Posted on 23 March 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews



One of the many things I love about writing this blog is being able to promote those unknown gems that most people haven’t heard of. Whether it’s because of a lack of subs, bad advertisement, a kiddish look or something else that caused only few people to give it a chance. Let me now sing praises over the series that I consider to be the best comedy-series out of all the series that I watched during the past four seasons: Marie and Gali.

From the outside, this looks like a cheesy kids’ show. And you know what? It is. However, it very quickly set itself apart as a one of a kind kids’ show. Episodes are only five minutes long, but every single episode delivers. Every single episode is hilarious. There are absolutely no weak moments. There are no jokes that fall flat. Heck, there are hardly any jokes that even get recycled! Every second of this show just sparkles with creativity.

Basically, this is a series that has been designed to make science fun for kids. And you know what? It more than succeeded. License this series, put a bunch of kids in front of it and they’ll love it. Throughout the series, great names as Galileo Galilei, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Archimedes, Charles Darwin and a bunch more explain the principles of physics. It parodies them, but it also celebrates the great achievements that these people made in their times. It never takes itself seriously; instead, every moment was dedicated to make the different topics it discusses fun.

But what really set this show above all other comedies for me was its seemingly endless pit of creativity. The examples that the creators use in order to illustrate their points are beyond imaginative. It always has something unexpected in store, and every episode has something original. The entire script just sparkles with tons of nice ideas that the creators stuffed into the scenario. Because of this, I just kept looking forward to this series week after week.

Granted, the characters themselves are nowhere near realistic. They all act incredibly over the top, and often act a bit too much to their character-traits. However, I couldn’t help but love to seeing Marika (the lead character) gradually getting caught up in the frantic pacing of the rest of the characters. This show is incredibly hyperactive, but I truly consider this to be amongst my top 10 of favourite comedy anime that I’ve ever seen.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Every single episode delivers. Consistently hilarious and over the top and always pulls something unexpected.
Characters: 8/10 – Wonderful characters, although a bit too one sided, perhaps.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Everything looks like a visual feast, courtesy of Toei.
Setting: 10/10 – Makes science even more awesome than it already was. Sparkles with creativity.

12 Responses

  1. ferris says:

    I cry a little inside every time I remember this show and how I can’t watch it because NOBODY HAD THE SENSE TO SUB IT! Gah! The episodes I managed to watch were sooooo good…

  2. PL says:

    I’ll add that for someone trying to learn japanese, the short 5 minute episodes, fast pacing, vibrant colors and near constant physical humor make this a treat even if you only understand 2 or 3 words in 10. Someone should make subs for this, but, until they do, you should watch it anyways.

  3. Janette says:

    I would love to watch this, but alas, no subs…

  4. Pafiume says:

    Also wishing I could see this show. I have to at least find raws somewhere! Or I guess, subs in another language. Anything..

  5. Alec says:

    “One of the many things I love about writing this blog is being able to promote those unknown gems that most people haven’t heard of. Whether it’s because of a lack of subs, bad advertisement, a kiddish look or something else that caused only few people to give it a chance”

    THATS THE REASON WHY I VISIT THIS BLOG

  6. mambo says:

    Looks like any Toei’s series that have hilarious-funny face is a good series huh?

  7. elianthos says:

    *sighs* I remember having this on my wish list and being delighted when the subs started coming out, then dejectd when they stalled. I’d love to be able to follow more of this eventually ;_;.
    Hopefully your post may help things to change for the better subs-wise *prays*.

  8. astro says:

    Note there is going to be a second series coming next week with new character and a new op.

  9. ella says:

    Ah, I wish the subs would come out. I loved the episodes that I could find in english. This is why I love this blog, it always shows me hidden gems. :)

  10. Firechick says:

    Wasurenai has officially decided to sub this series from episode 10 onwards.

  11. Jeff says:

    Realitylapse com has all 12 episodes and I think they’re in english…

  12. psgels says:

    Jeff: that’s the problem: this series has 40 epiosdes and a second season which is still on-going. ;)

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 02:43 PM)
    @Bam, did you honestly compare anime production to slavery? Slavery was an ethical issue. Shitty entertament is not an ethical issue. As Raggers said, you can whine and bitch all you want but unless you plan to brainwash the entire consumer base ain’t nothing gonna change.
  • Raggers
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 02:14 PM)
    The main problem here isn’t the producers but the consumers of anime. The money is with the fanservice and shitty shounen, and anime is expensive to produce. Far better that we get a few great shows each season, paid for by the rubbish ones, than we get middling mediocrity everywhere.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:56 PM)
    You can justify your call to indifference, after all it’s much easier than doing anything.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:56 PM)
    That’s fine, let them have their pandering shows and whatnot, just don’t squander the ones that have potential. I’m sure there are a lot of people that told the blacks that “whining is futile” and just accept slavery as a way of life. And they were right untill someone did something about it. Animation as a medium was deemed as for kids only, again till a few did something about it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:52 PM)
    As for why they aim for teenagers most of the time it’s because it’s the time where it will hit the most demographics. Aim for kids and you knock out the adults. Aim for adult and you knock out the kids. Aim for teenagers and you get both as Kids look forward to being teens and Adults generally have a nostalgia for the golden days(So to speak)
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:47 PM)
    The greats are great because they are rare. Whining about a lack of quailty is a futility. Because these things arn’t made using creativity, they are made using money to get money.
    Besides, Pandering entertainment can still be entertaining in its own way
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:43 PM)
    @Bam, somehow I think you don’t get it. We arn’t almost near anything.
    Being a fan is always a matter of wading through the garbage to find gold. A film fan must put up with the michel bays, amercain pies and that one romantic comedy movie that they keep remaking to get the kubriks. Music fans need to put up with those songs that sound like 50 other songs to get the greats. Video game fans, the sequels and knock offs to get the Okami’s. It’s the same.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:14 PM)
    It is indeed human to rebel against what we cannot accept, but in this case specially, because it feels that we are almost there but somehow we keep getting further. We get the talents together and then they bomb. Most unfortunate.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:11 PM)
    My advice is, stop being in denial. It’s all well and good that you believe that if the public demands intelual shows, they will get them. Thing is if they did we would not be getting a third season fo dog days. Face it man, we are lucky to get even a Mushishi.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:10 PM)
    Yeah but psgels’ taste is closer to ours so we should be able to hub here and share our love as well as disdain of shows freely here.

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