Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! among the best series of 2020

The American newspaper The New York Times published its traditional annual lists of the best of television. The acclaimed anime Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!by cult director Masaaki Yuasa (Tatami Galaxy; Ping Pong: The Animation; Devilman Crybaby), it is featured on both the “Best International Series of 2020” list and the top “Best Series of 2020” list.

On the “Best Series of 2020” list, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! cHe shared this honor alongside titles such as Better Call Saul, Better Things, City So Real, The Good Lord Bird, I May Destroy You, Mrs. America, Normal People, Pen15, P-Valley and What We Do in the Shadows. In the list of “Best International Series of 2020”, the anime appeared alongside productions such as Belgravia, The Bureau, For Sama, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, Kingdom, My Brilliant Friend, Mystery Road, Patria and Temple.

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It is important to note that The New York Times does not offer a ranking by position for these lists, but rather they mention the productions that they consider the best of the year in alphabetical order and offer a brief comment on why you should not miss them.

Based on a Japanese manga and supervised by Masaaki Yuasa, this smart and courageous anime about making anime has well earned its exclamation point. A trio of high school girls – an eccentric cheerleader, a popular model, and a business-obsessed one – form an anime club, a part-time diversion that soon turns, like a radioactive monster, into an all-consuming obsession. Interwoven under the Let’s-put-on-a-show premise is one of the best representations of the creative process that I have seen on television (with special attention to the exhausting work of animation) and a theme that affects the discovery of identity Through the art. This story is a dizzying flying robot and it’s worth letting it lift you up and take you like a rocket, “noted The New York Times.

The anime is based on the manga Eizōken ni wa Te o Dasu na !, written and illustrated by Sumito Ōwara. The work began serialization on the pages of Shogakukan’s Monthly Big Comic Spirits magazine in July 2016 and has five tankōbon compilation volumes on the Japanese market. The story follows the adventures of a group of eccentric girls whose love and talent for animation prompts them to create their own specialty club at their high school.

His anime adaptation aired during the 2020 winter season. The production was directed by Masaaki Yuasa in his Science SARU studio, in which he has developed all his series and films since the acclaimed film The Night is Short Walk On, Girl in 2017. The cult filmmaker was also in charge of supervising the scripts; Naoyuki Asano (Mr. Osomatsu) adapted the character designs and artist Oorutaichi (Lu over the wall) composed the soundtrack.

This is not the first time that an anime has made The New York Times Best of Television list. In 2018, the American media included the endearing A Place Further Than The Universe in his list of “Best international series”.

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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is available on Crunchyroll.

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! The New York Times

Gustavo Pineda I write about film, television and anime at Cine PREMIERE