Director: Toyonori Yamada, Original Creator/Character Designer: Yoshiki Usa, Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, Character Design: Tomoko Fujinoki,
Voice Actors: Mamoru Miyano (Wooser), Haruka Nagamune (Ren), TiA (Yuu), Minori Ozawa (Rin), Yuri Sato (Miho),
I can imagine people passing over this quite easily. The cute characters and short running time of about three minutes speak of a throw-away project developed on a shoestring budget but I liked the first season of Wooser’s Hand-to-Mouth Life and was happy to jump into the second.
The anime lasts about three to four minutes and each episode is packed full of vignettes. The stories are random and they feature a lot of random anime related things like giant robots and magical girls – usually a mecha Wooser and mahou Rin and Len battle each other or he muses about life and school girl uniforms.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, the end is close at hand. The main draw is the central protagonist. Wooser is a lecherous but lazy mascot character (imagine a yellow dog-like Hello Kitty character) voiced by a louche sounding Mamoru Miyano. Wooser is as corrupt as he looks cute because he loves money, meat and gals and spends his time hanging around with cute girls Rin, Len and their friends.
Those designs could sell merchandise!
He is not a boorish moron, more a character dedicated to pleasure and applying his loose but fun and relatively safe morals in strange scenes full of philosophising that go off in surreal directions.
The animation is for the first season is simple, most of the characters and backgrounds are static but the second season started off without the cute look and I was sort of disappointed that the anime was so detailed! It goes back to normal by the end. The second and third episodes are a return to form as Wooser’s charmingly dissolute world view and simplistic animation took the form of gags surrounding a kaiju attack and a lazy super hero.
Those cute 8-bit cut-aways are also still evident.
The main things are that the scatter-shot humour is still intact and Mamoru Miyano gives a fantastic performance. We’re talking about bringing to life the cutest but sleaziest and burnt out and philosophical character going and it’s a tough task because Wooser is the figure who holds this together and he has the ability to go from a rakish playboy to an enervated aesthete and the performance makes the anime!
I find this anime effective. The gags work and the short running time makes it a bit-size pleasure and it’s fun seeing Wooser.