Animation Runner Kuromi consists of two OVAs that parody the animation production business. Not only is it a comedy, but it's also a "slice of life" story.
The main character of Animation Runner Kuromi is a girl named Mikiko Oguro, who is called "Kuromi" as a nickname. She grew up watching the fictional anime, Luis Monde III, and decided that she wanted to get into animation. She enrolled into animation school and studied the craft. In case you couldn't tell by the title, Louis Monde III is meant to be a parody of Lupin III.
After graduating, Mikiko gets a job at a small animation studio called Studio Petit; the director of the studio gives her the nickname of Kuromi. As Mikiko is taken on a tour of the studio, the director falls very ill and leaves his post. As he leaves, the director gives Mikiko the job of Production Desk Manager for the second episode of the studio's current project, Time Journeys. The main story of the first Animation Runner Kuromi OVA is that Mikiko works frantically to get the studio's artists to work harder and get their key frames in on time for the production.
In the second Animation Runner Kuromi OVA, Mikiko is still working as a Production Desk Manager at Studio Petit. Since she did such a great job on Time Journeys, Mikiko is now in charge of three different anime series. For this story, Mikiko has help from Takashimadaira, a veteran producer. However, tensions arise when it becomes clear that Takashimadaira is more interested in getting the work done on time, even if it means cutting corners on the quality of the product. Mikiko finds herself needing to decide whether quality or quantity is more important.
Animation Runner Kuromi is definitely meant to be taken as a parody of the anime production business. Even if you don't have personal knowledge or background of how the anime business works, I think you can still enjoy and laugh at the mishaps and situations that Mikiko finds herself in.
While watching this OVA, I didn't see anything terribly objectionable for younger viewers, either in the visuals, the dialogue, or the situations. Personally, I would recommend Animation Runner Kuromi to anime viewers who are 12 or 13 years of age and older.
|Animation Runner Kuromi||1||2001||Akitaro Daichi||Yumeta Company||U.S. Manga Corps|
|Animation Runner Kuromi 2||1||2004||Akitaro Daichi||Yumeta Company||U.S. Manga Corps|