Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! is a parody on the mahou shoujo genre. The elements it mocks are obvious and the characters actually acknowledge it – unlikely heroes flashily transforming into their ridiculous costumes with out-of-this-world powers battling monsters-of-the-week while upholding their valiant virtues of love and friendship. As a quirky deconstruction of the style, the series manages to pull it off with as few hitches as possible.
Even the construction of the episodes is a parody. It is all in the episodic nature of the monster-of-the-week ploy, leaving a few hints of the over-all plot until unveiling it, albeit slowly, in last few episodes, and, of course, the all-too-grand climatic final episode. It’s not worth enjoying if it is taken too seriously. After all, Boueibu is just a bunch of boys randomly given powers of love to save the Earth from hatred.
The design and animation could have been more flashy – as flashy as Sailor Moon and Free! combined. At the very least, it could be described as fitting to Boueibu‘s identity as a parody of a genre. The surprise, however, is the music. I expected something decent at best but I was amazed at the remarkable effort given to the sound.
Boueibu is what one would call a “basic” anime. While it is “basic”, it nevertheless captures our attention with the charm of its characters and the wit of the script. The combination of the two elements is refreshing despite being only a cover-up for the series’ identity as a parody with nothing else to work on save for the fact that it has magical boys instead of magical girls. It unexpectedly leaves you rolling on the floor or facepalming while laughing at its ludicrousness.
There is an irony in Boueibu in that one would have to take it seriously in order to realize that it’s not to be taken seriously. It serves as an example to the anime audience to remind them of how one can still enjoy a series without taking it too seriously. It doesn’t need you to think about ulterior motives or predict courses of action. Boueibu only requires one to pay attention.
It doesn’t stand out too much but at least it does. Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! is a half lighthearted and half gut-busting comedy and I easily recommend it to anyone who seeks such.
It’s definitely a pinch. Last week, Musashino Animation encountered its biggest roadblock yet. It’s all up to a few creative hands, some physical activity, and a whole lot of professionalism to get things going. Funny story, right? Shirobako solves its problems gracefully.
(No tables were actually flipped in this episode. Minor disappointment.) Continue reading Shirobako Episode 16 Recap
Aldnoah.Zero just keeps getting better. Some grudges, a few modifications, space battles, and a big surprise at the end, ohoho. Finally, Slaine’s doing something right. What away to get a plan started and it seems like we’re in for a little pivoting around the Satellite Belt. Continue reading Aldnoah.Zero Episode 15 Recap
Meetings, meetings, and more meetings! This week, Shirobako gets down to the nitty gritty aspects of anime production. If you break it all down, the anime industry revolves around these meetings to get the creative process going. Everything seems to be going smoothly but something is always bound to go wrong, right? Continue reading Shirobako Episode 15 Recap
Morality-wise, this series seems to linger in the gray area. I noticed a lot of this-BUT-thats. Nothing’s really wrong with that but it would be more refreshing if certain characters are founded on each extreme.
Some angst and a surprise visit from Su-won. As fun as it is to follow Yona and the gang, it’s time to get a view of the enemy side (or is he the enemy?). Some intentions are out while the majority remain hidden. Not so much movement here and we hope the next episode won’t be a filler. Continue reading Akatsuki no Yona Episode 15 Recap
This week, Yona welcomes a new addition to the group: a silent young man new to the world. It takes him a little while to get used to his new surroundings as it is traditional for every new dragon that joins them. Not every caveman rejoices at his leaving the cave but Shin-ah just might after a while.
Filled with contemplation and tears, this episode is sure to pull our heartstrings at least in the slightest sense. Continue reading Akatsuki no Yona Episode 14 Recap
I would’ve put this in the Rundown this week but it wasn’t that unremarkable to be there.
The first cour was so much fun that it’s only natural that we continue following Kaito and his conquests. A new chapter begins and the story goes on.
In this episode, we encounter a Kaito Kuroba taking a break from being Kaitou Kid… Or do we? Despite the cold setting, there is a heartwarming story too good to be missed. Continue reading Magic Kaito 1412 Episode 13 Recap
We waited a good three months and I must say I’ve never been more excited. The war goes on and they’re taking it to space. Our favorite characters return with a few surprises and a whole lot of ammunition. So how did things turn out? Continue reading Aldnoah.Zero Episode 13 Recap
A difficult task is set out for a bunch of fourteen-year-olds and the teacher has nothing but impossible written all over him. The classroom may not be full of fun and laughter but it is sure to give you some. Continue reading Assassination Classroom Episode 1 Recap
A strange bar, a lone bartender, a cruel game, and a much crueler fate. How will we rule this anime with nothing to recommend it except for an almost amateur OVA produced by a prestigious studio? Continue reading Death Parade Episode 1 Recap