Tomokazu SugitaYokai Ningen BemyokaiJapanese
Oretacha Youkai Ningen G
Episode 1 also reviewed here: Anime 1st episodes 2018: O
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2018
Director: Yuzuru Adachi
Actor: Kana Kurashina, Kenta Suga, Tomokazu Sugita
Keywords: Yokai Ningen Bem, yokai, anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 25 two-minute episodes
Website category: Anime 2018
Review date: 13 June 2022
Oretacha Yokai Ningen G
There's little point in this. It's even more throwaway than I'd expected from a two-minute gag series, although at least it's better than the first Oretacha series. I don't object to it.
Bem, Bela and Belo are blobs floating in a glass jar. When they get overexcited, they explode. (They can then reassemble, because they're just jelly.) They bud off little copies of themselves in ep.18, then later grow a primitive approximation of a body and limbs. Basically, though, they're talking heads.
The show's content is a bunch of stand-up skits and light-hearted interactions. Everyday Japanese stuff gets skewered and parodied. Bela explains what's underneath ochuugen (traditional summer gifts) and wedding guests vying to catch the bride's bouquet. Bem complains in ep.7 about being questioned in the lift by female colleagues. They roleplay Boys' Love and wind up Bem. (How do jelly blobs in a lab know about all this?)
If you're in the right mood, sometimes, it's sort of amusing. Some of the observations are sharp, although very Japan-specific. If a stand-up comedian delivered this material, it could work quite well... but it's bitty and throwaway as an anime. I don't mind it, but I wouldn't recommend it.