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Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? Whole-series Review and Reflection

“He is not a dude. You’re a dude. This…this is a man. A handsome, muscular man.” –Drax The Destroyer, Avengers: Infinity War

Hibiki becomes accustomed to lifting weights at Silverman Gym and learns about exercises that can be done with machines during peak hours. When the summer arrives, the girls train on the beach after learning that swimming in the area is prohibited thanks to the presence of sharks. Later, Akemi is excited to compete against Hibiki in the school’s sports festival, but Hibiki is disqualified on a technicality. When Hibiki sets her sights on a home theatre system, she competes in an arm-wrestling tournament, handily defeating Russian competitor Gina Boyd. Excited at the prospect of a new rival, Gina transfers in to the same school as Hibiki and even does a home-stay with her. Gina registers herself, along with Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka and even instructor Satomi for an idol competition. During a school trip, the girls discuss ways of hiking more efficiently, but Hibiki and Satomi get separated from the others. During the middle of a training session with Nazuzo, movie star Barnold Shortsinator arrives and greets Nazuzo, revealing that Nazuzo was one of his students. Barnold invites Nazuzo to a body-building competition and is impressed with Nazuzo’s victory. Christmas sees Hibiki and the others celebrate at the Silverman Gym, and the girls then visit a shrine that Nazuzo’s family runs for the New Year’s. The girls enter a talent show on Gina’s request and are later invited to a tropical island during spring to participate in another competition. While Hibiki loses in the competition to Akemi, she reveals that she’s had a great time working out with everyone and hopes to continue doing so in the future. With this, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? comes to an end, taking with it a consistently hilarious and occasionally informative presentation on weight lifting.

Like Sounan Desu Ka?, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? possesses a technical component that supplements a story of friendship and discovery. Both series are remarkably similar despite their different origins, providing useful information while at once, showing off the characters’ journey as they become more acquainted with their situation. In Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru?, the journey is weight lifting: once Hibiki finds the encouragement and motivation to exercise regularly, she discovers just how deep and fulfilling the world of fitness is. In the process, she begins to appreciate that fitness can take many forms, and that equipment is not always needed to get a good workout going. Ultimately, thanks to Akemi and Ayaka, Hibiki is motivated enough to regularly go to the gym, and is rewarded for her efforts with a weight that she can be happy with. In reality, lifting weights and fitness is not as glamorous or dramatic as Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? describes, but it is every bit as fulfilling: regularly making use of a gym and improving one’s fitness is to improve one’s cognitive functions and mental well-being, as well as providing a boost in confidence and durability. As Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? presents, the toughest part is starting: once Hibiki gets into things, she discovers an entire world within fitness to explore and learn about. Hibiki’s journey into weight lifting parallel my own, and while I’ve been lifting since I started university, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? does provide some interesting suggestions that I’ve since tried and added to my own routine. For example, the so-called skull crushers are indeed more effective with the EZ bar, and I’ve been focusing on improving my form (no moving of the elbows and a controlled motion) since switching from the straight bar.

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  • Endless blue skies and fluffy white clouds signify the beginning of summer. In any other anime, such weather would see the wistful longing to find love, or excitement at the possibility of new adventure, but in Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru?, it simply means warmer weather to visit the gym under. This is something I’m familiar with, and indeed, I’ve actually never had a gym be unavailable to me during the summer before. Hibiki and her friends have no such luck, as the Silverman Gym is closed for a brief time in the summer.

  • Akemi suggests that everyone hit the beaches to swim, and encounter Satomi while on the bus en route to the beach. Satomi’s very quickly become my favourite character in Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? for reasons that elude words, and despite her initial reluctance to lift with her students, she finds herself encountering Hibiki and her friends with increasing frequency, to the point where she begins fulfilling a similar role as a club advisor in other slice-of-life series.

  • The last time I saw exercises involving movement in sand in an anime, it was last year’s Harukana Receive. Here, Akemi suggests doing burpees in the sand: the uneven, shifting nature of the surface forces one to engage more muscles than if they were done on a solid surface. Standard burpees are already fairly challenging to do, being an exercise that engages the legs, glutes, core, chest, arms and back all at once. They drive the heart rate up, and I usually can only do a maximum of thirty straight before fatigue stops me from continuing.

