Posted by psgels on 25 February 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews

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Okay, that was weird. When this anime showed up, I knew nothing about it, but the title was interesting so I decided to download it to try it out. So, what do I get?

Nine minutes of insanity.

Seriously, this is another one of those short 9-minute films. It looks quite old, I expect it to have been released somewhere around 1990. It’s another great example of a good old show. I definitely recommend this series if you like fantasy-stories. It’s basically one big parody of the fantasy-adventure genre. Due to its length, it’s impossible for it to get boring. The evil lord Memphis has kidnapped the students of the Magic School Lunar and he demands the power of the Blue Dragon for ransom. The only problem: the head of the school doesn’t know what the Blue Dragon is. It’s now up to our three main heroes to explain this to Memphis. It may be a story, but after the first sentence of this anime, it becomes clear that it doesn’t take itself seriously at all.

The best point about this short film? The pacing. It’s really the same as the anime: totally insane, which really becomes apparent in the first scene. A character also warns in advance that this anime may be over before you know it, and that’s the perfect way to describe it. If there ever was a roller-coaster ride, it’d be this one.

And guess what, despite the age, the animation is excellent. It makes great use of deranged character designs to accompany the insanity. If you need 10 minutes to burn at one time, then this one is definitely recommended.

3 Responses

  1. asdfg says:

    i haven’t seen this but if you’re a fan of very funny parody of fantasy/rpg and old series, give Mahoujin GuruGuru a try, if you haven’t already. the second series mahoujin guruguru- doki doki legend- seems like a sequel or retelling or something but from what i watched isn’t as great as the first series. 45 episodes if a remember right, and fully subbed already

  2. ken says:

    Isn’t this related to the Lunar video games back on the Sega CD?

  3. psgels psgels says:

    I’m not sure, as I’ve never heard of the Lunar video-games, but I could have sworn that this is an rpg-adaptation, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you were right.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:06 AM)
    @K-Off Poor Charles Bronson. He was never even in the running.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:54 AM)
    @Ninja, The ending of school days was the first show to ever make me feel dead inside. That its clearly not an intentional Harem de-construction. Nor is it a very good one. However that shinigami and the four girlfriends manga I mentioned earlier is so far an excellent de-construction. And it has one damn sexy Yandere.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:39 AM)
    But if you’re including McQueen, then Dustin Hoffman has a shot as well.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:34 AM)
    @ninja Lol, Mel. But you’re right, it’s really hard to compare any actor to Eastwood and Wayne. Steve McQueen, possibly.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:29 AM)
    And as much as it pains me to admit it, Mel Gibson might be the closest modern analogue to any of these guys.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:28 AM)
    @K-Off Tough call. Eastwood has persisted longer but Wayne was arguably more influential. But it’s hard to put anyone up against either of these guys. Steve McQueen maybe? Or perhaps Henry Fonda? There are probably a lot of more modern people you could put in there, but it’s harder to make a case for their influence.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:26 AM)
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:22 AM)
    @ninja They both were cultural icons, so I wonder who’d win. Clint Eastwood is certainly more popular today, but John Wayne’s films affected an entire generation of men going off to war. WW2, and all the way to Vietnam.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:16 AM)
    One of my favorite really old movies might be M by Fritz Lang.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:13 AM)
    @K-Off That comment is just begging for a John Wayne vs Clint Eastwood debate. Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKJAhXSaYtU

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