One of the anime with short running time episodes that I am watching this summer is “Danchigai”, the anime adaptation of the four-panel manga “だんちがい” by Yoneda Kazusa.
Being unfamiliar with the original yonkoma manga this anime is based on, had expected the show to be similar to “Minami-ke”, a slice-of-life comedy following the daily lives of siblings living together in a small apartment.
From the first episode on, was surprised at some of the ecchi comedy featured in “Danchigai”, which makes the series feel more like a mix of “Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai” with “Minami-ke”.
While fun enough to watch, must admit that “Danchigai” has not been terribly original or exceptionally good, its jokes are typical and the characters are paper-thin archetypes which include the dependable and impossibly perfect oldest sister, the good-for-nothing brother with a severe case of chuunibyou, the tsundere younger sister with an obvious crush on her brother, and adorable but mischievous twins.
Compared to other slice-of-life comedies that are currently airing like “Wakaba*Girl”, “Non Non Biyori Repeat”, “Himouto! Umaru-chan” or “Working!!!”, this anime unfortunately falls short. However, it’s still sufficiently entertaining to keep on watching it.
Taking into account each episode is only three and a half minutes long, anime fans looking for something to watch without great expectations will no doubt enjoy this show.
You can watch “Danchigai” on Crunchyroll.