Buddy Daddies Season 1 Review – a cute anime that’s still working out a few kinks

By Nubia Brice
Published: January 28, 2023 (Last updated: March 12, 2024)
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Although the concept is cute, in the beginning, this series struggles to figure out its humor and balance the very concept that makes it unique. However, which each new episode, viewers get a clearer idea of where this series is going, making for a promising future.

We review the Crunchyroll anime series Buddy Daddies Season 1, which does not contain spoilers.

Before it premiered, anime fans were excited to see what sort of hilarious antics Buddy Daddies would bring to the table. With a premise so close to that of the uber-popular Spy x Family, many expected another instant hit. While the shows may not be exactly the same, there are definitely some fun similarities.

However, after several weeks, Buddy Daddies has proven to be its own unique series with much different themes and goals than the shows it’s being compared to. Not afraid to be different, this anime somehow manages not to take itself too seriously while still hitting viewers with more mature scenarios and topics, making it easy to watch and get lost in.

Buddy Daddies Season 1 Review and Plot Summary

Buddy Daddies follows two assassins, Kazuki (voiced by Toshiyuki Toyonaga) and Rei (voiced by Koki Uchiyama), after they kill a young girl’s father on a mission and end up taking her in. Like any new parent, they struggle to understand what she needs or how to take care of her while balancing their careers. Still, they’re slowly figuring out what it takes to be real fathers, and although they occasionally still hit a few bumps here and there, they’re doing their best. It’s a very unique and delightful concept. The idea of a makeshift or “found” family has been popular in anime for a while, so this series definitely capitalizes on a familiar trope and gives viewers a different approach to it.

Is the anime Buddy Daddies Season 1 good?

So far, Buddy Daddies has been a good series. Despite its strong premiere, it seemed to struggle a bit in the middle. However, it recently picked itself back up as it finally seemed to find its footing in terms of jokes and characters. Although Buddy Daddies feels like a goofy, lighthearted series, its provided viewers with some interesting characters. Many of them are very different from how the present, with intricate pasts and troubled backstories. Once the series finds a balance between the lighthearted storylines and the darker ones, it will surely begin to thrive.

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I will say, with each week, Buddy Daddies seems to address my biggest concerns, like Miri’s schooling while Kazuki and Rei are on missions. The men are clearly learning as they go, so it’s fair that they don’t have all the answers and solutions right away. I appreciate that the show didn’t reach for the obvious jokes, taking Miri on every single mission with Kazuki and Rei. With time, I do not doubt that this series will get even better. It just had to get over the growing pains of being a new series with no source material to go off of.

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