Kujibiki Unbalance

By bluemist on March 30th, 2005

Kujibiki Unbalance

Nothing much to say. It has a weird premise (or maybe I just don’t get it).

Episode 1
A school which is basically organizing a bunch of challenge plays, group vs. group, probably to decide who gets to be the student council leaders. And so, our main guy Chihiro has been assigned by lottery (kujibiki) to be in the cooking room, having three girls as allies/groupmates of sort. One of them (Tokino) likes mushrooms too much. And so as preliminary they get into a cooking match with another group. The Chairman (yellow long hair) is personally there to see the match. And by luck, it’s a cooking match using… mushrooms! Well sadly, the group screwed up something. But in the very end, using a somewhat dangerous mushroom, they capture the Chairman’s taste buds and wins the match. Also, apparently the main guy and the Chairman know each other a while back, in the simple anime cliche of ‘promise girl’.

Episode 21
Shedding new light to the term recap episode, this is… a recap episode wherein we have never even seen the episodes it recaps. Considering how people tend to hate these kinds of stuff, but actually it isn’t quite bad when you think about it. This episode resulted into a fast-paced slew of comedy acts relating to all the lottery challenges that the team has faced. A soccer match, a net popularity challenge, hot and cold survival challenge, jungle shooting match, karaoke singing, swimming relay, mahjong, and dungeon RPG. We also see some sort of plot advancement, in which the Chairman met some evil-looking guy. That’s supposed to be next episode right? Too bad we have no next episode…

Episode 25
Some internal conflict I’m not quite sure of broke the team apart. It seems that they don’t wanna participate in the lottery matches anymore, so the four parted ways. It was already the finals, just when they are already close, they decided to call it quits. Chihiro (our main guy) went off to visit a grave, and saw Chairman/Ritsuko there. Again we see some kind of childhood promise scenes. Anyway, Rit-chan convinced Chihiro into not quitting the lottery, in which he agrees somewhat. But the other team members still seem not interested. Chihiro tried and convinced the three of them to reform their team, but they’re not interested anymore. Komaki is busy taking care of her siblings. Izumi is busy gambling again, and Tokino is simply not interested. But after a while of thought, they got convinced and the four are back to join in the finals!

Well that’s about it. There are 3 OVA’s of Kujibiki Unbalance, apparently listed as 3 key episodes out of 26. Let me remind everyone that, yes, this is the Kujibiki Unbalance that the Genshiken crew has been watching throughout that anime series. Kujian used to be the anime within that anime, but now we get to see some episodes of it. I wish that we would see an actual TV series of this though. For now, it’s fun to look back at Genshiken and see how they discuss Kujian. Maybe I’ll be doing a rewatch anytime soon.

Now for the technicals… the OP is the same OP that was inserted into Genshiken. Featuring of course the song of the same name as the anime, probably the only UNDER17 song I heard that doesn’t seem overly cute. The seiyuu cast is surprisingly recognizable, and the animation is quite good in its own unique way. This looks like a fun anime, too bad we don’t see the entire series… yet.

New Kujibiki Unbalance
Admittedly, I don’t know too much about the new Kujibiki Unbalance, a 13-episode series featuring a completely new story and art style, but almost the same set of characters. People have been telling me to steer clear of this title since it may not be as good as the first, which I currently am. Eventually I may give it a try, but since I am currently busy I should focus on some better anime.

1 Comment

Posted By: aninimo On: November 14, 2006 At: 4:04 am

kujibiki unbalace es la mejor serie que exite