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Anime Review – Anime De Training! Ex

Not sure about you, but whenever I’m watching anime, I sure do want to build up a good sweat. Thankfully, there’s an anime to fill this odd niche, and it isn’t of an adult variety! But is it as good as this sounds, or is it just another excuse for you to watch anime characters, er, building up a good sweat? Timlah investigates the first exercise anime he’s ever seen.

Whilst people might consider an anime such as King of Tennis to be an exercise anime, that isn’t quite as much of a workout as you might think. That’s a story based anime, so when I heard there was an anime that was made for workouts, I was all over it! I thought it’d be great to have an anime that I could watch whilst doing my own workouts on the build to a huge costume project in the coming years.

With this in mind, I went onto Crunchyroll where this new exercise show is being aired and I saw something I absolutely expected to see. Exercise!!!


… Oh and of course, anime girls working up a sweat. Damn it, here we go again…


So, this is yet another anime that’s been released with the premise of drawing people in with their wonderfully designed anime girls, who are in compromising positions for your entertainment. Now of course, I really was sceptical when I heard about it. Anime girls showing you how to exercise would only result in said anime girls getting very sweaty: This is a natural part of exercise after all. I wouldn’t have expected anything else.

However, to blatantly use sexual appeal to get people to watch, it’s honestly getting a little bit out of hand this season. I can’t wait until the New Year for anime. We’ll have ‘Assassination Classroom’ back, as well as ‘Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in A Dungeon’, a harem anime that is actually entertaining whilst keeping the harem side there in a respectable way.


See, my issue with this show, like many other shows of these varieties is probably that people will watch just because there’s a perverted instinct for them to watch. However, what I will praise the series for: The character designs are really cutesy, though I wonder, especially with some of the dialogue, if the girls are supposed to be just that: Girls. Not grown ladies… In the gallery below, you’ll see what I mean by some of the dialogue.

As well as this, there’s nice soft music going in the background. Some people have said in the comments, surely in jest, that the girls in the show were going too fast for them to keep up with. However, even if they were joking, it’s a fair point. How do they know that is the correct speed to be going at? Couple this with its incredibly inaccurate portrayal of how much exercise should be done (When your whole body is covered in sweat over 10 push ups, something is not right. Most people just can’t do 10 push ups but their bodies won’t physically be covered in sweat due to it). For 20 push-ups to get an ice-cream is incredibly misleading too – So now we’ve got a health risk with this anime too!



I might have been a little bit rough with this, but I’ve seen people take media as gospel when it comes to living properly. Anime could very well introduced a great fitness anime that doesn’t focus purely on fanservice. Mind you, this could just be an inner grouch coming out of me. The anime makes it quite clear from the offset that they aren’t going to shy away from fanservice and I’m sure it’ll do enough for people to watch. Who knows, perhaps someone will learn a trick or two about exercise through Anime De Training! Ex. What do you think about the anime? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.


5 responses

  1. Your stereotypical anime fan is not known for being a fitness freak so anything to encourage them to exercise is a good thing. I wouldn’t bash the show for some innocent eye candy because if I did there are countless of other excellent shows I wouldn’t be able to recommend (such as Code Geass.) Based on the screenshots the ice cream thing was just setting up a punchline of her fave desert being sold out.

    Liked by 1 person

    November 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

    • Actually that was why I went to look at it: I do enjoy a small spot of exercise from time to time. Other people who enjoy exercise seemed to have the same rough reservations: Eye candy can only go so far.

      When it comes to Code Geass, theres more to it… But this 4 minute per episode show within the first few seconds says things such as ‘Do you like my cute gymwear?’ Theres harmless eye candy… And then theres blatant use sexual themes for attention. Plus, this seaaon has been chock-a-block with eye candy anime.

      I commend the visuals, I commend the actually risky genre type… But this show was made for eye candy. It seems to show these fitness smart ladies getting tired way before they should for their supposed level.

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      November 28, 2015 at 11:47 am

  2. as much as i love watching anime, when it comes to sport / workout i prefer to have a real person teaching XD

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    November 29, 2015 at 4:21 am

    • Definitely. In this one, it was all about getting these anime girls in compromising positions… And it isn’t exactly the best at teaching you much. Those who read too far into it will be more inclined to work on -everything- that it says, regardless of its importance in working out.


      November 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

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