Hiromu ArakawaMutsumi TamuraShigeru ChibaJapanese
Hyakushou Kizoku
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2023
Writer/director: Yutaro Sawada
Original creator: Hiromu Arakawa
Actor: Mutsumi Tamura, Kujira, Mariko Honda, Shigeru Chiba
Keywords: anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 four-minute episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=27206
Website category: Anime 2023
Review date: 16 January 2024
Hyakusho Kizoku
It's educational and funny. It's an adaptation of the autobiographical manga of Hiromu Arakawa, creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon, etc. (She's great.) She grew up in a farming family in Hokkaido and she worked on their farm for seven years before becoming a mangaka. This series taught me lots about famers, e.g.
1. They can explain how milk's flavour will change from season to season. (This had never occurred to me.)
2. How much stuff gets discarded as unfit for sale, and that the farmers are completely okay with this. (Personally, I love the fact that "wonky" vegetables are sold in UK supermarkets. Cucumbers that are curved instead of straight, etc.)
3. INSECTS. See ep.6. Also wildlife in general in various other episodes, particularly bears. Cats and dogs. Cows that bully each other. (You might think cows are just big nice dim lumps that conform to the secondary meanings of the adjective "bovine", but no.)
4. Arakawa's dad is a complete nutter. See ep.7. My God. Mum's observation on Dad's near-death experiences is a bit spooky too.
5. Arakawa's a little scary. She has a list of people to whom she'd like bad things to happen. Also, she'd been going to attack a bear with a sickle. That said, though, her childhood stories in ep.10 are cool. (I'm mildly disappointed that she's not voicing herself in this anime, even though the professional voice actress will have done a better job.)
This is a fun show, with lots of content packed into each micro-episode. (Every so often, Arakawa's editor pops up as a character in the show.) I wouldn't have done the SF ep.12 on Mars, but I only say that because I was enjoying the non-fiction autobiography so much. (They also had Japan Agriculture Group's Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives as advisers to supervise the agricultural aspects.) I also see that the show's getting two OVA episodes at Christmas and that a second season has been announced. Quite right too.