The series just started airing on Tech TV (now G4TTV) but late at night (1 am, or 2 AM here.) Having heard good things about it, I taped it, and my first reaction was-
-YUCK! WHAT IS THIS?? It’s one of those wacky/perverted animes where nothing makes sense, everything ‘superdeforms’, people SCREAM all the time, the pacing is blinding and jokes about things like panties, urination and (especially) boobs abound! I was VERY disappointed, and I ALMOST decided to ignore it-
-EXCEPT, being the slick anime fan I am, I had a feeling there MIGHT be a good story buried here, so I went to TVTOME.COM to read about it, and found out EVERYTHING about the story. And indeed, it SOUNDS like it gets better, even touching, later on… so I will continue to follow it- for now. (Remember, spoilers don’t prevent ME from enjoying a story.) :ah-ha!:
For those of you who might not know about the show, here’s a spoiler-free synopsis:
Succhi and Arumi are two kids from a poor japanese neighborhood (The Arcade of the title) who are saddened by recent events in their lives, especially the fact that her family is moving away, which means the two friends might never see each other again. But suddenly, the two are transported to an alternate-reality version of Abenobashi, with alternate versions of their friends and relatives (but not them.) They discover they must capture a pokemon-like creature in order to return to the real world. They succeed, but for some reason, keep being sent to alternate Abenobashis, and must continue to find the critter to move on.
The alternate realities are based on Fan-favorite genres, like Sci-Fi or Fantasy RPGs. That is the surface appeal: the wacky parodies full of pop culture references (it’s kinda like Fairly Oddparents, but more frisky.) Despite appearances, there IS a story here and it DOES progress between episodes. Looks like the plan was, besides exploiting Otaku tastes, to surprise people by starting really dumb and then slowly getting more serious. If it manages to pull it off, it would be REALLY cool. BUT, I’ll wait to see it fully before I decide if it does.
Anybody else seen it, or plan to see it? Opinions?