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Anime Spotlight #25

Is it a Magical Girl Anime?  Is it a slice-of-life?  Is it a Madoka Magica rip-off?

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It’s… Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru (“Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero”)!

*spoilers!*

Yuuki Yuuna is a teenager who really wants to be a hero.  In typical Anime style, she gets her wish when Fuu (don’t laugh… that’s her actual name) establishes the “Hero Club” at her new school.  The season technically begins with Yuuna, Fuu, Itsuki (Fuu’s little sister), and Togo (whom Yuuna made friends with prior to enrolling in her new school — NOT this girl’s actual name, though!) putting on a play for a kindergarten class, but it soon gets into the Magical Girl action with Fuu leading the foursome in the mission to defeat the monsters, “Vertexes,” that lie just on the other side of the “veil” put up by the “Shinju-sama.”  Karin, the stereotypical transfer student who’s as good as she makes herself out to be, also ends up joining this crew.

As soon as you’ve had a handle on the initial situation, episode 5 rolls along and suddenly the main conflict in this series seems to be over and done with.  Now what…?

Time for some slice-of-life stuff, that’s what!  The girls assume normal lives, with those who went “Mankai” learning to deal with a particular loss they’ve acquired as a result:  Togo adds a deaf left ear to her amnesia and paralysis, Yuuna can’t taste anything, Fuu is blind in her right eye, Itsuki can no longer speak, while Karin remains unaffected having not undergone the Mankai process.

Again, as soon as you’ve had a handle on this new situation along comes episode 8 and a return of the Vertexes!  The girls are sent back into action, and easily take care of the stragglers.  Enter the final stage…:  Yuuna and Togo are teleported to the bedside of a bedridden girl named Sonoko, and so some nasty truths are revealed by her.

And thus we enter the Madoka Magica part of this show….  In exchange for awesome powers provided by the Mankai state, the girls are forced to give up one bodily function whenever they use this ability.  Here, the girls of Yuuki Yuuna really take on similarities to counterparts in Madoka Magica:

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from Reddit…

>Yuuna — the star of the show, who eventually commits the greatest sacrifice for the sake of her crew.  The Madoka counterpart is (of course) Madoka; both even have pinkish hair.

>Fuu — the one who gets the star character involved.  The Madoka counterpart wields a different weapon, but both still share the blonde hair and odd hairstyle aspects.

>Itsuki — the innocent little loli whose misfortunes from being dragged into this stuff (without full knowledge of the consequences) are the source of incredible suffering for other characters in the show.

>Karin — the transfer student who has trained for this her whole life, and has little patience for the other members of the crew.  The Madoka counterpart even wields daggers and has rust-coloured hair, too.

>Togo — the mysterious girl who’s been through all this before.  Her Madoka counterpart also shares the dark hair aspect of her.

It’s a wonder the creators of Yuuki Yuuna were able to stuff so much in so few episodes!  Maybe they took inspiration from Kill la Kill?

 

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Anime Spotlight #14

Get a load of this Anime!

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Ore, Twintail(s) ni Narimasu!

“Weird” doesn’t begin to describe this show, yet still I enjoyed it immensely (not sure why…maybe because it’s so weird it’s hilarious).

On the flip side, it certainly is unique:  What other Anime has a male character that transforms into a little girl in order to fight invading reptilian monsters that have serious fetish problems, all in one show?!  It’s still a Magical Girl Anime in the same vein as Sailor Moon and Strike Witches, but the similarities largely end there.

It ain’t just the foes who are tapping into their inner, deepest lust for the sake of power; in order to power their respective “Tail Gear,” even the protagonists need to get cozy with their “attribute power” (a deep desire/lust for something, basically like a fetish).  Not all attribute power is created equal, apparently, and the twintail hairstyle attribute, according to this show, is the most potent of them all — great news for Mitsuka Souji, the main protagonist!

Not much in this series really makes any sense, but then again I’m sure it wasn’t meant to.  You basically watch Ore Twintails for the same reason(s) you’d watch KonoSuba or Monster Musume….

 

Anime Spotlight #7

It’s Street Fighter meets “Magical Girls” — ViVid Strike!

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Fuuka and Rinne, once friends, grew into adversaries — only to become friends again at the very end of the series.  That’s basically the ViVid Strike plot in a nutshell….

The most powerful fighter in the ring is Vivio (not to be confused with “ViVid” of the show’s title) — the girl with the Christmas-coloured eyes.  She’s the girl that Rinne spends so much time training to beat.

A street-borne fighter her whole life, it wasn’t until a chance encounter with a professional fighter as a teenager that Fuuka (the show’s actual protagonist) was finally given an opportunity to show her fighting skills to a much wider, public audience.  There, she also has a chance to reconcile with her old friend, Rinne, once and for all — will they continue as adversaries, or can they truly rekindle that old friendship they had as orphans?  All is settled, at last, during the epic, no-holds-barred duel held in an abandoned town as Fuuka ultimately emerges victorious (though both are absolutely drained of energy afterwards).

Fighting in the ring, in ViVid Strike, is not your average old-school style boxing tourney!  The girls have to wear special shock-absorbing belts because punches thrown in this ring come with an added punch of magic!  Even so, girls facing Rinne tend to wind up on hospital beds all beaten up.

I found this show entertaining and well worth the time to watch, so hopefully you’ll feel the same!

Anime Spotlight #4

It’s flip-flap time!

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I’ve no idea why the two main girls have to say “Flip-flapping” whenever they want to become “magical girls,” besides the obvious point that it justifies using “Flip Flappers” as the show’s title.  I’m sure there’s a meaningful reason for it….

In short, the show’s plot is a kind of mish-mash of a number of different shows that “Flip Flappers” manages to improve upon overall.  The notable ones I can recall off the bat are Mad Max (the desert episode), Sailor Moon (the magical girl aspect), Gurren Lagann (the mecha/city episode), and Kill la Kill (the mother-daughter/climactic aspect).  “Flip Flappers” shares the same positive message as “Gurren Lagann”, while improving upon the other three by resolving similar issues present in both shows using kindness and teamwork instead of conflict and opposition.

I’m a fan of happy endings, what can I say….