  • Folks looking to get started with lifting weights should know that a gym membership is not a trivial expense and can have strange conditions attached to them, so a gym membership is an investment one must make use of frequently to optimise for gains and financial reasons. For my readers who work in an office building or live in a complex with an on-site gym, or those who are university students (whose fees usually include full access to facilities on campus), there’s really no excuse not to use them.

  • Naruzo’s ever-helpful muscle lessons will provide instructions on how to perform exercises with reasonable form, and having lifted for the past decade plus, I’ve developed enough experience to at least know when good form is being practised. It is always preferable to do an exercise with lighter weights and become acclimatised to good form than to pick a heavier weight. In most cases, poor form with a heavier weight will defeat the purpose of an exercise, and in the worst case, injury will almost certainly result.

  • Akemi has aversions to using machines, feeling to be impure, but as it turns out, machines provide stability that allows the body to really focus on certain muscle groups. At my gym, I typically use the lateral pull-downs and leg curl machines to supplement my usual exercises. Here, Satomi demonstrates the prone leg curl, where the proper technique is to draw one’s feet until they are nearly in contact with their glutes. While campus had a prone leg curl machine, my current gym only has a seated leg curl machine, which is supposed to be equivalent in terms of the muscle group they act on.

  • Between instructions on lifting, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? also takes the time to show the scale and complexity of Silverman Gym: they are large enough to have their own swag and host events from time to time, such as prize draws. These elements are quite separate from weight lifting techniques and prevent Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? from being purely a series of instructional exercise videos, giving the characters’ world more depth and life to prevent it from feeling too empty.

  • I derive a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment from being exhausted after lifting weights. As it turns out, there’s a reason for this: when one is exercising, the stress on the body causes the release of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and endorphins to suppress the stressors. These compounds result in a feeling of contentment and even euphoria, which explains the feeling of pleasure after working out.

  • The fanservice piece of Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? is about par the course for what one might expect from a series of its nature: closeup of the muscles being engaged by a certain activity are frequent, but these are only usually done in the Machio Muscle Lessons. Everywhere else, the show is very disciplined and does not go out of its way to show T n’ A, with the girls dressing appropriately for the gym environment with t-shirts or tank tops and shorts, plus a good pair of close-toed shoes.

  • Besides having the punching power to rival Captain America, Hibiki also possesses a hitherto hidden talent for arm wrestling: in practise, only Naruzo can best her, and she destroys Gina in a competition. The competitive and outgoing Gina subsequently decides to transfer to the same school as Hibiki to compete with her in the future, and in the process, they become friends. Gina is presented as being a Russian stereotype who lapses into her native tongue when excited, but her family name, Boyd, is actually Scottish in origin. She is voiced by Nao Toyama (Karen in Kiniro Mosaic, Kongou in Kantai Collection and many others).

  • The day after a workout, muscle soreness is very much a reality, and there is truth in the idea that light exercise can help remove this soreness: caused by tears in the muscle fibre, and a short bit of low-intensity cardio or stretching can help by increasing circulation, which speeds up the rate that amino acids (the building blocks of muscle fibres) can be pushed to the muscles and promote repair. I typically do extended walks up the nearby hill to achieve this gentle increase to circulation after leg days.

  • After Gina joins the main cast, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? becomes a little wilder: the girls go on more random adventures that are only tangentially related to lifting weights, always finding some way to inject weight lifting into whatever activity they’re doing. It was unexpected and hilarious that Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? manages to work in an idol competition into the story, capitalising on the moment to showcase how ludicrous weight lifting can be under some cases.

  • Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? is no Yama no Susume, but it does take advantage of Hibiki and the others’ school trip to provide instruction on how to step during hiking to reduce energy loss. The information provided in Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? is largely correct, and the show can be used as a bit of a starting point for lifting weights, but there is no substitute like a personal trainer or a friend with experience. Rumour has reached my ears that some folks in Japan were inspired to take up weight lifting after watching Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru?, rather like how Yuru Camp△ encouraged people to camp, but unlike camping, weight lifting is a bit more serious to get into. Personally, if one were to be motivated by Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru?, I would recommend speaking to at least someone who knows what they’re doing, since the risk of injury is non-trivial.

