Kazuki is just another high school student, but one with a gift for drawing. His eccentric classmate Taishi sees potential in him and invites Kazuki to a doujinshi convention. While amazed at the involvement required to draw fan comics and the popularity of the best artists, Kazuki has no wish to become involved himself… but “Brother” Taishi just won’t take “no” for an answer!
summary by Kain
Highs: Energetic; surprisingly engaging
Lows: Perhaps too energetic; jumpy, episodic timeline; not funny enough
Anime that are about anime fans can be simultaneously humorous and alarming. The humor comes from watching the extreme side of fandom in animated form; the alarm comes from watching extreme fandom in animated form… and then realizing how closely art imitates life. Comic Party plays it safe by never deviating from well-established character and plot clichés… therefore, it never truly succeeds at being either.
There will be comparisons between this anime and the classic fan parody Otaku no Video, and with good reason. Both follow the exploits of an outsider given a chance to be on the inside by his crazed otaku friends. Both feature a short, female otaku with oversized glasses and a long-suffering girlfriend who just doesn’t understand her man’s rapidly-growing obsession. And both have stories of world domination through fandom.
And that’s where the similarities end. Unlike Otaku no Video, Comic Party just doesn’t have near enough of the biting satire any good parody should have. Instead, it goes for the physical brand of humor that requires hyper characters and exaggerated movements. That’s all fine and dandy, but the laughs fall short even here, too; I only recall about three times I emitted a mild chuckle.
Comic Party is essentially an average anime that should have been done with more wit and more humor but can’t seem to break far enough from the mold to do so. Despite this, I must say I found following the exploits of otaku much like myself to be fairly personally engaging.
Comic Party can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.