Posted by psgels on 8 February 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews

Welcome, and say hello to the anime with the most wicked battle choreography ever. I have no idea why I didn’t decide to blog this. It’s mostly because at the time I started watching this show I felt that I was blogging too many series already. Anyway, this is a series that’s recieving waaaay to little publicity than it deserves. So many awesome stuff happens, I don’t know where to start.

Apparently, this is the second season of a show called Jubei-chan: The Ninja-Girl. I also didn’t know this until they started making references to it in the third episode. Anyway, she is sort of a magical-ninja-sword-girl, who uses an eye-patch shaped like a heart in order to transform into the reïncarnation of a sword-master who lived 300 years ago. This season, another girl, wearing an eye-patch with the shape of spades, arrives, claiming that Jubei’s eye-patch is hers. Apart from that, there are some other guys who bear the grudge against the sword-master, and also have been waiting for 300 years, and also want to beat her.

I know, it sounds horribly cliché. This anime, however, manages to make something beautiful out of this.

The power of this anime lies in the fact that it manages to utilize contrasts perfectly. Each and every character has a minimum of two very distinct moods. Mostly a hyperactive one and a serious one. By first showing the hyperactive side of the characters, the impact of the serious sides of these characters (when they get shown) becomes huge. This is also one fo the few anime in which I really like the main character. She is an amazing person, but in the end, you’ll feel sympathy for each and every one of the different character. Even the ones who seemed to only have been inserted for comic relief.

The battles are also the most amazing ones I’ve ever seen. Finally there’s an anime which realizes that power doesn’t win battles, but skills. And that’s what the characters fighting have: skills. Everyone moves so fast, it’s almost impossible to keep track.

That doesn’t mean that this show is entirely consisted of battles. Most battle usually take just five minutes, in which the show accomplishes what most anime wouldn’t even dare to try. The rest of the time is filled with some of the most amazing aftermaths, with one aftermath even taking up as long as four episodes.

I haven’t even started talking about the comedy yet. Although it’s not the best comedy ever and some misses it’s place, when the comedy works, it really works. I can’t believe how utterly creative some of the jokes are (sometimes perfectly integrated with the battles, other times just the characters being extremely wacky).

Overal, this is an amazing series. The characters are amazing, the battles are amazing, the dialogue is amazing, and don’t forget the catchy soundtrack.

Why you should watch this: if you like wicked battles, heavy drama, or just a good show, then you should watch this.

Final Rating: 89/100

One Response

  1. Muscle Rider says:

    I have bought the first season on dvd here in Australia and it was fantastic. This was before I started downloading anime in bulk and spreading my likes across a larger range of genres. So basically most of the dvds and videos I bought, after second viewing seemed cliched and mundane to watch (I’m looking at you Ranma). But Jubei chan still hold up after the many years since its release.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:46 AM)
    The sheer amount of talent behind Dandy is staggering. There are veterans from all the corners of Anime industry present here, so in a way this might be the biggest anthology yet. I mostly watched week-by-week just to see the new guys’ take on the Dandy sandbox, and I have to say some of them were pretty interesting. Definitely quirky, but interesting.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:41 AM)
    Yeah but it’s interesting how much more sophisticated the humor was in Bebop, even despite not really being a comedy-heavy series.
    I’m sure if you’ll continue to the end you’ll find some memorable episodes in Dandy, and once people accept that it’s not Bebop, and that it’s really silly but kinda proud of it, they’ll start enjoying it more for what it is and say it was worth their time.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:36 AM)
    Even though I wasn’t really into the episodes I’ve seen I will definitely say, yes it was a mixed bag. Then again so was Bebop.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:34 AM)
    Season 2 has more mature material in general, and a few pseudo-philosophical episodes really stand out. The different experimental animations that are peppered throughout are a very nice treat also. And again each episode has different talent behind it so it’s a VERY mixed bag.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:33 AM)
    Ah Johnny Bravo, a cartoon I laughed at now and then while I was much much younger.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:30 AM)
    @Emma: Season 2 is far better, I think they kind of got the hints that the booby gags weren’t working. The humor is by far the weakest link in this show. I would also add that I think the dub is superior. The theme and style is very American, kinda like Johnny Bravo, so English fits more naturally.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:25 AM)
    The zombie episode kind of grabbed my attention though a bit.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:24 AM)
    On one hand I like the pulpiness, oldskoolness of it though.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:23 AM)
    Eh, I watched the first five episodes of space dandy. I also watched it dubbed and subbed. I’d originally watched the first episode partially before. Its a trippy, visually interesting show I guess but none of the humour clicks with me on any level, I didn’t laugh once in these five episodes, the boob monster episode made me feel depressed, it all feels a bit kiddy for me unfortunately.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 05:27 AM)
    I finally caught up to the latest Fairy Tail. The feelz… Right in the Kokkoro! This anime has a few shitty fillers here and there, but there are far less than Naruto and the characters are really endearing. I like this better than HxH as a shonen.

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