Posted on 20 September 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




I don’t always like Shoji Kawamori’s series. My impressions of the series and concepts he comes up with range from preachy (Arjuna), disappointing (Macross Frontier), absolutely fantastic (Excaflowne), solid (Macross), gorgeous (the Macross OVAs and Movies) to ridiculously unbalanced but fun (Basquash). Still, I have to admit: this guy is creative, and to this day he is consistently coming up with original premises, rather than series based off of some manga, light novel or game. My personal guess as to why all those series are so completely different from each other is the rest of the staff behind it, who seem to get quite a bit of freedom (something a certain Shaft director could learn from). His next concept is Kiruminzoo, a series again completely different from anything that he tied his name to so far.

Now, I like kids’ shows. The good ones, in any case. There are unfortunately still too many badly produced ones that make cheaply made harem shows look like the combined works of Shakespeare. Kiruminzoo impressed me in this, though. It’s perhaps not as good as Heartcatch Precure, but it really has its heart at the right place. If I had kids and this show somehow made it over to the Netherlands, I really wouldn’t mind showing it to them.

Kiruminzoo isn’t simply trying to entertain, it’s also trying to teach its audience something. It’s all based on a bunch of kids who become able to transform into animals throughout some sort of mahou shoujo devices. The entire reason why they get to be able to do this is to improve understanding of all kinds of animals. This series teaches children about morals, how it’s often more important to understand rather than to fight, and how to treat animals with respect. It’s a great series for people who love animals.

This series also manages to avoid the “adults are useless”-trope that often plagues the kids’ shows. Most of the adults are nowhere near useless in this series, and most of the problems in this series revolve around issues that children can actually deal with, and it forces them to think. Only with the climax of the series does this show start to become a little epic, and even then it’s handled well. Well, for the most part…

This is a bit of a “love it or hate it”-thing, but this show is full of morons. And with that, I don’t just mean one character, but half the cast seems to only have half a braincell. Granted, the series provides an explanation for this, and on one hand, it’s part of the charms of this series to see the beyond stupid antics of certain characters, without that stupidity taking over the show, but on the other hand the stupidity does get taken a bit too far at times.

The main flaw of this series is that it’s too long, though. It’s an episodic series through which the characters gradually discover and explore their powers to transform to other creators, but the creators could have done this in 39 episodes as well. Right now, there are a number of points in which this series drags on, and there are a number of repetitive episodes that could easily have been cut in order to make it a bit more of a snappy series.

On the technical side, this show is very solid. The animation is very consistent, leading to very little distorted faces, and just about everything in this series is as bright, colourful and cute as possible; it just looks really pretty. The voice acting also is very good, and I especially loved Riko’s voice actress.

Overall, if you don’t like kids’ shows, then this series isn’t going to make you see the light. If you do, though, then this is quite an enjoyable series to watch with a charming cast and premise. Perhaps it’s a bit long, but it certainly doesn’t deserve to remain unsubbed.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Enjoyable, educative, and does justice to the animal kingdom.
Characters: 8/10 – A varied and charming cast.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Solid animation and music, very cute art.
Setting: 8/10 – Teaches kids understanding towards animals. Nothing wrong with that.

Suggestions:
Otogi Juushi Akazukin
Telepathy Shoujo Ran
Aoi Blink

4 Responses

  1. dood says:

    I wish the subbing was a little faster, only on episode 15.
    The show is quite entertaining.

  2. namaiki says:

    >I wish the subbing was a little faster, only on episode 15.
    *namaiki winks
    It’s being worked on. Episodes 16 and 17 should be out soon.

    >I especially loved Riko’s voice actress.
    She especially makes this show hilarious to watch, though sometimes she talks really fast.

    Random: Just had a look. I never realized that Rimu’s voice actress also played Ritsu in K-ON!!
    Also, I looove how Riko’s forelock is a heart, no matter how angry she is.

  3. Firechick says:

    Wasurenai has subbed the entire series of Kiruminzoo!

  4. starlog-akemi says:

    This show came to my country! It was actually pretty entertaining and charming. I knew it as something like Animal detectives (in my language, of course) and decided to look it up…
    anyway, I’m pretty surprised you like it!

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    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:57 AM)
    @Vincent…Okay? I don’t think this is interesting enough for it to get too many upvotes though.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:54 AM)
    @K-Off I’ll do you a solid for that retort and post this conversation on Reddit lol
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    Lol, I can see that UltimateReaper clearly doesn’t know how to trust sources. So since SOME in the press speculated, while the RESEARCHERS conducting the test gave data, you trust the press? Dude, the media’s job is to spread speculation to generate interest in a topic.
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    Some in the press speculated that a contributing factor to Dolly’s death was that she could have been born with a genetic age of six years, the same age as the sheep from which she was cloned.[17] One basis for this idea was the finding that Dolly’s telomeres were short, which is typically a result of the ageing process.[18][19] The Roslin Institute have stated that intensive health screening did not reveal any abnormalities in Dolly that could have come from advanced aging.[17]
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    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:46 AM)
    A post-mortem examination showed she had a form of lung cancer called Jaagsiekte,[15] which is a fairly common disease of sheep and is caused by the retrovirus JSRV.[16] Roslin scientists stated that they did not think there was a connection with Dolly being a clone, and that other sheep in the same flock had died of the same disease.[14] Such lung diseases are a particular danger for sheep kept indoors, and Dolly had to sleep inside for security reasons.
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    For those too lazy to read it, this is what it said:
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    The first article is identical to the page I linked, in that they just describe the same process as in the one I had linked. I come back from a jog and this shit is what I find, what gold. Thanks for linking me your own misinformation.
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    @Ultimate Wow, fucking dumbass. It states in the wiki page that Dolly had a common form of lung disease called Jaagsiekte, Roslin scientists stated that there was no connection to her being a clone, and that her flock had shared a similar disease. Fucker, did you just read the part about the press speculating about the connection and warp the facts?
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    @Emma I think society is too squeamish as it is. Morality is just an illusion, but people are so anal about everything.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:07 AM)
    @K-Off Case in point: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10784448
    and then on Dollys Death: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_%28sheep%29#Life I told you, telomere degeneration which is a main cause of aging is a current issue with cloning. Why don’t you learn what you’re talking about.

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