One Room Anime Season 2 Review

I like it when anime gets innovative, coming up with some fresh new idea or gimmick to make things interesting for fans. Like when the industry embraced series based on light novels, which allowed for more developed stories and characters than were possible before (Slayers and Shakugan no Shana were two groundbreaking works here), or the development of the isekai genre, which allowed for new forms of escapist fun. Or the idea of moe itself, which basically hacks our brains into experiencing feelings of love and protectiveness for 2D characters. One fresh concept in anime is the One Room anime, a series of first-person animated shorts, which has a second season currently airing. Want to see if it’s worth your time?

The idea is that we’re the main character who is interacting with a cute girl—there are three in each season, with each girl getting four short episodes—who’s always viewed from “your” perspective while you talk with her, experiencing emotional (and somewhat ecchi) situations with her. No lines are spoken by the main character because he’s “you” (you can make up lines and say them to your screen if you like), and slowly each girl’s route evolves, allowing you to progress romantically with her. It’s not unlike to the character interaction in an excellent harem-style visual novel, though on a much more limited basis as the episodes are so short.

Is the One Room anime worth watching? It’s certainly not Shakespeare, but it’s a fun show to sample while you’re working through the longer, more serious anime offerings of the season. Since the characters are designed by the famous Kantoku, they’re top-notch, too. So give the One Room anime a try!

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About the author

Peter Payne

I live in Japan and I run J-List, an anime shop famous for shimapan and Tentacle Grape. I love being able to bring Japanese culture to the world.