Posted by psgels on 2 January 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


Mahou Shoujotai (my like, most favourite anime ever), unlike most anime, hasn’t been directed by just one person. Instead a whole bunch of people sat in the director’s seat, and each of them was responsible for his or her own episodes, which surprises me even more that the result turned out so awesome. In any case, it’s a shame but these directors weren’t involved in many other series apart from some work on key-animation for various series. There is one exception, though: Kimagure Robot. It basically consists out of ten two-minute episodes and a number of the directors were given the task to direct one or two of them. After this story, do I still need to explain why I just had to watch this after finding this out? ^^;

Now that I’ve finished watching, I know for sure: these guys are brilliant. Unlike Mahou Shoujotai, Kimagure Robot has no intention to take itself seriously and instead comes with a series of ten random comedic stories about a scientist who invents robots. Because there have been seven different directors, the stories all turn out varied, yet consistent because every director tries to give his own interpretation of the story, while paying in mind what the others have come up with. It’s the same as with Mahou Shoujotai: even though every director was responsible for a different series of episodes, you can see that they worked together very closely.

Basically, every movie turns into a spoof of some kind of television-trope, ranging from the genie in the bottle that grants you three wishes to various kinds of alien-invasions. I honestly laughed myself to tears at nearly every single one of the episodes. I especially loved the end of every episode, which basically consists out of a witty one-sentence summary of what happened inside said episode.

I’m still convinced that these guys need to direct more. Their style is fresh and engaging and definitely recommended if you’re looking for something different. It’s a shame that Kimagure Robot has no plot whatsoever, and the fact remains that you can only do so much with only two minutes per episode, but I’m glad enough that the rest turned out so well. One thing that also should be noted is that the entire short is voiced by just two voice-actors: one male and one female. They basically did all the necessary voices for the different characters.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 10:49 PM)
    I absolutely loved all the nods and the allusions to the older GITS adaptations. I also enjoyed the interactions between Batou and Togusa. The inclusion of the Mateba revolver, the arm-ripping of Kusanagi, a big tank fight finale, the scene with major using optical-camp and jumping off the roof, all brought a smile to face.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 10:42 PM)
    The 4th episode had a significantly larger budget which produced some great scenes and it generally looked better due to more cell animation overlay on the plain CG models. The older episodes had some awkward looking moments.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 10:40 PM)
    Now I finished GITS:Arise. A pretty solid movie series, I’m nit really sure if I like this version of Motoko as much as the classic major tho. She definitely felt more human (and more sexual) than the manga. It was very strange when she put down the Logicoma for “faking” a personality tho, she of all people shouldn’t be throwing that stone.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 10:39 PM)
    As far as anime merchandise goes I bought a death note replica. In terms of game merchadise I had Zelda figurines and T-shirts.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:36 PM)
    I had a Nerv T-shirt when I was younger, not sure what happened to it, somebody jacked it probably, but I never had an anime merchandise after that. Never had the urge to get one really. The 3D printed Evas turned out hilarious btw.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:13 PM)
    @Kurozuka Um, with the question I gave you, that’s like a math major failing 6=x+2. Also, with your use of Japanese with English, I have a feeling that you’re one of those people who go around in public with anime tshirts and umbrellas.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:06 PM)
    AidanAK47: Just because I didn’t get a single question right does not mean that I am lying. Second, I don’t care if my use of slang annoys you, because frankly, I don’t care. Deal with it.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 08:35 PM)
    [face_rose]
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 07:31 PM)
    …nothing is sacred =<
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 07:28 PM)
    lol, how about that famous british word for cigarettes that’s basically an unspeakable slur against gay people in the US?

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