Most anime comedies are flat, boring and square. Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki is round.
Non-Fuck-Up #1: Comic Timing
A lot of shows linger way too fucking long on their jokes. Since it’s only three minutes long, Poyopoyo gets its jokes out of the way, fast. Sometimes, I actually had to pause and rewind the show because I had missed a joke. Not only do I usually not have to do that, because of punchline reinforcement, it’s usually not worth doing, because most anime jokes suck.
Non-Fuck-Up #2: Visual Comedy
Poyopoyo does a great job of reinforcing its jokes with visual humor. A lot of anime comedies don’t even have visual humor – the visuals serve primarily to give you something to look at while you listen to/read the crappy jokes. In Poyopoyo, the punchlines are often unstated, and communicated via facial expressions:
Non-Fuck-Up #3: Art Style
As the screenshots above show, Poyopoyo’s art style is a good balance between detail and broad strokes. The characters are detailed enough to be immediately recognizable, but still broad enough to be adapted to the situation. The broadness also allows drastic art shifts which add to the comedy.
Ultimately, Poyopoyo wins by doing what most shows don’t: consistently not sucking.
Final Grade: ++