‘Tanaka-kun is Always Listless’ Review

Thanks to our friends at Madman we had the chance to see Tanaka-kun is Always Listless.

This series follows Tanaka, a lazy student who only wants to do nothing. Most of the time he just wants to sleep. Fortunately for him, his friend Ohta is always there to carry him around and help him during lunch breaks.

Tanaka is challenged when a classmate approaches him to ask about his lifestyle as she also wants to become listless. This unleashes some harem-type situations that, of course, don’t affect Tanaka at all.

Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless is an odd bit of anime as it really doesn’t go beyond its initial premise: Tanaka is lazy. Imagine 13 episodes looking at a guy who moves and talks in slow motion with no major purpose. Well, that’s the series. Thankfully there are good secondary characters to make everything less annoying, including Tanaka’s best friend Ohta, the tiny Miyano who looks up to Tanaka as her master, the typical athletic tomboy Echizen and the perfect student Shiraishi, among others.

The animation is well done, with soft visuals, and the artwork is simple enough to engage you, even with some fun super-deforms included.

Unfortunately, there is nothing else we can say about it. It’s really not for everyone. Overall, it’s a slice-of-life type of series that at its best is slow and frustrating. You just know it could have been more, and gone in another direction, instead of having to focus on Tanaka’s annoying personality over and over again.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless Is out now from Madman. Get your copy here.