This is going to be very, very strange: in the amount of time it'll take you to read this quick first impression, you'd have already enough time to finish the first episode of Recorder and Randsell. Clocking in at a whopping three minutes, it's too tempting to discredit the show because of its length. However, taken all that I could away from it in its short run-time, this anime really delivered all that I expected it to, and granted... my expectations weren't very high.
The premise is borderline stupid: Atsushi and Atsumi are the younger brother and older sister of one another, respectively. The real twist is that Atsushi is a young boy who has the uncanny body appearance of a high school student, and his sister vice-verse. While it's as simple as that, a quick glance at the Wikipedia summery will get you about the same number of laughs and push the same boundaries as watching the first episode, which admittedly would take about the same amount of time.
This series plays the cards dealt closest to their chest... not too often does it miss a beat to make fun of Atsushi for his adult-like appearance, throwing in gags of flashing the public and the occasional jab at child molestation. Pretty classy stuff. Even so, the few scenes that pad those other jokes out are just simply alright, at best. The entire ordeal, despite trying to play the best it can in the time allotted, comes off as underwhelming and just really not worth the effort of seeking it out on Crunchyroll or the 42 MB.
Looking at the positives, like the spot-on voice acting of Ryotaro Okiayu that matches a young boys mannerisms perfectly (sans the actual voice) and an alright ED song, and I still feel as if at this point that Recorder to Randoseru is just, well... mediocre. With the infinitely better PoyoPoyo running at around three minutes this season, if your simply looking for a quick fix of cute and funny gags, then sadly Recorder will just not do.
[Recorder and Randsell airs on Crunchyroll]
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