  • When Barnold shows up, he’s initially presented as being highly intimidating, but actually sports a boisterous and friendly personality. Ayaka and Hibiki are major fans of his films and are overjoyed to meet him in person. After signing Naruzo up for a body-building competition, Barnold provides an explanation of how these competitions work and what sorts of things are judged. Body-building emphasises hypertrophy, or muscle growth, over strength and endurance: while being physically strong in their own right, body builders have different training regimens than those of an athlete.

  • One aspect that Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? touches lightly on is the possibility of injury if one is not careful: the skull-crusher is used as an example of what happens when one is over-enthusiastic about lifting weights, with Hibiki knocking herself in the cranium with the bar. The next day, she’s shown as being bandaged and is slightly out of it for her troubles. Audiences might get a bit of a cruel laugh at Hibiki’s expense, but in reality, much more serious injuries can result from improper technique: I’ve teared tendons my wrist before from lifting, and the worst injuries are those to the neck and back.

  • The events of Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? span over the course of a year, reaching into Christmas and New Year’s towards the end. When Ayaka, Hibiki, Satomi, Akemi and Gina fail to find a partner for Christmas, they decide to attend the Silverman Gym’s Christmas party, hoping to meet someone there. All of the guys who attend look normal, but turn out to be ridiculously muscular, discouraging the group. After the party, Satomi wonders what to do with the tickets to an amusement park, and ends up giving them to Akemi, who wanted to visit said amusement park with Naruzo so they could cosplay.

  • After visiting the shrine that Naruzi’s family runs, and praying for a happy new year, the girls enjoy grilled squid. Ikayaki, as it is known, is a delicious street food item that is prepared by grilling squid with soy sauce. It’s supposed to be rather healthy, and squid is also high in protein content, in addition to having a good amount of vitamin and minerals. The page quote for this talk on Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? is, like last time, also sourced from Infinity War.

  • At Gina’s insistence, the group participates in a talent show. The same sleazy-looking but well-meaning TV producer runs this, as well: he’d long expressed a desire to see something a bit more outrageous and found his wishes fulfilled twice over with Hibiki and her friends. Their antics during the talent show actually helps the TV studio’s ratings, contrary to his expectations, and the higher ups decide that they must have Hibiki and her friends return at some point in the future.

  • Gina is unaccustomed to the tropical heat and resorts to stripping down to cool off, to Hibiki and Ayaka’s displeasure. The last story presented in Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? involves the girls travelling to a southern island to participate in a fitness-related getaway, where Akemi and Hibiki hope to check out the men’s fitness talent show. This was, however, cancelled from a lack of participants, and instead, Hibiki and the others are roped into the female talent show instead. Ayaka and Gina are eliminated from the competition, but Akemi and Hibiki perform admirably, tying for first and where Akemi eventually wins because Hibiki had powered down from a lack of food.

  • Overall, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? earns a grade of B+ (3.0 of 4, or 8 out of 10): while the series did deviate from the gym towards the end and became increasingly outlandish, it also stayed true to its core premise and tied everything together neatly with Hibiki explaining that being able to befriend Akemi and Gina through working out. For a series that could have purely counted on fanservice, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? ended up taking a different route via visual and situational comedy to make itself stand out. With this post in the books, I

Instructive and funny, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? act as a solid instalment that is part workout video, part comedy act. Between succinct explanations about how different exercises help the body, and over-the-top moments that defy reality, this series also pokes fun at its own execution at flow. Nazuzo’s Muscle Lessons punctuate the show at unexpected intervals, and the characters find themselves wondering why they’re doing things a certain way. Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? might be no narrative masterpiece, and there are numerous moments that one simply won’t be able to find in reality, but the series does provide a solid starting point for those wondering about what the first few steps to training might look like. I’ve heard that Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? has been behind the spate of Japanese fans (primarily male) from signing up for gym memberships to try out the things they’d seen in Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru?. This is quite admirable, but ultimately, unless one has consistent motivation to actually go to the gym, lapsing back into old habits is very much a reality. Folks looking to make a life-style change and regularly visit the gym will find it easier with two tricks: the first is to get a gym buddy who preferably has some experience, and the second is to lift with the goal of learning good form first. This is how I started, and like Hibiki, I started out lifting small weights and walking away sore the next day. I’ve come a rather long way from those early days. While I’m still a casual lifter by all definitions, a decade of training means that I am able to bench press more than my own body weight, and I am only sore for about a quarter-day after working out now. More importantly, I have the discipline to haul myself out of bed at five-thirty on the days that I do want to hit the gym. There are plenty of reasons to go to a gym, and as Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? shows, there are plenty of benefits as well of maintaining good fitness: the anime simply presents these gains in an approachable and amusing manner.

Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? Review and Reflection After Three

“Wow. This is a real wake-up call for me. Okay, I’m gonna get a Bowflex. I’m gonna commit. I’m gonna get some dumbbells.”
“You know you can’t eat dumbbells, right?”

–Peter Quill and Rocket Raccoon, The Avengers: Infinity War

When Hibiki Sakura’s best friend, Ayaka Uehara, comments on how she’s gained weight, Hibiki resolves to hit the gym, commit and lose some weight. She runs into classmate Akemi Soryuin, the beautiful and well-respected student council president at the gym. Despite Hibiki’s initial struggle to find the motivation to start, Akemi introduces her to Naruzo Machio, a coach at the gym who is exceptionally knowledgable about health and fitness. Drawn in by his charming personality, Hibiki consents to stick around and learns how to bench press and squat. Hibiki notices that her weight remains unchanged since joining a gym, but Naruzo assures her that working out increases muscle mass, which has a greater density than fat. As she’s sore from her workouts, Akemi takes Hibiki to the pool, where they do dynamic stretches together. Later, Hibiki and Ayaka share an afternoon of watching movies at Ayaka’s place, learning that Ayaka works at her family’s boxing studio. When the girls’ teacher, Satomi Tachibana, laments her weight gain, she signs up for a free trial at the very same gym that Hibiki and Akemi lift at. Naruzo introduces the girls to dumbell curls, and panics when Hibiki wonders about an unusual tan on Satomi. It turns out that she’s a well-known cosplayer but fears being found out from her students. This is where Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? (How Many Kilograms are the Dumbells you lift?, or, as I know it, “Do You Even Lift? The Anime”) is after three episodes, another hilarious addition to the summer lineup that deals with fitness in the form of weight lifting. As I’ve been casually lifting weights for almost a decade, the particulars that Hibiki experiences are fresh in my mind, and I definitely relate to the process she goes through in starting out.

Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? has insofar demonstrated a handful of techniques at the gym, and the series strength comes from a combination of being able to explain the function of each technique, what proper form looks like and presenting them in a hilarious context to engage the viewer. In spite of appearances, there is something to be learned from Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? by watching Naruzo demonstrate the techniques and their applicability. Nuances in lifting weights, such like engaging the core when doing a plank, ensuring one’s elbows are still when curling dumbbells and keeping one’s back tight when doing squats are all mentioned: besides ensuring one performs proper technique to maximise gains, form also is critical in avoiding injury. I’ve dealt with weight-lifting injuries before to my wrist from bad form, and the consequences are very noticeable, hence the utmost importance of form and why it is preferred that one lifts lighter weights to improve their technique. While not shying away from the details, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? is ultimately a comedy: in this department, the anime also shines. Anyone who is familiar with fitness and weight lifting will find Hibiki’s journey relatable and amusing, feeling compelled to stick around and see how Hibiki comes to appreciate fitness as she becomes better trained and increasingly fit with her friends.

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  • Before we delve any further into Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru?, I note that if you have aversions to me talking about lifting weights in any capacity, now is an excellent time to stop reading: I’ve had a former reader outright block me on social media for talking excessively about weight lifting, and note that it was a very immature action. With that in mind, if talk surrounding fitness is not offensive, then we may begin exploring what Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? has accomplished after three episodes.

  • Akemi is enamoured with the prospect of lifting weights. She resembles Love Lab‘s Maki in appearance and manner, and initially is the one to ensnare a reluctant Hibiki into lifting weights; Hibiki only decides to hit the gym when her best friend, Ayaka, comments on her physique. Despite her seemingly depraved thoughts towards fitness and muscle mass, as indicated in this moment here, Akemi is a well-rounded individual with a genuine interest in hitting the gym.

