Review: Chronicles of the Going Home Club

Release Date
NIS America
Language / Subtitles
Japanese / English
Run Time
288 minutes

The going home club is a metonym for students unaffiliated with any school clubs that go home as soon as school ends. Title misleading, Chronicles of the Going Home Club is about anything but that. This series in fact has the going home club as an official established school club, and by no means do these club members go home. Club activities usually take place in the club room where the characters hold conversations ranging from politics to bear fighting. However, talking is not the only thing these club members do. Playing against the school’s soccer club and having training camps are a number of other activities the going home club participates in.

Meet Natsuki Andou, a regular high school girl who does not plan on joining any clubs so declares she will join the going home club, not realizing that the club actually exists. Upon joining, she becomes acquainted with not-so-regular members. Her fellow club-mates include Sakura Doumyouji, the president of the club with a very energetic personality; Claire Kokonoe, a rich, high-class girl with no common sense who will not hesitate to use her money and influences to help out the club; Botan Oohagi, a martial artist with overwhelming physical strength; and Karin Touno, a girl in which one cannot help but spoil.

In terms of animation quality, it is decent for a slice-of-life comedy series. Because most of the series takes place in the club room, there is no need for anything outstanding nor does the anime rely on it as its selling point. As for sound, most of the voice actors of the main cast have Chronicles of the Going Home Club as their first or only anime role. Only Ibuki Kido who plays Natsuki has an extensive number of voice acting roles in anime. The music is nothing noteworthy and is typical for a gag anime series.

Nonetheless, the jokes in the anime are quite entertaining. Though a number are unamusing, there are gems out there that do make watching the series rewarding. Because the anime isn’t too well-known, it has more freedom in the different types of gags used. It is common for the series to break the fourth wall and speak out to the audience, an aspect quite refreshing since it is extremely rare for an anime to do that.

Animation quality is certainly not the focus of this anime series but then neither does it need to be in a slice-of-life comedy series such as this. While some jokes may be unamusing, there are a number of gems, making the series a rewarding watch in that aspect. The series continually breaks the fourth wall which can be rare for anime, but makes this series refreshing and really stand out.