Wagamama: High Spec has managed to sweep in and become the best anime of the season and a frontrunner for anime of the year. In a season of anime that has been over-saturated by disingenuous attempts at slice of life, Wagamama puts aside complex matters like endearing characters and narrative, and looks instead to cater purely to the primal needs of the viewers.
When comparing Wagamama other short anime from this season, like Pan de Peace, one will notice that the key difference is that Wagamama knows what the viewers want. Plot? Not important. Characters? Irrelevant as long as they have ample curves. Bread? Not a cornerstone of a nutritious moeblob. Wagamama offers something for every viewer: be it black hair, blonde, pink, or grey, all hair color fetishes are accounted for in Hobi Animation’s soon to be classic series that a show like Pan de Peace can’t offer nearly as well.
Naturally, you’re wondering how a series like Wagamama that lasts three minutes can top other high quality series from this season like Bakuon or Shounen Maid, shows whose episodes last nearly seven times longer. Wagamama provides a conciseness to the anime world that is unparalleled by any other series. The 90 seconds of screentime in each episode are structured so optimally that within the span of a minute, the viewer is presented with some sort of conflict as well as the natural resolution of yuri poses and intimate touching. Bakuon can’t solve its motorcycle problems like this, and Shounen Maid has far fewer girls to get the yuri poses correct. Wagamama is able to introduce a richer story with a much longer lasting impression than either of these A-list series.
Comparing Wagamama to something like She and her Cat: Everything Flows (Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows, for those who want to be elitist and boast about their Nippon hardons), it is clear that Wagamama works better as a short anime. After all, what do viewers look for most in a short anime? An excuse to waste three to seven minutes. What does She and her Cat have to offer? Emotions, and far too little fan service. Wagamama avoids the need for these emotions and gives the viewer the fan service needed to warm their heart.
It is hard for a series to stand up against something as strong as Wagamama; it is a series that clearly understands what anime fans want. It isn’t about the plot, it’s about keeping it short enough for us to not lose interest, and throw in some fan service to keep us wanting more.