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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  • CapRooney
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 06:33 PM)
    Also the wasted potential of Ginoza’s character, from a detached investigator who saw the Enforcers merely as tools for administering justice, to someone whose screen time was less than Akane’s Kogami hallucinations, when his downfall to Enforcer rank could have been a lot more interesting, and maybe become a character like Masaoka.
  • CapRooney
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 06:26 PM)
    I even went and rewatched her arc in the first season to see if there were some hints that could conduct her to turn out like this, and no, seems like this Mika was just created straight out of thin air.
  • CapRooney
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 06:24 PM)
    Oh man, did Ubukata even watch Psycho Pass 1? Because there’s no other explanation on how Mika’s character came out to be. Looks like they needed a haughty character to “oppose” Akane and decided that she was the right one for the job.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 03:02 PM)
    @Bam, but the dubstep is still out of place.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 12:52 PM)
    I haven’t read the manga so I judge it on its own, and it’s been good. The animation is good when it needs to be and the quality disparity is interwoven pretty seamlessly. The Yakuza office fight scene was particularly intriguing.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 12:48 PM)
    So far there hasn’t been any persistently annoying characters and aside from the whole alien parasite thing you don’t need great suspension of disbelief, as characters and events follow the story’s own internal logic pretty closely.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 12:45 PM)
    Caught up with Parasyte, and can say so far so good. Minor plot issues and sound engineering problems in general aside it has kept a good proper pace. Characters get their point across and conflicts are resolved without dragging on forever. Shinichi’s developments generally improved his character, plus people say that this fit and confident version is closer to the manga anyways.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 08:02 AM)
    Problems lie in pandering , the whole thing coming up largely paper thin and weak script and screenplay dragging it down to a poor pace and flat dialogue that render the film although only just over 90 minutes feel like 140 minutes. But this is by far the worst thing he’s ever worked on as far as I see it. There is some moments of comic relief but its not exactly all that amusing.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 08:02 AM)
    Well that’s me just finished Expelled from paradise. I will give credit where credit is due, though I do not care for the 3D CGI art and animation style when used in some anime in this film the full CG was much better done than usual even if it still looks noticeable, ugly to me.
    The action scenes when they happen are at least decently watchable enough, it’s a serviceable setup.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 08:02 AM)
    I believe there is a three hour star driver compilation film and wasn’t there going to be a follow up film?

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