  • Both Akemi and Hibiki develop crushes on trainer Naruzo on first sight. While one criticism of folk who go to the gym is that they’re merely there to check out members of the opposite sex, the reality is that when most people lift, they tend to focus on their own technique and then look at others to either gain a better idea of what good form looks like, or occasionally, gawk at how poor someone’s form is.

  • Naruzo starts Hibiki off on the bench press, an exercise designed to increase upper body strength by engaging everything from the shoulders and triceps, to forearms, pecs, and lats. Most people do start off with just the bar so they can get a feel for good form, and then advance on to a working weight they’re comfortable with. While the form in Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? is mostly correct, I take exception to Naruzo not getting a full range of motion from Hibiki: the bar is supposed to touch one’s lower pec lightly and come back up, and her elbows are flaring. Moreover, her feet don’t look engaged.

  • While Hibiki struggles with the bar, Akemi completes three sets of five with 25 pounds per side, for a total of 90 pounds. For someone of her weight class, this is equivalent to that of an intermediate lifter, which is nothing to sneeze at: I’m considered an intermediate lifter, as well, and I’m aim to step up my bench press. With this being said, I won’t disclose what my stats are: I will only note that I’m similar in height to Akemi and let the reader’s imagination do the rest.

  • I still remember the day after my first session at the gym: every square inch of my upper body was sore and immovable. These days, I recover quickly enough so that I can work out on two consecutive days without feeling too much pain from the previous day. One aspect of Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? that I’m fond of is how the caloric content of everything that Hibiki eats is displayed. She’s shown to have a voracious appetite and is constantly eating the equivalent of the food from the Stampede Midway.

  • By comparison, I eat like a ninja: I typically have a light continental breakfast and a glass of milk in the mornings, a sandwich and a banana in the afternoon, and then rice, vegetables and protein with water by evening. These are my usual eating habits, in conjunction with north of eight glasses of water per day. I loosen up on weekends, my so-called cheat days, but otherwise, maintain a fairly structured diet.

  • Thus, when things like the Calgary Stampede are in town, I can be a little more wild with my eating. Hibiki’s initial problem is that her goal was to lose weight by means of dieting, but I argue that losing weight actually isn’t an effective fitness plan, since the body tends to have a weight it’s comfortable at being around. By comparison, routine exercise with the goal of maintaining fitness is helpful: while one’s weight might not change, increasing muscle mass and respiratory efficiency will make one feel better.

  • Half-squats are the next item shown in Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru?, with Akemi demonstrating the correct form. There’s an ongoing debate about half-squats and full-squats as to which one is more effective: I do full squats, bringing my glutes low to the ground. With this in mind, the half-squat is good for folks who are starting out and aiming to get a feel for the technique; full squats can be more dangerous because they put more pressure on the knees.

  • The lateral pulldown engages the trapezius and biceps, as well as the infraspinatus muscles. It’s a good exercise for the shoulders and back, which is important for folks like myself, who spend insane amounts of time at a desk. I also do the dumbbell chest fly to exercise my deltoids for similar reasons: my shoulder invariably hunch forwards while at a desk, even though I aim to maintain good posture and stand up every hour, so to keep things from affecting my posture, these exercises can help.

  • Hibiki is meant to represent those of us who are starting out on the journey of fitness, and rather than laughing at her, I completely relate to how she felt when starting out. With this being said, some sites, such as Anime News Network, have immediately decried Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? for being a “body shaming” series. Such outlandish claims can only come through those who feel threatened by the notion of fitness, or the fact that fitness is a process that requires effort, being motivated by likely the same reasons that led one of my former readers and peer bloggers to block me.

  • While Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? is, like Sounan Desu Ka?, rife with opportunities to showcase some T & A, readers will have noticed that I’ve actually got very little of those moments here. I’ve also opted to skip the rather exaggerated portrayals of incredibly buff men, including Naruzo, primarily because a mere screenshot is not suited for the hilarity such scenes create: rather than present them here, I’ll leave it to readers to find out for themselves how incredibly amusing it is whenever Naruzo flexes.

  • It turns out that Ayaka is an instructor for her family’s boxing studio, and despite her disliking every second of boxing, she’s highly proficient at it. She introduces Hibiki to a few exercises that can be done without any special equipment, such as the dragon flag and planks. Even without access to a gym or specialised gear, it is possible to exercise the body in effective ways. One of the most treacherous exercises I know is called the Superman Flexion, where one lies on their abs with their arms outstretched, and then, keeping their arms straight, moves them back in a until they are touching one’s back. This is typically done holding weights, and after ten reps, I’m worn out.

