Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young Again Anime Series Review – Review

Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young Again, henceforth known as Younger Once more, has come out at a bizarre time. On the one hand, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End and Delicious in Dungeon each function older protagonists and are each very current and extremely profitable. Then again, the older major characters in each collection are elves. Whereas it is to not say that there aren’t common truths in these anime (as a result of there are), it is nonetheless value noting that I can depend on one hand what number of central protagonists in anime and manga are people over 50 with seen indicators of age. And if one removes manga from the equation, the already small pool of such titles—a kiddy pool, to make sure—turns into little greater than a puddle.

A scarcity of older major characters is not unique to anime, regardless of what number of instances we re-watch The Golden Women. Nevertheless, this problem nonetheless exists in anime, and if we pivot into speaking in regards to the glorification of youth in media, whether or not in its broadest sense and even simply fictional media, it’s going to utterly derail this evaluation.

What I am getting at right here is that though the most popular anime of the moment hinges on having an older protagonist, it is nonetheless straightforward to really feel the absence of older major characters in anime as a result of we do not have many older protagonists who’re extra grounded in actuality. And it is on this context that now we have Younger Once more: a collection primarily based on the manga of the identical title by Kagiri Araido about an aged couple—Ine and Shōzō Saitō—who get up of their younger grownup our bodies by the use of a magic apple.

You are within the flawed place in case you had been hoping for an anime that wishes to prescribe a critical and/or scientific rhyme and purpose for a way this occurred to the Saitōs. Whereas some rationalization, backstory, and guidelines to this phenomenon are quickly defined, it is by no means critically examined. And admittedly, an anime as light-hearted as this one might be higher off for it. Younger Once more wears its sentimentality on its sleeve and consistently tries to crack a smile from its viewers, whether or not by foolish moments like someone attempting to pull a phone scam on Ine, or heartwarming moments the place the Saitōs reaffirm how a lot they love their household and one another. However whereas this anime is primarily a comedy, it does not let that maintain it again from having its justifiable share of painful moments sprinkled all through the collection.

Younger Once more is episodic most of the time, making it extra suited to be loved at a slower tempo as an alternative of a fast binge. And that fits this anime simply wonderful, as regardless of the expectations its premise may set, the every day lives of the Saitōs do not change a lot. And in some methods, it is hilarious that they do not let one thing as large as magically regaining their long-gone youth influence their lives considerably. They nonetheless principally eat the identical meals, do the identical work, have the identical worries, and proceed to dote on their grandchildren—even when one among them does, even when solely briefly, appear to be crushing on her grandpa. As an alternative, the primary modifications the Saitōs expertise are typically in how their renewed youth prompts them to do extra with their grandchildren than they might’ve been capable of earlier than and to reminisce upon their lives—particularly, the early days of their romance, which you see unfold largely via flashbacks all through the collection.

I do not doubt that some viewers will get a number of enjoyment out of watching the peaceable every day lives of the Saitōs. That the Saitōs do not enable their regained youth to immediately uproot their lives will most likely attraction to some viewers. Others, in the meantime, will discover that this makes for an unengaging viewing expertise, and episodes will steadily begin to really feel longer and longer. The premise feels prefer it’s not residing as much as its huge potential—just like the present is usually much less desirous about really exploring what an aged couple would do in the event that they returned to their younger our bodies and extra desirous about merely displaying them residing their day-to-day lives, besides now everybody thinks they’re beautiful. As a viewer, this may be something from complicated to irritating. That is largely why I do not suppose it is a coincidence that lots of Younger Once more‘s greatest moments/episodes are these when the Saitōs exit of their technique to do one thing that they will solely do with their restored youth, equivalent to journeys to Tokyo and Atami.

As for me, I fell someplace in the midst of these two camps however leaned extra into the primary one. The concept of a candy aged couple returning to their younger our bodies does not really feel prefer it’s being taken benefit of as successfully because it could possibly be. On the identical time, this shortcoming is usually outmoded by how charming the Saitōs are and the way there’s one thing to be stated about how ironic it’s that the lives of the aged could make for a fresh-feeling viewing expertise as a result of we so not often see it in anime (or no less than, in a means that is meant to be extra down-to-earth).

The straightforward-going ambiance of Younger Once more is emphasised by a softer artwork type, which Mamiko Noto and Shinichirō Miki lead the cost in bringing to life via their performances as Ine and Shōzō, respectively. Noto, particularly, is extremely endearing as Ine Saitō, who admittedly has extra moments than Shōzō Saitō that enable her voice actress flex her appearing muscle tissues (which anybody even remotely acquainted with Noto’s works—which incorporates, however is not restricted to, roles like Sawako Kuronuma from Kimi ni Todoke, Ai Enma from Hell Girl, Kotomi Ichinose from Clannad, and Rin from InuYasha—is aware of she has).

This collection is conceptually very distinctive, and a few may discover it value watching only for that. However its execution nonetheless leaves loads of room for enchancment. The identical issues which are going to make this collection likable to some will inevitably make others discover it boring—in actual fact, I’ve little doubt that loads of viewers will depart this collection having felt each sooner or later or one other (I do know I most definitely did, no less than). Both means, the Saitōs are cute and simply the shining stars of this collection. Even at this collection’ lowest factors, I by no means uninterested in watching what considerate, heartfelt gestures they’d do subsequent for his or her family members (together with one another).

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