Tuesday, November 08

Anime

Tenshi na Konamaiki

Megumi is the most beautiful girl anyone has ever seen. She's also an abrasive tomboy who will fight just about anyone for just about any reason. She wasn't always like this; in fact, she wasn't always a she...

On the one hand it's long (50 episodes), somewhat cliched (a boy cursed to grow up as a girl), a bit silly, and relies too heavily at times on Megumi Hayashibara's talents. And Megumi (the one in the story, not Hayashibara-san) is somewhat funny-looking.

On the other hand, the characters definitely grow on you (even Keiko, who starts out as a stock miss-rich-bitch), most of the episodes are enjoyable in themselves, it has some interesting twists and turns, and it all resolves itself in a very satisfying way. Even when you see what's coming (and there's some nice foreshadowing if you know what to look for) what you get isn't quite what you expected.

It hasn't been licensed yet, so right now your only option (assuming you don't speak Japanese) is to download the fansub. Which is, I'll add, very nicely done.

Other reviews: JASCII, AnimeNfo. Some of the reviewers don't like it at all, by the way, often for exactly the reasons I do. I you can get past the unusually un-cute character designs at the start, though, there's a lot there to enjoy.

One thing I'll add: Megumi Hayashibara was in her mid-thirties when she did this part, and at first it was weird to hear her voice coming from a fifteen year old girl. But within a couple of episodes it seemed the most natural thing in the world, and Megu-san is very very good at bringing her roles to life. Be warned, it is her Lina Inverse voice, and if that's going to have you expecting Dragon Slave at least once per episode you'll be disappointed.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 07:49 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Just remember to hang around after the credits on Tenshi na Konamaiki. They have an irritating habit of putting thirty seconds to two minutes of anything from one-off gags to full-on plot elements after the credits are done rolling. Love that show. Wonder if anybody is ever going to bother licensing it in the States? The manga seems to have bombed, which suggests "not likely".

Posted by: Mitch H. at Tuesday, November 08 2005 11:58 AM (iTVQj)

2 They have an irritating habit of putting thirty seconds to two minutes of anything from one-off gags to full-on plot elements after the credits are done rolling. You tell me this after I have watched the entire series? Blup.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, November 08 2005 06:06 PM (QriEg)

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