Welcome all, to Day 2 of Shorts Week! Today we are covering Recorder to Randoseru Do, which is the first season of three. We’ll keep this brief, so as always, beware of minor spoilers!
Now without further ado, let us begin the review!
Summary: Miyagawa Atsushi is an 11-year-old boy who is 180 centimeters tall. Since he has a grown-up looking build but acts his age, he has always been running into troubles. On the other hand, his 17-year-old elder sister Atsumi is only 137 centimeters tall. Even though she has a childish looking build, Atsumi takes good care of Atsushi. -MyAnimeList
Since I failed to make a disclaimer in the last short we reviewed, I wanted to say that I will be looking at plot differently for shorts than I would for a normal anime. I want to consider how well the shorts make use of their limited run time. With that out of the way, let us consider Recorder to Randoseru Do. The show, and the humor contained within, are all based around the ridiculous heights of the two main characters. The series is clearly a slice of life, which does the anime a service in allowing it to play off some of the awkwardness. Any main plot points revolve the developing relationships between all the characters. While the humor does become slightly repetitive and awkward, the shortness of each episode helps everything stay contained, allowing this otherwise ridiculous show to be enjoyable.
The characters for Recorder to Randoseru Do are either straight stereotypes common in just about every generic anime, or are just bland in general. The siblings Atsumi and Atsushi are the exceptions to this, as it should be with the protagonists, but still fall into the previous categories from time to time. The characters, in conjunction with the height differences, are primarily where the humor stems from, so it is fun to see the misunderstandings between them all, making them charming in some ways.
For a short, the animation is pretty solid and lends itself to the anime’s humor style quite well. So there is no worries about being distracted from the show with bad animation.
Recorder to Randoseru Do has a pretty uneventful soundtrack, and works well enough with the anime. Ironically, there is little involvement with any sort of recorder despite the title outside of transitions.
The short is pretty bare on themes, which is to be expected for a comedic short. The anime does highlight a good sibling relationship, however, between the protagonists. They are frequently helping each other out, and are fairly accepting toward one another. Another important point is accepting people despite a difference, which in the show the children do with Atsushi much more readily than adults do. However, this nonacceptance is also the source of several jokes.
Final Score: 7.0/10
Final Grade: C
Recorder to Randoseru Do was an odd anime. The premise is about a high school girl who looks like she is in elementary school and her brother who look like a man but is in elementary school. The whole plot revolved around extremely awkward relationships and crushes. This anime just made me feel awkward watching it. The characters were also mostly based around who they liked making most of the characters come off as creepy. The characters who did not come off as creepy where naive and childish making the characters unlikable or weak. The animation was really nice and about the only thing I enjoyed about this anime. Out of 10 I would give this anime a 5.5. If you are ok with feeling supper awkward go ahead and give this anime a shot since it is a short, but if you don’t like the sound of everything being awkward than don’t bother watching it. – B-Ro
Recorder and Randsell Do. It’s almost hard to talk about this one, mostly because it doesn’t feel like there’s a lot to talk about beyond the premise and execution of its humor. For starters, there are some… Seriously awkward moments here due to the concept of a 5th grader in a man’s body and a high schooler in a 5th grader’s body. And since this is a short and episodes have to be fast paced and small in scope, the awkward punchlines are very rapid fire and feel that much more, well, punchy. The short format also keeps the show from feeling too tired. Let’s face it, Recorder and Randsell Do is really just a somewhat interesting “What if?” premise, with a few possible jokes and implications ranging from extremely awkward to hilariously ridiculous attached to it. Every other aspect of the show, from the animation to the characters and music, is serviceable at best. However, since it’s a short, it mostly works. I like that no episode overstayed its welcome, and kept me entertained for the small bursts that they were. I do give props to them for realizing that this premise would really only work as a short, as I feel that a full series with this premise could have been absolutely disastrous. All in all, Recorder and Randsell Do is a zany premise that mostly achieves what it’s going for in terms of short entertainment, despite some extremely awkward implications.
Final Comments: Despite the awkwardness of the humor and the characters, Recorder to Randoseru Do works well as an anime short, making it even charming in some ways.
Thank you for reading our review. Be sure to join us tomorrow for the next anime short review, Tonari no Seki-kun, as Shorts Week continues! If you are joining us just today for Shorts Week, be sure to check out the schedule under our Bonus Post Announcing… Shorts Week.