  • Hibiki might appear unfit, but training has helped her out: she shows a hitherto unknown skill in delivering punching power comparable to that of Captain America’s as seen in The Avengers. While it would be fun to see more unexpected feats of strength from Hibiki, the punching bag seems to be the only one insofar.

  • Whereas Akemi and Hibiki run into their homeroom instructor at the gym, I’ve never run into any of my instructor at my university’s gym before. After a colleague remarks on her physique, she decides to hit the gym and use a free trial to lose some weight. Gym memberships are typically pricey, which was why I made full use of the university’s gym during my time as a student there. These days, I capitalise on the facilities available to me, and while perhaps not as extensive as the university’s gym, still provide more than enough equipment for me to utilise.

  • Like Hibiki and Akemi, instructor Satomi is drawn in by Naruzo’s charm. During their exercises, Naruzo instructs everyone on how to perform dumbbell curls, correctly noting that the elbows should not be moving when attempting the exercise and that heavier weights at the expense of form is not meaningful. Besides the standard curl, there’s also a diabolical rotating curl that places additional pressure on the biceps to develop them. Even with lighter weights, the move is a challenge.

  • It turns out that Satomi is a cosplayer in her spare time and worries about her figure for the reason that she longs to cosplay her favourite characters as faithfully as possible. My personal take on cosplay is that irrespective of one’s appearance, it’s the effort that goes into the costume that really counts. With this in mind, a lack of experience and willingness to commit the effort towards making a cool costume is why I’ve not gotten into cosplay to any extent: I would either cosplay as Street Fighter‘s Ryu or an SHD Agent from The Division if able.

  • The page quote is sourced from Avengers: Infinity War from a scene early in the film, after the Guardians of the Galaxy pick up Thor from the wreckage of the ship that carried the Asgardians away from Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok. When Gamora and Drax begin complimenting on Thor’s muscular arms, Peter Quill remarks he’s in good shape, only for the others to retort that he’s actually out of shape. Rocket’s remark that dumbbells can’t be eaten sounds like something that Ayaka might say to Hibiki, who is always seems to be one sandwich away from fat, but ever since she started working out, her fitness has definitely improved.

  • One aspect of Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? that I’ve not commented on is the artwork and style: while of a serviceable quality for the most part and featuring strong landscapes and interiors, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? actually excels with its exaggerated funny faces. Like Naruzo’s impossible physique, such moments are best seen in person to have maximum effect. As such, I will continue to use screenshots of more ordinary moments in Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? once I return for the whole-series reflection.

  • Hibiki and Akemi remain quite unaware of Satomi’s hobby, instead being drawn by Naruzo’s bombastic and faithful representation of an anime character in-universe. With this post on Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? in the books, this brings my anime blogging for July to an end. I will be returning in September to write about both Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? and Sounan Desu Ka? after their respective finales air, and in the meantime, the only post left for this month is a special topics post. I might also pick up Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Nikai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki Desu Ka (“Do you Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?”, Okaa-san Online for brevity) to see what kind of depravity is presented and do a halfway-point talk for it in August.

Maintaining fitness in some way is something of utmost importance, giving rise to increased energy and resilience against injury and illness. However, the main reason why I began lifting weights when I began university was primarily because the facilities were there, and access was covered by my student fees. One of my friends was kind enough to introduce me to the basics, and over the years, I came to see weight lifting as a mode of stress relief. The physical and mental gains made the journey worth it – I’ve not particularly suited for being an athlete, but working out at the gym, running and doing martial arts means that even though I’m unlikely to have the physique of an athlete, I can still maintain decent enough fitness. As such, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? ends up being very entertaining for me, and against criticisms that the series is meant to shame those without the same inclination towards fitness, I posit that Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? is first and foremost, a comedy about fitness and in particular, the exaggerations surrounding those who do weight training. I appreciate that fitness can be a sensitive topic for some, but the anime, if anything, should provide at least some inspiration for one to improve their fitness even if they do not wish to purchase a gym membership. Being instructive and refreshingly comical about the stereotypes and jokes surrounding weight training, Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? is certainly not offensive.