (60).