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Yuyushiki

The story follows the school life of the three girls, Yuzuko, Yukari, and Yui who join their high school’s Data Processing Club.

Yuzuko Nonohara, Yui Ichii and Yukari Hinata begin their first day at high school before visiting some shops around town. Noticing the Data Processing Club has no members, the girls check out the clubroom and spend all day looking up information on the computer.

  • From left to right, Yukari Hinata, Yui Ichii and Yuzuko Nonohara. The first thing about Yuyushiki is the unique art style, which has a distinct puni puni (Japanese onomatopoeia for something squishy) feeling.

  • About nine out of ten times, people who trigger security gates at a shop are usually carrying something that acts as a LC circuit owing to stray capacitance from a coil of wires. This occurs with older systems, where other items, such as keys, may also trigger the alarms. Much like how Yuyushiki will provide viewers with something new, my blog posts aim to do the same every so often.

  • As per usual, I do not see any males in this anime. However, I’ve come to accept that it seems to be a style that sells well, and does accommodate humour that would seem out of place or offensive in a male-only setting. With that said, anime with a reasonable balance between males and females tend to be more story-driven, while anime consisting solely of female characters remain firmly grounded in the comedy side of things.

  • Yui is meant to represent the common individual in the real world, and how such individuals may react to the character archetypes found in anime. This is similar to Akari’s lack of presence in Yuru Yuri: in anime, extreme character representations are the norm, and as such, rational, level-headed character types from the real would find themselves out of place in the anime world.

  • Yuzuko and Yukari have tareme, rounded eyes with a gentle curvature. These eyes generally indicate a person as having a kind, quiet, sad, fragile or otherwise soft personality. By comparison, Yui has tsurime, referring to an eye design where the outer corners point upward in an angular manner. Characters with these eyes have a sharp personality and a strong will.

  • Yoriko Matsumoto is the girls’ homeroom teacher and advisor of the Data Processing Club and is often called “Mom” by her students due to her kind nature.

  • Just practising my micro, Kyle, just practising my micro! “Data processing” is a general term used to indicate the acquisition and input of data into a system, as well as the analysis and mining of large datasets to extract useful information from them. In a sense, the girls’ use of online sources (such as Google and Wikipedia) and writing their findings on a whiteboard can be seen as a primitive form of data processing.

  • The girls’ discussion goes into the Maunder Minimum, which refers to a period from 1645 to 1715, where period astronomers noted the relative absence of sunspots. This observation coincides with a decrease in temperatures during that period, which had a minima during the Little Ice Age, a time period characterised by abnormally cold winters. During this time, as few as 50 sunspots were observed by Gustav Spörer; consider that there are usually 40000 to 50000 sunspots in modern times. With this information at hand, I’m surprised they said that one couldn’t learn stuff from anime.

  • I’ll take advantage of this point to make a note about the music in Yuyushiki: I’ve heard vehement complaints about how the peaceful, slice-of-life tracks in other anime, such as Girls und Panzer, are “swing-and-miss daily life tracks” that “inevitably diminish … the score”. These tracks are there for a reason (specifically, to give the impression of tranquility), and as such, their exclusion from a soundtrack or anime would be doing the anime a disservice.

  • This is the cutest, fluffiest, most endearing scene from episode one: after Yuzuko trips on a stray sidewalk brick, embarrassment reduces her to incoherence, and she is only able to project one syllable, “ta” ().

Yuyushiki was not initially on my list of things to watch for the Spring 2013 lineup, but a short preview was sufficient to convince me to give it a try. One episode later, and I conclude that this series is amusing for its character dynamics: on one hand, we have Yui, who is level-headed, and her constant exasperation at Yuzuko and Yukari’s antics. The show is driven entirely by their discussions and misadventures, in a similar manner as Lucky Star and Nichijou. However, this time around, “data processing” appears to lie at this anime’s core, and as a developer myself, I’m curious to see what the whole concept of “data processing” involves. Insofar, this has not extended beyond performing searches for random topics on Google, such as the sun. I am reasonably impressed with how their discussions end up being informative for the viewer to some level. However, I imagine that asking for an anime about database administration,  data mining and search algorithm design would be unrealistic, especially since such content would fall under the realm of real-world application. If such an anime were to be released, I would watch it out of masochistic motives (i.e. to see how accurate/inaccurate the content is), but the uninitiated would probably derive less amusement from such a series. At the end of the day, Yuyushiki is yet another simple, clean anime that succeeds in delivering lighthearted entertainment.

 

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