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PostSubject: Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo   Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:17 am

Ladies and Gentlemen we've got a weird one for you tonight.

A Magical Girl show from 2009 starring a trio of siblings with transformation trinkets that allow them to change into smaller versions of themselves wearing absurdly puffy animal costumes. These costumes give them attributes based on their respective animals and even allow them to transform into the animals themselves.

We've got the lead girl who's cutesy and cheerful and voiced by Aoi Yuuki in a role that actually sounds cute. We've got the girl with the spiral glasses who defies the stereotype by being a shy sweetie, and then we have the oldest sibling who's the mature and nurturing one.

We've also got a dark magical girl voiced by the lovely lady behind Sakura Kinomoto and transforms into an adorably fluffy bat.

Just look at this bizarre OP! With a song that's in Thai no less.

As of the first episode I have to conclude that all three of these girls are precious and this is just the kind of silly thing I need in my life. Definitely gonna keep watching.

The hats... match their expressions... and their footsteps make little "Piyo piyo" noises... This might actually be too cute even for me.

The eyes constantly have little shapes in them! What is this madness?
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PostSubject: Re: Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo   Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:04 pm

I'm up to episode 7 now and I've noticed that this is actually somewhat similar to Tokyo Mew Mew, but without the fighting elements.

It includes one element that I thought was sadly wasted in TMM: Having characters other than the main exhibit animal behaviors. Even when they're just in fluffy costume form they do things like wanting to chase lights and finding bliss in scratching/nibbling things.

Now the boy who transforms into a mouse has arrived and our main character has to resist the urge to eat him. And the nudity thing has only happened twice since the first episode, both times with him.

Another slight similarity between this and TMM is the villains seem to be working some kind of environmentalist angle. I still have no idea what the deal is with them, and personally I find it a little weird that there's even a villainous organization in a show like this. Seven episodes in and our protagonists aren't even aware of them.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo   Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:23 pm

Aaaaaand it's triple-post time!

While I was away dealing with a move out into the boonies where Comcast isn't supported, I finished up this show and the only word I can think to describe it is: weird.

It feels kinda like a cute witch type show where the characters go around using their powers to help people (and animals, mostly animals) with their problems, but it also has a villain squad that is up to their daily Team Rocket schemes. 

The odd part is that the two sides only ever seem to intersect incidentally. Our heroes aren't trying to stop the villains or are even aware of them. It's like... the villains (who shift between human and animal form) cause various mayhem that results in things like a cat being afraid of a "giant yellow monster". Then our heroes have a run-in with a giraffe and it's just like "That's weird that there's a giraffe here, but that must be what scared the cat."

Very strange show.

It's very rare for me to dislike the main character in a magical girl show. Usually it's one of the sides I don't care for, but Riko is kinda like the Ben Tennyson of real world animals. She's kind of a little snot and it makes me kind of aggravated when she's so painfully wrong in her side of an argument and doesn't seem to get it, or doesn't care. It's like Mr. Enter's catch phrase "What I'm doing is wrong, I know it's wrong, but I'm gonna do it anyway."

I ended up finding myself liking Rimu (glasses/rabbit girl) a lot more. She's a shy sweetie mixed with the intrepid reporter thing. As soon as the idea of a potential scoop comes up, she gets fired up in a way that's comically out of character, and the show knows it.

But the best character in the show was the one who was actually my entire reason for watching, the resident dark magical girl, Kanon Hatori. There's something about dark magical girls in kids shows that just manage to endear themselves to me. They're kinda standoffish and distant, but also really sweet at times. Especially when they spend much of their time trying to get he affection and approval of their main antagonist parent, who is more concerned with their ambitions than their child.

Normally I'd question anime physics here, but this girl's hair is just..... there are no words. Her skirt seems to be affected, but her hair is like a sheet of metal.

I kinda feel like this could have been an educational program like Wild Krattz where the viewer learns about the habits and physical traits of animals while the show actually has a story to tell. 

So all in all I'd give this show a 7/10. It's not bad, it's just not one that I feel was SO REWARDING to finish. It's kinda right there with Tokyo Mew Mew.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo   Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:28 pm

I only watched a few episodes of this anime, but so far, I found it adorable. I actually found out about this series through the manga. I was looking at a site selling different raw manga, and I found Kiruminzoo. It looked adorable, so I bought it without knowing what it is. I would love to scanlate it sometime, though my Japanese is terrible, and I'm not too familiar with the source material so it probably wouldn't go well. Maybe sometime I'll finish watching this anime...

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