Posted by psgels 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 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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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:21 AM)
    All thats left now is macross 7.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:20 AM)
    However this one begged to go on for more than just five episodes, come on now and it had the franchises penchant for weak villains. It doesn’t get me as emotional as do you remember love does, the characters of Macross plus were more likeable. Still its a step above Macross II and I at least had fun with it on an action level.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:17 AM)
    Thats Macross zero completed then, it was great to see the background arc/plot for this franchise, the pace is tight and the action is arguably the most immersive, well done of the Macross universe along with Frontier.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:33 AM)
    While Tatami Galaxy and Ping Pong were definitely sharp I felt that Kemonozume and Kaiba were more inventive.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:30 AM)
    Aye,it was the visual style of the film being so different from the norm that drew me in. Still out of Yuaasa’s stuff I found myself more taken with tatami galaxy.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:22 AM)
    I think creatively the anime industry has plateaued a bit by now, where we see more derivative stuff and there has a formed an almost universal “anime style” which hinders non-traditional voyeurism.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:18 AM)
    I love the tonal whiplash that the story goes thru and the then-impressive-and-new visuals. Both 4°C and Hifana take queues from the Kansai art and the underground graffiti styles that prospered in Japan after the 70’s. Parallel to the postmodern movement in the Western world, the new wave was more expressive than fine and you see its heavy influence on the manga and anime industry.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Bam: It is at the last stretch on the film where it is at its strongest visually in my opinion.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:10 AM)
    @Bam: For only 100 minutes it did a decent enough job on its protaganist in any case.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:02 AM)
    Mindgame is amazing. It is as unorthodox as they come but not really pretentious. It’s pretty humble and does have an actual message and proper story arc, so it’s definitely not just random for random’s sake. The industry needs more Yuasa.

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