I’ve used all kinds of words to describe the fall 2009 lineup: “wasteland”, “mega-generic”, “insipid”, “hackneyed”. Yes, the competition was fierce, but finally the wait is over. The winner has arrived.
I wish I could name some deep thematic issue that set Kiddy GiRL -AND apart from the pack, but honestly it was carried to victory not by the quality of its sins but by the quantity. Even the name is transcendently terrible; the unnecessary punctuation, the alternating capital letters.
Then there’s the main character. Squeaky voice in high C? Check. Crippling mental retardation? Check. Extreme lack of balance? Check? Maid outfit? Check. Bloomers? Wait, how can you be wearing bloomers and a maid uniform?
Well that just seems like cheating. I can’t remember her stupid name but it’s also some terrible transliterated French crap, gave me a flashback to Marimite and when I came to I was halfway through eating my copy of The Little Prince. Other incredible names, and mind you this is after only one episode, include Eclair and a pair of siblings named Tweedledee and Tweedledum. There is also some burly transsexual.
As this picture hints, the theme of the series seems to be underwear. What’s odd is that beyond the bloomers already shown, there are actually no panty shots, but the entire episode revolves around the main character not wearing underwear (which, it’s worth noting, she is actually too retarded to notice at first). There’s something sad about an anime that wants so bad to take on the issue of panties but is restrained by draconian Japanese TV regulations from actually depicting them.
Tenchi fuckin Muyo dressed up its fanservice better than this show. The first minute or two of the episode has spaceships and shit and later on there’s a fight with a robot dragon, but not one single bit of it is explained. I don’t know why there’s a “director”, what they direct, why there is a space station, why people seem to have magical powers, etc., and I have absolutely no desire to find out. Kiddy GiRL -AND eschews frivolties such as backstory and plot to put the focus completely on the underwear, which would be pretty bad if there were actually any underwear to see, but since there aren’t is just pathetic. I can’t imagine what kind of sub-moronic cretin would possibly enjoy this show. My sincere consolations to this season’s runner-up, Shin Koihime Musou.
Just as a caveat; I haven’t yet actually seen Sora no Otoshimono yet because E Minor made it sound so bad that I was worried about another blackout. So a potential challenger there.