Posted by psgels on 23 December 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




Okay, time to talk about the most underrated show of the season. Autumn 2010 featured a lot of comedies. Out of all those shows, the series with the best jokes was without a doubt Milky Holmes.

And yeah, I know that from the outside, it looks like the cheesiest moe show imaginable, but that’s its entire point as a parody: this series takes the piss out of the phantom thief and the moe genre; it makes fun of all kinds of annoying and overused tropes, including itself. It’s completely over the top and nonsensical, but this really allows it to come up with some very inspired episodes and scenarios. Some of the things it comes up with are as brilliant as they are bizarre, despite the overall stupidity of the plot.

A plot which granted isn’t the most solid for a comedy. The series has a general premise that’s quite an interesting twist on the usual Phantom Thief genre, but as a series it mostly stands as a series of unrelated episodes with a conclusion at the end. Some of these episodes are brilliant, while others are a bit less impressive and try too hard, making this a very inconsistent series. The cast of characters is very fun to watch, but also flat and two dimensional, with the very notable exception of Henriette: a wonderful character who on her own manages to carry the entire plot of this show.

But seriously, it’s been ages since I laughed as hard as I did with the series. Especially the sarcophagus scene is just utterly priceless. The way this series makes its jokes is unlike any other, and a real recommendation for any parody fan. It does have its share of cheesy episodes, and at times the fanservice gets a bit out of hand, but those moments are vastly overshadowed by the good stuff.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Perhaps not consistent, but when it’s funny it’s absolutely hilarious. uses its lack of subtlety wonderfully with its comedic timing.
Characters: 8/10 – Especially Sherlock and Cordellia are always fun to watch, despite their flat characters. The rest of the cast is also flat but great to watch.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Surprisingly good, really. Some of the action scenes are better animated than most shounen series. Beyond the action scenes it could have been more solid, though.
Setting: 8/10 – Leaves nothing intact from the phantom thief genre, but its overall backstory could have been more fleshed out.

Suggestions:
Marie&Gali 1st Season
The Law of Ueki
Skip Beat

9 Responses

  1. totoum says:

    “Okay, time to talk about the most underrated show of the season.”

    just wanted to point out that while there wasn’t much hype in the english speaking community,in japan dvd sales are looking good and 2chan voted it anime of the year,so it’s popular among japanese otakus.

  2. Z.N. Singer says:

    On the other hand, Japanese otakus are very sad human beings who should not be emulated. I dunno Psgels, even reading your review it seems to me your reaction is pretty personal and not likely to be shared by many – not that we don’t all have a few titles like that in our lives! (there was a forum thread on it, plenty of contributors). I don’t blame you for writing the review as you did, as I have never hesitated to heartily recommend a series I loved that wasn’t popular either, including, most notably, the infamous Ragnarok the Animation. But I don’t think I’ll be watching it myself.

  3. Jday says:

    I just started marathoning this the other day (guess the growing hype caught up to me), and boy is it fun!

    Comedic timing is spot on, and the visual gags are hilarious. It won’t be considered masterpiece material, but it’s nevertheless a model on how to make good anime with limited budget.

  4. garfield15 says:

    Oh you are so right about this being underrated.

    I honestly can understand why so many passed this up (heck, I passed this up) but when you watch it at least until the second episode, you understand how totally freaking insane and hilarious it is.

  5. gandalf8 says:

    When it first started airing, I immediately passed it up as just another run-of-the-mill moe comedy series and didn’t even give it a glance.

    But, after reading your review of the third ep, I decided to give it a chance. Boy, am I glad I did. So, thanks psgels for again leading me to another good series that I might never have watched. Keep up the good work :)

  6. Solaris says:

    It was clear from the start this was an uncommon little jewel.
    I hope psgs will have plenty of good show to blog next year too like it was this last season.
    It’d be nice if you kept the rotating slot too.

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Solaris: I don’t think I will use that slot in the next season, simply because I’m already able to blog eight different shows. For a season that has only 17 series that debut, that’s plenty of room to cover the interesting ones.

  8. Jillbri says:

    Milky Holmes is apparently the least watched anime show of the season outside of japan and it’s ratings are just as low inside airing at a dead hour on an exclusive channel. Yet it’s definitely considered highly enough, as it’s 2ch’s official pick for anime of the year, is doing well in sales. Now if only if it had the viewership to match.

  9. Ncrdrg says:

    Milky Holmes turned out to be my favorite comedy so far. I’ve still got one or two to check out but it made me cry from laughing so damn much. It was funny looking at pgels first impressions of the show because he clearly had no idea if that was a comedy/parody show or not and assumed it was a moe tantei show.

    I just finished marathoning it and I would really love to see a new season of it. Kinda reminds me of Gintama seeing how it’s so crazy and stupid it’s hilarious and suddenly turns out to be have some amazing action-packed finale and it delivered!

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Bam: There was this bizzaro Joan of arc slide show arthouse erotica anime from the 70s that recently got a re-release, its somewhat tied to Tezuka, really trippy shit, Kanashimi no belladonna.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:35 PM)
    As a book I could see it flowing better. Oshii or Kamiyama could more effectively adapt such density of material to screen.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:32 PM)
    Ultimately I think it got too ambitious and had too much on its plate.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 PM)
    I have yet to see genocidal organ, although yes Harmony was pretty below average and that was putting it mildly. I will consider re-evaluating it if it gets dubbed/when the dub comes out.
    Admittedly its a film of big ideas, my problem with it that the movie itself is just so plodding and I found it too overstuffed to properly focus on/fully develop its themes and the exposition was particularly heavy handed.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:15 PM)
    @Bam: yeah, heard about the Project Itoh, from what I heard they’re not that good thou, with only Empire of Corpses has a slightly favorable reviews. I believe Kaiser watched Harmony alrready and he gave a very negative rating.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa

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