Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is a 2020 comedy anime adapted from the manga of the same name (by Sumito Oowara). This show is produced by Science Saru and directed by Masaaki Yuuasa, notable for being behind more surreal works.
The "eizouken" in this case mean "motion pictures club", which is what the main cast is involved in. Asakusa Midori is a high school girl who aspires to make her own anime (and concept art) after watching Future Boy Conan and despite her friend, Kanamori Sayaka, lacking any sort of interest in anime, she eventually takes in the role of the producer.
Why It Makes A Great Anime
- The music is rather great, and also fits the goofy tone of the show.
- It has a catchy theme song sung by chelmico.
- The ending theme is also awesome, performed by the rock band Kami-sama.
- Glorious voice acting, with the actresses’ voice being fitting for each character.
- The character design not only makes sense for the show's tone, but it also doesn't really rely on making them, especially the girls, "generically cute" or "moe". The first two girls introduced have prominent features - with Asakusa's froglike face and Kanamori's bored grimace - making Mizusaki stand out. It also refrains the use of giving every character the same face which is also nice attention to detail.
- Even if it is a show about making anime, considering Asakusa's passion to draw and create her own new worlds, the parts where the characters explore their own imagination make sense and don't jarringly transition. This even ranges to one moment, where she and Mizusaki imagine they're repairing a spaceship when they're at the roof at one point.
- Another attention to detail is that not all of the people, including background characters aren't light-skinned. In fact, there's a positive representation of dark-skinned people!
- It spawned an amazing film that was also released in 2020.
- Every character in the show is nice and relatable, and each one are also likable.
- It gives viewers forms of art and multimedia that are important to the Eizouken Club such as sketching concept art and animating scenes and characters.
- The ending theme, despite it being awesome, feels like it's too "epic-sounding" for the show. Especially compared to the kind of goofy opening theme...
- The imagination scenes can feel random, though when compared to most imagination scenes in various shows.
- Doumeki and Sowande, being notable people of color in the series, are just reduced to being minor characters.
- Many people can find this show slightly similar to Ed, Edd n Eddy due to the main characters having the same height.