Ahoy Captain Cats here and today I’m going to review an anime series that is already considered to be an anime of the year contender and that series is Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

The series is based on the manga series of the same name by Sumito Owara and was first published back in 2016 and is still in its current run. The anime series was done by Japanese animation studio Science SARU and is directed by famous animation director Masaaki Yuasa, whose previous work includes The Tatami Galaxy, Ping Pong: The Animation, Night is Short, Walk On Girl, Devilman Crybaby and Ride Your Wave.

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is about three girls who want to create anime and this series shows you how the process of how anime series/film is made and how overwork the people who create this type of style of artwork. Each girl represents what they do in the anime industry for example:

  • Midori Asakusa- Director/Storyboard Artist/Concept Artist/Background Animator/Co-Founder
  • Sayaka Kanamori – Producer/ Human Resource/Accountant/Management/Public Relations/Co-Founder
  • Tsubame Mizusaki – Director/Animator/Concept Artist/Clean up Animator/ Editor/ Co-Founder

As you can see this is a very good example of how much work is done with a small group and within a very small window for their due date for projects to be done. A good lesson for people who don’t understand how much work is put into animation whether it is tv series or film.

The main focus of the series is how every project starts with the concept art, the idea of what the project should be and so on. The artwork of the series is great, especially the dream scene which steals the episodes due to the way they bring the concept art to life. The music and sounds are wonderful and bring out the dream scene.

The series overall is a must watch and show off where anime could go, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is on Crunchy Roll for free. There will also be a live-action tv series that will be air in Japan starting April 5 of this year on MBS and will lead up to a Live-Action Film that will be released in Japan on May 15.