Ganbare Douki-chan Season 1, Episode 1 is cute, funny and a little unexpected

Ganbare Douki-chan, Season 1, Episode 1 “”Due to a mix-up at the hotel, two coworkers end up sharing a room on a business trip

I love a good anime short. Especially if something in an episode makes me laugh, if the art work is lovely, or if I can just watch it and relax.

The first episode of the new anime short Ganbare Douki-chan (Do Your Best, Douki-chan) managed to provide me with all of these things in just six minutes.

Several chuckles, a very pretty art style that makes you feel relaxed it’s just so pastel-y and hazy, and, on top of that, a main character — Douki-chan — who has quite a bit more to her than you might first suspect.

Almost the entire first episode of Ganbare Douki-chan takes place in a hotel room, where Douki-chan and her co-worker Douki-kun suddenly find themselves sharing a room after there has been a mix up with the booking.

Never mind, though.

As Douki-chan reminds her co-worker, they both have an early meeting in the morning and need their rest.

So…why don’t they just share a room and do it with politeness?

Soon, Douki-kun is taking a shower while Douki-chanĀ  pretends to fall asleep on the bed.

What happens after that, though, you will either expect, if you have a devious mind like me, or be surprised by.


Ganbare Douki-chan is an anime short series comprising 12 six-minute episodes, and it follows Douki-chan and two of her co-workers as all three women vie for the same man.

The anime style is lovely, as it is all filmed in subdued colors or hazy views, with main character Douki-chan intermittently drawn as cute and quirky, or seductive and beautiful.

Douki-kun, on the other hand is only seen from the end of his nose down, or with a blank face with a question mark over it.

Even when he is sitting on a chair with a bead of sweat dripping down his face because his co-worker looks so sexy, we still only see him as a blank canvas.

No, Douki-kun is just the bland man in a suit so far, while his co-worker is the one who is going for what she wants. Even if what she wants she probably hasn’t thought through properly as, what she gets in the end is a little unexpected.

Of course, I have no idea where this anime short is going, as I haven’t read the doujinshi manga series by Yomu the anime short is based on but, if future episodes are as goofy and funny as this, I’m in.

Ganbare Douki-kun is currently airing on Crunchyroll.

About Michelle Topham

I'm a Brit-American journalist, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I'm also obsessed with music, anime, manga, and K-dramas. Help!