Damekko Doubutsu (2005 IMDb)

Categorization

Refined yurui. Cute comic fantasy resembling a fable except insofar as the animals look like people in costumes, and the only moral message is that you shouldn't try hard or worry. Out of a five-minute runtime per episode, 90 seconds are always spent on the intro music.

Subject

A number of animals from various different species—including some mythological ones—fail to live up to others' expectations, but still have a good time in a special “useless forest”.

Commentary

The title means “Hopeless Little Animals”. This does not seem to be simple moe, since everybody occasionally deforms into a more realistic mode, but rather an unusually strong variation on the post-bubble theme that you don't have to be number one. A celebration of underachievement with lots of smoking and drinking.

Japanese production animation series