If anything, he’s even more positive than other bloggers:
The result … was for at least a couple weeks I had to really pick and choose what I watch on a Thursday – that’s often the last day I can watch anime freely (as weekend meant partying it up somewhere) and for all of my backlog, I have consistently went to Locodol as the show of choice.
I want to think that is a ringing endorsement for Locodol. The cute show is surprisingly educational and it really does a great job managing my expectations. That is, I didn’t expect much to begin with, and still don’t. In that sense Locodol is even thematically consistent – who expect much of local idols anyway? Turns out the anime about local idols educate you as much about them, and is surprisingly competent and enjoyable, just like a good local idol act.
Surprisingly educational? Actually.. Yes! In surprising ways though.
One really odd thing that I noticed about my Japanese colleagues is that they still record TV broadcasts. It is really unthinkable in this post-TiVo age, but it’s a fact. They do not use VHS anymore: it’s usually some kind of rewriteable optical disk like DVD-RAM. Still, they set a timer by hand. The most advanced technology available to them was portayed in Carnival Phantasm: a DVD recorder that can also save video to a built-in hard drive. Nonetheless, it’s manually controlled (by the hapless Rin with Archer’s help). I even came to think that TiVo was outlawed in Japan.
Well, come 2014 and Locodol 08 introduces… a DVR! It is still a “crazy thing” to the poor locodol, but it exists and is within the means of a middle class family (possibly barely). The things you learn about Japan from anime.
BTW, I prefer Yama no Susume this season. Its iyashikei power is far greater that of Locodol.